The Essentials to Celebrate Independence Day Destinations in Santa Ana

Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with the family and enjoy the festivities. Do you have any plans yet for this Fourth of July? If not, consider throwing a fun picnic with your family’s closest friends. It’s an activity that the kids are bound to remember and one that will allow all the adults to catch up. Here are some crucial things to pack for your picnic on Independence Day this year:

1. Blankets: you can’t have a picnic comfortably without some blankets to throw on the grass or a park table. Make sure you pack enough blankets for everyone!

2. Hot dogs, burgers, or sandwiches: Whichever foods you decide to serve totally depends on whether or not the park you plan on going to has a BBQ pit.

3. Potato or macaroni salad: These refreshing salads are a great side dish that add extra flavor to any meal.

4. Utensils and napkins: Make sure you bring your fair share of napkins, utensils, cups, and plates.

5. Water: July is usually steaming hot! Bring lots of liquids to make sure no one gets dehydrated!

Great Gift Suggestion For Father’s Day In Fullerton!

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of some gift ideas for your pops. If you need a little inspiration on what to get your father, this list is a great place to start:

• A new wallet
• A tie
• A mug
• Headphones
• A favorite book or movie
Starbucks gift card

If you live in Santa Ana, here are the best places to shop for Father’s Day gifts in your area:

MainPlace Mall
MainPlace Mall, formerly known as MainPlace Santa Ana and Westfield MainPlace, is shopping center located on the far north side of Santa Ana, California and is anchored by J.C. Penney, Macy’s, and Nordstrom—closed March 17, 2017.
Address: 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours: Open today · 10AM–9PM
Phone: (714) 547-7800

Best Buy
Electronics store in Costa Mesa, California
Chain retailer with a large array of brand-name electronics, computers, appliances & more.
Located in: Metro Pointe at South Coast
Address: 901 S Coast Dr. F, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hours: Open today · 10AM–9PM
Phone: (714) 434-0132

Best Memorial Day Activities In Santa Ana

Memorial Day is a holiday that serves to remember those who have served in the armed forces. As Americans, we have so many freedoms that we often take for granted, so it’s important to remember we have all the luxuries we do because of the sacrifices others have taken.

Have you made plans this May 29th to celebrate Memorial Day? Here’s an activity to consider in your area for 2017:

The Orange County Cemetery District will host Memorial Day Services honoring veterans at all three of the District’s cemeteries; Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park, and Santa Ana Cemetery.
All services are open to the public and attendance is free. Services will be held rain or shine. Seating may be limited, however, you are able to bring a blanket or chair too.
LOCATION:

Santa Ana Cemetery
1919 E Santa Clara Ave
Santa Ana, CA

INFORMATION:
If you want further information about the services, please call the District office at (949) 951-9102, extension 10.

Family-Friendly Activities To Enjoy This Spring In Santa Ana

Looking for some family-friendly activities to enjoy this spring? Here is a short list of the best spots to check out in Santa Ana with your kids. No matter where you go, you’re bound to have a great time.

Kidseum
Kid-centric extension of the Bowers Museum offers art & cultural programs for children & families.
Address: 1802 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Hours: 10AM–4PM
Phone: (714) 480-1520

Discovery Cube Orange County
The Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly known as the Discovery Science Center and the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, is a science museum in Santa Ana, California, with more than 100 hands-on … Wikipedia
Address: 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours: 10AM–5PM
Phone: (714) 542-2823

Santa Ana Zoo
The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California is a 20-acre zoo focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. The Santa Ana Zoo hosts more than 270,000 people annually. Wikipedia
Address: 1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Area: 20 acres
Hours: 10AM–4PM

Which family-friendly activity will you try first?

Best BBQ Restaurants in Santa Ana

Enjoying delicious barbecue food can be a delightful experience for the whole family. If you’re looking for something different to try this weekend, consider trying out one of the following BBQ spots in Santa Ana. Indulge in some rich, hearty food as you forget the stresses of the previous work week.

Burrell’s BBQ
Unfussy backyard BBQ joint serving sausage, ribs, BBQ chicken and classic sides such as mac & cheese.
Address: 305 N Hesperian St, Santa Ana, CA 92703
Phone: (714) 547-7441
Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: doordash.com
Hours: Open today · 11AM–7PM

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que
Outlet of a barbecue chain serving wood-smoked meats & sides in an American West-themed space.
Address: 3608 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Hours: Open today · 11AM–10PM
Phone: (714) 957-1857

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Regional chain serving slow-cooked meats & other Southern-style eats plus cocktails.
Located in: MainPlace Mall
Address: MainPlace Mall, 2800 N Main St #2160, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours: Open today · 11AM–10PM
Phone: (714) 542-7427

 

Where will you go to try some amazing barbecue this weekend?

Best Family-Friendly Activities in Santa Ana

You work hard all week to support your family, and although you may just feel like putting your feet up all weekend, you know there’s nothing quite like spending some quality time with your kids. So this weekend, treat your family to some of the following family-friendly activities in your area. Your kids are bound to have a great time as you introduce them to these family-friendly places that are sure to meet their need for entertainment and fun.

Discovery Cube Orange County
Museum in Santa Ana, California
The Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly known as the Discovery Science Center and the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, is a science museum in Santa Ana, California, with more than 100 hands-on … Wikipedia
Address: 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 542-2823

Kidseum
Art museum in Santa Ana, California
Kid-centric extension of the Bowers Museum offers art & cultural programs for children & families.
Address: 1802 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 480-1520

Heritage Museum of Orange County
Museum in Santa Ana, California
Attraction featuring restored homes & buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens.
Address: 3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: (714) 540-0404

Where To Have St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Santa Ana

Making a memorable St. Patrick’s Day requires three things: a good bar, good food, and a great atmosphere. Luckily, Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana may be the perfect bar to celebrate the holiday. St. Paddy’s day has turned into one of the most fun U.S holidays even though it didn’t originate with us. We get to wear green, drink beer, and enjoy life with our Irish brethren–what’s not to love?

Chapter One has been called “wonderful” by reviewers and one person on Yelp says the bar has “Not only the chill but high end vibe, the drinks and food is just awesome. This is my favorite bar in Santa Ana” which is high praise for a place that is known for its nightlife like Santa Ana.  The bar opens at 11am everyday, so head over and celebrate St. Paddy’s when you are ready.

Chapter One: the modern local

227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone number (714) 352-2225

 

Enjoy Some Tasty Food At The OC Restaurant Week

Celebrate your love of food next week with the most delicious seven days on the calendar at this year’s OC Restaurant week from March 5 – 11, 2017. Starting last Sunday some of the tastiest restaurants in Orange County will be coming together for a huge food festival. Food week is a little different than most festivals because the fun won’t be isolated to one area. The fun takes places at each participating location (there are over 30) with each offering patrons special menu options, huge discounts, and other fun deals.

You can also enter to win a free meal at the OC food week webpage, which is listed below. So make plans to not cook for the rest of the week and dine out instead. A portion of the food week proceeds also go to various charitable organizations. So have some fun dining out this week!

Enjoy a Breakfast at Cream Pan Or Mead’s in Santa Ana

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. In our minds it’s also the most fun meal– you can eat pancakes, waffles, french toast, or eggs prepared in a million different ways. You can’t forget about brunch either! For those people in Santa Ana looking for great breakfast spots, let’s take a quick look at two tasty locations.

Cream Pan

602 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Phone number (714) 665-8239

Cream Pan currently has a 4.5 Star rating on Yelp and continues to be a great “hole in the wall” option for locals wanting great services and even better breakfast. The location serves traditional American food, so get your appetite ready for classic pancakes and more!

Mead’s Green Door Cafe

642 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868
Phone number (714) 771-8556

This cafe has a tasty assortment of breakfast treats that will leave your mouth watering. The best part, however, is they are all vegan and healthy options (and you would never even notice by looking at them).

Best Hiking Locations and Exercise Spots in Santa Ana

Wow the year goes by fast doesn’t it? The days are already getting longer, the sun brighter, and once the rain stops, it might as well be summer already. With those changes to the weather come a few changes to our exercise routines. We can finally get out of the stuffy and overcrowded gyms and enjoy exercising in nature.

Going on a after work or early morning hike is a great way to stay active, fit, and de-stress from a long day at the office. The Santiago Creek on Memory Ln in Santa Ana is perfect for just about any nature filled activity you are trying to accomplish. There are long and windy running trails, walking trails, an area for your dogs, and a massive slide for kids and adults looking for some fun. Here is a quick look a the Santiago Creek.

Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center, Santiago Park Nature

510 E Memory Ln, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 647-6904