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Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Returns To Staples Center

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

After packed-crowd season of Monster Jam stadium events at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ will be revving through Downtown Los Angeles with another action-packed weekend of indoor arena events at STAPLES Center that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! New this year as a special fan bonus during Freestyle driving segments, one Monster Jam truck/driver will be attempting SoCal’s FIRST-EVER Monster Jam indoor arena-based truck back flip stunt! Unlike other Monster Jam events seen in SoCal/Anaheim before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven...

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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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2019 Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

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

2019 is yet another milestone year in the Lobsterfest At Newport Beach legacy as we begin our second decade of celebrating summer. After celebrating its Ten-year Anniversary with last year’s Lobsterfest At Newport Beach at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, the Board of Directors for the Lobsterfest Foundation has decided to relocate the event to the Newport Beach Civic Green for 2019 and beyond. The new venue will allow for the return of the $65.00 general admission ticket price, complimentary beer and wine for our VIP guests, free parking for all of our patrons, a return to seating on the grass, and a more prominent exposure for our vendors. The 11th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Green on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 2 to 7 p.m. This annual celebration of...

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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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You’re Invited: Free Family Fishing Derby

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

OC Parks is excited to invite all families to the Kid’s Free Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 8, at Clark Regional Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with registration opening at 7 a.m. This FREE fishing derby gives kids, ages 5 to 15, a chance to learn how to fish or perfect their fishing skills with up to five catches of their own. The lake will be fully stocked with 2,000 lbs. of catfish, with trophies given out to the biggest catch of the day. All minors must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing poles. Adults are more than welcome to cast a line after the conclusion of the event. Event and parking are free for all! Whether casting a pole for the first time or a seasoned angler, the Kids’ Free Fishing Derby...

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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 www.santaanazoo.org 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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Star Wars Day Returns to the OC Zoo

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gather friends and family and join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo! On Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests are invited to travel the galaxy during a fun-filled day of animals and themed activities at the zoo. Whether you’re a member of the Rebel Alliance or the First Order, there’s something for everyone! Guests will enjoy a day filled with Star Wars fun, kids’ crafts, games and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will join the fun with meet and greets throughout the day and enjoy special treats. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars costumes and attire, and the first 100 children (ages 12 & under) wearing a Star Wars costume will receive a special gift and free train ticket to ride...

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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 www.usafootball.com/fun. 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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Universal Studios Hollywood’s Popular California Neighbor Pass

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Get ready for “Jurassic World—The Ride” opening this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood with the popular California Neighbor Pass, offering guests a premium opportunity to experience more than 175 days of up close and personal encounters with the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex and behemoth Mosasaurus for $149. With over 175 day of limitless fun at the unbeatable price of $149, the California Neighbor Pass is the ultimate ticket to an epic adrenaline rush with every visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Based on the global blockbuster hit, “Jurassic World—The Ride” is a spectacular new adventure that will take guests on a breathtaking excursion through the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD. It will soar to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent...

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Official Teaser of Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The new teaser trailer for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the global box-office hit “Maleficent,” has arrived. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in 2014’s “Maleficent,” and are joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Be sure to watch the teaser trailer and below, and don’t forget to see “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” when it hits theaters nationwide October 18, 2019!! “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to...

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Learn About Bugs and Butterflies at Riley Wilderness Park

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to spend a day outdoors and learn all about the critters of the earth at Riley Wilderness Park’s free, family-friendly Bugs and Butterflies event on Sunday June 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riley Wilderness Park’s incredible butterfly garden will be open for up-close tours with nature’s daintiest fliers, while insect experts give out tips and tricks on how to attract these and other plant-friendly critters to your garden at educational stations and informative exhibits. A live butterfly release will be held at 3 p.m. There will be a rock-climbing wall, OC Parks giveaways, OC Bird of Prey raptors for outside and close-up viewing, and games. With face painting booths, giveaways, native plant sales, insect inspired storytelling, park tours, arts and crafts, and a food truck serving delicious culinary...

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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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3rd Annual CASA Pinwheel Project

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

CASA-OC and Junior Kids for CASA will be displaying 3,100 pinwheels representing the number of children in the Orange County foster care system on Saturday, May 11th at Fashion Island in conjunction with Foster Care Awareness Month happening in May. YOU can sponsor a pinwheel for only $5 or with a donation of $25+ receive a benefit card to receive discounts at select stores at Fashion Island valid from May 9th – 16th. ‍ Junior Kids for CASA is a group of children between the ages of 8 and 13 who are learning philanthropy through volunteer work with CASA-OC. This year, Junior Kids for CASA will be leading the fundraising efforts for the 3rd annual Pinwheel Project happening at Fashion Island. The 2019 Pinwheel Project is being Chaired by Christy Flanagan and her daughter Bridget and Nicole Joseph and...

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Andrei’s New Seasonal Cocktails Make a Splash

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The bold, vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the season take center stage on Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails’ new Spring/Summer specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to partake in more than a dozen cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are pleasing to the palate. As with all menu items at Andrei’s, these new cocktails will benefit many charitable causes and organizations, as the restaurant donates 100% of its net profits through The Andrei Foundation. Among the new cocktails are: STRAIGHT UP The Good, the Bad and the Thirsty – Dickel Rye Whiskey, Rhubarb Liqueur, Strawberry Shrub, Cassis, Rosemary Napa Crush – Rain Organic Vodka, White Wine Syrup, White Grape, Champagne Chilean Spice – Spicy Citrus-Infused Vodka, Orange, House-Made Sweet & Sour, Lime Southern Lady – Elijah Craig Bourbon, Peach Liqueur, Peach Bitters, Champagne Cool as a...

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The Queen Mary’s BBQ & Chili Waterfront Cook-Off

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

Guests are invited to indulge at the Queen Mary’s new Waterfront Cook-Off on Saturday, May 11th from 12 – 5 p.m., for an afternoon full of barbecue and chili samplings, beer tasting, eating contests, DJ’s, lawn games, and more. Guest will be able to purchase tasting tickets and savor samples from some of the best BBQ pitmasters and the nation’s best chili teams, all competing to win state championship prizes and the highly coveted People’s Choice Awards. Waterfront Cook-Off will be home to the first ever side-by-side California State Championship Chili Cook-off and California State BBQ Championship, no matter who takes home the trophies, everyone wins in this mouthwatering afternoon of food! When is the The Queen Mary’s BBQ & Chili Cook-off Saturday, May 11, 2019 VIP Admission opens at 11 a.m. General Admission opens at 12 p.m. Location...

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2019 CASA Celebration of Children Black & White Ball

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

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA. 405 guests were in attendance to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate. This year’s Gala had a net of over $1,300,000 and serves as the fifth year in a row that CASA has exceeded in breaking the previous year’s net and becoming the organization’s highest netting fundraiser in their 34 year history. This beautiful and elegant evening was executed by eight longtime CASA supporters who served as this year’s Chairs: Barclay Butera, Dana Chou, Nancy Eaton, Bobbie Howe, Lourdes Nark, Urvashi Patel, Dana Strader and Wendy Tenebaum. Evening festivities were themed “Growing Organically” and guests...

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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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Memorial Day Fun at the Newport Dunes

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a Memorial Day weekend filled with family friendly activities and special events Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2019. From kids to adults, country music fans to watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes. Newport Dunes Water Park On Friday, May 24, Newport Dunes will open their beachfront Inflatable Water Park to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Four new oversized inflatables will be joining the resort’s impressive collection, making the water park even bigger and better than last year. Additions include a 15-foot climbing mountain with three attached slides, Ninja steps and a walkway leading to the inflatables. Activities This is added to the lineup of favorite water activities which includes brand new kayaks and two-person pedal boats, stand...

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FREE Children’s Ticket to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a special Kids Night on Broadway for the opening night of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $29. Use code OOMPA when purchasing. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Pre-Show Activities Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more! Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life...

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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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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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Best Restaurants in Orange County to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

It’s time to treat mom like no other by spoiling her at one of the many special options Orange County’s leading hotels have created for this most exceptional lady. At the beach she can be wined and dined at Montage Laguna Beach’s annual Masterpiece Celebration Brunch, at Studio or The Loft. If she doesn’t want to get up too early, she can celebrate with afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. If Newport Beach is more her style, then Fashion Island Hotel is the place to go with two delicious dining options: a garden party or brunch at Oak Grill. And for moms who want to be in the center of it all, Hotel Irvine is hosting Mother’s Day in The Backyard with fun for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420...

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Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is an Instagrammers dream come true. The Disneyland Resort recognizes how much Disney lovers enjoy capturing memorable photos, and they created the ultimate Disney photo Pop-Up at Downtown Disney District. Creative photography is one of my favorite hobbies, and I was thrilled to attend a sneak peek of Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney. The minute that I arrived at the Downtown Disney District, I couldn’t wait to experience the Pop-Up. I brought one of my dearest friends along with me who also shares a love for photography, and we started our visit at the Downtown Disney District by sipping on a refreshing ice tea from Starbucks. We caught up on what we had missed since the last...

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Give Back with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 9th Annual Red Dot Auction

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

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Friday, May 17 for Orange County’s biggest charity art event of the year! This 9th annual fundraiser will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Chuck Jones Center at SOCO + The OC Mix and will feature a silent auction with art pieces up for bid from over 100 artists from around the world. This special evening serves to raise money for programs of the Chuck Jones Center, which work to foster innovation, exercise creativity to solve problems and build mental health in students of all ages and backgrounds. The Center works with school systems without art programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly and other groups including corporate clients. Notable art pieces + artists featured in the auction include Wile E. Coyote’s Big “E” Wall where...

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Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge invites guests on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, where families can live their own Star Wars adventures. This epic new land will immerse guests in iconic stories like never before, pushing boundaries and transporting guests to a place where beloved Star Wars stories come to life. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens It all begins May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and today they announced that no-cost reservations to visit the land will be available May 2nd.* Guests looking to confirm a reservation today can book a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019.* Opening Day Details On opening day for phase one, guests will become part of the story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an...

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Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather family and friends for a day of bear-themed activities, zookeeper chats and more. The OC Zoo’s annual Bear Awareness Day invites families to learn more about the black bear while enjoying various fun-filled activities including crafts for kids and special zookeeper chats about bears. Bear Awareness Day will also feature a learning station where families can find more information about bear conservation and research, learn how to “bear proof” camping sites and what to do if you encounter a bear. Bear Awareness Day is free with a paid admission ticket to the zoo, which costs $2 per person (ages 2 and under are free). Parking is $5 per vehicle and reservations are...

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23rd Annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the 23rd Annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Travel back in time to explore Orange County’s rancho era, and enjoy activities, music, dance, and more in a family-friendly atmosphere. Rancho Days Fiesta will feature a wide variety of activities, exhibitors, and vibrant performances and demonstrations for the whole family including piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping. The celebration will also feature Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, along with Native American and Folklórico dancing. Historic buildings including the Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, the Harvey Bennett Ranch and St. George’s Episcopal Mission will be open and available for tours, courtesy of Amigo de la Colina docents. “Rancho Days Fiesta is a long-standing tradition...

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Goat Yoga Returns to Orange County

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Things will get wild at Centennial Farm when Goat Yoga returns on Saturday, May 18, giving participants the unique chance to do yoga with baby pygmy goats who like to frolic and climb on yogis. OC Fair & Event Center is again partnering with Spectra Yoga and the Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club to offer three beginner-level sessions from 8 to 9:15 a.m., again at 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and finally from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the lawn in front of Centennial Farm’s Millennium Barn. For those not ready to hit the mat with animal friends, there will be free playtime and photos with goats and the chance tour Centennial Farm. In addition to being a viral sensation, yoga with goats has been credited with helping decrease stress and relieve the pressures of a perfect yoga practice....

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Get a Taste of Edible + Sustainable Home Gardening at Room & Board

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

Get ready to celebrate sustainability at Room & Board! On Sunday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the showroom is partnering with Environmental Nature Center (ENC) to bring guests an enlightening (& delicious!) event that’s sure to impact your home gardening + cooking for years to come. Attendees will enjoy a special presentation on “A Foodie’s Guide to Native Plants” by ENC representative, Lori Whalen, who will speak about the different plants and herbs that are native to the area, easy to grow, and safe to use in any food or drink. From herbal teas and seasonings to fruits and vegetables, guests will experience the tastes and scents of these plants while enjoying light bites that have been prepared using these locally-grown ingredients. In addition, all attendees will have the opportunity to create their own tea to...

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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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16th Annual Pacific Islander Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

Experience dance, music, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 16th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY:...

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Bubblefest is Bigger and Better than Ever

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

We attended Bubblefest as a guest of Discovery Cube OC Each year Discovery Cube OC has a beautiful bubble exhibit and show called Bubblefest. This show runs now through April 21, 2019. This year’s ultimate laser and bubble show are done by the talented Deni Yang and his equally talented sister Melody. It was her second year doing bubble fest with Deni at the Discovery Cube OC, and I can tell you, it was amazing. I have seen this show many times before, and each time I love it more. There is so much visually to see during the laser and bubble show. My kids have all loved it each and every time we have gone too. While you are at Bubblefest, in the Mega Bubble Courtyard, you can go to different interactive spaces. My kids, husband and I...

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You’re Invited: 2019 Orange County Jamboree

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

Explore Orange County’s agricultural past during the second annual Orange County Jamboree hosted by OC Parks and the Orange County Historical Commission. On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a day of agricultural-themed crafts, a petting zoo, live music, pickling demonstrations, blacksmith and antique engine displays, a photo booth, tours of the park and more! Food will also be available for purchase. Local historical societies will be on-site to help guests discover the rich history of Orange County and how to connect with historical resources in the local community. The event will also celebrate the centennial anniversary of the OC Historical Society. Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5-acre special use park that retains 24 original ranch structures that represent the proud agricultural history of Orange County. Docent-led tours of the...

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Moulin Opens in San Clemente

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Moulin, the award-winning French bistro with locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, will open its third location in San Clemente today, April 1. Proprietor Laurent Vrignaud, who was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal, has also expanded the Moulin brand to include a French antique store, which opened in January. Moulin’s third bistro is now open at the historic Casino San Clemente (120 W Avenida Pico). Built in 1937, this seaside landmark has long been a gathering place for celebration and revelry, serving as a beacon for San Clemente, drawing in Hollywood starlets and travelers from around the world. Within walking distance to San Clemente’s popular North Beach, much of Moulin’s menu is available to-go, modeled after cafes along coastal France. Much like Casino San Clemente, Vrignaud created Moulin as a central gathering...

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Free Chronic Tacos at OC Beach Cleanup

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

Free Chronic Tacos For All Volunteers Supporting Our Planet and Community Chronic Tacos is partnering with Eco Warrior to promote a healthier planet and stronger community in Laguna Beach. Free tacos will be offered to every volunteer participating in the beach clean-up in Aliso Beach. Volunteers can expect a wide variety of delicious tacos and the sweet taste of a job well done. Eco Warrior is proud to partner with a locally-loved restaurant to help make a change and spread the message of sustainable living. About Chronic Tacos The fast-casual franchise is known for its fresh Mexican cuisine that is customized for each volunteer’s distinctive taste. The Chronic Tacos experience consists of walking down the prep line and personally choosing everything that goes on your meal. Customers can choose from vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as choices of:...

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Five Must-Have Foods at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Dining, Events, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

We attended a preview of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival It is the most delicious time of the year to visit Knott’s Berry Farm for their yearly Boysenberry Festival. The event is a favorite of my family, with the food being the best part. This year is better than ever with more delicious boysenberry food than ever, and these are our top picks! My absolute favorite food this year is the boysenberry elote. The tasty corn is located at the Ghost Town Bank Stand, and I guarantee that you can’t just eat one. I may or may not be guilty of coming back for seconds. For those who are looking to eat healthier at Knott’s while attending the boysenberry festival will want to dine at Spurs Chophouse. The highly-acclaimed restaurant is featuring a boysenberry glazed salmon over mixed greens. Also,...

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SOCO & The OC Mix Day of Design

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

Calling all design aficionados! On Saturday, April 27 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Day of Design is returning to SOCO & The OC Mix with an impressive lineup of workshops and sessions that will introduce new products and collections, explore spring design trends, and look ahead to the newest styles and concepts in home design. First introduced in late 2018, this annual event will now be held twice a year – in spring (April 27) and again in fall (October 5). As Orange County’s premier design destination, SOCO’s Spring Day of Design gives interior design professionals and newcomers alike the chance to learn and be inspired by its world-renowned showrooms and talented design experts. The event will open with a delicious breakfast buffet followed by a day of design-focused programming – including panels with top designers, interactive workshops, demonstrations, trend...

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You’re Invited: Free Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Celebrate a world of outdoor activities and discoveries at the return of Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano. The event on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. invites guests to enjoy a day of adventure with wildlife-inspired games of skill, a scavenger hunt, wildlife exhibits, and more! Spend a fun-filled day under the sycamores at Caspers with a full schedule of guided hikes, games, storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, and puppet shows. Families and friends of all ages can partake in numerous activities and learn about bugs, raptors, conservation, and Caspers Wilderness Park’s natural and cultural history. Participants include Reserve of Mission Viejo, Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Search and Rescue, Caspers Park Foundation, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Inside the Outdoors and many more! Food will be available for purchase from...

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Wagyu Week Returns to Sushi Roku Newport Beach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Sushi Roku Newport Beach welcomes a special delivery of award-winning Bungo Wagyu from Monday, March 25th through Saturday, March 30th with a limited-time-only tasting menu. Bungo beef is considered the highest-quality Japanese grade beef, originating from the Oita prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan. The award-winning meat, which has received accolades from the Tenno-sho (Emperor’s Prize) and Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, will be offered in six unique preparations to preserve its rich, delicious flavor. Each can be paired with refined spirits originating from Japan that delicately enhance each dishes’ overall profile. Bungo Wagyu Beef Tasting Menu Wagyu Sushi (2pcs; 0.6oz/each) Kizami Wasabi, Oscietra Caviar, Gold Flakes Wagyu Skewers (1.5 oz) Sweet Soy, Karashi Mustard Wagyu Carpaccio (2oz) Salt, Pepper, Garlic Chips, Red Yuzu Pepper, Tiny Veggies (carrot, white radish, red radish) Wagyu Katsu Sandwich (1oz/each)...

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Easter Fun at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to welcome the community for a weekend of Easter celebrations on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2019. Led by the Easter Bunny himself, Newport Dunes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to the scenic waterfront resort at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Hundreds of children will gather on the shores to search for more than six thousand eggs containing goodies ranging from candy and toys to golden eggs containing cash prizes. One lucky kid will pick up an egg enclosed with a token for a new bicycle. The Easter Bunny will be available for family photos following the hunt. Easter Sunday, April 21 at Newport Dunes begins with the renowned Sunrise Easter Service delivered by Mariners Church at Pavilion E at 7 a.m. The service is followed by a gourmet Easter...

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Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge: Immersive One-day Driving School

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Autos, Events, Family | 1 comment

Sponsored by Mercury Insurance Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19-year-olds nationwide? One thing that we have taken very seriously with our teenage son is driving education. When we were younger, we went to the DMV on our 16th birthday. Took the driving test, and then went out with our friends to celebrate. As parents, looking back, we were both not 100% ready to be driving independently on the road. As our son approached his 16th birthday, we didn’t feel that he was ready to take his driving test. We decided to extend his driving education and recently brought him to a one-day immersive driving school hosted by Mercury Insurance at the Honda Center. My son had attended the course last year, right after getting his permit. Now that we...

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Free Core Yoga Workout Builds Community

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

Library Assistant, Rylee Gagne, created the Body Sculpt Class offered Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and every other Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Library of the Canyons because she wanted to diversify adult programming while building community. “I want to make fitness less intimidating,” Rylee said. “I’m hoping people will have fun doing core yoga with their friends and neighbors.” Judging from the class this past Wednesday, I think Rylee achieved her goals. We started out walking a few laps outside of the library to warm up our muscles. While enjoying the view of Santa Ana hills displaying their brightest Spring greens and flowers, I had a chance to get to know Karen, a lovely neighbor living in Modjeska I had never met before. After we moved back inside, Rylee led us in a series of yoga poses to...

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You’re Invited: The OC STEAM Fest

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

Families are invited to learn, discover, and play at OC STEAM Fest, presented by Irvine Public Schools Foundation, on Saturday, April 27. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games and activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) including human foosball, Dino Encounters, LEGO® engineering, spin art, live performances, and much more! 
 This event will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presale tickets online are $10 for children 4 -17, children 3 and under and adults 18+ are FREE! Tickets will be $15 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ipsf.net/steam/. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the schools in the Irvine Unified School District. DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 27, 2018 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Orange County Great Park
 6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA...

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Easter Fun Events at the MainPlace Mall

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

MainPlace Mall, Orange County’s leading shopping, dining, and entertainment destination for families, has announced a series of Spring events to celebrate the Easter season with families and friends in the community. Beginning Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Easter Bunny is hop, hop, hopping to the shopping center, complete with a festive Easter set comprised of colorful eggs, spring flowers, and of course, Mr. Bunny himself. Community members are invited to visit the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through April 20. Photo packages are available for purchase starting at $24.99. Guests are invited to skip the line and save time with a Bunny Fast Pass. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Looking for more quality time with the Easter Bunny? On...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 18 comments

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption innovative products and nutrition all at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the Pet Expo launches “The Lab” an interactive, hands-on “show within a show” where guests, exhibitors and pets can meet. “The Pet Expo is about connections, whether they be with fellow pet enthusiasts, or with the animals, says Courtney Harold, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development. “The Lab will be a central meet-up location for socializing, new product launches, demonstrations and pet education seminars.” The Pet Expo will also debut “Kids’ Pet Care Course.” Led by licensed...

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Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Comes to SoCal

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Citizens Business Bank Arena, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from April 18th – 28th in Long Beach and Ontario. Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Cool Places, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Sea animals and marine biology have been a huge part of my life growing up. Especially since I only live about 3 miles from the ocean. I have grown up walking around tide pools and learning all about the ocean. Just recently I discovered the centers and places in Laguna Beach that can help teach me more about marine biology. One of my new favorites is the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. One of my favorite things about this Center is that it is right off of Laguna Canyon Road which is right next to my house. Pacific Marine Mammal Center focuses on Seal Lions and Seals in the area. Due to malnourishment and dehydration, more sea lions are coming in, and the Center is right there to help with that. They take sick animals in and treat them until...

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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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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 27 comments

Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed late night, Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars), on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open late so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. Noche de Estrellas will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including a scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beer, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for guests to purchase. In addition to being...

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Return of the Swallows Celebration at Mission San Juan Capistrano

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

Known as “the birthplace of Orange County”, the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is gearing up for their signature spring event. The annual Saint Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration began nearly a century ago as the only Mission in The OC became an iconic landmark and tourist destination. Taking place on Tuesday, March 19th, this special day will be filled with tradition, community, and festivities making it the perfect spring break outing for the entire family. Family field trips to the Mission are remembered for generations. Saint Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration is most known for welcoming back the famous swallows of Capistrano and providing an uplifting nod to the coming of spring, a much-anticipated time of renewal and rebirth. Details of the Swallows Day Celebration WHAT: Saint Joseph’s Day and...

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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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Don’t Miss The 2nd Annual OCWineFest

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

OCWineFest returns to San Juan Capistrano March 9 and 10, to sip for a cause, bringing top wineries into one location for two days of wine tasting and wine education on the historic grounds of A Stone’s Throw Winery, with many OC-based winemakers, luxe exhibitors and great philanthropic organizations in the mix. All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. In its second year, OCWineFest, produced in coordination with LAWineFest owner and CEO, Dr. Joel M. Fisher, will be bigger and better, continuing to blaze the trail of bringing wine and people together – from the novice to the aficionado – in an accessible way, balancing fun, exploration and education with wine and beer tastings, food pairings, seminars, and a chance to meet some of the area’s top sommeliers and winemakers. The event will also feature gourmet goodies...

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Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

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

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California for its sixth year on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment to the oceanfront. Entertainment at Sabroso After selling out for two years in a row, Sabroso at Doheny State Beach expands to two days, giving craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample an extensive collection of brews and tacos while watching lucha libre style wrestling, playing lawn games, and enjoying live performances from The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag, and more. Produced by California’s most successful beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment, Sabroso brings together an array of breweries and the...

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19th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The Annual Taste of Huntington Beach will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the HB Sports Complex. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. with an exclusive VIP reception from 11 a.m. to noon. The Taste of Huntington Beach showcases the best local culinary talents and the region’s top wineries and breweries. For one all-inclusive price, attendees enjoy unlimited samples and sips from some of the area’s finest establishments. All proceeds from the event go to the Children’s Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Since 2001, The Friends of the Children’s Library and the HB Restaurant Association have helped the Taste of Huntington Beach raise more than $600,000 for the HB Children’s Library! Taste of Huntington Beach Ticket Pricing General Admission tickets are $70 and includes: – Unlimited tastes of food from 50 of...

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You’re Invited: District Walk in Anaheim Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored by The District Walk in Anaheim Olson Homes will debut brand-new townhomes at District Walk in Anaheim, and you’re invited to the Model Grand Opening on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am! Come experience the ideal blend of a buzzing, hip neighborhood, a close-knit community, and an impeccably designed home. The good times begin at 11:00 a.m., and Anaheim Packing District favorites Popbar, Snow Monster, and Umami Burger will be on hand with frozen treats, eats, and drinks. Tour the Plan One and Plan Three model homes that showcase spacious, light-filled floorplans highlighted by generous kitchens with large center islands, lovely master suites that include walk-in closets, and inviting decks allowing for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living! Choose from a total of six distinctive floor plans at District Walk, with townhomes ranging in size from two to three bedrooms and 1,355...

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PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Television Shows, Theatre | 67 comments

PAW Patrol Live! sets sail with a pirate adventure! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! When Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm and 6pm Where Fox Performing Arts Center 3801 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501 Tickets: Tickets start at $23! They are currently available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. (Additional fees may apply.) Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet...

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Sleeping Beauty at The Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty, with Ballet West principal dancers Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell in the lead roles. Festival Ballet Theatre’s traditional, full-length production is choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla after Marius Petipa, and set to music by P. I. Tchaikovsky. Sleeping Beauty was first premiered by the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. Salwa Rizkalla captures the heart, energy and excitement of this original production in her staging. This fairy tale features sweeping corps de ballet sequences and dazzling classical ballet virtuosity. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by storybook characters, including Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. The ballet takes place in the spectacular palace...

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You’re Invited: Free Kid’s Fishing Derby

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles invite families to enjoy the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 2. Register for the free event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 15 can fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win multiple prizes in different age groups. The kid with the overall winning catch will get his or her name inscribed on the legendary Mile Square Fishing Derby Trophy. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout and catfish for the derby, and there will be a limited amount of fishing rods available for loan. Participants can learn fishing tips and tricks during fishing clinics,...

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48th Annual Festival of Whales

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

Dana Point Harbor invites families to experience the 48th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 2-3 and 9-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy engaging activities including whale watching, first day Parade and street fair, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, Chowder Cook-Off, Ocean Awareness Day, delicious harbor eats, educational programs, and much more. Home to over 400,000 common dolphins and five species of whales, Dana Point is the “Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the near perfect conditions and enjoy exceptional whale watching year-round. Dana Point Harbor is the ideal location for whale watching with quick and easy accessibility to open ocean. Winter celebrates the Gray Whale...

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Santa Ana Zoo Annual Birthday Bash

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced today that its 67th wild birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd on the Zoo grounds from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You came as a kid, now come back with yours! Parking and entertainment are included in the cost of general admission. Zoo members and children under age 3 are free. Did you know that multiple animals at the Zoo were born in the month of March? Guests will love searching the Zoo for these special party animals and writing birthday greetings to their new friends! Look for giant anteaters, camels, lemurs, ocelots, sloths and the world’s smallest monkeys! SAZOO, the Zoo’s resident monkey mascot and honorary OC celebrity, will also be on hand to engage, entertain and take photos with guests. At...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd anniversary on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Some activities require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, and popcorn. The $2...

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Electrifying Harlem Globetrotters Return to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 51 comments

Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to the Los Angeles area in February. Harlem Globetrotters Schedule *Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State University Friday, February 15 at 7pm. *Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm. *STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, February 17 at 2pm. *Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday, February 23 at 2pm and 7pm. At each Globetrotters game, there will be more than 20 opportunities before, during, and after each event where fans will get a chance to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30-percent increase over any...

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Three Little Pigs Join Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

We experienced Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession as a guest of Disney The Lunar New Year is a time for families to gather together to celebrate, and what better place to do that than the Disneyland Resort. My favorite thing to experience while at the Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year is Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. This year, guests visiting the resort are in for a big treat. With it being the year of the pig, The Three Little Pigs dance in the interactive performance. Along with Goofy, and Chip and Dale everyone wants to join in on the fun. Another significant change to the performance is that it is at Paradise Gardens Park with a beautiful view of the Pixar Pier. While visiting at the start of the celebration, I found a seat on the stairs...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air in Orange County as sweethearts make dining arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they love. We have found the best restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Studio’s Six-Course Valentine’s Dinner Created for Gourmet Lovers Thursday, February 14 Chef Ben Martinek is serving heartfelt selections to delight couples who desire impeccably served, delicious food presented in a stunning Craftsman-style ocean view setting. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of Shigoku Oyster on the Half Shell and next is Kampachi Crudo with romanesco, pearl onion, green strawberry, kaluga royal caviar and hearts of palm. Then Smoked Santa Barbara Red Abalone with forbidden black rice, cauliflower mushrooms and wasabi-english pea pearls is served. The third course is...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some fun. Get on your bowling shoes and get ready for a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy a friendly competition. Plus, you’ll get in a little work-out before lunch. Next, it’s time for lunch. There are multiple dining choices at The District at Tustin Legacy. There is a lot of love put into the sandwiches at...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Camp Pinniped

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children, ages 8 – 13, to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! A perfect experience for budding veterinarians, scientists and animal lovers! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs and crafts. Campers leave empowered with ways they can help protect and preserve our oceans. Every summer has new content so campers who return keep on learning! Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp Hours Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00...

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Lunar New Year 2019: South Coast Plaza Dining

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Select South Coast Plaza restaurants have created special dishes in honor of the Lunar New Year! Celebrate the year of the pig by enjoying delicious cuisine at one of these premier restaurants. AnQi by House of AN February 5-10, 2019 from 5 – 10 p.m. Join AnQi for a festive Lunar New Year. Start the Year of the Pig with beautiful décor, “Li Xi” Good Luck Red Envelope; and Heaven & Earth Good Luck Prosperity Menu of specials served at dinner only. Dishes include Quail Congee with Crispy Egg, Szechwan Stir Fry Egg Noodles with Tofu, Steamed Filet of Sea Bass in Sesame Shoyu, Crispy Skin Pork Belly with Harvest Root Vegetables and Gingerbread Pudding with Kumquat Ice Cream. Specials $12-$33; à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity) 714.557.5679 Water Grill Now through February...

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Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited the Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration as a guest The Peanuts played a huge part in my childhood, so every time I go to Knott’s Berry Farm I get those wonderful memories brought back. When Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the Peanuts Celebration it is my favorite time to go because of the beautiful decoration and amazing shows. I went to Knotts Berry Farm this Saturday and I got to experience the best things that are being featured in the park for the celebration. I also had the opportunity to walk around and take pictures with all of the fun decorations. The Peanuts Crew is also available for pictures throughout the park at varying times. Peanuts Celebration Photo Opportunities One of my favorite picture spots are the totally trending photo ops right at the beginning of the park....

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Orange County Super Bowl Dining Guide

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Deals, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The big game is this weekend, and some of the top restaurants in Orange County are hosting some tasty specials. Don’t watch the game alone at home. Enjoy it with the company of other foodies in OC at one of these top places to see the Super Bowl. Bad to the Bone 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 The Super Bowl is next weekend, and with the Rams set to face off, Orange County is going to be buzzing with excitement. Everyone knows the best food to watch the big game with is BBQ… which is why fans should let Bad to the Bone BBQ handle the game day snacks! Bad to the Bone BBQ, is the perfect spot to catch the game or score big with a Super Bowl Take-Out package. With a dozen high...

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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

The Queen Mary welcomes back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI on February 16-17, 2019. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games Celebrate the Queen Mary’s rich Scottish legacy first hand through a full schedule of authentic Scottish activities. Including, the new North American Professional Highland Games, dancing, entertainment, and cuisine. Plus, tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage. Construction began on the Queen Mary eighty-eight years ago in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland. The craftsmanship of the Queen Mary exemplifies the country’s finest work. Today its heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival, honoring true Scottish culture. ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI welcomes nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors throughout the festival weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the new North American Professional...

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D23 10th Anniversary Collectable Pins

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Disney, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

Now, is the best time to become a D23 member. In honor of D23’s 10th anniversary, Disney created an exclusive box set of 10 pins. The set features characters, movies, television shows, and theme park attractions. Plus, D23 is also celebrating landmark anniversaries. These beautifully crafted pins—including such favorites as Donald Duck, Haunted Mansion, and The Little Mermaid. It comes in a D23 embossed tin. Also, it will be sent to all guests who join or renew their D23 Gold or Gold Family Membership in 2019. New & returning D23 offers and discounts ONLINE (Gold Members) such as 25% off all purchases at H2OPlus.com and 10% off purchases of $50 or more at shopDisney.com and in Disney store. ONLINE (General and Gold Members) such as 48% off Disney Magazines and 20% off ACME Archives artwork. AROUND THE COUNTRY (Gold...

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You’re Invited to Monarch Butterfly Day

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

OC Parks invites the community to learn about Monarch Butterflies in their natural habitat during the 10th annual Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. About Monarch Butterfly Day Monarch Butterfly Day celebrates majestic Monarch Butterflies during a free day of outdoor fun that takes place in the Forest Shelter near parking lot C. Butterfly experts will be onsite to engage attendees with educational information and fun facts about the life and transformation of these beautiful and unique creatures. Park visitors can explore a netted butterfly enclosure and learn how to plant their very own butterfly garden. Families can also enjoy festive crafts, face painting and a balloon artist, with food available for purchase. Recommended for outdoor enthusiasts and children ages 4 to 12, discover the magnificent world...

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You’re Invited: Best Buy Open House Event

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Now that the holidays have passed, it is a great time to upgrade your home electronics. Whether is being your appliances, computers or home entertainment, Best Buy is the place to get it all. Also, this weekend, they are hosting a special open house event. And, you are invited! Best Buy Open House Event Head over to select Best Buy locations this Saturday, January 19th from 11am – 3pm for their Open House Event. Best Buy’s Blue Shirt experts can help you experience the best in major appliances from Samsung, Whirlpool, Café and GE. You will also discover what’s new in Home Theater, receive free upgrade checks with Best Buy Mobile and see how small appliances can simplify your life. Best Buy In-Store Offers Not only will you learn about the latest technology, at Best...

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Aquarium of the Pacific: 16th Annual Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 35 comments

About the Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Also, it will be in a setting surrounded by beautiful sea life. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers. It is such an amazing event. Plus, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. What to expect at the Festival of Human Abilities Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays. In addition, mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. DiveHeart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop...

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2018 Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2018 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. CASA Holiday Luncheon The Luncheon and Fashion Show that began as a Holiday Tea is in its 23rd year of existence and has brought in over 4 million dollars since 1995. This year’s Luncheon had a record breaking net for the fifth year in a row. More than $452,000 that will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system. The Luncheon was chaired by Melissa Rohani and Michelle Fisher. They were assisted by a team of over 85 members from the Friends of CASA (FOCASA) auxiliary group. Five hundred and thirty guests filled the...

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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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Philharmonic Society: Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 19 comments

Join the Philharmonic Society Professor Planethead on his musical journey through outer space. Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure is complete with visually captivating NASA projections and dancers from Backhausdance. About the Philharmonic Society of Orange County The mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is to foster an appreciation for music by presenting national and international performances of the highest quality while also providing dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages. Hear the Orange County Youth Symphony perform music from Holst’s The Planets and raise your lightsabers as you hear “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. This concert will transport your imagination to a galaxy far, far away! (Approx. run time 45 mins) Pre-concert Activities Check out the lobby prior to the performance for hands-on activities, including a musical instrument petting zoo courtesy of...

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Anaheim on Saturday, January 5, 2019. They are bringing the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship series. It is for the debut race of the 2019 season (followed by a second Anaheim event on Saturday, January 19th). Monster Energy Supercross To shake up the competition, the 2019 schedule will feature three Triple Crown events. They will also feature two East-West Showdowns. They will be showed on October 23 when tickets go on sale. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac will look to defend his inaugural premier class championship. There will be a battle for championship and the Triple Crown pits riders in each class will  compete against each other. This will happen in three Main Events. New in 2019 the fans will additionally experience the pre-race FanFest. This is an even more festival-like atmosphere. It...

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Disneyland Southern California Resident Discount Ticket is Back

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

The Disneyland Resort is ringing in the new year with a discount ticket. They are presenting a discounted ticket only available for Southern California residents. Guests may visit for the low price of $60 per day. You must buy of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Also, enjoy special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. About the Discounted Tickets at The Disneyland Resort Beginning Jan. 7, 2019 all the eligible guests may visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for as little as $60 per day. You must buy a three-day or a one-park per day ticket. Now is the ideal time to enjoy even more spectacular entertainment. These include, favorite festivals, and also, the new Pixar Pier. Also includes Super Hero experiences and a big celebration with Mickey and Minnie. Also, to this special ticket...

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Orange County School of the Arts ‘OCSA’ Grants a Wish with The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

As an Orange County School of the Arts, OCSA, student, I was honored to attend an event where my school granted a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Being a student at OCSA, I got to go to the event. I watched Kaylin sing and dance on stage with a bunch of back up dancers/singers who were also students at OCSA. About the Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the best charities, and I love to see how they change lives. They change the lives of every child who has a life threatening disease, and make their wishes to come true. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the event was the red carpet. Kaylin would soon walk down it. Kaylin’s Arrival at Orange County School of the Arts There were students lined up on the sides...

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The Magic of The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Every time I watch the Nutcracker ballet, it just gets more and more amazing. I have to say when I saw it this year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I never wanted it to end. The dancers and the costumes were mesmerizing, and the traditional dances made me want never to take my eyes off the stage. We arrived at the theater and took our seats, eagerly waiting for the show to begin. We the dancers finally came out it was fun to start humming in my head some of the original Nutcracker songs that no one can forget. As I watched the dancers spin around and around, I was captured into a world of fairytales and magical nutcrackers. When the Nutcracker turned into a real person, I was...

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Celebrate the Season at South Coast Plaza

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue There is something magical and exciting going on at The South Coast Plaza. From now until December 24th, you can visit Santa’s Village in Carousel Court. South Coast Plaza really goes all out to give families a great experience. Their Santa is top notch. He is sweet, jolly and charming. If by chance your child is freaked out by Santa ( like my toddler) he is very patient with them, and he tries his hardest to get them happy and calm. The sweet Elf is also great, and my daughter loved her. After you take your pictures, Santa hands you a candy cane. My Daughter was very excited about this. When you walk up to Carousel Court, you will see the beauty within. The Carousel is filled with Santa’s reindeer and...

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The Countdown to Christmas at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Pretend City Children’s museum has a Countdown to Christmas going on right now. Each day leading up to Christmas they will be ”unwrapping” a new holiday activity at the museum. My son and I were invited to a Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. What a treat this visit was. All the children in attendance had a nice one-on-one conversation with Santa while they ate their pancakes and fruit. They also had hot cocoa and marshmallows to enjoy. Once done eating the children decorated a star for their craft and sung Christmas carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We enjoyed this a lot. The kids also were read a story by Mrs. Claus. Just when we thought things couldn’t be better, the kiddos were invited to take pictures with Santa and...

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Majestic Lights at the The Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue If you are looking for a visually beautiful experience that is not Christmas lights, look no further, The Chinese Lantern Festival at the Pomona Fairplex is a must-see experience. The Chinese Lantern Festival is open Thursday- Sunday weekly until January 6,2019. At first, I thought the festival was going to be those lanterns you release into the sky, but boy was I wrong. This Festival is not about that at all. The lanterns are huge. They are real works of art filled with bright LED lighting. Everywhere you turn you will see beautifully crafted Chinese lanterns in a variety of shapes and sizes. They have it set up, so you walk down paths and each path brings you to something beautiful. One area my son loved was the Dinosaur area. Here...

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Final Two Nights to Experience The Journey to Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Journey to Christmas is sure to become a new holiday tradition to share with your loved ones. Heartfelt and beloved music drives these captivating stories, each performed by a stage full of incredibly gifted singers, dancers and musicians. “Traveling” from heartwarming modern day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas, Journey to Christmas brings the story to life in a contemporary and theatrical style with beautifully projected imagery, stunning lighting, and of course a little Christmas magic. Friday night only…SANTA is coming! Santa will be available for visits in the lobby before and after the show so make sure and bring your cameras! Bring your camera! The Last Two Performances are: Friday, December 21st at 7:30pm Saturday, December 22nd at 2pm Price Mezzanine: $30.00 Orchestra: $35.00 Tickets are currently available online. Recommended Age: 3 & Up Location: PYLUSD...

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The New TCL Experience at The Honda Center

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

We were invited to check out the new TCL Experience at The Honda Center and watch the Anaheim Ducks take on the Vancouver Canucks. TCL and the Anaheim Ducks announced a new partnership and grand opening of the new TCL Experience at The Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks have partnered with TCL, America’s fastest-growing TV brand. TCL has become the new naming partner of the Honda Center’s largest entrance located on the south side of the building. The new TCL entrance is located on the south side of the building and features branding on both the inside and outside of the building. The TCL Experience has their award-winning 4K HDR Smart TV’s, cell phone charging tables, where you can plug in or go wireless to charge your phones. Across from the TCL Experience, is the Team Store and the...

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Mess Hall Market: Where Inspired Chefs Come Together

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

We attended a preview as a guest of the venue If any of you have been following the new construction happening near the Flight at Tustin Legacy, then you know there is a mixed-use campus on its way for all of us to enjoy. Yes, and nestled in between will be Mess Hall; a 12,000 square foot area with offerings from a variety of well-known chefs. Among these spaces will find eateries to soothe your moments of hunger, quench your thirst and offer a great exploration of flavors. A campus of modern structures with wonderful use of glass to create buildings that mimic sculpture art. Meandering trails, open spaces with a park-like setting allow for strolling before or after having a bite to eat. You’ll even discover that it’s Metrolink friendly, which means you can meet friends and leave...

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Celebrate the Holidays at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 41 comments

Get into the holiday spirit now through December 23, 2018, at the Aquarium of the Pacific during the month-long Aquarium Holidays celebration. Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, daily penguin parades at 10 a.m., shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, daily screenings of the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. There is currently a beautiful display of gingerbread houses! On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa. A toy drive runs daily through December 23rd and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Aquarium guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy – at a $15 value or more – will receive a...

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Our 16th Year Celebrating Christmas at Irvine Park Railroad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Sixteen years ago, we had just adopted our first born son and started the holiday family tradition of bringing our kids to the Santa Train at Irvine Park Railroad. Over the years, I always thought that our children would at one time outgrow the tradition, but every year they ask to return to create more memories together. This year was extra special, as we visited on my birthday. Our family all went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot. I know? There are so many delicious dining options in Orange County, but I love cheese ~ what can I say? After dinner, we drove over to Irvine Park Railroad to ride the Santa Train to the North Pole. We had a 7 pm train ride and arrived...

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Pirates Take Over Christmas at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Yo Ho, Yo Ho! It’s a pirates life this holiday season at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. This year, the pirates have taken over Christmas and have kidnapped Santa and Mrs. Claus during an interactive stage show. Will they be rescued in time for Christmas? You’ll have to come see the show to find out! Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has been one our long-time favorite family traditions to do during the holiday season, and their holiday show this year is bigger and better than ever. We made reservations to attend the show on Saturday and didn’t tell the kids until we arrived. The minute that we pulled into the parking lot, they screamed with delight. We always plan to arrive early to enjoy the complimentary appetizers, drinks, and pre-show. This year...

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Lido Theater Celebrates the Season with Annual Showing of Holiday Classic, It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 17, shown at 1pm and 7pm each day. In addition, on Saturday, December 15 at 6pm, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7pm movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the stunning Lido Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. The Lido Theater opened in 1938 with Jezebel, the...

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The Holidays Set Sail at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue We know the Queen Mary is a stunning jewel all on her own but during Christmas it becomes a timeless holiday experience. With the sprinkling of Christmas cheer throughout from bow to stern. As you stroll the hallways and decks, drinking in the history of the majestic ship you are entertained by familiar songs from Caroler’s, spunky Bell Hops and cheerful interactions with Mrs. Claus. You can leisurely take your time exploring both the ship and discover all of the Christmas activities available to you. Visit the Gingerbread Village where you build your own sweet home; or the Stocking Shop and let the creativity shine though while creating your stocking to hang on the mantle. Mrs. Claus will delight your little ones as they gather round with hot chocolate to hear...

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Snow Days with the Critters at the Santa Ana Zoo

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

“Snow Days with the Critters,” the Santa Ana Zoo’s exciting winter event, welcomes visitors to the Zoo during the weekend of Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 from 11 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine. The event is included with the price of admission and is FREE for children 2 and under, as well as for members of the Zoo. On Sunday, December 16, Santa Ana residents can visit the Zoo and enjoy this event for FREE! Proof of residency is required. “Snow Days” is an annual all-Zoo event welcoming winter and celebrating the joys of the season, including snow! Watch animals receive icy treats and snow enrichment, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, discover how animals adapt to surviving in freezing environments, create cool crafts, and listen to delightful winter stories. There will even...

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Holiday Teen Favorites at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disneyland   Holiday’s at the Disneyland Resort is something my family has been celebrating since I was a child and it is one of those traditions that I will never get tired of experiencing. From the beautiful lights to the yummy treats at Disneyland, it is a magical way to celebrate the holidays. This year I went with my mom, and we got to experience the holidays just as they began. One of my favorite things every year at is the Disneyland Christmas tree. Every year at Disneyland they have the most fantastic tree that I could stare at for hours. This year I had the privilege of meeting some of the women who make the bows to decorate the tree along Main Street U.S.A. I had so much fun talking to them...

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Visit Whoville to Experience Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Every year our family looks forward to celebrating the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. Our favorite part of the holiday celebration is getting to experience Grinchmas. The Grinch and all of his friends from Whoville have come to Los Angeles to celebrate the holiday season with your family. This year, I brought my daughter with me to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience Grinchmas. The minute that we left the parking structure, we were immersed in the Christmas spirit. The first thing that we noticed was the giant 40-foot tall Christmas tree that features 200,000 LED icicles! The tree sparkles every night, and the lights are choreographed to the sounds of the season – plus Santa also makes a special appearance too. As we walked through Universal CityWalk, we admired all the...

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A Western Wonderland: 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge. The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. “Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual...

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HGTV Presents Santa HQ

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Hosted Embrace a new way to get your kids and family excited about the Christmas holiday with this hands-on experience in a winter wonderland. As you wait in anticipation to meet and take a picture with Santa, let your child’s magical experience take flight! I brought my brother, my 9-year old niece, and my two sons, who are 4 & 6 years old and we were all in awe of this glorious experience. We first took turns at the Naughty or Nice O’ Meter. The kids got to log in their own name on a tablet, which put their name up on the big screen as the meter began, lights were flashing, and the kids were giggling waiting to see their results! It was so personal and so exciting. Luckily they were all on the nice list! We entered...

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Christmas at the Mission: Capistrano Lights 2018

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

From now through Jan. 6, Mission San Juan Capistrano is hosting Capistrano Lights 2018: a nightly tree lighting on The Mission grounds; the celebration will begin at 5 p.m. every night. After the festive ceremony, guests are welcome to explore the San Juan Capistrano’s downtown and historic Los Rios District, known for its picturesque holiday displays, unique dining options, holiday shopping and wine tasting. Additionally, throughout December, families will have the chance to meet an 18th century St. Nicholas for “Selfies with Santa or Mrs. Claus,” in the historic Sala building. Explore the ancient Mission grounds and snap a picture with Santa Claus himself; event dates are December 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more fun, join Mission San Juan Capistrano for “Winter Break: Crafts and Activities for Kids”. The holiday series will...

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9th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 6 comments

Join us for our 9th annual Christmas with the Critters for a fun festive day! The children will enjoy crafts, holiday music, bounce house, Santa, watching the animals opening their Christmas presents and listening to keeper talks, while the parents can enjoy holiday shopping, silent auction, lunch and beverages. Tickets: $17 for Adults $11 3 years -12 Free 2 years and younger – No food included When: Sunday December 9th, 2018 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado CA, 92676 Lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events Holiday shopping opportunities -Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 -$8 valet parking – All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife 501(c)3 GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a Family Four Pack to Christmas with the Critters event (value of $56) by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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