Top five February outings

From bird-watching to mountain biking to Irvine’s first school.


1. Mountain bike skills for kids

What: Mountain biking is a way of life in and around Irvine. Ensure your children are prepared for a safe and fun outing by enrolling them in the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Kids Rider Skills Clinic. The class begins with an overview of bicycle safety and clinic fundamentals followed by a series of exercises demonstrating rider-influenced bike maneuvers such as front and rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drop/roll-offs, late and emergency braking and cornering techniques.

Where: Originates in Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

When: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 3



2. Friday night hike and movie

What: Join your Irvine friends and neighbors for a serene 2-mile evening hike around the Woodbridge Village North Lake followed by a movie at the nearby AMC Cinemas Irvine Woodbridge Movies 5. This community outing is open to all.

Where: Woodbridge Village Center (AMC Cinemas)

When: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 8



3. Soccer at Oak Creek Community Park

What: Join a fun, noncompetitive game of community soccer at Oak Creek Community Park. This free scrimmage is open to both men and women and has become a hub for Irvine community members looking for exercise, community and fun.

Where: Oak Creek Community Park

When: 9-11 a.m. Thursdays



4. Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

What: The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary attracts more than 280 species of birds, making it one of Orange County’s premier bird-watching spots. This free monthly walk, with expert birders, will you give all the basics to enjoy watching them. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Where: Audubon House lot, San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

When: 8-11 a.m., Sun., Feb. 10

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5. Let’s Talk History: Irvine’s First School

What: Join historians and community members for a presentation about the first school established in what would become the city of Irvine. Discover the roots of a school system that is now among the best in the nation.

Light refreshments will be served. A $5 Donation is suggested.

Where: Irvine Historical Museum

When: 3- 5 p.m., Feb. 24


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