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Explore Your Imagination at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you have ever enjoyed playing dress up or playing make believe as a child, plan a visit to Pretend City with your kiddos! Whether you were running around in your firefighter jacket and fire boots or having a cup of tea in your princess dress with matching tiara, give your kids the chance to explore their imaginations. I wish Pretend City was around when I was a child, even now as an adult, I can’t wait to go back and see my boys play and learn so much. Pretend City is exactly that; an entire city for your kids to explore hands on and truly be a part of a magical world. Let’s start with what this exciting kid-sized city offers: Bank with ATMs Post office Grocery store Restaurant Farm...

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Holiday Fun at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. This year, our family got into the holiday spirit at The Aquarium of the Pacific! During the month of December through December 23rd, the Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating Aquarium Holidays with tons of animal fun for families to enjoy. With so many exciting things to visit and see, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers many treats. There is a Santa Diver that appears daily in the Honda Blue Cavern. Along with a photo of Santa with the fish, families are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with Santa in front of the beautiful Honda Blue Cavern, as well as with Holiday Aquarium characters. On weekends, be sure to catch the Penguin Walk on the 2nd floor at the Northern Pacific Gallery. There is a gingerbread house...

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Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite Halloween traditions is to experience all the fun happening at the Spooky Science exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. While we were at Discovery Cube OC for a special Ice Age event, we went over to the exhibit for some Spooky Science fun. The event is happening every weekend until Halloween with a different theme each week. That means that your kids can experience something different every time that they come for Spooky Science. Our children spent over an hour stopping at the various interactive stations and learned a lot about bats. They also had a blast on the mini tractor rides, saw live animals, and made slithering snakes. Once they were done with all the spooky fun, it was time to explore the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle...

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Extreme Dinos and Hands-On Harley Davidson Fun at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador The Discovery Cube Orange County is always one of my families favorite places to visit. There is always something new to explore, and right now they have two new exhibits running. The first is Extreme Dinosaurs running from May 28 – September 5. The other exciting exhibit is Hands-On Harley-Davidson, it runs May 28 – September 11. Both of these new exhibits gave us hours of enjoyment. We first went to the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit because I am a huge Dino fan and that love has rubbed off onto my three boys. We were all so excited to see the animatronic dinosaurs. When we walked in we were greeted by real and replica fossils. On plaques, they had details about each specimen, and some were hands on that let you push button...

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Extreme Dinosaurs Have Stomed into Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Do your kids love Dinosaurs? Then you’ll not want to miss bringing them to see the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. The interactive exhibit immerses children into a prehistoric world where dinosaurs come to life right before your eyes. When we first visited the exhibit, my son was in awe. As we first stepped foot into the exhibit, the dinosaurs began to come to life. They were moving, growling, and roaring. It was thrilling to watch the realistic dinosaurs come to life. There are a couple of stations where my son was able to push a button to bring particular dinosaurs to life along with detailed descriptions of each dinosaur on exhibit. We spent hours reading about the different dinosaurs and exploring the unique fossils and skeletons that were on...

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Once Upon A Time at Bower’s Kidseum

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the museum. Once Upon a Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is the new exhibit at Bower’s Kidseum. The various hands-on and educational displays explore the wonder and importance of Fairy Tales throughout history and from around the world.  Seven favorite Fairy Tales are depicted on larger than life, interactive storybook pages thought the museum. Little ones can read (or be read) a synopsis of the story and then get a unique hands-on feel for it as they interact with the exhibits. The Fairy Tales detailed include: Anansi and the Talking Melon Beauty and the Beast Cinderella The Elves and the Shoemaker Jack and the Beanstalk Lon Po Po Thumbelina Kidseum’s mission is “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. A perfect safe place for toddlers through early...

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Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of Discovery Cube OC. Bubblefest, Discovery Cube OC’s most popular event, has returned this Spring and is celebrating twenty years of squeaky clean magical fun! Bubblefest and the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show have captivated Orange County audiences young and old for two decades, and this year’s celebration is bigger and better than ever! Bubblefest features hands on bubble play and exhibits, a bubble lab run by a bubble scientist, floating water spheres, inflatables, a photo op of “me in a bubble,”  and a bubble and laser light show in the newly opened Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater. It’s difficult to say what our family’s favorite part of bubbefest was. My girls, ages 6 and 3, loved the floating bubble spheres, in which they were blown up into a plastic bubble-like sphere and floated weightlessly across an indoor pool...

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Family Fun at the New Petersen Automotive Museum

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guest of the venue On the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire sits the iconic Petersen Automotive Museum. Home to approximately 300 vehicles, the newly redesigned building, beckons car enthusiasts young and old to come and discover the mission set forth by founding benefactors Margie and Robert E. Petersen – to showcase automotive culture from around the world while continuing to celebrate Southern California’s rich history of automotive innovation, competition, and design. The exterior of the building is covered in 308 separate ribbon structures which complete the unified design – they are supported by 25 vertical steel supports called “trees” along with several horizontal outriggers. The design evokes imagery of speed and the organic curves of an automobile. The redesign was just completed in December, so if you haven’t visited the Petersen recently – you need to check it out....

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Mummies of the World: The Exhibition at Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  How many times in your life can you say that you’ve seen a real mummy? I am pushing close to almost 40 years of age, and until this past week, I would have said “never.” Our children have a unique opportunity to see ‘real’ mummies without the high expense of traveling to Egypt in an education and non-scary environment for a limited-time at the ‘Mummies of the World: The Exhibition’ exhibit at The Bowers Museum. I was skeptical at first about visiting this exhibition. Some of the questions I asked myself were: Would it be scary? Would kids be fearful of it? Would it give them nightmares? The minute that I stepped foot into the exhibit, I was overwhelmed by the spirits in the room. I was looking at real people who lived a life similar to mine...

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¡Vámonos! to Discovery Cube OC for the Dora & Diego Exhibit

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube Ambassador “Backpack, Backpack, Backpack, Backpack.” Load up your backpack and bring the family to Discovery Cube OC to explore the ‘Dora & Diego Let’s Explore’ exhibit. Your children will be immersed in the world of their favorite television series “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go,” while visiting Discovery Cube OC until May 15th. I brought my younger son to explore the exhibit over the weekend, and while I thought that he might be a little too old for it at first (age 9), he had so much fun that he didn’t want to leave. The exhibit starts with families being greeted from Dora and Boots which makes for a perfect photo opportunity for parents. Once we were inside the exhibit, there was a giant pirate ship for children to climb, a giant yellow...

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Pretend City Welcomes Taqueria de Anda as New Pretend Cafe

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the museum. There’s a new Cafe in town! More precisely, a new Pretend Cafe, that is. Pretend City Children’s Museum, an all time OC favorite among kids and Moms alike, has, as many know, a whole city full of imaginative and educational buildings and activities.  From the warf to the beach, and the gas station to the dentist office, there is a plethora of spaces for kids to explore through purposeful play and hands-on learning experiences. What some may not realize is that every quarter Pretend City intentionally introduces a brand new Cafe exhibit as part of their Developing and Discovering Diversity program, which promotes the education of culinary and cultural diversity. By periodically changing the Pretend Cafe, the smallest of patrons are exposed to new and exciting foods and cultures, all in a fun...

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Sharing the Beauty of Art with Your Kids at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  Growing up in London my mother would drag me to museums.  She would push my stroller from room to room showing me piece after piece.  I’m not going to lie, I hated it.  It sucked even more because then when I got older, my school would take us and I had to experience those boring pieces over and over again. When we moved to the states my mother wanted to continue sharing her love of art with me but it wasn’t that easy.  We had to travel to LA and that was a bit too overwhelming for a newcomer so our days of museums were put aside.  The funny thing about exposing your children to the art from a young age is that when the arts disappear from their lives, they feel a void. My soul craved art,...

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Balboa Island Museum

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  Many years of my childhood was spent riding my bike around Balboa Island. Many of my friends lived on the island when I was a child, and for a long time, we were just a short boat ride away on Lido Island. I love bringing my kids back to Balboa Island, and this past week, we took the time to explore the Balboa Island Museum. The museum is in a historic home that is loaded with history from the island. When we first arrived, we were greeted by a volunteer and a historian who talked to us about the different artifacts within the museum. The tiny house that has been transformed into the museum is full of rich history of Balboa Island, and most of the artifacts/images were donated by locals on the island. The kids spent almost...

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The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  I love art, but I love sharing my love for art with my children even more. Whenever we have time to getaway to LA for the day, we usually end up at one of the local art museums with The Broad Museum being one of my all-time favorites. Ever since The Broad opened in February of last year, families from all over the Southland have been eager to tickets. Tickets have been sold out for months, but I wasn’t going to let that stop us from getting a chance to experience it over winter break. What many people don’t know is that they do have a standby line for guests who do not have an advanced ticket. Unfortunately, the line is often 2-3 hours long, which is not easy for parents with younger children to bear. Even with...

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Tour the Original In-N-Out in Baldwin Park

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Museums | 1 comment

  In-N-Out is a staple for OC Natives. We have grown-up eating their famous burgers, and all have our favorite “off the menu” In-N-Out creation. In-N-Out first opened their doors in Baldwin Park, and while the original sign does still stand, they have created a replica of the original In-N-Out that your family can tour for free! While it is a replica, it is where the original In-N-Out did once stand. During the holiday break, I took the kids up to Baldwin Park to tour the replica. Unfortunately, it was closed on the day that we went to visit, but that didn’t stop us from looking at it through the cracks of the gate. The replica is super cool, and every In-N-Out fan should plan a visit. Everything in the replica is just like the original, and it stands...

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Growing Up Making Memories at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue My daughter practically grew up at Pretend City.   No joke, we were members from the first year they opened (2009) up until she started Kindergarten (2013). We had a set routine of dropping her brother off at school, spending the mornings at Pretend City, grabbing lunch and then  picking him up from school.  I can remember my daughter running around in diapers and growing to the age where she could finally use their tiny toilets. Pretend City was a huge part of her pre-school years and it wasn’t until our latest visit that I realized how special our time there was.  We were invited to spend the morning at Pretend City with Santa.  My daughter is now 7 and hadn’t been back to Pretend City in nearly 2 years so she was...

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Embark on a Mission into Space at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Embark on an epic journey into space with your children at the Mission Control Center located inside of Discovery Cube OC. The exhibit is a fully immersive experience as children are encouraged to explore and learn about everything related to space. Located inside of the control center is an interactive experience. Children can design a satellite on one of the multiple ipads before watching it launch into space on the giant screen at the front of the command center. Our children spent endless hours in the command center unleashing their creativity while designing different satellites and launching them into space to explore the sky above along with their friends. The educational fun doesn’t end there. Outside of the command center is our kids ultimate favorite exhibit at Discovery Cube OC where they...

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Winter Wonderfest at The Discovery Cube OC (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Museums | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of the venue The other day I was walking around Target with my friend and saw the coolest sweater.  It was a picture of a sheep covered in Christmas lights and it read Fleece Navidad.  Obviously I was going to buy the sweater and was showing it my friend who said you are getting the wrong sweater.  Confused I asked how?  She casually pointed to the one right next to it which read Obsessive Christmas Disorder.  Most people would have been offended by that suggestion; I on the other hand am wearing my title with pride! That being said I must be the go to person for all things holiday fun.  That’s what she’s saying right?   So here is another one of my suggestions for holiday fun, The Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana! ...

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Science of Gingerbread is Back at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Christmas, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Your children are invited to have an immersive educational experience by exploring the Science of Gingerbread exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. The seasonal exhibit takes children on an educational expedition where they will learn about the science behind the popular holiday treat through fun and interactive experiences. My favorite part of the exhibit is getting to look at all the different gingerbread house creations that local businesses and families have made to submit in the annual gingerbread house competition. Guests visiting Discovery Cube OC are encouraged to get a ballot, and go around to vote for their favorite gingerbread house as well. I am always inspired to step outside of the traditional gingerbread house design with my children every year. Our kids favorite part of the exhibit this year is the interactive...

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman DreamWorks Animation Weekend

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Discovery Cube is partnering with DreamWorks to promote the new Mr. Peabody and Sherman show on Netflix. Kids can participate in a green screen interactive activity where they will be able to pose for a picture with the characters of the show, which will be digitally added on to the image. Free print copies will be available and guests will have the option to send it to their emails too. Special screenings of a Mr. Peabody and Sherman episode will also be airing in the Discovery Theaters throughout the day. This episode is about 20 minutes long and seating is first come first served. Animation workshops at the Discovery Stage will also be available and will be led by a DreamWorks animator who will teach guests step by step how to draw the characters of the show. Dates: November...

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