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.

Discovery Cube OC Expansion and Summer Happenings (Plus Membership Giveaway!)

Have you heard about what’s new at The Cube? We were invited to a sneak preview of the new exhibits before they opened to the public and wanted to share some of the exciting news! Since changing its name from Discovery Science Center to the Discovery Cube almost a year ago, a lot has changed! Residents and visitors may have noticed a lot of construction, painting, and rearranging. Today, the Discovery Cube finally unveils the fruit of all of this labor. The new, expanded, Discovery Cube is almost double its original size.

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The new building has a definite focus on issues that are important to Southern California, including an area devoted to education on the properties of water, and water conservation.

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Residents and visitors alike can enjoy an aerial tour of some of Orange County’s incredible landscapes. Whether you just moved here, are on vacation, or have lived here your entire life, it will give you a new appreciation of the beauty around you.

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Many of the new exhibits offer families  an opportunity to explore themed science adventures, interactive programs, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning spaces. They also help cultivate an appreciation for the smallest ecosystems on earth to the largest exploration of the cosmos. Starting in their own backyard, kids can help identify ways to safely keep pests out of the home in the Inspector Training Course, presented by the Orange County Vector Control District.

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In the Mission Control Center, you can build your own satellite on one of the touch screens, and then watch it in orbit on the interactive big screens.

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The expansion also includes the 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It provides the ability to transform from an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater. You can currently catch an in-depth exhibit on Sherlock Holmes that includes artifacts, a murder mystery, and real forensic crime-solving.

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Once of the biggest changes at the new Discovery Cube is an emphasis on nutrition and healthy eating. The fast food is gone, and in its place is Bean Sprouts Cafe. This kid-friendly cafe specializes in healthy foods for visitors of all ages, and supplements its regular menu with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, nut-free and egg-free options. Later in the year they will be debuting the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, a full, working demonstration kitchen, presented by Sheila and Jim Peterson. It will let children become chefs creating good-for-them recipes. In addition, they will learn valuable kitchen safety tips as part of this health and wellness exhibit.

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We won’t give away all the details, but there is a lot to see at the newly-expanded Discovery Cube. Doors open to the public on June 11, 2015 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are available on-site or online at www.discoverycube.org/oc/. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($14.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95). Entrance to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is an additional $10 per person, with discounts available for a limited time. Scroll down for a chance to win a one-year family membership!

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Enter on the widget below for a chance to win a one-year family membership. Contest runs from June 10, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. through July 8, 2015, ending at 8:00 a.m. SoCal Locale is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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Aquarium of the Pacific: 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! SoCal Locale was not compensated for this post. Just sharing some fun info and deals!

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On June 6th and 7th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, it’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands.

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival includes 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, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

In anticipation of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will also include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect all people, but of course particularly those living on Pacific Islands. ScholarShare is a proud sponsor of the Pacific Islander Festival, and is partnering with the Aquarium to celebrate the diversity of our planet and to inspire the pursuit of a better future.

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $28.95 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!)Pacific Islander 2015 couponWin!

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.

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For more info, check out the Pacific Islander 2015 Flyer, (you can print the coupon on there as well), or the schedule of events below:

Pacific Islander Festival Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, June 6 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Hitia O Te Ra – Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m. – Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Lincoln & Sissy Kaio, with opening Hawaiian dance by Halau O Lilinoe

12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Halau O Lilinoe – Hawaiian performance

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m.– Nualani’s Polynesia – Tokelauan, Tahitian, Maori, and Tongan performances

 

SUNDAY, June 7 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. –  Tupua Productions – Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu – Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian performances

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Chamoru performances

 

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Saturday:

3:30 p.m. – Nualani’s Polynesia – Maori Poi Balls demonstration

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. – Tupua Productions – Samoan Sasa Dance

12:30 p.m. – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu – Hula Implements

3:30 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements

 

Cultural Displays and Activities / Great Hall

Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo

Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King

Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ulanana Lau Ki)*

Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)*

Samoan Cultural Artifacts – Marlena Vaifale*

Tongan Cultural Artifacts – Famili Pe Taha*

Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers* – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made and purchase selected items.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP):

 

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area – Saturday, June 6 at 12:20 p.m.

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In recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander communities of Southern California

Stroll n Run 5K – #BestDayEver for SoCal Families

My family and I will participating in the StrollnRun 5K next weekend! We received free tickets from Club MomMe, but we wanted to share the information too! You can follow Club MomMe’s website and social channels for more info on his event and other great events like it!
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The first annual Stroll n Run 5K is MORE than just a race. In conjunction with other events during Perinatal Depression Awareness Month, the Stroll n Run is a great way to gets moms outside and moving together with their families.

From Rachel, co-founder of Club MomME:

“After I had my second baby last year, I really struggled with post-partum (depression) and getting back in shape was the last thing on my mind. I have always been in to fitness and eating well, and for the first time in my life, I just didn’t care. About anything, but especially working out. And it was hard to find ANY me time.

As I started to feel better and my daughter approached the one-year mark, I decided to create a family-friendly fitness event for busy moms who struggle finding “me” time (or feel guilty spending time away from kids working out). One of the best things we can all do for our kids is to take very good care of ourselves. And doing so sets a great example for them too!”

Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, and pregnancy (perinatal) depression. The event was created by and benefits Postpartum Progress Inc., a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and supports pregnant and new moms with these illnesses. For each runner or walker in the Stroll n Run 5K, $5 will be donated to Postpartum Progress Inc.

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Grab your running shoes and head to the Stroll n Run 5K website to check it out and sign up! Along with the race, there will also be games, obstacles for kids, entertainment, and healthy snacks and drinks. It’s going to be the #BestDayEver. Hope to see you there!

Knott’s NYE Celebration and Ticket Giveaway

This post and giveaway is sponsored by our friends at GigaSavvy on behalf of their client, Knott’s Berry Farm. SoCal Locale is running the giveaway and is responsible for the winner selection and prize fufillment.
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Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve yet? There are many events happening around Southern California, but one of the most fun and family-friendly events is the NYE Celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm. In addition to all of the great fun that’s always going on at the theme park, they have some special entertainment planned as well.

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Local Favorites Krazy Kirk & The Hillbillies will have toes tappin’, hands clappin’, and guts bustin’ during the best darn musical comedy show ever performed in the historic Bird Cage Theatre.

DJ Howly will be spinning some fun popular music on stage in Calico Square, followed by The Clueless Remix, which is something a little different. The Clueless Remix is a non-stop live music adventure where old school R&B meets new school dance & hip hop in a seamless, continuous flow much like that of a DJ spinning turntables.

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In Wagon Camp you’ll find family-friendly comedian, Adam Christing. Adam brings his hilarious comedy, magic and fun audience interaction to guests of all ages.

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Join DJ JC for Salsa Dancing in Fiesta Plaza. Show off your dance moves and groove to the beat of this spicy music scene that’s Hot, Hot, Hot! Snoopy will also make a special cameo and share his paw-tastic dance moves with everyone.

Food!

Guest will be able to savor the ultimate comfort foods with world-famous holiday treats Knott’s Merry Farm still available. Enjoy Santa’s homemade cookies, mouthwatering pastries, winter wine, craft beer, and more in Santa’s Christmas Cabin. Savor the fresh made-to-order maple lollipops in Ghost Town, churros from the Churro Factory, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men in the Farm Bakery, as well as the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

If you’re really hungry, The New Year’s Eve buffet in Spurs Restaurant will be served from 4pm-9pm; prices are $26.99+tax for adults and $14.99+ tax for kids (3-11).

Fireworks!

As the final moments of 2014 come to an end, the Sky Cabin will rise over 200 ft. to the top of the “K” tower as special lighting effects countdown to midnight. When the cabin reaches the top at the stroke of midnight the “K” tower, the skies above Knott’s will light up with a spectacular fireworks show!

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Want to win two tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm? Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be chosen December 23rd and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Must be 18 years old to enter and live in the United States. Travel and lodging are the winner’s responsibility.

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Orange Friday – Irvine Regional Park

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On the Friday after Thanksgiving you don’t have to go on a shopping marathon to burn off that extra piece of pumpkin pie! OC Parks and Irvine Regional Park will be hosting Orange Friday on Friday, November 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. This family friendly event with have something for everyone to enjoy.

A Santa Cruise will be available for mountain bikers, a Rudolph Ride for the equestrians and a Snowman Stroll for the hikers with a ranger-led interpretive hike at 3 p.m.

Holiday-spirited costumes are encouraged at Orange Friday and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed and most appropriate for each category (like Santa hats for the Santa Cruise or antlers for the Rudolph Ride).

If you’re planning to attend, be sure to share this event with your family and friends using the hashtag #OCOrangeFriday in your social media posts.  OC Parks and Irvine Regional Park will pick their favorite post for a special prize!

 

Date: November 28, 2014

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Location: Irvine Regional Park

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvine

Contact: (714) 973-6835, irvinepark@ocparks.com

 

Get Your Tickets for Irvine Park Railroad’s 2014 Christmas Train

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Irvine Park Railroad has opened sales for their annual Christmas Train event! For select nights during November and December you and your family can visit the Irvine Regional Park ride the train and enjoy activities in Santa’s Village located just behind the train station inside of Locomotive Loop. Activities include a Santa moon bounce, cookie decorating, carnival games, coloring corner, story time with Mrs. Claus, and more!
This enchanting night ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park — to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus — is a very popular event for visitors from across the Southland and beyond, it is required that you purchase your tickets online, and in advance for the date and time that you would like to ride the train. If you plan on visiting with family or friends, we suggest that one person be designated to buy your group’s tickets to help ensure that you can ride the train together. Bring your own camera to capture that special moment or family photo with Santa.
Tickets will sell out very quickly as this is a very popular event every year. Advance ticket purchase is required for all nights, and tickets are sold ONLINE ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available for pick up at the will call window on the night that you will be riding the Christmas Train.
The Christmas Train is open on the following dates:
  • November 28th, 29th & 30th
  • December 5th, 6th & 7th
  • December 12th – 23rd

Please visit Irvine Park Railroad online for full details on this year’s Christmas Train including dates, times, costs and other information. You can also see picture’s from past Christmas Train events.

Also, beginning Friday November 28th the Irvine Park Railroad will have their Christmas Tree Ranch open. Families can pick out the perfect Christmas tree from a variety of Douglas, Noble, and Grand fir trees available for sale. Be sure to print out a $5.00 off coupon before you go.

 

 

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.