Editor’s Picks: September 2019

Parenting OC’s Learn & Grow Expo
Saturday, October 5

This health, education and special needs expo gives families the opportunity to connect with more than 60 exhibitors that focus on healthy living. These are experts in the community that can offer parents valuable tools, experience and wisdom to help them raise kids that are healthy in body and mind. The event includes free health screenings, nutrition and fitness demos and family activities, including face painting, balloon art and strolling entertainment. Also, for kids who can climb, dash, hop, roll and slide faster than any other kid, don’t miss your chance to enroll them in Parenting OC’s annual Bubble-Dash Games. Age group finalists will win fun outdoor toys, a family-four pack of tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and the grand prize of appearing on our 2020 Summer Fun Issue cover. Families who attend Learn & Grow will receive a free child admission for a full day at DiscoveryCube Orange County, where the event is taking place. Presented by ParentingOC, Learn & Grow takes place Oct.5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discovery Cube, 2500 N. Main St.
714-630-4510 Ext. 6

Old World German Restaurant’s Oktoberfest
Sundays & Wednesdays – Thursdays, September 8 – November 3

The restaurant’s annual Oktoberfest is family-friendly on Wednesday and Thursday nights (6:30 pm-10:30 pm) with German cuisine, music, and dancing. However, Sundays (2 pm-7:30 pm) hold the most family fun: carnival games, costumed characters, bouncy houses, music and Weiner Dog Races. On September 15, Parenting OC presents the Kinderfest Kid Contest, and Oktoberfest’s parade day is September 29.   

Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach
714-895-8020 | oldworld.ws

35th Tall Ships Festival
Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

Set sail for a marvelous maritime adventure. Mock cannon battles happen all three days, while the ship tours (with gold panning, candle making, and other activities) occur only on the weekend. Breakfast With A Mermaid launches Saturday’s and Sunday’s festivities. Friday’s hours are 4 pm-9:30 pm while the weekend’s times are 9 am-8:30 pm. 

Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point
949-496-2274 | ocean-institute.org

Sherman Gardens’ “Kickin’ Back” Exhibit
Sunday, September 1 – Sunday, September 22

The Sherman Gardens wants to add a little colorful fun to your summer. The horticultural retreat has “planted” some funky oversized outdoor furniture around their grounds. Feel free to climb aboard the king-sized lawn chairs, shady swings, and hammocks. They’ll make kids feel like kids and parents feel like kids too!

Sherman Library & Gardens
2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar
949-673-2261 | slgardens.org

Long Beach Original Lobster Festival
Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

The “Maine” attraction at this annual Lobster-palooza is chowing down in free Maine lobsters. However, this three-day festival (5 pm-10 pm Friday and 12 pm-10 pm Saturday-Sunday) also serves up live performances (plus a karaoke lounge), a reptile exhibit, an International Food Court, and a live sport tent. The children’s area holds a boatload of fun activities and performances for kids.

Rainbow Lagoon
400-403 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach

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