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Saturday, October 5, 2019

2019 {General Conference} Apostle Cards

It's General Conference Weekend again and my kids are excited for breakfast and watching church in their pajamas! I'm thinking that this year I will serve up some cinnamon rolls and Puffy Eggs with Butter Syrup. What's on your weekend breakfast menu? Does your family have a special weekend breakfast? Special General Conference weekend traditions?



If you're like me and you've got young children that you need to keep engaged in meaningful activities so that you can enjoy watching General Conference, I've got something for you!

Prophets and Apostle Cards!!!



The Apostle Cards are 4x6 in size and you can use them for a variety of activities. Some uses I came up with:

Flashcards
Print one copy of each, laminate, stick on a ring and let the kids become familiar with the faces.

Memory
Print two copies of each, laminate, and make a Memory matching game the kids can play alone or together.

Go Prophet
Print 4 copies of each, laminate, and make play a GO Fish style game.

I hope you enjoy and can find use for them with your own kids. Enjoy General Conference and let me know if you have any other tips for keeping your young ones engaged during Conference.



Fine Print:
Please feel free to use this printable for your personal use. Please be kind and give credit where credit is due. Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

2019 Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch + #GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: My family was invited to a media day to explore the Pumpkin Patch.
It might be HOT in Orange County right now, but that isn't stopping Irvine Park Railroad from transforming into its annual Pumpkin Patch - featuring thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! The 14th Annual Pumpkin Patch is open daily through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is tucked back into the foothills of Orange, California and is a beautiful (and fun!) place to spend an afternoon with the family.



This year's activities include:
train rides 
hay rides 
panning for gold 
child friendly haunted house 
hay maze 
moon bounce 
carnival games 
cookie decorating 
John Deere tractor races 
face painting 
picture stands 
yummy food!

Admission to the Pumpkin Patch is FREE and prices for the other activities vary. You can find out more about pricing by visiting the Irvine Park Railroad website. The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. As it gets closer to Halloween, the Railroad gets busier! So make plans to arrive early to avoid crowds - especially on the weekends.


We always have a great time at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. The kids start asking in August when it will be time to get their faces painted and pick out the perfect pumpkin from the plethora of pumpkins! JT loves the "haunted house" and Isabella loves playing all the carnival games, and Grace is crazy for the cookie decorating and face painting! I love all the giant pumpkins and the hay ride - such a great Fall activity!


{DATES AND HOURS}
The Pumpkin Patch is open daily September 14th through October 31st.

Weekdays 10am-5pm
Weekends 10am-6pm

Starting October 1st, the Pumpkin Patch will open at 8:00am on weekends!



{Irvine Park Railroad's "Great Pumpkin Weigh Off!"}
This activity will take place on Saturday, September 21st starting at 10:00 am. Come see if local pumpkin growers have what it takes to grow the biggest pumpkin in Orange County. Cash prizes will be awarded and KTLA Channel 5 weatherman Henry DiCarlo will host the event.



{GIVEAWAY}

Our amazing friends at Irvine Park Railroad are offering my readers
the chance to win:

8 tickets 
(can be used for the train or Pumpkin Patch activities)
1 Wheel Fun Rentals paddle boat rental
1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park 
4 tickets to the OC Zoo
(an $106 value)

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 2019 {GIVEAWAY}

Spring has sprung here in Orange County and that means that it is time for the Easter Bunny to hop back to the Irvine Park Railroad for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 30th through Saturday, April 20th. It's 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 strict 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!!!



{{{GIVEAWAY}}}
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

Prize value is $88.00
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