Free Kids Activities During “At Home In The Garden” Event

South Coast Plaza is celebrating its 50th anniversary and they have partnered up with The Land of Nod and Nekter Juice to create a fun-filled weekend of activities and stories this weekend! Also happening is the 28th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show, featuring “At Home In The Garden.” Notable landscape designers have partnered with Crate and Barrel Home Store, The Land of Nod, LIULI Crystal Art, Monark Premium Appliance Co., Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma and Z Gallerie to create Southern California lifestyle displays that will provide inspiration for your own home and garden.

Don’t miss the incredible 21-foot-high floral centerpiece that celebrates South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITES

Children’s events and crafts are complimentary.
Located on Level 3, The Land of Nod.

Saturday, April 29 2017

10:00am–5:00pm
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Hosted by UCCE Master Gardeners
Come and join us for a variety of fun arts and crafts inspired by nature for kids of all ages!

10:00am–5:00pm
WORM OBSERVATION
Hosted by ENRECOS
Discover the environment that red worms live and work in. These worms recycle organic material by eating your junk mail or food scraps, turning the waste into a rich soil amendment that helps
create beautiful plants and gardens.

11:00am–12:00pm
JURASSIC PARTIES
Come by for an educational hands-on adventure with “Prehistoric Pets” of all sizes, including frogs, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, tortoises, snakes, lizards and bugs, to name a few! You can join the fun or just stand back, watch and learn.

12:00pm
SNEAKY SPINACH
Enjoy storytelling and smoothies by Nékter Juice Bar.

1:00pm–2:00pm
FACE PAINTING
Have your favorite bug, insect or flower painted on your face!

2:30pm–3:00pm
SOUTH COAST STORYTELLERS GUILD
Join the South Coast Storytellers for fun and interactive stories about nature.

3:30pm–4:30pm
BALLOON ART
Come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or animal made especially for you!
   

Sunday, April 30 2017

11:00am–5:00pm
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Hosted by UCCE Master Gardeners
Come and join us for a variety of fun arts and crafts inspired by nature for kids of all ages!

11:00am–5:00pm
WORM OBSERVATION
Hosted by ENRECOS
Discover the environment that red worms live and work in. These worms recycle organic material by eating your junk mail or food scraps, turning the waste into a rich soil amendment that helps
create beautiful plants and gardens.

12:00pm
SNEAKY SPINACH
Enjoy storytelling and smoothies by Nékter Juice Bar.

1:00pm–2:00pm
FACE PAINTING
Have your favorite bug, insect or flower painted on your face!

2:30pm–3:00pm
SOUTH COAST STORYTELLERS GUILD
Join the South Coast Storytellers for fun and interactive stories about nature.

3:00pm–4:00pm
BALLOON ART
Come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or animal made especially for you!

Tip-A-Cop Event At Claim Jumper Benefits Special Olympics

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Law enforcement cannot function effectively without the proper support of  family and friends who stand behind them and support them daily. Its a an exhausting and emotional job filled with excitement, adrenaline and a passion to help the community.

Every year, Claim Jumper restaurants puts on a fun event called Tip-A-Cop where local law enforcement serve as celebrity waiters to benefit special olympicsThe annual fundraiser helps those with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition. For over 15 years, Tip-A-Cop events have raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Southern California as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, as well as increase the public’s awareness of the special capabilities and needs of those with intellectual disabilities.

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I absolutely love this event. The vibe that you get when you walk inside is absolutely incredible and addicting. They have cops, explorers and kids from the Special Olympics Team serving you (with assistance) and it’s so comforting to watch the interaction between everyone. Not to mention Claim Jumper has delicious food! Click here to see their full menu.

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We had pizza, steak, and pasta and Claim Jumper even has a menu for those that are Gluten-Sensitive like my husband and son. Top Left is an adult pepperoni pizza and the crust is thick and delicious. Top right is the miners combo with rotisserie chicken and trip tip. Bottom Left is  a rib eye steak with a sweet potato and bottom right is gluten-free pasta with shrimp.

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Here is a picture of Manager Jordan Moews and Special Olympics basketball player Brian!!! Brian was a great server and a pleasure to talk to.

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Do you like dessert? Claim Jumper is famously known for their Motherload Chocolate Cake but you must try the salted caramel mud pie and the Butter cake (which is not on the menu) but you can ask for it.

For more information about Tip-A-Cop and the Special Olympics connect on Facebook.

5 Delicious Boysenberry Pairings At Knott’s

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We all know that dining at Amusement parks is half the fun of going. So when you head over to the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm I have put together 5 delicious parings for you that won’t disappoint.  With so many amazing Boysenberry choices to pick from, these 5 should scratch the surface.

Boysenberry Pizza Paired with Boysenberry Beer

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A large slice features a Boysenberry cream cheese sauce topped with caramelized onions, arugula and dime-size chunks of goat cheese and Black Forest ham. The crust is thick and fluffy and pairs well with a pint of Boysenberry Beer.

Boysenberry Nutella Crepes Paired With Boysenberry Wine

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This mouthwatering crepe is filled with Nutella and fresh boysenberries, lightly dusted with powdered sugar, then drizzled with dark chocolate and strawberry sauce. It’s enough to share, but you might not want to.  Pair it with a glass of Boysenberry Wine and you will be in heaven!

Boysenberry Frybread Paired With A Boysenberry Icee

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It’s like a churro but it’s flat. This Indian-style fry bread is topped with cinnamon and sugar and is filled with boysenberry jam and Nutella. It’s messy so load up on the napkins because it will drip! A  cool refreshing Boysenberry ICEE will wash this down perfectly.

Boysenberry Fun Bun Paired With A Boysenberry Frappuccino

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Have a sweet tooth? Here is just what the doctor ordered a Boysenberry fun bun paired with a Boysenberry Frappuccino. A fun bun is a Funnel-Cake-Batter-Fried Cinnamon Roll Topped With Boysenberry Frosting. Are you drooling yet?

Boysenberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Paired With Boysenberry Soft Serve Ice Cream

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Have a bigger appetite? No problem! Get the Boysenberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. It has Oven-roasted pork pulled and mixed with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce and served on a Boysenberry roll. The Boysenberry Soft Serve Ice Cream will finish off this delicious meal.

Where Do I find All The Boysenberry Food?

Here is a list and location of all the savory Boysenberry dishes

Here is a list and location of all the sweet Boysenberry desserts.

Don’t Miss Cordelia Knott’s Pie Kitchen

Step inside a Cordelia Knott’s kitchen where little ones can make their very own delightfully sweet Boysenberry tarts complete with a crumble topping. Additional cost applies for pie making.

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Watch The History Behind Knott’s Berry Farm

For more information visit Knott’s On Facebook and on Twitter.

Gazillions of Bubbles At Bubblefest Orange County

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Orange County’s favorite family event is back just in time for spring break!! Bubblefest, by Deni Yang is at the Discovery Cube from April 1 – 16, 2017. Bubblefest is an indoor festival combining bubble artistry, real science, and spellbinding lasers for the whole family.  The show combines music, lasers, lighting effects, and bubble artistry to create a spectacular experience for all ages! Inside the Bubble Zone, visitors will get to create their own bubble art with wands, participate in science demonstrations, roll around in water spheres and so much more!

The Ultimate Sensory Experience

This was only our second time seeing the Bubblefest show and I completely forgot what an amazing sensory experience the show is. Between the bubble landing on your nose, the flashing lights, the upbeat music and the cool air from the fans that sometimes blow, kids of all ages and abilities will love all of the sensory effects this show brings!

What is Included in Bubblefest?

When purchasing tickets to Bubblefest guest will also have access to the Bubblezone where kids can  visit these interactive exhibits:

  • Water Spheres (large plastic hamster wheels)
  • Bubble Courtyard
  • Cube Jr. Playground
  • Me in a bubble (additional charge)

How Much Are Tickets?

Click here to purchase tickets.

Fore more information visit Bubblefest on Facebook.

Beauty and The Beast – Sing-Along Version Coming To Theaters

This is the most exciting news I have heard all week! All of you Beauty and The Beast fans are in for an exciting surprise because this Friday, April 7th, fans of the worldwide box office smash will be able to sing along with their favorite characters when the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” hits approximately 1,200 theaters nationwide!

The “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will feature on-screen lyrics to such beloved songs as:

  • “Belle”
  • “Be Our Guest,”
  • “Gaston”
  • “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “How Does a Moment Last Forever”
  •  “Evermore”

What Stars Sing in The Soundtrack?

The film’s soundtrack includes songs  performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion and Josh Groban.  It has been entered into the Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 and Billboard’s Soundtrack and Children’s charts at No. 1. The Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack is available at: http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP and wherever music is sold and streamed.

Fun Facts About The Movie

  • Over 8,700 candles were used as set decoration during production.
  • Around 1,500 red roses were grown or purchased during production for use as research or set decoration.
  • Belle’s dress is comprised of 180 feet of feather light satin organza and it required 3,000 feet of thread and took over 12,000 hours to create.  There are also 2,160 Swarovski crystals on it.

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