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Weekly Events in Orange County: January 12 – 18, 2015

There are lots of fun events planned in Orange County this week. A few in particular caught my eye. I signed up along with my six year old for the Canyon Explorers – Critter Scene Investigators at Bommer Canyon on Friday. We may check out the Behind the Scenes event at Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris or the Underwater Parks Day at Ocean Institute this weekend. The Tidepool Walk to Little Treasure Cove at Crystal Cove State Park looks good as does the Kids’ Art Studio at Laguna Art Museum, also this weekend. How to choose? Enjoy your week!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 South Euclid St.

La Habra, CA 90631

Wednesday, January 14: 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, January 15: Mini Yogis – New class begins January 15 at 10:30am. 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

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.

In January Kidseum will be open only Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00pm to accommodate school tours Tuesday through Friday.

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, January 18 – Family Drumming Circle: Join professional drummer Martin Espino from 1:30pm – 3:00pm 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 10:0am – 4:00pm) children can make their very own maracas and rainsticks and take the music home! Activities included in the price of admission (Ages 2 and up: $6, Under 2/Members: Free).

Pretend City

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

Health and Wellness:“Head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Knees and toes!” Nothing is more important than the health of our children. Pretend City Children’s Museum is committed to serving the whole child: not just the mind, but also mental and physical wellness. The new year is a great time to start your family on the right track to living a healthy lifestyle. Pretend City is here to help you reach your goals by promoting and offering fun activities, classes, and resources to help your family understand how to make sound food choices, integrate physical activity into your daily lives, and maintain mental well-being. Theme runs throughout the month of January.

Monday, January 12: Baby Steps through Pretend City! – 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! 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.

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm. Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months), grownups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.  RSVP: Register here. Registration required; max 220. Fee: $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!

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 – 2:30pm

Performance Day: Saturday, February 28th at 11:00am

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.

Friday, January 16: 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 Children’s Museum 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.

Admission Time: General Operating Hours (10:00am – 5:00pm). Specifically for: Preschoolers (3-5 years), Kindergarteners (5-6 years), School Ages (6+ years); Grown-ups. RSVP:   Register here. Required by Wednesday, January 14th. Fee:  $9.00 per student; $9.00 per adult.

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