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2017 Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Events | 13 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history during the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor. Gather friends and family for three days of events Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 and experience the ultimate seaside adventure! The Tall Ships Festival at Dana Point Harbor includes three days of events and entertainment for festival-goers of every age, prices vary per event. Festivities and the Tall Ships parade kicks off on Friday, September 8 and Tall Ships tours, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters and several other activities await guests on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. The Parade of Sails on Friday, September 8 from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. kicks off the festival and invites guests to join the armada as they...

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Newport Dunes Labor Day Weekend Event

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is celebrating Labor Day Weekend in Classic Rock style with The Steely Damned 2 and special guest David Rosales performing live on Saturday, September 2 from 5-10 p.m. Experience SoCal’s premier Classic Rock cover band, The Steely Damned 2, live while enjoying BBQ favorites provided by Back Bay Bistro, Food Trucks, a beer garden and full bars throughout the picturesque outdoor venue. Huntington Beach singer-songwriter David Rosales will open the show. CONCERT SCHEDULE: Doors open: 5 p.m. David Rosales: 6 p.m. The Steely Damned 2: 7 p.m. WHEN: Saturday, September 2, 5-10 p.m. WHERE: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, California 92660 EVENT PRICE: General Admission: FREE VIP Seating: $75 and includes stage-front seating, Pass the Line Table & Bottle Service. VIP Table service for Bistro BBQ menu only. Ticket...

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2nd Annual Southern California Boat Show

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The Southern California Boat Show made waves after its inaugural event last fall, and is returning to showcase the latest power and sailboat models, plus a variety of accessories, electronics, engines, gear and services. The 4-day event will feature some of L.A.’s best gourmet food trucks, a beer garden and daily interactive seminars on a variety of topics. 
 From trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, dockage, tenders, to paddleboards, The SoCal Boat Show has expanded its’ exhibitor base and educational roster by accommodating more than 60 exhibitors with specialties across the entire maritime gamut: from sailing lessons to marine finance to yacht brokerage—even custom mattresses for a sea-worthy night’s sleep. 

 Los Angeles Harbor is one of the busiest container ports in the world, serving more than 22 million local customers yearly and reaching an upwards of...

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End Summer at the Sawdust Festival

Posted by on Aug 26, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the most magical things to do with your kids during the summer is to take them to the Sawdust Festival. This year, I was so busy that I didn’t find time to make it to the festival until last week. While I was at the Sawdust Festival with my younger son, I was reminded of how special it is to spend time with our kids at this special event. When we first arrived at the Sawdust Festival, my son immediately wanted to do the pottery. He had never done pottery before, and with it being the end of summer, the line was not very long. He put on his apron and sat down with an artist who helped to teach him how to make his very own bowl. I...

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Paella Wine & Beer Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dining, Events | 9 comments

  Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m. Nearly 50 local chefs will compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship in Sueca, Valencia, Spain. Event entry includes unlimited wine, beer and paella and features an experience reflecting what one would find while strolling through a lively outdoor market in Spain. There will be live entertainment including Flamenco performances and Spanish rock, and local vendors will offer tapas, sangrias, cocktails, cultural art, and much more. With thousands expected to attend, the Paella Wine & Beer Festival is one of the most authentic Hispanic culinary events in the United States and presents a unique opportunity for local chefs to...

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Flower Child Arts and Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Events | 12 comments

 Sponsored The Flower Child Family Arts and Music Festival Presented by Munchkin is coming to Orange County on September 17th. The all-ages event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities at the Orange County Great Park. During the event, parents can discover the newest trends in popular baby brands, participate in a variety of engaging children’s activities, shop in the vendor shopping village, and enjoy live music. There will also be the Great Parks Farmers Market happening where families can purchase fresh produce and eat from food trucks for an additional cost. The event will start at 10 am, and the fun will continue until 3 pm. Tickets are $10 per person, and children under the age of 5 are free. The ticket price includes activities such as face painting presented by Charles Schwab, magical arts and...

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Orange County Solar Eclipse Events

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

  The exciting time has come for the world to get to see a solar eclipse. On Monday, it will be the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. Eclipse glasses are sold out everywhere and families are making glasses out of cardboard boxes, but there are some places where you can bring the family to see the eclipse and all the materials will be provided for you! UCI’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is hosting a free public viewing party for all ages, and it’s the perfect opportunity to do one last thing before everyone is back to school. Location on campus: The UCI viewing party is at...

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You’re Invited: Playa Vista Medical Office Open House

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Events, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Providence Saint John’s Medical Office in Playa Vista is opening to the public tomorrow, August 17th, and your family is invited to attend the festive event. During the event LA Lifeguards will be there teaching Sidewalk CPR. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to draw their own picture at the arts and crafts section. Drawings collected at the event will be permanently displayed throughout the office for children to see when they return to the office for their first appointment. Along with a drawing craft there will be a food craft where children can create animals out of fruits and vegetables. Families can capture photos from the event in front at the Greenscreen photo booth. Attendees will stand in front of a green screen and have the opportunity to have their photo taken on a beach,...

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Bring Your Kids to a OC Soccer Club Game

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored If you have kids who like to play soccer or want to introduce your kids to the sport, then you want to bring them to see Orange County’s only professional soccer team play at the Orange County Great Park. Your kids will enjoy the excitement, action and great team spirit that the OC Soccer Club players possess. During the family-friendly games, there are activities for the kids, player autograph sessions and a food and beer garden for the parents. The best part about the soccer games is that it is affordable for families to attend a game. Ticket pricing starts at just $15, and they have just started playing in the beautiful new championship stadium at the OC Great Park that seats 5,000 people! If you want to attend multiple games this season, there are season tickets and...

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You’re Invited: Orchard Walk Grand Opening

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a new home in Orange County? Olson Homes is bringing 37 brand-new single-story villas to Orange in their new community Orchard Walk! Home seekers far and wide are invited to the #OlsonOrchardWalk Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 12th. Attendees will be treated to a tour of four fully-furnished attached model homes showcasing Olson’s expertise in home design and livability. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4700 E. Washington Avenue, Orange, CA 92869. Attendees can also enjoy light snacks, beverages, a balloon artist, and live music! For more information and to RSVP, view their Facebook event page HERE. Orchard Walk will present two and three-bedroom attached residences featuring Spanish architectural styles and modern style open layouts. Homebuyers can choose from four different floorplans ranging from approximately 1,340 to 1,566...

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Lobsterfest Newport Beach isn’t Just for Adults

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue I have been going to Lobsterfest Newport Beach at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for the past three years, and it is one of my favorite events to attend with my family. Not only is it all you can eat food/drink (if you get a VIP ticket), but there is also a band, people dancing, and photo ops everywhere! Lobsterfest is not just an event for adults, but kids will have a blast too. Every year I have attended Lobsterfest I leave with some amazing lobster memories. My favorite thing to do at Lobsterfest is to take pictures with Lido the Lobster and some real lobsters. Teens would love all of the different photo opportunities Lobsterfest has to offer, and you’ll have your Instagram followers craving some fresh Maine lobster. Another...

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Last Chance to Experience Lobsterfest

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Our favorite family summer event of the year is Lobsterfest in Newport Beach. The family-friendly event is located right on the water at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, and everyone in our family has a blast every year. The event is happening this Sunday, and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! Thousands of fresh Maine lobster are flown in the morning of the event for families to enjoy. We always get the VIP ticket because it includes all you can eat lobster, steak, salad, and vegetables. Plus, there is complimentary wine for the parents. While families are enjoying freshly cooked lobster, there is fantastic entertainment. My kids love dancing to the music from the live band. Along with the entertainment are some fun photo opportunities. There is a giant lobster to capture a photo...

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Impossible Science with Jason Latimer at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This summer, my youngest son has developed a love for magic. He started enjoying learning different card tricks and then when I took him to see his first magic show in Las Vegas, he was hooked. After seeing his first magic show, he started watching countless YouTube videos to learn tricks and asked us to purchase him new things to master his tricks successfully. When I found out that the world famous magician, Jason Latimer, was coming to Discovery Cube OC to perform his Impossible Science show, I immediately went online to get tickets to bring my son. I waited to surprise my son with tickets to the show. When we arrived at Discovery Cube OC, he thought that we were going to spend the day exploring the interactive museum, but...

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2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks OC Parks invite the public to celebrate summer outdoors with the OC Parks Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free to the public and offer free parking. Food trucks and Ruby’s Diner will be offering food for purchase at each event. The Lagunitas beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. Gather friends and family, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy free live music under the summer sky with OC Parks. Mile Square Regional Park 16801 Euclid St Fountain Valley, CA 92708 Thursday, August 3 The Fenians and Orion Walsh Thursday, August 10 Common Sense and Wheeland Brothers Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Dana Point, CA 92629 Thursday, August 17 Andrew McMahon and Shelter & Grace Thursday, August...

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CosmetiCare Fat Freezing Friday Event

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 We are a CosmetiCare Ambassador Do you need a fun girls night out? Some of the best Mom’s Night Out I’ve had have been at CosmetiCare. We enjoy the beautiful views of Newport Harbor, chat, and learn about the newest services being offered at the highly-acclaimed med spa. On August 4th at 5:30 and 6:45 you’re invited to come to CosmetiCare for their fat freezing Friday event. During the event, you’ll get to meet the CosmetiCare doctors and staff, and learn all about how you can easily burn any stubborn fat non-surgically with coolsculpting! Plus! If you decide to make an appointment to have a procedure, you can save 10% by telling them that the OC Mom Blog sent you and using the discount code: Shelby100!! What are you waiting for? Call your friends and RSVP for this fun...

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Ultimate Country Music Fun at the Shipkicker Country Music Festival

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. The Queen Mary hosted its 3rd Annual Shipkicker Music Festival, and it was the place to be for Southern California country music fans.  Not only did you have a full day of music, but there were also food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors and the Shipkicker Saloon with line dancing and amazing performances on three different stages. Jake Parr is an amazing up and coming singer, songwriter, and musician who opened things up on the main stage.  This talented young man is an OC native growing up in Tarzana, CA and after just a few seconds into his set, he had the crowd on their feet and dancing to his music.  After his set, Jake took to the crowd to shake hands and mingle with his fans.  It is one...

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Marvelous Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Being a mom of two boys, I have learned to love superheroes. My boys are constantly educating me and teaching me about the lore behind the comic book stories. When my boys first learned about Marvel Universe Live that was coming to the Honda Center, they asked if I could take them. It was the day after we were scheduled to arrive back from a week in Maui, and I was worried that we would all be too tired to enjoy the show, but my boys were showered, dressed and ready to go hours before it was time to leave. On our way to the Honda Center, my kids got even more excited about the show reading about Naz and her children’s experience going behind-the-scenes. Her kids got to learn about...

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Yesterday my children and I were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the all new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes live action show at the Honda Center.  My son is a huge Marvel fan and was excited to see how the team makes the magic come alive. We were greeted by the stunt superhero team which gave us a demonstration on how they perform their moves.  Fight 101 wasn’t just hands on; it was also about mind control.  Ten hours of training daily is how this team makes sure that they are not only safe but also on point.  The show is action packed with so many moving parts, being in sync with one another is what is need to make the show a success and to keep...

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Coastal Wine, Arts & Music Festival

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

  Wine aficionados will come together with music and art enthusiasts in Orange County for a unique experience that will excite both your senses and taste buds. During the Coastal Wine, Arts & Musicl Festival guests will sample premium varietals from wines around the world and enjoy small bites from local chefs plus indulge in a sushi and sake tasting, cupcake pairings and more all while music performers and local artists keep the party lively. Enjoy wine tasting, live music performances, small bites all while taking in beautiful works of art from various local artists. Where: Gray Matter Museum of Art 485 East 17th Street, #101 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tickets: Available online and starting at $59 The Coastal Wine, Arts & Music Festival is a live music, food,...

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Pirate-themed Irvine Spectrum Toddler Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center Summer is in full swing and families came together to celebrate the season during a fun and interactive Pirate-themed Toddler Tuesday at the Irvine Spectrum Center. With Toddler Tuesdays being such a huge hit during the school year, the free family event has returned for select third Tuesdays of the month. During the event, children came dressed in pirate-themed attire and enjoyed a wide variety of complimentary activities. There was face painting, balloon art, crafts, and more. Not only were there fun activities, but children also got to enjoy complimentary train rides, carousel rides, and Ferris wheel rides during the two-hour event. Did you miss the fun? Don’t worry. Toddler Tuesdays will be back again next month at the Irvine Spectrum Center with a fun circus theme on August 15th from...

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