Get Your 2015 Knott’s Berry Farm Passes and Enjoy A Visit in 2014!

Thanks to our friends at GigaSavvy for sending us to have fun at Knott’s Merry Farm – You can have fun too this year with a 2015 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass.

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Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes are on sale now! The 2015 Season Pass includes unlimited visits, Bring-A-Friend days, in-park discounts, and more. Not only can you cash in on all the fun you can handle, but for 2015 you can add all the food you can handle with their All-Season Dining Plan. Plus, all new passholders get one visit to 2014, which means you don’t have to wait until next year to experience the magic of Merry Farm!

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Knott’s Merry Farm has been a SoCal Holiday Tradition since 1985. This seasonal event will be celebrating Christmastime from November 22nd, 2014 until January 4th, 2015. The festive event includes park-wide decorations, lots of live entertainment, seasonal food offerings, and a wonderland of shopping from local artisans – perfect for gift giving.

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There’s a wide variety of Live Entertainment at Knott’s Merry Farm – something for everyone. Enjoy stage shows such as A Christmas Carol or Gift of the Magi in the historic Bird Cage Theater. Head to Calico Stage every evening for a musical and whimsical tree-lighting ceremony. Catch the Peanuts Gang singing and dancing in the Camp Snoopy Theater. And don’t forget to catch Snoopy on ice in the Charles M. Schulz Theater for Merry Christmas, Snoopy!

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Browse the great local artisan booths for unique Christmas gifts in the Christmas Crafts Wonderland. Entrance to the craft fair is free to the public Monday through Thursday, and included with park admission every day of the week. While in ghost town you can also hear the Calico Carolers as they walk around spreading cheer.

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And don’t forget to say hi to Santa! Visit Santa’s Christmas Cabin in the Wilderness Dance Hall to visit and take a photo with your favorite jolly guy. You can also enjoy holiday treats such as Santa’s Homemade Cookies, a hot fudge sundae bar, hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, winter wine and craft beers paired with cheeses and fruits, and more!

For more information on Knott’s Berry Farm, including admission, park hours and events, visit www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone.

Inaugural “Pumpkin Glow” Event in Irvine Community

This Saturday, October 25th, thousands of glowing pumpkins will light up Pavilion Park in Irvine. This new legacy event for residents and the community is also the first of its kind for Orange County. It will feature carved and sculpted pumpkins, creating an amazing, illuminated outdoor pumpkin artwork display. The Pumpkin Glow event is also an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest line of carved pumpkins, which currently stands at 1,301.

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Pumpkin Glow is a unique, fun, and family-friendly event that will bring the community together for a magical evening.  Refreshments will be available on the Pavilion Park Visitor Terrace, there will be live music playing, as well as expert pumpkin sculptor Scott Gerber who will entertain visitors with live carving demonstrations.

Adding to the excitement of the night will be the Pumpkin Glow sculpture competition, featuring pumpkin-related art. Guests can vote for their favorite sculpture and the top three creations will be awarded prizes.

For more information about the event or to register and let them know that you are going to be donating a carved pumpkin for Pumpkin Glow, please visit www.PumpkinGlowGPN.com.

Luna Grill Huntington Beach Grand Opening

Luna Grill offers healthy and delicious Mediterranean food in Southern California. They specialize in great gyros and mouthwatering meat kabobs.  Everything on the menu is freshly made and delicious.

Their creamy hummus is served with warm pita slices…

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Their salads are light and fresh and full of flavor…

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Their wraps are packed full of tender meat…

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Speaking of meat. They’ve got pretty much any kind you want.

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The new Huntington Beach location openend up its doors a few weeks ago, but will be having their grand opening celebration this Saturday at 11 AM! Anyone is welcome to come by and join the fun. There will be samples of some of their great menu items, raffles, music, and lots of kid-friendly fun as well. The new location is at 7511 Edinger Avenue, in Huntington Beach, CA. Check out the flyer below for more information!

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Summer Promotions from the Orange County Transportation Authority

There’s plenty of Summer left for Orange County residents, and the Orange County Transportation Authority has some great promotions and activities going on to make these long days a little more fun. From treasure hunting adventures to express routes to your favorite family activities, OCTA has you covered.

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Free Rides on the Angels Express for Kids In July, kids ages 18 and younger can ride the Angels Express train free to any 7:05 p.m. games.  Valid for Monday-Thursday games, it’s a great way to get to the games without having to deal with rush hour traffic. During the rest of the season, children under 5 are free with a paying adult.

OC Fair Express Bus and Characters

The OC Fair Express is a direct bus service to the fair from eight locations, including: San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim and Huntington Beach. It’s only $2 each way, and everyone who rides gets a coupon for $3 fair admission. That’s up to $9 off the regular price if you’re doing the math! Skip the traffic and the parking lot commotion and have a great time with your family.

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Metrolink Treasures is a website dedicated to taking day trips in Orange County and beyond via the train. Choose from one of the seven Orange County stations and find great places to check out nearby. It’s perfect for planning a little staycation. Now through August, participants can win great prizes, in the weekly prize drawings and photo contest. There will even be a grand prize Disney package!

For more exciting offer from the Orange County Transportation Authority, check out their promotions page. You can also keep updated with the OC Metrolink and OCTA Bus Facebook pages.

Two Penguin Chicks Hatch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks!

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These two cuties were born to first-time parents Patsy and Noodles, and Kate and Avery.

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The penguin chicks are currently being cared for by their parents in their nest burrows in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat and are not viewable by the public yet. They expect the chicks will leave their nests and join the other birds in the main areas of the penguin habitat later this summer.

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For more information about Magellanic Penguins, check out the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific, or read about it on their website.

You can also help support the penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more. Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For ticket information click here.

Photos Courtesy of Robin Riggs.

“An Evening in Brazil” Family Jam at the LA Zoo

Family Jam at the LA Zoo is a new evening event for Southern California families featuring live music, dancing, zookeeper visits, food trucks and other great family fun. The event is sponsored by the hit animated feature film RIO 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the theme is “An Evening in Brazil.”  The celebration provides a rare opportunity for after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits as well as authentic Brazilian flavors and music to transport guests into an evening of fun.

Family Jam at the LA Zoo

Family Jam at the LA Zoo takes place on Saturday, July 12, 2014,  from 6 to 9 pm, at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The party will feature samba music and dancing by Brazilian Samba Angels as well as music by Close Encounters, a live karaoke band that invites Zoo guests to perform favorite songs karaoke-style accompanied by the band.

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RIO 2, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 15, brings Brazilian fun and activities to the Zoo with crafts for kids, an interactive photo booth, special prizes, giveaways and more. Costumed characters will help families dance the night away while they have fun and learn new things on an educational scavenger hunt with “clues” to visit select areas throughout the Zoo. Guests will discover fun facts about animals, and special RIO 2 prizes will be given to those who complete the scavenger hunt.

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Also included in the evening are keeper talks and animal encounters in some of the popular exhibits, including the new “Rainforest of the Americas.” As guests stroll the grounds to visit exhibits of endangered, rare and exotic animals in the Zoo collection, they’re offered a unique opportunity to see some of the Zoo’s animals at night, many of whom are more active during later hours.

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No one will be going hungry with all of the popular food trucks that will be at the scene, including  Ta Bom (Brazilian cuisine), Vchos (Central American tapas), Dogtown Dogs (hot dogs and tater tots), The Pudding Truck (homemade stove-top puddings;), The Melt (grilled cheese sandwiches), Tornado Potato (spiral-cut potatoes), and Patty Wagon Burgers (sliders). Brazilian-inspired beverages, the Zoo’s famous churros, and frozen Sweet Treats will also be available for kids and adults.

Ticket Information:

$19.00 per Adult Non-Member (13 and older)
$14.00 per Child Non-member (2-12)
$16.00 per Adult Member (13 and older)
$13.00 per Child Member (Ages 2-12)
Children under 2 are free.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/familyjam/.

For additional information, call (323) 644-6042 or go to  www.lazoo.org.

 

Victoria Skimboards Returns To Aliso Beach With “The Vic”

Victoria Skimboards returns to Southern California with The VIC, previously known as the Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding (WCS). The VIC is the longest-running skimboard contest on the professional circuit and the only that offers a live broadcast of the competition for audiences to experience from all around the globe. The event will take place at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

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This year marks the 38th year of the annual championship event. According to founder of Victoria Skimboards, Tex Haines, “The contest has the broadest global appeal of any other competitive skimboarding event on the pro circuit. We are taking the action from the local beach, and catapulting it to viewers worldwide.”

Riders from countries around the world, including Japan, Chile, Australia, Portugal, the Philippines, Spain and Mexico will be battling for the skimboard industry title of “World’s Best.” From barrel rides to aerial tricks to technical challenges, all of the top tricks and skills will be showcased at the contest.

The VIC will take place on June 28-29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Admission to the event is free, but there is a fee for parking. ($1/hour per vehicle.) Contact (949) 923-2280 or go to www.thevic.victoriaskimboards.com for more information.