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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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Fashion Island Summer Art Sundays

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Fashion Island will again partner with Orange County’s beloved Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters for a special event series this summer. From noon to 3pm on July 24th, the Bloomingdale’s Courtyard lawn will be filled with works from Festival of Arts’ artists who will be showcasing their craft. Participating artists include: Mary Aslin, Susan Cox, Shelley Rapp Evans, Mark L. Hendrickson, Kent Kahlen, Tashia R. Peterman, Hugo Rivera, Sherry Salito-Forsen, Tom Swimm, Afsaneh Taghavi, Marie Tippets and Nikita Young. Additionally, there will be a make-up demonstration from the famed Pageant of the Masters as pageant makeup director Ally Doherty will transform a cast member into legendary artist Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo, along with Diego Rivera, will be one of the couples featured in the 2016 Pageant of the Masters. This year’s theme, “Partners,” will explore the...

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Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 0 comments

Sponsored The performing arts experience of a lifetime. Campers spend the week learning a one-hour show from a cast of 35+ Young Americans. On top of learning a one-hour variety show, campers will take classes in voice, dance, improv, performance techniques, and songwriting, just to name a few. The Young Americans summer camp is such a unique and fun experience because of the high-energy, fast-paced style the cast provides while providing a positive and safe environment for campers to step outside of their comfort zones while growing as people and performers. Master teacher is Diana Morris. Diana is a YA alumni. She has performed on Broadway national tours, like the first national tour of Chorus line. She currently resides in Southern California and performs every week in Frozen – Live at the Hyperion in Disneyland. She will be teaching...

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Starting Summer Designer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Camp | 0 comments

I attended camp as a guest of the venue A few weeks ago my mom told me that I would be participating Designer Camp that was going to be held for the first time in Orange County at the SOCO Collection. I was super excited not because it was my first summer camp this summer, but because it was DESIGNER summer camp. When I first arrived at SOCO at 8:45 am, some friendly team members greeted me, and they directed me to Drifter to where the camp was meeting. Once I was inside, I checked myself in, and all of the team members introduced themselves and gave me and name tag. Once I got to the studio, I sat down in a chair and then was given a bag that I was to decorate and a clipboard with my...

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Summer Movie Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Events, Featured | 1 comment

The weather is warming and summer is just around the corner, which means movie fans can look forward to another summer of Segerstrom Center’s FREE Movie Mondays, returning for its tenth season on the Arts Plaza. Movie-goers can look forward to casual evenings full of fun-filled activities, picnic dinners or specialties from popular food trucks and watching five fan-favorite films on consecutive Mondays. The line-up includes Grease (July 11), Selena (July 18), Elf (July 25), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 1) and Labyrinth (August 8). The complete list can be seen on the Center’s website at The Center held its annual on-line social media poll for the ‘audience choice’ film. Center Movie Mondays fans voted for one of three classic movie musicals: The Wiz, Grease and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Winning by a landslide, Grease will...

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Newport Dunes Summer Kick-off Beach Party

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

affiliate link included Your family is invited to the biggest beach party of the summer happening at the Newport Dunes Resort from June 26th through June 28th. The Newport Beach Party 3-day event will launch Friday night at 6pm with a tasting event featuring wines from the Newport Beach Invitational Wine Competition. Guests will sample wines nominated by local and national wine professionals. Entertainment will be provided by award winning trumpet player and jazz singer Ilya Serov. Ilya was recently named the “Best New Artist of the Year” at the Hollywood International Entertainment Awards, so is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ilya is best known for his dazzling trumpet solos, smooth vocals, and his own arrangements of jazz standards as well as original compositions influenced by jazz, R&B, pop and world music. Participants at the first night of...

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Summer Kick-off Celebration at the Hotel Irvine Block Party

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Hotel Irvine Earlier this month, Hotel Irvine hosted their first annual Backyard Block Party. The culinary celebration helped to raise more than $11,000 for the IPSF that funds educational programs for children in the Irvine Unified School District. All of the top restaurants in Orange County came out to support the event by offering sweet and savory dishes for guests to sample while listening to local bands and playing fun lawn games. Hotel Irvine has a large Backyard next to their outdoor swimming pool that made for the perfect place for families to gather for the afternoon. The grass area was covered with blankets where parents sat together with their children laughing and celebrating life. The dishes that shined at the event were… Twice cooked pork belly buns from Twenty-Eight Restaurant Kale salad...

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Celebrate Summer with a Family Beach Party

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Birthday Parties, Family, Summer | 0 comments

Review product received You can’t go to the beach without making it a party! There are many ways to make a trip to the beach a celebration, and it can be as simple as ordering a special treat for the kids. Every time that we plan a trip to the beach, I try to plan something special to make the visit unique and special for the kids. One of the sites that I have enjoyed using to make our beach days fun this summer is I had used them for invitations when inviting friends, DIY, recipes and to order special treats like the beach themed cookies I ordered this past week. When the cookies arrived at the front door, the kids screamed with excitement about our next trip to the beach so they could have the delicious buttercream...

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Summer Pajama Party

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored During the summer, we love having PJ Parties! Whether we are doing a backyard campout, on vacation or just sleeping in a living room fort, there is always time in the summer for a pajama party. To make a summer pajama party extra special, we will often get the kids special pajamas to make it extra fun. After searching the web for fun summer pjs that won’t break the bank, I finally came across a website called With free shipping on orders over $50, and adorable pjs – I was sold. These are our favorite pajama picks to create a perfectly themed family night together under the stars. Planning a seaside camping trip? These whale of a tale pajamas are perfect to bring along for your kiddos. Your kids will have a turtle of a time having...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Summer Monday Movies Return

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Events, Featured, Film | 0 comments

The warm weather we are having is a sign that summer is coming, and the return of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Summer Movie Monday’s! These summer events are the perfect time to pack a picnic, blanket and chairs to enjoy your favorite movies displayed on the side of a building at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 2015 summer movie line-up includes: • Little Shop of Horrors – July 13 • Pitch Perfect – July 20 • The Sandlot – July 27 • My Best Friend’s Wedding – August 3 • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – August 10 The best part – it is free! Families are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the film. Set-up begins at 5:30pm, with the movie starting at dusk (approx. 8pm). Don’t want to pack a dinner? No problem! Patina Catering...

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2014 OC Fair “Summer Starts Here” is Coming!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Our favorite Summer event is the OC Fair! The 2014 OC Fair will be themed “Summer Starts Here” as it brings summertime fun to families from July 11th through August 10th. There will be 23 days of food, rides, animals, music, fun and more! The OC Fair is a favorite for local foodies to enjoy giant turkey legs, funnel cake and their favorite deep fried food. There will be free demonstrations and food-related contests happening throughout the fair. Take a break from the summer heat and explore some of the galleries filled with photographs, painting, quilts and more during the fair. To enter your favorite artwork to be displayed at the OC Fair entry deadlines are in early June. Learn more at Music! One of our favorite parts of the fair is going to a concert at the...

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Laguna Art Museum Announces Summer Camp for Kids in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Camp | 0 comments

Laguna Art Museum recently announced its first Elements of Art Summer Camp for kids in Orange County, which will take place in July and August of 2013. Students will explore the six elements of art: line, shape, form, space, color, and texture as they receive inspiration from the art on display in the museum. Children will learn about each element by creating their own unique art works and project will vary in complexity according to the student’s age. Sessions for the Elements of Art Summer Camp are as follows: Session 1: Line and Shape Students will create geometric drawings and explore organic shapes in nature. Session 2: Form and Space Students will create papier-mâché sculptures. Session 3: Color Students will learn about color theory and create paintings using primary colors. Session 4: Texture Students will create pieces with texture...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Back to School Block Party Bonanza

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gear up for the new school year at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Back to School Block Party on Saturday, August 17th. From 12pm – 4pm, enjoy entertainment and activities throughout Spectrum Center. Irvine Spectrum Party Activities DJs and live entertainment Fall fashion displays Activities for little ones, including oversized chalkboards by the carousel for decorating Custom embroidery with any denim purchase Custom monogramming by Pandr Design Co. with any shoe and/or backpack purchase Plus, from 6pm – 9pm, end the night with live entertainment from HIATUS, Hanna Eyre + the Ashleys, and DJ Ricky Rocks. When Saturday, August 17, 2019 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Block Party and Shopping Activations 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Evening Entertainment Where Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA...

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End of Summer Movie Nights

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the final movies for the annual OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series on September 6 & 13 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Wrap up the last couple weeks of summer with free family-friendly movie screenings overlooking the Pacific Ocean. September films include Lilo & Stitch and the classic surf documentary The Endless Summer. Both events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase and will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about summer-long events visit Summer Movie Dates Friday, September 6 Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002, PG) Pre-Show Entertainment: Polynesian Dance Performance Friday, September 13 Movie: The Endless Summer (1966, NR) Pre-Show Entertainment: Acoustic Surf-Rock Performance Location Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy...

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Summer Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Featured, Summer, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited Universal Studios Hollywood as a guest One of our favorite summer traditions is to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. This summer is extra special because the theme park just debuted the all-new attraction, Jurassic World—The Ride! Universal Studios Express Pass The most important things that I recommend when visiting Universal Studios during the summer months is to get the express pass added to your tickets. With the express pass, you’ll be able to experience almost all of the attractions at Universal Studios. The pass allows guests one-time express access to each ride, attraction, and seated show. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Light Show When we first arrived at Universal Studios, we began our day exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were immersed in the magical world where we flew high in the sky...

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Sounds of Summer at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Laguna Playhouse presents four extraordinary Summer musical experiences that celebrate the songs and music of four legendary musical icons; Buddy Holly, Huey Lewis & the News, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Carpenters with SOUNDS OF SUMMER, beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continuing through Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse. The “Sounds of Summer” Shows at The Laguna Playhouse The Rave-Ons – The Music of Buddy Holly August 7-11, 2019 Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready to “Rave-On” with America’s number one Buddy Holly Tribute band. Todd Meredith & the Rave-Ons will give you some “Good Rockin’ Tonight” as they play a host of familiar classics, including “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Laguna audiences will remember Todd Meredith from his starring role in the hit...

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Mexico’s Children’s Music Artist: Sonia De Los Santos

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Acclaimed children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos opens the 2019-2020 Family Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. Born in Monterrey, Mexico and described as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” by Billboard, De Los Santos performs positive, multicultural, music that delights and engages families. Singing in both English and Spanish, her messages of joyful community, music-making, and cultural bridge-building inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions and reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Tickets are $20 and are available online at...

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Shredquarters: Week-Long Pop-Up Skatepark Experience

Posted by on Jul 27, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The California Milk Processor Board Puts Milk ‘On Deck’ and Down the Half Pipe Via New Brand Initiative “Bones Love Milk” & Immersive, Week-Long Pop-Up Skatepark Experience The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the iconic got milk? and toma leche campaign, is launching a new effort, called “Bones Love Milk,” dedicated to educating youth on the real benefits of milk as “nature’s energy drink” – in an unconventional way, via an immersive, pop-up skatepark experience, showcasing how milk can deliver the strong, healthy bones that skateboarders need in order to bounce back onto their boards quickly after a hard fall. The “Bones Love Milk” Shredquarters, an indoor pop-up skatepark experience will feature a week-long program (July 27 – August 4) of skate events including daily open skate sessions, pro tutorials and a Street League watch party. WHEN...

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Don’t Miss the OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Film Series

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. August films include Back to the Future, Mary Poppins Returns, The Jungle Book, The LEGO Movie 2, and The Princess Bride. August concerts feature The White Buffalo, Room at the Top, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Tijuana Dogs, Family Style and Lit. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Sunset Cinema events will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family. Dates and times vary per series; for more information about summer-long events visit WHEN: OC Parks Sunset Cinema August Dates ● Fridays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6 –10...

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Fun Festival of Arts Events

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Exciting events coming up next week include Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer’s performance at Concerts on the Green on Saturday, July 27, free with $15 Festival admission. The Art, Jazz, Wine, and Chocolate event is sweetening the summer on Thursday, August 1 for $20 admission in addition to $10 Festival admission. We can’t wait to see you at some of these fun events!! Weekend Nightly Music Schedule Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1 Daily at 5:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission Saturday, July 27: Greg Manning Sunday, July 28: Quarteto Nuevo Concerts on the Green Sponsored by Cambria Estates Winery Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets Date: Saturday, July 27 Time: 1 – 2:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission). Multi-Grammy winning pianist...

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Hello Kitty Summer Carnival

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Hello Kitty Cafe at Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a Summer Carnival on Wednesday, July 24th! Hello Kitty herself will make a rare public appearance for a meet & greet with fans! Parents and children can enjoy: Hello Kitty Cafe lemonade stand Cotton candy station Fun games such as corn hole, wheel spin, ring toss & bean bag race A balloon artist will fashion special Hello Kitty creations Live DJ Photo opps with Hello Kitty! This will be a ticketed event with limited spots available for two time slots on Wednesday, July 24th: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 4 p.m. Tickets will be $10 per child and can be purchased online. Location: Irvine Spectrum (Near the Giant Wheel) 860 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine CA 92618 Date: July 24th at 1pm, 2:30pm and...

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SoCal Summer Movie Night at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Movies al fresco on special SoCal summer nights have returned for the fifth year at Hotel Irvine’s always entertaining The Backyard. On Saturday, June 29, the whole family and everyone young at heart can roll out blankets to see “Captain Marvel” harness her special superpowers in this superhero film and PG-13 “Crazy Rich Asians” is being screened on Thursday, July 25 – the perfect flick for the gang, couples and dates, taking them on an outrageous trip to Singapore. The chef’s popular hot-off-the-grill BBQ returns, along with movie snacks, wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The stars under the stars begins with a pre-movie DJ, and the extra-special Movie Night VIP Experience allows front row seating, a bottle of bubbles and more. Admission wristbands work at the all-night Happy Hour post-movie in Red Bar and Lounge. Movie Night in...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

“Family Art Day” at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for families! When kids arrive, they will get a booklet full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. Kids can participate in “Art Quest”–an art exhibit treasure hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating different exhibits throughout the grounds. Enjoy a special performance by the award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, America’s only all-kid cirque company. Limited space available. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts WHERE: Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach WHEN: 12pm – 3pm Sunday, July 14, 2019 TICKETS: Free with $15 Festival admission. $11 Students & Seniors $5 children 6-12 Free for kids 5and...

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Summer Fun at Sea Legs at the Beach

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

The weather is finally heating up in Orange County…Finally!! What does that mean? The fun is ready to start at Sea Legs at the Beach. This weekend, summer kicked off with a rockin’ party at Sea Legs with the most beloved local band, Tijuana Dogs. People came from all over Orange County to see this killer band play just steps away from the beautiful Pacific ocean. Sea Legs at the Beach is a unique concert destination. It is right on the beach, and they offer libations, food, and killer views to enjoy while listening to your favorite band. The best way to experience Sea Legs at the Beach is by renting a cabana or chairs so that you have your own space to relax and party with your friends. When seeing Tijuana Dogs, we rented a cabana. We were...

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Last Minute 4th of July Party Snack

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 4th of July is tomorrow. Are you ready? I sure am not. We have plans to attend multiple parties, and while I would love to spend the day in the kitchen making dishes, with three kids, I just don’t have the time. I went searching for a quick and easy snack to bring to the multiple potlucks we are attending tomorrow and discovered Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn!! It is the perfect way to stand out at one of your events tomorrow, and the best thing is that it is available at your local Target! Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn has a creamy vanilla flavor and is dressed in bold red, white and blue colors. This buttery treat gives party-goers everywhere and me the chance to create...

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Irvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The City of Irvine’s annual summer tradition returns on Sunday, July 7th, when the Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts kick off at Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge. The community is invited to a series of six free family-friendly concerts out in the park covering a variety of musical tastes — from country hits and pop variety to classical symphony and dance party rock. Bring a picnic basket or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. 2019 Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series ·Sunday, July 7, 5:30 p.m.: Pop Gun Rerun (’80s Tribute) Pop Gun Rerun performs the greatest hits of ’80s. Get ready to rock out on the dance floor to this premier ’80s live music experience. · Sunday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.: The Suffragettes (Pop Variety) The Suffragettes are an all-female group that will perform your favorite Top 40 hits....

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Five Crowns New Summer Menu

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Five Crowns welcomes a new summer menu courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Experience the rich flavors of the season’s most inspiring ingredients to complement Five Crowns’ favorite classic dishes. The vibrant menu features sixteen new seasonal menu items including Ricotta Ravioli with tomato consommè, basil oil and heirloom tomato, Stone Fruit & Burrata with puffed quinoa and lavender & blueberry vinaigrette, and Soft Shell Crab with corn salad, diced mango and pickled fresno chili. Save room for decadent new dessert options like Coconut Pie with banana, pineapple sauce and caramelized Rice Krispies or Chocolate Cherry Cake with chocolate ganache, melted black cherries and chocolate crisp. SUMMER MENU HIGHLIGHTS: Small Plates Ricotta Ravioli tomato consommè, basil oil, heirloom tomato, 16 Grilled Colorado Lamb Ribs black cherry mustard, pickled cucumbers, 21 Fruits del Mar Soft Shell Crab corn salad, diced...

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SoCal Summer Movie Nights at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Movies al fresco on special SoCal summer nights have returned for the fifth year at Hotel Irvine, and is always entertaining The Backyard. On Saturday, June 29, the whole family and everyone young at heart can roll out blankets to see “Captain Marvel” harness her special superpowers in this superhero film. And PG-13 “Crazy Rich Asians” is being screened on Thursday, July 25 – the perfect flick for the gang, couples and dates, taking them on an outrageous trip to Singapore. The chef’s popular hot-off-the-grill BBQ returns, along with movie snacks, wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The stars under the stars begins with a pre-movie DJ, and the extra-special Movie Night VIP Experience allows front row seating, a bottle of bubbles and more. Admission wristbands work at the all-night Happy Hour post-movie in Red Bar and Lounge. Movie...

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Kick Off The Summer With Tasty Burgers + Brews at Tackle Box

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Join Tackle Box at SOCO the weekend of Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16 and kick off the summer with tasty brews + delicious specials! Orange County’s favorite coastal pub will be a hotspot this season and Co-Owner, Executive Chef and Top Chef Alum, Brian Huskey is excited to offer a Karl Strauss Takeover, Friday Night Flights and tasty Father’s Day specials to get the summer started off right! Tackle Box Karl Strauss Takeover The festivities will begin with the Karl Strauss Takeover on Thursday, June 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In a partnership with award-winning Southern California brewery, Karl Strauss, Tackle Box will feature five of the brewery’s most popular beers for diners to enjoy. And, anyone who purchases a Karl Strauss beer will enjoy 25% off any Tackle Box burger. The beer fun doesn’t...

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D23 Expo: Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Archives returns to D23 Expo with an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” From the classic Mary Poppins to this year’s live-action retelling of Aladdin, more than 70 costumes from 55 years of Disney movies and television shows will be on display from August 23–25 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the biennial event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Guests entering the 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be greeted by “Cinderella’s Workshop,” a gallery featuring the beloved fairy-tale character’s dresses from her numerous Disney incarnations, including 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a...

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Summer Dive-In Movies at Fashion Island Hotel

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

TGIF at Fashion Island Hotel and the Friday night Summer Dive-In Movie nights are back at this SoCal luxe retreat. Film lovers of all ages can sidle up poolside or relax on their own pool floats while sipping specialty cocktails and other beverages and munching popcorn and other yummy snacks. Families, couples and groups of besties are cordially invited. This year’s cinema line-up has it all – dramatic adventure with Aquaman, Top Gun, Captain Marvel and others; family fun with Mary Poppins Returns, Beauty and the Beast and Incredibles 2; romance with Pretty Woman; and comedy with Crazy Rich Asians. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. Guests staying at Fashion Island Hotel can enjoy a chic package deal – Luxe Summer Escape, which includes 15% off room rate and a $50 hotel credit for dining...

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Santa Ana Zoo Summer Concert Series

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo’s after-hours “Sunsets at the Zoo” & summer concert series are back by popular demand. Sponsored by Guaranty Chevrolet of Santa Ana, the Zoo’s first after-hours summer concert and brew-tasting event will take place Sunday, June 30th at 5:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the gate on the night of the event. In addition to enjoying live music from local artists and bands under the California sky, Sunsets at the Zoo offers a unique, after-hours experience to see the Home of the 50 Monkeys’ animal residents prepare for their evening activities. Guests may also purchase tickets to ride the Zoofari Express Train, 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel, and Conservation Carrousel that evening when the lines are shorter. During the event, guests can take part in a silent auction and craft brew-tasting experience...

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Laguna Playhouse Hamilton Themed Summer Camps

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre will have an exceptionally creative two week experience this July at the Laguna Playhouse for kids 3- 10! Join us for two fun and educational two-week Musical Theatre Day Camps. HAMILTON AND FRIENDS Grades 3 – 5 (July 8 – 19th – Monday through Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm) will take campers on a time travel adventure with Alexander Hamilton and explore songs, scenes and choreography from history- based musicals. Final Showcase performed on the Laguna Playhouse mainstage, July 19 at 11:00am. Early-Bird Discount Rate $270 if you Register before May 15th. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Final Showcase on the Laguna Playhouse Stage on July 19. HAMILTON AND HANSEN IN LA LA LAND Grades 6 – 10 (July 8 – 20th – Monday through Friday 12:30pm to 3:30pm) will be singing and dancing...

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FREE Football Summer Camp

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

NFL DE and member of 2003 and 2004 USC National Championship teams, Frostee Rucker will host The Camp of Champions, his second annual free youth football camp June 29 in his hometown of Tustin at Tustin High School. Frostee will be joined by his NFL friends and fellow USC alumni for this half-day camp open to football players, ages 9-14. All participants will receive a t-shirt, lunch and hands-on instruction. Official camp sponsors that align with giving back to the community include: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Subway, Dave & Buster’s, Stance, Aquarium of the Pacific, Access Wealth Management, and A-1 Quality Logistical Solutions. Registration for the free camp can be done online at When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 Registration: 8:00AM 9:00AM-12PM Where: Tustin High School 1171 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 Who: Frostee Rucker, will be joined by...

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Kaleido Kids Summer Events

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

Local youngsters can enjoy a variety of free activities and entertainment at Kaleidoscope this summer, when the center’s annual Kaleido Kids Summer Events return on Tuesday, June 18. Held in Kaleidoscope’s event space inside Union Market Mission Viejo, the fun events are every Tuesday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, June 18th through July 23rd. The Kaleido Kids events are 11:30am – 12:30pm with the following schedule: June 18: Toy Story, including a meet and greet, sing along and photos with costumed characters, themed crafts, and refreshments. June 25: Unicorn Painting Party, where kids can paint a picture of a unicorn with special instructions by a local artist, take photos with a magical unicorn, and enjoy music and snacks. July 2: Cooking with Kids, where youngsters will follow simple instructions to create then enjoy a kid-friendly healthy snack and dessert. Kids...

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The Sandman Hotel: A Modern Boutique Hotel in The Heart of Wine Country

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed at The Sandman Hotel as a guest Surrounded by grape-laden vineyards and spectacular scenery is the boutique Sandman Hotel that blends gracious hospitality and contemporary amenities. The stylish sanctuary ensures a pampered stay for families in the quiet town of Santa Rosa. When I first arrived at The Sandman Hotel, I fell in love with the distinctive character of the hotel. The check-in process was seamless, and I found myself in the zen-like guest room within minutes after arrival. The spacious and inviting guest rooms are perfectly decorated with elegant furnishings, and big enough for families to lounge in before heading out for the day. The room features the finest linens, plush towels, and luxurious amenities. After relaxing in the comforting room, I restored my energy and vitality while taking a tantalizing shower before getting a taste...

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The Queen Mary 2019 Summer Movie Series

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary is proud to present the 2019 Summer Movie Series, welcoming the community to sit back, set up a picnic with friends and family, and soak up the silver screen under the summer night sky. Each movie night will offer guests an immersive cinematic experience with assorted food trucks themed to the film, full bars for those age 21 and over, and the legendary ship and Long Beach Harbor as backdrops. Taking place on select Thursday nights each month May through August and located on a grassy lawn adjacent to the Queen Mary, film titles include Mamma Mia! (2008), double feature of Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), Grease (1978), and double feature Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990). The movie nights are open to all ages and free to attend....

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Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

From the brightest minds in the field of Mexican cultural studies to the brightest stars in the world of Latin entertainment, the Musco Center for the Art’s Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival will offer a greatly expanded cast and calendar on the Chapman University campus in Orange over Memorial Weekend, May 23-26, 2019. It is a free day-long family-friendly outdoor celebration with music, dance, crafts for kids and food, and three nights of music headliners: superstar duo Jesse & Joy on Thursday, May 23, the iconic Alicia Villarreal on Saturday, May 25, and Lupillo Rivera performing with Mariachi on Sunday, May 26. NEW FREE SATURDAY BALLET FOLKÓRICO EVENT For the first time, Heartbeat of Mexico will feature an indoor performance at Chapman University’s 1,000-seat Memorial Hall. This comes in response to overwhelming community interest in Ballet Folklórico groups...

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Celebrating The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part as a guest Recently The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part made its debut in movie theaters everywhere. I made sure to tell my brothers the minute I saw the trailer, and we couldn’t wait until we could go see it. When we went to see the movie, it blew our minds! Recently, we learned that it is coming soon to Blu Ray and DVD, and we knew we had to get it. We were thrilled when our mom let us know that we were invited to a DVD release party of the film at the Warner Brother Studios. We all got up early and were ready to go before our Mom woke-up on this special Saturday morning. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Screening When we arrived at...

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The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Events, Featured, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Recently we were guests of Universal Studios Hollywood to watch the new show. Our entire family is major fans of Harry Potter, and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the all-time favorite places to spend the day. When our family learned about The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle, we couldn’t wait to make plans to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. The minute that we stepped foot in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we were immersed in the magical world. Our first stop was to get a taste of the famous Butterbeer. Our family sipped on the refreshing drink while walking around the magical world. Then, we took a thrilling ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff. The magical creature took our family on an unforgettable flight high above Universal Studios Hollywood....

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Heartwarming Disneynature’s Penguins

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening of Disneynature Penguins as a guest of Disney Tomorrow is Earth Day and the day that the world is invited to experience Disneynature’s all-new film, Penguins. Earlier this month, I attended a special screening of the film and a short interview with the Producer Roy Conli. Disneynature films have always been my favorite to watch with my children. The movies take us to places in the world that we most likely will never see and we get to follow the journey of beautiful animals. This year, the Disneynature film is all about penguins. Who doesn’t love penguins? They are so cute, and my kids and I could find ourselves spending hours watching them Sea World. I have always been curious about how they live in the wild, and the movie taught me so much about...

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2019 OC Parks Summer Concert and Movie Series

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at the parks with free live music and movie screenings in a family friendly atmosphere. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 20 – August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. The concert series kicks off with Hard Day’s Night on June 20 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by popular local and national artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sega Genecide, The Fenians,...

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Girls Inc. Summer Program

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

Girls Inc. is excited to bring back Smart-Ups – a summer program for young girls currently in grades 3rd through 5th (who will be entering 4th – 6th grades in Summer 2019) that is sure to be a memorable and impactful summer for all participants.  Smart-Ups is a place for young girls to learn leadership, economic literacy and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own business.  Participants will learn about marketing, advertising, budgeting, confidence building, body positivity and more and will enjoy presentations by a variety of influential female entrepreneurs!  The program is 4 weeks long, 5 days per week with hands-on field trips held every Friday.  The girls will gain exposure to a university setting as the program is hosted by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics.  The program concludes with...

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Pretend City Kidstock Music & Arts Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 49 comments

Pretend City Children’s Museum is kicking off their second annual Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival on April 1st with music from local musicians and interactive art activities for the entire families. Families will want to experience 10 days of music, dancing and art at Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival at Pretend City Children’s Museum April 1st – April 10th. Country, pop, rock, rap — it will all get you moving and grooving together as a family. Live performances will be featured every day, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Traveling Exhibit as well as throughout the museum. One of the ‘headliners’ this year are “The Beat Buds” children’s musicians with a contemporary sound familiar to adults. Their songs entertain kids and resonate with the parents too. In addition, is the opportunity for children to paint...

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Aladdin at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended the performance of Aladdin as a guest Who doesn’t love a classic Disney movie turned into a Broadway production? With the lights, the costumes and the live acting there is something for everyone to enjoy. Aladdin is one of the most exciting Disney princess movies of all time (in my opinion,) so when seeing it performed on a stage, you can imagine the greatness. I went to the theater with my mom, and we quickly took our seats. We waited for the show to begin. From the very second, the show started to the last second, the energy was always so high and never faltered. It had me singing along to every classic song during and after the show. One thing that stood out to me in this production was the fantastic costumes! Every character was dressed...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and cheese + hot dogs kinda mom. After all the dirty looks and complaining I got from the kids over dinner, I decided to surprise them with a delicious dessert. About Kiwi Berries Kiwi berries are very sweet, and I thought they would compliment the heirloom tomatoes, and the sweet cheese mixture perfectly. And, it was incredible. For the crust, if...

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Dana Wharf Wyland Art Class and Whale Watching

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Wyland Foundation have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. The program begins January 26, 2019, and continues every Saturday through April 27, 2019. Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and partake in an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. Dana Wharf Art in the Wild details include Dates: January 26th – April 27th (Saturdays only) Times: 9:00 am Art Lesson followed by a 2-hour whale watching excursion 10:00 am – 12:00 noon whale watching trip Participating families receive priority VIP boarding. Art lesson takes place inside the Dana...

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Harlequinade Ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment | 0 comments

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has said that ABT Principal Dancer Stella Abrera will dance the role of Pierrette in the Harlequinade Ballet and this will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It has its West Coast premiere on January 17 and Abrera will also dance in the January 20 matinee. Misty Copeland will make her debut as Pierrette on Friday, January 18. Audiences are in for a delightful treat with this new production of a rare comic gem. It is created over a remarkable 18 months. By ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. It was inspired by the archival notes of Marius Petipa. Harlequinade is set to a score by Riccardo Drigo, played live by Pacific Symphony. The ballet features sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola and is praised by Forbes as a “feast of...

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You’re Invited: A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

We are hosting A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party in partnership with Sony We are in love with the all-new movie A Dog’s Way Home that comes out in theaters on January 11th. In celebration of the upcoming release of the heartwarming family film, we are thrilled to be hosting an interative Twitter Party on Monday, January 7th at 7pm PST. You’re invited to join us where we will talk about our love for dogs, the upcoming movie, and we will be giving away a cool prize. Also, you’ll want to make sure and RSVP below so that we can know that you’re attending the party. About A Dog’s Way Home A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human,...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Dear Evan Hansen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

I attended Dear Evan Hansen as a guest of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Recently I had the opportunity to go The Segerstrom Center for the Arts and watch the Tony Award Winning show. Dear Evan Hansen. I have been wanting to see this show ever since my mom had seen in on Broadway in New York with Ben Platt. She told me all about how moving and beautiful it was, so I was counting down the days until I could see it. We drove the theatre at the start of the New Year and prepared ourselves to see the show. I had no idea what to expect, but I had listened to the soundtrack before, so I was excited to hear all the songs on stage. We arrived and went upstairs to take our classic Segerstrom photo...

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