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Free Outdoor Summer Movies in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the best things about summer is packing a picnic dinner and bringing your family to create unforgettable memories together at a free outdoor summer movie night in Orange County. We have compiled a detailed list of free outdoor summer movies happening in every Orange County city in 2016. Aliso Viejo Fridays at Grand Park. Movies begin at dusk July 8th – Minions (PG) July 22nd – Inside Out (PG) August 5th – The Peanuts Movie (G) August 19th – Back to the Future (PG) Anaheim Pearson Park at 401 N. Lemon Street (Lemon & Sycamore) in downtown Anaheim. August 12th Inside Out August 19th Minions Brea Arovista Park Amphitheatre at 7pm All movies shown outdoors on our gigantic screen. Bring your blankets and low-back beach chairs for a night of family fun. Delectable movie munchies and...

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Top OC Splash Pads

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

 With summer officially here, splash pads are a part of our daily “fun” agenda. So, when your family is looking to cool off, have fun – without breaking the bank, here are some splash pad favorites. Sigler Park Splash Pad 7200 Plaza Street Westminster, CA 92683 714-895-2860 These non-stop re-circulated water fountains will be sure to delight your children on those blistering hot days. Bright colors and delightful characters make this park a must visit for summer fun. This park also has a playground for young and older kids. Open with limited hours May 23 – September 27. Open daily June 22 – September 27. Regular water play hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. On July 22 hours will be limited to 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pioneer Park 10250 Pioneer Rd Tustin, CA 92782 714-573-3000 Due to the drought,...

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Tween Guide to going to the OC Fair

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the OC Fair If you are a tween and going to the OC Fair with your older brother, younger brother, older sister, etc, then you will want to know these few tips on what to do when you are there. I have two brothers (one older, and one younger) and we had a blast this year at the OC Fair. Rides If you are not into roller coasters then they have plenty of rides that are not scary or high. I personally like big and scary rides. If you like those kind of rides they have a lot of those. With my little brother I like to go on the rides he is tall enough to go on, and with my older brother I like to go on the big scary rides. If...

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5 SoCal Water-themed Family Day Trips

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

  At this point in the summer many parents are running out of things to do with their kids. Summer is a great time to explore educational activities outside of the classroom environment. As August is upon us, the weather gets hotter and many kids prefer activities revolving around the cooling atmosphere of the ocean or other water-related activities. Orange County and the surrounding areas offer some great activities to beat the heat, and learn a thing or two, this August. Birch Aquarium The Birch Aquarium is located in beautiful La Jolla, CA (a bit of a drive for residents of Orange County but well worth it). The aquarium is small enough for young kids to navigate but offers a look into some fabulous under water species such as jelly fish. Aquariums offer a chance for young kids to...

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Unique Summer Movie Nights at Rancho Las Lomas

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest Looking for something fun and unique to do with your kids this summer? Rancho Las Lomas is hosting fun summer movie nights that has been one of our favorite events this year. Rancho Las Lomas to home to exotic animals, beautiful grounds, and an outdoor wine/beer tasting garden. Our family packed a picnic dinner, chairs and blankets before driving into Santiago Canyon on Friday night for one of their movie nights. When we arrived, we were greeted by a valet who made arriving easy for our family. We checked in at the front desk and put our chairs and blankets down on the grass in front of the giant outdoor movie screen. Once we were set-up for the evening, we walked around the property with our children where they admired the tigers, zebras, and...

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Five Tips To Help Cure Mid-Summer Boredom

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Family, Featured, Holiday, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

  I’ve always found it interesting to hear children complain about school and long for the lazy days of summer, but when summer comes, the excitement of it all can last about a month before you start hearing I’M BORED! I once heard a saying that people who are bored are usually boring people. I don’t think that’s the case with our children, I just think they sometimes need permission, encouragement, and maybe a hint of an idea to jump start those creative juices so they can cure their own mid-summer boredom. Here are some fun ways to respond to summer time boredom that will help your child go from feeling limited to limitless.
 1) Can’t afford to send your child on an expensive week long summer camp? Encourage your child to create their own at home.  Help...

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Five Orange County Sizzling Summer Savings

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Deals, Family, Featured, Shopping, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Keeping the kids busy during the summer months can often be expensive for families. LivingSocial has always been my go-to place for discount tickets, dining deals and more so that our family can keep busy and enjoy visiting different places around Orange County during the summer months. These are my top five favorite summer savings that won’t break the family budget, and will help your family to create long lasting summer memories. Lyon Air Museum From military motorcycles — including one that’s half tank — to high-flying airplanes from decades ago, Lyon Air Museum houses some of the rarest aircraft you’ll find. There are also a few cars and military vehicles, which make for one fascinating stroll through this space • $12 ($24 value) for two general admission tickets • $24 ($48 value) for four general admission tickets...

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Summer Reading with Riordan (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Parenting, Shopping, Summer | 17 comments

 Complimentary books will be received My son loves to read. Everywhere he goes he always has a book in his hands. Rick Riordan is one of his favorite authors, and he has read his books so many times that the binding has broken on many of them. Wondering what series to introduce to your kids this summer? This summer is the perfect time to get your kids excited about reading with the Percy Jackson series. It is also the 10th Anniversary of the book that started it all, “The Lightning Thief.” The series will help your kids imagination soar as Percy takes them on many magical adventures. Whether your kids love to read or are just getting started reading, the Percy Jackson series will inspire them to read more and become lifelong avid readers. To help get your kids...

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Summer Swimming and Safety at Evolution Swim Academy

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Swimming is serious business to Felipe Delgado. As founder of Evolution Swim Academy in Mission Viejo, Delgado has not only dedicated his life to swimming as a two-time Olympian, but he is committed to drowning prevention and water safety for children and adults. “We currently have four seasonal locations where we operate our business. Our partnerships with the Ladera Ranch community, Nellie Gail Ranch community, Rancho Mission Viejo community and the Renaissance ClubSport are very important because through our partnerships, we promote drowning prevention,” explains Delgado. In 2003, he hung up his Olympic goggles to work in the corporate world for several years. As a husband and father of three children, he returned to his first love of swim to establish Evolution Swim Academy in 2005. Flagship Mission Viejo Facility Opens Most recently, Evolution Swim Academy christened its...

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Kids Splash and Play Park at the Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Activities, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of RCSAV A few weekends ago we were invited to come and check out the all new Kids Splash and Play Park at the Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo.  The Splash and Play Park has a water jungle gym, kids only pool and a kids safe temperature jacuzzi.  From the second you walk into the area, you are greeted by a lifeguard who sits right directly in front of the kids pool.  The park has vibrate colors and plenty of exciting water  features for your child to play with. The play structure boasts a side by side slide, 2 covered slides, a giant dumping water bucket, playful water rings your little one can run through and  water guns!  The “kid temp” jacuzzi and pool is something I have not experienced with water parks.  My daughter...

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Bowers Museum Camp Kidseum Art and Archaeology

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Camp, Events, Summer | 0 comments

  Bowers Museum in Santa Ana presents Camp Kidseum Art and Archaeology this summer for children ages 6 to 11. Eight five-day camps will be offered at Bowers Kidseum (located at 1802 N. Main St. in Santa Ana), and will be led by professional museum staff archaeologists and art instructors. Each week will focus on a different ancient culture and introduce students to a variety of diverse art and traditions practiced all around the world, so students are encouraged to sign up for multiple camps. Sign up today Camps take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended daycare services are available 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. every day for a fee of $85/week. Sign-up today online or by calling 714.480.1520! Week 1: Junior Archaeology Monday, June 22–Friday, June 26 | 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $160...

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Rock On, Rock Freely: The Orange County Summer is Packed with Free Summer Concerts

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the coolest things about being a parent is to educate your children in a way that doesn’t feel like education to them. This trick can be relatively easy to do when it comes to music. All it takes is turning on the radio, pushing play on a CD player, or logging into your online streaming service of choice to expose your kids to the wealth of tunes that exist. Taking them to see a concert doesn’t exactly hurt their development of music appreciation, either. If the word “concert” makes you involuntarily clutch your wallet in sheer panic, don’t fret. Orange County has an abundance of free concerts occurring this summer, and they pretty much cover all of musical genres, from modern country and classic Motown to classical, jazz, and other music traditionally found on the left...

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Starry, Starry Cinema: Free Outdoor Movies in Orange County for 2015

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

 There is something inherently blissful about watching a movie outdoors in the summertime. The sound of the film is audible yet not overpowering, thus allowing the natural ambiance of chirping birds or the effects of gusting breezes to be quietly heard. The visuals that are seen on celluloid are accompanied by the twinkle of the darkened heavens. The food and drink that is enjoyed may very well improve upon buckets of popcorn smeared in buttery goo. The temperature is typically just cool enough to make it a convenient reason to huddle close to your family and share a measure of loving warmth. Sure, the films being shown aren’t exactly new – parents with little kids may unwittingly have some of them committed to memory – but that’s totally fine. Nobody ever goes to an outdoor movie in the summer...

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Choosing a Great Summer Camp to Meet your Child’s Needs

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Camp, Summer | 0 comments

  There are many things to think about when selecting a summer camp or summer school program. First off, parents have to consider price, availability, location, and other logistical factors. However, the real difficulty arises when trying to find the right fit for your child’s individual needs and desires. Ideally, a summer camp or summer school program will serve as an educational and social supplement to school. Additionally, summer camp programs serve as a valuable social introduction to the structure and collaboration that will be required in preschool and kindergarten. 

 Sports and coordination

Sports and outdoor camps are a great way to get out the extra energy young children have. In addition, sports camps offer a good opportunity for children to increase their coordination skills. Activities such as soccer and dance will help kids improve their coordination and balance while...

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Summer Activities That Keep Your Child Learning

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  Planning an entertaining and educational summer experience for one’s child can be stressful. Between our own expectations, certain messages we get from the media, and the peer pressure of keeping-up-with-the Joneses, I think that many parents put more pressure on themselves than is necessary when it comes to planning an affordable, fun, safe, and productive summer for their kids. Likewise, our kids are getting hit with those same messages and pressures – especially as they get older, there is a sense that more, bigger, newer, farther, longer, and faster are going to keep them well occupied and happy. But is that really true? Be honest….What are some of the most positive and meaningful moments from your childhood summers? What are some of the summer endeavors that as a kid you or your parents thought were going to be...

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25 Top Summer Movies for Teens

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Film, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Verizon FiOS My household has changed drastically since now having a tween and teenager in our house. The one thing that I’ve noticed is their ability to sleep almost the entire day (if I let them) and that it is hard to pull them away from the television set. As Summer is quickly approaching in just a short couple of weeks, I have put together a Summer Movie list for my teenager to enjoy watching during the “Dog Days of Summer.” The best part is that these movies can be streamed at lightening fast speed using Verizon FiOS service..and I couldn’t think of a better time to upgrade your cable service than the Summertime! While I have been a long time fan of John Hughes films they are the first 80’s films that I introduced to my...

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End of the Year Checklist: 5 Tips for Preparing your Child for Summer

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

  Most younger children are completely worn out by the middle of June. They want to get out of their chair and into the Ocean (or some other fun outdoor setting) as fast as they can. Summer is a great opportunity for young kids to have a chance to run around, enjoy the sunshine, and spend more time with family; however, it’s also a good time to work on academic issues. 1. Talk with your child’s classroom teacher 

The classroom teacher will have a list of all her students as well as notes about each student’s current academic standing. She will be able to tell each parent if a child needs extra help to catch up during the summer or if they need supplemental learning materials to be prepared for the fall. Most teachers provide a reading list, list...

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Four Healthy Summer Snacks To-Go

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Family, Health, Summer | 0 comments

 Samples received During the Summer, we spend our days living out of my car. We are always on the go whether going to the beach, park or finding somewhere new to explore. The only downside to living an active lifestyle with your children is not being home throughout the Summer days to prepare healthy snacks. With a child who has severe food allergies, I’ve had to learn how to prep, prepare and pack healthy Summer snacks to-go. Planning is key when packing Summer snacks for your kids. Every Sunday, I go to the store with my healthy snack list and then prepare everything before the week starts. When selecting snacks to-go for the kids, I always try to purchase food that is not perishable. I kept a small plastic bin in the trunk of my car where all the...

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2015 Orange County Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Camp, Featured, Summer | 4 comments

   Summer is just weeks away, and it is the best time to start planning your kids Summer camps. Vacation Bible School is a great way to expose your kids to a Summer Camp experience while celebrating a love for the Lord. Vacation Bible Schools tend to fill-up quick, so we recommend 
signing your kids up today. ——————————————————— San Clemente ——————————————————— Pacific Coast Church
Theme: Bible Boot Camp – “Messy Mess Hall Snacks, Untamed Games, High Energy Surprises, Awesome Bible Stories” Date: July 13 – 17   Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Age: 2nd grade – 6th Grade (entering Fall 2014)
Early Registration Cost $70.00 (5/15 – 5/31) Late Registration Cost $85 (6/1 – 6/20) ——————————————————— Pacific Coast Church
Theme: Everest Discovery Day Camp Date: August 10 -14  Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Age: 4 years – 2nd grade (as of Sept. 2015)

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The Dragon Institute Kids Kung Fu Program Creates Well-Rounded Children

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Camp, Education, Family, Featured, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

 Partnered Story The martial art of kung fu is not about showing off or winning trophies. It’s about learning how to protect yourself. It is a vital practice for children to learn, since the scourge of bullying is still an unfortunate reality from grade school to high school. Yet kung fu also goes beyond the realm of self-defense for kids. It serves as an interactive way to hone skills that will serve them well later in life – skills like discipline and focus, confidence and ambition. This belief is the cornerstone of the Kids Kung Fu classes at The Dragon Institute. It is a key reason why they have been recognized as the “Best Martial Arts in Orange County” by OC City Voter for four consecutive years, as well as the Dana Point Times 2014 Golden Lantern Award for...

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