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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

November 14th, 2017

 

You don’t need to be a fan of Tricky Dick to enjoy the exhibits and special events at this unique Anaheim landmark. The new museum and library is open to the public, and 1,600 newly released pages of Warren “Bill” Gulley’s documents from the White House Central Files are on display. The events described in these pages include visits by President Nixon and the First Family. Also in 2017, the library released 29,600 pages of Jeffrey Donfeld’s White House Central Files materials.

Another set of declassified materials, including 5,000 pages previously dubbed as strictly classified, detail President Nixon’s Brief, archives on Vietnam and the Middle East, and much more. Special programming just for kids include photo galleries, transcripts and audio of speeches (including Moon Landing and Silent Majority), White House tapes and of course kid-friendly exhibits on Watergate.

A Presidential Welcome

Within the museum, countless permanent exhibits ensure you’ll need more than one trip to see it all. Get acquainted with the museum at Orientation Theater, then move into the Wave of Change exhibit showcasing curved walls and a smorgasbord of sights and sounds that bring landmark events to life. A replica of the Oval Office immerses guests in how President Nixon spent his working days, and the Vietnam War exhibit is one of the most impressive in the country.

Of course, the Watergate exhibit is one of the most popular, and the Farewell Speech and Departure exhibit puts guests inside 1974’s Army One. Head Back to the Beginning and Early Years to get a glimpse into Nixon’s beginnings.

Which exhibit will you explore first?

Irvine Park Railroad

November 4th, 2017

 

Discover family fun galore at Irvine Park Railroad, where hiking, games of horseshoe, pony rides and horse rentals, bike rentals and of course train rides guarantee a fun day of thrills. The sprawling park is also home to the Orange County Zoo, and you’ll often find volleyball games taking place on grassy lawns and sandy areas.

 

Two restaurants, the Train Station Snack Bar and Lakeside Station Snack Bar, offer a variety of treats and goodies to keep energy levels high. Catering is also available for special events, such as weddings. Dig into scrumptious all-natural burgers, chili cheese nachos or fries, chicken nuggets, burritos and other favorites.

Planning Your Visit

With charcoal pits around the area, a large pavilion, meadows and moon bounce rentals available, it’s the perfect destination for your next event. A variety of natural venues, both covered and uncovered, allow for parties of all sizes. Whether you’re planning a wedding, quinceañera, family reunion or other event, work with the Irvine Park staff to create a memorable gathering.

Rentals are $250-$500 depending on the location and party size. You can also purchase everything necessary to fire up one of the complimentary BBQs around the park. For outdoor fun, Irvine Park has you covered.

 

The Race is On!

November 1st, 2017

 

November is prime race season throughout Southern California, whether you’re ready for your first 5k or you want to take on a marathon or ultra. Before the holidays are in full swing, challenge yourself at the Friends of La Serna 5k race in nearby Whittier. Now in its 20th year, the race benefits a local school and gives $500 scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Sign up for the November 11th event and get a healthy head start on your New Year’s resolutions.

The Calabasas Classic Run on November 12th takes racers through the famous streets of the stars. The race turns 21 this year, and proceeds benefit the Community Center Alliance. Help support activities, programs and services while getting a peek at some of the most famous houses in the area.

Beat Your PR

The Long Beach Veteran’s Day 5k and 10k on November 11th is a popular event where participants take to the scenic bike path and enjoy ocean views while helping to raise funds and awareness for those who served. Registration is just $20 if you sign up early, and it’s the perfect option for beginners and competitive racers alike.

Check out the Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon, also in Long Beach, on November 26th and burn off that holiday dinner. With a full marathon, half, 15k, 10k and 5k option, there’s truly a route for everyone. You’ll want to sign up early for this event—it’s a turkey of a good time!

 

Discovery Cube

October 29th, 2017

 

Part of the Discovery Science Foundation, the Cube is where science meets fun. It’s the perfect destination for a family outing, and if you’re traveling with little ones in Anaheim you won’t want to miss out on all the exhibits, galleries and hands-on experiences. The “Helicopter tour” lets guests explore a real helicopter, from the cockpit to the blades, while the Science of Hockey lets athletes dig deeper into a beloved sport.

Check out Bubblefest and learn the science behind making bubbles, or take an Inspector Training Course and get an inside peek into a challenging, fun and outdoor career. Healthy Kitchen takes kid’s cooking to another level while Mission Control puts visitors in the driver’s seat of an exciting mission to space.

What Will You Discover?

Summer camps, after school workshops, Homeschool Days and more programs are offered throughout the year so educators and parents can find the perfect program for their kids. Sleepovers and birthday parties (or any kind of party!) are also an option if you want a one of a kind, science-centric experience. Contact Discovery Cube and start planning your special event today.

When visiting during regular hours, the Cube is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Some spooky science exhibits will be popping up in October, and as always the Showcase Theater offers unique movies and shorts throughout the day. Discover more in the O.C.

Korean Fare in Anaheim

October 24th, 2017

 

It’s never quite sweater weather for most in Anaheim, but with a fall crispness in the air sometimes only a traditional Korean BBQ will do for dinner. Luckily, Anaheim is full of tabletop grilling options, like the Incheonwon BBQ. Named after the famous district in Seoul where the U.S. military is based, you’ll find a generous menu of protein picks you grill yourself along with complimentary all you can eat sides.

Try Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong for another table barbequing option. From marinated chicken to the famous kalbi, include a little kimchi and garlic on the grill too for some extra bite. Seafood pancakes, fresh melons for dessert, and perhaps a bottle of soju to share with the table make this restaurant a favorite for locals.

A Group Outing

Korean BBQ is best with a group, so if you’re in Anaheim for business it’s a fantastic pick for a team outing. Cham Sut Gol is a popular all you can eat buffet where the sides are non-stop and you can choose from a rich variety of barbeque options. Japchae (spicy pork) and fresh seafood from the Pacific? That’s a recipe for a delectable dinner.

Han Yang specializes in Korean comfort food from the hearty stews to the fried or baked dumplings. Here, you’ll be treated like family as the impressive menus will tempt you for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Which will you explore first?

Halloween Treats and Tricks

October 24th, 2017

 

Since 1924, the Anaheim Halloween Parade has drawn thousands to the downtown streets for a day festival full of costumes, candy and plenty of fun. At its peak, 150,000 attendees lined the streets. It’s your pick for family-friendly fun on October 28, and the perfect pre-cursor for more spooking outings throughout the evening.

You can have a hauntingly good time at Disneyland throughout the month of October, from special games, rides and decorations to ghostly treats at vendors and restaurants. At Motel 6 Feet Under, the scariest haunted house in Orange County, you’ll be challenged to get through a haunted maze full of scares and thrills. The best part? All proceeds benefit a local non-profit.

Halloween Fun

At Anaheim Plaza, enjoy a free event for the whole family where trick or treating, face painting, balloon art and more is waiting. The first 100 kids get a free flashlight and trick or treat bag, and there’s a family-friendly DJ spinning ghostly tunes throughout the event. Head to N. Euclid St. and Santa Ana Freeway on October 28 at 11 a.m.

Check out the Halloween Treat-or-Treating at the Anaheim town square if you prefer all treats and no tricks during the haunting season. Free with scores of stores participating, there are also pumpkin decorating stations, face painting, train rides and of course a costume contest. Where will your first haunt be?

Exodus Escape Room

October 7th, 2017

 

Do you have the skills and nerve to get out of an Exodus Escape Room in time? This fun, group event demands critical thinking skills, teamwork, and plenty of bravery. Choose from three rooms, grab a date or your favorite group, and get a unique thrill this haunting season at Anaheim’s biggest challenge yet. Book online, and if you want to get in on Halloween, book early!

Exodus, the namesake room, is where you’ll find a pharaoh who’s out to get you. Can you work as a team and put together a plan lead by clues to get out in time? Perfect for smaller groups of 2 – 4 people, you can take on this room with just one other person. What better way to bond?

One Room, One Hour

Masquerade Manor places you in a stunning party, but there are clues to be uncovered. Not everything is as it seems, and you’ll have to comb through physical objects to find your way out. Rated as “hard difficulty,” it’s for groups of 4 – 8 and provides plenty of thrills that will keep you on your toes until the party ends.

Sherlock’s Study is customizable for groups of 2 – 8, but you’ll need your best investigational skills to make it out. Everything appears chaotic, but there are clues peppered throughout. Partner up with Holmes to undo a mystery like no other.

Anaheim Convention Center and Arena

September 30th, 2017

 

Be one of the first to explore the newly expanded Anaheim Convention Center, now with an additional 200,000 square feet of flex-space ideal for banquets, exhibits and meetings. This new area replaced Car Park 1 and features a better entrance for vehicles as well as new loading docks. With climate control and a stunning design, it’s the upgrade the city’s convention center deserves.

A hub for conventions since the 1960s, the domed arena features state of the art meeting technology and a massive exhibit hall. There have been six total expansions in the past six decades as well as a myriad of cosmetic updates. From the moment visitors approach from Convention Way along the palmed drive to the entry point with glass walled towers, it’s an indescribable experience.

Grand Entries

The lobby boasts 190-foot spires with glass walls. Any type of event or occasion is achievable at this fine venue. There are 1.15 million square feet of exhibit space, the largest on the West Coast, and 130,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. Gorgeous landscaping, traffic thoroughfare and pedestrian walkways make the convention center a standout landmark.

Interested in reserving the Convention Center for your event? Complete the online form and work with the on-site event planners, A/V staff and caterers to make your dream event come true.

Yorba Regional Park

September 25th, 2017

 

Located at 7600 E. La Palma in Anaheim, Yorba Regional Park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Anaheim. Open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. in the summer (and 6 p.m. in the autumn), it’s a short drive from your guest room and parking is just $3 weekdays and $5 on weekends. With a day-use park just over one mile long and spanning 140 acres, tucked against the Santa Ana Canyon, this gorgeous slice of southern California is perfect for any outdoor adventure.

Enjoy the river setting and the rich historic area for hiking, biking, picnicking and much more. It’s the official Orange County bicentennial project where names like Yorba, Dominguez and Peralta were common in history. Designed for family fun, there are over 400 picnic tables in the park, many featuring permanent shaded structures.

The Great Outdoors

Take advantage of the four lakes with streams, ideal for fishing and model boat sailing. The Santa Ana River Trail connects with various bike trails in the park, culminating in a 20-mile stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy playgrounds and maintained restrooms throughout Yorba Regional Park. Seven group shelters are available to rent for special occasions. From the physical fitness course to 200 barbeques, horseshoe pits to baseball diamonds, the options at this lush destination are endless.

Christ Cathedral

September 22nd, 2017

 

Explore this standout architectural and spiritual destination near downtown Anaheim Monday – Saturday with a self-guided or docent-led tour. Located at 13280 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, there are 32 beautiful acres with a variety of buildings including Christ Cathedral, Cathedral Cultural Center, as well as gardens and an on-site cemetery. With 55 volunteer docents, private groups of 15+ can schedule a personalized tour. Otherwise, complimentary tours take place throughout the day and last around 40 minutes.

Visit the cathedral grounds from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for a day of worship at this now-Catholic institution, although all faiths are welcome to the services. When it was first built in 1980, “Crystal Cathedral” was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee as a sort of religious theater. Enclosed in glass, Rev. Robert Schuller had a big say in its design, wanting his evangelical televised church to “be open to the sky and surrounding world.”

A California Beauty

Today, the Cathedral’s main sanctuary seats 3,000 people. Currently under renovation (but open during construction), the big reveal is slated for 2018. With the star-shaped plan and a modified Latin cross plan on the campus, the architects have been challenged to create such an angular construction.

There are more than 10,000 mirrored glass panes that are created to withstand an 8.0 earthquake and wind speeds up to 100 mph. From the carillon with 52 bells to the ability to hold 1,000 singers and performers, it’s truly an Anaheim marvel everyone has to see to believe.