Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ben and Jerry is celebrating it's 30th birthday today with Free Cone Day. It's not too late to scoop one up today!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
with your name and email address and that's it. Giveaway closes on Wed 9pm PST. Jennifer Weiner will be appearing at the Barnes and Nobles on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Thursday May 1st. Perfect for a girls/mom's night out!!
The Getty Center/Museum has been around for quite sometime and we finally made it out for a great visit yesterday. I have wanted to visit for years, but something always came up. I woke up yesterday and decided that was it. We were going to visit the Getty and we did. It was scorching hot yesterday but the Getty's location perched above the city and with a great view of the Pacific Ocean provided an ideal setting. It felt at least ten degrees cooler than the rest of Southern California.
I was impressed from the moment we arrived at the Center. There were two very organized lines to lead us into the parking lot. Parking is $8.00 and the only thing that you will have to pay for when visiting the center. We found a spot and headed up to load the tram that would lead us to the museum. Here's a good tip if you don't want to bring a stroller, The Getty provides complimentary use of strollers on a first come, first serve basis. They are located at the Lower Tram Station or at the coat check desk in the Museum Entrance Hall. I noticed that there were quite a few around while we were waiting for the tram and thought I would pass the tip along. The tram was a major hit with the kiddos and was spacey enough to hold the kids in a double front/back stroller. The kids loved the museum from the very start.
The Center is truly breathtaking and there are some many exhibits to take in. While we were deciding what to check out first- the kids started the chant that makes all parents around the world stop dead in their tracks.. hungry.. mommy I'm hungry.. Since the kids were " starving" we decided to have lunch first. We had a fantastic lunch at the Grand Terrace Cafe. The food was unbelievably delicious but a little on the pricey side. The Cafe offers pizza, grilled cheese, and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches that your kids will love. If you are on a budget or just want to have a picnic I would strongly suggest bringing a picnic basket and having a fun picnic with the family. You can enjoy your picnic on the lawn adjacent to the Central Garden or at any of the Getty Center's public seating areas. Picnic tables and lawns for lounging are located at the Lower Tram Station (T1). The picnic area is open every day until 30 minutes before the Museum closes. We will definitely be bringing a picnic lunch the next time that we visit.
After finishing up lunch we strolled through the museum's Central Garden. The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The garden is truly breathtakingly beautiful and although the kids loved seeing all of the beautiful flowers and admiring it's beauty I couldn't help but daydream of coming back for a wonderful date night with Daytrippingdad. It truly is a spectacular place. We wanted to take in all of the many exhibits but we were on a little bit of a time crunch and decided to spend a big chunk of our time at the Center's Family Room. The room is quite popular with families and there might be a little of a wait since only a certain number of people are allowed at a time. Here's the deal on the family room- your kids will LOVE it!! It's a great way to learn about art together and play together. You can make a mask or create a sculpture but to be honest my kids loved their bed display the most. It was a replica of a beautifully crafted french bed surrounded with children's art books and we had to literally tear them away from the exhibit. It's a must stop on your visit!!
There's a lot more for families to see and do together. The Family Fun at the Getty brochure, available at the Museum Information Desk and the Family Cart, offers ideas, tips, and clues to make your family's visit an adventure. All family materials and activities are free and most are offered in English and Spanish. You can also ask stop any of the staff (dressed in blue vests) and they will gladly answer your questions and provide useful tips. There are many programs at the center geared specifically for families. The Family Art Lab, Art Adventures for Families, Family Festivals, and Garden Concerts for Kids are just some of the special programs held throughout the year to engage the entire family. For more information, visit the Family Cart, the Museum Information Desk, or check the event calendar. There is also storytelling available on selected Sundays (January–May and October–December): 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk the day of the program.
I have to be honest, I think the reason why we had not visited the Getty before was because the thought was a bit intimidating. I love taking the kids everywhere but for some reason I was afraid that a museum of art would be too much for them. I was way off base. The Getty provides a great experience for people of all ages and nationalities. It's a cultural wonderland and as we were riding the tram back to the parking lot I couldn't help but start planning our next visit. From now on it will be the first place I take when we have family and friends visiting fro out of town. I would also recommend it as a must visit for everyone in Southern California. If you've yet to experience the Center - run don't walk to The Getty. It truly is a national treasure.
The Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Opening Hours The Getty Center site and galleries are open:
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25.
Admission to the Getty Center is FREE—no tickets or reservations required for general admission. Parking is $8.
For additional information click here
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Looking for something green to do with with your kiddos? Then head over to Universal Studios TODAY, for their second annual free family friendly eco fair.
WHAT: Universal Studios Hollywood hosts its second annual free “Eco-Fair,” showcasing 30 engaging and educational displays, special guest appearances, an offer of free parking for hybrid vehicles, and a hazardous waste disposal drive sponsored by the City and County of Los Angeles.
WHO: Lauren Koslow and Arianne Zuker from “Days of our Lives” and Allen Alvarado from “Flight 29 Down” as well as participating organizations, including Arbonne International, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, Beyond Learning, BioBags, Bell’s Bugs, Buygreen.com, L.A. City and County Departments of Public Works, Eco Totables, Environmental Media Association, G-Diapers, GOOD Magazine, Green Bliss Eco-Spa, Green Clean L.A., GreenIQ.com, Greenopia, Heal the Bay, Healthy Child Healthy World, Hollywood Beatification Team, Images and Trademarks, International Bird Rescue, L.A. Conservation Corps, LADWP, Lucky Earth, Nestle Waters, Pixxlz.com, Reuseniks, Sheraton, Soaptopia, TreePeople, Verde Bag, Verde Paperie, Vetraceuticals, Vy & Elle and the Studio City knitting yarn emporium La Knitterie Parisienne.
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Free Eco-Fair – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – at theme park main entrance
Mobile Collection – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Universal Studios Hollywood – Universal Globe Fountain at main entrance
to theme park. (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City , CA 91608 )
I'm going to be taking my family to this event tomorrow and will also be taking in a screening of the Little Mermaid Sing-A-Long at El Capitan. I can't wait to see this!! I will post my review tomorrow. Hope to see you there.
Friday, April 25, 2008
If your a book lover or better yet if your little ones are - mark your calendar- This one is a must the 2008 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books — Saturday & Sunday, April 26 and 27 — is an event with something for book lovers of all interests and ages.
- 50+ book/poetry readings
- 100+ author panels
- Hundreds of book signings
- Dozens of literary/cultural/musical presentations
You can browse among more than 300 booksellers, publishers and book-related exhibitors showcasing every type of literary work — from classics to comics.
Bring the kids and explore two fun-filled children’s areas offering storytelling, crafts, costumed characters and lots more activities for the entire family.
The Festival of Books takes place on the UCLA Campus on Saturday, April 26, 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, April 27, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. Parking is $8.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Coming this summer to Innoventions in Tomorrowland at Disneyland will be the “Innoventions Dream Home” an attraction that will remind fans of Walt Disney’s fondness for futuristic ideas. The latest in cutting-edge and inspiring home ideas will be showcased in the Innoventions Dream Home, a 5,000-plus square foot residence featuring integrated digital technology in an immersive “high-tech, high-touch” guest experience.
"The notion of a Dream Home has deep roots at the Disneyland Resort. Walt Disney was fascinated with the concept of a futuristic home and he introduced concepts at World's Fairs that led to the first "House of Tomorrow" exhibit in Disneyland (1967). Those early versions featured modern conveniences for housewives, but the story line always focused on progress that led to a better way of living. In 1998, Disneyland opened Innoventions, an interactive pavilion featuring what was then considered breakthrough technology: voice-activated computers, high-definition TVs, smart-cars and satellite broadcasting.
The intent was not to predict the future, but to let people play with emerging technologies and imagine how those technologies might enhance everyday life. The precursors to the Dream Home enabled people of all ages to experiment with interactive devices, games and exhibits, demonstrating both the fun and the significance of modern innovations."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Featuring the Fred Gurley Steam engine from the Disneyland Railroad and other fine exhibits
Pancake Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. each day
In the Metrolink parking lot adjacent to the Amtrak/Metrolink Station at the Fullerton Santa Fe Depot in Fullerton, California 92832
Monday, April 14, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Just in time for Spring, Legoland California just opened their latest expansion called the Land of Adventure. The highlight of the new area is the Lost Kingdom of Adventure dark ride where riders will take a 1920s-esque off-road vehicle evocative of a Hudson Motor Car touring sedan. During the interactive journey, visitors ride through ancient temple ruins while shooting at animated targets with laser blasters.
Adjacent to the hidden ruins, a different adventure awaits with other new rides Cargo Ace and Beetle Bounce. Cargo Ace helps imaginations soar as children become pilots as they board one of eight airplanes and fly up to six feet into the air. Beetle Bounce boosts children to even bigger heights, nearly 15 feet to be exact, as they are launched up one of two towers nearly touching the gigantic LEGO beetles above them. At Pharaoh’s Revenge, children and parents can fire thousands of foam balls at targets and each other in an oasis of fun.
Legoland California is currently open Thursday through Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Longer hours kick-in at the end of May.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The package includes: 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 small soft drinks.
There are several great 2008 Angels' home games to choose from: March 27, 29, April 8, 19, 29, 30, May 13, 27, June 15, 30, July 6, 21, August 4, 13 28, 31, September 11, 14.
Family Fun Packs can be purchased at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim Ticket Office or click here to purchase online.
Reserve Level $70
Lower Reserve Level $80
Field Box $175
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Irvine Park Railroad 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869
For additional information- check out their Website: www.irvineparkrr.com Telephone: (714) 997-3968Park entry fee is $5.00 per vehicle