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Events Happening This Week in Orange County: June 29th – July 5th

Orange County Events

Happy Birthday to our great nation! Are you going to any of the 4th of July events this week? There are lots of fun activities to enjoy with your family this week – enjoy!

Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings

Pier Plaza Festival

Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Huntington Beach will be hosting a 3-day Independence Day celebration. The festival, running Friday-Sunday, will have live entertainment, family activities, food and fun. But the big day is July 4th, which comes packed with a 5k Run & Fitness Expo (10am-12pm, a community parade (12pm) and, of course, a big pyrotechnics show over the ocean. Festival dates and times as follows. See website for details and a schedule of events.

  • Friday, July 3: 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, July 4: 10:00am – 9:30pm
  • Sunday, July 5: 10:00am – 6:00pm

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:

  • Tuesday, June 30
  • Wednesday, July 1
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Friday, July 3
  • Sunday, July 5

Bolsa Chica State Beach

17851 PCH

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Junior Rangers – Junior Rangers is designed for children ages 7 – 12. All programs begin at 10 am and end at 11 am at the Bolsa Chica Lifeguard Headquarters building. Junior Ranger programs are free to the public. These programs are designed to help children discover the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved in parks. Possible topics are: ecology, the wetlands, geology, marine mammals, beach animals, plants of the beach and more!

  • Monday, June 29: Quest for Camouflage
  • Wednesday, July 1: TBD
  • Friday, July 3: TBD

Campground Program – Campground programs are not just for campers! Join State park staff and other outside organizations for our weekly nighttime event at the Bolsa Chica Campground! Every other Wednesday at 7pm, join us for an evening of special interest topics such as: Huntington Beach History, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Birds of the Beach, and more. These are free events for the public. Once you enter the beach, turn left and park at the south end of the first parking lot. The programs will take place in the Campground Center.

  • Wednesday, July 1: Birds of Bolsa Chica

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Monday, June 29: 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, July 1: 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.

Friday, July 3: Campfire Program – Join a summer campfire program and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove State Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground) on Fridays, 7/3, 7/10, & 7/17, 7/24, & 7/31 at 7:00pm.

Sawdust Festival

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, June 29: MUSEUM CLOSED

Tuesday, June 30: 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, June 30: 4th of July Craft – We’re celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with a red, white and blue patriotic craft. Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday, July 1: 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.

Thursday, July 2: 4th of July Craft – We’re celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with a red, white and blue patriotic craft. Event runs 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Family Art Center. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, July 3: Creative Capers – Bring out your inner artist this summer! Explore the lives and works of these famous artists and create a work of art in the styles they were most noted for. Today’s artist is Paul Clee.

Saturday, July 4 – Sunday, July 5: MUSEUM CLOSED

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)

Sunday, July 5: Celebrating the ‘60s Festival – Free activities at the Bowers Margaret and Cleo Kay Courtyard:

  • 11am-3:30pm Create art projects featuring flowers wreaths, Tie Dye Headbands, cartoon art inspired by ’60s artist Roy Lichtenstein, and Love Bead Necklaces. Enjoy Face painting, and sample Food Treats (as supplies last).
  • 12:00pm Sing-a-long of ’60s Music with Sandii Castlebaum
  • 12:45pm Tony Odell Rogers sings your favorite ‘60s hits and makes you want to “Dance to the Music.”
2:00pm Special musical performance by The Jangles Featuring John York, Billy Darnell and Chad Watson. Enjoy the music of the 1960s by these legendary musicians who performed with The Byrds, The Gene Clark Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, and more!

Sunday, July 5: KIDSEUM is Open and FREE from 10 AM – 4 PM.

  • Interactive & High-tech exhibits featuring Art & Archaeology
  • Face Painting
  • Create art projects of Lichtenstein cartoon prints and peace symbols
  • Join Master Storyteller, Miss Cynthia, for presentations:

o   11:00 The Wicked Girl Turkey

o   12:00 The Littlest Dragon China

o   1:00 The Calabash Children Tanzania

o   2:00 Ah Fu and the White Horse China

o   3:00 Too-too-moo and the Giant Indonesia


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.

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.

Monday, June 29: Family Autism Event – Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public. Join us for this special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support. Activities run 2:00pm – 4:30pm. RSVP: Register here. Registration required by Sunday, June 28. Maximum: 330. Only guests with a reservation and a confirmation number will be admitted. Fee: FREE.

Friday, July 3: Celebrate 4th of July! – Come celebrate USA’s birthday the child’s way!  Before the fireworks light up the sky, visit Pretend City as these Independence Day festivities will celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of fun! Special events and activities of the day will include:

  • Smart Art: Patriotic Cap – Red, white, and blue are in fashion today. Children will celebrate this special day by creating their own patriotic hat in the Art Studio.
  • Simple Science: Pop, Fizz, Crackle! – Fireworks aren’t the only things that will be exploding this holiday. Join us for some cool science experiments that will get your children excited for the real things.
  • Let’s Move: Red, White, and Blue Tag – Your little one will have fun collecting all the colored tokens in this active game.
  • Sensational Story Time: The Night Before the Fourth of July is a fun book that captures all the fun, excitement, and pride of the best summer holiday!
  • Café Creations: American Café will officially open for the summer. This pretend Café exhibit will introduce your child to the different cuisines around our nation.

Join us at 4:50 in the Orange Plaza to show off your child’s stars and stripes as we proudly wave the U.S. flag through the city for our Independence Day Headin’ Home parade. Activities run 10:00am – 5:00pm. RSVP: Not required. Fee: Included with museum admission; Wear red, white, and blue for $1.00 off of your general admission ticket!

Friday, July 3: Summer Time Fun Grown-Up & Me Cooking Class – Specifically for:  Children 2 years of age and up; Grown-ups. Celebrate the Fourth of July with food and recipes that play up the colors red, white, and blue. Plus, learn to select healthy choices for picnic foods that children and adults will love. RSVP: 20 max; Registration required. Register by Friday, June 27th. Please make sure to note any allergies or dietary restrictions. Fee: $5.00 fee per one grown-up and one child pair. Register online.

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  1. The OC Block party in Anaheim on the 4th of July should definitely be included in this! Lots of yummy food, the winners of the Great Food Truck Race will be there, and of course a fireworks show. Sounds like fun!

    • Thank you for the recommendation Jake! Happy 4th of July!

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