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Kids-Bowl-for-Free It is time to sign up for “Kids Bowl Free”. Registering is completely free and each registered child receives 2 FREE games of bowling EVERY day all summer long. Actually you can start playing on the first day of the program at your participating center, which was March 1st, 2017 for Irvine.
Some information you might like to know:
  • The first time I took my girl bowling she was only 2 1/2 years old. You can see her in action in the picture using the “slide”. And next to us there was a 20-month-old girl who made a strike a couple of times! So make sure you sign up your little ones as well.
  • There are three participating locations in Orange County: Concourse Entertainment Center in Anaheim, Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, and Irvine Lanes in Irvine.
  • Each player needs to have bowling shoes. At Irvine Lanes you can buy a shoe rental pass for $12 that is good for 6 months! So my kids can bowl for 6 months for $12…which is pretty awesome! I am not sure if the other two bowling alleys offer the same deal. Just give them a call to find out, or just sign up at the Irvine Lanes if it is not too far from you.
  • At the Irvine Lanes, the smallest shoe size they have is size 6!
  • When you sign up, they give you the option to pay $26.95 for you and 3 other adults to bowl with your kids all summer long. The last couple of years I didn’t pay and had fun just helping my kids, but I might do it this year. By the way, you don’t need to sign up immediately, you can do it later on and normally they offer you a discount if you “refuse” the upgrade a couple of times ;).

So for $12 my kids can go bowling daily for 6 months! I just signed up again!

To register, visit www.KidsBowlFree.com.
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 March 3, 2017Click 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.

Muth Interpretive Center

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A visit to the Muth Interpretive Center is a must for all Orange County families. This 10,000-square-foot educational facility is dedicated to the preservation of the Upper Newport Bay, the largest of only a few remaining natural estuaries in Southern California. This wonderful place has tons of free activities that will entertain you and your kids for several hours. 

Free Activities at the Muth Interpretive Center:

  • Lots of exhibits and interactive displays that teach you about the wildlife of the Upper Newport bay.
  • Watch the award-winning “Saltmarsh Seasons” in the Ray and Elsa Watson Theater.
  • Check out live reptile and amphibian displays.
  • Have fun with animal puppets, puzzles, books and crafts.
  • Take a walk or a bike ride around the bay and look for birds, fish and animals that hang out in the area. Do you know that Upper Newport Bay is an important rest stop for birds migrating from Canada and Alaska? Up to 30,000 birds can be seen here on any one day during the winter months.

Other Kids’s Activities at the Muth Interpretive Center:

  • On Friday morning from 10:30-11:30 they have super fun parent & child classes which may include arts and crafts, storytelling, live animal presentation, hands-on activities and a nature walk. The class is $5 per child and it is well worth it. Reservations are preferred so that they can make sure they have enough craft material for everyone. For ages 2-5. To register call (949) 923 2275 or email unbic@ocparks.com.

Other Activities close by:

  • Free: explore the Back Bay Science Center, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, visit the touch pool touch tank, and do some bird watching. Every Sunday from 10am-2pm. Click here for more info.
  • Free: see the diverse plants, birds and other wildlife of six distinct habitats as you take a self-guided tour on a ½ mile nature trail starting at the Big Canyon parking lot. Click here for more info. 
  • For a fee: on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 12pm you can join an experienced naturalist for a guided kayak tour of the back bay. $25/person, ages 8 and up. Click here for more info. 
  • For a fee: you can also rent a kayak any day of the week for $15/hour ($20/hour for a two person kayak). Ages 8 and up. Click here for more info.

Address:

2301 University Avenue, Newport Beach, 92660

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm.
Free admission, free parking.

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Click here to get all the information about the Muth Interpretive Center. If you scroll at the bottom of the page you will see a list of events at this location.