Boy, am I ever ready for the weekend!!! I’ve got some fun things planned – dinner with good friends, Sunday brunch, yoga for myself. I’m putting off seeing The Hunger Games until Tuesday night hoping I won’t end up in the front row, or in line for hours. I’ll keep you posted on that, though!
So in the meantime, I’m looking for some other fun activities happening locally to enjoy with my family. Here are a few things I found going on around the OC:
All weekend long you can enjoy the Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Regional Park. This is the big park up in Orange (at the very North end of Jamboree), where they have the fun train. The Easter festivities are in full bloom every day from 10 am until 5 pm (now through April 7th). There’s an egg hunt for kids ages 2 – 12 beginning every day at 10 am. There’s also a bounce house, hay ride, cookie decorating, carnival games and more! Plus, you can meet and have your photo taken with the bunny himself. For all the details, click HERE
For those with younger kids not in school, or any homeschoolers, this looks pretty interesting -
Nature’s Adeventures with Ranger Lynn – Nature’s Paintbrush
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Join Ranger Lynn for an awesome experience that will get you outside and excited about nature! This is a new program, check it out! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Event Fee: $5 per student
Parking Fee: Free
Age: 2 to 8 years
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949)923-2290 or (949)923-2295
Do you have a kid who’s really into snakes? Then you might want to check this out!
Under the Sycamores – Rattlesnake!
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Help us kick off a new educational series, “Under the Sycamores” at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. See live Rattlesnakes with snake researcher Steve Bledsoe of SW Field Herping Associates (www.swfieldherp.com). Learn to identify Rattlesnakes, what to do when encountered, and have your favorite snake questions answered. Also see a live Gopher Snake, Rosy Boa and California Kingsnakes. Reservations required. Sign up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities
Parking Fee: $3.00
Aliso And Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Special Instructions: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, (Gate 1) located at 28373 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Niguel (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd., turn right on Alicia Pkwy., first right on Awma Rd., left into parking lot).
Or maybe your children are more into trucks? There’s a community safety expo happening from 9 am until 2 pm at the Great Park in Irvine. Come visit with the police and fire departments – there will be lots of vehicles there to look at! Plus a K-9 demonstration, crafts, scavenger hunt, and all sorts of safety information. For more details, click HERE
Maybe you’re feeling like your family needs a little “centering”? There’s lots happening this weekend at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine! On Saturday, from 10 – 12, your kids can make cards for a “card quilt” being assembled for Olive Crest Kids home. They are making a large quilt of cards with messages of hope and encouragement. Then at 12:30, your kiddos can join in on the Yoga for Kids class for ages 3 – 7. If your kids are a little older, there’s a class for 6-12 year-olds at 2:00. Or if meditation is your thing, check out the all ages meditation on Sunday at 9 am. (They also have the yoga classes for kids on Sunday at the same times). And one of the great things about this location is that it’s in the same center where they have the farmers’ market on Saturday. Lots of yummy produce and beautiful handmade goods! For more information on the Center for Living Peace or to register for a class, click Here.
If you have an animal lover in your family, consider a visit to Centennial Farm at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds. They are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am until 4 pm. And it’s completely free!
Or perhaps you just want to be lazy this weekend – lounge around in jammies and enjoy a yummy breakfast together. How about these 10 easy, kid-approved pancake recipes?
Here’s hoping you and your family have an enjoyable weekend together, whatever you’re doing!