Archives For Free Activities

Wooden Projects at Home DepotFree hands-on workshops the 1st Saturday of every month, any time between 9am and 12pm at your local Home Depot. These are super fun hands-on workshops where kids get to build great wooden projects all on their own. We never miss these events!

Highlights:

  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a commemorative pin, and a workshop apron which is also great for home projects.
  • The suggested age for this event is 5+, but my girl has been doing these projects since she was two. So if you have a young one, don’t miss out. You just need to help them a bit and they will be so proud of their creation.
  • Some Home Depot locations require registration for this event and some don’t. To be safe, you can click here and then click on “Website” under “Event Contact Info” to register. Note that this listing is for the Home Depot in Irvine, but once you click on “Website” to register, you can pick your local Home Depot.
This weekend’s project, February 3rd,  2018 : Valentine bean bag toss
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.

Trucks in Orange County

If your kids love trucks, they might have fun on this short adventure. On Construction Circle in Irvine, there are several businesses with lots of trucks coming and going. You will see lots of mixer trucks filling up at the three cement companies that are located in this area. You will also see lots of trash trucks dumping trash at one of the two Orange County Waste Management transfer stations. The trash will then be sorted by large skid steers and the non-recyclable items will get hauled to the landfill. There are also a couple of companies that rent heavy equipment, so you can see excavators, loaders, dozers, and more.

I want you to know that you cannot stop anywhere on this street. But just drive around slowly a couple of times so you can see the action.

Since it only takes a couple of minutes to drive around, I normally pair this adventure with a Costco stop next door. In fact, The District is only one block away where you can find Costco, Target, T.J. Max, Whole Foods, Lowe’s, Office Depot, PetSmart and lots of restaurants.

I know this is a silly outing and my husband suggested I didn’t share it. But I bet I can find at least one of you that has a kid that would like this…or so I hope.

Address:

The Waste Management address is 16122 Construction Cir. E, Irvine, CA 92606. You can Google this address and then you will find the other businesses on the same street.