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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?

 

 

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?

 

 

 

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.

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?

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.

 

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.

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?

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.