5 free things to do this week in and around Orange County – Orange County Register

The Queen Mary in Long Beach is docked alongside the Russian submarine Scorpion. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Why sit home because you don’t want to spend any money this week? Here are five things to do that cost nothing at all.

Today: July 2. Enjoy Yoder Family Sundays at Casa Romantica in San Clemente from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities and noon program for all ages. This month, learn about ocean conservation through a lecture and hands-on oceanography stations. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Learn more: casaromantica.org

Thursday: July 6. Laguna Beach. First Thursday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll galleries and ride the free trolley to visit art-related businesses. The Laguna Art Museum is open during the Art Walk, too, with free admission. Also, you can download the free izi.TRAVEL smartphone app. Learn more: firstthursdaysartwalk.com

Thursday: July 6. Enjoy the new Salon Series offered at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on the first Thursday of every month from 3 to 8 p.m., when you can also get free admission to the ship and a reduced parking fee of $10.  (OK, I’m cheating, because there is a parking fee, but, hey, it’s the Queen Mary.) This is held in one of the ship’s historical salons and features music, films, lectures and other activities. Make sure to sign up for the salon events online, but just show up for the free admission, which you can get whether or not you have a salon reservation. Learn more: queenmary.com/events/monthly-ship-events/

The Queen Mary in Long Beach includes various shopping venues. Visitors can tour the ocean liner, stay the night and enjoy its restaurants and museums.  (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Saturday: July 8. Interested in lawn bowling? The Santa Ana Lawn Bowling Club is holding a free open house from 9 to 11 a.m. in hopes of finding new members. Lawn bowling is every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. so check it out. Lessons are free, equipment and instruction are provided. Location: Santiago Park, 510 Memory Lane, Santa Ana.

Wednesdays through Sundays: Take a free guided tour of an 1844 adobe ranch house and its gardens, including a blacksmith shop, in Long Beach between 1 and 5 p.m. On weekends, there are also free guided tours of the native plant gardens. Most of the 19th-century ranch was sold off for housing in Long Beach, but the house and 4.7 acres remain. There’s a picnic area and bird-watching checklist on the website. They have occasional events here…

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