Dollar RegalMovies Summer Movie Express Southern California Schedule

If you haven't heard of the Summer Movie Express at Regal below is the schedule and the participating locations.  The Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with selected movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am throughout the summer for just $1!

Tweens Rejoice, parents Prepare! R5 is coming to the @GreekTheatreLA

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.

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Explore with us as LA gets Cubed! @DiscoveryCubeLA

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.  

Discovery Science Center LA - Helicopter Tours

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.

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Eek! at the Greek! + GIVEAWAY

Photo Credit:  Greek Theatre

Photo Credit:  Greek Theatre

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):

Photo Credit:  Greek Theatre

Photo Credit:  Greek Theatre

  • 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!



Handicap Accessible Playgrounds in So Cal

Handicap Accessible Playgrounds in So Cal

Photo Credit:   Jaren Jai Wicklund  - Shutterstock

Photo Credit:  Jaren Jai Wicklund - Shutterstock

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

Photo Credit Reese's Retreat (Thank you)

Photo Credit Reese's Retreat (Thank you)

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. 


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?

FREE La Brea Tar Pits

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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