20 Ways to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring In and Around Irvine

The rainy season (for the most part) is behind us. And in its wake, it’s left the hillsides greener, the skies bluer and who can forget the epic #superbloom of wild flowers blooming in Southern California right now. It feels like spring. It’s time to start afresh, get some spring cleaning done, wear pastel colors, host an Easter egg hunt, and maybe even eat a few Peeps. Here are 20 ways to shake those winter blues and celebrate the arrival of spring in and around Irvine.

The view from our tractor tour of Tanaka Farms
The view from our tractor tour of Tanaka Farms

  1. Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad
  2. Super bloom at Walker Canyon (ending soon!)
  3. The new veteran’s museum and memorial, Heroes Hall at the OC Fairgrounds
  4. Save a life (or 3)! Donate blood with UCI at their Irvine or Orange location.
  5. Oo Toro Sushi restaurant in Irvine
  6. Very Eric Carle and Bubble Fest exhibits at the Discovery Cube
  7. LEGO monthly mini model build and minifigure swap at the LEGO store at South Coast Plaza
  8. Egg-cellent Egg Hunt at Etnies skate park in Lake Forest
  9. Easter Egg Hunt at Tustin Sports Park
  10. $3 movies at AMC Woodbridge 5 in Irvine
  11. Galaxy Bowling at Irvine Lanes
  12. Open Jump at Pump it Up in Irvine
  13. Farmers Market Yoga at the Great Park
  14. Spring Hop Carousel Party at the Irvine Spectrum
  15. Flag Football with Club Waka at the Great Park
  16. Strawberry or U-PICK Tours at Tanaka Farms
  17. Mountain Bike Clinic—Terrain Skills at Irvine Open Space Preserve
  18. Kayaking the Upper Newport Bay by Newport Bay Conservancy
  19. Bloom Season Tours at Keys Lavender Farm
  20. Cruffins and donuts from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse at The District in Tustin
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End of Summer Bucket List

Here’s our End-of-Summer Bucket List to soak up the last bits of summer! Make sure you check out the links below!

End of Summer Bucket List
End of Summer Bucket List

OUTDOORS

See an outdoor movie: Movies on the Lawn * Go on a nature hike with friends (Quail Hill Trailhead, Bommer Canyon, Orchard Hills, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary)  * Play a golf foursome at dawn  (Oak Creek Golf Club, Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, Strawberry Farms Golf Club). * Go mountain biking through Bommer Canyon * Find a pick-up basketball/football game with your buddies * Take your yoga practice outdoors

FAMILY

Go to a farmer’s market at Mariner’s Church or the Great Park* Take a trip to Pretend City * Go to the water park at Boomers * Make sand castles on the beach * Go to Adventure Playground * Visit Irvine Regional Park * Have a water balloon fight * Rent bikes from Pedego Bikes

NIGHTLIFE

Make s’mores with friends* Take a nighttime ride on the orange balloon or ferris wheel * Listen to live music by a local band * Race go-carts at K1 Speed * Sit in the front row at the Irvine Improv * Host a poker night

EATS

Host a BBQ * Have a picnic at the park * Have breakfast in bed * Try a new recipe using seasonal ingredients  * Try out a new restaurant for date night (Pictured: truffle garlic bread from North Italia) * Visit a real chocolate factory at Choc XO

SELF IMPROVEMENT

Get lost in one of these summer reads * Get that six pack * Donate your time or money towards a cause that speaks to you * Unplug for one day (no computer, tablet, cell phone or TV) * Be a mentor to someone/find a mentor for yourself * Get ridiculously good at something * Pay it forward

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