OC Fair Imaginology

OC Fair Imaginology

The weekend is inching near and if you’re looking for something fun and unique to do with the family, you have to check out the OC Fair’s Imaginology Event. This fantastic family friendly event is free of charge and features 3 days of educational activities, exhibits and entertainment focused on S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.) Plus, gourmet food trucks, Bubble Rollers, bounce house, petting zoo and more for additional fees.

Some of the fun activities include:

  • Free Hay Rides
  • Free Make and Take Activities for the Kiddos
  • Free Farm and Garden Hands Activites
  • Centennial Farm -Livestock, Crop Beds, and more
  • Orange County Science and Engineering hands on activities
  • Local children’s music and dance group performers
  • Much much more

What: OC Fair Imaginology

Where: OC Fair & Event Center (Follow signs to event)
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif.
(714) 708-1500

Admission is Free of Charge. Parking is Free on Friday. Parking is $ 7 on Saturday and Sunday. For additional info head here.

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The new #MagicAtPlay collection at Kohl’s

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A GC was provided to
facilitate review of the new collection. However, all opinions are my own.

Our home is brimming with excitement, as we pack our bags and head to Disneyland for a weekend filled with Disney Magic. I’m headed along with my family to the Social Media Moms conference. We’re excited to stay at the Disneyland Hotel and exploring the park. It’s been some time since we’ve all been there as a family because of our busy schedule.

We’re picking up some gear and were thrilled when we found out that Disney has partnered with Kohl’s to introduce the #MagicAtPlay collection. It is an absolutely adorable collection, and we picked up an outfit for each of the kids for our special Disneyland visit.

The collection made its debut earlier on April 3rd, and is now available at your local Kohl’s . There are infant/toddler sizes and the children’s line runs up to a size 7. Our local Kohl’s had a great selection. Not only is the line super cute, it is very affordable. I was able to buy 2 complete outfits for less than $40 with my coupons. The kids couldn’t wait until Disneyland, and my daughter decided to wear her outfit to school today. To learn more about the collection, head here.

My daughter couldn't resist wearing her new outfit!

My daughter couldn’t resist wearing her new outfit!

It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a $50 Gift Card to Kohl’s, so that you can check out the collection for yourself. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you would buy an outfit for. That’s it.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 13th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!


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Happy Sunday! I wanted to share about a classic LA event that is a must attend at least once with the family and is taking place next weekend. If you are looking for something fun, amazing, educational and did I mention FREE for the entire family, you have to check out the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival will be taking place next weekend April 12th and April 13th.  The Festival of Books is held at the University of Southern California’s Campus (USC).

The goal of the LA Times Festival of Books is to connect people that love books, with the people who wrote them. Simple as that! The festival is a free public event, and includes exciting author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings. The Children’s Stage is being sponsored by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and will feature readings by different authors. There will be also be a “dinosaur encounter” presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

There is something for everyone. Some of the featured authors this year are Giada de Laurentiis , Rachel Zoe, Alicia Silverstone, Marlo Thomas, Mayim Bialik, Jackie Collins, and many many more.

Admission is free.  Parking however is $10. It’s a fun all day event. Make sure to pack some water, walking shoes, and be prepared for a good time.

To learn more about the festival head here.

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Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Verizon Fios. However,all opinions are my own and I had a blast at Circus Vargas.

I promised myself a few years back that I wouldn’t attend another circus unless they were animal free. I’ve wanted to have the kiddos experience the circus and they have been asking about going to the circus for the last few months. I’ve shared in previous posts how Verizon Fios is a big part of our family’s entertainment. We listen to music channels, watch our favorite shows, and  hold our movie nights in thanks to our Fios Subscription. They made a night out with the family to the Circus possible, and I will share later on how they can make your own customized entertainment experience a reality! First let me share all about the Circus!

If you grew up in Southern California, you probably remember the commercials, “See Circus Vargas! The Big One is Back! They are still around and better than ever with their animal-free circus experience!  They are the largest family owned tent circus still touring these days and providing an unforgettable night of entertainment.

We caught them at  Ontario Mills last week. They will be playing at the Chino fairgrounds this week, and moving on to Arcadia, Santa Ana, and Irvine in the upcoming


The big top played at the Ontario Mills Parking Lot and it was fantastic to not have to pay for parking. I like going out to shows and experiences with my family, but absolutely do not like having to dish out extra cash for parking. It’s never a fun experience. Many of Circus Vargas shows are in locations where you do not have to pay for parking. That already started our experience on the right foot.


Good times at the Circus!

The kiddos loved the show. There is a cool pre-show experience that allows the kiddos to get on the ring floor and try out their circus skills. They loved being able to hula their hearts out and also learned to balance feathers on their face. My daughter did such a great job that they picked her out as a “Guest Star of the Night”. She was in heaven!!!  All of the kiddos looked like they were having a blast. The actual show was very entertaining and good old fashioned fun. There were trapeze artists, aerialists, contortionists, and so much more! We had a fantastic time and without feeling an ounce of guilt, because no animals were used in the show. We can’t wait to catch the show again. It was a dream come true for the kids.

Verizon wants to make your own dreams come true. Verizon Fios SoCal is hosting a sweepstakes you want to make sure you enter. Verizon Fios wants to “Fuel Your Connection” and  give you your customized entertainment experience. Whether it’s a pampering day at the spa or tickets to your favorite sporting event. They want to make your experience a reality. All you have to do is post  your 6 second video(think Vine, Instagram)  to Verizon Fios Facebook page. 6 seconds! That’s it!

Verizon Fios was able to surprise one loyal subscriber with a special day out.  Check it out.

The contest ends on April 18th.  Hurry over to enter. It’s going to be great!


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San Diego Botanic Gardens

San Diego Botanic Gardens

Tomorrow is the first Tuesday of the month and that means that several fun places are offering free admission. If you have kiddos at home this week during Spring Break, make sure to take advantage of these great freebies.

Have fun exploring!!!

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With Spring Break underway, we have had a few extra hours for television time, but we’ve decided to keep it educational around here. Netflix makes that job easier so we can focus on kid-friendly, science-rich programming!  These shows encourage questions and thinking. We end up having some great conversations with the kiddos as a result.

My husband and son love How Stuff Works and How Do They Do It? Both of these show break down simple things like salt or wheat and explain what it really is and why it matters to everyone.  It’s similar to How It’s Made on the Science Channel, which hopefully will come to Netflix soon as well.


My daughter and I prefer the science meets crime type entertainment, like CSI stuff.  We found Forensics on Trial from NOVA to be really interesting.  It’s not really for kids but daughter is also a fan of Law and Order, so she enjoyed the program.  These types of program often contain really mature content but it can also bring about conversations that need to be discussed with your children at the appropriate time. I also feel it is important to make my children aware of what’s in the world, without it becoming something terrifying for them.

A family friendly show, that I recall being on during Saturday mornings is Beakman’s World. I had completely forgotten about this show until my son discovered it on Netflix. It’s quirky, fast paced and educational. There are several seasons available.


Watching all of those Beakman’s World programs will likely inspire you children to want to make to do some science experiments during their spring break.  I found a great website full of some simple projects with household items to experiment with!  Click on the image below to link to a homemade lava lamp idea!


I would love to hear about some of your favorite Netflix science programs and if you kids decided to do any fun science projects during their Spring Break!

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Happy First day of Spring!!! I LOVE this season. It is my absolute favorite season of the year.  I love everything about Easter and have made some fun traditions with my family. One of our Easter Traditions is a must visit to Irvine Park Railroad to meet the Easter Bunny and have some family fun!

Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza will run from Saturday, March 29th  to Saturday, April 19th.

This year the Easter Eggstravaganza will feature

  • Egg Hunts
  • Meeting the Easter Bunny
  • Hay Rides
  • Easter Cookie Decorating
  • Carnival Games
  • Train Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Moon Bounce
  • and a variety of Free Picture Stands

Make sure to bring your Easter Baskets and a camera to capture all the fun!

It’s Giveaway Time! One lucky reader will win

·        6 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)

·        1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park surrey rental (excludes the double surrey)

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know why you would like to win and that’s it! Giveaway runs until Sunday, March 30h at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
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Camp Spooky always brings on smiles!

Camp Spooky always brings on smiles!

We love visiting Knott’s Berry Farm and always have a great time when we visit as a family. We’ve made some great memories there and I wanted to share a few of our favorite memories.

We love visiting Knott’s during the holidays. One of our favorite times to visit is during Halloween. It’s become an annual tradition to visit Camp Spooky with the kiddos at least once during the month of October. The kids love the mazes and of course the candy! Who doesn’t love candy?

Camp Spooky Fun!

Camp Spooky Fun!

Speaking of Halloween and a spooky good time, we’ve made some great memories at the Halloween Haunt. I’ve only missed it twice in the last fifteen years( when I had two newborns). The last couple of years we’ve had the opportunity to hang with friend(just like we did as teenagers) and it has been soooo much fun!


Hanging with a Haunt monster.

We also love to visit during the Christmas Holiday Season.  We had the opportunity to spend time at Knott’s this past holiday season and took our official family photo with Santa there. We had a blast visiting Santa’s Christmas Cabin.

Christmas memories!

Christmas memories!

We also have made great memories visiting during the summer. We love visiting Soak City at least once and every summer has to have a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm.

You can make memories with your family with Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass. You can purchase a season pass and pay only 6 monthly payments of only $14.00.

Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass holders enjoy:

  • No blockout dates!
  • Free Parking!!!!!!
  • Select Early Ride Times.. and so much more!!!


To learn more about the season passes or to purchase your passes head here.

Make sure to click here to enter to win a four pack of season passes for your family


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Imagine a the smartest dog on the planet. Like smarter than Einstein, Newton and Steve Jobs combined. You’d end up with Mr. Peabody. When you are a dog this intelligent, well the courts will also let you adopt and that’s what he did. Sherman is the son of Mr. Peabody.  This is one area of the relationship between Peabody and Sherman that was expanded upon from the original Jay Ward cartoons Peabody’s Improbable History which originally aired in the 50s and 60s. I remember the reruns on Sunday mornings here in Southern California.


Ty Burrell (from Modern Family) is the voice of Mr. Peabody a super intelligent dog who is raising a seven year old boy Sherman voiced by Max Charles. Like any father, he wants his son to be smart and knowledgeable. The concept from the original show was that Mr. Peabody uses his WABAC time machine to  journey back in time and teach Sherman about history, or at least a slightly twisted version of history.  That premise lies in the background to the adventure in the new movie and leads to hilarious consequences.  However, the spin in the story comes when Sherman finds another use to Mr. Peabody’s invention, which wreaks some havoc across time.  The show pays homage to what made the original magical and includes plenty of humor to keep the adults entertained but without ever being inappropriate.


Ariel Winter plays Penny, Sherman’s rival and ultimately, travel companion. Winter and Burrell might seem obvious casting choices due to the popularity of Modern Family, but when they were initially cast over 2 years ago, Modern Family was only in it’s first season.  Winter has been doing voice work for cartoons since she was a young child. She currently also voices Sofia the First on television.


“Another talking dog movie” you might be asking? Mr. Peabody is not just any talking dog. He’s a brilliant one.  When asked about how they chose animation over live action for the film, Director Rob Minkoff (who directed The Lion King)responded, “I started to feel like the whole notion of a talking dog and a boy would be better in the kind of a fantasy world where you can accept a talking dog much more easily than if it’s a live action world. Because suddenly, there are a lot of questions about why does the dog talk. How does he talk? Is it weird? Do people think it’s normal? So, that’s really not the sensibility of the original show. The sensibility was that it’s an amazing character. He happens to be a dog, but nobody cares. Nobody bats an eye about it.”

Mr. Peabody and Sherman opens March 7th in 3D!

Connect with Mr. Peabody Online!

Visit the official website

Like Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Facebook

Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter #MrPeabody

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Last month we were invited to visit the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale. Daytripping Dad, Mike, as always with Hollywood events, covered the visit for us.  His coverage is as follows:

The beautiful DreamWorks campus is amazing. You can really tell it was designed to focus on the creativity and productivity of it’s staff and if you’ve seen their animation you can see how it pays off. This is the studio that brought you Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon!  They have now thoughtfully taken the beloved Jay Ward cartoon Peabody’s Improbable History and updated it for modern audience without taking away from what made the characters entertaining and endearing in eye poppy 3D!


Our day started by screening the 3D movie right there in one of DreamWorks’s cozy screening rooms.  Our 3D glasses were shaped just like those worn by Mr. Peabody. This should also be the case when you take your kiddos to see in theaters on March 7th.  Look for our review tomorrow on the blog.  After we watched the fun film, our large group of bloggers was split into two and we were all taken into breakout sessions with artists directly involved in the production.  The picture above is the Art Director for the film giving us a storyboard run down of a hilarious scene from the movie.  Storyboards and animation are synonymous and have been used ever since the technique was pioneered with Walt Disney.

Another session included a look into the special effects.  Peabody and Sherman travel through time with their special WABAC time machine. The amount of effort that was put into the space travel sequences is mind blowing. It took hundreds of man hours and months of work to create these moments that last just a minute on screen. It was made clear to us that just because these are computer animated films, they are not any less difficult or time consuming than their hand-drawn 2D counterparts.


Later we were able to have a nice lunch and were joined at the tables by many of those same people involved in making the film. I intentionally put myself at the same table as the director, Rob Minkoff.  I was like a giddy schoolboy chatting with the man. I mean, this was the director of The Lion King, the biggest grossing animated move EVER.  I was able to get some inside dirt on how difficult it was to get this picture made.  The project had been attempted in the 90s but then interest waned. Then the problem became acquiring the rights to the characters.  Tiffany Ward, the daughter of the creator, Jay Ward, had recently spent a lot of time and legal expense to bring the rights to all her father’s characters under one roof. Once that happened, it opened the possibility to bring Peabody and Sherman to the big screen.  Minkoff is very passionate about his film, as you would expect him to be.  He was very interested in the father/son relationship between the two characters.

Following lunch we were able to have a Q & A with the actors in the film, Ariel Winter and Max Charles. She plays the character of Penny, who at first appears to be a bully to Sherman but those differences are quickly resolved as their adventures get underway.


Winter was asked what she thought about the bullying aspect of her character.  She answered, “I think that when [Penny] gets threatened by Sherman a little bit because he comes in and kind of takes her place, I think she just acts out to take what she feels is hers back.  I don’t find Penny to be a bully in a sense. Because in the end, Penny really realizes some things about herself and we see that she has a huge heart and she really ends up caring for Sherman and Mr. Peabody.”  Winter and Charles recorded their parts separately.  They both wished that they could have worked together more frequently, but the animation process is unique for performers.  Charles is now ten years old and first began recording his parts when he was barely eight.  This film can be enjoyed by the parents just as much as children and that’s not something that can be said for many animated films these days.

Connect with Mr. Peabody Online!

Visit the official website

Like Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Facebook

Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter #MrPeabody


Disclosure: The trip was courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox for purposes of reviewing the film.

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