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The Cirque Magique: A Morning at the Circus

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

The Cirque Magique: A Morning at the Circus

 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 the show to begin. We had the choice of ordering breakfast or lunch cuisine, and our family all ordered the breakfast. The meal was a large portion and tasted delicious. The other families attending the show who were eating the lunch kept talking about how much they were enjoying their lunch just as much as we loved the breakfast. The show was better than we could have ever expected. Our children were captivated by the magicians, music, and magic throughout the entire show. We got to see people being cut in half inside of a box, card tricks, and our younger son was even invited to join the stage to be a part of the performance. When the show ended, our children didn’t want to leave. They wanted the magic to continue and asked us if we could come back again. When looking for a new place to bring your children for brunch, The Cirque Magique will not disappoint. Pricing is $59.95 for adults and $36.95 for kids 3 – 11, and there are discounts offered from time to time on their Facebook page. (Their current special is $24.50 for adults and $19.50 for kids. That price is valid through 4/2/17.) The Cirque Magique is located at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure building in Buena Park. Showtimes are Saturdays at 12 pm, and Sundays at 11 am. Learn more about The Cirque Magique...

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Family Fun at Babychella

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

Family Fun at Babychella

  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 be starving when they see them. We choose pizza which was the wrong choice. It took an hour to get our pizza. While waiting for our pizza to be ready, we wandered around the festival. My four year old colored some stuff and did a little art project, and we all listened to a band called The School Of Rock that featured children from ages eight to fourteen-years-old playing instruments and singing. The kids were talented for their age and they played some great songs. In the middle of Babychella was a huge teepee. Kids and adults could go inside. My little guy loved this, and it was hard to get him to want to come out. I got him out by telling him there was a bubble tent for us to go play in. After learning that he was eager to run out and find it. Along the way, we saw many vendors with adorable boho baby and kid clothing and other goods. The Honest Company was even there with their juices and teas. They were giving out free samples which were really nice on this extremely hot day. My kids got to try a new flavor to them; it was cherry and really good. After our thirst had been quenched, we made it to the bubble tent. My little guy ran in and had a blast popping bubbles with all the other little kids. In this tent, they were also playing The Boss Baby movie. When we were done playing bubbles, we walked around some more. The little Gym was also there with some fun gymnastic activities for the smaller kids to try out. My son loved this. Before we went to go pick up our pizza from the food truck, we made a special visit to the Crown Bloom Co. tent. They are a company who specializes in fresh flower crowns, they are fans of the OC Mom Blog and gave me a lovely flower crown to wear. I noticed many women and girls wearing their beautiful creations while we walked around too. By this time my starving kids were even more hungry, so we picked up our pizza and headed towards a beautiful shade tree where sat on the grass and enjoyed our meal. The fest was coming to an end, so we packed up and headed back to our car. All along the paths were areas of beautiful nature. Along with beautiful nature, we saw...

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Whipped Cream Ballet at the Segerstrom Center

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

Whipped Cream Ballet at the Segerstrom Center

 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 dancers it was breathtaking. My favorite part was the original characters that came from the bakery. All of the dancers performed so well and had me wondering what was going to happen next the entire time I was watching. I also really loved the setting. The backgrounds and props were so realistic I felt like I was there in that scene. My favorite scene is when the dancers are in the bakery and dance with tea and coffee. There were many unique features to this ballet. The dancers were amazing! The details of the costumes were incredible. I thought they really looked like they belonged to whatever scene they were dancing in. It was probably one of my favorite features of this ballet. Hurry and get your tickets before Whipped Cream is gone. Whipped Cream is at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts up until Sunday, March 19. This ballet is one of my new favorite dances to see at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It is the first time this ballet has come to this theatre, and I highly recommend you going to see it. Ella is the OC Mom Blog teen blogger. She is a student by day, and a fashionista by night. She loves baking, teddy bears and nice...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

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

America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

  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 and a golden Oreo cookie. The 2017 Expo will be the “Cat’s Meow” as the The Catit Playground Debuts. The interactive activity brings a close up view for guests to watch adorable adoptable cats and kittens and see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and toys they like. Lucy’s Wave Maker will return and also feature a cat surfer. The world’s one and only mobile wave machine makes an encore appearance America’s Family Pet Expo showcasing the best surfing dogs and cats too! The wave maker made international headlines from its appearance in the 2017 Rose Parade. America’s Family Pet Expo is the first stop on the 2017 National Tour that kicks off in Costa Mesa.  Returning favorites to the Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles in all shapes and sizes, such as lizards, snakes, and spiders. Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping. In advance of the Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kids Aquarium Contest. There will also be Police Dog Demonstrations, an Aquatic Touch Tank and The Great American Petting Zoo for the whole family to enjoy. Added to the Expo line-up is the America’s Family Pet Expo Hobbyist Aquascaping contest. This new feature will consist of intermediate to advanced aquarists in a competition to create the most appealing natural aquarium. The participants will use a variety of live plants and other natural decorations in order to create a miniature underwater jungle. Pet Expo attendees are encouraged to come watch the process of setting up a fully functional planted aquarium from 10am on Friday, April 28th to 12pm on Saturday, April 29th.  Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 aquascapers on Saturday, April 29th at 5:00pm. Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family. There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo. General Admission, $15.00; seniors 60 and over, $13.00. Children 6-12, $10.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours: Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. 
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges...

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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

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

  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 but the green-drink-infused shenanigans tradition isn’t up your alley, consider CaliVino for your holiday needs. Enjoy live music all evening long as you indulge in their killer Happy Hour from 9 PM to 11 PM, featuring $2 off bar bites like their Pork Belly Sliders (which you will want), and $1 off draught beers, all from local breweries of course. Muldoon’s Irish Pub 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 640 – 4110 It’s no Paddy’s Day in OC without mentioning Muldoon’s. March 17th, 2017 marks Muldoon’s 43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash. No need for reservations or to expect a cover charge for these festivities. At the ripe morning hour of 9 AM Muldoon’s will open their doors for guests to enjoy two live bands along with dancing should you feel so inspired to let out a jig, along with Irish specialty dishes being served all day long like Corned Beef Sandwiches at their Bulldog Cafe. Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802 (877) 342-0738 Come prepared to rock the boat aboard the historic Queen Mary on Saturday March 16 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will feature a large lineup of Celtic Irish rock bands, lucky charmed green beer and food. Tickets are $15 ($20 at the event) with $5 parking. Special room rates are available at the Queen Mary that include tickets to the event. The Rooftop Lounge Due to popular demand, The Rooftop Lounge, located atop La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach, is bringing back their St. Patrick’s Day cocktails for one day only. There’s no need to pinch yourself, everyone has the opportunity to experience the luck of the Irish this year! Featured drinks include the Kitty O’Shea with vodka, peach tree schnapps, agave, lemon & mint and the Shamrock Island with coconut rum, Midori & pineapple juice. For someone looking to stick to the classics, Rooftop Lounge will also be offering the Luck of The Irish which features a pint of stout served with a shot of Irish whiskey. These St. Patrick’s Day inspired drinks paired with the panoramic ocean views from Rooftop Lounge make for a holiday to remember. For more information, visit www.rooftoplagunabeach.com or call (855) 990-0282. Located at 1289 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Ways & Means Oyster House Celebrate the Irish holiday beachside at the popular oyster house at Pacific City in Huntington Beach. Ways & Means will be offering a...

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