OC Great Park Family New Year’s Eve Party

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If you don’t have New Year’s Eve plans yet, but would like to do something fun and different with the entire family, check out the OC Great Park Family New Year’s Eve Party kicking off tomorrow night at 5pm – it is sure to be a BALL!

The OC Great Park “Great Night!” party features live music, dancing, great food, carousel rides, games and activities for the kids in a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment.

Local dance groups will perform, street entertainers will delight, and everyone can boogie down to a DJ in the Hangar 244 Lounge.

At East Coast ball-dropping time, 9pm, the Great Park will transform into a party atmosphere in time to ring in the New Year with a pop of streamers, party hats and noise makers.

Party goes from 5pm – 9:30pm. Admission is free; $10 to park.

For more information visit www.ocgp.or/great-night.

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Things to Do in OC Over Winter Break

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I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, and now that it is over, I am sure many of you are thinking of things to do in OC over Winter Break, so I wanted to give a list of a few outing for kids!  What are you doing today? Any more ideas? Please share!

1. Discovery Science Center – Hands on interactive children’s museum in Santa Ana. Their fabulous Science of Gingerbread exhibit is going on through January 6th. You will not believe what can be created using gingerbread and candy. Pretty spectacular.

2. OC Great Park and Balloon Ride –  Irvine – FREE!

3. Disney California Adventure – If you haven’t been to see the new Cars Land yet, this is one place you should race to!

4. SoCo Farmers’ Market – Saturdays 9am – 2pm in Costa Mesa

5. Bluebird Park – Our favorite park in OC in Laguna Beach

6. Bowers Kidseum – Children’s cultural museum in Santa Ana. Fridays from 10:30 – 12pm have storytelling, music and art for ages 2 -6. And lots of other fun events, check website for details.

7. Irvine Park Railroad Irvine Regional Park – Beautiful expansive park and train rides in the foothills of Orange

8. Balboa Island Fun Zone / Ferry – Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

9. Pretend City – Amazing children’s museum in Irvine. If you have non-napping children, go after lunch for less crowds. Fun New Year’s Eve party for OC kids happening on 12/31 from 10am – 1pm.

10. Frogg’s Bounce House – Open jump times every day in Fountain Valley. Plus, free WIFI for parents. Plant yourself on your tablet on a couch while your kids go NUTS!

11. Bowlmor – Bowling at The District Tustin

12. Irvine Terrace Park – Second favorite OC park of ours in Corona del Mar

13. Zoomars Petting Zoo – San Juan Capistrano

14. Irvine Spectrum – Great shopping and fabulous carousel, train rides and ferris wheel rides for kids in Irvine

15. Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center – Amazing (FREE) nature center in Newport Back Bay

16. Duffy Boat Ride – Newport Beach – Would be an incredible outing to see all of the lights on the homes this time of year.

17. Strand Vista Park – Dana Point

18. Dana Point Ocean Institute

19. Centennial Farm – Costa Mesa Fairgrounds

20. Old Towne Orange

21. Scooter’s Jungle – Aliso Viejo. Toddler Time Open Jump times for those 6 and under and other Open Jump times for all ages. Click here for schedule.

22. Santa Ana Zoo – Small + cute + inexpensive!

23. Crystal Cove Beach Cottages / Tide Pools – Crystal Cove State Park

24. Atlantis Play Center – Garden Grove

25. Kellogg House at Heritage Museum of Orange County – Santa Ana

26. Jump Sky High – Trampoline place in Costa Mesa

27. Huntington Beach Public Library  – Fabulous kids’ section + story times

28. Environmental Nature Center (ENC) – Newport Beach

29. Ice Skating! Visit Plan a Day out for a list of Orange County ice skating rinks.

30. Roller Skating in OC

31. Mission San Juan Capistrano – Take your kids to visit Orange County’s only mission

32. UltraStar Cinemas Kidtoons – G-rated family entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am for only $2.50 admission at the GardenWalk in Anaheim.

33. Boomers Irvine – $12 Buck Days Tuesdays & Thursdays get you unlimited video games.

Things to Do with Kids in OC Resources 

And, for more local sites with incredible information on things to do with kids in OC, check out:






Happy Winter Break mamas!

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Merry Christmas from My Family to Yours

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On this Christmas Eve, I wanted to send my warmest Merry Christmas wishes from my family to yours.  I hope your holiday is filled with love and joy.

Our family photo this year was taken by the amazing Kristin Eldridge. I love the way the sun is coming through and shining down on us. To me it symbolized the hope of the Christmas season. And now more than ever, I know I am hanging on to this hope as we go into 2013.

Thank you so much everyone for reading my blog.  Have a wonderful holiday!

[Card design via Minted.com]

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Easy DIY Holiday Tabletop Decor Ideas

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Doing some holiday entertaining this Christmas?  These easy DIY holiday tabletop decor ideas by Meghan Yang Interior Design are something you can do yourself, with items already in your house. Which means it is not only simple, but also free! You can even recruit your kids to help.

Here is a step-by-step on how to create DIY holiday tabletop decor to spruce up your Christmas table!

Gift Napkins

I took simple cream napkins folded them in to a square and then just wrapped them with Christmas ribbon to look like presents.  I then placed them on gold plastic chargers I had left over from New Years.  If you wanted a name tag you could easily hole punch card stock and tie to the ribbon.

DIY Holiday Table Runner

I used gold bark holiday wrapping paper and just folded it to size.  I then cut out paper snow flakes that I taped together and placed on top.  This is a great way the kids can help.  You could use both of these ideas together like I did, or use the snow flakes over and existing tablecloth or runner. Or the wrapping paper runner on its own.

DIY Holiday Ornament Centerpiece

I showed this ways.

Centerpiece 1: The first is with a three tier cake stand.  I simply took left over ornaments and ribbon and stacked them around each layer. I just dispersed the color in a way that I felt was evenly distributed from any angle.  You will notice that the ornaments are all different. You don’t have to have a matching set to make it all come together.

Centerpiece 2: For this option I just showed a basic cake stand. You could get the same effect with a serving tray as well.  Since in this option there is only one layer, I clustered candles in the middle for height and then put the ornaments around it.

I used color because it is fresh and I thought it would photograph well. But this would still be pretty in just metallic. Or you could use the same idea for New Years with gold, silver, and black.

You could also add in fresh flowers instead of pine cones on the napkins, or in the glasses. If you wanted name tag a cute idea is to put them on a silver bell or a small pine cone.

Thanks Meghan for sharing these fun ways to make a DIY holiday tabletop!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

Fresh & unique OC interior design

[Disclosure: Meghan is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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Free Personalized Video from Santa

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This free personalized video from Santa might be the cutest thing I have EVER seen.

Portable North Pole is a website where you can experience the magic of Christmas with a personalized video message from Santa Claus to each of your children. 

Your kids will be amazed at how Santa Claus knows their age, grade, what they want for Christmas, and what they have been working on this year behavior-wise (*wink wink*)

I LOVE THIS SITE!! It will bring you so much holiday cheer just watching your children’s eyes light up. The videos are pretty spectacular.

Like I mentioned, it’s free, but you can opt to upgrade your video for super affordable prices if you would like to add on more magic and they also offer other personalized products.

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