2019 Easter Egg Hunts and Spring Events in Orange County


springtime is here, and it’s time to celebrate with bunnies and Easter egg hunts! how about taking the kiddies to a fun Spring fling or and Easter Egg Hunt. there are tons of family-friendly and kids Easter events and happenings in Orange County this spring! here’s a list to help you find the ones your family will enjoy most. check them out…

Aliso Viejo
Spring Celebration and Pancake Breakfast – April 6, 2019 free
Brunchin’ with Bunny and Egg Hunt at Renaissance ClubSport  – April 21, 2019 (reservations needed)
Easter Egg Hunt in the water at Swimfish Swim School – April 13, 2019
Easter Egg Hunt in the water at Swimfish Swim School – April 19, 2019

Anaheim
Easter Celebration at Downtown Anaheim – April 18, 2019 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Ronald Reagan (Toyon) Park – April 14, 2019 free
Ostermarkt – Easter Bazaar at The Phoenix Club – April 14, 2019
Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at The Phoenix Club – April 21, 2019
Eco Fun Faire and Spring Fling at Oak Canyon Nature Center  – April 20, 2019
Anaheim Plaza Easter Event  – March 24, 2018 free
Eggstravaganza at Anaheim Marketplace – April 20, 2019 free
Community Easter Egg Hunt at Cornerstone Church in Anaheim – April 13, 2019 free

Brea
Bunny Photos at The Brea Mall
Caring Easter Bunny Photos at the Brea Mall – April 7, 2019
Easter Bunny Pet Photos at the Brea Mall – March 31, 2019
Brea Community Eggstravaganza at Brea Jr. High – April 1, 2018 free
North Hills Church Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt – TBD free
Tween, Teen and Adult Easter Scavenger Hunt at Celebration OC – March 31, 2018 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Celebration OC – April 1, 2018 free
Annual Community “Egg”stravaganza at Carbon Canyon Regional Park – April 6, 2019 free

Buena Park
Spring Eggstravaganza at Henery Boisseranc Park – April 20, 2019 free

Cerritos
Easter Egg Hunt at Cerritos Knabe Regional Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Bunny Photos at Los Cerritos Center
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at California Pizza Kitchen – April 6, 2019
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at California Pizza Kitchen – April 13, 2019

Costa Mesa
Springtime Crafts at South Plaza
Bunny Carousel at South Coast Plaza
Easter Bunny Photos at South Coast Plaza
Egg-Citment at Tanager Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Storytime at SEED Peoples Market – April 3, 2019 free
Swedish Easter Påskbord Smörgåsbord – April 5, 2019
Easter Bunny Visits IKEA – April 20, 2019

Coto De Caza
Wagon Wheel Canyon Association’s Spring Event – April 20, 2019 free

Cypress
Spring Egg Hunt at Oak Knoll Park  – April 20, 2019 free

Dana Point
Easter Egg Hunt at Pines Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Sea Canyon Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Dana Crest Park – April 13, 2019 free

Fountain Valley
Egg Hunt at Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sport Park – April 20, 2019 free
Buster Balloon’s Easter Egg’stravaganza at Maverick Theater – April 14, 2019

Fullerton
Family Easter Celebration and Pancake Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church – April 21, 2019 free
Glow in the Dark Easter Party at First Presbyterian Church – TBD free

Garden Grove
Easter Egg Hunt, Pony Rides and Petting Zoo at Praise Chapel – April 21, 2019 free
Eggs-cavation at Atlantis Play Center – April 20, 2019 (pre-regitration required)
Egg Hunt at Orangewood Academy  – April 14, 2019 free

Huntington Beach
Awesome List of Huntington Beach Events
Easter Egg Hunt and Family Day – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Brunch at Old World – April 21, 2019
Lil Chickadee at Pacific City – April 16, 2019 free
Easter Bunny Photos at Bella Terra
Egg Hunt and Spring Festival at Bella Terra – April 13, 2019 free
Springtime Bunny Fun at Bella Terra – April 15, 2019 free
Easter Bunny Petting Zoo at Bella Terra – April 20, 2019 free

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Why You Should Buy Girl Scout Cookies plus a giveaway!

Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing here in Orange County, and you probably have seen a cute Girl Scout or two selling them either door to door, or now at your local grocery store. And…you’ve probably have had a Girl Scout cookie or two in your lifetime. I even remember selling them when I was in elementary school. My mom would stock up on them and store them in the freezer to enjoy for months after Girl Scout Cookie season had ended.

Girl Scouts all over the Unites States are busy selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for their troops to do fun learning and enrichment activities! Girl Scouts of Orange County builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. I think that the Girl Scout program is awesome, so I really wanted to help support these girls during cookie season.

(Make sure to read to the end to enter to win some Girl Scout Cookies!!!)

This year, all cookies packages are $5.00. Many of your favorite varieties are being offered including  vegan cookie flavors – Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties & S’mores. There is also a BRAND NEW Gluten-Free: Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies (limited availability).

5 Reasons to Buy Girl Scout Cookies

1) Girl Scouts Cookies are YUMMY! Girl Scout Cookies are favorites of so many people, plus you can only get them once a year. Don’t miss out on your favorites. You won’t be able to get them until next year after March 10th.

2) Girl Scouts are super cute! How can you say no to those cute, hard working Girl Scouts?

3) Sales Support OC Girl Scouts. All the revenue earned from the Cookie Program by OC Girl Scouts stays within Orange County.

4) Cookie Share option. If you don’t eat them, treat them! Customers can buy and donate cookies that are then distributed to our nation’s military and local food banks. They also make great gifts for teachers and friends!

5) The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls to develop essential life skills. This is probably the most import reason to buy Girl Scout Cookies. When a Girl Scout is out selling cookies, they are learning skills such as – Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. Girl Scouts set personal goals, and troops work together to decide how their troop’s proceeds will be spent.

We have really been enjoying our Girl Scout Cookies. Our favorites are the Caramel Delights and Thin Mints.


You need to hurry and get your Girl Scout cookies soon!  Sales end March 10th and you won’t be able to buy anymore Girl Scout Cookies until next year. If you are having trouble locating cookies, use the Cookie locator to locate a Girl Scout selling cookies near you. You can also have a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package below…

Girl Scout Cookie GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

here is your chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package!!! Just enter via Rafflecopter below or on Facebook. contest ends February 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen randomly and must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States. Good luck!!!!

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Knott’s Berry Farm PEANUTS Celebration

the Knott’s Berry Farm PEANUTS Celebration is happening now at Knott’s as part of their Seasons of Fun! we love that Knott’s has different seasons of the year to enjoy holidays such as Halloween and Christmas, as well as the boysenberries and summer. but for the first time they have introduced the PEANUTS Celebration – a month-long celebration dedicated to the beloved PEANUTS characters. we weren’t sure what to expect, but but we knew we would love it because the PEANUTS Gang is just so darn cute and Snoopy already has won our hearts.

so let’s get down to business…how was the PEANUTS Celebration?

SO. MUCH. FUN. 

and we are gonna share all about it right now!

first, when we walked into the park, we found the best photo opportunities. you could literally jump into one of the comics.

then we headed into Ghost Town to check out what was happening at the PEANUTS Celebration there. it looks like at the trees had turned to kite eating trees! so many kites found in the trees.

we heard that Pig Pen from the PEANUTS Gang would be making an appearance at the Livery Stable. so we wanted to meet him since he will only be visiting Knott’s during the PEANUTS Celebration.

when we headed into the Livery Stable, we not only got to meet Pig Pen, but also his little piggy friends and a couple of horses and a donkey!

then we headed over to the Bird Cage Theater for the PEANUTS Sketch School. this was probably one of our favorite things to do at the PEANUTS Celebration. everyone was given a sketch pad and were taught by the Knott’s residence art teacher how to draw one of the PEANUTS Gang. during each session, a different character was taught. my kids could have stayed there all day.

even Dani joined in!

after our drawing lesson, we check out Town Hall were there were pieces of artwork borrowed from the Charles Schultz Museum on display.

then the big boys wanted to go on the Log Ride, so Dani and i headed over to Knott’s Charleston Circle Fountain to see if we could see the new PEANUTS Trolley. we were just in time.

the Peanuts Trolley takes the PEANUTS Gang to different locations in the park. at Charleston Circle, the jumped off and started dancing with the guests to fun music. we all danced around the fountain with musical instruments and ribbon wands with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Sally!

then they gave everyone a penny to throw into the fountain. we all made a wish and threw them in.

playing with the PEANUTS Gang was so fun and magical. we never wanted it to end. but we managed to work up and appetite, so we got a few of the special PEANUTS themed treats that were being offered in the park exclusive for the PEANUTS Celebration. my favorite was the Charlie Brownie.

over in Campy Snoopy there were lots of Instagrammable opportunities and fun photo opps, as well a fun new show at the Campy Snoopy Theater featuring songs, dancing and the answer to the age old question – how many blockheads does it take to kick a football?! also, you can take a ride on the Grand Sierra Railroad and take a trip to Beagle Bonanza.

Fiesta Village was also ready for the PEANUTS Celebration. Sally and Lucy were introducing the dancing of Mexico in traditional Mexican dresses and music.

in Calico Park, we met up with Linus and Franklin to join the Cowboy Jamboree. during the day, kids can participate in fun games.

we rested our legs while we watched the show “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around” on the Calico Mine Stage. it was a great show. at night there is also Woodstock’s Music Festival with live music from The Jelly of the Month Club!

NEW THIS YEAR at KNOTT’s PEANUTS Celebration

This year they have some fun new attractions at the Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration. One of our favorite things is the new Camp Snoopy show “Space Beagle.” A really fun show great for all ages about Space Snoopy and his friends Charlie Brown and Lucy. The little martian Woodstocks were so cute.

In Fiesta Village, the all-new Discoteca De Silencio is so much fun. You can show off your dance moves while listening to dance music on headphones.

You can also make a Charlie Brown Kite cookie in Ghost Town. It comes in a cute little bucket, complete with frosting and sprinkles.

Finally, the Sky Tower has been made into Woodstock’s Bird Nest. Head over and check it out…and even take a ride above the clouds.

All this fun was exhausting. there is so much to do at the PEANUTS Celebration that we didn’t get to do everything. It was a great day.

luckily we are able to go to Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration multiple times. we have Season Passes, so we can go anytime we want. there are no blackout dates, and the price for an entire year is VERY reasonable. plus you can go to other Seasons of Fun events such as:

The Boysenberry Festival
Ghost Town Alive!
Knott’s Spooky Farm
Knott’s Merry Farm

there many fun things to enjoy at Knott’s!

Yummy Dole Recipes to Celebrate Disney Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary

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Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary

This month we are celebrating MICKEY! It’s Disney Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary, which means that Mickey has been a part of mine and my kid’s entire lives. And since we love all things Disney, you don’t have to ask us twice to celebrate our favorite character.

Do you know who else is celebrating Mickey?

DOLE!!! DOLE and Disney have come to gather to Celebrate Disney Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversaryin a fun way…and yes, food is involved. It’s a great thing when two of your favorite brands have partnered together as part of a healthy-living alliance and a lot of fun!

There’s no question why Dole has partnered with Disney for Mickey’s 90th Anniversary, as they have been partners for decades, working together toward healthier, happier families and encouraging kids to eat better and be more active. The Mickey’s 90th Anniversary program presents Mickey Mouse as a True Original, which is perfect since they’ve had a long collaborative friendship.

Dole first teamed up with Disney in 1976 when they became the sponsor of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Have you ever had a Dole Whip?

I would say…most people would agree that we are super happy that Disney and Dole came together to create this swirl of yumminess. And their partnership has continued to this day….

How You Can Celebrate Mickey’s 90th Anniversary with DOLE

Make one of Dole’s new Mickey’s inspired recipes. 
Dole and Disney are celebrating Mickey’s 90th anniversary by bringing a healthy twist to classic vintage recipes. Dole’s culinary team has created 19 original recipes inspired by Mickey and his history throughout the past 90 years. All recipes are made with DOLE® fresh fruits and vegetables and themed to one of three Mickey Mouse eras –Classic, OId School, or Modern. Here are just a few of the recipes to come…

Classic Recipes from the 1920s such as Dole Mushroom Rockefeller.

Old School Recipes from the 1940s-1960s such as the Dole Pineapple Downside-Up Cake.

And Modern Era Recipes from the 1980s- 2000s like two flavors of Gosh-Golly-Gee Clubhouse SmoothiesRemixPB & J and Pineapple Carrot.

The kids and I can’t wait to make them all. From entrées, salads, and side dishes, to smoothies and dessert recipes…they all look so yummy. If you would like to try out some more Mickey inspired dishes, head over to Dole’s Pinterest page.

Dole Pinterest Page Recipes

Get Mickey themed DOLE produce at your grocery store. 
Don’t have time to make all these recipes? Well you can still enjoy Mickey-themed produce. Right now you can find Mickey Mouse on tens of millions of DOLE® Bananas, Pineapples, packaged salads, and vegetables in U.S and Canadian supermarkets continent wide.

DOLE’s Mickey’s 90th Anniversary products include – Bananas, Pineapple, Salads (American Blend, Garden Salad, Classic Coleslaw, Shredded Lettuce, Very Veggie),  Premium Celery Hearts, Celery, & Iceberg Lettuce. I can bet the kiddies will be more excited to eat their veggies with Mickey on the packaging.

Make You Own Mickey Inspired Snacks. 
Kids are more likely to eat healthy when they are offered a chance to help prepare their own foods, or if they look fun to eat. You can easily create fun and healthy snacks using DOLE fresh fruits and veggies. Simply use a cookie cutter to make Mickey shapes, or cut circles and create your own Mickey’s.

I have also found that my kids will eat the veggies better if I make a dip for them. Lowfat yogurt, marinara, savoring seasonings, and salad dressings are great choices. Give it a Disney name, and let the kids imaginations soar.

I don’t know about you, but when I see my kids eating their fruits and veggies, it makes me so happy, and that I have succeeded as a parent. It doesn’t always come easy, so tricks like this are super helpful to make mealtimes successful.

Why We Love Dole

DOLE’s worldwide team of growers, packers, processors, shippers and employees are committed to consistently providing safe, high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, and food products. All while protecting the environment in which they are grown and processed. Thank you DOLE, for providing high quality foods to our community – helping to make it easier to bring quality produce to my table.

Love this Disney collaboration with Dole as much as we do? Then keep looking out for even more Mickey inspired recipes coming from DOLE from now through January 2019. There is lots of fun to come.  Head over to www.dole.com/disneymickeymouse for Dole products, seasonal recipes, serving suggestions, the latest nutrition information, and healthy-living tips.

Best Tips for OC Family Fun at Monster Jam & Giveaway!

This time last year was all about Monster Jam! The boys have been looking forward to going to Monster Jam at Angels Stadium of Anaheim for weeks. The year before i just had a baby during Monster Jam season, so we didn’t get to go. So it made going this year extra exciting. And we went as an entire family – mom, dad, boys and baby. even grandma and grandpa got to go with us. Monster Jam is great for the whole family…and I would love to share some of my best tips for Family Fun at Monster Jam.

(make sure to read to the end and enter the GIVEAWAY!!!!)

The Pit Party

First is the Pit Party, which happens a few hours before the Monster Jam show. it’s a separate ticketed event…tickets are usually $10. the Pit Party is where you can get up close to actual monster trucks and even meet the drivers. There are also booths with hands-on activities, game booths and food vendors. this year, the lines to get into the pit party were extra long due to security, so we only got to enjoy it for a short time. TIP #1 – get to the pit party early…when it opens. This is one of the best parts of Monster Jam IMO.

we got lots and lots of photos with many of the boys favorite trucks.

i really wanted to get Dani’s photo with Brianna Mahon, the driver of the monster truck Whiplash. she was the only female driver of the evening. i thought it would be nice to have some photos to show Dani when she gets older…just so she can see that women can do the same things that men can do. unfortunately, we got to the truck a little late and Brianna had to run out. but we still got Dani’s photo with Whiplash!

It’s Fun to Tailgate at Monster Jam

We all really enjoyed the Pit Party, even the grandparents!  Then we headed back to our car for a tailgate dinner….because that is what you do at Monster Jam. I had made a really yummy picnic with sandwiches, chips, dips, pasta salads, cookies and drinks. TIP #2 – When Tailgating, bring a folding table for the food, and some beach chairs. You can open your trunk and enjoy your picnic dinner right in the parking lot before the show.

TIP #3 – You can also bring food into the stadium…as long as it is not in bulk. You can bring unopened water, gatorade, and juice boxes into the stadium as well.

After dinner, it was time to head into Angels Stadium. it was all very exciting to see it all ready and set-up for a Monster Jam competition. The show is super loud once the trucks get going, so it is really important to protect those kids ears from the noise…even adults need ear plugs. Of course the baby had a really good pair pf headphones to protect her ears. TIP #4 – Bring Earplugs for everyone, and noise cancelling ear phones for kids and babies. You can usually find them at Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, are outside of Angel Stadium.

As i mentioned before, the whole family, even my mom and dad went to Monster Jam this year. TIP #5 – Dress for the weather. Monster Jam happens whether is warm or cold, rain or shine, so make sure to dress appropriately. Ponchos are great for rainy weather, and jackets, scarves, hats and gloves are great for cold weather.

The Monster Jam competition began with a head to head competition race with trucks racing against each other. then they had a new race, called the “two wheel” competition. where trucks tried to do tricks on jut two wheels. it was amazing what some of those truck could do.

there were even a few wrecks…which make the crowd go wild.

This year, the fans were able to vote for the trucks using their cell phones. that was pretty fun for everyone to get to participate. it was pretty interesting to see the scores the boys were giving to the drivers, and hearing their explanations on why they deserved the scores given. this made the show even more fun. TIP #6 – Have your cell phone ready with the Monster Jam App so you can get in on the excitement and vote for your favorite drivers.

the last race of the night was the freestyle competition. all the trucks pretty much wrecked themselves by going all out on the tricks and speed. almost all the trucks ended up without shells. 3 trucks even did backflips!!!!! it was amazing….the crowd went wild.

By the end of the night, we had so much fun that little Dani was all tuckered out. 

I do have to mention that our family felt that this Monster Jam was the best we had ever been to!  the driving was awesome, the tricks were amazing, the crowd was ecstatic, and the show was very entertaining.  Monster Jam surely didn’t disappoint, i’m so glad that i got to experience it with my boys and my little girl.

Discount Code for Monster Jam Tickets

Tip #6 – You never know how fast Monster Jam tickets will sell out, so I suggest getting there early…especailly pit party tickets (those sell out the fastest). This year, due to popular demand, there will be 6 chances to see Monster Jam in Orange County! The most ever offered, so if you want to go, make sure to get your tickets soon before they sell out. so much fun! TIP #7 – Use discount code MJMOM19 for $5 off each ticket.

Lastly, I just wanted to mention that all seats at monster jam are great! TIP #8 – If you can only afford seats at the top…it’s okay!  You can see everything up there. Some people prefer that. Seat down low are great for being close up, but you can’t always see everything.


Monster Jam Giveaway Time!!!!!

here is your chance to win a family 4-Pack of Tickets to Monster Jam in Anaheim on February 2, 2019!!! Just enter via Rafflecopter below or on Facebook. contest ends January 14th at midnight. Winner will be chosen randomly and must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States. Good luck!!!!

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