Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Does your family want a sneak peak of the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade? If you are in Southern California this weekend and are looking for something fun to do-look no further!! You can experience the magic of the Rose Parade before New Year's Day.
There are four locations in the Pasadena general area where you can take a close up look at the majestic floats in their final stages. You will be able to see what it takes to put together a float and watch as volunteers apply the finishing touches to the breathtaking floats.
I've always wanted to do this and will be taking the kiddos this weekend to catch a glimpse. I hope to see you there!!!
There are two Locations at the Rose Bowl Stadium:
- Rosemont Pavilion
700 Seco St., Pasadena
- Brookside Pavilion (accessible to mobility-impaired viewers)
Lot I - South side of Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
December 28 and 29: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 30: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 31: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Located in the City of Pasadena and the City of Duarte:
- Rose Palace
835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
- Buena Vista Pavilion (accessible to mobility-impaired viewers)
2144 Buena Vista, (City of Hope) Duarte
December 28, 29 and 30: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $5 for any two visits, children 3 and under are free
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
If you are a fan of Disney on Ice and your daughter happens to be a princess fanatic do I have something for you. Princess Wishes is the latest Disney on Ice tour to hit the Southland and is a must see for Disney Princesses fanatics. It's currently playing at the Staples center and will move on to the Honda Center of Anaheim , Long Beach Arena and the LA Sports Arena. The show will also be making stops in Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
Enter a world of wishes with your favorite Disney princess. Tinkerbell is your guide and the show features the abbreviated stories of Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan, Jasmine, Aurora and Belle. If you are still looking for that last minute gift for your little princess head over to Ticketmaster and make sure to scoop up some tickets.
If you can't make it out to see the show during the next couple of weeks or if you are reading this and are not in the West Coast - don't worry. There are currently three different Disney on Ice shows that are touring nationwide. If you miss this show you can catch a showing of Finding Nemo or Princess Classics.
For more info click here
Monday, December 17, 2007
Just in time for the holidays! Your Daytripping Mom here tweaked her knee while dancing at a company party last Saturday night. I am on crutches and waiting to find out from my ortho if I will need surgery. Let me just say that I do not intend on letting this slow me down. I still plan to bring you more fun places to visit during the holidays.
I may get around a little slower, but I am actually looking forward to getting some use out of the temporary handicap parking placard that I was issued. It will come in handy during the next two weeks!
If you get the chance, be sure to take the family to see The Glory Of is performed annually and is currently through January 5, 2008 at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. This is a live nativity musical with prerecorded orchestration by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Live animals take the stage and angels fly as high as 80 feet and travel as fast as 25 miles per hour.
The Glory of has been performing every year since 1981 at the Crystal Cathedral, an iconic landmark in Grove, California. 714-54GLORY. Tickets are $20-55. Visit the Web site for ticket information. Performance are up to 3 times a day beginning at 4:30 on the weekends. Some dates might already be sold out.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The aquarium is one of the largest in the United States and has more than 500 species of marine life on display. There are three main galleries that represent distinct areas of the Pacific Ocean. The Southern California/Baja gallery contains 18 exhibits that give us a peek into the coastline that runs between Southern California to the Sea of Cortez. The Northern Pacific gallery features twelve exhibits and gives us a glimpse of sea life in the Bering Sea and Alaskan coast. The third gallery is the Tropical Pacific gallery which showcases marine life in the warm Pacific waters. The Tropical gallery consists of 16 exhibits and is my personal favorite because it holds thousands of brightly colored fish
Another personal favorite is Lorekee Forest. It's an outdoor adventure where you can get up close and personal with these fun little birds. You can buy some nectar at the entrance to the exhibit and be prepared to have them land on your arms or even your head.
Once you have had your fill of birds head over to Shark Lagoon for an unbelievable experience. The exhibit contains almost every type of shark imaginable and you can even touch a couple . There are also live presentations and displays.
There is only one downside to your visit , well at least there was with ours - our daughter didn't want to leave at the end of the day!!
Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the year, except December 25 and during the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 13-15, 2007).
100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 590-3100
Aquarium Admission Aquarium admission includes all the galleries, hands-on labs, and presentations as noted on the daily handout.
Adult: $20.95 Child (3-11): $11.95 Senior (62+): $17.95
A new thing at the aquarium is the Aquarium Admission Plus Harbor Tour. We plan to try this soon. Your tour takes you through the Long Beach/Los Angeles Harbors with Harbor Breeze Cruises for a 45-minute narrated cruise around one of the most active ports in the world. See the downtown shoreline, ocean vistas, ships from around the world, and even sea lions. Tours are offered daily throughout the day. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 562-590-3100, ext. 0 or at the ticket window.
Adult: $28.95 Child (3-11): $14.95 Senior (62+): $23.95
Member Prices: Adult: $10 Child (3-11): $5 Senior (62+): $8
For additional information click here
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
At the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA, they are currently featuring the science of gingerbread as their holiday exhibit. We took the kids today and they loved it. The exhibit is very hands on and features everything from cookie decorating stations , gingerbread house designs, "A Matter of Taste" weekend stage show which explores the bitter, sour, salty and sweet sides of flavor and a good old fashioned arts and crafts station that of course is gingerbread themed. Once you get past the initial taco bell smell you will be delighted by the fragrant aroma of fresh baked gingerbread.
Here is the science center's favorite recipe:
In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Set aside. In the bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (an electric mixer works best). Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture beating until incorporated.
Divide the dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside while you roll out the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a gingerbread cutter to cut out the cookies. With a spatula, lift the cookies onto the baking sheet, placing the cookies about 1 inch apart.
Bake for about 8 - 12 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. They are done when they are firm and the edges are just beginning to brown.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m everyday
The Science of Gingerbread exhibit runs from Nov 19th, 2007-January 6th, 2008
Discovery Science Center is open daily except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Main Number: 714-542-CUBE
Address: 2500 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705
Monday, December 3, 2007
This is a blog about day-tripping, which means that during your trip you probably pop something into the DVD player in your vehicle to entertain the tykes on the way to your destination.
If you are looking for something educational for your young children and do not want listen to another round of Baby Einstein (which, don't get me wrong, I happen to love!) I recommend you try out a Signing Time DVD. At my last count, there were 10 volumes of this. Using American Sign Language set to fun songs, your little children learn sign language. The target audience seems to be for the babies who are still unable to use words, they can actually learn to communicate with sign language. While my 11 month-old son still hasn't caught on to what's being taught, my daughter has picked up quite a bit. I've seen some other babies in my family (mostly the girls) communicate at least a few words after watching these videos.
Heck, I think anything is worth a try. They also sell music CD's one the kids begin to learn the signs, they can practice to just the music. This is great if you don't have a dvd player in the car, they can at least listen to the songs and sign along!
Here is a link to volume one at Amazon.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Living in Orange County allows us to make frequent visits to Disneyland. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, we are annual pass holders and visit Disneyland and DCA several times a month. This also provides plenty of blog fodder and tips to pass along.
November through December is undoubtedly the most beautiful time of the year to visit Disneyland. They even keep later hours during the weeknights to allow visitors to enjoy the nighttime entertainment.
A new feature of the holiday's this year at the park is “Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle” covered in freshly fallen snow. The castle has been decorated to appear as if it is covered in snow. Durin the day, it is a neat effect, but at night it's down right magical. The castle also serves as a stage for the new music, lighting and special effects that will precede the legendary “Believe ... in Holiday Magic” nighttime fireworks spectacular. Throughout the night a special little show takes place at the castle with an increasingly number of lighting effects being added. It is just too hard to describe, you have to see it for yourself. The little ones will love this.
The firework show ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas” and one of Disneyland’s most beloved new holiday traditions: a climactic snowfall that swirls down on Main Street, small world mall and New Orleans Square.
My warning to you is that the space around the castle becomes very congested throughout much of the evening. During the snowfall sequence following the fireworks, Main Street comes to a halt. Just be prepared to be patient. It's also worthwhile to catch the snow effect over in New Orleans Square which is the least crowded of the three "snow" areas.
Our other favorite experience during this time of the year is Small World Holiday. It's a small world gets a holiday make over with decorations and a new holiday theme song. My children love this ride year round, but even more so during Christmas. The line is often long but it moves rather quickly. While you are there, don't miss the Very Merry Christmas parade. Santa even makes a visit at the end.