L.A. Zoo Lights Dazzling Wonderland




L.A. Zoo Lights A dazzling Wonderland Opens this coming Friday Nov 27th. This year its back and better than ever!!! We really can’t wait to check this out! Thousands of LED lights, Flurries of illuminated snowflakes, 3D animated projections for example animated elephants wearing holiday sweaters 🙂 water and light shows set to music, glittering light tunnels and fanciful menageries of animal characters including michievious monkeys scampering the grounds. All this will set the Zoo’s enchanting Environment aglow with wonder and delight to top 2015 “Holiday Tradition” destination list. Im hoping to start this as a family tradition myself 🙂 what a perfect way to spend the day after Thanksgiving and bring on Christmas!


I hear the events biggest expansion takes place over at the LAIR (Living Amphibians,Invertebrate, and Reptiles) There will be a giant 130 foot illuminated snake gazing down from the roof top! flickering its tongue as you enter the building. Once inside you will be bathed in ultraviolet light with glowing webs, orbs and insects of all kinds on the rock walls. In the LAIR Courtyard there will be snowboarding iguanas on a sparkly frosty hillside. Once we go I will post pics!! 

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Santa’s Village is in an all new glittering alpine setting perfect for pictures (available for an additional fee).

L.A.Zoo Lights also presents two VIP Experiences—- One is Happy Hour!!!! for ages 21 and over on Dec 10th. This VIP experience starts at 6pm and features “skip the line” express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights with a private lounge from 6:30-8:30pm with appetizers, beer, wine and hot and cold specialty cocktails. Tickets for  Happy Hour are $75.00 per person. 

The second VIP Experience is Family New Years Eve for all ages. Family New Years Eve will be on Thurs Dec 31st. at 6pm. this also includes skip the line express entry to L.A.Zoo Lights. Dinner Buffet, soft drinks, complimentary champagne for the adults 🙂 sparkling cider for kids, dessert,a ride on the Zoo’s special conservation carousel, crafts, DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York Times Square Ball Drop at 9pm. After which guests are welcomed to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing. Tickets for this VIP Experience are $65 (adults) and $35 (children) for GLAZA members $60 (Adults) and $35 (children). There is limited availability for both VIP Experiences so make sure to get them early!!

What a great way to see the LA Zoo I know our kids love the animals and it will be really interesting to see it this way! We are always looking for more ways to celebrate Christmas and we are Excited!!! 🙂 Its a great and  affordable night out.

L.A. Zoo Lights tickets are on sale now!!! for Opening on Friday Nov 27- Sun Jan 3,2016 (except Dec 24 & 25) 

L.A. Zoo Lights is open 6pm-10pm Monday-Thursday   6pm-11pm Friday-Sunday and Dec 21,22,23 

Admission to L.A.Zoo Lights is $13.00 adults/seniors $11.00 children 2-12 on Mon-Thurs (except Dec 21,22,23 when tickets are the same as weekends)

Friday-Sunday Admission is $16.00 adults/seniors $14.00 for children 2-12 Tickets for GLAZA members are $11.00 children under 2 are FREE!! 

Online early bird tickets are available at $10.00 each I just got more tickets they are up now!! purchase these tickets during the 1st week (Nov 27th-Dec 3rd)

visit http://www.LAZooLights.org 

Tickets are also available for $9.00 after 9 pm on select nights.  Visit http://www.LAZooLights.org for details and to purchase tickets.

Have fun Everyone!!!!!!!!!!! and let us know if you go!!!!! 🙂 


Los Angeles Zoo—  323-644-4200

5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles Ca 90027 FREE parking 🙂 


Family Night at HomeTown Buffet



One of our favorite family restaurants is Hometown Buffet and love that every Thursday is Family Night. 🙂

From Nov 12 – Dec 31st Hometown is teaming up with the newly launched animated series Thomas Edisons Secret Lab series. This series airs on Netflix, PBS stations and Comcast X finite. The kids really like this series, its very informative I was happy to see that the 1st episode covered Minerals since lately they’ve been very interested in different rocks they’ve found. The cartoon went over how they are formed and how to identify them 🙂 

Every Thursday from 5-8pm not only do kids eat for $1.99 (my fav part) 😉 But they will also be participating in a science themed event. Examples are– showing kids how candy is made to why we dream and the importance of quiet time before bed.

The activities featured are:

Thursday Nov 12 “Why do things Float”

Thursday Nov 19 “Sweet Dreams/PJ Party”

Thursday Nov 26 Thanksgiving DVD Sweepstakes  (each Restaurant will giveaway a DVD) 🙂

December 3 Cotton Candy Experiment — can’t wait to see this!

December 10 Dress up

December 17 What’s your Bright Idea!

December 24/31 Thomas Edison Secret Lab activity sheet available.

Some locations will also be showing episodes of the popular series each Thursday night. Check with your local Restaurant to double check.

We will be doing a GiveAway!!!! We will be giving away a special Thomas Edisons Secret Lab “Genius” Prize Pack 🙂 complete with themed collectible products including a secret millionaires club (smc) “Business in a Box” Lemonade stand, a SMC car wash and SMC DVD and of course our very own Free Meal coupons from any of our more than 300 Ovation Brands Restaurants. This prize is valued at $100 🙂 please Like/Share/comment and let us know what your kids fav food is 🙂 Winner will be announced on Friday Dec 11th. 

To celebrate the promotion as well as our Sweepstakes which are you ready??? Includes a trip for 4 to Florida! Including Air, hotel, admission to Edison and Ford Winter Estates as well as a $250.00 gift card for ground transportation. Along with an extensive collection of Thomas Edisons Secret Lab videos. The trip is courtesy of Entertainment Marketing Group, Ovation Brands, and our friends at VisitFLORIDA.com 

visit http://www.secretlabsweepstakes.com  to enter!!!!!

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I also recommend signing up for the Crave Connection over on the Hometown Buffet website 🙂 you will recieve coupons, FREE meal for your bday and all the inside scoop on all promotions going on. http://www.hometownbuffet.com 

Irvine Park Railroads 20th Annual Christmas Train

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Time to start thinking about some Christmas Fun!!! This year we are so happy to be going over to Irvine Park Railroad and riding the Christmas Train all the way to the North Pole! 😉

This is a perfect event for the whole family 🙂 Find your Santa hats get your warm clothes out and get ready to ride this night time train ride. The train ride will take you through historic Irvine Regional Park all the way to the North Pole to meet Santa.

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Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time. Get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online only and can be purchased now. Tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit http://www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for more details.

Lots of activities will be available for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village next to the train station. Activities open 1 hour before The Christmas Train runs. 

Activities include:

Story Time with Mrs Claus 

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Christmas Cookie Decorating, Carnival Games, Ice Fishing, Santa Claus Moon Bounce, Christmas Coloring Corner and Picture Stands for tons of pictures 🙂

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Prices for all activities vary visit http://www.IrvineParkRailRoad.com for more info 

Once you get to the North Pole, visitors can purchase Coffee,Hot Chocolate,Pop Corn,Hot Pretzels and Cookies from the Elf House snack bar. A full kitchen menu is also available at the Train Station. You will be able to take your own pictures with Santa or you will be able to purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park RailRoad each 5×7 will be presented with a Irvine Park RailRoad border and will be ready shortly after taking. After chit chatting with Santa 🙂 hop on back aboard the Train and enjoy all the Lights! We can’t wait to see the “Tunnel of Lights ” 🙂 

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Remember to dress warm, Bring extra batteries for your Camera and get there early to avoid crowds. The Christmas Train will be open beginning Friday 11/27-Wed 12/23 visit the website for hours. Cost of the train is $12.00 per person. Children under 24 months are FREE 🙂 Parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is FREE after 5pm. 

To complete your Christmas Adventure make sure to stop by Irvine Park RailRoads Christmas Tree Ranch. Trees available are Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Grand Firs. What a great way to complete the evening by picking out a tree!! 

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and also remember Irvine Park RailRoad offers other super fun activities during the day. Including wheel fun rentals at Irvine Park. Bike rides and Paddle Boat rides the whole family can participate in. Along with the Santa Ana Zoo and Pony Rides (cash only for pony rides).

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We are having a GiveAway!!!!!!!!!!! 4 Christmas Train Tickets,4 Activity Tickets and 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike Rental. (excludes the double surrey) 

Please Like and Share this post along with commenting on a Christmas Tradition you all have. Winner will be announced on Sunday Nov 15th!!!!!

Irvine Park RailRoad 

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange,Ca 92869