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!

The summer-long series features second-run family movies, rated G or PG, for only $1 admission per person. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 20 through August 16.

This year’s featured movies include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Trolls
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Monster Trucks
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Rio 2
  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing
  • Happy Feet 2
  • Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • and more!

Tickets are available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am. Each week, two movies will be shown on both days. A portion of the proceeds from the Summer Movie Express goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

For a full list of featured movies, and info on other participating theaters, click here!

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!

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!

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)

Christmas Train (1)

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.)

Santa on State

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.

Christmas Tree Ranch_B

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.
New-Years-Eve-Header-650-px

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.

Fun!

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.

The-Clueless-Remix-650px

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.

Adam-Christing-Comedian

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!

Fireworks1

Free!

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Irvine Railroad Christmas Train
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.