Dia De Los Muertos Workshops at MOLAA

 3 days, 3 great family fun events at MOLAA that encourage art, history and the traditions of Dia Los Muertos. All events are free for kids ages 12 and under.

MOLAA is exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, learn how to make a Calavera Mask  from Artist, Tony Dominguez.


 On Thursday, October 30, 2014, join in on a Sugar Skulls Workshop.


On Friday, October 31, 2014, drop in for Dia De Los Muertos face painting and Arts & Crafts.


Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802


General Admission $ 9.00
Seniors $ 6.00
Students $ 6.00
Children under 12 years FREE

 There is ample free parking adjacent to the Museum.



Autumn Sea Fair at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


The richness and diversity of the sea, combined with fun-in-the-sun games and hometown spirit, can all be found at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Autumn Sea Fair on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This unique event offers ocean-related activities for every age, including face-painting, an exciting marine life puppet show, and a giant origami demonstration. Adventurous pirates of all ages can join in the search for buried treasure in the “Great Treasure Hunt,” learn how to cast a fishing line, and for those with the competitive spirit, join in on the “Beach Olympics.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to stop by and chat with more than two dozen marine-related organizations that will be present to share their information and activities with you; or visit one of our artisans and check out their beautiful and unique hand-crafted pieces of art.

AutumnSeaFaireEnjoy live music playing throughout the day; experience the unique jazz stylings of Harold Greene on the Chapman Stick; the Japanese Drum group Kokoro Taiko and the smooth sounds of Stucco Rainbow. Join us for this annual celebration of marine life and community spirit.

Autumn Sea Fair is a FREE event.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park

We were just at Balboa park a couple of weeks ago can I just say I love this place! Yes, the day was beautiful and the company was fantastic but really this place is mesmerizing.  The buildings boast beautiful architecture, the Koi pond was filled with lily pads and baby Koi, the gardens are gorgeous and the Botanical Building was so tranquil.  So I was super excited to see this family Halloween event, Balboa Park Halloween Family Day.  


Balboa Park Halloween Family Day offers Free Treats, Including Free Kids Admission.  Families can kick off their Halloween celebrations with a spooktacular array of free hands-on activities and free admission for kids 12 and under with paid adult at the annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Sunday, October 26.

Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions throughout the Park will present creepy craft projects, scary gallery tours, spine-tingling storytelling, costume parades and contests, and other fun surprises from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adults can also receive best-value admission when purchasing the Balboa Park Explorer One-Day, Multi-Day, or Annual Pass.

Highlights of this year’s park-wide Halloween Family Day include mini-carnival games and costume contests for prizes hosted by San Diego Park & Rec., a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annual rooftop pumpkin drop, a free children’s concert and activities in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and free activity and prize-drawing booths on the Prado and in the Plaza de Panama. Please see below for a complete listing of all the activities scheduled for the October 26 Family Day. For updates, visitwww.balboapark.org/halloweenfamilyday.

Image from balboapark.org

Image from balboapark.org


Balboa Park Visitors Center: Free gift to kids in costume who are accompanied by an adult (while supplies last). Enter a drawing to win:

·       Balboa Park Explorer Multi-Day Passes

·       Old Town Trolley/Seal Tour ticket

         Live in Concert CD and 4 free tickets to a San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory concert in 2014-15

·       San Diego Junior Theatre Family: 4-pack of tickets to an upcoming show

·       San Diego Civic Youth Ballet: 4 tickets to The Nutcracker

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages: Open houses and trick-or-treating at select cottages from noon to 4pm; House of Scotland Lawn Program at 2pm.

Japanese Friendship Garden: Halloween-themed crafts (including origami), story-time, and “Taste of Japan Food Fest!” featuring cuisine from different Japanese food vendors; picnicking in the newly opened portion of the garden expansion.

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater: Free puppet-making activity for children accompanied by an adult from 11:45am until 1pm show; show ticket not required for this activity.

Mingei International Museum: Children 12 and under free with paid adult.

Museum of Photographic Arts: Special Halloween sunprint craft for all ages, using photographic paper, Halloween-themed cut-outs, and sunlight to create spooky designs.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Halloween-themed science activities in Kid City for toddlers 5 and younger; FrankenToys inventing activity in the Tinkering Studio for kids of all ages. Kids 12 and under free with paid adult for gallery admission only.

San Diego Air & Space Museum: Ghost rotor making activity (paper helicopters with a Halloween twist) at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30; rooftop pumpkin-dropping experiment at 2:30pm; kid-friendly short films in 3D/4D movie theater; and Kid’s Aviation Action Hangar all day (simulators not included). Discounted admission price of $5 to see the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! special exhibition.

San Diego Automotive Museum:Spooky gearhead hat-making activity for kids; car monster creating craft.

San Diego History Center:“Scent-sing San Diego” activity to learn how much your nose doesn’t know about San Diego’s past

San Diego Junior Theatre:Addams Family musical theater performances for ages 10 and up (October 24 – November 9).

San Diego Model Railroad Museum: Halloween-themed games, crafts, and trains aboard the Haunted Express.

San Diego Museum of Art:“Mask and Costume”Search and Find handout to guide families on a hunt for artworks in the collection that feature masks and costumes.

San Diego Museum of Man: “Monsters” exhibit, exploring forests, caves, and deep dark seas in search of fantastical creatures;hands-on monster creating activity. Kids 12 and under FREE with paid adult for general admission only.

San Diego Natural History Museum:Critter Cave tour to discover nocturnal creatures; Halloween-themed hands-on activities and crafts to take home. Kids 12 and under free with a paid adult for general admission and 3-D films only. Does not include separately priced special exhibitions

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory: Free open orchestra rehearsals (classical melodies) on the 2nd floor of the Casa del Prado building, rooms 207 & 205, 1pm–5pm.

San Diego Zoo: Free admission to all children through 11 years of age, regardless of adult ticket purchase. Part of “Kids Free Month” (October) promotion.

Spanish Village:Doggie costume contest (1pm),trick-or-treat bag decorating (all day), studio trick-or-treating (with accompanying adult)

Spreckels Organ Society:Special Family Festival Day programming during the free 2pm organ concert, geared especially for young audiences; kids activities in the Organ Pavilion 1:30pm-3:30pm hosted by the Spreckels Organ Society (mask-making), Girl Scouts (free drawings for toys and cookies), the San Diego Choristers Guild (pick and play an instrument), Classics for Kids, Ana-Tommy, and others. Costumes welcome!

Timken Museum of Art:Family Activity Flyerto guide families on a fun-filled gallery tour. Free admission for the entire family!

UNA International Gift Shop: Free Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box to take along whiletrick-or-treating to benefitchildren around the world who need clean water, food, school supplies, etc.; one free national flagto take home(while supplies last).

Booths along the Prado and in the Plaza

Fiesta del Reyes/Old Town State Historic Park:“Wheel of Fortune” prize-wheel spinning contest on an ornate 1800s replica prize wheel to win coupons and prizes from the Fiesta de Reyes shops and restaurants located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Girl Scouts San Diego: Magnet decorating activity for girls and boys; prize-wheel spinning to win toys, cookies, and more (in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion).

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages: Information on the House of Pacific Relations, the national cultures it represents, youth programs, and year-round events.

Marston House & Gardens: Dia de los Muertos paper mask-making craft; free vintage circa 1900 Halloween postcards and museum coupons (while supplies last).

San Diego Park & Rec: Various mini-carnival games with prizes and Halloween costume contests in multiple age categories throughout the day starting at 11:30am; prizes for first, second, and third place.

The Old Globe: Info on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! performances and an opportunity to win a Family 4-Pack to the show.

RH Fleet Science Center:Slime-making activity to learn about slimy creatures like sea cucumbers, snails, and hagfish.

San Diego Civic Dance Arts:Dance performances and lessons for kids guaranteed to give a real “thrill.”

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet:Crown-making craft; see-and-touch props display and costumed characters from The Nutcracker.

SDG&E: Information about energy-saving solutions to help families get rid of “energy vampires”; activities for kids.

San Diego History Center:“Scent-sing San Diego” activity to learn how much your nose doesn’t know about San Diego’s past.

San Diego Junior Theatre:Addams Family-themed booth, complete with costumes and a photo opportunity, in conjunction with the Addams Family theater performances at SDJT.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum: Halloween-themed games, crafts, and trains aboard the Haunted Express.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Halloween-themedinteractive activities for kids.

San Diego Public Library:Face painting, Halloween crafts, library card applications, and info on the many free educational and cultural resources at 36 library locations throughout San Diego.

San Diego Zoo:Live zoo animals and free pins, decals, magazines, and Halloween candy for everyone.

Timken Museum of Art: Mask-making activity in conjunction with the SD Junior Theatre Addams Family costume booth activity.

Worldview Project: Free exotic snacks from faraway places (while they last), culture quiz to see how much you know about world cultures; and a “Been There, Want to Go There Next” activity for the whole family.

Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at One of my Favorite Places.


The 40th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch will take place October 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at one of my favorite places: Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

What is the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.


Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Local restaurants WingstopPIE-NOT,A Market, Which Wich, Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Kean Coffee (love their coffee), Sensitive Sweets, Shirley’s Bagels, Whole Foods, thePizza Bakery, Fork in the Road & Z Pizza  will have food and drinks available to purchase.


If your looking for native plants, they’ll have a selection of native plants for sale  to attract more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year.

For the children there will be a variety of fun crafts*, face painting, henna tattoos, a petting zoo and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. OC Reptile Rescue will bring a variety of scaly things, and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will have their wolves on site for you to meet.


*Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Star Lanterns, Pine Cone Critters, Beautiful Branches, Gratitude Cards, Pasta Necklaces, and Calendar Kites!enc_pumpkinpatch4

As for the entertainment, enjoy the music of Keith Serpa and be sure to check out the Fire Circle Stage to hear a story from Community Roots Academy, theYouth Singers of Orange County  and the Eco-Fashion show by Saddleback College.

It’s sure to be great day, hope to see you there!


images from : www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-Nature-Center

Moompetam: Native American Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

In celebration of the local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its tenth annual Moompetam Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21st, 2014.

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay.

There will also be a children’s village with crafts, games and activities, cultural demonstrations and activities, art displays and basket weaving. 

Moompetamfor a complete breakdown of the schedule of events visit keepersofindigenousways.org

WHEN SATURDAY, SEP 20, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEP 21, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
COST Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
TICKETS General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Members get in free. No reservation needed.
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0



Orange County Museum of Art – Free Second Sundays

Join in the fun at the Orange County County Museum of Art at the “Free Second Sunday” event  for the Fall Season Kick -off on Sunday, September 12, 2014, from 11:00AM – 4:00PM.

Visit the new exhibition The Avant-Garde Collection, arts & crafts activities and join in on the the frenzy with special dance performances by Girl Scouts Orange County. Food trucks will be on site.


Orange County Museum of Art

850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach, CA


For more information, visit www.ocma.net.

Irvine’s Global Village Festival & Walk for Unity


Voted “Best Festival” by OC Weekly, Irvine Global Village is one of Orange County’s fastest growing multicultural events. Get ready to travel the world at the City of Irvine’s annual Global Village Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at Bill Barber Park.

Now celebrating its 13th year, this multicultural event features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts and activities, cultural and religious exhibits and an international marketplace. Festival admission and parking are FREE.


For a great pre-event activity, join “Walk for Unity” hosted by the Tiyya Foundation to bring Irvine’s community together in support of global harmony and celebrate cultural diversity. The 5K walk begins at the corner of Harvard and San Juan at 9 a.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Please park your vehicle at the Woodbridge satellite parking lot and ride the shuttle to the Festival. The shuttle from Woodbridge drops off near the Walk of Unity check-in tent.

Satellite Parking Locations:  Bill Barber Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine. Note: there will be no on-site parking at the event.

Public parking is not available at the event site; however free shuttle buses will be in service to transport guests to and from the Festival’s satellite parking locations at Main and Jamboree and Woodbridge Community Park. Shuttles will be running from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Disabled person parking will be available at the San Juan or Civic Center parking lots adjacent to Bill Barber Park.

To avoid parking congestion, guests are encouraged to carpool, bike or walk to the event.


Anteater Express : A shuttle service is available for UCI students and staff.