Tips on Raising Boys

This is a sponsored post.for the past 14 years, i’ve been a boy mom. i have three boys who have given me a lot of experience in this department. i wasn’t sure until this year, if were any differences between raising boys and raising girls. and since my little girl is only nine months, i still am not 100% sure. but, i did get the privileged of speaking to Dr. Eric Troyan, a pediatrian at Kaiser Permanente in Mission Viejo. he and i got to chat about the differences between raising boys and girls.

as i expected, there are some major differences. of course these are just generalizations, and there can and are similarities in all children, but during Dr. Eric Troyan’s 17 years of practice, he has learned that there are definite differences in how boys and girls learn, behave, and of course grow. he gave me some great advice to share with parents of boys that may help things run smoother at home.

Boys Have Higher Amount of Energy

this is probably a given. many boys have higher energy levels. they tend to do things before thinking it through, which is different than girls. girls tend to observe and are better at reading expressions and surveying the scene. boys don’t do that. boys exhibit higher risk behaviors. they are more active in their behaviors – skateboarding, pranks, messing around with their friends. you may feel that your son breaks everything, gets hurt all the time, and takes risks that he shouldn’t. that’s because they don’t think before they do. it is important to make sure their environments are safe, that they wear helmets, and not play with objects that can cause harm.

Boys Need Consistent Discipline

constant discipline is important for all children, but it is even more so for boys. the reason is – girls tend to pick up patterns and can figure out by observation what is right and wrong. but boys tend to learn by doing and experimenting. even if they know something is wrong, many times they will try it anyways to see what happens. only then will they understand the consequences and then learn what happens when they do certain behaviors.

so, it is important when boys do something wrong for the first time, not to overreact and give harsh discipline. when they do something new…a bad behavior that is, it is important for parents to sit down and talk to their sons about what just happened. then talk about what will happen in the future if they do this behavior again. once their son knows a certain behavior is wrong through experience, then it is important to follow up with the consequence that was discussed the first time he did it.

Dr. Troyan couldn’t stress it enough how boys need CONSISTENT discipline. knowing what to expect is very important. believe it or not, taking away screen time is a very effective form of discipline for all ages. time outs work too, but are only recommended for ages below seven years of age. after age seven, having the child go to his room or being away from family or friends also works.

it is also important to reinforce the good behaviors. whenever they do something well or being good….tell them. let them know what behaviors get rewarded. and don’t forget to hug your boys…they need just as much love and attention as girls do!

As Boys Grow

you will find that in boys, the bulk of teaching and learning happens around 3-5 years. then, there will be a period of time where life gets much easier. however, when the teen years arrive – you will see some regression. especially around the ages of 13-14 and the beginning of high school.  parents may see their teen boys act like they are 3 years old again. they start being more impulsive, and more aggressive. parents….try to stay calm! take it down to a lower level and re-teach your son how to behave again. if you go back to basics and re-teach them what is right and wrong, by 16-17, boys will again show more positive behaviors.

as boys get older, they may express that they’d prefer a male doctor. that’s fine. let them have that preference. make sure they are comfortable with their doctor and other important figures in their lives. they need to feel comfortable coming to them with problems and questions they have.

as mentioned before, girls are better at expressing themselves. where boys struggle to express how they feel. this is why it is important to screen boys for depression. talk to them and talk things out, try to help them tell you their feelings. and when it comes to sexual behavior, make sure boys understand the risks associated. have a male figure in their life talk to them as well. boys may worry a lot during puberty. this is because girls reach puberty earlier and start acting older and maturer earlier than boys. boys don’t know how to act around them. boys have their rapid growth later – at around 11-14 years…or beyond. this is when they start exhibiting more explosive behavior and reactions.

Nutrition and Sleep in Boys

as you know, it is important that all kids get the proper nutrition. it’s common with boys to eat more junk and lack balanced nutrition. it is really important the they don’t skip breakfast. drinking enough water is especially important, especially with non-athletes. it has been found that boy athletes often drink the necessary amounts of water.

staying up late is common for teens. kids have sports, homework, and lots of extracurricular activities which lead to them staying up late. it is important for teens to get 8-10 hours of sleep if possible. but, girls tend to be able to deal with less sleep than boys, who just can’t handle it as much. you may notice more explosive behavior, grumpiness, and anger when your son is sleep deprived.

see….an angry teenager who needs more sleep LOL!!!!!

wow! it was a great refresher course talking to Dr. Troyan about raising boys. he confirmed a lot of my thoughts and feelings on raising boys and also helped better explain how my boys brains and bodies work. even after three boys, i am always looking for advise on how to raise them up right. Kaiser Permanente Orange County has a great team of doctors that have made me feel very comfortable as a parent.

the great thing about Kaiser Permanente Orange County, is everything is under one roof. most Kaiser Permanente Orange County locations include pharmacy, lab, X-ray services and more. plus, there are locations throughout Orange County, as far north as Brea and as far south as San Juan Capistrano, including Tustin Ranch, Foothill Ranch and the new Radiation Oncology Center located at the Anaheim Medical Center. wow…this is the kind of service i look for in my healthcare.

if you have missed the posts i have written about them, here they are:

My Trip to the Kaiser Orange County Farmers Market
Tips for Having a Healthy Pregnancy
Our Family’s Visit Thrive Walk at the Orange County Great Park
Great Tips on Mens Health
Tips for Helping Families Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
Remembering the Baby Milestones

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Parents Can Love Chuck E. Cheese’s as Much as Kids Do!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

let me tell you a little secret. I LOVE Chuck E. Cheese’s. it’s true, i think Chuck E. Cheese’s is an awesome place to spend some time with the family. i’ve been taking my kids since they were toddlers. i know that most parents believe it’s only a place for kid’s parties, but i have found that if you go at the right times, it can be a relaxing, fun place to spend time with the family, and enjoy a good meal. and the food has come a long way since i’ve been coming.

you are going to want to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s on an off time. the best times to go are weeknights, weekday afternoons when school is in, and non-holidays. we like to go for an early dinner. that way we can enjoy some games and food and still get home before the kids bedtimes. it also makes a fun after school activity.

check it out! we went on a monday evening and were one of only a couple families in the whole place. we played games together, took fun photos, won tickets and had a fun family dinner. we didn’t have to worry about the kids making noise at dinner, or wanting to get out of their seats, and no one complained about the food. Chuck E. Cheese’s is fun for the everyone – and we have kids of every age. from teenage to baby.

here are some photos from our evening…

now let’s talk about the food.

Chuck E. Cheese’s New Menu

when it comes to pizza, i am picky. i like my pizza how i like it. not too much sauce, a crust that is not too crunchy, but also not too soft, and with good quality cheese. i also like to have some fresh food options to pair with my pizza. luckily, Chuck E. Cheese’s has accomplished both of these requirements AND MORE!!!!!!

we ordered a couple pizzas for the family and i was super surprised. it was GREAT….was i really at Chuck E. Cheese’s?

did you know that in a recent nationwide blind taste test, more than 60 percent of people expressing a preference, chose Chuck E. Cheese’s Thin & Crispy pepperoni pizza over Pizza Hut’s® Thin and Crispy pepperoni pizza!

from the fresh and delicious pizza options – including specialty flavors – to the endless salad bar, dessert and snack options, Chuck E. Cheese’s has something for everyone. as part of a major menu revamp two years ago, Chuck E. Cheese’s has launched a new and exciting parent-friendly menu – including gluten-free and thin & crispy pizza crust, delicious specialty pizza flavors including fan favorite Cali Alfredo, BBQ Chicken, Veggie, Mac Cheesy, Philly Cheese Steak, and classic Pepperoni. PLUS, boneless wings, wraps, cheesy bread, pretzel bites, an endless salad bar and more. but wait! there is also dessert! Cinnamon Dessert Pizza, Churros and giant warm, chocolate chip cookies. wow!

we had so much fun last monday night…they kids are begging to go back. they thought we re the coolest parents.

at the end of the night, they had won lots of tickets. so it was time to cash them out . it was fun to see them divide them between all the kids and help each other pick out the prizes. it was also great to see the older kids give some of their tickets to the younger kids so they could get something better. i guess i haven’t completely failed as a parent.

it’s time to rediscover Chuck E. Cheese’s and the new menu…it’s good! next time you’re looking for a fun dining experience for the entire family, try it. relax…play some games with the kids, and indulge in some pizza and fun sides. i think you will have a great time.

psssst…families can enjoy their favorite handmade pizzas, fresh salads and delicious cinnamon dessert pizza at the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2p.m. starting on September 5 at participating locations.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Orange County

Fall is here in Southern California….even if it still feels like summer!

i personally love having warm weather all year round, but it IS nice to wake up in the mornings and smell that little hint of Fall…we do get that from time to time. however, we aren’t lucky enough to get the beautiful Fall colors that rest of the country gets when the leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange. because of our warm and beautiful weather, it can be hard to get in the Fall spirit here in the OC. so, i thought i would put together a Orange County Fall Bucket List to get you in the spirit of the season.

here’s my list of the top 10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Orange County.

Orange County Fall Bucket List

1. Visit the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch is our favorite pumpkin patch here in Orange County for a number of reason. not only are there hundreds of pumpkins, but there is the beloved train, fun photo opts, cookie decorating, hay rides, tractor rides, carnival games, pony rides and more. we have been taking our kids every year since they were babies…and have kept the tradition alive all these years. it’s a great pumpkin patch for all ages.

2. Get a Pumpkin Milkshake from Ruby’s Shake Shake in Newport.

right now it’s Pumpkin Spice season at Ruby’s Diner, and they are serving up Pumpkin milkshakes topped with whipped cream and candy corns. not in the mood for a shake? they also have pumpkin waffles and pumpkin pancakes!  you will then want to head down to the beach and enjoy a stroll on the sand. it may be Fall…but it’s never out of season to enjoy the fresh ocean air and some crashing waves. Crystal Cove Beach is one of our faves!

 

3. Go to the Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival.

the Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival only happens one weekend each year. we always go because it’s enormous, and…it’s one of the most unique pumpkin patches in Southern California. the Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch is pretty incredible…there are pumpkins as far as the eye can see. thousands and thousands of them. people pick them and pick them, but the patch looks as full as ever! it’s great because it give you more of a farm feel than a commercial patch. plus at the festival, there are food booths, fruits and veggies to purchase that are grown right at the college, games and fun for the kiddies, a petting zoo, a corn maze, pancake breakfast and more. if you don’t make it to the festival, there are field trips available, or you can visit it anytime after.

 

4. Get a Pumpkin Shaped loaf of Sourdough from Boudin’s.

did you know that you can only find Boudin SF in California? this sourdough magic originated in San Francisco…but we are lucky enough to have 6 of their restaurant/bakeries here in Southern California. in October, Boudin’s sells their sourdough in the shape of pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns. so much fun. pick up a loaf or two, and have fun family evening complete with soup or chili, sourdough pumpkins and watching “It’s a Great Pupkin Charlie Brown” or a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”.

 

5. Go to Discovery Cube OC’s Annual Pumpkin Launch.

the Annual Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch at Cal State Fullerton is a yearly tradition for many families. it’s just one of the awesome FREE events that Discovery Cube OC offers to the community. families from all over Southern California attend to see pumpkins launched through the air by teams competing for the record of launching the most pumpkins – the farthest and closest to the targets. it’s quite a show, and very entertaining. in addition to the flying pumpkins, there are crafts, and games for the kids and food trucks!!!  we look forward to this event every year.

 

6. Buy ALL the pumpkin stuff at Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s is known for their yummy seasonal treats. the Fall means pumpkin everything! pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin candy….an more!  everything is super yummy…you won’t want to miss it. get there earlier in month for the best selections as the favorites run out quickly. you can also get regular orange pumpkins for under $3, fun gourds and Cinderella pumpkins or Fall flowers.

 

7. Go apple picking in Oak Glen.

one of the best family outing is heading up to Oak Glen to go apple picking. you can stop at Riley’s Farm, Los Rios Rancho (our favorite) or one of the 30+ farms on a 5-mile loop, and pick apples, raspberries, or pumpkins, run through a corn maze, petting zoo or hay ride. you can get yummy ti-tip or a mile high apple pie, taste apple cider or different kinds of apples. don’t forget to press your own apple cider….that is an exciting experience for the kids. it cost around $20 and is a great learning experience. head up to Oak Glen Village and check out the mountain stores, go to the zoo or eat at one of the restaurants. everyone finds their favorites and visit them every year as a tradition. i still remember going when i was a little girl.

 

8. Check out the Magic and Mayhem Boutique at Roger’s Gardens.

the Magic & Mayhem Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens is pretty spectacular. there are so many awesome Halloween decorations and props – vintage inspired, Harry Potter inspired, creepy and cute! many are pretty pricey, but even if you don’t buy anything, it still makes a nice family outing. there are also lots of pumpkins, interesting gourds and beautiful Halloween flower arrangements at Roger’s Gardens. so bring your camera!

 

9. Take your picture in front of the Orange County Great Park Balloon

the Great Park Balloon at the Orange County Great Park is iconic to Orange County. it’s big and orange and flies high in the OC sky. during the month of October, it turns into the Great Park Balloon Jack-O-lantern. it’s FREE to visit the Orange County Great Park, so you can head over anytime you’d like and snap a picture with it. i recommend taking the family before dark. have a picnic dinner and take a walk or bike ride on the Thrive Walk around the park. weather permitting, you can take a ride on the balloon. $10 for adults & kids ride free with paying adult.

 

10. Apple Fritter Fridays at Sidecar Donuts in Costa Mesa


Apples mean Fall…and what goes great with apples? Apple Fritters. Sidecar Donuts is serving them up this Fall. you can get the yummiest Apple Fritters on Fritter Fridays ONLY at Sidecar Donuts’ Costa Mesa location. their take on a classic – made with fresh Granny Smith Apples and topped with house made apple cider glaze. yum yum!  (Photo credit: Sidecar Donuts)

festive Fall splurges….

i wanted the main list have the best least expensive options. but i wanted to include these more expensive options, as they are excellent Fall activities.

Knott’s Spooky Farm

Knott’s Spooky Farm takes place at Knott’s Berry Farm every weekend in October. Kids can trick or treat through Ghost Town or enjoy various Halloween festivities throughout the park. be sure to have your little ones dress up in costumes for an extra fun day. the great thing about Spooky Farm is that it is included in the price of admission or your season passes! you can read about our time at Spooky Farm here.

 

Halloween Time at Disneyland  AND Disney’s California Adventure

for so many, Halloween Time is the favorite time to visit Disneyland Resort. not only is there are giant Mickey pumpkin, everything else has been dressed up for Halloween. this year, Disney’s California Adventure has been decorated too…so make sure to check out Cartland in particular. it’s pretty awesome! there are fun themed treats, fall colors everywhere, and of course Halloween magic as only Disneyland could do.

 

Howl O-ween at Great Wolf Lodge

our family loves loves loves Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. it has been the perfect place to enjoy a staycation for our family numerous times. during October, Great Wolf Lodge has Howl-O-Ween, which includes, trick-or-treating, fun Halloween activities and decorations. don’t forget your costumes!  click here for a great deal on your Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween stay.

 

Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

want an educational Halloween experience for your kiddies? then head over to the Discovery Science Center and check out their festive Spooky Science Exhibit. you get to learn fun facts about pumpkins, visit Frankenstein’s laboratory where he’s sure to spark amazement with his new Van de Graaff generator, spend some time making your very own slime and join in on the Monster Academy Talent Show where each monster will be showcasing their hidden science talents!

these are our top choices of Fall fun activities in Orange County. if you are looking for some fun family Halloween Events, make sure to check out this post of 70+ Family-friendly Halloween Events in Orange County.

or visit on of these 30 Awesome Pumpkin Patches in Southern California.

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Back to School with OshKosh B’gosh

finally…the kids are back to school. it was no easy feat getting them ready for school this year. having a new little one and a son going into high school for the first time, left my middle boys getting less attention than previous years. as a mom, i try my best, but things don’t always go smoothly. luckily, i was able to sneak each of them out individually to do a little back-to-school shopping. they were very excited to get a few outfits for the school year…ones that show their personalities…because boy, they both have big personalities. so, i have partnered with OshKosh B’Gosh to share with you my back-to-school shopping trip with little Vann.  (make sure to enter the giveaway below!) i love OshKosh B’gosh for many reasons….first the quality, but also that they make clothing that is easy for Vann to mix and match and create stylish outfits. he loves to be fashionable with a quirky twist. graphic tees are alway his go-to. so i let him browse the tees while i picked up some of the essentials he will use all year long. i was excited to see all the jeans on sale…plus i signed up for emails. so i received a great coupon to use with my purchase. the prices are awesome. and i was happy to pick up two pair of skinny jeans…each under ten dollars! PLUS a pair for the B’gosh Jeanious campaign.

B’gosh Jeanius

in 2014, OshKosh B’gosh launched The B’gosh Jeanius Campaign as an annual effort to support their customer’s local communities with donated clothing and school supply needs. Since then, they’ve partnered with DonorsChoose.org, Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S. fashion delivers), OshKosh Moms, families and friends to collect over $1.1 million and distribute more than 66,000 articles of clothing to impact the lives of over 260,000 students. you can join the effort by donating a new pair of jeans in-store or making a cash contribution in-store or online at oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius from July 25 through September 18. And, share your “shop to give style” on social media using #BgoshJeanius. need some style tips? OshKosh B’gosh has you covered. just check out the cuteness. we left with a great new fall wardrobe…and shhhh! i couldn’t help myself from stopping by the little girls section to pick up Miss Dani Kat a few goodies. wanna see what we got? next stop was the park, for a little fashion photoshoot.  we got so many great pieces to mix and match!and not to forget Miss Dani….i am in love with her little dress. and this fall we can pair it with some leggings and a little sweater for a nice transition piece.the detail! ooops! i bought one more outfit for her. she’s celebrating back-to-school too.

OshKosh B’gosh Coupon Code

OshKosh B’gosh is one of our favorite stores. have you been lately? here is an OshKosh B’gosh Store Locator to find a store near you. and to make your shopping trip even more successful, here is an OshKosh B’gosh coupon code for 20% off! either print, or us code: OKBG3352   Happy shopping! hope your back-to-school shopping trip is as fun as our was. now we are off to school!

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70 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids 2017

and just like that, the Halloween season is about to arrive in Orange County!  soon, fun Halloween events will be popping up all over Southern California. i have compiled a list of over 70 Orange County Halloween events for Kids and Families…most of which are kid-friendly or family-friendly. and all of them are scheduled around the OC and SoCal this Halloween season.

it’s time to get your calendar out and pick out the ones that look like the most fun for your family. i love to make the Halloween time extra special for my family, and taking them to a couple fun Halloween events, make the Halloween season one will always remember! (be sure to check back here, as more events will be added to the list as they are announced.)

2017 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families

Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
September 16th – October 31st  |  Irvine Regional Park, Orange
the best pumpkin patch around. be prepared to spend the day roaming through pumpkins, decorating cookies and running through and hay maze! you can enjoy pony rides, haunted house, face painting, bouncy houses, games, food and best of all….the train ride!

Knott’s Spooky Farm
Every Weekend in October  |  Camp Snoopy and Ghost Town at Knott’s
this daytime, non-scare event is a celebration of cheer rather than fear! you can enjoy shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. kids can take part in the “Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade,” sing and dance along with the Peanuts gang as you watch the “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre, walk through the “Spooky Hollow Maze”, visit the Creepy Crawler Cabin, have fun in Ghost Town Trick or Treating and join Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party. click here to go directly to the Knott’s website.

Spooky Science at Discovery Science Center
Weekends in October  |  Discovery Science Center OC
Giant bugs, creepy crawlers and friendly spooks are all making their way to Discovery Cube for Spooky Science this October. Join us as we explore bugs of all colors and sizes among over-sized exhibit sets and hands-on learning stations. Even the youngest of goblins will enjoy spooky fun while exploring insects like never before.

Mickey’s Halloween Party
September 20, 22, 25, 27 & 29th, October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 31st  |  Disneyland Resort
Party with Mickey Mouse in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, go trick or treating & watch the spectacular Halloween Screams Firework Show. guest of the party get to enter Disneyland 3 hours before the party to enjoy the park!

Halloween Time at Disneyland
September 15th – October 31st   |   Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure are dressed up for Halloween! Check out the decorations and enjoy special Halloween activities throughout the park.

Boo at the Zoo
October 21, 22, 28 & 29th  •  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  Santa Ana Zoo
A “Merry not Scary” family friendly event where everyone is encouraged to come in costume! One of the safest places for children (ages 2-12) to trick-or-treat for Halloween enjoying goodies from 10 Stations.

Pretend City Trick Or Treat Through The City
October 31st  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pirates, Ghosts, & Princesses Pretty! Come Trick-Or-Treating at Pretend City! On Halloween, we are having a special trick-or-treat extravaganza for all our friends! Stop by the museum and take part in our Halloween Bug Bash as well as trick-or-treat at different stations through the city! We will surely have a ghouly good time!

Costume Week at Pretend City
October 22 – 28th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Black cats and witch’s brew, we want to dress up with you! Wear your costume to Pretend City this whole week and receive 25% off your second admission!

Healthy Halloween at Pretend City
October 30th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Happy Healthy Halloween! This time of year brings lots of treats and sweets into kids’ lives that may make them fall into a junk food funk. Serving Kids Hope is joining us at Pretend City to share fun tips and tricks to keep your kids eating healthy this Halloween!

Frankenstein Friday!
October 27th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Have a monster of a time at Pretend City and pay tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic fictional character, Frankenstein with these monstrously fun activities. We will be dancing to the Monster Mash, making Frankenprints, and doing some Monster Science and Math Activities. Let’s have a monster of a time!

Build Your Own Scarecrow
September 15th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Fall into the autumn season with our scarecrow workshop! Join us in building a small scarecrow that you can keep as decoration all season long! Admission not required to attend.

Fall Festival Fun!
September 22nd  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
FALL into this season as the leaves change colors and the weather gets colder! This season brings lots of exciting things for families, including holidays, fall themed foods, and maybe some family traditions in the making! Pretend City is celebrating Fall with our Fall Festival Day! Join us as we create art, play games, and do activities all focusing on fall, leaves, pumpkins, and gourds!

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch & U-Pick Tours
September 29th – October 31st   |   Tanaka Farms, Irvine
take a wagon ride around the farm, wander through the corn maze, pick your own vegetables, visit our petting zoo, take pictures by “Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins” & finally pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. on the weekends there is a Fall Harvest Festival with food, games, atv rides and more!

Historic Yorba Cemetery Tour
October 7th • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    |   Woodgate Park, Yorba Linda
enjoy a guided tour through Orange County’s oldest private cemetery. FREE

Knott’s Scary Farm
September 21st, October 31st  |  Knott’s Berry Farm
be prepare to get SCARED!!!! this event is definitely not for the kiddies. send your teenagers or make a date night at this frightfully scary night of terror. you can go through the monster mazes, watch the traditional Hanging Show, and be sure to try out the new interactive Trapped Maze. a pre-show buffet is offered at an additional price.

Aliso Viejo Fall Harvest Festival
October 21st | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. |  Grand Park, Aliso Viejo
Children’s Crafts, Carnival Games, Balloon Twisters, DJ Entertainment and more! Wear your costume as you walk through the costume parade. Parade begins at 10:30 am. AVCA will also be hosting a Canned Food Drive with South County Outreach. Bring FIVE (or more) canned food items, pet food or make a donation and your child receives a wristband for a pony ride. The only way for your child to ride a pony this year is to donate and receive a wristband! Canned food will be collected and distributed by South County Outreach to those in need here in Orange County. FREE

Halloween Animal Art – Toddler Program
October 5, 11, 13, 14, 17 & 20th  |  10:15 a.m.  |  OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park, Orange
Come learn about creatures that are associated with Halloween! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!Read More…