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Events Happening this week in Orange County: May 18th-24th


Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As we enjoy an extra day off from school and/or work, let us remember and honor the military heroes who gave up their lives in active duty while protecting our country.

There are not many outdoor nature activities this week but there are several festivals to check out. The Asian Pacific Festival runs Friday – Sunday in Newport Beach. The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival runs Friday – Monday. The Scottish Fest runs Saturday – Sunday at the OC Fairgrounds. Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

Asian Pacific Festival

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

A 2 1/2 Day Asian Pacific Festival By the Sea offering a virtual trip to many Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, Thailand, Korea, India, Philippines, Japan and more. Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of cultural exhibits, art walk, folk dances, fashion shows, outstanding entertainment, martial arts, food challenges, spirit garden and amazing food from all across the Asian Pacific! Featured Events and Activities:

  • Friday, May 22 – East West Artists will showcase their best talents at our Kick-Off Beach Party
  • Saturday, May 23 – The 2nd Miss Asian Pacific Foundation Pageant
  • Sunday, May 24 – Their 2nd Hip Hop Competition hits the stage with groups from all across Southern California Kids’ Village and Cultural Exhibits: Take a journey through the four seasons with arts & crafts and interactive cultural displays.

Festival dates and times as follows:

  • Friday, May 22: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, May 23: 10:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sunday, May 24: 10:00am – 9:00pm

See the full schedule of events and so much more at Buy your Presale tickets now with a special $5 off discount on all tickets! Children under 6 years of age are free with an adult or guardian. Admission at the door is $10/day or $20 for a three-day pass.

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Downtown Garden Grove

Euclid Street & Main Street

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Garden Grove will once again have a big crop of strawberry goodness over Memorial Day weekend. This festival, now in its 57th year, offers unique attractions like the Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant, the Redhead Roundup, the Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest and, on Saturday morning, the annual Strawberry parade. Families can also enjoy a big selection of games, rides and, of course, strawberries.

Festival runs Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 1:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 10;00pm
  • Monday: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Admission is free. Unlimited all-day rides are $30 on Friday and $35 Saturday – Monday. See website for details and a schedule of events.

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!

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 18: MUSEUM CLOSED

Tuesday, May 19: 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 19: Bug Basket Craft – Visit our bug critters in our California: Full of Life Exhibit and then head over to the Family Art Center and make a bug craft! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Tuesday, May 19: Mini Yogis – Enjoy some bonding time with your child and learn breathing and stretching essential to yoga. This class is designed especially for the parent/child experience! Free to CMLH Members and visitors with paid admission. Class size is limited. Please call (562) 383-4236 to make your reservation.

Wednesday, May 20: 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 21: Bug Basket Craft – Visit our bug critters in our California: Full of Life Exhibit and then head over to the Family Art Center and make a bug craft! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, May 22: 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 23: Bug Basket Craft – Visit our bug critters in our California: Full of Life Exhibit and then head over to the Family Art Center and make a bug craft! Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Sunday, May 24: Family Art Sundays: Textured Turtles – Join us for an art class for the entire family. We’ll be guiding you through creating a textured clay turtle! Space is limited. Reservations required. Please call (562) 383-4236.Free with Museum 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.

New traveling exhibit opening soon!

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)

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.

Monday, May 18: Celebrate International Museum Day! – Today Pretend City Children’s Museum joins the worldwide community of museums to celebrate International Museum day. This year’s theme for the event is museums for a sustainable society. Today we will do our part to raise public awareness about the need for a society that is less wasteful, more cooperative and that uses resources in a way that respects living systems.

  • Smart Art: Trash to Treasure – ever heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well today’s art activities are based off of that phrase. See what treasure your child can create with “trash” items.
  • Sensational Story Time: Timber! This book will teach budding environmentalist how to be environmentally conscious and about sustainable forestry.
  • Simple Science: It all starts with One Seed! Learn what seeds come from what, explore different seeds, and learn about the life cycles of a few plants. Children will then get to plant their very own seed that will sprout into their very own edible treat.

Additionally today all guests will receive a special BOGO deal on general admission tickets in honor of International Museum Day! RSVP not required. Activities run 10:00am – 1:00pm and are included in museum admission. BOGO in honor of International Museum Day! Buy one general admission ticket, and get one general admission ticket free (cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion).

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  1. Don’t forget Patchwork Show Spring 2015 is on Sunday, May 24th in Downtown town Santa Ana from 11am-5pm! There are
    over 200 makers, food trucks, artisan food market place, and three stages of local music and performances throughout the day! Flyer is on my FB page.

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