Archive for the ‘Things To Do in Anaheim’ Category

Memorial Day at LEGOLAND

May 20th, 2016

Maybe you’ve always wanted to explore LEGOLAND, or maybe it’s long been one of your favorite southern California destinations. This Memorial Day weekend, the park is going all out with The Knights’ Tournament, the latest addition and a unique experience that’s interactive and hands-on. You choose which path you take as you scurry over moats and handpick which rides you’re up for taking.


As you battle dragons and meet other knights, you’re fully in charge of the intensity of the experience—and the challenges. No matter your age, it’s the ultimate California adventure and Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to experience it.

LEGOLAND Adventures

It’s understandable that you can’t see it all and do it all at this park in just one day, which is why the spring special is: buy one day, get four free! It’s perfect for that long weekend you have scheduled at the best Anaheim hotel. Ninjago the Ride also opens in May, and The Lego Movie in 4D is playing, so you can catch a break between adventures.

The Waterpark will keep you cool as the weather heats up, and the Sea Life Aquarium is a great spot to meet new friends from under the sea. Where will your first stop in LEGOLAND be?


Register for the Disney Half!

May 18th, 2016

Is the Disneyland Half Marathon on your bucket list, whether you’re a runner, Disney lover, or both? If so, register right now to make sure you get a bib! It’s also a good idea to make your Anaheim hotel reservations now for the September event weekend. This race sells out every year, and if you’re planning on running the half, 10k or 5k in September, registering early guarantees you a spot in the Happiest Race on Earth.


This year, the festivities take place September 1-4, and Mickey and Goofy are your hosts. A slew of Disney characters also make appearances, both pre- and post-race as well as along the route. For the half marathon runners, the course takes you right into the heart of Main Street, U.S.A. in the park, then leads you into the Anaheim streets.

A Run for Your Money

Not everyone who attends this beloved Disneyland race is a runner. Spectators outnumber runners by quite a bit! Whether you’re cheering on a loved one or simply want to stop by for the fun, festivities and the food, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Special treats, live entertainment, and photo opportunities abound.

If you’re on the fence, know that 2016 is slated to be the best race yet, with a number of surprises up Mickey’s sleeve to make it extra special.

Catalina Island Day Trip

May 10th, 2016

May is the perfect month for a Catalina day trip. Just 22 miles from the shores of Malibu, sheer paradise awaits (as if southern California’s mainland isn’t paradise enough!). This quaint, charming, Mediterranean-style town has incredible dining, pampering and nightlife. Avalon and Two Harbors are the two hot spots that really come to life at night, perfect for wining, dining and dancing.


Catch a movie at the Avalon Theater, or slip into your dancing shoes for the Descanso Beach Club. The Island Spa will treat you right with the Sea Oxygen De-Age treatment using pure white algae, white wine, copper, and white tea to detox your body and refresh your mind. Their classic facial treatments, anti-aging treatments, and brow perfectors pair perfectly with massages.

A Slice of Paradise

Camping and boating, including “primitive camping,” lets you truly get away from it all. Boat-in camping sites, mooring sites, guided camping trips, and the ability to really go off the grid on your own are all possible on Catalina. Blackjack Campground is Catalina’s highest peak and offers incredible views of the terrain and ocean.

You can go ziplining, golfing on an 18-hole course, take a scenic tour, or board a glass-bottom boat. Where will Catalina take you?

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day

May 1st, 2016

Anaheim is rich with brunch, breakfast and dinner options to treat mom like royalty, but where will you start? For many, Mother’s Day weekend will kick off with a trip to Disneyland where every single restaurant will have special treats just for her. Plus, there are free flowers throughout the park, and it’s the perfect excuse for the queen of your family to hob knob with princesses for photo opportunities.


Make reservations at Andrea’s Restaurant on Pelican Hill, a luxe eatery that still has a casual vibe. The intimate banquettes, outdoor terrace with ocean views, and house-crafted cocktails are sure to delight. The appetizer menu features seasonal soups, octopus, seared scallops, and shaved veggie salads with a caramelized dressing. Homemade pasta, fresh seafood and homemade gelato helped make Andrea’s famous.

Make Mom Melt

The Canaletto Ristorante Veneto in Newport Beach, close to Fashion Island, is an Italian mouthful (of flavor). If its sister restaurant in the Venetian has snagged your heart, you’ll be in heaven here. Barrel-shaped ceilings and a romantic atmosphere, along with reasonable prices, make this restaurant a top pick. Begin with fresh oysters, swordfish, or a memorable pizza. Grass-fed veal, clam pasta, and risotto helped put this eatery on the map.

Whether it’s a decadent brunch or a family-friendly dinner you have in mind, Anaheim has all the options you can imagine for a Mother’s Day to remember.


Yes4arts 2016 Spring Fashion Show is Coming

April 18th, 2016

Tickets start at just $22 for the yes4arts 2016 spring fashion show, coming to the LA area on April 30 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. A full evening of fashion and entertainment is on deck, all supporting the free art classes offered at the center. Fiber art classes are offered complementary and year-round to the community. The annual show is an avenue for showcasing some of the best fashion coming out of the local industry, as well as bringing awareness to what the center offers.


The show’s founder, Paula Bennett, was self-taught and also learned her design skills from her mother. She first learned crochet and yearned to teach others—at no cost. She created the show to inspire and empower, as well as bring attention to zero cost fiber education. Teachers, artists, friends, parents, and community members make up the program.

Coming Full Circle

Yes4arts offers a platform where all students can become teachers if they desire. The designs that come out of the workshop are phenomenal, from haute couture to vintage classic inspired pieces.

Join a thriving community of fashion lovers, and see what this spring’s collection has in store for you. Also, meet the designers and models after the event in a welcome reception.

Das ist Some Fantastic German Grub

April 2nd, 2016


Craving some authentic German fare while staying in Anaheim? There are some fantastic restaurants in the area, like Jägerhaus. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll love their fresh corned beef hash and eggs in the morning or curry wurst for lunch. Dive into their braised lamb shank or braised wild boar alongside a stein of your favorite German beer at dinner.


At Loreley Restaurant, you’ll find an eclectic menu featuring Hungarian Goulash, a comfort food of a soup that’s a meal in itself. Try the Bavarian warm pretzel or the aufschnitt board, with German cold cuts and beer cheese. Steak tartar and a “true Reuben sandwich” seal the deal.

Satiate Your Appetite

The Phoenix Club offers Oktoberfest year-round, where there’s singing and dancing all the time at the Pub. Potato pancakes and fried mac and cheese start the perfect dinner, followed by herring in cream sauce and grilled veal loaf. Sauerbraten, apple strudel, and a black forest cake are all favorites.

At the Euro Market Bakery and Deli, you can pick up to-go sandwiches or the ingredients for your own home cooked meal (perfect for your kitchenette!). There’s also a full German bar and restaurant on-site which was featured in Hell’s Kitchen!


Let’s Go Cosmic Karting!

March 30th, 2016

Excitement for the whole family awaits at the beloved Cosmic Karting night at SB Raceway! Held Friday and Saturday night, April 1 and 2, from 5pm until midnight, it’s one of the few weekends of the year where the go karts are kitted out in bright colors for epic racing. Located in San Bernardino, it’s just a short drive from your Anaheim hotel, and there are karts for all ages and abilities.

Go-Cart Race

Bring the family together for a weekend night outing you’ll never forget. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy some outdoor fun. Snacks, beverages and merchandise are available for purchase, but riders are encouraged to arrive early. This event is looked forward to by locals and out-of-towners alike.

Go, Kart!

SB Raceway is home to some of the best tracks and equipment in southern California. Go karting is always a thrill, but it’s kicked up a notch with the cosmic lights and special DJ tracks. Spend hours showing off your skills and racing to be number one.

It’s also a fantastic choice for date night, forcing couples to get close and heat things up with some healthy competition. Are you ready to race into the night?

For Our Common Home: Authors in Dialogue Over Laudato Si

March 30th, 2016

April 1 and April 2 is a landmark event where contributors to For Our Common Home touch on hot topics like multi-faith and multi-cultural responses to Laudato Si’. Brought to you by Process Century Press, Friday’s speakers include John B. Cobb Jr., Brian Henning discussing Stewardship and the Roots of Ecological Crisis, and Catherine Keller on Encycling: One Feminist Theological Response.

Portrait of senior man with beard on book market

On Saturday, enjoy talks from Joseph Prabhu on The Game Changer in the Vatican, Bonnie Tarwater discussing At the Bedside of Mother Earth, and James Conn on A Change in the Climate of Climate Change. Events start at 8am on Friday and end at 11pm on Saturday with a reception at the Claremont School of Theology.

A Cultural Affair

Visiting Anaheim can mean taking advantage of spiritual, cultural and historical events such as this two-day commentary. Authors are being welcomed from around the world to discuss situations including Positive Solutions from a Plasma Physicist and Catholic and Buddhist Perspectives.

There is no entry fee, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Reception and VIP tickets are capped at $29. Book your seats early, and get ready for a weekend filled with deep conversations with experts in every industry.

Best Cinemas in Anaheim

March 27th, 2016

With Hollywood just around the corner, it makes sense to indulge in some cinematic excitement while staying in Anaheim! Short of tickets to a red carpet premier, you can partake in one of the city’s fantastic theaters and cinemas to check out the latest releases. Cinema City Stadium Theatres offers 3D entertainment, state of the art technology, and special showings of your favorite cinema classic films.

Eating popcorn at the movies

AMC Downtown Disney 12 is conveniently located within Disney territory, offering respite from a full day of rides and games. As a dine-in theater, there are restaurants and pubs inside as well as an option to get a real meal while you watch your film. You can even order your concession choices online!

More than a Movie

Main Street Cinema whisks you back in time, letting you enjoy the charm of a traditional movie theater. Located on Main Street in Disneyland, various classics are featured each month. A classic movie palace like no other, the popcorn can’t be beat and every film is suitable for the whole family.

Edwards Anaheim Films 14 is a regal destination where you’ll find an impressive concession menu, sprawling theaters, and the latest films. King-sized recliners are available for extra movie-watching comfort.

Dana Point Festival of the Whales

March 5th, 2016

March is peak season for the migration of the whales, which trek back and forth between Mexico and Alaska. Dana Point is the ultimate spot to watch them in action, with up to 80 whales moving through on any given day! Spanning over the first two weekends in March, with a special parade to kick off the festivities the morning of March 5, being in Anaheim during this time of year is truly special.


Visitors can enjoy free parking and water taxi rides on all festival days. Take one of the many excursions into the water, whether on the original two-hour tour or on a massive yacht. Reserve your spot now, as the festival fills up quickly!

Taking It All In

Surrounding the festival are a number of boutiques, restaurants and food trucks. Indulge in some of the best seafood in Anaheim in between watching the whales race along the coast. There’s also a short three mile hike from the bluffs to the coast where you may be able to spot some of the migration patterns.

The festival is one that can’t be missed and attracts visitors from around the globe. Stop by and experience the majesty of California’s biggest resident!