Disney Junior Story Magic Celebrates Storytelling with Story Pirates!

disneyjuniorstorymagicDisney Junior Story Magic celebrates storytelling and kids’ creativity with Story Pirates in a live interactive sketch comedy performance at the Westminster Mall on Saturday, July 28 at 11am and 1pm at Macy’s Court.

Not familiar with the Story Pirates? They’re an entertaining group of teachers, comedians, and actors that conduct national tours, perform in schools, toddler classes, after-school programs, and more. Once our kids became familiar with them, they continually ask to go to their website to watch their videos.

The Story Pirates will weave ideas from kids in the audience at Westminster Mall into a fun, interactive story. Children in attendance will receive “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” bandanas. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Brings Joy To The Season!

winterfantasyOne our favorite holiday events in the OC is Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival. It’s a super fun, family-friendly event, held in the canyon area of Laguna Beach. The festival runs weekends, until December 9, 2012.

Here you’ll find Santa, ready for visits, a festive environment, and more. They have art projects for kids for a very small fee, classes, and free entertainment. Our kids love coming here!

The festival is held in a eucalyptus grove, and consists of many different artists, displaying (and making) art of many different mediums.
The setting is very unique, and the best way to describe it is that it is truly majestic. Each artist designs his/her own booth, and some are true art forms of their own. There’s a stream, a neat deck, and a very cool working water wheel. Be sure to bring your camera!

The Festival is working with Toys For Tots again this year, and is offering FREE admission on Sundays (11/18/12, 11/25/12, 12/2/12, & 12/9/12) when you bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child (newborn to age 17). One admission per toy donated per person per day. This is a great way to go to the Festival, and help a child who may otherwise not receive a gift for the holidays. Click HERE, and go to the Special Events tab for more info.

Aside from the great offered for sale, they also sell food and beverages onsite. Check out our images from Winter Fantasy below. It’s a fun place to get into the holiday spirit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

National Train Day!

May 7th, 2011, is the 4th Annual National Train Day! We took part in the festivities last year, and had a blast! We rode the Coaster from San Diego to Oceanside, CA, where they had giveaways and model trains set up by local model railroad enthusiasts.

This year, North County Transit District is having a special Coaster ride from Oceanside to San Diego for only $10 for a family of 4! Here’s a LINK to more info about this GREAT deal. If you can’t buy your tickets in advance, I’ve been told by NCTD that a limited amount of tickets will be available the morning of the 7th, at the Oceanside Transit Center platform.

If you’re interested in taking the Amtrak, they’re having a 40th Anniversary Special for kids to ride free with a paid adult. You’ll need to book by May 6, 2011 to take part in this special offer. Here’s a LINK to more info about this great deal.

SoCal’s largest National Train Day celebration will take place at Union Station, in Los Angeles. The event is FREE, and will be from 11:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. The festivities include a live show from The Never Land Pirate Band, model train displays, a California Missions exhibit, an Amtrak high speed rail display, and much, much more! Click HERE for more details about the Los Angeles Train Day celebrations.

If you have any train lovers in your family, either young or old, I highly recommend you look into Train Day festivities in your area. We had a great time celebrating last year, and are sure to again this year. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. If you’re on Twitter, follow @natltrainday for more info about National Train Day. They’re on Facebook as well, at https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrainDay.