A fun addition to the Summer Educational Series and a great way to spend an afternoon is at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. They are currently featuring their Watermelon Tours and for a short time, Strawberry Tours as well.
My Girl Scout troop visited in the spring for a Strawberry Tour. Everyone enjoyed the tour and the strawberries we picked were the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted.
Tanaka farms is a 30 acre working farm that grows organic fruit and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables are sold at their farm stand as well as their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
Tanaka Farms also offers educational tours. The tours are available throughout the year. Strawberry Tours (Mid-March to end of June), Cookout Tours (Mid-March to end of August), Watermelon Tours (July to August), and the Pumpkin Patch Tour (end of Sept. to end of October).
You tour the farm on a wagon pulled by a tractor. Along the way, you take various stops to learn about the vegetables and fruits that are currently in season. You learn how they are grown and you get to taste them, yum! For your final stop you arrive at your crop where you get to sample some fresh melon and watermelon and than pick your own personal-sized watermelon to enjoy at home.
The following tours are available at this time:
Strawberry Tours every hour from 10am to 2pm! No reservations needed
Watermelon Tours every hour beginning at 9:30 am and the last tour leaves at 2:30 pm; No reservations needed
Watermelon Tours Monday-Friday with a reservation
U-Pick Tours – We’ll keep you posted with this free tour’s availability!
Arrive 15-20 minutes before your tour and be prepared to get dirty, take shoes you don’t mind getting some dirt or possibly mud on, remember this is a working farm.
Rates are as follows:
Adults and Children are $18.00
Children 2 and younger are Free
Group tours and rates are available: home-schooling group, boy scouts, girl scouts, summer camp, sports group, or other organizations.day, enjoying our special group rates. For your group reservations please call Aimee at (949) 653-2100 Ext. 204
photos from Tanaka Farms Facebook page
The Math Fair, is a FREE event and open to all ages. A brainchild of the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, will be held on Saturday, August 02, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Bren Events Center, UC Irvine.
The Math Fair is all about making math fun! At the Fair, visitors will experience math and problem solving with life-size, interactive educational video games to performing out a math problem onstage.
Take-home materials will be provided so you can continue the fun after the Fair.
Family Math Workshops
Family Math Workshops, which will be held during Math Fair hours. These interactive sessions will be open to all Math Fair visitors and will provide ideas and tips on how to:
- Incorporate mathematics into everyday life activities
- Assist your child with math homework (Math Without Tears)
- Help your child when they are using ST Math at home
- Money Talks: How to talk to your kids about financial matters. Presented by New York Life Insurance Company.
Schedule of Events
10:00 a.m.Math Fair Opens
10:15 a.m.Math Fair Opening Ceremony featuring Irvine Mayor Stephen Choi and
Presenting Sponsor Microsemi
Mathland Railway Opens *train rides will run every 15 minutes
Math Mystery Theater Opens *performances every 45 minutes
10:30 a.m.Family Math Workshops Begin *workshops every 45 minutes
Meet JiJi *the penguin will make scheduled appearances until 4:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.Food Trucks Open
Game Design Workshop
1:00 p.m.Game Design Workshop
3:45 p.m.JiJi Band Performance
4:00 p.m.Math Fair Closing Ceremony
Square Root of Fun Math Fair
Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Bren Events Center
100 Mesa Rd
Irvine , California 92697
You can no longer register online for this event. But you can still register on-site at the event.
This is a free global reading program that encourages kids to read all summer long. This addition to my Summer Educational Series, keeps kids reading books and logging their reading minutes (online and on smartphones). They can enter sweepstakes to win prizes and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges. This year’s theme is “Reading Under the Stars!” Kids will unlock constellations and learn fun facts about space as they reach reading milestones every week.
Kids 4-14 are the core ages, but if you read to your younger children, you can log reading minutes on their behalf.
You can sign up online at www.scholastic.com/summer . Although kids can log minutes through any desktop browser, mobile device (tablets or phones) browser, or through the free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app on iOS and Android devices, you must register or authenticate via a desktop browser first. The website is completely kid safe as there are COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) laws that Scholastic adheres to.
Scholastic also offers a lot great ideas through their Scholastic Parents Facebook page. Parents be sure to visit the content calendar, it provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, and special Friday giveaways.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
Yesterday marked the beginning of summer for us. It was My 7 year old daughter’s last day of school and she is not happy about it. She asked me “Why can’t the teachers just take the weekend off and start the next school year on Monday?”
I have a huge responsibility here, I need to keep her learning and engaged during the summer. I have listed a few things in my Summer Educational Series that she will be taking part in. Celebrating National Summer Learning Day on June 20th that goes right in line with my mission.
Summer Learning Day is a day to spread awareness about the importance of combating summer learning loss and the need to offer learning opportunities for all students to keep brains engaged in the summer months. Summer learning is for all children, not just those who need to catch up in school. It helps to encourage children to be:
- Creative and innovative.
- A chance to use the great outdoors as a classroom.
- A way to make sure your child is eating healthy and staying active during the summer.
- A way for older youth to discover a career through job experiences.
- A step up to the next grade or school level.
- A tool for helping children and schools perform at their highest level.
This year, hundreds of events, big and small, are slated to celebrate summer learning across the nation. Find Summer Learning Day events close to you, Summer Learning is about bringing together fun activities and learning to provide a safe space for the children of working families.
As a parent, you can help by turning everyday errands and outings into a learning experience. Download and print out some of the resources below to learn how.
- Summer Learning Tips for Parents
- This sheet offers some overall tips on finding a summer program for your child and other low-cost activities that you can do with your child during the summer months.
- Ideas for Activities at Home
- This sheet offers fun and easy-to-use ideas on how to turn everyday errands and local outings into learning for your child.
- Ideas for Older Youth
- Getting your tween or teen to learn during the summer can be a challenge. This sheet gives you ideas on how you can make it so fun and interactive they won’t even realize they are learning!
- Ideas for an Active and Healthy Summer
- This sheet gives ideas on how to keep your child physically active and fit, while eating healthy during the summer months.
- Getting Teens College and Career Ready During the Summer
- This sheet offers ideas families can use to work with teens during the summer to give them a start on what comes after high school and beyond.
- Summer Reading
- This resource will give you tips on how to keep your child reading all summer long.