This weekend, take the whole family on a thrill ride, soaring up into the sky aboard one of the largest tethered balloons in the country. From the first glance, your kids won’t be able to contain their excitement, as the Great Park Balloon stands over one hundred feet tall, towering over the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Anticipation rises as you step into the unique circular gondola. In a heart-pounding moment, the balloon begins to lift high above the city. The ride is powered by helium, not hot air, so it’s virtually silent as you rise higher and higher, your kids’ giddy laughter the only sounds. As the “orange monster” reaches its apex—about 400 hundred feet in the sky—little hearts will race as they take in the truly breathtaking 360-degree views. You’ll love giving your kids an entirely new perspective on their world. Children eighteen and under get to go free with each paid adult, so Mom and Dad can save some extra bucks for post-ride snacks. Once you return to earth, make sure to explore the rest of the grounds, which include the Great Park Carousel. Sundays are a great time to visit, since there is also a farmers’ market with food, crafts, and live music. You can plan a picnic and relax at one of the many park tables. It’s a cool way to spend the afternoon and makes for an unforgettable family getaway.