Simple and Fun Polar Express “Train”

It’s almost holiday break for the kiddos and that means Polar Express Day is coming up, this a yearly tradition at my kiddos school which is on the last day before break. All the students are encouraged to wear their pajamas and enjoy a fun day in their classrooms either reading The Polar Express or watching the movie. It’s a great way to kick-off the holidays. But the most exciting part of the day is the Kindergarten parade. All the Kindergarten students make their very own Polar Express Train to parade through the school and all the classes line the hallways to cheer them on. It really is quite a show. And this year is exciting for our little Cruzin family as my youngest is taking part in it! So I wanted to share our creative, fun, yet simple DIY “train”.

Polar Express Train

Like I said we kept it fairly simple with our “train” this time around. Having experience from when my daughter did the same project a few years ago (ok more like 5 years) we had an idea of what the project consisted of and what did and didn’t really work the first time around. Well with my daughter’s we did a “go big or go home” train. We made out of fairly large boxes a very Christmas themed train complete with smoke stack, wheels, and lots of wrapping paper. I for one did not enjoy working with wrapping paper, so this time around I wanted to see about either using duck tape or painting. I also did not want to go very big like we did before as we had a lot of trouble trying to find a way for my daughter to wear her train by using ribbon and strings. So small it is but I knew that building a little replica train even out of boxes can sometimes be a little complicated. I knew with my son’s personality he needed a train to match. So we started talking with him and throwing out ideas and scrolling Pinterest (of course that’s like the holy grail for craft projects!). My little guy got pretty excited to make something Star Wars related but I started to think we were heading to a lot of complicated work and if that was the case we should just do a train. Then while out at Target (I practically live at this store lol), I saw some Peanuts holiday gear and it was like a little lightbulb went off. My Snoopy loving kiddo could do the famous red doghouse. It’s simple, unique, and easily associated with the holidays with the help of some added details.

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We started with a simple file box we already had and cut out the bottom of it and the folding inside of it, saving the cut outs for later. Next up my son and I painted the entire outside of the box red with some inexpensive paint from Walmart. It took a couple coats to try to hide the boxes blue bottom and black writing. After letting the paint dry, I outlined the box with black paint making the outline a little wobbly to give it the cartoon feel. I added some lines on the sides as well in this style to give it the wood look. On the front my son helped me paint the “door” and above it we placed vinyl letter stickers (this was so nice to skip painting each letter).

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Next was to make the box actually look like a doghouse and this turned out to be a lot simpler than we expected. So with the scraps from cutting out the bottom of the box we made two triangle pieces. The pieces were painted and attached to the box using tape (a lot of it since we only have basic tape, packing tape or duck tape would probably work best) and some of the other box scraps to give the pieces support. For straps we used my sons suspenders which clipped perfectly to the inside of the box. We are able to adjust the length easily with them and they are very sturdy.

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Next up was the roof itself, so for that we went out and got a basic poster board. We cut the poster board in half and cut like a half circle to each side. We then taped the halves together and painted both the top and bottom red then did the same black outline that was on the box. The roof is a completely separate piece that just sits on top of the triangle pieces. This will make transporting the “train” to school easier.

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Finally it was time to add some Christmas-y details. I spotted these really great Christmas light necklaces where the bulbs are large and have a vintage feel to them but at around $10 a necklace they were way out of budget. So my spouse decided to look up some pics of similar projects and got the great idea to make some out of construction paper. This really worked out great and saved me on going and buying more paint. He made two different styled stencils; one the shape of a bulb with a top and the other just a basic bulb shape. He cut the backing of the bulbs from black paper and then made a mix of the bulbs from yellow, blue, green, purple, and reddish pink construction paper. After he glued the colors to the backs, I found some old glitter glue in the crafting box to give the bulbs a little shine. Dad and the little guy then glued the finished bulbs to the roof and I painted the black “light string”. To really give the doghouse a Christmas feel we added snow. This was so easy but very messy! We just coated areas with glue (like pools of it) and shook a bag of “snow” we found at Target in the holiday area, it looks like it is used for little Christmas town displays or for in a snow globe. We shook the snow onto the glue over another box to catch all the excess, there was still some mess but this really helped contain the most of it. And this was the finishing touch.

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The only real thing left to do was to see it all together! We are all so excited at how it turned out.

The finished "train"!

The finished “train”!

With a new pj set on and his Snoopy by his side, our little Charlie Brown is more than ready for Polar Express Day!

Knott’s Merry Farm

Photos courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

Photos courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

Join Snoopy and the Peanuts gang by getting in the holiday spirit at Knott’s Merry Farm!

Starting November 19th and going on until January 9th, the park will be full of holiday festivities. From special shows to snow in Ghost Town, the Holiday’s are a magical time to visit Knott’s Berry Farm. Visit with Santa or enjoy a live show there is snow much fun to be had. See Snoopy take to the ice in Merry Christmas Snoopy a holiday ice skating spectacular in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Or catch the all new musical show on the Calico Mine Santa in It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown. And don’t forget to check out camp Snoopy as well as the holiday cheer is taking part there with The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever show in the Camp Snoopy Theater. The park is going all out this holiday season especially in Calico as the Ghost Town will be celebrating Christmas in Calico featuring holiday decor, a craft village, Santa’s Cabin, and carolers. Don’t miss the magic and fun as it is only here for a short time.

Have a Berry Christmas time at Knott’s!

Cruzin Mama

Home Depot FREE Kids Build

Image from workshops.homedepot.com

Images courtesy of Home Depot

On the 1st Saturday of every month at Home Depot is a FREE Kids Workshop. The kids workshop is from 9am until 12pm. Kids are invited to come and build a fun free craft. All kids are given a Junior Home Depot apron at their first build. After completing a build your child will receive a special pin pertaining to the workshop they attended. Complete 10 workshops and receive an extra special pin! The workshops are recommended for children ages 5 to 12. Register online now for February’s build happening this Saturday the 6th by clicking here. This weekends build is to make a mailbox perfect for holding Valentines cards!

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama

Valentine's Mailbox Home Depot Kids Workshop

 

Christmas Tree Lighting Events

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

Riverside County

Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 21st

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities. Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 21st

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit
shopdoslagos.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday November 29th

Take a holiday trip out to Temecula’s Wineries for a fun family tree lighting event. Special performances by Murrieta Dance Company and RCC Chambers Singers, who will be dressed up in vintage costumes. There will be a viewing of Disney’s Frozen. Enjoy some coco, wine and snacks available for purchase at the concession. Catch a tractor ride through the holiday lite vineyard. And be sure to spot Santa and some of his elves as they will be making appearances. This wonderful is FREE to attend be sure to check it out! For more information visit
southcoastwinery.com

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 3rd

Come join the 18th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit
temeculaevents.org

Menifee Town Center

Saturday December 12th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4pm to 8pm. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Orange County

Fashion Island

Saturday November 13th – January 3rd

Enjoy nightly tree lightings starting November 13th until January 3rd. With the help of some Disney magic watch the lights twinkle and glitter to Disney Holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

San Diego County

Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 20th

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 27th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 5th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

The Queen Mary Chill

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The CHILL is coming back to the Queen Mary on November 20th! This is a fun holiday experience unlike any other. The Queen Mary is transformed into a winter wonderland with 2 million pounds of ice. Explore The Ice Kingdom a 13,000 square foot Igloo or go ice skating on the outdoor rink. Or go tubing down a two story 100 foot long ice slide while still being next to the beach. And for the first time enjoy a complementary screening of the Polar Express 4-D Experience in the all new 4-D theater. There is plenty of entertainment and activities for everyone.

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Tickets

  • Adults
    $44.99 -online $34.99
  • Children ages 4-11
    $34.99 -online $24.99
  • Children 3 and underFREE
  • Adult E.L.F Pass
    $59.99 – online $49.99 (grants you general admission along with “Express Lane Fast” Pass for priority access to Ice Kingdom and Slides)
  • Child’s E.L.F Pass
    $49.99 – online $39.99 (grants you general admission along with “Express Lane Fast” Pass for priority access to Ice Kingdom and Slides)
  • Family Pack
    $129.99 (for up to 5 guests, you get 5 General Admission passes for the price of 4!)

General Admission includes entrance to the Ice Kingdom, along with ice tubing, entrance to CHILL village and also to explore the World Famous Queen Mary. Click here to purchase your ticket online now and save.

Dates
The CHILL is only open select dates starting November 20th until January 10th.

  • November 20th-29th
  • December 1st-6th, 8th-31st
  • January 1st-3rd, 7th-10th

Be sure and try to check out this cool attraction!

Cruzin Mama

Dreamworks Adventure to Santa

Dreamworks Adventure to Santa

A visit to Santa during the Holiday season can be a stressful event. Waiting in long lines and only getting a few minutes with Ol’ Saint Nick can be a not so jolly occasion. Well Adventure to Santa is here to change that. Dreamworks Dreamplace is back again this year with the special Adventure to Santa Holiday experience. This is more than just your average visit to the local mall Santa. This is an interactive experience to make the visit a most memorable one.

Adventure to Santa

First off just being at a Dreamworks Dreamplace is already an experience. The outside of the cottage is a changing digital display. Characters from Shrek and Rise of the Guardians make appearances throughout the windows and doors on the display. The cottage also goes through full transformations changing its appearance around every hour. When the blizzard would hit, the cottage would look as if covered in snow. My kids loved when this would occur they wanted to keep watching for when the next snow storm would strike.

Adventure to Santa

Adventure to Santa

To go on an Adventure to Santa you must reserve a time slot and date as well as pick a package online. Packages range from $35 to $75 per family for photos. (You can click here to book your adventure and to find a location). By having visits set up this way it cuts down on wait times so the whole waiting in a long line for hours just for a few minutes with Santa is a thing of the past. When you arrive and get checked in you are given a boarding pass. See Santa isn’t actually there right away when you go in. You and your family must take a special trip to the North Pole to see him. So the first room you enter on your journey is the flight school area. In this area everyone in your group is able to practice their sleigh flying skills.

Adventure to Santa Boarding Pass

Adventure to Santa Flight Room

Adventure to Santa Flight Room

Adventure to Santa Flight training

Next up is your flight aboard a magic sleigh headed to the North Pole! You are joined by Shrek and his friends who help guide your journey. I have to say we all had a blast on this ride. It’s not a full simulator ride like Star Tours at Disneyland but something along those lines. This alone made the experince worth it.

Adventure to Santa Sleigh Ride

Once you arrive at the North Pole you don’t go immediately to Santa just yet. Next up is another interactive room this time it’s cookie making, Gingerbread people to be exact. Then into the next room to meet the jolly man himself. What’s great is that it’s a private room for just you and your family with Santa. It’s so much more personal than the typical mall visit. You have time to take your photos and for the kids to actually talk with him before you are magically transported back to the mall.

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Adventure to Santa Dreamworks Dreamplace

After being transported back to the mall it was time to check out our photos. It was hard to chose just one image since all came out so well. There is also some Dreamworks Character merchandise available by exit. Since we attended an opening event for the new Dreamplace at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach there was a lot of Christmas excitement going on. The Eleves from Rise of the Guardians made an appearance!

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Adventure to Santa Merchandise

Adventure to Santa Grand Opening

Hope you enjoyed checking out my family’s Adventure to Santa be sure to book your sleigh ride soon before the magic is gone!

Cruzin Mama

Dreamworks Adventure to Santa Grand Opening

Dreamplace Adventure to Santa

California Locations

Victoria Gardens
12505 S Mainstreet
Rancho Cucamonga 91739

South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Blvd.
Redondo Beach 90278

Hours

Monday through Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm

Admission and Packages

Admission: FREE to travel through but it is highly recommended to have a reservation.

Packages: $35 – $75 package options available, up to 8 guests accommodations on all packages.

Visit www.dreamplaceexperience.com for more information and to book your reservation

Brick-or-Treat *Early Bird Savings Ending Soon!*

Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Last chance for Legoland Brick-or-Treat Early Bird savings!

Get your tickets with a savings of up to $50 off! This is a limited time offer as prices will increase on September 27th.

Brick-or-Treat is Legoland’s Halloween time celebration. Occurring on five nights this October, guests are able to trick-or-treat throughout the park and enjoy special shows and party the night away. The park is decorated for the occasion and there are fun characters to meet and take a great photo memory with. Party Nights will be October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th. Tickets start as low as $35 for just the Party Nights! Or there is a full day package option for $60, that means you can play all day in the park and party all night for a great savings price.

My family attended a Party Night last year and we had such a great time. You can check out my review here that also has some great tips to help your visit be a very brick-tastic one.

So hurry and catch this amazing deal now as it won’t last long!

Cruzin Mama

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day! Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Cruzin Mama

4th of July Amusement Park Celebrations

4th of July Fireworks and Events in Riverside, San Diego and Orange County

Since my Fireworks and Events post was so full of information I decided to do a separate post just for 4th of July happenings at Amusement Parks. So if you plan on visiting one of the many parks we have here in Southern California this weekend, here is a guide to the special celebrations happening at them.

  • Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

    Disneyland Forever
    A firework spectacular like no other inside Disneyland. Featuring two original songs: “Live the Magic” and “Kiss Goodnight”, Disneyland takes spectators on a timeless journey through Disney tales. *Due to the shows immense popularity the regular 4th of July fireworks will not be presented, but a patriotic finale will follow the show on July 4th.*

    World of Color – Celebrate!
    Help celebrate the United States 239th birthday with a special performance of the World of Color.

    Military bands will be performing throughout the Disneyland Resort all weekend for more red, white, and blue entertainment.
    disneyparks.com

  • Knott’s Berry Farm

    Fireworks Spectacular
    The park will be open for extended hours and will close out the night with a spectacular display of fireworks.

    Knott’s Summer Entertainment
    Knott’s has rolled out new summertime shows, Voyage to the Iron Reef 4-D ride and extended hours. There are 10 live shows going in this summer at the park, such as; Blockbuster Beagle, Vertical Impact, Vertical Imapact Geared Up, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, Big Fat Steve Band, Ghost Town Miners Bluegrass, Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers, and more. The fun is only on select days now until September 7th.
    http://www.knotts.com

  • Sea World

    Sea to Shining Sea
    A dazzling fireworks extravaganza celebration the 4th of July. The show begins at 10:30pm and can be viewed from Mission Bay. The park has extended hours as well.

    Summer Nights
    Sea World is open later and the nighttime shows have returned. And on select nights Sea World’s ‘Celebrate the Wonder’ amazes with a firework finale.
    http://www.seaworldparks.com

  • Legoland

    Red, White and Boom!
    Celebrate 4th of July with great family fun at Legoland’s Red, White and Boom! Attend dance parties, take part in Lego building competitions, listen to live entertainment or take part in lawn games in Miniland. End the night with a firework display for a memorable Independence Day.

    http://www.california.legoland.com

  • San Diego County Fair – A Fair to Remeber

    4th of July at the Fair
    Enjoy the final days of the San Diego County Fair. Enjoy the food, exhibits, rides and entertainment. Then end out the night with a traditional fireworks display, happening at 9pm.
    http://www.sdfair.com

Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

Cruzin Mama

4th of July Fireworks and Events

4th of July Fireworks and Events in Riverside, San Diego and Orange County

Still making plans for the holiday weekend? Well here’s a great list of firework shows and events going on for 4th of July. There are great events happening all over so I’ve complied some that are perfect for the whole family!

Riverside County

  • Riverside
  • Moreno Valley
        • Independence Day Parade
          Beginning at Alessandro Blvd 9am
          and concluding at Towngate Blvd.
        • Family Fun Fest
          Morrison Park/Mountain View Middle School
          Gates open at 1pm, events and fun from 2pm-9pm
          Entrance is FREE for Military with ID and children under 5, between 1pm-4pm FREE entry for all, $3 charge after 4pm
          Booths, live entertainment, food, fun for kids
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm
          http://www.moval.org
  • Corona
        • Main Street USA Parade
          Onatario Ave and Main Street 9am
        • Family Festival
          Santana Park 4pm
          Booths, food, live entertainment and children’s zone
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.discovercorona.com
  • Lake Elsinore
        • Family Fun Fest
          Lakepoint Park 6pm-10pm
          Live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities
          Fireworks show 9pm
        • Lake Elsinore Fireworks
          Viewable from Lakepoint Park, Elm Grove Beach, Davis Fishing Beach, and Whiskers Fishing Beach
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.lake-elsinore.org
  • Temecula
        • 4th of July Parade
          Old Town Front Street 10am
          Street closures start at 9am and run until about 12pm
        • Community Party and Fireworks
          Ronald Reagan Sports Park 2pm-9pm
          Live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities- kids zone cost $5
          CRC pool open from 11am-3pm
          Fireworks show 9pm synced with KATY 101.3
          http://www.temeculaevents.org

San Diego County

  • San Diego Bay
        • Big Bay Boom
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm synced to MAX 105.7
          Port of San Diego viewing locations: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and Coronado Ferry Landing
          Special events and cruises at many of the viewing locations
          http://www.bigbayboom.com
        • Coronado Independence Day Celebration
          Independence Day Parade 10am on Orange Ave
          Concert in the Park at Spreckles Park 4pm
          Fireworks show 9pm at Glorietta Bay
          http://www.ecoronado.com
        • Ocean Beach Fireworks at the Pier
          Fireworks show 9pm at Ocean Beach Pier
          http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com
  • South Bay
        • National City 4th of July Carnival and Fireworks
          Carnival is July 1st-5th 12pm-Midnight, with Fireworks on July 4th at 9pm
          Food, vendors, rides, games and more
          http://www.nationalcityca.gov
        • Imperial Beach Fireworks at the Pier
          Fireworks show at Imperial Beach Pier 9pm synced to KyXy 96.5
          http://www.imperialbeachca.gov
  • East County
        • Julian 4th of July Parade
          Main Street 10am
          Featuring musical presentations, “Gunfight and Bank Robbery”, flyovers by vintage aircrafts, and raffle for ride in one of the aircrafts through Sky Sailing http://www.julianparade.com
        • Ramona Community Picnic and Fireworks
          Olive Peirce Middle School from 5pm-9pm
          Family fun activites
          Firework Spectacular 9pm
          http://www.ramonajournal.com
        • El Cajon Picnic and Fireworks
          Kennedy Park community picnic and fireworks 12pm-9pm
          Vendors, activites and family picnicking
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
  • North County
        • La Jolla Cove 4th Celebration
          La Jolla Cove Fireworks 8pm-10pm
          http://www.lajollabythesea.com
        • Mira Mesa 4th Celebration
          Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade begins at Mira Mesa Blvd at 11:30am
          Family Fun Day at the Park opens at 11am with food, vendors, carnival rides, games and entertainment
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm
          http://www.miramesatowncouncil.org
        • San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
          Bradley Park
          Jumpers, carnival games, live entertainment and food vendors
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.san-marcos.net
        • Vista Independence Day Celebration
          Brengle Terrace Park and Moonlight Amphitheater 7am-9pm
          Park opens at 7am
          Moonlight Amphitheater opens at 5pm, cost is $5 per person, children under 5 and Militart with ID are free. Parking is $15 per car
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.cityofvista.com
        • Escondido Independence Day Featival and Fireworks
          Grape Day Park 4pm-9pm
          Live entertainment, special announcements and guest speakers, crafts, games, activities, contests and more
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.visitescondido.com

Orange County

  • Anaheim
        • OC Block Party Fireworks Spectacular
          Angel’s Stadium of Anaheim 3pm-11pm
          Carnival games, food, vendors, live entertainment and more
          Cost is $7 online, $10 at the door
          Fireworks Spectacular 9:45pm
          http://www.ocblockparty.com
        • Anaheim Hills Celebration
          Canyon High School & Peralta Park 1pm-9pm
          Patriotic Parade begins at 1pm at Canyon Hills High School
          Family Fun at Peralta Park is from 3pm-8:45pm with vendors, live music, games and more
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.anaheimhillscommunitycouncil.org
        • Fullerton Festival and Fireworks Show
          Fullerton High School 5pm-9:30pm
          Live entertainment, activites and more
          Firework show 9pm
          http://www.cityoffullerton.com
  • Santa Ana
        • Santa Ana Independence Celebration
          Centennial Park 4pm-9:30pm
          Food, face painting, kids zone, Canon exhibition, history walk, and more
          Fireworks Show 9pm
          http://www.ci.santa-Ana.ca.us
        • Tustin Annual 4th of July Celebration
          Tustin High School 6:30pm-9pm
          Live music, food drive and picnicking
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.tustinca.org
        • Irvine Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival
          Irvine High School 3pm-9pm
          Live music, kids activities, food court and more
          Cost $15 Adults, $10 Seniors/Children, Under 2 is Free, Family Ticket packs available
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.irvinepa.com
        • Lake Forest 4th of July Parade
          Parade begins at Ridge Route & Toledo Way at 10am
          Concluding at El Toro High School
          Be aware of street closures, this is a parade only event- no fireworks
          http://www.lakeforestparade.com
  • Dana Point
        • Dana Point Fireworks Extravaganza
          Dana Point Harbor 9pm
          Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 9pm is synced to KSBR 88.5
          http://www.danapoint.org
        • San Juan Capistrano July 4th Celebration
          San Juan Capistrano Sports Park 12pm-10pm
          Carnival atmosphere, food, vendors, rides and attractions, live entertainment, giveaways and more
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.sanjuancapistrano.org
        • San Clemente Firewirks Show
          Fireworks show at the San Clemente Pier 9pm
          http://www.san-Clemente.org
  • Newport
        • Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade
          Newport Harbor 1pm-3:30pm
          Watch boats parade through Newport Harbor in honor of Independence Day
          Parade theme “United We Stand”
          http://www.alyc.com
        • Balboa Peninsula Fireworks at the Dunes
          Viewable form Balboa Island
          Fireworks at the Dunes 9pm
          http://www.balboa-island.com
        • Mission Viejo Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular
          Olympiad Road & Melinda Road, near Lake Mission Viejo
          Rides, games, food, vendors, music and more
          Fireworks show at dusk
          http://www.mvactivities.com
        • Huntington Beach Parade &Pier Festival
          Festival is July 3rd-5th with exhibitors, food, family activites, live entertainment and more
          Parade is July 4th 10am-12pm
          Fireworks over the ocean July 4th 9pm
          http://www.hb4thofjuly.org

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

    Cruzin Mama