Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Saturday December 1-Friday January 18
Stillman Sawyer’s black-and-white photography reveals his deep love of nature as well as conveying the physical and emotional power of the wilderness. Sawyer is a life-member of the Festival of Arts and this exhibit showcases work from Sawyer’s photographic archives that were donated to the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection in 2009.
Stillman Sawyer’s black and white photography reveals his deep love of nature as well as conveying the physical and emotional power of the wilderness. Sawyer is a life-member of the Festival of Arts and this exhibit showcases work from Sawyer’s photographic archives that were donated to the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection in 2009.
Enjoy a “Winnie-ful” time celebrating Winnie the Pooh Day (and impress your pals by knowing that January 18th is the day author A.A. Milne was born). Create sweet, bee-themed art using different tools and textures. Participate in a “bees around a honey pot” counting game, and work up an appetite (for honey, of course) doing some Winnie-themed exercises. Pooh’s party hours are 11 am-4 pm.
Children will dig finding out about the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat, which represents a New Year’s celebration for the trees. Tree-themed activities will include decorating a “community tree” art project and playing a “leaf sorting” game. There will be a yummy Tu B’Shevat Tasting session too. The 11 am-3:30 pm party concludes with a Tu B’Shevat book reading and a tree planting.
The Muth Interpretive Center will stay open from 6 pm-11 pm for tonight’s rare total lunar eclipse, which reaches its peak at 9:12 pm. Outdoor viewing areas will have binoculars, telescopes, and astronomical experts, who will share eclipse information. There will also be hot drinks, snacks, and astronomy-themed activities. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Online registration needed.
Dr. King serves as inspiration for today’s activities (11 am-5 pm). Kids will learn about the word “peace,” when making a Dove of Peace handprint, and a self-portrait art project will illuminate how everyone is unique yet share things in common doing. Following a sing-a-long to a Martin Luther King song, children will have the chance to share their dream with others.
The Pacific gray whale’s yearly migration serves as inspiration for this festive day of activities (like puppet shows, arts & crafts, games, and music), exhibits, and expert guest lecturers. One annual highlight is the Duct Tape Whale Sculpture Contest. Admission is free to this festival, which will take place from 11 am-3 pm.
Newport Beach’s Central Library welcomes families to attend a Mini Science Fair this afternoon from 4 pm-5:30 pm. There will be a variety of hands-on physics experiments that involve such topics as magnetism, static electricity, and gravity. Registration is not required, but an adult must accompany children while at the Fair.