(Credit: Richard Termine)

(Credit: Richard Termine)


From bucking broncos to epic love stories, Orange County is serving up a series of unique events and opportunities this week. Get away from it all close to home at February Fest at the Hyatt Regency, or enjoy a unique educational cooking class or rare night-time visit to the Bowers Museum after-hours. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, explore two love stories with your love: “Dirty Dancing” and ” Tristan & Yseult.” Don’t forget to celebrate Black History Month on Saturday at the OC’s 35th annual parade & cultural faire!

Monday, February 2
(credit: Discovery Science Center)

(credit: Discovery Science Center)


National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-2823
www.discoverycube.org

If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the world as an adventurer, then visiting The Discovery Cube in Orange County will keep you immersed in their exhibit “Earth Explorers.” As Orange County’s best destination for family fun and activities, you’ll get to interact with over 100 exhibits including this one. Learn how submarines work, float above the African savannah, study animal migration and discover new science and technologies as you “let your imagination run wild” and “become an explorer of the world.” The exhibit runs through May 3, 2015.

Tuesday, February 3
(credit: Matthew Murphy)

(credit: Matthew Murphy)


“Dirty Dancing”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org

“Dirty Dancing,” the hit Broadway musical based on the classic 80s romance film of the same name, is heading into Orange County this week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Arrive early for some pre-show Dirty Dancing themed lobby activities including photo opportunities, quotes from the movie, and rockin’ 60s music to get the dancing started early. During the show, you’ll enjoy exceptional dancing coupled with your favorite songs from the film including “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me?,” and “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” as the coming-of-age story unfolds. #DirtyDancingTour

Wednesday, February 4
(Credit: True Food Kitchen)

(Credit: True Food Kitchen)


Pole to Plate Cooking Class
True Food Kitchen
Fashion Island
451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-2400
www.truefoodkitchen.com

True Food Kitchen, the health conscious, eco-friendly eatery in Newport Beach, launches its brand new educational cooking class series tonight with its “Pole to Plate cooking class” in partnership with Santa Monica Seafood. Much more than simple food preparation, the class series dives into cooking for a greater purpose, including dietary reasons, sustainable sourcing, healthy-habits, or training up kids with good habits. New True Food Kitchen Corporate Chef Arik Markus and San Diego Executive Chef Nathan Coulon will welcome Guest Chef Paddy Glennon, a local authority on food, the environment, and sustainability with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Finish the night feasting on the prepared four-course dinner.

Thursday, February 5
(Credit: The Queen Mary)

(Credit: The Queen Mary)


Royal Rendezvous
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738
www.queenmary.com

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, which is adjacent to the Queen Mary this week, is the first-ever port stop in Long Beach by a contemporary Cunard ship. Upon arrival of the Elizabeth, the Queen Mary’s sea-going “niece,” Long Beach will celebrate a day-long series of events and activities to celebrate the meeting of the ships. Complimentary admission to the Queen Mary, including a peak at the model gallery, will be offered as well as many other activities including a Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour, Tea with Diana, and the Captain’s Art Tour.

Friday, February 6
(Credit: Richard Termine)

(Credit: Richard Termine)


“Tristan & Yseult”
655 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-5555
www.scr.org

Don’t miss internationally-acclaimed British Theatre Company Kneehigh as they present the epic tale of passion and wit, “Tristan & Yseult,” currently running at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. In this unique production, a cabaret band performs above the stage while the forbidden love romance is played out with stunning theatrics. Kneehigh’s work is renowned for its ability to combine epic storytelling with stunning visuals, and this is SoCal’s only opportunity to enjoy this show. Visit tomorrow, February 7 for a two-hour after session with in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff. Through February 22.

Saturday, February 7
(Credit: Bowers Museum)

(Credit: Bowers Museum)


Bowers After-Hours
Bowers After-Hours
Bowers Museum
2002 Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org

Stay up late with the Bowers Museum at their Bowers After-Hours program this evening. Beginning with Tangata Executive Chef Chris Brodeur’s one-night-only Sichuan Province inspired dinner menu featuring wine and beer pairings, the museum’s special exhibitions will be open as well, in addition to the Gallery Store, and a featured presentation on Found! China’s Lost Civilization, a program in collaboration with the Pacific Symphony, curated by Chinese American composer Dr. Huang Ruo and featuring world-renowned pipa player Zhou Yi.

(Credit: Anaheim OC Visitor & Convention Bureau)

(Credit: Anaheim OC Visitor & Convention Bureau)


35th OC Black History Parade & Culture Faire
200 S Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
www.oc-hc.org

Don’t miss the 35th Annual countywide celebration of Black History and African American Heritage Parade rolling down Anaheim Boulevard this Saturday morning. The cultural faire will run all day featuring musical entertainment, including gospel, soul, jazz, R & B, reggae, and hip-hop, a youth village with a Black History Walk, Food and retail vendors, and more.

Sunday, February 8
(Credit: Honda Center/PBRA)

(Credit: Honda Center/PBRA)


Professional Bull Riders
Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 704-2400
www.hondacenter.com

Wrapping its OC tour, the Professional Bull Riders Association will visit the Honda Center this weekend. The “Built Ford Tough Series” (BFTS) features 35 of the world’s best riders taking on rough and tumble bucking bulls. The three-day event includes numerous 8-second, heart-pounding rides to excite fans and onlookers.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.