Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bubblefest - Santa Ana

Daily, April 4-19, 2009
Showtimes: 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, & 3:30pm

Discovery Science Center
2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana

Admission to the Science Center and Bubblefest
Adult: $17.95
Child (3-17): $14.95
Children 2 and under: free

Join us for Bubblefest in 2009! Discovery Science Center "bubbles" into Spring Break with BubbleFest XIII, April 4 - 19, 2009. The mysteries of bubbles are revealed as guests explore the sciences behind the amazing and colorful world of bubbles. Hands-on bubble activities demonstrate a bubble's science and math principles (such as surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, molecular properties, and geometric properties), while Fan Yang's Mega Bubble Show puts those theories to the ultimate test.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Break Workshops - El Dorado Nature Center

Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17

El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E. Spring St.
Long Beach

Pre-registration is required

Join us for vacation fun at the Nature Center.
Morning sessions from 9:30-11:30am are for K-1st Grade students.
Afternoon sessions for 2nd-4th Grade students.

Monday, April 13: Potions, Lotions and Strange Plant Notions

Did you know there’s a hidden rainbow in flowers, or that certain leaves repel insects? Discover the mysterious world of plant and potions as we conduct experiments out on the trail.

Tuesday, April 14: Party at the Pond
The Nature Center pond is a happenin’ place, so come join the fun. All your friends will be there- turtles, frogs, fish and insects. Be ready to explore the world of the pond and see what all the buzz is about.

Wednesday, April 15: Butterfly Bonanza
Come experience the magical lifecycle of the butterfly. Reminisce about youthful days as a caterpillar, create your own wearable wings, and spend some time fluttering, floating and flying amongst the flowers.

Thursday, April 16: Yoga for Kids
Coyote pose, Rabbit pose, Tree pose-Movement and fun, stretching and strengthening. We’ll walk the trails looking for animals, listening to stories and having fun with animal and nature yoga poses.

Friday, April 17: Gone Fishing
Gather items in nature to make a pole and see what’s biting. Dip your net into the lake and see what critters you may discover. Observe birds and other animals’ unique way of catching fish.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Strawberry Tours - Irvine

Daily until June 21

Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Dr.

Weekdays: reservations required
Weekends: reservations not required

Saturday/Sunday: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, & 2:30pm
Arrive 15 minutes before your selected tour time.

$13/person, kids under 2 are free
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

In an hour-long tour, visitors take a wagon ride around 30 acres of Tanaka Farm land to gain insight on how different fruits and vegetables are grown. The mini-agriculture lesson continues with a sampling of vegetables and fruits that are picked along the way.

The tour culminates with strawberry picking, an activity open to kids and adult participants. Best of all, you get to eat what you pick!


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Wildflowers of Southern California

Did you know SoCal has amazing wildflower fields every spring? The Wildflower Hotline will report the best spots for viewing wildflowers. 818-768-3533

See where the Golden State gets it's name. The Poppy Reserve in Lancaster is one of the best places to see Golden Poppies.

The Poppy Festival is April 25-26 in Lancaster.

Joshua Tree National Park is another good place for viewing. Check out the 29 Palms/Oasis Visitor Center. There is a paved walkway behind the building for little ones to run. The West entrance has another visitor's center and plenty of places to eat. The ranger station gives you a good map and can tell you where to find wildflowers.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Visions ~ Voices

Saturday, March 7

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
6400 Bixby Hill Rd.
Long Beach

Visions of Care ~ Voices of Childhood
This tribute to the Long Beach Day Nursery’s 97 Years of dedicated quality child care recognizes Florence Bixby’s founding of the Nursery. The display of historic materials will feature ongoing children’s story times throughout the day. Families are encouraged to share a story they treasure or bring treasures to share that make their childhood memorable.

For more information, call Michael Powers at (562) 430-9694

From lbpost.com:
VISIONS~VOICES is a weeklong and citywide festival from March 6-14 merging the former Smithsonian Week with Long Beach Reads One Book. Presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach in partnership with the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, the celebration of arts and literature numbers more than 50 arts, culture and literary arts events. VISIONS~VOICES will showcase personal stories and experiences through storytelling, oral history, spoken word, visual arts, performance and literature.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Queen Mary - Free again!

March 1-15, 2009

Queen Mary
1126 Queen's Highway
Long Beach

Back by popular demand, the Queen Mary & JetBlue Airways are inviting all California residents to visit the Queen Mary free of charge, March 1-15, 2009. This special, FREE Admission ticket includes a self-guided tour of the Queen Mary and visitors each day will have a chance to win a FREE flight on JetBlue Airways.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Averyboo Arts

Friday, March 6, 2009

Grand Opening!
Creativity Center for Kids

3908 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach
1 mile north of the 405 fwy

- Painting, crafts, building blocks, chalk walk, and dress-up will all be available for FREE (children must be accompanied by an adult).
- Averyboo Arts will also be exhibiting art work from Hughes Middle School.
- ONE NIGHT ONLY - get $50 off a 6 Month Unlimited Pass.

Averyboo Arts is a new, creativity center and gallery for children 1 to 8 years old.

We provide a peaceful atmosphere and open-ended activities to allow your child to nurture his or her imagination & artistic abilities. Activities include easel painting, craft tables, a variety of building blocks, art appreciation installations, dress-up with mini stage, and more. We also have an indoor “chalk walk” where kids can literally draw on the walls!

Our center has also taken into account the child's caregiver; offering comfortable seating, complimentary tea & water, interesting reading materials, and free WiFi.

In addition, affordable, quality art supplies, handmade gifts, and other unique items will be available in our small gift shop located inside the studio.


They will be getting their phone on March 4. Email until then: info@averyboo.com