Orange County Halloween Events for Kids 2020

Updated September 2020

Just like that, the Halloween season has arrived in Orange County! Usually there are over 100 Halloween events happening all over Southern California, however, this year will be VERY DIFFERENT. Due to Covid-19, most annual event are cancelled. Also, things change at a moments notice and plans are up in the air. I will do my best to update this list of 2020 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families as the season continues. So please check back often! More events will be added as they are announced. And if you have one to add to the list, please email jillparkin {@} gmail.com

2020 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families

Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 21 – November 1st  |  Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm introduces its newest family-friendly outdoor dining and retail experience celebrating the Halloween season! Experience the flavors of Fall with Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween. A cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor will transform the park for the season. Guests of all ages can dress up in their most festive costumes (Approved face masks required). One-of-a-kind themed food and treats, exclusive event merchandise including specialty items from local crafters, an all-new “Into the Fog” art show, and so much more is included. Plus included with a junior tasting card, young guests will have an opportunity to take a trip through the fully-themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Hershey and Ralphs, loaded with multiple treat stations and special spooky decorations. All Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween activities will be conducted at a safe and socially distant space for families to enjoy.

Urban Legends Drive-Thru Haunt
October 1st – November 1st  | OC Fairgrounds
In the safety of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy a drive-thru where scare seekers will experience immersive storytelling and terrifying scenes. Guests will be entertained by live performances throughout their drive, plus experience three interactive show zones with an immersive show of lights, sound, special effects and monsters that will come alive.

Orange Treats In The Streets
October 29th   |   Orange Circle
Come one, come all to the City of Orange’s annual Treats in the Streets event. No tricks here, just fun for the whole family, from the tiniest pumpkins to the biggest zombies. The free community event has been hosted by the City of Orange for over 20 years. Local merchants will hand out goodies to all the trick-or-treaters. Families are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes, and there will be a costume parade to show off all the best Halloween costumes to hit the city streets. There will be entertainment and games, plus food and drinks available to purchase to feed all the hungry goblins. Come out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather with friends and family at this exciting annual event held at Old Towne Orange Plaza.

Boo at the Zoo
October 17-18 & 24-25  |  5:30 – 8:00pm  |  Santa Ana Zoo
A version of Boo at the Zoo will be held if allowed. Keep posted.

Tanaka Farms Drive-thru Pumpkin Patch & U-Pick Pumpkin w/ Wagon Ride
September 21 – October 31 | Tanaka Farms, Irvine
Have you ever picked your own pumpkin right out of the pumpkin patch? Tanaka Farms is one of the only farms with a REAL pumpkin patch! MUST PRE-REGISTER! The Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch will run every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st. The U-Pick Pumpkin with Wagon Ride option will run Monday through Friday through October 30th.

Pirate’s Diner Adventure’s Vampirate’s!
October 16 – 18, 23 – 25, 30 & 31 |  Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Buena Park
Celebrate Halloween with Pirate’s Dinner Adventure at Treasure Bay’s Annual Masquerade Ball. However, heed this warning: be wary. For the Evil Captain Sebastian the Black is still lurking in the shadows, awaiting unsuspecting guests who would become prey to him and his horde of “Vampire Pirates.” Care to join the Vampirates… as their dinner?

Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
October 9  | 6:50 – 8:45pm |  Vista Hermosa Sports Park
Get in your cars, grab your snacks and something cozy to keep you warm…we are going to the Drive-In! The City of San Clemente is bringing MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL to the big screen! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides and listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Parking is first come, first served. 

Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Hocus Pocus
October 23  | 6:50 – 8:45pm |  Vista Hermosa Sports Park
Get in your cars, grab your snacks and something cozy to keep you warm…we are going to the Drive-In! The City of San Clemente is bringing HOCUS POCUS to the big screen! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides and listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Parking is first come, first served. 

Street Food Tuesday Trunk or Treat!
October 27  | 5:00 – 9:00pm |  Home Depot – Parking Lot, Cypress
a Halloween Trunk or Treat event plus street food!!! You’re favorite Movie Car meets your favorite Food Trucks all in one place. Confirmed Movie Vehicles: Ghostbusters Ecto1, Jurassic Park, Herbie, Lightning McQueen, Pizza Planet Truck, KITT from Knight Rider and more to be announced. Don’t forget to bring a chair, table and enjoy a night out.

Hocus Pocus – Movie In Park
October 3  | 7:00pm |  Bolsa Chica Park, Westminster
A Special Halloween Themed Evening! COME IN COSTUME! Prizes for Scariest, Best Dressed Princess & Funniest. Costume contest and prizes 30 min before movie. Bring your friends and family, blankets and low back chairs and enjoy and family friendly movie under the stars. Enjoy fun raffle prizes before the movie begins, complimentary bottled water and popcorn bar for attendees. This year we will be inviting food trucks to be present prior to the movie beginning or bring your own picnic and dine in the park. Movie starts at dark. FREE

City of San Clemente Pumpkin Splash
October 30  | 3 – 5:00pm |  Old Hanson Beach Club
Details coming!

Halloween Boutique | A Pirates Life for Me
September 3 – October 31 | All Day  | Rogers Gardens Corona Del Mar
Take a wild adventure out to sea and enter into the World of Pirates. Explore the private corridors and cabins below the ships deck to find precious gems. Venture underwater as you search through caves and discover treasures, surprises and frights to decorate your home for Halloween. Experience our Halloween Boutique in person or shop our online 

Villa Park Halloween Fest
October TBD | 4 – 7:30pm |  Villa Park Towne Center
Halloween Fest is a Villa Park annual tradition. Every year you can find kids of all ages in their favorite costumes partaking in the many contests and activities that are laid out for them. It’s a fun family event for all! FREE

Spook-tacular Halloween Crafts
October 19 – 31 | Newport Beach Central Public Library  Calling all ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes! We’re brewing up a lot of at-home Halloween fun with Grab-and-Go crafts and activities, a virtual costume parade, and a chance to win a raffle prize! Grab-and-Go craft kits available for pick up at any Newport Beach Public Library location beginning October 19 (while supplies last). Funding is generously donated by the Friends of the Library. FREE

Cops N’ Goblins Spooktacular Halloween Drive-thru
October 30 | 4 – 5:00pm | City of Buena Park – City Hall
Bring your little goblins out for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience! Decorated drive-thru, free candy, and social distanced fun to celebrate Halloween brought to you by your Buena Park Police Department and Community Services Department. RSVP October 8-29 to: (714) 562-3860 FREE

Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
October 1 – 31  |  Irvine Regional Park, Orange
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Pumpkin Patch will be modified and scaled this down to ensure the safety of all visitors as well as our staff. Visitors will be limited at this event, allowing families in on a 1-out 1-in basis once we reach our limited capacity. To purchase a pumpkin, you will have several options shown to you by a staff member from behind a counter to choose from. You will not be able to walk around and pick out a pumpkin like in previous years. In addition to the train and hay wagon ride, there will be a couple game booths that will be sanitized after every use and a few photo opportunity areas for you to take photos with your family or group.

Yappy Howl-O-Ween
October 29 |  4 – 7:00pm  | The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour. Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of spirits. Beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase.

Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night
October 24  |  6:30 or 8:30pm  |  Del Obispo Park Ball Field
Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Social distancing movie 12’x12’ grass area for up to 8 people per household, with a 10’ space between each area. Cloth face covering required, except while seated in your area. Non-contact temperature check upon admittance. Bring blankets, and beach chairs. 6:30pm Movie Showing (Admittance starts at 5:45pm) and 8:30pm Movie Showing (Admittance starts at 8:00pm). Come dressed in family friendly costumes. Dana Point Sheriff’s Trunk or Treat candy hand out starting at 4:30pm. Burger Monster Food Truck from 4:30pm to 9:30pm, featuring delicious burgers and fries for purchase. http://burgermonster.net. FREE popcorn and candy for each child attending the movie. Outdoor walk through Halloween area with Halloween entertainment. To register for this FREE movie event visit www.danapoint.org/recreation. Registration starts September 28th.  For more information call 949-248-3536. 

Halloween Craft Kits
October 10  |  Anaheim Town Square
Kids Fun Zone presents Craft Kits, offering free art activities to explore new ways of self-expression. Kids Fun Zone’s mission is to introduce creative outlets for the children in the communities we serve. Offering art, introductory classes to gardening, yoga, music production and other creative outlets. Due to COVID-19, we have directed classes to Instagram and with at home craft kits. Craft kits are limited, and reservations are suggested. Octobers craft kit is a Halloween inspired kit! Pumpkin decorating is one of the most fun parts of Halloween season. This pumpkin decorating kit is a fun way to decorate pumpkins without the mess. Included in this kit is a plastic mini pumpkin along with decorative stickers to give your pumpkin some personality. Also included is a cool halloween mask with decorative stickers.

Halloween Night Market
October 10  |  GardenWalk, Anaheim
Spooky Vendors, food trucks and entertainment! Face masks required.

Creep It Real OC EXPO
October 31  | noon – 6:00pm |  Heritage Museum of Orange County
Creep It Real OC EXPO is returning! Dedicated to bringing together Orange County’s Halloween community along with local Haunt leaders to share with you all things Halloween! While at the expo you can visit unique photo locations, check out our halloween market-like bazaar where you can buy all kinds of oddities and goods, check out the haunted Kellogg House hosted by actual ghosts, take a hike through the old swamp, stroll through our congregation of hearse’s on display, pose with the Orange County Ghostbusters, interact with haunters and creeps throughout the event, as well as cruise on by our food truck party in the back. There will also be a costume contest, givaways and much more- so make sure you come in your best and scariest, yet tasteful costume!

Kids Fun Zone: Spooktacular Edition
October 31  | noon – 3:00pm |  Bristol Warner Marketplace
This month we’ll be hosting a special spooktacular Halloween KFZ! Kids will get to participate in special Halloween crafts, games & more!

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
October 1 – 31  |  Center Street Promonade, Anaheim
This year, due to events in the world, our Festival will be happening online for the entire month of October and, for the first time ever, we’ll have a “Drive-Thru” Parade on Oct 24th!  Stay tuned on our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for more info. Come back on October 1st for all the festivities! FREE

Fullerton Haunted Walking Tours
Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in October |  5:30pm  |  City of Fullerton Museum
The tours leave the museum promptly at 6 p.m., and last approximately two and one-half hours. Aul said “ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles, and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them.

Orange County Haunted Ghost Walks
Through October 31 |  6 Historic Locations in OC
Haunted Orange County is officially OPEN all season and just added OVER 30 NEW TOURS from now until October 31st! Choose from Old Town Orange, Santa Ana, Gold Star Canyon, Kellogg House, San Juan Capistrano, and Fairhaven Cemetery. All tours are still running with safety protocols in place including face covering requirements, strict social distancing, and limited tour group sizes. Don’t miss out on one of the hottest destinations for the 2020 Fall/Halloween season!

Halloween Howl in Tustin
October 31 |  Tustin Activity Center
TBD

The Pumpkin Factory
October 1st | Westminster Mall, MainPlace Mall & Live Oak Canyon

Los Alamitos Drive-thru Trunk Or Treat
October 24  |  6:00pm  |  Pine Street – Los Alamitos
The City of Los Alamitos invites you to our annual MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat on Pine Street between Katella Avenue and Florista Street. This event is free to attend! Don’t miss out on the fun! For more information, please call the City of Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at (562) 430-1073. FREE

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Check out these awesome Halloween events, just ouside of Orange County.

Halloween Nightmare Art Camp
Sundays, October 4 – 25 | 3 – 5:00pm  | Drawn2Art – Chino Hills
Learn how to sculpt and paint favorite Halloween cartoon characters. Make a 3-dimensional house using a step-by-step process. Multiple materials are used to inspire creativity! Ages 7 and up. All students must be enrolled for camps no later than the Friday before the camp week. Please call for more information (909) 606-0428.

Scarium at the Aquarium of the Pacific
October 24 & 25  |  9:00am – 5:00am|  Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s twenty-first annual Scarium of the Pacific—a fun and educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, storytelling, and crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall.

Haunt’oween LA Halloween Drive-through
October 9 – 31  |  3 – 9:00pm|  6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills
Trick or treating will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the whole family together for a drive-through experience to get spooky. Coming to Woodland Hills on October 9, a new Haunt’oween L.A. event promises jack-o’-lantern tunnels, pumpkin picking, family-friendly sights and even a bit of “door-to-door” trick or treating—all socially distanced, of course.

Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride Drive-Thru
September 21 – November 1 |  Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
A first of its kind immersive experience from the creators of LA’s favorite Halloween event. Not just a drive in! Experience this reimagined haunted “drive up”. An original haunted show featuring a multimedia story displayed on a 40 foot screen, as well as horrifying sets and characters from Midnight Falls that surround the theater and bring the story to life! Your entryway to the defunct Midnight “Drive-In” Theater is All Hallows Lane, a creepy stretch of road straight out of any horror movie. This sets the stage as you brace yourself for the ultimate theatrical drive-in horror experience! Rising from the dead is Horror Movie Host, Monte Revolta, to assume management of the theater. With the help of his Minions of the Living Dead, they will bring the latest and gravest in terrifying sights and sounds to life as they host Monte Revolta’s Monster Movie Spooktacular featuring original content as well as creepy short films from (shh, tba).

Halloween Pumpkin painting
October 2 – 5 |  Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
Fun outdoor activity for families to safely participate during Halloween. Bring your pumpkins and paint your own design. We will provide all the art supplies. Costumes welcomed! Please wear mask

Freeform Halloween Road
October 2 – 5 |  Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Roll up to those familiar holiday doors and into Halloween Town in this new car-based event inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, plus Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters. Freeform’s Insta-friendly Halloween House won’t let social distancing stop it altogether, so for this third annual iteration it’s returning in a safer drive-through format.

THE BITE LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari
October 2 – November 1 |  Legg Lake, South El Monte
This new event is combining the appeal of a food festival with all the creepiness of a haunted trail—and all from the safety of your car. The Bite LA is a Halloween-themed food crawl complete with a virtual campfire and “creature safari,” where you’ll drive from station to station and costumed ghouls and other dark entities will serve you eight bites along the way. (Still hungry? There’ll be additional food for purchase, plus vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.)

Nights of the Jack
October 1 – November 1 |  King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas
Cruise across the grounds of the scenic King Gillette Ranch as the Santa Monica Mountains hideaway is illuminated with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Nights of the Jack returns this year with a drive-through edition, with timed tickets required each night. Expect to spend about 25 minutes on the mile-long trail, and just a heads up that there will be no food or beverages for sale, nor will bathrooms be available.

{disclaimer: Be sure to check out events before attending as times and dates may have changed.}

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Code Ninja’s Coding Camps for Kids!

This post is brought to you by Code Ninjas®and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

For those of you who have children and were hoping to find a summer camp for them to attend, then may I suggest Code Ninjas! At Code Ninjas camps, kids get to learn how to code and have fun while building their own video games. They gain problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment, and most of all, have FUN!  You can find week long Code Ninjas camps being hosted right here in Orange County (and at over 250 across the US for that matter), starting now and throughout the summer. 

(psst! Make sure to read to the bottom of this post to see how you can win a free workshop from Code Ninjas®)

About Code Ninjas Camps

Code Ninjas has a variety of camps available to kids ages 5 -14. You can choose from week-long, full & half day, and virtual options. It’s a fun learning experience for kids to explore topics such as game building, STEM, and robotics, and can build something awesome. Whether it’s their own video game, a flashy robot, a cool website, or a flying drone. Camps include their drop-in CREATE program, their completely visual and hands-on JR program for younger learners, camps in a variety of engaging topics like robotics and game building, At-Home Coding for creative and productive screen time, and more!

During the classes, each kids gets to work on their own computer station. They receive support from talented Code Senseis™. Since Code Ninjas is themed to martial arts, some classes allow you to earn and receive rankings with a martial arts-inspired colored belt system.

My son is so excited to attend Code Ninjas next week. He decided to join the Roblox Royale camp where he will be building his own battle royale game in Roblox. Even though he may be playing one of his favorite video games, he will also be learning skills he can take with him in the future, so it’s a win win for parents and kids.

What Steps is Code Ninjas taking to Prevent the spread of germs?

In response to COVID-19, Code Ninjas is taking many safety precautions to keep families safe, including enhanced cleaning and social distancing. Kids are required to wear a mask, all instructors will be wearing masks, and desks are spread out in the classroom 6 feet apart. Siblings are welcome to sit together. I visited the Code Ninjas Tustin location, and felt totally safe. The facility was clean and set up well for social distancing, and the staff was very professional and following protocal.

If you still feel uncomfortable taking your child to an in-person camp, many locations are offering virtual camp options.

How Can Coding Help your Child?

Coding has been called “the literacy of the 21st century”. Just like math, science, and literature, coding is a key aspect of understanding our technologically-advanced world. There’s a huge need for a generation that not only understands technology, but how it works. Code Ninjas believes that there’s never been a more exciting time to advance our culture – starting with our youngest ones.

Every kid deserves the chance to unlock their innate, unlimited capacity to learn. Whether or not they pursue coding as a career, we want to provide kids with skills that will help them pursue their dreams. Computer science majors earn 40% more than the college average, so the time is now to get our children interested in the educational part of computers.

Kids have fun, parents see results®.

How to Register for Code Ninjas

To find a Code Ninja’s camp near you or to register, head over to the Code Ninja’s website. Right now they are offering a special 10% discount off all camps for a limited time! Woo hoo.

Code Ninjas Camp Giveaway

Now is your chance to win a free Code Ninjas summer camp for your child. This summer, Code Ninjas is hosting an amazing giveaway for their Code Ninjas Camps – you can enter to win one of 100 FREE Code Ninjas Camps (in-person or virtual)!  Head over here to enter: https://bit.ly/3eaBY00

Code Ninjas is proud to support families nationwide by sharing the joy of coding through this giveaway. It’s their way of giving back to deserving families, including first responders, essential workers – everyone doing their best to cope with recent events.

Best Tips for Visiting the Niguel Botanical Preserve

If you are looking for a scenic, family friendly nature experience, then the Niguel Botanical Preserve in Laguna Niguel is a great place to check out. The Niguel Botanical Preserve is 18.2-acre of beauty, situated above the amphitheater within Crown Valley Community Park (which is a great park I might add). It displays garden-worthy plants appropriate to the Southern California region. All of these plants have been collected from five areas of the world with similar Mediterranean climates. I believe that this is one of the best botanical gardens in Orange County.

Information about the Niguel Botanical Preserve

Admission to the Niguel Botanical Preserve is FREE to the public and 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. Our family went just before sunset and it was so nice. The weather had cooled down and there was still plenty of light to see the different varieties of plants and flowers.

To get to Niguel Botanical Preserve, you will want to park at Crown Valley Community Park. You can enter the preserve at multiple entrances. The easiest one to find is just above the Amphitheater. There is also an entrance at the west end, and the east end. Here is a map of the different areas of the preserve. I expect that you will find something you didn’t see before each time that you go.

While you are in the preserve, you can walk the trails and explore the different greenery. Most of the plants have markers to let you know what they are. There are also some informational boards throughout the reserve. I suggest you have the map handy, as there are no maps displayed within the preserve.

How to Enjoy the Niguel Botanical Preserve with Your Family

Here are some photos from our visit to the Niguel Botanical Preserve. There are so many trails and areas to explore that I might as well show you in pictures. There are also places with seating available to sit a relax along the way.

There are some areas of the garden that the kids enjoyed the most. This Garden Labyrinth was fun to learn about. We never knew that labyrinths are not meant to be tricky mazes, but as a way to meditate and find peace. Our whole family followed the labyrinth to the end!

Attached to the Garden Labyrinth, there is an area with this pretty gazebo. It’s located at the back of the preserve at the top of the hill. It looks like the perfect place to have a wedding although they don’t hold weddings at the Niguel Botanical Preserve at this time.

There is also a Children’s Garden at the Niguel Botanical Preserve which the kids had the most fun at. It’s located on the west side of the preserve at the bottom of the hill. It’s next to a beautiful rose garden that smells heavenly, and is flanked with royal blue arbors and topiaries. There is also a small little garden maze and butterfly artwork.

Wow! We spent almost two hours exploring. You could easily spend more, or less. There’s no amount of time that you must spend inside. It could be a short trip or a long trip depending on your schedule. We also isn’t see many people at all on our visit, so we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.

I highly recommend a visit to Niguel Botanical Preserve! It makes a great adventure for all ages. The trails are very accessible, you can easily bring a stroller, and there are plenty of shade areas. If you want to bring a picnic, you can eat within the preserve or right outside in the park. As I mentioned before, the preserve is located next to the Crown Valley Community Park that has a terrific playground, splash pad, amphitheater, bike trails and sport areas. You could easily make a day out of your visit. Happy trails!

Discovery Days at Centennial Farm

Centennial Farm is located in the OC Fair & Event Center in the city of Costa Mesa in Orange County. If you have been to the OC Fair, then most likely you have also visited Centennial Farm. The big red barn marks it’s location!

Did you know that you can visit Centennial Farm for FREE?!!! It’s open to the public almost every day of the week, unless there is a special event or if the OC Fair is open, which in that case you can still visit if you have a Fair ticket! You can stroll to gardens and say hi to all the animals which is especially fun for small children.

If you want an extra fun experience at Centennial Farm, then I suggest visiting during one of their Discovery Days.

Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are set up for school field trips, but you are welcome to visit on your own alongside the groups. They have volunteers onsite with demonstrations and hands on activities for kids to learn about gardening and farm life. Did I mention that there is NO CHARGE for you to visit on your own! We took Dani last week and had such a great time.

When you arrive, make sure to check in at the tables located at the entrance to the farm. They give you a map and explain what is happening inside the farm. They also give each kid a coloring book and a packet of seeds. Then you will head inside the Centennial Farm for your self guided tour.

We started out heading over to the garden to check out all the vegetable being grown. WOW! They have a little bit of everything growing out in the fields. There a signs in front of each fruit or vegetable with details and info about the plant and how to grow it. If you have older children, you can have them read the plaques, and with younger children

They also have a touch table set up with lots of different fruits and vegetables for the kids to hold, touch, and smell. A volunteer is there to help the kids explore and learn about what they are touching.

The volunteers are also available to talk to you and are so excited to answer questions and show the children different areas of the garden.

Next we headed over to check out a rather large bull. He was very sweet, and we were allowed to carefully brush him under strict supervision of course. There were volunteers telling us all sorts of facts and stories about him, and also answering any questions we had.

Around the corner, there was another variety of cow! How fun to see a dairy cow up close…she was so beautiful. And inside the big red barn, they have milking demonstrations. Make sure to grab a seat early, as it gets quite full inside.

Kids also get to learn about seeds and have the chance to plant their own radish seeds to take home. Radish seeds have a 21 day growth cycle, so kids can see the progress of their plants pretty quickly.

One of the most exciting parts of this day, was seeing the baby pigs that were born less than 24 hours before our visit. There are always pregnant pigs at Centennial Farm, and there is always a batch of new piglets to enjoy and observe.

We got to not only see the newborn piglets, but also a set of 7 week old piggies. Oh my goodness…they were all so cute!

And besides the pigs, there are many other animals to see and learn about. Here are some photos of our animal encounters.

There is so much to see and do at Discovery Days. There was a welder demonstrating different techniques, and doing demonstrations on bending metal for farm and garden accessories.

If you plan on spending a good amount of time at Centennial Fam Discovery Days, you can bring a picnic lunch. There is a nice sitting area where you can sit and relax when you need a break. Honestly, the views of the garden here are so beautiful, and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the OC Fairgrounds.

Before you leave, stop by the community garden box and grab a bunch of fresh veggies. It’s donation only, and gives kids the opportunity to experience eating something that they can also see growing right before their eyes. We had a choice of different varieties of lettuce, radishes, and swiss chard!

We had such a great time enjoying Discovery Days at Centennial Farm. It’s one of the best truly free activities available to the public in Orange County. It brings some of the best parts of California to our fingertips…our rich agricultural, farming and fabulous Oc volunteers. I hope that you and your family can experience Centennial Farm Discovery Days on day!

Best Tips for Monster Jam 2020 at Angels Stadium

For us, this time of year is all about Monster Jam! The boys look forward to going to Monster Jam all year long. And the wait is finally over. Monster Jam is coming to Angels Stadium in Anaheim on January 11th & 25th, and February 8th & 22-23rd. We go as an entire family – mom, dad, boys and girl. even grandma and grandpa usually go with us. Monster Jam is great for the whole family…and I would love to share some of my BEST TIPS for Family Fun at Monster Jam.

Best Tips for Going to Monster Jam

Tip #1 – Make a day of it. We always have the most fun when we do the whole experience. Pit Party, Tailgating and then heading to official Monster Jam show.

Tip #2 – Plan ahead and don’t run late. Angels Stadium is big and there will be a lot of people trying to get into the venue. Whether you are going to the Pit Party or just the main Monster Jam show, plan on getting there about an hour early. Lines can be long getting through security and you don’t want to miss the show.

The Pit Party

The Pit Party, happens a few hours before the Monster Jam show. It’s a separate ticketed event and these tickets sell out quick. Tickets are $15 per person. The Pit Party is where you can get up close to actual monster trucks and even meet the drivers. There are also booths with hands-on activities, game booths and food vendors. this year, the lines to get into the pit party were extra long due to security, so we only got to enjoy it for a short time.

Tip #3 – get to the pit party when it opens. This is one of the best parts of Monster Jam in my opinion.

Tip #4 – Bring something to get signed by the drivers. It’s really fun to wear a Monster Jam shirt or bring a Monster Jam poster to get signed by the drivers during the Pit Party. I have also seen people bring toy Monster Jam trucks and also notebooks to get signed.

Here are some of the photos from our visit to one of the Monster Jam Pit Parties.

I really like to get Dani’s photo with girl drivers so that she can see driving monster trucks is not just for boys. This is Brianna Mahon’s monster truck, Whiplash. She was the only female driver of the evening when we went. Unfortunately, we got to the truck a little late and Brianna had to run out. But we still got Dani’s photo with Whiplash!

We all really enjoyed the Pit Party, and so did our grandparents!  Then we headed back to our car for a tailgate dinner….because that is what you do at Monster Jam.

Bring a Picnic to Tailgate at Monster Jam

Tip #5 – Bring food to Tailgate. I love to make our Monster Jam extra special, so I buy special picnic foods to enjoy between the Pit Party and Monster Jam show. My yummy picnic includes cold cut sandwiches, deli style chips, dips, pasta salads, homemade cookies, brownies and drinks.

TIP #6 – When Tailgating, bring a folding table for the food, and some beach chairs. You can open your trunk and enjoy your picnic dinner right in the parking lot before the show.

TIP #7 – You can also bring food into the stadium…as long as it is not in bulk. Unopened water, gatorade, juice boxes, empty reusable water bottles are also allowed into the stadium. I like to bring snacks such as peanuts, popcorn, candy and licorice for the kids to enjoy during the show. Because they always beg for food inside no matter how much they’ve already eaten.

After dinner, head into Angels Stadium to get ready for the show to start. It’s very exciting to see it all ready and set-up for a Monster Jam competition. The show is super loud once the trucks get going, so it is really important to protect those kids ears from the noise…even adults need ear plugs. Of course the baby had a really good pair pf headphones to protect her ears.

TIP #8 – Bring Earplugs for everyone, and noise cancelling ear phones for kids and babies. You can usually find them at Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon. Vendors usually sell them outside of Angel Stadium for a premium price, and of course they sell them inside the venue.

TIP #9 – Dress for the weather. Monster Jam happens whether is warm or cold, rain or shine, so make sure to dress appropriately. Ponchos are great for rainy weather, and jackets, scarves, hats and gloves are great for cold weather. You can also bring a light blanket.

The Monster Jam competition began with a head to head competition race with trucks racing against each other. then they had a new race, called the “two wheel” competition. where trucks tried to do tricks on jut two wheels. It’s amazing to see what some of these truck can do. There will be a few wrecks…which always makes the crowd go wild!

Tip #10 – Have your cell phone ready with the Monster Jam App. Fans were able to vote for the trucks using their cell phones, so you can get in on the excitement and vote for your favorite drivers. It’s pretty interesting to see the scores the kids give to the drivers, and hearing their explanations on why they deserve each score given. I love that everyone gets to participate, it make the show even more fun.

The last race of the night is a freestyle competition. All of the trucks pretty much wreck themselves by going all out on the tricks and speed. Almost all the trucks ended up without shells, and trucks will even do backflips!!!!! It AMAZING!!! Get ready for the crowd to go wild.

By the end of the night, we have so much fun that the little kids are usually all tuckered out. 

I should also mention that our family feels that Monster Jam gets better and better every year. Last year was the best we had ever been to!  The driving was awesome, the tricks were amazing, the crowd was ecstatic, and the show was very entertaining.  Monster Jam surely didn’t disappoint, I’m so glad that I got to experience it with my boys AND my little girl.

Discount Promo Code for Monster Jam Tickets

Tip #11 – You never know how fast Monster Jam tickets will sell out, so I suggest getting tickets early…especially pit party tickets (those sell out the fastest). This year there are five chances to see Monster Jam in Orange County! Last year there were six, so if you want to go, make sure to get your tickets soon before they sell out.

Tip #12 – Use discount code MJMOM20 for $5 off each ticket.

Lastly,

TIP #13 – If you can only afford seats at the top…it’s okay!  I just wanted to mention that all seats at monster jam are great! You can see everything up there. Some people prefer sitting up high. Seats down low are great for being up close, but you can’t always see everything. So there are benefits up high as well as down low.