Parenting OC september 2012 : Page 40

Best Children’s live theatre: the laguna Playhouse Not just another night out, the Laguna Playhouse is a great way to open up any child to the magic of theatre. This theater performs classic and new age plays and musicals and considers themselves a long-standing cultural and educational force on the regional and national theatre landscape. With plays aimed directly at youth, the Laguna Playhouse offers something for everyone to enjoy. 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787. www.ToysRUs.com. Best sPorts equiPment store south: sPort Chalet As kids go back to school and back into sports, finding a store that carries a wide assortment of tools and equipment is a must. With everything from camping to basketball, Sports Chalet has you covered and because of it has earned a spot as South County’s best sports equipment store. This chain carries all the top brands including: Nike, Adidas, DC, Precor, Roxy, Quicksilver, The North Face and more. Locations throughout OC. www.sportchalet.com. north: diCKs sPorting goods After the Olympics, there’s a whole new zest in the air when it comes to sports. Encourage that inspiration with new equipment from north county’s favorite sporting goods store, Dicks Sporting Goods. This store carries apparel, equipment and footwear for all types of sports including: basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track and field, boxing, the outdoors and much more. Locations throughout OC. www. dicksportinggoods.com. Best hairCuts Cool Cuts 4 Kids At Cool Cuts, kids will get more than just a cool cut, they get an entire haircutting experience. Well-trained and patient, hairstylists know how to work with children and their temperaments, special needs and sensory difficulties. Children will enjoy a wide selection of movies and Xbox games in a safe, trusting environment, making haircutting day an easy experience for all. Locations throughout OC. www.coolcuts4kids.com. For MoM and dad Best date night south: dinner and a movie: irvine sPeCtrum. Best toy store Chain toys “r” us This year marks the eighth win for Toys “R” Us has the goods to keep up with your child’s journey through the land of play. A child’s paradise, the aisles are lined with fun favorites including: dolls, action figures and stuffed animals. Parents can put an educational spin on their kids’ play with learning games, brain challenging puzzles and all the supplies needed for the school year. Locations throughout OC. The Irvine Spectrum has a lot to offer mom and dad on a night alone. Try a sophisticated meal at Javier’s which offers upscale Mexican food and premium margaritas or an East meets West experience at Capital Dim Sum — and don’t forget the sake. After dinner, head over to the newly renovated Edwards 21 Cinemas to catch the newest movie releases. Eat all the popcorn and sour patch kids you want; there’s no one to set an example for. 71 Fortune Dr. Irvine. 949-753-5180. www.Shopirvinespectrumcenter.com. north: dinner at Cedar CreeK restaurant, Brea and a movie When it’s time to plan a much needed date night, call the sitter and head over to Cedar Creek Restaurant for a sophisticated night out. A popular spot to enjoy fine, classic, American food and spirits, this restaurant has evolved into North County’s top entertainment choice and regularly has a trio of live performers. After dinner, create a classic American date night, head out to catch a movie at a nearby movie theater. 20 Pointe Dr. Brea. 714-255-5600. www.cedarcreekinn.com. Best indePendent maternity store south: nine little months When your family is growing ,staying on budget is a hard, but necessary. Sometimes, spending money on new clothes that you’re only going to fit into for a couple weeks at a time doesn’t fit in. That’s where Nine Little Months comes in. Offering gently used maternity clothes, this clothing store gets you the same name brands and styles for a fraction of the cost. And, when the baby comes and you don’t know what to 40 Parenting OC Magazine | September 2012 www.ParentingOC.com

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