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Camelot Golfland

January 13th, 2018

 

Have a royally good time at this mini golf palace. Camelot Golfland is located at 3200 E. Carpenter Avenue and is the biggest mini golf destination in the U.S. There’s also laser tag, plenty of water slides and a massive arcade. Camelot Pizza is where you can fill up on delicious pies, or grab a shake at Iceberg Shakes to keep the fun going all day.

Camelot is part of a mini golf royal family with locations around Southern California, including in the heart of Anaheim. It’s the perfect place to host birthday parties, family reunions or other special event. Whether you’re looking for a way to spend time with the family, a fun date idea or just want to relax during a business trip, count on Camelot to keep you entertained.

Fit for a King

Since 1953, Camelot has been known for family fun. In the winter months, there are rarely any lines for the water park part of the park, but with the California sunshine it’s almost always the ideal swimsuit season. Hop in a bumper boat, or head to the Go Karts and take a few high-speed laps.

Group events are also available, and a great team building outing for businesses. Catering for groups can include massive soft pretzels, nachos, sub sandwiches and custom shakes. No matter what kind of outing you have in mind, Camelot has all the fun, thrills and American fare to make it an event to remember.

 

How Will You Celebrate MLK Jr. Day?

January 12th, 2018

 

Orange County is full of celebration options, including the 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration. It’s one of the biggest in the country with over 25,000 attendees each year. The parade starts at MLK and Atlantic Avenues at 10:30 a.m. However, the party keeps going until 6 p.m. The free event includes non-stop performances, live music, a carnival for the kids and plenty of food trucks.

Don’t miss one of the biggest celebrations of the year as thousands join together to remember the life and works of Dr. King. You’ll find a variety of booths after the event with information from local groups, arts and crafts, and options for spending this “day on” serving the community.

Take a Hike

Hiking is a favorite way for some to celebrate the long weekend. Dr. King promoted meditative practices, and there’s no better way to tap into your inner Zen than with a hike along one of the local trails. The interconnected Orange County trails are the perfect place to reflect during the holiday weekend, and a great warm-up to the parade on the big day.

All libraries in Orange County feature MLK Jr.-centric books throughout the month of January. However, Tustin Library is especially well-known for offering one of the widest collections, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day by author Jill Foran. Check your local library events pages to keep up to date with special events throughout the month.

 

Your Guide to a Disney NYE

December 29th, 2017

 

Nothing is more magical than spending New Year’s Eve at Disneyland, and these tips will help if you’re a first-timer. Disney fans flock to Main Street USA, so you’ll be surrounded by thousands of like-minded fans. It’s the most crowded night of the year at Disneyland, but you’ll enjoy the best holiday entertainment and special events. Show up early, and pre-purchase your passes. Although Disneyland keeps admission numbers a secret, they do stop selling admissions if it’s too crowded—sometimes this happens before noon!

It will take longer than usual for parking and bag check, but it’s well worth it. Gates usually open at 8 a.m. on NYE, or 7 a.m. if you have a CityPASS. The park doesn’t close until 2 a.m., so expect a full day of fun. Even if you have a multi-park pass, stick to just one for the day. Dress in layers, or at least bring a jacket to store in a locker. It’s sure to be chilly by midnight.

Tricks of the Trade

FastPass is always a good idea, but it’s a lifesaver on New Year’s Eve. Understand how your FastPass works, check the timings and map out what you want to do, see and experience in advance. Get to your “must” rides first, but embrace flexibility. Remember that longer wait times should be used to enjoy time with loved ones. Play games and be patient. Fast lines usually include Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and It’s a Small World (which features a special holiday show).

If you’re up for it, Splash Mountain has relatively short lines in the winter. The Christmas Fantasy Parade happens at 1:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and a Paint the Night Parade at 6:15 p.m. You’ll need to arrive early for parades if you want to get a good spot. Aladdin’s Oasis does offer an on-the-go package for reserved seating at the Paint the Night Parade.

Nightly snowfall happens usually around 8 p.m., as well as after the fireworks display (at both 9 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.).

 

Visit Adventure City

December 10th, 2017

 

Anaheim might be famous for Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (or “Merry Farm” during December), but for those looking for a quaint throwback experience, nothing compares to Adventure City. It’s the little theme park on South Beach Boulevard that’s been thrilling guests since 1994. Located on two acres, you’ll find a variety of historic attractions including a gorgeous 1946 carousel featuring 20 horse figures.

There’s also the 1938 miniature railroad, Adventure City Express Train, that gave the theme park its name sake. Check out the Tree Top Racers roller coaster, originally from circa 1950 but replaced in 2015 by a whip-fast coaster dubbed Rewind Racers. You’ll also find a romantic Ferris wheel, spinning balloon ride and an adrenaline-inducing tower drop.

Fun for the Whole Family

Throughout the park, you’ll find fun, thrills and treats for all ages. Spend an afternoon in the arcade, or take in a show at the children’s theater. The Mount Adventurous rock climbing walls are a favorite challenge, and the petting farm lets you get up close and personal with a number of gentle animals including sheep, goats, ducks and more.

Like other theme parks in the area, Adventure City goes all out for the holidays. In December, you’ll be treated to special decorations and goodies at the snack shops and restaurants on site. It’s the perfect, low-key way to spend a day in Anaheim when you want minimal crowds and maximum fun.

 

Anaheim Winter Holiday Happenings

December 5th, 2017

 

You don’t want to miss out on some of the best local holiday attractions in town. The Holiday Event with Santa at Anaheim Plaza is free and fun for the whole family. You’re welcome to bring your camera and snap a photo with the big guy. Raffle prizes, a kid-friendly DJ and many more surprises are waiting for you at this intimate opportunity to share your holiday wish list with Santa.

You’ll also find him at Anaheim Town Square starting on Black Friday. With a real snow play area, crafts for the little ones, balloon artists, rides on trains and much more, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Snap a selfie with Santa, get your face painted for the festivities, and enjoy the long weekend at the nearby community gathering space.

Spreading Joy and Cheer

Breakfast with Santa is a favorite tradition in Anaheim. It’s hosted every weekend in December at Catal Restaurant with seating at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Catal in downtown Disney has elves on hand to help with this delicious family-style gathering complete with breakfast, a hot cocoa station, activities with elves, carolers and personalized stockings for kids. The elves are acting as hosts and you’ll be busy decorating ornaments before Santa makes his grand entrance and greets guests table by table.

A Nutcracker Christmas is free every December and features real snow, holiday crafts, and festive performances by local groups and schools. Here, you can find one of a kind gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village and indulge in treats and goodies at the International Food Fair. The lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree is the grand finale, located at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street.

Which of these will you incorporate as a new holiday tradition?

Founder’s Park

December 1st, 2017

 

Anaheim has a rich and fascinating history, though the city’s historic sites aren’t usually the big tourist draws. Founder’s Park, located at 400 N. West Street, is home to a trio of old buildings that tell the unique story of Anaheim’s roots. The oldest home in Orange County, the Woelke-Stoffel House, is right beside the charming Carriage House. In December, the Christmas themes of the homes really shine and it’s the best season to visit.

Take a photo by the Grand Moreton Bay Fig Tree out front, planted in 1876 and serving as a beautiful landmark. On-site museum docents are decked out in Victorian costumes and are well-versed in the architecture of the home, history of Anaheim and culture of the era. Learn about the citrus heyday of Anaheim, local agriculture and discover a treasure in Anaheim’s back yard.

Travel Through Time

It doesn’t take long to tour all three buildings on site, which makes Founder’s Park the perfect miniature stop. However, keep in mind that not all areas are completely accessible to those with mobility challenges. Still, the grounds are gorgeous and well worth a visit. The best time to visit is the first two Saturday mornings in December when the grounds are decorated to the nines.

You’ll find Founder’s Park at Lincoln and West Street in the middle of Anaheim. Free open house admission is held the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon.

Visit Hart Park

November 29th, 2017

 

Orange County’s got “Hart,” a dog-friendly park and greenspace that’s a favorite for families. Located in nearby Orange, it’s the sister park to Anaheim’s Pearson Park and just a short drive away. Nearby, you’ll find historical buildings, an outdoor arena for concerts and mature trees. The spacious parking lot and clear, cool pool are just a couple of reasons this park is so popular.

The parking lot is underground, helping to keep visitors cool when leaving the greenspace. It was originally designed to channel Santiago Creek in the 1930s when the park was first built. Located near Old Towne Orange, it’s a perfect place to kick back and relax after a day of exploring, shopping and dining.

What to Expect

The park has everything, including an impressive amphitheater (available to rent for special events), a number of well-kept tennis courts, volleyball court and picnic areas of all sizes. It’s the ideal location for a birthday celebration or outdoor wedding. Visitors love the bike trail located directly off Santiago Creek, and you can take the trail all the way to the Discovery Science Center.

A playground with swings for all ages, along with a peppering of old-fashioned metal slides alongside the bike trails, ensures this is a destination full of charm. Pack a picnic and relax at one of the OC’s most beautiful destinations.

 

 

Run Anaheim

November 3rd, 2017

 

Get a head start on New Year’s resolution and wobble before you gobble with a variety of Anaheim-area fun runs throughout the month of November. The Peace Love Run on November 5th is located in the heart of Los Angeles and offers a half marathon, 10k and 5k. The festive course is Mardi Gras themed and costumes or masks are encouraged. Cajun-themed goodies await at the finish line.

REVEL Canyon City in Azusa on November 4th is a full marathon, or you can opt for the half marathon option. It’s famous for taking runners downhill almost the entire way, making it one of the fastest races in the country—and a Boston qualifier. If you’re looking for a new kind of challenge, remember that it’s all downhill from here!

Races and Runs

For ultra runners, nothing beats the Chino Hills Trail Run Series event on November 11th with a 50k or 30k trail run. Located in Brea, it’s known for being a gentle introduction to trail races (or as gentle as such a long run can be). All runners start with a 10k, and many stick to that route to get a taste of the trails.

Check out the Muckfest MS Los Angeles on November 11th, a muddy 5k race that’s built for fun and laughs. Sign up as a team or solo and get ready for spills, thrills and a whole lot of mud. A free soda or beer awaits at the finish line, and spectators are welcome at no charge. Kids love the free Lil’ Muckers area.

 

Anaheim’s Day of the Dead

November 1st, 2017

 

Take a day trip to Old Town San Diego for one of the biggest Day of the Dead events in Southern California. It’s a celebration of history, heritage and culture. The rich diversity of the area makes it the perfect destination within the Mercado, where you’ll find food, goods, entertainment and plenty of activities for all ages (such as creating your own sugar skulls).

Prefer to stick closer to Anaheim? The downtown Anaheim Community Center offers an all-day event along the Center Street Promenade. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit, and you don’t want to miss out on the mariachi bands, cultural dances, altars and plenty of authentic fare.

Both events take place October 29th.

November Events

On November 2nd, the Anaheim Cemetery hosts a Ballet Folklorico Donaji featuring the RHYTHMO Mariachi Kids. The free event includes masks for children and a selection of Pan de Muertos and marigolds for offerings. Refreshments and desserts are also included. The family-friendly event is a chance to honor those who have passed in a culturally sensitive environment.

On November 6th, visit the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace from noon – 4 p.m. for a special opportunity to put your loved one’s photo inside a traditional Day of the Dead altar. Folk dancers, mariachi bands and activities for children take place, while giving visitors the opportunity to explore one of the city’s most revered destinations.

 

An Anaheim Halloween

October 20th, 2017

 

With non-stop thrills throughout Anaheim, there are Halloween options for visitors of all ages. Join the Halloween L.A. Pub Crawl and let someone else worry about driving from one spooky destination to the next. Every Friday and Saturday night in October you can snag the VIP pass to gain access to the best spooktacular events at bars and clubs with no lines, no covers and drink specials.

The nearby Zombie Crawl in Santa Monica kicks off at Rusty’s Surf Ranch where you and scores of other zombies crawl, claw and stagger your way to the best Halloween-themed bars in the area. You won’t want to miss the Anaheim Halloween Parade, the biggest celebration in the state that’s been frightening folks since 1924. It’s a day of ghoulish fun for the whole family.

Tricks and Treats

Of course, Disneyland is always a hub for spooky frights during the haunting season with the entire park decked out. Enjoy seasonal treats (with just a few tricks) at the numerous vendors and restaurants along Main Street. If you’re anti-candy corn, you’ve never seen it elevated like this! For many, it’s not Halloween without a Disney getaway.

Check out the Motel 6 Feet Under Thursdays – Sundays in November, dubbed the scariest haunt in Anaheim. Animatronics, live actors, and a little magic help make this fundraiser a hair-raising one. You’ll find it at the Business Expo Center throughout October.