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Weekly Events Happenings in Orange County: February 2 – 8, 2015


Lots of unique weekly events are going on this weekend in Orange County. For Saturday, check out the OC Black History Parade & Cultural Faire in Anaheim, the Hummingbird Walks at the ENC in Newport Beach, the 6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day in Fountain Valley, Abbit the Average (Comic Magician) in Mission Viejo, and Raising Bilingual Kids in La Habra. On Sunday, check out the Summer Opportunities Fair Jamboree in Irvine. Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

Pottery Barn Valentine’s Day Card Making Station

All Pottery Barn Kids Locations

There’s nothing sweet than a homemade card! Stop by your local store, where we will be partnering with Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to spread the love this Valentine’s Day. Kids are invited to create one Valentine to give away to a child in need and one to take home for their favorite someone. Event runs February 6 – February 14.

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!

Wednesday, February 4: 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, February 5: Tiny Tigers Taekwondo – Join Master Yang for an introduction to martial arts for your little guy or girl the first Thursday of each month at 10:30am. This parent & me program teaches not only self-defense but joyful living through shared family experiences. RSVP to (562) 383-4236. Free to Members and visitors 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

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

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

Tuesday, January 13 – February 24: The Little Red Hen Theater Education Program (7 Week Class) – Come one, come all to the best show in town – where your child is the STAR! If your child loves to create scenes, develop stories, and design this is the production for them. Pretend City has partnered with Creative Kids Playhouse to provide a theater education program to our guests. This unique program utilizes classic stories to prompt children’s imagination. Children will work together to develop the characters, plot, and scenes of the show. Our first program focuses on The Little Red Hen, a classic folk tale about working together, farm to table foods, and family dinner time. Director Jennifer Estrada will lead children making every minute of rehearsal fun with games and songs and utilizing developmentally appropriate practices to support children at all levels of development. Children will learn to work together as a team, express themselves, and hone memorization skills. Come join the fun!

Class Session: Weekly every Tuesday, January 13th – February 24th

Class Time: Rehearsals (Tuesdays) at 1:45 – 2:30p.m.

Performance Day: Saturday, February 28th at 11:00a.m.

Specifically for: Children 3 – 7 (preschool & school age); Parents must remain on the premises.

RSVP:    Register here. Registration is done online through Creative Kids Playhouse.

Class Minimum: 14 children; Class Maximum 25 children

Admission to the museum included for parent and child after each class with purchase of class series

Fee:    $134 for 7 week series (7 classes) includes all instruction, materials, a cast T-Shirt, rehearsal CD and major costume components.

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, February 2: Celebrate Groundhog Day! – The second month, the second day, we know is Groundhog’s Holiday!” As we anxiously await Woodchuck’s weather forecast, let’s celebrate this loveable creature and fun day with engaging activities all day long, including:

  • Smart Art: Learn about the legend of the groundhog’s shadow with this art activity that has a personal painted touch.
  • Sensational Story Time: Ten Grouchy Groundhogs is a hilarious countdown story about ten groundhogs that cannot wait for winter to end so they can come out of their den! Come hear what antics take place as the groundhogs get ready for their big day.
  • Silly Science: Children will have fun learning about the sun, light, and shadows as they experiment with different light sources and objects in a fun, interactive science activity.

Activities run 10:00am – 4:00pm and are included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free).

Tuesday, February 3: Welcome the Beltran Family – Our Home’s New Featured Family! Today we welcome the Beltran family from Long Beach. This local family will share their wonderful ties to the Cambodian and Salvadoran community within Orange County. Guests will learn about celebrated holidays, customs, and traditions within these unique cultures. We’ll also learn some new words from the Khmer and Spanish languages. Visit their new home to learn more! Activities run 10:00am – 4:00pm and are included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free).

Wednesday, February 3: Imagination Playground Debuts. With Imagination Playground blocks kids build a new world every day. They make objects like animals, rocket ships, and robots. They make imaginary places like houses, factories, and cities. They make new dramatic scenarios, settings, and games to play. Most important, they make the rules. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play.

Wednesday, February 4: Celebrate Tu B’Shevat! – Happy Birthday Trees! Today we celebrate the Jewish tradition of Tu B’ Shevat, the New Year of the Trees. It is a Jewish belief that all trees share the same birthday.  Together, we will celebrate Tu B’Shevat through fun activities during the day.

  • Smart Art: The Handprint Tree is a fun hand-painted art activity about blossoming into a beautiful tree for Tu B’ Shevat.
  • Sensational Story Time: Tu B’Shevat is a time to show our gratitude for all that trees provide for us. The Thank You, Trees! Book demonstrates how we can all “give back” by caring for trees.
  • Music and Movement: It’s time to sing and dance. We’ll celebrate Tu B’shevat with fun action lyrics that will turn your child into little trees!

Activities run 10:00am – 4:00pm and are included with museum admission (Adults and Child 1 and over: $12.50, Infant to 12 months: Free). Wear your favorite football jersey to receive $1 off general admission! 

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