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Discovery Days

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Do you know that Centennial farm has discovery days open to the public once or twice a month? These are completely free events.

During your visit the kids can see a milking demonstration (9:30am only), pet a chick, plant and take home a radish and of course explore the farm which is home to pigs, chickens, cattle, goats, and fruit/vegetable gardens. You can also stop at the many educational stations located around the farm. Fantastic!

Almost forgot, you are welcome to take any of the freshly picked produce in their produce bin. It is free but they ask that you place a donation in the box next to it. Last time we took 4 delicious carrots and they were in our bellies by the time we got home.

So that you know, the Discovery Days take place during the week in the morning, from 9am to 12pm. If you can’t make it to one of these events, you can always visit the Centennial farm Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm, and Sat/Sun 9am-4pm. You won’t get to see the milking demonstrations, pet a chick, plant a radish  or check out the educational stations, but all the animals will still be there and kids just love it.

Next event:

Friday, January 19th, 2018Click here for more information and to see all the dates on which this event takes place. Reservations are only required for groups of 6+ children.

Ocean InstituteDid you know a portion of the Ocean Institute is open on weekdays? At a reduced price of $5.00 a person, you can visit the sea star and sea snail touch tank, view the headlands aquarium, play on the small playground, and participate in science experiments about ocean animals and sand.

You can also take a guided tour of the biodiversity lab where a docent will teach you about local sea life, lift up “plates” that have sea organisms from near and far, and possibly explore the maritime exhibits.

After visiting the Ocean Institute, you may want to take a short drive to the Headlands Interpretive Center, have a picnic or play on the Baby Beach, or explore the tide pools at the beach directly below the Ocean Institute.

For hours, address, and more info click here.

Headlands Interpretive Center

Kelly Rafter
Blog Contributor

About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two little boys, ages 3 and 5. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local
 community college and is an educational consultant.

Girls in The Garage

Maruska —  January 10, 2018

Girls in The GarageYou are going to love this! Girls in the Garage is a fun program for women to learn the basics of car maintenance and upkeep…and it is completely free, and it includes free food, and drinks, and music. Should I go on, or are you already planning your next Girls Night Out?

I consider myself a very independent woman, but when it comes to car, I definitely need help… because I am helpless. Three weeks ago a warning light showed that the pressure of my tire was low. My husband was out of town, I refused to call AAA for something so silly, so I decided to go to the closest gas station and give that tire some air. You should have seen me. Well, it is probably better you didn’t see me. So when I saw this free program I jumped on the opportunity and planned a GNO with some friends.

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What you should know:

  • They have 12 car stations set up and you get to learn how to check engine oil and fluid level, how to change a tire, how to check the pressure of your tires (yeah!), and so much more.
  • Their website mentioned they have refreshments, but it was fully catered with drinks, pizzas, sushi, chicken, cake, cookies, drinks. You can basically have dinner there.
  • If you complete at least 7 stations then you can spin a wheel and get a free prize. We did all 12 stations and by the time we were done, we were the last one there and the wheel was put away. So we didn’t get to spin, but we got to learn lots of stuff.
  • They even had a DJ and a dance “competition”. I don’t know if they always have a DJ, but I personally thought the music was way too loud. Maybe I am just getting old. 
  • There were many kids during the first hour. I personally don’t think this event is for kids. I think it should be for adults or driving teenagers. You know I am all about the kids, but maybe this time, leave them at home.
  • This event is from 5pm to 8pm. You can stop by at any time and go through the stations at your own pace. We got there around 5:40pm and we were the last one to leave at around 8pm. So it took us over 2 hours to go through all the stations. But again, you don’t have to. It is totally up to you.
  • You don’t need to RSVP. Just show up!
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, absolutely. It was fun, educational, and free!

When:

First Wednesday of Every Month
5pm – 8 pm
No need to RSVP

Where:

Mission Viejo Transmission & Auto Repair
27220 La Paz, RD, Suite M
Mission Viejo, CA 92692