Christmas Events!

Looking for some Christmas fun? Here are some of the many activities happening around Orange County!

*Please note this is by no means an exhaustive list. It is just some of the larger events that I could find. More events will be added as events pop up so keep checking back!

Anaheim

Buena Park

Corona del Mar

Costa Mesa

  • December 21 – January 7
    • WinterFest OC – Costa Mesa
      • Hours vary depending on the day so make sure you check the website!
      • Prices vary depending on if you buy online or in person as well as what activities you want to do.
        • They start at $10 per child (3-12) and $15 per adult if you buy your tickets online.
      • Snow (!), crafts, bounce house, petting zoo, Santa, fireworks, and more.
        • Ice skating for an additional cost.
      • Orange County Fair and Event Center (88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
      • https://winterfestoc.com/
      • See my review HERE
  • December 14 – 23
    • Snoopy House
      • 5:30 – 9 PM
      • Free
      • Holiday decorations, music, free photos with Santa (Santa is only there on certain days), and train rides.
        • Snoopy House is a tradition in Costa Mesa. It used to be held at a residential house and they set up holiday decorations featuring the Peanuts characters. Once they were unable to keep it at their home, the city stepped in.
      • Costa Mesa City Hall (77 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
      • https://www.costamesaca.gov/SnoopyHouse
        • This is the link given but it is not showing anything at the time of posting. You can find info on the city’s website though. I think it is just too early.
        • See my review HERE
  • December 16
    • Torelli Realty Holiday Snow Land
      • 9 AM – 12 PM
      • Free
      • 40 tons of snow will be brought in! Santa will be there and is arriving by firetruck, hay rides, a bounce house, and cookie decorating. Food and drink is available for purchase.
        • There will also be a toy and food drive.
      • Balearic Park (1975 Balearic Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
      • http://torellirealty.com/upcoming-events-by-torelli-realty/

Dana Point

  • December 2 and 3
    • Boat Rides with Santa
      • 10 AM – 2 PM
      • Free, but a $5 donation to El Camino Real Junior Women’s Club
      • A 20 minute harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers.
      • Dana Wharf (34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629)
      • https://danawharf.com/christmas-boat-parade/
  • December 8, 9, 15, and 16
    • Boat Parade of Lights
      • Activities run from 4:30 – 7:30 PM and the parade will arrive around the restaurants about 7:30 PM
      • Free
      • Carolers, games, crafts, free photos with Santa, and a boat parade.
      • This spans the entirety of the Dana Point Harbor area. The website provides fantastic maps and parking information so please refer to that.
        • They also have a shuttle that does free service along Dana Point Harbor Drive.
        • Parking at Doheny State Beach is $3 per hour.
      • https://danapointharbor.com/

Garden Grove

  • December 2
    • Winterfest
      • 2 – 5:30 PM
      • $10 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
        • You must buy your tickets ahead of time in person or via phone before Friday, December 1.
        • Tickets are limited!
      • Crafts, inflatables, games, train rides, raffles, music, real snow, and Santa!
      • Atlantis Play Center (13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove, CA 92844)
      • https://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/pdf/commserv/2017%20winterfest%20flyer.pdf

Fullerton

Huntington Harbour

  • December 9 – 10
    • Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
      • Parade starts at 5:15 PM
      • Free
      • A parade of decorated boats around Huntington Harbour.
      • Please see event page. They have a map detailing where the parade will be and at what time. It looks like it goes through the majority of Huntington Harbour.
      • http://www.hhboatparade.org/#about

Irvine

  • November 24 – December 24
  • December 2 – 3
    • Tanaka Farms Holiday Santa Tour and Sanrio Village
      • Tour times throughout the day.
        • You MUST preregister online!
      • $18 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
      • Take a wagon ride around the farm, sample winter vegetables, stopping at a decorated hilltop where you will see Santa and visit Sanrio Village. Then head back down to the starting point.
        • Each paying guest gets a limited edition Sanrio button.
      • Tanaka Farms (5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612)
      • http://www.tanakafarms.com/holiday-tour-sanrio-village/
      • See my review HERE
  • December 3
  • December 9 – 10
    • Tanaka Farms Holiday Santa Tour and Sanrio Village
      • Tour times throughout the day.
        • You MUST preregister online!
      • $18 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
      • Take a wagon ride around the farm, sample winter vegetables, stopping at a decorated hilltop where you will see Santa and visit Sanrio Village. Then head back down to the starting point.
        • Each paying guest gets a limited edition Sanrio button.
      • Tanaka Farms (5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612)
      • http://www.tanakafarms.com/holiday-tour-sanrio-village/
      • See my review HERE
  • December 12
  • December 16 – 17
    • Tanaka Farms Holiday Santa Tour and Sanrio Village
      • Tour times throughout the day.
        • You MUST preregister online!
      • $18 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
      • Take a wagon ride around the farm, sample winter vegetables, stopping at a decorated hilltop where you will see Santa and visit Sanrio Village. Then head back down to the starting point.
        • Each paying guest gets a limited edition Sanrio button.
      • Tanaka Farms (5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612)
      • http://www.tanakafarms.com/holiday-tour-sanrio-village/
      • See my review HERE
  • December 18
  • December 21

La Habra

  • December 2 – 3
    • Breakfast with Santa
      • This sells out pretty quickly and you must pre-register!
      • Seating times each day are 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, and 11 AM.
      • Adults: $13, Children 2+: $11. $2 discount if you are members.
      • Continental breakfast, coloring craft, a photo with Santa, and museum admission.
      • The Children’s Museum at La Habra (301 S Euclid, La Habra, CA 90631)
      • http://www.lhcm.org/360/Special-Events

Laguna Niguel

  • December 9
    • Holiday Parade
      • 10 AM
      • Free
      • A parade that includes equestrian units, military tributes, bands, and cars!
      • The parade is on Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park.
        • The website has great information about parking and shuttles so if you are traveling to the event make sure to check that out!
      • http://lagunaniguelparade.com/default.php

Newport Beach

  • December 13 – 17
    • Newport Beach Boat Parade
      • Parade begins at 6:30 PM
      • Free
      • A parade of decorated boats around Lido Island, Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, and Balboa Village.
      • See the event page for the best map of the area.
        • From previous experience, get there really early for parking and a viewing spot. It gets CROWDED.
      • https://www.christmasboatparade.com/

Orange

  • December 1 – 23
    • Irvine Park Railroad
      • This sells out pretty quickly and you must pre-purchase train tickets!

        • At the time of this posting there are still some days and times available.
      • Various times throughout the month.
      • $15 per person. Kids under 2 are free. Plus parking ($3 weekdays and $5 weekends.)
      • Ride the train to see Santa (you can take pictures with your own camera or purchase photos taken by staff), story time with Mrs. Claus, coloring, a maze, and picture stands.
        • For an additional cost there is a bounce house, cookie decorating, carnival games, and food.
      • Irvine Regional Park (1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869)
      • http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/directions/
      • See my review HERE

San Clemente

San Juan Capistrano

  • December 2-3
    • Snow at the Mission – San Juan Capistrano
  • December 2

Santa Ana

  • November 24 – December 31
    • Science of Gingerbread
      • Discovery Cube’s normal hours.
      • Discovery Cube admission: Adults-$17.95 and kids (3-14)-$12.95
      • Learn how science plays a part in the making of gingerbread, build a candy car, and other activities.
        • Santa will be there certain days, so check the website if that is something you want to do!
      • Discovery Cube (2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705)
      • https://oc.discoverycube.org/event/science-of-gingerbread/
  • All December
    • Winter Zoobilation – Santa Ana
      • Entire day
      • Zoo admission. General (13+): $10-12 and children (3-12): $7-9
      • The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with snow, decorations, lights, and music.
      • Santa Ana Zoo (1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701)
      • http://www.santaanazoo.org/
  • December 16 -17
    • Winter Wonderfest – Santa Ana
      • Discovery Cube’s normal hours.
        • I will update this if I see a change, but there is little information currently.
      • Tickets go on sale November 20!! I hear this can sell out.
        • Discovery Cube admission: Adults-$17.95 and kids (3-14)-$12.95
          • I will update this if I see a change, but there is little information currently.
      • Snow play area, tubing down a snow hill, and other fun.
      • Discovery Cube (2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705)
      • https://oc.discoverycube.org/event/winter-wonderfest/

Chanukah Events

Looking for some Chanukah fun? Here are some of the many activities happening around Orange County!

*Please note this is by no means an exhaustive list. It is just some of the larger events that I could find. More events will be added as events pop up so keep checking back!

Irvine

  • December 12 – 20
    • Hooray for Chanukah
      • Most are at 3:30 PM. However some are later so please check the event page!
      • $12.50 per person. Members and kids under 1 year are free.
      • Activity varies by day so please check the event page!
      • Pretend City (29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618)
      • https://www.pretendcity.org/event/hooray-chanukah-2/
  • December 14
    • Community Chanukah Celebration

Laguna Niguel

Newport Beach

Event Review: Mom Made Market

What It is:

The Mom Made Market was held November 18 and 19 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. It is a market that supports mom made businesses.

*I took no pictures at this event because it was just a little market and it would have been weird to take pictures of other people shopping.

What We Did:

I wasn’t planning on going because we had just gone to a craft market last weekend, but I heard from a friend that it was cute and worth it. So my mom and I took C since I didn’t think my husband would be into shopping with a bunch of women. Parking was $8 at the fairgrounds so we parked somewhere else and walked over. This is my big tip if you are going to any event at the Fairgrounds. Parking is just too expensive!

There were probably 4 or 5 aisles of booths. There were quite a few selling leggings. (You know the popular one that has lots of prints.) According to the website there were 7 of them. It felt a little odd that they allowed so many of the same vendor, but we just skipped those. There were also a ton of jewelry sellers. Lots of it was really pretty. I even commented that I wish I was more of a jewelry person, but C is still grabby and I always forget to put it on for date night. So we skipped all those. Next up were several lotions and potions type of booths. I always forget to put this stuff on too, so another skip for us.

I was a little bummed that we skipped so much. But there were a few bright spots. My mom picked up books from both Barefoot Books and Usborne Books. I picked up a few Baprons from BapronBaby. (https://bapronbaby.com/) I will probably do a whole review of these because they are pretty cool. I picked up a few cute shirts for C from Bear and Little Bird. (https://www.facebook.com/BearAndLittleBird/) I also got a holiday shirt for me and a matching one for C from Nicky and Stella. (http://nickyandstella.com/) The last thing that I was super interested in was the signs from Second Impression Designs. He custom makes signs. They are really nice looking. One I wanted to get as a gift for my mom, but since she was there I couldn’t. But I am getting that and a cute stocking holder from him this week. Seriously, check out his stuff! (Facebook or at @secondimpressiondesigns on Instagram.)

At one point we noticed a line and weren’t sure why people were lining up. Later I snuck a peek into that room and saw it was Santa. I totally forgot that Santa was going to be there for free photos for an hour. He looked like a pretty good Santa too! There was also a food truck outside of the building but C was done so we just took him home and fed him.

Good:

  • I got some cute stuff for me and C.
  • C got some new books which he loves.
  • It was something to do with my mom.
  • I found a great gift for my mom.

Not So Good:

  • Parking was expensive!
  • Not a wide variety for boys.
  • Lots of vendors with the same thing! (I’m looking at you leggings!)

Cost:

Entry was $5 per person (12 and under were free.)

Our Verdict:

It was okay. I don’t know if I would go again. Did I get some cute shirts? Yes. Did I get some cool Baprons? Yes. Most of the stuff there wasn’t stuff that is my style. Jewelry and fun scented stuff just isn’t my style right now. And the majority of kid vendors had lots of girl stuff. Dresses, skirts, bows – you name it. I realize that boy stuff isn’t super exciting, but I was bummed about that. The vendors that did have gender neutral shirts got my business. And the Baprons had a bunch of different patterns which was great. I would have loved to see more handmade items and things that I couldn’t get elsewhere. Which is exactly what my mom said too.

Maybe Saturday had more stuff that would have been good for C and me. Because I was honestly ready to buy some super cute “mom” shirts or fun-saying shirts. So maybe I would go again. If I wanted to get out of the house and I didn’t have to take C.

Event Review: Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

What It is:

Every year from the end of September through October, Tanaka Farms in Irvine has a Pumpkin Patch. Tanaka Farms is a working farm that grows various different types of produce. Every year they set up a big pumpkin patch event.

What We Did:

Ready for the patch!

We went to Tanaka Farms first thing in the morning. Since they had a partnership with Sanrio this year, I had been hearing that it was crazy packed later in the day on the weekends.

The sticker for C!

After parking and paying, we headed in. We took a few pictures first. Luckily since it is a family event, there were plenty of people willing to take photos if you returned the favor. There were lots of cute photo setups all around.

My little candy corn!

One of the things included with entry is the corn maze. I’m pretty sure it is different every year. It was at least different from the last time that I went. C was amazed by the corn and we were in the maze forever because of it, but exploring is good!

Which way?

We bought one entry into the petting zoo since C was free and we felt that we both didn’t need to go in. Of course C loved this part. He is all about petting animals these days. There were 3 different petting zoo sections. They seemed to all have similar animals. I think I noticed that one had an alpaca while the others didn’t but other than that they all seemed pretty similar. Goats, sheep, the usual. You could purchase food to hand out if you wanted to. After exiting there were a large number of hand sanitizing stations.

What is this?

We chose not to do the wagon ride since C wouldn’t sit still for it and we did not want to have him melt down at that point. So we watched the Pumpkin Cannon launch pumpkins at a hillside. We also stopped and got some fresh strawberry lemonade from one of their food stands. The food smelled amazing and if we didn’t already have lunch plans that day I would have been all about it.

He claimed it as his and didn’t want to share

Of course we walked around the actual pumpkin patch. There are so many pumpkins of different sizes and colors. It was amazing. I love pumpkins so this was a ton of fun for me. C liked to touch them and try to pick them up. We did buy him a little pumpkin since he loved it so much and he carried it around the house for days.

Pumpkins!

We also bought a bunch of stuff from the produce stand before leaving. Their bread is really good as is their salsa. We also love to pick up some fresh veggies to cook for the week too!

C’s pumpkin

Good:

  • Super cute.
  • They put a lot of effort into making it fun.
  • Fairly inexpensive for quite a bit of activities.

Not So Good:

  • Leaving the parking lot was a mess.
    • I will credit Tanaka Farms here. There was an accident in the parking lot right before we left that brought in fire trucks and police. It held up the parking lot for some time. They did come out and hand out water and try to keep everyone informed.
  • It was a little crowded so different picture spots had a small line.

Cost:

Entry was $3 per person (2 and under were free.)

Other activities:

  • Wagon Ride: $6 per person (2 and under were free)
  • Pretting Zoo: $3 per person (2 and under were free)
  • U-Pick Vegetable Patch: $2.99 a pound
  • Game Tickets: $1 each or $20 for 22

Our Verdict:

We love Tanaka Farms. They are actively working on making the parking and entry for events run smoother. Follow their social media for info about parking and if it is full. The weekend after we went they changed how parking is done and you have to preregister for a parking pass. It seems as though they will do this again next year!

I think that overall they do a great job with running the events. Does parking pose challenges? Yes. But they are a working farm that has recently gotten super popular (we went a few years ago and there was like 1/4 the number of people there) and they are working on making it better.

We will absolutely be back and we LOVE their produce stand too! And hopefully C will have the patience for the wagon ride next year. I can’t wait!

Event Review: Babies R Us Baby’s First Christmas

What It is:

Every year Babies R Us holds a Baby’s First Christmas event. Some stores hold multiple ones throughout the month of November and each one is geared towards different birthdays so you can meet other parents with children around the same age.

*I have 0 pictures from this event. This is a review of the 2016 event and C was only 2 months old so I was not always good about taking pictures when we were out. You remember that overwhelmed feeling for the first couple outings?

What We Did:

The event is obviously to help Babies R Us sell toys and first Christmas gear. So they do a small talk about different products and have different toys out that you can register for (hint, hint.) After that though it is a pretty easy going event.

They had out plain white onesies in various sizes with fabric markers so that you could create “ugly sweater onesies.” There were different stencils out and they had a few different ideas. We had a lot of fun with this. Some people took the ugly sweater theme to heart while others made cute ones. A few people even made their own “Baby’s First Christmas” onesie so they didn’t have to buy one!

There was a little photo spot set up to take pictures. We didn’t do it since C was only 2 months old and if I remember correctly he was not really having being out and about that day. The store employees were helping take pictures so that you could get a picture of the whole family if you wanted to.

Then there was storytime. It was a very quick Christmas themed story so the older kids were really into it. We used it as a nice break and we didn’t have to be the ones reading the book!

Near the end, everyone was given a bag of samples and coupons. We got a small MAM bottle and some toddler snacks. We absolutely used the bottle and the snacks had expiration dates far enough in the future that we eventually used those too!

Last but not least was the raffle. They were giving away several packs of diapers, a few packs of wipes, a First Remedies Cold Kit, and a few Christmas items. We won a Countdown to Christmas chalkboard block sign. It is super cute and I’ve wanted one for awhile but never really felt like I should buy one. Now I don’t have to!

Good:

  • It is short so it is the perfect event to get out of the house!
  • It is pretty cute.
  • Raffles and free stuff are always nice.
    • My store had pretty good raffle prizes, but I think this varies by store.

Not So Good:

  • Depending on the amount of people that show up, it can get a little crazy and hectic.

Cost:

Free. There is a preregistration online so your spot is reserved. Some stores are way more strict about this than others, so I would make sure you do it. Doesn’t hurt! (https://reserve.babiesrus.com/index.html)

Our Verdict:

If we had another kid, we would go to this again. It was a fun little event that really didn’t require much effort on our part. Perfect for a little one! I briefly thought about going again this year since C was so little last year. But I figured it was best to let the new parents have an event without my crazy one year old running around!

Event Review: Flowerchild Festival

What It is:

Flowerchild Festival was an event held on September 17, 2016. It was a music and arts festival held at the at the Orange County Great Park.

What We Did:

We had bought tickets online head of time and knew that there was a swag bag giveaway for the first 100 families to check in. We saw the sneak peak of the bag and while it looked amazing, we decided that we didn’t need to get there that early to get one. But we knew that the first 500 people to check in got raffle tickets. We were interested in that. Well apparently I completely misjudged the time it would take us to get there because we were like the 25th family in line… Oh well, awesome swag bag for us!

Swag bag contents!

After waiting in line to get in and get our swag bag, we headed into the vendor area. We had C in the jogging stroller and about halfway through my husband took C and the stroller outside while I kept walking around. It was pretty crowded in there and because almost everyone had a wagon or a stroller there wasn’t much room to get around to all the tables. This was when I noticed the raffle ticket table. You were to turn in your ticket to see if you won a prize. Uh, we never got our tickets. I spoke to the woman at the table and just asked how we were supposed to get our tickets. She very kindly understood what happened (they missed the first 50, or so, families in line) and gave us a chance to win. Spoiler alert: we didn’t win. There were some really good prizes though.

There were lots of different types of vendors and I really appreciated the variety. Toys and clothes, different schools, dentists, treats for both adults and kids, and a parent pampering area. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I never did visit the pampering area. 🙁 I know they were doing mini massages and fingernail painting.

Some of the stuff we got from the vendor area

Once I finished inside, we headed out to the Activity Village that was sponsored by Munchkin. Between the vendor building at the Activity Village was a food truck. There was also the park’s carousel which it seemed like a ton of kids were loving.

Trying to get a picture before heading into the outdoor activity village

Inside the Activity Village were a few photographer booths. We waited in a very short line and got a cute picture of C. We only did one booth because I didn’t think that C would really want to pose with a mermaid even if it was super cute.

We took a break by the stage area to feed C and we listened to some great singers performing Disney songs.

Part of the area near the stage.

There were lots of outdoor activities to do including face painting, arts and crafts, and a kids yoga area. We visited the MyGym area which had a few little obstacles set up, Pretend City’s area that had art and some building things, and the KinderCare area. KinderCare set up a few different things for different ages. They had a bunch of beans in an activity table and C was really into it.

Playing with an activity table set up by KinderCare

Since it was a nice day and we didn’t need to head home right away we found a nice big grassy area for C to practice his walking. We found out later that us doing that made it into the Flowerchild Festival video!

Awwww!

Good:

  • Ticket cost goes to a great cause! (Moms Orange County)
  • Lots of fantastic vendors.
  • Tons of information about different activities in the area.
  • All staff that we encountered were extremely helpful.
  • Lots of parking!

Not So Good:

  • A little disorganized at the beginning of check in, but it did get better.
  • No/few activities for kids C’s age. (He was 11 months.)
  • Vendor area got packed! It was very crowded.

Cost:

The tickets were $10 and it was heavily recommended that you get tickets ahead of time!

Our Verdict:

If this event is held again we will absolutely go. We had a great time even though the activities were all geared towards slightly older than C. It would be a ton of fun when he is able to do arts and crafts and has the attention span to sit still for story time and music (ha!) Plus the ticket fee went to a fantastic cause.

Halloween Activities!

Looking for some Halloween fun? Here are some of the many activities happening around Orange County!

*Please note this is by no means an exhaustive list. It is just some of the larger events that I could find.

Aliso Viejo

  • October 30
    • Pre-Halloween Bounce Party
      • 5:30-8:30 PM
      • $15 per person presale. $20 at the door.
      • Wear a costume and hunt for treats while bouncing and sliding around. A goody bag for each child, crafts, and more. Food available for an additional cost.
      • Scooter’s Jungle (25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
      • https://scootersjungle.com/location/aliso-viejo/open-play-calendar/MQ==/aliso-viejo (Click on the Family FUN Event on the calendar for information and presale ticket info.)
  • October 31

Anaheim

  • Now – October 31
    • Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
      • Monday-Thursday: 11 AM – 8:30 PM. Friday-Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
      • Free entry, but some activities have an additional cost.
      • Pumpkins, rides, games, food, and a petting zoo.
        • This is a satellite location of the Laguna Hills Pumpkin City so not all attractions are available.
      • 2190 E. Lincoln, Anaheim, CA 92806
      • http://pumpkincity.com/

    October 28

Brea

  • Now – October 31
    • Enchanted Country

Corona Del Mar

Dana Point

Fullerton

  • October 21
    • Halloween Time at the Museum
      • 9 AM – 12 PM
      • Free but it is a fundraising event so donations are appreciated.
      • Trick-or-treating spots, games, coloring, and photo opportunities.
      • Fullerton Train Museum (200 E Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832)
      • http://www.fullertontrainmuseum.org/

Huntington Beach

Irvine

  • Now – October 31
    • Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch
      • 9 AM – 9 PM
      • Entry is free, but some activities have an additional cost.
      • Pumpkins, rides, bounce houses, and more.
      • Johnson Brothers (15500 Jeffrey Rd and Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618)
      • http://www.johnsonbros.net/halloween.html
    • Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
      • 9 AM – 6 PM
      • Entry $3. Under 2 is free.
      • Wagon rides (additional cost), pumpkin patch, petting zoo (additional cost), and corn maze. Weekends have other activities including games and rides for an additional cost.
      • Check their website on the weekends for updates. They have been very crowded and post updates about parking and entry before opening.
      • Tanaka Farms (5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612)
      • http://www.tanakafarms.com/

Laguna Hills

  • Now – October 31
    • Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
      • Monday-Thursday: 11 AM – 8:30 PM. Friday-Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
      • Free entry, but some activities have an additional cost.
      • Pumpkins, rides, games, food, and a petting zoo.
      • Laguna Hills Mall (24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653)
      • http://pumpkincity.com/

Newport Beach

Orange

  • Now – October 31
    • Irvine Park Railroad
      • As of this posting, they are reopen after the fires.
      • Weekdays 10 AM -5 PM. Weekends 8 AM – 6 PM
      • Entrance fee: weekdays $3, weekends $5
      • Train rides, hay rides, bounce house, games, hay maze, and a haunted house.
        • Some activities have an additional cost.
      • Irvine Park Railroad (1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869)
      • http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/events/pumpkin-patch/

Placentia

  • Now – October 31
    • Pumpkin Patch
      • Monday – Thursday: 2-9PM. Friday: 2-10 PM. Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM. Sunday: 10 AM – 8 PM
      • Free entry, but activities have an additional cost.
      • Petting zoo, giant inflatables, mini tractor rides, face painting, and more.
      • 300 E. Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870
      • http://www.the-pumpkin-patch.com/home.html

Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Now – October 31
    • Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
      • Monday-Thursday: 11 AM – 8:30 PM. Friday-Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
      • Free entry, but some activities have an additional cost.
      • Pumpkins, rides, games, food, and a petting zoo.
        • This is a satellite location of the Laguna Hills Pumpkin City so not all attractions are available.
      • Santa Margarita Parkway and El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
      • http://pumpkincity.com/

San Clemente

San Juan Capistrano

  • Now – October 30 (or until they run out of pumpkin! Make sure to check their website for info)
    • Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm
      • Monday – Thursday: 1-7PM. Friday: 1-8 PM. Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM. Sunday: 10 AM – 7 PM
      • Free entry, but some activities have an additional cost.
      • Inflatables, pumpkins, and some days have petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting (weekends.)
      • Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm (29932 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
      • http://www.mountainpinesoc.com/attractions.html
  • Now – October 31
    • Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza
      • 9 AM – 5 PM
      • Adults $10 and Children $8
      • Pumpkins, hay maze, corn box, petting zoo, train rides (additional charge), and gold panning (additional charge.)
      • Zoomars Petting Zoo (31791 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
      • http://www.zoomars.com/

Santa Ana

  • October 21-22
    • Boo at the Zoo
      • 5:30 – 8 PM
      • Zoo admission. General (13+): $10-12 and children (3-12): $7-9
      • Halloween family festival, trick or treating, decorations, nocturnal animal presentations, and train rides.
      • Santa Ana Zoo (1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701)
      • http://www.santaanazoo.org/
  • October 28-29
    • Boo at the Zoo
      • 5:30 – 8 PM
      • Zoo admission. General (13+): $10-12 and children (3-12): $7-9
      • Halloween family festival, trick or treating, decorations, nocturnal animal presentations, and train rides.
      • Santa Ana Zoo (1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701)
      • http://www.santaanazoo.org/

Westminster

  • Now – October 31
    • Frosty’s Forest and Pumpkin Patch
      • Monday – Thursday: 3-9PM. Friday: 12-10 PM. Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM. Sunday: 10 AM – 9 PM
      • Free entry, but activities have an additional cost.
      • Rides, pumpkins, and festival games.
      • Westminster Mall (1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683) It is around the backside of the mall.
      • http://thepumpkinfactory.com/pumpkin-patch-westminster-mall-home/
  • October 31
    • Halloween Boo Bash
      • 4:30-7:30 PM
      • Free
      • Mall wide trick-or-treating and carnival games (Macy’s Court.)
        • Note that only kids 2-12 can receive candy and participate in games.
        • There are a ton of costume rules on the website-make sure to read them!
      • Westminster Mall (1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683)
      • https://westminstermall.com/events-news/event/halloween-boo-bash

Yorba Linda

  • Now – October 31
    • Frosty’s Forest and Pumpkin Patch
      • Monday – Thursday: 4-9PM. Friday: 3-10 PM. Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM. Sunday: 10 AM – 9 PM
      • Free entry, but activities have an additional cost.
      • Lots of giant inflatables, pumpkins, and festival games.
      • Frosty’s Forest and Pumpkin Patch (17145 Bastanchury Rd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886)
      • http://www.frostysforest.com/FallFestivalYorbaLinda

Eclipse Events

On Monday August 21st, all of North America will witness a solar eclipse. While we here in So Cal won’t get a total eclipse, we will have a pretty good event! It looks like about 65% (approximately) of the sun will be covered at the peak moment.

For our area the event will start around 9:06 AM and end around 11:45 AM. The most the sun will be covered is at 10:21 AM!

Below are a list of events in Orange County if you do not have the equipment to do this on your own and you don’t want to make a Pinhole Projector. (Information here: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection and here: http://www.discoverycube.org/blog/moment-science-solar-eclipse/)

Please do not look at the sun or let your children look at the sun during the event. This can cause terrible eye damage!

If you are purchasing, or did purchase, glasses so that you can watch the event, please check if they are counterfeit. Counterfeit glasses could lead to the same eye damage as if you weren’t wearing them!

Use these websites to find out if your glasses are on the approved list and how to spot counterfeits!

 

Now that you have some safety tips, here are the events!

  • Anaheim
  • Costa Mesa
    • Mesa Verde Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA
      • Mesa Verde Library (2969 Mesa Verde Dr E, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
    • Orange Coast College
  • Dana Point
  • Fullerton
    • California State University, Fullerton
      • Free
      • Starting at around 9 AM
      • Telescopes with the appropriate filters and viewing glasses will be available for all attendees.
      • Dan Black Hall off of Nutwood Ave. (I am not posting an address because of the parking situation.)
      • Note: The fall semester starts the same day so parking will be CRAZY. Visit the website for parking information.
      • http://news.fullerton.edu/2017su/solar-eclipse-viewing.aspx
  • Garden Grove
    • Garden Grove Main Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA and snacks.
      • Garden Grove Main Library (11200 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840)
  • Irvine
  • La Habra
    • La Habra Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA
      • La Habra Library (221 E La Habra Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631)
  • La Palma
    • La Palma Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA and snacks.
      • La Palma Library (7842 Walker St, La Palma, CA 90623)
  • Orange
  • Placentia
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana
    • Discovery Cube
      • General Admission. Adults: $17.95, Ages 3-14: $12.95, 2 and under: Free.
      • 9 AM
      • They are having a viewing party.
      • There really isn’t a ton of info on the website so call for more information
      • BONUS:
        • The 19th – 21st they are doing eclipse related activities.
        • Learn about the eclipse, bring a box and learn to make a pinhole projector, and more.
      • Discovery Cube OC (2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705)
      • http://oc.discoverycube.org/event/learn-grow-event-2/?instance_id=66739
    • Tessmann Planetarium

Can’t make an event or there isn’t one that close to you? Check out UCI’s live stream!

https://livestream.com/accounts/867536/solareclipseuci

OC Fair Kid Style

We visited the OC Fair last week with C. Despite having gone for as long as I can remember, I have never actually been there while with a kid (mine or not.) It was a vastly different experience. We were trying to have fun while making sure that C had fun too.

So here is a list of things to check out if you have your little one with you!

  • Free petting zoo!
    • They have the standard animals and some different ones like a kangaroo and deer!
    • You can feed the animals for $3.
  • Explorium: Destination Kids
    • Tons of fun kids activities and crafts.
    • A magic show for kids.
    • A magic workshop!
    • Contests.
    • They have a place for those 3 and under to play too!
  • Millennium Barn/Centennial Farm
    • Nothing better than more animals!
    • They had piglets born during the fair this year and they were so cute.
    • I may have liked this more than C…
  • Livestock Barn
    • More animals! (Can’t really go wrong with animals.)
    • Livestock area where you can see things like chickens, pigs, and other animals.
    • Pig races.
    • Pony rides are also in this area.
  • Splash Area
    • There is an area that has water that squirts up from the ground.
    • Tons of kids (and adults) were playing around in this.
    • A great way to stay cool!
  • Family Fairway
    • Rides and games for little ones.
    • The area was much calmer and more kid friendly than the other ride/game area.
    • This is also wear the petting zoo is located.
  • Changing Stations
    • Not something fun, but a necessity if your little one is still in diapers.
    • The one we visited was just a tent with one changing station inside, it may be different for other stations.

The fair is still going on until August 13th! Make sure to check it out!

National Night Out!

Tuesday, August 1st is National Night Out. Each city holds their own event and they are great family events. And they are free!

National Night Out is a community building campaign to help bring local law enforcement and citizens together.

Here are a list of events in Orange County by city.

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