Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
- Play games hosted by favorite Characters including Woody, Buzz, Rex and Hamm!
- Use your spring-action shooter to launch darts at balloons, rings at aliens, eggs at barnyard targets and more!
- Certain targets trigger surprise reactions and special effects.
- Compete for the high score.
- It's never the same experience twice.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
A couple of days ago I made a visit to the Fullerton Arboretum with my almost three year old daughter Lauren. I've been meaning to visit for quite some time and finally got around to doing it this week. The Arboretum is adjacent to the Cal State University Fullerton campus and it's a great little place to visit with kids. My daughter and I were both fascinated by the variety of plants and flowers.
The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County and is home to more than 4,000 plants. It's a beautiful and tranquil place to sit and enjoy the view if you're alone. Here's the nitty gritty if you are planning a visit with kids of any age. It's a great place for the little ones. Bring a stroller and you will love strolling the grounds and taking in all of the beautiful flowers and plants. My little one loved all of the ducks, rabbits and even a resident chicken roaming the grounds. If you have older kids they might enjoy bringing a camera for an afternoon of photography, a scavenger hunt centered around finding different flowers and plants or just sitting down on a bench and enjoying the beauty of the gardens.
The Fullerton Arboretum is open every day of the year except New Years Day, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day---and for occasional special events. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day.
For additional information click here
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton, CA 92831
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This past weekend the temperatures soared near 100 degrees in Southern California. I knew that if we headed to the coast we would get much needed relief from the scorching heat. Our family decided that it would be the perfect weekend to visit the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.
The Ocean Institute is an educational facility that is open to the public only on the weekends. On weekdays the center is exclusively used by students and educators. The Institute is not really a museum or an aquarium, it's more of a hands on marine educational center. Call it what you want, this gem is a must visit for your family.
My children loved the institute from the moment they walked through the doors. The kids marched straight to the tide pool exhibit and had the opportunity to touch starfish and sea cucumbers. They loved learning about the different sea life that is found in our local tide pools . They also had a special craft area set up for the kids that was also a big hit with my daughter. My son was in love with the remote operated vehicle display. My husband and I couldn't tear him away!! My husband loved the octopus and jellyfish display. I was intrigued because I had never seen any close up. My personal favorite was being able to touch starfish and sea cucumbers. The cucumbers feel like squishy sponges!! The Institute also offers story time for the little ones a couple of times a day.
I loved the individual attention that we received from the Institutes's staff. Everyone was very friendly, provided us with valuable information and answered all of our questions. I love that the center caters to people of all ages. Whether your family is made up of toddlers or teenagers or anything in between, everyone will find something of interest at this great place. We paid a visit to the Institute on Saturday, however if you visit on a Sunday, you will be treated to look on board the Ocean Institutes's historic brig Pilgrim, which hosts unique Living History programs based on the book Two Years Before the Mast. If you're looking for something to do that is fun and educational make sure to plan a visit to The Ocean Institute in Dana Point. You will not be disappointed.
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
Fax: (949) 496-4296
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm (for public entry; administrative offices are open for extended hours)
General Admission (13yrs +): $6.50
Youth (3yrs - 12yrs): $4.50
Kids (2yrs and under): Free
For additional information click here
Monday, May 19, 2008
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Saturday, May 10, 2008
Did you know that the suburban city of Placentia has a farm? Located at 1128 North Kraemer Boulevard is the Schaner Farm. The all-organic farm is run by David Schaner where he has been farming the land in Placentia for the last decade. This is the same family farm where he was raised. There are veggies galore, as well as fresh eggs, honey and even avocados!
The farm also sells bunches of wildflowers, pumpkins in October and a variety of other goodies.
This 9-acre farm is open 7 days a week. Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Weekends from 11 AM to 4 PM.
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For more information:(213) 680-2525
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This 2,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit is sponsored nationally by Indianapolis-based Delta Faucet Company and inspired by HIT Entertainment’s top-rated television series, Bob the Builder – Project: Build It. It will replicate elements from Bob the Builder’s world in Sunflower Valley, inviting exploration, inspiring teamwork and bringing environmentally friendly building themes to life for children and families.
The Bob the Builder – Project: Build It traveling museum exhibit will invite families to spend time in Sunflower Valley with Bob the Builder, Wendy and the rest of the can-do crew. Children can practice their own fixing with kid-smart activities that build up their can-do attitudes and encourage them to be an active part of Bob the Builder – Project: Build It. Families can also work together to install new parts to sinks in Bob the Builder’s mobile home and in his building workshop, and learn about water conservation, courtesy of exhibit presenter Delta Faucet Company.
The nuts and bolts of the exhibit:
Meet the Can-Do Crew - Construct an afternoon of activity -- build memories and snap photos with a life-sized, three-dimensional Bob the Builder and Benny, the specialist digger.
Bob’s Mobile Home - See Bob the Builder’s blueprint for success as children explore their favorite builder’s mobile home. Children can be part of the crew and help fix the drip coming from Bob the Builder’s sink or watch video clips from the popular series.
Build the Machine Shelter - Be part of the team, laying stones in the walls of the machine team’s shelter and building stalls for Roley, Scoop, Benny, Muck and Scrambler to sleep.
Drive a Machine - Let’s Scram! Rock and roll with Roley the Steamroller and dig up fun with Scoop the Digger!
Talkie Talkie - This problem-solving crew has a lot to say and each member has a special phrase. View a picture of each team member and push a button to hear their famous catch phrases, “No prob, Bob” or “Let’s rock and roll!”
Wendy’s Caravan - Wendy needs some help from the team to refurbish and decorate her caravan and plant beautiful flowers.
Water Pump - Farmer Pickles isn’t the only one in Sunflower Valley that knows that water conservation is important. Children can explore the interactive water pump station, learn important messages about water conservation and help to bring water to Sunflower Valley.
About Bob the Builder™
Bob the Builder and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the can-do crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that The Fun Is In Getting It Done! Bob the Builder is produced by HOT Animation and can be seen building, digging and hauling on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS Sprout. For more information about Bob the Builder, and the can do crew please visit http://www.bobthebuilder.com/.
Discovery Science Center, 2500 N Main Street, Santa Ana