OC Moms Guide – February 2020

Orange County Events February 2020

I’m going to be just totally real here: 2020 has gotten off to a very rocky start. There’s a lot of tumult and sadness going on in the world right now. And with our community here in Orange County still reeling from losing nine of our own in a horrific helicopter crash last weekend, it’s hard to feel excited about doing anything. But if there’s anything positive that can come out of that tragedy and the general worry about the future, it is this: the only thing in the end that matters is spending quality time with our loved ones. If that means just sitting on the couch together at home, then do it. Or if that means going out and enjoying a public activity with your family, then do that. And if you need ideas for fun family-friendly things to do together, here’s a curated list of the best Orange County Events February 2020 has to offer:


40th Annual Black History Parade And Culture Faire – Anaheim

February 1

From their website: “Members of the community regardless of race, color, ethnicity or culture are invited to the event to enjoy a well attended parade which includes noted community members, elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas. Immediately following the Black History Parade is a Black Cultural Faire offering a bit of black history in the youth village, business connections and information, health information and screenings, activities for youth, food provided by community groups for sale, and excellent entertainment.”



FV Community Foundation 5K Fun Run – Fountain Valley

February 1

From their Facebook event page: “This fun run is organized by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation in conjunction with the City of Fountain Valley’s Department of Recreation and Community Services to raise funds for non-profit organizations serving Fountain Valley residents. This race has helped raise over $100,000 for local organizations since it’s inception.” 

Free for ages 0-5. $15 for children ages 6-12. $25 ages 12+. If you don’t already have a preferred non-profit beneficiary, please select Hilltop Preschool as they will receive a donation of $22 per adult registration / $13 per child!


Lunar New Year Celebration – Westminster 

February 1

Info about this Orange County events February 2020 listing  from their facebook event page: “Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat. Traditional Drums, Lion Dancers, free goodies and crafts for the kids will all start at noon!”



Groundhog Day At Pretend City – Irvine

February 2

From their website: “Celebrate with Punxsutawney Phil and learn about Groundhog Day at Pretend City! Together we will find out if we have a long winter or an early spring. We will also be learning why Americans celebrate this unique holiday.” Make a Groundhog puppet using brown paper bags. Learn about prepositional concepts (e.g. in/out) through a mini language lesson using “Preposition Phil,” and learn about animal shadows!

Included with museum admission. $13.95 adults and children over 12 months. Military and their families $10.95. 


Asian Lunar New Year Festival At The Bowers Museum – Santa Ana

February 2

From their website: “Celebrate the Year of the Rat with dance, music and art from China, Vietnam and Korea. Dragon and lion dances by JC Culture will welcome in the new year. Enjoy a sample egg roll while creating paper lanterns and art scroll projects as you contemplate the diligence and positivity of those born in the year of the Rat.”

Free festival in the Key Courtyard. General admission to the rest of the Bowers Museum is only free on Festival Sundays for Members and Santa Ana residents.


Lunar New Year Dragon & Lion Dance at Bella Terra – Huntington Beach

February 9

From their website: “Chinese dragons are a symbol of China. They are believed to bring good luck. The longer the dragon, the more luck it brings. The Immortals Lion Dance will amaze young and old with their daring acrobatic feats. The Immortals Lion Dance will perform in the Pavilion Event Plaza at 12 & 2 PM featuring colorful costumes, drums, gongs, cymbals and skilled displays of dance and movement.”

Free. Pavilion Event Plaza is located off Edinger across the street from Old Navy by the large fountain. 


Discovery Day At Centennial Farm – Costa Mesa

February 12

Just about once a month, Centennial Farm is open to the public and it’s so much fun! List of activities from their website: “Radish Seed Planting: Children will plant a radish seed to take back to school. Chick Education: Chick Development Process (no petting chicks). Oxen Demonstration: Demonstration days vary depending on the volunteers’ schedules. Crops: Seasonal varieties. Livestock Animals: Swine, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, and poultry. Cow Milking Demonstration.”

Free. Must reserve in advance for groups of 6 or more children. 


Mardi Gras At Segerstrom – Costa Mesa

February 15

From their event page: “Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras comes to the Argyros Plaza in an evening of New Orleans-style revelry. Enjoy mask-making and live performances with a range of musical styles to get you in the Mardi Gras mood. Don’t miss zydeco, New Orleans jazz, and a second line parade on the plaza!”

Free but must register via the link above.


American Revolution Reenactment – Huntington Beach

February 15+16

From their website: “The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host this reenactment of the American Revolution in Huntington Beach Central Park, behind the library, on the site of our annual Civil War Days reenactment. Come experience the founding of our nation with some of the country’s finest living history presenters.” Two jam-packed days of activities including artillery and sword demonstrations, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, 18th Century Dancing, and more. Could be a fun hands-on way to celebrate President’s Day.

Free and open to the public. 


Dino Day At The Children’s Museum – La Habra

February 16

From their facebook event page: “Back by popular demand, we are having another Dino Day! Join us for a fun packed day of RAWWRRR-tastic fun! We’ll be going on a self-led dinosaur hunt around the entire Museum, making fossil prints, creating a digital animated short in the Dinosaur exhibit, doing an “ice-age” excavation, and listening to stories with our guest Terry the T-Rex! Special guests from Ralph B. Clark Regional Park’s Fossil Interpretive Center will be bringing fossil castings and talking to little ones about how and why fossils happen!”

Free to CMLH Members and to museum guests with paid Museum admission.


Love Bug Storytime At Pacific City – Huntington Beach

February 18

Info about this Orange County events February 2020 listing from their Facebook event page: “In this adorable storytime children (and adults) will sing, dance, and read stories all about…BUGS! And, of course, participants will also get to meet some of Doodlebugs sweet little love bugs! Stay after the animal filled storytime for a special “Love Bug” craft!” 

Free. Hosted by Doodlebugs Animal Adventures.


Pacific Symphony Presents: Peter And The Wolf – Costa Mesa

February 29

From their website: “Join Peter and his brave animal friends on an adventure to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf! The Magic Circle Mime Co. and the colorful characters of the orchestra bring this timeless symphonic fairy tale to life! A fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11. Enjoy FREE interactive activities in the lobby inspired by each concert’s theme! Featuring family-friendly arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and opportunities to meet Symphony musicians, local performing groups, and more!”

Tickets range from $15-$26 depending on seating location. 


There are so many great Orange County events February 2020 has to offer. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you make happy memories together with your loved ones and don’t forget to tell them you love them.


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