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Magic & Mayhem

My family and I go to Roger’s Garden every year for their Halloween Boutique and I can tell you this place never disappoints! This year the Halloween Boutique’s theme is: Magic & Mayhem.

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If you love Halloween as much as I do, you simply can’t miss this. Rogers Garden is a Garden Center like no other garden center I’ve ever been to.

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The Halloween Boutique is made up of several rooms all decorated differently within an overall theme. It’s hard to focus on all the details in the room (at least for me) because there is so much to look at. You can browse around for hours and still find things you missed.

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My family and I look forward to this as a way to welcome in the fall every year and get ready for Halloween.

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Here’s the details for this years boutique:

WALK THROUGH FOUR DIFFERENT CURATED STORES:

The Owl Post | General Store – Are you expecting a package?  Come and check to see if one of our Owl’s has delivered it.  And while you are here, we are a full service convenience store, offering all of your décor supplies.  Truly a one stop shop in the land of Magic & Mayhem.

Weezer’s Joke Emporium – Apprentice mischief-makers stop here!  Filled to the brim with hilarious jokes, tricks and candy we are waiting to fill your basket with surprises. A prankster’s paradise!

Wykeham’s Wizarding Supplies – Lurking in the shadows, a world of magic beckons.  Shop for the perfect wand, brows our selection of spell books or get lost in the gaze of a crystal ball.

Morgan & Murkes Apothecary – Phrenology, palmistry or a simple potion; pick your poison, it’s all here.  Loaded with skeletons and skulls the apothecary is ready to fix what ails you.

  • When: September 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017

  • Where: Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd. Corona del Mar, CA 92625

  • Cost: FREE but bring your becuase there’s tons of neat stuff!

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Free Kids Meal

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When your out and about it’s hard to find healthy meals – especially for kids. The choices always come down to a very processed chicken nugget or a burger. I forget that Chipotle offers healthy, quick, cost effective meals for the entire family.

Since I’m always looking for good deals – this FREEBIE from Chipolte will help remind me to visit Chipotle when we’re on the go (and maybe some Sunday’s when I just don’t want to cook).

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Every Sunday in September, kids can eat for FREE with the purchase of a burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad. The Free kid’s meal offer is valid only for kids 12 and under through the month of September

To find a location near you click here.

Offer must be redeemed simultaneously in a single visit and is subject to availability. Not valid for catering orders. May not be combined with other offers; additional restrictions may apply.

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BBQ at Tanaka Farms

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Here’s some great FREE family fun this weekend! Come down and enjoy Tanaka Farms End of Summer Festival.

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Today, Saturday, 9/3 and tomorrow, Sunday, 9/4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm., enjoy samples of sweet watermelons, grilled farm veggies, start a seedling at the planting station, free ATV rides for younger guests, and other fun activities for kids.

tanakasign Also, Chef Joni Newman will be holding a FREE cooking demo at 11:00 each day. She is making Watermelon Poke and there will be samples to try!

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The Tanaka Farms Food Shack will be grilling up some juicy baby back ribs, corn, and hot dogs in addition to their La Taqueria menu – carne asada and carnitas tacos, nachos, and tamales. Don’t forget Strawberry Lemonade and Strawberries and Ice Cream…YUM!

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours
Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

Melon Tours and U-Pick Tours will be running at the follow times:

  • Melon Tour times this weekend are: 9;30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 and the price is $18 per person (2 and under free). No reservations needed – arrive 15 minutes before tour time.
  • U-Pick Tour times are: 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. This is a free wagon ride – just pay for what you pick. No reservations needed – arrive 15 minutes before tour time.

Also – get a sneak peek into the acres of pumpkins that are growing for the upcoming Pumpkin Patch! Please note that Tanaka Farms will be CLOSED on Monday, Sept. 5th for the holiday, so get out there today or tomorrow and enjoy the farm!

Tanaka Farms is located at  5380 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Wolf Ambassadors

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Spend a Tuesday Evening in the garden at Fullerton Aborteum for a family friendly event. The Project Wildsong Team will introduce the wolf ambassadors, Cael and Damu.

Learn about the ecology of wolves and why they are an important keystone species. The team will also be talking about foxes as they are obtaining an Ambassador Fox this year, which is an exciting new addition. Don’t forget your camera and be ready to pet the wolves.

  • When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Where: Fullerton Aboretum, 1900 Assoicated Road, Fullerton, CA 
  • Cost: $10.00 per person
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The BFG

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Last night we viewed Disney and Steven Spielberg’s movie adaption of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. This is my daughters favorite Roald Dahl book and we have been waiting (rather impatiently) the release of this film . The movie wastes no time on getting into the action to develop the story. It kept me and my girls entertained throughout the entire film.

While going to sleep one night, Sophie accidentally encounters a giant, who scopes her away and takes her to his home in Giant Country. Although Sophie is initially scared of the giant, he turns out to be a kindhearted and friendly giant whose job it is to capture dreams, store them in dream jars and disburse them among the human “beans”. The BFG (big friendly giant) lives among other bigger giants who continually bully The BFG. Sophie and the BFG’s developed friendship inspires Sophie to come up with a plan to save the BFG from the other giants.

I thought the movie was kind and funny. The special effects were fantastic. Mark Rylance’s (the BFG) performance was outstanding. The use of digital technology and the live-action performance’s allows you to see and feel the emotions of the giant. I quickly developed a liking for the giant because you could see his emotions in his eyes, it was heartwarming.

My thoughts of this movie are based strictly off the movie. My daughter said that there are difference’s between the book and the film but she loved it and thought it was awesome. This is a great family friendly movie.

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Here are two separate Dream Jar crafts you and your children can quickly put together to celebrate this special movie. Both equally cute but different.

The first comes with a cute story of a letter written to Roald Dahl telling him of the craft she made inspired by his book.

Thie second video is Disney’s version of the Dream Jar craft – very simple to put together and very pretty,

If making these crafts makes you thirsty try this Frobscottle recipe from family.disney.com

The Frobscottle in The BFG

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Grow Your Own-Spring Festival

On this day, last year, we attended the Ecology Center’s – Grow Your Own – Earth Day Celebration. The Grow Your Own event is an annual tradition to celebrate an abundant earth and vibrant communities.

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This year the “Grow Your Own – Spring Festival” will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016,

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The event was filled with earth friendly crafts for the kids and plenty of giveaways for the adults.

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We enjoyed live music and yummy samples from food and drink vendors.

EcologyCenterEarthDay4The family friendly festival was a celebration of all things green!

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My girls loved petting the chickens and learned so much about them, they now want chickens.

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I don’t know if it’s on the agenda this year but kids loved making Tee-pee’s.

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The celebration consists of harvesting, gardening, and a more abundant future.

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This year, they are excited to include opportunities to learn garden skills and have your questions answered by The Ecology Center’s own experts. We had a fantastic time last year.

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The great news is the Admission is FREE at this year’s Grow Your Own! Spring Festival.

Activities include:

  • DIY stations: terrarium building, easy pickling, and more!
  • Hands-on garden skill demonstrations by TEC experts
  • Ask an Eco-Designer & Ask a Grow Your Own! Teacher booths
  • Organic seedling sale
  • Wildcraft Lab for kids
  • Live music & dance
  • Delicious local, handmade food
  • Bike Valet – arrive on two wheels and we’ll have a safe place to stash your bike!
  • Visits with The Ecology Center chickens
  • Organic strawberry picking at South Coast Farms (our next door neighbors)
  • Voucher to redeem a FREE rain barrel for San Juan Capistrano residents and new/renewed family members of The Ecology Center
  • Giveaways from our partners Chipotle, KIA Motors, SDG&E, and EcoScraps
  • Special offers on The Ecology Center events, workshops, and more!
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Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and garden questions for a special gathering celebrating the season when the garden truly comes alive!

  • When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • Where: The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 92675
  • Cost: FREE

For advance FREE Tickets & Info, click here.

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 20th Anniversary

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Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating their 20th Anniversary and to show their appreciation prices are being rolled back to their original 1996 prices.

Enjoy a 12-minute train ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park for just $2.00 per person! Other $2.00 activities included in the anniversary celebration will be carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy.

They will  be some FREE giveaways which will include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

  • When: Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2015, the festivities begin at 10:00 am.
  •  Where: Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking fee to Irvine Regional Park is $5 per vehicle.
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Hummingbird Walk

ENC-hiking_trailLooking for something special and fun for the entire family this Valentines Weekend? Join ENC Naturalist Leslie Helliwell for a walk in the ENC (Environmental Nature Center) to search for hummingbirds and their nests.

Hummingbirds, called  “flying jewels” by the early Spanish explorers hover in space, power dive and fly backwards and sideways!  Learn where these tiny bits of non-stop energy get their fuel, discover how they “broadcast” their color, and learn which plants depend on them for pollination.

  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016, there are two walks for yout to choose from: the first walk is scheduled from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, a second walk is scheduled from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where: ENC, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, California, 92663
  • Cost: $6 per guest ($5 for members). Registration at encenter.org required
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