Friday, March 20, 2020

Disney's ONWARD Releasing Early to Digital

Exciting news! Disney's Onward is releasing EARLY to digital today at 5PM PST! You can purchase on digital platforms for $19.99. It will be available on Disney+ beginning April 3rd in the U.S. Enjoy these fun activity pages and let me know what you think of the movie!


Monday, March 9, 2020

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 2020 + {GIVEAWAY}

The weather might not be able to makeup it's mind here in Orange County, but the first day of spring is just around the corner and that means that it is time for the Easter Bunny to hop back to the Irvine Park Railroad for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza! All the festivities begin Saturday, March 21st and run through Saturday, April 11th. Grace knows that when the IPRR Easter Eggstravaganza is here, it means it's also time for her birthday! So it is always one of our most favorite times of the year at the Irvine Park Railroad because the weather is gorgeous and the fun activities are plentiful! 

Disclaimer: My family was invited to a media event. All opinions are my own.

There are daily egg hunts for children starting at 10:00am on weekdays and 9:00am on weekends. You buy tickets and exchange them for a wristband for a specific egg hunt time. Make sure you check the schedule before you go, because the egg hunts are for certain age groups at different times. It is also best to get your wristbands early because egg hunt times can fill up.

I love how organized the egg hunts are and the egg hunt referees give all the kids the rules before the hunt begins. The egg hunt referees are also pretty funny, so be sure to listen for a joke here and there.

There is a big sign that tells which wristband is hunting during that time period. I always worry at events where a lot of kids (and over excited parents!) are involved that there will be chaos. But the Irvine Park Railroad staff has it down! They have rules, they teach everyone the rules, and they enforce the rules. I appreciate that because then all the kids are safe.

Don't forget to bring your Easter baskets to the egg hunt, but if you do,  the Irvine Park Railroad will have baskets you can purchase.

All the eggs contain either a candy or a prize, so everyone is a winner! There are also sometimes fun prizes - like bunny ears - hidden among the grass too. You can even win tickets for free activities inside some of the eggs! And there is a lot of candy besides the eggs and you can pick up as much candy as you'd like.

The kids can also meet the Easter Bunny for $12 and receive a complimentary photo taken by the Irvine Park Railroad staff. Each additional print is $6.00 and all photos are printed in a few short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth while you wait.

While you're there, don't forget to catch a ride on the train, take a hay ride, bounce in the moon bounce, decorate an Easter cookie, get your face painted, or play the carnival games - where everyone wins!!!

I'm so excited that the Irvine Park Railroad folks are letting me give away a
great prize package:

8 Tickets  
(which can be used to ride the train OR participate in activities)

1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental

1 Paddle Boat Rental

Prize value is $108.00
Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, October 24, 2019

2019 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train + {GIVEAWAY}

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
That magical time of year is returning to Orange County when the Irvine Park Railroad decks the train and Santa arrives for the 24th annual Christmas Train! I love the ambiance created by the twinkle lights, trees, and a train that takes you to Santa. All my childhood dreams of riding on a real life Polar Express come true and it's magical!

The Christmas Train isn't just for Christmas loving adults, the kids love it too! It's such a wonderful Christmas tradition to have as a family. I love to see how excited my kids are to visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes. He is definitely the best Santa in Orange County. You can take pictures with Santa using your own camera, or you can purchase a 5x7" photo taken by the Irvine Park Railroad.

Some helpful tips you'll want to remember when 
coming to ride the Christmas Train: 

This is the only way to purchase tickets. Dates and times sell out quickly, so get your tickets as soon as you can! They go on sale at on November 4, 2019 at 8:00AM this year, so set your alarm!

If you arrive early then you can avoid the crowds and get a good place in line. Plus, you won't be rushed and stressed out! The line to get into the Irvine Regional Park can get busy on the weekends, so make sure you allow extra time for that too.

It can get chilly at the North Pole and you don't want to be left shivering. So be sure to dress in layers and don't forget a your scarf. I also recommend close toed shoes to keep your feet warm and cozy!

There are so many great photo opportunities that you'll be kicking yourself if you don't bring a camera to catch them all. I love trying to take pictures at all the same spots each year so that I can compare my kids' growth over the year.

There are lots of yummy treats available for purchase! At the North Pole you can purchase hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn, hot pretzels and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar. The full kitchen menu is also available at the train station.

One of my favorite parts of the evening is the twinkle lights tunnel. It is so cool! I could drive through it over and over again. When you return to the train station after your visit to the North Pole, you'll want to make sure you have time for Santa's Village.

There are a lot fun activities and fun to be had at Santa's Village. You can do them when the train returns you to the station or you can come early and enjoy them before. My kids love decorating the Christmas cookies and playing the fun carnival games and winning prizes. And everyone is a winner, so you never leave empty handed!

Activities during the Christmas Train include:
Story Time with Mrs. Claus (FREE!)
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Ice Fishing
Carnival Games
Santa Claus Moon Bounce
Blizzard Ball
Christmas Coloring Corner (FREE!)
Picture Stands (FREE!)

{Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train}
1 Irvine Park Drive
Orange, CA 92869

2019 Christmas Train Tickets
November 29th - December 23rd
$20.00 per person
Children younger than 24 months ride free
(Parking is $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends, and free after 5:00 p.m.)
 And because the people at the Irvine Park Railroad are so awesome,
they are giving away a Christmas Train  prize package to one of my readers!

One lucky winner will receive:
*4 Christmas Train tickets
*6 activity tickets
*1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park
(Excludes Double Surrey Bike Rental)

Enter using Rafflecopter below!


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