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Berry Good Times at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s It is one of the most delicious times of the year to bring your family to Knott’s Berry Farm during the Boysenberry Festival. Boysenberry decorations adorn the entire theme park during the festival that’s happening until April 23rd. The food is clearly the highlight of the festival, and your family is going to want to devour every delicious bite of the different boysenberry themed foods. The best way to get a great variety of tastings during the festival is to purchase the tasting card. For $25 you can get six tastings of select boysenberry foods. The tasting card features some of our favorites including the boysenberry bbq meatballs, boysenberry ravioli, and the boysenberry pizza. The festival isn’t just for kids this year. Parents can take a break and enjoy sampling over 50...

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30,000 Easter Egg Helicopter Hunt in Yorba Linda

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Crosspointe’s 6th Annual easter Eggstravaganza is coming back to Yorba Linda High School and it will be filled with fun for the entire family! Join us April 16th, at 10:30 AM for awesome music and a short Easter message. Immediately following, the crowd will watch as a helicopter hovers over and drops 30,000 Easter eggs onto the grass below. Children, ages 2 – 11, will then run onto the field and collect the Easter Eggs. Nobody will go home empty handed! Some of Orange County’s most popular food trucks will be there, so get there early this year, because we are adding some family-friendly fun just before the service starts! This will be an unforgettable event your family won’t want to miss! With exception of the food trucks, this event is absolutely FREE to the community. WHEN: April...

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Kick Off Summer at Newport Dunes

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

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce four exciting days filled with fun activities and events catered to RV park guests and those looking for a waterfront travel destination this Memorial Day weekend May 26 – 29, 2017. On Friday, May 26, experience the first Movies on the Beach of the season. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie on the beach. Arrive early and stop by the all new Bay Café on the beach for a new summertime menu of summer bites and refreshments. Movie starts at dusk. For more information, please visit http://newportdunes.com/resort/recreation-area-guide/. Newport Beach Beerfest returns to Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 27 from 7-10 p.m. Unlimited samples of over 150 craft beers, wines and spirits, along with live bands, DJs and a food truck tasting village set the summer stage...

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Experiment, Explore and Play at The STEAM Carnival

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Events | 1 comment

  Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the third annualSTEAM Carnival on Saturday, April 22. A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). This event is also a 20th Birthday Bash in celebration of IPSF’s 20 years of impact in Irvine! You won’t want to miss this epic party with activities for all ages including a “Cheers to 20 Years” beer and wine garden, live music featuring the band, The Brevet, student performances, and local food trucks. Discover, experiment, learn and play as a family with a variety of STEAM activities, games, animal exhibit, live demonstration, prizes and so much more! Activities this year include...

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Enter a World of Pure Imagination…Expect the Unexpected OCSA Gala

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

  The Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Foundation’s prestigious black-tie event, Gala 2017: “Enter a World of Pure Imagination…Expect the Unexpected” raised $1.4 million in support of OCSA’s 14 arts conservatory programs on Mar. 18, 2017 at Hotel Irvine. This is the first time the OCSA Foundation exceeded its $1 million goal at its largest fundraiser of the year. In celebration of the public arts charter school’s 30th anniversary, the school’s foundation honored its newly formed Emeritus Board for their work in guiding OCSA to be one of the nation’s premier arts schools. Emeritus Board members include Julia Argyros, John Daniels, Brad Ellis, J.D., Paul Folino, Carol Green, Mike Mekjian, Jr., James “Walkie” Ray, Judy Sabbagh, Susan Samueli, Ph.D., Janice Frey Smith, Kate St. Clair, Russell Stern, John Vestri, and Lew Webb. Nearly 650 guests were whisked...

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House of Blues Opening Night Delivered

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

 We visited as a guest of the venue It’s so good to have you back House of Blues. You sure were missed! We were lucky enough to see the venue a few months back while it was still under construction; making it even cooler after seeing the vision of what was to come. The space in all its grandeur on opening night was even more than what we expected; absolutely stunning! House of Blues in Anaheim at the Garden Walk opened its doors on February 28th, and we were there to take it all in. It has stayed true its classic House of Blues feel yet with a modern twist; high ceilings with an industrial vibe, full of color and cool spaces. Walking in it was as though we were home and ready to immerse ourselves in good food,...

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Newport Dunes Standup for the Cure

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

  Newport Beach Waterfront Resort welcomes the Sixth Annual Standup for the Cure on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join in the Sea of Pink as one of the world’s largest fleets of Standup Paddlers, all wearing pink, paddle out in the calm waters of the Newport Dunes private beach in support of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G Komen. The event features SUP and Yoga paddle board clinics, free cancer screening, a silent auction, live entertainment, kids and pro races, and a Health Expo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. Lunch will be provided by Newport Rib Company and happy hour is presented by Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Winery. Susan G. Komen Standup event proceeds go to the Orange County affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Each affiliate uses 75% of the net proceeds to...

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Bubbles, Bubbles, BubbleFest at Discovery Cube

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! When was the last time you looked into a child’s eyes, as you blew bubbles for them? I giggle watching my boys smile out of pure interest and race after the bubbles floating away. It’s like magic to them and always cheers them up. Could you imagine being completely surrounded by bubbles? Do not miss your chance to explore and play during Bubblefest at the Discovery Cube in Orange County this Spring Break. This event is open April 1st-16th. Make sure and bring the whole family to enjoy the endless fun. There are a few different stations to keep kids of all ages interested and smiling. It will surely be a treat for them. I took my 4-year old son, Piercen, for the very first time and was...

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Laguna Playhouse: The Wizard of Oz

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 1 comment

  The Wizard of Oz is coming to Laguna Beach! Come to the Laguna Playhouse this Spring to take this classic musical journey with Dorothy Gale from Kansas through the Haunted Forest to Emerald City with her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and of course, Toto too! The Wicked Witch from the West threatens to hurt Dorothy and her Friends as they all try to find their way home in this all new Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of the beloved story, directed by Donna Inglima! THE WIZARD OF OZ will be presented live on-stage Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 9, 2017 for 12 Performances only. Student Matinees are presented on Thursday and Friday April 6 and 7 at 10:00am. Weekend Performances are 7:00 Fridays, 1:00pm and 6:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $15 – $25...

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22nd Annual LA Times Festival of Books

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  It is almost time for the return of the LA Times Festival of Books, the nation’s largest literary festival, April 22-23rd at the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year.  Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival include: Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Margaret Atwood, Andrew Aydin, T.C. Boyle, Michael Connelly, Bryan Cranston, Ayesha Curry, Roxane Gay, Dave Grohl, Virginia Grohl, Hannah Hart, Chris Hayes, Tippi Hedren, Marlon James, Clinton Kelly, Rep. John Lewis, Cheech Marin, Danica McKellar, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, Kelly...

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Enjoy a Family-Friendly Wilderness Hike

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Explore the great outdoors during a family friendly wilderness hike on Saturday, April 8th. Discover the beauty of Ferber Ranch where children can create nature-related crafts, learn about the surrounding protected lands, and enjoy a mild hike that’s fit for feet of all sizes. Hosted by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), this interpretive excursion will take place on the 400-acre Ferber Ranch Wilderness Preserve, which contains vital wildlife corridors. OCTA’s acquisition of the property allows this core segment of the Trabuco Canyon area to be permanently protected and ensures the preservation of high quality habitat and mobility for wildlife into the Cleveland National Forest. All ages are welcome to attend with parent or guardian, activities are appropriate for children ages 4 and over. No strollers are permitted on the trail. The short and easy hike is a...

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You’re Invited: Fashion Island Spring Hop

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Events | 1 comment

 Spring is here, and so is one of the best Spring events of the year – The Fashion Island Spring Hop. Your family is invited to come to Fashion Island on April 1st from 10 am to 2 pm for endless complimentary Spring fun! The event will feature face painting, flower crown making, crafts, music, balloon making, and more. The best part – everything is free!! Mark you calendars for Saturday, April 1st to bring the children to Fashion Island for the Spring Hop!! Date: April 1st Time: 10am to 2pm Location: Fashion Island in the Neiman Marcus courtyard Ps. Bring the children dresses in their best Spring clothes to capture a special keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny!! See you...

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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 | 9 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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