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The Martial Arts Kid Sometimes Life’s Biggest Lessons are Hard Taught … An Action-Packed Film for the Entire Family Available on Blu-ray, DVD & for Digital Download

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A troubled teen resists the tough love approach of his family and the martial arts community, but ultimately finds his way in this action-packed, family friendly film, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and digital download July 19 from Traditionz Entertainment.

The Martial Arts Kid was awarded five Doves by the Dove Foundation – its highest possible score – and is Family Approved for ages 12+; won four awards in film festival competition, including a Platinum Remi Award at the 2015 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival; and was released theatrically in 20 cities in fall 2015.

 

Starring Jansen Panettiere, the younger brother of Hayden whose film and television career is rapidly taking off; teen actress Kathryn Newton, who starred in Paranormal Activity 4 and has been seen in such hit films as Bad Teacher and in roles on such popular television series as Supernatural; Don “The Dragon” Wilson, an 11-time world champion kickboxer who has scored 47 knockouts, is a European Martial Arts Hall of Famer and a veteran star of more than 30 action films, including such box office hits as Batman Forever and Say Anything; Cynthia Rothrock, who holds six black belts and is one of the first female martial arts action stars, with over 50 movies to her credit; Mathew Ziff, who has appeared in such films as Treachery with Michael Biehn and Six Gun Savior with Eric Roberts and Martin Kove; and T.J. Storm, a world-class martial artist and actor who has appeared in dozens of action films and television series.

 

About The Martial Arts KidWhen Robbie (Panettiere), runs into trouble once again in his Ohio hometown, his beleaguered grandmother sends him to spend the summer with his aunt (Rothrock) and uncle (Wilson), who owns a martial arts school in a sleepy, Florida beach community. The defiant teen is less than pleased with the “tough love” arrangement … until he encounters a local girl named Rina (Newton).  However, her boyfriend, Bo (Ziff), is the town bully and, backed by a posse of tough pals, seems to run things.

 

Making matters even worse … Bo is a student at Dojo Extreme, a mixed martial arts gym run by a fierce coach (Storm), who – unlike Robbie’s well-regarded uncle – flouts the traditional martial art principles and philosophies of honor, teaching his students that might makes right.

 

With things spiraling out of control and desperately wanting to prove himself to his family and Rina, Robbie reluctantly turns to his uncle for help …

 

Directed by producer-writer-director Michael Baumgarten (Pretty Obsession), probably best known for writing/producing Smitty, starring Mira Sorvino, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Peter Fonda; the film also features cameos by a who’s who of Karate masters and grandmasters from across the country, including Gerry Blanck, Pete “Sugarfoot” Cunningham, Jeff Smith, Olando Rivera, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues, Dewey “Black Kobra” Cooper, Glenn Wilson, Barry Broughton, Sergio Barriga, Sayed Qubadi, Jody Nolan, Ewart Chin, Dr. Richard Hill and Kevin Bergquist.

 

Featuring a stellar soundtrack with music from such artists as Martin Blasick (“Ladies of Tampa,” Magic Mike); YouTube star Megan Nicole; Christian performer Jamie Slocum; The Gills; Malik Williams; Kayley Stallings (who also plays “Katie” in the film); and more.

 

The Martial Arts Kids is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on Amazon.com and for digital download on iTunes. Presented in widescreen, with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1:78), and 5.1 stereo.

I received a copy to review and I highly recommend this one for ages 12+. 

 

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Traditionz EntertaimentWith offices in Los Angeles, Calif., and Cocoa, Fla.,Traditionz Entertainment produces family friendly feature films, television and digital programming. Currently, the company is in post production on the action-comedy film, Paying Mr. McGetty, directed by Michael Baumgarten and starring martial arts champion Don “The Dragon” Wilson and R. Marcos Taylor, who portrayed Suge Knight in Straight Outta Compton and will soon be seen in Baby Driver, opposite Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx; and is in development on The Martial Arts Kid 2 and the vampire-action flick Blood Raid.

 

 

Sally Hansen’s Beautiful Floral inspired Summer “Secret Garden” Miracle Gel Collection These shades are beauty must-buys!

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Embrace the power of the flower with new botanically beautiful shades available in Miracle Gel™ duo packs for Summer 2016.

 

Cultivate your collection with nature’s most vivid hues! This season, the prettiest finishing touch to your summer wardrobe is a posy-pretty manicure you can do at home. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is the revolutionary #1 zero light gel system that is more chip-resistant than regular nail polish – the next best thing to a salon gel manicure! Keep nails abloom with these six fresh-from-the-garden hues, including three new limited edition summer-ready shades. Each shade is accompanied by our Miracle Gel™ Top Coat in a duo pack for 2X the volume.

 

The “Secret Garden” Color Collection: Freesia Your Mind – Get garden-party gorgeous with a lush, berry pink. (do not have image, limited edition shade), Ba-BloomBring on the bouquet in this shimmer-infused bright coral. (do not have image, limited edition shade), Flower Crown – Everything’s coming up roses in this pearlescent petal pink (limited edition shade) , Pink Cadillaquer – Stay vibrant in this poppy pink hue, Birthday Suit – Celebrate in this neutral, complimentary nude tone and Red Eye – Get ready to bloom with this fresh geranium red.

How to Use: An innovative development in nail color, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ is a two-step, no light gel manicure system; simply apply the Miracle Gel™ color of your choice, then follow with the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat for volume and high gloss, mirror shine. The polish is cured by natural light, so there’s no need for a UV or LED lamp. Enjoy up to 14 days of color and shine, and then easily remove with regular nail polish remover – no soaking necessary!

I received samples and I love these shades! My favorite is Freesia Your Mind!

 

Price & Availability: The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ “Secret Garden” Collection will be available at drugstores nationwide beginning July 2016 for $14.99 per duo pack.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. No other compensation was received. Info and photos were provided courtesy of Sally Hansen.

Kids and teens can learn how to become a marine biologist and study marine animals during the Aquarium’s Job Shadow and Junior Biologist programs

Do you know a budding marine biologist? The Junior Biologist series of programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific aims to encourage a love of science in seven- to twelve-year-old children. Each two-hour class includes activities related to the animal theme, a guided gallery tour, interaction with animal care staff behind the scenes, and a keepsake journal.

 

Students interested in learning about a career for a school assignment or pursuing a job in the animal care field can join the Aquarium’s Job Shadow series of classes. Four unique three-hour classes are offered to give teens ages thirteen through seventeen the inside scoop on a career in marine biology. Participants can sign up for the entire series or just one class. Job Shadow classes are led by Aquarium educators and include opportunities to interact with animal care staff members.

 

WHEN:           Junior Biologist dates and topics:

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Marine Mammals

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Invertebrates

Saturday, October 8, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Fish

 

Job Shadow dates and topics:

August 6 and 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Penguin and Lorikeet Biologist

September 3 and 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Mammalogist (mammal biologist)

October 1 and 16, 2016, 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m., Veterinarian

 

 

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

COST:            Junior Biologist: $29.00 per participant, $25.00 per Aquarium member. Aquarium admission not included.

Job Shadow: $39.00 per participant, $35.00 for Aquarium members. Aquarium admission is not included.

 

INFO:              For more information visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/programs/category/childrens_adventures

 

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AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

“Magic-Twirl Mim-Mim” with All-New Episodes of Kate & Mim-Mim this August!

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This August, young viewers from coast-to-coast can  BRAND-NEW episodes of the hit preschool series, Kate & Mim-Mim, premiering all month long on Disney Junior the Channel, starting Monday, August 1, at 8:30 pm! Inspired by a real-life little girl and her beloved stuffed toy bunny, and filled with positive messages about the importance of being a good friend and the power of “dreaming big,” the vibrant animated show centers on 5-year-old Kate and her special bond with her purple “funny bunny” best friend, Mim-Mim. Thanks to Kate’s outsized imagination, in each episode the friends are transported to the fun-filled world of Mimiloo, where Kate’s little plush toy magically transforms into a larger-than-life playmate, and together they embark on exciting adventures with their colorful cast of friends. And, in even more Mim-tastic news, an adorable debut collection of Kate & Mim-Mim toys launches at retailers in August, too! The exciting new range of colorful and imagination-inspiring playthings from Just Play features everything from an irresistibly-soft Twirl-Away Mim Mim plush that says over 10 fun phrases when a child takes it by the hands and twirls around, to a Kate doll that’s always ready for adventure, from collectible figurines of series favorite characters to surprise bags, and more. The new toys will have little ones ready to dream big and embark on their own amazing adventures, just like Kate! Be sure to “like” the official Kate & Mim-Mim Facebook page for all the latest!

 

Mon. 8/1/2016 at 8:30pm

“Friendship Day” –  When Kate has trouble getting her kite to stay in the air, she looks for the answer in Mimiloo, where it’s Friendship Day! The gang in Mimiloo wants to deliver gifts to all of their friends, but when their delivery plans fly off course, Kate and one special little lemming help solve the problem. “Octo-Mim” – Kate and Mom have run out of bananas, but in Mimiloo, Gobble has the opposite problem—he has so many banana trees, he can’t pick all the bananas with just two arms. Tack offers his Octo-Pack invention to help—but it’s too hard to control, and soon bananas are flying everywhere!

 

Mon. 8/8/2016 at 8:30pm

“Small Blunders” – Kate wants to build a block house. The only problem is that the directions are missing. Then, in Mimiloo, one of Tack’s inventions shrinks the gang down and traps them in Tack’s storage shed. The friends need to get back to the treehouse to return to regular size, but the tools they’d normally use are too big for them now! “Lunar or Later” – Kate and her family are on a picnic and looking for a new place to explore. In Mimiloo, Kate’s friend Rumbly also wants to explore somewhere new—the moon! So the gang boards their rocket ship and blasts off to the moon, where exciting new discoveries await!

 

Mon. 8/15/2016 at 8:30pm

“Sprite Lights” – Kate is making a paper sea monster with Dad, only she doesn’t like the scary frown he drew on it. In Mimiloo, Kate and her friends help some lost water sprites return to the Singing Seas. But that means diving deeper than ever before, and legend says a sea monster lives down there! “Wild Boomer” – The power goes out and Kate is afraid of monsters in the dark. In Mimiloo, when Boomer eats a hopper berry that turns him giant, purple and wild, his friends mistake him for a monster and run away! It’s up to Kate to help them face their fears and discover the truth.

 

Mon. 8/29/2016 at 8:30pm

“Grabby the Crab” – Kate is fish-sitting, but the fish aren’t getting along. In Mimiloo, Tack has a new neighbor—Grabby the crab! Tack wants to help Grabby build his house, but Grabby just does everything himself. But when a mishap puts Grabby’s house in danger, he and Tack will have to learn to work together! “Secret Superhero” – Tack is feeling down about his little muscles…until he’s mistaken for a superhero! Tack takes on the secret identity of Mimiloo Man, with super speed, super strength, and the power to fly! But it’s a lonely job, and Kate and her friends miss having Tack around.

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Volunteer at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Native Seed Farm Learn How Wildflowers Are Grown to Produce Seeds that Restore the Land

Get the inside scoop on how native grasses, bushes and wildflowers are grown at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Native Seed Farm to produce seeds that get used to restore and enhance habitat throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Join Conservancy staff and volunteers any Wednesday or Saturdaymorning from 8 to 11 a.m. to collect seeds that support habitat restoration sites throughout the open space.
Nestled in a valley in Irvine, the Native Seed Farm is a 14-acre farm that harvests as much as 1,000 pounds of seeds per year – enough to fuel projects at sites within the Landmarks’ expansive canyons and nature preserves. Nature lovers age 8 and older are welcome to roll up their sleeves for a morning harvest that will benefit the wildlands. Volunteers are an integral part of the harvesting process, which is led by Seed Farm Stewardship Coordinator Rachel Lambert.
“Volunteers are crucial to the farm’s seed production bottom-line, but they also bring a sense of wonder to the harvesting process. I’ll see accountants, teenagers, and even repeat volunteers have these moments where they really connect with the land,” commented Lambert. “To hear them talk about their experience of giving back to nature is so satisfying. Restoring these beautiful lands with the help of the community makes the process so much more meaningful,” Lambert continued.
During the month of August, volunteers will harvest seeds from late summer plants such as the California Mugwort, a perennial bush with small yellow flowers that hold tiny but powerful seeds. Two aromatic sages – Black Sage and White Sage – will also be ripe for harvesting, along with California Buckwheat, a sturdy and productive bush with charming “poof ball” flowers. Volunteers will use simple hands-on techniques to harvest the seeds, including “finger combing,” “hand stripping,” and shaking seed into buckets. Getting in on the action at the Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm offers a behind-the-scenes opportunity to nurture the environment and connect with the Landmarks.

Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers at the Native Seed Farm for harvesting activities on Wednesday and Saturdaymornings by clicking here. Volunteering at the farm is easy – no hiking is required, and all tools and training are provided. All activities are family friendly and free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event. Children 8 years old and up are welcome to volunteer on the farm, and must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. For more details on programs at the Native Seed Farm, click here or visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.

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Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Irvine Ranch Conservancy is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization created in 2005 to help preserve and support the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, enhancing the public’s connection to the land while helping partners and landowners with all aspects of stewardship. The Conservancy offers a variety of free, guided outdoor programs for all nature enthusiasts including hiking, mountain biking, horse-back riding and much more. For more information, visit www.letsgooutside.org

Snores and S’mores at Carlsbad

Looking for a family-fun event?

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 Snores and S’mores annual camping event sounds like a great one!  On Saturday, August 13, families are invited to set up their tents on the field at Aviara Community Park and enjoy a night under the stars that includes dinner and DIY s’mores, an outdoor showing of Inside Out, and a number of kid-friendly Inside Out-themed games. The next morning, families will wake up to a continental breakfast complete with coffee, hot chocolate and juices. Activities start at 5pm on Saturday and conclude on Sunday at 9am.

 

If you aren’t familiar with Carlsbad, the charming beach town is located just 25 minutes north of San Diego, and offers a number of exciting family attractions, including LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. And, with seven miles of spacious, sandy beaches lining the city, this Southern California gem is the perfect destination for a weekend family getaway.

 

Credit: Snores and S’mores. Photo Credit:  City of Carlsbad.

Aquarium, Zoo, & Natural History Museum offer Nature Pass combo ticket See more than 250 animal species, many rare or endangered, at the Zoo, the Aquarium's new Vanishing Animals and Horses and Dragons exhibitions, and the Dinosaur Hall at NHM on different days with discounted combo ticket

Planning a trip to Southern California, staycationing, or just looking for something to do?  It is now easier and more affordable to visit three L.A. County destinations with a special Nature Pass combo ticket for the Los Angeles Zoo, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), which allows the public to see all three attractions for $50 or less per person.

All three institutions are featuring new exhibits and offer events that are included with combo ticket admission this summer. The combo ticket can be used to visit the institutions on different dates, valid for up to one year from the date of purchase, so you can pack everything into a fun-filled weekend or spread out the visits throughout the year. Those purchasing the Nature Pass combo ticket to visit this summer can explore the Zoo’s vast collection of more than 1,100 animals, many rare or endangered, the Aquarium’s new Vanishing Animals and Horses and Dragons exhibitions, and NHM’s Dinosaur Hall, Nature Gardens, and more. The discounted combo ticket can be purchased online on the Aquarium’s website for $50 per adult (12+), $31 per child, and $46 per senior (ages 62+) or at the ticket windows of any of the three institutions.

The Los Angeles Zoo, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Natural History Museum offer insight into the importance of environmental conservation on land and in the ocean. Visitors to each institution can explore exhibits and attend presentations to learn ways to help protect the planet for the benefit of humans and animals. Arrivals at the Los Angeles Zoo in the last year include a range of babies born to Zoo residents as well as a new breeding group of four endangered Grevy’s zebras; two endangered male Tasmanian devils, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial; and rare male and female perenties, Australia’s largest monitor lizard, with spectacular colors and patterns covering their snake-like, elongated bodies. Visitors to the L.A. Zoo, which is one of only four zoos in the United States to house Tasmanian devils and one of only two with perenties, can enjoy a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up encounters, special feedings and talks, all free with admission.

The new Vanishing Animals gallery and Horses and Dragons exhibits are now open at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Featuring about a dozen species of seahorses and seadragons and their relatives, Horses and Dragons showcases the wonder and diversity of these creatures through March 31, 2017. Visitors can see and learn more about the unusual animals in the syngnathid group, which includes the sea moth (also known as Pegasus), seahorses, seadragons, pipefish, and razorfish, through exhibit displays, a film in the Great Hall, and education programs in the Marine Life Theater. Coinciding with this opening, the Aquarium transformed its changing exhibits gallery to focus on animal extinctions and how humans can take actions now to prevent the magnitude of extinctions on land from happening in the ocean. The Vanishing Animalsexhibition, also open through March 31, 2017, features about one dozen aquatic and terrestrial animal species and multimedia and interactive displays, including a new film in the Ocean Science Center. In addition, the two penguin chicks that recently hatched at the Aquarium are slated to leave their nursery and join the other penguins on exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat sometime in August.

Visitors to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County can enjoy the general admission pass with the Nature Pass Combo Ticket. Encounter dinosaurs in the new Dinosaur Hall, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how scientist work on fossils in our Dino Lab. Stroll through the extensive Nature Gardens, and discover the true and surprising stories about city plants and animals in the Nature Lab. Enter the Gem and Mineral Hall to view diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and one of the largest displays of gold. Discover the grand mammal halls, Becoming Los Angeles exhibition, and more.

This Fall, NHM will hold its first-ever Dino Fest on September 24 and 25, two days of all things dinosaur .  Guests can meet world-renowned paleontologists from the Museum and beyond as they discuss historic and ongoing fossil discoveries from around the world; catch a glimpse of rare specimens from the Museum’s collections; dig into hands-on activities; explore amazing Dinosaur Hall with the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series; get one last chance to see our traveling exhibition, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs; and much more.

Combo Ticket Add-Ons
Those who purchase the combo ticket can upgrade their experience at the zoo, museum, and aquarium. For $5, visitors to the Zoo can gain access to the new Dinosaurs Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibition through October 31, 2016. At NHM, combo ticket holders can purchase entry to the new Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit, $10 for adults, $5 for children. The Aquarium is enhancing its Guest Speaker Series by adding talks with experts on animals and topics featured in its new exhibitions about animal extinctions and seahorses and seadragons. Lectures are $5 per person per lecture and free for students, teachers, and seniors (ages 62+) with advance reservations and valid photo I.D.

PTEROSAURS: FLIGHT IN THE AGE OF DINOSAURS opens at NHM on July 3 and runs through October 2, 2016. This interactive traveling exhibition showcases these prehistoric reptiles that ruled the skies during the time that dinosaurs walked the land. It features the latest research of museum scientists and leading paleontologists, extremely rare pterosaur fossils, and displays about discoveries in Italy, Germany, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, as well as life-size models, videos, and interactive exhibits to immerse visitors in the mechanics of pterosaur flight. Several interactive exhibits help visitors see the world from a pterosaur’s-eye view. In “Fly Like a Pterosaur,” visitors can “pilot” two species of flying pterosaurs over prehistoric landscapes complete with forest, sea, and volcano in a whole-body interactive exhibit that uses motion-sensing technology. The exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), and will underscore the vast and newly revealed variation among these ancient creatures, which ranged from the size of a sparrow to a two-seater plane, as well as how they evolved to dominate the sky millions of years ago.

DINOSAURS: UNEXTINCT AT THE L.A. ZOO, an all-new exhibit produced and presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, features a pack of 17 life-size, life-like prehistoric creatures residing in a once off-limits corner of the Zoo.  For a limited time only, these animatronic dinosaurs, brought to life with electronic “brains,” take visitors back in time for a colossal adventure, providing a rare chance to discover a lost world from millions upon millions of years ago while warning about the very real threat of extinction faced today by many endangered species.  Among the exhibit’s added features is the Fossil Dig, a stegosaurus robot with controls guests can operate to make the creature move; a climbable pachyrhinosaurus; and a free downloadable augmented reality app to access special content, including 3-D views of all the dinosaurs.  The experience aims to give visitors gargantuan levels of awe and plenty of “aha”s, with facts about the prehistoric era, the featured dinosaurs, and their similarities to L.A. Zoo animals.

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About the Zoo, Aquarium, and Museum
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; a Hippo Encounter contact opportunity; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The Zoo, open daily except Christmas Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is located in Griffith Park. For more information, visit lazoo.org or call (323) 644-4200.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit AZA-accredited institution, is dedicated to conserving nature and its resources by building relationships among people. Home to over 11,000 animals and visited by 1.6 million people annually, the Aquarium invites visitors to explore the waters of Southern California and Baja and the Northern and Tropical Pacific. The Aquarium features its interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest aviary, June Keyes Penguin Habitat, hands-on discovery labs, the Molina Animal Care Center, Ocean Science Center, and new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals exhibits. Beyond its exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is closed on December 25 and during the Grand Prix for three days in April. For information, visit aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. It is open daily9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history—with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes NHM, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education. For more information, visit nhm.org or call (213) 763-DINO.

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Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific, Los Angeles Zoo and The Natural History Museum. Photo credit: LA Zoo: Jamie Phan, Natural History Museum and Aquarium of the Pacific.