Archive for the ‘Things To Do in Anaheim’ Category

Star Wars Half Marathon Registration Now Open

June 24th, 2016

Come to the dark side—and be one of the first to register for the popular Star Wars Half Marathon! Planning ahead is critical for one of the most beloved races in Anaheim. The race is scheduled for January 12-15 at Disneyland Park, but with registration opening in June. The bibs always sell out, and if you know you want to run this bucket list race next year, now’s the time to get your (Donald) ducks squared away.


If you prefer a shorter run, there are also 10k and 5k options available, and fun runs for kids of all ages. The runDisney Kids Races are an amazing way to instill a love of running in your little ones as you take on your own course. The chipped, timed run takes you through the streets of Disney before spilling out into Anaheim streets and avenues, all while spectators, hosts and of course Star Wars characters cheer you on.

A Weekend of Fun

Arrive early on race weekend, and don’t miss out on the Health Expo where you’ll get swaddled with oodles of goodies, hear celebrity guest speakers and fitness experts, and learn tips for having the best, fastest and most enjoyable race possible.

You can also register for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge in tandem with the half marathon or 10k, ensuring you battle to victory along the course, and receive your special finisher medal.

German Restaurants in Anaheim

June 14th, 2016

Whether you’re celebrating a graduation, Father’s Day, or simply want an amazing dining experience out, Anaheim and the surrounding area has some of the best German fare in town. Try Jägerhaus, a homey, authentic eatery with an expansive craft beer and wine selection. Fresh corned beef hash, a Bavarian cherry pancake, potato pancakes with applesauce, and a full bratwurst dinner are just a few of their specialties. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s always the perfect time for Jägerhaus.


The Alpine Village is worth the short drive, where you can shop, dine and celebrate Oktoberfest-style, year round! Happy hour, a Sunday champagne brunch, and their daily menu will all satisfy. Try their Reuben spring rolls or the brioche sliders for a twist that blends German and American flavors.

Little Europe

Kaiserhof is another option, a family owned restaurant featuring escargot, chicken paprika, schnitzel, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut that’s addictive! Homemade German noodles, calves liver, and wurstplatte await, as well as American children’s menus.

At Wirtshaus LA, you’ll find Bavarian Nights every Saturday that squeezes an entire month’s worth of Oktoberfest into a single evening. Try their jäger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzel, black forest salad, or traditional wurst dishes for a real treat. No matter where you head in Anaheim for German fare, you’ll be delightfully surprised!

Father’s Day in Anaheim

June 4th, 2016

There are exciting options to celebrate dad this Father’s Day in Anaheim! Beyond Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios (for the dad who can’t get enough of theme parks), try thinking outside the box and head to Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, the annual event for car buffs. This year’s theme is Highways to Heaven, and he’ll feel in paradise as you explore muscle, vintage and collector cars. It’s the perfect “consolation” as Petersen Automotive Museum is under renovation!

Fathers day composition

The LA Roadsters Show and Swap at the Fairplex in Pomona also takes place on Father’s Day Weekend, the ideal spot to find that roadster of his dreams. Antique parts are also on hand as you pore over hundreds of vintage cars. For the dad who loves to cook, check out Hipcooks’ The Thrill of the Grill Cooking Class where he can learn a few new tricks.

Anaheim Beauty

If the special guy in your life loves the outdoors, try Marina Del Rey Parasailing where he can select a 600 or 800 foot ride soaring above the Venice Beach coastline to the Santa Monica Pier. Kids are welcome but have to ride with adults. First, enjoy a boat ride beyond the crashing waves before setting sail to get a glimpse of southern California in a very unique way!

Otherwise, stay a little closer to the water with a kayak class and tour on Mother’s Beach operated by REI. Every Saturday, this class is open to students at least 12 years old and teaches foundational moves, strokes, and how to prep your kayaking gear before taking to the water.

Register for the Disneyland Half Marathon

May 15th, 2016

Wait, isn’t the famous Disneyland half marathon in September? Yes, but registration begins now and these bibs always sell out. If you plan to be in Anaheim September 1-4, plan early and make sure you get your bib for the half marathon, 10k, 5k, or kids’ run. The half marathon weekend is hosted by Mickey and Goofy, featuring special appearances by Aladdin and the Genie, Pluto, Dumbo, and the Country Bears, who will all cheer you on.


First, you’ll maneuver down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland park before making your way onto the Anaheim streets. No matter which race you choose, there will be plenty of live entertainment and energy-fueling snacks along the way. Prefer to spectate and cheer on the runners? You’re in for a real treat because the party never ends!

Run for Fun

There are games and prizes galore throughout the long weekend, like the Dumbo Double Dare, and stages with family friendly fun post-race. Anaheim hotels are all accessible to the race and many offer transportation to and from the festivities.

For a lot of runners, the Disneyland half marathon is on their bucket list, and 2016 is the year to make it happen. Whether you run competitively, for fun, or you’re a total newbie, this magical course is an Anaheim must.

Pre-Mother’s Day Afternoon Sail

May 4th, 2016


Think you missed the great whale watching of 2016? Think again, because Dana Point is offering a special pre-Mother’s Day Afternoon Sail on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4:30. Raise the sails and even help steer the ship while you take in the gorgeous California coastline. Refreshments will be served, and this incredible deal is just $70 for adults and $50 for children. Sea Star members snag an extra 10 percent off, and ticket prices include same-day admission to the Ocean Institute Education Center.

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Register early, because Dana Point cruises often sell out. It’s a bit past peak whale watching season, but it’s still possible a few sightings will occur. Bring your sunscreen, camera, and best nautical attire for an intimate getaway that’s a perfect precursor to mom’s weekend.

Sailing and Whaling

Visiting the Ocean Institute is a unique way to meet some of the Anaheim area’s most interesting of residents. It’s a learning experience for all, with day camps for the kids and adult-friendly exhibitions. The Tallship Sails adventure cruises operate year-round, but only on May 7 will a special Mother’s Day brunch be served.

No matter how you celebrate the mom(s) in your life, make it really stand out this year by whisking her away on a sunset cruise.


Show Mom Your Love in Anaheim

May 1st, 2016

How lucky are you to be at the happiest place on earth for Mother’s Day? Show mom just how much you care by whisking her away to Disneyland where flowers are on the castle and every single eatery has a special treat for the special woman in your life. However, if you really want to make the day pop, check out one of the many top rated Sunday brunches in town.

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Try The Cannery Restaurant, which overlooks Newport Harbor and is reminiscent of old school Hollywood. Formerly a fish cannery, it’s ideal for lunch, especially if you can score a spot on the patio. The freshest of salads, seafood and appetizers are found here, with an interior “water palace” featuring light fixtures shaped like starfish and jellyfish. Check out the Scottish salmon with farro risotto or the Argentine shrimp.

More for Mom

Bistango is always a great choice, located in the Atrium Building and dishing up contemporary bistro food. Live jazz is featured nightly as well as art displays that are always changing. Enjoy a 360 degree bar and New American cuisine that’s innovative with in-house cuts and wild game, like venison. The menu is always changing, but the expansive wine list is perfectly paired with everything.

Treat mom like the queen she is, from a visit to Anaheim’s famous castle to one of the most delectable eateries in town.


Get Ready for a Rocket Launch!

May 1st, 2016

Hosted by Boeing, Rocket Launch is scheduled for blast off on May 7 from 10-2. This free event is fun for the whole family and annually brings together science geeks, rocket lovers, and adventure seekers from around the globe. It’s a full day of hands-on activities designed for all ages, culminating in a rocket launching competition where you create, build and launch your very own rocket. Talk about a wild sendoff!


Here are the rules: Everyone uses a 2-liter plastic bottle created at home or at the event. Bring your own bottle if you’re planning to put together your shuttle on the same day. You design a parachute that will get as much “hang time” as possible—that dictates the winner.

Prep Time

Remember, this is southern California, so be prepared! Sunscreen and lawn chairs are highly recommended, and pop-ups as well as big umbrellas aren’t allowed. The state’s best food trucks will be on site to keep you fueled, and it’s a fantastic way to sample local cuisine while gearing up for the competition.

The Rocket Launch takes place at Bolsa Avenue in Huntington Beach. Not a rocket builder? That’s no problem, because spectators are sure to have a “blast,” too!

5th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night

April 12th, 2016

Roll into a magical night of wizardry (muggles are welcome too!). The annual Harry Potter Skating Night will be held April 16 from 8-11pm at the Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale, CA. It’s a full night of music from the films, including “wizard rock.” A costume contest is on hand for kids and adults alike as well as raffle prizes, games and some incredible merchandise sales.


At the snack bar, you can imbibe on some Butterbeer, and don’t worry if you’re not a skater. The skating rink is only part of the festivities. Tickets are just $9.75 for non-skaters and $14.75 for skaters, which includes a rental pair of skates.

Family Fun

The entire family is sure to have a blast, and little ones might even meet some of their favorite characters. Fancy dress is highly recommended, as is bringing your favorite books and accessories to really make the most of this magic-filled night.

Now in its fifth year, this annual skating event is beloved by locals and travelers alike. Harry Potter fans unite for an evening escapade that involves plenty of wizard-themed snacks, entertainment, beverages, and so much more. Come discover what Moonlight Rollerway has in store for you!

Discover the California Wine Festival

April 8th, 2016


On April 16 from 1-4pm at the Lantern Bay Park, the best vineyards, cellars and wineries in the southern California area come together to give wine lovers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nothing pairs better with great wine than surf and sand, as well as some of the best grub in Anaheim. The annual California Wine Festival takes place at Dana Point in Orange County. Dozens of the area’s top chefs serve gourmet fare to the tune of live music and generous pours.


It’s two days of celebration, April 15-16, and the evening affair on Friday night is designed to be more intimate with 500 guests maximum. Begin by tasting the rarest of wines at the 4-diamond Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa under the stars. The Vue Lawn is on a clifftop with stunning views of the Pacific.

Wine and Dine

Lantern Bay Park serves as the culmination experience, a beautiful palm-covered park where 2,500 guests sip and savor. There are almost 300 wines on hand, as well as craft brews. Indulge on the freshest fruits, gourmet bread, olive oil, and cheeses.

Proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation, and a designated driver or taxi is highly recommended. Tickets start at $69 with the maximum at $189 which includes the 2-day VIP pass and Friday evening event.

See the Reunion Tour: An Exhibition of Works by BFA Game Art Alumni

April 2nd, 2016

On April 7, the exhibition opening of the Reunion Tour will debut from 6-9pm at the LCAD Gallery on Ocean Drive in Laguna Beach. Admission is always free at the Laguna College of Art and Design Gallery, and this special feature at the Art Walk showcases some of the best works and talent that have stemmed from the local college. The LCAD Game Art alumni are all professionals in the gaming industry, working with the best studios, developers and publishers in the world.


The opening begins a busy weekend of mentoring, workshops and Gameboree, which is a networking event for anyone connected to the industry. Gameboree takes place April 9 from 7-10pm at seven-degrees on Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

What LCAD is Saying

“I am thrilled to bring this collection to the public,” says the chair of LCAD’s BFA program in Game Art. All of the workshops utilize volunteers led by alumni who are already working with current students. Sponsors include Blizzard Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment. Some of the featured alumni include Gabriel Gonzalez, Kevin Duong, Nicole Chang, and Alexa Rockman.

LCAD Game Art is a collaborative program that began in 2007. Students receive classical art training alongside state-of-the-art digital training. Students are matched with mentors as undergrads, and they have the opportunity to pursue internships that may evolve into job offers.