Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity

The City of Irvine is thrilled to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to spotlight artist Chuck Jones and his iconic career through a Great Park Gallery exhibition and interactive programming featuring his world-famous cartoon characters. The community will have opportunities to participate in art and creativity programs, educational lectures, and a film series all inspired by Jones’ work and legacy. 

Grinch Day at the Park

Join us for Grinch Day at Great Park Saturday, December 18 for some fun that will make your heart grow three sizes. Great Park is hosting a free Grinch-themed drawing session in the morning, and a drive-in movie showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the evening. Visitors are welcome to wear green or dress as their favorite Grinch characters during Grinch Day at Great Park.

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Drawing: The Grinch 

Saturday, December 18; 10 a.m.–1  p.m.

December 18 is the 55th anniversary of the original airing of the TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” directed by Chuck Jones. Celebrate this and other holiday shorts by joining us at the Great Park Artist Studios from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a morning of cartoons and drawing! Participants will learn how to draw some of Jones' world-famous cartoon characters with the guidance of teaching artists from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Event includes coloring sheets and other creative opportunities. No registration is needed for this drop-in activity; available while supplies last.

Pajama Party Drive-In Movie

Saturday, December 18; 6 p.m.

Families are invited to curl up in their most festive, warm pajamas and enjoy a holiday themed movie on the big screen, from the comfort of their own car. Children’s car crafts and food trucks will also be available on-site.

Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation; advanced registration is required. Due to limited space available, this event is open to Irvine residents only and guests must register in advance. Only one ticket per vehicle and household. Registration begins December 1, 10 a.m., at yourirvine.org.

EXTENDED: THROUGH DECEMBER 31

Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity Exhibition

Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity is an exhibition designed to explore the process of animation from script to screen through original art, writing, and other ephemera created by Chuck Jones. Visit the Great Park Gallery through Sunday, Friday, December 31 to learn how Jones helped bring to life some of the most famous Warner Bros. characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner. 

The Great Park Gallery is open noon–4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Visit ocgp.org/arts for more information on the exhibition.

Interactive Activities

Community Art Events

Enjoy free family-friendly events at Great Park that will inspire your creativity and teach you more about the work of Chuck Jones. No registration is needed, and all ages are welcome. Drop-in activities are available while supplies last.

 

Augmented Reality Experience

Use your mobile device to interact with world-famous characters “hanging out” around the Great Park through augmented reality. Start the adventure by visiting cityofirvine.org/chuckjonesAR from your mobile device once you're at the Great Park. From there, you can find and interact with characters around the park. Characters are located near the Balloon, Carousel, Kids Rock, Palm Court, and the Terraced Lawn.

How it Works

  • Make sure your photo settings are updated:
    • Go to settings -> Privacy -> Enable Location Services
    • Go to settings -> Safari -> Location, in the "Settings for Websites” section, and set to “Ask”
  • Access the augmented reality experience at cityofirvine.org/chuckjonesAR.
  • Click "Start the Adventure."
  • Click on the character you want to engage with (must be within 100ft radius of character in order to engage).
  • "Allow" cityofirvine.org/chuckjonesAR to access your camera.
  • Align your hand with the image of the hand on the screen and the character will appear in your palm.
  • Place the character where you want and use your fingers to move, rotate, and scale the character.
  • To reactivate the character, place your hand in front of the camera until the character relocates to your palm.

Recreational Classes

Join us in a variety of family-friendly activities in cartooning, sewing, crafting, and more celebrating Season of Creativity. Activities are held at various City of Irvine facilities, and fees and ages vary by program. Registration is required for the activities noted below at yourirvine.org; click the links below to sign up.