Category: Things To Do In OC

Things To Do In HB/Fountain Valley Week of 08/11/14

Date Time Activity Description Location Age
08/12 Tues 9:15am, 10am, & 11am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
08/12 Tues 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Mr. Peabody and Sherman for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/12 Tues 5pm-9pm Street Fair & Farmers Market Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street. All ages
08/13 Wed 10am Toddler/Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-5
08/14 Thu 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Mr. Peabody and Sherman for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/14 Thu 3:30pm Afterschool Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/14 Thu 6pm-8pm Summer Concert Series: Western Standard Time with Colin Free concert and parking. Food trucks will be onsite. Mile Square Park All ages
08/15 Fri 10am & 11am Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 3-5
08/15 Fri 6:30pm-10pm Movies In The Park: The Croods There will be food games a famil-friendly movie and much more! Enjoy free popcorn and snow cones courtesy of the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. Cordata Park
18761 Cordata St All ages
08/16 Sat 9am-12pm Huck Finn Fishing Derby This is a Free Event! Children are invited to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach pier with prizes given to both the largest and smallest fish caught and best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher participants. Check in begins at 8:00 am. Bait will be provided to registered participants as well as a limited amount of loaner rods offered by CA Fish and Game. Register at any Community Center or online at www.HBsands.org. HB Pier 4-15
08/16 Sat 10am The III Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover storytime HB Central Library All ages
08/16 Sat 10am-3:30pm Orange County Model Engineers Free Train Rides Currently there is over 5 miles of actual track winding through the park. A variety of trains run on the track and represent 1 1/2" 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" scale equipment. Fairview Park
2323 Placentia Avenue
1+
08/16 Sat 11am-3pm Crafts For Kids Blooming Numbers Garden craft Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
3-12
08/16 Sat 12pm-1pm Animal Feeding Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
3-17
08/16 Sat 2pm Afternoon Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/17 Sun 10am-3:30pm Orange County Model Engineers Free Train Rides Currently there is over 5 miles of actual track winding through the park. A variety of trains run on the track and represent 1 1/2" 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" scale equipment. Fairview Park
2323 Placentia Avenue
1+
08/17 Sun 5pm-7pm Concerts in the Park Covina Concert Band ♫ Popular show tunes, marches and more HB Central Park All ages
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Things To Do In HB/Fountain Valley Week of 08/04/14

Date Time Activity Description Location Age
08/04 Mon 7pm Pajamarama Storytime Children come dressed up in pajamas for storytime Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
08/05 Tues 9:15am, 10am, & 11am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
08/05 Tues 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Rio 2 for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/05 Tues 5pm-9pm Street Fair & Farmers Market Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street. All ages
08/05 Tues 6pm-10pm Movies in the Park: Ice Age There will be food, games, a family-friendly movie and much more! Enjoy free popcorn and snow cones courtesy of the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. Fountain Valley Recreation Center
16400 Brookhurst Street
2-17
08/05 Tues 7pm Wonders of Wildlife—Nature Detective Join this paws-itively engaging live animal program adventure. Children will go on an imaginary hike and find clues to discover what animals left the tell tale signs in this 60-minute program. Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos Street
All ages
08/06 Tues 10am Toddler/Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-5
08/06 Wed 10:30am Weekly Storytime Featuring stories and activities Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
08/07 Thu 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Rio 2 for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/07 Thu 3:30pm Afterschool Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/07 Thu 6pm-8pm Summer Concert Series: Gardens & Villa with Stacy Clark Free concert and parking. Food trucks will be onsite. Mile Square Park All ages
08/08 Fri 10am & 11am Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 3-5
08/09 Sat 10am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
08/09 Sat 11am-3pm Crafts For Kids Summer Spinning Top craft Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
3-12
08/09 Sat 12pm-1pm Animal Feeding Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
3-17
08/09 Sat 2pm Afternoon Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/10 Sun 5pm-7pm Concerts in the Park Henebry’s 1920’s Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra – Original musical sounds of the Golden Age of Radio with Flapper Vocalist Ginger Pauley HB Central Park All ages
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Things To Do In HB/Fountain Valley Week Of 07/28/14

Date Time Activity Description Location Age
07/29 Tues 9:15am, 10am, & 11am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
07/29 Tues 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse The Lego Movie for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
07/29 Tues 11am What Do You Do With An Idea A Discover & Learn event featuring What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
07/29 Tues 1pm-1:45pm Baby Tales songs and music for babies and toddlers and their caregivers. Play time and socialization time following Baby Tales program. Granola Babies
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B
0-2
07/29 Tues 5pm-9pm Street Fair & Farmers Market Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street. All ages
07/29 Tues 7pm Science on the Go—Which Foot Is It? Children will learn about animal adaptations and characteristics of different animal groups in this 60-minute program. Come explore the nature of animal feet and learn how their structure helps the animal survive in its unique habitat Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos Street
All ages
07/30 Wed 10am Toddler/Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-5
07/30 Wed 10:30am Weekly Storytime Featuring stories and activities Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
07/30 Wed 11am Parent & Me Time: Fox Story time, crafts, and our beautiful nature trails. Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest Street
1-10
07/30 Wed 2pm Fairytale Storytime & Costume Party Come dressed up as a Fairytale character Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
07/31 Thu 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse The Lego Movie for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
07/31 Thu 3:30pm Afterschool Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
07/31 Thu 6pm-8pm Concerts in the Park: Hard Days Night – A Tribute to the Beatles Attendants should bring picnic blankets and chairs to each event. The event is a fun picnic-style concert for families with their kids. Parking and admission is completely free. Fountain Valley Recreation Center
16400 Brookhurst Street
All ages
07/31 Thu 8pm-10pm Cool Summer Nights: Explore Skies above Shipley Join us as we are visited by the Orange County Astronomers who will help us explore nearby planets and star systems light years away! Our evening hours will be extended to allow for this not to be missed event. Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest Street
3-17
08/01 Fri ? Frozen Party Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
08/01 Fri 10am & 11am Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 3-5
08/02 Sat 9am-12pm (Reservations required) Free Kids Workshops Children can work on fun and educational projects while spending quality time with the whole family. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot
7100 Warner Avenue
5-12
08/02 Sat 9:30am-12:30pm Drop In And Draw It's a great place to express yourself creatively. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Join us and let you and your children's inner Picassos shine! Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Avenue
All ages
08/02 Sat 10:30am Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew Free library concert with raffle prizes Central Park Bandstand All ages
08/02 Sat 11am-3pm Crafts For Kids You Name It! Door Hanger craft Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
3-12
08/02 Sat 12pm-1pm Animal Feeding Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding, we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
3-17
08/03 Sun 5pm-7pm Concerts in the Park HB Concert Band – Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding local high school musicians joining in a program of popular marches and melodies HB Central Park All ages
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Things To Do This Summer: Concerts In The Park (Huntington Beach)

Hopefully I’ll be posting more to this series as summer goes on and partaking in some of these events after I finish my 1 month rest after the baby (it’s a traditional asian thing enforced by my mom :P).

I am always looking for fun things to do outdoors to take advantage of the beautiful weather we have here in socal. One thing kids love (at least mine) is MUSIC! So what better way to enjoy the summer than to take the kids to an outdoor concert in the park. It turns out the Huntington Beach Central Library puts on a summer concert series. It is located behind the library at 7111 Talbert Avenue – Corner of Goldenwest and Talbert. It’s every Sunday at 5pm. Here is the remaining schedule:

July 13 Golden State British Brass & Emerald Society Bagpipes ♫ Brass and Bagpipes create a Celtic Sunday

July 20 Moonlight Express ♫ 1940’s style Big Band

July 27 Wise Guys ♫ Blend of swing, jazz and big band music for all

August 3 Huntington Beach Concert Band ♫ Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding local high school musicians joining in a program of popular marches and melodies

August 10 Henebry’s 1920’s Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra ♫ Original musical sounds of the Golden Age of Radio with Flapper Vocalist Ginger Pauley

August 17 Covina Concert Band ♫ Popular show tunes, marches and more

August 24 Bob DeSena ♫ Exciting Latin jazz and fiery rhythms in the legendary tradition of Tito Puente and Cal Tjader

August 31 Mike Henebry Orchestra ♫ Internationally acclaimed orchestra authentically recreating music of the famous Big Bands of the Swing Era

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Our Summer Manifesto

I’m not really sure how much I will get done with a newborn on the way this summer but I thought it would be fun to create a Summer Manifesto. We will try to hit as much of these items as possible with a tiny one in tow! I LOVE summer and definitely don’t want to waste it being cooped up inside like the last time I was on maternity leave. Hopefully I have more experience now and can handle taking the baby out! 🙂

1. Visit a tidepool. Check out this list of 7 family friendly tidepools in OC.
2. Take Emma to the Atlantis Play Center. We still haven’t gone to this popular playground yet!
3. Bake something with Emma. Emma really enjoys cooking with me so I’ll be on the lookout for more kid-friendly recipes where she can help by adding ingredients and stirring things.
4. Eat Afters Ice Cream. We love eating ice cream and this has been on my list to try!
5. Sign up Emma for soccer classes
6. Make Emma a felt playmat. I really like this Easter one (even though it’s not Easter anymore :P) because it’s no sew and Emma had such a blast this past Easter hunting for eggs. I’m always on the lookout for activities she can play with that don’t include the iPad or TV 😛

7. Attend an outdoor movie
8. Have lots of picnics. We LOVE picnics….even if it’s just in our yard 🙂
9. Plant something with Emma. Since I have a total black thumb this will just be for fun. I was thinking of grass in a cute pot or even these cress cup plants. Emma loves watering plants and I think she will get a kick out of seeing something grow!

10. Use up my groupons/living socials deals to Pretend City and The Little Prince Cafe. One has already expired but I can still use their face value so I really want to get these used up this summer!

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Free Or Cheap Movies For Kids Around HB/Fountain Valley

Emma is at the age where she is starting to enjoy movies! Her favorite is of course Frozen. We haven’t shown her many other ones just because if we give her a choice, she always wants Frozen! I thought this summer would be a good time to take her to the movies for the first time either in a theater or an outdoor showing. Luckily I will be on maternity leave for the summer so hopefully I can take her out on one of the weekdays as a special treat (while leaving the baby with my MIL!). My husband and I LOVE the movies and can’t wait to share this with Emma! Luckily there are a plethora of free or cheap movie watching opportunities in the summer for kids. This is great if Emma suddenly gets too antsy to sit through the whole thing….I won’t feel guilty about leaving early!

Here are some that I am thinking of checking out:

Century 20 in Huntington Beach has kid movies for $1 on Tuesdays/Thursdays between 10-11:30am. Here is the movie schedule:
June 24/26 The Croods
July 1/3 Turbo
July 8/10 The Smurfs 2
July 15/17 Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2
July 22/24 Walking with Dinosaurs
July 29/31 The Lego Movie
August 5/7 Rio 2
August 12/14 Mr. PeaBody & Sherman
August 19/21 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
August 26/28 Zookeeper

Movies in the Park @ Fountain Valley Rec Center has free movies including free popcorn and snocones. There will also be food trucks (check the link for more details). Festivities start at 6 or 6:30pm and the movie starts at dusk. Here is the movie schedule:
August 5 Ice Age at Fountain Valley Sports Park
August 15 The Croods at Cordata Park
August 22 Land Before Time at McDowell Park
August 20 Brave at Ellis Park

A few other movie events that are a little further away:

Movie on the Lawn @ Orange County Great Park – starts at 7:30pm
May 31: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
June 14: Despicable Me 2
June 28: People’s Choice – Vote For Your Movie! (Babe, Surf’s Up!, or Big Miracle)
July 12: Lego Movie
FLASHBACK FRIDAYS
June 6: Wizard of Oz
June 13: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
June 27: Back to the Future

D.A.R.E. Family Fair & Movie Night at Heritage Park in Irvine will have police and OC Fire Authority vehicles on display along with a snack bar, bounce houses and activities for kids. They will be showing FROZEN at dusk on Saturday June 14th. Event starts at 6pm.

Splash-In Movie & Recreation Swim @ William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine. This unique event allows kids to swim while watching the movie Planes! Takes place on August 23rd from 6:30pm-9:30pm and costs $2 for children and $4 for adults.

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Huntington Beach Library’s Storytime

We have been taking Emma to Huntington Beach’s Central Library story time on Saturday mornings when we have time. She loves it!!

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She loves it so much that whenever I say I have to go to the store…she thinks I am saying story time and starts crying if she can’t come along. Now I have to avoid saying that and say I am going to go buy something instead 😛

Every week, they pick a different theme and read 3-4 books relating to that theme. The lady who does the reading is very animated and includes a lot of song and hand movements that the kids love. At the end, you get a stamp and sometimes a treat related to the theme! We’ve gotten cookies, bubbles, and stickers before. Afterwards a lot of the parents hang around in the children’s book area with their kids which is also full of toys for the kids to play with.

You can see the days and times the library has their story time here. There are different ones for different age groups. We go to the toddler one at 10am on Saturdays. The link also includes a calendar of their monthly events. Sometimes they have crafts and plays for the kids. I really love the Huntington Beach library – definitely one of the perks of being an HB resident.

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Easter Events Around North Orange County

Last year Emma was a little too young to enjoy Easter so I’m excited to look for some fun Easter events for her this year. Here are the ones I’ve been eyeing:

CERRITOS:
Annual Easter Bunny Garden Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on April 2nd at the Los Cerritos Center. There will be an Easter Bunny, flower crafts, bunny snacks (provided by Red Robin) and it’s all free!

COSTA MESA:
8Th Annual Costa Mesa Easter Festival & Treasure Hunt will be at the Orange County Market Place Saturday, April 19th 9:30am – 2:30pm. There will be free photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter Brunch with gourmet food trucks (9:30am – 2:30pm), a Treasure Hunt (10am-2pm), face painting, a puppet show (11am & 1pm) and more. Click here for a free admission coupon:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY :
Fountain Valley Recreation and Community Services Department hosts the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst Street from 8:30am-11:30am. Event includes free carnival games, crafts, balloon artists, inflatable rides, and more! Enjoy a pancake breakfast for $5, elephant rides for $5, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny for $2 each.

GARDEN GROVE:
Eggscavation will be at Atlantis Play Center on Saturday, April 12th 11:00am-2:00pm. This event offers kid-friendly activities including arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, a moon bounce and petting zoo. Egg hunts will take place in age groups and the event is limited to the first 300 children. Tickets are on sale at the Recreation Counter located on the first floor of City Hall: 11222 Acacia parkway. $7 for children ages 3-10, $2 for spectators 11 and up. Tickets will go on sale at G.G. City Hall March 24th.

HUNTINGTON BEACH:
The City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department will host their 24th Annual Easter Hunt 9:00am-2:00pm Saturday, April 19th at Central Park Sports Complex. The event will feature an egg hunt, game booths, entertainment, exhibits, pictures with the Easter Bunny and refreshments.

IRVINE:
The Rabbit Run 5K takes place on Sunday, April 13th 9:00am at Concordia University. Grab a few eggs and goodies along the way or linger your way through. Either run, hunt, jog, stroll, roll or trike it. Families can bring strollers, bikes, tricycles but kids must wear helmets. Kids can ride scooters, bikes or be pulled in wagons.

The Irvine Park Railroad is also hosting their annual Easter Eggstravaganza which includes easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter bunny, moon bounce, hay ride, easter cookie decorating, carnival games, face painting, and of course their train ride. Click here to see prices, the schedule, and coupons.

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For more events around OC, check out this list at Plan A Day Out

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Things To Do This Weekend (9/27) With Kids in LA/OC

There’s a lot of fun activities available this weekend. Can’t decide what we’ll be doing!

1. LA County Fair – It’s the last weekend for the LA fair. We went to the OC one awhile back and Emma had a blast, especially at the petting zoo so we definitely want to hit up the LA one before it’s gone. They have tons of events for the kiddos!

2. The Orange County Children’s Book Festival – I’ve never been to this but it looks fun and it’s FREE! There will be storytelling, crafts, and even a train ride.

3. Tanaka Farms – This is where we’ve been going for our pumpkin patch Halloween outing and it’s always tons of fun. Their opening weekend is this weekend and they are giving free wagon rides (normally $5) if you bring 2 canned goods!!

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OC Playgrounds To Visit

Just a note to myself of some playgrounds that I’d like to visit:

1. Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park in Irvine – Voted 2nd best park in Orange County (1st was Atlantis). One review said that it has a lot of ramps instead of steps and since Emma is just learning how to walk it might be more safe for her but I do see steps in some pictures in another review. The equipment looks nice, new, and well designed. The park itself is very expansive.

2. Fullerton Sports Complex – This is the first fully covered playground I’ve seen in Orange County. If anyone knows of any other ones please share! It has a lot of contraptions for climbing. Check out the pictures here. I wish other playgrounds had a covering like this!!

3. Irvine Regional Park – A very popular park that we haven’t visited yet. It includes a zoo and a train among other interesting features! From now until Halloween they also have their pumpkin patch/halloween event so it would be a great time to check it out.

Any socal parks you love and would like to share with me? We are always looking to explore new, fun spaces to play at!

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