Newly Expanded Knott’s Soak City Is Open!

*We were given 3 complimentary tickets to Soak City. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The weather is warming up and what better way to cool off than to head to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark! Not only is it Orange County’s largest water park but it’s the perfect destination for some family fun with their 2-acre expansion!

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Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s

It’s that time of year again! The Boysenberry Festival is back at Knott’s Berry Farm to delight your taste buds with over 70 unique boysenberry inspired food, drinks and more! It’s going on from now until April 23rd.

History

What exactly is a boysenberry? It’s a cross between a red raspberry, blackberry and logan berry. It was created by Rudolph Boysen. Did you know that every boysenberry can be traced back to Walter Knott and his berry farm? He brought some struggling bushes back to his farm and by 1934 had a huge crop of boysenberries which became very popular!

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Winter Fest Returns to Orange County Plus a Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with Gigasavvy.

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Real snow falling!

Growing up in Southern California, I’ve yet to experience a true winter with snow and all the fun that comes with it! In order to experience a winter wonderland, we have to drive about an hour and half to Big Bear. That’s why when I found about Winter Fest returning to Orange County, I was so excited because my daughter is old enough where she can actively enjoy many of the activities and play in the snow. Her only experience with snow was last year at Disney California Adventures at Olaf’s Snow Fest and she loved it! View Post

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Nine Summer Activity Ideas for OC Toddlers

IMG_9957I don’t know about you but I’m always in search of activities to do with my three year old. I feel like things were simpler when she was younger because she wasn’t that mobile so she would be content laying on the floor playing with toys or she might even be sleeping during a play date with our mommy friends.  But now as a three year old, I feel like she needs more to keep her active and engaged. Play dates are also not as simple because we now have a room full of toddlers that like to explore, be loud, and run around so it’s important to find a safe place where they can do all those things.

Aside from places like Pretend City, Disneyland, Aquarium of the Pacific, Discovery Cube and Knott’s Berry Farm, here are some other places around Orange County to take your kids or meet up with your mommy friends.

1.Irvine Park Railroad – An amazing park to go with friends or with your family. They have seasonal activities during Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. During the rest of the year you can go and visit the OC Zoo, go on a pony ride, rent bikes or paddle boats or go on a train ride. They even have beautiful peacocks that roam the park near the horses and zoo.

Little A at the petting zoo inside the OC Zoo.

Little A at the petting zoo inside the OC Zoo.

2. Irvine Spectrum not only can you get some shopping done but your kids can also have fun! They have a small playground and splash pad near Target which the kids can play in. They can also ride on the giant ferris wheel, train or carousel for a small fee.  We love going here because it is so spacious and stroller friendly.

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OC Mommy & Me

About a month after Little A was born, I began researching mommy and me programs or activities I could do with her. There was really nothing that was close to my house but I did come across a program called OC Mommy and Me.  I was intrigued because it sounded exactly like what I was looking for- a support group for new moms with children that were around the same age.  As an older mom, most of my friends have kids who are already in grade school or middle school so I really wanted to be a part of a mommy group with kids that are the same age as mine. I hoped that this would be what I was looking for.  I quickly signed up and waited for the first class to begin.  My daughter was going to be about 8 weeks old by the time the first class started and I was able to get another mommy friend (who I didn’t know that well) to sign up with me.

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Little A & friend at their first class.

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