Thursday, November 26, 2015

Movie Night with the LEGO Movie at South Coast Botanic Gardens


Looking for a great family fun night filled with movie, dinner and cookies?  The South Coast Botanic Garden is hosting a Movie Night with The Lego Movie, December 4th!

Everything is awesome because South Coast Botanic Garden is putting on Family Movie Night at the Garden, featuring a screening of The LEGO Movie. Watch the film, enjoy dinner and snacks, and decorate LEGO®-themed cookies. And don’t forget to revisit the Garden in February to see real LEGO bricks come to life as sculptures of animals and plants in the art installation Nature Connects.

Movie Night At The Garden: The LEGO Movie
Watch The LEGO Movie, eat snacks and decorate cookies!

December 4, 2015
Gates Open: 5:30pm | Movie: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$5 members / $8 non-members (ages 2 and older) | Dinner available for purchase
Tickets available for purchase online or by calling (310) 544-1948

Frances Young Hall
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WIN Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific for Holiday Treats 12/4 or 12/5 | @AquariumPacific #Giveaway

Snow Angels by Aquarium of the Pacific
Come celebrate the Holidays with your favorite animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach!  Even Sharks get to SCUBA dive with Santa!  Enjoy snow with penguins the other inhabitants while they enjoy special flavorful surprises.

Get into the holiday spirit early, and share the fun as the Aquarium’s animals receive their gifts from Santa Diver. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering treats to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals during Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 2015.

The animals are not the only ones celebrating; families can meet and greet penguins up close.

Guests can see Santa Diver in action, and take photos with Santa in his traditional attire and holiday costumed characters. The festival will feature Hanukkah storytelling and dreidel activities. Holiday music, crafts, shopping, gingerbread house displays and more will be included in the festivities. To top it all off, snow will fall in the Aquarium’s Great Hall and guests can enjoy a snow play area on the front lawn (weather dependent).

The Aquarium Holidays celebration will continue through December 24 with snow falls in the Great Hall, Santa Diver, and character appearances daily and music, penguin walks, visits from Santa, and the snow play area on weekends.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Home School Field Trip Idea: King Tut Exhibit at the Muzeo in Anaheim @Muzeo

While looking at local museums, I realized that while my kids have experience much of science museums, I have not let them experience the fascinating subject of Ancient Egypt. Luckily, the Muzeo helped remedy that.

The MUZEO is a great local museum in Anaheim that helps students of all ages experience the wonders of the world. The latest exhibit, "King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb" help me fill the gap in knowledge for my kids.  The items on display were great replica's of riches they could only imagine.  They even were able to ride a camel!

“We are thrilled to host this exhibit. The Egyptian government does not allow the original artifacts to leave the country; most of the more impressive artifacts will never be seen in the U.S. but for replicas of this quality. To have such an expansive collection on display here in Anaheim definitely has that ‘Wow!’ factor,” said Daniel Finley, Executive Director of the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

This exhibit is open at the MUZEO now through January 24.


Ten years in the making, this dazzling collection of 131 replicas of Tutankhamun’s legendary treasures recreates the richest archaeological find of all time. Carefully recreated by the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Giza, Egypt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this collection is larger and more complete than any previous exhibition of original artifacts. Displayed in open glass cases, King Tut includes replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions along with associated artifacts from the period surrounding Tutankhamen’s reign.

While earlier exhibitions have displayed the artifacts according to how they were removed from the tomb, this exhibit groups the artifacts into five different categories, each according to a different aspect of the pharaoh’s life:

  • an Introductory Hall
  • the Hall of the Discovery
  • the Private Pharaoh
  • the Public Pharaoh
  • the Sacred Burial

Friday, November 20, 2015

Creating Smiles for Sick Children with Jared Boxes | @JaredBoxProject

Daisy Troop 1673

Last month, my world was rocked by my friend's 6 year old's diagnosis of Neuroblastoma.  I had just seen him 2 weeks before and he seemed to be a normal healthy child.   He had just started chemo-therapy at Millers Children's Hospital and I was heart-broken for his family.

Explaining to my own 6 year old what had happened to her friend, that he was extremely sick and would be living in the hospital for weeks at a time was hard.  I had hoped to never have to have this type of talk with my children and I looked around and everyone is effected in some way by cancer.

Both of my children are in Scouts and by chance, my daughter's Daisy leader brought up a project that would help our children understand what kids in the hospital go through to live a healthy life.

Have you ever heard of the Jared Box Project?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NEW Winter Festival Comes to the OC Fair & Event Center | @OCFair

OC Fair Holiday Christmas

All - New Family Holiday Festival
Winter Fest
Launches at OC Fair & Event Center
December 18 - January 3

A new Winter Party is launching December 18th at the Orange County Fair & Event Center!  

Come enjoy affordable ice-skating, ice tubing, live entertainment, live reindeer, VIP cabanas and more!

The festival embodies the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to sunny Southern California.
  • Experience ice-skating with a theater-sized screen playing holiday films in the background
  • Ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide
  • Nightly snowfall and tree lighting
  • festive entertainment 
  • reindeer feedings, and more than 30 carnival rides and games. 
Winter Fest is filled with seasonal foods, craft cocktails, magical lights, and holiday d├ęcor including the world’s largest ornament.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FREE Kids Fishing Derby at El Dorado Regional Park | @TVFishing #LongBeach

This is my daughter catching her first fish at 2 years old!  Since then, she has become quite the fisher-girl just like her brother.  

I would love to invite you to share this unforgettable moment with your own children at this weekend's FREE Kids Fishing Derby at El Dorado Park in Long Beach.

My children have attended many of these fun derbies and have won many prizes at the raffle that accompanies fishing.  Don't have fishing gear?   Don't know how to fish?  Don't like worms and bait?  Don't worry!  

You can borrow a fishing rod and ask one of the great volunteers to assist your children in creating these memories.  Who knows, maybe you might like to try it too!  

All participants(children) will be provided with a free lunch.

A free Youth Fishing Derby will be held at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring Street on November 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Loaner fishing poles and tackle to catch fish will be provided to youth ages 15 years and younger. Fishing licenses required for ages 16 and older. Call (562) 570-1771 for more information.

Monday, November 16, 2015

DVD Giveaway: Santa's Little Helper | #SantasInsiders

Disclosure: As a FHE Insider, I received a copy of the movie, and one to give away to one lucky reader.

Looking for a fun new Christmas movie for this holiday season?  Look no further!  Santa's Little Helper featuring "The Miz", is sure to be a hit!  This new holiday favorite comes out onto DVD/Digital HD on Tuesday, November 17th!  You can win your own copy here.