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Here's what is happening in O.C. this week!

OC Family StaffApril, 2014

Wednesday, April 16

special events
EASTER BUNNY: You can see two Easter bunnies at two places at South Coast Plaza! Until Saturday, see the talking Easter Bunny at the Carousel Court and the Snow White Easter Bunny in the Macy’s Home Store/Crate and Barrel wing. Visit on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Plus, be sure to check out the beautiful garden-themed surroundings and a variety of crafts projects for kids to decorate, too. 
city: Costa Mesa
southcoastplaza.com

SPRING AMUSEMENT: Fun is springing forth at Knott’s Berry Farm through April 27 for Knott’s Berry Bloom. Check out the festive décor, and enjoy flavorful boysenberry treats at the inaugural Boysenberry Festival in Ghost Town. There is a daily egg hunt for ages 3 to 11 and a nightly Bloomination Dance Party.
city: Buena Park
knotts.com

WILD ANIMAL SHOW: The Friends of the Children’s Library will present the Wild Wonders Animal Show at the Huntington Beach Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Kids will see six animals from various parts of the world. Tickets are $4 per person. For more information, call 714-375-5107.
city: Huntington Beach
hbpl.org
 
exhibit
MUMMIFIED PETS: Check out mummies of a different kind - animals. Get a rare peek at birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals that were preserved by ancient Egyptians at the Bowers Museum’s exhibit, “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt,” showing through June.
city: Santa Ana
bowers.org

craft
SEA GLASS JEWELRY: Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry-making activity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crystal Cove State Park’s Education Commons. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one-of-a-kind creation. Park in the Los Trancos parking lot. Parking is $15 for day use. For ages 12 and older.
city: Newport Beach
letsgooutside.org

sports
ANGELS GAME: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will play the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m.
city: Anaheim
angels.mlb.com


Thursday, April 17


exhibit
FAMOUS WORKS: Don’t miss the last day of Bowers Museum’s Kidseum Exhibition: “Framed”! Your child can experience art firsthand by becoming a part of famous artworks. The museum is open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
city: Santa Ana
bowers.org

special events
BUBBLEFEST: See bubbles like you’ve never seen before at Discovery Science Center’s “Bubblefest.” Bubble scientist, Fan Yang, will do a spectacular show with bubbles. Kids will get to participate in a variety of hands-on bubble activities. Admission is $19.95 for kids and $22.95 for adults.
city: Santa Ana
discoverycube.org

story times
TOT TALES: Barnes and Noble hosts a toddler story time each Thursday, starting at 10:30 a.m.
city: Fullerton
barnesandnoble.com

FUN READING: Every Thursday, the Land of Nod store in South Coast Plaza has story time at 11 a.m.
city: Costa Mesa
landofnod.com

outdoors
SOAR INTO SPRING: Take a ride in the giant orange balloon at The Orange County Great Park. Soar 400 feet above the ground! Get a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and catch the sunset. Today the hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
city: Irvine
ocgp.org

theater
‘LEGALLY BLONDE’: The Little Theatre at California State University, Fullerton is showcasing “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Based on the hit movie “Legally Blonde,” the story centers around fashion-centered Elle Woods, who ditches shopping for studying at Harvard Law School when her boyfriend dumps her. See the comedy select dates and times through Sunday.
city: Fullerton
fullerton.edu/arts


 
Friday, April 18

outdoors
TOT WALK: The Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks invites you and your little ones up to 3 years old to come and explore the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Register online. Parking is $3. Parking $3. 9-11 a.m.
city: Laguna Niguel
letsgooutside.org

exhibit
ANIMAL SCIENCE: Let’s take a tour of the animal kingdom at the Discovery Science Center’s latest exhibit “Animal Grossology.” Learn about the slimiest, stinkiest and grossest creatures on earth. The concept helps kids learn about the animal kingdom, but also makes them giggle.
city: Santa Ana
discoverycube.org

special event
EGGSTRAVAGANZA IN LAGUNA: Today from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. attend the Eggstravaganza at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex. Enjoy
Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, candy and snacks! Parking also available in Laguna Hills High School parking lot and special permission in marked areas of surrounding street where marked.
city: Laguna Hills
easteratcompass.com

farmers market
HOMEGROWN GOODS: Come to the Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. rain or shine to get your hands on some fresh produce and yummy homemade goodies.
City: Huntington Beach
orange.cfbf.com

entertainment
MINI THEME PARK: Check out the smallest theme park in SoCal - Adventure City over spring break. Ride its vintage carousel and many other rides. The park is open select dates each month. Admission is $14.95. Parking is free. Admission is $14.95
city: Anaheim
adventurecity.com

theater
THE ‘PEANUTS’: Based on the characters in Charles Schultz ‘s comic strip “Peanuts,” the Mysterium Theater will present the musical “You're A good Man Charlie Brown.” Come watch the fun upbeat musical through tomorrow. Tonight’s show will start at 8 p.m.
city: Santa Ana
mysteriumtheater.com


Saturday, April 19

craft
PLANT PROJECT: You can create a macramé plant holder today from 10 a.m. to noon at the Visitors Center Pavilion at the Orange County Great Park. You’ll learn how to tie several types of knots and even how to plant and maintain a succulent garden. Class includes all materials. For ages 13 and older. Cost is $33.
city: Irvine
ocgp.org

special events
EGG HUNT: Come to the 45th annual Tustin Easter Egg Hunt from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tustin Sports Park. The egg hunt will be for kids up to 9 years old. Plus, there will be field games, a petting zoo, live entertainment, games and more. Plus, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
city: Tustin
tustinca.org

EASTER AT THE DUNES: In keeping with a 22-year tradition, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will hold its free Easter Egg hunt at 9 a.m. More than 6,000 eggs will be hidden that contain candy or cash prizes. Kids can even take a photo with the Easter Bunny. There will be other the festivities as well.
city: Newport Beach
newportdunes.com

SKATE & EGGS: Come out to etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest on April 19 to see a skateboarding bunny, play in jump houses and create fun crafts. Also, participate in an egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring their own baskets. A $5 donation per person is requested.
city: Lake Forest
etniesskatepark.com

GARDEN PARTY: The Easter bunny is joining the springtime fun at Kaleidoscope’s Fourth Annual Easter Garden Party from noon to 2:30 p.m. The free event will kick off with an Easter egg hunt at noon and will follow with great activities. Be sure to bring a basket. Plus, Passport cards will be given out to the first 200 kids to collect candy-filled eggs from participating businesses.
city: Mission Viejo
gokaleidoscope.com

EASTER CELEBRATION: Pretend City Children’s Museum is throwing an Easter Celebration on April 19. The mini city will be dressed in pastel hues and there will be many activities for the little ones. Plus, the first kids through the door will get to participate in an Easter egg hunt. The museum opens at 10 a.m.
city: Irvine
pretendcity.org

EASTER GET TOGETHER: The Mount of Olives Church is holding its annual Easter festivities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include: an egg hunt, a 25’ slide, face painting, petting zoo, train rides, an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, crafts, a photo booth and more! The event is free. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite.
city: Mission Viejo
moochurch.org

 
Sunday, April 20

 Happy Easter!!

outdoors
FARMSTAND AND GARDEN: Enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Fullerton Arboretum, and on Sundays its Farm Stand sells fresh produce from noon to 4 p.m.
city: Fullerton
fullertonarboretum.org

NEW LOOP: Discover the new Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park for Science Saturday. A guide will teach about the eight science field stations. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre. Parking is $15 for a day-use pass. Attend between noon and 3 p.m. Minimum age is 12.
city: Newport Beach
letsgooutside.org


special events
EGG HUNT: Spend the holiday at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace’s Annual Easter Hunt Event from noon to 4 p.m.! There will be more than 3,000 eggs with toys and goodies. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy numerous activities!
city: Anaheim
anaheimindoormarketplace.com

SPRING AT THE ZOO: Fun for all ages, the Santa Ana Zoo is hosting its Spring Sp"egg"tacular that will include music, food, entertainment, treats and stations with fun facts about eggs, spring, animals and more! Admission is $7-$10. Children 3 and under are free.
city: Santa Ana
santaanazoo.org

BAT KID CONTEST: The Discovery Science Center is hosting its Eco Challenge and in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the County of Orange, the theme this year is to create a poster of what the next 125 years will look like if we take the Eco Challenge and work toward a sustainable future. Kids can turn in posters at the Discovery Science Center or mail them in by June 30. Five lucky winners will be awarded the status of Honorary Bat Kid for a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim home game this year.
city: Santa Ana
discoverycube.org

farmers market
GREAT PARK MARKET: Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
city: Irvine
ocgp.org

entertainment
CAR SHOW: Every Sunday from 7 to 9 a.m. check out the Balboa Car Show at the Fun Zone Parking Lot on East Balboa Boulevard.
city: Newport Beach
socalcarculture.com


Monday, April 21

story time
READS FOR TOTS: Little ones up to age 3 and their caregivers are invited to the El Toro Public Library for a 30-minute program featuring songs, stories, rhymes and play time, starting at 10 a.m.
city: Lake Forest
ocpl.org

learn
MAMMAL AID: See seals, sea lions and other local ocean animals at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. Families can visit daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn how the volunteer staff rescues and rehabilitates the animals and releases them back into the wild. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged.
city: Laguna Beach
pacificmmc.org

exhibit
CALIFORNIA ART: Introduce your kids to art with the work of Wayne Thiebaud at the Laguna Art Museum. Through June 1, the “American Memories” exhibtion will display still life works of pies, ice cream, as well as landscapes. Plus, check out the artist’s children’s book called “ Counting with Wayne Thiebaud.”
city: Laguna Beach
lagunaartmuseum.org


craft
LEGO ‘BLOCK’ PARTY: Attend the Lego "Block" Party at the Newport Beach Library from 3 to 4 p.m. Design, build and have some fun creating with blocks.
For all ages. No registration required.
city: Newport Beach
newportbeachlibrary.org
 
outdoors
CAMPFIRE: Join the Environmental Nature Center for a community campfire – which will include s’mores! – and a night hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online.
city: Newport Beach
encenter.org


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