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Events Happening This Week in Orange County: August 24th – August 30th


Monday is the last day of the current exhibit at Children’s Museum at La Habra, California Full of Life. The museum closes on Monday, August 31 and will reopen on September 29 when the new traveling exhibit, Construction Zone, will be unveiled as well as the newest permanent exhibit, Clubhouse H2O’s Conservation Garden. This is the last week for the Sawdust Festival. The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a presentation on wolves this Saturday evening. Be sure to check out the full moon – there are four full moon hikes on Saturday and one on Sunday. Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

The OC Great Park Family Activities

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Friday, August 28: Friday Night Lawn Games – Put some fun into your Fridays! Whether you are taking your date on a balloon ride or going for an evening stroll with the family, these trendy lawn games are a perfect addition to your evening at the Great Park. These games include Croquet, Bocce Ball, Ladder Ball, Cornhole and Kubb. Event runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, August 29: Saturday Family Park Play – Learn about the Great Park through new, family friendly activities! Each week will feature a themed craft for children. Classic board games also available for friendly family competition. Parent participation required; supplies are limited. Event runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Today’s activity is Pretty Awesome Plants.

Sunday, August 30: 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.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA  90802

Discounted Late Nights: Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific with special extended hours. The entire Aquarium will be open, except Lorikeet Forest. Admission after 5:00 p.m. is just $14.95 for adults and seniors, and children (3-11). Watch the nighttime activities of our animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the Aquarium’s architecture. Hours are 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Please note that Café Scuba may not be open on all nights but the Coffee Cart will be open in those cases. This week’s Discounted Late Nights are:

  • Saturday, August 29
  • Sunday, August 30

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Monday, August 24: Junior Rangers – Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Junior Rangers meets on Monday June 29 from 10-11am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Come for the program, stay for the day. $15 day-use fee.

Wednesday, August 26: Community Days – Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to sketch or dance, try your hand at a traditional craft, enjoy a historic radio show, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

Saturday, August 29: Tidepool Walk – Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Rocky Bight on Saturday, August 29 at 2:30pm. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”) and meet at the Historic District Visitor Center across from the Beachcomber Café. Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Saturday, August 29: Full Moon Hike – Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile full moon hike on Saturday, August 29 at 7pm. Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers.

Mission San Juan Capistrano Family Activities

26801 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Summer Crafts for Kids offered July 6 through August 28, 2015, 11:00am – 1:00pm. $5 non-members, $1 members.

  • Mondays: Gold Panning
  • Tuesdays: Adobe Brick Making
  • Wednesdays: Cornhusk Dolls
  • Thursdays: Mini Coiled Clay Pot
  • Fridays: Arrowhead Necklace

Gold Panning, Adobe Brick Making, and Arrowhead Necklace is offered every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm. $5 non-members, $1 members.

Sawdust Festival – LAST WEEK!

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA   92651

A Laguna Beach tradition for 49 years, the Sawdust Festival’s Summer Show serves as a showcase for more than 200 local artisans. Come and see all the diverse artwork as well as check out the art demonstrations and workshops. Admission is $8.50; $4 children 6-12. Festival runs Friday, June 26 – Sunday, August 30, 2015.

There is a Children’s Art Spot with art fun for the little ones, free of charge. Although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee. There is also a Ceramic Center with one-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages. Free of charge to take home as greenware; $8 to glaze, fire and pick up; $16 to glaze, fire and ship to your home. Please see website for class schedule.

Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 South Euclid St.

La Habra, CA 90631

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! Admission: Kids and Adults $8, La Habra residents $7, Kids Under 2 Free).

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, August 24: MUSEUM CLOSED

Wednesday, August 26: 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. Free with paid admission.

Discovery Cube Orange County

2500 N Main St.

Santa Ana, CA  92705

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.

June 11, 2015 – September 7, 2015: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Homes – This interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Visitors will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve the most puzzling of mysteries! This exhibition features original manuscripts and artifacts, investigative tools, and crime-solving opportunities. Visitors will be transported back into Victorian London and given a detective’s notebook to use throughout the exhibition to help solve a riveting crime! Exhibit is included in price of general admission.

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

1802 N Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92706

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)


241 S Anaheim Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92805

The MUZEO engages the community by exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. The MUZEO hosts three traveling exhibitions per year which would otherwise not be displayed in the region. Every exhibit is enhanced with special programs, events and activities. You don’t want to miss a moment of them. Admission fees: Adults $10 and children $6. Parking is available in the structure on the corner of Center Street Promenade and South Lemon Street. Museum is closed on Mondays.

Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path – Exhibit runs April 18, 2015 – September 13, 2015. Most Southern California families are unaware that grizzly bears ever roamed what has now become bustling cities like Irvine and Corona. The extinction of the California grizzly bear (Ursus Californicus) in 1924 serves a cautionary tale for those wanting to protect and preserve California’s fragile mountain lion (Puma concolor) species. Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path will educate and raise environmental awareness by juxtaposing the fate of the California grizzly bear with the future of the state’s mountain lion. Docent tours start in the box office and last approximately 45 minutes. Tours are complimentary with admission to Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path. See website for details.

Pretend City

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

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.

Thursday, August 27: Celebrate When I Grow Up Day! – What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you want to save lives and be a doctor? Or maybe you want to be a graphic designer and create a popular video game for all your friends to play! Pretend City invites all Pretenders and their parents to meet and interact with professionals from all over the community at When I Grow Up Day! Come meet these accomplished professionals who live within your local community, and who will inspire you and your Pretender to dream big when it comes to thinking of what they want to be when they grow up! RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission. Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Friday, August 28: Celebrate Pretend City’s Birthday! Meet some of your favorite characters as they help Pretend City celebrate our 6th Birthday! Enjoy a slice of birthday cake, make a birthday hat, get your face painted and pose for a photo with your favorite super hero or princess.  All included with admission!  Are you celebrating your 6th birthday too this year? Bring in proof and you’ll receive free admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 28, 29, and 30th. Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission, receive free admission for ages 6, 60 or 66 with valid ID.

Friday, August 29: Korean Festival Fridays – Join us every Friday this summer to participate in Korean Festival Fridays – sponsored by The Korean Foundation. Korean Festival Fridays compliment the Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea exhibit to promote Korean Culture to Orange County families. Understanding other people’s languages, cultures, etiquettes and taboos are of great value when trying to ensure that children are learning global competency. Festival Fridays make guests passionate participants in learning about the culture by providing activity-based, participatory, educational adventures.

  • Sample some of the delicious Korean noodles from Nongshim.
  • Korean Folding Fan: One of the most popular traditional Korean dances is the buchae chum (boo-chae choom), or the fan dance. The name itself literally translates to “fan dance,” as buchae means fan and chum means dance. Buchaechum is a traditional form of Korean dance, usually performed by groups of female dancers. Many koreans use this dance during many celebrations. They use fans painted with pink peony blossoms and display a show of dance. During the dance, the dancers represent images using the fans such as flowers, butterflies and waves.
  • Children can partake in their own rendition of the bumchae chum by creating their own buchae, or folding fan out of paper, and decorating it to their liking. Examples of fan folding can be found on Pinterest. They can also glue it to popsicle sticks at each end in order to grasp it better. Once the children have folded their fans, they can take part in their very own buchae chum, or fan dance using their fans! They can either dance to traditional instrumental Korean music, or traditional Korean singing known as “Trot.”

Activities at 11:00am and 3:00pm every Friday. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission.

Saturday, August 29: Celebrate Raksha Bandhan! – ‘Raksha Bandhan’ or ‘Rakhi’ is a special Hindu occasion to celebrate the special bond and love between brother and sister.  Today’s activities are all centered around building the bond between children and their siblings, family, or peers. Join us for:

  • Smart art: Handmade Rakhi – Children will be able to make their own rakhi’s to gift to their loved siblings, family, or peers.
  • Sensational Story Time: One Busy Day – Enjoy this delightful story about a brother and sister who find out that being busy is more fun together!
  • Let’s Move: Kids Versus Grown-Ups – Since today is all about the bond between siblings, let’s have them team up for a fun, active movement game.

RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission. To celebrate this special day siblings will get in FREE for every general child’s admission ticket purchased! Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm.

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