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Strawberry Tours at Tanaka Farms

Maruska —  February 8, 2018
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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 8 years. They get a 10 out of 10, if you ask me!


  • 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 last 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. 



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

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


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


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.


Tanaka Farms, 5380 University Drive, Irvine, 92612.

949 653-2100


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

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd anniversary on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years.

Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old.

Face painting

Photo courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Face painting and panning for gold require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, and popcorn. FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons (one per child).

The $2 tickets are valid during the Anniversary Celebration weekend only.

Coupons, discounts and/or any other promotions are not valid on the anniversary celebration dates.

Live Band

Photo courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

And, for this milestone celebration, we will be conducting raffles on both Saturday and Sunday… every hour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Winners will receive Irvine Park Railroad prizes ranging in value from $60.00 to $300.00. To add even more fun for visitors, a live band will play on both days from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Irvine Park Railroad is open year round (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Our annual events include the Easter Eggstravaganza, Anniversary Celebration, Pumpkin Patch, Fourth Grade California History Education Program, and Christmas Train. Please visit for details.

Panning for Gold

Photo Courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

While at Irvine Regional Park, be sure and visit the parks other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides and the Orange County Zoo.

The park entrance fee is $5.00 per vehicle. Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM. The cost for train tickets during the anniversary celebrations weekend is $2.00 per ticket; children younger than 12 months ride free.

Hey Rides

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad


Saturday February 24th, 2018 and Sunday February 25th, 2018.
10am – 4pm


Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.


One Plan A Day Out reader will win this amazing prize, courtesy of the Irvine Park Railroad.  To participate leave a comment on our Facebook post here. The winner will be randomly picked on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 12pm. Tickets can be used during the anniversary weekend OR at any other time during the year (excluding Christmas Train).

Good luck to everyone!

8 Activity Tickets

1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental

This Sunday take your kiddos on a date to the 1st Annual Valentine’s Day family festival. Your entrance ticket will include face painting, arts and crafts, fashion show, parent/child dance, photobooth, balloon artist, Bubblemania and Company show, performances, prizes, contests, and more!

Kids can get in for free by using a special PlanADayOut discount code “PadoThanks”.

Click here to get all the details.