Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Giveaway 2012

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The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is one of my favorite fall outings in Orange County! Pumpkins galore and the cutest photo ops! And this is one of my favorite giveaways because I love giving a local OC family the chance to win some free train and activity tickets, make sure to read the details below on how to enter.

We have pictures of our girls at this patch every year ~ I love holiday traditions like this! Here is a photo of Morgan at this pumpkin patch when she was only 3 months old.  I loved that pumpkin cap…

The Pumpkin Patch opens tomorrow, Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 and will be open daily through October 31st, 2012.

Activities and concessions include:

Train rides
Hay rides in the park
Face painting
A pumpkin moon bounce / bounce house
Halloween cookie decorating (new for 2012!)
Picture stands
John Deere tractor racers
Panning for gold
Popcorn and cotton candy
A hay maze
Two, full-service snack bars
Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin
A child-friendly haunted house
And, thousands, literally THOUSANDS of pumpkins!!

Entrance into the Pumpkin Patch is free; costs for activities vary. Click here for pricing and details for all these activities, along with Irvine Park Railroad coupons.

And while you are at Irvine Regional Park, you can also check out:

Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals
Pony rides
The OC Zoo
Parks, playgrounds & more!

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

Hooray! It’s an Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Giveaway!

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[Disclosure: My family receives complimentary tickets to Irvine Park Railroad as a thank you for hosting a giveaway  and spreading the word about this super fun pumpkin patch!]

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Halloween Time at Disneyland 2012

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We have taken our family to Halloween Time at Disneyland for years and it is absolute FAVORITE family events for a spooky good time! Now through October 31st, the park is decorated in boo-tiful Halloween decor and has lots of fun in store for the whole family. Here are some details about the Halloween festivities going on at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this year.

The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate ticket event, has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families and will take place in Disneyland Park  on 11 special nights. Tickets are available at

Ticket includes:

~Admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time.
~ Complimentary parking for one vehicle. Larger vehicles may require an additional fee.
~ Special trick-or-trick stations with candy and healthy goodies.
~ Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular.
~ Dance parties, and the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.
~ Access to nearly all the attractions, including the Halloween-themed Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
~ Photo ops with popular Disney and Pixar Pals and Disney Villains.
~ Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, a Halloween parade presented for Party Guests.
~ Save on tickets when you buy tickets in advance!
~ On select nights Annual Passholders save $18.
~No ticket required for Guests 2 and under.

Mickey’s Halloween Party invites children to wear their costumes (and adults too!) and trick-or-treat at the resort. Disneyland + costumes and trick or treating? Could it get more fun for the kids?!

And throughout the park during Halloween Time at Disneyland 2012, the fun gets even spookier this year, with the new Disney’s Halloween Time Carnival featuring “The Astounding Cauldron of Magic” at Big Thunder Ranch along with annual favorites like ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween decor and activities for little ones.

Ahoy matey! Got any pirate lovers in your house? At Pirates League in New Orleans Square, guests three and up can live out their pirate dreams and learn the ways of the seven seas by choosing one of three pirate transformation options: Jake and the Never Land Pirates, First Mate and Empress (for pirate princesses). Pirates League is for a limited time only this fall. For Pirates League Reservations call 714.781.7895.

But one of my very favorite things at Disneyland at Halloween Time has to be the Pumpkin Festival, where more than 300 pumpkins are on display on Main Street, U.S.A. Really gets you in the fall mood with all the festive decor!

At Disney California Adventure Park, “The Art of Frankenweenie,” a special exhibit in Disney Animation, Hollywood Lane, features some of the actual sets, props and puppets used to create the “Frankenweenie” film, Tim Burton’s new movie opening in theaters Oct. 5th. A special sneak peek of the movie will be on view September 14th – November 5th.

For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.

I can’t more highly recommend this event for the entire family, it is really (not) frightfully fun for the whole family!

[Photo credit: Disney]

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OC Fair Ticket Giveaway

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It’s my favorite time of year – the OC Fair is coming to town and I have a ticket giveaway today for 4 general admission tickets – please enter below so you can take your family this year!

The 2012 OC Fair will open its gates this Friday, July 13th to kick off 23 days of food and festivities (every Wednesday – Sunday) with the theme “Home Sweet Home.”

Here are some special OC Fair deals and promotions you might want to know about for this year’s event:

~ During the first hour of this year’s Fair everyone can take advantage of free admission and parking from noon – 1pm on Friday, 7/13.

~ Heroes Get in Free: Free admission each day for active duty and veteran military with ID.

~ Read & Ride Program: Children ages 5 – 11 who read and submit a two-book report form receive three free carnival rides. Click here for submission form. Submit book reports to the Information Booth at Centennial Far for free ride tickets (Valid 7/13-8/12)

~ We Care Wednesdays:

Wednesday, 7/18
Food Drive
Noon – 4pm

One free admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of 5 non-perishable food items.

Wednesday, 7/25
Children’s Book Drive
Noon – 4pm

One free admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of one new children’s book or 3 gently used children’s books.

Wednesday, 8/1
Clothing Drive
Noon – 4pm
One free admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of 5 gently used clothing items.

Wednesday, 8/8
School Supply Drive
Noon – 4pm
One free admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of 1 new school supply item valued at $5 or more.

~ Thursdays: Kids Day, Free Admission for kids 12 and under all day

~ Fridays: $2 Taste of Fair Food, Fairgoers can sample a variety of their favorite Fair Food for only $2 every Friday noon – 4pm.

~ Friday – Sunday: OC Fair Express
OC Fair Express riders traveling to the OC Fair receive a coupon for $2 Fair Admission ($9 off). The OC Fair Express provides direct bus service to and from the Fair from 8 different locations for just $1.50 each way during the weekends.  Click here for OCTA service hours & locations.

~ Saturday & Sundays: Rise & Shine
$2 General Admission from 10am – 11am

 ~ Every Wednesday & Thursday: $30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands + 2 free games (sold until 5pm, valid until 8pm)

~ Every Friday $2 Rides & $2 Games (sold until 4pm)

Click here for more information on all these special promotions.

The OC Fair is open Wednesdays – Sundays ~ July 13th – August 12th
Wednesday – Friday: Noon – midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – midnight

General Admission is $11 / Kids 6 – 12 are $6 / Kids 5 and under are Free every day. Parking is $7 / vehicle cash only.

The OC Fair App is now free and downloadable, click here, and features a Food Finder, Weather, Maps, Schedules & even a car finder. Sweet!

And for more information on the Super Pass, where you can pay one admission to the 2012 OC Fair and receive entry for all 23 days, click here!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive 4 General Admission tickets to this year’s 2012 OC Fair!

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