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Park Play in Anaheim

February 22nd, 2018


Anaheim is brimming with parks, each boasting different features. From multi-acre sprawling greenery with plenty of recreational courts to small, tucked away gems with the best playground equipment, it’s all up to you. Take a look at some of these Anaheim parks and enjoy the great outdoors and famous California sunshine.

  • George Washington Park: Located at 250 E Cypress Street, this park was built on the first public elementary school in Anaheim. On three acres, you can enjoy a gorgeous arbor walkway, gazebo, rose garden, children’s play area, and open play space.
  • Hansen Park: At 3347 W Thornton Avenue, this adult favorite has barbecues available to use and plenty of open play areas.
  • Imperial Park: You’ll find this getaway at 450 S Imperial Highway. On 7.4 acres with incredible views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Anaheim Canyon, there’s a group picnic shelter and barbecues, a children’s play area, and open play space.
  • John Marshall Park: Head to 2001 W La Palma Avenue for 15 acres featuring barbecues, a basketball court, exercise stations, and an unlit softball field. Restroom facilities are on site, as are group picnic shelters and a children’s play area. Lit softball fields are also an option.

No matter where you choose to play or picnic, Anaheim has the perfect park for you. Which will you discover first?



Long Beach Comic Expo

February 10th, 2018


On February 17 and 18, head to the Long Beach Convention Center for the annual Long Beach Comic Expo. You’ll be in your element as comic books and pop culture mesh for one of the most anticipated showcases of the year. Meet the writers, artists, and illustrators behind your favorite comics, attend workshops and lectures, and snap selfies with the best talent in the industry. Exhibitors are on hand with must-have products, and there are plenty of meet and greet options with celebrities.

The event takes place 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paying parent/guardian. Cosplay/costumes are encouraged. Tickets start at just $35 for a Sunday-only pass, and you’ll want to get yours early. This event can sell out.

Prepping for Your First Expo

The expo is brought to Long Beach by MAD Event Management, the same company that hosts the Comic Creator Conference (September) and Long Beach Comic Con (September). Why wait until autumn to get your geek on? Celebrities and exhibitors will be added to the roster up until the day of the event, and there are always surprise appearances.

Keep an eye on the official site and get ready to meet PJ Black, Rikishi, Paige Halsey Warren, and Jonny Cruz.


Where to Watch the Super Bowl?

February 1st, 2018


If you really want to make the most of Super Bowl 2018, sign up for the Ultimate 2018 Super Bowl Party at Sea with the Cruise to Ensenada. It’s a three-night party on the Carnival Inspiration, round-trip from Long Beach to Ensenada. Departing Friday, February 2 and returning Monday, February 5, the all-inclusive cruise ship features the best in spa treatments, night life, sightseeing in Ensenada, and of course plenty of big screens. Get your tickets now.

Of course, if you’d rather stick to dry land, Anaheim has plenty of top-ranked sports bars showing the game. Check out ESPN Zone, located in Disneyland Park, which allows you to watch the game while the family explores the rides, shows, and thrills. With interactive TVs and games, craft beers, and American comfort food, it’s a favorite for many.

Bar None

The Cave Sports Bar, located at 626 W Orangewood Ave, is known for fast service and a fantastic menu. Aptly named, it’s a bit hidden away and won’t be nearly as crowded as some of the other larger sports pubs in the area.

In Long Beach, Roundin’ 3rd Sports Bar and Grill is at 4133 E Anaheim St. They do great bar food right and have over 25 HDTVs on site. Burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and of course buffalo wings are staples here. Wings, cheesy tots, and a chili cheese dog and fries are a few of their most popular options.




Can You Handle the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail?

January 28th, 2018


Located at Disney California Adventure, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is a sprawling network of trails that simulate the redwood forests up north. From a rock climbing wall to zip lines and rope bridges, the massive network is home to “Spirit Cave” where you can discover your very own spirit animal. Originally opened in 2001, it was re-vamped in 2003 to align with Brother Bear and again in 2009 for Up. Do you have what it takes to complete the challenge?

With help from wilderness explorer Dug and Russell from Up¸ you and your little one will learn how to maneuver through wooded paths. Suspended slides and surprises await in this truly wild experience. Once you earn your Wilderness Explorer Badge, you’ll receive an invitation to the Senior Wilderness Explorer Ceremony. But first, you’ll learn tracking, the wolf howl, solve puzzles and you’ll have plenty of park rangers nearby for help.

A Walk on the Wild Side

Get as much or as little guidance as you like—visitors are welcome to explore the paths on their own. Armed with a map, bravery is put to the test as you discover the courage required to make it to the other side. Ceremonies for those who complete the challenge take place throughout the day. Check the entertainment schedule on site for times and special events.

All visitors under 14 must be accompanied by a parent, and some challenges (like zip lines) have height requirements. January is the perfect time to test your skills with cooler weather, fewer crowds and plenty of excitement ahead.


MLK Jr. Day in the OC

January 11th, 2018


Spend this MLK Jr. Day in Orange County participating in one of several celebrations of the life and works of Dr. King. The 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration takes place in nearby Long Beach at 1950 Lemon Avenue. It all begins at 10:30 a.m. with a parade at the corner of MLK and Atlantic. The festivities continue until 6 p.m. with activities for all ages.

Over 25,000 people attend each year to enjoy live music in the afternoon and performances that revere camaraderie and peace. A carnival is erected and there are arts and crafts activities for little ones highlighting social justice. A number of groups and organizations support the event with information booths.

A Long Weekend That Matters

Every year, Tustin Library hosts special events for MLK Jr. weekend. Although most libraries, including Tustin, are closed on Monday, the weeks leading up to the holiday feature readings and showcase books that connect readers with Dr. King’s work. A particularly popular option is Jill Foran’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with gorgeous illustrations for young readers. Check your local libraries to see what events they have lined up for Saturday and Sunday.

Join OneOC, a local volunteer organization that offers projects for locals and visitors alike on MLK Jr. Day. OneOC rallies together to make Monday “a day on, not off” and hosts a variety of projects for all ages, interests and abilities. There’s even a project toolkit to help you put together your own event.

How will you be celebrating?




Anaheim Plaza

January 3rd, 2018


A trip to Southern California demands a little retail therapy, and Anaheim Plaza is a favorite for locals. Smaller and less crowded than GardenWalk, it’s where you can find your favorite shops along with local options. As the very first shopping mall in Orange County, it was regional from 1954 until 1992 when it was transformed into a “power center” with a variety of popular big box stores.

The first department store, The Broadway, set the stage for making Anaheim Plaza a shopping mecca. By the time wealthy patrons began calling Orange County home, demand for more stores, more space and more restaurants was high. Anchor stores include FAMSA, El Super, TJ Maxx, Forever 21 outlet and even a Wal-Mart.

What’s in Store?

Check the full directory to start planning your shopping getaway. Favorites include Ulta, Carter’s and Five Below. Dining options like Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Marie Callender’s, Dose Coffee and Baskin-Robbins help keep energy levels high when you need to refuel.

The Anaheim Plaza is located at N. Euclid Street and the Santa Ana Freeway in Anaheim. Whether you need to pick up some staples (like a swimsuit for the beach) or simply want to explore a local shopping hotspot, don’t miss out on the post-holiday specials at this Anaheim landmark.



Spending Christmas at Disneyland

December 18th, 2017


Christmas Day is one of the busiest days of the year at Disneyland parks, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is always packed. However, when planned correctly, this can also be the most magical time of year to visit the park. Always arrive early and plan to spend the entire day at the park (if you have a multi-park pass, choose just one park for the day—there’s plenty to see and do!).

If possible, visit during the first two weeks of December when schools are still in session. You’ll get all the fun of the festive season without the additional crowds. Visiting on a rainy day is always a good idea. Rain is rare in California, but December is the “wettest” month. Map out which attractions you want to see and head to those first—otherwise, the lines might be too long to complete your itinerary.

Top Attractions

Christmas at Disneyland is famous for the It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion attractions, both of which get a seasonal touch you won’t want to miss. The Nightmare Before Christmas takes over the mansion, and you have to check out the nearby gingerbread display with its intoxicating aroma. It’s a Small World gets about 250,000 extra lights on the exterior and 30,000 inside. You’ll find icicles, snowflakes, snowmen and carols here. (Even if this isn’t your usual ride, you’ll want to check it out).

Make sure you see the Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show, set to popular Disney holiday music. Meet Santa at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail throughout the month, and don’t forget about the A Christmas Fantasy parade on Main Street. Keep an eye on the Disneyland calendar for updates, and swing into any of the restaurants and food trucks for once-a-year delights.

North Gate of the City of Anaheim

December 5th, 2017


Located at 775 Anaheim Boulevard and North Street, this is the original town site of Anaheim. During its heyday, it was enclosed by a “living fence” comprised of willow trees which did a fantastic job of keeping livestock out. This gate is one of four that aided in travel back and forth to the north. While the actual gate no longer exists, the space remains a living testament to Anaheim’s history and is a gorgeous historic stop.

Visitors will find a historical marker set into a stone, marked HMZ2u. Use #HMZ2U when visiting, and share photos of your trip on social media. It’s a brief stop without any major signage, interpretive signs or a visitor’s center, which makes it a fast bucket list item for many travelers.

Anaheim’s History

The city was founded in 1857 and was originally made up 1,165 acres. The original name was “Annaheim,” in reference to the Santa Ana River. “Heim” means “home” in German. Over the years, the name naturally progressed. However, there are still hints of the rich German immigrant population that helped shape Anaheim into what it is today.

Fifty German families founded the town, which was incorporated in 1876. Throughout the decades, after splitting off from Los Angeles County, Anaheim remained largely rural until recent years. When Disneyland opened in the 1950s, that’s when suburban sprawl began and the rest is history—history that’s readily available for travelers visiting during their stay.


Magical Thanksgiving Feasts

November 20th, 2017


Three places are famously open on Thanksgiving Day in Anaheim: Theme parks, plenty of restaurants and a lot of pubs. One of the most popular picks for holiday cuisine is Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm. For less than $30 per person, you can enjoy a lavish and traditional feast. However, tables do fill up quickly, so you’ll want to make your reservations soon.

Disneyland is also open, as are all park restaurants, but a few are particularly well-known for their Thanksgiving dishes. The showstopper is the Fall Harvest Buffet in the Grand Ballroom at Disneyland Hotel. The classic meal includes roasted turkey, beef and ham, salads, mashed potatoes and other favorite sides, as well as a mouthwatering dessert station. It’s spendy at $79.99 for adults, but well worth it.

Dig In at Disneyland Park

Throughout the park, you’ll find themed specials like the Carnation Café’s oven-roasted turkey breast with bourbon gravy, sweet cornbread stuffing and homemade pumpkin pie. Duck into the Plaza Inn for a slow-roasted turkey and gravy dish with apple thyme dressing on the side. The River Belle Terrace also features turkey and all the trimmings, while the French Market is known for their cornbread and apricot stuffing, smashed potatoes and juicy cuts.

At the Blue Bayou, you’ll get a Cajun twist with turkey roulade complete with truffle stuffing, cognac turkey gravy and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante dishes up seasonal tamales with unique turkey twists. Get ready for the most delicious holiday spread of your life—the only question is, where do you start?


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?