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ENC’s Fall Faire

Join the fun at the ENC’s annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch! Look forward to Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes,  native plant sale, delicious food and drinks from local vendors, crafts and games for the kids. The Fall Faire has been an ENC tradition since 1977.

Buy a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 to participate in the Craft Crawl. Walk along the trails at ENC as the kids go station to station making awesome eco-friendly & nature-inspired crafts!

Francisco the Bug Guy and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. Take a ride on a friendly pony or visit a variety of barnyard animals in our petting zoo! Bring the kids and play super fun games, winners can enter to win prizes in our children’s auction. There’s something for everyone!

The Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch takes place at the Environmental Nature Center, on Sunday,  October 15, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Newport Beach Boat Parade

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“Seas the Holidays” at 107th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade for a beautiful display of decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes as they sail along the harbor.

The Christmas Boat Parade sets the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 16 and ending Sunday, December 20, 2014. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times. 

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We enjoy taking in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from inside Balboa Island. The property owners in Balboa Island decorate their homes, the streets and the docking slips to provide what’s referred to as the “Ring of Lights”,

Balboa Island comes alive with thousands of twinkling lights making the evening even more spectacular. We find a cozy spot on the waterfront, bring our dinner and get ready for the show.

Although Balboa Island is our favorite viewing spot, it isn’t the only viewing spot in Newport Beach. Click on the link for the best viewing locations as well as options for reserved seating information. Here’s some additional information on the Parade Route & Viewing locations as well as Directions & Parking.

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Artisan Marketplace

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Looking for some unique gifts for Christmas? Environmental Nature Center is giving you the most awesome opportunity to get some shopping done while walking the family friendly trails, enjoy some music and attend a few workshops at their Artisan Marketplace.

Only ENC would give you the chance to walk their gorgeous trails while you shop for handmade gifts from 50 local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable, arts and crafts. If you work up an appetite grab some food from one of the food vendors.

Your friends and family will love that you cared enough about them to think about their planet when you purchased their unique gift. Be a positive part of the local economy!

  • When: Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: $2 entry fee, kids 10 and under are FREE (All fees go directly to the ENC’s environmental education programs)
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Fall Faire at ENC

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Mark your calendar and join the fun at the 41st Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at the Environmental Nature Center, October 18, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch is everything fall. Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Bring your appetite for the “Savor OC” restaurant showcase. You can purchase delicious food and drinks from their Restaurant Sponsors:  Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Pie Not, Sensitive SweetsKean Coffee, Which Wich, the Newport Beach Fire Department, Mi Casa, Shirley’sBagels, Jan’s Health Bar,Pom and Olive, Pangaea Juice, Paige’s Cake Pops, and Ander’s Catering!

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Kids can participate in a variety of fun crafts!  Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Water Bottle Piggy Banks, Egg Carton Helicopters, Newspaper Hats, Water Bottle Watering cans, Native plants and Toilet Paper Roll Monsters! Saddleback fashion department will be on hand with their fun photo booth, too! 

The Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. A presentation by the Youth Singers of Orange County, will have kids meet live reptiles and amphibians with Camp Teacher Bob, and live arthropods with Camp Teacher Tami! Participate in the Going Green Game Show with Sama Wareh!  Check out the schedule HERE.

ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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The Nutcracker for Kids

Join the Newport Beach Library for a holiday program for children and their grown-ups. “The Nutcracker” for kids is an abridged narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. This shortened performance is intended to introduce children to The Nutcracker story and ballet.

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A Night in Bethlehem

Experience the Sights, Sounds and excitement of the very first Christmas.

Bring your friends and family and experience first hand the excitement of a first century market-place. Meet Bethlehem’s citizens. Create crafts, enjoy delicious treats and a FREE family photo as a memento of the your evening in Bethlehem.

A Night in Bethlehem – Liberty Baptist Church

  • When: Tonight, Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Where: Liberty Baptist Church, 1000 Bison Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

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Join over a millions of people at Annual Newport Beach Christmas boat Parade as beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor.

The 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 17 and ending Sunday, December 21, 2014. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times. 

Click the following links for Parade Route & Viewing and Direcctions & Parking. You can also find  the best viewing locations & reserved seating information here.

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Tideland Tykes at Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center

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Join Preserve staff on Thursday, November 6 & 13, 2014 from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. for a fun-filled parent & child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.

 

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Come prepared for a exciting experiences! Class fee is $5.00 per child.  Ages 2-8  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.

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Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register.

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The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue

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Silly Science Show

The Mariners Branch Library in Newport Beach is hosting a Silly Science Show. The Professor brings fun to the learning of basic science principles in a silly (educational) interactive way.

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The principles covered in this show include; solids, liquids & gas – energy, motion & force, weight & gravity – volume & compress and to develop a theory with experimentation followed with a conclusion.

WHEN Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3 – 4pm
WHERE Mariners Branch Library
1300 Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach CA 92660

 

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Family Fright Zone Friday

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Ghostly creatures take to fright for this 3rd annual spooky family Fun Zone night on Friday, October 24, 2104 at ExplorOcean in Newport Beach.

Come to this BOOtiful evening of  costumes, pumpkins and candy, Oh My!

Trick-or-treat at the Fun Zone! Enjoy spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, face painting, spooky & slimy lab activities, plus live entertainment for the entire family!

No tricks, just treats with this FREE admission event! Park your broomstick at ExplorOcean on Friday from 6-8:30pm!

Friday, October 24, 2014

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ExplorOcean
600 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-8915

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Art in the Park

The 11th annual Art in the Park event is a free, annual fund-raising art fair open to the public. It is hosted by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 a,m, – 4:00 p.m.

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Stop by to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts. View and purchase works by over 100 artists working in:

Oil Paintings
Watercolors
Pastels
Glass Art
Acrylics
Mixed Media
Sculpture
Photography
Textiles
Jewelry
Woodcrafts

The one-day event is held on the green at the new Newport Beach Civic Center adjacent to the Newport Beach Library.

Free admission and parking. 100 Civic Center Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Foundation’s mission is to support the city appointed Arts Commission and to promote the presence of  the arts in Newport Beach by helping fund the city’s acquisition of significant art, including sculpture.  Artists and artisans from across Southern California are invited to exhibit their works for sale.  The public is invited to come enjoy the day while having the opportunity to see and purchase original works created by the various artists and artisans who are participating in Art in the Park.

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Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at One of my Favorite Places.

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The 40th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch will take place October 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at one of my favorite places: Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

What is the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.

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Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Local restaurants WingstopPIE-NOT,A Market, Which Wich, Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Kean Coffee (love their coffee), Sensitive Sweets, Shirley’s Bagels, Whole Foods, thePizza Bakery, Fork in the Road & Z Pizza  will have food and drinks available to purchase.

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If your looking for native plants, they’ll have a selection of native plants for sale  to attract more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year.

For the children there will be a variety of fun crafts*, face painting, henna tattoos, a petting zoo and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. OC Reptile Rescue will bring a variety of scaly things, and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will have their wolves on site for you to meet.

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*Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Star Lanterns, Pine Cone Critters, Beautiful Branches, Gratitude Cards, Pasta Necklaces, and Calendar Kites!enc_pumpkinpatch4

As for the entertainment, enjoy the music of Keith Serpa and be sure to check out the Fire Circle Stage to hear a story from Community Roots Academy, theYouth Singers of Orange County  and the Eco-Fashion show by Saddleback College.

It’s sure to be great day, hope to see you there!

 

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Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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If your driving along Irvine Ave., in Newport Beach, you might not even notice this 10,000 square foot building. The Interpretive Center is built into one side of the bluffs, and has the most spectacular views of the Bay. I’ve discovered that many people who live in the area are unaware of the Interpretive Center and all it has to offer.

Visiting the Interpretive Center is FREE. Kids can make themselves at home and explore the many puzzles, books, puppets, coloring pages and study the various “pets” in terrariums: snakes, frogs, spiders, etc.

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There is an interactive display that shows children the various wildlife to be found in the bay and the importance of keeping it clean. In the theater, you can watch a short film “Saltmarsh Seasons” that the friendly staff will invite you to view at any time.

A few years ago, I was drawn to the Interpretive Center to have my oldest daughter attend one of their weekly classes – Tideland Tykes/Wild Tales ( ages 2-8, $5.00 per child).  They read a story, go for a nature walk on one of the trials, point out animal tracks and talk about the bay. Afterwards, they go back to the Interpretative Center and do a craft or coloring page. This place is in our “favorites” list. The Interpretive Center is also home to Family Science Sundays (which are FREE).

When we go as a family on the weekend, we usually let our girls play inside, have our lunch in the covered outdoor amphitheater, then we go for a walk on one of the many trials. It is truly lovely here.

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They also hosts regular coastal clean up and restoration days(great for scouting groups or as a family event). The clean up days are a great way to teach your kids one of the many ways to take action in your community and how important it is.

The center is open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

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 For more information on their Program and Events. For more information, call (949) 923-2290.

The Interpretive Center is located at the corner of University and Irvine Ave. Directions can be found at newportbay.org

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Nature in the Middle of the City.

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 I have to tell everyone about a great spot here in Orange County, the Environmental Nature Center. It’s a hidden gem in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This place is absolutely free (great for freegan’s like me). From the outside you would not think it’s as big as it is. They have an outstanding Butterfly house that is open between May 4 and September 26 2014.

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 This place is one of a our favorites. Inside their state of the art green building, they a have a nice little reading corner, an educational area, and a gift shop. Step outside and within a few steps your taking a stream side hike (that our 3 year can lead). Be sure to bring your lunch and something to drink. You can enjoy your lunch at one of the tables set up through the hiking trails.

They have Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge programs available and they are very reasonable. There is such much learning to be done here. It’s big enough to give the kids a outdoor experience and small enough that they can enjoy themselves without getting tired and grumpy.  This is definitely one of my peaceful places and the girls love it.

http://encenter.org/

1601 E.16th St. Newport Beach, CA 92663

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