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Celebrate Israel

Join thousands of SoCal residents for one of the O.C.’s most beloved cultural extravaganzas! Israel Expo is the O.C.’s largest community celebration of Israel, drawing over 10,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds to experience Israeli culture, history and values. Enjoy live entertainment, great food, arts, shopping, kids’ activities, exhibits and much more. Fun for all ages!
For 66 years, Israelis have reached higher, raising the bar as they achieve the extraordinary. Join us as we salute that spirit of excellence and showcase Israel’s contributions to Health and Wellness, Science and the Arts. And don’t forget, there is a TON of great things for kids to do!
A zipline, slot car racing, Xbox games, a water walking ball pool, bungee trampoline, a laser tag maze, rock-climbing wall, clowns and jugglers, arts and crafts, balloon artists, airbrush face painting, an inflatable slide and obstacles, a trackless train, mechanical bull and more.

Shalom Family’s
Garden of Readin’
Located in the Kidtopia area, the Shalom Family’s Garden of Reading is a children’s literature fun zone. It has a book fair, story-themed arts and crafts, storytellers, strolling characters, face painters, balloon artists, book signings and meet and greets with great children’s literature authors. Come join the fun!
1:15 PM: The Puppets & Players
Little Theatre
1:45 PM: Magic Show with Naathan Phan
2:15 PM: Mr. Lemur’s Train of Thought
(Jen & Hans Hartvickson)
2:30 PM: Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain (Sylvia Lieberman)
2:40 PM: The Puppets & Players
Little Theatre
3:30 PM: The Whimsical World
of Sheri Fink
3:45 PM: Join us on main stage for
Israel@66 Ceremony
4:30 PM: Storytime with Storylady
5:00 PM: The Puppets & Players
Little Theatre
Children’s Entertainment & Enrichment Zone
A caricature artist, face painter, photographer and strolling characters (Elsa, Anna, Cinderella, Spiderman, Curious George, Pirate, Elmo), hair updos and twist, balloon artists and other professional children’s entertainers by Lisa Cohen from CreativePartiesForKids.com

The Puppets & Players Little Theatre was founded in 1991 by Laurie Branham and Gilbert (Gil) Olin. Their goal was to revive traditional puppet theatre, an art form that has entertained and educated young and old for centuries. Having in mind underserved children, the artists also wanted to make live theatre accessible to those whose primary entertainment outlet was television. So, with a “Gypsy” approach, they created a self-contained theater on wheels in a Baroque style, inspired by an Italian opera house located in Milan. “Puff, the Magic Dragon” is a half-hour show and features marionettes and hand puppets, delightful songs and an energetic live performance by Gil Olin, who doubles as a storyteller and a pirate.

Naathan Phan is a true entertainer whose talents have been featured at Disneyland Park and Resort, movies like “Superbad, ” television programs such as “America’s Got Talent,” “Reno 911!” and “Tosh.0,” and even at the exclusive, world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Barks of Love is the only non-profit canine rescue program in Orange County committed to matching dogs with ideal foster families that will give them the best chance at permanent, loving homes. Barks of Love is one of the few animal rescue organizations to take a proactive approach in ensuring the welfare of our dogs. Visit the puppies at the Barks of Love booth and meet your new best friend.  ✿

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