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Tickets available for the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  One of Southern California’s most exclusive and acclaimed wine and food events, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach, returns to the contemporary Newport Beach Civic Center on September 30th and October 1st. Tickets are now on sale for the weekend of festivities, kicking off on Friday, September 29th, which will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs, 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits, and brews, celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners, Master Sommelier tasting panels, VIP events, live music, and a new “Havana Nights” after party. Weekend Schedule of Events: Friday, September 29th Bravo’s Top Chef Women All-Stars dinner at Waterline Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort: Winner, Brooke Williamson with All Stars, Shirley Chung, Casey Thomson and Rachel Haggstrom. French Connection dinner...

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Celebrate the 4th of July at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.” The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m. The festivities run...

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Summer Art Classes by the Sea

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Whether you are on a staycation or just looking for a quick escape to get creative, Motif Paint will be offering immersive art classes for adults and children this summer at The DoubleTree Doheny Beach/Dana Point. Enjoy a walk on the beach or breakfast in bed while your child/children create a one of a kind work of art inspired by the sea life and activity life of Doheny Beach. If you choose the evening time, enjoy happy hour at MoQuila overlooking the ocean. Art events are open to hotel guests and the community. Children’s Paint Classes Monday – Friday 9-10:30 am Wine Wednesday: Wine glass painting or canvas painting. Sunset deck. 6:00-7:30 $35 per person Customers may purchase wine, beer, and appetizers from LIMITED MENU. Regular Adult Paint Sessions: Friday nights Sunset deck time: 6:00 -7:30 pm We...

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A night to Remember: Circus Vargas Steam Cirque

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Events | 3 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Welcome to the Big Top! Circus Vargas has returned to Orange County with one its best circus performances yet. Over the weekend, I took the kids to the Orange County Great Park to experience the animal-free circus, and it was one of the best circus performances we have ever witnessed. Since I refuse to attend a circus that uses animals for entertainment, it had been years since I had seen a circus, and a first for my children. When we walked up to the venue, it was not super fancy and had an old school feel. There was a small courtyard outside of the tent where families could purchase popcorn, slurpees, and light-up toys for the show. What I really like about the concessions is that they didn’t serve alcohol –...

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Illumination Foundation’s Carnival for Kids

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Illumination Foundation (IF), a local nonprofit breaking the cycle of homelessness, is hosting the 5th Annual Carnival for Kids on July 15, 2017 to raise funds for IF’s Children’s Resource Centers which provide year-round educational services for local homeless youth. Carnival for Kids will be a fun-filled event complete with games, rides, entertainment and delicious food by Villa Roma and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food & Beverages. This year there will be a magician, a stilt walker, a petting zoo, and a hint of Disney magic. IF’s Children’s Resource Centers provide homeless and unstably housed children with year-round, trauma-informed care and educational services, including reading comprehension and STEM, as well as with daily meals, mental health services and consistent use of restorative justice practices. Join us on this day of fun to continue enlightening the minds of...

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Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 15 comments

  Super heroes from all over Orange County will unite at the Honda Center for Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes! The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind. Show Location: Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806 Dates: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23 Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM Friday, July 21 7:00 PM Saturday, July 22...

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Segerstrom 2017 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the best ways to create summer memories with your children is to take them to an outdoor summer movie night. There are so many outdoor summer movie nights happening around Orange County, and The Segerstrom Center for the Arts Movie Mondays series is one of the best. Families can enjoy food from local food trucks and then watch a classic film on the side of the building. This year, they have one of the best movie lineups yet! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2017 Movie Mondays series with beloved movies from five decades: 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s on July 10 1978’s The Wiz on July 17 1988’s Stand and Deliver on July 24 1990’s Edward Scissorhands on July 31 2003’s School of Rock on August 7. The showings are FREE, and, for...

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You’re Invited: Little Lido Kids Club Event

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  You’re invited to the Little Lido Marina Village Kids Club on Thursday, June 15th from 10am-11am at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a reading of Escargot by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson, followed by an interactive sing-a-long on the patio outside of Lido Village Books. Kids will enjoy a fun snail-inspired craft and moms will love the specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including 10% off your book purchase at Lido Village Books and Sugarfina candy bags and $25 off purchases at Eberjey. This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP by visiting http://bit.ly/2rVkUWU. Each person who RSVPs will receive 1 entry for a drawing of a $25 gift certificate to Lido Village Books. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the Lido Marina Kids Club will be held...

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An All-New Knott’s Soak City Water Park

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Summer, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Summer is officially here and it is the perfect time to get outside and soak up the summer sun at Knott’s Soak City. Last week, I got the kids into their new swimsuits and brought them for an unforgettable day of play at Knott’s Soak City. We visited on the grand reopening, and families were lined up at the front gates, eager to play when we arrived. Knott’s Soak City has expanded by over two acres, and has completely transformed to become a premier water oasis. There are new water slides, cabanas, and a reenvisioned cafe called Longboards Grill. Since I have toddlers, my family spent most of the day in the kiddie area called Gremmie Lagoon. There were mini water slides, splash pads, and other interactive water features. It was...

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Circus Vargas – Steam Cirque!

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

  Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro- futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey! Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!  The storyline: An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon...

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Toddler Tuesdays Camping & Adventure at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center The Toddler Tuesdays weekly series at The Irvine Spectrum ended this week with a festive camping and adventure theme. The fourth week of free family fun brought hundreds of OC Families together to create unforgettable memories in Big Wheel Court at The Irvine Spectrum Center. The event kicked off with children getting an adorable hat at the welcome table. Once families got checked into the event, they were guided to the Yogurtland and Corner Bakery table where delicious treats were awaiting them. From there, it was endless from 10 am to 12 pm. During the event, there was face painting, balloon artists, a photo booth, and live entertainment. The OC Mom Blog was at the event with an interactive spinning wheel where kids could win a fun prize. The center of...

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MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! Age of Heroes

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017. Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman...

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Spring Gardens Toddler Tuesdays at the Irvine Spectrum

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

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center The rain didn’t stop families from coming to the Irvine Spectrum Center for the second Toddler Tuesdays event. It was a gloomy morning, but the smiles from all the children having endless fun at the free community event made the sun start to shine. The second of the four series event was a Spring Gardens theme with special Mother’s Day crafts. During the event, children could enjoy complimentary rides on the giant wheel, carousel, and train. Children were squealing with delight as the carousel would go around and around. The sounds of little ones saying, “choo-choo” could be heard from all around the Irvine Spectrum Center as the train took kids on a train ride adventure. For the crafts, there were mini pots for children to decorate, wind chimes to color...

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A Glimpse of the Past at the Remnants Vintage Show

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

 Sponsored Multiple events were happening around Orange County over Mother’s Day weekend, and one of the most popular events was the Remnants of the Past Vintage show that happened at the OC Fair and Events Center. The popular vintage show tours across the country and families were eager to see the vintage collection during the event in Orange County. Remnants of the Past abounded with timeless treasures from more than 65 vendors, each carefully vetted by renowned collector and designer, Judy Watkins, producer of the show. The bi-annual Remnants of the Past Vintage Show is in its eleventh year. This past weekend marked the 20th show, and the first time it has been presented in Orange County! When we arrived at the show this past weekend, we fell in love with the collection of vintage items. My husband and...

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Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 Cost: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win (4) tickets to the festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Dana Wharf Shark Searching Saturdays

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The increase of sharks in our waters has been big news around Orange County. Families are warned to be cautious when swimming at our local beaches and there have been multiple shark attacks. With the increase of sharks in our waters, Dana Wharf is offering Shark Searching Saturdays. Instead of whale watching, families can take a boat out to check out the big great white sharks swimming off our shore. The first Shark Searching Saturday will happen this weekend, May 13th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. They will take families out on a boat to explore the coast for sharks, teach children facts about sharks from local experts, and more. The tours will be limited to small groups for better viewing. Some of the sharks that your family might get an opportunity to see are Great White, Mako,...

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4th Annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Your family is invited to the 4th Annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival at the Newport Beach Central Library. The event will feature a bunny-themed story time, face painting, arts & crafts, games and other outdoor activities are planned for this year’s festival. This is our biggest children’s event of the year so come prepared to read, create and move throughout the library and the beautiful Civic Green area. Meet live bunnies courtesy of Save-Some-Bunny Rabbit Rescue. Festival Schedule: 10:30-11:00 a.m. Storytime in the Friends Room (inside the Central Library) 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Activities on the Green Face Painting StoryWalk® (see below for details) Games Crafts on the Green Save-Some-Bunny Rabbits on the Green Bistro Express Café will have box lunches available for $5.00 Admission is FREE; reservations not required Location: Newport Beach Central Library & Civic...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays Fiesta

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Events, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center The Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays kicked off last week with a festive fiesta. Families from all over Orange County came to the shopping community to create memories that will last a lifetime with their children. The event was located in Giant Wheel Court from 10 am to 12 pm. During the event, Wahoo’s and TLT Food offered delicious complimentary food to all the guests. Children were savoring every bite of Wahoo’s chicken tacos and TLT Food’s cheese quesadillas. Along with the food, was endless fun. Children had an opportunity to decorate mini maracas at the art table and Pretend City was on site to offer play advice for parents. On each side of the Giant Wheel Court were face painting, balloon making, and a super creative photo booth for parents...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Events, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend enjoying ocean activities, delicious dining and more at Dana Point Harbor. The weekend of May 13 – 14 will welcome a calendar of special activities including an art sale, trunk show, brunch menus and marine events. Known as the “Whale Capital of the West” Dana Point Harbor is home to many activities perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day, including whale watching, parasailing, sailing and more. Families can also enjoy shopping in Dana Point Harbor during the weekend-long Mother’s Day Fine Art Show from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. under the outdoor pergola. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Dana Point Harbor and experience the ultimate springtime adventure. For more information visit...

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22nd Annual Taste of Anaheim

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Anaheim GardenWalk and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce invite the community to participate in the 22nd Annual Taste of Anaheim. The event will benefit the Anaheim White House Restoration Fund, with $5 from each ticket sold going towards the Fund. Participating restaurants include: California Pizza Kitchen, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., House of Blues Anaheim, Fire + Ice Grill + Bar, Grasslands Meat Market, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, P.F. Chang’s, Bowlmor Lanes and Roy’s Restaurant. The Taste of Anaheim event will also feature live music and a silent auction. Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets. Follow Taste of Anaheim on Facebook for upcoming details and entertainment schedule. Tickets are currently available online. WHEN: Thursday, May 11th from 5:30 – 10:30pm WHERE: Anaheim GardenWalk 400 W. Disney Way Anaheim, CA 92802 COST: Advanced Ticket Price – $40...

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