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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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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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Last Chance to Power Up at Yogurtland

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Dining, Family, Summer | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Summer is slowly drifting away, and that means that the Nintendo-inspired flavors at Yogurtland will also slowly disappear. Our children have had the best time collecting the Nintendo themed spoons and savoring the delicious limited-time flavors at Yogurtland this summer. Some of our favorite summer memories have been made at our local Yogurtland. All of the Yogurtland locations have been decorated with photos featuring our favorite classic characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and more. The best part are the flavors like Mario’s Chocolate Gelato, Luigi’s White Chocolate Pistachio and Toad’s Rocky Road. To expand the fun experience outside of the store, Yogurtland is also hosting a sweepstake that offers the best treats summer has to offer. By visiting, fans of Nintendo, Yogurtland and winning cool prizes can enter...

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Summer Fun Continues at Newport Dunes

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  The kids might be headed back to school, but the fun still continues at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Currently, the Dunes is extending its summer festivities through September. Moe B’s Watersports Park, featuring a number of inflatable aquatic attractions including rock climbing walls, icebergs and water trampolines, will remain open Saturdays and Sundays in September. Cost is $25 for 2-hour sessions (special pricing is available for RV guests). Also, rentals of paddleboats, pedal boats, kayaks, hydro bikes and Duffy’s electric boats will be available then. The Dunes’ Moe B’s Radiant Rides, nighttime stand-up paddleboard adventures held on Fridays and Saturdays (except Labor Day weekend when it will be open on Saturday & Sunday) will continue through September. Cost is $30 per person and includes a glow accessory. Also, the resort’s in-house recreational rentals company, Pirate Coast Paddle,...

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Family Fun at the Ventura County Fair

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Growing up in Orange County, I’ve only attended our local OC Fair. This year, I wanted to visit a different local summer fair, so I surprised my kids with news that we were going to take the train to have fun at the Ventura County Fair. The Ventura County Fair is just steps away from the ocean, and I couldn’t wait to experience the fair with the benefit of cool ocean breezes. With Amtrak having a station that stops right at the entrance to the fair, we couldn’t go wrong by taking the train vs. driving. The night before we went, I booked my train tickets online. We arrived at the train station a few minutes before our train was scheduled to leave, and then we were off. It was my kids first time riding on a train,...

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5 Ways to Teach Kids to be Curious this Summer

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Family, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

  It’s so important for students to maintain their innate curiosity as they get older and progress through the school system. Being curious and imaginative are two great qualities that younger children generally have without any prompting. We are born curious and want to know about the world. In some cases, older students become less curious as time goes by because they are focused on the tasks in front of them. Summer is an excellent time for elementary school students to maintain or reignite the curiosity that encourages them to ask why things are a certain way or explore their environment. Asking why can lead to advanced problem solving later in life and can help students both academically and socially. So how can kids be encouraged to stay curious this summer? Explore the outdoor environment Kids spend most of...

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Best Places for Summer Treats in OC

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Cool Places, Dining, Family, Holiday, Summer | 1 comment

  One of the best parts about summer is taking the kids for refreshing sweet treats. From ice cream to cookies to milk tea, these are some of the best places to take the kids for summer treats in Orange County. Honey & Butter Irvine Spectrum Center 633 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 Honey & Butter has been our favorite place for summer treats this year. They not only have a super cute store, but they also make the most adorable themed macarons. We’ve had a Winnie-the-Pooh macaron and Pokemon macaron paired with homemade ice cream. I recommend coming early for their themed macaron’s because they are selling out fast – especially during the summer. Dad’s Donuts 318 Marine Ave Newport Beach, CA 92662 Nothing tastes more like summer than a frozen banana or Balboa bar from Dad’s...

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Five Best SoCal Drive-In Theaters

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  Some of my favorite childhood memories were watching the latest summer blockbuster hit out of the back of my parent’s station wagon at the drive-in theater on Beach Boulevard. Years later, that was the last drive-in in Orange County to close, but many remained open in Southern California for us to relive the same memories with our children. A couple are not too far outside of Orange County, and it makes for a great end of summer family night out. Have fun creating movie memories at one of these SoCal Drive-in Theaters. Mission Tiki 10798 Ramona Ave Montclair, CA 91763 Families can see two movies back-to-back at Mission Tiki. They are open seven days a week, and we recommend arriving early on weekends (this is a popular location). Adults are $9, and kids ages 5-9 are $1....

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Get Your Groove and Grub on at Pete’s Sunset Grille

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Summer | 0 comments

  This summer, get your groove and your grub on at a Surf City hotspot Pete’s Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, with and enticing selection of food and free live concerts every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The beachy restaurant is bringing down the house with live rock, hip-hop and blues musicians, and serving up foodie fun with Friday night Taco Buffets and Saturday BBQ the whole family will enjoy, now through Labor Day weekend. Food Selections Include: Friday Night Taco Buffet $19.95 adults $9.95 kids (ages 5-12) Entrees Steak Picadillo con Papas Chili Relleno with Ranchera Sauce Chicken Asada Sides Arroz Verde Frijoles Charros Dessert Warm Churros with Cinnamon- Sugar Saturday Night BBQ $19.95 adults $9.95 kids (ages 5-12) Entrees Southern Fried Chicken Baby Back Dry Rubbed Ribs Whiskey Barrel BBQ Beef Sides...

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chefschool Summer Camp at The Hood Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Camp, Family, Summer | 0 comments

  Do your kids love to cook? Have they shown an interest in culinary arts? Then sign them up for a week at one chefschool’s interactive summer camps. The summer camp is led by a trained chef at the popular Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The week-long, half-day camps offer aspiring young chefs the oppportunity to have fun, learn real-life cooking skills and techniques. All of the classes use fresh local and seasonal ingredients to make “real” food with no packaged or processed ingredients. Camps are filling up fast so hurry and sign-up today! International Each day in this exciting chefschool class, we’ll explore classic cooking from a different country, while learning basic cooking skills. This summer, the focus will be on the foods of France, Italy, Greece, Thailand, and Mexico. Recipes include onion soup gratinee, chocolate soufflé, spanakopita,...

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Creating Summer Family Memories at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Hotel Irvine Hotel Irvine is one of our favorite family staycation destinations and is hosting one of the best summer movie nights in OC at their plush backyard garden. Hotel Irvine has a lush backyard where the outdoor movies take place, and families are made to feel like they are at home during the events. Children can run around, play lawn games, and parents can sit back and relax after a long summer day in the sun. The resort makes it easy for busy families to attend the movie night by taking the stress away from worrying about what to feed the kids. There are two meal options during their movie nights. You can pre-order a meal for your family and pick it up the night of the event between 7-8:30 pm. They...

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Camp Out Loud This Summer!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Camp, Family, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Has the summer boredom started to set in? Are you looking for something fun and exciting for your kids to do this summer? Your local YMCA is here to help! Summer Day Camp and Specialty Camps at the YMCA are fun, action-packed adventure filled with sports, outdoor activities, field trips, and specialty clubs that keep your children engaged in learning during their summer break. Summer Day Camps run through August 10th with engaging weekly themes and field trips like: Boomers, Planetarium, Zoo, Scooters Jungle, Knott’s Berry Farm, Pump It Up, and more. Weekly specialty camps are available at YMCA fitness facilities and provide instruction and education in sports like volleyball, soccer, basketball and swim, science, arts and crafts, and more! With 50+ locations to choose from across Orange County, YMCA Summer Camps are convenient and affordable. Find your...

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2016 OC Fair Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Events, Giveaways, OC Fair, Summer | 41 comments

  It is time for our favorite summer event to start – The OC Fair! Our family has created some of our favorite summer memories at the OC Fair, and we can’t wait to create more memories again this year. The 2016 OC Fair will happen from July 15th through August 14th, and will be bigger and better than ever. There will be thrilling rides, delicious fair food, and activities galore. Families will need to visit the OC Fair multiple times to experience everything that the family event has to offer. The OC Fair hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to midnight, and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $10 (general), $7 Senior (6+), $7 Youth (6-12), and children under the age of five are complimentary. If your...

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Five Best Places for SUP in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Best of OC, Featured, Summer | 1 comment

  What’s SUP? The hot weather is what’s up. Wondering what is the best way to cool down and still keep your kids active in Orange County? Stand up paddleboarding (SUP). There are many places to rent equipment and take your kids out on the water, however, these are the best places for SUP in Orange County. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 The dunes is a perfect place to introduce your kids to SUP. They have a variety of water sports available including kayaks, hydro bikes, canoes, and SUP. The rates for SUP at Newport Dunes is $20 an hour or $60 for four hours. The water is as smooth as glass which is perfect for young kids first trying the sport. Newport Aquatic Center 1 Whitecliffs Dr Newport Beach, CA...

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LA Lifeguard Summer Beach Water Safety Tips

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Autos, Family, Featured, Holiday, Hot Topics, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

 We partnered with Toyota to attend this free community event Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4? Our Southern California Lifeguards are hard at work this summer helping to keep children safe and saving lives. Toyota has partnered with the LA Lifeguards by providing them with essential tools they need to save lives – durable trucks. For the kick-off of summer, Toyota and the LA Lifeguards held a community event at the Manhattan Beach pier where they shared some water safety tips and offered demonstrations for families visiting the area. We put a 2016 Toyota 4Runner to the test and drove it to the event where my children learned a lot from the LA Lifeguards. Along with families visiting the pier, my children got a chance to sit in the...

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Hotel Irvine Summer Movie Nights in the Backyard

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  Summer lifestyle living in Orange County means flip flops, warm evenings, outdoor dining, leisure time with family and friends, cool drinks and Wow sunsets. Hotel Irvine’s popular Summer Movie Nights in The Backyard is back! The hit from last year, movie-goers can ditch the indoor movie screen for gorgeous SoCal summer nights, grab their blankets or beach chairs and stake out the best spot they can find on the lawn. Featuring classic blockbuster favorites on a 16-foot giant outdoor movie screen, it’s the perfect night for families, friends or even an impromptu date night. Guests can pre-order a picnic from Marketplace or enjoy the chef’s outdoor buffet offering freshly prepared burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, summer sides and staple movie snacks like ice cream, nachos, popcorn and favorite movie candies. Wine and cocktails are available, along with non-alcoholic...

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2016 OC Fair Discounts and Deals

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

  The OC Fair is offering many ways to save at the 2016 event July 15-August 14, 2016. The discounts start opening day with the return of Free Opening Hour featuring free admission and parking for everyone the first hour on Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon-1 p.m. Daily Deals Super Pass: The OC Fair’s season pass is a great option for Fairgoers to access all the Fair they can bear for one affordable price. The season pass grants the passholder 23-day access to the 2016 Fair and discounts on concert tickets for select events at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The 2016 Super Pass is available for General $35, Senior (60+) $28 and Youth (6-12) $28. The 2016 Super Pass can be purchased online at or from the on-site Box Office. Military Get...

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