Wednesday, March 19

FAIRMONT FIVE orange county spring break stay-cation ideas

What is your family doing for spring break?  If you don't have plans to travel, consider a staycation right here in the OC.  Here are 5 places nearby that you can visit that are both fun and educational.

Discover 15 native California plant communities, habitats, and walking trails through hands-on learning at the Environmental Nature Center.  The Butterfly House, home to several butterfly species native to the county, opens on May 4th.  Admission is free.

Head to the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana to really get your "hands on" some science! Have a blast with more than 100 science exhibits that you can actually touch. Don't miss the laser bubble show running March 29-April 20. Hours are 9am-6pm. Children (ages 3-14) are $12.95 and adults (ages 15+) are $15.95. There is also a yearly family membership for $99.

Located in a historic 1923 Train Depot, the hands-on children’s museum features seven galleries and 14 exhibits. Unique to the museum is its outdoor dinosaur topiary and 1942 caboose. Children can ride an authentic Dentzel Carousel, take a walk in T-Rex’s footprints, pet an Arctic fox, and dig for fossils. Kids under two are free. Tickets for older kids and adults are $8.

The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. It boasts 26 acres with 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. Enjoy its ponds, streams, and wildlife as you enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful oasis in the city. Visit 7 days a week 8am-4:30pm.

It's always fun to go to the zoo. And we have one right in our backyard. The Santa Ana Zoo focuses on the animals and plants of Central and South America and is known for its extensive primate collection with over a dozen species from around the world. It is open daily from 10am-4pm and costs $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools

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