Free Family Fun & Wellness Fair

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This Saturday there is a FREE Family Fun & Wellness Fair at Pretend City this Saturday where local families are invited to come and enjoy live performances, face painting, games and more.

The event takes place this Saturday, June 8th between 9am – 2pm in the Pretend City parking lot and is completely free to attend.  In addition to the fun activities, there will be a variety of stations set up offering free health screenings for children in an effort to aid parents in understanding their child’s development.

Free health screenings for kids include: 

Speech & language
Social & emotional
Body Mass Index
Fine & Gross Motor
Hearing & Dental

When a child completes at least three or more screenings they will receive a free Pretend City Museum admission.  No RSVP is needed. Such a great event to be able to take your kids to a fun family fair and also learn about wellness at the same time!

Pretend City is located at 29 Hubble in Irvine. 

[Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and we love them. In fact I was just there this morning with my little one!]

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Abracadabra, Alacazam…Meet Magic Matt Young

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Today I am excited to share with you a fabulous Orange County magician for kid’s parties, Magic Matt Young. I for one am always on the lookout for fun new birthday party ideas and wouldn’t a magic themed kid’s birthday party be SO cute for both boys and girls? I’m thinking bunnies, hats, wands, cards…and then a special appearance by a live magician?!  Too fun!

Magic Matt Young is an experienced magician, performer, and all around fun guy who loves to make kids happy through magic. And who doesn’t love a cool magic trick?

I know my little ones eat up anything to do with rabbits in hats, coins pulled out of their ears and multi-colored hankies (okay, maybe I’ve watched Goofy’s Magic Trick show on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse one too many times…).

Meet Magic Matt Young

Lucky for us, Magic Matt has a little more up his sleeve (cue quick giggle – I couldn’t help it).

Magic has been a part of Matt’s life since he was seven, when his dad bought him his first magic kit, and the rest is history.

Now he performs regularly at the famous Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, has made appearances at Zoomars in San Juan Capistrano, and of course, he loves performing at kid’s birthday parties!

How does he capture kids’ attention? By starting out his show with, “You guys are really going to make the magic happen!”

Because as all you mamas know, our kids want to be right in the middle of everything. I already know my five-and-a-half-year-old would be in the front row vigorously jumping up and down, raising her hand to be his first assistant.

Orange County Magician for Kid’s Parties!  

The details…

•   He performs all around Orange County and San Diego County.

•   The best ages for his shows are 4 and up (ages 7 and up will have more age appropriate, complicated tricks).

•   His birthday party shows are about a half hour.

•   You can count on fun tricks and illusions, lots of interaction, and chances for your kiddos to help make the magic happen.

•   In addition to birthday parties, Magic Matt also can perform at holiday parties, wedding receptions, company picnics and family reunions (he’s even putting on a show for a First Communion party!).

So consider magic as part of your next kiddo’s next birthday party (or whatever family-friendly event you may be planning this summer) and give Matt a call to talk about his show. And, voila! An easy peasey, fun way to entertain your munchkins and see their little eyes light up.

Disclosure: Magic Matt Young has been a Tiny Oranges Sponsor in our OC Biz Guide.  After chatting with him about his magic performances, I can’t wait to take my kids to see him live!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Ideas For Every Dad

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Today I’m rounding up fun and unique Father’s Day gift ideas because there’s no question that finding the perfect gift for our favorite guys can be quite challenging. Whether your special guy is a sports addict, an adventurer, a techie, or the family grill master, our Father’s Day Gift Guide has you covered.

5 Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Personalized Iphone Case, $59
Find your favorite family photo and turn it into the best iphone case a dad could ask for. This super cute idea from Erin Condren keeps dad’s favorite people close to him all day long.

Craft Beer of the Month Club, $37.75/mnth [affiliate link]
Give the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to the craft beer of the month club. It’s no secret that craft beer is having its moment to shine lately, so why not join in on the fun and get dad 12 new craft beers to try every month.

Blue Prints of his Favorite Stadium
, $185
My hubby is a huge Boston Red Sox fan and has done everything in his power to make sure our son follows in his footsteps – very successfully I might add. These blue prints of sports stadiums make the ultimate son to father gift.

Monogramed Steak Board and Carving Set
, $69.95
If your guy takes his grilling duties seriously, this monogrammed steak board and carving set is the ideal gift. And, I promise your friends and family will be wildly impressed at your next backyard BBQ.

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition, $382.89 [affiliate link]
This is for the dad who loves capturing his adventures. GoPro’s wearable cameras are a huge hit with everyone from professional athletes to TV producers.  What’s more fun than getting dad a gift that allows him to document his favorite activities and share them with his kids. He’ll truly love this one!

 I hope these ideas help make shopping for Dad a little easier this year. Do you have any special plans for Father’s Day? I’d love to hear how you plan to celebrate Dad in your family!


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