Join Ranger Zach along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers for the Tot Walk, and bring your young ones (infants to age 3) to explore Aliso's wild backyard. Take a garden walk to the creek and explore bugs, plants and birds. 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway. Online reservation required (ocparks.com). (Thinkstock)

Free in the OC: February 2017

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Check out the annual Author's Festival at the Huntington Beach library Jan. 31.

Free in the OC: January 2017

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Free in the OC: December 2016

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Free in the OC: November 2016

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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
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
GENA LOQUE
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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Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the month of October, The Orange County Great Park in Irvine will feature carnival games, a petting zoo, crafts and more during Spooktacular Saturdays. Kids 12 and younger can donate a bag of canned goods and get into the free pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat town. Registration is required for free admission.

Free in the O.C. October 2015

Every day of the week, there is something free to do in Orange County with your kids
GENA LOUQUE
Kids can enjoy a touch tank tour, story time and craft at ExplorOcean on May 31st at 12:30 p.m.

Free in O.C. September 2015

Every day of the week, there is something free to do in Orange County with your kids
GENA LOUQUE
Alex McNally, 4, holds up his

Free in the O.C. August 2015

Every day of the week there is something free to do!
GENA LOUQUE
Five-year-old Sierra Yorba helps plant native plants at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach Saturday. Her mom Monica said they were volunteering on Earth Day because she wants to teach her daughter

Free in the O.C. July 2015

Every day of the week there is something free to do!
GENA LOUQUE

Free in the O.C. June 2015