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Events Happening in Orange County This Week: May 11-17th

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Has anyone gone to the Duck-A-Thon at the Huntington Beach Pier? It sounds like so much fun. You can check it out on Saturday or Sunday and let me know what you think! The OC Greek Food Festival is happening in Anaheim Friday – Sunday and the Anaheim Children’s Festival takes place on Saturday only. Santa Ana Zoo’s Party for the Planet is taking place on Sunday. Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

OC Greek Food Festival

St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church

405 N Dale St.

Anaheim, CA 92801

ocgreekfest.com

The OC Greek Food Festival celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides & games and other children’s activities, and much more. See the website for the event schedule.

Admission is $3. Free admission for children 12 and under. Free parking is available at Buena Park Downtown by Walmart. There will be a free shuttle service from the Buena Park mall to the OC Greek Festival for all three days of the event. Festival dates and times as follows:

  • Friday, May 15: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, May 16: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sunday, May 17: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 South Euclid St.

La Habra, CA 90631

lhcm.org

Our mission
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!

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, May 11: MUSEUM CLOSED

Tuesday, May 12: 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, May 12: Paper Bag Bird Nest Craft – We’re making an adorable bird nest out of a simple brown paper bag! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday, May 13: 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).

Thursday, May 14: Paper Bag Bird Nest Craft – We’re making an adorable bird nest out of a simple brown paper bag! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, May 15: Free Art Fridays – Free to CMLH Members and visitors with paid Museum admission. Friday is fun day in the Family Art Center with lots of art materials to create whatever you’d like! Unleash your creativity today!

Saturday, May 16: Paper Bag Bird Nest Craft – We’re making an adorable bird nest out of a simple brown paper bag! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Sunday, May 17: Family Art Sundays: Clayworks – Join us for an art class for the entire family. We’ll be guiding you through creating a whimsical monster out of clay! Space is limited. Reservations required. Please call (562) 383-4236.

Discovery Cube Orange County

2500 N Main St.

Santa Ana, CA  92705

discoverycube.org

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.

New traveling exhibit opening soon!

Kidseum (art-based children’s museum operated by the Bowers Museum)

1802 N Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92706

bowers.org

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, May 17: Family Drumming Circle – Join professional drummer Martin Espino on Sunday, May 17 from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Kidseum to participate in a family drumming circle. Recommended for ages 2-8! Martin will teach children the basics of drumming and music. Then children participate in the indigenous Mexican drumming circle and sound great! In the Art Studio today (from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) children can make their very own maracas and rainsticks and take the music home! The drumming circle and the art studio are complimentary with admission.

Pretend City

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

pretendcity.org

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, May 11: 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. Fee: $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!

Wednesday, May 13: Celebrate Frog Jumping Day! – Frog Jumping Day is a great day to jump like a frog. Or, maybe the day is about jumping over a frog? Either way, today is a fun day! Pretend City will teach your child all about frogs through a variety of fun activities including:

  • Smart Art: Frog Face – There are over 4800 different species of frogs that can be found all over the world. Which frog will your child decide to make today in this frog-inspired art project?
  • Sensational Story Time: Jump, Frog, Jump! This infectious cumulative tale will soon have the young frogs you know jumping and chanting with joy.
  • Simple Science: Froggy, Froggy will educate children about frogs with a fun music video and corresponding activity about the life cycle of a frog!

RSVP not required. Activities run 10:00am – 4:00pm and are included in museum admission.

Thursday, May 14: Celebrate National Chicken Dance Day! – Today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day! Although we may not like to admit it, we all have rocked the Chicken Dance at least once or twice in our lives. Today is your time to do it again! Join us every hour to do the chicken dance! Other fun activities will include:

  • Smart Art: Fuzzy Friends baby chick art looks just like the cute feathered chicks in our very own Farm. Observe them with your child before visiting the Art Studio to create their very own chick art.
  • Sensational Story Time: Hopefully the Interrupting Chicken won’t stop by for this humorous story time. This fun take is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of) spirited little chicks.
  • Simple Science: Life Cycle of a Chicken will teach your children all about the various stages of a chicken’s life from egg to chicken.

RSVP not required. Activities run 10:00am – 4:00pm and are included in museum admission.

Friday, May 15: Homeschool Field Experience Day – Once a month we offer Homeschool students unlimited access to our interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences. A field experience to Pretend City offers your students a learning experience through hands-on educational play. The Pretend City environment allows you to create a plethora of curriculum and activities to surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. Event runs 10:00am – 5:00pm. RSVP: Register here. Registration is required by Wednesday, May 13. Maximum: 300. When you come to Pretend City on the Homeschool Day, please present your Homeschool Day ticket and Homeschool ID card (or district letter, private school affidavit, etc) to the Front Desk. Fee: $9.00 per students; $9.00 per adult.

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