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Events Happening in Orange County: April 20 – April 26th

Sunday, April 26th

Birding Walk

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

28241 La Paz Rd

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

ocparks.com/lagunaniguelpark/

Join OC Parks Volunteer Mike Clayton for a morning of birding at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. With its meandering streams and 44-acre lake, the park attracts a variety of birds, including waterfowl and shore birds. Walk runs 8:00am – 11:00am. Cost: Free. Parking: $5 per vehicle. Special Instructions: Beginning and intermediate birders are welcome. Participants must be 10 years old and above and children must be accompanied by an adult. Program is free, meet at the shelter #3 parking lot inside the gate and to the right.

Birding Adventure

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Big Canyon Parking Lot

Newport Beach, CA 92660

ocparks.com/newport

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For those of you who are interested in a more intense bird watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of our bird experts offers a 2 -3 hour outing at Big Canyon. Suitable for beginners and advanced birders. Program runs 8:00am – 10:00am. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Ranger Led Nature Hike

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

ocparks.com/caspers

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. Hike runs 8:00am – 9:00am. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike.

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Aliso and Wood Canyons Ranger Headquarters

28373 Alicia Pkwy.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

lagunacanyon.org/activities

Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants the Acjachemen people. For those who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. (Children ages 8 and up, or younger if peddled by an adult.) Ride runs 8:30am – 10:30am. Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!), 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA  90802

aquariumofpacific.org

Earth Day Festival – Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the Aquarium’sfifteenth annual Earth Day festival. Join us for a weekend of family fun celebrating the Earth while learning easy, everyday tips to protect the environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. Festival runs Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. $10 off Adult Admission with eWaste Trade-in. Drop off your eWaste at the booth in front of the Aquarium during this festival weekend for a coupon worth $10 off adult admission to the Aquarium. Valid April 25-26 only.

Abilities Night – Join us on Sunday, April 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for an exclusive evening for people with disabilities. This will be a tranquil evening where guests can explore the exhibits and enjoy the nighttime lighting of the Aquarium. All animal exhibits will be open with the exception of Lorikeet Forest. Event is free but capacity is limited. Advance reservations are required online.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

crystalcovestatepark.com

Coastal Geology Walk – Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, April 26 from 1-3pm.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time.  Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) Community Day

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

backbaysciencecenter.org/community-day

Come explore the buildings and surroundings of the BBSC!   Event occurs every Sunday and runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Talk to the City of Newport Beach staff and volunteers about ongoing research, education, & restoration projects. Get your fingers wet in our tide pool touch tank, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, and do some bird watching. The Science Center is located just off of Back Bay Drive on Shellmaker Island (600 Shellmaker Rd). This program is free and no reservations are required.

Dia Del Nino / Day of the Child

Birch Park

210 N Birch St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

eldiadelnino.org

Honor youth and celebrate children through the arts during a day of free performances, participatory arts activities, and art exhibitions.  This bilingual event is appropriate for children of all ages. Event is free and runs 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Land of Nod Spring Garden Show Children’s Events

Land of Nod

3333 Bear St.

Bridge Level, Space #344

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

landofnod.com/Stores/south-coast-plaza/str158

Stop by The Land of Nod for the Spring Garden Show Children’s Events 11:00am – 5:00pm. At 11:30am, join the South Coast Storytellers Guild for fun and interactive stories about nature. At 1:00pm the San Ana Zoomobile is an exciting live animal presentation brought directly to our Garden Show. Come for an unusual educational experience blending scientific knowledge with intimate opportunities to study animals. At 2:30pm come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or balloon animal made especially for you!

Ripple Kids in Action at SOCO

SOCO Colletion

3303 Hyland Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

southcoastcollection.com

Help make the Orange County a better place while having fun with the whole family! You’re invited to Ripple Kids in Action on April 26, 2015 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa. This free event will offer kids an assortment of fun, hands-on service projects like planting milkweed, making toys for shelter animals, or packing birthday party kits for children in need. At the event, Surfas Culinary District will host a Fierce Food Cooking Demonstration where real-life Ripple Kids will partner with professional chefs to share their favorite easy, healthy recipes. Guests will also enjoy live music from OC’s School of Rock youth music academy, delicious food, and pet adoption opportunities through Barks of Love Animal Rescue. Ripple Kids seeks to inspire and empower kids to take action in their communities and this is the perfect opportunity for kids to get inspired to give back. SOCO is located at 3303 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/RippleKidsSOCO2015.

Free Kids Fishing Clinic

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern St.

Dana Point, CA 92629

danawharf.com/kidsclub.html

Every Sunday! 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Free clinic held dockside. No reservations needed.

Every Sunday! 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Free fishing trip. Rental gear included. Reservations required as space is limited. One free child per paying adult.

Science Sundays with ExplorOcean

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA  92660

explorocean.org

ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Sundays at the Back Bay. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce a new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Program runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Science Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us at ten and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting.

On Sundays, follow ExplorOcean volunteers to the Back Bay Science Center to participate in their Community Day Program, hosted by the City of Newport Beach.

The OC Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

ocgp.org

Farmer’s Market – Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Market runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free parking and admission.

Sea Tales at ExplorOcean

ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard

600 E Bay Ave.

Newport Beach, CA 92661

explorocean.org

Sea Tales story time – free with paid admission! Come enjoy an interactive ocean-themed story and a craft! Hosted by Miss Jane! 😉 Program begins at 12:30pm.

Storytime with Cynthia Callard

Center for Living Peace

4139 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

goodhappens.org

Join us in our library for Storytime with Cynthia Callard on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month! For each storytime, a story will be chosen and read aloud for all to enjoy.  We encourage you to bring friends and family members of all ages. All of the stories that are read have a wonderful message of love and compassion fitting for all ages. On this day we will be reading Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett. Storytime runs 1:30pm – 2:00pm. Program is free but a donation of $2-$5 is suggested. Register online.

J.O.Y. for Nature: Secrets of the Sage

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Portola – Round Staging Area

Irvine Ranch, CA

letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/04/26/j-o-y-nature-secrets-sage/

Southern California offers a wide array of habitats, with several encompassing much of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Many natural communities thrive in our arid climate, such as native grasslands, lush stream corridors, live oak woodlands, and thick chaparral. We will take a closer look as Botanists at the expansive coastal sage scrub community in Round Canyon. By exploring the many unique, rare and endangered species who call this particular habitat home we will discover the Secrets of the Sage! This free program runs 3:30pm – 5:30pm for ages 9 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

 

 

 

Reminder – Always call or check the website to confirm time and place — and to ensure these events are not cancelled due to rain or some other circumstance.  

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