Holiday Time at the New Outlets at San Clemente

Have you been to the new Outlets at San Clemente?

The Outlets at San Clemente is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor outlet shopping and dining destination in Orange County.

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The center is currently open, though they are still adding new shops and dining locations. Upon completion, the center will boast nearly 70 retailers and more than a dozen dining options, including four restaurants offering scenic ocean views.

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We stopped by The Outlets at San Clemente and were delighted to see how they were decked out for the holidays. The Christmas tree is stunning, and we found Santa and Mrs. Claus sitting at the bottom of it. They’ll be available to meet and take photographs with starting on Black Friday.

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We also spotted Santa’s reindeer, waving and jingling from above some of the stores. The attention to detail in the decor at the Outlets at San Clemente is just outstanding.

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Many of the shops in the Outlets at San Clemente are already open! You can find great deals at some of your favorite high-end retailers such as Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and more.

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If you have some free time this week and want to beat the Holiday shopping rush, you’ll find the Outlets at San Clemente to be a beautiful and relaxing place to shop. Most of the stores already have their sales started.

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Fresh air, beautiful decor, scenic views, and a relaxed shopping environment that is great for the whole family. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, dogs are welcome at the Outlets at San Clemente too!

Keep updated on the various holiday events and new shops and dining options opening at the Outlets at San Clemente by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Shopping!

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Santa is Coming to Irvine Park Railroad! (Giveaway)

The giveaway at the bottom of this post is provided by and will be fulfilled by Irvine Park Railroad. SoCal Locale is responsible for winner selection. Read more to find out how to enter to win an Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train prize package valued at $93.00! (All photos courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad)

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Christmastime is magical at Irvine Park Railroad! Starting nightly, November 27th through December 23rd, your favorite local railway transforms into a holiday wonderland!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

During this time, the train runs a little differently than normal. Instead of the usual round trip around the park, the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train makes a special stop at the North Pole! (Regular train rides are available from 10:00am to 4:00pm.)

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Tickets for the train ride must be purchased online in advance. Tickets are only valid on the day and time selected, so plan accordingly. Times begin at 4:00pm. Some days have already sold out. You can buy your Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train tickets here. (Note: If, after 4:00pm, all tickets have not sold out for the day, you may purchase the unsold tickets in person.)

Having Fun in the Coloring Corner

The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is a very popular Orange County event. They recommend arriving as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss your ticket time. There are a variety of free activities for families to enjoy while waiting to board the train, such as the Christmas Coloring Corner, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, and Frosty’s Maze.

Carnival Games

There are also games, ice fishing, bounce houses, and cookie decorating activities that cost one activity ticket per person. Every child who plays a game wins, so no one walks away empty-handed.

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While you’re at Irvine Park Railroad, visit the Christmas Tree Ranch and take home your perfect Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree Ranch offers three types of Christmas Trees; Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, and Grand Fir, with prices ranging from $40 to $150.

Santa Sitting on the Train

Santa is excited to see everyone at Irvine Park Railroad this Christmas season! For more info and ticket sales, be sure to visit the Irvine Park Railroad website. And don’t forget to enter below for a chance to win an Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train prize package! The prize includes:

  • 4 Christmas Train Tickets
  • 4 Activity Tickets
  •  1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike Rental (excludes the double surrey)

Good Luck!

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Knott’s Season Passes – A Great Holiday Gift!

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

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Are you looking for something fun and exciting for this year’s Holiday gifts? Knott’s Berry Farm has you covered with their affordable season passes! The 2016 Knott’ Berry Farm season pass gives you access to all of the great seasonal events that happen at Knott’s Berry Farm (excluding Knott’s Scary Farm), plus discounts on food and merchandise. Included with your 2016 season pass is one visit during 2015, which means you can visit Knott’s Merry Farm this year, as well as next year!

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If you’ve never had a chance to visit Knott’s during the Holiday season, now is the time to go! There is a lot to love about Knott’s Merry Farm. The halls are decked and the Peanuts gang are out and about in their best snow day gear. It’s the perfect place to make new Holiday memories and create great family traditions.

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Knott’s Merry Farm includes all kind of fun activities. From thrilling attractions and live entertainment, to a craft and artisan fair and festive holiday decorations, to delectable holiday foods, there is something for every member of the family.

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A fan-favorite returning this year is the Merry Christmas, Snoopy! ice show. The show is packed with fun and whimsical scenes as Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season such as trimming the tree and attending the Christmas Ball alongside some amazing world class ice skaters. Showing in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre on select dates from November 21st through Jan 3rd, this is a one-of-a-kind performance that you don’t want to miss.

Inside Christmas Cabin

During Knott’s Merry Farm, The Wildnerness Dance Hall in Ghost Town becomes Santa’s Christmas Cabin. This transformation brings holiday delights like Santa’s homemade cookies, freshly roasted nuts, seasonal craft beers, and other Knott’s holiday treats all under one roof for guests to sample as they wait to meet and take a photo with Santa Claus.

Calico Carolers

Guests can also get into the Christmas Spirit in the Knott’s Christmas Craft Village, located right in the middle of Ghost Town. Booths full of beautiful handmade gift items line the streets, so you can do a little holiday shopping while the Calico Carolers stroll through serenading you with seasonal favorites. Another highlight of the Christmas Craft Village is the glass-blowing and chainsaw sculpting demonstrations done throughout the day. The Village is included with regular park admission, and is also open to the public for free Monday through Thursday, November 23rd through December 10th.

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Throughout the day, guests can find themselves entertained by a variety of fun and family-friendly shows and activities. Knott’s Merry Farm entertainment includes Christmas Time is Here, Charlie Brown in the Camp Snoopy Theater, Christmas on Engine 41, A Christmas Carol and A Gift of the Magi in Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theatre, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies also in the Birdcage Theatre, and The Ghost Town Miners on the Fireman’s BBQ Stage.

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Every night, when the sun goes down, it’s time for Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting. Santa and Snoopy join together, along with elves, toy soldiers, snowmen, and more to light the towering Knott’s Merry Farm Christmas tree.

Snow and Glow in Ghost Town

This year, you can also catch the nightly snowfall in even more places than before! The buildings of Ghost Town will twinkle as snow falls from the School House to the Saloon and down to the Assay Office!


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Christmastime is alive and well at Knott’s Merry Farm, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season! Get your 2016 season passes now and enjoy your free 2015 visit! Daily admission to Knott’s is $67 at the gate or $43 if you purchase online. Children 3-11 are $37. For more info, directions and hotel deals, visit Knotts.com

 

$10 off Tickets for Autumn Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific has yet another great event coming up this weekend, November 7th and 8th! The Autumn Festival celebrates the arts, cuisines, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

The public is invited to delve into the cultures, arts, and cuisines of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015.

The fourteenth annual Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival is a combination of traditional harvest ceremonies such as China’s Moon Festival, Korea’s Chuseok, and Japan’s Matsuri. All of these cultural traditions come together at the Aquarium for a fun and educational combination of Fall celebrations.

The public is invited to delve into the cultures, arts, and cuisines of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015.

The Autumn Festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. Various ethnic entrees will also be available for purchase.

The public is invited to delve into the cultures, arts, and cuisines of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015.

The event is included in regular Aquarium of the Pacific Admission, but even better when you show this flyer, you’ll get $10 off of adult admission! You can either print it or show it from your mobile device! If you want to show it straight from your phone, click here.

The Autumn Festival is open Saturday through Sunday, November 7th and 8th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $28.95 for adults (12+), $25.95 for seniors (62+), and $14.95 for children (3-11). Admission is free for children under 3 and aquarium members.

For more information, directions, and tickets, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

(All photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

Kids in Costume are FREE at Scarium of the Pacific

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Grab your costumes and head to the Aquarium of the Pacific for their Scarium of the Pacific weekend! This family-friendly non-scary Halloween event is fun for the whole family.

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Scarium of the Pacific is included in the regular aquarium admission. Along with all of the normal aquarium activities, you can discover creepy underwater creatures, watch a magic show, join in on a costume contest, get your face painted, and more! Best of all, when you bring the Scarium Flyer, kids who are dressed in costume get in for FREE! You can also show the coupon on your cell phone by clicking this link!

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Scarium at the Pacific is open Saturday through Sunday, October 24th and 25th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $28.95 for adults (12+), $25.95 for seniors (62+), and $14.95 for children (3-11). Admission is free for children under 3 and aquarium members.

For more information, directions, and tickets, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

(All photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

 

Knott’s Spooky Farm is Fun for Families!

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Knott's Spooky Farm(Photo courtesy of: Knott’s)

Knott’s Berry Farm is my favorite place for Halloween fun. They really go all out for Knott’s Scary Farm, and this year the whole park goes spooky for their family-friendly weekend celebration: Knott’s Spooky Farm. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11.

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The event is a little different from the family Halloween events of Knott’s past. This year, guests can trick-or-treat their way through the Ghost Town streets, and be greeted at each door by only the friendliest ghosts and ghouls.

Knott's Spooky Hollow Maze(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)

The whole family can enjoy the winding maze of Spooky Hollow, located in Fiesta Village. Together you’ll travel through a spooky forest complete with gigantic jack-o-lanterns, creepy characters, and more. At the end, you can decorate your own pumpkin for a small fee.

Monster Masquerade Ball(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)

In the Monster Masquerade Ball, kids can make their own not-so-scary masks, and join in some spooky karaoke.

Other great activities include the Creepy Crawler Cabin, Snoopy’s Costume and Dance Party, and “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre. Spooky Farm activities are included in regular park or season pass admission.

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If you want to enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm and more, now is the time to buy a season pass! For a limited time, the 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass includes one free 2015 visit for new Passholders. Renewing Passholders will receive a special renewal price and one free Fast Lane to use any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15! (But hurry, this offer ends November 2!)

The 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season are an unbeatable deal at only 9 payments of $9! For more info or to sign up for your pass, click here!

We hope to see you at Knott’s in 2016!

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Giveaway!

{This giveaway was generously provided by Irvine Park Railroad. The writer may have received promotional items in exchange for sharing information. No additional compensation was provided, and any opinions belong to the writer and were not influenced in any way. Pictures are courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad.}

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It’s that time of year again! The leaves are falling off of the trees, it’s kind of cooling off a little, and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere! And of course, the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is back again!

Located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California, Irvine Park Railroad’s 10th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! This year’s 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 more! 

Panning for Gold

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And what would a Pumpkin Patch be without pumpkins? Thousands of pumpkins are scattered around just waiting to be chosen. Every family is sure to find the perfect one to take home!

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The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary; please visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for additional information and costs.

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open at 10:00 am daily from September 19th through October 31st, closing at 5:00 pm on weekdays and 6:00 pm on weekends.

The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. As it gets closer to Halloween, plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend!

GIVEAWAY

Make your visit to Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch a little sweeter with:

  • 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Pumpkin Patch activities)
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park bike rental (excludes the double surrey)
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

To enter, visit Irvine Park Railroad’s Website, and comment below letting me know which activity your family is most looking forward to!

For extra entries tweet this phrase: “Excited for @IrvineParkRR Pumpkin Patch! Enter to #win free tickets from @SocalLocale! http://goo.gl/UDda5x #oc #orangecounty

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Meet TheBabyGuyNYC at Brea Mall and Fashion Valley!

The Bump Club and Beyond has teamed up with TheBabyGuyNYC, aka Jamie Grayson, to bring you The Baby Gear Show tour!

Held inside Nordstrom stores across the country, The Baby Gear Show will feature baby gear picks ranging from the latest strollers to car seats to high chairs and more. Each event will feature over $3000 worth of baby gear from brands sold at Nordstrom to be given away to attendees!

The event is free to those who RSVP and a light breakfast will be served as well! Click here to RSVP!

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Buy One Get One Free Adult Admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Awesome deal alert! For a limited time only, you can get Buy One Get One Free adult admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Just click here to print out the coupon page, and bring it with you when you purchase tickets. You can also save some paper and redeem it straight from your mobile device! You can get up to 8 tickets (4 discounts) with one coupon. This great offer ends September 30th, 2015!

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New at the Aquarium of the Pacific:

A new Magellanic Penguin chick was hatched on June 5th and made its public debut in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat this past week on August 18th. This is the 3rd generation of Magellanic Penguins born at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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Photo Credit: Robin Riggs

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Jellies exhibits. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.