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Kids Bowl Free

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KidsBowlFree

Kids Bowl Free, 2 games per day, all summer long with the Kids Bowl Free 2016 program and I will not SPARE you the details!

I signed up my family last week and we have already been twice because Irvine Lanes‘ program happens to run now through September 11th! Super fun. And you certainly can’t beat free. Here’s how to sign up.

Kids Bowl Free 2016

1. Click here to go to the KidsBowlFree.com website.

2. Click on your State and bowling center of choice. Every bowling center is different so select yours and you can find dates, hours and times to the right.

3. Enter your info to sign up. If you are feeling charitable, put in my email address in the gray referrer box, I think they draw prizes for referrals or something of the sort. I like prizes, thanks.  My email is jennifer @ tinyoranges.com.

4. You can enter up to 6 kids on your sign-up so I also added in some friends that will likely be hanging out with us this summer.

5. Consider purchasing the Unlimited Family Pass. For $26/total, I had the option to purchase unlimited bowling (same deal as for the kids) for FOUR adults. I did this because I happen to think bowling is fun and wouldn’t want to just sit and watch my kiddos all summer!  Again, check the fine print before you purchase.

6. Shoes not included. We did have to pay the shoe rental ($4pp) but the guy at Irvine Lanes told me I could purchase unlimited shoe rental to go with the program for $12pp total. I bought this because we have already been twice. By the time summer hits, it will be paid for and totally free. Minus the $2.75 I will likely shell out for some french fries after enduring begging from the kids.

7. Show up with your printed coupons or show your coupons on your smart phone, then BOWL your heart out!!!  Just make sure to check the hours and days before you go. We went on a rainy day during Spring Break and there was about a 20 minute wait.

www.kidsbowlfree.com

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Odysseo Debuts in Irvine

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Disclosure: Media tickets provided to facilitate this review. 

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If any of you drive along the 405 and 133 intersection, you can’t miss the Big White Top under construction for the last month.

Every time we drive by, my boys are fascinated with “what they are building?!” When signs went up, we were thrilled to see it was Odysseo by Cavalia! For those of you not familiar, this show is known as the world’s largest traveling production with a cast of 65 horses, trainers, musicians and acrobats that produce one TRULY magical experience.

It is the work of Artistic Director, Normand Latourelle, a pioneer with Cirque du Soleil, and an incredible team of set designers, musicians, choreographers and costume designers.  Click here for more info on Odysseo Orange County.

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Photo credit: Odysseo

I simply love horses.  Their grace, power, strength and pure beauty are really inspiring to me.  When I heard I had the chance to see this show with my family I was ecstatic.

I went in thinking the show would be, of course, a horse show (and it is!) but also SO much more. The performers interact with the horses in various acts that run the gamut. Some are exciting and fast, doing simply unbelievable acrobatics, and then some acts were beautiful and soft.

It was breathtaking to watch one trainer lead nine horses in choreographed formations around the arena with no leads or bridles.  Just gentle commands and a lot of praise.  Their connection to these horses (which have to train as long as SIX years to be in this production!) is seriously awe-inspiring and their true gratitude and love for these majestic animals really shines through.

Click here for some direct links to actual footage of the show for a preview of the magic…

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Photo credit: Odysseo

We took my son and a friend, who are both 6, and they REALLY loved it.  There was a mix of equestrian, aerial artists in rings and silks (my son’s favorite part of the show), acrobats and more. We were mesmerized for the entire show.

The run time start to finish was about 2 1/2 hours, which included a 30 minute intermission. The Big White top is surprisingly comfortable and climate-controlled – we were told it costs $10,000 to cool or heat the tent for each production.  Parking was super easy and organized and they have plenty of food, snacks (hello Dipping Dots?!) , beer and wine for sale inside the tent.

Here are the boys practicing their horse acrobatic skills…future performers maybe?!  This cracks me up 🙂

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Odysseo Orange County was able to extend their run of the show due to an overwhelming response in ticket sales. Shows run Tuesday through Sundays now  through. March 13th. Click here to find the calendar of show dates  and to purchase tickets.

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Has anyone else been able to see this amazing show? Please comment below! Thank you Odysseo for a truly memorable experience.

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Top OC Parks to Visit In Summer

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Top OC Parks to Visit This Summer

Summer is in full swing and for those of us with little ones, that means a lot of OC park time!  I’ve complied a list of Tiny Orange’s best park “picks” through the years, as well as some of my new favorite hangouts.  Here are my top OC parks to visit this summer.  Happy playing!

Tiny Oranges’ Recs

– We are huge fans of Michele’s NaturePlayTrips.com FREE Family Guidebooks Club which now includes a FREE Crystal Cove Guidebook plus a free weekly play trips email. Once you’re a member you’ll get future guidebooks for free like the Parks in Orange County with Restrooms Guide AND a Beginner Guide to Family Camping. Since 2008, Michele has personally scouted pretty much every park and outdoor play space for families in OC, and has shared the inside scoop on her blog FunOrangeCountyParks.com. To this we say, thank you Michele!

 – You can read all about Jen’s favorite parks in Our Top 5 Orange County Parks.

– Here’s a great Tiny Oranges’ write-up on TeWinkle and Angels Playground and Park (Costa Mesa).

– Check out the adorable Citrus Ranch Park (Tustin) in this blog.

– Coastal Peak Park (Newport Coast) looks so beautiful, and you can read about the playground details in this blog.

– Another gorgeous park is found at Lido Island Playground (Lido Island, close to Newport) – this one makes me extra happy and extra appreciative to live in beautiful Orange County!

– Settlers Park (Irvine) is a really great park and playground, and Tiny Oranges reviews it in this blog.  Check it out!

My New (and Old) Favorites

Baker Ranch (Lake Forest) – This is a super fun park that just opened last year.  It has large rock areas to climb for big kids (pictured above), a huge tunnel slide, a “big” kid playground, a “little” kid playground, grassy areas, picnic areas, and a nice park bathroom.  My kids love this one!

Crown Valley Park (Laguna Niguel) – This newly renovated (and I mean, newly renovated!) park just re-opened this month…and it is fabulous! A super cool, super entertaining splash pad that kept my kids giggling and busy (bonus – two life guards on duty!), a playground for littles, a playground for bigs, and a family-friendly hiking trail.  This very pregnant mama wan’t up for a hike while we were there, but it’s nice to know it’s available. Just be prepared for crowds – because it is so new, everyone seems to be checking out this new little gem.

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park (Mission Viejo) – This is a park my family has enjoyed for years…and we actually had my daughter’s 1st birthday party here (many moons ago)!  It’s an awesome, interactive park designed to keep both littles and bigs busy and happy. Slides (my kids LOVE the tall, bendy slide!), swings, sand areas, a “pirate ship,” lots of room to run and play, equipment for all ages, grassy areas, and bathrooms.

Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center (Lake Forest) – I recently discovered this (almost brand new!) park and it is amazing! This is huge, clean, community property opened last year, and has two amazing parks that are separated – one designed for the littles and one designed for the bigs – and both areas are BIG. With LOTS to do.  It boasts every type of playground equipment you’d ever want (and it’s mostly shaded!), plus expansive grassy areas, picnic areas, immaculately kept sports fields, and a beautiful community center (with super clean bathrooms!).

Heritage Park (Irvine) – I’ve only been here once, but I can’t wait to take my kids again this summer. Not only does this park offer a fabulous playground, but it also features a water play area and splash pad!  Tons of great playground equipment and a beautiful area.  Just make sure to bring a towel and/or a change of kid clothes with you!

Pavion Park (Mission Viejo) – Okay, I can’t wait to check this one out.  My mama friends say this park rocks!  It’s also pretty new (as of Dec. 2014), and looks like it will be a kid crowd pleaser – and it’s universally accessible!  Tons of different “spinners,” a new type of “zip line,” slides, tons of places to climb, spacious “sitting” areas for adults and/or kids to socialize, a ground maze, lots of space to run and play…I think the only special thing to note is that there is not a bathroom on site (so plan ahead, if you can!).

 

What are some of your favorite parks, moms? Please share below, and let’s add to this list! 

 

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Cheap Movies for Kids this Summer in Orange County

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Who doesn’t love to go to the movies?
Wellllll…sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with little ones in tow.  That’s why I LOVE these cheap OC movie theaters and their summer movie showings for kids! We are talking $1, fun movies for kids this summer  (yes, only $1!), offered at many theaters locations I have compiled for you below.

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These kid-friendly movies are shown in the mornings. Typically filled with other parents and excited, squirmy kids. And it’s okay that your kids laugh extra loud, talk during the movie, spill their snack, and get up and down, and up and down, and up and down…

Cheap OC Movie Theaters

Summer Movie Deals for Kids in Orange County 

Regal Entertainment Group

Summer Movie Express Program

Tuesdays and Wednesdays / Start time:  10 a.m.
(All tickets must be purchased at the box office).
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Cost – $1

Regal’s 2015 Movie Schedule Includes:

Week 1 –
Tuesday, June 23 – Nut Job
Wednesday, June 24 – Annie

Week 2 – 
Tuesday, June 30 – Earth to Echo
Wednesday, July 1 – The Boxtrolls

Week 3 – 
Tuesday, July 7 – Paddington
Wednesday, July 8
 – Turbo

Week 4 – 
Tuesday, July 14 – Rio 2
Wednesday, July 15 – How To Train Your Dragon 2

Week 5 – 
Tuesday, July 21Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Wednesday, July 22
 – The Book of Life

Week 6 – 
Tuesday, July 28 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Wednesday, July 29 – Penguins of Madagascar

Week 7 –
Tuesday July 28 – Madagascar 3
Wednesday August 5 – Dolphin Tale 2

Week 8 –
Tuesday, August 11 – Muppets Most Wanted
Wednesday, August 12 – Alexander and the Very Bad Day

Week 9 –
Tuesday, August 18 – The Lego Movie
Wednesday, August 19 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Click to enter your zip code and find the closest participating theater to you. And feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Picture Show at Westfield Mainplace

Westfield MainPlace
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, Orange County, 92705
Discount shows on Tuesdays 

Krikorian Premiere Theatre

2015 Krikorian Kids Series – 6/16/2015 – 8/18/2015
(Buena Park and San Clemente locations)

Krikorian Premiere Theatres is excited to announce the return of kid’s movies throughout the summer! Every Tuesday from June 16th through August 18th, Krikorian locations will be hosting the 2015 Summer Kids Series, a 10-week series of kid’s movies that are fun for the whole family.

Two showings per day will be available at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $1.00 (Buena Park Metroplex 18 tickets are Free – sponsored by Buena Park Downtown), and are the same price for adults and children. Seating will be first come, first serve, so be sure to arrive early!

Buena Park Metroplex 18

8290 La Palma Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620

(714) 826-7469 (SHOW)

***Movies are FREE at this location!!  Sponsored by Buena Park Downtown.

641-B Camino de Los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 661-7469 (SHOW)
$1 movies at this location

Every Tuesday from June 16th through August 18th
Two showings per day will be available at 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Seating is first come, first served!

Tuesday, June 16 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Tuesday, June 23 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Tuesday, June 30 – How To Train Your Dragon 2

Tuesday, July 7 – The Boxtrolls

Tuesday, July 14 – Annie

Tuesday, July 21 – The Book of Life

Tuesday, July 28 – Rio 2

Tuesday, August 4 – Paddington

Tuesday, August 11 – Penguins of Madagascar

Tuesday, August 18 – Dolphin Tale 2

Cinemark – Century 20 Huntington Beach & XD

Summer Movie Clubhouse

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
$1 movies (when purchased at the box office)
$5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advanced at the box office)

Century 20 Huntington Beach & XD
7777 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, Orange County 92647

June 16 -18 – Dolphin Tale 2

June 23 – 25 – 
Mr. Peabody & Sherman

June 30 – July 2 – Penguins of Madagascar

July 7 – 9 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

July 14 – 16– How To Train Your Dragon 2

July 21 – 23 – Alvin and the Chipmunks 3

July 28 – 30 – 
Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3

Cinemark – Orange Cinemark Century Stadium 25 & XD!

Orange Cinemark Century Stadium 25 and XD!
Stadium Promenade Shopping Center
1701 W Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
$1 movies (when purchased at the box office)
$5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advanced at the box office)

Tuesday June 16 & Thursday June 18
 – Dolphin Tale 2

Tuesday June 23 & Thursday June 25 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Tuesday June 30 & Thursday July 2 – Penguins of Madagascar

Tuesday July 7 & Thursday July 9 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Tuesday July 14 & Thursday July 16 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Tuesday July 21 & Thursday July 23 – Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked

Tuesday July 28 & Thursday July 30 – Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Tuesday August 4 & Thursday August 6 – The Nut Job

Tuesday August 11 & Thursday August 13 – Rio 2

Tuesday August 18 & Thursday August  20 – Turbo

**Disclaimer and note – I encourage you to always call ahead or check theater websites for updates!

Another great resource I found is Plan a Day Out – this site shares about local discounted movies, movies in the park, movies at your local library…plus lots of other great summer activities and event ideas.  Check it out!

And if you also have little ones, I encourage you to read my blog on “Tips for Taking Little Kids to the Movie Theater” – hope they help!

I love these $1 movies for kids.  It’s cheap, it’s air conditioned, and it’s fun for summer!  Share your favorite thing to do with your kiddos below.  And, where do you like to take your kids to the movies?

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Heartlake City Opens at LEGOLAND!

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Disclosure: My family was invited to attend LEGOLAND California to preview the new Heartlake City LEGOLAND opening. 
Heartlake City Legoland

Heartlake City opened last week at LEGOLAND California and LEGO Friends fans will be delighted with this sweet new addition to the theme park!

My girls and I had the opportunity to preview the new Heartlake City, located on the west side of the Park in between Fairy Tale Brook and DUPLO Village.

When we entered the Heartlake City gate we were greeted by Olivia, Emma, Stephanie, Andrea and Mia singing LIVE on the Friends Forever Stage, which rotates to provide different backdrops for the 5 – 6 different live shows per day.

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And, to my girls’ delight, Emma and Stephanie were available to sign autographs and take photos after the show.

Tip: The line starts behind the carousel – high tail it over to get in line when the show ends!

If you have another adult with you, have someone take the kids on the carousel while one person holds the spot in line.

After the show was over, the LEGO friends TV show plays on the big screen over the stage where little ones can take a break and watch to rest tired legs.

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Heartlake City includes these attractions: 

Heartlake Stables

A large building “trough” for children to play and build with LEGOS and then they can make their horses “gallop” by placing them on an interactive pulsating table.

Mia’s Riding Camp  

LEGOLAND’s first carousel which has 60 life-size horses and can accommodate 1000 people per hour. The horses are so cute I wanted a ride on one!

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Heartlake Fountain

Splash pad in the shape of a heart in the “heart” of Heartlake City.

Heartake City Boutique

Darling boutique where you can purchase LEGO Friends gifts and toys.

Wok ‘N’ Bowl Ramen 

Yummy restaurant serving ramen noodles and story fried fresh meats and veggies along with an assortment of kids meals.

City Park Creperie 

Stand by Heartlake Fountain serving four different flavors of delicious crepes.

Outside of the City Park Creperie we had the opportunity to pose LEGO Master Builder, Robbie, and one of his creations – Olivia.

He told us a model like Olivia is made out of about 30,000 LEGO bricks and takes the  builders about a month to build.

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Heartlake City is included in LEGOLAND California park admission.
For more information visit www.california.legoland.com/LEGOFriends.

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