WICKED Opens Tonight at the Segerstrom

so much has happened since Dorothy dropped in! back by “Popular” demand WICKED is at the Segerstom Center for the Arts!  WICKED “is a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played Costa Mesa, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. 
winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood.
the other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for the most complete and completely satisfying, new musical in a long time” (USA Today).  

WICKED is one of my favorite musicals, and would make the perfect date night! be prepared for amazing singing, costumes and more. WICKED is not to be missed!

wanna go? here’s the info….
February 20 – March 17, 2013 
 Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Segerstrom Hall,  600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
dates & times
tuesday – friday, february 20 through March 15th • 7:30 p.m. 
saturdays, february 23rd through March 16th • 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. 
sunday, february 24 through March 17th • 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. =

start at $44.50 per person 
purchase at the Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily 
online – SCFTA.org • phone (714) 556-2787
special lottery to get $25 orchestra tickets to WICKED – a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED.  2-1/2 hours prior to each performance, WICKED fans can come to the Center’s box office and have their names placed in a lottery drum. 30 minutes later, winning names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats that can be purchased for $25 each, cash only. this lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a purchase limit of two tickets per person. lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. the number of available lottery tickets may vary from performance to performance.

Holiday Snow Land in Costa Mesa

this saturday, your kids can enjoy real snow in Costa Mesa! Torelli Realty will be having their annual Holiday Snow Land. 40 tons of snow will be brought in for the kiddies to play in.  there will also be cookie decorating, hay wagon rides and a bounce house.  Santa Claus wil be present, so make sure to get your photo with him.  refreshments will be available will all proceeds going to the local schools.  bring a toy or non-perishable food item for the “Spark of Love” toy drive or “Share Our Shelves” food drive if you can.
wanna go? here’s the info….
Holiday Snow Land
saturday, december 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Balearic Community Center
1975 Balearic Drive, Costa Mesa

admission is FREE

{photo credit: Kevin Chang, Daily Pilot}

Gardening Classes for Kids

do you have a kiddie interested in gardening? or are you interested in starting your own organic garden? Harvest to Home Garden Delivery Service, has began a series of classes for children this summer that teach kids about gardening and focus on the benefit of growing and eating organic food.

Harvest to Home is a Newport Beach-based garden service that installs custom organic garden boxes and raised bed gardens. boxes and beds can be replanted seasonally and may contain a self-watering feature, making them virtually maintenance free. 

classes take place at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa, who has several raised bed and container gardens installed and maintained by Harvest to Home. the gardening classes are recommended for kids 7-13. i took baby to the class because my older boys were off camping. he was much too young…but he did okay…and i got to learn some great tips.
“Our goal is to get the kids in the dirt, potting their own plants, and seeing first-hand how enjoyable the experience of growing your own food can be,” says Mike Saraylian, owner of HTH. “We take the kids on a tour of the gardens, showing them the different ways vegetables and herbs grow, then let them transplant one to take home and care for.” 
in the class, we smelled different herbs….
we learned about garden beds…
we got to go into the restaurants garden and harvest vegetables for the chefs.
and the kiddies learned first hand the difference between an organic vegetable and conventionally grown vegetable looks and tastes like. the cucumber on the left is organic….the skin is thin and not waxy.

here we learned how to transfer our plants to their home containers….
and to properly pot it. 
we then got to take home our new plants.

The classes are slated to last for one hour, although Mike is willing to chat with kids as long as they have questions. “We definitely want every child to leave here satisfied that they’ve learned something as well as encourage them to think about ways they can act organically in the future. Growing their own food and choosing restaurants that focus on serving organic offerings are a great start for their life of healthy eating.”

after the garden class, we stopped inside Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop to enjoy a lunch bite. the Mushroom and Truffle Pizza was delish. they are known throughout the greater L.A. area for their specialty salads and wraps, and offer the finest fresh organic produce grown on-site.
and baby enjoyed the decor.

wanna go? here’s the info…..
Harvest to Home Garden Classes
saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
234 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa.
parents are welcome to join in on the tour for free and if they also wish to take home a plant, there will be an additional charge. classes will be held every Saturday throughout summer.  classes are suitable for Girl Scout and Cub Scout badge work as well as for families who wish to learn together. if groups are larger than ten participants, accommodations can be made for two separate classes on the same day. 
{disclosure: we were invited to a complimentary garden class by Harvest to Home. of course all opinions expressed are mine. thanks Harvest to Home for having us….we are excited to start our new gardens}

Miniature Train Rides at Goathill Junction Railroad in Costa Mesa


do you have a kiddie who loves trains? i do….my 2 year loves them. so it is always fun to see the joy on his face when we go ride the miniature trains at Goathill Junction Railroad at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa.

if you haven’t been to the Goathill Junction Railroad to ride the miniature train rides, i highly recommend checking them out. it makes a fun family outing and a great way to take a time out to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the OC. you can also bring picnic lunch to eat on the grassy area or on the picnic tables while you watch the trains go by.


you can bring your kiddies to ride the trains on public ride days which are held on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of every month….weather permitting. and did i mention that it is FREE to ride!


a typical train ride takes about 12 minutes and takes you along two loops of the park. you can enjoy bridges and park views as you make your way to the back end of the Costa Mesa Golf Course and back to the train station.


volunteers donate their time to engineer the model trains and to keep the railroad safe for us share the joy in “riding the rails.”  Orange County Model Engineers take great pride in the design and engineering of the facility.


on public ride days, each model train is made up of 4 to 6 bench cars that can seat 5 to 6 adults and children. you can’t hold children on your lap, they have to have their own seat, so make sure you have an adult for each small child to help make sure they stay seated.

riding the miniature trains is a popular attraction. people from all over Orange County come and ride them!


we just love taking the kiddies to ride the trains. i would say this activity is most fun for kiddies 1-1/2 to 8 years old…however, my 9 year old secretly loves it. and i think it is pretty fun too.


wanna visit Goathill Junction to ride the miniature trains? here is the info….

public ride days 
public train rides are conducted on the
3rd Saturday & Sunday of each month from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm

Goathill Junction Railroad
Fairview Park
2500 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA

click here for directions
rides on the miniature trains are FREE!
{donations are welcome and help keep the trains running.}