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2014 Family Day Events

FUN FOR THE FAMILY DAY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015


Events listed here are for 2014. Come back in December to see 2015 Family Day events.

Family Day events will occur at various locations, but most events are held at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, and will be FREE for kids; a $3 fee per adult will be charged for adults entering the Museum (download a PDF summary of this schedule).  Those events NOT at the Museum are marked with an asterisk (*) and the location is described.  At the Museum itself, specific locations include:

    O:  Outside the Museum (meet near the main (gift shop) entrance)
    LC:  Learning Center (enter through the main entrance)
    A:  Auditorium (enter through the main entrance)

Fees apply to some events (see the descriptions), and you can pay at the event.  Family groups must include at least one adult; each child 5 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult on all events and field trips.

Field trips go weather permitting.  Substitute activities will be available in case of inclement weather.

9:00-9:45 (O)           
Introduction to Birding and Habitat Hike (Stephanie Little and Jen Moonjian) 
Learn to use binoculars and field guides and discuss habitat needs during a short walk from the Museum.  
                        

9-9:45  (O)    
Introduction to Birding and Habitat  Hike (Jen Moonjian and Stephanie Little)
Learn to use binoculars, field guides, and discuss habitat needs during this short walk.  Binoculars and field guides provided.

 

9-10 (O)    
Learn to Track
(Dave Berry)
Identify "who" made that track left behind

 

9:30-10:15 (O)
Intermediate Birding (Neil Gilbert and Jessica Griffiths)
Designed for 

kids ages 9 and older already familiar with binoculars and having some birding experience.  Led by young birders extraordinaire, Neil Gilbert and Jessica Griffiths.  Participants should bring their own binoculars, if possible.

 

9:45-10:45 (LC)
Bird for a Day (Jerry Kirkhart and Chuck Mills)
Acquire a bird name during this program about bird history, IDs, mouth parts, colors, and feathers.

 

10-12:30 (A)   
Bird, Learn, Make and Take
(Sue Shields, Lauri Jasprica, and Cara O'Brien) 

Arts and crafts activities with bird related themes.  $2 charge for materials.  Ongoing with 'in and out" privileges.

 

10-10:45 (O) 
Introduction to Birding and Habitat Hike (Jen Moonjian and Stephanie Little) 

Repeat of 9-9:45 a.m. trip for those preferring later start time.

 

10:15-noon
Kayaking and Canoeing in the Bay (Sub Sea Tours) 
(Kimi and Matt Paradis)
Those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult, $10 per person boat rental fee paid directly to Sub Sea Tours.  Reservations requested by calling Sub Sea Tours (805)772-9463.  Meet at Sub Sea Tours: 699 Embarcadero, #9 (foot of Pacific Street).

11:15-12 (LC)
Rubbing Noses with Reptiles (Dennis Sheridan and Don Quintana)
Up close, hands on experience with reptiles.  Free admission tickets available beginning 15 minute prior to show at registration / information table near gift shop entrance. Limited to 25 participants.

11:15-12 (O)  
Critter Crawl (Chuck Woodard, Gita Kolluru, and Jessica Griffiths)
Crawl, creep or slither along searching for bugs, insects, spiders, reptiles and birds around the State Park grounds.  Participants must be at least 5 years of age.  

 

12:15-1 (LC)   
Rubbing Noses with Reptiles
(Dennis Sheridan and Don Quintana)
Repeat of 11:15-12 event. Free admission tickets available beginning 15 minute prior to show at registration / information table near gift shop entrance.  Limited to 25 participants.

 

12:15-1 (O)    
Critter Crawl (Chuck Woodard, Gita Kolluru, and Jessica Griffiths)
Repeat of 11:15-12 activity.

 

1:15-1:45 (A)  
Puppet Show (Linda Winters and Claire Strohman)
An enjoyable show for all ages starring the Great Blue Heron

 

2-2:45* (CC)    
Family Day Finale Condor Hunt (Community Center) (Jan Surbey, Jasprica, Shields)
A "scavenger" hunt for those who participated in at least one of the previous activities.  Those completing the "hunt" will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes.  Condor hunt "cards" (to be completed by participants) will be available Saturday at the museum and after 1:30 PM at the Community Center.  Cards must be completed by 2:30 PM to be eligible for the drawings.

 

Additional Saturday events open for families:

1:30 and 3PM *     Meet the Raptors (Vet's Hall on Surf Street, Morro Bay)(Pacific Wildlife Care - $2 donation suggested for non-bird festival registrants)