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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?



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.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is Coming!

October 26th, 2016


Do something a little different this Halloween weekend, and head to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo October 28 – 30! Located at the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, tickets are available online now for a discount, or you can get admission at the door. This year’s guests include Stan Lee (of course), Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether among many others. It’s the area’s first multi-media pop culture conference, held annually and bringing together the latest in fantasy, video games, comics, sci-fi, horror and pop culture!

In collaboration with Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, it’s fully owned and managed by genuine pop culture icons. Over 75,000 attendees flock to the convention every year, coming from every part of the world. Last year, there were more than 700 vendors and artists offering a variety of rare comics, figurines and collectibles—and this year is expected to be even bigger.

Get Ready to Geek Out

Indulge in a positive, geeky community vibe where fantasies come to life. Stan Lee is quick to point out that the goal is to make the event a family affair, complete with Elvira as the crazy and beautiful aunt. Hours are October 28 from 5 – 9 p.m., October 29 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and October 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., giving you plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite stars, snap a photo with celebrities, and still have time to celebrate Halloween each evening.

You’ll find cosplayers galore and are encouraged to come in your own best getups. Meet famed players Megan Golden, Joanie Brosas, Maid of Might and many more. The Convention Center is a short drive from your Anaheim guest room, and it’s the ultimate gathering for anyone with a geek streak (or more!) in them.

Anaheim’s Haunting Season

October 20th, 2016


Spend this Halloween in Anaheim indulging in spooktacular events! The Anaheim Fall Festival at Center Street Promenade takes place every Halloween weekend, with free admission and plentiful parking. Enjoy live entertainment, a pumpkin patch, local food vendors vying for the best autumnal and spooky treats, game booths, and craft fairs. Fun for all ages, it’s the Halloween Parade that really draws a crowd with ghosts, ghouls and goblins taking over the streets.

Disney lovers delight at Disneyland’s Halloween, hosted by Jack Skellington and more favorite characters. For five hours during Mickey’s Halloween Party, kids of all ages are welcome to the park for trick or treating like you’ve never seen before. Tour the annual Haunted Mansion, show off your best costumes, and check out the Howl-O-Ween fireworks show!

Screams for All Ages

Knott’s Halloween Haunt offers thrills and screams for scare-lovers of all ages. For over 40 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has been spooking out their theme park for the witching hour, and it’s the oldest amusement park to embrace such a tradition in the country. Costume contests, themed attractions and plenty of tricks and treats await.

Downtown Anaheim shops participate in annual trick or treating on the big night, and many families check out the luxurious Los Angeles neighborhoods for a night of candy hunting like you won’t believe. The gorgeous southern California weather allows for any type of costume—what will you be dressed as this year?

Anaheim’s Mexican Picks

October 20th, 2016


You can’t travel to southern California without sampling some of the best, most authentic and innovative Mexican restaurants in town. Start your journey at La Casa Garcia, a family-owned restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with Mexican favorites along with Americana classics. For breakfast, try the menudo, nopalitos with chorizo and eggs, or a Spanish omelette. Of course, flan is on all three menus!

Los Alazanes Mexican Food is one of the few Mex stops open around the clock for counter service. You’re going to love their spin on street tacos, or if you have a raging appetite, check out the massive burritos. Tortas and smaller authentic bites are always popular, and you’ll find the best spices and flavors 24/7 at this beloved local stop.

Spice Things Up

Head to Casa Rangel for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the morning, nothing beats their huevos rancheros, chile verde con huevos, or the chilaquiles. Their famous wet burrito dinner, sizzling fajitas and shrimp cocktail are great picks for lunch or dinner. Get a side of onion rings or fresh guacamole, and save room for the churros, flan or deep fried ice cream.

At El Cholo, you’ll find an aged cheese quesadilla, Sonora-style nachos, and a crabmeat enchilada. The southwest chicken tostada with blackened chicken and avocado is a Cali staple, or get the Taste of History featuring a cheese enchilada, beef taco, pork tamale and chile relleno with Spanish rice and refried beans. Where will your gastro journey begin?