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Free Events & Things to Do in Orange County
Looking for inexpensive or free entertainment? We've compiled a list of events that have no admission charge. Please note, some of the events below may have optional charges for extra items or entertainment such as rides, raffles, etc. Links to the event are provided that will detail schedules, all activities and optional charges.

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Pretend City presents: Facebook Live | Play At Home
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10 am

Join Pretend City's Facebook Live Play at Home event every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am!

Free event occurring weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, January 29, 2021
8 pm

Join Chance Theater for our next CHANCE CYBER CHAT. The perfect chance to take a virtual theater trip together by watching performances online and then coming together on a video conference call to share experiences. Free Event

Friday, January 29th Cyber Chat - 'Every Brilliant Thing'
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

NOTE: This show contains adult themes.

Watch the show on your own and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat.

LOCATION:
Online - Presented by Chance Theater in Anaheim

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
* Please note: We are not watching the shows together as part of our Chance Cyber Chat. You will need to watch the performance online beforehand. For more information and to sign up, visit chancetheater.com/chance-cyber-chats

Pretend City's Free Winter Parent Webinar Series
Wednesdays - January through March, 2021
6-7 pm

Pretend City's education team will be joined by child development experts every month for a winter webinar series.

Pretend City ant their team will be covering the hottest topics and answering your questions about navigating the times we live in. Each week will feature a different discussion topic with fellow parents and professionals.

Dates and Topics:
January 20, Family Mental Health
February 3, Face Conversations
February 17, Building Inclusion and Diversity
March 3, Screens and Young Children
March 17, STEM and Number Senses

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Anaheim Town Square Monthly Kids Fun Zone presents: Paint Your own Dreidel - Anaheim
January date TBA

Kit includes a dreidel and paint set. A dreidel is a game played during Hanukkah where players spin a dreidel. There is a pot (of money but we can use candy or pennies) everyone is playing for. The dreidel has 4 sides, which one it lands on determines whether you win the pot, take half the pot, put money in the pot, or nothing happens.

Join the Kids Fun Zone – the club that meets on the last Saturday of every month from 12pm-2pm. Sign up once, and enjoy this fun morning while shopping at Anaheim Town Square. It makes shopping fun for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
Coming soon - check back for next event date!

Explore art-making practices at the Casa with free admission to an Affordable Art Market. The Art Market features 15-20 local artists and craftspeople selling their art, jewelry, sculpture, and small home goods. Kids can enjoy a painting craft based on the current exhibition Who was Nellie Gail Moulton? Artist, pioneer, and so much more.

D. Yoder Family Sundays are held on the first Sunday of each month for activities and a program thematically based on Casa Romantica’s Casa Captivating programs for all ages.

Free Admission

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Ongoing Free Events

Pretend City presents: Facebook Live | Play At Home
Tuesdays and Thursdays - through December 31, 2020
10 am

Join Pretend City's Facebook Live Play at Home event every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am!

Free event occurring weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Pretend City presents: Let's Talk Kids | Parenting Webinar
Thursdays - August 6 through December 31, 2020
12 and 5 pm

Join Pretend City's education team for a Parenting Webinar every Thursday at 12 and 5 pm. Each week will feature a different discussion topic with fellow parents and professionals, followed by Q+A with Pretend City's Education team. Webinar times are 12 & 5 pm

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
First Saturday of the Month
6:00pm - 10:00pm.

During COVID-19, Artwalk is held on Facebook LIVE

Downtown Santa Ana comes alive with arts the first Saturday of each month when galleries, theatres, artists and performers in the Artists Village host a monthly Open House for the public. This free event attracts as many as 1500 individuals who come from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County to walk more than 150 participating studios and galleries located in historic buildings in the heart of downtown Santa Ana.

INFORMATION:
714-571-4229

Dale Carnegie of Orange County Workshops - Santa Ana

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance around the world through professional development and leadership training. Their unique approach to training is by enhancing organizational Emotional Intelligence with tailored professional development solutions and leadership training to help teams, departments, and organizations achieve performance goals.

Courses, seminars and fee workshops are available to help you find the best training to suit your needs on your schedule.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana, California 92705

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kids Free Fishing Clinic
Dana Point Harbor

Kid's Free Fishing Clinic
Every Sunday!
- postponed during COVID 19 restrictions
12pm - 12:30pm

Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts.

After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $46 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE when an adult ticket is purchased at $46 ( 1 free child per paying adult at $46, no discount tickets of any kind are accepted for this adult ticket ). Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life! This trip includes equipment!

LOCATION:
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point

INFORMATION:
For information and reservations call Dana Wharf at 949-496-5794 ext 7

Bolsa Chica Conservancy - Free 1st Saturday Tour - Huntington Beach
1st Saturday of the month
9 am - 10:30 am

Free First Saturday Tour offers an exceptional on-site presentation of the Bolsa Chica Story. On the first Saturday of each month, their docents gather at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Docents are stationed on or near the footbridge, a truly magnificent entrance to the restored Bolsa Chica wetlands. Tours begin every 15 minutes and five areas of interest are included in the presentation: history, birds, endangered species, ecology and restoration.

This free tour is on a first come, first served basis.

LOCATION:
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
South lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

Phone:
To reserve private tours, call (714) 840-1575

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Free Activities & Things to do

Orange County Beaches

Except for parking fees, most beaches in Orange County have no charge for admittance. We have a list of some of our most popular beaches by following the link above.

Orange County Parks

Stroll through wilderness or hiking trails, follow an excercise course, watch the kids on the playground or simply and enjoy the fresh air and wildlife. Orange County parks have a lot to offer.

Click on the link above for some of our favorite parks. Except for some regional parks, there are no charge for admittance.

 

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