Summer activities are slowly ramping up as schools across Orange County are finishing their years. Be sure to check your local libraries and city’s parks and recreation departments for activities near you.
Check out the Coastkeeper’s Garden in Orange this Saturday for a free Family Workshop at 10:00am. They have a beautiful Natural Play Garden for the kids as well as themed gardens that showcase native plants. Also this weekend is the Chili at the Beach on Saturday in Huntington Beach and the annual Irish Fair and Music Festival in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday. The Ramon Peralta Adobe in Anaheim is open this Saturday with activities and docent-led tours to discover what life was like in the Santa Ana canyon in the late 19th century. There are plenty of outdoor activities to have fun with Dad this weekend as well. Enjoy your week!
Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings
Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid St.
La Habra, CA 90631
is to encourage enthusiasm about learning in a hands-on environment that opens the world even to the youngest child. Our museum features 7 galleries and 14 different hands on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes 3 times a year. The Children’s Museum welcomes local, national and international visitors. Children can ride a kid-size carousel, take a walk in T-Rex’s footprints, pet an Arctic fox, pump gas, drive a bus, dress up and perform, and dig for fossils all in one afternoon! Admission: Kids and Adults $8, La Habra residents $7, Kids Under 2 Free).
The spring/summer exhibit is California Full of Life and it opens Tuesday, March 31 and runs through August 24, 2015. This exhibit introduces guests to the ecosystem diversity found in our beautiful Golden State. Visit the deserts, beaches, mountains, and redwoods and learn about the life cycles of plants and wildlife. Have fun on a mini camping trip at the Museum. Learn about living in a tent, camping foods, camping gear, and California state parks & wildlife. Get a taste of our great outdoors with the Children’s Museum at La Habra’s Spring 2015 Changing Gallery Exhibit, California: Full of Life!
Monday, June 15: MUSEUM CLOSED
Tuesday, June 16: Reading Circle – Event begins at 11:15am. “Did you feed your baby’s brain today?” There is no better source of brain food than reading aloud! Bring you eager listener to our weekly reading session in the Nannie’s Travels gallery and get your fill!
Tuesday, June 16: Pic-Nic Hat Craft – Wear your picnic on your head? Why of course- come create your own today! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.
Wednesday, June 17: Little Picasso Family Art Center – Make a “paint” date every Wednesday (11:00am – 3:00pm) at the Museum for lots of messy time exploring color and texture! There are easels, washable paints, brushes and paint smocks ready for little artists to use. This is a drop in art studio and subject to change. Free with paid admission.
Thursday, June 18: Tiny Tigers Taekwondo – Join Master Yang for a peaceful morning of exercise and fitness in this parent & me program. Please call (562)383-4236 to reserve your spot. Master Yang, is a 5th degree Black Belt who teaches Martial Arts at the Shambhala Martial Arts Center in Brea. Event runs 11:00am – 11:45am. Free with Museum admission.
Thursday, June 18: Pic-Nic Hat Craft – Wear your picnic on your head? Why of course- come create your own today! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.
Friday, June 19: Happy Teeth Workshop – Little ones will learn all about taking care of their pearly whites and receive a free toothbrush to take home to practice with! Event runs 10:00am – 10:45am. Free with Museum admission.
Friday, June 19: Creative Capers – Bring out your inner artist this summer! Explore the lives and works of these famous artists and create a work of art in the styles they were most noted for. Today’s artist is George Seurat.
Saturday, June 20: Pic-Nic Hat Craft – Wear your picnic on your head? Why of course- come create your own today! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.
Sunday, June 21: MUSEUM CLOSED FOR FATHER’S DAY.
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
We INSPIRE and EDUCATE young minds through engaging SCIENCE-BASED programs and exhibits to create a meaningful IMPACT on the COMMUNITIES we serve. Our mission to inspire, educate, and impact is brought to life through the cornerstones of our core initiatives (STEM Proficiency, Early Learning, Healthy Living, and Environmental Stewardship. Explore over 100 hands-on, interactive exhibits as you adventure throughout Discovery Cube’s first and second floors. All of our exhibits teach science concepts using fun and engaging activities.
Admission is $16.95 for Adults, $12.95 for Children 3-14, and Free for Children 2 and Under. Memberships also available. Check website for details.
June 11, 2015 – September 7, 2015: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Homes – This interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Visitors will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve the most puzzling of mysteries! This exhibition features original manuscripts and artifacts, investigative tools, and crime-solving opportunities. Visitors will be transported back into Victorian London and given a detective’s notebook to use throughout the exhibition to help solve a riveting crime! Exhibit is included in price of general admission.
Kidseum (art-based children’s museum operated by the Bowers Museum)
1802 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
The newly renovated Kidseum is high-tech and interactive with a focus on its new mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art and archaeology. Be sure to check out the new “Glow Cave” with its fun art making activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in our new Archaeology Lab. There will be a lot of visual stimulation and engaging education with new smart tables, smart boards and computers.
Special Weekend Programs for children and adults! (included with admission). Admission is $6 for Ages 2 and Up, Under 2/Members are Free. Adult free admission with current Bowers Museum ticket stub.
- Face painting all day
- Drop in Art Studio all day
- Live Storytelling in the Story Room – 11:00am – 11:30am and 1:30pam – 2:00pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
- Glow Cave Paintings – 11:30am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 2:30pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
- Archaeology Lab Coin Impressions – 1:00pm – 1:30pm and 2:30pm – 3:00pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
Sunday, June 21: Family Drumming Circle – Join professional drummer Martin Espino on Sunday, June 21 from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Kidseum to participate in a family drumming circle. Recommended for ages 2-8! Martin will teach children the basics of drumming and music. Then children participate in the indigenous Mexican drumming circle and sound great! The drumming circle and the art studio are complimentary with admission. In the Art Studio today (from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) children can make their very own maracas and rainsticks and take the music home!
241 S Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
The MUZEO engages the community by exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. The MUZEO hosts three traveling exhibitions per year which would otherwise not be displayed in the region. Every exhibit is enhanced with special programs, events and activities. You don’t want to miss a moment of them. Admission fees: Adults $10 and children $6. Parking is available in the structure on the corner of Center Street Promenade and South Lemon Street.
Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path – Exhibit runs April 18, 2015 – September 13, 2015. Most Southern California families are unaware that grizzly bears ever roamed what has now become bustling cities like Irvine and Corona. The extinction of the California grizzly bear (Ursus Californicus) in 1924 serves a cautionary tale for those wanting to protect and preserve California’s fragile mountain lion (Puma concolor) species. Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path will educate and raise environmental awareness by juxtaposing the fate of the California grizzly bear with the future of the state’s mountain lion. Docent tours start in the box office and last approximately 45 minutes. Tours are complimentary with admission to Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path. See website for details.
Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City Children’s Museum features a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving all children, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future.
Admission is as follows: Infant to 12 months: FREE, Children: $12.50, Adult: $12.50, Military and Family Members: $9.50. Pretend City’s Art Studio has new art projects daily! See the Art Calendar for details. Pretend City’s Real Café is located between the Home and Construction Site. Our vending Machines contain healthy choices like sandwiches, salads, fruit snacks, milk, bottle water, and other healthier snack options for your family. Take a break in our Real Cafe seating area while you fill up on much-needed fuel before going back on the floor for more play! We ask that all eating be in the Real Café seating area, or on the outside tables to side the building (next to the Front Entrance). Pretend City Children’s Museum is a nut-free facility.
Friday, June 19: Homeschool Field Experience Day – Once a month we offer Homeschool students unlimited access to our interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences. A field experience to Pretend City offers your students a learning experience through hands-on educational play. The Pretend City environment allows you to create a plethora of curriculum and activities to surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. RSVP: Register here. Registration is required by Wednesday, June 17. Maximum: 300. *When you come to Pretend City on the Homeschool Day, please present your Homeschool Day ticket and Homeschool ID card (or district letter, private school affidavit, etc) to the Front Desk. Fee: $9.00 per students; $9.00 per adult.
Friday, June 12: Little Dragons Taekwondo Class presented by West Coast Taekwondo – The Little Dragons Program is a detailed curriculum that focuses on improving younger children’s basic motor and listening skills. These skills will help them enter society with a more confident enthusiastic outlook. The curriculum consists of developing eight major sport and activity skills along with eight personal development skills. Upon completion of the Little Dragons Program, your child will become focused and motivated to achieve any goal they set in life! Specifically for: Children 3 ½ to 6 years of age; Grown-ups must remain on the premises. Please arrive to class early in order to complete all required participation forms. Loose fitting, comfortable, all white, no logo attire is highly suggested. Children will participate in the class barefoot. Siblings are permitted to peacefully observe.
RSVP: Registration required. Walk-ins may be welcome. Max: 20 students. *Please note West Coast Taekwondo Waiver of Liability and indemnity Agreement and Medical History/Treatment Release Form will be required to be completed on the first day of class prior to participation.
Fee: $30.00 per child for the 4 class series Session 1; $10.00/class (walk-ins). 1/3 of the session profits will benefit Pretend City Children’s Museum a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Saturday, June 20: Celebrate Father’s Day! – Pretend City’s Father’s Day celebration is guaranteed to help dads, uncles, grandpas, and kids alike to enjoy the magic of playing together. Tap into the infinite possibilities of your imaginations in these guided activities brimming with fun:
- Sensational Story Time: I Love My Daddy! You are bound to smile at this story about love from a toddler’s point of view. Continue the fun with an art activity filled with love.
- Growing Up Great Game: Shaving Cream Races – On your mark, get set, shave! Let the races begin as dads and children participate in a fun shaving contest.
- Smart Art: Tie-riffic will turn children into designers as they decorate a tie to give as a special gift for dad!
Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission.
Sunday, June 21: PRETEND CITY CLOSED FOR FATHER’S DAY