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Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling performers, and multiple stages of live entertainment culminating with SoCal’s top fireworks display. Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers will pay homage to the late Tom Petty...

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2018 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Father's Day, Holiday | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is just days away, and Orange County’s top restaurants are rolling out the red carpets for dad’s and offering exquisite special menus for the big day. Make the dad in your life feel extra special this Father’s Day by treating him to brunch, lunch or dinner at one of these restaurants listed in our Orange County father’s day dining guide. From buffets to burgers and cigars to seafood, Orange County has Father’s Day in the bag for dads, dads-to-be and dad-like figures. At Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio is a champagne Father’s Day brunch that includes live entertainment and games. A gourmet brunch with signature burgers and chicken and waffles is being served at Selanne Steak Tavern by dad/Chef Josh Severson complete with a selection of creative cocktails. For a more playful day, dads and their families...

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Free Dads & Grads Party at the MainPlace Mall

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Events, Father's Day | 0 comments

  MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana’s premiere shopping destination, is throwing a “Dads & Grads” themed Party on the Patio and Art Walk to celebrate Father’s Day and new graduates. On Saturday, June 9 from 2-5 pm, guests can relax, dine, and unwind while enjoying a free afternoon of entertainment, food and beverage sampling, giveaways and much more! Taking place on the second-floor patio outside of Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Applebee’s and Wokcano, attendees can enjoy free beer and food samples while listening to live classic rock. There will also be a photo booth, games for all ages, complimentary beauty stations by MAC, Makeup Stop, and Sephora and a raffle where you can enter-to-win merchandise from MainPlace Mall retailers. Dads and grads in attendance will receive a complimentary gift from MainPlace Mall. In addition to the Party on the Patio, MainPlace...

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Cinépolis Summer Kids Movie Series

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Film, Summer | 0 comments

  The Cinépolis Summer Kids Series is back and for the first time ever, debuting at all Cinépolis Luxury Cinema locations. Occurring every Tuesday at 10am, now through August 14, guests can enjoy $1 movie tickets at Cinépolis USA theaters and $3 movie tickets at Cinépolis Luxury Cinema theaters for special screenings of their favorite animated movie. All summer movies are suited for the entire family, with a G or PG rating. Groups and events are available at participating locations with 48hrs notice. A full list of movies and dates below: • “The Boss Baby”- June 12 • “The Angry Birds Movie” – June 19 • “Smurfs: The Lost Village” – June 26 • “The Emoji Movie” – July 3 • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – July 10 • “The Lego Ninjago Movie” – July 17 •...

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series, with events kicking off in June. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. June films include The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and concerts feature Donavon Frankenreiter, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Dates and times vary per series, for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. OC Parks Sunset Cinema June Dates Saturdays June 16, 23, 30 from 6 –1 0 p.m. OC Parks Summer Concert Series June Dates Thursdays June 21, 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. OC Parks Sunset Cinema Film Series Carbon Canyon...

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Some Spook-tacular Fun is coming to the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Disney, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns for more spook-tacular days than ever this year, enchanting guests of all ages with frightfully fun experiences themed especially for the season, from Sept. 7 through October 31, 2018. Eerie encounters and fiendish fun await guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights. With seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts will materialize around every corner. Additionally, the guest-favorite Mickey’s Halloween Party will return with 15 nights of after- hours fun. This separate-ticket event features some exclusive entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire, trick or treating at locations throughout Disneyland Park and a chance for the entire family to visit the parks in costumes. Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party...

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Mother’s Day Family Festival

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Boomtown Brewery hosts a Family Day with mom at heart. This Mother’s Day, come to Boomtown Brewery and treat mom to some family fun and delicious ale. This FREE to attend event is Sunday, May 13 from 12:00pm-6:00pm with plenty of fun activities perfect for the whole family (and some last minute hand crafted gifts for mom): chocolate decorating, succulent designing, a bouncy house, face painting, and a photo booth! A BBQ vendor will be in attendance taking care of dinner, so mom doesn’t have to cook. Open to all ages, no reservation required. Haven’t thought about what to get mom for Mother’s Day yet? Keep thinking…but while you’re thinking, put this event on your calendar. This event is perfect for mom to get out of the house and have a craft brew, but keep her kids nearby...

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Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea at Hotel Shangri-La

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend I was treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch by the sea at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to treat mom to brunch on Mother’s Day because of the hotel’s beautiful ocean views, timeless decor and excellent cuisine. While I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch in their elegant restaurant, brunch on Mother’s Day will be served al fresco under the beautiful Santa Monica sun on the outdoor hotel patio. Brunch began with a champagne toast before embarking on an epicurean adventure. Our first course was a refreshing gazpacho shooter that perfectly cleansed our palate before savoring the next five courses. The highlight of our brunch was the avocado toast. The dish featured perfectly crisp toast topped with thinly...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Events, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend at picturesque Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy ocean activities, dining specials, shopping, art sales and seaside scenery May 12 – 13. Enjoy the ocean breeze during the Mother’s Day Fine Art Show & Sale May 12 – 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. along the boardwalk between Harpoon Henry’s and Wind & Sea. Presented by the Dana Point Fine Arts Association, visitors can enjoy displays featuring watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography and more. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers excursions daily, and Dana Wharf cruises on May 13 will offer moms a complimentary “MOMosa” or glass of champagne. Dana Wharf also offers fishing trips on the high seas and on May 13 moms fish free and receive a complimentary equipment rental....

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2018 Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Celebrate Mom this year on Mother’ Day by treating her to an unforgettable Sunday brunch at one of these premier Orange County dining destinations. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Seafood Station Ahi Poke, Shrimp Cocktail, Ceviche, Oysters in a Half Shell, and Chilled King Crab Legs with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, and Tabasco Cooked to Order Omelets Omelet or Whole Eggs Made to Order with: Country Ham, Sausage, Bacon and Bay Shrimp, Assorted Cheeses, Diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Cut Peppers, and Salsa Smoked Fish Station Gravlax, Scallops, Trout, Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce, Sliced Red Onions, Capers, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, and...

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Springtime Memories with the South Coast Plaza Easter Bunny

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Spring has sprung, and Easter bunnies all around are out and about visiting and taking photos with kids of all ages. Some bunnies can be a mix of cute and creepy, but the bunny at the South Coast Plaza is anything but that. This Bunny is amazing! My kids were in love with this bunny. When we got to the mall, we were invited to visit the Kids Atelier Store directly across from the carousel for a private event. They had some tasty treats, a balloon twister and a basket full of goodies for all the kiddos. My son loved the frog piggy bank that he received in his basket. There is a Springtime crafts cart that sells them and some other wooden things for kiddos to decorate for a fee...

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2018 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Dining, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is a time for families to come together and create memories that will last a lifetime with enjoying delicious cuisine. While there are many dining choices on Easter, these are our top picks of where to spend the holiday with your family. Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun in the Ballroom Sunday, April 1; seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For this holiday, it’s time to round up the family and hop over to Fashion Island Hotel for an Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun! They’re transforming the Ballroom into a colorful Easter wonderland with live entertainment, kids’ face painting and egg decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a family photo to capture all the fun memories. The bountiful brunch buffet features favorites like made-to-order crepes, seasonal salads, tasty desserts and a selection of kids’ favorites. And...

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2018 Orange County St. Patrick’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

 You’ll have the luck of the Irish this year while enjoying delicious authentic food at one of these top dining destinations in Orange County. The Blind Pig Restaurant + Bar — Rancho Santa Margarita The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar serves up shareable gourmet American cuisine, by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider, with an expansive selection of craft beers and specialty craft cocktails, by Bar Manager Ryan Autry. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the team will offer a selection of $5 craft Irish beers on tap, a featured Irish whiskey for $6, and a single malt flight, along with craft Irish-inspired cocktails to be paired with Irish-themed dishes on special like Bangers & Mash, Irish Beer Battered Fish, and Corned Beef. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen — Brea, CA & Irvine The Latin inspired menu at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen...

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Southern California: Lunar New Year Events

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

  Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with your family at one of these Southern California Lunar New Year events. Disneyland Resort 1313 Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802 Disneyland.com The Disneyland Resort is the premier place to bring your family to celebrate the Lunar New Year this year. The celebration is happening at Disney California Adventure Park with authentic cuisine, fantastic entertainment, and activities. The magical celebration continues until February 18th. Save on tickets for your visit by taking advantage of the limited-time Southern California resident discounted ticket offer. Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618 Sunday, February 18 from 1pm to 3pm. Activations will take place in the Giant Wheel Court including: Lucky red envelopes Korean fan dancers Chinese lion dance Asian themed stilt-walkers Music entertainment And more! Fashion Island...

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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Treat your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day date night at one of these romantic Orange County dining destinations. AVEO Table + Bar Enjoy a seaside dining experience this Valentine’s Day at AVEO Table + Bar. Executive Chef Collin Thornton has created a special 4-course menu ($89 pp) with standout dishes that mirror the effortless coastal elegance of resort including taragon-poached lobster with a saffron-tomato marmalade, brown butter John Dory with ricotta gnocchi, and an herb-crusted rack of lamb in a raspberry red wine reduction. The final course is a large macaron filled with Itakuja chocolate mousseline, bejeweled halved raspberries, and finished with a sangria reduction. AVEO Table + Bar 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 Taco Rosa Taco Rosa takes a different approach to Valentine’s Day, by offering a special experience instead of...

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Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Disney, Events, Holiday, Lunar New Year, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Families are invited to come to the Disneyland Resort to celebrate the year of the dog during the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. While visiting Disney California Adventure Park with my daughter, one of our favorite things that we experienced was Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. As we arrived at Paradise Pier to see Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, the celebration began with festive music. Within minutes we saw Mulan, Mushu, and Goofy dancing to the music and making their way closer to us. My daughter and I were captivated during the entire performance by the beautiful music, dancers, and the majestic dragon. There was so much to see that families will want to come back to see it again and again. The magical Lunar New Year Celebration...

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Holiday Family Fun: Winter Fest OC

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Winter is my favorite season, and part of that is because of the holidays and all the fun lights and decorations. I also love the cold weather and sipping on hot cocoa with my family. This year, my family and I attended Winter Fest OC at the OC Fair Grounds. I knew from the minute I heard of it that it was going to be a blast and I was right! The event featured so many fun activities that we stayed until eleven o clock at night! There is ice skating, carnival rides, snow tubing, food, and many more fun activities. My younger brothers favorite was the ice skating, while my older brother and I loved all of the thrilling carnival rides. Snow tubing was an enjoyable way to bring the...

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Winter Wonderland: CHILL at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Now that you have some time between the holidays, you should check out the all-new CHILL at The Queen Mary! Whether you are looking for something fun and wildly different with the family, an outing as a couple or perhaps you want to gather a group of friends to play in the cold; it’s a great afternoon or evening of fun! CHILL at The Queen Mary is a winter wonderland full of activities that make you smile! First thing you’ll notice is you are surrounded by the most amazing 38,000 sq. ft. Ice Adventure Park; you won’t know which activity to choose first with ice bumper cars, zip lining, sledding and our favorite; outdoor ice skating! We’re not talking about a small ice rink; you get to wander and skate on...

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Toast to 2018 Aboard The Majestic Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Ring in the New Year with a night of captivating live entertainment, delicious food, and spectacular drinks culminating with one of SoCal’s top New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Travel throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms, and salons for one night of multiple celebrations including a live performance by well-known 90’s artist, Sir Mix-A-Lot. FIREWORK DISPLAY: Dubbed Southern California’s top fireworks display, the 15-minute-long fireworks show paints the night sky with exhilarating colors in-sync to New Year Eve themed music off the stern of the Queen Mary. NEW YEAR’S EVE ENTERTAINMENT: Grand Salon Sip champagne and sing along to exciting Los Chicos Del 512 Selena Tribute Band with live performances at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Windsor Salon Delight in the New Year’s Eve Buffet – Regional Cuisine of Mexico. Walk up only and seating...

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Ring in the New Year at Winter Fest OC

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, invites you to ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, fireworks, and an unforgettable 3,000-balloon-drop at 6pm and midnight. The celebration begins early with not-to-miss meet-and-greets with PAW Patrol characters Marshall and Chase from 2:30pm to 9:00pm. Families are also invited to commemorate El Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings’ Day on January 6, where Winter Fest will host a traditional parade of three kings and a live camel at 5:30pm. Festive food, live entertainment, and camel viewing will take place all day to mark the cherished holiday. All the fun of Winter Fest continues through January 7, with OC’s largest snow play & slide area with real snow blown in daily, plus unlimited tubing down Snowflake Summit’s 150-foot mountain of ice, bounce...

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2017 Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining Events

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year? These are the hottest dining spots to ring in the New Year in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 All aboard for Ways & Means Hawaiian New Year’s Bash! Throw on your cheesy Love Boat costume and get ready for a night of music & dancing! Guests can enjoy themed cocktails, costume contests, and giveaways all night long! Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 2607 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614 Start the year off in a charitable way with Andrei’s special New Year’s Eve menu (100% of the net profits are donated to The Andrei Foundation). For $89 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing, guests will enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, fun party favors and complimentary champagne toast...

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SoCal Firefighters: FREE Tickets to CHILL at Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  The world-famous Queen Mary and Urban Commons, the current Queen Mary lease holder, will offer SoCal Firefighters a FREE ticket to the all-new CHILL in appreciation of their efforts in fighting the recent California fires. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, choreographed light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more. “This is a special time of year for many communities and their families,” said Dan Zaharoni, Urban Commons Chief Development Officer. “We wanted to find a way to show our appreciation for the unwavering support and dedication of our local firefighters during these past weeks and current days. We know many towns...

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Giving the Gift of Handmade Gifts

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Christmas, Crafts, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite gifts to give are those that are handmade. This holiday season, we took a break from the holiday stress and spent an afternoon decorating stockings to fill with Welch’s holiday fruit snacks for some of our family and friends. We decided to fill the stockings with Welch’s fruit snacks vs. candy because they are made with real fruit (which is the first ingredient), they are 100% DV vitamin C, 25% DV Vitamin A&E, fat-free, gluten-free, and have no preservatives – making them a great alternative to candy. It was a fun afternoon as my kids added buttons, bells, and stickers to the red stockings. Once we were done decorating the festive stockings, we filled them up with lots of Welch’s fruit snacks before delivering them. When our friends saw the handmade stocks, it brought...

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Pretend City Holiday Fun

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Pretend City Children’s Museum has a Christmas countdown going on. Each day they will “unwrap” a holiday activity for you and your family to enjoy. Each of these days has a Storytime with a new book read each day. My family and I went to check this Christmas countdown out. All I can say is… What a treat! Everything in Pretend City is lit up and decorated beautifully. You really feel the holiday magic when you step inside. On our visit Pretend City Children’s Museum went all out for us and had a great pancake breakfast with Santa. We got to enjoy this event with a few other families, and it really made my kiddos feel special. I mean what kid would not love a private breakfast with Santa? After we...

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The Birth of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue For 109 years Newport Beach has invited locals and guests from afar to marvel it the beauty of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  Year after year our family tradition has been to watch these lights float on top of the water bringing with them holiday cheer.   This year, as I stood along the beach at Marina Park watching the smiles on the faces of my children and that of strangers nearby, I wondered if John Scarpa and Joseph Beek realized how greatly they impacted the holidays in Orange County. If you don’t recognize the names, then please read on and learn about how two mean brought magic to Newport Beach.   Over 100 years ago, Scarpa and Beek established what was then called the Tournament of Lights. Scarpa owned a gondolier company...

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Winter Wonderfest: A Perfect Way to Keep Cool This Hot Holiday Season

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

 We visited as a guest of the venue Oh, the weather outside is frightfully hot with the record-breaking heat this holiday season which means my plans for snow play up in the mountains during the holidays has been postponed.  Thank goodness for the Discovery Cube OC’s Winter Wonderfest!  You read it right…snow is coming to Orange County.  Year after year the Discovery Cube OC brings joy, snow, and fun to children and adults. To experience tubing down a huge 75-foot ramp, sledding, and playing in real snow you need three important things.  1. Warmish jacket. It may be in the high 70’s but baby it gets cold outside next to the ice.  2. Gloves!!! Any kind of gloves would do, but I highly recommend waterproof ones so that your fingers don’t freeze from making snowmen and throwing snowballs. 3....

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Holiday Traditions at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Irvine Park Railroad It is hard to believe that it was 15 years ago that our family started the holiday tradition of visiting Santa at the “North Pole” at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train. It has been a tradition that our family has kept every year since our first son was born. This year was bittersweet for me because I was worried that my two teenagers would not want to attend. They have grown up so much over the past year, and things that used to spark the magic in their hearts, don’t as easily anymore. I waited until the day we were visiting the Irvine Park Railroad to tell my two teenagers, and to my surprise, they were ecstatic to relive the magic of the holidays at the Irvine Park...

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The Magic of the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney For the past three years, I have had the esteemed honor of attending the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony as a guest of the Disneyland Resort. This year was very special to me because the ceremony was held on my birthday. After spending the day interviewing the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I got dressed up to attend the ceremony with one of my best friends, my daughter Ella. Knowing how popular the traditional event is at the Disneyland Resort, we arrived early and had dinner at the Uva Bar in Downtown Disney before entering Disneyland Park. We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner paired with a fresh, crisp salad, and it was the perfect prelude to our magical evening. Once the time had come, we entered the park and got in line...

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Celebrating the Holidays at Rancho Las Lomas

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend, my family and I attended the event “Christmas with the Critters” at Rancho Las Lomas. The grounds of Rancho Las Lomas are just gorgeous. My husband and I came here many years ago for a wedding, but this was our first time checking out the zoo with the kids. We saw all kinds of exotic animals such as zebras, peafowls, reptiles, African Servals, Macaws, and our favorite, a White Bengal Tiger named Lilly. We were lucky to have walked by during feeding time and got to observe the Zookeeper feed Lilly a snack and learn some interesting facts about her too. All the cages at the zoo were decorated for Christmas and Lilly was a typical playful “kitty” batting and chewing at the colorful streamers that adorned her...

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Holiday Pirate Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Arg! Pirates have kidnapped Santa over at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, and your family is invited to embark on an epic journey full of swashbuckling holiday fun. The holiday version of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is the best yet and one that your family is not going to want to miss seeing this holiday season. Your adventure will begin by capturing a keepsake photo in front of the giant pirate ship. From there, you’ll be invited into the building where there will be tray passed appetizers, drinks, and an interactive pre-show. Then it will be time for the fun to begin. Your family will take a seat inside of the tiered audience where you’ll be immersed in a pirate-themed holiday story. There will be action, adventure and lots of holiday cheer. While watching...

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Creating Holiday Memories at Santa’s Village

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite childhood memories was driving up to the mountains to spend time with my family at Santa’s Village. When I learned that Santa’s Village had finally reopened to the public last year, I wanted to bring my children, but our holiday season was too busy to make the trip. This year, I made it a priority to bring my children to experience the magic of Santa’s Village, and it was an experience that they will never forget. We had thought about spending the weekend in the mountains but decided to make it a day trip in our Kia Sorento. We left early and arrived at Santa’s Village right when they were opening. I signed the waiver, got our tickets, and the fun began. As we entered Santa’s Village,...

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Get into the Holiday Spirit at Roger’s Gardens

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar never disappoints, especially around the holidays. This year, Rogers Gardens has transformed into “Joyeux Noel,” a glittery and fantastic shop full of pure holiday magic! Inside, Christmas trees stretch way up high, completely drenched in sparkling ornaments and twinkling lights. Each tree has its own unique theme and accessories to go along with it. There’s always a bit of whimsy in the displays at Roger’s too; my girls got a kick out of the table & chairs mounted on the ceiling! Outside, a toy train zips through a sea of tiny trees. Plush, velvety poinsettias add pops of red throughout the gardens. Now through December 23rd (11am to 6pm in the Amphitheater), you can even take pics with Santa! As I mentioned in my post around Halloween, there are lots of expensive...

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Celebrate the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Get into the holiday spirit with your family this year at Universal Studios Hollywood. Not only can your family be immersed in the magical world of entertainment, but also create memories that will last a lifetime at the family-friendly theme park. This year, the holidays are bigger and better than ever at Universal Studios Hollywood as they are transforming The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, bringing back Who-ville at Grinchmas, and there are Mischievous Minions abound. As night falls, your children will be in awe as they witness the transformation of Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is a spectacular sight as the castle becomes adorned with twinkling lights, getting everyone into the holiday spirit. While exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter don’t miss sipping on...

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Take a ‘Holiday’

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Who doesn’t love live music?  Who doesn’t love a craft cocktail after a long work week?  And who doesn’t every once in a while just like to go out with the girls or have a date night with the hubby and cut loose?  Ummm, I know I sure do! Now I like to dance, but I don’t know most adults over 30 who enjoy a loud nightclub or pumping DJ mixes.  Of course to each their own, but when it comes to live music, I really just appreciate a great sounding local band that I can sing along with and get some of my moves out.  I preface “my moves” with needing a bit of liquid courage, but then again when you’ve got your girls by your side or your man on your arm, it’s really just about...

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Taste of CHILL at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We were recently invited to the Taste of CHILL to sample bites and beverages from the six regions across the Globe that will be showcased at the all-new CHILL. The 38,000-square foot Ice Adventure Park features Ice Skating, an Ice Track, Amsterdam Bumper Boats, a Shanghai Speedway, a Zip Line, Ice Shuffleboard and a two-story, 140-foot-long Ice Tubing slide. CHILL at The Queen Mary will open on December 13th and run thru January 7th. The one-of-a-kind experience will allow you to celebrate the traditions of Christmas from six different regions of the world; exploring international fare, the cultures, dancing and live performances. After tasting what will be offered for all of us, we can’t wait to play and explore the world again through food. Come hungry because it’s amazing! You’ll find...

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Back Bay Bistro: Brunch with Santa

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday | 0 comments

  Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself at Brunch with Santa on Saturdays, December 16 and 23. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve as well with a special Sunday Brunch with Santa featuring fresh seafood and bottomless mimosas. Brunch seatings are available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For those who wish to dine out on Christmas Eve, Back Bay Bistro is hosting a gourmet, six course Christmas Eve dinner highlighting seasonal sides, three main course options and festive desserts with seatings from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Dinner Menu: First Course Winter Mixed Greens with candied pecans, cranberries and blueberries with raspberry vinaigrette Second Course Roasted Tomato Bisque with garlic croutons and...

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Discovery Cube OC Winter Wonderfest + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

 Sponsored Snow is coming to Orange County at Discovery Cube OC, so bundle up and experiment with ramps and friction, while enjoying all-day snow play and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Experience a lesson in physics as you whoosh down a huge 75-foot ramp on inflatable tubes. But, where do you move the fastest — near the top or bottom? Find other frosty delights in the snow play area, where snowmen are under icy construction with the help of your imagination! Sledding down a snow-covered hill is part of the snow-filled festival, too. Slip your hands in some mittens and dig deeper into this brrr-illiant topic. Winter Wonderfest is fun for the entire family and allows kids and adults to experience a snow-filled day without leaving Southern California! Dates: December 16th-17th December 22nd-January 7th Where: Discovery Cube OC 2500 N...

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Festival of Holidays: Cultural Holiday Celebration

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays at the Disneyland Resort is by experiencing the cultural celebration, Festival of Holidays. The holiday celebration is inspired by Christmas, Navidad, Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. It offers families an opportunity to savor the flavors of the holidays with delicious culinary creations, participate in activities and enjoy fantastic entertainment. Food The food is one of our favorite parts of the Festival of Holidays. As your family scrolls through Disney California Adventure, you’ll discover colorful marketplaces that will take you on an epicurean adventure. There are 11 different festive food offerings with the roasted turkey slider and Reuben Potato Smash being our two must-have foods. Entertainment The Disneyland Resort is known for providing the best entertainment in Orange County, and the entertainment...

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8th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 11 comments

  You’re invited to bring the family to Christmas with the Critters and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with the purchase of entrance tickets! Sunday, December 17th 11am to 3pm Pre-sale general adult tickets $15, 3-12 years $10, 2 and under are free. Door general adult tickets $20, 3-12 years $15, 2 and under are free. Where: Rancho Las Lomas 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, Ca 92676 Parking is required $8 per car. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook post. We will pick one random...

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Back Bay Bistro: Stress-Free Holiday Meals

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

 Sponsored Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it is the one holiday where I host all of our family and friends. This year was a little bit different for me because I had planned a major surgery to be the day before the holiday so that I would have my family home to help me with the recovery. Everyone in my family insisted that I cancel Thanksgiving, but after almost twenty years of hosting the holiday I looked for other options to make hosting easier, and that was when I learned about the Back Bay Bistro Thanksgiving to-go option. With Back Bay Bistro being the premier place for families to dine out on Thanksgiving, I knew that the to-go meal would not disappoint and that my family would be able to enjoy a delicious meal while...

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Under $50

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored Looking for the perfect gift for a teenager or the person who has everything? Verizon has some great holiday gift ideas this year and these are our top picks to buy for less than $50! Google Home Mini: add smarts to your home (even multiple rooms). Get hands-free help in any room with this voice-activated speaker. It’s powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Square Credit Card Reader: the perfect gift for the someone on your list running a small biz. Griffin Stylus – have a tablet or looking to be a bit more precise with your touchscreen, the Griffin Stylus will give you precision without pricing you out. Cases – from Kate Spade, to Tech 21, protect your devices without breaking the bank. The UA Protect Grip Case...

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Mom’s Night Out Holiday Cooking Class

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Education, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Enjoy a night out with friends or a special date night where you can learn some cooking basics, drink wine, eat what you cook, and have a great time! The classes provide hands on, practical culinary experience under the guidance of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)’s renowned Chef Instructors in their world-class teaching kitchens. Monday, December 4th – Fresh Pasta Anyone? Monday, December 11th – A Night in the Mediterranean Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per class Ages 21+ Cost of registration includes beer and wine! Registration is currently available...

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Kaleidoscope Celebrates the Season with Community Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will ring in the holidays with a festive Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the community on Saturday, December 2 at 5pm. Co-hosted by Mariners Mission Viejo, the evening will begin with free children’s activities, a holiday boutique with local artisans, and at 7pm, holiday caroling and entertainment will culminate in the Christmas tree being lit. Local families are invited to enjoy a holiday photo booth, face painting, cookie decorating, and an ornament craft. At 7pm, visitors will enjoy a sing-a-long style program of classic holiday carols with planned surprises. Hot cocoa will also be served. In addition, restaurants inside Union Market Mission Viejo, on the upper level of Kaleidoscope, will donate 10% of sales from the evening to Mariners MV Outreach. The non-profit program recently established a disaster relief initiative in Puerto Rico, to...

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You’re Invited to the Vue Holiday Celebration + Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  You’re invited to Vue Newport’s festive Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in the Vue Front Plaza on Friday, December 1 from 6:00-7:30 pm. This magical holiday celebration for the entire community will feature live music by nationally acclaimed Golden Coast All-Stars, sweet treats, scrumptious hot cocoa, and the first annual Vue Newport Tree Lighting. This is a free, family-friendly event that is sure to become a holiday tradition on the Newport Beach Peninsula. Vue Newport is a luxurious new community on the Bayfront in Newport Beach. www.vuenewport.com. The Vue Front Plaza is located at 2240 Newport Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92663. When: December 1st Time: 6pm to 7:30pm Cost:...

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Movie It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Christmas, Entertainment, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

  Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21, at 7pm nightly, with additional 1pm matinees on Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17. In addition, at the 7pm showing on Saturday, December 16, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theater is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite over the years. 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 is located in...

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Crystal Cove Tree Lighting and Winter Family Festival

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for the 21st Annual holiday winter family festival and tree lighting to be held on Saturday, December 2, featuring Orange County’s only “on the beach” holiday tree. Crystal Cove Conservancy, the non-profit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, will host their 21st annual complimentary all-day family event on the beach in the Crystal Cove Historic District. The Historic District will be decorated by volunteers with traditional mid-century décor to bring the holiday magic to all of those who love Crystal Cove. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists as well as old-fashioned holiday decorations. All proceeds benefit Crystal Cove Conservancy and their mission of preservation, conservation and education. The excitement builds when Santa arrives at 4pm for family photos, followed by the 21st annual...

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Gingerbread House Decorating Events in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday | 0 comments

  One of my favorite family traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house with my children. Families who want to make gingerbread house decorating special this year can do it at one of these special gingerbread house decorating events happening this holiday season in Orange County. Fantastical Holiday Gingerbread and Confection Journey of Oz’s Emerald City at Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveiling on Monday, November 27, through December There’s no place like home and There’s No Place Like Island Hotel during the holiday season. This year’s magical hand-built gingerbread plus vibrantly colorful sweets presentation will “bring to life” everyone’s favorite, “The Wizard of Oz,” written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Now 117 years later, hotel visitors can fondly follow the Yellow Brick Road into Munchkin Land and go on to The Emerald City. Expect the display to follow...

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Give the Gift of a Disneyland Resort Experience + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 17 comments

 Sponsored Discover how easy it is to give friends and family members an experience at the Disneyland Resort. Giving a Disney Vacation makes it easier than ever to give theme park tickets or a dining experience, or even a Disney vacation to Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations. Mickey and Minnie Mouse sent our family some special gifts this holiday season for us to share some great gift ideas that you can give a loved one this holiday season. Give a Disney vacation experience Now, it’s easier than ever to give the gift of a Disneyland Resort experience – or a Disney vacation! You can give gift cards for theme park tickets, dining experiences, hotel stays and more! Star Wars Experiences Something you can do January through March The Force is strong with guests at the Disneyland Resort...

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. The entire resort is adorned with twinkling lights, majestic Christmas trees, and festive decorations. The holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort, and these are ten ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at Disneyland. Watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade. The holiday parade is guaranteed to get your family into the holiday spirit. There are magical floats, festive music and a surprise visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Be immersed in a magical world while taking a boat ride into it’s a small world. The attraction comes to life at night with a beautiful display of lights and inside families are introduced to holiday traditions from around the world. Have a frightfully fun time experiencing...

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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Enjoy a Festive Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful at one of these premiere Orange County Restaurants. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro is offering Thanksgiving To Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. NOV. 23 BUFFET MENU DETAILS: Fresh Salads Field Greens with Apples and Dried Cherries, Walnut Vinaigrette Grilled Asparagus Salad Spaghetti Squash Salad Beets with Goat Cheese Wild Mushroom Salad...

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Enter into the Discovery Cube Gingerbread House Competition

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite family holiday traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house together. Ever since my children were toddlers, I always wanted to decorate a gingerbread house and enter it into the Discovery Cube OC gingerbread house competition, but with our busy schedule, I never made time to do it before Thanksgiving – until this year. It is our first year entering the gingerbread house competition, and I brought our family to Discovery Cube OC to decorate our gingerbread house in their kitchen. The Orange County School of the Arts: Culinary Arts and Hospitality (OCSA CA&H) students were at the gingerbread house decorating party and helped us to create unique gingerbread houses to be on display throughout the holiday season at Discovery Cube OC. Being the OC Mom Blog, I knew that I wanted to make an...

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The Magic of Christmas + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 12 comments

 Sponsored The Young Americans has announced the dates of its 28th season of The Magic of Christmas presented by KOST 103.5 at LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. December 7th – 17th, 2017. After a sold out 2016 season, and by popular demand, additional shows have been added this year making this season the longest run of The Magic of Christmas ever! Ticket prices range from $18-$64 and include weekend matinées and evening performances. Tickets available now at lamiradathetre.com. This ‘fun for the whole family’ holiday musical stars 250 cast members from the world renowned – non-profit performing group The Young Americans. Artistic Director Bill Brawley and his production team will turn La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland with 6000 costumes and over 30 festive scene changes. The creatively produced and choreographed musical numbers include 60+holiday favorites such...

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Take Your Children for a Ride on the Polar Express

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 21 comments

  Embark on a magical’Polar Express’ train ride from Southern California to visit with Santa Claus himself at his “North Pole” workshop. On Dec. 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16 and 17, ride the train from the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. At the workshop, children will be able to play in a play area and enjoy craft activities. Other activities include Thomas the Tank Engine play tables, a visit and photos with Santa, and cookies and hot chocolate. Before boarding the train guests can visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy refreshments at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Pinacate Station, see the model railroad layout, write a letter to Santa and shop at the vendor booths and the museum gift...

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OC Rescue Mission Food Shortage

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  As the holidays quickly approach, the OC Rescue Mission is preparing to host its 52nd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 660 homeless families and individuals in the region. Today, the organization has announced an urgent need for food donations from the local community. The Rescue Mission is currently in need of: ENTREES: · 106 whole turkeys · 48 whole hams · 160 pounds of ground pork SIDES: · 200 pounds of potatoes · 360 boxes of stuffing · 80 pounds of cranberries · 120 cans of corn VEGETABLES: · 120 bags of green beans · 100 bags of carrots · 30 pounds of mushrooms · 650 onions EXTRAS: · 90 containers of butter · 24 pounds of garlic · 100 boxes of breadcrumbs · 75 pounds of bacon Anyone wishing to donate any of the...

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27th Annual Lighting of the Bay Celebration

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will kick off the holiday season with the 27th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities on Friday, November 24 from 3-8 p.m. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor screening of a holiday movie will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase. EVENT SCHEDULE: 3 p.m. – Live performances of holiday favorites by OC Children’s Song Group, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High School Choirs 5:30 p.m. – Santa arrival and Lighting of the...

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Orange County Christmas Boat Parade Cruises

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s the most wonderful time to bring your family to admire twinkling lights while cruising around one of our local harbors during a Christmas boat parade. Local yacht companies are offering affordable pricing for families to experience the Christmas Boat Parade unlike ever before – on the water! Holiday Lights Cruise: Newport Harbor’s Sparkling Boats, Homes, Docks & More Cost: Comp – $15 SoCal may not have snow, sleds and mittens for the holidays, but Newport Beach boasts dazzling Christmastime light displays sparkling from the boats, homes, docks and businesses along the harbor. Now a holiday tradition dating back more than 100 years, locals go “all out” with roof-top animated scenes, dancing Christmas trees, special effects and more (there are even prizes awarded). Hop onboard a 75-minute Holiday Lights Cruise on Davey’s Locker Ships, and be a part...

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Orange County Día de los Muertos Events

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Día de los Muertos, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Día de los Muertos is a cultural event for families to honor their loved ones who have passed before us. There are multiple Día de los Muertos events happening throughout Orange County where your family can create an ofrenda, enjoy live entertainment and delicious food while remembering friends and family members who have passed. Noche de Altares nochedealtares.org 4th and Birch Santa Ana Saturday, November 4 2017 1:00pm – 10:00pm Since 2002, El Centro Cultural de Mexico has been organizing Noche de Altares, or a Night of Altars, a community based Día de los Muertos celebration, where families, students, community organization and businesses come together to create an authentic cultural experience that reflects Mexican tradition and what makes up our communities today. Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the...

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Pirates of the Caribbean themed Haunted House

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  The Long running “Pirates Cave” Haunted House in Orange will be open this year on Halloween night, Tuesday October 31st from 7-10 pm. Are you brave enough to venture through the graveyard, skeletons, time tunnel, and into the siren’s layer? You will be amazed at the special effects and pirate themed walk-up haunt that is geared for ages 10+. There is no gore or blood, think of it as scarier version of Pirates of the Caribbean. The Address is 2548 E Garfield Ave, Orange 92867. Cost: Free Please be considerate of the neighbors while visiting. Happy...

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You’re Invited: Authentic Family Harvest Faire

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Your family is invited to spend the day at an authentic ‘old-fashioned’ harvest faire on Saturday, November 4th from 11am to 5pm at Journey School in Aliso Viejo. During the event, children can make crafts, participate in activities and enjoy health conscious foods. The event is free to the public, and there will be activity tickets available for purchase. Bring your children to this special event where they can make fairy wands, jewelry and participate in fun activities like archery and jousting. When: Saturday, November 4th Time: 11am to 5pm Location: Journey School 27102 Foxborough Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 Cost: Free admission (activity/food tickets available for...

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Costa Mesa Halloween Pirate Ship House

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Halloween, Holiday | 2 comments

  It is officially Halloween Time, and taking the kids out to look at lights on houses isn’t just for Christmas. This year, there is an impressive house that is decorated like a pirate ship that you’re not going to want to miss taking the kids to see. The entire front yard of this house in Costa Mesa is a massive pirate ship complete with cannons, skeletons, and lights. Next to the pirate ship house is a super cool spider house. You’ll want to make a couple of slow drives along this street or park the car to admire all the details of this families decorations. The house is located on 19th street in Costa Mesa between Irvine Boulevard and Tustin. We recommend bringing your children to see the pirate house in the evening, and kindly ask that families...

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Muzeo Museum’s Polar Express Pajama Parties

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Put your PJs on and bring a blanket for Muzeo Museum’s Polar Express Pajama Parties! Don’t miss this magical Christmas journey! Includes admission to Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains and viewing of The Polar Express Meet the conductor in their exhibit! Make a Christmas craft to take home! Enjoy hot chocolate & treats! Guests can bring blankets to sit on the floor, or use chairs provided. Recommended for ages 5-12. Cost: Children $15 Adults $10 (Members FREE w/ Children’s Ticket) Special Ticket: 2 Children / 1 Adult $35 Tickets are available online Dates: Sat. Nov 25, 2017 4:30pm – 7:00pm Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00am – 11:30am Location: Muzeo Museum 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA...

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The Outlets at San Clemente Candy Crawl

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Families are invited to an afternoon of free Halloween fun and safe trick-or-treating during Outlets at San Clemente’s second annual Candy Crawl. Costumed participants will collect treats from participating stores, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, who will be giving away 1,000 caramel apples. Other activities include creepy crawlers, crafts, balloon animals, music, a costume contest and more. Maps of participating stores can be picked up at Oak Tree Court. Stores will also be marked with a balloon or costumed associate. The costume contest begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to children 12 and under, as well as dogs. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick-or-treating bag. In addition to Candy Crawl, Outlets at San Clemente is also hosting a pumpkin patch throughout October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., adjacent to Tommy Hilfiger. Kids ages two...

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LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat isn’t Just for Toddlers

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I have been taking my kids to LEGOLAND for Brick-or-Treat since they were toddlers. I always thought that once my kids became teenagers that they would no longer have an interest in LEGOLAND, but I was wrong. This past weekend, we had a family staycation in Carlsbad, and I had just planned on taking my younger son to Brick-or-Treat, but once my 15-year-old and 13-year-old heard where we were going, they insisted that they come along for the fun. When my two teenagers expressed interest in spending the day at LEGOLAND, I immediately got them tickets and pulled some costumes together for them to join the fun. My teens were overwhelmed with excitement and kept talking about all the rides they were going to go on while on our way to...

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EPIC Carlsbad Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Carlsbad, Halloween, Holiday, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I have heard a lot about the popular Carlsbad corn maze, and while our family was visiting Carlsbad over the weekend, we decided to make a quick stop to explore the maze before going to brick-or-treat at LEGOLAND. Little to my surprise, it was much more than ‘just a corn maze’ but one of the most largest and elaborate corn mazes I had ever seen. When we arrived at the pumpkin patch, we purchased tickets to enter, explore the maze, and to ride the tractor. Once inside, there were pumpkins everywhere. Our kids took their time to pick out their favorite pumpkin before walking over to explore the maze. In the heart of the pumpkin patch are a lot of things for families to do. There are a lot of photo...

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The Queen Mary’s All-New CHILL International Holiday Celebrations

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  The world-famous Queen Mary invites guests to embark on an international holiday expedition this winter with the unveiling of the all-new CHILL, open 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 icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more. Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park honoring international holiday celebrations with one-of-a-kind entertainment and traditions of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Embark in traditional Chinese entertainment in CHILL’s version of the Forbidden City with nightly performances by Shaolin Monks and experience first-hand the beautiful rhythmic movements of the traditional Lion Dance. CHILL’s Kung Fu...

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Fullerton Family YMCA Trunk-Or-Treat

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  The 7th Annual Trunk-Or-Treat event will be a great opportunity for children to trick-or-treat and have fun in a safe and supervised environment. The event will also include fun family-friendly games, activities, a costume parade, prizes, lots of candy and more! Dinner will also be provided for all attendees as they participate in the fun Halloween activities. This exciting family event is free with a donation of a book, toy, or game for the Fullerton Family YMCA KidZone. Date: October 28, 2017 Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Location: Fullerton Family YMCA, 2000 Youth Way, Fullerton, CA...

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OC Rescue Mission’s 2nd Annual Trunk-n-Treat

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Looking for a frightfully fun way to spend time with the whole family this Halloween? Join the OC Rescue Mission on Tuesday, October 31 from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. for its 2nd Annual Trunk-n-Treat event! Located at the Village of Hope, this spook-takular event will be filled with lots of spooky fun, including games, prizes, music, food, and a dunk tank for all to enjoy! There will also be plenty of opportunities for children to fill their candy bags with Halloween treats. Cars parked in a designated lot will turn their trunks into candy stations, providing a safe space for kids and families to trick-or-treat! The event is FREE and open to ghouls and goblins of all ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent. DATE: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 TIME: 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m....

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Horror Made Here – A Festival of Frights

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We love all things Halloween during this season, probably because we’ve seen just about every horror movie made. So naturally, when we were invited to visit Horror Made Here – A Festival of Frights, we couldn’t wait! If you love the movies and Halloween, plan a visit to the Warner Bros Studios where the back lot is transformed into a great evening of all things frightening. Walk toward one of the terrifying mazes as zombies, Freddy Krueger or Georgie surprise you when you least expect it. Note: you won’t just see one, you’ll think your eyes are playing tricks on you; we’re pretty sure you’ll see them everywhere. The Conjuring, A Nightmare on Elm Street or the IT Experience: Neibolt House all have just the right amount of things that go...

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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 | 67 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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An All-New Knott’s Soak City Water Park

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Summer, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Summer is officially here and it is the perfect time to get outside and soak up the summer sun at Knott’s Soak City. Last week, I got the kids into their new swimsuits and brought them for an unforgettable day of play at Knott’s Soak City. We visited on the grand reopening, and families were lined up at the front gates, eager to play when we arrived. Knott’s Soak City has expanded by over two acres, and has completely transformed to become a premier water oasis. There are new water slides, cabanas, and a reenvisioned cafe called Longboards Grill. Since I have toddlers, my family spent most of the day in the kiddie area called Gremmie Lagoon. There were mini water slides, splash pads, and other interactive water features. It was...

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Four Fresh Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Summer | 12 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® The weather has warmed up, and summer has finally arrived. Parents will be putting the backpacks away for the season and replacing it with a beach bag to spend summer days down at the beach. The biggest struggle that all parents have is with finding fresh new summer snacks to pack in the beach bag. The most important thing when packing summertime snacks is to use containers that are 100% leak-proof! We have all been there when we pack a snack in a cheap plastic food container, just to get to the beach to have our bag covered in food. The one product that I have found to keep my kid’s snacks airtight and leak-proof is the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers. They have innovative latches that keep my kid’s snacks exactly where I...

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Mother’s Day at Mimi’s Cafe

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Dining, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There are so many choices when it comes to dining out on Mother’s Day. This year, we celebrated Mother’s Day a little early by having a three-course meal at our local Mimi’s Cafe. I first fell in love with Mimi’s Cafe at a young age when my grandparents would take me out for dinner at Mimi’s to celebrate special occasions. As the years have passed, and my grandparents are no longer here to celebrate with me, it makes me feel closer to them by bringing my family to dine at their favorite restaurant. It makes my heart happy to know that I created so many special memories at Mimi’s Cafe, and I now get to create new memories with my children at this special dining destination. For Mother’s Day, Mimi’s Cafe...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Sea

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my favorite ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is being close to the ocean. This year, my husband gave me the gift of taking me out for a romantic Hornblower dinner cruise in Newport Harbor, and it was one of the best Mother’s Day gifts I have ever received. We had recently gone on a Hornblower brunch cruise, and my husband knew how much I enjoyed that afternoon. Last weekend, he told me to get dressed up, and we were going out somewhere special to celebrate Mother’s Day. The minute that we arrived at the Hornblower dock in Newport Beach, I was overwhelmed with delight. I couldn’t wait to experience Hornblower at night. We walked up to the boat where the staff took a commemorative photo, and the captain welcomed...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Events, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend enjoying ocean activities, delicious dining and more at Dana Point Harbor. The weekend of May 13 – 14 will welcome a calendar of special activities including an art sale, trunk show, brunch menus and marine events. Known as the “Whale Capital of the West” Dana Point Harbor is home to many activities perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day, including whale watching, parasailing, sailing and more. Families can also enjoy shopping in Dana Point Harbor during the weekend-long Mother’s Day Fine Art Show from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. under the outdoor pergola. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Dana Point Harbor and experience the ultimate springtime adventure. For more information visit...

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Give Mom the Gift of Zen on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways, Health, Mother's Day | 11 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that you can give a Mom on Mother’s Day is the gift of relaxation and zen. I celebrated Mother’s Day a little earlier this year by getting a relaxing spa treatment at my local Burke Williams Day Spa. Burke Williams is my go-to place for a relaxing treatment in a beautiful atmosphere. I normally have massages at least once a month to help with the stress of being a mom to three active children, but because of my recent breast surgery at CosmetiCare, it had been six months until I felt comfortable enough to have a relaxation massage. When I went into the room to have my treatment, the massage therapist took her time to use pillows around my chest to ensure that I was 110% comfortable laying on my stomach before starting the massage....

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The Best Places in Orange County for Mother’s Day Brunch

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Family, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Pamper Mom this year by bringing the family together to enjoy a celebratory meal on Mother’s Day. We have compiled a listing of the best places to take Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch in Orange County. Three-Course Mother’s Day Brunch at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink 370 Glenneyre Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Phone: 949.494.8686 370common.com Sunday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chef Ryan Adams’ team will please mothers and their families with a Three-Course Brunch. First Course selections include Tomato Soup with spring vegetable grilled cheese, Salmon BLT Salad and Avocado Toast with crab, radish, pancetta and cheddar. Second Course choices are Asparagus Ramp Frittata, Spring Scramble with chicken confit, cheese, vegetables and herbs, Crab Cake Benedict and more. And, For the Table: bacon, sausage and skillet potatoes. For Dessert: Toasted Honey Cake with citrus frosting,...

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Growing up Celebrating Easter at Irvine Park

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love the beautiful wildflowers along the side of the road, the time we get to spend with family, and the religious meaning of the Easter holiday. One of the best parts of springtime is getting to create memories that will last a lifetime with my children at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. No matter how old my children get, they still love coming to the park, riding the train, playing the games, and getting into the Easter spirit. The event at Irvine Park Railroad keeps getting bigger and better every year. This year, we enjoyed it so much that we returned for the second day of springtime fun. When you first arrive at Irvine Park Railroad, you’ll want to register for...

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30,000 Easter Egg Helicopter Hunt in Yorba Linda

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Crosspointe’s 6th Annual easter Eggstravaganza is coming back to Yorba Linda High School and it will be filled with fun for the entire family! Join us April 16th, at 10:30 AM for awesome music and a short Easter message. Immediately following, the crowd will watch as a helicopter hovers over and drops 30,000 Easter eggs onto the grass below. Children, ages 2 – 11, will then run onto the field and collect the Easter Eggs. Nobody will go home empty handed! Some of Orange County’s most popular food trucks will be there, so get there early this year, because we are adding some family-friendly fun just before the service starts! This will be an unforgettable event your family won’t want to miss! With exception of the food trucks, this event is absolutely FREE to the community. WHEN: April...

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2017 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Dining, Easter, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is just days away, and it is the perfect holiday to take your family out for a beautiful Easter brunch at a premier Orange County dining destination. We have found the best restaurants in Orange County to have an unforgettable Easter brunch together. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd Anaheim, CA 92805 Menu is $75.00 Per Person, not inclusive of tax or gratuity Includes Endless Glass of Bubbles, Dry, Sweet, or Mimosa FIRST COURSE HOUSE SMOKED SKUNA BAY SALMON TARTINE Gribiche / Easter Egg Radishes / Everything Sourdough DUROC PORK BELLY English Peas / Oregon Morels / Spring Garlic Salsa Verde COUNTRY FRIED PETALUMA QUAIL Brentwood Corn Waffle / Apricot BBQ Sauce SALAD OR SOUP MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE CHOPPED SALAD Iceberg / Radicchio / Garbanzo Beans Soppressata / Provolone / Oregano Dressing WEISER FARM POTATO & SPRING ONION...

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Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Events, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

  Tomorrow everyone is Irish as locals dress up in green and enjoy beer, music, and good times. Still wondering what to do tomorrow night in Orange County? Here are some great last-minute St. Patrick’s Day activities happening around the OC. The Iron Press Anaheim Packing House 440 S. Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 714-533-7225 Waffles + beer = your answer to A.M. IPA’s with a tasty waffle pairing for those extra carbohydrates. Situated on the top floor of the Anaheim Packing House, the waffle sandwich and local brews bar will be featuring a selection of green beers (and ciders) from their lineup of 25 rotating taps. Hoppy Hour will be all day too, with discounts on beer and bar bites for the green-cladded! CaliVino 2410 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806 (714) 939-7735 For those in the celebratory mood...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Easter, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 17 comments

  On Saturday, March 25th through Saturday, April 15th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs. For the cost of $10.00, children can meet and have their...

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