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One Big Party

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It’s “One Big Party” for the 2015 OC Fair, July 17-August 16, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary with 23 days of food, rides, shopping, exhibits and animals. Enjoy world-renowned performers in the Pacific Amphitheatre and exciting events in The Hangar and Action Sports Arena.

One of things I love about the fair is the opportunity for learning. Centennial Farm & Agricultural Exhibits offer some fantastic options. The Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a year-round demonstration farm dedicated to agricultural education and highlights California’s rich agricultural heritage. During the OC Fair, Fairgoers can peruse four acres of raised crop beds and livestock pens (cattle, goats, sheep, chicks, rabbits and pigs) and see the diversity of California agriculture.

Fairgoers can also expect a litter or more of piglets to join the Farm family during the Fair. The Farm is host to various exhibits and demonstrations through the run of Fair. Here’s a brief list of activities, visit the Daily Schedules page or download the OC Fair mobile app for specific dates and times:

  1. Agriculture in the Community: Learn more about how to bloom a green thumb from gardening experts and enthusiasts or get your hands a little dirty in the vermiculture display to see how red worms contribute to a healthy garden.
  2. UCCE Master Gardeners: Gardening and agricultural experts are on-hand to answer questions about their industries daily in the Farm & Garden Pavilion.
  3. Milking Demonstrations: Daily Fairgoers can watch milking demonstrations in the Millennium Barn or check out the interactive milking exhibit where they can try their hand at milking Maxine, the Farm’s stand-in cow replica.
  4. Leather-crafting: Learn to make your own leathercraft from experts in the Millennium Barn daily.
  5. Heifer International: Learn more about what this international organization is doing to help end world hunger by empowering people around the world. Located in the Millennium Barn daily.
  6. Orange County Rare Fruit Growers Association: Check out unusual and exotic fruits and learn more about growing fruit trees. Located southeast of Gallery 15.
  7. OC Beekeepers: Learn from experts what the buzz is all about bees and beekeeping plus check out their observation hive with a colony of live bees. Located southeast of Gallery 15.
  8. Mesa Water & Water-Wise Garden: See how you can grow a beautiful garden that’s water-wise and California-friendly in Mesa Water’s Demonstration Garden located east of Gallery 15. Stop by Wednesday afternoons to learn from Mesa Water representatives on how to grow your own low-water garden at home.
  9. More Exhibitors: The Farm welcomes more exhibitors from these agriculture and gardening groups. Check the Daily Schedules page for their exhibit dates and locations.

In addition kids (and their parents) can enjoy Explorium: Destination Kids: Fairgoers of all ages can enjoy free exhibits, hands-on activities and free entertainment like the Magic of Frank Thurston, Prehistoric Pets and Dino Dig Sandbox. In The Good, The Bad & The Unbelievable exhibit, Fairgoers can see which creepy crawlies fall into the good, bad and unbelievable categories.

Contests just for children are held every other hour and the One Big Party eating contest sponsored by OC Fair food vendors is held nightly at 6:30 p.m. Young Fairgoers can make wooden swords and princess hats in the free craft area, discover new information on outer space and climb aboard a Mars Rover in the new The Space Place exhibit or play with puppets and blocks inspired by the medieval era in The Castle Corner.

We Cae Wednesday
As much as I enjoy the fair I am ALWAYS looking for a good deal. So here are some ways to not only get a discounted admission to the fair but more importantly how you can help contribute to your community and get into the fair for FREE by taking part in We Care Wednesdays.

Here are current promotions being offered:

Discounts are honored during the specified timeframe. Please arrive early to enjoy all promotions. We Care Wednesday donations are accepted at public entrances (Blue Gate, Yellow Gate or Green Gate) during promotion hours. Donations are not be accepted at Gate 5 off Arlington Drive.

Opening Day
Free Opening Hour
FREE admission & parking for everyone
Friday, July 17, Noon-1 pm


Active Military & Veterans: Free admission for active-duty military and veterans with appropriate military ID (DD214, etc.) Not valid for spouses or dependents
Read & Ride: Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides.
Click here to download the book report form.Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 17-August 16, 2015 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.
Super Pass
Enjoy 23 days of Fair fun, food and more with a 2015 OC Fair Super Pass.

JAN. 15 – FEB. 28 MAR. 1 – MAY 31 JUNE 1 – AUG. 14
General (13-59) $25 $30 $35
Senior (60+) $18 $23 $28
Youth (6-12) $18 $23 $28

Buy Now

We Care Wednesdays
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FREE admission and one (1) free carnival ride per person each Wednesday with appropriate donation (donation changes weekly.)Acceptance of donated items is at the discretion of the OC Fair. Promotion is limited to one free admission and one free carnival ride per person. Guest must be present with donation to receive free ticket.

 July 22nd Food Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food
Second Harvest Food Bank
 July 29th Children’s Book Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 3 new or gently used children’s books
Think Together
 August 5th Clothing Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items
 August 12th School Supply Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of NEW school supplies valued at $5 or more.Accepted items: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, notebook paper and school backpacks. Receipt Required.
Share Ourselves

$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband: Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)

Kids Day
Children 12 & Under FREE Fair admission All day.
$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride WristbandEnjoy all the rides you like for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)


Seniors Day (60+)$2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day
$2 Taste of Fair Food
Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats. Click here for the $2 Taste of Fair Food List.
Valid Noon-4 pm
$2 Rides and $2 Games
Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.
Valid Noon-4 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Rise & Shine Early admission pricing every weekend of the Fair. $3 general admission for everyone from 10 am – 11 am. Discounted tickets are sold until 11 am and must be use by Noon on the day of purchase
FREE Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)
Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am-1 am Saturday & Sunday only.

The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at ocfair.com or from the on-site Box Office. Free parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol St. exit of the 405 freeway. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit ocfair.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OCFair, follow us at twitter.com/ocfair or call (714) 708-1500.


Become a Book Doctor

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There is so much fun to be had during spring break but here’s a service opportunity that the kids can help with. The Book Doctor is a program hosted by THINK Together’s Early Literacy & Math Program.

Think Together’s Early Literacy & Math Program  gathers gently used books at various events throughout the year. Some of the books collected require a little more TLC than others, this is where your service at this Book Doctor event comes into place.

As a Book-Doctor you will be rehabilitating gently used books for children by cleaning, removing, covering stains and repairing damaged books. Bring your children in for a morning of service.

No prior experience is needed and there is no commitment of your time. Simply stop by and help out with whatever you can. These “doctored” books will be disbursed into the community and to children at CHOC hospital.

  • Think Together LogoWhen: Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 9:30 – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Veeh Elementary, 1701 San Juan St. Tustin, CA 92780
  • Please contact Chelsea.Montengro@thinktogether.org or call 714-580-4630 if you have any questions.



Read for The Record Celebrates Bunny Cakes

bunny_cakesJumpstart’s Read for the Record®mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy in an effort to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite in big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells.

Each year, Read for the Record comes alive thanks to countless reading events in schools, libraries, offices, and homes across the country. We want to help make your reading event the best one yet. On this page you’ll find everything you need to celebrate Read for the Record in your community.

In Orange County there will be two special Read for the Record Events.

Think Together Early Literacy Program will host events  on October 21, 2014 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and another from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. at Veeh Elementary located at 1701 San Juan Street, Tustin, CA 92780. There will be crafts and fun activities to go along with storytime. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Pretend City  has readings throughout the day on October 21, 2104, this events activities are included with regular admission. Pretend city is located at:  29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. Contact them at 949-428-3900 with any questions.

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Here’s a coupon for Pretend City’s Read for the Record Event. Just print this flyer and take it along with you for a buy one admission-get one free deal for this event.


 You can host your own Read for the Record event, Jumpstart’s website has arranged everything you need to break the record!

Step 1: Pledge to Read

Breaking a world record is a great way to shine a spotlight on the importance of reading and early education, but to help us set a new record you need to pledge to read today.

Step 2: Pre-order Your Books

We can’t celebrate the power of reading without books! Purchase Bunny Cakes from the Jumpstart Store.

Step 3: Download Your Event Materials

To make your reading event as easy and fun as possible, we’ve put together a variety of resources you can use to celebrate Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Many of them are customizable to fit the needs of your specific event.

There’s a webpage full of ideas, crafts and activities that will take you Beyond the storybook. 

These activities will keep children engaged and learning long after Bunny Cakes’ timeless story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans comes to an end.

Download the free activity guides and coloring pages

  • My Ears: Children will be given a variety of materials to create ears like Max, Ruby, and Grandma. Children will have the opportunity to re-enact the story.
  • Grocery List Collage: Children develop vocabulary and comprehension as they learn to compare grocery items, sort them into categories, and then talk about their collages.
  • Bunny Cakes Recipe: Children will learn about recipes and the different ways that food can be prepared. Adults work with children to write their very own recipe.
  • Grocery Store: Throughout the story, Max is sent back and forth to the grocery store for a variety of items, such as eggs, milk, and flour. Children can create their own store and practice shopping for items they would like to use.


  • Mis Orejas: Los niños desarrollan vocabulario y comprensión a medida que aprenden sobre las diferentes maneras de crear y usar las orejas. Los niños participan en un pensamiento creativo y la resolución de problemas.
  • Collage De Lista De Compras: Los niños desarrollan vocabulario y lenguaje cuando conversan sobre sus collages y los esfuerzos de Max para hacer la lista de compras usando imágenes y palabras. Los niños participan en un pensamiento creativo.
  • Recetas Bunny Cakes: Los niños desarrollan vocabulario y comprensión a medida que aprenden cómo se puede preparar y cocinar un plato. Los niños también entienden el significado y el uso de la escritura a medida que aprenden sobre escribir y seguir recetas para preparar sus propios platos.
  • Vayamos A La Tienda De Abarrotes: Los niños desarrollan vocabulario y comprensión a medida que simulan ir a la tienda de abarrotes y compran.

Coloring Pages:

  • Cake Coloring Page: Max and Ruby are each making cakes to celebrate Grandma’s birthday. Decorate your own cake to celebrate Read for the Record.
  • Max T-Shirt Coloring Page: Max is getting ready for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Help him out by designing your own Read for the Record t-shirt.




Open House at Think Together


Join THINK Together for its first open house and pop-up food truck event! #THINKpopupOC

For the first time, on Thursday, October 9 from 11am-2pm, THINK Together’s 52,600-square-foot Home Office complex will open its doors to the public. Food trucks will also be popping up in THINK Together’s parking lot. Visitors will have three hours to enjoy a wide-range of popular food trucks, while contributing a percentage to THINK Together, and to tour the office. Click on the button below to learn more about this event and to receive up to date news. We hope to see you there!

Office Address

2101 E. Fourth St. Building B, Second Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone (714) 824-3522

Food Trucks that will be popping up in the THINK Together parking lot:

TheFlip Truck

The Grilled Cheese Truck

Piaggio on Wheels


Kona Ice

Ninjas With Appetite



Image and information courtesy of thinktogether.org



Read for the Record at the Festival of Children


Celebrate literacy awareness by participating in a shared reading experience by reading Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells with THINK Together at the Festival of Children  taking place at South Coast Plaza at the Carousal Court on September 27, 2014 from 12pm – 4pm.

This event serves as a precursor to the upcoming nationwide Read for the Record event that will take place on October 21, 2014, look for my upcoming post with more details about how to sign up for the event and fun at home activities. 

IfFestival of Children you have any questions about the Festival of Children Read for the Record event, please contact Gloria Martinez at gmartinez@thinktogether.org or at 714-824-3522 ext.8630


FREE Preschool Program in Tustin

Are you the parent of a child ages 3 to 4.75 years looking for a preschool? This preschool program is FREE and absolutely fantastic!

Last year my little one and I where fortunate enough to attend a full years  worth of the Think Together Early Literacy & Math Program. Make no mistake this is a complete preschool program.

The program is two days a week, 3 hours a day. One parent/responsible adult is required to stay with your child through the duration of the program. On one day you are involved in a parent component and the other day you sit, side by side with your child and assist in their learning.

I’ll be honest, when I first signed up last year I thought – Let’s see how it goes for a couple of weeks and then I’ll decide if it’s worth my time  (I wasn’t very optimistic of the quality of the program) but I was so completely and thankfully 100% wrong!

The program is wonderful! the program itself, the program director, the parent component (my favorite part) and the volunteer teachers are all awesome. I am so grateful that my little one and I have been invited back for an additional 15 weeks this year. My time spent at Think Together has truly refined my life. 

So here’s your opportunity, There’s still room and the program is FREE! Your time and investment in your child’s education is your payment. You do not have to income qualify for this program.  If you’re looking for preschool program, give this try. Everyone that I was in the program with last year, anxiously awaited the call to come back this year.

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  • To enroll call Chelsea Errington (714) 731-7655/(714)580-4630

  • Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday (depending on the age of your child)

  • Classes will begin on September 22nd or September 23rd

  • This is a 15 week program

  • Classes are held at Veeh Elementary in Tustin

  • You do not have to be a resident of Tustin to attend