Bug Bog Scavenger Haunt at Pretend City


if  you haven’t made it over to Pretend City this month, it’s time to go! this month Pretend City Children’s Museum has introduced a new interactive scavenger-haunt exhibit called the Bug Bog Scavenger Haunt! it runs now through October 31st, and is a small additional fee to the Pretend City admission price.  i had the chance to take my littlest to check it out last week and he really enjoyed it. and i thought it was super cute and creative.

at the beginning of the scavenger haunt, Dr. Strangebug greets you, in his creepy lab and tells you about the adventure you are about to take. he’s quite the character.



Dr. Strangebug then leads you on an adventure through eight dazzling and busy bug filled areas that engage children in discovering and learning about various insects and bugs.


i really like how each  designated bug area has a them and different sensory activity to experience as you collect and gather the different kids of bugs and insects.


i thought the hole thing was adorable! (in a creepy buggy sort of way)


little Vann really enjoyed it and the scavenger hunt taught him how to matching skills and he got to experience different habitats that animals can live in. at the end of the eight different experiences, kids turn in their bug collections and receive a set of bug trading cards. there is also a surprise at the end….and section full of real live bugs to check out and explore (in cages thank goodness!) the scavenger hunt can take between 10-15 minutes….but you can do it over and over if you would like, so i think it is a great deal. so fun for Halloween.

for more information on Pretend City’s
Bug Bog Scavenger Haunt
October 8, 2013 @ 10:00 am – October 31, 2013 @ 5:00 pm 
$3 per child with paid Pretend City admission. (adults & children 3 yrs and younger FREE!)
Families discount!  1st child – $3, 2nd child – $2, 3rd child – $1


{this is not a sponsored post. we were invited guests of Pretend City. all thoughts and opinions are my own.}

Rose Hills Dia De Los Muertos Cultural Festival

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary.Rose Hills Dia De Los Muertos Altar

in the recent years, i have been seeing more and more events and decor relating to Dia De Los Muertos. since part of my heritage comes from Mexico, i have been very interested in learning more about this cultural holiday. i love exposing my children to new things and teaching them about  other cultures, so i want to take them to a Dia De Los Muertos event. The 4th Annual Rose Hills Dia De Los Muertos Cultural Festival and Marketplace will be held Sunday, November 3rd beginning at 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Rose Hills Dia De Los Muertos event is FREE cultural festival that has something for the entire family including, activities such as crafts and games for children, and performances that young and old will enjoy. you can also take a walk through the SkyRose Chapel’s art exhibit, stroll through the marketplace for special Dia De Los Muertos treasures, try some of L.A.’s delicious cuisine and sweets, and visit beautifully crafted altars that will be submitted by persons in the community. Dia de los Muertos “Catrina” or “Catrin” attire is highly encouraged as awards will be given to fan favorites!

while you are at the event, be sure to visit:
Art Gallery: a unique art exhibit inside SkyRose Chapel with art pieces showcasing the talents of this  year’s featured artist, the talented Yolanda Gonzalez.

Children’s Craft Corner: a special arts and crafts area for children, including mini workshops and activities presented by local artists as part of the festivities.

The Marketplace: a variety of vendors will be offering items such as jewelry, apparel and art that tie into the history, iconic figures and celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Food Zone: choose from a delicious assortment of traditional food and drinks.

Center Stage: this will be the focal point of the day’s entertainment, and will feature musical groups, dancing groups, a special performance by Cambalache and the community altar and costume contests.

Altar Contest and Celebration: show your creativity  and  love for the Dia De Los Muertos holiday  by entering the altar contest. click here for more information


Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
(Entrance Gate 1 – Follow signs to SkyRose Chapel

for more information about the Rose Hills Dia De Los Muertos Cultural Festival & Marketplace visit the main event website or their facebook page.

{disclaimer: this is a sponsored post. all thoughts and opinions are a gazillion times my own. }

50 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families

50 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families


the Halloween season has arrived here in Orange County and events are popping up all around Southern California! i have compiled this list of over 50 Orange County Halloween events…most of which are family-friendly, that are scheduled around the OC and SoCal this season. so get your calendar out and pick the ones that look the most fun for you and your family. get ready to make this Halloween season one your family remembers! (be sure to check back here, as more events will be added to the list as they are announced.)

Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm
Weekends in October   |   Camp Snoopy at Knott’s
this daytime, non-scare event is a celebration of cheer rather than fear! you can enjoy shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. kids can take part in the “Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade,” sing and dance along with the Peanuts gang at the “Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular,” and walk through the “Haunted Harvest” cornfield maze.

Mickey’s Halloween Party
September 27th, October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 & 31st   |   Disneyland Resort
party with Mickey Mouse, go trick or treating & watch the spectacular Halloween Screams Firework Show. guest of the party get to enter Disneyland 3 hours before the party to enjoy the park!

Halloween Time at Disneyland
September 13th through October 31st   |   Disneyland Resort
Disneyland is dressed up for Halloween! Check out the decorations and enjoy special Halloween activities throughout the park.

Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
September 21st – October 31st   |   Irvine Regional Park, Orange
the best pumpkin patch around. be prepared to spend the day roaming through pumpkins, decorating cookies and running through and hay maze! you can enjoy pony rides, haunted house, face painting, bouncy houses, games, food and best of all….the train ride!

Boo at the Zoo
October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 & 30th   |   Santa Ana Zoo
a family-friendly costumed extravaganza, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, educational animal presentations, storytelling, entertainment with a grand finale costume parade! for the older kids, there is a “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills.

Pretend City’s Bug Bog
October 8th-31st  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Dr. Strangebug will lead you through a bug scavenger hunt where kiddies can collect different types of play bug to receive a treat at the end of the hunt. there are also real bugs on display and kids can enjoy the bug adventure as many times as they would like during their time at Pretend City. Must purchase museum admission plus $3 for bug bog pass. (fun!)

Pretend City’s Halloween Bug Bash
October 31st  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Enjoy a full day of Halloween activities at the museum including Halloween crafts, Spooky Snacks, Bug Cafe, dancing, dental screenings and more! Plus, we are your costume for some trick-o-treating.

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch Tours
September 27th – October 31st   |   Tanaka Farms, Irvine
take a wagon ride around the farm, wander through the corn maze, pick your own vegetables, visit our petting zoo, take pictures by “Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins” & finally pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. on the weekends there is a Fall Harvest Festival with food, games, atv rides and more!

Historic Yorba Cemetery Tour
October 5th • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    |   Woodgate Park, Yorba Linda
enjoy a guided tour through Orange County’s oldest private cemetery. FREE

Knott’s Scary Farm
September 27-28 & October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 30 & 31st   |   Knott’s Berry Farm
be prepare to get SCARED!!!! this event is definitely not for the kiddies. send your teenagers or make a date night at this frightfully scary night of terror. you can go through the monster mazes, watch the traditional Hanging Show, and be sure to try out the new interactive Trapped Maze. a pre-show buffet is offered at an additional price.

Aliso Viejo Fall Harvest Festival
October 19th • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. |  Grand Park, Aliso Viejo
Costume parade, family games, pony rides, art and crafts, balloons, music & games. Bring (3) canned food items to be entered in an opportunity drawing for a prize. FREE

Soka University’s Annual Halloween Fair & Haunted House
October 25 & 26th • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  |  Soka University Recreation Center, Aliso Viejo
university student clubs will once again combining their ghastly talents to host this fun family event. it will offer games, activities and food booths. you can also enter the haunted house at an additional cost! FREE

Teen Ghost Hunters Night
October 4th  |  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  Crown Valley Community Park,  Laguna Niguel 
Teens will break into groups and attempt to record “para-normal” activity while exploring areas of the park. Everyone will meet back in the viewing room and share their findings while enjoying pizza! $5

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Halloween Family Fun at Knott’s Camp Spooky


if you are looking for a family-friendly Halloween activity to do in Southern California, may i suggest Knott’s Camp Spooky at Knott’s. you already know that i’m a big fan of Knott’s Berry Farm (psst…i even used to work there). and i’m an even bigger fan of Knott’s during the holiday seasons…especially Halloween. it brings back memories of watching “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” when i was a little girl because the Camp Snoopy park of Knott’s is decorated with Peanuts characters from that movie.

in Camp Spooky the entire Peanuts Gang are dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Snoopy and Woodstock have our hearts.


i love the festive decorations that make the entire place light up for Halloween with just a bit of spookiness.


kids can Trick-or-Treating throughout the park. there is no additional fee, it is including in the general admission price. sweet treats given out at five different Trick-or-Treating locations in Camp Spooky.


you can also visit It’s The Great Pumpkin Hay-Maze and see charming scenes from the Peanuts movie–”It’s the Great Pumpkin,Charlie Brown.”


kids can also participate in”Kooky Cookie Painting” (a small fee applies). i love that i don’t have to worry about the icing and sprinkles getting all over my house.


and while you are enjoying your cookies, the whole family can enjoy “Scary Stories at the Lodge” where story tellers tell the craziest, creepiest, silliest tales this side of the “Great Pumpkin Patch”.


also included with theme park admission, you can go to the Camp Spooky Theatre “Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show”, you will be singing and dancing in the aisles to all your favorite Halloween tunes. kids of all ages can explore the wacky hijinks of the Monster Factory, a fun interactive maze where the little ones create the things that go bump in the night. visit the “Creepy Crawly Critter Cave” where Knott’s park naturalists will amaze with slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters. and don’t forget to head over to Ghost Town…it’s done up for Halloween as well.


Camp Spooky runs weekends October 5th through -October 27th and is included with regular park admission. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park operating hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. For more information on all the exciting things that are going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, call (714) 220-5200 or click here for more information about the Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park

{disclosure: My family received media day tickets to attend Camp Spooky. all thoughts and opinions are a gazillion times my own.}

Knott’s Scary Farm 2013


GET READY TO SCREAM…it’s that time of year when Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt returns to Knott’s and it’s going be Scare-tastic! the Haunt is one of the must-do things to do in Southern California for Halloween, and people from all over the southland look forward to going every year to get their screams on!

last year, i was scared out of my pants at Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt but it was the best kind of scare ever!!!! my hubby and i had the perfect date night complete with the Pre-scare Dinner and fun evening with friends. while the kids were at home tucked into their beds having sweet dreams, the hubby and i were having nightmares of monsters, goblins and witches. AHHHHH…..even the photo booths are scary…check us out LOL.


seriously,  there was nothing more fun than grabbing on to my hubby and screaming for dear life. and you’re in luck because you can already start planning the perfect Halloween date night. tickets for Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt are ON SALE NOW!  in addition, i would like to give you some tips for planning the most scare-tastic date night at Scary Farm. (or a girls/guys/friends night out)

eat some yummy Knott’s food at the Pre-Scare BOO-fet and get into the Haunt EARLY! we all love the nostalgic Knott’s food complete with boysenberry pie….plus getting into early means you’ll get the most scares! the Pre-scare BOO-fet is held each evening before the park opens for the Haunt. enjoy a buffet dinner and then head into the park an hour earlier than everyone. you had me at food, so you know where i will be. i hope you will join me at the Pre-scare BOO-fet!

bypass the lines for the mazes! by purchasing Fright Lane with Skeleton Key with your admission, you will be allowed to bypass the regular lines for 11 mazes as many times as you want all night long. and by using the all-new Skeleton Key (included with all Fright Lane passes), you can unlock additional rooms and interactive scares in select mazes. if you want a Fight Lane pass, i suggest you purchase it soon, as this popular offering is expected to sell out!

get the ultimate scare. make a reservation for TRAPPED, an interactive maze that leads guests into an abyss of their deepest fears and phobias. it’s scary…really scary…trust me, i did it last year. you become part of the horror and are an active participant in your own demise.  be prepared to enter a nightmare designed exclusively for you and face the challenge of finding an escape?  (reservations are required. additional fee. Knott’s Scary Farm admission is required)

worried about staying out late and driving home? how about staying over at the Knott’s Hotel. Knott’s has put some amazing hotel packages together that include admission, parking and more. the prices are a great deal and after all that screaming, i’m sure it will be nice to enjoy the rest of the night in a comfy hotel bed. i would have to say that this would be The Ultimate Knott’s Scary Farm date night!