Meet Catheryn

Welcome to my blog. Follow along as we explore alI there is to see and do in SoCal including travel, events, food and all things autism friendly. 

      2017-2018 Cosmeticare Ambassador

      2017-2018 Cosmeticare Ambassador

CosmetiCare is Orange County's leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa. We help thousands of clients every year love the way they look!

http://www.cosmeticare.com

Name *
Name
Nostalgic Fun at Balboa Fun Zone 

Nostalgic Fun at Balboa Fun Zone 

Balboa Fun Zone Celebrating 80 Years of Family Fun! 

Small and quaint sea side towns are almost a thing of the past here in SoCal but Newport has managed to keep Balboa Island, well an island apart. Established in 1936 The Balboa Fun Zone has been an affordable way for families to get out and enjoy time together. With ample public parking within walking distance, your day has many options to fill it. Stroll the pier, enjoy their ferris wheel with a view, test your skills at the arcades and grab a bite to eat at the original and first Ruby's Diner. Looking to go beyond that, rent a bike to explore further or set sail on a whale watching excursion. Best part of it all, everything is within walking distance of each other!

Balboa Fun Zone and that Ferris wheel is just $4 a ride!

Balboa Fun Zone and that Ferris wheel is just $4 a ride!

A little history about Balboa Island:

  • Did you know that Balboa Island was man made?
  • The total distance around the islands is just a mere 2.6 miles.
  • The famous Newport Christmas Parade was founded in 1908
Sweets for my sweet at Balboa Candy, just look at all that Taffy!

Sweets for my sweet at Balboa Candy, just look at all that Taffy!

The options are endless as I recently discovered on a special scavenger hunt hosted by Discovery Cube Ocean Quest. When was the last time you visited Balboa Fun Zone? Well now is a great time to rediscover it or introduce the family if you haven't yet. I've got a few fun activities one lucky reader will win so be sure to enter below.

We had a great girls day exploring and playing at the Balboa Fun Zone, it was our first time and look forward to returning to take a harbor cruise and enjoy some good eats at Cruisers (we hear the Steak Nachos are pretty yummy) and I definetly want a rematch at Air Hockey with my girl at the Fun Zone Arcade!

Inside the Discovery Cube Ocean Quest, lots of hands on learning!

Inside the Discovery Cube Ocean Quest, lots of hands on learning!

Places to see and things to do during a day trip:

  • Have a picnic at the beach front park. The grass is green, the sand is soft and the weather is always mild.
  • Rent a bike. Head to Balboa Beach & Bicycle Boutique, get some good old exercise while exploring this town's shops and eateries.
  • Take a harbor cruise with Newport Beach Boat Rentals or go whale watching, Davey's Locker has been having great success with whale sightings this season.
  • Grab the kids and enjoy the Balboa Fun Zone which includes many carnival style rides, arcades and shops to fill your sweet tooth.
  • For just a few bucks explore the Discovery Cube's Ocean Quest where you can get hands on learning dedicated to the ocean and it's inhabitants. 
Skee Ball, gotta love the old school games! Win tickets to exchange for a prize.

Skee Ball, gotta love the old school games! Win tickets to exchange for a prize.

I've got a trio of family activities up for grabs to kick off a full day at Balboa Island. Enter below for a chance at:

4- TWO Hour Bike Rentals at Balboa Beach & Bicycle Boutique, 1- Hour Duffy Boat rental with Newport Beach Boat Rentals AND Whale watching via Davey's Locker good for up to FOUR passengers. Value of this prize Aprox. $ 200.00

Have you entered these giveaways yet? 

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Turns 50

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Turns 50

Aquarium of the Pacific 12th Annual International Childrens Celebration

Aquarium of the Pacific 12th Annual International Childrens Celebration