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Events for Families in Orange County This Week March 12th – 17th


Families may find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at one of these family-friendly events, happening in Orange County leading up to St. Patrick’s Day this week. Don’t forget to get up to minute family events in Orange County by checking out our events calendar daily.

Tuesday, March 12th

Meeting of the Queen at the Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

It will be a royal rendezvous as Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth comes to Long Beach on March 12th at 6pm. This will be the third time in over three decades that another Cunard ship has visited the Queen Mary. There will be live music, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free to the public.

Pottery Barn Story time
27000 Crown Valley Pkwy.
Mission Viejo

Bring your children dressed in green for this festive story time at the Mission Viejo Pottery Barn store. There will be story time, crafts and fun for children of all ages. The event is free to the public.


Wednesday, March 13th

Little Naturalist
Environmental Nature Center
1601 E 16th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Children ages 3-5 years old will learn about pond animals at this interactive event at 10am. Registration is required by calling 949-645-8489. The cost is $5 per child.


Thursday, March 14th

“Dork Diaries” Author Event
A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe
4199 Campus Drive, Suite A
Irvine, Ca 92612

Bring your children to meet Rachel Renee Russell, the author of the popular book series “Dork Diaries” at 4pm at A Whale of a Tale Bookeshoppe in Irvine. The event is free to the public.


Friday, March 15th

Upper Newport Bay Muth Interpretive Center
2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Join the preserve staff for a fun story time for children ages 2-8 years old from 10:30 to 11:30am. Following the story time there will be crafts, activities and a nature walk. The class is $5 per child.


Saturday, March 16th

Miles Square Park Fishing Derby
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Children under the age of 15 can compete to win prizes during this fun fishing derby. The lake will be stocked with over 1,500 pounds of trout for the derby. Bring your fishing rod because there will only be a limited amount of rods available for rental. The event is free to the public, but parking is $5. Registration begins at 7:30am, derby begins at 9am. Bait will not be provided!!

Lakeshore Free Crafting Clinic
18679 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

23501 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

children are invited to let their imagination soar at this free clinic from 11am to 3pm. Children will learn their colors while creating a 3-D butterfly picture. Print a coupon from the link above for discount savings while shopping.

OC Mart Mix Family Fair
3313 Hyland Avenue
Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

The OC Mart Mix is hosting a fun family fair with face painting, balloon animals and more. The event is free to the public from 10am to 2pm.

Adobe Brick Making
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Children can enjoy a hands-on experience from 11am to 3pm as the staff helps them to build their own adobe bricks. The cost is $3 per person and $1 for members of the Mission.


Sunday, March 17th

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

See our large list of St. Patrick’s Day Family-Friendly events here!


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  1. What is the meeting about in regards to the Queen Mary?

    • The two ships were meeting in Long Beach Randi. It was an amazing site!!

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