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TET FESTIVAL - Costa Mesa
February 8-10, 2019

Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 16, 2019
(Rain Date is February 23, 2019)

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Location:
Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 23-24, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To celebrate their 21st year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversay weekend… including $2.00 train rides!

The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold (gold panning requires two $2.00 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

Parenting OC's Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree - Santa Ana
March 2, 2019
10 am - 3 pm

Parenting OC returns to Discovery Cube for its annual Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event. This year, Jamboree will have special guests, along with games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will be in attendance with the acclaimed Aquarium on Wheels, and back by popular demand is the Bubble-Dash Games. Come on down for this fun-filled, free family event.

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA, 92705

Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2019

The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor

Festival Info:
949-472-7888 or 1-888-440-4309

Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruises!

Dana Wharf Whale Watching is offering special cruises during this event! Buy tickets online at www.danawharf.com or call (949) 496-5794 for more information!

German Style Carnival FASCHING - Huntington Beach
March 3, 2019
3-6 pm

Free Admission - Hosted by German Campus School

Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of GermanSchoolCampus.com. A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and Currywurst.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
March 3, 2019
10 am and 2 pm

Wind down with a visit to the vivid gardens at Casa Romantica with FREE admission and self-guided tours!

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

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Parade takes place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am.

The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.

LOCATION:
Dowtown San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION
949-493-1976

Spring Citrus Fair - La Habra
May 3-5, 2019

The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Annual Spring Citrus Fair — full of period charm — showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley.

Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission

LOCATION:
La Habra Boulevard between Euclid and Cypress Streets

Phone:
562-697-1704

Soka University's Annual International Festival - Aliso Viejo
Saturday, May 4, 2019
10:30 am - 5 pm

Enjoy over 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors! There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales, a children's play area with Bounce House, student projects --- and much more!

Admission is FREE for everyone! Parking is $10 cash on campus

LOCATION:
Soka University
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

INFORMATION:
949-480-4081

Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove
May 24-27, 2019

The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history. Free admission!

LOCATION:
Euclid St & Main St
Garden Grove, CA

INFORMATION:
714-638-0981

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Child Support Services

Orange County Department of Child Support Services
Watch ‘Em Soar

Orange County Child Support Services partners with parents to make a difference in the lives of families we serve. Our program aims to help parents achieve self-sufficiency and support children by establishing and enforcing child support orders in an effective and efficient manner while providing a well-rounded range of community resources.

Our services include:
• Obtaining, collecting and changing child support
• Obtaining medical insurance
• Financial accounting and payment processing
• Online access to case information

Click link above to learn more about our legal services offered.

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Children's Organizations

National Girls Ministries

Girls Ministries is a ministry tool to help fulfill the Titus 2 principle of women mentoring young girls. Girls can begin in Missionettes at 3 years of age and continue through high school.

Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge is the oldest, largest and most successful program of its kind in the world. Established in 1958 by David Wilkerson, Teen Challenge has grown to more than 170 centers in the United States and 250 centers world-wide.

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Parenting & Relationships

Spero Family Services

Spero Family Services’ mission is to assist parents in developing nurturing bonds with their children in order to foster healthy development for their children. This is achieved by assisting the parents in establishing boundaries and limits through constructive discipline techniques.

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