Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch {Giveaway!}

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Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Pumpkin Patch is {in my opinion} one of the best pumpkin patches in the OC! If you are looking for good fall photo ops for your kids, THIS IS THE PLACE!  And I have a super fab giveaway of lots of tickets & stuff, so make sure to KEEP reading below and ENTER! But first, here are the details!

The Pumpkin Patch is open daily  now through October 31st and is located in Locomotive Loop just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill Locomotive Loop. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin!  For those of you who haven’t been, Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange.

This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, John Deere tractor racers, face painting (weekends only), picture stands, great food and The Orange County Zoo.  A new activity for this year is panning for gold!!!

Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is FREE!!!

Prices for all other activities vary; visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for additional information and costs.

Hours (open daily weather-permitting)!

Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.

You can also visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park — fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family — paddle boat rentals, the OC Zoo and pony rides. Bike and paddle boat rentals are open daily through October 31st.

For pricing, park directions, and complete details, please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One VERY lucky winner will receive the following:

* 4 Irvine Park Railroad train tickets

* 8 Pumpkin Patch activity tickets

* 4 Orange County Zoo tickets

* Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike Rental (excludes the new double surrey)

To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry option below.  And, please make sure to include your email address (won’t be published).   Contest runs now through Thursday, October 14th, 2010. I will post the winner next Friday on my Facebook page.

Here are the entry options!

1. Simply comment below and tell me your favorite thing about fall/Halloween! – 1 Entry

2. {Like} Irvine Park Railroad on Facebook – 1 Entry

3. Follow @IrvineParkRR on Twitter – 1 Entry

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

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 Entry

GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure: My family will receive complimentary tickets to the Pumpkin Patch.  Thank you Irvine Park Railroad!}

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Peter Pan SOARS in an Extraordinary Show!

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I had the honor of being invited by the Orange County Performing Arts Center to see the new threesixty° stage production of PETER PAN, J M Barrie’s classic story in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion last Sunday and to sum it up in one word, the show was extraordinary!

This production is an exclusive limited engagement running now through November 21st, 2010 and is the only Southern California stop on the U.S. Tour.

The venue, a 1,300 seat theater-tent set up in-the-round,  was incredible! The tent is located next to the Center’s Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. I had a hard time visualizing where this would be set-up, so let me help you visualize with a photo…

Here it is!  Amazing at night…

Adjacent to the tent in a fenced-in area there were lots of  tables and chairs and a beautiful pavilion which housed the concession area.   The concession opens one hour prior to the showtime, which I wish I knew about ahead of time as it would have been a great place to take your family for an outdoor picnic and relax before the show {no outside food permitted.}   There was even a “candy bar” where kids could pick and choose their own candy bags!

When we entered the theater, I was amazed at how intimate it was…not a  bad seat in the house!   On the top of the tent interior, completely surrounding the circular stage, were projections three times the size of Imax screens. It was really like NOTHING I had ever seen before!

The performance was DYNAMIC. I almost felt my jaw dropping the first time the characters flew up out of the Darling children’s bedroom off to Neverland. When they FLY you FEEL as if you are flying with them past the streets of virtual London into the clouds and into Neverland.

Because of how engulfed you are in the action, the audience even broke out in spontaneous applause several times due to the sheer fact that the stunts and technology was so visually stunning and captivating.    It really was like you were sucked INTO the performance, right there beside the actors.

The cast was phenomenal, featuring members of the original London production joined by American actors for a very talented eclectic mix!  Every, single cast member was perfectly casted, but to me, Captain Hook (doubly cast as Mr. Darling) stole the show! His voice was perfection!

Peter Pan was completely engaging and had the perfect boyish charm and Tinker Bell, well, she was not the Tinker Bell you probably know!  To me, the performance’s Tinker Bell was one of the funniest parts of the play – a “Tink” with an attitude, dirty tutu and boots!

The website said “generally not recommended for kids under age 5” and I would have to agree.  My 4 year old would have loved the flying and stunts, but most would have likely been over her head, and Hook is a bit of a menacing character.   But I think it depends on your child.  Looking around, I did see several kids that appeared to be under 5 and they seemed to be loving the show.

Overall, it was an incredible experience, and a show I will never forget!

Tickets range from $30 – $75 {and worth every single penny}

Orange County Performing Arts Center
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.ocpac.org
714.556.2787

www.peterpantheshow.com

{Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the show to facilitate this review.}

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Pumpkins & Pancakes Event Benefiting CASA

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I am very excited to tell you about a special Halloween event coming up on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 at South Coast Plaza {Crystal Court} called Pumpkins & Pancakes benefiting CASA.  My family has gone the last two years in a row and it is SO MUCH FUN!  And I have 4 tickets to giveaway! Keep reading!

Not only is it an amazingly fun Halloween event for your kids, but the money raised helps local abused and neglected children through an amazing non-profit organization called CASA (or Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Orange County. And,  CASA has been kind enough to offer Tiny Oranges 4 tickets to giveaway to this FUN event, so make sure to read below on how to enter to win!

The event takes over almost the entire Crystal Court wing of South Coast Plaza from 8:00am – 11:00am before the mall opens.  Spread out over the three levels, there are tons of fun things kids of all ages will LOVE.   One of our favorites is the incredibly YUMMY breakfast catered by Plums Cafe.  They provide the “pancakes” in Pumpkins and Pancakes and much more with a beautiful gourmet breakfast buffet.

Then there are a ton of activities!  You will find a costume parade (make sure to dress your little ones in their costumes), arts & crafts, dance party, face painting, a live animal show, silent auction for CASA and so much more.

I love that this special event provides OC families with the opportunity to treat your kids to a super fun Halloween party and an excuse to break out their costumes early, but most importantly, by attending you will also be supporting this organization and helping kids not as blessed as your own.  And that in itself is just a FEEL GOOD sort of event for the entire family!

Here are the details!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
8:00am to 11:00am
Crate & Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing at
South Coast Plaza

Advanced ticket reservations recommended: $30 per person, $25 per person for groups of 10 or more, children 2 and under are free. Purchase Tickets Online <— by clicking that link. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $35.

For more information regarding sponsorship and tickets please contact Kendra Puryear at (714) 619-5158 or kpuryear@casaoc.org.

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky reader will win 4 tickets to take their family to this special event!  To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry option (and leave your email address on at least one of the comments – won’t be published – for me to contact you in case you are the winner!)

Contest runs through next Tuesday, October 12th, at 5pm PST.  I will post the winner on my Facebook page Wednesday morning!

1. Simply comment and tell me: What are your kids going to be this Halloween? – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} CASA OC on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

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

4. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

5. Send this link below to a friend (or two or twenty or two hundred!) to spread the news about this important cause & fun family event (honor system, no proof needed, just basically want to get the word out to as many people as I can to to help support CASA and the work they do!) Comment and tell me you did so!  – 1 ENTRY

Here’s the direct link to this post (copy and paste):

https://www.tinyoranges.com/2010/10/06/pumpkins-pancakes-event-benefiting-casa

6. Tweet about this giveaway – 1 ENTRY

Good luck!

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ABC Pilates Grand Opening Celebration

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ABC Pilates in Laguna Niguel is celebrating their move to a new, bigger studio which means more space, more classes and more fun with a grand opening celebration this Friday night, October 8th, 2010 from 5:00-9:00pm.

The event kicks off with cocktails and a ribbon cutting then a Zumba dance party at 7:30pm.  Have you ever done Zumba before?  It is a BLAST!  So fun to mix it up and try something new to add to your workout regimen. However, I have never done a Zumba class after a cocktail, but I have a feeling that actually might help with my dance ability…Ha!

So grab some girlfriends and head on over for a fun evening out!

27601 Forbes Road, Suite #21, Laguna Niguel 92677
RSVP 949.305.3310 / or email info@abcpilates.com

And, in honor of their grand opening, ABC Pilates is offering a killer deal of $50 for 6 specialty classes including TRX, Zumba, Mat, Yoga, Pilates Barre and Bootcamp.  Amazing deal and super fun classes.

Mention Tiny Oranges and also receive a free burpie or onesie AND a 45 minute private intro session when you purchase a package deal!

They also now offer KIDS CLASSES for those of you wanting to get a workout in but worried about what to do with your little ones.   The kids classes are for kids 2 – 5 yrs offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30am.  Cost is $15/child.

If you haven’t done Pilates before, it is THE MOST AMAZING workout.  It works every single muscle in your body and will leave you feeling stronger and healthier.

{Disclosure: ABC Pilates is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Halloween Time & Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010

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I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 1st day of the spookiness month of the year than with a trip to Disneyland for Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party this past Friday night!

And, it truly was a boo-tiful night!   Warm, balmy and perfect for dressing up Tinkerbell (aka. my 4 year old Emma) and heading over to the best trick-or-treat party in town!

Halloween Time is a special time at Disneyland Resort where Disney villains  invade Disneyland park along with Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes now through Oct. 31.

We were fortunate to be invited to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party {a separate-ticket event that moved to Disneyland this past year from California Adventure.} The party  invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a  nighttime celebration that takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays in October (5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29) plus Halloween night itself, Sunday, Oct. 31.  Click HERE for more info and to buy tickets.

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $54.  For Oct. 31, all tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party are $59.

The moment you walk through the gates, you are greeted with fun “party music” that permeates throughout the park giving the feel of a REAL Halloween Party!  I also loved seeing Main Street U.S.A. decked out for the Pumpkin Festival where some 300 pumpkins are on display.

Main Street U.S.A and the Pumpkin Festival…

The word I think of to describe this party is ENERGY! And I was feeling the vibe!  In fact, I might have been spotted mouthing the words and dancing with my daughter on our way to Autopia {past the Tomorrowland dance party} to “I Gotta Feeling” – and I have to say, in the words of the Black Eyed Peas, it WAS a “good night!”

Although it seemed like there were a lot of people, once we got in to the official party at 7pm the first 3 or 4 rides we went on had a wait of 10 minutes or less, surprisingly quick lines (bonus!)

Mickey’s Halloween Party Highlights include:

* Trick or Treating in the ultimate Disney neighborhood, with even more treats along “Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trails” – so much fun for the kids to get a few treats early!

New dance parties – at Tomorrowland Terrace and the French Market – with super fun music!

* The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of  Mickey’s Halloween Party) – AMAZING! One of the best fireworks displays I have ever seen!

* New surprises in “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly

* Character photo locations featuring Mickey and his pals, princesses and other favorites

* The opportunity to arrive three hours before the party starts to play in Disneyland – YAY!  More time to enjoy the magic of the park!

And highlights of the Disneyland Halloween season include the return of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy– the thrillingly “haunted” version of the popular Tomorrowland attraction. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe.  Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space.  The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.

…and the longtime favorite Haunted Mansion Holiday, in which Halloween and Christmas collide for an attraction inspired by “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Jack Skellington returns to provide plenty of surprises as they celebrate the holidays in their unusual style, with some special spooky surprises in this year’s design.

Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will also find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters, all presided over by Sheriff Woody.

And meeting Disney characters is easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at “it’s a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.

Here is one of my favorite funky pics I captured walking over to the Haunted Mansion.  The spooky smoke spilled out over the water.  It was SO cool {and very Halloween-esque!)…

And the FIREWORKS show was U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E!   Talk about a show with a WOW factor!   Spooky fun for everyone!  Great music & a flying ghost….

Here’s an iPhone pic…

In the end, we had a ghoulish good time and my little Tinkerbell was so wiped out from all the fun, she was asleep before we pulled out of the park.  This party is something unique and definitely a MUST visit for the entire family. Your kids will absolutely love it!

For tickets and information visit: www.disneyland.com/halloween.

{Disclosure: Complimentary media tickets were provided.}

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