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When I was a stay-at-home working mom with toddlers I was always on the lookout for new Orange County toddler activities to explore. Or, any activity to get me out of the house for a few hours and hopefully meet up with other moms.

If you are in this same toddler phase of life, I am very excited to share with you a special activity called Toddler Camp along with a promo code “tinyoranges” to save $15 on registration for the spring session starting next week.

Orange County Toddler Activities

Sponsored by SoCalMoms, Toddler Camp offers families a pre-planned weekly adventure with their toddler to discover the best local programs, places, activities and entertainment.

Offering a fun social atmosphere as well as Orange County toddler activities that encourage the type of play recommended for the age group, Toddler Camp is a great way to take the pressure off of the “what are we going to do today?” question.

At least for one morning a week!

The next 8-week Orange County Spring Toddler Camp session starts NEXT week, so you want to get your registration in ASAP.

Ideal Ages

All children must be walking toddlers and attend with a parent or guardian. Most groups consist of toddlers between the ages of about 15 months to 3 years. Siblings can be added on at a discounted rate; infant siblings can attend for free.

What Do You Do at Toddler Camp?

Each Toddler Camp session incorporates music, art, physical activity and as much outdoor play as possible. Sample locations might include beaches, play spaces, farms & zoos, parks & museums, cultural centers or festivals.

How Do I Sign Up for Toddler Camp? 

The OC Spring Session runs from Tuesday, March 25th to Thursday, May 22nd, one morning a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, for approximately 2 hours in the morning.

Cost is regularly $170 per child for the 8 week session. You can add a second child for + $95, however, enter promotion code “tinyoranges” to register for only $155.

Sibling additions also can use the discounted rate, or only + $80 additional.

The fee includes each week’s adventure, healthy snacks, access to the SoCalMoms parenting experts and a welcome to camp gift bag full of goodies. To me, this is an amazing price per activity to have someone pre-plan your morning for you!

They will even set up private Toddler Camp sessions for groups of at least 8 children if you already have a play group set up. Contact them for more information on their private Toddler Camps.

I wish, wish, wish this existed when I had toddlers. I would have signed up in a heartbeat to get out and discover new Orange County toddler activities as well as meet some new friends along the way.

If you are interested in their summer toddler camp dates, or any future camp sessions, you can join their interest list at the bottom of the registration page and be notified of future dates.

Visit for more information and click here to register or sign up for their interest list.

Summer Opportunities Jamboree!

The Parenting OC Magazine eighth annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree will take place this Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Irvine.

Up to 75 exhibitors are expected, representing summer camps, family-friendly classes and health services, preschools, private schools and birthday parties – providing parents the opportunity to plan ahead and learn more about OC-wide activities and programs that their children can be a part of.

On the Kidpalooza Stage you will also find performances by youth talent and performers, contests and the popular Jamboree Spelling Bee where the county’s top spellers compete in an exciting multi-round competition.

Entertainment will include family fun attractions, gymnastics and fitness demos.

This event is a great way to start thinking about summer planning and the incredible experiences available for your kids this 2014 summer season!

Click here for more information on the Summer Opportunities Jamboree 2014.

Have a great weekend! Remember to SPRING FORWARD!

This Almost 40 Mom Repelled Off a Wall

Orange County Indoor Rock Climbing for Kids

One of new year’s goals was to do more things alone with my oldest daughter on the weekends.  She loves being active and is up for anything so when I  saw the Groupon come in for a one hour session of indoor rock climbing at Sender One Climbing in their Funtopia climbing space I snatched it up.

Now after our experience at Sender One, I had to do a post on the new Orange County indoor rock climbing for kids space because it was so flipping fun I was on an adrenaline high for the entire afternoon.

Funtopia is not just for kids, it’s for adults and kids weighing more than 40+ lbs, so not only was Emma going to go rock climbing, mama was too.

Then I remembered I am sort of a scaredy cat, and adrenaline rushes are really not my thing. I had visions of me strapped into my harness crying to the staff member about my fear of heights a la The Bachelor.

But I am a changed woman lately, so I was going to go for it.

Here’s what’s happening this year – I am turning 40. 

Yes, the big 4-0 is immenient, but instead of being all depressed about getting old, something crazy has switched on inside of me and I am obsessed with trying new things this year.

Thus, the two hour trapeze lesson I bought on Living Social. Oh, and the ballroom dancing lessons. A special thank you to the daily deal sites for feeding my midlife psychosis. This can’t be normal.

So Emma and I went to Sender One on Saturday ready for an adventure. They offer climbing for all levels, including this beautiful (and insane) area with 18-foot high walls for serious climbers.

Orange County indoor rock climbing for kids

Funtopia is a separate area perfect for kids. And almost 40-year-old moms.

Once we were checked in, they got us into our harnesses and sent us in to climb and play. The employees helped us learn how to clip ourselves in and then we were told to just go for it. Up we went on the first wall.

My heart started beating faster and faster the higher I went. Don’t look down, don’t look down, don’t look down.

When I got the top I was full of adrenaline, because once at the top, you are supposed to push yourself off and repel down the wall. My daughter flew off without a second thought. The girl has no fear, she lives for this kind of stuff.

I yelled down to the employee below, “I’m scared!” I honestly didn’t know if I could do it, but that seemed like the most fun part.

She yells up, “Just commit to it, the first moment is the scariest, and then it’s fine.

So I committed and took the plunge.

Just like an episode of The Bachelor, but no hunky guy waiting at the end to tell me how proud he was of me. But even minus the hunky guy, IT WAS AWESOME!!!

Total rush.

I just wanted to go again and again.  We explored the entire area which included cool pillars to climb, various climbing walls, even a structure with a high platform on top in which you can jump off to a trapeze swing or a swinging punching bag thing.

Yes, I did the trapeze. Just a taste of what’s to come.

OC indoor rock climbing for kids

It was one of those experiences I will always remember and Emma loved every minute. It was really cool to get to do something like this with her. Except on the way home she told me she now wants to go zip lining. Lord help me if another deal for zip lining comes into my inbox.

Tips on Visiting Sender One with Kids 

Funtopia is for adults and kids weighing 40+ pounds
~ Funtopia is open Monday – Friday from 2-8p, Sat/Sun 10 -6p
~ All kids under 11 must be accompanied by an adult
~ Sessions start on the hour; walk-ins OK if there is space, but online reservations recommended
~ Wear workout clothes or clothes that are able to be moved in. Definitely yoga or workout pants for moms.
~ It’s a workout, you will sweat, dress cool.
~ Wear closed toe shoes (no black soles)
~ Base price $17/hour pp; +$5 for drop slide and jump and catch
~ Fill out waiver online before going
~ Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early to get instructions
~ Bring your camera!!! 

Happy Campers, Happy Summer! [Giveaway!]

Today’s post is all about Tiny Oranges’ Sponsor, Inside the Outdoors and their fabulous Orange County summer camps for kids.  And we have an awesome giveaway as well, make sure to read below to enter to win a FREE week of summer camp for your child!

After about five minutes of chatting about their camps and different summer themes, I started feeling nostalgic for my own camp days. What’s better than fresh air, crafts, hikes, learning about nature and animals, and singing camp songs in the summer?  Anyone else have a craving for a s’more right about now?

In our family, it’s T-minus two weeks until my older kiddo is out of school.  Staring at the calendar, this fills me with a small sense of freedom, excitement, and (a little) panic (three whole months with BOTH kids!).  My mission?  Happy campers, happy summer!

Good news, mamas. Inside the Outdoors has an entire schedule of week-long summer day camps for your kiddos, ages 6-11, this summer.

Better news?  All of the camp counselors are highly trained, college educated, AND first aid/CPR certified, fingerprinted, DOJ background checked/cleared, and TB tested.

Even better news?  This isn’t your any run-of-the-mill camp experience.

Inside the Outdoors is an education program administered BY the Orange County Department of Education…which means that the camps focus on science-themed activities that complement what kids are learning in elementary school.

Reinforcement of learning through super fun camp activities. Um, yes please!

2013 Summer Camp Schedule:

Summer Day Camp at Rancho Soñado

June 24 – June 28, 2013 – Survival of the Kiddest

Summer Day Camp at Shipley Nature Center

July 8 – July 12, 2013 – Survival of the Kiddest
July 15 – July 19, 2013 – “AMAZE”ing Scientists!
July 22 – July 26, 2013 - Eco-Avengers!
July 29 – August 2, 2013 – Mythbusters

Summer Day Camp at Irvine Regional Park

August 5 – August 9, 2013 – Tails and Trails

You can read about the camp themes in more detail, plus download a camp registration form here.

Camps are $195 per five-day session from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, and $70 for extended camp from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Your little adventurer will get a camp T-shirt, a tree cookie name tag, and take home eco-crafts everyday (so cute!).

There are also opportunities for your entire family to get involved.  Inside the Outdoors hosts various summer family-friendly fun events like hikes, astronomy nights and craft sessions – just check their website for updated dates and times.

Finally, after we enjoy (ahem…make it through still happy and sane?) this lovely summer with our kiddos, check out Inside the Outdoors programs that they host during the school year…it’s likely that your fifth or sixth graders will participate in their educational camps or field trips at some point during the school year!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive one free week for one camper at an Inside the Outdoors summer camp session! Winner may choose their choice of week (subject to availability) with advance reservations. Good luck!

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Disclaimer:  Inside the Outdoors is a new Tiny Oranges sponsor…and we are so thrilled they are!  Perfect timing for us to learn more about what they do, especially summer camps for kiddos!  Let’s keep ‘em busy, happy, active, and occupied in the fresh air this summer!

Team OC Summer Camp 2013 [Giveaway]

With the arrival of spring, I know many mamas are starting towards summer activity planning, so please let me tell you about one of the best summer camps in Orange County for kids: Team OC Summer Camp.  Team OC has been a longtime friend and Sponsor of Tiny Oranges and today I have a giveaway for one week of half day summer camp for a lucky kiddo, make sure to enter below!

Team OC Summer Camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to enjoy the incredible offerings of the state-of-the-art facility with a wide range of activities to keep children moving and having fun!

The experienced counselors provide instruction for gymnastics, cheer, dance and trampoline. In addition, campers will be able to participate in a ton of fun activities like an inflatable obstacle course, zip-line, rock wall, water activities, games and arts & crafts.

Team OC Summer Camps run weekly with five sessions in June, July and August with the option of a Half Day or Full Day Program. Click here to download a brochure with dates and pricing.

Certain weeks are open to preschoolers (ages 3-4); and all camp sessions are open to boys and girls ages 5 – 12.

You can sign up by the week, or purchase a 5-Day PLAY or 10-Day FUN pass which can be used for participation on any five or 10 days of camp within a designated month with 48-hour advance reservation. I love the flexibility this offers.  Click HERE for pricing.

My oldest daughter takes gymnastics at Team OC, and she has taken their camps in the past and loved them. Your kids will too!

Special early bird pricing is going on now if you register by April 30th.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive one free week for one camper of Half Day Camp at Team OC! Winner may choose their choice of week (subject to availability) with advance reservations. Please click HERE to make sure the week of choice fits the age of your child. Good luck!
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[Disclosure: Team OC is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]