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Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza Costa Mesa

Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza Costa Mesa

Start Date: September 1, 2018
End Date: September 30, 2018
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South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA
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The Festival of Children Foundation presents the 17th annual Festival of Children®, a month-long celebration of children and the local charities that support them while also celebrating National Child Awareness Month.


Throughout the month, enjoy free family-friendly programming hosted at South Coast Plaza each weekend, including live music and dance, animal shows, fashion shows, book readings and more!


Featured events include:

Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, Sept. 1, 12:00 p.m. – Welcome by FOCF Founder and Executive Director Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and featuring Kodi Lee and The Hi-Tops

LEGO: Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free mini LEGO build activities.

Back-to-School Fashions: Sunday, Sept. 2, 11:30a.m. – A classic fashion show featuring local children of all ages modeling the latest fashions from South Coast Plaza retailers.

Coffee, Tea, Mommy & Me: Each Friday in September at 11:00 a.m. – Free educational presentations about home safety, vehicle seat safety, nutrition, water and safety, followed by arts and crafts or music. Coffee and tea hosted by Corner Bakery.

Dance: Each Saturday and Sunday, various times – Ballet, Hip-Hop, Classical Korean, Chinese, Flamenco, Irish, Hawaiian, Contemporary, and more.

Arts & Crafts: Every Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Free crafts for kids courtesy of: Art4Kids, Child Creativity Lab, and Paint For A Purpose.

CanstructionOC: CanstructionOC returns to the Festival with nine extraordinary sculptures made entirely of canned food items. Designed and constructed by several local companies, the sculptures are disassembled at the close of the festival and more than 56,000 cans of food are donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the county’s estimated 350,000 people of all ages, who struggle with hunger each day. 

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