Marvel Universe Live! Returns to SoCal with 3 Stops!


Super hero thrills return to Southern California arenas with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes such as Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017. [Read more…]

The Summer Movie Express is Back at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo!

Most South County schools are out for the summer, and many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy, stay cool, and save money. Thankfully, the annual Summer Movie Express at Kaleidoscope’s Edwards Stadium 10 in Mission Viejo is back! [Read more…]

Pacific Islander Festival – Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! Scroll down for more info on the event and giveaway entry!

On June 3rd and 4th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, you must! It’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands while hanging out with some of your favorite ocean creatures!

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $29.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!) Click here for a mobile coupon.

Win!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

To Enter:

Head over to this Facebook post and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite aquarium exhibit is!

I’ll pick a winner on May 25th, 2017 at 9:00pm. Must be 18 or older and live in Southern California or planning to be there during the festival. Parking/travel is not included.

For more info and schedule of events, check out the festival page!

 

Imaginology returns to OC Fair & Event Center April 21st!

It’s that time of year again! Families, students, and fun-lovers alike will enjoy STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities during the FREE Imaginology event at OC Fair & Event Center this Friday through Sunday, April 21-23.

Imaginology is where curious people of any age can discover opportunities to fuel their imaginations with a variety of “makeshops” and workshops. Imaginology attendees are encouraged to explore and learn through hands-on experiences and exhibits ranging from woodworking to crocheting, prehistoric pets to futuristic robotics, and tech play to farming.

This exciting, three-day exploration celebration is open Friday April 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and many of the hands-on activities are included. Parking is free on Friday, and $8 on Saturday and Sunday.

There’s so much to explore during this fun and educational weekend! Here’s what you can find at Imaginology:

Creative learning: Students can participate in activities including sun prints, clay sculpting, sewing, tech play, cardboard building projects, crocheting and more. Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead the demonstrations and all necessary equipment and supplies are provided. Participants can take home the crafts and artwork they create.

Free family group contests: Family members and friends can team up at Imaginology to compete in onsite contests to decorate the best sawhorse or scarecrow. There are awards and prize money. It’s free to enter and basic materials (sawhorse, scarecrow, clothing and some decorations) will be provided but teams are encouraged to bring their own decorations to make their entry unique.

Games and activities: Enjoy interactive and innovative activities that make learning math exciting, interesting and fun. Families and students can try cool games and get involved in activities such as Blockopolis, Ice Caves, Conic Connections, Code Breaker and Math & Golf.

Centennial Farm: Guests can check out animals and crops on the three-acre working farm and enjoy free tractor rides, an oxen exhibit, blacksmithing, sheep-shearing demonstrations, radish-seed planting, cow milking and the OC Beekeepers exhibit.

4-H competitions: Local youth are judged on their abilities to raise small livestock, their understanding of animal and veterinary sciences and their projects on community service, aerospace, electricity and more.

Vital Link STEM + the Arts Career Showcase: Vital Link provides resources to help students discover and consider professional careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) with exciting competitive displays, workshops and competitions.

More free activities: Exhibitors will offer things to do and see including Wild Science Activity Area, Adventureland kids’ area and family-friendly entertainment.

For more information, visit http://www.ocfair.com/steam/ or head over to the OC Fair & Event Center to see for yourself!

The Gringo Bandito + Chronic Tacos challenge at Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival

It’s the match-up you’ve been waiting for: The 7th annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge will be held at the 4th annual Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Dana Point!

The Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge brings together top professional eaters from around the world to test their skills and speed at taco eating. Among the 10 professional eaters is well-known world-champion eater Takeru Kobayashi who will be defending his 2015 record of 144 tacos in 10 mins. This year’s challenge also welcomes defending European taco challenge champion Jesse Pynnönen. Other professional eaters include Molly Schuyller, Naader Reda, Kevin Ross, Erik Lampkin, and Dave Brunelli, among others.

Think you have what it takes to take down a mountain of tacos? An amateur competition will be open to 8 lucky contestants. Organizers will be in the festival crowd looking for potential taco-eating champions. You can also stop by the Gringo Bandito booth to sign up!

Get the most up-to-date info on the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival by visiting them at:

19th Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K

The 19th Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run returns to Orange County this March 26th, 2017 at Irvine Valley College!

The event honors pediatric cancer warriors, patients, and survivors everywhere, and brings runners, walkers, fundraisers, sponsors, vendors and volunteers from all over Southern California together in an effort to Reach for the Cure!

After the race, there’s a finish line festival – fun for the whole family! The festival features exhibitors, food and musical entertainment, and the PCRF’s famous Kids Zone with petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, video trucks, face painting, attractions and more!

There’s still time to join in and help support the fight!

Adult Half Marathon – $80.00

Adult 10K Run – $40.00

Adult 5K Run – $39.00

Adult 5K Walk – $39.00

Child – 5K Run, 5K Walk (Untimed), 10K Run – $25.00

1K Kids Fun Run (Untimed) – $20.00

Virtual Participant – $20.00

Use Code MOMMYMANIA to receive 15% off all adult entries!

Click here to register!

Hope to see you there!

Sabroso: Craft Beer, Tacos, Music, and More! Tickets on Sale Now

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is back for its 4th year, and this time they’re heading to the beach!

The ultimate taco and craft beer celebration, presented by KLOS and powered by Gringo Bandito, is proud to announce an all-new location at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

This year’s music lineup will be headlined by Orange County-based, multi-platinum rock band The Offspring, along with performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, and Unwritten Law, as well as the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, Metalachi. There will also be roving mariachi band performances throughout the festival.

During the festival, taco lovers can indulge themselves in $3 gourmet tacos from top local chefs and restaurants, who are competing for the coveted Sabroso “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees can select their favorite via a Text-To-Vote system during the event. There is also a “Best Of Show” award, chosen by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

The 2017 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature renowned craft breweries including Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Riip Brewing, Pizza Port, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Stereo Brewing, Fall Brewing, Barley Forge, Ritual Brewing, Modern Times, Artifex Brewing and more.

If music, beer, tacos, and the beach aren’t enough, attendees will also be entertained by lucha libre style wrestlers like Red Spider, La Golosa, Lady Lee and Mariachi Loco, who will take to the ring for four action packed qualifying matches, followed by a championship match.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will run from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 8. VIP entry begins at noon, to include an extra hour of complimentary exclusive tastings in the VIP lounge. The festival is only open to attendees 21 and older.

For more info and tickets, head to www.SabrosoTacoFest.com!

Have a High-tech Holiday with Santa HQ at Los Cerritos Center

Disclaimer: We were invited to check out the Santa HQ Welcome Party, a free event open to the public. We did receive a complimentary photo with the big guy as a thank you. No other compensation was received, and all thoughts and opinions are the author’s.

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Los Cerritos Center is bringing a special twist to your typical mall Santa. Everything is upgraded these days, why can’t Santa’s HQ be too? [Read more…]

How to Get the Most Fun for Your Money at the OC Fair! (Giveaway!)

The OC Fair is coming up in just a couple of weeks and it’s no secret that this is one of my absolute favorite things to do every Summer with my family. We haven’t missed a year since we started going when my oldest was little! I usually save up a little cash ahead of time so that we can thoroughly enjoy our visit without breaking the bank. You might be surprised at how much FREE and cheap fun the fair can offer! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for an awesome giveaway too!

How to Save Money at the OC Fair! [Read more…]

ShipKicker Festival Showcases Up & Coming Country Artists

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Over the weekend, we were invited to attend the second annual ShipKicker Music Festival. This 1-day festival took place just outside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, at the Waterfront Event Center.

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Headlined by Easton Corbin, ShipKicker also featured artists like Dylan Scott, Honey County, Dylan Uribe, and Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide. Other country performers included Clare Dunn, the Scotty Mac Band, and Stephen Wesley.

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Between bands; country lovers played corn hole, learned line dances in the Saloon, checked out the food trucks, and hung out in the Beer Garden. Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages had the chance to wear giant cowboy hats and write on a community chalk wall. The VIP tent offered refuge from the sun and a private bar. Local radio station GoCountry brought hosts Graham and David out to entertain the crowd between sets. There were plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy!

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Where else can you go to get a cowboy hat made entirely of beer cans, learn to line dance like a pro, AND watch top country artists while you lounge under the California sun? The ShipKicker Festival was so much fun and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Find out more information about ShipKicker here.