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Best Of Orange County: Week Of July 27

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As we finish up the last bit of July and into August, you won't want to miss out on these great opportunities to enjoy fabulous entertainment, dining, and activities in Orange County. The warm weather gives plenty of opportunities to head outdoors, including outdoor movies under the stars, live theater, and visits with furry friends.

Monday, July 27
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Movie Mondays: The Sandlot
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr.
Coasta Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787

Bring the whole family to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts tonight to watch the coming-of-age baseball adventure, The Sandlot under the stars on a giant screen. The iconic movie has a huge following with fun quotes like "Your're Killing Me Smalls!" becoming common cultural slang. At the Center, grab dinner from food trucks including StuffinIt Burgers, Falasophy, Dos Chinos, and Mustache Mike's.

Tuesday, July 28
OC Zoo
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"What Do Animals Eat?" Display
Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Rd.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6846

In addition to all of the animal exhibits on display, this Tuesday is a great opportunity to let your little ones learn more about what goes on at the zoo in a special behind-the-scenes tour. The "What Do Animals Eat?" special activity, running for one day only, is open to kids ages 5-8 and their parents. For just $5, kids can learn what the animals in the zoo eat for lunch and dinner, explore more through fun art projects, and meet animals close up.

Wednesday, July 29
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Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA
(949) 497-2787

Kick off your Sunday shoes at one of the most explosive movie musicals to hit the stage, playing now through August at the Laguna Playhouse! This heartwarming musical tale is about a big-city boy who finds himself living in a small town where dancing is forbidden. Audiences will love the score, featuring songs like "Holding Out for a Hero," "Let's Hear it For the Boys," and of course, the musical's namesake, "Footloose."

Thursday, July 30
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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day
The Cheesecake Factory
321 W Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA
(714) 533-7500

Where better to celebrate national cheesecake day than a place that offers many options of the delicious dessert AND is named after it? Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at the Cheesecake Factory, where you can order any slice of cheesecake for half price on Thursday and Friday of this week only. Available at any Cheesecake Factory, with two locations in Orange County, all 30 legendary flavors of cheesecake are participating in the sale including a brand new flavor, unveiling on July 29: the Salted Caramel Cheesecake that features caramel cheesecake and creamy caramel mousse on a blonde brownie all topped with salted caramel.

Friday, July 31
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Capistrano Shakespeare Festival
Historic Town Center Park
El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Enjoy a midsummer production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" under the stars in San Juan Capistrano's Historic Town Center Park. Snacks and refreshments are served onsite, but patrons can feel welcome to bring their own picnic baskets, blankets, and beverages to make an evening of the production. The production of this comedy, one of Shakespeare's most accessible to all ages and levels of familiarity, is sure to delight. Through August 2.

Saturday, August 1
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Riviera Brunch
151 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

New this month, don't miss FIG & OLIVE's Weekend Riviera Brunch buffet available Saturdays and Sundays. Their cuisine of the sun menu showcases seasonal ingredients such as spring peas, figs, and asparagus utilized in a variety of signature dishes inkling Salmon Crudo, whole roasted Provencal style chicken at the carving station, and customizable omelets. Families will receive on complimentary kids' meal per weekend brunch purchased.

Sunday, August 2
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LEGO Queen Mary Shipyard
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

Families hoping to hop aboard the Queen Mary have another great reason to hit the decks: they've just unveiled the world's largest LEGO Brick Model Ship on board. Measuring 26 feet, weighing over 600 lbs. and made from 250,000 LEGO bricks, the LEGO Queen Mary brick model ship is a masterpiece to be seen. Designed by England's certified LEGO Builder, Bright Bricks, Inc., to commemorate Britain's most famous ocean liner, the model is displayed aboard the Queen Mary gallery, The Shipyard. Kids can also enjoy LEGO building stations to build their own masterpieces.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.


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