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5 Best Frozen Yogurt Spots in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Best of OC, Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 This smooth, ice cold, tasty treat can be enjoyed all year long. I’m referring to frozen yogurt (aka: froyo), which seems to have taken a front seat to ice cream as a more healthy dessert alternative over the years. And it’s no wonder when considering it is a thriving $8 billion industry in the United States. The froyo industry is projected to continuing growing with 90 percent of all U.S. households regularly consuming frozen desserts. Here are a few top Orange County froyo spots* that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Yogurtland This is a favorite of my family and lots of our friends. Yogurtland is an international franchise chain of frozen yogurt stores based in Irvine. They offer self-serve soft-serve frozen yogurt with active cultures. There are a variety of tasty selections and toppings. The new Laguna...

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Five Best Places for Family Camping in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Best of OC, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 4 comments

  Camping can be one of the best ways to reconnect with your family. Roasting marshmallows over a fire and telling campfire stories will create lifelong memories for your children. Families don’t have to travel far to have an ultimate camping experience with Orange County being home to some of the most beautiful campgrounds in the state. Campsites are already booking up for the summer months so now is the best time to start planning your trip to go camping in Orange County.   The Newport Dunes 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 729-3863 Not good at pitching a tent? Your family can still get the same camping experience while “glamping” at one of the Newport Dunes cabins. Bring your swimsuit because your kids are going to want to take a dip in the water or...

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The Best Orange County Christmas Lights

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Best of OC, Christmas, Holiday | 22 comments

 The most wonderful time of the year would not be complete without neighborhood Christmas Lights. So, load the kids in the car, and get ready to experience the holiday spirit in your neighborhood at some of these hot spots throughout Orange County: Aliso Viejo King Eider Curb Side Forest Near the intersection of El Toro Road and Aliso Creek Road This Christmas light display is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening on a cul-de-sac. Visitors can enjoy the display while indulging in hot cocoa or apple cider and cookies. The display runs from now through New Year’s Day. Visitors are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to benefit South County Outreach. Fountain Valley Christmas House With 65,000 programmable LED lights 18323 Stanislaus Street Fountain Valley There’s about 40 songs in the mix in sync with the lights. Lights run...

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Guide to Kids Eat Free in the OC

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Best of OC, Dining, Family | 3 comments

  It is harder and harder for growing families to afford eating out these days. With kids meals on the rise reaching close to $10 a meal, dining out when kids eat free is the best option to help with your family budget. We have complied a list of when and where kids eat free in the OC. Check back as we will be updating this list weekly… Monday Avilas El Ranchito 27941 La Paz Road Laguna Niguel, CA 182 S Orange St Orange, CA 92866 On Monday, purchase an adult entrée and get a complimentary kids meal from 4-10pm Buffalo Wild Wings (Your closest location) On Monday from 4-9pm, kids meal are $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée. ihop 23810 Aliso Creek Road Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Kids eat free with the purchase...

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Five Best Pumpkin Patches in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Best of OC, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

   While the weather might still feel like summer, it is officially Fall in Orange County. Get your kids in their favorite Fall attire, and head to one of these five best pumpkin patches in Orange County. Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 Families can enjoy a full day of fun at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch features multiple fall photo opportunities, face painting, games, corn maze and more. After spending the day enjoying the activities at the pumpkin patch take a ride on the locomotive that circles the park, rent a bike, go paddle boarding or play at one of the multiple playgrounds. Irvine Park Railroad is the perfect place to create unforgettable memories with your children. Pumpkin Palooza Zoomars Petting Zoo 31791 Los Rios Street...

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Guide to the Best Tide Pools in Orange County

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Beaches, Best of OC, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Featured, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Summer | 3 comments

  With so many beautiful, rocky shorelines in Orange County, tide pools are abundant. Our family loves spending summer days exploring these little ecosystems. The children are always fascinated by the spiny sea urchins, keyhole limpets, hermit crabs, small fish, mussels, sea stars, and colorful anemones. The diversity of life in these marine protected areas vary based on the amount of time they are covered by water. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you take a step further and realize there’s a whole new world to explore. This creates hours of fun for all ages. Safety tips: Be sure you are aware of the tides at all times. Try to go as the tides are going out rather than coming in. Even at low tide, waves can come in quickly. Feel free to ask lifeguards and docents about...

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Guide to Whale Watching in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Best of OC, Events, Staycation | 0 comments

 I remember my first whale-watching trip off the coast of Morro Bay in the Central Coast at age 10 with my grandfather. With binoculars in hand and the wind blowing, we spotted several whales just feet away. The crowd gasped as the mist from the whale’s spout rained over our little boat. This brief, quiet interaction of these majestic creatures would be a moment I would never forget. Whales are on their annual migration from feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to breeding and mating spots in the lagoons off Baja – and what a season it has been. According to Dana Wharf, one of the most popular whale watching tour companies in Orange County, this has been a record season for spotting whales with more than 549 sightings of gray whales alone. With just a few weeks left...

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Best Santas in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Best of OC, Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 5 comments

 For most families and children, visiting Santa is one of the highlights of the holiday season. In our family, this is no exception. My daughters write and re-write their wish lists. Once perfected, they can’t wait to sit on Santa’s lap. With the countdown to Christmas just weeks away, here are a few places Santa will be flying by before the big night in Orange County Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 
949-721-2000 Children and families can share their holiday wishes and take photos with Santa at Fashion Island’s Atrium Lawn through December 24. Known for having one of the most authentic Santa’s in Orange County and a stunning holiday backdrop, your family will feel the magic of the season. Hours vary. Santa’s House will periodically close for breaks. Please visit Guest Services in Atrium...

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Best Haunted Houses in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Best of OC, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  You enter cautiously. With each turn you feel a shock. Creaking doors. Swinging chandeliers. Screams and moans from the attic. You dare not take another step. For your have entered the Haunted House. Visiting your local haunted house is yet another thrilling fall tradition for many families. Here are some of the best haunted houses in Orange County. Be prepared to get scared! The Cemetery of Lost Souls With rave reviews, including a number one “must-see” rating by the Orange County Register in 2010, this Haunted Dojo is put on by the United Studios of Self Defense in Yorba Linda. Family hours are held most Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, the remaining part of the night is not for the faint of heart. With food, live music and a bounce house, you’re family will...

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Five Best Ways to Stay Cool at Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Best of OC, Disney, Featured | 0 comments

 We attended as guest of Disney. As the kids gear up to head back-to-school, September traditionally ends up being the hottest month of the year. We always get the email news blasts from the school advising us to send the kids in the uniform shorts vs. pants, put on extra sunscreen, and pack extra water. September is also a time that local residents flock to Disneyland Resort, knowing the most of the Summer vacationers have returned home for their kids to go back to school. A warm weekend day in September is also one of our favorite times to visit the Disneyland Resort, and these are our five best ways to stay cool at Disneyland Resort. Located in ‘A Bugs Land’ at Disney California Adventure is an interactive splash pad that is our favorite place to cool down from...

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