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Chinese New Year

January 17th, 2017

 

Chinatown Los Angeles is an absolute must for Lunar New Year. Throughout the month of January, enjoy special decorations and small celebrations throughout the streets with everything culminating on January 28th. Take the Undiscovered Chinatown Tour on January 7, and get a peek into the inner workings and history of this diverse neighborhood. You’ll see an herbal shop, a temple, and discover great treasures on this 2.5 hour walking tour.

This year marks the Year of the Rooster, and many Lunar New Year celebrants tie in the honorable animal to their festivities. A symbol of awakening, success and triumph, patience and hard work is required this year. For business travelers, relating to the year of the fiery rooster is easy. It’s your year to shine—why not kick it off at the happiest place on earth?

A Disney New Year

Disneyland holds an epic Lunar New Year celebration each year. You’ll find the streets decorated with stunning traditional ornaments throughout January. Enjoy authentic dancers and entertainers while seeing your favorite Disney characters paying homage to the Year of the Rooster, too.

Visit a local Chinese restaurant for Lunar New Year specials, or shop a local boutique and pick up your very own rooster keepsake. How will you be celebrating?

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations

January 14th, 2017

 

How are you celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Anaheim? Children’s Book World hosts an annual storytelling session for kids ages four and up on January 14 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about civil rights while interacting with skilled children’s storytellers. Stay and browse, shop, and indulge in some treats to start the holiday weekend right.

The 29th annual MLK Jr. Peace and Unity Parade takes place at noon on January 16 with over 25,000 attendees flocking to MLK Jr. Boulevard each year. Learn about local organizations, enjoy carnival rides, and watch the floats and entertainment acts as the streets shut down all the way across Crenshaw for a full day of peace and brotherhood.

The Best Ways to Celebrate

At the California African American Museum, Cake for King is a special festival for kids that’s full of activities, arts and crafts, and, of course, plenty of birthday cake. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., stop by for face painting, or check out a documentary.

Visit the “I Have a Dream” Wall at Kiddie Center, located on Crenshaw Boulevard, for a full day of fun and entertainment. Add your handprints to the wall along with your own dream expression. The wall is always the focal point of the holiday and a great tool to inspire youth.

 

 

Spanish Restaurant Choices

January 4th, 2017

 

Craving some tapas? Anaheim is rich with Spanish restaurant picks, like Catal Restaurant in the downtown Disney district. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all while boasting an impressive drink selection, you can start your morning with chilaquiles or a breakfast burrito, served with a cold brew coffee or espresso.

For lunch, try their manchego salad with arugula, or the hanger steak with chimichurri sauce. The traditional paella features roasted chicken, shrimp, clams, mussels and more. Salmon cheek and pork belly for dinner, or the roja/blanca sangria at happy hour is always popular.

Spanish Delights

Try the Felix Continental Café for their wide Spanish menu, including papas rellena (beloved in Cuba and usually available solely at street vendor stands). They feature a protein choice, potato and egg with bread crumbs. Their Mozzarella Provencal is your favorite cheese rolled in egg and bread crumbs, then deep fried and served with fresh tomatoes, onions and a white wine sauce.

Their Fricase de Pollo is chicken and potatoes with raisins, olives and a dry cooking wine with a rich sauce—a truly unique dish. Touting the “best omelets in town” and known for their one of a kind flavors, this café a real treat that you don’t want to miss.

 

LA Zoo Happenings

January 1st, 2017

 

The San Diego Zoo gets a lot of hype, but don’t overlook the nearby LA Zoo where special events, four-legged (and more!) residents are available to visit, and gorgeous landscaping make for an idyllic getaway. You can schedule a birthday party or other private event. Don’t miss out on the tail end of LA Zoo Lights January 1 – 8, and take in the last of the holiday festivities from 6 – 10 p.m.

The Reindeer Romp also happens until January 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with real reindeer available for viewing. These temporary guests are a favorite of little ones, and since the holidays are over, they’re well-rested and ready for photo opportunities. You can also visit the LAIR (living amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles) to check out the unique habitats of endangered and rare species—it’s one of the rarest collections in North America.

Plan Your Visit

Stroll through the botanical gardens and discover native and imported plants. With over 5,400 mammals on earth, you’ll be surprised at how many are represented here! Visit the giant anteater, the aptly named bat-eared fox, giraffes, tigers, zebras and more.

Educational programs are available for all ages, including adults. The zoo’s overnight camp lets you camp with the creatures, and family classes let you get closer to the animals and learn more about conservation efforts. Where will your zoo-venture begin?

 

NYE Party Planning

December 26th, 2016

 

Spending New Year’s Eve in Anaheim is an incredible experience. There are parties galore, starting with the Noise Revolt and White Cube Society Present: White Noise New Year’s Eve party. Located at the LA Warehouse, you’ll find musical acts, live entertainment, painters and a fully immersive party. The goal is to give revelers an experience like no other, one of transcendence, and tickets sell out fast, so get yours today.

Resolution New Year’s Eve at Couture is all “electric energy” in a 21+ environment. With a heated patio, luxurious main room and a strict dress code to ensure everyone is looking their best, you’ll be showered in party favors, champagne toasts, and the best countdown in LA.

10, 9, 8 …

NYElectric is your rooftop party at the W Hotel in Los Angeles. Located at their rooftop space and lounge, this is dubbed the swankiest party in the area. With two DJs, a panoramic view of the valley, VIP bottle service, your choice of party styles, a four-hour premium hosted bar, and an epic countdown, this party is for the record books.

Try Wine Tasting NYE at Heritage Vineyards, a Beverly Hills French winery known just as much for their French breads and cheeses as their wine. No matter where you choose to party, you can bet NYE in southern California is a memory maker.

Christmas Eve Wine Tasting

December 21st, 2016

 

Sometimes milk and hot cocoa doesn’t cut it, and that’s when Santa heads to nearby Heritage Wines! He has his own “Santa’s Selection” at this local winery, and on Christmas Eve you can start the party early with this year’s selection of French wines. With one ticket, you get a tasting flight of six fabulous French wines approved by the big man himself, a ten percent discount on featured wines you buy the day of the event, and a cheese plate featuring Poilâne bread.

Heritage Wines is known for their eclectic French varieties as well as their luxury tasting room. Held on December 24 from 3 – 6 p.m., you can also sample a variety of luxury French cheeses and breads that pair perfectly with each of your new favorite bottles. Come discover the best of French wine at the Beverly Hills location, and trust that Santa knows a thing or two about pampering!

A New Christmas Tradition

Touted as one of the best wine bars in all of Beverly Hills, Heritage proves that you don’t need to drive out to the rural areas for great wine. A popular space for gatherings and parties, Heritage helps you relax the day before Christmas. Reward yourself after that hectic last minute shopping with a real treat that’s Santa-approved.

Tickets are available here.

Camelot Golfland

November 23rd, 2016

 

Enjoy a fun-filled day fit for the whole family, and get the royal treatment at Camelot Golfland. On Saturday mornings, you can score unlimited arcade games for just $7, and the world famous shakes at Iceland will keep you cool and your energy levels up for a whole day of excitement. The brand new bumper boats have been making a big splash and are the perfect way to start or end your day when booking a private event from a birthday party to a corporate team building event.

There are a number of miniature golf courses available, each with varying degrees of difficulty and all featuring a route fit for a king or queen. Perhaps laser tag is more your speed, or picking up a slice of the freshest, hottest pizza in town. Challenge your friends to a go-kart race, or show off your skills on one of the latest interactive video games.

Another Round at the Round Table

From dining to play, Camelot was created for all ages. It’s open every day of the year, but attraction hours may vary. The first waterslides in California were built here, and Camelot has kept up the pace over the years. Bring your swimsuit, and get ready to scream on one of the five twisty, recently renovated tubes.

Special group packages are available, including discounts, if you want a fundraiser or retreat at Camelot. Plan your event today, or simply stop by!

Thanksgiving Weekend in Anaheim

November 21st, 2016

 

In sunny California for the holiday weekend, and don’t know where to begin? If you’re up for a challenge, tackle the Black Friday sales! You can see what steals are available at top shops on Rodeo Drive, or head to the Citadel Outlets to maximize your savings. Being the fashion mecca of the country, stores go above and beyond to compete for your business and get into the black before next year.

Head to the Hollywood Christmas Parade the first Sunday after Thanksgiving where you can see the Hollywood sign, check out the handprints and footprints of the stars, and visit the Griffith Observatory during this family-friendly annual event. The Grove, an outdoor mall, will be beautifully decorated for the first time for the holiday seasons.

You’ve Got Options

If you’re looking for someone else to do the cooking, try the Fall Harvest Buffet at Disneyland, one of the most elaborate in the area. The price tag might be a bit steep at $76.99 (less than $30 for kids), but it’s well worth it! The gourmet spread is matched only by the harvest decorations that only Disney could dream up.

Back Bay Bistro serves a buffet from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Barton G. is famous for their annual three-course meal, and Revolutionario has a unique “pay what you can” meal from noon until 9 p.m. that always happens the day before Thanksgiving with all the classics. How will your weekend kick off?

 

Brushstrokes

November 11th, 2016

 

Everyone loves a painting party, and at Brushstrokes you can customize your event based on age, preferences and goals! Located in the heart of old downtown Tustin, you can schedule a private event or party any time and day of the week! However, you can also drop in during open studio hours and dive right into a painting frenzy. Up to 40 painters can join a private event, so you can imagine that making “fun art” (not fine art!) can turn into a real gala.

During open painting sessions, $30 gets you a 16×20 canvas, paint, brushes and an apron, and you can paint whatever you like or choose from the impressive gallery of options. Plan your child’s birthday party, a co-worker happy hour event, or make your next anniversary extra special. Leave the supplies and cleanup to the pros, and enjoy painting in a relaxed atmosphere.

A Masterpiece in the Works

Whether you’ve painted professionally before or never picked up a brush in your life, all ages and abilities are welcome. Instruction can be provided, or you can paint in peace. At Brushstrokes, you’re the master artist. Customize your next event, and call today to talk to a party planning pro.

Painting is a relaxing, calming, yet fun-filled hobby. From first dates to corporate bonding events, the paint can really fuse you and your party together. What will you create on canvas?

 

Card Addiction

November 8th, 2016

 

One of the best hobby shops in southern California is just a few minutes from your hotel. Located in nearby Fullerton, you’ll find everything you need for your Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh, WoW addiction and more at this close-knit, family-owned establishment. Whether you’re traveling and want to be welcomed into a temporary guild or fold, or you’re looking for a rare collector item, you’ll be surprised at the expansive inventory and stellar customer service Card Addiction is known for.

Looking to sell? Card Addiction offers a “buy list” updated in real time, so you can offer your goods and get matched with an eager buyer. It’s a platform that keeps spam and negative buyers/sellers at bay, so you can ensure a transaction runs smoothly. There’s also a forum to get to know your community near and far. This hobby shop is all about encouraging harmony.

It’s an Addict Thing

Check out their in-depth articles to get insider information on your favorite games and hobbies. The owners are also welcoming of guest bloggers, so you can certainly offer your own insights! Tournaments are always happening in this part of California, and on the tournaments page you can find the latest information to plan your getaway accordingly.

There’s no need to miss out on games, quests and events while traveling in Anaheim. Card Addiction has you covered.