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OCCM at a Glance

At OCCM, our mission is to engage the minds, muscles, and imaginations of children and the grown-ups that care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth - 18, OCCM focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness. 

At OCCM, we believe:

  • Families are our children’s first and most important teachers

  • Young children learn best through play

  • Diversity enriches children’s lives

  • Learning is lifelong process

  • Play changes the world


At OCCM, we strive to:

  • Support healthy childhood development

  • Nurture a passion for learning through play

  • Bring out the joy in life through discovery

  • Ignite curiosity and encourage children to become active, lifelong learners

  • Connect families to each other and the community

  • Provide enlightening and inspiring resources for families, caregivers, and educators of young children

  • Provide engaging projects, exhibits, and programming for young children and their families

  • Educate parents and caregivers about child development and parenting techniques

  • Build cultural understanding, positive social interaction, and celebrate diversity

  • Serve as a gateway to other cultural institutions and community programs



At OCCM, we value a learning framework that provides:

  • Opportunities and invitations for adults to engage in play

  • Shows evidence of community input and contributions

  • Supports materials that are natural and locally meaningful

  • Invitations for repetition and change

  • Opportunities to explore, investigate, manipulate, and reflect

  • Encouragement to continue exploration at home or in the community

 

Upcoming Events

  • Happy Birthday Yard Signs
    Sun, Nov 29
    Rent to use for your house!
    Nov 29, 2020, 7:00 PM – Dec 31, 2022, 11:00 PM
    Rent to use for your house!
    Make something special for your loved ones in times of social distancing; With these lawn letters display set, you will bring a smile to your family member on his or her birthday. Decorate your front grass or backyard with these lovely happy birthday yard signs with stakes. Each letter is 21" tall.
  • DONATE TO ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
    Feb 10, 2021, 5:09 AM – Dec 31, 2025, 9:09 PM
    Online Donation
    Donations made to our non-profit directly support the activities and events offered to our community! We appreciate any amount that you are able to give - no gift is too small! Thank you!!
  • Usborne Book Fair
    Tue, Feb 16
    Usborne Website
    Feb 16, 2021, 7:00 PM – Dec 31, 2026, 11:00 PM
    Usborne Website
    The future of the world depends on the education of our children. Usborne books & more delivers educational excellence one book at a time. We touch the lives of children for a lifetime. Shop for your books and more at: https://t8566.myubam.com/login?ReturnUrl=%2fCustomer%2fconsultantaccountinfo
  • Father's Day Celebration
    Wed, Apr 14
    Fountain Valley
    Apr 14, 7:00 PM – Jun 14, 11:00 PM
    Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    If you celebrate Father's Day - in any capacity - we want to celebrate YOU!! Please fill out this google form to be included: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfy3n4x_OtaNEOyEmNQ5AJTsxm_UBTEBAd5T9dg-UGFL5MAKQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628
  • Pick Your Own Popsicle Pack
    Thu, Apr 15
    Enjoy at Home!
    Apr 15, 3:47 PM – Sep 30, 7:47 PM
    Enjoy at Home!
    Andrades fruit-filled bars are 100% natural, made with fresh-cut fruit chunks, from natural sugar, and are a great way to celebrate summer with a special treat! Choose as many popsicle flavors as you want to make your own variety pack! Pickup begins 6/1/21!
  • Tie-Dye Towels
    Sat, Jun 12
    The Holeman's
    Jun 12, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    The Holeman's, 17670 La Rosa Lane, Fountain Valley
    Join OCCM as we make personalized tie-dye towels! Each paid participant will receive one towel and all necessary supplies to complete the project.
  • Door Hanger Craft Night
    Sun, Jun 13
    Fountain Valley
    Jun 13, 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Fountain Valley, 17670 La Rosa Lane, Fountain Valley
    Join us while we will work on these adorable hanging rounds! The flag round is 16" in diameter and will come with all necessary supplies to complete the craft.
  • 4th Annual 4th of July Bike Parade
    Sun, Jul 04
    Fountain Valley
    Jul 04, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fountain Valley, Los Jardines W & Sacuillo St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    Join us for the 4th Annual 4th of July Bike Parade as we ride the Los Jardines Loop!
  • July Food Truck - Kona Ice
    Thu, Jul 08
    Fountain Valley
    Jul 08, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Fountain Valley, Los Jardines W & El Campo Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    Treat your taste buds to the most amazingly flavored shaved ice this side of the islands. From our tropical music to the signature Flavorwave(TM), we guarantee to bring the fun and laughter. Refreshing and Delicious.
  • COMING SOON! 2021 Family Olympics
    Sun, Jul 18
    Fountain Valley
    Jul 18, 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
    Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    A fun-filled family day full of modified Olympic events! 10 events - modified to accommodate all ages - with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for each category!
  • August Food Truck - Cousins Maine Lobster
    Aug 12, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Fountain Valley, Los Jardines W & El Campo Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    Take the night off from cooking to enjoy a fresh lobster dinner! Choices include rolls, soup, tacos, salad, tots and more!
  • 5th Annual Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt
    Fri, Dec 10
    Meet-Up Location TBD
    Dec 10, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Meet-Up Location TBD, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    RSVP now for a Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt! Starting Location TBD.
  • La Rosa Lane Light Tour Train
    Sat, Dec 11
    Small park located adjacent to townhomes
    Dec 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Small park located adjacent to townhomes, 17821 Los Jardines W, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    Join us on the Green Valley Neighbors Express Train as we take a magical ride down La Rosa Lane, touring the holiday lights, and enjoying a family adventure together. Masks and social distancing are required.
  • 2nd Annual Holiday Lights Car Parade
    Sat, Dec 18
    Kazuo Masuda Middle School
    Dec 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
    Kazuo Masuda Middle School, 17415 Los Jardines W, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
    Join us in your own car, as we parade through the entire neighborhood admiring all of the Holiday decorations. We will be meeting at Masuda Middle School at 6:30 pm.
 

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