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.}


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.

Tips for Visiting the Rose Parade Floats

•  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.

End of Parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd.
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.

more information about visiting the The Rose Parade floats

The Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Science Center

guest what has opened for the holiday season…..a fun activity your kiddes can enjoy this holiday. go to the Discovery Science Center and explore their current exhibit “The Science of Gingerbread.”
as you walk in the door, the smell of sweet gingerbread will be wafting through the air. kiddies can view dozens and dozens of amazing gingerbread houses and other gingerbread creations, play among kid-sized gingerbread houses, decorate cookies and participate in a gingerbread car derby! plus, as always, you can also enjoy the rest of the museum….there are so many great exhibits, including Indiana Jones or the Bob the Builder exhibit.
check out some of the gingerbread houses from past years….

plus, there are some special gingerbread events that will be happening at Discovery Science Center….

every weekend through December 6, 2012 & daily December 15 – January 6, 2013
• visit Santa and take your photo with him
• see our “Matter of Taste” Stage Show
• build and race your own candy car in the Gingerbread Derby
• learn all about the science of smell
• decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!


wanna go? here’s the info….
The Science of Gingerbread
november 26, 2012 – January 6, 2012
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
more information about the Science of Gingerbread


Santa’s Wonderland in Irvine

Santa Wonderland is now open in Irvine! what is Santa’s Wonderland you ask? it’s a 23,000 square foot building where the kiddies can experience everything Santa. It is on of Orange County’s newest holiday attractions.

you can visit the Reindeer Stables
or Santa’s Mail Room….
write a letter to Santa Claus….
and even mail it to the North Pole!
check out Santa’s magical office….
the wrapping room….
or the control room.
our favorite room was the snow room.
the kids played and played in it. it isn’t “real” snow, and i’m not sure what it even is….but it was cool.

and what kid doesn’t like candy….or cookie decorating.
definitely something my kiddies love.
there is candy galore at Santa’s Wonderland.
other activities include, playing toy and games with the elves, like having a stacking cup game.
and you can make Reindeer Food….
or play Reindeer Games.
you can warm yourself up with some hot cocoa and sugar cookies.
(not included in admission price. sandwiches and other items available for purchase at the Candy Cane Càfe.)
and before you go, make sure to find out if you are on the “naughty or nice” list.
hopefully you are nice!
and don’t forget to visit Santa and get your picture with him…..
he’s waiting to see you.
Santa’s Wonderland is a family-friendly facility. please allow yourself at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours of visiting time. there is a lot to see and do. not pictured was Santa’s Light Show, the Elf Academy room where you can get made up like an elf and more. all rooms are located indoors.