Celebrity Baby Blog / Courtney Lopez

Inside Mario Lopez’s Sweet Carnival-Themed Birthday Party for His Kids

09/16/2015 at 03:15 PM ET

Mario Lopez doubled the birthday celebrations with a joint carnival-themed party for his kids — daughter Gia Francesca, who turned 5 on Friday, and son Dominic Luciano, who turned 2 on Sept. 9.

“I loved the carnival theme, and I love that the kids are born two days apart so I can do the combo birthday party,” the Extra host, 41, tells PEOPLE. “I’m going to try to get away with that as long as I can!”

Lopez and his wife Courtney, 33, invited 80 guests to their Los Angeles-area home on Saturday to celebrate their kids’ milestones with plenty of carnival fun, including a magician, a face painter, a balloon artist, a bouncy house, and what the host describes as “the biggest piñata that you’ve ever seen.”

Mario Lopez carnival kids birthday party
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Mario Lopez: ‘There Are No Time-Outs’ in Parenthood

06/04/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

Mario Lopez and family
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Mario Lopez is learning that there’s no such thing as a weekend when you’re a parent.

In the June issue of Parents Latina magazine, Lopez offers a peek inside the “chaos” of raising daughter Gia Francesca, 4½, and son Dominic, 21 months, with wife Courtney.

“There are no time-outs, really. Weekends, you think you can catch up on rest, and it’s the opposite. It gets even busier. It’s a different kind of busy!” he says.

“My wife and I call our son Wreck-It Ralph because he destroys everything. He’s got a lot of fire in him,” the Extra host continues. “My daughter is very dramatic. She’s been sick recently, and this morning she said, ‘Oh my god, I’m not going to feel better. My cough is never going to go away!’ I told her, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll be okay.’ ”
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Mario Lopez: The Bond Between My Kids Is ‘Wonderful to Watch’

04/15/2015 at 10:30 AM ET

Extra host Mario Lopez and wife Courtney enjoyed a romantic weekend in Miami Beach before he presided over the city’s Gay Pride parade Sunday as Grand Marshal.

With blue skies and warm, sunny weather, it also turned out to be a fun date for the busy parents of two young children, Gia Francesca, 4½, and Dominic, 19 months.

“We are lucky that we have such a great support system with our moms so Courtney was able to come to Miami Beach with me this weekend,” Lopez, 41, tells PEOPLE during the parade’s day-long festivities which attracted more than 100,000 people.

“We have full schedules in California, and it is important for us to get an occasional break.”

Mario Lopez Miami Gay Pride Parade
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‘Tis the Season! Mario Lopez and His Little Ones Team Up with Gymboree

11/18/2014 at 05:00 PM ET

The holidays have arrived at Mario Lopez‘s house!

The TV personality and his family — wife Courtney and their kids Gia Francesca and Dominic — have teamed up with Gymboree to celebrate the kiddie clothing brand’s new campaign, Best Time to Be a Kid.

And as the adorable brother-sister duo prove, nothing beats baking delicious desserts.

Seriously, what better way to get in the seasonal spirit than with some traditional sweet treats? The family of four have fun making the perfect pumpkin pie in the kitchen — with 14-month-old Nico giving Lopez a few swats with the baking spoon!

Mario Lopez Gymboree Best Time to Be a Kid
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Inside Gia and Dominic Lopez’s Wizard of Oz Birthday Bash

09/10/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

There’s no place like … a party!

On Saturday, Mario and Courtney Lopez invited over 40 family and friends to join them in celebrating daughter Gia and son Dominic‘s birthdays at PLAY Indoor Playground in Glendale, California.

Guests were greeted by a sign that read, “Bell out of order, please knock,” and were invited to follow the yellow brick road into the Wizard of Oz-themed party room, which had been decorated with hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling and play stations set up to look like scenes from the movie.

“We really enjoyed seeing the kids run around like crazy and having so much fun playing in the bouncy,” Courtney tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Mario Lopez Kids Birthday Party
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Mario Lopez’s Mad Dash to His Son’s Delivery

09/11/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Mario Lopez Son Dominic Delivery Michael Buckner/Getty

Mario Lopez is back to being saved by the bell.

The second he finished his hosting duties on The X Factor on Monday, the new dad — who also helped launch Extra‘s 20th season at Universal Studios Hollywood and did his radio show, On with Mario, earlier in the day — was ushered out the door to head to the hospital.

Lopez, 39, had received the call: although wife Courtney‘s c-section was scheduled for next week, she had gone into labor and was ready to deliver the couple’s second child.

Twenty minutes after he arrived, Lopez — who greeted the mom-to-be with a kiss before posing for one last quick picture — suited up and was in the operating room anticipating the big announcement.
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Mario and Courtney Lopez Welcome Son Dominic

09/10/2013 at 02:40 AM ET

Mario Lopez Courtney Lopez Welcome Son Dominic Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP

It’s a boy!

Extra host Mario Lopez, 39, and his wife Courtney welcomed their second child, son Dominic, on Monday evening, Sept. 9 in Los Angeles, he announced via Twitter.

“It’s a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please welcome Dominic Lopez to the world,” he wrote. “Couldn’t be happier … Courtney and baby are doing just fine.”

The family’s newest addition, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz upon his delivery via c-section., is named after Courtney’s grandfather and will go by the nickname Nico. He joins big sister Gia Francesca, who turns three on Wednesday.
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