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LEGO Castle Adventure Exhibit at Discovery Science Center!

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2013


Lego Castle

Orange County is rich with many art museums, but my favorite museum-type place for kids is the Discovery Science Center!

Hear ye, hear ye, calling builders of all ages! LEGO® Castle Adventure is now open at the Discovery Science Center (DSC). In LEGO Castle Adventure, children are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they too can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest materials of all time - LEGO bricks!

"LEGO Castle Adventure gives DSC visitors the opportunity to test their planning and constructing skills," said Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center. "This unique exhibit created by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and LEGO Systems, Inc. is another great opportunity for children and families to learn through play with one of the most-loved toys of all time."

Visitors to LEGO Castle Adventure will be immersed in castle life through experiences designed specifically for children and families. Enter the LEGO kingdom's royal castle to sit in their majesties' thrones and view the royal family's portrait - made out of LEGO bricks - and LEGO suit of armor. View the king's secret treasure room filled with LEGO jewels.

lego kidsEven the youngest of builders will enjoy putting together their own LEGO castle creation. LEGO models of real-world castles Blarney, Arundel, and Neuschwanstein offer insights about how castles were planned and built. Age-appropriate build areas for Apprentice Builders (toddlers), Journeymen Builders (ages 3-6), and Master Builders (ages 7 and older) allow children to use their newfound knowledge to create their own unique structures.

After visiting the throne room, visitors can tour the castle grounds and learn about day-to-day castle life. Children and families are able to dress up as princes, princesses, knights or dragons; build a LEGO brick topiary; or climb a lookout tower. Children are invited to don suspender-style horses to play in a safe "jousting field" with foam-rubber lances and soft targets set up on the field. And, of course, no trip to a castle would be complete without meeting the resident LEGO dragon, but don't worry, she doesn't bite!

Once visitors have learned what it takes to plan and construct a proper home for the king and queen, they can test out the castle's defenses with what else...a catapult. Using a 3-D computer program and real-world catapult, one can virtually build and test the castle walls and learn through trial and error the most durable way to build the castle's defenses.

LEGO® Castle Adventure is open through September 15, 2013.

About Discovery Science Center
For 25 years, Discovery Science Center (DSC) has been a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting educators teach science and increasing public understanding of science, technology, engineering and math through interactive exhibits and programs. With one of the largest education outreach programs in the county and an unparalleled approach at creating immersive, game-based exhibits, DSC is revolutionizing how educational content is delivered. Throughout the year, guests can take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero or feel the power of a simulated rocket engine launch. Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Spooky Science and Bubblefest throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. DSC owns and operates the l Discovery Science Center based in Santa Ana, CA and will be opening a second facility in Los Angeles in 2014. For more information, call (714) 542-CUBE or visit

Irvine Greek Festival

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2013


We all have daydream moments that we hope to one day turn into reality. I like to imagine myself on a cliffside balcony in Santorini wearing a sundress the same shade of blue as the region's brilliantly hued roofs, snacking on dolmathes, sipping a glass of Greek wine, and staring out at the azure Aegean Sea. It's a pleasant but far off vision as Greece is 7000 miles away from home the reigns of parenthood, work, and everyday obligations hold me back. These days, the closest I typically get to Greek cuisine and culture is the take out counter for Daphne's Greek Café. Luckily, I will be able to indulge in an authentic taste of Greece in just a couple more weeks at Irvine's annual "A Taste of Greece" festival.

The festival, now in its 35th year, take places June 21-23, 2013, bringing Greek cuisine, music, and dance to over 11,000 attendees. St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church (4949 Alton Pkwy), Orange County's largest Greek Orthodox church, plays host to the festival from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday, June 21, noon to 10:00pm on Saturday, June 22nd, and noon to 9:00pm on Sunday, June 23rd.  St. Paul's was founded in 1977 and places an emphasis on philoptochos, a Greek word meaning "love for the poor". The festival, while offering great fun and culture to Orange County, also serves as fundraiser for the church's philanthropic programs; funding an orphanage in Mexico, digging wells for African villages, and helping Tanzanian church run clinics and hospitals.  Festival admission is just $3 for adults while children under the age of 10 enjoy free admission.

Irvine Greek Festival

If you have been daydreaming of dolmathes and wine like me, "A Taste of Greece" is the place to find them. Be sure to bring an empty stomach because festival-goers' will also be able to graze of a variety of traditional Greek foods such as spanakopita (a spinach a feta pastry dough pie), pastichio (Greek lasagna), lamb chops, loucanico (Greek sausage), calamari, saganaki (Greek brandy-flamed cheese), sweet loukoumathes (Greek doughnut holes), and, of course, plenty of traditional baklava. A variety of Greek beverages from beer to wine and even coffee will also be available for purchase. 

Taste of Greece Irvine

Those wishing to immerse themselves a bit further into Greek culture will certain have to take part in the free Greek dance lessons and stroll the boutique booths which will be set up to be reminiscent of the Plaka, an iconic and picturesque neighborhood in Athens. Tours of the beautiful church sanctuary, highlighting the Christian artwork done in mosaic style, will be offered. Kids will love the full-scale carnival with a variety of games for the entire family.

 For more information on the Taste of Greece Festival check out

Take the Angels Express to the Ballgame

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Thursday, May 09, 2013

Irvine baseball fans don't have to go very far to see Orange County's home team. With Angels Stadium just a few miles to the north, Irvine has a Major League baseball team right in its own backyard.

In fact, you don't even need a car to get there.

Angels Express 

Metrolink's Angels Express train takes fans from Irvine right to the ballpark for every evening home game. Whether you live in Irvine or are in town for a few days, taking the train to the Angels game will save you time and money. The round trip tickets are a mere $7, which is a better deal than the $10 parking fee at the stadium. Not to mention the cost of gas or the stress of sitting in stop and go traffic on the freeway.

Parking is free at the Irvine Transportation Center or it's a short shuttle ride from most Irvine hotels.

Angels Express 

Tickets may be purchased at Metrolink vending machines by selecting "Special Ticket Options."

Just arrive up to 45 minutes before the train departure time to purchase your tickets. 

It doesn't take long to catch Angels Fever once on board, as most passengers are fellow fans.

Angels Express  

The mood is festive yet relaxing as the train cuises past stopped traffic on the freeway. The Irvine train leaves at 6pm and after a 20 minute ride, you arrive relaxed and ready for Angels baseball.

There's plenty of time to make the short walk from the train station across the parking lot to Angels Stadium. 

Angels xpress 

The return trains leave 30 minutes after the final pitch is thrown, even if it's an extra inning game.

On Friday nights, when the Angels have a weekly fireworks display, the train leaves 45 minutes after game time so you have time to see the show.

All in all, the Angels Express is a good deal. It's easy. It's inexpensive, and it's a new experience for fans.

Metrolink Angels Express Fares   

$7 Adult roundtrip
$6 Senior/Disabled
$4 Youth ages 6-18 years old
FREE Kids age 5 and under with paying adult, limit 3 per fare

For more information on the Angels Express , click here

Angels Express 

Filed In: Insider Scoop, Events

Spring FEver

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, May 02, 2013

FE invite

Get your fashionista self over to the Irvine Spectrum this Saturday May 4th from 3-8pm for a shopping, refreshments, music, and entertainment extravaganza presented by Foreign Exchange Clothing and 102.7 KISS FM, hosted by Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish and ABC's The Bachelor finalists Lindsay Yenter and Ashlee Frazier.

This will be Foreign Exchange's first Spring FEver event; while celebrity host Janel Parrish picks out her favorite pieces from the in-store collection, posing for photos and chatting with friends and media; money will be raised for the American Red Cross, there's an opportunity to win a $1000 shopping spree, and you can shop with Lindsay Yeter and Ashlee Frazier of The Bachelor

If that wasn't enough to tickle your fashion fancy, there will be 7 celebrity stylists and fashion bloggers in attendance representing the brand as the 'FE Fashion Experts'  sharing their fave summer picks and styling tips!

Foreign Exchange Clothing
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

(at the Irvine Spectrum) 

Event 3pm-8pm
Lindsay and Ashley will be there from 3pm-4pm
Janel Parrish will be there from 4:30pm-6:30pm

I unfortunately can not attend, but hope you can! Check out details on the Destination Irvine event page or Haute House PR Facebook page.


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