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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Festival

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 7 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific’s twelfth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 1-2, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of many cultures, this festival featuresWest African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Persian, and Irish dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. “Our International Children’s Festival is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals, where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau,...

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Eric Carle Books Come to Life at Discovery Cube

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Some of my favorite bedtime memories have been reading Eric Carle books to my children. It doesn’t matter how old my children have gotten; they still love cuddling up with me on the couch to read an Eric Carle Book. They love watching the fireflies light up at the end of “The Very Lonely Firefly” and singing along with me to the story of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” When I learned that Discovery Cube OC was hosting a limited-time Eric Carle exhibit, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to explore the exhibit. The minute that my children walked into Discovery Cube OC they were immersed into the world of the Eric Carle’s stories. My daughter put on a pair of butterfly wings and got ready to fly around the exhibit....

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The Magic of Disney on Ice

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

  Believing is just the beginning when dreamers throughout the Southland witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage. Disney On Ice presents Dream Big is playing in the L.A. area from April 20th – 30th at the Long Beach Arena and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Audiences will be transported to a world where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on...

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Newport Boat Show at Lido Marina Village

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Celebrating 44 years as the West Coast’s premiere destination for “big boats” and yachts, the Newport Boat Show returns to Lido Marina Village (3424 Via Lido, Newport Beach) April 27-30. This will be the first in-water boat show after the completion of the dramatic two-year renovation of the seaside shopping and restaurant complex, transforming itself into a lifestyle destination featuring boutiques, eateries and lifestyle shops. Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motor yachts, along with shoreside booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets. 2017 Newport In Water Boat Show Nearly 200 boats for sale New models from top manufacturers and local Southern California dealers Experience the new Lido Marina Village – This is...

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The Cirque Magique: A Morning at the Circus

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue On a Sunday morning, we surprised our kids with news that we were going to take them to have breakfast at the circus. When we drove up to The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, my kids screamed “PIRATES” but soon learned that they were going to experience something fun and new at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, The Cirque Magique. When we entered the building, the entire lobby was set-up like a mini circus. There was popcorn being served, and everyone was dressed in circus attire. Clowns were walking around greeting and interacting with children until the time had come for everyone to enter the room for breakfast. In the main room, there were multiple tables and a large stage in the center of the room. Families took their seats and got ready for...

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Family Fun at Babychella

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The sun was shining, and it was such a perfect day for a festival. My kids and I went to Babychella, which is a family art and music festival geared towards the five and under crowd, but enjoyed by all ages. My four kids ages 12, 10, 4 and two months old all found something they enjoyed. My older two children liked watching the band School Of Rock, my 2-month-old liked all the colorful things hanging around, and my four-year-old loved all the hands-on activities plus the sing-alongs. The event was held at the William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine. Right in the middle of this big park was where all the fun took place. When we first arrived we watched a band play; then we headed over to the food trucks. My Kids always seem to...

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Whipped Cream Ballet at the Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue I love ballet, and I love going to see it with my Dad. When I was little, I used to take ballet classes, and it was so fun. As the days went on I got busier and busier, and it was hard for me to keep up, so I decided to stop. Since I love ballet so much, I always get excited when the Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts the American Ballet Theatre. I saw the Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and it was probably one of the best ballets I have ever seen until now. This time I went to see the ballet Whipped Cream and it was fantastic! This ballet was unlike anything I have ever seen before. From the creative costumes to the amazing...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

  The America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. All creatures great and small, from four legged to flying, will all be on display at the annual family-friendly event. Last year, there were more than 500 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs – that were adopted from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations. The Pet Expo is excited to announce the return of the crowd pleasing “Cook’s Racing Hogs & Dogs,” a race that consists of four pigs, which run from one end of a 90-foot U-shaped track to the other. Four dogs then compete in a similar race. Waiting at the end of the track is a treat – vanilla ice cream...

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Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Events, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

  Tomorrow everyone is Irish as locals dress up in green and enjoy beer, music, and good times. Still wondering what to do tomorrow night in Orange County? Here are some great last-minute St. Patrick’s Day activities happening around the OC. The Iron Press Anaheim Packing House 440 S. Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 714-533-7225 Waffles + beer = your answer to A.M. IPA’s with a tasty waffle pairing for those extra carbohydrates. Situated on the top floor of the Anaheim Packing House, the waffle sandwich and local brews bar will be featuring a selection of green beers (and ciders) from their lineup of 25 rotating taps. Hoppy Hour will be all day too, with discounts on beer and bar bites for the green-cladded! CaliVino 2410 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806 (714) 939-7735 For those in the celebratory mood...

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You’re Invited: Ruby’s San Clemente Grand Opening

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Since its first location opened at the Balboa Pier in 1982, Ruby’s Diner has served millions of guests – but the new Ruby’s Diner at Outlets at San Clemente is unlike any other. This is among the few locations to offer premium wine and beer – a welcomed respite for shoppers – and the first in Orange County to include a walk-up in-diner ice cream shop. The location also features an outdoor, pet-friendly patio with fire pits and a private Tiki Room for birthday parties or small gatherings. The Tiki Room can seat up to 20 guests and is free of charge. Celebrating 35 years of success in 2017, Ruby’s Diner serves up America’s favorite burgers, hand-made milkshakes, and delicious fries in addition to a wide selection of breakfast entrees. Ruby’s Diner at Outlets at San Clemente will...

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Ten Best Dishes at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney It is the most delicious time of the year to bring your family to Disney California Adventure Park for an epicurean adventure at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival. The festival features delicious cuisine, food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival and these are our top ten must-have dishes when attending the food and wine festival. Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese One of the all-time best macaroni and cheese dishes that I have ever enjoyed was this one at Disney California Adventure Park. The dish features creamy macaroni and cheese topped with pieces of smoked bacon and barbecue-seasoned crispy onions. You can’t just have one bite! This dish is available at the Bacon Twist Kiosk for $7.50. Maple-Bacon Whoopie Pie A fan...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Late Night on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beers, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for...

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Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Dairy Queen is serving up a sweet deal to thank fans and celebrate the first day of Spring with a Free Cone Day. On Monday, March 20, participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations in the U.S. will host a Free Cone Day when fans can enjoy a FREE small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). At the same time, participating locations also will collect donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over the last 32 years, the Dairy Queen system of locations that are franchised by ADQ, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) company, has raised more than $120 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities. Last year, the Dairy Queen system raised more than $200,000 in one day for Children’s Miracle...

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Babychella Family Art & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to welcome the inaugural Babychella Family Art & Music Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on Sunday, March 12 from 12 – 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the park’s picturesque springtime setting. Babychella Family Art & Music Festival will offer a variety of engaging activities for children including story time, face painting, and an interactive bubble village. Find a spot on the grass near the main stage and enjoy beloved songs and fun-filled sing-alongs fit for the whole family. Participate in mommy, daddy and me yoga, pose for pictures in themed photo booths, and take part in various hands-on arts and crafts. Discover the newest trends from popular baby brands on-site and hear from family-oriented educational speakers....

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Wyland Children’s Art Lessons in the Wild

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Dana Wharf Whale Watching and The Wyland Foundation announce the details for 2017 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” program – the most unique and creative experience on the water. The program officially began January 2017, and continues Saturdays through April 29, 2017. Passengers will learn how marine wildlife continues to inspire Wyland to create some of the most well-known art pieces of our time, while children will receive an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. The adventure includes a whale watching art lesson at 9am and each child participating will be entered into a contest to win prizes as well as receive a gift from Wyland just for entering. Children ages 3-12, who take the art lesson aboard the Dana Pride (with a $5 donation) will attend a free whale...

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Williams Sonoma Beauty and the Beast Kids Cooking Class

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

  Williams Sonoma, in partnership with Le Creuset, is announcing its first collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios. The kitchenware retailer is debuting an exclusive Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soup Pot by Le Creuset to coincide with the release of the live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic. The limited edition blue-enameled cast iron soup pot is decorated with the signature Beauty and the Beast rose with an oversized gold knob bearing the inscription, “Be Our Guest.” The limited quantity of five hundred pots is available for purchase at williams-sonoma.com, lecreuset.com and Le Creuset Signature Stores. Williams Sonoma stores nationwide will also host events celebrating the film’s release in partnership with Le Creuset. The collaboration is part of Williams Sonoma’s continued partnership with one of the first cookware brands the 60-year-old kitchenware retailer imported. On Saturday, March 4th,...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Easter, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 17 comments

  On Saturday, March 25th through Saturday, April 15th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs. For the cost of $10.00, children can meet and have their...

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10th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21, 2017. A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction with live entertainment by the local band, The Kalama Brothers. As contributors to the charity, guests will enjoy the following: Celebrity Chef Tasting and VIP “Meet the Chefs” After Party | 2:00 p.m. –...

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Barks of Love ‘Bark Bash’ Family Festival

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

  Barks of Love is an all-breed dog rescue in Orange County, CA that is the #1 non-profit rescue committed to match-making the perfect dogs with their perfect families. 100% No Kill and 100% Foster-based since 2008. Sadly though, they can never keep up with the demand of dogs in need. They often find themselves unable to take a dog into the rescue due to lack of an available foster. This problem has driven a need to expand the rescue’s practices into some type of facility that can be utilized in a short-term capacity so that they can save more dogs and have the time to place them into foster care and eventually forever homes. With this need to expand, came a need to fundraise and luckily The Event Loft and Gray Matter Museum stepped up to assist them...

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A Girls Night Out at Corks & Canvas

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

 We visited as a guest of the venue Recently, I had the chance to attend a really cool monthly event; Corks & Canvas, hosted by Fire + Ice at the GardenWalk in Anaheim. The funny thing is, I had just added a night out to go painting on my list of must do’s for the year ahead, I’m big on broadening my experiences each year. I was even more excited since this would allow me to revisit my love of painting; something I haven’t done for about ten years now. Venturing out in the rain this evening, I found I wasn’t going to let a little water from the sky stop me from painting and following my passion again. Corks & Canvas is all about enjoying an evening of painting! I loved that our instructor was from the local...

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