Archives for April 16, 2014

Aquarium’s Annual Urban Ocean Festival MAY 3-4, 2014


The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its fifth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, The Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials (on Sunday, May 4), mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations by SAVOR… with seafood provided by State Fish Co., and more. Urban Ocean boat cruises will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost. During the festival, the Aquarium will debut its new film about aquaculture (fish/shellfish farming), which will be shown daily in its Ocean Science Center.


WHEN:          Festival: Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Urban Ocean Cruise: Saturdays – May 3, June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 6, 2014.

Poetry Cruise: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.


WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802


COST:           Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public
General admission: $28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members


INFO:                         (562) 590-3100 or  website.


SPONSOR:  Port of Long Beach.

Photos: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific




NEW Spring Games from Wonder Forge! Just in time for Easter!!

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Looking for something sweet for Easter or Passover that won’t spike your child’s blood sugar? Wonder Forge has three fantastic NEW matching games launching in April that preschoolers are sure to love. With games featuring gorgeous color artwork from Frozen, Planes, and Marvel, there’s something for every preschooler on your list. These games are small, portable, and easy to play—promoting preschool matching, creativity, and imaginative play with your child’s favorite characters. And at just $19.99 or below per game, they’re a great value, offering hours of family fun.

We received the Frozen Matching Game and the Planes Game and love how bright, colorful these two games are! Besides, who doesn’t love Frozen?! This one is like the classic game of picture-matching but with the lovable characters from the movie. The Disney Planes Sky Race Game is a real fun tossing game! Disney Planes is also a big hit with my son and I and I would say the whole family will enjoy playing these games together! They really are just perfect for Spring Break! My son and I enjoyed checking out both of these games.

Also available is The Marvel Matching Game which is like the classic game of picture-matching too but with Super Heroes!


You can find  these games by clicking on the following links:

These would make great Easter gifts!

We have also teamed up for a Easter Time Giveaway! One winner will win both the Frozen and Disney Planes games! To enter, leave a comment below telling us the game you would love to win! next, “like” the Wonder Forge Facebook Page! Don’t forget to “like” our page too!  Deadline to enter is April 18th, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature/giveaway. Photo Credit: Wonder Forge.