Date Night Idea: An evening at the Hollywood Bowl

Date Night in So Cal!

Date Night in So Cal!

* This is not a sponsored post. We did receive complimentary tickets to the Jazz Festival.

Date Night… I know for many this is almost an impossible feat. My husband and I try to find the time, and a babysitter to head out on one, but it’s pretty hard to make it happen. We usually try to head out somewhere once a month. In the summer, we are always looking for fun and different ideas, and when Verizon invited us to be their guest at the Playboy Jazz Festival we jumped at the opportunity. We’ve had the opportunity to attend concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and it’s been quite the experience. If you are willing to brave the crowds, there is nothing like listening to music under the stars. You can bring your own food, drinks, blanket and have a wonderful evening out. The only downside is finding parking. If you’re willing to park and ride, your evening will be much more enjoyable. Tickets usually start at $15 and are pretty darn affordable. They usually  are only a few dollars more than going to the movies, plus you can pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of music under the stars. To check out the upcoming shows head here.

Heading out for a night on the town is kind of a rare treat.  After the kids head to bed, we put on our own music, head outside and enjoy the stars along with take out. We create our own “Hollywood Bowl” experience at home, thanks to FiosSoCal. We listen to their digital music  stations, since it’s a little hard to get a decent radio signal where we live. We listen to everything from the Jazz Station to the 90’s station to the what I like to call the Spa Station(Easy Listening). If you can’t head out on the town, you have to improvise sometime, and we sure do.

If you can make it out on the town, I really recommend checking out the Hollywood Bowl Experience. It is a really affordable date night experience if you plan accordingly. Plus don’t you want to use that picnic basket? We received one as a gift way back when we were fist married, and I love anytime I have the opportunity to use it. Here is your chance! To plan your Hollywood Bowl Experience head here, and to learn about creating your own music experience at home, head here.

Free Movies on The Lawn Summer Series

Movies on the Lawn

Movies on the Lawn

Our Dad blogger Robert, shares about the super fun movies on the Lawn Summer series at the Orange County Great Park.

The Great Park in Irvine has announced that they have expanded their FREE Movie on the Lawn series for summer 2013.  This year they will be having Classic Fridays, with movies such as Singing in the Rain, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, and Clambake.  On Saturday nights will be Family Blockbuster night with movies such as Madagascar 3 and The Lorax among others.

Movies on the lawn are somewhat of a tradition in our family.  It’s a great way to spend quality time together under the stars and watch a movie for free.    My daughter loves to invite her friends so they can all hang out and enjoy the movie in a laid back outdoor environment.

Be sure to bring blankets and some low back chairs along with plenty of snacks  and drinks and you are set for the evening.  Some times in the past there have been snacks for sale but other times not, so be prepared.  There is plenty of free parking, although there is a bit of a walk to where they set up the outdoor movie screen.

For this years movie schedule and more info head here.

Fun With The Kids This Summer: Michaels Passport to Imagination


Summer is here, and most (I know that there are a couple of straggling districts that are still in school until the end of the week) of the kiddos are out of school. If you are looking for something fun to do, and is super cheap-o, you have to check out Michaels Craft Stores, Passport to Imagination. Starting this week, and going until the 1st week of August, kiddos can head over to Michaels and explore 7 continents for 7 fun weeks!

Michaels Passport to Imagination takes place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to noon, and is just $2 for every kiddo ages 5 and up. It’s a two hour crafting adventure that is a ton of fun. You can get your shop on, while the kiddos craft their heart away. Every week the kiddos discover a new continent and their amazing landmarks.

You have to visit your local store to register.

To learn more about this program, and to find the closest store near you, head here.