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Events Happening in Orange County: March 9th – 15th

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Spring is on its way! Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad is opening this Saturday and runs through April 4th. Take advantage of the free outdoor activities during this beautiful weather. It can be hot to hike the trails in summer. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday. Yea! One more hour of daylight! Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

irvineparkrailroad.com

Open daily Saturday, March 14th – Saturday, April 4th. Note: Irvine Regional Park and Irvine Park Railroad will be open on Easter Sunday, however, the Easter Eggstravaganza events will not be open on Easter Sunday. This event is held inside of Locomotive Loop… just behind the train station. Event time is 10:00am – 6:00pm. Tickets for most activities are $5.00 each or purchase a book of 15 tickets for $60.00. See website for details. Activities include:

  • Easter egg hunt
  • Meet the Easter Bunny
  • Train rides
  • Moon bounce
  • Hay ride
  • Easter cookie decorating
  • Great food
  • Picture stands
  • Carnival games
  • Face painting

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 fall exhibit is Destination: Space and it runs through March 8.

Wednesday, March 11: 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).

Discovery Cube Orange County

2500 N Main St.

Santa Ana, CA  92705

discoverycube.org

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

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)

Saturday, March 14 – Junior Archaeologist: Become an archaeologist for a day – think, learn, explore and get your hands dirty! Participate in an archaeological dig, learn how to record your findings and create an artifact to take home. Event runs 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Spots are limited and advance reservations are recommended at least 3 days prior to event date. Fee: Admission, plus $10 for every participating child ages 4 and up. Members: Free admission; $6 for every participating child. To purchase your reservation tickets please follow this link: https://7827.blackbaudhosting.com/7827/page.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=37c0a0df-b194-4931-8f61-6fa518692975.

Sunday, March 15 – Family Drumming Circle: Join professional drummer Martin Espino on Sunday, March 15 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! The drumming circle and the art studio are complimentary with admission. 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!

Pretend City

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

pretendcity.org

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, March 9: 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 a fun 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! Event runs 2:00pm – 3:30pm. This is your opportunity to ask questions, meet other parents, and engage your baby 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 an exclusive, infant only times by engaging in age-appropriate facilitated activities which will teach you about your baby’s developmental milestones. RSVP: Register here. Registration required; max 220. Fee: $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!

Friday, March 13: Way to Play, A Package of Learning! – How serious are you about play? Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Join us for a fun Way To Play Day, which is specially designed to assist parents in finding answers to questions about their child’s development through play. Activities run 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Free ASQ Developmental Check-ups from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.:

Specifically for: Children 0 – 5 ½ years old. (first come, first served; limited spaces available)
On Way to Play Days, Pretend City also hosts ASQ Developmental Screenings. The screenings will assess your child’s speech, motor, cognitive and social areas utilizing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Early diagnosis and treatment of developmental delays can help give a child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential.

RSVP: Not required. Fee: Check-ups and activities are included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free).

Spirit Kids – Cheer Classes presented by Pacific Coast Magic: Weekly every Friday, March 6th – 27th. Time: 11:00 – 11:30a.m. (class may run over, depending on children’s interest and ability). Specifically for:  Children 3 years of age and up; Grown-up supervision required

This March we have partnered with Pacific Coast Magic, an All-star Cheerleading company, to introduce our youngest cheer friends to this fun sport! Cheerleading is our most energetic class – not to mention the loudest! The tumbles, jumps, chants, and cheers gives your little one a healthy first step towards an active lifestyle. At the same time your child is learning teamwork, trust, and cooperation. Through the guidance of coaches from Pacific Coast Magic, your child’s skills and confidence will grow. Tumbles and movement teach coordination and balance, while the team environment builds trust. This will be a class you won’t want to miss!

RSVP: Register here. Registration is highly recommended; limited spaces available. RSVP by Wednesday, March 4th. Max: 20 children, Min: 3 children. Fee: Included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free).

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