The Science of Gingerbread {Giveaway!}

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Nothing says “the holidays” like gingerbread and now through January 2nd, 2011 the holidays are sweet at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center’s Science of Gingerbread!  Discovery Science Center is proud to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this favorite holiday exhibit. You can smell the gingerbread in the air and I have four tickets to giveaway!  Read below on how to enter!

The Science of Gingerbread features hands-on food science activities, interactive learning stations, model trains and over 100 gingerbread houses.   I went last year – and it is – PHENOMENAL!   They are truly amazing.  Your kids will love walking around looking at all the displays. People come up with some VERY creative ideas!

New this year, weekends at Discovery Science Center will feature cookie decorating demonstrations, special guest speakers, stage shows and visits from Santa.

Cookie decorating: Every weekend, daily Dec 20-24.
Visits from Santa: Every weekend, daily Dec 20-30.

Click HERE to download a Discovery Science Center coupon for $5 off the price of a Super Ticket!

Located at 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif., Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information on annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit them online: www.discoverycube.org.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a family 4-pack of general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center! Contest runs through Wednesday, 12/08/10 at 5pm PST (quick one!) and I will email the winner that night so please leave your email address (won’t be published!)

Please leave a separate comment for each entry option!

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6. Join the Tiny Oranges Team to participate in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on 5/1/11 and raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun while doing it!  Click “Join Our Team” at the top of this LINK.  Then tell me you are on our team! – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

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Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train Giveaway 2010

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It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train where you can take a magical night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus with your kiddos! And {yippee}, I have 6 train tickets & 6 activity tickets to give away to one lucky winner!  Make sure to enter to win below!

This is a yearly tradition for us.  We went last Saturday night and there is nothing that will get you in the Christmas spirit more than this event!

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — then all you do is get in line when it is your time to board the train.  Tickets may be purchased online which is a good idea as popular times/dates can sell out.

While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station.    These  activities open one hour prior to when the Christmas Train runs.

Some of the fun things include include Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas Cookie Decorating, Carnival Games, Santa Claus bounce house, Christmas Coloring Corner and fun Picture Stands.  Prices for activities vary; for additional information and costs, visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com.

Here is Mrs. Claus in action…

We got there a little after 4pm for the 5pm train and it was perfect.  Emma bounced (her favorite) and the girls watched Mrs. Claus, then ran around for a bit. We got in line at 4:40pm for our 5pm train.

The train ride is really cute.  All the trees are covered in colorful lights and since it is evening and everyone is bundled up, it feels WINTER-y!  Fun for a change for us OC’ers!  Once you arrive at the North Pole, you can purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar.  A full kitchen menu is also available at the Train Station.

You may take your own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad border and available for pickup shortly after being taken.

I LOVE that they let you take your own, because often mine turn out like this, with no one looking and smiling…

That picture just cracks me up because Morgan was so horrified again by St. Nick. I am surprised we actually got a picture with her NOT crying!

Emma did quite enjoy a talk with Santa afterwards. Once again, she told him about wanting a Barbie house. He then asked her if she wanted a big or small Barbie house (you can probably guess the answer.)  In the car on the ride home, since she already saw Santa one time at Disneyland, she told us it was “a good thing that Santa got more information about the Barbie house.”   Classic.

Here they are confirming more information on this Barbie house…

After visiting with Santa, you hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights” on the ride back to the station.  SUCH a fun, fun, fun family event!  You will love it!

Here are some details for you!  The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $8.00 per person (kids younger than 24 months ride free.)  The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.  I don’t know if this is typical, but we arrived around 4:05 pm and they did not charge us for parking.

Christmas Train Dates & Hours

December 3rd, 4th and 5th:  5:00 – 8:00pm (activities open at 4pm)
December 10th through 17th: 5:00 – 8:00pm (activities open at 4pm)
December 18th and 19th: 2:00 – 8:00pm (activities open at 1pm)
December 20th through 23rd: 4:00 – 8:00pm  (activities open at 3pm)

For pricing, park directions and complete details (including confirming dates and times) please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will win 6 Christmas Train tickets and 6 activity tickets! Please leave a separate comment for each entry option.  Giveaway will run through Tuesday, 12/7/10 at 5pm PST.  I will email the winner, so you must leave an email address (won’t be published.)

1. Simply comment & tell me your favorite part of the holiday season – 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

6. Join the Tiny Oranges Team to participate in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on 5/1/11 and raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun while doing it!  Click “Join Our Team” at the top of this LINK.  Then tell me you are on our team! – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK! Have a great weekend everyone!

{Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to facilitate this post}

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The Holidays at South Coast Plaza

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I love Orange County all year round, but I especially love OC during the holidays because of all the fun family- friendly events!  A few weeks back I was invited to a media event at  South Coast Plaza to check out all the festivities they have going on this month to celebrate the season and I wanted to share with you!

South Coast Plaza is one of my favorite outings for the girls.   I especially love Crystal Court because it’s quaint, easy to park and is home to Ruby’s Diner, which I think is the most family-friendly restaurant in Orange County!  I also have a soft spot for Ruby’s as I wore those pinstripes myself when I worked there during college, um, just a few years ago. Hee hee…

For those that are not as familiar with South Coast Plaza, Crystal Court is across the street from the main mall in the Crate & Barrel / Macy’s Home Store wing.

Our group of mommy bloggers, kids in tow, met at Crystal Court and started off the morning with breakfast at Ruby’s. Ruby’s recently underwent a big renovation, so this was my first visit post face lift. Wow!

It is GORGEOUS…

And I know when you think of Ruby’s, you probably think of burgers, fries and milkshakes, but let me tell you, they also serve breakfast and it might be one of my favorite breakfast spots ever. I fell in love with the Cinnamon French Toast back in 1995, so we go waaaayyyyy back!  Ohhhhh…so good!

I was trying to be “good” that day so I ordered the Skinny Tacos, which were whole wheat tortillas filled with a scrambled egg & cheesy mixture so good I had to question the “skinny” part.

These are also not skinny but so delicious they are worth the calories!
Oh, the beignets…

And, did you know that kids eat free at all Ruby’s every Tuesday after 4pm (when you purchase an adult meal)?

Here is my own personal Ruby’s diner, Morgan, my date for the event!


Now that we were fed and happy, our next stop was The North Pole where we went to have our picture taken with Santa Claus.  Fun fact alert! Did you know ALL Santas in South Coast Plaza have real beards?! I don’t know why but I loved this little tidbit of South Coast insider info.

Santa will make an appearance both at The North Pole in Crystal Court and in Santa’s Village in Carousel Court in the Main Mall now through December 24th. All kids will receive a complimentary Santa’s Express Train ride with any Santa Photo purchase.

Morgan was SO scared of Santa this year.  I told him not to take it personally!  I had to sit with her.  Look at her poor little face in this picture post-tears.

But do take a moment to admire Santa’s beard…


After our Santa pic, we headed over to Santa’s Express Train on the second level which will be giving rides now through January 3rd.  It is the perfect size for little pint sized humans.  It sort of cracked me up because it seemed to go FAST! The kids were loving it, totally mesmerized by the huge tree they were circling.

At both Crystal Court and the Main Mall, they also had various craft stations where kids could make holiday crafts (prices vary.)  Here is a pic I snapped at one such spot…

From there, we walked over to the main mall via the Bridge on the 3rd level (only about a 5 minute walk) and headed down to Santa’s Village which is MIGHTY impressive!

Quite the set-up for old St. Nick…


And next to his house you will find the regular carousel we normally love year round transformed this month into the the REINDEER Carousel! The Reindeer Carousel will be spinning now though January 2nd.  Children ride for only $1 and Carousel Express Cards can be purchased for $5, $10 or $25 and would make for a super cute stocking stuffer!

And you can’t miss the balloons! Just a random note, from experience, if you purchase one of these helium-goodies, they will seriously last like 4 weeks (probably longer than you want- ha!)  Basically, you will definitely get your money’s worth!


South Coast Plaza is really buzzing with holiday cheer this time of year, so take your kiddos and make a day out of it and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time!  You will even find live holiday entertainment now through the 24th performing throughout the shopping center.  And, complimentary cocoa and hot cider will be served on weekends until the 24th in the Garden Terrace if you want to take a break from your shopping.

Thank you South Coast for such a brilliant morning!  I hope all my readers get to experience your festivities firsthand this year as well!

{Disclosure: We received food & festivities complimentary as a part of this review.}

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Rascals to Rebels VIP Shopping Event

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Fa la la la la! It’s December 1st!  Tis’ the season to be shopping and friends of Tiny Oranges have been invited to a Sip & Shop event at Rascals to Rebels boutique in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 8th for an exclusive VIP shopping event!

Those attending this special ladies’ night out will receive 30% off the entire store in the biggest promotion the store has ever extended.  You will also have the chance to win great raffle prizes and sip on drinks & dine on treats while shopping for darling holiday gifts.

This VIP event has been offered to followers of Tiny Oranges only and it is an adults-only soiree (no kids please!) But who are we kidding?  If you have the chance to shop kid-free in the evening, we all know that is WAY easier anyway!

VIP Shopping Event for Tiny Oranges Followers
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
6:30 – 8:00pm
Rascals to Rebels Huntington Beach Store
7101 Yorktown Ave., Ste. 103
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Email Kristin Bush at k10bush@gmail.com to RSVP!

The event is limited to 15 people, so please reserve a spot by Monday, Dec. 6th if you want to attend.  Since there are limited spots, best to email right away if you are interested.

You can also CLICK HERE to download a Rascals to Rebels coupon* for $50 off a purchase of $150 or more which is good now through December 17th, 2010!

A little about Rascals to Rebels…

Rascals to Rebels specialty children’s boutique has two locations in Orange County, one in Huntington Beach and the other in Seal Beach.  From adorable holiday outfits for little ones to gifts for all ages, it is an assortment of unique finds sure to impress anyone on your gift list!  Become a fan of Rascals to Rebels on Facebook to learn about more upcoming holiday events and promotions and to take part in their Facebook Friday Giveaways!

Rascals to Rebels Book & Diaper Drive

From Dec. 4th through Dec. 11th, bring in (3) gently used children’s books for Orange County’s Early Literacy Program OR a pack of diapers for MOMS Orange County and get 15% off your entire purchase at Rascals to Rebels.* This drive is taking place at both store locations.

I hope you be able to shop with you on the 8th!  Have a great day everyone!

{*Coupon & Diaper/Book Drive promotions cannot be redeemed at the
VIP event as the 30% discount will already apply.}

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