Free in the OC: January 2017
Explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and music at the Children’s Garden Workshops in an outdoor environment. Attendees will connect the natural world with their daily lives, deepening their understanding of and appreciation for nature. 9-11 a.m. every second Sunday of the month at Orange County Great Park, Farm + Food Lab, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine. For ages 3-9. ocgp.org
Experience thunderous taiko drums and Chinese hand drums along with graceful traditional dances from Korea and Vietnam. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to create colorful Asian folk art in outdoor art stations. Session times are 1-2:45 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St. lhcm.org
Children are welcome to attend in pajamas at Pajamarama Storytime at 7 p.m. Mondays at Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. bn.com
Join every Monday in the Community Room for books, music, movement and fun. Designed for children 3 and under. 10:15-10:45 a.m. at Tustin Library, 345 E. Main St. ocpl.org
Surf City Nights in Huntington Beach is when three blocks of Main Street close to traffic and open to fun. Shops spread out with sidewalk sales, the streets fill with vendors, and farmers set up with fresh, seasonal produce and flowers. 5-9 p.m. every Tuesday. Admission is free. surfcitynights.com
The annual Authors Festival welcomes several accomplished local writers to the Children’s Library for a reception, at which the public will have the opportunity to meet them and purchase one of their signed books. 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. hbpl.org
The Irvine Museum has free admission (but donations accepted) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100. irvinemuseum.org
Join for stories and rhymes in English and Spanish during Bilingual Storytime. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. weekly at San Juan Friends Library, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. All ages are welcome. ocpl.org
Laguna Art Museum offers free admission the first Thursday of every month. Experience California art ranging across all periods and styles from the 19th century to present day. 5-9 p.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. lagunaartmuseum.org
The Crazy 8s Club is an after-school club for students in kindergarten through second grade. It lets kids build stuff, run and jump, make music and even a mess. Each event builds on the previous one, so please join from the beginning. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19, 26 at Dana Point Library, Library Meeting Room, 33841 Niguel Road. Walk-ins are welcome. 949-496-5517.
Art galleries and downtown businesses host the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Art enthusiasts can visit venues hosting art exhibits, music acts and performance art. fullertonartwalk.com
“Museums on Us”
offers Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders the opportunity to visit more than 150 of the most popular cultural institutions and museums in the United States free of charge on the first full weekend of every month.
See Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark – during Moonstruck Night Hike 5:30-8 p.m. at 4442 Carbon Canyon Road. Park rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove, showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.