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Vampirate’s Dinner Adventure Show

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue During the month of October, Pirates Dinner Adventure has transformed into Vampirate’s Dinner Adventure Show! Your family is invited to embark on the adventure of a lifetime as Captain Sebastian, and the Black’s crew share their story of love and adventure on the high seas. We surprised our kids this past weekend by taking them to the Vampirate’s show, and it was one of their favorite Halloween events yet. We checked into the event and had a family picture taken before entering the building. The room was full of children dressed like pirates (and some vampires) who were enjoying appetizers and drinks before the show. Once it was time for the show to begin, they opened the doors, and the adventure started. We were guided to our chairs where our dinner...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd Annual Christmas Train + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 65 comments

  It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for details. While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when...

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Bring the Magic of Disney Haunted Holiday Home

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored Decorating our house for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. Every year, I am in search of new decorations to add to our collection and to replace the decorations that have weathered over the years. This year, we added a little touch of Disney to our Halloween decorations by adding a Disney Haunted Holiday LED projection spotlight to our home. We got the Haunted Holiday LED projection spotlight themed after our favorite Disneyland Park attraction, Haunted Mansion Holiday. When we turned it on, Oogie Boogie appeared on the front of our house, and our children squealed with delight. The LED projection spotlight spins the Disney projections around on the front of our house in a festive way. It was our first time every trying a LED projection holiday decoration, and it quickly became one...

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Spooky Date Night: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Who loves Halloween? We do, and this year the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is host to some of our favorite spooky mazes! You’ll experience just the right amount of curiosity, fear, and surprise among the featured seven mazes while strolling through the carnival-like atmosphere of the night. As you become immersed in the world of Clowns, Acrobats, Fortune Tellers, Freakish Marionettes, the Ringmaster and the many spirits who’ve returned to create a hauntingly fun night! Discovering the entrance to our first maze; Lullaby, we descend into the depths of the Queen Mary where Scary Mary is lurking everywhere. How does she move around so quickly? You’ll begin to see her haunting ways as she tries to find more playmates to fill her terrifying playground. Will you be next? Feast, another new...

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Join the Monster Academy at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Endless spooky science fun awaits your children this Halloween season at Discovery Cube OC. Your kids will get to join the Monster Academy as they learn through play. This year is better than ever with an interactive stage show, slime making demonstration, and more. Tractor Trails For children under the age of five, they can ride a mini tractor along a spooktacular fun trail. While riding the tractors, they will bump into a familiar friend from the Happiest Place on Earth. Dress-up like a Scarecrow Your children can enjoy endless imaginary play when dressing up in one of the many Halloween costumes available. Spooky Shapes & Ladybug Match Using different shapes, your children can use their imagination to create different jack-o-lanterns. Once they are done creating a jack-o-lantern, they can play...

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5 Things to do at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Halloween season is in full swing, and one of the best places in Orange County to get in the spirit of the holiday is to spend the day at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch! The family venue offers something for everyone in your family to enjoy, and these are five of our favorite things to do when visiting Irvine Park Railroad during Halloween. Ride the Train Everyone’s favorite thing to do when visiting Irvine Park is to ride the train. It is decorated with fall colors for the season and will take your kids on an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy a Sweet Treat Take a break from all of the fun to treat the kids to some cotton candy or popcorn. The snack shack also has lunch items...

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Halloween Magic and Mayhem at Roger’s Gardens

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Have you ever been to Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar? Well, if you haven’t you need to go! It’s more than just a garden store; it has the cutest home decor and gift items as well and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon walking around with your children. My two favorite times to go are at Halloween and Christmas. They go all out and will you get you right into the holiday spirit! They even have a relatively new restaurant on site called Farmhouse, that I’m dying to try! I went to Roger’s Gardens with my family a couple of weeks ago to check out this year’s Halloween theme, “MAGIC & MAYHEM.” It was full of magic and mayhem during Halloween time. Roger’s Gardens doesn’t just line up shelves with merchandise; they artfully beautifully arrange...

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42nd Annual ENC Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Come and join the fun at the Annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch! Purchase your pumpkin (become an ENC member on 10/15 and receive a FREE pumpkin!). Play games, go on the Craft Crawl, have your face painted, or treat yourself to a henna tattoo! Ride a pony or pet a friendly farm animal at our petting zoo. All proceeds help us provide quality education through hands on experience with Nature to our Community. Dance along to tunes from the Laguna Beach DJs. Check out the Fire Circle Stage to watch a Live Bird of Prey presentation by the OC Bird of Prey Center or a presentation by the Youth Singers of Orange County. Check out the schedule HERE. Come hungry and leave full after dining at our Savor OC Restaurant Showcase (bring your own reusable cup and...

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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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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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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to try all of the tasty treats and savory foods. This year, Disneyland has brought back many of our favorite Halloween treats, and have added a lot of new things for your family to try when visiting this holiday season. These are some of the Halloween foods that you’ll not want to miss trying when visiting Disneyland this Halloween. Cake Pops and Caramel Apples One of my favorite things to get during Halloween Time at Disneyland are caramel apples. Disneyland has a wide variety of cake pops available for your family to enjoy. Spoke-y Cone Macaron This tasty treat is filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel...

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Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 3 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney For the first time, families can now experience the magic of Disney’s Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure Park. Families who purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party can create memories together in either Disney California Adventure or Disneyland during the three-hour pre-party mix-in. The excitement begins as guests first enter Disney California Adventure Park and are greeted by a giant silhouette of Oogie Boogie! Then once inside of the park, guests will notice that Buena Vista Street has been decorated for the Halloween Season, and there are bats everywhere! Cars Land has an all-new look for Haul-O-Ween! Mater, Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and the Red Fire Truck are dressed in their favorite costumes. Guests can spot Mater cruising down Route 66 while dressed as a vampire, and capture a photo...

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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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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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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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Three Fun Things to do at SeaWorld this Summer

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Events, Giveaways, Holiday, Summer, Theme Parks | 45 comments

 We attended as a guest of SeaWorld Some of my favorite memories as a child were spent at SeaWorld San Diego. When my children were little, we would visit SeaWorld on a regular basis until I felt a lot of the pressures from friends and family to cease going to the theme park because of the negative documentary that was released. Unfortunately, I stopped bringing my children to SeaWorld for many years without taking the time to consider all the conservation and animal rescue efforts that SeaWorld does for animals. I brought my children to SeaWorld San Diego for the first time that they could remember last year, and went on a behind-the-scenes tour where I learned all about the good that SeaWorld does for animals. They have a massive rescue and rehabilitation facility where they care for sick/injured...

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Celebrate the 4th of July at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.” The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m. The festivities run...

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Building Memories with Dad on Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Father's Day, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored One of the best gifts that children can give their Dad on Father’s Day is a gift that brings them closer together. A gift that they can use together, and create memories that will last a lifetime together while experiencing it. The best gift to give dad on Father’s Day that will encourage families to spend quality time together is LEGO. For years, Father’s have enjoyed spending time with their children building LEGO sets. It is a great opportunity for kids to talk to their dads, problem-solve together, and to just have fun together. Family is at the heart of the LEGO brand, and that shines in the LEGO Batman Movie that comes out on DVD tomorrow, June 13th. When looking for the perfect LEGO set to get for Dad on Father’s Day, these are some of our...

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Ecology Center 2017 Summer Farm Lab Camp

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Green Living, Summer | 0 comments

  Farm Lab Campers will dig deep into food and farm life in the season when the garden really comes alive. Activities include seasonal planting, chicken care, compost exploration, fort building, eco-crafts, and harvesting and cooking from the garden. All activities at The Ecology Center Farm Lab Camp revolve around our core initiatives of GROW, WATER, EAT, and MAKE. Taking place on a 1-acre teaching facility nestled next to a 28-acre organic farm, campers will have an unparalleled view of the farm process and what it means to grow from seed-to- harvest. Summer Farm Lab Camp Session 1 Ages 5-6 June 27-30 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 2 Ages 7-9 July 18 – 21 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 3 Ages...

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Segerstrom 2017 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the best ways to create summer memories with your children is to take them to an outdoor summer movie night. There are so many outdoor summer movie nights happening around Orange County, and The Segerstrom Center for the Arts Movie Mondays series is one of the best. Families can enjoy food from local food trucks and then watch a classic film on the side of the building. This year, they have one of the best movie lineups yet! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2017 Movie Mondays series with beloved movies from five decades: 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s on July 10 1978’s The Wiz on July 17 1988’s Stand and Deliver on July 24 1990’s Edward Scissorhands on July 31 2003’s School of Rock on August 7. The showings are FREE, and, for...

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