It’s Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day weekend is almost here, so it’s a time for many to get ready for relaxation and recharging during their much-needed break from work. Good thing there’s plenty of options on how to spend your weekend!

If you’re looking for something more exciting and daring to do for your weekend, definitely check out Sender One Climbing. There’s plenty to do for everyone from the beginners to the experts! Even the kiddos can get in on the fun. On top of that, they even have yoga for those who are a little apprehensive of climbing but still want to get active. Or you could be the type that just wants to keep it calm and have a staycation! Throw some good eats on the grill, gather your family and friends, and make some lasting holiday weekend memories.

From all of us here at Park Plaza Apartments, we hope you have a very safe and fun holiday weekend!

Top Family-Friendly Activities in Santa Ana

This weekend, why not treat your family to some fun around town? If you’re looking for some family-friendly activities to enjoy in Santa Ana, consider some from this list below. You won’t have to worry about getting a baby-sitter this weekend; these activities are fun for the whole family!

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

Jerome Park
Park in Santa Ana, California
Community spot features sports fields, trails, picnic areas & a recreation center with outdoor pool.
Address: Santa Ana, CA 92704
Hours: Open today · 7AM–8:30PM
Phone: (714) 647-6559

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
Hours: Open today · 10AM–5PM
Phone: (714) 542-2823

Best Night Life in Santa Ana

You work hard during the day, so you deserve to treat yourself to the best night life possible in Santa Ana, CA. You know that there isn’t a shortage of fun things to do in Southern California, but if you’re trying to limit your driving distance after work, check out these local spots that are ideal to unwind in. Whether you go alone or with your friends, you’ll get to enjoy some amazing drinks, music, and company. Indulge in a well-deserved night out in Santa Ana tonight!

VLVT | Velvet Lounge
Gay bar & restaurant with DJs & dancing
416 W. 4th Street
Dancing · Great cocktails · Great beer selection

The Copper Door
Night Club
225 N Broadway
Live music · Usually a wait · Dancing

Father’s Pub & Grub
13912 Ponderosa St d
Live music · Great beer selection · Casual

To learn more about other amazing spots to relax after work in Santa Ana, check out the list of the best nightlife Yelp has compiled here. You will not be disappointed!

Try These Simple Last Minute Holiday Shopping Tips in Santa Ana

Are you done with all of your holiday shopping? If you’re reading this, we’re guessing the answer is no. Well, don’t worry, we have a few excellent last minute shopping tips and gift ideas to help you get through the last few days before Christmas.

Shop online: don’t even bother going to the mall and just finish your shopping online. Nearly all online shops will have expedited shipping over the next few days. Or you can even ship the gifts directly to the people they are for.

Discount gift cards: There are quite a few online store that offer discount gift cards which are perfect for last minute shopping. So why not pay $40 for a $50 gift card and save yourself some money?

Food: places like Omaha steaks or bakeries offer great deals on meats and sweets for the holiday season, so why not ship something tasty to your friends and family. Look up a discount code online and try to get huge savings.

Popular Places To Eat In Santa Ana

Just because you live in a certain area doesn’t mean you’ve explored every corner of the city. Finding hidden gems or finally going to a popular location can take a lot of time. In order to speed along the process of exploring your city, let’s take a quick look at two popular restaurants near your Santa Ana apartment.

Shabu Shabu Bar

1945 E 17th St

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone number(714) 954-0332

The Shabu Shabu Japanese BBQ restaurant serves some of the tastiest food you can imagine. The location has an average four-star rating on 1500 Yelp reviews (which is an impressive number if you follow the site). The rib-eye and pork tends to be a favorite and the restaurant will even throw in a free sake if you check in on Yelp.

Chicken Maison

3332 S Bristol St
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone number (714) 434-0244

The Mediterranean style location offers a taste of the Middle East that your stomach will never forget. The cuisine is nothing too exotic and even those who have never tried the food will find something to enjoy. The location also has a four-star rating on 1400 reviews.

Enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” at the Santa Ana Zoo

The zoo might not be the first thing you think about when it comes to the holidays and Christmas events. But the Santa Ana Zoo hosts a year Winter Wonderland event during the month of December that will make the holidays even more magical!

The fun starts every day from 10 am to 4pm and includes a light display, holiday crafts, and Santa’s Workshop and more. And that’s not even mentioning all the wonderful animals that will be in attendance throughout the day. If you are a parent looking to keep the little ones busy for an entire day, the Santa Ana Zoo’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to create new family memories this holiday season. The fun is free with the price of admission to the zoo, so stop by and have fun this December.

Winter Wonderland at the Zoo
@ Santa Ana Zoo
Every Day in December

10 am to 4pm



Side Dishes: Thanksgiving Orange Scented Green Beans

Are you ready for a Thanksgiving recipe that will knock your guest’s socks off? Everyone loves turkey, but we all know your meal is only as good as your side dishes. Here is a quick and tasty Food Network Orange Scented Green Bean recipe to try this Thanksgiving. We hope you have a wonderful and tasty Thanksgiving.

1 Orange peel
2 pounds trimmed green beans, available in produce department
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped

The ingredients are few and the directions quick. Fill up a large pan with two or three inches of water and let it boil. Next throw in the orange peel and green beans (be sure to cut the edges). Let the beans cook for roughly five minutes (you do not want them to get soggy). Once cooked, drain the water and put them in a saucepan. Add in some butter, salt, pepper and chives and simmer for another few minutes. All done. Now serve and let your guest enjoy the side dish.

Santa Ana Fitness: Where To Get Active in the City

If you are the active type, there are a number of great places to work up a sweat in the City of Santa Ana. You can go to a gym, find a scenic hiking trail or run on a track at a local high school. The key is to get out and keep moving, especially during the last two months of the year when we all have a tendency to overeat at those holiday parties and family gatherings. Here is a look at three places to for your next exercise routine.

Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center, Santiago Park Nature

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

The Santiago Creek is a wonderful place to run, walk, hike, or have a picnic. If you are looking for a day of exploring the wilderness, this is the place to go.

Foothill High School

19251 Dodge Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 730-7464

Foothill High School has a state of the art outside track open to the public during off hours. You can grab your running shoes and get in a great workout.

Gold’s Gym Santa Ana

1945 E 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 558-9700

Not everyone likes the gym, but if working out indoors is your thing, get a membership and use it during the holiday months to stay fit. Exercising outdoors during the winter can be uncomfortable because of the weather, so a gym membership is a great alternative.

The Holidays are Here: Attend the Fourth Annual Plaza Navideña

Halloween is over, so let’s jump right into Christmas. Who’s ready for holiday festivals? The City of Santa Ana is ready to get things started with its Fourth Annual Plaza Navidena event. The festivities are set to take place on Saturday, November 19th at the Downtown Plaza Calle Cuatro on the corner of Fourth and French Streets.

The fun will include a tree lighting ceremony, live music and dancers, including a wonderful Mariachi band (this event already sounds awesome). Free refreshments and pintas will be provided along with a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus!

The free event starts at 5pm and will run until 8pm. If you are a cook, there will also be a “Best Tamale in Town” contest, so whip out those wonderful family recipes and show everyone in Santa Ana how great your tamales taste. . Local vendors and food truck will also be in attendance, so bring some cash and a full stomach to enjoy this holiday event.

Best Trick or Treating Spots In Santa Ana

Trick or treating is not made equal. Some neighborhoods are vibrant and full of fun while others are boring with few houses and apartments participating in the holiday. If you have little children, of course you want Halloween to be special, which means you might have to travel to find the right neighborhood to go trick or treating. If your area isn’t the best spot to find something, let’s take a quick look at the best place in Santa Ana to trick or treat according to

Rustic Cowan Heights
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Rustic Cowan Heights remains one the most affluent parts of the OC, and it may be the best place to trick-or-treating in the area. The community knows its fun Halloween reputation and preps for an influx of children during the holiday. Cowan is known for delivering on the Halloween fun with spooky decorations, create candy and a welcoming and safe community vibe. If you are stuck on a location to take your kids next Monday, try out the Rustic Cowan Heights are. Here is a link with a bit more info about the trick or treating.