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Kaleidoscope Trick or Treat Pumpkin Party

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope will host its annual Trick or Treat Pumpkin Dance Party on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3:30 pm. The free event will include trick-or-treating, dancing to music from a DJ, games, free face painting. For $5, children can pick and paint a pumpkin from Kaleidoscope’s pumpkin patch. Costumed youngsters ages 12 and under are invited to bring their own treat bag and stroll the center trick-or-treating at participating stores and restaurants, from 1 to 3:30 pm, or while supplies last. In addition, children who turn in their Trick or Treat passport card, stamped by the various participating shops at Kaleidoscope, will have an opportunity to win a Grand Pumpkin Giveaway Basket filled with candy and an iPad. Kaleidoscope is located just off the 5 Freeway at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo. For more information,...

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Flower Power at the Flowerchild Festival

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC Great Park was buzzing this past weekend with families attending the first annual Flowerchild Festival. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the event, and families were lining up to get into the festival to enjoy the family fun. The event was located in the heart of the OC Great Park, next to the carousel. In the hanger was a ton of vendors handing out samples and information about their businesses. Raffles were happening, kids getting braids in their hair, and Mom’s Orange County was educating parents about the different services they offer the community. Parked outside of the hanger was the Burnt food truck where families could purchase food and drinks for the kids. Our kids enjoyed their mini sliders while taking a short break from all of the fun. After our kids had a...

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Balboa Island Family Carnival

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Your family is invited to bring the family to Balboa Island for a day full of fun at the first annual Balboa Island Carnival and Taste of the Island. The event, which will take place on Marine Ave., the main island thoroughfare, will offer fun for the entire family. Activities will include carnival games and rides, dunk tank, bungee jump, pie-eating contest, food stations, fashion show, raffles, beer and wine garden, and much more. When: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m. Fashion show at 2:30 p.m. Where: Balboa Island 200 Block of Marine...

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Outlets at San Clemente Fundraising Shopping Extravaganza

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente is proud to announce its third annual Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 7, to benefit 38 local nonprofits. During the event, consumers receive exclusive discounts at most stores, while Outlets at San Clemente donates $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to a local nonprofit organization of the shopper’s choice. In 2015, the inaugural event raised $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofits. Last year’s event raised $42,150 to benefit 25 local nonprofits. Participating organizations this year include: San Clemente-based organizations The Marine Monument at Park Semper Fi, Su Refugio Ministries, Because I love You – BILY, Shorecliffs Middle School Education Foundation, San Clemente High School Wellness & Prevention Center, San Clemente’s Woman’s Club, San Clemente Village, San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club, San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club, San Clemente Christian School, Pet Project Foundation,...

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Ninjas Take over Legoland California during LEGO NINJAGO Days

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s ninja time! LEGOLAND California Resort celebrates the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated big-screen animated adventure “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE,” in theaters nationwide on September 22, with LEGO NINJAGO Days on September 23 & 24. Guests are invited to come join in some LEGO NINJAGO fun at the family theme park and meet some of their favorite LEGO NINJAGO characters, including Kai, Jay and Nya. Guests can also participate in activities such as building a LEGO mystery mosaic, completing a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A. and be one of the first to play “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” video game. All activities are included with the price of admission into LEGOLAND California Resort. WHEN: September 23 & 24, 2017 WHERE: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA ACTIVITIES: THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Character Meet & Greets Meet characters from...

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The Queen Mary’s All-New CHILL

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Embark on an international holiday expedition this winter as the world-famous Queen Mary introduces an all-new CHILL unveiling December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of family fun celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. The 38,000-square foot ice park will offer an ice skating track, ice bumper cars, ice tricycles, a zip line, ice shuffleboard, a two story, 100-foot-long ice tubing slide and many more festive winter activities. Visit CHILL for an icy expedition honoring international holiday traditions and the cultural celebrations of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Start the CHILL holiday adventure in Germany and experience the famous Munich Market and Gnome’s Wishing Well, then ice skate over to Switzerland to cozy up in the Alpine Lodge...

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9th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Events

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  September is here and in Huntington Beach/Surf City USA, that means surfing dogs will take over the city. On Saturday, September 23rd, the world-famous surf dog competition, McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog, once again hits the waves at Huntington Dog Beach. The event features international competitors and fun-filled days of ancillary doggone family-friendly fun events that partially benefits six pet-related charities. Main Event: 50 of the world’s best-surfing dogs will be surfing in ten-minute weight-based, shredder (pro-level) and tandem surf dog competitive heats, including two competitors from Brazil and one from Canada. WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM SCHEDULE: 8:00am – 2:00pm – Doggy SurFUR Expo 8:30am – 1:00pm – McKenna Surf City Surf Dog® Surf Competition (10:50 AM Shredder Heat) 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Finals 2:30pm – Awards/Closing Ceremony WHERE: Huntington Dog Beach...

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2017 LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly®, is returning with exciting entertainment, sweeter treats and even more not-so-spooky thrills this year every Saturday night (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28). LEGOLAND® California transforms into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun Halloween party featuring Ghost Cruise adventure, a new pop-badge challenge, a fall festival complete with a LEGO® pumpkin patch building activity, Bluegrass Band Jamboree and a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City, where kids can decorate their own craft and more! Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $49 if purchased online in advance. New this year, guests can purchase a full second day Resort Hopper ticket to enjoy LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Special event ticket holders...

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The District’s Taste of 10 Anniversary Event

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The District at Tustin Legacy is turning the big 10 this year! When The District first opened in 2007, it was the largest shopping center to be built in Orange County during that decade. Original tenants for the million-square foot center included anchors such as Orange County’s largest Whole Foods Market, Costco, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, PetSmart, AMC Tustin 14 and Target. The outdoor center now features nearly 100 specialty stores and restaurants—including Union Market Tustin, one of Orange County’s first food halls with over 20 unique eateries and independent retailers. This year, The District welcomes a wave of notable new retail and dining concepts, including Prego, Pressed Juicery, Planet Fitness, Bar Louie, The Halal Guys, UnionRyde, Joon Shabu Shabu, Bear Cheese Tart, Black Steel Barbershop and more. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, The District is hosting a “Taste of...

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Mermaid Breakfast at the Ocean Institute

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you are lucky and look closely across the horizon on the cliffs of Dana Point on a random September day, you can see “pirate” ships sailing on the waves to the Tall Ships Festival at the Ocean Institute.    Sadly, I missed that glorious day, but my daughter and I were equally lucky to meet the mermaids that swam to shore to see these magnificent ships up close.  The three day Tall Ship Festival started Friday night with the Parade of Sail and ended Sunday evening with the Cannon Battles. In between the celebrations, the Ocean Institute was able to connect with the Mer-kingdom and brought to surface some beautiful mermaids for children to meet. The Mermaid Breakfast began at 9:00 am, and as guests enjoyed pancakes, fruit, eggs, and sausage,...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th Annual Southeast Asia Day + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its thirteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts. Through this unique celebration, the Aquarium seeks to foster a stronger connection with the local Southeast Asian community. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Southeast Asia...

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You’re Invited: A Night of Beauty

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 The holiday season is quickly approaching, and CosmetiCare is here to help make you look and feel your best. They are hosting a special night of beauty on Tuesday, September 12th at 5 pm. During the event, guests are invited to have a personalized 15 minute full facial mini consultation with their aesthetic experts. There will also be champagne, white wine, and tasty finger foods. Don’t miss this special event. There will be raffles, and guests attending the event can enjoy 10% savings on all services with the discount code: Shelby100. See you there! We are a CosmetiCare...

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Mickey’s Halloween Pre-Party Mix-In & Discounted Tickets

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Disney, Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort is going to be bigger and better than ever this year with the all-new pre-party mix-in. For the first time, guest attending Mickey’s Halloween Party will have an opportunity to visit Disney California Adventure as well as Disneyland Park during the three hours prior to the beginning of the party in Disneyland Park. Another great reason to bring the family to Mickey’s Halloween party this year is the discounted advance purchase tickets. There are only a few select nights available where guests can take advantage of the discounted advance ticket pricing. We recommend purchasing them today before the tickets sell-out! Your family will create memories that will last a lifetime during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special ticketed event allows guests to trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park, enjoy special...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 13th Annual Native American Festival

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The thirteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China Makes Its Segerstrom Center Debut in the Breathtaking Production of China Soul

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the first time with its company of more than 100 performers under the direction of Mrs. Guo Qingli. For their Center debut, the award-winning company will perform its stunning new production: China Soul. Certain to delight the whole family, the program is accompanied by traditional Chinese music and features incredible feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more. China Soul will be performed on Saturday, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Single tickets start at $19 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 12th Annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 41 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 12th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 16th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more. Irvine Park Railroad’s 2nd annual...

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8th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival Returns

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated 8th annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival returns to the beautiful Oak Canyon Park on Saturday, September 23 from noon to 4p.m. Dubbed “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival,” the event will offer unlimited tastes from more than 250 craft and import beer samplings from over 90 breweries. Super-fan craft beer enthusiasts will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to sample extremely rare and special release beers at Brew Ha Ha Festival’s NEW ‘Rare Beer Section’. This year’s Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival will break its own record of offering both the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange County, CA. Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy quality craft beer, gourmet food trucks and restaurant vendors, live entertainment, games, and more. The all-new ‘Rare Beer Section’ will offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for beer aficionados to...

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Hurricane Harvey OC Dining Fundraising Events

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  As we follow the Hurricane Harvey news coverage, we are all concerned for the people of Texas and the tremendous devastation they have suffered from the hurricane, historic rains and flooding that continue to wreak destruction and affect lives throughout South Texas. Families can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey by attending one of these OC restaurant dining fundraising events. MEAT ME IN TEXAS BoD Pop-Up benefiting Houston Flood Relief With much of Houston facing incredible flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills will be hosting a benefit dinner, MEAT ME IN TEXAS, for Houston flood relief at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd. The restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch, will host this special pop-up dinner for $200 per guest with 100% of the ticket price donated to charities helping those...

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OC’s Ancient Wonders Family Fun Event

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

  Join OC Parks and the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center at Mile Square Regional Park Saturday, September 9 for OC’s Ancient Wonders, a free educational family event. OC’s Ancient Wonders will present Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community. The event will feature displays of local fossils and Native American artifacts, educational crafts and hands-on activities for kids of all ages, archery demonstrations, Native American storytelling, guided hikes led by Naturalist for You, a volcano demonstration and a butterfly tent by Western Monarch Guardians. The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center is a partnership of OC Parks and California State University, Fullerton. The event will be located at Mile Square Regional Park’s Nature Area and Archery Range. Parking is $5 per vehicle....

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Free Kids’ Cooking Class at 99 Ranch Market

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

  Join us at 99 Ranch Market at Culver Plaza in Irvine on Saturday, September 9 from 2pm – 3pm for the new and highly recommended children’s cooking class program, Tawa Culinary Adventures. The program seeks chefs-in-training who are craving FREE cooking lessons and boiling with excitement for adventure. In this course, the instructor will demonstrate and guide students step by step in creating a self-prepped meal. Their next class in Irvine, children will be making a Chilean Mandarin Jelly Roll with an Orange Dipping Sauce. YUM, indeed! Eating fruits provide numerous health benefits! People who eat more fruits and vegetables are part of an overall healthy diet, and the nutrients in fruits are vital to health and maintenance of your body. So, we’re happy to be teaching our little chefs a new recipe with these numerous benefits. Be...

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