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10 Ways to Save at the OC Fair

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Orange County’s beloved  OC Fair opened yesterday and will be entertaining kids and adults Wednesdays – Sundays now through  August 14th.

The OC Fair is a ton of fun, but can also end up being a ton of money if you don’t know about some of the OC Fair discounts so I wanted to highlight these 10 ways to save at the OC Fair for you.

From experience, if you have kids that  love the rides, by far the best deal is to go on a Wednesday or Thursday and get the $30 unlimited wristband. Then it’s just done and you don’t have to worry about reloading your ticket or running out of rides. Best value for sure.

If planning the day of the week, Thursdays are great because kids get free admission all day, you can get the unlimited wristband AND take advantage of the $2 Taste of Fair food noon – 4p.  Huge savings. We are going this Thursday (yay!) Follow our adventure on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

10 Ways to Save at the OC Fair 

1. Read & Ride

Kids ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides. Click here to download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours.

2. We Care Wednesdays

FREE admission and one (1) free carnival ride per person each Wednesday with appropriate donation (donation changes weekly.) Click here for the schedule.

3. $30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband

Sold until 5p, valid until 8p on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. Required Fair admission sold separately.

4.  $2 Taste of Fair Food

Thursdays Noon – 4p. Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats.

5. Kids Day

Thursdays all day children 12 & under receive FREE Fair admission.

6. $2 Rides and $2 Games

Fridays Noon – 4p. Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.

7. Seniors Day (60+)

Bring grandma and grandpa to the Fair! Fridays all day $2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides.

8. Rise & Shine: Saturdays and Sundays

Early admission pricing every weekend of the Fair. $3 general admission for everyone 10 am – 11 am (Discounted tickets are sold until 11 am and must be used by Noon on the day of purchase.)

9. FREE Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)

Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am-1 am Saturday & Sunday only.

10. Active Military & Veterans 

Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase ½ price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the 2016 OC Fair. Military ID required.

 For complete information on everything this year’s OC Fair has to offer visit www.ocfair.com

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Bubblefest XIX at Discovery Cube OC

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Our family was lucky enough to be invited to attend Bubblefest 2015 at Discovery Cube complimentary to share our experience with you. 
Bubblefest 2015

What an event!  I am excited to share about my family’s experience at Discovery Cube OC’s Bubblefest XIX – their amazing annual spring bubble extravaganza that features everything bubbles, now through April 12th, 2015.

Not only do bubbles bring total delight to kids of all ages, I found that my kiddos were actually learning about some of the science behind bubbles (which was an added bonus)!

There are lots of bubble events and activities to see and do. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect…

The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show

This is a must-see show!  We found it to be the highlight of the event.  Get ready to be blown away with the “Bubble Scientist,” Deni Yang, and his world-famous “Mega Bubble Show!”  We learned that Deni travels all over the world performing his bubble show, and actually holds two World Records in bubble-making.  Pretty cool.

My hubby and I were secretly wondering just how many different bubble tricks could really take place in 45 minutes – and let me tell you – A LOT.  It seemed like parents and kids alike were all oohing and ahhing over the bubbles, lasers, music, lights, and special effects – a professional show worthy of any family-friendly Las Vegas spectacle.  It featured exciting tricks like smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, human-sized bubbles, and more.

Mega Bubblefest Laser Show_2

My favorite bubble sequence was when Deni crated an underwater bubble and laser masterpiece, where the audience really felt like they were floating and swimming in bubbles under the sea.

My kids loved the “snow” show where thousands of bubbles were released, making it appear as though we were playing in the snow.  You could hear squeals of pure delight and giggling from all areas in the theater.

Speaking of the theater, it is a newly renovated 10,000 sq. ft. gorgeous venue space that is a first-of-its-kind in the museum world, with the ability to transform from a world-class exhibit hall to a 500 seat theater.

Mega Bubblefest Laser Show Times:

9:30 a.m.*, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

*Member show – Members, get your tickets for the 9:30 am show for just $4!

Check Out These Fun Outside Attractions

Bubble Spheres

You can climb inside a giant bubble sphere and see what happens if you try to walk, crawl, sit, or lay down. My little Nathan was in heaven!

Bubble Spheres

“Me” In A Bubble

‘POP’ a pose inside a giant bubble and have your photo taken – the kids thought this was hilarious.

Me in a Bubble

Hexagon Bubbles

Kids can practice making different shaped bubbles with this interactive exhibit.

Giant Bubble Making

Bubble Wall

You can learn how heat and dryness affect bubbles and try to put your hand through a bubble wall without it popping.

CO2 Chamber

Kiddos can blow bubbles through a chamber of carbon dioxide and see if their bubble floats or sinks through the CO2. Keep an eye on the bubble to see if any changes occur!

Flow Patterns

You can learn about fluid dynamics and flow patterns by placing different types of objects in flowing water. Try turning the objects and using different angles to see how the flow patterns change.

Cube Jr. 5 & Under Bubble Zone

Bubble enthusiasts can create giant bubbles and learn colors and shapes in this 5 & under Bubble Zone. Perfect for littles.

Food Options

A variety of yummy food trucks will be available daily during Bubblefest for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, 5% of all food truck purchases will be donated to the Cube!

The Details:

Bubblefest is an additional charge of $5 for members and $7 for non-members on top of general admission to Discovery Cube OC.  General admission prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95).

Children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket.

Your Bubblefest admission fee will cover the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, water spheres, and all outdoor activities.

Need Directions?

Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA  92705

For directions and parking information, click here.

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Halloween in OC Compliments of Popsicle Blog

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Halloween Events in OC 2014

Our friends over at PopsicleBlog.com have put together a list of 60 Halloween Events in OC 2014 for families which is so spooktacular I had to share.

Putting together a list like that for local Orange County parents is not easy. I know firsthand just how long it must have taken her to put together that list. We are talking HOURS and HOURS.

So, for that, we all say THANK YOU Jill!

Click here to visit Sandy Toes & Popsicles 60 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families.

And Happy October everyone!

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Fun Halloween Run for OC Families

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Halloween Terrifying Ten | Renegade Race Series Coupon Code


Renegade Race Series is hosting a special Halloween Terrifying Ten race for the whole family later this month at Salt Creek Beach and I have a Renegade Race Series coupon code to share with you today so you can register your family to join in the fun!

The Halloween Terrifying Ten race takes place on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 where participants can choose from a variety of race distances including a 10 miler, 10K, 5K and 1/2 mile Kids Run.

Runners and walkers will get to enjoy the spooktacular view along the Salt Creek Regional Corridor Path, one of my favorite trails in all of Orange County.

Along the course you will find ghosts and goblins, so don’t forget to dress up in your favorite Halloween or Super Hero costume to join the festivities.

To celebrate after your event, the All-Hallows Festival expo will include costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, a pumpkin patch, expo booths and more.

Race Events

Terrifying 10 Miler

The Terrifying 10 Miler is a a perfect distance to bridge up from 10K to a half marathon.  Runners will get to enjoy the amazing canyon and ocean views.

The course does have hills and incline, so yes, it might be just that, terrifying, however, when finished it will be a boo-tiful accomplishment!

Spooky 5K & 10K

The Spooky 5K & 10K will enjoy the same views as the 10 miler, but with of course, a slightly less terrifying distance.

Super Hero 1/2 Mile Kids Run

The Super Hero 1/2 Mile Kids Run is a 1/2 mile nearly flat run that will start and finish at the same point so parents can easily photograph their little super heroes at the start and finish line. The kids will receive a finisher’s medal and t-shirt.

The fun run is best for kids ages 4 – 11.

Renegade Race Series Coupon Code 

Use Renegade Race Series discount code TinyOranges10 to receive $5 off the 10 miler registration fee.  Use Renegade Race Series discount code TinyOranges to receive $3 off the 5K & 10K.

Such a Valuable Family Experience

If you have never done a race event like this with your family, I can’t more high recommend it. My kids love doing races. Receiving a medal at the finish line is quite a HUGE deal; along with the festivities to be found at the expo site. It is a great way to model your love and commitment to fitness and health and have the BEST time while doing it!

Hurry, only 1000 participants allowed, so register today!

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Educate Yourself on Estate Planning (For Free)

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Through the years I have written about the free estate planning workshops Darylnn Morgan, of Morgan Law Group, hosts throughout the year for Orange County families to learn more about estate planning and naming guardians for their children.

A free Kids Protection Workshop is coming up later this month and I wanted to share the information, along with a recent reader testimonial.

What You Will Learn at the Workshop

1. Nine simple things you can do immediately to ensure your children are cared for by the people you want if something should happen to you.

2. Common mistakes parents make that may allow the police to take their minor children out of their house and into foster care (even if family members are willing to help) should something happen to you if the right legal documents are not in place.

3. Six common mistakes parents make when naming guardians, and how to correct those if you have made one.

4. How to ensure your money is immediately available to your chosen guardians so your children are taken care of.

5. How to ensure your current will, trust or other estate planning documents won’t fail when your family needs them most.

A Reader Testimonial 

I recently I received this email from one of my readers and had to share it with you.

“Hi Jennifer,

My name is Carolyn and I wanted to let you know that I read pretty much every blog post and I have you to thank for introducing me to Darlynn at the Morgan Law Group.  I am so grateful to have met her and to do business with her.

My husband and I have 3 small children and had a “will”, however, it was nothing too formal or special.  

After reading some posts and trying to tune into some teleconferences with Darlynn Morgan, I decided I wanted to take the next step in our Estate Planning.

My husband and I did and we went to see Darlynn thanks to your blog and I am so grateful to you for bringing her services to my attention.  There were so many things I hadn’t even thought to plan for.

I figured guardianship was enough and it isn’t.

I just can’t say enough positive things.

I have such peace of mind knowing that my kids are all set! So, thank you!!! I hope to cross paths with you some day soon! In the meantime, keep doing what you’re doing, as I think it’s awesome!” 

Educate Yourself at the Next Free Kids Protection Workshop 

Register to attend the next Free Kids Protection Workshop coming up on September 20th! Space is limited, so make sure to sign up in advance by registering on the www.KidsProtectionWorkshop.com website or by calling 949-260-1400.

Kids are welcome to come and play while you listen to the workshop.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 10am

We Play Loud in the Kai Party Room

24350 Swartz Dr., Lake Forest

Again, registration is required!

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