Help Me Grow Family Event at Zoomars

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Have you been to Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano?  If you haven’t it is definitely worth a trip with your kiddos! It is the cutest place!  A couple years ago we even did a fun day trip and took the train from Santa Ana to San Juan and walked down to Zoomars.  Our kids went crazy for all the animals, rides and little train.

This Friday, there is a special family fun event at Zoomars, which includes discounted tickets sponsored by Help Me Grow Orange County, an organization that helps connect children and their families to developmental services to enhance the development, behavior and learning of children birth through five years.

The proceeds from this special event will go to Help Me Grow.  Here are the details!

Zoomars Petting Zoo
Friday, March 4th, 2011
2pm – 5pm

Click HERE to print and bring this flyer which gets you a Zoomars coupon for
$10 family admission and 1 fun pack!
The fun pack includes one pony ride, one train ride, and a basket of carrots to feed the animals {normally $32!}
Additional fun packs are $5 each.

Help Me Grow provides parents, caregivers, child care providers, early educators and health care providers a single point of access to developmental services for all young children who live in Orange County.  Call this toll free number 1.866.GROW.025, (1.866.476.9025) for more information.

{Disclosure: Help Me Grow Orange County is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Orange County Children’s Book Festival

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Hello! I am happy to share a fun, family event this weekend.  The Orange County Children’s Book Festival will be held this coming Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 from 9:30am – 4:20pm at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

With the newest in book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas, you will be able to browse and buy books, and even get some personally autographed.

At the event, multiple stages with the author and illustrator presentations will amaze the kids. And from the OC Family Main Entertainment stage you can relax and enjoy the family friendly entertainment and hear celebrity authors share the inside scoop about their latest books.

A favorite year after year is the children’s craft corner where kids make their own book markers, visors and other keepsake items.

There is also an abundance of family fun activities such as face painting, crazy hair styling, and animal petting area, musicians, dancers, balloons, readings, drawings and so much more.

Admission is FREE – yippee! – click HERE for parking info & directions!

Happy weekend everyone!

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Free Rockettes Event Tomorrow at Macy’s

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Happy Friday Mamas! We made it through the week! I for one am very happy and am doing a little TGIF dance over here!  Speaking of dancing, there is a very cool free event tomorrow at Macy’s at the Shops in Mission Viejo involving the world famous Rockettes® I wanted to share.  If you have any little dancers in your house, this would sure be a hit! Here’s the scoop…

On Saturday, August 14, 2010 Macy’s Mission Viejo invites kids and shoppers to Dance with the stars of America’s favorite holiday show, the Radio City Rockettes®!

Event starts at 2:00pm.

The Rockettes® will show you how to perform those eye-high kicks, provide a glimpse of the history of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular® and tell you what it takes to become a world-famous Rockette®. Your kiddos will even get to join in a mini-performance and receive an “Honorary Rockette®” certificate.

Following the Dance with the Rockettes® experience, you can snag a photo and meet with the stars of the world’s most precision dance troupe while they’re in OC!

Want to see the Rockettes® on stage in all their glory?

Spend $50 or more at this event at Macy’s and receive a pair of tickets to their Radio City Christmas Spectacular® coming to the Honda Center on December 6 & 7, 2010.

I also have a Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular coupon code to share as well! Gotta love a discount on tickets!

Enjoy a special offer of 25% off your ticket purchase to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular® in addition to your two free tickets with coupon code MACYS at It’s the perfect way to bring holiday cheer to your family this season.

While you’re in store, be sure to register to win a VIP Meet and Greet with the Radio City Rockettes® and four tickets to your local Radio City Christmas Spectacular® show.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Have a great weekend everyone, see you back on Monday!

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The Holidays at Disneyland

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As a local mom blogger, my family was invited to a special event to experience the Holiday Season at Disneyland this past Saturday, and without doubt it is the Merriest Place on Earth!  From now through January 3rd, there really is no place like Disneyland to see the holidays shine any brighter.

santa There are so many things to mention, I don’t even know where to start!  The highlight of the day for Emma(now 3 1/2) was our visit to the Reindeer Round-Up in Frontierland. Outside Santa’s cozy cottage, there were REAL reindeer!  Inside, Santa was sitting by the fire to take pictures with all the kids.  We even spotted Mrs. Claus too!   We first peeked in the exit so she could get a glimpse of him.  He saw her watching and waved and said a little “ho! ho! ho!”  just for her.  She had stars in her eyes she was so excited.   I was surprised it only took about 20 minutes in line.  When we were leaving, my husband’s comment was, “that was a REALLY good Santa!”

it's-a-small-world-holiday- My absolute favorite was  “it’s a small world” holiday.  I got to see the ride through the eyes of my 5 month old (her first trip to Disneyland!) and I don’t think anything could compare to the look on her face as we made our way through in that little boat!  The ride is completely decked out for the season and merry Christmas carols play for you to sing along to.    You can’t help but leave that ride with a HUGE smile on your face!

My husband’s favorite of the day was the “Haunted Mansion Holiday” – his favorite ride as a kid.   It’s a nostalgic one, isn’t it?  Every time I get on that spooky elevator, it brings back childhood memories of visiting Disneyland!   The ride is decked out in holiday spookiness and a snowy graveyard.

We also caught the “A Christmas Fantasy Parade“, complete with dancing reindeer, another live Santa and many Disney characters dancing and singing in Christmas themed floats.   I watched some of the audience’s reaction when Christmas-Fantasy-Parade-(1 Santa came by waving, and I have to say, even some adults looked like they had stars in their eyes!

We also saw the hand clapping, foot stomping new show called Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee – a Mardi Gras-style parade and show on the Mark Twain Riverboat in Frontierland.  So cute!

Throughout the park, there are tons of holiday decorations, with the highlight being Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and the gigantic Christmas tree inside the main entrance.

We tried to hold out for (what I hear) is the most AMAZING, SPECTACULAR, BEAUTIFUL part of of the holidays at Disneyland – the “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks show which ends with a rendition of “White Christmas” and a snowfall – but after 9 hours both girls were pretty wiped out.   Next year FOR SURE!

Here is a sneak peek of some of the magical holiday fun to be had right now at the Merriest Place on Earth!

Congratulations!  The Erin Condren winners are Summer and Aracely!!
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