Are your kids out of school yet? We have two more full weeks and I am counting down the days. I love the open, unscheduled, easy days of summer. This week there are several summer activities that sound like fun. The Discovery Cube is debuting a new exhibit on Thursday called The International Exhibition of Sherlock Homes. The Muth Center in Newport Beach has created a new summer program called Bayside Buddies targeted for kids ages 4 to 10. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park is hosting a Kids’ Fishing Clinic this Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Fullerton Arboretum has a program called Kids Bug Safaris that sounds fun. Lake Forest Nature Park is hosting a Dino Day on Saturday 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 8: MUSEUM CLOSED
Tuesday, June 9: 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 2: Tissue Paper Bird Craft – Did you know some birds can fly over 15,000 km over sea before returning to land! Make a lovely bird out of tissue paper today. Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.
Wednesday, June 10: 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 11: 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 11: Tissue Paper Bird Craft – Did you know some birds can fly over 15,000 km over sea before returning to land! Make a lovely bird out of tissue paper today. Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.
Friday, June 12: 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 Kadinsky.
Saturday, June 13 Tissue Paper Bird Craft – Did you know some birds can fly over 15,000 km over sea before returning to land! Make a lovely bird out of tissue paper today. Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.
Sunday, June 14: Family Art Sundays: Hatmakers – Unique Unicorns: Kids will craft a whimsical unicorn hat utilizing their imagination and paper. Reservations are REQUIRED. Please call (562) 383-4236. Event runs 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Free with Museum admission.
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 11: Junior Archaeologist – Spots are limited and advance reservations are recommended at least 3 days prior to event date. Fee: Admission, plus $10 for every participating child ages 4 and up. Members: Free admission; $6 for every participating child.
Become an archaeologist for a day – think, learn, explore and get your hands dirty! Participate in an archaeological dig, learn how to record your findings and create an artifact to take home. To purchase your reservation tickets please follow this link…
https://7827.blackbaudhosting.com/7827/sslpage.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=249667e9-4ecf-4b02-84fd-ed401c77e29c. Event runs 10:30am – 12:30pm.
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.
Monday, June 8: Celebrate World Oceans Cay! – World Oceans Day is the day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet! Pretend City is making a special effort to stop plastic pollution through educational activities like:
- Smart Art: The World’s Oceans art activity will explore questions like, “how does the ocean feel and what does it look like to you?” Use a variety of materials and mediums to express your love for the ocean through art.
- Nature Tales: All the Way to the Ocean is an uplifting story that will inspire both young and adult readers alike and teach a timeless life lesson–If we all do our part, a cleaner, safer environment is indeed within our reach. This will be followed by a beach clean-up activity!
- Math Matters: The Feeding Game will simulate the negative effects plastic trash can have on the feeding and survival of animals.
Activities run 10:00am – 1:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission.
Monday, June 8: Baby Steps through Pretend City! – Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months), grownups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please. Would you like to attend an event dedicated specifically for babies? Do you have questions about feeding, napping, crawling, or just want to enjoy an event where you and your baby can come and play and socialize with other parents in the community? If so, please join us at Baby Steps through Pretend City! This is your opportunity to ask questions, meet other parents, and engage in developmentally appropriate activities and exhibits. You may not have realized that Pretend City was designed with your infant in mind, but with so many excited, older children playing in the museum, it may be hard for your little one to get around. This monthly event allows you to take advantage of these exclusive, infant only times by engaging in age-appropriate facilitated activities which will teach you about your baby’s developmental milestones. Event runs 2:00pm – 3:30pm. RSVP: Register here. Registration required. Maximum: 220. $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!
Monday, June 8: Mommy & Baby Music & Wellness Class Demo – Specifically for: Grown-ups and babies newborns – crawlers. This fun-packed 30 minute Mommy-Baby Music and Wellness demo class focuses on brain-based music and movement tailored to nurture mother and baby’s mind, body and spirit through innovative music and play!
- Jump start your baby’s language development through music and song!
- Experience how music and creative movement strengthen your baby’s brain development!
- Learn real-life, effective skills that make parenting more purposeful and joyful!
- Explore and play with your baby in a nurturing, stress-free environment!
How this class stands out from all the others — This play-based music program focuses on mother wellness first, by providing real life, scientifically proven tools to de-stress, explore and increase joyful parenting! At the same time, parents learn critically important neuro-developmental activities that strengthen baby’s brain for a life-time of great learning! This 30 minute demo class focuses on musical “building blocks” that mothers and babies explore, skill-build and create with. Through this process, moms deepen their bond with their child as they play!
RSVP: Open to pre-registered Baby Steps Event guests with newborn-crawler babies. 10 mommy & child pairing maximum. First come, First serve basis. Fee: FREE for pre-registered guests to baby steps through Pretend City
Friday, June 12: Way to Play Day, A Package of Learning! – Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Join us for a fun Way To Play Day, which is specially designed to assist parents in finding answers to questions about their child’s development through play.
Free ASQ Developmental Check-ups from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.:
Specifically for: Children 0 – 5 ½ years old. (first come, first served; limited spaces available)
On Way to Play Days, Pretend City also hosts ASQ Developmental Screenings. The screenings will assess your child’s speech, motor, cognitive and social areas utilizing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Early diagnosis and treatment of developmental delays can help give a child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential. Activities run 10:00am – 3:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Check-ups and activities are included with museum admission.
Friday, June 12: Free Vision Screening – This vision screening focuses on young children from ages 2 ½ to 6 years old. It is a screening utilized for visual acuity, external eye health, and binocular vision. The HOTV letter chart is used as a fun and developmentally appropriate testing tool. RSVP: First-come, first-served basis; limited spaces available. Fee: Free; Museum admission neither required nor included. Screenings run 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, June 14: Celebrate Flag Day! – Today Pretend City joins people across the United States to celebrate Flag Day. We will honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. Enjoy a red-white-and-blue introduction to our nation’s most cherished ideals during these activities that honor Old Glory.
- Smart Art: Stars & Stripes art activity will give you an opportunity to work on counting skills with your child while explaining to them the significance of each flag element.
- Sensational Story Time: F is for Flag shows in simple terms how one flag can mean many things: a symbol of unity, a sign of welcome, and a reminder that-in good times and in bad-everyone in our country is part of one great big family.
- Symbols in a Second: The flag is an important symbol of our country. Today children will learn all about its symbolism and its attributes.
- Holiday History: Patriotic Parade before we head-out for the day for our patriotic parade featuring “You’re a Grand Old Flag” come learn a bit about how the flag has changed throughout history.
Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission. Wear red, white or blue for $1.00 off of a general admission!