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!

Did Somebody Say Cupcake Fair and Baking Expo? @IeShineOn #IECupcakeFair2015

 Is it too soon to line up yet?  This will be my first year being invited to attend and more importantly sample all the goodies at the fair this year. Upping their game from last years event, IEShineOn.Com, The Inland Empire Good Times Guide, have added baked goods to the expo to draw in even more die hard, sweet-toothed connoisseurs to attend. Oh but it's not just all samples and getting your sweet on, there are some serious components to this expo that I can't wait to bare witness to. In addition to the tastings, shopping, craft corner, entertainment and giveaways there are three new elements that will be creating a sugar buzz for sure:

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CASTLE PARK - RIVERSIDE

CASTLE PARK - RIVERSIDE

We went to Castle Park and I was really surprised at how many rides my preschooler could get on!  It was great to see a lots of shady areas and places to sit while my preschooler got on the rides.

Out of 27 rides 11 of them he could ride alone and 9 of them he could ride with a partner.
 

Loved seeing my son run around from ride to ride.

Loved seeing my son run around from ride to ride.

His favorites...
 

Crazy Plane - A kid-sized plane (adults can ride too)....rode 3 times!   

Crazy Plane - A kid-sized plane (adults can ride too)....rode 3 times!
 

Castle Park Railroad - a 15 minute ride around the park   

Castle Park Railroad - a 15 minute ride around the park
 

Antique Car Ride - cute setting....he rode this about 6 TIMES!!!!  He loved it.  We came back to this ride later to ride over and over again.  Saw some other kids that we had seen early re-riding also!  

Antique Car Ride - cute setting....he rode this about 6 TIMES!!!!  He loved it.  We came back to this ride later to ride over and over again.  Saw some other kids that we had seen early re-riding also!  

They have a beautiful Merry-Go-Round that both kids and adults love!

They have a beautiful Merry-Go-Round that both kids and adults love!

He didn't build up his courage to go on Log Ride, but he now says that next time we go that he wants to get on.   

He didn't build up his courage to go on Log Ride, but he now says that next time we go that he wants to get on.
 

For more information  click here

Buccaneer Cove at Castle Park Riverside

I went to Buccaneer Cove at Castle Park, Riverside (it is discounted on Mondays).  We have previously went to Castle Park to enjoy the rides last winter and had seen glimpses of Buccaneer Cove.  My son so wanted to go in and explore.  Finally our patience paid off when the weather started getting warmer.

Buccaneer Cove is like a giant playground with water. 

It has 5 water slides,

It has 5 water slides,

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My son was able to ride all of them, (42") but was intimidated by the tunnel one!  Maybe next time!

My son loved the water shooters and getting me wet!

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There are plenty of chairs to lay out and relax...some of them have shade, and if you would like you can rent a cabana.

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We had such a great time....my son asked me after we left, mom we need to explore some more, they have GOLFING!  Maybe next time!

I liked this one!  you can turn the wheel and the "umbrella" turns!

I liked this one!  you can turn the wheel and the "umbrella" turns!

My son loved running through this!

My son loved running through this!

For more information about Castle Park - CLICK HERE

 

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. 

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?