Out and About: LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick or Treat Offers Family-Friendly Spooky Fun

CitySurfing Orlando's family writer attended LEGOLAND Florida's Brick or Treat to let give you the lowdown on the family friendly Halloween event. 

Brick or Treat has returned to LEGOLAND Florida, and my family and I attended opening weekend to experience all the LEGO-inspired Halloween fun.

I was happy to see them using all of the park and not just limiting things to one area. We also enjoyed the park being open until 8pm that day, so we could take our time exploring the special Halloween offerings.

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Out and About: Catching the Premiere of Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

Read our review of Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party on the production's first show this weekend at the Amway Center. Photo by Carol Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

My family and I were invited to check out Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party for CitySurfing Orlando on the production’s first show this weekend at the Amway Center.

The premise of this new Disney on Ice production is that Captain Hook has stolen Tinkerbells magic wand and is holding her captive. Mickey and the gang must solve clues on a treasure map to fill up the Magic Meter in order to free Tinkerbell.

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Out and About: Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes at the Amway Center is Fun For the Whole Family

Out and About: Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes is Fun For the Whole Family

My family and I are huge Marvel fans so we were excited to the the Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes at the Amway Center last night (Jan 12)! This show is loaded with action.

The show begins with Dr. Strange flying in and telling us about a powerful and magical wand; The Wand of Watoomb. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the universe!

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Out and About: Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida!

Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida. Photo by Kirk Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

We were invited to attend LEGOland Florida Resort’s “Christmas Bricktacular” on its opening day, and we were excited to experience the event. Opening days are always a challenge as not everything is completely ready, and that was the case here. But that’s okay as the employees were fabulous in getting things done and making sure everyone had a great time.

In fact, the staff was great and very friendly all throughout the park. In Fun Town, they had the store fronts and trees around the carousel decorated for Christmas. It was truly lovely.

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Out and About: Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Recently, we were in Cape Canaveral, Florida and decided to try Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza. Friends have mentioned this restaurant to us, and it did not disappoint us.

Their menu had a good variety listed and they also had a few off menu options that looked and sounded amazing. One dish looked especially yummy from the pictures on the iPad. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of one pasta dish. And, honestly, I couldn’t spell it even if I did remember it. I do know that it was amazing. The linguini was cooked perfectly al dente, the clams, shrimp and crab were not over cooked, and the sauce was light while having plenty of it made with butter, garlic, clam sauce.

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Out and About: 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Whole Family

139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Whole Family - photo by Kirk Garreans

The 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo was in town last weekend, and this is always a family-friendly fun event. We attended the Friday, June 2nd show. There was supposed to be a big Schools Out Bash prior to the rodeo, however, the rain and storms made that an impossibility. We need the rain, so it’s ok.

The evening began with the Junior bull riding. These kids are brave and have a great future ahead of them in rodeo.

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Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

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Out and About: Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart is Fun for the Whole Family!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart” is the name of this year’s Disney On Ice tour, and it was very well put together, plus a lot of fun for the family.

It’s not a Disney show without the core characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, and they not only started the show, but appeared in other portions as well.

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Out and About: House of Pho Opens in Orlando

House of Pho Opens in Orlando

We have eagerly been awaiting the opening of the House of Pho (pronounced fa) on John Young Pkwy at Sand Lake Rd. Well, at last, they are open!!

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, and at House of Pho, there is a beef version and chicken version. They are working on a vegetarian option, but haven’t perfected it yet. We love pho. It comes with broth and noodles, red and green onion and then you add things to make it your own. I add Hoisin sauce, culantro, a little bit of fish sauce, and bean sprouts. The kids add soy sauce too. My husband adds Sriracha in addition to everything else. We love it as what starts out the same, is personalized in a short amount of time.

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Out and About: A Dining Review of Pincho Factory in Dr Phillips

My husband, Kirk, grew up in South America. As a result, we eat a conglomeration of food styles. When we heard of a new place opening in Dr Phillips, we had to try it.

The Pincho Factory Dr Phillips - kitchen

The Pincho Factory offers pinchos (meat on a stick) as well as burgers and other sandwiches. The pinchos come as steak, shrimp, or chicken.

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Out and About: Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Family

On Friday night (Feb 19), I took my kids to the Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. This is a great family event and I do recommend getting there earlier, rather than later. It was a nearly sold out event on Friday.

2016 Silver Spurs Rodeo - Rodeo Queens

Cowboy / cowgirl clothing is not required, but if you need to add some to your wardrobe, there are vendors there selling hats, belts and buckles, among other things.

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Out and About: Osceola County Fair is a Fun Family Outing

This weekend, I took my family to the Osceola County Fair on Saturday. We choose to go to this fair as it is very reminiscent of the county fair from way back when I was a kid – it’s even the same company that provides the rides.

Osceola County Fair at night - photo by Carol Garreans

We have gone every year for the past 8 years, but this year we did notice a couple changes. Gone are the bigger roller coaster and the Tilt-a-Whirl. The latter is a disappointment for us, as it’s my daughters favorite. Thankfully, there is a similar ride in its place that both kids had to ride twice.

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