When to get tickets for the Huntington Library Gardens Free Day and what to exploreRead More
The Butterflies Exhibit is located just outside of the Natural History Museum. The cost is $5 per person for thirty minutes. You have to select the time you want to go. They do it in small groups and there is a waiting area for you to wait. I suggest getting there five minutes prior to your time.Read More
We were invited this past weekend to the LA Zoo Reindeer Romp where you can see live reindeer! This is included in the price. They have about five of them and you will find each of their names at the bottom of the gates. Their are docents there talking about them. It was incredible to learn that both male and female reindeer have antlers.Read More
Explore space with the IMAX - A Beautiful Planet at the California Science CenterRead More
Last Saturday we were invited to the LA Zoo for the new exhibit Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the LA Zoo. The will be at the LA Zoo now through October 31, 2016. The cost is just $5 extra per person. I suggest that you get the tickets when you are there as the online tickets have an added fee per ticket. The exhibit is located by the California Condor area. So when you walk into the zoo go to the right and you will see your first Dinosaur. Stay there for a minute to see the dinosaur spit water out of its mouth!Read More
If I didn't know any better, I'd say I have a tween on my hands already. My daughter is almost 8 going on 16 when it comes to her taste in music. Being huge Disney fans, my girl (and most ALL girls alike) loves Austin & Alley on the Disney Channel. Well R5 is lead by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch (Austin of Austin & Alley and the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2) his siblings Riker, Rocky, Rydel and friend Ellington "Ratliff". They are currently on tour promoting their sophomore release "Sometime last Night" and are coming to the SoCal area playing one of my favorite venues to see live entertainment, The Greek Theatre on August 23. Have you got your tickets yet? It's not too late.Read More
One of the best kept not-so-secret fun places in Southern California is the California Science Center. This hands on museum is not only free ($10 to park though, cash only), but it is also a great way to spend the morning or afternoon with the little ones. If you haven't been able to check out the space shuttle Endeavor on display at the museum, you should do so!Read More
Come see the Greatest Show on Earth!Read More
Disclaimer: We were guests at the media preview for Discovery Science Center LA all opinions are my own!
If you are a fan of the Discovery Science in Orange County like myself you will love the Discovery Cube in Los Angeles. Well more like San Fernando Valley. It is off the 210 FWY at the Hansen Dam.
The place is huge! Let's talk a walk through what you will find.
The Helicopter Tours - this is a permanent exhibit which you will step into a small theatre and lift off through the Los Angeles Aqueduct system. You will learn about how the water gets treated which I found really cool. I did get a little dizzy from the screen and had to look away at times. My toddler didn't mind and was entertained.
TIP: There could be a wait for this so if you don't see a long line jump in and wait it is worth it.
Inspector Training Course - this is a permanent exhibit which you will be given a touch screen tablet in which it will direct you through a series of questions to see if the house is efficient. I loved this! I had a great time even doing this with my toddler. He just touched the buttons and I would ask him questions for his level. Once he was done we just gave the tablet back. Now my older son was really into it. He did it all by himself.
Tip: You have to be near the object for it to automatically respond to the proper action/question. Also this will take time to do if you child is into it. Let them do it! They might need your guidance, but let them think for themselves.
Cube Jr. Early Learner's Zone "Imagination Playground" - Kids will love this area where they can create their own designs. There are tons of equipment available for your family to work together as a team to create the ultimate structure and test it out. There was also a small table for little hands to play with puzzles also.
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ - this is a traveling exhibit where your child will learn all about dinosaurs. Some of the dinosaurs might be a little scary for some kids, but both my kids were find with them. There is a dress up corner, a fossil discovery area, drawing dinosaurs, and a play area with toy dinosaurs for your little one to play. Both my boys loved it!
Making the Grade Gallery - A gallery that brings lessons to life through hands-on exhibits that help students understand the concepts being taught in their classrooms. LOVED this! They have a sound machine that was awesome to watch and experiment with. Employees help kids build different electronics, this one on one was priceless! The molecule challenge is great for older kids. I was proud myself that I knew some of the questions!
This all the time we had left this trip! Can't wait to share more the next time I visit!
Now for the Autism Pros/Cons: By Catheryn
We visited on a Sunday and it was quite easy to navigate with little crowds. The kids in our group are all on the spectrum (both boy and 2 girls) had a great time with no issues.
The exhibits are fast to either participate in or to wait for which is a bonus for the spectrum kids.
I appreciated the timer on a few of the exhibits, it truly helps to know how much time is left before you can enter or it starts.
There are many sensory areas for the kids to enjoy.
Our group love the virtual helicopter ride over California and sat thru the entire ride. It only fits 12 at a time and it is approximately 5 minuets between "rides"
They also loved the recycling game and the market searching for items and scanning them.
The dress up/Dino dig area was another hit with all of them allowing pretend play, climbing and exploring at their own pace.
This Cube is smaller than the one in the OC but new exhibits are being added, making for a place that is not overwhelming.
A bonus with the location is the handicap accessible park right outside the museum which we visited on our way out.
We had no issues at the museum with any of the kids, they all loved exploring and trying out all the exhibits. The snack bar was also great serving sandwiches and pizza for the kids.
Overall the kids enjoyed the museum and all it's exhibits.
When: Saturday, October 25th at 4:30pm, Symphony in the Glen starts at 7pm
Where: LA Greek Theatre
This is the 4th annual Eek at the Greek which is a symphonic extravaganza presented by Children's Hospital Los Angeles. A family friendly event with the following activities before the show starts (4:30 - 6:30pm):
- Trick or Treating
- Arts & Crafts
- Face Painting
- Costume Contest
The musical program includes some favorite creepy frightening songs:
- “Infernal Dance” from the Firebird by Igor Stravinksy
- Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
- Funeral March of the Marionette with children conductors
- “Gnomes” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
- Devil Dance by John Williams
A special feature of Skeleton Dance from Disney cartoon will be seen with the symphony playing. How awesome is that!
GIVEAWAY!!! ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A FAMILY 4 PACK TO THIS EVENT
Last year we went to the LA Zoo Boo at the Zoo, my son had such a great time. Check out the activities they had.Read More
Handicap Accessible Playgrounds in So Cal
Lately cities all over the country have been meet with the greater demand for more accessibility and inclusiveness in their parks. Here are a few in the Southern California area that have popped up lately that you may have not known about and are boasted as being pretty impressive ones at that.
Westchester Recreation Center in Los Angeles
This playground opened in 2012 and was designed with the cities help by the playground company Gametime. Wheelchair ramps allow children ease of access to the equipment and there are adaptive swings as well.
7000 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Facility Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fairmount Carousel Playground in Riverside
This playground opened in 2012 with a merry-go-round theme. Featured are a splash pad, musical equipment, a carousel and interactive sound making panels.
2601 Fairmount Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92501
Reese's Retreat in Pasadena
This Pirate ship themed play park opened in 2011 and can be found in Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl. Features several sensory apparatus and wheelchair friendly flooring surfacing. There is also sand and water for additional sensory play options.
360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
Tatum's Garden in Salinas
This playground opened in December of 2013. It is 20,000 square feet of wheelchair friendly- rubber cushioned space that also has ramps and adaptive swings.
1 Maryal Drive, Salinas
Hellen Diller Playground San Francisco
Opened in 2012, it has a 45' slide , musical instruments and a pair of wheelchair friendly boats. Pretending is made easy at this park, from being a pirate to a musician to what ever fun game is on deck for the day.
The playground is located in Mission Dolores Park.
Bounded by Church, Dolores, 18th, and 20th Streets San Francisco
Shane's Inspiration Griffith Park Los Angeles
Making it's debut in 2000 it is was the first of it's kind on the west coast and the largest in the nation. Being in Griffith Park it has a space theme to it appropriately enough. Use your knowledge of charting the sky and sail the high seas on yet another adventure, the minds universe is your only limit at the playground.
4800 CRYSTAL SPRINGS ROAD LOS ANGELES, CA 90027
Brandon's Village @ Gates Canyon Park Calabasas
Opened in 2006 this playground has a western theme. Boasting a 70% ratio of access, it makes playing for those with special needs, well child's play. With tons of shaded areas, sand for sensory fixes and water misters to help with cooling off, this playground has all the elements a kid could want.
25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Calabasas, CA 91302
Courtney's SandCastle San Clemente
- Simulated 500-square foot castle themed play structure, with sloping wheelchair accessible ramps
- A simulated 150-square foot ship themed play structure, with a stern wheel and talking tubes
- Climbing rock
- Swings equipped with bucket swings
- Picnic Pavilion
- Sand and Water Play
- Musical Sound Panels
- Balancing activities
Vista Hermosa Sports & Aquatics Center 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente 92673
It's a short list, hope it will grow since there is an unfortunate growing need for them.
Have you been to any of these parks? Did you know their design purpose when visiting?
We were invited to A Faery Hunt, our first time going there! Of course had to get an outfit for my little girl to get in the spirit.
Missing Faery Light
As we winded our way up to the park it became clear we were in for a treat! Fairies were everywhere, in all sizes gathering in their finest ensembles displaying every color of the rainbow. And for what great event did they all come from near and far to behold? A FAERY HUNT, but of course! Gather some faery treats for we are about to embark upon an adventure to solve a mystery, where is the Queen Farey’s missing light?
This was our first encounter with this magically whimsical troupe , and were treated with an event like no other we have experienced. Ah to be a kid again, well they bring the out the young at heart in all let me just say. Our journey started along a dirt path led by our guide Auntie Angelica Root……
The story line of this interactive play is one of a mystery, to find out what happened to the Faery Queens Light. Adding players as the story line progresses, the play continues moving you around the park keeping the action and the little ones engrossed in the plot, with a new a surprise at each turn.
Upon collecting all the players of this fine winged group , the final missing Faery is revealed and the mystery is solved with a twist.
Faery Queen Royal Birthday Party
Upon entering the area of the Royal Queens party, we were given beautiful organza bags to collect treasures strewn among the forest floor. Behold, gems of all colors and sizes as well as sea shells and magic feathers, what a treasure of a keepsake for the little ones to take home! A bounty of snacks awaited us all, fruits, veggies, and sandwiches with refreshments were just what were in need after frolicking around the forest in search of the Queens light. With a renewed energy it was time to dance and celebrate with the faeries. We played games to lively music while other had their faces painted. To have the faeries walk among us for awhile more before they had to return to the forest was a splendid way to end the hunt.
Suitable for boys and girls it's recommended for ages 2-10. A truly charming spectacle to behold and share with the entire family! They also offer a cowboy Show as well in their repertoire along with other story lines. No detail is over looked from calling out the names of all the children in attendance at the onset of the hunt, to the players interaction with the children along the way.
It is a delightful event that the young innocent mind must find just magical!
A splendid option for a unique birthday, see A Faery Hunt web site for details. Today there were several celebrating during the Queens Celebration. Areas were set aside for those with birthdays, very clever and memorable I can only imagine. Their names were called out at the end of the hunt and the children were brought up front and sang to by the entire group, with each one being named.
Congratulations A Faery Hunt on your 10 Years, I wish you many, many more and thank you for having my daughter Lali and I, it was an enchanted treat for the senses and a pleasure meeting you all. All the best on the new adventures with…. A MERMAID’S TAIL Debuting in May! We can’t wait!
This was our first ever time experiencing an event of this kind and my daughter handled it very well. There were no loud sounds, the costumes were very sweet, nothing scary about them at all. The walking was minimal and every view was a front row seat to the performance. Check in was very simple, with the option to reserve your tickets in advance. Since there is no assigned seating (open air in the park setting) you are free to move about. Singing and laughing was done by all and at a very appropriate level for the outdoors and for children. My girl LOVED the experience, she was a bit tired at the end (I feel from all the excitement) and we left just before the end, but she is already asking to see A Mermaid Hunt.
“Come fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” - William Butler Yeats
When: Every 1st Tuesday of the Month
Where: 5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Parking $7 with Museum Validation - Be sure to bring your parking ticket into the museum to receive your validation.
If you choose street parking over the museum lot, please read all parking signs carefully, as restrictions apply. Most importantly, DO NOT PARK ALONG WILSHIRE BOULEVARD between the hours of 7-9am and 4-7pm (Monday - Friday) or your car will be ticketed and towed. This applies even if you are parked at a meter.
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