Pirate’s Dinner Adventure “Pirate’s Take Christmas”


last week we were invited to check out the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure holiday show, Pirate’s Take Christmas. it was our first time visiting Pirates Dinner Adventure, so we weren’t sure what to expect…what a pleasant surprise, it was a fun family night out. we had such a great time and loved the holiday spirit it brought!

the show began with a pre show that basically introduced the plot of the dinner show that we would be enjoying in the main dinner area. guests were also given appetizers which included items such as jalepeño poppers and corn fritters. you could also get your picture taken or buy a drink at the bar.


there were some acrobatics performed and the pirates came and took Santa and Mrs. Claus hostage. then we were assigned a specific pirate, and then escorted us to our seats. it was a great beginning to the show.


the main dinner theater area had a huge pirate ship in the middle of it….so cool. the boys were so excited. guests sit in tiers that surround the ship. the show is shown in 360˚, so all the seats are good.


the rest of the show was great. the boys cheered on our pirate while they ate their dinners.


during the Christmas show, dinner options were a traditional turkey dinner….


or beef kabobs on rice with potatoes and veggies. they also had a vegetarian and kid’s meal option.


dessert was a brownie with ice cream.


we watched as the pirates kept Santa, Mrs. Claus and the cute elf hostage…and then realized they were on the  “naughty” list.


there were fun acrobatics….

and what is a pirate show without a sword fight? there were lots of those of course!

and even the audience got to participate in the show. two of my boys were excited to get to go aboard the ship.

pirates-dinner-adventure-orange-county-family-fun and then they tried to help free Santa. pirates-dinner-adventure-things-to-do-with-kids

did Santa get rescued? you will have to go see the show to find out….which i recommend because it was so much fun!

pirate-show-orange-county-dinner-theater the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure holiday show Pirate’s Take Christmas runs December 3rd through December 25th. if you can’t make it to the holiday show, no worries, they have pirate dinner shows all year long and the tickets are good ! for more information, visit their website

{disclosure: i received complimentary tickets to review the show. all thoughts and opinions are a bazillion time my own.}



Monarch Butterfly Day

join OC Parks at Mile Square Regional Park for the fourth annual Monarch Butterfly Day. on Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. you are invited to learn everything about the California Western Butterfly and its habitat with an up close look at the magnificent creatures while they flutter through the Butterfly Garden and gather under netted butterfly enclosures in the park’s Camp Sycamore.

children will be able to help the Butterfly Garden continue to grow by planting over 150 native plants in the garden to help attract the Monarch butterflies. you can talk with butterfly experts who will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. additional event activities will include crafts, face painting, balloon art, puppet shows and guided nature walks through Mile Square Regional Park’s Natural Area. children in attendance will receive native seeds as a take away to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.

 wanna go? here’s the info….
Monarch Butterfly Day
Saturday, February 2, 2013  •  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
cost is FREE • Parking: $5 per vehicle
recommended for ages 4 to 12. rain will cancel this event.


Kids Cooking Class at Whole Foods

did you know that Whole Foods offers cooking classes for kids! my kids just love the kids cooking classes at Whole Foods Market.

your mini chef and little foodies-in-training will get the chance to practice their lean and green cooking skills at Whole Food Market Tustin’s Kids Club Cookery class, promoting the benefits of organic, nutrient-dense foods with Amazing Grass products. this month’s class will feature healthy hands-on activities with take-home goodies.

for $5 per child, kids can learn about the benefits of healthy eating while crafting their very own fun and nutritious snacks with Amazing Grass Superfood. to sign-up for this month’s Kids Club Cookery class, please send an email to spjam.marketing@wholefoods.com.

p.s…..while your little chefs are busy cooking, the “big kids” crowd can check out the rest of Amazing Grass’ pop up kiosk event, open daily until Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. shoppers can stop by the smoothie bar to grab an eight ounce smoothie for $1.99 during the 4-6 p.m. happy hour or learn about the benefits of greens while sampling the flavor of the day from an Amazing Grass representative. during this two week promotion, all Amazing Grass products will be 50 percent off at Whole Foods Market Tustin.


Kids Get into Medieval Times for only $9.95

you may have read my post about how much my kids love going to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament a while ago. my kids still beg to go all the time. it’s such of fun event for the entire family.

well exciting news! children get the Royal Treatment at Medieval Times this month with a special $9.95* price. this special is available now through January 31st at Medieval Times in Buena Park for children ages 12 and under. that is $26 off the regular kid’s price of $35.95!

Call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878) 
or visit www.MedievalTimes.com for information and reservations. 

 * Receive one child admission at $9.95 with each full priced adult admission. you must mention or enter code K9WEB at time of purchase to receive this discount. it may not be combined with any other offer or group rate. Tax, gratuity and applicable fees are additional. Upgrades are additional. Not valid on prior purchases. Valid only at the Buena Park Castle. Offer expires 1/31/13.

Visit the Floats after The Rose Parade

visiting the floats after the Tournament of Roses Parade is always a fun activity for our family. we try to go every year. i am always surprised that the kiddies enjoy it as much as they do every time we go. and this year they are very excited since they got to help decorate the Dole float this year.
so if you have some time today or tomorrow, try going up to Pasadena and checking out the parade floats. one of the best things about seeing them in person is the beautiful flowers. and you usually get fantastic pictures because the colors and details are amazing in person. don’t forget your camera.
•  wear tennis shoes, you will be walking and most likely will have to park far.
•  bring some water or drinks (kids are always thirsty)
•  bring your camera
•  strollers are a good thing for kids who don’t like to walk far.
•  plan to get there by 2:00 p.m., the ticket booths close at 3:00 p.m. (we had this experience last year, and half of us didn’t get tickets in time.)
•  carpool if you can, the less cars your group comes in the better because of limited parking.
•  study a map to get familiar with the area…this will help you find closer parking and figure your route to the float area.
•  MOST OF ALL, use this time to enjoy the beginning of the new year! these are memories your kiddies will carry throughout there lives.
wanna go? here’s the info….
January 1, 2013 • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
January 2, 2013 • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
*early admission for senior citizens and disabled visitors from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Street parking near the event is limited.
click here for Park & Ride shuttle locations if you want to avoid finding parking.
$10 (free for children five and under)
*Ticket sales end at 3:00 p.m.; venue closes at 5:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets: are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Tickets will also be available at the event box office and all Park-N-Ride locations.