Dana Point Harbor’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display during the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Dana Point Harbor. Display begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and will light up the harbor with fantastic views from Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries within the harbor. Visitors can listen to the City of Dana Point’s specially curated Spotify playlist and enjoy patriotic music accompanying the display.

Free shuttles will be available 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; shuttle services will suspend from 9 p.m. until the end of display.

Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stops #5 and #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks.

Celebrate summertime holidays at Dana Point Harbor and experience the ultimate seaside adventure all summer long. For more information visit www.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit: Dana Point Harbor.

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration Announces Action-Packed Day of Live Entertainment Unforgettable Celebrations by Popular Tribute Bands, Dueling Pianos, DJs, Aerialist, Family-Friendly Games, Tours, & More on July 4, 2018 Queen Mary’s Mega Fireworks Display Paints the Night Sky at 9pm

Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling performers, and multiple stages of live entertainment culminating with SoCal’s top fireworks display.


Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers will pay homage to the late Tom Petty as the band lights-up the stage with Tom Petty’s top hits, and the nationally known Eagles tribute band, The Long Run, will electrify the crowd with Eagles hits like ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take it Easy’ and ‘Take it to the Limit.’ Festival goers will Keep on believin’ into the night as Journey tribute band, DSB, rocks the Verandah Deck with a nostalgic concert experience.


Stroll into the Queen’s Salon to put your singing skills to the test with Rock Hero Karaoke, or sing along with the crowd as the dueling pianos light up and dazzle the salon stage. Attendees can kick-up their boots with DJ Coral and Kaitlyn Weathers in the Royal Salon for some country fun, and watch in amazement as an aerialist swirls and dances in the air on the Sports Deck.


Grab the kids and board the majestic vessel to be greeted by a full day of fun with strolling jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more. Traverse the multiple decks and salons to the KID ZONE which will be packed with carnival games, inflatables, face painters, music, food, and much more. Above the Queen Mary, attendees will be treated to a spectacular air-show by the Flight Team of John Collver, professional pilot, and Brad Lang, professional pilot and airline captain. Together the two will demonstrate the sights and sounds of past generations in salute to Independence Day in the WWll era Marine Corps T-6 Texans.


VIP ticket holders will have access to premium firework viewing and two exclusive VIP-only parties in the Verandah Grill and Britannia Salon. The Verandah Grill will invite VIP guests to travel back in time to the 1940’s with the Fabulous Forties Band, and dance the night away to California’s freshest swing band, Swing Cats Lil Big Band. The Rock-Pop-Disco band, Blackwells, will have attendees shaking a tail feather, and then enjoying the funky sounds of Rhythm Blues and Motown in the Britannia Salon.


Dubbed Southern California’s top 4th of July fireworks display, the 15-minute long mega fireworks show will culminate the red, white, and blue festivities at 9 p.m. as bright colors light-up the Long Beach sky in sync to patriotic music.


The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration runs from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets start at $24 online for children ($39 day-of) and $44 online per adult ($59 day-of). The VIP-patriot pass is $99 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Verandah Grill, Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available, guest who purchase a cabana will have additional access to the Capstan Deck. In honor of the holiday, The Queen Mary will offer active, reserved, and retired service men and women free access to the 4th of July celebrations with proof with ID card. Families of active, reserved, and retired service men and women will receive a 20% discount with proof of ID card and ticket purchase on-site. For more information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

The Habit Burger Grill Spices Up Fan-Favorite With New Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans These are a Must-Try this Summer! Only Avail for a limited time!

Looking for something delicious this Father’s Day and Summer? I just tried these and I ate them so quickly that I didn’t even take my own photo! Thanks to The Habit for letting me use one of theirs! The Habit’s creamy sriracha lime aioli sauce has just the right amount of spice and there’s even a touch of sweetness! They should bottle this sauce and sell it! I also prefer their Tempura Green Beans over french fries and could probably eat them every week!

Available for a limited time, the new Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans ($3.49) takes the fan-favorite side tempura green beans and heats things up with the addition of a house-made, mouthwatering sriracha lime aioli. Cooked to a perfect golden crisp, the Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans are drizzled with The Habit’s creamy sriracha lime aioli made fresh in-house and seasoned with a touch of 7-Spice pepper blend for an added kick of flavor.

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where the menu also includes hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade ahi tuna, fresh chicken, and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries, and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes, and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try these yummy Lime Spicy Green beans to facilitate this post. The image was also provided.


About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast-casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 220 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as three international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

A Magical Competition is Brewing to Mark the Official Start of Summer at South Coast Botanic Garden Beginning Friday, June 15 and continuing through Friday, August 31 Guests of all Ages can Search for Hidden Doors and Solve a Collection of Riddles with the Fairies vs. Trolls Treasure Hunt

Are you #TeamFairy or #TeamTroll? It’s time to choose a side because these magical creatures are going head-to-head in an epic battle of wits, courage and imagination — and they need your help!
Beginning Friday, June 15 and continuing through Friday, August 31, Garden visitors are invited to use their wits, courage and imagination in this inspired treasure hunt throughout the 87-acre nature space.
Enchanted map in hand, questers will explore rustic nature trails and manicured formal gardens in a search for hidden doors that will lead to a priceless prize — a Merry Fairy Trollstone! Along the way, visitors will experience 2,500 different species of plants from around the globe and an array of active wildlife.
Fairies vs. Trolls will provide the perfect backdrop to a magical summer of fun! Elfie selfies will surely be snapped amid the blooms and a troll’s pose will be perfect in the Banyan Forest. The activity will stoke imaginations and inspire creative play. Guests may need to tip-toe quietly past a sleepy giant or challenge a fellow fairy to a dance off!
In addition to fun and adventure, parents will appreciate the opportunities for summertime learning – even if the kids are having too much fun to notice. The Fairy Flower Footpath will provide information about flowers, and the Trollish Tree Trail will give educational content about trees. Kids will also test their map reading and navigational skills.
Cosplaying enthusiasts of all ages are invited to dress for the occasion, since wings, troll hats, capes, wands and crowns will only enhance the experience. Though, be warned, costumes both real and imaginary should include sensible footwear to ensure everyone can safely traverse the trails. Those having a fairy-fashion-emergency can stop by the Garden Gift Shop for some charmed style advice.
“South Coast Botanic Garden is truly a magical nature space, and Fairies vs. Trolls helps to build on that. What better way to explore it than to use your imagination as a guide?” said Adrienne Nakashima, CEO. “We have been experimenting with ways to encourage people to really take in the wonders of our woodland habitat. In their search for the imaginary inhabitants, participants will see bunnies hopping through the trails, owls perched in the trees, and a wide array of botanicals ranging from desert plants to showy blossoms.”
For an opportunity to experience Fairies vs. Trolls after-hours, consider attending two Family Movie Night events, which will offer time to complete your hunt, a spot for picnicking, concessions for purchase, and live entertainment before the sun sets. June 29 will feature Dreamwork’s “Trolls” and a lively family dance party and July 13 will showcase Disney’s “Coco” with a mariachi performance. Family Movie Night tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased via this link general admission or at www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org. The event is free for members. To become a member, click new member registration.

Credit: South Coast Botanic Garden
South Coast Botanic Garden is a stunning public garden planted atop a former open-pit mine and subsequent garbage landfill.

Star Wars Day Returns to the OC Zoo June 16th First 100 Kids in Costume Receive Free Gift and Train Ride

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and may the force be with you! Gather family and friends for a day of animals and activities at the OC Zoo.

Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites Stars Wars fans of all ages to celebrate a galaxy far, far away with a fun-filled day of activities including visits from Star Wars characters, kids’ crafts, games, and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet and greets throughout the day.

“Generations of Star Wars fans can visit another galaxy at the OC Zoo during Star Wars Day,” Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District, said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to enjoy their favorite characters while spending time with the animals of the OC Zoo.”

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars costumes and attire, and the first 100 children (ages 12 & under) wearing a Star Wars costume will receive a special gift and free train ticket to ride the Irvine Park Railroad.

Activities are free with the purchase of a paid zoo ticket of $2 per person (ages 2 and under are free). Please note that zoo coupons/passes are not valid for this event. Reservations for Star Wars Day are not required and parking is $5 per vehicle.

Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo

Date: Saturday, June 16

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: OC Zoo

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Public Contact: OCParks.com/oczoo or 714-973-6847

Credit: OC Parks/OC ZOO.

The Best Way To Celebrate National Doughnut Day Tomorrow! Universal CityWalk Brings 4 Ways to Indulge, including an all-new Voodoo Doughnut Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood Become L.A.’s Doughnut Destination on National Doughnut Day, June 1, with Multiple Indulgent Confectionaries: Voodoo Doughnut, Sparky’s Mini Donuts, Springfield’s Lard Lad Donuts and Nectar Bath Treat Scented Donut-Shaped Soaps

With a whole day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pastry, doughnut-lovers need to look no further than Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood to get their fill on National Doughnut Day, which takes place on Friday, June 1.

            Between the open-air entertainment complex and theme park, guests have plenty to celebrate with lots of sweet indulgence in all shapes and sizes at Voodoo DoughnutSparky’s Mini Donuts, and Springfield’s famous Lard Lad Donuts.

Guests can also capture their love of donuts at the recently-opened retail shop, Nectar Bath Treats which features a delicious “Donut Love” photo op wall display and selection of donut-inspired soaps.

The ever-popular Voodoo Doughnut, created by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, serves a range of 60 eclectic doughnuts, including vegan options and the Hollywood Cream, created exclusively for Universal CityWalk. A variety of scrumptious flavored doughnuts include Grape Ape, Mango Tango, the Voodoo Bubble and Bacon Maple Bar as well as their signature Voodoo Doll.  To commemorate National Doughnut Day, Voodoo Doughnut will also offer an exclusive Strawberry Confetti doughnut throughout the weekend, from June 1-3.

Mmmmm donut! Who doesn’t love them, and at Universal Studios Hollywood, guests visiting Springfield, hometown of America’s favorite animated family, the Simpsons, can delight in the sweet circular treat – LARD LAD DONUTS, an amazing cooked cake confection made fresh daily. Selections include “The Big Pink” famous giant creamy pink-frosted sprinkled donut, and the “Flavor of the Day” giant donuts, including Maple Bacon, Chocolate Glazed and S’mores.

Sparky’s Mini Donuts was created by food entrepreneur Trish Conklin and made famous at San Francisco’s Pier 39. At the Universal CityWalk location, guests can watch donuts made fresh to order right before their eyes where they are served plain or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  A party-size bucket of 36 mini donuts is also available.

For a unique and captivating experience, Nectar Bath Treats creates bakery-inspired products that look good enough to eat. Their plant-based and cruelty-free handmade bath treats include donut-shaped soaps complete with a variety of scents and sprinkles, including Candy Kiss, featuring a sweet blend of pink sugar and cotton candy aromas; Coco Bliss, featuring the perfect blend of juicy pineapple an exotic coconut scent, and Razzle Dazzle, featuring a blend of blackberries and sweet vanilla fragrances. The highly Instagram-able store also showcases a “Donut Love” wall to capture a sweet moment with friends.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com and www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudioFacebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.


Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  Opening June 15, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes the DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Rubio’s Coastal Grill, June 8th!

Each year on June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day, a day designed by the United Nations to celebrate our oceans and collaborate for a better future.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2016, Americans use more than 380 billion plastic bags and wraps per year.  These bags break down into our oceans and harm fish, turtles and other ocean life. As a friend of the ocean and advocate for sustainable seafood, Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free reusable tote bags with any purchase at its restaurants on June 8th.

I received one of these bags and just love it! This bag has quickly become my to-go-to-beach bag! I love how it is insulated and keeps things hot/cool for up to three hours!

We have teamed up for a GIveaway! one winner will win Two meal vouchers from Rubio’s! To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you take care of the ocean or our planet Earth! Deadline to enter is June 8th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. U.S. residents only, please.

There are also a few local World Oceans Day events for those looking to get more involved, including:

  • Aquarium of the Pacific World Oceans Day Celebration (June 8 at 9am – 6pm): The aquarium will be teaching visitors about climate change, ocean pollution and various ocean issues through films, exhibits and other activities. More details here.
  • Beach Guardians Dockweiler Beach Cleanup & Picnic (June 9 at 9am – 12pm): Sea Shepherd Los Angeles Beach Guardians will be hosting a clean up and potluck at Dockweiler Beach. More details here.


Self Disclosure: I received a free Tote bag and meal vouchers to facilitate this post. Giveaway Prize will include Two Meal vouchers only. Images and information were also provided. 

Celebrate the Cultures of the Pacific Islands during the Aquarium’s 15th Annual Pacific Islander Festival Giveaway Opportunity!

Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 15thannual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. Peniamina Sefo Taito will receive the Heritage Award at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 in recognition of his dedicated service to the Pacific Islander community.

Saturday and Sunday, June 2and 3, 2018,from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE:Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802COST:Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium membersPUBLICINFO: (562) 590-3100 or http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Mobile-device and printable coupon


With coupon, adults receive $10 OFF admission on June 2 or 3. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

The festival schedule is posted at:


We have teamed up for a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway! Pls comment below telling us why you would like to go! One winner will win 4 tickets for either Saturday or Sunday!

Deadline to enter is May 31st at noon PST! One winner will randomly be selected.

Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.