This Sunday, March 1st, is the Target Free First Sunday at Children’s Museum at La Habra and the Bowers/Kidsuem Museums – check out all the special events planned. On Saturday there is the Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave – how fun does that sound? There is another family activity planned at Irvine Park Railroad which is a California History Education Program Public Day. The program is geared toward 4th grade but is open to all ages. On Sunday musician Craig Newton is giving a concert at the Newport Beach library and Jane O’Connor & Robin Priess Glasser, author and illustrator of the Fancy Nancy book series, will be coming to the Mission Viejo City Hall. Lots of free family activities are happening during the week. Enjoy!!
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!
Wednesday, February 25: 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. All programs free with paid admission (Kids and Adults $8, La Habra residents $7, Kids Under 2 Free).
Sunday, March 1: TARGET Free First Sunday – Let’s Play! What’s more fun than being the playing piece on a ginormous checker board, hula hoop until you can’t hula anymore, build giant outdoor structures, and run through a crazy obstacle course? We’re celebrating PLAY at the Museum and inviting you to join in the fun!
The Children’s Museum at La Habra receives generous funding from Target stores to provide free admission to the Museum on a designated Sunday of each month! This grant allows the Museum to provide free, fun and educational family programming to residents of La Habra and surrounding communities for an entire year. Themed activities include music, dance, and visual arts activities and performances for families and children of all ages.
A total of 500 people are admitted on Target FREE Sundays. Hand stamps for both sessions are distributed at 1pm and are on a first come first served basis. There is no museum admittance once all 500 slots are filled. (This does not apply to CMLH Members.) Session times are 1-2:45pm and 3:15-5pm.
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Engineer’s Week runs February 21 – March 1, 2015. Tinkerers and builders of all ages are invited to Discovery Cube OC to celebrate national Engineer’s Week! Future engineers will enjoy a week of exploring, creating, and building with hands-on activities in various fields of engineering.
- 3rd Annual Parachute Competition: Build and test a parachute, daily prizes for the longest “hang-time”
- Daily showings of the Forces & Motion stage show
- Design and build a block tower
- Snap Circuit building
Egg Drop Competition! Don’t miss your chance to join the annual Egg Drop Competition on February 28th, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm! Bring your homemade ETV (egg transport vehicle) and put it to the ultimate test as it drops from 20 feet in the air. Register Today!.
Guest Speaker Richard Stember, from NASA, will be conducting a presentation and Q&A regarding the Orion Launch that took place in early December 2014. Presentation takes place Saturday, February 28, 2015: 11:30 am & 1:30 pm.
LEGO Travel Adventure runs January 17 – May 10, 2015. Embark on a travel adventure with LEGO at the Discovery Cube Orange County! You can go anywhere over land, sea, and air by creating extraordinary vehicles to take you where you want to go! To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, you need to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all types of terrain, including mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts and more! Where will you go? What will you build? How will you get there? Join us at the Discovery Cube Orange County to find out!
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers runs January 17 – May 3, 2015. Travel to the wildest places on earth in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers. This hands-on exhibition allows you to let your imagination run wild as you become an explorer of the world, taking part in adventures to discover new science and technology. Come follow National Geographic’s explorers as they venture off to dangerous and remote parts of the world!
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, March 1 – TARGET Free First Sunday: Celtic Family Festival: KIDSEUM is FREE and OPEN from 10 AM – 4 PM with HIGH-TECH & INTERACTIVE FOCUS on ART & ARCHAEOLOGY. Art Projects: Shamrock Headband, Rainbow Collage, and Face Painting. Join Master Storyteller, Miss Cynthia, for presentations at:
- 10:30 AM The Rhino who Swallowed a Storm Written by LeVar Burton
- 11:30 AM The Coyote and the Colorado River (Native American)
- 1:30 PM Tikki Tikki Tembo (China) Written by Arlene Mosel
- 2:30 PM How the Tortoise Got Her Shell (The Greedy Farmer)
- 3:30 PM The Empty Pot (China)
At the Bowers Museum in the Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard, the following activities will take place:
- 11 AM – 4 PM: Face painting, art projects (foil Celtic cross, Irish water color landscape) Shamrock cookie sampling
- 12:00 PM: Forrest Cormany, award winning bagpipe musician
- 12:30 PM: Innisfree Irish Band, plays for your listening and dancing pleasure
- 1:30 PM: Butler-Fearon-O’Connor School of Irish Dance, named the number one Irish dance school in the United States.
- 2:00 PM: Innisfree Irish Band
Free admission to specially-ticketed exhibition China’s Lost Civilization is limited to the first 1,500 people on a first come, first served basis. Each recipient must be present. Tickets can be picked up in the North Wing. Free admission is also included to Bowers Museum permanent exhibitions including:
- Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachan;
- Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands;
- California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos; Vision of the Shaman,
- Song of the Priest; California: The Golden Years;
- Ancient Arts of China.
Irvine, CA 92618
Tuesday, January 13 – February 24: The Little Red Hen Theater Education Program (7 Week Class) – Come one, come all to the best show in town – where your child is the STAR! If your child loves to create scenes, develop stories, and design this is the production for them. Pretend City has partnered with Creative Kids Playhouse to provide a theater education program to our guests. This unique program utilizes classic stories to prompt children’s imagination. Children will work together to develop the characters, plot, and scenes of the show. Our first program focuses on The Little Red Hen, a classic folk tale about working together, farm to table foods, and family dinner time. Director Jennifer Estrada will lead children making every minute of rehearsal fun with games and songs and utilizing developmentally appropriate practices to support children at all levels of development. Children will learn to work together as a team, express themselves, and hone memorization skills. Come join the fun!
Class Session: Weekly every Tuesday, January 13th – February 24th
Class Time: Rehearsals (Tuesdays) at 1:45 – 2:30p.m.
Performance Day: Saturday, February 28th at 11:00a.m.
Specifically for: Children 3 – 7 (preschool & school age); Parents must remain on the premises.
RSVP: Register here. Registration is done online through Creative Kids Playhouse.
Class Minimum: 14 children; Class Maximum 25 children
Admission to the museum included for parent and child after each class with purchase of class series
Fee: $134 for 7 week series (7 classes) includes all instruction, materials, a cast T-Shirt, rehearsal CD and major costume components.
Wednesday, January 21 – March 13, 2015: Mindfulness for Children Class. This 8-week class series helps children (ages 4-6) explore self awareness, kindness, compassion and self-control. Each class will include either an art activity or a mindfulness exercise designed to encourage positive behavior. Children will also practice identifying feelings, effective communication and problem solving, as they recognize the benefit that mindfulness can bring to their lives.
- Time: Meets twice per week, every Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 – 3:30p.m.
- Play Partner: Sandee Bandettini MS, MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that offers counseling and classes on mindful ways to live healthy and happy lives.
- RSVP: Register here.
- Fee: $160 per child for entire 8 week class series. *Members receive 20% discount! (Includes admission into museum for grown-up and child on class dates)
Monday, February 23: Family Autism Event – Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public. This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support. Event runs 5:00pm – 7:30pm. RSVP: Register here. Required by Sunday, February 22nd. Max: 300 guests *Only guests with a reservation and a confirmation number will be admitted. Fee: FREE.
Saturday, February 28: Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day! – National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood’s favorite visitors – the Tooth Fairy! Typically the Tooth Fairy hovers silently, fluttering down to collect lost teeth from beneath pillows of sleeping children. But today she is making a special appearance at Pretend City to share her tips on oral health habits through activities including:
- Smart Art: The Tooth Fairy loves to look at hand decorated Tooth Fairy Pillows and Binkie Boxes. Stop by the art studio to help your little one create a holder all of their own.
- Good to Grow Game: Join the Tooth Fairy as she shares information and tips on dental hygiene throughout the day through fun and interactive lessons.
- Partner In Play: Is your child having a hard time saying goodbye to his or her soother, better known as “binkie” to some? Well today is the perfect day to say goodbye to binkie. The Tooth Fairy herself will be at Pretend City for a pacifier pick-up. Your little one will get a special certificate and treat for giving up their pacifier.
Don’t forget your camera to take a photo with the Tooth Fairy! Activities runs 10:00am – 4:00pm and are included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free). Show receipt within the past 30 days of a visit to your pediatric dentist for $1 off your child’s general admission ticket!