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There is definitely no shortage of things to do for an Orange County staycation. There are tons of attractions, which of course include the Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm theme parks. Orange County is also well situated for a staycation day trip as well. It's right in the middle of Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. Follow along for tips on what to do and where to go on your Orange County staycation. This includes finding the best deals, discounts, and coupons for area attractions and day trip destinations that are either within 100 miles or just a short 2 hour drive down the road.

Are you planning a day trip to Hollywood or anywhere in the Los Angeles area? If you are then just check out Los Angeles Staycations first for the latest tips, coupons, and other discounts that you can use on your staycation day trip.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. UltraStar Cinemas
  2. Newport Landing Whale Watching
  3. Orange County Zoo
  4. Merlin’s Magic Dinner Show
  5. Knott’s Soak City Orange County
  6. Sunset Gondola
  7. K1 Speed Anaheim
  8. Orange County Museum of Art
  9. Southern California Gray Line
  10. Medieval Times Buena Park

2014 Knott’s Merry Farm Coupon

2014 November 24
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Every holiday season America’s first amusement park turns into a 160 acre winter wonderland that is complete with lavish holiday decorations, live entertainment, festive food, a Christmas Crafts Village filled with local artisans, and a whole lot more. In addition to that there’s the thrill rides, shows, and plenty more to keep the entire family entertained for hours. Knott’s Merry Farm lasts until January 4th so go ahead and make your plans if you want to attend. Just check their calendar ahead of time to see the hours of operation. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the gate, though it should be noted that if you purchase your tickets online ahead of time you’ll get a discount rate on your admission ticket for Knott’s Merry Farm.

Get Over 40% Off Admission to Knott’s Merry Farm 2014

If you miss out on this discount ticket deal then don’t give up. There are a few other ways that you can save on your admission as well. The first thing to do is to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the top right of the Knott’s Berry Farm site. Often times area businesses including banks, credit unions, and other associations will have a promo code for Knott’s Merry Farm. You can enter this code in that box to receive a special discount. You can also go ahead and get your 2015 season passes and get one free admission to the 2014 Knott’s Merry Farm. They even have a program where you can split your payment into six easy payments.

Planning a visit after the 2014 Knott’s Merry Farm event? If you are then be sure to check for Knott’s Berry Farm coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your general admission tickets to America’s first theme park.


"Stolen Moments: 100 Years of Jazz" With the Metta Quintet

at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
FULL PRICE: $17.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

"Stolen Moments: 100 Years of Jazz" is both a concert and a celebration of jazz history. With music performed by the Metta Quintet, an acclaimed jazz ensemble, this multimedia show brings life to the ... [more+]

"Stolen Moments: 100 Years of Jazz" is both a concert and a celebration of jazz history. With music performed by the Metta Quintet, an acclaimed jazz ensemble, this multimedia show brings life to the music, names and faces from a century of jazz masters. Learn all about this uniquely American art form and how it's influenced other musical genres, both in the U.S. and abroad, when JazzReach, an arts organization dedicated to promoting and creating jazz music, presents "Stolen Moments: 100 Years of Jazz" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. [less-]

Expect Saucy Sassiness at the "Lipstick and Lashes Drag & Dinner Show"

at Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana
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Fri, January 30
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
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FULL PRICE: $34.95 - $39.95
OFFER PRICE: $15.00 - $24.00

If you're looking for Las Vegas glamour, divas and fun without leaving Orange County, head to Velvet Lounge in historic downtown Santa Ana for a dinner theater-style drag extravaganza worthy of the St... [more+]

If you're looking for Las Vegas glamour, divas and fun without leaving Orange County, head to Velvet Lounge in historic downtown Santa Ana for a dinner theater-style drag extravaganza worthy of the Strip. "Lipstick and Lashes" is hosted by television star and female impersonator Shannel from RuPaul's hit shows "Drag Race", "All-Star Drag Race" and "Drag-U" as well as a host of "Divas Las Vegas", billed as "The World's Biggest and Most Outrageous Drag Show." Along with a delicious three-course dinner in an intimate atmosphere, expect sparkle, feathers, incredible costumes, comedy, impersonations, sexy backup dancers ... and lashes for days. [less-]

U.S. Bureaucrat's Last Stand in Dark Political Comedy "The North Plan"

at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
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Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Fri, February 06
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.00 - $10.00

How did Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, end up in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus surrounded by an unsympathetic police chief, an ambivalent administrative assistant ... [more+]

How did Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, end up in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus surrounded by an unsympathetic police chief, an ambivalent administrative assistant and fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed recidivist who's turned herself in for drunk driving and thinks Skynyrd should be on the new money? He's on the run, obviously, after a ruthless faction seized power in Washington and he took off with the new regime's top-secret enemies list. With a pair of DHS agents on the way, this odd bunch of locals might just be Berg's last hope. [less-]

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": The "Peanuts" Gang Takes the Stage

at Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, Huntington Beach
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

America's favorite comic strip characters come to life in a classic musical based on the timeless "Peanuts" comics by Charles M. Schulz. "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" transports Charlie Brown, Sn... [more+]

America's favorite comic strip characters come to life in a classic musical based on the timeless "Peanuts" comics by Charles M. Schulz. "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" transports Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally, Lucy and Schroeder from the page to the stage for a series of adventures no TV special could replicate. Fans of the comic will be delighted by appearances of the Kite-Eating Tree, the Little Red-Haired Girl, Lucy's psychiatry booth and Snoopy's battles with the Red Baron. The adventures of the "Peanuts" gang are punctuated by playwright-composer Clark Gesner's whimsical score, featuring simple but catchy tunes like "Suppertime," "Happiness" and the title song. [less-]

"Opposing Forces": Urban Dance Showcase With Live Music

at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Judy Morr Theater, Costa Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

"Opposing Forces" brings together some of the best young artists from the world of urban dance to perform an evening that showcases breath-taking athleticism and provocative ideas. Five B-boys from di... [more+]

"Opposing Forces" brings together some of the best young artists from the world of urban dance to perform an evening that showcases breath-taking athleticism and provocative ideas. Five B-boys from different generations and cultures come together to perform breakdancing, live beats and hip hop, while at the same time questioning and exploring gender roles. Choreographer Amy O'Neal raises questions about stereotypes and masculinity/femininity through conversation, collaboration and transfixing dance moves. Seattle's own WD4D performs live music, with lighting design by Amiya Brown and artwork by Ben Zamora. [less-]

"Merlin's Magic Dinner Show": A Night of Wit and Wizardry

at Rib Trader Restaurant, Orange
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sat, January 31
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Sat, January 31
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FULL PRICE: $32.39
OFFER PRICE: $19.99

Feast like a king (or a queen) at this two-hour magical meal hosted by a royal wizard. Saucy serving wenches bring you hearty food, tempting beverages and cheeky banter while Merlin the Magician provi... [more+]

Feast like a king (or a queen) at this two-hour magical meal hosted by a royal wizard. Saucy serving wenches bring you hearty food, tempting beverages and cheeky banter while Merlin the Magician provides an evening of entertainment you won't soon forget. His mesmerizing magic feats range from sleight of hand to grand illusion, and he's a bit of a comedian as well. A mouth-watering two-course dinner is included in the ticket price. [less-]

"Billy Elliot: The Musical" -- Winner of 10 Tonys, Score by Elton John

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sat, January 31
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FULL PRICE: $35.00 - $60.00
OFFER PRICE: $15.00 - $36.00

Set to what the "New York Post" called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by "TIME" magazine, the explosive musical "Billy Elliot" comes to La Mirada. Based on t... [more+]

Set to what the "New York Post" called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by "TIME" magazine, the explosive musical "Billy Elliot" comes to La Mirada. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social pressure and stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. His talent and ambition become a symbol of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and his community, and changes his life forever. [less-]

A Girl Befriends a Sea Serpent in Family Musical "Loch Ness"

at Chance Theater, Anaheim
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
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FULL PRICE: $35.00 - $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.50 - $22.50

A young girl strikes up an amazing friendship with the Loch Ness Monster in the heartwarming new musical "Loch Ness", from the writer-director of "Triassic Parq" (2013 Ovation Award for Best Musical, ... [more+]

A young girl strikes up an amazing friendship with the Loch Ness Monster in the heartwarming new musical "Loch Ness", from the writer-director of "Triassic Parq" (2013 Ovation Award for Best Musical, Intimate Theatre). This charming riff on the legendary sea serpent story centers on Haley Westerbrook, the 12-year-old daughter of a scientist. While visiting the Scottish Highlands, Haley meets Nessy, a small, magical sea serpent and, through their bond, Haley discovers herself. Filled with uplifting music, "Loch Ness" is equal parts cheeky comedy and touching family drama, and speaks to the power of imagination. [less-]

"Rodney King": Powerful Solo Show by Roger Guenveur Smith ("American Gangster")

at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater, Costa Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Actor-writer Roger Guenveur Smith brings his acclaimed solo show "Rodney King" to Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts. From the initial incident of police brutality to the controversial tri... [more+]

Actor-writer Roger Guenveur Smith brings his acclaimed solo show "Rodney King" to Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts. From the initial incident of police brutality to the controversial trial verdict to the eruption of the L.A. riots and beyond, Smith uses history and improvised poetry to capture the life of a flawed, good-hearted everyman who unintentionally became the nation's first reality TV star. Part of the 2015 Off Center Festival, this unforgettable work features a performer at the height of his powers, whose credits include films such as "Malcolm X" and "American Gangster", and the HBO series "Oz". [less-]

"For the Love of Bernstein": A Tribute to the Legendary Composer

at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $59.00 - $99.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00 - $49.50

Leonard Bernstein is widely regarded as the first American-born conductor to become a superstar, changing the face of music in the process. Together with other artists who had the privilege of working... [more+]

Leonard Bernstein is widely regarded as the first American-born conductor to become a superstar, changing the face of music in the process. Together with other artists who had the privilege of working with the fabled conductor, Music Director Carl St.Clair offers a heartfelt tribute to the man he calls the greatest influence on his musical life. You'll hear soprano Dawn Upshaw, pianist Benjamin Pasternack and others perform selections from "Candide" and "Wonderful Town", as well as "Somewhere" from "West Side Story". This tribute is particularly poignant for St.Clair, who conducted the world premiere of "Arias and Barcarolles" when he stepped in for an ailing Leonard Bernstein. [less-]

"Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" Tells the Iconic Composer's Story

at Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
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FULL PRICE: $46.00 - $61.00
OFFER PRICE: $23.00 - $40.00

Even if you don't know him by name, you've heard Irving Berlin's songs: "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- the list goes on. Now... [more+]

Even if you don't know him by name, you've heard Irving Berlin's songs: "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- the list goes on. Now you have the opportunity to experience the quintessential American composer through the performance of an immensely talented actor, pianist and playwright. Hershey Felder has previously performed as George Gershwin, Beethoven and Chopin, but now he takes on the role of one of America's most prolific composers. Felder's masterful creation of character and performance features Berlin's songs performed by Felder as well as stories about Berlin's life and how he created the music we still love today. [less-]

Comedian Pete Holmes ("The Pete Holmes Show", "Conan")

at The Irvine Improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Stand-up, sketches, impressions, podcasts -- even "New Yorker" cartoons -- Pete Holmes is comedy's ultimate utility player. There is seemingly nothing he can't do. Star and host of "The Pete Holmes Sh... [more+]

Stand-up, sketches, impressions, podcasts -- even "New Yorker" cartoons -- Pete Holmes is comedy's ultimate utility player. There is seemingly nothing he can't do. Star and host of "The Pete Holmes Show" on TBS, Holmes is as versatile as he is funny, hosting a killer podcast ("You Made It Weird"), performing as the voice of the E*Trade baby, drawing cartoons and "also" appearing on "Conan", "Jimmy Fallon", his own "Comedy Central Presents" special and VH1's "Best Week Ever". Now, the eminently likable Holmes, whom "Variety" named as one their "Top Ten Comics to Watch," headlines the Irvine Improv. [less-]

Sublime Tribute Band Badfish: Keeping the Ska-Punk Spirit Alive

at House of Blues Anaheim, Anaheim
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $29.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Hear the greatest hits of California ska-punk band Sublime when nationally touring tribute group Badfish plays the House of Blues. Hailing from Providence, R.I., Badfish has become one of the biggest ... [more+]

Hear the greatest hits of California ska-punk band Sublime when nationally touring tribute group Badfish plays the House of Blues. Hailing from Providence, R.I., Badfish has become one of the biggest tribute bands working today with their high-energy renditions of "What I Got," "Santeria," "Wrong Way" and other tunes by the late, great Bradley Nowell and his Long Beach, Calif.-bred band. The group plays more than a hundred shows across America yearly, from the East Coast and the Midwest to Sublime's home territory and beyond. The band doesn't just play covers -- they replicate Sublime's true essence and are bringing the spirit and fury of Sublime to the House of Blues in Anaheim. [less-]

Pop Rockers The Babys ("Every Time I Think of You")

at Lido Live, Newport Beach
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $24.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.00

The Babys, the British rock band behind the huge late '70s pop-rock hits "Every Time I Think of You," "Isn't It Time" and "Back on My Feet Again," are back with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker, ... [more+]

The Babys, the British rock band behind the huge late '70s pop-rock hits "Every Time I Think of You," "Isn't It Time" and "Back on My Feet Again," are back with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker, drummer Tony Brock and new lead singer John Biasha, along with a new album, "I'll Have Some of That!". Come see them perform their classic hits as well as their new tunes during a rocking concert at Lido Live theater in Newport Beach, California. [less-]

Mystery & Suspense Abound in Classic Whodunit "An Inspector Calls"

at Cabrillo Playhouse, San Clemente
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
Thu, February 05
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FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

A knock on the door abruptly brings a celebratory dinner party to a close, when a determined police investigator shows up at the home of the Birling family investigating the death of a young girl. As ... [more+]

A knock on the door abruptly brings a celebratory dinner party to a close, when a determined police investigator shows up at the home of the Birling family investigating the death of a young girl. As the inspector continues to ask one penetrating question after the next, this close-knit family begins to unravel -- and long-buried secrets surrounding the girl's death are slowly unearthed. This popular drawing room mystery by J.B. Priestley is a fascinating look into the world of the wealthy and an exciting whodunit that'll keep you guessing until the end. [less-]

Saturday Drag Brunch: Gourmet Omelets, Bottomless Mimosas & Female Impersonators

at Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
Sat, January 31
Sat, February 07
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Sat, January 31
Sat, January 31
Sat, February 07
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Sat, February 21
Sat, February 21
Sat, February 28
Sat, February 28
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FULL PRICE: $35.99
OFFER PRICE: $19.00

Gourmet food, bottomless mimosas and an outrageous drag show add up to a scintillating dining event you won't soon forget. Voted "Best Drag Show" by "OC Weekly" two years running, Velvet Lounge's Satu... [more+]

Gourmet food, bottomless mimosas and an outrageous drag show add up to a scintillating dining event you won't soon forget. Voted "Best Drag Show" by "OC Weekly" two years running, Velvet Lounge's Saturday Drag Brunch is the rare chance to savor an endless spread of waffles, bacon, apple-smoked chicken sausage, made-to-order omelets, a carving station, and other delectable treats while a colorful cast of female impersonators, "The Brunchettes," lights up the room with riotous comedy and music. Feast your eyes and your taste buds on this utterly unique mealtime event that's sure to get your weekend started right. [less-]

"Oy! It's Murder!" Interactive Whodunit at Maverick Theater

at Maverick Theater, Fullerton
OFFER DATES:
Sun, February 01
Sun, February 15
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Someone slipped something a little-less-than-kosher into the Manischewitz and now people are croaking in "Oy! It's Murder!", an interactive whodunit for the stage. It's Los Angeles during the sultry s... [more+]

Someone slipped something a little-less-than-kosher into the Manischewitz and now people are croaking in "Oy! It's Murder!", an interactive whodunit for the stage. It's Los Angeles during the sultry summer of 1965 and riots are roiling Watts. But a different kind of tumult is rocking the membership of two Jewish congregations on the precipice of a merger. Just as the union is about to be finalized, board members begin dying mysteriously. Audience members are invited to compete in solving the crime and one lucky sleuth will win a prize at this fun, participatory event at Maverick Theater. [less-]

"A Few Good Men": Aaron Sorkin's Military Courtroom Drama

at Maverick Theater, Fullerton
OFFER DATES:
Sun, February 01
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00

Two Marines go on trial for their alleged involvement in the death of a fellow soldier at Guantanamo Bay in this masterpiece of military courtroom drama. First produced on Broadway in 1989, "A Few Goo... [more+]

Two Marines go on trial for their alleged involvement in the death of a fellow soldier at Guantanamo Bay in this masterpiece of military courtroom drama. First produced on Broadway in 1989, "A Few Good Men" was written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing", "The Social Network") and adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. The gripping drama questions what it means to keep one's honor, integrity, humanity and patriotism through the story of a young Navy lawyer's decision to challenge the status quo within the military judicial system. [less-]

Dinosaur Display, Rides, Games & More at "Wonder of Dinosaurs"

at Wonder of Dinosaurs, Laguna Hills
OFFER DATES:
Sun, February 01
FULL PRICE: $9.95 - $15.95
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $8.00

When's the last time you said to the kids, "Let's go to the mall and look at dinosaurs"? Probably never -- until now. At the "Wonder of Dinosaurs" exhibit, located right inside the Laguna Hills Mall, ... [more+]

When's the last time you said to the kids, "Let's go to the mall and look at dinosaurs"? Probably never -- until now. At the "Wonder of Dinosaurs" exhibit, located right inside the Laguna Hills Mall, you'll step into a dinosaur wonderland, complete with museum-quality dinosaurs (some robotic!) and loads of activities for the kids. In the activity center (included in your all-day ticket), the kids can ride the T-Rex, weave their way through a maze, run through giant obstacle courses, pan for fossils and more -- all while learning science. There are educational signs posted throughout the exhibit, and the kids get their own copy of " The Dinosaur Times" newspaper, complete with games, puzzles and facts. [less-]

A Twilight Fishing Trip Along the Southern California Coast

at Newport Landing Cruises, Newport Beach
OFFER DATES:
Sun, February 01
FULL PRICE: $39.00 - $84.00
OFFER PRICE: $19.50 - $50.00

Newport Landing Sportfishing offers this open-party twilight fishing trip, which trolls along the coast of Southern California from Dana Point to Long Beach or Catalina Island. This is a great outing ... [more+]

Newport Landing Sportfishing offers this open-party twilight fishing trip, which trolls along the coast of Southern California from Dana Point to Long Beach or Catalina Island. This is a great outing for all experience levels -- the captain and crew are seasoned experts who are always on hand to answer questions and give tips as needed -- and you'll enjoy a beautiful evening on the water. Trophy fish weighing up to 60 pounds have been netted on these trips, along with dozens of species including halibut, yellowtail, bass, red snapper, giant sheepshead and more. [less-]