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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: 

TIP #1 BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY AND ONLINE!
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 www.IrvineParkRailroad.com on November 4, 2019 at 8:00AM this year, so set your alarm!



TIP #2 - ARRIVE EARLY 
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.




TIP #3 - DRESS WARMLY
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!



TIP #4 - DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA
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.


TIP #5 - COME HUNGRY 
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.)
{GIVEAWAY}
 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!

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)

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