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StinkyKids the Musical [+ Giveaway!]

StinkyKids the Musical

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StinkyKids the Musical, based on the popular StinkyKids book series is coming to the award winning The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre this month and I have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway! Enter below!

But first, a little more about this show and the characters who live by the motto, “Always be a leader of good.”

The show follows the story of Britt, a girl who never gets in trouble and loves making her friends happy, as she wakes up with an epic wad of gum in her hair. The horror! She worries her parents will cancel the trip to the brand new MegaJumper 3000 at Captain Happy’s Jumpy-Fun-Super-Bouncy Indoor Place! What will she do? Will she get to go?

Named the winner of “Best Family Show” by the Off Broadway Alliance is suitable for kids ages 3 and up and is sure to be a hit with kids and adults of all ages.

StinkyKids the Musical Information 

Dates:

Friday, April 4 & 11 ~ 7:00pm
Saturday, April 5 & 12 ~ 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, April 6 & 13 ~ 1:00 pm and 6:00pm
Thursday & Friday, April 10th and 11 ~ 10:00am

StinkyKids Pre-Parties:

On April 5th and 6th, kids can attend a special pre-show party from 11:30am – 12:45pm ending right before the 1pm performance. Tickets to this separate ticket event are $20 per child and include a photo, crafts, face painting, story and treat. Lunches will be available for sale.

General Ticket Prices:

$18 for children 14 and younger; $20 for adults.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Enter below to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see StinkyKids the Musical! Good luck! It’s a QUICK giveaway – only one day – so get your entries in today!!

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Our Medieval Times Buena Park Experience [+ Giveaway]

When Medieval Times Buena Park contacted us to share about their new show and September SoCal resident special along with an offer for my family and Susanne’s to come and check it out firsthand for review, I thought, “Why not?! It would be something different.”

But I have a confession to make: I am a girly girl and I am the mother of two girly girls, so a visit to Medieval Times probably wouldn’t have occurred to me. My girls are not into swords or things of that nature so I honestly wouldn’t have thought of it as something they might enjoy. But oh, how WRONG I was!

Because the experience was AWESOME! The type of fun that makes your cheeks hurt from smiling and the type of joy that comes from seeing your kids in complete awe. Like when the show opened with this magical horse entering the arena…

Medieval Times brings you back to an age of bravery and honor with a dinner and spectacular tournament.

When we checked in, we were given seat assignments along with a special crown denoting our team (black & white) and the knight we would be cheering for.

Before the show we were able to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (a $6 glass of wine  - loved the reasonable price) and our kids were able to look around the gift shop and cruise around the garden.

Then we entered the theater in the round…WOW!

Our jovial waiter introduced himself, and let us know the food would be coming out in four courses, and a bar waitress would be coming around for any drink orders if we wished to partake.

It was nice to not have to order specific food (there is only one menu), which consisted of: tomato bisque, focaccia bread with olive oil, oven-roasted chicken, BBQ spare rib, herb-basted potato quarters, apple strudel. The food was delicious!

And then it begun!  A spectacle of beautiful horses and noble knights. As the show progressed, it was a sword fighting game of elimination where the knights competed in duels and the winner went on to the next level.

Unfortunately Mr. Black & White knight was knocked out the first round, but that was OK, because we were still able to cheer for our next favorite knight, the one my daughter picked based on outfit color.

Susanne’s daughter picked her favorite based on the amount of sparkles. What did I say about our girly girls? Here is Susanne’s cute family before the show…

For information on Medieval Times Buena, click HERE. Please also note that for the month of September 2o12, local Southern California residents can SAVE BIG with this special offer.

Our Medieval Times Tips!

Here are some of the things we would recommend if visiting Medieval Times with your family…

~ Arrive at least 30 minutes prior.  Probably 30 – 60 would be ideal. Seating is first come first serve. But there really is no bad seat in the house.

~ Come hungry. It’s a lot of food and it is so good you will want to keep eating the gluttonous sized portions. When in Rome, right?!

~ Bring a pack of baby wipes! In keeping with the theme of the times, you eat with your hands!  Yep, no utensils! Kids love this. And I thought it was fun too, but it is messy. The wipes will come in handy. Thanks to my Facebook fan for this tip.

~ Consider ordering one vegetarian meal when you check in. I ordered my one daughter the vegetarian meal, which included hummus and pita chips, grilled veggies and a stuffed pepper. The girls liked the hummus & pitas and my husband liked having some veggies too. Plus, there will be enough chicken to last you for days!

~ Don’t worry about all the leftover food – you can take it with you!  They are great with giving you take home containers and bags, so we ate the yummy leftover chicken throughout the whole next week.

~ If celebrating a special occasion, add on the Celebration Package for +$16pp and includes preferred seating, framed group photo, knights cheering banner, personalized announcement during the show, slice of cake, “Behind the Scenes” DVD and a commemorative program. I kept thinking what an awesome birthday party idea this would be for a small group of kids.

~ Take the kids potty before the show.  Once the action starts, you don’t want to miss a minute!  And after the show, there was a long line inside, but we found an open restroom outside that was vacant. Yay.

~ Be ready to CHEER! My oldest daughter was screaming so loud she got hoarse the next day. The more you get into it and cheer for your guy, the more fun it is.

Overall, we just had a blast, it was completely fun for everyone! And the food was DELICIOUS!

Family four pack ticket giveaway!

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Disclosure: Our families received complimentary tickets to the show to facilitate this review. Thank you Medieval Times! 

Photo credit: Medieval Times. Except for the personal pictures of course!

The Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates at Montage Laguna Beach

Ahoy mateys! Do I have a fun family event to share with you! And it is going to be yo ho ho and a bottle of FUN! Sorry, got a little carried away with Googling “pirate sayings” while inspired by this post…

Story Pirates is a national arts and literacy organization that engages students in under-resourced public schools by showing them that their ideas, words and stories are important. Originally founded in New York in 2003, Story Pirates believes that every child has a story to tell.

This Saturday, December 17th, 2011 Montage Laguna Beach is thrilled to offer a special performance of The Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates open to guests of Montage Laguna as well as local OC families. This fun-filled comedy musical showcases creative writing by students from across the country, performed by the best professional comedians and improvisers in the Los Angeles area.

A mix of sketches and songs adapted from stories written by elementary students, Story Pirates will delight and surprise with puppets, costumes and antics, all the while motivating children to be creative.

Story topics run the gamut, from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime, to hot dog superheroes and space bats. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls the show “crazy entertaining.” Click here to watch him talking about Story Pirates with Larry King.

Show is complimentary; parking will be validated and charged a reduced rate of $8/car.

They hope to see ya thar!

Story Pirates Performance
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 * 2:00-3:00pm
Montage Laguna Beach * Grand Ballroom

Space is limited, contact (949) 715-6005 to sign up. You can also visit the Montage Laguna Beach website for more information. For more information about Story Pirates, please visit geffenplayhouse.com/storypirates.

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

Summer Kids’ Movie Series at UltraLuxe Cinemas

Fun, cheap OC summer activity alert! Woo hoo!

UltraLuxe Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk will be holidng their 2011 Summer Kids’ Movie Series every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 28 through August 31.

As part of the series, kids are invited to enjoy 10 weeks of recently released, family-friendly films for the one-time ticket price of $5.00.  Can you believe it’s only $5.00?!

A different film is featured each week, including favorite titles such as Yogi Bear, Shrek Forever After, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and How to Train Your Dragon.

Tickets are on sale now at theater box offices. All films will be presented in 2D format, are rated G or PG and will start at 9:30 a.m. with the doors opening at 9 a.m.

Guests simply choose the day of the week they would like to attend and the one-time ticket price of $5.00 allows each guest to come back and see all 10 weeks of films. Children 2 and under are admitted for FREE.

This summer’s featured films are:

Yogi Bear

Shrek Forever After

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Ramona and Beezus

How To Train Your Dragon

Despicable Me

Megamind

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Alpha & Omega

Tooth Fairy

UltraLuxe Cinemas is located at Anaheim GardenWalk on the upper level at 321 W. Katella Ave. Free parking for 4 hours is provided with validation at the movie theater. The most convenient parking structure entrance for UltraLuxe Cinemas is off Disney Way. Tickets will be available at the box office only.

UltraLuxe Cinemas is the flagship Orange County location of UltraStar Cinemas, Southern California’s largest privately owned movie theater group. For more information, visit www.ultrastarmovies.com.

Quidam by Cirque du Soleil – Amazing!

My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing the Cirque du Soleil performance of Quidam last week in Long Beach and as I have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil, it was AMAZING!

The show has now moved to Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena and will be there starting today, April 27th through May 1st.

Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in 1996 and since that time has toured on five continents. Starting last December, Quidam has been touring through North America dazzling audiences with an international cast of incredible acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.

Quidam, meaning a nameless passer-by, or someone swallowed up by the crowd, follows young Zoe, ignored by her parents, into an imaginary world where she is encouraged by various characters to free her soul.

The first act opened with the “German Wheel,” where a performer became a human spoke as he spun, turned and twisted within the wheel.

In every Cirque show I have been to, what I love the most is that, edge of your seat “can they do that without falling?!” feeling!  And with this first act, I was immediately on the edge of my seat and the show opened with a bang!

I loved all the different acts, but some of my favorite pieces are the aerial contortion because they are just so beautiful.

In the “Aerial Contortion with Silk” act,  the performer did a variety of moves suspended by only a piece of red silk.  Set to beautiful music, it was absolutely stunning to watch her move and strike gorgeous poses.

The show moved at an entertaining pace, intermixing thrilling “acts” with funny skits in between by the resident “clown,” who often utilized audience members, which made it even more entertaining! And I have to say, the Quidam clown, was one of the best I have seen!

All in all what Cirque du Soleil does best, other than provide pure entertainment, is showcase the amazing agility of the human body. With poses like this you have no choice but to be in complete awe of what the human body is capable of!

Quidam was magical, amazing, and pure entertainment.  Take your husband for a date night or bring your family if they are old enough to enjoy the art of live performance.  It is truly a show you will remember long after the event is over!

Visit this site for showtimes and tickets!

{Disclosure: I received two free media tickets to facilitate this review.  All photos and graphics & some descriptions of the acts provided by Cirque du Soleil.}