Disney on Ice Tickets on Sale Now

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Disney on Ice is coming back to Southern California with their new show, Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

Join your favorite mice, Mickey and Minnie. as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a marvelous Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.

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Tickets are on sale now and there’s a great MOM discount to help families save a little money. Check out the flyer below or use discount code MOM14 to get a family four pack of tickets for $80!

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To get your tickets head over to http://www.disneyonice.com/lets-celebrate!

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.

Evil Lurks Within at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

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Looking for something to get into the Halloween spirit? Head over to Long Beach. The Queen Mary is hosting its annual haunted Dark Harbor event just in time for the Halloween season beginning October 2 through November 2. There are two new mazes this year, Soulmate and B340, plus a cool ghost tour on the ship called Encounters!

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Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship’s dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined..

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On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger, Samuel, was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage’s schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Samuel is on the loose, he’s dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.

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The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life away and hope that they return safely to land.

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The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

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The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available.

Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/.

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.

“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.

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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.

Brew Ha Ha Productions Presents “Brew Hee Haw” at OC Fair

Brew Ha Ha Productions, creators of the most award winning craft beer festivals in Orange County, and the OC Fair, voted best fair in Southern California, have teamed up to bring fair-goers an exciting new craft brew experience. The Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, will be held opening weekend of the 2014 OC Fair. The inaugural event will offer both day and evening tasting sessions with over 60 regional craft brews to sample including Southern California Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and more.

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Tickets for the Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup are currently available for pre-order. Choose from a day or an evening session. Tickets are $50 for each 4-hour session, and they include 15 tastings, a commemorative glass, all event activities, and all day admission to the OC Fair. Get your tickets here, before the price goes up to $55.  Before or after your session you can enjoy all of the fun offered at the OC Fair.

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Brewers, owners and other craft beer celebrities will be in attendance. In addition to a line up of incredible presentations, industry experts will be available to talk to everyone from ‘beer geeks’ to craft beer novices about the interesting and delicious world of craft beer. The lineup of presenters includes two local certified Cicerones (like a ‘Sommelier’ for wine) who will share their expertise and recommendations.

The only thing that could make a Craft Beer event better is awesome food. Once you’ve finished your tastings, you can get your fill of deep-fried delights from the various vendors at the OC Fair. It’s guaranteed to be a great time!

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