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Strawberry Tours at Tanaka Farms

Maruska —  February 15, 2017
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Who wants to be dropped off in a huge field of delicious strawberries and let free to eat as many as you want right off the vine for a good 15 minutes? The only place you can do this, is during the strawberry tours at Tanaka Farms. The strawberry feast is after a guided wagon ride around the farm during which you will see and learn about the farm and get to sample 5-6 different fruits/veggies. You also get to take home a 1 pound basket full of strawberries. Totally worth every penny. I have been going on this tour every year for the last 7 years. They get a 10 out of 10, if you ask me!

Tips:

  • Bring water, sunscreen, hats and a bag where you can put the baskets and leftover veggies from the tour.
  • Go when your kids are a little hungry maybe during snack time or 30 minutes before lunch time. You will be surprised how vegetable-daring they will be (see picture: my girl 2 years ago eating spinach!).
  • Bring wipes. Your kids will be completely red after eating all the strawberries.
  • Shoes will get dirty, so maybe don’t wear the most expensive shoes you own :).
  • It is free for 2 and under, take advantage of that! 
  • New this year: some of the strawberries were planted in raised tubes (see picture below). Unless you ask them you won’t know if your tour guide will drop you off at this new area or at the regular strawberry field. If you have a preference, call ahead and ask them. 

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Hours:

Weekends: every half an hours from 9:30am to 2:30pm. No reservation needed.

Weekdays: Monday through Friday, tours are available by reservation only.

Price:

$ 18 for ages 3+. Free for children 2 and under.

Deal:

If you have 10 paying kids, kids pay $14 which includes a basket full of delicious strawberries. Adults pay $7 (no basket) or $14 (with basket). For a combination of 15 people (children and adults), it is $14 per person. So get your friends together and take advantage of this discount.

Address:

Tanaka Farms, 5380 University Drive, Irvine, 92612.

949 653-2100

Listing:

To see the Strawberry Tours listing on PlanADayOut, click here.

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.

Dana Point Waterfall

Maruska —  February 7, 2017

Dana Point WaterfallCan you believe this? It looks like a tropical waterfall. The kids were so excited to get up close to this huge waterfall. So next time it rains, don’t miss this. Prepare a hot cocoa, get the kids in the car, and surprise them with this fun adventure. And afterwards, for some additional fun, stop by the Ocean Institute, the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center or the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Center which are only a couple of minutes away from the waterfall.

 Know Before You Go:

  • This waterfall is actually a runoff from the houses above, so I wouldn’t suggest touching the water.
  • You can only see this waterfall while it is raining. So unfortunately you will have to drive in the rain which might not be as much fun.
  • Bring umbrellas and make sure the kids wear rain boots. There are puddles and mud close to the waterfall, which is great for the kids to play in.

Where:

Click here to see the Dana Point Waterfall on Google map. As you are driving towards the Ocean Institute on Dana Point Harbor Drive, start looking towards the cliffs on your right side after passing Island Way. You can’t miss it. 

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Street parking in front of the waterfall