2 Fab Family Events This Weekend

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Wow, this weekend is sure packed with some fun family events!

Kidsfaire takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3rd & 4th from 10am – 5pm at the Orange County Fairgrounds where 15 acres are filled with non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of interactive exhibits, stage shows (including the Jumpitz!), children’s pavilions and great resources for home and family.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 2 – 12.  Click here to download a coupon for $1 off children’s admission.
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The 6th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival takes place on Sunday, Oct. 4th from 9:30am – 4:30pm at Orange Coast College where you can enjoy author and illustrator presentations, storytellers, books to buy, entertainment and much more!

Grandpa Read of the newly released Quiet Time Tales DVD series will be reading stories from the collection on the Illustrator’s Stage from 12:10 – 12:30pm.

Quiet Time Tales follows in the tradition of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and Reading Rainbow in the realm of wholesome, educational children’s entertainment.    Does that take you back or what moms?!  Mr. Rogers was my FAVORITE!  I would wait and wait for that show to come on.  Oh, the simple days before DVR and OnDemand. Sigh.

The collection was developed to address a need in this largely animated, crazy sound effect world, to calm and soothe kids during their daily quiet time and bed time routines.

Book fair attendees can enter a drawing to win the complete collection of DVDs by visiting booth 26, and Grandpa Read will be there to take pictures with the kids.

Free admission and free parking!

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I Can, You Can, We All Can Can

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When I got the title of this guest blog I just couldn’t resist!   Just typing the can-can line made me smile!  Sarah is a mommy of 3 little ones and  wrote a guest blog on the virtues of canning.   She writes…

 “Have you noticed how inexpensive apples are lately?  Fall fruit is getting ready to go into full swing!  Why not preserve this fall’s bounty with a little project at home?  Canning and freezing fall fruit is an easy way to teach your children about eating in season and allows your family to eat seasonally (and inexpensively) year round.  My five-year old knows that we when we run out of my canned applesauce, we don’t have more because it’s not apple season.  She will be the first one out into the orchard this fall.

If you are up for canning, I recommend the website PickYourOwn.org.  This gives detailed information about the tools you need, the ratios of fruit to jars, and basically everything you need to know about canning.  You could also pick up the Ball Blue Book of Preserving from any of your favorite booksellers.  These resources will have you canning like a pro in no time.  I buy organically grown pears from my CSA for around 80 cents a pound, can them in the lightest syrup possible, and end up with a nutritious product that is also a great deal.  We pick apples from a local orchard and I buy bushels of seconds, meant for baking.  I put my crock pot to use and make batches of applesauce; our family favorite recipe involves a little brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  The main challenge is having enough to can and to eat.If you are more the freezer friendly type, you can easily preserve this fall’s bounty.  The best way, in my opinion, to freeze apples is in cobbler or crisp filling portions.  Prepare the fruit the way your favorite cobbler or crisp recipe recommends and then freeze in gallon bags, flattening out to remove all air bubbles and make for easy storage in your freezer.   Usually, when I am making one cobbler, I cut enough fruit for two and freeze one set.  It saves time and money.

Have fun preserving the best fruits the fall has to offer!”

P.S. Thanks Sarah for the great idea!  I had friends that were looking into going to Julian to pick apples.  Click here to see  the list of orchards.   What a fun family activity…

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Mommy & Me at Mosaic Music!

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Have you been looking for a fun music class to attend with your little one?   Mosaic Music  in Yorba Linda is excited to announce the launch of their new Mommy & Me classes enrolling now!   Make sure to read below on how to enter to win a month of free classes…  

With three different levels available for kids ages 0 – 4, these music and danced-based classes are designed to offer a unique blend of musical learning activities to stimulate and engage the little senses.  

Their Mommy & Me teacher, Michele Ehrenberg, is a well-established toddler teacher in the community and has worked for MyGym, Gymboree, KinderMusic and did Storytime at Borders in Brea.  She has taken her favorite elements from all of these classes to form Mosaic’s Mommy & Me classes.   Kids always remember her signature pink guitar and fun, bubbly personality!

The Mommy & Me classes are held on Tuesday mornings.   The first class is free so you can take your child and check it out!  You can contact Mosiac for the schedule and times at 714.579.3151 or info@mosaicmusicschool.com.

For those of you with older children, Mosaic Music also offers private lessons by the best available, hand-picked teachers trained at universities like Juilliard and USC. 

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!  One lucky winner will win a month of free Mommy & Me classes at Mosaic Music (a $65 value.)  To enter, do the following:

1.  Email me at giveaways@tinyoranges.com and include your first name and last initial.

2. In the email, tell me one instrument that they offer private classes for.  Hint:  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page!

3. You can enter as many times as you want, just have your emails in before 5pm PST on Friday, Oct. 2nd.

4. Become a Tiny Oranges Fan on Facebook and I will give you an additional entry for each email.  Just let me know that you became a fan!

Good luck!  Happy Monday everyone…wishing you all a fabulous week!

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It’s a Great Pumpkin (Patch!)

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This pumpkin patch is the GREATEST!!  If you haven’t taken your kids there before, you have to check it out this year.  The thousands of pumpkins make for such cute photo ops and there are a ton of activities the kids will love.   Read below to see how you can win 12 free tickets for your family!  Here are the details:

Irvine Park Railroad’s 4th annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the pumpkin patch which is open daily at 10:00 am now through November 1st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California.

The pumpkin patch is located in Locomotive Loop just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill Locomotive Loop. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin!

This year’s pumpkin patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, John Deere tractor racers, face painting (weekends only), picture stands, great food and The Orange County Zoo.  

Children ages 12 and under can wear their Halloween costume to Irvine Park Railroad on Saturday, October 31st.  Every child that wears a costume on that day will receive a free goodie bag filled with Irvine Park Railroad giveaways.

Irvine Park Railroad welcomes schools and groups. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com or call (714) 997-3968 for school and group information.

The Irvine Park Railroad pumpkin patch is open daily from
September 19th through November 1st
Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Admission into the pumpkin patch is free.   Prices for all other activities vary.

Hooray, it’s a Tiny Giveaway!  Leave a comment below between now and Sunday night before 8pm PST to enter to win 12 free tickets for your family!    If you become a Facebook fan (or already are one), you will be entered twice!  Let me know in the comments if you are a fan!

P.S. Have a great weekend!!!

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New Fabulous Park!

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Our family visited the new Coastal Peak Park in Newport Coast a few weeks back and it is sure to become one of our new favorites!

Located at the corner of East Coastal Peak and Ridge Park Road, this park has pretty much all the amenities you look for in a park and playground.

The equipment was new (= clean!) and had lots of fun and different activities for little ones.  A huge rock to climb (however this one requires supervision for little kids), rope structures, spinning chairs, walking spheres and a little separate sand box for sand play.  I like it when parks have the equipment on that nice squishy material, and keep the sand separate.

Surrounding the playground is a huge grassy lawn, basketball court, baseball diamond and batting cages.  Nice tables for picnicking were covered by an overhang.   Across the street from the park appeared to be lovely, scenic dirt trail – perfect for a little exercise with your jogger or a spin on your bike. 

The restrooms were also clean.   A necessity in my book when visiting a park!  However, no soap, so remember your antibacterial hand cleanser and baby wipes!

Coastal Peak Park
East Coastal Peak & Ridge Park Road, Newport Coast

CLICK HERE for map and directions on Fun Orange County Parks

{Click here for more OC parks and playgrounds on Tiny Oranges!}

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