Spring-a-Palooza at Great Wolf Lodge

Spring-a-Palooza at Great Wolf Lodge

By Kyla
Spring-a-Palooza is in full bloom at Great Wolf Lodge and guests are sure to have a howling good time celebrating the return of spring to the resort. Now through April 16 Great Wolf Lodge is rolling out the colorful spring decorations and making the Grand Lobby Spring-a-Palooza Central. There is even a special character-themed garden for the kids to explore!

Spring-a-Palooza not only means the Great Wolf Lodge will be decked out in all things spring, it also means spring themed entertainment options for guests to enjoy. There will be special spring-inspired activities and events taking place daily. They include Spring Picnic, Bubble Dance Party, Spring-a-Palooza Story Time, Spring Scavenger Hunts, Character Themed Flower Gardens, Jelly Bean Guessing Game, and Spring Themed Crafts.

During the Spring Picnic you can grab a blanket, spread it on the floor, and join Violet for an afternoon picnic in the Grand Lobby. Sip on a complimentary glass of lemonade from Violet’s Lemonade Stand and play a round of “Take a Wiley Guess” card game.

Put on your guessing goggles and check out the gigantic jar filled to the tippy top with jelly beans that sits in the Grand Lobby. Make your best guess for the Jelly Bean Guessing Game with how many candies you think fill up that giant jar. The guests with the guesses closest to the correct number (without going over) will be entered to win a $25 Great Wolf Lodge gift card!

The two Spring Scavenger Hunts will require your best detective skills to find all the items so you can claim your prizes! The “I Spy Spring” scavenger hunt will have you searching the entire Grand Lobby to find a dozen hidden objects. Once you’ve conquered that hunt, then the “Spring Sprint” scavenger hunt has ten clues for you to solve that will take you on a journey through the lodge and ends with a sweet prize!

Even the food is celebrating during Spring-a-Palooza! The new spring menu items features fresh and delicious spring vegetables, delicious honey glazed backed salmon, wild mushroom risotto, and stuffed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese. If you thought you were going to get chicken nuggets and french fries, you were sorely mistaken! Executive Chef Hany Ali has so much more planned for your palates and tummies!

Along with the Spring-a-Palooza beginning in March, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California also celebrate its first birthday!!! To commemorate this exciting occasion artist Linda Mihara was commissioned to create the world’s largest origami birthday cake! Standing 9 feet tall and taking more than 2 weeks to create, this work of art is topped with what else – a howling wolf!!!

General Manager Phillip Cunningham shared his gratitude for the Southern California community for making the Great Wolf Lodge’s first year such a success. He treated those in attendance to delicious cupcakes and the beautiful origami birthday cake. An origami cake was chosen because the first anniversary gift is supposed to be paper and what says paper better than a giant paper cake!

 There are so many fun things happening at Great Wolf Lodge during Spring-a-Palooza – you will definitely want to take your family to enjoy all spring fun the resort has waiting for you! It’s only here until April 10th, so grab your swimming suits, pack your bags, and spend your spring break at the Great Wolf Lodge.

Kyla Armstrong is the creator and writer of the Orange County crafty lifestyle blog Funky PolkaDot Giraffe. When she isn’t writing for her site, you can find her busy crafting, baking, juggling three kids, and trying to steal a moment for herself in the pages of a good book. You can keep up with her Southern California adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Winter Fest OC Returns December 16th-January 1st!

Winter Fest OC!

By Erin

This is a sponsored post written by me for GigaSavvy.

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We may not get any snow here in Southern California, but that does not mean there is a shortage of fun holiday adventures to go on!  Winter Fest is coming back to the OC next month, but with even more holiday experiences for all to enjoy. Located at the OC Fairgrounds, new this year is a Festival of Lights with 10 holiday themed lands, a Snow Play area with real snow blown in daily, live mini cartoon shows with meet-and-greets, World’s Largest Rocking Horse rides, an outdoor skating rink, a New Years Eve celebration, and more! *PLUS* enter for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to experience it all for yourself below! Even though we don’t get real snow here, doesn’t mean we cannot bring the snow to us to enjoy all the snowy winter fun with ice skating, and hot chocolate!

Here are a few things I am looking forward to most about this years Winter Fest!

Festival of Lights

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*Some of the cool lights from last years Winter Fest!*

Stroll through a 2 million light illuminated pathway and explore 10 holiday themed lands that you and your family can walk through. It will be a great, memorable time for all!

Outdoor Ice Rink–*additional cost* 

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It wouldn’t feel like the holidays without some ice skating fun!

The FOOD!

homemade-tamales-e1479668035833Being a total foodie… I have to check out all the delicious holiday food and drinks on hand at Winter Fest!

Santa’s Furry Friends

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You have to say hello to Rudolph and all of Santa’s other furry friends! They are so cute!

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Odysseo by Cavalia is Back in Orange County!

Odysseo by Cavalia  is Back in Orange County!

By Erin

*I have been invited to the show as media. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. I am a lifelong horse lover so of course this show is something I have a HUGE love and passion for!* <3

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Odysseo by Cavalia is now back in Orange County for the holidays! Horse lovers everywhere will rejoice with the return of this majestic show. You recently might have seen the White Big Top again along the freeway off the 405 and 133.  The show will be in town through January 8th, 2017 so you can enjoy one of the best shows that has ever been created. Watch as horses and man come together to perform some pretty amazing routines.

“Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-beforeseen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo comprises a list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top, the biggest stage, the most beautiful visual effects, and the largest number of horses at liberty. Odysseo features 65 horses of 11 different breeds of horses, riders, acrobats and musicians as together they embark on a soulful journey from the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, from the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, from the Sahara to Easter Island.”cavalia-odysseo-irvine-fall-2016

Odysseo by Cavalia Info!

WHEN: November 16 to January 8, 2017

WHERE: Under the White Big Top in Orange County at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 in Irvine

Want to go? Get YOUR TICKETS!!! Available at www.cavalia.net and by calling 1-866-999-8111. Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $254.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing & packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).

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Fascinating Facts about the Show:

* Odysseo features 65 horses of 11 different breeds including the Appaloosa, Arabian, Australian Stockhorse, Holsteiner, Lusitano, Paint Horse, Percheron Hanoverian Cross, Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, Selle Français and Spanish Purebred (P.R.E.).

*The horses are from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Australia, the United States and Canada.

* There are 48 artists – riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians.

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