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Join fellow stitching enthusiasts during Stitch Night at the SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa Stitch Night the second Wednesday of each month. Guests are welcome to work on current projects or show off finished creations. 5-9 p.m.

Free in the OC: February 2016

Things to do in Orange County with kids
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 Bring the family down to San Juan Capistrano and view a host of different pets in The Kid's Pet Parade on Feb. 20. The parade will feature contests for children 5-12 and their pets including best team contest, best bird and more. Participants in the parade will be offered a hot lunch. There is a $5 entry fee. Registration to participate begins at 10 a.m.

OC Family Fun Calendar: February 2016

Family activities and events in Orange County
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 Technological ease is a characteristic of Generation Z, roughly defined as those 21 or younger, studies show.

OMG! Who are Gen Z'ers and what do they want?

BY LAUREN WILLIAMS

Skyler: YouTube, overparenting and the ubiquity of the whiz kid

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Last year, the American Psychological Association found consistent links between perfectionism and hopelessness. In the same study, perfectionism was tied to suicide.

Your child's perfectionism could be holding him back

BY AMY BENTLEY

Activities

Join fellow stitching enthusiasts during Stitch Night at the SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa Stitch Night the second Wednesday of each month. Guests are welcome to work on current projects or show off finished creations. 5-9 p.m.

Free in the OC: February 2016

Things to do in Orange County with kids
GENA LOUQUE
 Bring the family down to San Juan Capistrano and view a host of different pets in The Kid's Pet Parade on Feb. 20. The parade will feature contests for children 5-12 and their pets including best team contest, best bird and more. Participants in the parade will be offered a hot lunch. There is a $5 entry fee. Registration to participate begins at 10 a.m.

OC Family Fun Calendar: February 2016

Family activities and events in Orange County
GENA LOUQUE
Elisa Wagner, 6, of Anaheim tests her hand-made plankton to see if it floats in the ExplorOcean booth inside the Explorium exhibit at the Orange County Fair.

Free in the OC: January 2016

Family-friendly activities in Orange County
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NOON YEAR'S EVE: Celebrate the start of the new year at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana during the Noon Year's Eve event. Activities include a balloon drop, a photo booth and ginger ale toast. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 30-31. discoverycube.org

OC Family Fun Calendar: January 2016

Dane Sloan looks up as his 18-month old daughter Madelyn touches the falling snow that filled the night sky at the Civic and Cultural Center in Brea, Calif.

Free in the O.C. November 2015

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