If you have been looking for a way to find new parks, new places to go, new activites for your kids, new groups to connect with....but haven't found a comprehensive list, we hope you have found it here. We have made a calendar of events, a list of classes you could sign up for and other activities (museums, festivals, etc.) to attend. We have tried to collect activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers, but many of our activities are suitable for kids of all ages. Our focus is events in the southern part of Orange County (see map for our focus area).
Spring has officially sprung!Â It's the perfect time to plant vegetables to harvest this summer with your little ones.Â Recently, we've planted some cherry tomatoes (my daughter LOVES to pick them off the plant and eat them) and some peppers (yellow bell, jalapeno and serranos), some watermelon and some zucchini!Â We are also growing rosemary, thyme and basil.Â It's a great activity with to do with your kids in the spring, and you will be able to enjoy the harvest all summer!Â Even if your yard and growing space are small, you can easily grow some plants in small pots.Â Kids love to water them and there is nothing better than teaching kids about good nutrition and tasty vegetables, freshly picked!Â Start small....a few plants, a few pots, and kids love things like their own tools, garden gloves and shovels.Â (Target has some wonderful, cheap kids' garden tools!)Â Start growing!Â Your children will love it!
Check out the Kiddies Garden website for more information about growing vegetables with kids.
If you haven't taken the opportunity to go to the many exciting (egg-citing) events in South OC with your kids, you need to this weekend! The Easter Eggstravaganza is fabulous and fun for the WHOLE family....and is still going on at the Irvine Park Railroad. Also, there are Egg Hunts at the OC Fairgrounds & in San Clemente, which is always fun to see. Both events are free and open to the public. See their websites for detailed information, times, etc. And, of course, the strawberry festival is still going on at Tanaka Farms. Kids of all ages love the ride around the farm, looking at the vegetables, and the best part....you get to bring some of their delicious strawberries home! (See their website for tour times and prices....reservations are always recommended!) And this weekend, Cinderella is playing this weekend at the Irvine Barclay Theater! Advanced tickets are required, but it's a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids!
Have a wonderful Easter and Passover (and any other celebrations you might have!), everyone, and enjoy spending time with your kiddos this weekend!
This weekend marks the beginning of Strawberry Tours at Tanaka Farms.Â It's funny, kids in Orange County sometimes really miss out on farming and agriculture, but at Tanakea Farms, they can get a little taste of homegrown food!Â A tour includes a ride around the farm in a tractor pulled wagon, the different fruits and vegetables you get to taste on the farm, and a one pound basket of strawberries to pick and take home.Â (Check the website for prices and to make reservations!)
Also, this is the last weekend for the Festival of Whales in Dana Point.Â The whales have been amazing this year, and this weekend the weather should be perfect for a day with the kids on the Dana Point Wharf.Â There are lots of activities for the whole family....kids of all ages will have a wonderful time with all the activities!Â Enjoy!
A rainy weekend is upon us in South Orange County, so it's a perfect time to head to the local library with your little kiddos!Â Oprah.com has recommended books for children (of any ages).Â Check out her top picks, as well as tips on how to help make your kids life-long readers & learners!Â