Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Literary Adventure Comes to Costa Mesa ~ Live!

A great program has inspired hundreds of kids to read in Costa Mesa. Five Costa Mesa schools along with five community churches have partnered together to encourage literacy in our local schools. During this school year more than fifty volunteers have donated their time in the classroom reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to students. This was the beginning of what became and extraordinary adventure. The book itself takes its readers on an incredible journey. This journey has now come alive for these students. The Crossing Church, along with their partners, is presenting a literary adventure live as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to life on stage, in their new state of the art auditorium beginning this week.

The Costa Mesa students who started on this adventure and have finished reading the book were given free admission to see this performance. There are three shows Wednesday, June 15 @ 6:30pm; Thursday, June 16th @ 6:30pm and Saturday, June 18th @ 2:00pm. Advanced tickets are available for purchase for $5 and at the door can be purchased for children at $5 and adults at $10. All of the proceeds go to benefit this program Literary Adventure to continue to encourage children to read. This is such a good deal we couldn't pass it up.

This is a great opportunity to bring families together in an effort to enhance our children's education and future. A national survey of literacy among prison inmates show that as many as 70% of all prison inmates fall below a fifth grade reading level. Encouraging kids to read not only affects the children but it affects society as a whole. This literacy adventure program is such a great way that a community can safeguard itself and its children.

This is such an exciting year for many Costa Mesa kids. Come join us as we build a better tomorrow while having some fun as we go.

For more activities and events in Orange County be sure to visit OC Fun Guide's Activity Calendar. Don't miss another great event only to hear about it after!

Happy Literary Adventuring!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's A Jungle Out There!

If you are looking for a good time for your kids on a rainy day like today, you might want to check out a little place called Scooter's Jungle. I was blown away at how fun this place is. They are an indoor inflatable party place and to say that all the kids had a blast here would be an understatement. My kids have been to their fair share of bounce house birthday parties, but Scooter's Jungle was really wild and fun.

They operate three different types of fun rooms. One is recommended for children 6 years and up and full of inflatable apparatus obstacle courses and giant slides. The next room is recommended for children 4 years old to 9 years old and the room is packed with giant inflatable slides, zip lines and play yards. This room is called the Village Room. They also have a room for the wee ones called the Jr. Party Room for those 1 year old to 6 years old. The best part of all is the music. They have the best music that keeps everyone in a party mood.

Scooter's Jungle has open play days when kids and adults can come and play in all of the cool giant inflatable bouncers and explore the rooms. In fact, the next family day is next Monday, February 21st from 12pm - 3pm. The cost is $9 per child and $4 for adults. They even have pizza slices available for $2 and free lemonade. This is such a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Check Scooter's Jungle calendar for all of the open play dates.

For more information about having a wild Scooter's Jungle Party Visit their website.

Check out all the fun activities in Orange County!

Happy Fun Day!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ice Skating in Orange County

This weekend our family will be celebrating winter in Orange County by enjoying one of the many ice skating rinks in Orange County. In the last few years, Orange County has added a few new rinks that we can enjoy. Although we do not have the snow that winter brings to our norther neighbors, we can still enjoy some of the winter activities such as ice skating.

Here are a list of the ice skating rinks in Orange County.

Ice Palace in Aliso Viejo
Ice Palace is a great rink that offers a great skating experience for $12 plus $3 skate rentals. They are open for public skating Monday-Friday 2:15pm - 4:45pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm - 3:00pm, Wednesday 6:15pm - 8:00pm and Fridays 7:30pm - 9:30pm. On Friday nights you can enjoy music videos on their 12 foot screen and color lights show. They are located at 9 Journey in Aliso Viejo. We have had great luck with their skate school.

Anaheim Ice in Anaheim
This amazing skating rink has an NHL and an Olympic size rink. They have a great modern, hip decor and the kids love this place. They offer ice skating classes and hockey leagues available for adults and kids. Anaheim Ice is the official training facility for the Anaheim Ducks. You may just catch one of your favorite Ducks practicing. The price is $5 for kids under 6 years old including skates, $7 for those 15 years old and younger plus $3 skate rental, and $9 for those 16 and over plus $3 skate rental. They have an extensive list of public skate times available on their website. This is one of the greatest skating rinks in Orange County.

There a re a couple of seasonal skating rinks in Orange County at Orange County Great Park this one is free but requires reservations) and at the Irvine Spectrum. You can find information on both of these skating rinks here.

For more information on fun family activities in Orange County be sure to visit OC Fun Guide.

Happy Skating!

Photo Credit: OC Great Park