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Free Family Fun in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

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It is amazing how many free events there are near our new homes where the family can have fun and learn at the same time that the budget keeps smiling.

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

The main garden is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Kids Adventure Garden is open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hiking on a shaded walk by a stream allows the viewing of large oak trees and many plants, lizards and other wildlife, tables and chairs made from tree trunks, a Butterfly Garden, a Bird Sanctuary, and other specialty gardens. There are 33 acres of unique terrain and nature trails.

Rancho Los Alamitos

Open Sunday and Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can tour this amazing place that is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One listing is for the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin. The other listing is for the evolution of its significant historic landscape.

Included are traces of the ancestral village, four acres of historic gardens from the 1920s and 1930s, an 1800 adobe ranch house, and a restored working ranch barnyard, complete with animals. In addition, the Rancho Center has a film and exhibits that tell the story of the landscape and the people through history.

Torrance Art Museum

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this small museum is the premiere visual space to view contemporary art in the South Bay area. Visit their website to learn of occasional free kid-friendly events such as storytelling.

Covina Firehouse and Jail

Open only on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., this local history museum in Covina offers insight into the agricultural history of  the San Gabriel Valley. Included are many artifacts from life in the early part of the last century and one of the most complete southern California collections of citrus records and memorabilia.

The old jail was actually used until 1974.

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Open every day in Irvine from dawn to dusk, you will find a great set of hiking trails with lots of man-made ponds and bird and plant life for the kids. There are stroller friendly pathways and you can  picnic overlooking a pond. The area is a favorite of birders.

Averill Park

Open every day in San Pedro from sunrise to sunset, you can enjoy ponds that are home to wild geese and ducks, a waterfall, a meandering stream, and lush lawns. Tables and grills make it a great place for a family picnic.

A gazebo on a hilltop at the end of a rose-lined walkway offers a spectacular view of the city and harbor below. This is the site for many weddings.

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