Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Brrr! It's almost been cold enough for snow here in Southern California! It finally feels like winter, given the rain and 40 degree temperatures! With just a few days until Christmas, Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine, California wants to make sure you have a White Christmas, even if we never see a flake of snow touch the ground.
This Friday, the museu... Read More »
Published on Saturday, December 15, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
My children are at this awesome age where they still believe in Santa and all of the wonderment surrounding Christmas. I love this time of year because work slows down and we're afforded more time to spend together as a family.
One of our favorite traditions since moving to the OC is riding the Christmas Train to see Santa at Irvine Park Railroad. As the sun sets, ... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
When I think back to my childhood and those specific memories I have surrounding the holidays, it was the time we spent together that I remember vividly, rather than the gifts I received. Almost as soon as Halloween was over, my son began asking us about Christmas trees and lights. He is so excited about the holiday season and my hope is that both of my children r... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
A luminous Christmas tree that reaches to the sky...
Festive holiday entertainment...
Delectable sweet treats...
A shimmering wintery transformation...
Jolly Old St. Nick with a twinkle in his eye...
And a dusting of snow!
The holiday season is upon us, one of my favorite times of the year. Very soon, I'll begin pulling out our decor to ready our... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
If you're still looking for an engaging alternative to conventional trick-or-treating this Halloween, Pretend City will host a spooktacular kid-friendly daytime event featuring music, snacks, story-time and more. Pretend City's Halloween Bug Bash will take place on October 31st from 10 am to 5 pm and will include the following activities:
Trick-or-Treating throu... Read More »
Published on Saturday, October 20, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
The very first time I watched as a black bear ate through his treat-filled pumpkin, I was fascinated. Who knew that bears, raccoons, and coati got as excited as my children do about pumpkins.
This coming Saturday, October 27th, the OC Zoo will once again host it's annul Halloween Zoo-tacular event. Children 12 and under will enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, f... Read More »
Published on Friday, October 19, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
It's mid-October and we already have 2 pumpkins adorning our porch! One of our favorite Fall activities involves going to our local pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin.We typically spend an afternoon making our way through the hay maze, riding the train, racing the tractors and getting our scare on at the not-too-spooky Haunted House.
The Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Pa... Read More »
Published on Friday, October 12, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Spooktacular Scavenger Hunts...
Creepy Crawly Critters...
Kookie Cookie Decorating...
Not Too Spooky Storytelling...
And a scary good time!
Over the weekend, we headed to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual daytime Halloween celebration, which offers a festive mix of fun, spooky activities. Running through October 28th, Camp Spooky gives families a safe... Read More »
Published on Friday, October 12, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
You don't have to travel far for a history lesson. I grew up in Los Angeles and as a child, I would often visit the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tarpits, and Kidspace Children's Museum. While Orange County isn't as abundant in museums as LA is, there are still many places children can learn about history, science, and more.
This Saturday, families can celebrat... Read More »
Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
The closer you get to that rockwork, it wraps around you. You can look around and you are transported to Ornament Valley...It's so beautiful, you can take a vacation in Cars Land - John Lasseter
The moment I stepped into Cars Land, I thought to myself...I'm in the film...it feels like I've stepped right into Radiator Springs.
Earlier this summer, I spent a few... Read More »
Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier this week, I told you all about our adventures and animal encounters at our local zoo. Our children have a passion for animals and have spent many an afternoon in awe of the lions and tigers and bears (to name a few!). Here in Orange County, the Discovery Science Center is offering a unique way for children to learn about and interact with a variety of wil... Read More »
Published on Sunday, July 8, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
It's only the first week in July and we have already had an amazing summer filled with hands-on exploring and pretend play at our local museums, play dates and lazy days by the pool, and theme park thrills. With my son set to start Kindergarten in the Fall, we're making the most of our summer days together creating memories.
One of the benefits of living in South... Read More »
Published on Saturday, March 24, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
What do you get a one-year old for his or her birthday? I've often struggled with that question, simply because during that second year of life, the transition from infancy to toddlerhood is profound. Developmentally, a 15 month old is much different than a 21 month old.
Last week, I introduced you to Bel Bambini, a specialty boutique featuring chic, designer m... Read More »
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
My youngest recently turned two, signifying the end of the "baby" era...an era that has been bittersweet. I spent half of it wondering when it would get easier and the other half praying time would just stand still. But alas, unless something miraculous were to happen, my husband and I are pretty certain our cozy family of four is complete. That's not to say that ... Read More »
Published on Saturday, March 17, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you're local, head on down to Pretend City Children's Museum for their Family Fun and Wellness Fair! It's free!
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Published on Saturday, February 11, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Having grown up in Southern California my entire life, I often find that while I've ventured all over the second largest city in the US, there are still many places to explore, particularly with my children. I love finding unique, off-the-beaten activities that offer memorable experiences.
Last week, my children and I headed over to see the brand new show that ... Read More »
Published on Friday, January 13, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
It's the third highest grossing film series of all time...a worldwide phenomenon...and now...the force is back! On display at Discovery Science Center. Who would have thought there was an actual science to this fictional universe with it's humanoid robots, landspeeders, and X-Wing Fighters? Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is the first exhibition to displa... Read More »
Published on Friday, January 6, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Christmas is so last year! But since this is a photography series, I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots captured via iPhone last week at Knott's Merry Farm which is the park's holiday transformation.
What have you “captured” this week? Share your photos below!
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Published on Sunday, December 18, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Tomorrow, Buzz, Woody, Jesse, and the gang will skate into Orange County! Disney On Ice Presents Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 at the Honda Center for a very limited run. Through Christmas, you can see the ice spectacular as moments from all three films are re-enacted in the rink.
Here are the dates for the remaining Southern California performances of Disney O... Read More »