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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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Top OC Parks to Visit This Summer

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Top OC Parks to Visit This Summer

Summer is in full swing and for those of us with little ones, that means a lot of OC park time!  I’ve complied a list of Tiny Orange’s best park “picks” through the years, as well as some of my new favorite hangouts.  Here are my top OC parks to visit this summer.  Happy playing!

Tiny Oranges’ Recs

– We are huge fans of Michele’s NaturePlayTrips.com FREE Family Guidebooks Club which now includes a FREE Crystal Cove Guidebook plus a free weekly play trips email. Once you’re a member you’ll get future guidebooks for free like the Parks in Orange County with Restrooms Guide AND a Beginner Guide to Family Camping. Since 2008, Michele has personally scouted pretty much every park and outdoor play space for families in OC, and has shared the inside scoop on her blog FunOrangeCountyParks.com. To this we say, thank you Michele!

 – You can read all about Jen’s favorite parks in Our Top 5 Orange County Parks.

– Here’s a great Tiny Oranges’ write-up on TeWinkle and Angels Playground and Park (Costa Mesa).

– Check out the adorable Citrus Ranch Park (Tustin) in this blog.

– Coastal Peak Park (Newport Coast) looks so beautiful, and you can read about the playground details in this blog.

– Another gorgeous park is found at Lido Island Playground (Lido Island, close to Newport) – this one makes me extra happy and extra appreciative to live in beautiful Orange County!

– Settlers Park (Irvine) is a really great park and playground, and Tiny Oranges reviews it in this blog.  Check it out!

My New (and Old) Favorites

Baker Ranch (Lake Forest) – This is a super fun park that just opened last year.  It has large rock areas to climb for big kids (pictured above), a huge tunnel slide, a “big” kid playground, a “little” kid playground, grassy areas, picnic areas, and a nice park bathroom.  My kids love this one!

Crown Valley Park (Laguna Niguel) – This newly renovated (and I mean, newly renovated!) park just re-opened this month…and it is fabulous! A super cool, super entertaining splash pad that kept my kids giggling and busy (bonus – two life guards on duty!), a playground for littles, a playground for bigs, and a family-friendly hiking trail.  This very pregnant mama wan’t up for a hike while we were there, but it’s nice to know it’s available. Just be prepared for crowds – because it is so new, everyone seems to be checking out this new little gem.

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park (Mission Viejo) – This is a park my family has enjoyed for years…and we actually had my daughter’s 1st birthday party here (many moons ago)!  It’s an awesome, interactive park designed to keep both littles and bigs busy and happy. Slides (my kids LOVE the tall, bendy slide!), swings, sand areas, a “pirate ship,” lots of room to run and play, equipment for all ages, grassy areas, and bathrooms.

Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center (Lake Forest) – I recently discovered this (almost brand new!) park and it is amazing! This is huge, clean, community property opened last year, and has two amazing parks that are separated – one designed for the littles and one designed for the bigs – and both areas are BIG. With LOTS to do.  It boasts every type of playground equipment you’d ever want (and it’s mostly shaded!), plus expansive grassy areas, picnic areas, immaculately kept sports fields, and a beautiful community center (with super clean bathrooms!).

Heritage Park (Irvine) – I’ve only been here once, but I can’t wait to take my kids again this summer. Not only does this park offer a fabulous playground, but it also features a water play area and splash pad!  Tons of great playground equipment and a beautiful area.  Just make sure to bring a towel and/or a change of kid clothes with you!

Pavion Park (Mission Viejo) – Okay, I can’t wait to check this one out.  My mama friends say this park rocks!  It’s also pretty new (as of Dec. 2014), and looks like it will be a kid crowd pleaser – and it’s universally accessible!  Tons of different “spinners,” a new type of “zip line,” slides, tons of places to climb, spacious “sitting” areas for adults and/or kids to socialize, a ground maze, lots of space to run and play…I think the only special thing to note is that there is not a bathroom on site (so plan ahead, if you can!).

 

What are some of your favorite parks, moms? Please share below, and let’s add to this list! 

 

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series

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Ahhhh, summertime! I love summer. Long days, warm nights and sleep-in kind of mornings. And with this glorious season comes an annual Orange County FREE family-favorite event, the OC Parks Summer Concert Series 2015.

OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series with five free concerts at Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Craig Regional Park where Southern California artists will be performing live under the summer sky on Thursday evenings now through August 27, 2015.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of the KROQ ‘N Surf summer series and take place from 6 to 8 p.m.. They offer free admission and free parking and are open to the public of all ages. Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series 2015 

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July 30th

Tomorrow night at Mason Regional Park in Irvine there will be a knee-slapping free show with folk artist Tom Freund and the local country sensation Downtown Country Club.

Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Contact: (949) 923-2220masonpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 30

Artist: Tom Freund with Downtown Country Club

August 6th

The following week the series visits Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley with Southern California’s own Santana tribute band Savor who will headline Thursday’s concert along with 2014 OC Music Awards’ Best New Artist nominee, Big Monsta, who will kick off the show.

Location: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact: (714) 973-6600milesquare@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, August 6

Artist: Savor with Big Monsta

August 13th

On August 13th, Irvine Regional Park will  be hosting a free summer concert series performance where and indie rock group Venice will hit the stage with soul singer Quinn Archer.

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869

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

Date: Thursday, August 13

Artist: Venice with Quinn Archer

August 20th

The series continues to the rolling hills of Craig Regional Park where audiences will relive the magic of rock & roll with Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours and jam out to local favorite Yukon Gold.

Location: 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Contact: (714) 973-3180craigpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, August 20

Artist: Rumours with Yukon Gold

August 27th

The final concert of the 2015 OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns to Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach where rhythm and blues sensation Nick Waterhouse will take the stage on August 27 with pop/funk tunes of the band Melted opening the show.

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949) 923-2280

Date: Thursday, August 27

Artist: Nick Waterhouse with Melted

Here are some photos of the first show on July 23rd at the beautiful Salt Creek Beach park. See you there?! For more information visit  www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks

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Ruby’s 93!

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Shooby Dooby down to Ruby’s Diner on Monday, July 27th, 2015 from 11:30am until closing and you can get a Ruby’s Classic RubyBurger and fries for only $1.93 to celebrate Ruby’s 93rd birthday!

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2015 OC Fair Ticket Giveaway

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2015 OC Fair Info

It’s here! It’s here!

Today is OPENING DAY of the 2015 OC Fair, themed “One Big Party,”celebrating it’s 125th year in Orange County so gear up for an extravaganza of food, rides, entertainment and fun at one of Orange County’s favorite family events.

The OC Fair is open Wednesdays through Sundays today through August 16th, 2015.

OC Fair Ticket Giveaway!

Yippppeee!!! I have a family four pack of tickets for OC Fair Admission and Austin Mahone/ Kalin and Myles concert in the Pacific Amphitheater on Sunday, August 16th at 7:30pm. Enter below!

Ways to Save Money at the OC Fair

We all know how much we love the fair, and how quickly things can add up to make it an expensive outing for a family. However, there are ways you can save money, here are some of the OC Fair discounts offered.

Opening Day:

Friday, July 17, Noon-1 pm: Free Opening Hour, FREE admission & parking for everyone

Daily Discounts:

Active Military & Veterans
Free admission for active-duty military and veterans with appropriate military ID (DD214, etc.) Not valid for spouses or dependents.

Read & Ride
Bookworms 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. Tickets are valid July 17-August 16, 2015 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.

Super Pass
Enjoy 23 days of Fair fun, food and more with a 2015 OC Fair Super Pass.

We Care Wednesdays:

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

Food Drive – July 22, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food

Children’s Book Drive – July 29, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 3 new or gently used children’s books

Clothing Drive – August 5, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items

School Supply Drive – August 12, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of NEW school supplies valued at $5 or more. Receipt required.

$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband

Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)

Thursdays

Kids Day
Children 12 & Under FREE Fair admission All day.

$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband
Enjoy all the rides you like for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)

 Fridays

Seniors Day (60+)
$2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day

$2 Taste of Fair Food
Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats. Click here for the $2 Taste of Fair Food List.
Valid Noon-4 pm

$2 Rides and $2 Games
Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.
Valid Noon-4 pm

Saturdays + Sundays

Rise & Shine
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 use by Noon on the day of purchase.

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.

Things to Do at the OC Fair 

There are so many things to do at the OC Fair, the question becomes, what is there not to do at the OC Fair? Visit the Things to Do page for a full list of attractions, entertainment and special events.

Hooray! It’s a OC Fair Ticket Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a family four-pack of tickets to win a family four pack of tickets to the Austin Mahone/ Kalin and Myles concert in the Pacific Amphitheater on Sunday, August 16th at 7:30pm and four free Fair tickets for the same day. Good luck!

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