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Great Park Spooktacular

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It’s time to register for The Great Park’s Spooktacular Fun Days!  Get your costume’s ready and enjoy fall activities for the kids of all ages. This FREE event not only provides your family a day of fun but also helps support our Orange County Food Banks.

Donate to scare away hunger by simply bringing a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food and each child 12 and younger will gain access to the Pumpkin Patch or Trick or Treat Town (while supplies last).

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Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities including: kids crafts, petting zoo, carnival games, Harvest Walk, entertainment, gourmet food trucks and much more.

In order to take part in this spooktacular day of fun you must sign up. Registration is required for each child (12 & under); space is limited. Free admission and parking.

Activities are for children 12 & under, therefore accompanying adult ticket registration is not required.  Event date options include:

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration for Spooktacular Fun Days begins September 14, 2016 at noon.

The Great Park is located at Marine Way and Sand Canyon Irvine, CA 92618

Please note: Special event entrance for the Orange County Great Park is located off I-5 or I-405 at Sand Canyon on Trabuco Road/Great Park Boulevard in Irvine.

Sunday Funday at Beacon Park

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Join in on the first Sunday Family Funday at Beacon Park! Relax on the lawn to the Bohemian Dance Rock tunes of Denmantau. Enjoy live embroidery art. Fill your belly with eats and sweets from The Viking Truck, Tornado Potato, and I Like Pie Bake Shop. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Oktoberfest beer in the beer and wine garden.

Bring your friends, family, dogs and cats to enjoy some fun in the park.

  • When: Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 12:00 p, – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

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Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours – Image from tanakaframs.com

The cooler temps this week make it a great time to take advantage of the U-Pick tours and and the Melon tours at Tanaka Farms.

The FREE U-Pick tour crops include tomatoes, bellpeppers, lettuce and more. U-Pick Tours will take place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 2:00 pm. No reservations are required and you pay only for what you pick.

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The guided Melon Tours include a ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables they grow, and finally step into the watermelon patch under a tent to sample some of the delicious home grown watermelon. then pick a Melon to take home.

Melons tours will take place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 12:30 pm. No reservations are required. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Melon tours cost are $18 for adults, $18.00 for children over the age of 2, children (age 2 yrs old and under) are free.

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.

Endless Summer Festival

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Enjoy a one-stop, festival-themed shopping party at Irvine Spectrum Center featuring curated style closets, musical performances, in-store promotions, fun activities and more!

-FREE Giant Wheel rides
-Curated style closets to help inspire you with the season’s hottest trends
-Live performances from local rock band, The Brevet, at 3:00pm and 5:00pm
-Meet-up with YouTube style vloggers Maddi Bragg and Suede Brooks from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
-Braid bar by Toni & Guy Hair Salon
-lulu dk flash tattoos
-Build-your-own dreamcatcher
-Potted succulent bar
-Flower crowns
-Selfies station in a vintage VW van
-Nordstrom Beauty Lounge- lip bar seminars by: M.A.C, Laura Mercier, Smashbox & Fresh. Seminars will run 2:30-2:50pm & 4:30-4:50pm. *limited seating

In addition, the first 500 customers to spend $250 or more in combined receipts* at qualifying Irvine Spectrum Center stores will receive a $50 gift card!

Irvine Spectrum Center is located at 670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, California

For more Information visit:bit.ly/SchoolStyleOC

Tanaka Farms Watermelon Tours

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Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours – Image from tanakaframs.com

You can’t have a 4th of July celebration without Watermelon. Why not pick you own watermelon before heading out to your celebration. Tanaka Farms is offering Watermelon tours beginning today and run through August 30, 2015.

The Summer Watermelon Tours begin. Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables they grow, and finally step into the watermelon patch under a tent to sample some of our delicious home grown watermelon.  Take home a mini watermelon to experience everything all over again. Tours begin at 9:30 every morning

  • Watermelon Tours start and will run at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
  • Strawberry Tours will run 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours
Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours – Image from tanakaframs.com

Looking for something fun to do in the afternoon? Come to Tanaka Farms this week for U-Pick tours and Walk-On Strawberry tours. There are No reservations required  and you only pay for what you pick.

U-Pick Tours:

This FREE, guided wagon ride around the farm, takes between 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. You’ll be able to pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables in the fields, so be sure to wear closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Vegetable picking is seasonal and based on availability, but U-Pick produce may include:carrots, tomatoes, beets, baby bok choy, lettuce, kale, butternut squash and more. It’s a surprise every day! Pay for what you’ve picked at the end of your tour.

This week tour time are as follows:

  • Monday (6/22) 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday (6/23): 2.00pm
  • Wednesday (6/24): 2:00pm
  • Thursday (6/25): 2:00pm
  • Friday (6/26): 2:00pm

Walk-On Strawberry:

Again, no reservations are required, just arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Strawberries are wonderful right now – sweet and juicy and you get to pick them right off the vine! Don’t miss out!

This weeks tour times are as follows:

  • Monday (6/22): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday (6/23): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday (6/24): 11:00 am and 1:00pm
  • Thursday (6/25) 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Friday (6/26): at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA. Come on out for an educational and hands on experience!

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

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The strawberries are sweet at Tanaka Farms! Come this weekend for a Strawberry U-Pick Tour. This guided tour around the farm takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hour on a tractor- pulled wagon.

You will see how fruits & vegetables grow and sample many of those that are in season. The last stop on this tour is in the strawberry patch will you be able to pick and eat strawberries! My Girl Scout troop and I took this tour last year and let tell you, I have NEVER tasted sweeter strawberries! Each person will take home a one (1) pound basket of strawberries!

Tour Times are: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30

Walk-ins are welcome this weekend

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Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours – Image from tanakaframs.com

Tanaka Farms is located at: 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA

Cost for tours are Adult – $18, Child – $18, Children (age 2 yrs old and under) – Free

Public Drinking Water Is Not Available, please bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $1.50/bottle.. This is an actually working farm, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

They do not allow pets or wagons on the property. for safety reasons.

Indoor Edible Gardening

The Ecology Center in Irvine Presents: Indoor Edible Gardening

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Valuable nutrition can be obtained from growing food indoors. You can produce high yields of sprouts from a variety of heirloom seeds in a matter of days with minimum time and effort invested. You can extend the harvest season with a variety of vegetables and herbs grown in efficient container mediums. And most sustainably, you can watch your food magically regrow itself by upcycling your food scraps.

Indoor edible gardening allows you to control what goes into growing your food. By growing your own food you contribute to the reduction of the waste and pollution associated with the industrial agriculture mass production and distribution practices.

Learn how to choose the right heirloom (non-gmo) seed and vegetable varieties and gain hands on instructions on the materials and tools to use for maximum yield from your indoor edible garden. You will get to take home a variety of seeds to sprout! (Please bring a wide-mouthed jar to get your sprouting ready!).

Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown

Join Pretend City for a Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown on December 31, 2014.

Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss. Activities of the day will include:

  • Sensational Story Time: Twas’ the Night Before New Year’s will be the featured story of the day. See if your little can find some inspiration to stay awake until the strike of the New Year!
  • Smart Art: New Year’s Resolution – This colorful art project will be your opportunity to create a family new year’s resolution. This promise will be one that you make to your family as a whole to be better and help others.
  • Music & Movement: New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown– This countdown is for the kids! Countdown the new year and celebrate every two-hours beginning at noon with a special rockin’ rollin’ dance party! Streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti will make this the party of all parties!
    Confetti Countdowns at: 12:00p.m., 2:00p.m. & 4:00p.m.

Play Partner: Pretendgineers and Brain Builders; our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and development educators.

  • When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Visit their website:http://pretendcity.org for more information on admdission and hours.
  • RSVP: Not required

Story Time in the Garden

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Story Time in the Garden is a fun-filled, enchanting hour of food related stories, songs, games, and activities designed to help kids build strong language and literacy skills, and lifelong healthy eating habits.

 The garden setting stimulates curiosity and imagination, and enables participants to make personal connections with the stories by seeing firsthand how fruits and vegetables are grown.

The Great Park’s Story Time In The Garden is set for Sunday, December 7, 2014  from 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

A Christmas Carol Performance

Today, December 2, 2014, Heritage Park Library in Irvine, CA  will host Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson, in  “A Christmas Carol”.

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Duffy Hudson performs “A Christmas Carol” as a one man show without the aid of props or costumes. Join in as he brings this magical tale to life while playing all 46 characters.

  • Where: Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA
  • When: December 2, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Other upcoming performances of “A Christmas Carol” will be held at local libraries through the month of December at the following locations:

A Christmas Carol
December 4th – 7pm
Sun City Lincoln Hills
Lincoln, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 5th – 7pm
The Arbour Lodge
7700 Del Webb Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 6th – 1pm
Aliso Viejo Library
1 Journey
Aliso Viejo, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 7th – 2:30pm
Cypress Library
5331 Orange Ave
Cypress, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 11th – 7pm
Woodbridge by Del Webb
2401 Morningbrook Dr.
Manteca, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 12th – 7pm
The Club at Westpark
3240 Kennerleigh Pkwy
Roseville, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 13th – 2pm
Lucerne Valley Library
33103 Old Woman Springs Rd.
Lucerne Valley, CA

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

Tanaka Farms in Irvine has annouced more U-Pick Tours for this weekend. I love having my girls come here and pick vegetables. They can’t wait to see the veggies they picked in our dinner salad.

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Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours – Image from tanakaframs.com

The tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22nd & 23rd, at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Take a FREE wagon ride around the farm to pick your very own vegetables! Options include carrots, kale, swiss chard, baby maui onions, and vine-ripened tomatoes. (All produce subject to change.)

You only pay for what you pick! No reservations are needed but please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour time you wish to attend.  

Tanaka Farms is located at: 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA

Public Drinking Water Is Not Available, please bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $1.50/bottle.. This is an actually working farm, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

They do not allow pets or wagons on the property. for safety reasons.

U-Pick Tours

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U-Pick tours at Tanaka Farms are here for the weekend.

  • Friday, November 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm 

Take a FREE wagon ride around the farm to pick your very own vegetables.  You can pick carrots, kale, swiss chard, baby maui onions, and vine ripened tomatoes(all types).  Just pay for what you pick.  No reservations needed please arrive 15 minutes prior to the time you want to attend.

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Tanaka Farms is located at: 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA

Public Drinking Water Is Not Available, please bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $1.50/bottle.. This is an actually working farm, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

They do not allow pets or wagons on the property. for safety reasons.

Blocktober – One Giant Party, Eight Locations!

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Blocktober is our annual community event for kids of all ages. This October, eight of our SoCal campuses will be transformed into one giant party! Last year, more than 20,000 people came to Saddleback’s Blocktober party. And this year, we’re going even bigger!

Join us for games, rides, candy, photo booths, music, food trucks, and more! There will be fun zones for all ages.

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Times and Locations:

  • ANAHEIM (THE GROVE)

    Sunday, October 26h from t8:00, 9:30, & 11:15 a.m.

  • CORONA

    Sunday, October 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH

    Sunday, October 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • LAKE FOREST

    Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

  • IRVINE

    Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • LOS ANGELES

    Sunday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m.

  • RANCHO CAPISTRANO

    Friday, October 24th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • SAN CLEMENTE

    Wednesday, October 29th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

For event and location details click here

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Bunny Cakes – Read for Record is tomorrow.

Don’t forget to help set a new world record for a shared reading experience and Read for the Record tomorrow!

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Don’t have the book, no worries – take the pledge,  the full book will be available online tomorrow and there are plenty of activities you can download.

Remember, if your in Orange County, you can join us tomorrow at Think Together Early Literacy Center at Veeh Elementary in Tustin or Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine.

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Pretend City – So Many Ways to Play

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Recently, my family and I were invited to Pretend City for an special “Educators Night” event. I must say it’s been some time since our last visit and my 8 year was delighted to go back.

 The purpose of of the event was to introduce educators to the different field trips options Pretend City can provide.

Pretend City Children’s Museum is a mini city (community) made up of 17 exhibits that encourages interactive role playing. Each exhibit within the community; the police station, fire station, doctors office, market, restaurant, farm, beach, etc. encourages critical thinking, teamwork, science skills, math concepts, environmental awareness and importance belonging to a community.

wpid-2014-10-15_21.57.31.jpgBoth my 8 year old and my 4 year old girls had a wonderful time. They both enjoyed the roleplaying aspect and I loved how it naturally encourages you as a parent to “play” with your children. Pretend City provides prompts in each exhibit that help you will empathise a social goal.

As far as Field Trips, I must say I never even thought of Pretend City as a field trip option before this event but in fact they have some great ones. Field Trip Flyer 2014-2015-page-002

There are several tailored specifically for Daisy Girl Scouts but many of them would work for Brownies as well, as an example, the “Explore with Us” field trip could prove very useful while completing  the Brownie Quest

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Next year my little one will be a Daisy Girl Scout and I’ll be sure to include Pretend City in my planning for earning many of the petals. In the meantime, I will be sure to pass this information along to my service unit and other Daisy Leaders.

They also have some fun upcoming halloween events (posts are coming soon) in addition to their Read for the Record event on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Also, if  you visit during their Way to Play days (the second Friday of each month) with the coupon below, you can get 2 for 1 admission.

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Although, the Educators Night event was a sponsored event I  was not paid in any way, shape or form for this post. I am simply trying to pass along valuable information.