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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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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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Life, Love and Happiness in An American in Paris

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue How lovely is it that a musical can stop time and capture two of the most basic feelings of life; love and happiness! If you are like us and enjoy the theater, then we have a fantastic recommendation for you! We were invited to attend the recent opening night of “An American in Paris,”at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The movie we all know so well from the 1950’s inspired the creation of the musical for the stage, and it is truly breathtaking and beautiful. The story is set on a young American soldier and a sweet, beautiful French girl in the city of Paris, 1945 at the end of the Second World War. The two main characters are looking for new beginnings at the end of such a tragic...

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Fun Fish Fry Cooking Class at Surfas

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

  On Friday, May 12 from 5:30-8:30 pm, join Surfas for a good old fashioned fish fry cooking class! They will be serving some of the classics and focusing on the techniques that make this simple and delicious classics still wonderful to this day. Guests will be making two different kinds of fish in two different ways. Beer battered cod, and corn flake crusted catfish. They will be making remoulade and a classic style tartar sauce, they make a classic style Cole slaw but will add apples and pecans and toss it in a mustard dressing. The fish will be paired perfectly with oven baked fries with old bay seasoning, and top off the meal with sweet biscuits and strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Create and taste: Cole Slaw with Pecans and Apples in a Mustard Dressing, Oven Baked...

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Family’s First Time Experiencing Disney on Ice

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue For years, it was my intention to take the kids to Disney On Ice show. And while my intentions were clear, by the time I would find out about the show the event was sold out.  Then finally, like magic (perhaps with a little Disney fairy dust sprinkled on it), I managed to get Disney On Ice tickets at the Long Beach Arena.  Oh, but the magic did not end there!  You ask how?  My daughter’s birthday happened to be a few days before the show.  We informed her that we would have the usual party for her birthday, but a nice surprise is waiting for her a few days later.  Why not right after the party?  It is because I wanted her to appreciate both events individually.  The logic seemed...

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Shop Dine Flourish at Village at La Floresta

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Since our family lives a green lifestyle, Earth Day is one of my holidays to celebrate with my children. On Earth Day this year, we started our morning with a bike ride around Irvine and then went to the Earth Day celebration at the Village at La Floresta in Brea. I hadn’t been to the new community since the early stages of the build-out, and at the time there were only a couple of stores open. When we arrived at the shopping community, it had flourished into a beautiful center with multiple dining and shopping experiences. The Earth Day celebration was one to remember forever complete with fashion shows, music, fitness exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more. One of the highlights of the entertainment during the festival was a performance...

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Princesses And Super Hero Free Dance Class

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

  As part of Arts Orange County’s 32nd Annual Imagination Celebration, Festival Ballet Theatre will hold a free day of play for children ages 2 – 12. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess or super hero and be ready for a movement class to learn to move like your character, fun crafts to accessorize your costume, refreshments and live performances by Southland Ballet Academy dancers. The event will be held at the Southland Ballet Academy studios in Irvine and Fountain Valley, the official school of Festival Ballet Theatre. Parents can rsvp for the event at Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Irvine Studio Southland Ballet Academy 710 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620 Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fountain Valley Studio Southland Ballet Academy 9527 Garfield Avenue, Fountain...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long...

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Explore the Fun of STEAM at Imaginology

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

  Students, families and classes can explore the fun of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – activities during Imaginology, free at OC Fair & Event Center this Friday through Sunday, April 21-23. Imaginology is the perfect environment for curious students of all ages to discover the opportunities available in these fields and to fuel their imaginations at makeshops and workshops. Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities as they learn through hands-on experiences and exhibits ranging from woodworking to prehistoric pets to robotics. This exciting, three-day exploration of STEAM is open Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and many hands-on activities are included. Parking is free on Friday; $8 on Saturday and Sunday. Creative learning: Students can participate in activities including sun prints, clay...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Events | 3 comments

  Experience a morning of fun and creativity at Irvine Spectrum Center during these themed weekly events in May! Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and activities for your little ones. For added fun, all attractions (Kiddie Train, Carousel and Giant Wheel) will be free during event hours 10am-noon! May 2nd ~ Fiesta Activities: Craft Station: Decorate a mini wooden maraca or make fiesta tissue flowers Face Painting Balloon Artist Fiesta Selfie Station Target Kids Coloring Station Buckle Giveaways Pretend City Activity Table: Make a fiesta noise maker and play a sombrero toss game Snacks: TLT Mini Quesadilla Bites Wahoo’s Tacos Entertainment Schedule: 10am – 11am: DJ 11am – 11:45am: Live Mariachi Band 11:45am – 11:55am: Storytime May 9th ~ Spring Gardens Activities: Craft Station: Make a garden marker, decorate a mini terra cotta pot, decorate a garden wind chime, paint...

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Remnants of the Past Vintage Show

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Events, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored Remnants of the Past Vintage Show will be on Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13 at The Centennial Farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Remnants has been rated one of the top vintage shows in the nation by Flea Market Decor, Romantic Homes and Romantic Country magazines. Remnants will be having the top purveyors of vintage and handmade featuring French farmhouse, country chic, bo-ho chic, European,rustic, industrial, mid-century modern home decor, and handmade artisans. The event will feature Erika Kotite as a special guest. Erika wrote the book The She Shed which is a wonderful book about how you can create your own tiny personal spaces. Erika will have a She Shed at Remnants and will be signing her book. Erika was recently featured on There will also be an...

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Growing up Celebrating Easter at Irvine Park

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love the beautiful wildflowers along the side of the road, the time we get to spend with family, and the religious meaning of the Easter holiday. One of the best parts of springtime is getting to create memories that will last a lifetime with my children at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. No matter how old my children get, they still love coming to the park, riding the train, playing the games, and getting into the Easter spirit. The event at Irvine Park Railroad keeps getting bigger and better every year. This year, we enjoyed it so much that we returned for the second day of springtime fun. When you first arrive at Irvine Park Railroad, you’ll want to register for...

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