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Weekly Events Happening in Orange County: April 13 – April 19th

Orange County
The Circus is in town! Circus Vargas is playing at the Westfield MainPlace in Santa Ana April 16-20, the OC Great Park in Irvine April 23 – May 4, and the Laguna Hills Mall May 7-18. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is happening this weekend Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19. See the website gpib.com for information and a schedule of events. There is a Wilderness Access Day at Bommer Canyon this Saturday and the Orange County Model Engineers are holding their free monthly public train rides this Saturday and Sunday. Speaking of trains, the Rail Festival and Steam Weekend is happening this Saturday and Sunday in Perris. Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

Circus Vargas

Westfield MainPlace

2800 Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

circusvargas.com

Circus Vargas, America’s favorite traveling Big Top circus continues to thrill and enchant children of all ages with their new and amazing 2015 edition, Arlequin! Steeped in tradition and devoted to all things magnificent and happy, Circus Vargas presents an array of unparalleled artists and performers dedicated to captivate and astound you! An amazing experience, where new memories are created and treasured for generations to come! 
 Aerialists, acrobats, clowns and the ballyhoo of nostalgic Americana engulf you from the magical moment you enter The Big Top! Circus Vargas is in Santa Ana April 16 – April 20, 2015.

Canvassed in beautiful blue and yellow, the welcoming and familiar essence of sawdust, sparkles and spotlight lights, brings with it a barrage of sensations that touches the hearts of young and old alike. Join us for an amazing experience, built on tradition with vision and innovation, to create new and treasured memories for generations to come. A world of wonder and awe await you under the big top, at Circus Vargas! Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and mingle with the cast of Arlequin! Arrive 45 minutes early for an exciting, interactive pre-show where children (of all ages) can create their own magic under the big top! See website for ticket information.

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, April 13: MUSEUM CLOSED

Tuesday, April 14: Springtime Necklace Craft: We have all the materials for you to create your own fun and colorful springtime necklace. Event runs 11-3pm. Free with Museum admission.

Tuesday, April 14: 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!

Wednesday, April 15: 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, April 16: 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! Class held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30am. Free to CMLH Members & visitors with paid admission. Class size is limited. Please call (562)383-4485 to make your reservation.

Thursday, April 16: Springtime Necklace Craft: We have all the materials for you to create your own fun and colorful springtime necklace. Event runs 11-3pm. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, April 17: 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, April 18: Earth Day Craft – We’re celebrating the Earth with this “earth friendly” craft! Free with Museum admission. Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center.

Sunday, April 12: Family Art Sundays: Finger Paint Art Little Bunnies – Kids will get creative using their fingers to paint springtime bunnies. Class runs 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Class size is limited. Please call (562)383-4236 for reservations. Free with museum admission.

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)

Sunday, April 19: Family Drumming Circle – Join professional drummer Martin Espino on Sunday, April 19 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

Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17: Celebrate Week of the Young Child – The world isn’t just one palette. It’s a beautiful rainbow. (Joan Smalls) No one understands this more than the children that Pretend City serves each and every day! Therefore, we are dedicated to being an active participant in the Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), to raise awareness and advocacy surrounding the importance of early childhood programs and services.

During the Week of the Young Child, we demonstrate our unwavering commitment to early education by facilitating and hosting a range of events and activities to promote our overall mission including:

  • Music Monday – Sing, dance, celebrate and learn
  • Fitness Tuesday – Healthy eating and fitness combine for some group fun
  • Work Together Wednesday – Work together, build together, learn together
  • Artsy Thursday – Think, problem solve, create
  • Family Friday – Share family stories from past to present

Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Activities are included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free). 

Monday, April 13: Baby Steps through Pretend City! – 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!

Friday, April 17: 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, April 15. 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.

Fridays, April 3 – May 8: Kindness Club – Social Skills Program – This 6-week series helps children explore compassion, self-awareness, and self-control. Each class will include a mindfulness exercise and an art or play activity to encourage self-regulation, compassion, and kindness. Children will also practice identifying feelings, effective communication and problem solving as they recognize the benefits that kindness can bring to their lives. Class Days and Dates: Every Friday, April 3rd through May 8th. Time: 12:30 – 1:15p.m. Specifically for:  Children 4-6 (preschool & kindergarten); Parents must remain on the premises. RSVP:  Register here. Registration required. Class Minimum: 5 children; Class Maximum: 15 children. Fee:  $60 for class series (includes 6 classes and museum admission for registered child and one adult on day of the class). $15 walk-in fee (does not include museum admission).

Friday, April 17: Family Friday Fun: The City Olympics – It’s Family Friday and the ultimate Family night is happening at our City Olympics! Join us for an evening of physical fitness, family and play. Participate in the Olympic events in each of our exhibits, including “Quick Dress” in the Fire Station, an Obstacle Course in the Theater, Olympic Trivia in the Marina and more! You can even decorate your medal and pose for a photo op on our Olympic pedestal! Other activities include and opening & closing ceremony, an athlete’s dinner & an opportunity drawing with a ton of great prizes. This is one family night you won’t want to miss out on! Event runs 6:00pm – 8:30pm. RSVP:  Register here. Registration required. Fee: $10 per person.

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