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New Summer Exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attend as guest of the Aquarium.  This summer the Aquarium of the Pacific opens three new exhibits that will take visitors on a journey around the planet and back to California through new exhibits, films, and programs. The first exhibit, FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, will explore the mysterious world of frogs, ranging from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Visitors will learn about two dozen frogs and their amphibian relatives through new and  beautiful exhibits. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with many varieties of frogs they likely have never encountered before. Finally, the Aquarium, with their usual conservation and eco-friendly focus, will explore why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what we can do to help. The second exhibit focuses on archerfish and their unique hunting ability of forcefully blasting water from their mouths to...

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Bold Girlz to the Rescue with Superhero Etiquette Workshop

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. Have you ever wanted to instill in your kids a sense of manners and social graces, but not sure how to go about it and make it fun in the process?  Or, maybe as a Mom you aren’t confident in exactly the right fork to use for which course at a dinner party, much less how to instruct  your daughter to do so?  We’re not exactly in the old fashion age where etiquette caries a lot of weight, but that doesn’t mean that it all has to be thrown to the wind either. Enter Bold Girlz‘ brand new Superhero Etiquette Workshops, a fun, modern and interactive way of teaching manners and social graces to children ages 6 to 14. Bold Girlz is known for birthday parties, fashion camps and other events with a...

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5 Disneyland Hacks for Families with Young Kids

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attend as guests of the venue. There are very few places on earth that can compete with the Magic of Disneyland in the eyes of your little ones. The amazing rides, fun-filled experiences, and something new and exciting to see at every turn. But let’s face it, as a parent it can be overwhelming to navigate if you’re a Disneyland rookie going for the first time in awhile, or if you’re a well-traveled guest but going solo with a few kids in tow. I’ve done Disneyland alone with three young kids more times than I can count, and while it hasn’t always been all sunshine and smiling Mickey faces (what is with three small kids and their respective tantrum possibility?!), we’ve made memories that I hope they will recall well into their adult years.  I know I look back so fondly...

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Kicking off the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. This year our family visited Knott’s Merry Farm for the very first time. Having not been to the park since I was a child, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but we were so pleasantly surprised and it ended up being the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and really kick start our Christmas spirit! Upon entering the park the first thing one notices (especially my kids who are huge adrenaline junkies) are the huge rollercoasters looming overhead.  Screams and shrieks of joy (or possibly terror) ring out in the air, but are merrily drown out by Christmas music humming in the background.  We took that as our cue to first check out the seasonal happenings in the park. Almost everywhere you look there are festive holiday touches adorning the...

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The Secret Garden Ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theater

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. To top off a perfect Mother-Daughter Sunday afternoon, we recently attended The Secret Garden ballet preformed by Festival Ballet Theater at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Festival Ballet Theater (FBT) is one of Orange County’s premier accomplished professional ballet companies. Their mission is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet. FBT produced a beautiful rendition of the classic tale, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story’s main themes of loss, hope, dreams and transformation are masterfully relayed through innovative choreography, original cinematic score, and multimedia design. Located in the heart of the University of California, Irvine, the Barclay Theater is a quaint, small-scale venue perfect for an intimate feel of a production.  It is small enough so that every seat in the...

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Fall Fun at the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guest of the venue. One of the hands-down best pumpkin patches in Orange County is Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch.  We go nearly every year and are always impressed. Located at Irvine Regional Park, and set among rural scenery and tall oak and sycamore trees, it is the quintessential pumpkin patch.  There are tons of fun activities for the kids, various photo ops, a train, haunted house and, of course, pumpkins! Admission to the pumpkin patch is free and tickets for the different rides and actives can be purchased individually or in a book (for a discount). If your kids are like ours, they’ll want to do everything, so we think it best to opt for the book and let everyone have their fun! Activities include: train ride, hay ride, moon bounce, John Deer races, carnival...

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Ultimate Angel’s Fan Afternoon with Mike Trout

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Events, Family | 0 comments

 We attended the event as a guest of BODYARMOR Sports Drink When we were invited to a private meet and greet with Angels’ centerfielder Mike Trout, we knew just the family to send to this event. Huge Angels baseball – and more importantly Mike Trout – fans, this athletic family of four were just the people to represent OC Mom Blog in going to the Big A and getting some fun details of Mike Trout’s life and baseball career. Here’s our experience…. Halo! There are a couple of things you need to know about my family. First, we love baseball. Second, we love Angels baseball. When I found out that our editor needed someone to cover this special event. The big question was, do I tell my kids? It was decided, definitely not. We needed them to sleep for the next...

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Orange County Congenital Heart Walk

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  Present at birth, but not often diagnosed until children are older, a congenital heart defect (CHD) is a problem with the structure of the heart. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting approximately one in one hundred, or 40,000 newborns each year. Many families in Orange County and across the country have been impacted by this unfortunate health issue. However, with several wonderful organizations supporting ongoing fundraising and research, families impacted by a CHD can be assured advocates are standing by them for their child’s health, hope and happiness. The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW) is the only national event series dedicated to fighting congenital heart disease. This year, more than 50,000 supporters will gather in more than 30 cities across the U.S. with the goal of raising much needed funds to benefit cutting-edge research, patient...

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Horses, Dragons and Vanishing Animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the Aquarium. The Aquarium of the Pacific recently launched two new exhibitions: Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals. Horses and Dragons features approximately a dozen species of seahorses and seadragons and their relatives. These beautiful creatures are amazing to see up close and personal.  The knowledgeable and friendly Aquarium staff can relay all sorts of interesting facts about these animals.  One of our family’s favorites was learning that in most species of seahorses and sea dragons, the male carries the egg in a brood pouch. We thought this was such a fun fact, and as a mother of three I personally applaud these Daddies for enduring pregnancy! Vanishing Animals is the Aquarium’s new exhibition focusing on the issue of ocean extinctions and how to prevent them. Recent research reveals that we are at a crucial...

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Mermaid Yoga Birthday Party at Grace + Zen

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of the studio. Last year a chic new yoga and ballet studio, Grace + Zen, opened in South Orange County.Centrally located in San Juan Capistrano right off the 5 freeway, Grace + Zen offers classes for both boys and girls ages infant to teen as well as camps and parties. We were so excited about the party packages they offer that we just had to try it out for ourselves.  And let me tell you, the experience was delightful! Nicki Sulon, owner and founder and certified children’s yoga and dance instructor, understands that busy Moms want options when it comes to throwing birthday parties. Some years a party may be an all out extravaganza; and some years time and energy limit the soiree.  But in any case, as Moms we want it to be a memorable and fun...

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The Red Barn: A Farm to Fork Experience at Centennial Farm

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue A brand new dining experience has just become available at the Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center. This unique evening included the rural setting of the iconic Millennium Barn, paired with four hand-selected courses by Executive Chef Cathy Pavlos, of Lucca and Provenance, complimented by expert pairings from the Orange County Wine Society.  For foodies and wine connoisseur alike, it was quite the experience! The evening began with hor d’oeuvres and champagne served outside in the gardens of the three acre working farm under the setting sun. Guests were invited to grab a glass of bubbly and nibble on a crab cake or bruschetta while wandering the rows of planted vegetables or viewing the new spring baby piglets and lambs. After cocktail hour in the gardens, guests were ushered into the...

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The Melt Comes to the Shops at Mission Viejo

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as guests of the restaurant.A fast(ish) food chain that serves real food, containing 100% natural ingredients with names you can pronounce, no artificial ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup anywhere on premises (even in the ketchup or soda)…. and the food is still delicious and fun!? This is the stuff that dreams are made of right? Enter: The Melt.This order-at-the-counter, casual eatery was founded on the premise of brining a better-for-you option to the fast food industry, that didn’t skimp on flavor. Using quality ingredients ranging from artisan baked buns to in season produce to all natural meats, not only makes their food heads above their competition in quality, but also in taste. The salads are fresh, the fries have an option be made of sweet potatoes, and the soft serve has merely five ingredients, of which food dye...

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Once Upon A Time at Bower’s Kidseum

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the museum. Once Upon a Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is the new exhibit at Bower’s Kidseum. The various hands-on and educational displays explore the wonder and importance of Fairy Tales throughout history and from around the world.  Seven favorite Fairy Tales are depicted on larger than life, interactive storybook pages thought the museum. Little ones can read (or be read) a synopsis of the story and then get a unique hands-on feel for it as they interact with the exhibits. The Fairy Tales detailed include: Anansi and the Talking Melon Beauty and the Beast Cinderella The Elves and the Shoemaker Jack and the Beanstalk Lon Po Po Thumbelina Kidseum’s mission is “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. A perfect safe place for toddlers through early...

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Best OC Swim School: Evolution Swim Academy

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Evolution Swim Academy, founded by two-time olympian Felipe Delgado, is one of Orange County’s top learn to swim schools.  The program was developed to offer multiple learning levels where with each level a student gets closer to becoming a safer swimmer. In addition to swim lessons and parent and me swim lessons, they also offer stroke development and stroke technique lessons, introductory swim team, water polo and summer camps. Evolution Swim Academy serves many cities throughout Orange County, including Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Rancho Mission Viejo.My 18 month old took Mommy and Me lessons at the state of the art Mission Viejo location and loved it! The staff is welcoming, and the teachers are friendly and know how to work with kids. The Mommy and Me class was a small group class that incorporated a few songs...

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Eco-Friendly and Stylish Cienta Shoes

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 We received sample shoes in exchange for our honest review. Cienta Shoes is an internationally recognized brand of eco-friendly, stylish shoes made in Spain. For over 30 years this family owned business has specialized in making high quality, natural rubber shoes for children. Their production process is focused on the correct development of young feet and comfort is of top priority. Now, for how this natural rubber based shoe hits the road… When we opened up our two sample pairs of shoes, I immediately thought they were cute and stylish.  We tested out a girl pair of Mary Jane’s and a toddler boy pair of suede booties. In my opinion cute girl’s clothes and shoes are a breeze to come by, but sometimes it’s more difficult to find on trend boy’s fashions. But these booties are a kick.  Just look...

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Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of Discovery Cube OC. Bubblefest, Discovery Cube OC’s most popular event, has returned this Spring and is celebrating twenty years of squeaky clean magical fun! Bubblefest and the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show have captivated Orange County audiences young and old for two decades, and this year’s celebration is bigger and better than ever! Bubblefest features hands on bubble play and exhibits, a bubble lab run by a bubble scientist, floating water spheres, inflatables, a photo op of “me in a bubble,”  and a bubble and laser light show in the newly opened Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater. It’s difficult to say what our family’s favorite part of bubbefest was. My girls, ages 6 and 3, loved the floating bubble spheres, in which they were blown up into a plastic bubble-like sphere and floated weightlessly across an indoor pool...

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Segerstom Debuts Egg by Cahoots NI

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of SCTFA. Segerstrom Center for the Art’s (SCFTA) wonderful Family Discovery Series debuted a new family friendly production this month entitled Egg. I took my two girls (ages 3 and 6) for a Mommy Daughter date day, and it was the perfect way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon! Egg, performed by Cahoots NI, a professional children’s theater company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is told through physical theatre, illusion and music. It is a funny, emotional, yet delightful story that tells of brotherhood, love, and leaving the nest, a theme that resonates as strongly with children as it does with adults. My girls got quite weepy at the scenes of the endearing brother birds leaving the comfort and routine of the nest and flying off to their own lives, a reality that even the youngest audience...

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American Premiere of Choré by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at Segerstrom

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Ballet, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of SCFTA. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo returned to the stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the third time to bring the American premiere of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Choré, featuring music by Danny Elfman and John Cage. “Chord,” translated from French to mean “choreography,” is set in Hollywood’s Golden Age and explores the evolution of American dance and the political and word events that have shaped it.  Maillot’s stunning choreography and beautiful dancers are set off by music by Emmy and Grammy® winning composer, Elfman, and one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Cage. Debuting on Valentine’s weekend, Choré was the perfect pre-Valentine’s date night for my hubby and me. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of our favorite activities for a date night because with it’s prime location it lends itself perfectly to dinner at one...

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Pretend City Welcomes Taqueria de Anda as New Pretend Cafe

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the museum. There’s a new Cafe in town! More precisely, a new Pretend Cafe, that is. Pretend City Children’s Museum, an all time OC favorite among kids and Moms alike, has, as many know, a whole city full of imaginative and educational buildings and activities.  From the warf to the beach, and the gas station to the dentist office, there is a plethora of spaces for kids to explore through purposeful play and hands-on learning experiences. What some may not realize is that every quarter Pretend City intentionally introduces a brand new Cafe exhibit as part of their Developing and Discovering Diversity program, which promotes the education of culinary and cultural diversity. By periodically changing the Pretend Cafe, the smallest of patrons are exposed to new and exciting foods and cultures, all in a fun...

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Springtime Fun at Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of Irvine Park Railroad. Each year Spring is celebrated and Easter season in kicked off by the Easter Eggstravaganza held at Irvine Park Railroad.  This is THE event to be at as far as Easter in concerned in Orange County ,and my kiddos, ages one through six, thought it was an absolute ball! When you enter the parking lot at Irvine Regional Park dedicated to the Irvine Park Railroad, you pull up to a big tractor-pulled hay ride, which of course catches any toddler boy’s eye immediately, and you can view glimpses of the games and bounce houses lying just beyond the train in the grove area of the park. After you catch up with your kids (who all took off running for the fun), you can wonder around under the trees to the various booths...

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