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How To Celebrate Memorial Day In OC

May 16, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: istockphoto)

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Memorial Day means different things to different people. To families with kids, it marks the unofficial beginning of summer and the last long weekend before the kids are out of school for a few months. Here are some of the best events for celebrating Memorial Day with your family.

(credit: Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run)

(credit: Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run)


Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run
Date: May 26, 2014
Laguna Hills Mall
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 975-1812
www.renegaderaceseries.com

In Laguna Hills on Memorial Day, you have the opportunity to run a 10k or 5k half marathon through Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. All of these races begin at 7am at the Laguna Hills Mall. There is even a kids run starting at 9am at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Medals given out at this year’s race honor the United States Marine Corps. Do something healthy with your family and run (or walk) the distance of your choice.

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(credit: istockphoto)


Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival
Date: May 23-26, 2014
Centennial Park
3000 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
www.festivalnet.com/Santa-Ana-Memorial-Day-Carnival

Memorial Day is seen by a lot of people as the unofficial beginning of summer. There is no better way to get into summer mode than with a carnival. The festival goes all weekend and concludes on Memorial Day. You’ll find everything you love about carnivals including rides, games, food and live music by local bands. It’s a great way for the whole family to have fun without spending a lot of money like you would at an amusement park.

(credit: David Smithson)

(credit: David Smithson)


Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Date: May 23-26, 2014
Village Green
S. Euclid St. & Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 638-0981
www.strawberryfestival.org

One of the great things about summer is that strawberries are plentiful. For more than 50 years, the city of Garden Grove has held a festival celebrating the delicious fruit. The festival goes from Friday through Memorial Day. It includes a parade, a 5K run and a variety of contests. One of the contests is for redheads (it is a strawberry festival after all). There is also a contest for cutest baby, and another for karaoke. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a cost for rides: $25 for the entire day on Friday and $30 the rest of the weekend.

Related: Best 2014 Summer Festivals In OC

(credit: Scottish Festival)

(credit: Scottish Festival)


Scottish Fest
Date: May 24-25, 2014
Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500
www.scottishfest.com

It’s always a good thing to teach kids about other nationalities and cultures. There may not be any school on Memorial Day weekend, but you can still take the opportunity to teach your kids. The Scottish Fest offers you and your family the chance to see highland games, take in lots of Scottish music and dancing and try some Scottish cuisine. Plus, if your heritage is Scottish, you can try to trace your heritage and watch the march of clans. Advance tickets are available here at a discounted price.

(Photo Credit: South Coast Repertory)

(Photo Credit: South Coast Repertory)


The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Date: May 23 – June 8, 2014
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-5555
www.scr.org/plays/theatre-for-young-audiences

Fairy tales generally get handed down from one generation to the next with very little – if any – modification. Jon Scieszka wrote a book in which the fairy tales are not exactly as you remember them, especially when they overlap each other. They are incredibly silly stories that are fun for kids. At the South Coast Repertory, you can see “The Stinky Cheese Man” enacted on stage. If your kids are already familiar with the book, they will love this live version. If your kids are not yet familiar with the book, this is an excellent opportunity to introduce them to both the book and live theater. “The Stinky Cheese Man” opens Memorial Day weekend. Buy your tickets here.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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