Archives For Free Activities

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.

Listing On PlanDayOut:

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.

Watch Airplanes from the Wings Cafe

Maruska —  November 21, 2016

wing-cafeBuckle up and remain seated. This is your Captain speaking and we are set for a fun meal with a 100% chance of soaring airplanes.

Are you looking for a chance to go out to eat with the kids and be able to keep the kiddos entertained? There is a hidden gem in Fullerton that can help you with that. Wings Cafe is at the Fullerton airport, where you can eat in a decked out cafe with airplane memorabilia and decor. While enjoying your food, you can watch airplanes and helicopters take off and land.

Some bonuses include delicious food, occasional $1.99 specials on mimosas, and trains in the distance. All it is missing are boats. 🙂 Before and after your meal, there are a few places to sit outside and continue the plane watching.

We spent a good amount of time at the cafe and airport and now I have a happy, drained 3-year-old. He is already asking to go back.

Know Before You Go:

  • On weekends, they will not sit you until your full party is there.
  • Do not get disappointed if you do not get a window seat. The floor plan makes it easy to see the planes from just about every table.
  • It is a small cafe, so it does get busy on the weekends.
  • Parking is onsite, free, and plenty!

Where:

Wings Cafe
#A, 4011 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 735-8432

Website: http://www.wingscafefullertonairport.com

When:

Hours: daily, 7am-2pm

Heather Shadd
Blog Contributor

About the Author
Heather and her husband Jessie have a very active 3-year-old son and sweet baby girl. Heather loves to check out new activities and places around Orange County that is not just kid friendly, but parent friendly as well. Anything that includes food and coffee she is there in a flash. She is constantly taking pictures of pretty food. It is sort of an addiction. She works hard throughout the week to play even harder during the weekends. She is very active in Moms groups and she and her husband are co-founders of a Geek Parents Group.