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Upcoming Educational Events

ExploreOcean Lecture series: Kevin Hand - Balboa
April 24, 2014
7 PM | Doors open at 30 minutes in advance

Where is the best place to find life beyond earth? It may be the small ice-covered moons on Jupiter or Saturn, where some of the most habitable real estate is in our Solar System. Join us to explore how life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it!

Focusing on Jupiter’s moon Europa, a top priority for future NASA missions, Kevin shows how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping our understanding of potential habitability of these worlds.

Kevin is Deputy Chief Scientist of Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he also served as a scientist onboard James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. He has made nine dives to the bottom of the ocean. In 2011 he was selected as National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Join us as we explore the ocean worlds of the outer solar system.

Free for Members or $15 for Non-Members

Balboa Fun Zone
600 East Bay Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92661

To RSVP please call (949) 675-8915, email at or register at

Sunset & Picnic Hike - Celebrating 40 Years of Inside the Outdoors/Outdoor Science School! - Silverado
Saturday, May 3, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Meet and learn what crepuscular creatures do as the sun goes down. Explore the trails at sunset while learning about the local lore of the Santa Ana Mountains. Bring a picnic dinner* and help us celebrate our anniversary with birthday cake and a campfire!

Cost: Free (This program is generously sponsored by a grant.) Advance registration required.

Rancho Sonado

(714) 708-3885

Rancho Days Fiesta
May 4, 2014
11 am - 3 pm

Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange County's Ranchos and Native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and hands on activities for all ages.

Event Fee: $4 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 and under free) Parking Fee: Free

Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest

Historical Fiesta Day
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Piñatas, toy making, live interactive events, Native American crafts, traditional tortilla making and more will be part of Historical Fiesta Day in San Juan Capistrano’s Los Rios District.

The free event, organized by the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society is just steps away from the Capistrano Metrolink station. The Los Rios District, home to the society’s O’Neill Museum, is the oldest continually occupied residential neighborhood in the western United States. Historical Fiesta Day will also feature live animals from Casper’s Park, Living History re-enactors and more.

Los Rios St
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Pumpkin Patch School Field Trip and Tours

Irvine Park Railroad – located inside of beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park - offers Pumpkin Patch school and group tours. You can choose a package that’s best suited for your class or group. Activities vary by package and can include a train ride, hay ride and moon bounce. Free activities include a hay maze, picture stands and child-friendly haunted house. All children who participate in this school field trip / tour will receive a free pumpkin and bottle of water. A minimum of 25 paid children per group is required for group pricing. Teachers are FREE. Schedule your school or group ahead of time and you can have access to a Party Pavilion in this great park at no additional cost to enjoy a sack lunch and other activities. Irvine Park Railroad is centrally-located in Orange County.

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

For complete Pumpkin Patch activities, or to make a class or group reservation, call Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.

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Mommy and Me

LePort Schools Mommy & Me Montessori Program - Huntington Beach & Irvine
Next session begins the week of February 8th, 2014

Mommy & Me Montessori is your chance to experience “Montessori in a nutshell.” See your child grow as she joyfully explores the Montessori environment, experiments with the Montessori materials, and discovers the children around her.

Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Mommy & Me Montessori groups meet for 8 weeks for 1.5 hours per week. Enroll today for a class near you and meet other moms with similar age children.

Huntington Harbor Campus, 16081 Waikiki Lane, HB
Huntington Pier Campus, 721 Utica Ave, Huntington Beach
Irvine Lake Campus, 26 Lake Road, Irvine
Irvine Orchard Hills CampuS, 3983 Portola Parkway, Irvine
Irvine San Marino Campus, 1055 San Marino, Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Campus, 1 Technology Drive, Bldg. A, Irvine


Run by Coast Hills Community Church.

Coast Hills’ traditional MOPS group is a special place where you can meet other mothers also passing through this unique stage of life.



Ongoing Educational Events & Programs

ExploreOcean Science Saturdays & Science Sundays - Balboa

Science Saturdays & Science Sundays ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean and Science Sundays at the Back Bay. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce a new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Science Saturdays and Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting.

Science Saturdays Location:
ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard
600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach
Time: Noon-3pm

Science Sundays Location: Back Bay Science Center
600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach
Time: 10am-2pm

(949) 675-8915

Eco-Adventure Center
Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents eco-adventures that inspire you with Southern California’s unique ecosystems and connect your spirit to their larger global systems. Led by expert naturalists, the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Southern California’s natural wonders. Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and respect for nature. As well, they will understand how to live more environmentally responsible back home.

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari

Your guide, Coast Guard licensed Captain Dave Anderson, is a marine naturalist. He'll teach you about Dana Point, the whales who visit and the many dolphin who live here, as well as introduce you to a few of our other local marine friends like our California Sea Lions, brown pelicans and the flock of seagulls that come when Captain Dave whistles!

Cool Critters & Animal Presentations

A professional performance that is both fun and educational for children of all ages, Cool Critters is a traveling reptile and exotic insect zoo for birthday parties, corporate events and classrooms. Your guests will have an opportunity to touch or hold most of the twenty exotic animals that are showcased. Book a show today and create memories for your children that will last a lifetime!

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Heritage Museum offers an exciting line-up of educational field trip programs. Programs offered include a hands-on tour of the historic 1898 Kellogg house where students learn what life was like in the 1890s by playing with vintage toys, doing laundry, making butter, dressing up in Victorian costumes, and participating in other activities. Other programs included are 'Great Grandpa's House' for the youngest students, 'First Californians' & 'Gold Rush'.

Inside the Outdoors

Inside the Outdoors® is Orange County Department of Education’s environmental education program and has been providing hands-on, interactive outdoor experiences for Southern California students since 1974. We are passionate about sharing the love of nature and science with students. We offer full and half day field trip programs to educate students from Kindergarten to 7th grade at 13 different sites around Orange County. Our Traveling Scientist programs bring hands-on science education into the classroom. We also offer week long programs for 5th and 6th graders at 6 different Outdoor Science School sites in the San Bernardino mountains. Inside the Outdoors school programs are aligned with the California Science and Social Science Content Standards, providing optimal connectivity with what your students are learning in the classroom.
(714) 708-3885

Lil Chef School

Lil Chef School offers a variety of fun from field trips for schools, scout groups and Mom groups, to seasonal workshops & Open Houses and so much more! Our field trips are a great opportunity for "young chefs" to explore their culinary curiosities in a fun, safe environment. Call us today to schedule your private group visit to our cool kitchens! 949.679.8390

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

A non-profit, volunteer organization and education center. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured seals and sea lions. Programs include a guided tour of the animal care facility and exhibit room, a slide presentation and observation of the animals. The also offer a range of educational programs for groups of all ages.

Sea Life Storytelling
Newport Beach
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
9:45 am - 11 am

Join us for story-time, songs and play as we discover the wonders of the sea! Our interactive early childhood program (ages 3-5) includes crafts, a touch tank tour, hands-on activities and much more! Each story time has a unique marine theme for children to discover.

Members: $2 per person | Non-Members:$4 per person
siblings under 18 months are free
Registration and advance payment are required. Space is limited to 20 participants. A minimum of 5 children must be registered 24 hours before the start time.

600 East Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661

RSVP at 949-675-8915 or online

Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Located in Trabuco Canyon

Starr Ranch Sanctuary offers educational and research opportunities for ages 7 and up through their Ecology Programs, Starr Ranch Junior Biologists, Ranch Research, Family Nature Workshops, and Starr Ranch Bird Observatory.

For more information on programs and how to schedule a group call Sandy at 949-858-0309

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Test Preparation

The Princeton Review Presents - FREE Practice PSAT and Scoresback

The Princeton Review is offering a Free Practice PSAT. Students will be able to take a full-length practice PSAT under actual test conditions. This is a great opportunity to find out your strengths and weaknesses on the PSAT without affecting your official scores.

To find an event near you, visit the Princeton Review Free Event Search page, or contact Princeton Review at

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