Great Park Fall Weekends Filled with Free Family Fun

IRVINE - Fall into fun at the Great Park. Saturdays and Sundays are filled with free family activities ranging from special fall events to recreation programs and sports clinics that will get kids running on the new North Lawn.

"It's wonderful to see families discover that the Great Park offers entire families an opportunity to spend time together, play and explore," said Beth Krom, Chair, Orange County Great Park Board. "Whether through sports clinics, art activities or daylong events like our Pumpkin Harvest, we want to provide experiences that families can enjoy together."

The Great Park family sports programs, beginning October 16, will feature Frisbee golf, croquet and more. In November, kids can enhance their chess skills at the Staser Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament or learn screen printing techniques through the new Great Park recreation programs in historic Hangar 244.

Kids and families will also enjoy the annual Pumpkin Harvest at the Great Park on Saturday, October 22. The event will feature carnival-style games, arts and crafts, a hay maze, costumes, and free pumpkins for kids 12 and under, while supplies last. While at the Pumpkin Harvest, you can help local families fight hunger by bringing non-perishable canned goods for donation to local food banks.

Fall family programs at the Great Park include:

Family Frisbee Golf
Sunday, October 16

Come learn to play with the entire family as you compete to hit designated targets with flying discs provided by the Great Park. No experience necessary - fun and laughter encouraged!

Pumpkin Harvest
Saturday, October 22
10am - 3pm

The giant glowing Jack-O-Lantern will rise again! Visitors are invited to the Great Park for the annual Pumpkin Harvest celebration that will feature time honored fall traditions, such as a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, treat stations, carnival-style games and much more! Admission is free; parking is $10.

Community Circle Painting Arts Workshop
Saturday, October 29

Circle Painting, led by Interdisciplinary artist Hiep Nguyen, will bring people of all ages together to create a circular art project as a way to connect, create and celebrate.

Family Croquet
Sunday, November 6

Join us for a game of croquet! This recreational, competitive sport offers an activity for the entire family to enjoy together.

Sunday, November 13

Described as a game between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG golf is the perfect introduction for anyone who has an interest in the game. This is a fun and experiential learning opportunity for all ages.

Screen Printing for Beginners
Sunday, November 13
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

Learn a basic home screen printing technique that will allow you to personalize bags, clothes, and more. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. To request a reservation, please send an email to and include your name, phone number and class time preferred.

Staser Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament
Saturday, November 19

Scholastic chess players in grades K-12 are invited to explore and enhance their skill level in a free, friendly format at the Staser Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament. USCF membership is not required. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For further information, please contact American Chess Equipment at

Family Frisbee Golf

Sunday, November 20

Enjoy miniature golf or throwing a Frisbee? This is the perfect game for you!

In the Details: DIY Hair Accessories
Sunday, December 4
10:00am-11:30pm and 12:30pm-2:00pm

Learn to recycle scraps of fabric, odds and ends and mixed mediums to create your own one-of-a-kind accessory to be pinned onto clothes, bags, shoes and more. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. To request a reservation, please send an email to and include your name, phone number and class time preferred.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, visit or call (866) 829-3829.
About the Great Park

The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park features an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. Other features include the Carousel, Farm and Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244. The South Lawn lighted soccer fields and Community Garden will be added in 2012. For more information, please go to