It’s almost time for the 3rd Annual Truck Adventures benefiting Make A Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles! This year, the event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9am to 3pm at Santa Anita Racetrack. The event is designed to be a memorable experience that will allow children to see, touch and explore vehicles of all types such as fire trucks, police cars, construction, military vehicles and many other vehicles. This unique, fun filled event, allows children of all ages to get up close to and even sit in more than 90+ trucks and vehicles that they see on the road everyday. Some of previous year’s participants include Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, Harley Davidson, LA County Fire Dept Shakey Quakey Van, Nickelodeon’s Sponge Bob Car, Fedex, Hertz, LA Port Authority TransPORTer, City of Hope, Colgate, Time Warner, DirecTV, AAA, City of Arcadia Police, Fire & Public Works depts, Sunstate Equipment, Quinn Rental, Caltrans, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, DEA, Brinks Armored Trucks, US Forestry, Waste Management, Republic Services, US Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, California National Guard, HD Forensic Scientific Investigation and many more.
Some of the other fun activities for kids at the event will be provided by Home Depot’s Kids Workshop and Dave & Busters. Food trucks will also be available.
To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event.
Santa Anita Racetrack is located at 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California. The event will be held next to Westfield Santa Anita Mall. Guests should enter through gate 3.
Are you looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve this year? MouseMingle.com is throwing an ultimate Star Wars New Year’s Eve event in Hollywood and you’re invited! The event will be hosted along with the El Capitan Theatre and Madame Tussauds Hollywood for Disney fans and Disney-loving singles. This “movie and mixer” is sure to be a blast and will feature the fun of a VIP screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a countdown, food, drinks, dancing and more! Star Wars at the World Famous El Capitan Theatre Beginning at 8:30 p.m., attendees will arrive at the legendary El Capitan Theatre. Once inside, the party kicks off with a VIP movie experience that includes:
reserved seating for Star Wars:The Force Awakens
an all-new Star Wars Laser Lightsaber Curtain Show
souvenir tub of popcorn
Attendees will also be able to view exclusive props and costumes from the making of the movie.
After-party New Year’s Countdown
The fun doesn’t stop after the movie’s over. You’ll head across the street to Madame Tussauds to dance the night away with a silent disco dance party atop the museum’s breathtaking roof-top deck overlooking historic Hollywood Boulevard. Rooftop Silent Disco Dance Party, hosted by HUSH concerts
In addition, you’ll enjoy two free drinks per person* (must be 21 and over and able to show valid Photo ID to be served alcohol), appetizer and dessert buffets, themed photo opportunities, private viewing of Madame Tussauds Museum and a countdown at midnight cap off the fun! Also in attendance will be everyone’s favorite Disney Legend, Bob Gurr.
Tickets now available
Tickets for this MouseMeet are $100 per person for the general public – but, create a MouseMingle.com profile and you’ll get $25 off the ticket price! MouseMingle.com members can purchase tickets for $75 each by calling 800-DISNEY6 with your MouseMingle.com email address.
This won’t be just another New Year’s Eve party; it will be the way to ring in 2016 for Star Wars and Disney fans looking to meet others with their shared passions. Although this event is hosted by MouseMingle, the most talked about dating site for Disney fans of 2015, it is not just for singles and will be a great night out for couples, as well. For more information about the event, click here. Connect with MouseMingle on FacebookandTwitter!
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You are invited to the 2nd Annual Truck Adventures benefiting Make A Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9am to 3pm! This unique, fun filled event, allows children of all ages to get up close to and even sit in more than 50 plus trucks and vehicles that they see on the road everyday. Some of last year’s participants include Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, LA County Fire Dept Shakey Quakey Van, Sponge Bob Car, Fedex, Colgate, Time Warner, DirecTV, AAA, City of Arcadia Police, Fire & Public Works depts, Sunstate Equipment, Quinn Rental, Caltrans, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, Brinks Armored Trucks, US Forestry, Waste Management, Republic Services, US Navy, Army and Marine Corps, California National Guard, HD Forensic Scientific Investigation and many more.
Science and Hockey fans alike now have something new to be excited about….The LA Kings Science of Hockey exhibit is now open at Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA). Guests will be immersed in one of the most technically advanced sports-themed exhibits featuring the Stanley-Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. This permanent attraction offers interactive learning focused on the science, math, and skills behind the thrilling sport of hockey.
LA Kings’ Player Tyler Toffoli Helps Cut the Ribbon for the LA Kings Science of Hockey exhibit at DCLA
Designed and produced by BaAM Productions, the new, second-floor Science of Hockey exhibit is one of more than a dozen highly interactive, science-based attractions now featured on the 2.5-acre site of DCLA in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area. According to Kafi D. Blumenfield, DCLA Executive Director, the Science of Hockey provides guests with an up-close look at the sport of hockey and the team while discovering the fascinating science behind the game.
DCLA partnered with the Kings Care Foundation and BaAm Productions to ensure the exhibit was as interactive and realistic as possible. Visitors enter the exhibit through a replica of the iconic LA Kings Player Tunnel at STAPLES Center and find hands-on exhibits that provide exclusive access to the sport and the team.
Visitors will enjoy the following exhibits and displays:
You Be the Goalie / You Be the Shooter – Participants in this unique, in-the-game experience don a blocker and glove to try and stop pucks shot from virtual versions of LA Kings players Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter. If they choose to turn the tables, and take shots on LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in “You be the Shooter,” they are rewarded with instant speed and accuracy readings.
Penalty Box – Fans can help get an LA Kings player out of the penalty box and back on the ice by correctly answering a series of questions about the math and science surrounding the sport.
Zamboni Test Drive – Occupying the center of the Science of Hockey is a replica Zamboni offering guests the once-in-a-lifetime chance to climb aboard, turn the auger and get the feel of driving this iconic, ice-resurfacing machine. A scale replica of the STAPLES Center scoreboard overhead provides the perfect photo opportunity.
Suit Yourself – NHL hopefuls can use interactive touch screens to design their very own jerseys and then capture and add their own likeness before the highly personalized image is displayed on a large screen.
Equipment Lab – An interactive display allows guests to technically compare an old uniform and equipment to the modern, streamlined uniforms of today. Meanwhile, a display wall of equipment cut in cross-section and a series of videos demonstrate the equipment in action, force and power exchange dynamics, STOP program and safety tips.
Healthy Locker Room – Guests learn about training and nutrition by playing interactive games in this unique, technically advanced replica of the LA Kings locker room. Hands-on participatory consoles at each players’ locker provide memorable opportunities for individual and group play and discovery.
Skater Challenge – Intrepid skaters can follow Dustin Brown or LA Kings mascot Bailey around the ice to test their skating ability and speed. The faster the visitor skates, the faster the on-screen LA Kings player or mascot moves.
LA Kings Story – The culmination of the Science of Hockey experience is the LA Kings Story featuring great moments in LA Kings history, with storytelling supported by compelling, larger-than-life images, artifacts and video. A photo opportunity will allow fans to picture themselves holding the Stanley Cup.
The Science of Hockey is included in general admission to DCLA. Tickets to DCLA can be bought online at http://www.discoverycube.org/la/ or on campus. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95). Now through June 30th, there is special admission pricing of just $10 for everyone.
Aspiring engineers are invited to learn and experiment at Discovery Cube Orange County and Discovery Cube Los Angeles between February 21 and March 1, 2015. The Cube is celebrating National Engineer’s Week with a lineup of friendly competitions, hands-on activities, and a special guest speaker from NASA to engage young minds in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The week begins on Saturday, February 21 with hands-on activities that allow guests to put their engineering talents to the test. Guests will experiment and compete for prizes in daily parachute drops, learn about physics, electrical engineering, and participate in the annual Egg Drop Competition during this week-long workshop.
Parachute Drop:Build and test a parachute, daily prizes awarded for the longest “hang-time”
Mini Monoliths:Strategically stack as many blocks as possible to build the tallest tower
Snap Circuit Building:Interactive electrical engineering table top that teaches about series and parallel circuits.
Forces & Motion Stage Show:A game show style presentation teaches guests about the basic physics of forces and motion in a simplified demonstration relating to Newton’s First Law of Motion.
Guests are also invited to join the annual Egg Drop Competition and enjoy a special presentation by NASA Ambassador, Richard Stember, on Saturday, February 28 at Discovery Cube OC and Sunday, March 1 at Discovery Cube LA. Guests who participate in the thrilling Egg Drop Competition must create an “ETV” (egg transport vehicle) to protect an egg as it drops 20 feet to the ground. Prizes will be awarded to the builders of the three devices with the lightest weight, least amount of materials, and a surviving egg.
Doors open to the public February 21, and Engineer’s Week is included in general admission to Discovery Cube OC and Discovery Cube LA. Tickets can be bought at Discovery Cube or online at http://www.discoverycube.org. Prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95). Discovery Cube OC and Discovery Cube LA are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Currently, Discovery Cube LA has a special admission price of $10.00 for any guest.
Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for the nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese descent living in Southern California. Celebrate Lunar New Year by visiting the 116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Festival in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. With colorful parades, elaborately decorated floats, marching bands and cultural performances by some of the nation’s best Chinese acts, this free event is fun for all ages.
The first 100 people at the Metrolink Irvine Station on February 21 will each receive a free Metrolink ticket too, for a ride up to LA! (First come, first served)
Metrolink is the best way to get to LA from Orange County. You’ll avoid traffic and parking hassles and enjoying a relaxing ride with friends and family. The train is a great way to start your family adventure to Los Angeles.
The Irvine Metrolink station is Irvine Station is located at:
15215 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
For more information about Metrolink and to find the train schedules, click here.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was provided with information and details about this event to share with my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.
If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the holiday season with something fun, you should consider attending the 13th Annual Tree Lighting Concert on November 8, at the Citadel Outlets! This event has become a holiday tradition in Los Angeles and is expected to draw over 20 thousand attendees to witness the lighting of the World’s Tallest Live Cut Christmas Tree (115-ft), see the World’s Largest Bow atop the Citadel wall and enjoy the free, outdoor concert headlined by country star Jana Kramer, The Voice’s Christina Grimmie, YouTube sensation Cimorelli, pop boy band After Romeo and X Factor’s Josh Levi.
Presented by AMP 97.1 and FOX 11, television personalities Tony McEwing and Maria Sansone and radio personality McCabe will host the night’s events. Immediately following the concert performances, Tony & Maria will direct attention to center court where guests will be invited to participate in a countdown leading up to the lighting of the World’s Tallest Live Cut Christmas Tree.
The Citadel Outlets’ record-breaking tree is an impressive 115 feet talk and is sourced from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It spans 20 feet longer than an NBA basketball court and stands at twice the size of the famous Hollywood Sign. In addition, the center’s Christmas tree is 40-feet taller than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City. In addition to hosting the World’s Tallest Live Cut Christmas Tree, Citadel Outlets is also home to the World’s Largest Bow. Sitting atop the iconic Citadel wall overlooking the 5 Freeway, the World’s Largest Bow is 36 feet wide by 21 feet tall with 18 loops and two 72-feet long tails that drape down the front of the building. Over 4,000 cans of red paint and primer and one half-ton of glitter were used to cover the striking accouterment.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring gift donations for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. To maintain safety and well being of CHLA patients, only new and unwrapped toys will be accepted. Please note that CHLA cannot accept stuffed toys or toys with small pellets or beans. All donations should be non-toxic, free of sharp edges and cannot promote violence and/or aggressive behaviors. Thanks to generous supporters CHLA is able to gift approximately 80,000 toys per year.
Previous headline performers to grace the Citadel Outlets’ stage include Jesse McCartney (2013), Ariana Grande (2012), Big Time Rush (2010), Justin Bieber (2009), Ashley Tisdale (2009), Demi Lovato (2008) and many more.
This year’s star-studded line-up includes:
After Romeo – The Los Angeles-based, five-person boy band reached number one on the MTV music charts with Free Fall. After Romeo’s songs have been playing on-air Radio Disney and have reached number six on their countdown. Hits singles include Love on Lock, One Night and Save Some Snow.
Josh Levi – The Houston native triple threat began dancing, singing and acting at age five. Levi had a recurring role on NBC’s hit series “Friday Night Lights.” In 2013 he began focusing on his singing career and also competed in season 3 of X Factor where judge extraordinaire, Simon Cowell stated, “we might just be looking at the next big star.”
Cimorelli – Winners of 2013 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Web Star, Cimorelli is a six-woman band comprised of sisters with a passion for singing. With almost 3 million subscribers on YouTube and music deal with Universal Records, Cimorelli is enjoying a meteoric rise. They are set to release their latest EP, Renegade, on October 27, 2014.
Christina Grimmie – The American singer/songwriter finished in third place on Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice. Grimmie’s studio version of her performances reached top 10 on iTunes charts. She released Must Be Love early in July and has been touring with previous contestants of The Voice.
Jana Kramer – The Country-singing sensation and One Tree Hill star’s hit “Why Ya Wanna” reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and has grown in popularity ever since. In 2013 Kramer won Top New Female Artist at the American Country Music Awards. She is currently on tour performing her new songs Deal Breaker, Pop That Bottle and Don’t Touch My Radio.
Citadel Outlets is located just off the Interstate 5, just 10 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, at Atlantic Blvd North at100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480 Los Angeles, CA 90040. For more information please visit http://www.citadeloutlets.com. For updates on the tree lighting ceremony and holiday concert, please follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CitadelOutlets.
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One of my most favorite things about living in Southern California is the fact that there is SO much to see and do here! We recently decided to take a short drive down to Long Beach. The Downtown Promenade area of Long Beach is so cool.
Along the promenade, you can find this adorable little Italian restaurant called Michael’s Pizzeria. It has a charming outside patio area (as well as inside seating) and even an area to park your bike!
I had seen pictures of Michael’s delicious pizzas before on their Instagram page, but we specifically made the trip on this particular day to try out some of their brunch menu.
The brunch menu is served on Saturdays and Sundays and features several wood-fired cast iron frittatas, as well as sweet items such as cinnamon rolls, french brioche french toast, and pancakes. Other items available during brunch hours include wood-fired organic eggs, fennel sausage, smoked bacon, and garlic-roasted new potatoes. I also need to mention that they have NUTELLA to put on your toast and your french toast! Wow!
So let’s talk about what I got to sample that day. It’s a lot, so I hope you’re ready for the pictures and the descriptions. (I just hope you’re not reading this while you’re hungry!)
I’d already seen a picture of Michael’s homemade cinnamon rolls on Instagram, so I knew I was destined to have some of my own. We started out with an order of the cinnamon rolls.
They’re cast-iron baked and topped with a rosemary syrup. They were amazing and I had to fight over the last one with Emi. (we halved it)
Next, a Salsiccia E Funghi frittata arrived at the table. It’s made with 2 organic eggs, fennel sausage, and mushrooms and wood-fired in the oven.
I love the presentation of the cast iron skillet. All of the frittatas are served with a side of brioche toast and house-made jam, which was strawberry. Yum!
We were just getting the party started when a Carbonara Pizze Bianca showed up at the table. This pizza is like a foodie’s dream. It’s made with provolone, mozzarella, and pancetta….and then topped with 2 eggs!
Breaking the egg yolk on top of the pizza just brought out even more flavor! This pizza is actually part of the regular menu and not specific to the brunch menu so you can order it anytime!
We slowed down a little bit with some light, refreshing Prosciutto and Melone. The cantaloupe and honeydew served with Parma ham was so pretty to look on the plate. It was especially delicious and tasted so fresh when it was combined with the arugula and balsamic. You can tell something is great if a kid will eat it and Emi was doing just that.
We then ventured back to meet a couple more pizzas. The first one was a Margherita Pizza. Tomato, mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.
The second one was something featured on the special chalkboard menu that sits above the wood-fire oven. It was called the Porchetta Pizza and was made with pesto, porchetta (slow-roasted pork belly), smoked mozzarella, peppadews, and garlic spinach. It was loaded up with so much flavor!
Even though we were getting pretty full from all of the delicious food, we knew we still HAD TO have dessert! From the start, Emi had been eyeing the gelato she’d seen on the menu. There are about 8 different flavors of gelato to choose from each day at Michael’s. We finally decided to try the Salted Caramel and the Mint Chocolate gelatos. They were so light and flavorful and were just enough to top off our great brunch!
I especially enjoyed getting to chat with the manager, that day. He is so passionate about what they’re doing over there and talked extensively about the way the foods are all prepared fresh daily and how they only use the freshest ingredients. They really pride themselves on bringing the best foods to the table for their customers. He explained each and every detail about the items we were sampling that day.
I learned something about pizza slicing too. The pizzas arrive at your table unsliced. Michael’s Pizzeria follows what the natives in Naples do, by serving pizzas unsliced because they believe that slicing a pie immediately after it comes out of the oven, causes moisture to form beneath it. They want to make sure your pizza does not end up soggy and suggest cutting it with a knife and fork as you enjoy it, but will slice it for you upon request. I love this!
Michael’s Pizzeria is definitely somewhere I’d recommend to others. They have 2 locations in Long Beach, on 2nd street and on the Downtown Promenade, as well as a location in Rancho Mirage. (I know where we’re going the next time we visit Palm Desert). The restaurant is family friendly and has something for everyone on it. Kids will love hearing the kitchen staff shout “Pizza!” every time they take another pizza out of the wood-fire oven. (Ok I’ll admit I loved that part too and may have joined in too) I cannot wait to go back and try more items from their menu. I know you’ll love it too!
When I was invited to the grand opening celebration of the Don Roberto Jewelers in Huntington Park, I gladly accepted as it was a chance to meet up with some of my girlfriends for some “Mommy Time” to do some jewelry shopping. There were mariachis, food, balloon animals for the kids, and a raffle for some great prizes!
I loved their beautiful costumes!
I enjoy trying on jewelry and Don Roberto has a gorgeous selection of jewelry and watches in their store. My eyes were immediately drawn to some pieces in the front case of the store. Everything was so sparkly and I spotted the most perfect necklace with a little crown on it. Obviously this necklace would be perfect any princess, both young and old.
Right next to the crown necklace was a lock and key necklace. I loved the way this one too. I wear a lot of white gold and I like the look of pavé. The salesgirl was so helpful and even suggested pairing the 2 necklaces together to create an even prettier look.
As I continued to browse the jewelry case, I also found some gorgeous heart earrings with a matching heart necklace. I could feel my Don Roberto jewelry wish list growing by the minute!
A hot pink pop of color was the first thing that caught my eye from the watch case! They have a huge selection of watches in the store that are very reasonably priced, including Juicy Couture. I had no idea that Juicy Couture watches were made my Movado! That speaks a lot about their quality.
Both of them are beautiful! I love the extreme bling on the left one, but love the simplicity with just some bling on the right!
I also loved some of their other watches, especially the Hello Kitty collection. It seemed like everyone was trying these watches on. You’re never too old to love Hello Kitty!
After trying on a few watches, we decided we needed to stop and take a selfie! It’s just what my friends and I love to do!
When we resumed our shopping, I checked out some of the beautiful earrings. I loved the petite hearts because I usually wear really small earrings, but I also loved the flower earrings. They were very sparkly on my ears.
I also tried on this delicate bracelet that was all hearts linked together. I could wear this for everyday but also for a special occasion where I need to dress up an outfit or formal dress.
The last piece I tried on was a very simple, tri-colored necklace. I like the combination of the metals on this necklace. I also like that it’s different from anything I usually wear.
After spending almost 2 hours in the store, trying on jewelry and socializing, I needed to make a decision about what I was going to get. Sometimes you end up finding way more than you originally intended to shop for. Don Roberto offers an “Easy Pay” option, which is a line of credit that makes buying jewelry WAY easier.
Look at my new Hello Kitty watch!
I finally decided on one of the adorable Hello Kitty watches! Why not? I never buy anything like that for myself and so I decided to do so for once. They packed my new watch it in this beautiful red bag for me to take home.
I had such a fun experience shopping at Don Roberto Jewelers. The staff was so friendly and helpful and really made me feel welcomed. I hope to go back and shop there again soon. They know how to “Bling it on”!
Disclosure: I was invited to attend a grand opening celebration at Don Roberto Jewelers and received a gift card as compensation for sharing about the event on my social medias. All opinions are my own.
In our family, we LOVE going to the Home Depot Kids Workshop every month. These events are held at any Home Depot, are free of charge, and are a great hands-on experience. They’re recommended for children between the ages 5 and 12 and give children an opportunity to build a project by assembling, painting, and often using stickers as the final touch. I already have the 1st Saturday of each month marked on each of my pocket calendar pages, as well as my iPhone calendar. We try to be there right at 9 a.m. sharp because Emi always wants to be the first one! Workshop hours are 9 a.m. until 12 noon.
Emi loves wearing her own personalized, Home Depot apron to the event because, well, she IS my daughter and always needs to dress for the theme or the occasion! (I think I’ve taught her well.) If your child doesn’t have one yet, they can also get one on the day of the event AND put their name on it.
All children receive a special themed pin that matches the project to add to their apron, as well as a certificate of achievement for EACH monthly Kids Workshop that they attend!
Click on the link here to see what the next scheduled workshop is going to be and register!