The Holidays Have Arrived at Mainplace Mall

This is a sponsored post.

The holiday have arrived at MainPlace Mall and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve really enjoyed the new improvements that MainPlace Mall has made, as you may have read about on this post, so we had to check out what was happening during the holidays. Me and my little sidekick headed over to do some Christmas shopping and had a blast enjoying the holiday decor and buying Christmas gifts for our loved ones. We even spotted Santa Claus. Read on to check out what we bought and for a special discount code for Santa Photos!

What’s New for the Holidays at Mainplace Mall

When I think of shopping for holiday gifts at a mall, I think of store windows decked out for the holidays, gift carts selling specialty gifts around the mall, sales, pretty decorations, a huge Christmas tree, and of course, Santa! MainPlace Mall has ALL of that this year.

Dress up the kids and bring them down to meet Santa Claus himself. MainPlace Mall’s Santa area is pretty classy. Santa photos are located in the main mall next to the Macy’s I love the red and green decorations, Santa sits on a great green velvet chair, and there are bigger than life-sized packages tied up with bows. You are sure to get the beautiful Christmas Santa photo you are looking for.

Right now, MainPlace Mall is offering discount on their Santa packages. Use PROMO CODE 850749 for $5 off of Santa photo packages A or B. Offer expires on December 10, 2018. So hurry and go this weekend!

Did I mention that you can even get your pets photo with Santa!

As I mentioned, MainPlace Mall has some great gift carts around the mall, so be on the look out. There are holiday foods, unique gifts and even Christmas ornaments. The food carts happen to be my favorite.

And if you are a Snap Chat user…check this out! You can unlock special holiday lenses by scanning the different holiday Snap codes located on signs around the mall.

And when Dani and I got tired of shopping, we stopped and got a bite to eat. We sat in the family area with tables and chairs perfect size for kids. 

And don’t forget that Mainplace Mall has new and improved Family lounges the have bathrooms, couches, change tables and infant food prep area.

Shopping at Mainplace Mall

Dani and I did some pretty intense shopping at the mall this week. There are a lot of stores, and we have a lot of people on our list. Mainplace has a pretty good variety of stores, we especially love the clothing stores because you can see the clothing in person before you buy it, and also because they have the best sales during the holidays.

Here are some of the store we visited…and some of the things we purchased, just in case you need some ideas!

First off, we stopped at Crazy 8, because of the sales. Most everything is the store is always 30% – 50% off, so you can get a lot for your dollar. They have all sizes of kids clothes up to size 14 which is good, because a lot of the kid’s clothing stores stop at size 10.

Next up was a store that ended up being a lot of fun – Yankee Candle Store. I don’t think I have ever been in this store before. The new holiday candle scents are so yummy! The smells bring back so many Christmas memories, and they have some great deals. A lot of the larger candles can burn for over 100 hours, and have lots of different scents, so there is something for everyone. My personal favorite is Frosted Gingerbread!

little missy loved smelling all the candles too. It was a fun learning experience fo her…all the smells, colors, shapes and sizes.

There are some great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts too. Did you know they have car air fresheners? So much better than the ones you buy at the gas station.

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE item I purchased, was this custom candle gift. You can actually have a custom label with your picture printed on it for a candle of your choice. You pick the scent, style, photo and wording. They print the label and add it your candle for just $5 additional. You can also attach a video to your candle, so when people point their phones to the label, your video will play on their phones. How cool is it tote able to send a special video message to your loved ones.

Check out our custom candle…

So much shopping meant we needed to stop for a train ride…which was a lot of fun for Dani, and the perfect time for me to get a little breather between stores. 

Then we headed over to Francesca’s. A women’s boutique with great jewelry, stylish candles, clothing, scarfs, unique gifts and more. This was the first time I’ve been to a Francesca’s, and I can’t wait to go back. It kind of reminded me of Anthropology, and I am pretty sure my sisters would love it.

My whole family loves H&M, so we made sure to stop by. They have great, well-priced clothing for the whole family. It sounds funny, but we love the underwear. They are so soft. I also love the the clothes are pretty stylish. They have dressy and casual, so they are your one stop shop.

Need a jacket? Apparently we need them this year in the OC. It’s been so cold. H&M has a great selection…and great prices too.

OMG!!!!  I’m in love with all the Minnie clothing for girls. H&M has lots of character clothing for everyone.

Finally, we couldn’t go to Mainplace Mall without going to the Disney Store. All my kids love the Disney Store, especially little Dani. We had to be careful not to buy everything. It’s my first Christmas that I get to buy stuff for my little girl. Last year she was too small to care, but this year I get to buy Disney Princess stuff!

Have some Toy Story lovers? The Disney Store has you covered…of course.

And I have a bunch of kids that would love these Disney face masks. They would make great sticking stuffers and are all the rage this year.

Were are also obsessed with adorable this year!

Big surprise…Dani liked this store the most.

Well, that was A LOT of shopping! But the good news is that I almost completed my Christmas lists. Dani and I had a fun time beginning the holiday season at Mainplace Mall, we loved how the decor, sights and smells put us in the holiday mood. Hopefully you too can stop buy and check it out! At least…make sure to stop by and tell Santa Claus your Christmas wish list. Don’t forget to use the promo code for your photo package.

{ Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

60 Christmas Light Displays in Orange County

the best orange county christmas light displaysUpdated for December 2018

Christmas Lights!!!!! i just love it when houses AND even neighborhoods go all out decorating their home with twinkly lights and decorations for the holidays. all that work putting up the outdoor lights gives the community the special gift of Christmas magic. here is a list of over 60 Christmas Light Displays in Orange County that you can visit.

Aliso Viejo
King Elder Lane
Glenwood Community
43 Woodswallow Lane

Anaheim Hills
Bel Air Neighborhood (Riverview & Santa Ana Road near Weir Canyon)

Anaheim
306 Barryknoll Street
151 S. Jeanine Way
2118 W. Minerva Avenue
Symphony St.

Balboa Island
327 Sapphire Avenue

Brea
515 Cedar Avenue
Birch Street (Kraemer & Birch)
Shadetree Circle (Lambert & Wandering)

Buena Park
8073 Calendula Drive

Codo De Caza
Gooseberry Court

Costa Mesa
3150 Bear Street
467 East 19th Street
Lilac & Santa Ana Avenue
77 Fair Drive (City Hall) – Peanut’s House

Cypress
5208 Cumberland Drive

Dana Point
Monarch Beach Homes

Fountain Valley
Brookhurst & Heil
18323 Stanislaus Street (Light Music Show, entire roof decorated)

Fullerton
Woods and Amerige
Mountain View Avenue & Fullerton Creek Road
Sparkle Ball Street, North Yale (500 Block)

Garden Grove
6531, 6541, 5521 Belgrave Avenue
12112 Wutzke Street

Huntington Beach
La Cresta Drive

Ladera Ranch
Bramford Street

10 Hammond Road
Shively Street

Laguna Hills
Mawson Drive
25276 Orellano Way

Laguna Niguel
Nellie Gail Road
Elder Court
5 Tunis

Lake Forest
22981 Belquest Drive
Ashbrook Street
Buckwood Street
25982 Dundee Drive
24952 Greenbay Drive
Parkwood Street
Rimrock Street, Peachwood & Tamarisk (Trabuco Canyon & Lake Forest Drive)
Rushford Drive
25141 Steinway Circle
22472 Sunlight Creek Ave

La Palma
Houston Avenue
Tiara Lane

Mission Viejo
23446 Bolivar Street
Bough Avenue (Nightmare Before Christmas House)
27093 Pinario
Via Amistoso Street
21602 Criptana

Newport Beach
El Paseo Street on Lido Peninsula
Harbor Island Drive
Saphire Avenue

Orange
451 N. Citrus Street
1431 North Shaffer Street
Locust & Glassell
Pine Street
1907 N. Ridgewood
7633 E. Saddlehill Trail
2532 El Sereno Drive
1767 N. Lindenholz Street
463 N. Emerald Drive

Placentia
444 Normany  (“Frozen” House)

Rancho Santa Margarita
22 El Corazon
20 El Corzo (Candy Cane Land)
11 Twilight Lane
16 Calle Liberacion

San Clemente
2931 Calle Heraldo
Talega Seaside Neighborhood
Talega Stella Mare Neighborhood

Santa Ana
12872 Loretta Drive
18th & Bristol Street

Trabuco Canyon
Wagon Wheel Neighborhood
23 Kingfisher Court

Tustin
Red Hill Avenue & Olwyn Drive
2351 Caper Tree Drive
1151 Windsor Lane

Westminster
Bolsa Chica & Westminster Boulevard and Northwestern & Bolsa Chica
5755 Westminster Boulevard
6212 Larchwood Dr in Westminster!

Yorba Linda
5474 Berryhill Drive

Buena Vista at Lakeview
East Lake Village (Village Center Drive & Avenida De Las Polmas)
18665 & 18974 Seabiscuit
4712 Via Del Rancho
20630 Vista Del Sol

( Have any suggestions to add to the list? Is something on the list outdated? Please let us know! )

PLUS…..have you seen this list of 150 Christmas Events in Orange County??????

150 Christmas and Holiday Family Events in Orange County


(updated 2018)
I officially declare it holiday season here in Orange County. Believe it or not, Christmas events are already beginning to pop up all around Southern California!  So, here’s a list of over 150 Holiday Events in Orange County, including Christmas events, Hanukkah events and winter celebrations. It’s a tradition and a gift to all of my readers! I want you to be informed of all fun things happening this holiday season in the OC. All of the events on this list are family-friendly, and take place around the OC and Southern California this holiday season.

So get your calendar out, pick the events that look the most fun for you and your family, and get ready to make this wonderful holiday season, one that your family will always remember! ( Please be sure to check back, as i will be adding more events to this list as they’re announced. If you have an event you would like to include, please email or message me on Facebook.)

 

Santa Events
Breakfast with Santa
December 1 & 2, 2018  |  8:30 – 11:00am  | The Children’s Museum at La Habra
Get your fill of holiday cheer with yummy treats, make-n-take ornaments and a photo with Santa Claus himself. Guests are welcome to play in the Museum too! To reserve and pay for your tickets by phone, call (562)383-4236 or email museumstaff@lahabraca.gov. Seating times 8:30am, 9:45am & 11am CMLH Members $2 discount per person Kids $11 Adults $13 (under 2 free, lap sitting only)

Breakfast with Santa at CPK
Call for Dates | 9:00 – 11:00pm  | California Pizza Kitchen, Irvine Spectrum
Join California Pizza Kitchen for Breakfast with Santa. $10 per person which includes your choice of breakfast pizza and beverage. Reservations are Required. Call 949-585-9531 to reserve your spot today.

Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s
December 15, 2018  | 8:00 – 10:00am  | Applebee’s, Anaheim Town Square
Enjoy breakfast with Santa for only $10 per person. Proceeds benefit families in need.

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train to Santa
November 30 – December 23, 2018  | Irvine Park Railroad
Take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. Christmas train will depart from the twinkling train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wishlist with Santa and have a photo taken with him. TICKETS SELL OUT FAST, PURCHASE NOW.

Santa Arrival Parade in Anaheim
TBD  | 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  | Anaheim Town Square
Real snow play area, photos with Santa, Kids Craft Activity, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Train Rides and more! FREE

Visit & Photos with Santa
December 12 & 21, 2018  |  9:30 – 11:30am  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
You better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Claus is coming to Pretend City! Join us as we meet jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, tell him our holiday wishes, and sit on his lap for a photo! You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive holiday happening at our museum! Santa is coming to Pretend City Children’s Museum! Join us for this great opportunity to meet and tell Santa your holiday wish. Our Santa visit and photo opportunity provides an experience with Christmas carols, lights, and Santa himself. This is a wonderful opportunity for grown-ups to capture photos and give your child the chance to share their Christmas wish lists with this Jolly Ole’ Fellow. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Yappy Howl-iday 2018
December 2, 2018  |  11:00am – 2:00pm  |  Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization. Proceeds support The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. FREE

Yuletide Tea with Santa
November 23 – December 24, 2018 • Friday – Sunday  | 2 – 5:00pm  | Pelican Hill Resort
The holidays are Santa’s cup of tea, and Pellican Hill would like you to join them in the Great Room Social Lounge for a modern twist on the time-honored tradition of gathering for afternoon tea. Sip contemporary blends featuring classic selections while you nosh on savory and sweet small bites. Tea-based cocktails and sparkling wines available à la carte.

Kris Kringle Story Time Mingle
November 23 – December 23, 2018  • Friday – Sunday  | 3 – 5:00pm  | Pelican Hill Resort
Santa’s parking his sleigh and setting up shop in the Main Estate Lobby, where he’ll be reading stories, taking photos and delighting kids of all ages. Gather ‘round the gingerbread display for three story times at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and be sure to stick around during intermission to take photos and visit with jolly old St. Nick.

Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Disney
December 1 – 23, 2018 | 8:00am – noon | Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s paying a very special visit to Catal Restaurant. Join jolly old Saint Nick and his merry band of elves for a classic Breakfast with Santa experience. Guests are invited to feast on a decadent family-style spread of menu offerings like buttermilk pancakes, crispy bacon, and farm fresh eggs while Charles Dickens carolers serenade them with their favorite festive tunes. Adults are welcome to sip on bottomless mimosas while little ones are treated to a cookies and milk station and steaming cups of hot chocolate from the cocoa cart. After they share their Christmas wishes with Santa, he will gift every child with a Build-a-Bear™ Workshop teddy bear in addition to a personalized stocking and a complimentary photo print of their magical time with him.

Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick-Up
December 14, 2018  |  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Santa traded in his sleigh for a Harley! Stop by the museum today and watch the fleet of Harleys, including Santa, pick up new toys from Pretend City Children’s Museum! All the toys we collect in our toy drive will be taken to CHOC by Santa and the Harley crew! Help us collect toys through December 22nd! Durable, cleanable toys are best for a hospital setting.

Surfer Santa Photos
December 14 & 15, 2018 | Huntington Harbour Mall
Here comes Santa Claus…SURFER SANTA! Come on over to meet and take a picture with Surfer Santa! There will also have face painting and a craft station, where you can write your own personal letter to SANTA!

Santa Visits the Anaheim Packing House
December 15, 2018  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Gather your Christmas wishes, and grab the camera phone as Santa visits the Anaheim Packing House. Free organic candy canes will be given while supplies last.

Pet Photos with Santa
November 25 & December 9, 2018  | 7:00 – 8:30pm  | Brea Mall
Bring your pet to pose with Santa. Find Santa in Center Court.

Pet Photos with Santa
December 9, 2018  | 7:00 – 8:00pm  | Shops at Mission Viejo
Bring your pet to pose with Santa. Find Santa on the Lower Level near Nordstrom.

Santa Paws Photos
December 1, 2018  | 10:00am – 3:00pm |  Dana Point El Torito Courtyard
Bring your furry friends to have their picture taken with Santa, photos are $15 and benefit the animals at The San Clemente-Dana Point Animals Shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa
December 2 & 12, 2018  |  6:00 – 9:00pm  |  MainPlace Mall
Families are invited to bring their four legged friends to pose with Santa. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier. 

Santa Paws Photos
December 9, 2018  | 10:00am – 3:00pm |  Outlets of San Clemente
Bring your furry friends to have their picture taken with Santa, photos are $15 and benefit the animals at The San Clemente-Dana Point Animals Shelter.

• Fashion Island Santa Hours.
• MainPlace Mall Santa Hours
• Brea Mall Santa Hours
• The Shops at Mission Viejo Santa Hours
• Laguna Hills Mall Santa Hours
• Irvine Spectrum Santa Hours
Outlets of San Clemente Santa Hours

Holiday Light Displays in the OC
60+ Christmas Light Displays
• Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills
• Candy Cane Lane | El Corzo Street in Rancho Santa Margarita
• Birch Street in Brea
• Belquest Drive in Lake Forest

Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour
December 9, 2018  |  11:00am – 4:00pm  |  La Habra Children’s Museum
The winter holidays are always a festive time on Balboa Island. Many people visit the Island to enjoy not only the Newport Beach Boat Parade but to view the multitude of Island homes decorated for the holidays. During the holiday season the Island becomes an incredible display of decorations and lights of many colors. Magical! To add to the festivities this year the Balboa Island Improvement Association (BIIA) presents the 22nd Annual Holiday Home Tour. Eight home owners open their homes to display the unique character of island living during the holiday season. Each home is decorated for the holidays. The Annual Holiday Home Tour is the major fund raising event to support the Balboa Island Improvement Association. 
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Family Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Knott’s Spooky Farm has always been a favorite of our family. Not to be confused with Scary Farm, Spooky Farm isn’t scary at al,  and is geared towards kids ages 4-12. Dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating, and enjoying the Farm all decorated for Halloween is so much fun. It’s always #1 on our family’s Fall bucket list…because of course, we LOVE Knott’s, and two…the whole family can enjoy it. If you have never been to Knott’s Spooky Farm, this year is the time to go. It’s happening now at Knott’s Berry Farm on weekends during the month of October and on Halloween. It’s even better than last year, with even more to do. Best of all, its included in the cost of admission.

Insider Tips for Knott’s Spooky Farm

Let me share all the fun you can enjoy at Spooky Farm, along with some insider tips to make the day more fun. First of all, I recommend going on Sunday if you want it to be a little less crowded. It most likely will be a bit crowded during Spooky Farm, but if you aren’t planning on doing a full day of rides, the Spooky Farm activities aren’t busy at all.

Make sure to pick up a map on your way into the park, so you know what happening at Spooky Farm, and where are the Halloween Stations are. There are trick-or-treat stations, fun shows, Halloween activities and more marked on the map.

This year, the kids wanted to dress up in a PEANUTS gang theme for Spooky Farm. And just so you know, anyone can dress up at Knott’s. Their costumes were pretty easy to make…except for Woodstock, which I made from a sewing pattern many years ago. But if you really wanted to dress up like Woodstock, you could get a yellow shirt and a yellow hat online, and glue some yellow feathers to them. a pair of black legging and shoes, and you will be all set to go as Woodstock.

For Charlie Brown, we purchased a Charlie Brown shirt at the Knott’s souvenir shop, and paired with shorts, socks and shoes. For Linus, I got a simple red t-shirt and drew lines across it with a black felt tip marker. Then we paired it with Linus’s signature blanket and black shorts.

For Snoopy, I glued a large black spot to the back of a white t-shirt, then colored in the color with a red felt tip marker. for the tail, I cut two tail shaped pieces of white felt, and sewed them together on two sides. Then I stuffed them with stuffing and had sewed to the shirt. A pair of baseball pants finished off the outfit. The large head was actually made for us when I had the Woodstock costume made, but we found it to be too much hassle at the park, so we purchased Snoop ears at the Knott’s Souvenir shop. They are so cute and can be worn all year round.

Now that I’ve shown you our costumes, it’s time to go Trick-Or-Treating. During Spooky Farm kids can go trick or treating through the streets of Knott’s. This is the first year that Dani is able to walk and trick-or-treat on her own, so it was fun for the whole family to help her through the park.

The Ghost Town monsters pass out the candy to the kids all day long. And don’t worry about bringing your own trick-or-treat bucket because Knott’s will give the kids treat bags when they enter the park. The less stuff you have to bring the better.

If you put in the work to wear a costume, then you must enter The Peanuts Costume Contest. This fun costume contest is held at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. And for an insider tip, the more creative you are with your costume, the better chance you will have to win. And let me tell you, the host of the costume contest is pretty funny. He tells great jokes to entertain the parents!

Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown all pick their favorite costumes, so you have three chances to win. Everyone who wants to enter, lines up and gets their chance on stage. Don’t be late to the contest or you’ll miss your chance to enter.

Here is my gang up on the stage dressed up as the Peanuts Gang. Although we didn’t win, it was so much fun.

Did you know that you can visit Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang dress up for Halloween? There is a meet and greet area located by Snoopy’s Red Baron airplanes. The best time to go is right after one of the Camp Snoopy Shows. After the shows, they usually escort some of the characters out. So jump in line and be the first to get your photo taken.

If you want some hands on fun, make a visit the Creepy Critters of Calico. Inside the Livery Stable in Ghost Town the are a bunch creepy little critters such as bugs, spiders, beetles and turtles. Make sure to say hi to the skeleton horse as you walk in.

You can even touch a giant boa constrictor. No thank you!

Have you ever seen a lizard with a hat?

There is even a rat town where you even pet and play with them.

You know me and fun treats. I am always on the hunt to find the most Instagramable treats in Orange County. Knott’s Berry Farm has plenty of Spooky Treats for Halloween. You will get the best selection at one of the Knott’s Bakeries that are located just outside the park, and inside the park next to Ghost Rider. There will be cookies, cupcakes, donuts, candy and more.

Our favorite are the Halloween donuts. You can even purchase them on your way into the park at the Knott’s Bakery Express located near the security lines.

Year round, Knott’s offers Snoopy Cookies, but during Halloween, you can get Snoopy Vampire Cookies. Oh so cute.

If you had over to Ghost Town, you can find special Halloween Churros at the Churro Factory, or get a Halloween treat at the Calico Candy Store.

I mentioned before, you don’t have to do rides to enjoy Spooky Farm. There are plenty of non-ride activities. In Calico Square, you can visit the Great Pumpkin Patch, and enjoy some down time coloring Halloween Snoopy pages. There is pumpkin decorating and cookie decorating as well!

Finally, make sure to check out some of the Halloween Entertainment at Knott’s Spooky Farm. There are family friendly shows happening all around the park. There is Spooky Story Time and the Calliope Cancert at the Bird Cage Theater.

The “Monsters Are Coming” Stage Show at happening Camp Snoopy Theatre, and the astonishing Magician at the Calico Saloon! These shows are great for all ages, and give you the perfect chance to rest your legs after trick-or-treating through the streets of Knott’s.

You also want to stop and get measured for you coffin! Well, not really, but its fun nonetheless.

As you can see, you can make an entire day enjoying the seasonal offerings of Knott’s Spooky Farm. It’s just one of the Seasons of Fun the Knott’s has during the year. You can enjoy them all by purchasing a Knott’s Season Pass…such a great deal if you want to check out Knott’s for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

 

Family Dinner Fun at Mainplace Mall

if you have kids, then you probably have experienced the struggle that comes with taking them to a restaurant. i had finally gotten to the point in life with my boys, that going to restaurants with them was fun again. but now that Dani has come along, things are back to crazy! taking a two year old to restaurants isn’t fun at all. so we decided to try a family dinner night at Mainplace Mall since we heard it had been renovated to be more family friendly.

if you haven’t been to Mainplace Mall in a while, then you will be surprised when you go. they have done some great things in the mall, all towards making your family, food and shopping experience better.

there are a bunch of great family restaurants, and outside, Mainplace has created lounge areas with lawn games, plants, lights and music, to make waiting for your table enjoyable. and although there wasn’t a wait for dining at all, the kids had so much fun playing and running around. no fighting, great weather, nice music and a fun atmosphere started our dinner experience right.

on this evening we decided to try out Applebee’s, because we’ve never been to an Applebee’s before. it is a very family-friendly restaurant, with great kids meal options, a relaxed atmosphere, video/game pads for the kids to play and more.

having a family with kids ranging in age from teen to baby, it’s not always easy to find a restaurant to please everyone in the family. but we were able to find food that all the kids enjoyed, and including the parents. some of the things i liked about Applebee’s were the meal deals. they have a bunch of different deals where you could get an appetizer, side and entree for around $12-16, they also had couple deals where you could get two meals and an appetizer for around $20. the kids meals all come with drinks, and there was a little bit of everything on the menu.

after dinner, we headed into the mall to check out some of the improvements. a lot of changes have been made, and stores are being added. just think, the more people who come, the more stores will come, and the better Mainplace Mall will be. i totally see the potential. i was happy to see a lot of my favorite children’s clothing stores.

i was please to find two large family lounges with bathrooms, nursing rooms, changing tables, microwaves, televisions, game boards and couches. if your a parent, then you know how helpful this can be.

finally, we headed down to the first floor of Mainplace to check out the kids place area…

and we also rode the train!

i enjoyed my time Mainplace so much, that i brought back Dani the next week for some mommy and me time. the mall isn’t crowded and there are lots of things to enjoy, there are brand new art murals, and a big food court that have a dining area for families…including kid sized tables. and did you know that there is a movie theater in Mainplace?

yes, Mainplace Mall has changed for the better, and we can’t wait to see what else is instore for this mall. don’t be afraid to check it out, and be sure to go online to find out when they are having special events. there are many fun family friendly events that are being offered free to the public. way to go Mainplace!