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2015 TACA Family Picnic

TACA Family Picnic

The TACA Family Picnic provides a fun yet secure environment for children and families affected by autism. This is a vital event providing a sense of community to families living with autism. This extremely popular family event is traditionally attended by families throughout California and the surrounding states. Last year, nearly 1,500 people took part in this amazing day!

This new picnic venue will include activities for all ages and abilities. In addition to bounce houses, inflatable obstacle course, arts & crafts, silent auction and raffle, this year’s picnic activities also include:

Pool: Enjoy the junior Olympic size swimming pool featuring a 140 foot mountain water slide.

  • Large pool: 3 ½ – 7 feet deep – Small pool: 3 ½ feet deep.
  • Capacity 300 in pool and on deck total.
  • Heated to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Swim Test required to swim in the deep end.
  • Children still in diapers are not allowed in pool.
  • No arm floaties allowed, but personal flotation device is allowed.
  • Lifeguards on duty.
  • Water slide: 2 story mountain water slide with 6 turns (140 ft.) – Must be a minimum of 4 feet tall to go on it.
  • A parent must remain in the pool area with their children. No babysitting will be available.
  • Note: Pool is securely gated and fenced. If you would rather not have your children swim, they will not be able to see the pool from the picnic venue. The pool area is adjacent to the main picnic area, but not visible at all.

Zip Line: Soar over our scenic canyon down the zip line. Harness, helmet and fun included.

  • Age requirements: 8 years or 60-275lbs, 50lbs w/ weight belt (at discretion of director on site).
  • The group will be instructed on how to properly put on a harness and helmet.
  • Two will zip at one time on two separate lines.
  • The zip line is a 10-14 second ride, 1,000 feet horizontal.
  • Closed toed shoes are REQUIRED and longer shorts or pants recommended.
  • Note: The zip line adventure is roughly a 5 minute walk from the main picnic area. If you would rather not have your children go on the zip line, they will not be able to see the zip line area from the picnic venue.
  • *Everyone will be harnessed at the bottom of the zip line area and will be given a safety talk. They will get one zip each and will need to get back into line to zip again.
  • Mine Program: Adventure in the Lucy-Lou Mine takes place at the mining camp. Dig in the mine shafts looking for coal wearing our mining hard hats and helmet lamps. Pan for gold in our authentic sluicing boxes. Go prehistoric and create your very own fossil.

Mine exploration: Children are taught about coal, why we bring a canary into the mine, and what it is like to be a miner. The children are able to wear helmets and carry either a pick ax or shovel to go explore in the mine.

Gold Panning: You can pan for gold in our two troughs. Staff members have sprinkled pieces of fake gold throughout the troughs and we supply children with pans similar to ones that were used during the gold rush. Each child is able to take home 1-2 small pieces of “gold.”

Fossil Creation: Children use clay to make imprints of organic items to make impression fossils.
Closed toed shoes highly recommended if going into mine.

Note: The Mine Program is roughly a 5 minute walk from the main picnic area. If you would rather not have your children go in the mine, they will not be able to see the Mine Program area from the picnic venue.

*Each activity at the mine will run on 30 minute rotations. We will have signups for each activity rotation (15 kids per activity, 45 total per rotation.) Parents are encouraged to participate with their child. No babysitting will be provided.

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015

Where: The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
2 Irvine Park Road
(Note: This venue is inside the Irvine Regional Park)
Orange, CA 92869

Time: Registration opens: 11:00 am Picnic concludes: 3:30 pm

Tickets: Prices start as low as $5 for children and $10 for adults. Buy early to take advantage of the lowest price.

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