Pacific Islander Festival June 3-4, 2017 at The Aquarium of the Pacific Giveaway: PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack!

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Experience dance, music, cuisine, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

      Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured.

 

HONOREE:  Regina “Ning” Quenga

Ceremony: Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. at Honda Blue Cavern

The award is presented in recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander community.

WHEN:          Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  

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

 

COST:           Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members

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INFO:            (562) 590-3100 or

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

 With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on June 3 or 4. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest10

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack!

To enter leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 31st, 2017 at 12 PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 

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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 FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, Our Water Future, and Archerfish 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 has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

 

Free Summer Reading Program from Arbordale Publishing Read around the world with free interactive ebooks

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Warmer weather and longer days say summer is near, and this year Arbordale introduces Summer Reading Around the World. This free program includes 25 interactive ebooks, a passport to reading, and the opportunity to earn hardcover books.

 

To prevent the summer slide, and give young readers the opportunity to learn about environments and habitats around the world, Arbordale has selected books that feature animals and places near and far. Learning about science and math is fun through stories, and Arbordale’s signature “For Creative Minds” section extends the themes within the story.

 

A downloadable passport magnifies the fun, and voracious readers are able to return their passport for their very own book and reading certificate. Additionally, educators and librarians can earn up to 25 free books and online access to the entire library on Arbordale’s Fun eReader® by sending in groups of passports.

 

The Fun eReader platform allows for easy access, and families on the go are able to download the books onto tablets via the Fun eReader app. Each interactive ebook includes English & Spanish text and audio with speed control, word highlighting, and some now have tappable animal sounds.

 

Perfect for a rainy day or community programs, Arbordale has included special bingo cards, crafts, and activities for download. New activities will be added throughout the summer via the publisher’s social media channels @ArbordaleKids.

 

The free ebook access is available through the Summer Reading site at Arbordale Publishing (www.arbordalepublishing.com/SummerReading.php). Parents, educators and librarians will find passport instructions and submission information with details to redeem the passports for free books. Questions about the program can be sent toinfo@arbordalepublishing.com.

 

More About Arbordale:

Arbordale is on a mission to improve child literacy with science and math through fun-to-read books. Using prose and pictures, children are delighted with stories of their favorite animals, planets, or even places. This leads to the exploration of facts and learning activities in each book’s “For Creative Minds” pages. Arbordale carefully designs each book to portray accurately the chosen subject. Vetted by experts in that field, and aligned to standards, and leveled for reading, each book is an asset to educational programs. Arbordale has grown to include a diverse group of authors and illustrators from across the country, and honored to have won more than 80 national and state book awards since its inception in 2005.

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with Its All-New “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” Beginning June 23

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Beginning June 23, guests are invited to see “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” in a whole new light when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces its all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts TM Castle,” featuring a dazzling light projection experience against the backdrop of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin that culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection, designed to dance across the stunning Hogwarts castle, will be accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

This new summertime feature will take place multiple times a night during its run.  Live rehearsals with annual pass previews and very limited guest access will begin in June in preparation for the June 23 grand opening.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the incredibly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Kitty is Pet of the Week!

Kitty, May 20 Pet of the Week

He-e-e-ere, Kitty! Her family moved across the country and took everyone but Kitty. They left this sweet lap cat at the shelter to her fate. Kitty is an affectionate indoor 10-year-old, good with kids and dogs, and weighing in at a whopping 17 pounds! Because she’s a senior, her adoption fee will be only $20. She’ll need lots of love, affection and likely a weight-loss cat diet. Meet Kitty at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A589611.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- Steam Cirque!

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Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Bringing their innovative new production to Burbank and Woodland Hills, Circus Vargas will divide performances between the locations from April 20th to May 22nd.

 

The show:

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque!  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

 

The storyline:

An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician- part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts.

 

“SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!

 

Join us for an amazing experience, under the big top as Circus Vargas celebrates its 48th year and create new and treasured memories for generations to come! This wonderful show has something for everyone! It’s 2 hours of amazing music, lights, magic, acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, comedians and more!

 

Ticket Information:

General admission tickets are $17-$32 for children and $27-$37 for adults. Reserved Ringside seating is $52-$67 for children and $57-$72 for adults. For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 20 – Monday, May 8

Burbank – Burbank Blvd at 1-5 Freeway (777 N. Front St, Burbank, CA 91502)

Thursday, April 20 – 7:30pm

Friday, April 21 – 7:30pm

Saturday, April 22 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 23 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, April 24 – 7:00pm

Thursday, April 27 – 7:00pm

Friday, April 28 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 29 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 30 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 1 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 4 – 7:00pm

Friday, May 5 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 7– 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 8 – 7:00pm

 

Thursday, May 11 – Monday, May 22

Westfield Promenade (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367)

Thursday, May 11 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 12 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 13 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 15 – 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 17 – 7:30pm

Thursday, May 18 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 19 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 20 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 21 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 22 – 7:00pm

 

   We have exciting news!! We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets to attend a show of their choice! To enter, leave a comment below! Tell us your favorite thing about Circus Vargas! If you haven’t been before tell us why you would love to go! Deadline to enter is April 17th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

 

Credit: Photo Credit: Circus Vargas. No compensation was received although free tickets will be received.  SoCal City Kids will select the winner. 

 

Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After When DISNEY ON ICE presents DREAM BIG Comes To Long Beach & Inland Empire, April 20-30, 2017

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Believing is just the beginning when dreamers throughout the Southland witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.  Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true.  In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.  Disney On Ice presents Dream Big is playing in the L.A. area from April 20th – 30th at the Long Beach Arena and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

 

Audiences will be transported to a world where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey of beloved Disney tales.  Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves.  Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic.  Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all.  Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget!

L O N G  B E A C H

WHEN:             Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23

  • Thursday, April 20 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 21 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 23 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

WHERE:           Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at $20!

                        Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000
or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 

 

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WHEN:            Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30

  • Thursday, April 27        7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 28 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 29 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 30 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 

WHERE:           Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

 

TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at $20!

                        Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000
or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 

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 To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit www.DisneyOnIce.com

or follow us on these social media platforms:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #WorldsOfEnchantment

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce

Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

 

Fur to Feathers, Scales to Tails The America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC Fair & Event Center, April 28-30 Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet Animal education, family pet entertainment, four-legged competitions and adoptions all weekend long

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The America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. All creatures great and small, from four legged to flying, will all be on display at the annual family-friendly event.

“The Pet Expo is now in its 28th year and we couldn’t be more excited.  Offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment, and pet adoptions, The Pet Expo is the ultimate destination for all pet lovers,” said Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “Each year the show progresses to include the best in pet ownership and care.  We will continue to offer a variety of educational presentations, product launches, amazing pet acts and our popular animal adoptions, as well as showcasing the latest trends in the pet care industry.”

 

Last year, there were more than 500 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs – that were adopted from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations.

 

The Pet Expo is excited to announce the return of the crowd pleasing “Cook’s Racing Hogs & Dogs,” a race that consists of four pigs, which run from one end of a 90-foot U-shaped track to the other. Four dogs then compete in a similar race. Waiting at the end of the track is a treat – vanilla ice cream and a golden Oreo cookie.

The 2017 Expo will be the “Cat’s Meow” as the The Catit Playground Debuts. The interactive activity brings a close up view for guests to watch adorable adoptable cats and kittens and see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and toys they like.

Lucy’s Wave Maker will return and also feature a cat surfer. The world’s one and only mobile wave machine makes an encore appearance America’s Family Pet Expo showcasing the best surfing dogs and cats too! The wave maker made international headlines from its appearance in the 2017 Rose Parade. America’s Family Pet Expo is the first stop on the 2017 National Tour that kicks off in Costa Mesa.

 

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Returning favorites to the Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species  of reptiles in all shapes and sizes, such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping.

In advance of the Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kids Aquarium Contest.  There will also be Police Dog Demonstrations, an Aquatic Touch Tank and The Great American Petting Zoo for the whole family to enjoy.

Added to the Expo line-up is the America’s Family Pet Expo Hobbyist Aquascaping contest. This new feature will consist of intermediate to advanced aquarists in a competition to create the most appealing natural aquarium.

The participants will use a variety of live plants and other natural decorations in order to create a miniature underwater jungle. Pet Expo attendees are encouraged to come watch the process of setting up a fully functional planted aquarium from 10am on Friday, April 28th to 12pm on Saturday, April 29th.  Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 aquascapers on Saturday, April 29th at 5:00pm.

Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

General Admission, $15.00; seniors 60 and over, $13.00. Children 6-12, $10.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $8.00 parking. Kindly leave all pets at home.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org .  The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 65-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.
***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: The America’s Family Pet Expo.

 

Sign up for The Coaster Run! Run, Walk and Ride the Coasters for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

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Run, Walk and Ride the Coasters for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). The Coaster Run offers a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 1K Kids Fun Run in Bugs Bunny World followed by a finish-line expo. Purchase entrance to the theme park during checkout for more than half off regular price!

Distances:

5K (3.1 miles)
10K (6.2 miles)
1K Kids fun run in Bugs Bunny World

FB: facebook/com/CoasterRun
Instagram: RenegadeRaceSeries
Twitter: @RenegadeRace
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SoCal City Kids also has a special 10% off code to register! Just enter the code CITYKIDS. This expires when online registration closes or the race sells out.

Register here!

Credit: The Coaster Run/TACA.