Mars and Stars Event at Irvine Park

Credit: JPL

I just came home from spending a beautiful afternoon at Irvine Park. I met up with my blogging buddy, Michele, from Fun Orange County Parks for a play date. The kiddos had a great time exploring, playing and having a great time at Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch.

While I was there I noticed a sign for the upcoming Mars and Stars night out, taking place on October 8th at 6pm. Mars and Stars is a combined effort between OC Parks and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). These very special event is free to the public and is perfect for your little space ranger. The event includes presentations by experts in robotic space exploration, children’s crafts, storytime with OC Public Libraries, stargazing presented by OC Astronomers and scale models of Mars rovers.

JPL will present the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, focusing on the engineering side of the mission. Nagin Cox Assistant Flight System Engineering Manager for the mission will lead the presentation and discuss the new mission technology. This mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Programs, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The inflatable Curiosity Rover will again be on display. The OC Zoo and Irvine Park Railroad will remain open until dusk for extended family activities.

All events and parking are free to the public, reservations are required. A perfect family adventure through the galaxy at OC Parks.

I really can’t wait to take my kiddos. My daughter and son love learning about space and this seems like it would be fun for the entire family.  To learn more about this super fun event head here.

What: Mars and Stars Event- Irvine Park

When: Saturday, October 8th at 6pm.


LA County Fair and Family Four Pack/Parking Giveaway

Update: Giveaway now closed. The winners are Rita who left a comment on and Jenn Herrera who left a comment here. Congrats! Thank you all for entering.

The LA County Fair is in full swing. I had an opportunity to attend the fair’s food preview and had a great time! To me the The LA  County Fair is the last hurrah before summer and we always make at least one trip to the fair. The fair runs Wednesday to Sunday and will close it’s doors on Sunday, October 2nd. You have two fun weekends to go out and enjoy everything that the fair has to offer.

There are a few ways you can save when you head to the fair. You can get in for Free on Thursday if you donate a new or gently used. You can also receive $5 admission after 5pm, Wednesday through Friday. All you have to do is head here to download your coupon.

It’s Giveaway time! We’re hosting a combined giveaway from one of my favorite blogging buddies, Becky from  We have two family four pack of tickets and parking pass  to giveaway. Just leave a comment letting me know why you want to win and that’s it! Head over to for another opportunity to enter. Giveaway ends on Monday, Sept 26th at 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Wordless Wednesday : Mouse Ears

My son and his very first pair of “Mouse Ears”


Last Friday afternoon, we headed to Disneyland to check out the Halloween decorations and take in the sights. We had a great time and my son got his first pair of  “Mouse Ears”. He absolutely loves them and couldn’t wait to put them on. I caught this picture of him as he patiently waited inside the hat shop and watched the Halloween Parade roll by.

For more Wordless Wednesday fun  head over to Angry Julie Monday.

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