Fall Fun Guide for Orange County Moms

Where to go and what to do in OC

The BIG list of What to do and Where to go in Orange County!        

 


Adventure City            


1238 S. Beach Blvd, Anaheim
(714) 236-9300
www.adventurecity.com
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm | Friday 10am – 7pm | Saturday 11am – 9pm | Sunday 11am – 8pm
Prices: Child $13.95 | Adult $13.95 | Seniors $9.95
10 exciting rides for kids to enjoy and even some for the adults so the whole family can take part in the fun. Plan your child’s next birthday at the party station or bring the kids to the petting farm, watch live shows at the interactive stage, play in the arcade or climb the 24 foot rock climbing wall! At Adventure City you’ll never run out of adventure.


Adventure Playground             


1 Beech Tree Ln., Irvine
(949) 786-0854
www.irvineadventure.org
Adventure Playground, is an enclosed area dedicated for children to develop, stir their imaginations and encompass the benefits of free and natural play. This living playground is constantly changing and always supervised when open. Maintained by trained and friendly staff, guests are sure to have an enjoyable experience with every visit. Activities found in Adventure Playground include climbing, exploring, jumping and crawling, use of imagination to create fun with our challenging play structures.


Anaheim Lake          


Corner of Tustin and Mira Loma Avenues, Anaheim
(714) 996-3508
www.fishinglakes.com
Hours: open 7 days a week from 6 am to 4 pm for day fishing and 5 pm to 11 pm for night fishing. On Friday and Saturday nights, our famous 24 hour weekend pass is available, allowing you to fish all night and all the next day, with a whopping 15 fish limit.

There are over 2.5 miles of shore line, drive right up and fish next to your car with easy access to the water. There are 75 surface acres of water with three islands in the lake that provide excellent fishing possibilities from rental boats or privately launched boats. The Lake provides a real country atmosphere in a metropolitan area. So grab the Wife, the Kids, the Bar BQ, ice chest, camper, trailer, tent or what ever and come on out for a great day or evening of Summer fishing and camping $22.00 for adults, $20.00 for Seniors and $9.00 for Children


Aquarium of the Pacific             


100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

www.aquariumofpacific.org
Open daily – 9AM-6PM (closed to the public on Christmas day and during Long Beach Grand Prix in April)
Admission
Adults: $25.95
Seniors (62+): $22.95
Children (3-11): $14.95

Now’s the perfect time to bring your family to the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach. Touch a shark, feed lorikeet birds, watch penguins play, or even speak with an underwater diver! During your visit, you can explore the Aquarium’s three main galleries, including the chilly Northern Pacific, the colorful Tropical Pacific, and sunny Southern California/Baja. You’ll witness fascinating marine animals from weedy sea dragons and sea jellies to our puffins and sea lions.  There are informative shows and feedings at major exhibits throughout the day. And, you can even have colorful lorikeet birds eating right out of your hand in the outdoor aviary.

Be sure to check out Shark Lagoon, where you’ll learn about and even touch the ocean’s most mysterious and misunderstood predator.

Explore the Aquarium’s latest exhibit, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, featuring Magellanic penguins.

You can even enhance your visit with an animal encounter, behind- the-scenes tour, boat trip, or 4D film. 



Artists Village          


210 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana
(949) 464-0105
Hours: The gallery is open on First Thursdays Artwalk from 6-9 and on Wednesday through Sunday from 11-5 or by appointment.
An eclectic mix of media from photographs and pastels to watercolors, oils, acrylics and Sculpture. All artists are award-winning, and their works have been shown and collected in museums and private collections in Southern California, around the country and internationally. 
Showing: August 1 – August 31, 2009

Private Artist Reception: Saturday, August 8th, 6-9 pm Please RSVP: (949) 510-5481 by August 3rd


Balboa Island and Pier       


Newport Beach
(949) 673-0408
www.balboa-island.com
Spend your day walking around the beautiful boardwalk, boating, biking, shopping, or lounging. Don’t be surprised when you can’t choose between mouth watering mandarin, authentic Mexican, spicy Italian, premium prime-rib, rack of lamb, or good ol’ broiled burgers. And as your fun-filled day comes to a close and you watch the sun gently set in glittering hues of orange and red.


Boomers!     


Fountain Valley (714) 842-1111
Irvine (949) 559-8341
www.boomersparks.com
Hours: Sunday 10:00am to 9:00pm | Monday – Thursday 12:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm
With batting cages, bumper boats, a game room, go karts, kiddie rides, miniature golf, rock wall, and Boomers cafe’! there’s so much to do you’ll never be bored.


Bowers Kidseum           


1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana
(714) 567-3600
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/visit/kidseum/about-kidseum
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
A fun-filled space where kids can explore the world around them – and beyond! With hands-on exhibits, classes, birthday parties, summer camp, after school programs and more, Kidseum engages kids ages one to ten in an environment unlike any other.


California Adventure          


1300 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
(714) 781-7290
www.disney.go.com
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 9pm
Immerse yourself in a magical festival of shows, parades and attractions celebrating California’s storied past and exciting future. From the gold rush to Hollywood’s golden era to the timeless allure of the beach, discover the vast and diverse Golden State. Free fall into
excitement! Take a thrilling plummet in a haunted elevator into the unknown corridors of the Twilight Zone. Let your spirit soar as you take flight in this one-of-a-kind exhilarating airborne adventure over the wonders of the Golden State. Join your favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, as they race through Monstropolis to get Boo safely back home. Sing and dance with the stars of your favorite Playhouse Disney shows in the live stage show!


Camelot Golf Land             


3200 Carpenter Ave., Anaheim
(714) 630-3340
http://www.golfland.com/anaheim/
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11pm | Friday: 10am – 12:30am | Saturday: 9am – 12:30am | Sunday: 12noon – 10pm
Southern California’s premier park for family fun. Open Year-round, they are the largest miniature golf facility in the country with 5 award winning miniature golf courses and serving the best pizza and sandwiches in the kingdom. Enjoy a fun filled waterslide day on our 5
story twisting tube slide , with laser tag, and over 200 arcade games you’ll want to come to Camelot all summer long. Water slides Open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day


Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens       


415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente
(949) 498-2139
www.casaromantica.org
Hours: Tuesday 1pm to 4pm | Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm | Closed Mondays
Admissions: Adult $5.00 (12 & under free)
Perched on a bluff overseeing the historic San Clemente Pier, the magnificent Casa is a living demonstration of California history, culture and ecology – a showplace for the entire region. Casa Romantica is a genuine part of California, not a commercial re-creation. The historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson, embodies the Romance and Reality of the Southern California experience. Its stunning setting is a place for people of all ages to explore and understand Southern California history, architecture, ecology and culture.


Centennial Heritage Museum              


3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana
(714) 540-0404
www.centennialmuseum.org
Hours: Friday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm * Other times are available by appointment only for groups of 10 or more. *Weddings sometimes impact our public hours schedule. During peak wedding season (May – September) please call ahead to check hours for a specific Friday or Sunday. Thank You.
Prices: Adults: $5 Seniors/Children: $4 Free parking Free use of grounds during public hours
A cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages. The centerpiece of the museum, which covers nearly 12 acres in all, is a historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. Among these is the Kellogg House, familiar to teachers and students throughout Orange County as a favorite field trip destination for nearly 25 years.


Concourse Family Bowling Entertainment & Recreation Center              


3364 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim
(714) 666-2695
www.concoursebowling.com
The Concourse is Orange County’s largest and most beautiful state of the art entertainment center. Our six million dollar facility is ready to cater to your every need- complete with 40 lanes, a full Sports Bar & Grill, 25 plasma TVs, and weekly Cosmic Bowling, who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun?
Single Game Rates: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm $3.00 | Friday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm $4.00 | Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 9:00pm $5.00 9:00pm – close $2.00 | Holidays 9:00am – 5:00pm $4.00 5:00pm – close $5.00


Costa Mesa Bark Park             

 
Corner of Arlington Avenue and Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa
www.costamesabarkpark.com
The Park is open from dawn to 9:00PM, Wednesday through Monday. It is closed all day every Tuesday for park maintenance.
CMBP is a two-acre fenced off-leash park in the City of Costa Mesa. The park is administered by the Costa Mesa Bark Park Foundation, a California incorporated public benefit non-profit, comprised entirely of volunteers and wholly dependent financially on donations. The park
has a separate area for small, elderly and disabled dogs. Facilities include double-gated entrance, parking, trees, benches, water dispensers for the dogs, dog waste bags and restroom.


Dana Point Harbor             


Pacific Coast Highway and Golden Lantern, Dana Point
(949) 923-2255
www.danapointharbor.com
Not only a beautiful harbor in one of the most romantic areas of California, it is also a bustling portside community, offering many amenities to both residents and guests. One-of-a-kind boutiques offer beautiful, unexpected treasures. Don’t miss the sterling silver and
gold jewelry handcrafted by artisans of the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Santo Domingo, other shopping delights include special cards, art collectibles, designer perfumes, clothing for men, women, and children, artisan chocolates, and specialty coffee and teas from around the world. After all of that shopping, enjoy a fabulous meal at the one of restaurants that is located within Mariner’s Village and Dana Wharf.


Disneyland          


1300 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
(714) 781-7290
www.disney.go.com
Hours: 8:00am – 12:00am
The Disneyland® Resort is the celebration destination for birthdays, triumphs, reunions, true love and first visits. With new experiences, entertainment and ways to enhance any occasion, ask yourself, “What will you celebrate?”


Disneyland Resort’s Magical Beginnings                 


1301 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
(714) 781-7290
www.disneyland.com/littleones
Unleash the power of pure imagination when you visit the Disney Parks for the first time with little ones five years and under. Disney offers tips and tools for traveling with your little ones to help you plan a vacation at Disneyland® Resort that is fun for the whole family! Discover a captivating collection of age-appropriate attractions, live shows and parades in which beloved Disney Characters spring to life. Enjoy recreational activities that are set at a young child’s pace and dining experiences that are especially fun for little ones. Let us help make your family vacation an experience that will last a lifetime.


Doheny State Beach            


Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point
(949) 496-6171
www.dohenystatebeach.org
Hours: April 15 to September 30 – 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. October 1 to April 14 – 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For the fourteenth straight year, Doheny State Beach is the readers’ choice as the County’s “Best Camping Site” in the Orange County Register’s 14th Annual Best of Orange County survey. This year, again, Doheny shares the honor with two other State Park campsites at San
Onofre and San Clemente. As the writer states, “Oceanfront camping is hard to come by these days, and Doheny is the only place in Orange County where it’s available.”


Downtown Disney           


1300 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
(714) 781-7290
www.disney.go.com
Take advantage of the fine dining and shopping at the Downtown Disney® District, the ability to celebrate special events throughout the Disneyland® Resort and the endless array of things to do in Southern California. Take a short walk or monorail ride to this lively
promenade that offers unique shopping and dining as well as nighttime excitement and activity. From AMC Theatres® to House of Blues® to ESPN Zone®, the Downtown Disney® District, located just outside the Theme Parks and near the hotels of the Disneyland® Resort, offers something for every member of your family from morning until after midnight.


Environmental Nature Center               


1601 Sixteenth St., Newport Beach
(949) 645-8489
www.encenter.org
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Sorry, we are closed on Sundays and most holidays.
Where you can find 15 representative Ecological Habitats of California, a Discovery Room packed with neat things to touch and investigate, School Programs during the academic year, Nature Camp in the Summer, and a quiet place to sit and enjoy Life on your lunch hour.


Etnies Skatepark           


20028 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest

(949) 916-5870
www.etniesskatepark.com
Skateboarding Hours: Monday – Wednesday 10:00am-7:00pm | Thursday – Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm | Sunday – 12:30pm-9:00pm
BMX Hours: Monday – 7:00pm-10:00pm | Wednesday – 7:00pm-10:00pm | Sunday – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Helmet, Elbow, and Knee Pads along with both Waiver and Membership forms completed are required to enter. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver or the waiver must be notarized (no faxed copies, phone calls, or
signatures from people other than legal guardians accepted). Waivers/Membership forms expire each calendar year. New waiver/membership forms are required every January 1.
 


Honda Center       


2695 E. Katella, Anaheim
(714) 704-2400
www.hondacenter.com
Honda Center offers fans a facility that is both beautiful to behold and a delight in which to view any event reflecting state-of-the-art design in both form and function. Visitors enjoy incredibly comfortable seating and some of the best sight lines and proximity to the action found anywhere. One of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. Home to the Anaheim Ducks and annual John R. Wooden Classic, the arena has hosted the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships and 2005 World Badminton Championships; NCAA events
including the first Frozen Four west of the Rocky Mountains and much more. Performances by world renowned musical artists and family shows are also plentiful year after year for the fans of Orange County and Southern California. Since 1993, more than 26 million fans have been entertained at Honda Center, enjoying more than 2,500 events.


Irvine Barclay Theatre       


4242 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 854-4646
www.thebarclay.org
The Barclay is a private not-for-profit performing arts organization. Our 20 the season starts this September and tickets go on sale July 27th.


Irvine Fine Arts Center             


14321 Yale Ave., Irvine
(949) 724-6880
www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm | Friday – Saturday 9am – 5 pm | Closed on Sundays
The place to see, learn about, and create art. This unique facility was designed by architects specifically for visual arts programming, and specialized studios were created for painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, culinary arts and more. Each year hundreds of classes are offered to choose from beginning to specialized to advanced courses for all age groups including a wide array of family and youth programs.


Irvine Museum               


18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine
(949)  476-2565
www.irvinemuseum.org
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5 pm
The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890 – 1930). The Irvine Museum embraces a principal role in the education and furtherance of this beautiful and important regional variant of American
Impressionism that has come to be associated with California and its remarkable landscape.


Irvine Park Railroad        


1 Irvine Park Railroad, Orange
(714) 997-3968
www.irvineparkrailroad.com
Hours: April 1st – October 31st Spring/Summer 6:00 am – 9:00 pm | November 1st – March 31st
Fall/Winter 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Irvine Park Railroad, founded in April 1996, is a one-third scale train that takes both children and adults on a scenic ride through historic Irvine Regional Park. Enjoy the park’s many other activities, including the Orange County Zoo, paddleboat and bike rentals, pony rides, hiking trails and more.


Irvine Regional Park              


1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange
(714) 973-6835
http://ocparks.com/parks/irvine
Hours: Fall – Winter  6:00am to 6:00pm
Spring – Summer Hours: 6:00am to 9:00pm
Nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees, the rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees, shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities. Santiago Creek bisects the park and a pond with stone-work waterfall and foot bridge is located in the center of the park. The variety of landscape greatly enhances the park’s beauty.


Irvine Spectrum        


71 Fortune Dr., Irvine
(949) 753-5180
www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com
Retail & Oasis Food Court Venues Hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Thurs | 11am-10pm
Fri & Sat | 11am-8pm Sun
Restaurants & Entertainment Venues Guest Services, Giant Wheel &
Carousel Hours:
11am-11pm Every Day
The Irvine Spectrum Center, owned by The Irvine Company, is Orange County California’s premier dining, shopping and entertainment destination.


Laguna Playhouse       


606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
(949) 497-ARTS
www.lagunaplayhouse.com
The magic of theatre offers the thrill of live performance, the discovery of a new story or an old one re-invented, the surprise of the unexpected or the ring of the familiar, the exploration of life’s mysteries or the celebration of our common humanity. That feeling you
experience when you collapse into peals of laughter, when you can’t hold back tears, when you can’t stop talking about it with your friends, when you keep hearing the tunes in your head. There’s nothing like the theatre.


Los Rios Historic District            


San Juan Capistrano
(949) 493-8444
www.sjchistoricalsociety.com
To preserve the history and heritage of San Juan Capistrano, the people of our community organized a Society to do just that. The purpose of the Historical Society is to bring together people interested in history, especially the history of California and the area and region surrounding and including San Juan Capistrano. The Society is presently raising funds to develop the Los Rios Historic Center, consisting of the O’Neill Museum, Leck House, Silvas Adobe and an old board and batten house on the property.


Main Beach in Laguna Beach              


Pacific Coast Highway at Highway 133, Laguna Beach

(949) 497-9229
www.lagunabeachinfo.org
Located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Diego, the city of Laguna Beach is a seaside village of 25,000-plus residents that includes hundreds of local working artists and unique gift shops. It is home for people who seek the tranquility of beach accommodations as well as endless cultural opportunities. These include dozens of art and music events throughout the year, as well as an art museum and a live stage theater. Known for its miles of clean sandy beaches, working artists and annual festivals, Laguna Beach is the perfect California small town getaway for visitors near and far.


Marconi Automotive Museum        


1302 Industrial Dr., Tustin
(714) 258-3001
www.marconimuseum.org
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. The collection includes, but is not limited to, Super Bikes, Open Wheel Racing Cars (both Formula 1 and Indy), American Muscle Cars, Vintage Racing and High Performance Exotics.


Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament       


7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
(714) 521-4740
www.medievaltimes.com
Hours: Show times vary
Welcome to the 11th century! Just beyond the great doors of our Hall of Arms waits the celebration arena, the heart of each of Medieval Times’ nine castles. From high above King Philippe and his daughter-in-law, Princess Leonore, preside over a four-course feast. Below, privileged royal guests are transported to faraway lands including a romantic snowy rendezvous in the woods and an authentic medieval tournament — with the help of Hollywood-caliber special effects, of course.


Merlin’s Magic Dinner Theater     


2710 East Chapman Ave., Orange
(714) 744-9288
www.merlinshow.comwww.merlinshow.com
Show times: Fridays 7:30pm | Saturdays 5:00pm, 8:00pm | Sundays 5:00pm
Magic and comedy dinner theatre.


Mission San Juan Capistrano       


26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano
(949) 234-1300
www.missionsjc.com
Hours: Open daily 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & Good Friday afternoon.
The Mission will be closed at noon on Christmas Eve.
From the rustic ruins of the Great Stone Church, to the soft serenity of the breathtaking gardens, there is no place in Orange County that combines the grace and charm of nature with the richness of California history more beautifully than Mission San Juan Capistrano – the timeless “Jewel of the California Missions.” Founded the year that our country was founded in 1776.



Muzeo Museum       


241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim
(714) 956-8936
www.muzeo.org
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Come face-to-face, and mix it up (if you dare), with the amazing life-sized monsters from Hollywood’s blockbuster films. The MUZEO hosts three traveling exhibitions per year which would otherwise not be displayed in the region. Every exhibit is enhanced with special
programs, events and activities. You don’t want to miss a moment of them.


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort        


1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach
(949) 729-DUNE
www.newportdunes.com
A 110-acre resort located in Newport Beach at the entrance to the Back Bay nature preserve. It’s home to the premier RV Park and Marina in Southern California. Guests can enjoy the mile of beach front with swimming and a playground on the beach for the kids. Or rent a
sailboat, or pedal boat. See the Back Bay nature preserve by kayak or by land on a Segway tour. The Dunes offers all that – plus regular scheduled events and activities for the family.
 


Oak Canyon Nature Center         


6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd., Anaheim
(714) 998-8380
http://www.anaheim.net/1096/Oak-Canyon-Nature-Center
Hours: Seven days a week. April – May open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June – August open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September – October open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November – March open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A 58-acre natural park nestled in the Anaheim Hills. A year-round stream meanders through the park. Consisting of three adjoining canyons, four miles of hiking trails traverse one of the few remaining areas of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub in our region. Native
wildlife makes the canyon their home and is just waiting to be discovered. Also located on site is the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits.


Ocean Institute       


24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point
(949) 496-2274
www.ocean-institute.org
Public Weekend Hours: 10:00am-3:00pm (for public entry; admin. offices are open for extended hours)
The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 110,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute’s 61 award-winning, immersion style
programs. To learn oceanography and science, students voyage onto the ocean to feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales and collect scientific data. To learn maritime history and literature, students spend an entire night aboard the brig Pilgrim – each student hauling lines, hoisting sails, standing night watch and swabbing decks.


OC Parks/Zoos             


1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange
(714) 973-6846
www.ocparks.com/oczoo
Hours: Daily 10am – 3:30pm
Located inside beautiful Irvine Park in the city of Orange. The Zoo is nestled among the majestic 477 acre wilderness park.


Old Town Farmers’ Market        


El Camino Real and Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
(949) 493-4700
www.farmersmarketsjc.com/
Hours: Wednesdays 3pm – 7pm
More than 20 vegetable, fruit and flower vendors will be selling farm-fresh goods. The Market will also include fresh breads, olives, eggs …and acoustic music, all right in the heart of our
historic downtown!


Orange County Market Place       


88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
www.ocmarketplace.com
Hours: Saturday – Sunday 7am – 4pm
America’s most unique swap meet, a celebration of food, fun, value and the entrepreneurial spirit. With over 2 million visitors every year, the Orange County Market Place has grown to be the center-piece of the Orange County outdoor shopping experience.


Orange County Performing Arts Center       


600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
(714) 556-2122
www.ocpac.org
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through an array of inspiring programs. The Orange County Performing Arts Center presents a broad
range of programming each season, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming and many other special events.


Pacific Marine Mammal Center        


20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
(949) 494-3050
www.pacificmmc.org
Hours: Daily 10am – 4pm
Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research.


Pageant of the Masters         


650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
(800) 487-3378
www.PageantTickets.com
July 8 – August 31
Each night during the summer season at 8:30 the Festival of Arts presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. What is it? Ninety minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people
posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant as the best presentation of its kind.


Saddleback Lanes         


25402 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo
(949) 586-5300
www.saddlebacklanes.net
Saddleback Lanes opened in 1974 and was acquired by the Del Conte Family in 1981. We feature a full service coffee shop, lounge and a Pro Shop for all your needs. Don’t forget…there’s no better place to host your party or special event than Saddleback Lanes. We offer fun for the entire family…toddlers….teens…adults…grandparents!


Shops at Mission Viejo       


555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo
(949) 364-1771
www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=239
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 9pm | Sat 10am – 7pm | Sun 11am – 6pm
Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s are among a host of stores that will impress you with their sophistication and atmosphere here at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Fine restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo include The Cheesecake Factory for a lot more than just cheesecake, Ruby’s Diner for their famous burgers and shakes, PF Chang’s China Bistro who is voted best Chinese food in Orange County, Vie de France for delicious sandwiches and pastries.


Soul Surfing School          


Laguna Beach
(949) 637-0463
www.soulsurfingschool.com
A great way for the kids and even you to learn to surf! Many types of lessons available and even surf camp for the kids during the summer.


South Coast Plaza         


3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa

(800) 782-8888
www.southcoastplaza.com
Where to go to find the best in Southern California. With a variety of shops to please everyone in the family from De Beers to The Disney Store, Bloomingdales to Burberry and more. Not to mention the variety of restaurants and fast food available to shoppers such as the Rainforest Cafe’ to Del Taco.


Sycamore Trails    


26282 Oso Rd., San Juan Capistrano
(949) 661-1755
www.sycamoretrails.com
Located in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, Sycamore Trails Stables features three lighted covered arenas, three lighted jumping arenas (one just for beginners), world class instructors and trainers, miles of scenic trails, and lots of great people and horses. A family owned business providing clean family fun for horses and people. A world class facility with something for everyone.


The Block at Orange       


20 City Blvd. West, Orange
(714) 769-4001
www.theblockatorange.com
Hours: Fri – Sat 10am – 11pm | Sun – Thu 10am – 9:30pm
The Block at Orange features the best names in manufacturers and retail outlets including Old Navy, Hollister, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th as well as high quality entertainment venues including AMC 30 Theaters, Dave & Buster’s, Vans Skatepark, Lucky Strike Lanes and various themed restaurants.z


The Mother Colony House       


414 N. West St., Anaheim
(714) 765-1750
http://www.anaheim.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Mother-Colony-House-52
The Mother Colony House was one of the first buildings constructed in Anaheim in 1857. Classified as an American Territorial style cottage, it is built of redwood and consists of three small rooms. The single gable roof, with its decorative roof crest, has a flaring eave which
fully covers the front porch. The addition at the rear was added in the 1870’s. Dedicated on March 14, 1929, the Mother Colony House is the oldest museum in Orange County. In 1950 it was designated as State Historical Landmark No. 201.


UCI Observatory     


E. Peltason Drive, Irvine
www.physics.uci.edu/~observat
The Observatory at the University of California, Irvine, is located in the fields on the outskirts of campus. The observatory has a large computer-controlled telescope and numerous other smaller, portable, telescopes.


Watson’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain         


116 East Chapman Ave., Orange
(714) 633-1050
http://www.watsonscafe.com
A working drug store with a pharmacy as well as a wonderful diner. Serving up your favorite sandwiches and burgers and offering a wide array of long forgotten sodas and shake combinations. Let Watson’s take you back in time, even if it is just for a couple hours.


Yorba Regional Park        


7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim
(714) 973-6615
http://ocparks.com/parks/yorba
Hours: Nov. 4 – March 31, 7am – 6pm.
April 1 – Oct. 31, 7am – 9-pm
A park over one mile long situated in the mouth of Santa Ana Canyon in the city of Anaheim. The environment of the park site recaptures the river setting of the adjacent Santa Ana River. Because the park is in a historic setting in an area where such names as Yorba, Peralta and Dominguez were common, the Orange County Board of Supervisors recognized the 1976 opening of the park site by designating Yorba Regional Park as the official Orange County bicentennial project.


Zoomars Petting Zoo and Bird Park          


31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano
(949) 831-6550
www.zoomars.com
Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm, rain or shine
Hundreds of animals to pet, feed, love and learn from. In January 2005, Omar and Carolyn Gonzalez purchased the Jones Family Mini-Farm, saving an area landmark and adding colorful parrots from their chain of exotic bird stores. Renaming it ZOOMARS, the couple continues to expand this adorable petting zoo, geared toward little ones between the ages of 2 and 10. The bird park is suited for visitors of all ages where they get a rare glimpse of some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered species.

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