Cinderella at South Coast Repertory Giveaway

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I love that we live so close to a beautiful theatre like South Coast Repertory where we can expose our kids to the art of live theatre in such a lovely location.   Isn’t there just something so special about the ritual of dressing up and going to a show?  I am taking Emma to this performance of Cinderella next weekend, it will be her first play, and I am so excited to see her face when the curtains are drawn!

I am also VERY excited to be able to GIVEAWAY a family pack of four tickets to see Cinderella at any of the performances on opening weekend, Aug. 7 and 8, 2010!  Make sure to read the last paragraph on how you can enter to win tickets AND for a special offer for exclusive pre-sale tickets to A Christmas Carol!

Here are some details about Cinderella…

South Coast Repertory’s Summer Players (acting students in 3rd through 12th grade) will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on the weekends of August 7-8 and 14-15, 2010.  A handsome prince finds—and then loses—his own true love.  He’ll find her again (in spite of those mean stepsisters with feet too big for the glass slipper) in this song-filled version of the fairy tale about a servant girl who’s transformed into a princess.

For the first time, the Players will present their summer show on SCR’s Julianne Argyros Stage. SCR Theatre Conservatory Director Hisa Takakuwa will direct, with Erin McNally as musical director.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella—the songwriting team’s only musical written for television—was seen by over 100 million people in 1957, subsequently remade for TV twice and adapted for the stage.  Takakuwa has retained the fairy tale aspect—with a 1950’s America setting.

Dates:  Saturday, August 7 and 14 and Sunday, August 8 and 15 at 1 and 4pm

Tickets: $12 (may be purchased through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 or online at

I saw a performance in the Julianne Argyros Stage last year and it is a beautiful, intimate theatre with not a bad seat in the house.  Great to take your kids because of how every seat has prime viewing…but no kids under 4, everyone must sit in their own seat quietly, and no babes in arms!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive 4 tickets to go to this performance on the weekend of August 7th or 8th at the time of your choosing. To enter, do the following, and please leave a separate comment for each & leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

1. Simply leave a comment – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} South Coast Repertory on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @SouthCoastRep on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

4. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

5. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges email updates – top right column – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through 12pm PST August 4th, 2010.  I will email the winner Wednesday afternoon & post to my Facebook page.

Special Offer for A Christmas Carol Tickets!

Most of this month, SCR has been holding an exclusive pre-sale on tickets to A Christmas Carol for their subscribers and friends, allowing them to get the best seats in the house before tickets go on sale to the general public. For the final two days of the sale, they are offering this special to readers of  Tiny Oranges. So, between now and July 31 (tomorrow at midnight!) you can click HERE and enter code 4727 to purchase tickets. SCR will also waive online ticket fees.

SCR’s A Christmas Carol is an Orange County tradition. This winter will mark its 31st anniversary, with Hal Landon, Jr. once again in the role of everyone’s favorite somersaulting Scrooge. If you need more information, you can also call the box office at 714-708-5555.

Happy weekend everyone! Have a great one and see you on Monday!

{Disclosure: I am receiving complimentary media tickets to see
Cinderella next weekend & I couldn’t be more excited! Thank you SCR!}

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Discovery Science Center Ticket Giveaway!

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PBS’s Sid the Science Kid, along with the First Five California Hands On Health Express, will be making a special appearance at Discovery Science Center this Sunday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m and I have a giveaway to offer! One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to take your family to this special event.  It’s a quick, one day giveaway, so read below on how to enter and comment away!

What is the Health Express?

The Hands on Health Express mobile outreach campaign is a ground breaking, grassroots effort aimed at addressing key health issues facing children ages 0 to 5 and their families. The van and exhibit travels across the state, reaching families at fairs, parades and expos with easy and fun tips to stay healthy. Activities include games, music, and entertainment.

A Little About Sid the Science Kid…

“What’s hair for? How do birds fly?” Thanks to Sid the Science Kid, we’ll learn the answers to those and many other burning questions. Like most preschoolers, 5-year-old Sid loves to observe and investigate objects and events that are part of daily life. In doing so, he learns that science is all around us. Sid uses humor to show young children that they can “do” their own science and make new discoveries every day.

Sid the Science Kid, co-produced by The Jim Henson Company, is created by a revolutionary process known as “digital puppetry.” Performers puppeteer and voice digital characters in real time using three-dimensional computer-generated images. This ground-breaking technology results in a unique and captivating style of animation.

Helping Kids Prepare for School…

Sid the Science Kid helps prepare children for school by exposing them to science in a comfortable and enjoyable way. Children will discover basic, yet important, concepts such as change and growth. This type of early exposure to science can inspire a lifetime of learning and exploration.

Sid the Science Kid’s theoretical content is based on national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and on the preschool science curriculum, Preschool Pathways to Science.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to Discovery Science Center this Sunday, August 1st, 2010 (tickets good on this date only.)  To enter do the following & please leave a separate entry for each option.  Contest runs through 12pm PST tomorrow, I will email the winner tomorrow afternoon and post to my Facebook page.  Please make sure to leave an email address in your entry!

1. Simply comment below – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Discovery Cube on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @DiscoveryCube on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!  Hurry and get your entries in!!!

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Laguna Parent Participation Preschool Open House

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Hello mamas! If you have little ones approaching preschool age and are looking for the perfect school for your family, I wanted to share some information on a local preschool in Mission Viejo called the Laguna Parent Participation Preschool.  It is called a “parent participation school” or sometimes referred to as a “cooperative or co-op preschool” and is a  really great option for lots of families {and they have a few slots open for next year!}  If you are interested in this program,  they are having a Summer Open House next week where you can go meet the teachers, see the classroom and learn more about their organization. Here is a little more about their program and more details on the Open House…

Unique Preschool Finds a New Home in Mission Viejo

The Laguna Parent Participation Preschool is excited to find a new home this Fall in Mission Viejo.  This “hidden gem of a school” has remained a fixture in South Orange County since 1972 and has brought joy and love to hundreds of children and their families.

LPPP is a place where parents and children learn together.   As a non-profit preschool, the school is run by a board of elected parents.  A paid, professional teacher plans the curriculum and  engages the children in a multitude of age-appropriate activities.  Each day there are several “working parents” that assist the teachers in the classroom.

At LPPP we recognize that the work of children is play.

music painting cooking hands-on science experiments language arts crafts
imaginary play gardening puppetry early reading math skills
motor skill development multicultural experiences

This niche preschool appeals to families who are looking for a preschool where they can be involved in the early childhood education of their children.  The families at LPPP value “childhood” and the learning that is accomplished through play and imagination.  The typical family has one stay-at-home parent who is able to work in the classroom a couple of days a month and participate in the management of the preschool.

If you would like to learn more about the Laguna Parent Participation Preschool and it’s tradition of excellence please contact our membership chairperson at or call  949-235-0660.  Interested families are also invited to attend our informational Summer Park Days.  Visit our website at

Meet and Greet Open House
For Prospective Members

Tuesday, Aug 3rd, 2010 * 3:00-5:00pm

24701 San Doval Lane, Mission Viejo

Please RSVP to

(O’Neill Elementary School Kindergarten Room)

{This is a Sponsored Event Post…helping to spread the word on family-oriented local events near you!}

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Ringling Bros Mom Discount to Include Weekends!

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance of Funundrum! has extended the special MOM discount for mom blog readers (that’s you!) to include WEEKEND SHOWS!  Such an amazing deal. Get this!

Now you can take the whole family and receive a family 4-pack of tickets for only $48* including weekend shows!  Wow.

Regular ticket prices are: $15, $20, $25.

To redeem use the Ringling Bros circus discount coupon code “MOM” by phone by calling 800.745.3000 or use online at

{fine print* Special price does not include Circus Celebrity, front row and VIP seats, no double discounts,  service charge and handling fees may apply.  Get your tickets & have a FUN time!}

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Gift Idea: The Wicked Big Toddlah

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One of our friends got this beautiful, hardcover book, “The Wicked Big Toddlah” by Kevin Hawkes for Morgan’s first birthday and it has become such a hit in our house, I had to write about it and give my mommy review.  I am always looking for great gift ideas for kids and sometimes find myself stumped on the age or sex (I have no idea about boy stuff!) Therefore, when I discover a great gift that could be for a boy or girl, and could be given to a child ages birth through at least age 4 or 5,  it is like hitting the gift idea jackpot!

I personally love getting and giving books for birthday presents because you know it is a gift that will last a long time. And selfishly, after reading the same books again and again, as a mom I love to throw some different titles into the bedtime mix.  It is also nice to have books that I actually enjoy reading too. And this book is just plain fun to read!

With hilarious illustrations with clever detail, it tells the story of an overgrown baby named Toddie growing up during his first year in Maine {therefore the use of local vernacular like “wicked” and the pronunciation of “toddlah.”}

The book opens with a stork delivering a VERY large baby to the hospital and the baby’s uncle Bert yells, “That’s a wicked big toddlah ya got theyah, Jessie!”   The book had me laughing from page one.   Toddie is so big he takes baths in lakes and takes bites out of trees when he starts eating solids.  And the diaper changing page is hysterical.  Let’s just say it really does take a village.

Although Morgan at one is too young to appreciate this story just YET, big sis Emma, at 4 years, thinks this book is an absolute riot. I  have read it every night to her since we got it and she giggles at every turn of the page. Even trying out her own Maine accent, like Toddie, when he learns to speak and says, “Hihowaahya?” {Translation: Hi, how are you?”}

If you are like me and trying to simplify your life these days, pick up a stash of this title to have on hand for birthday parties, and you will not only give a great gift but will avoid a last minute dash to Target!  Buy enough to total $25, and you get free shipping on Amazon too!

Seriously, it’s wicked funny.

{Disclosure: We received the book as a gift and I wanted to share this fun find.  However, I am signed up as an Amazon Affiliate, which means if you click the link to the book above and purchase it online through my link I receive an itsy-bitsy sort of commission. You can click this link here too…The Wicked Big Toddlah…thanks!}

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