OC Moms Guide – Orange County Events November 2021

OC Moms Guide - Orange County Events November 2021

I see you there mama, tearing down the Halloween decorations now that it’s officially November, and itching to put up your Christmas lights. Not so fast! We still have a whole month of fall festivities to enjoy before the holiday season is in full swing. There’s planes, trains, and…barnyard animals? Also, Hanukkah, Hikari, and of course Thanksgiving still to come. So why not enjoy (while of course observing COVID safety precautions) some of the Orange County events November has to offer first?

Here are our top picks for safe and family-friendly local events this November!


Discovery Day At Centennial Farm – Santa Ana

November 2, 8, 16, 18 (and more throughout the year)

From their website: “Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are open to the public, and are perfect for mom groups, homeschool groups and more. Groups may participate in the following activities: Self-Guided Tours –  Volunteers are present to provide information; Radish Seed Planting –  Children will plant a radish seed to take back to school; Chick Education – Learn about the chick development process; Oxen Demonstration –  Demonstration days vary depending on the volunteers’ schedules; Crops Education – Seasonal varieties; See Livestock Animals – Swine, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, and poultry.”

Free admission and parking. 


Uncloak The Oak – Silverado

November 6

From their website: “Spend a few hours in the wildlands of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks with your young naturalists. We will learn about the importance of the Coastal Oak Woodlands through fun games, nature activities and a very leisurely paced walk on a trail with little to no elevation gain. Please wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Binoculars and a magnifying glass are optional.” 

Free but registration and signed liability waiver required. For elementary-school-aged children. 


Day Out With Thomas –  Perris

November 6,7, 11, 13, 14

We had so much fun at this train-lover’s dream a few years ago! This November event is an absolute must for any train loving kiddo and their families! From their website: “A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes admission to the museum, the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with Arts & Crafts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor. For an additional amount, train rides with Percy will be available on a space-available basis (Percy’s train is smaller than Thomas’s). Each gated event ticket also includes admission to the museum to explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s.”

For more details on this event, check out my review (though please note this was before the pandemic so some features may be different now with their COVID safety protocols in place this year): Our Day Out With Thomas The Train.

Tickets range from $19-$25 and are required for guests ages 2 and up. Free parking, and a variety of food options are available for purchase on site. 


Festival Of Flight – Long Beach

November 6

If you have a plane-obsessed kiddo at home, this is the event of the year. From their website: “The popular free event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, is returning with aircraft on static display, live music, food and beer trucks, activities for kids and helicopter rides for purchase.

Free. Valid vaccination card or negative COVID test is required for entry. All attendees ages 2 and up required to wear face covering at all times regardless of vaccination status unless actively eating or drinking. Free parking available but use of public transportation or alternative modes of transportation is encouraged. 


Holidays At The Disneyland Resort – Anaheim

November 12 – January 6, 2021

It goes without saying that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, even during a pandemic and perhaps especially so. Starting in November through the December holiday season, the entire resort is transformed into a winter wonderland, full of COVID-safe magical experiences and seasonal treats that will entertain even the Scrooge McDuck-iest member of your party! Read all about the holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort in our post here.

And please note that as of press time, face coverings are required indoors throughout the Disneyland Resort regardless of vaccination status or age.

Cost: Free to enter Downtown Disney District. Parking is at the Simba Lot and first hour is $10. Validations apply after that initial fee. 3 additional hours validated parking with a $20 minimum purchase from any Downtown Disney location, or up to 5 additional hours of parking with validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant. One day one park tickets start at $129 adults, and children ages 3-9. Park reservations are required in addition to valid park ticket and should be made online in advance. 


Toddler Treks – Oh, Nuts! – Orange

November 16

From their website: “Watch your head for falling acorns! Autumn is in full swing with acorns coming lose from oak branches. Let’s examine the mighty oak trees and the amazing acorn it produces. Discover which animals love this meaty nut and make a colorful craft to take home.”

Free but registration required. For ages 2-6. There is a Park Entrance Fee per entry vehicle.


Campout At The Environmental Nature Center – Newport Beach

November 19-20

From their website: “Imagine having the night-time magic of the ENC at your fingertips and sleeping streamside under the stars!  We are now offering ‘A Night Out with Nature’ as a community program to anyone who would like a unique camp-out experience. This program is designed for families with children ages 5+ and includes interactive activities, a night hike, and s’mores around the campfire (of course!). Enjoy dinner on your own before your arrival to the ENC, or bring your own food* to cook at our campfire.  We have plenty of firewood, plates, and skewers! Families will provide and sleep in their own tents and a continental breakfast will be provided the next morning.”

$65 per person regardless of age, members receive a 10% discount. You must provide your own camping gear. Any food brought in must be in compliance with ENC’s zero waste policy. 


Annie Film Screening – Mission Viejo

November 22

Here’s a fun way to get in the spirit of being thankful for the gifts in our lives. From their website: “The Community of Character Committee presents films to illustrate our community of character qualities. A brief discussion follows each movie. Annie (film synopsis): A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.”

Free. Film rated PG. The film will be shown on a theater-size screen with theater-style seating and surround-sound.


Black Friday Hike – Upper Newport Bay

November 26

From their website: “Avoid the lines and crowds and #optoutside with OC Parks to burn off some Thanksgiving calories on a family-friendly guided hike. We will walk 2-3 miles along the Bay’s west bluff, keep an eye out for migratory birds, and appreciate anything else nature has to offer.”

Free. Registration is recommended. 


Hikari – A Festival Of Lights – Irvine

November 26 – January 6

The Japanese word Hikari loosely translates to “shine,” and this holiday season Tanaka Farms, a 3rd generation Japanese American family-owned local institution, will be making the farm shine with over one million twinkling lights! This family-friendly evening event features a wagon ride through the “land of a thousand lanterns.” There’s also a Gingerbread Forest with live music, food, barnyard animals, photo ops, and the chance to meet Santa! It should be a real Orange County Events November highlight.

Holiday Wagon Ride starts at $20, Gingerbread Forest starts at $10. Children 2 and under are free. Also free for active military, veterans, and retirees with ID.  Parking passes are required and can be purchased online for $10 per vehicle. 


PJ Library Presents: Hanukkah Podcasts – Virtual 

November 28 – December 5

Whether you are Jewish or curious to learn about this cultural celebration which is observed by millions of people all over the world, it’s easy to experience the 8 nights of Hanukkah from the comfort of your own home. The November episodes of these two podcasts linked above, Afternoons With Mimi and Beyond The Bookcase, are perfect kid-friendly Hanukkah listening.


So as you can see, there’s a great selection of Orange County Events November has to offer. We wish you a safe, fun-filled November and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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