Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Museum-goers will learn a lot about China and its inhabitants in an entirely new, and marvelously engaging, way. The exhibit follows the lives of four children, showing them at home and at school; in the country and the cities, and other typical places. This hands-on experience will reveal how China holds a mix of modern and traditional lifestyles and provides a way to get a better understanding of the Chinese people along with breaking down stereotypes.
Thursday March 1-Saturday September 9
Explore tropical rainforests and learn about the challenges facing them and their inhabitants at the Discovery Cube OC. You will get to role-play as research assistants and do problem-solving adventures. The interactive exhibit holds over 40 interactive components, two computer games, a distance learning kiosk and plenty of expedition props. There are opportunities to check out a gorilla nest, build a model insect, crawl through a log, identify endangered species, and climb a 9-foot kapok tree.
Pixar excitement will multiply at Disneyland and California Adventure through the summer. The first-ever Pixar Fest showcases the new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” and the newly updated “Pixar Play Parade” at Disneyland. The Pixar-themed “Paint the Night” parade will entertain folks at California Adventure, which also has a Pixar Shorts film festival. Of course, there are the two Parks’ regular Pixar-related attractions too.
For the 44th year, the Arboretum hosts this plant extravaganza – a sure sign that spring has returned. Come explore the succulent selection of plants, vegetables, flowers and, yes, succulents. There will be plenty of garden products and accessories too as well as live painting, speakers, and a food court. Oh, and kids 12 and under get in for free.
Take a musical trip to tropical Hawai’i this evening when the internationally renowned troupe comes to the Irvine Barclay Theatre. They will display their mastery in the ‘aiha’a style of hula (dance) and oli (chant) in their vibrant show. You’ll come away from Halau O Kekuhi powerful performance understanding why they are hailed as one of the Island’s most significant cultural treasures.
Come join this carnival that has been organized by the Extraordinary Lives Foundation, whose mission is to support mental health and wellness, particularly for children and adolescents. From 11 am-12:30 pm, family can enjoy games and inflatables, a D.J., and live youth singers. The day features raffles and silent auction along with information booths for mental health support.
The OC Parks and the OC Historical Commission will help you explore OC’s agricultural past. Learn about the early day of Orange County from local historical societies. Family can also enjoy agricultural-themed crafts, a petting zoo, live music, a photo booth, blacksmith demonstrations, and tours, which will begin every hour from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
To coincide with its “Children of Hangzhou,” exhibit, the children’s museum today will be celebrating the invention of paper by the Chinese. At interactive art stations and demonstrations, youngsters will be able to do hands-on projects that involve activities like Chinese paper folding, calligraphy and intricate paper cutting.
Experience some over-sized amusements at this crazy event. The centerpiece is the kid-friendly 1 mile/5k inflatable obstacle course; however, the wacky day also offers zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, magic shows, and costume contests. Additionally, proceeds from the event will benefit the Just Care More Foundation.
Get a little dirty on Earth Day by spending the morning planting, weeding, and cleaning at the Niguel Botanical Preserve. Please wear old clothes and closed toed shoes. Light snacks and drinking water will be provided. Volunteers must be 6 and older, and parents must supervise children ages 6-12 years. RSVP by April 20; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-425-5100.