Come learn about monarch butterflies in their natural habitat at OC Park’s ninth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! On Saturday, February 3rd (10 am to 2pm) at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, this free event invites families or anyone that wants to learn to get a close-up look inside a netted butterfly enclosure, and you’ll also learn about the plants that attract them. Butterfly experts will be on-site to answer questions. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. This event is recommended for outdoor enthusiasts and children ages 4 to 12. Annual Monarch Butterfly Day February 3, 2018 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mile Square Regional Park … READ MORE
Returning for their fourth year, the L.A. ZOO LIGHTS are back for the holidays lighting up the nights at the Los Angeles Zoo with thousands of LED lights, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnel, 3D animated projections and more! It won USA Today‘s “10 Best Zoo Lights” honors in 2015 and 2016 – and was nominated again for 2017. New this year is a dynamic, musical holiday tree experience, a re-imagined water show, a glittering “North Pole” setting for Santa photos (available on select nights), glowing “Northern Lights” featuring animal constellations that come to life, and an all-new “Wild Wonderland” finale spotlighting endangered and vulnerable species. “L.A. … READ MORE
Here’s a fun holiday tradition that you can enjoy with your family and friends – Go see a holiday boat parade in Orange County! We try to do this every year. Since we are within close proximity to the beaches and harbors, we can select from several viewing spots along Dana Point Harbor, Huntington Harbor, or Newport Harbor. The parade can be enjoyed by land or by boat. We have done both, and they’re both great! Parade routes can be downloaded so you can plan your day accordingly. Some include minute-to-minute stops. As you can imagine some of the spots are busier than others. I personally like the quieter spots … READ MORE
Halloween is one of our most favorite time of year! It is a month long celebration for us. We love to visit pumpkin patches and themed attractions, coordinate costumes, attend parties, and last year we added painting pumpkins. I really can’t wait to do it all over again this year. Pumpkin Patches are the perfect backdrop to get some wonderful seasonal photos to share with family and friends. I love how the fall colors just pop in the background. We tell all new families to take their children to pumpkin patches for photos and take advantage of the natural lighting. They’re also a great place to find the perfect pumpkins. They are very popular and tend to get busy later in season so if you have small children, you might want to plan ahead like go early, avoid weekends if possible o go right when it opens, and pack a change of clothes because it’s still hot through the end of October. Here are six locations in Orange County! Please check their websites for the most information.
Our kids are growing up way too fast. Since having them, we try to cherish every moment. The seasonal events soon became tradition, and with every year that passes, we contemplate that our babies are no longer babies anymore. We still enjoy celebrating the seasons and each time I wonder if they have outgrown them, but for now, they are still having fun, and now they are enjoying them through their baby cousin’s eyes. The hard part is deciding which event we want to go to. Orange County sure has it all!
Let’s talk about the many different activities at Irvine Regional Park. It’s one of our favorite places for play dates in Orange County. The park is huge! Let’s clear this up, because when we started going there, I was confused with the names. Is it Irvine Regional Park or Irvine Park Railroad? Also, where is OC Zoo? Well, both Irvine Park Railroad and OC Zoo are located inside Irvine Regional Park in the City of Orange, California (not Irvine). Here are 7 things you can do at the park!
The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to welcome the inaugural Babychella Family Art & Music Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on Sunday, March 12 from 12 – 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the park’s picturesque springtime setting. Babychella Family Art & Music Festival will offer a variety of engaging activities for children including story time, face painting, and an interactive bubble village. Find a spot on the grass near the main stage and enjoy beloved songs and fun-filled sing-alongs fit for the whole family.
Have you taken the kids fishing? Not sure if they will love it? Well, take the family and try it for FREE at the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 18th! We went a few years ago and had a great time. It gets really packed really fast so you’ll want to come early to claim a good spot. Here’s what to bring…
Hosting their 46th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES, the County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor would like to invite families to join the migration ritual celebration from winter to spring with activities both on land and sea for two weekends this month – March 4 & 5, 11 & 12! The celebration includes a sand sculpting competition, Wyland art lessons, whale watching excursions, sailing and stand up paddle boarding clinics, free movie screenings, art at the park, clam chowder cook off, drone and GoPro demonstrations, live music, food, and more!