Release Your Inner Child in Carlsbad, CA

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Catching a wave off the Carlsbad Coast (Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad)

Home to the blocky amusement park and SeaLife, the sunny SoCal city Carlsbad, CA is often thought as a wonderland for kids. However, with Omni La Costa’s new Edge Day Club, bike-friendly roads throughout the city, seven miles of pristine beaches, ample watersports activities, and more this city isn’t just a playground for kids, it’s also a playground for adults looking to release their inner child.

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Photo: Biking along one of the many bike paths that follow the coastline.(Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad)

For those looking to find their younger self during their summer getaway, here are 15 ways to summer like a kid in Carlsbad, CA:

 

  1. Stop by Edge Day Club for perfectly poured crafted cocktails, bottle service options, and tempting culinary creations in a musically drenched outdoor venue atOmni La Costa Resort & Spa
  2. Take an electric bike tour through the village with Pedego Electric Bike Rental
  3. Beat your own best time racing at the K1 Speed Go Kart Track
  4. Go with the skate boarding flow at the Alga Norte Skate Park
  5. Go VIP with Cape Rey’s premium poolside cabana rentals, with personal service, an assortment of fruit and non-alcoholic drinks, complimentary WiFi, television, privacy drapes and VIP amenities
  6. Take in the amazing aerial views in an Icon Helicopter Tour
  7. Take a bite out of Carlsbad’s culinary best on a Food Tour
  8. Learn to swing like a pro at the Aviara Golf Club
  9. Surf with the pro’s with So Cal Surf Lessons
  10. Practice your sun salutes in a Stand Up Paddleboard yoga class
  11. Escape the heat with some figure skating at Icetown Carlsbad
  12. Test your kayak skills with Carlsbad Lagoon
  13. Surf while standing up with Two Guys Stand Up Paddleboard
  14. Taste Carlsbad’s best pizza at the Intergalactic Headquarters for the Pizza Port Empire
  15. Dance like nobody is watching during the 14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival on August 25-27, 2017

Credit: Visit Carlsbad. 

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor

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OC Parks invites the community to spend Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza.

The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries located within the harbor. The display begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and early arrival is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to bring a personal FM radio to tune into KSBR 88.5FM and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks display.

Spend the week of Independence Day enjoying Dana Point Harbor’s many waterfront restaurants and ocean activities, or take a cruise in the harbor on July 4th to view the fireworks display. The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari are all offering 4th of July Fireworks cruises.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle services on July 4th to avoid traffic jams. The shuttles will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks and will resume until 11 p.m.

The Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stop #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the inter Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks.

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information visit www.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit: OC Parks. Info and Image was provided.

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with an All-New Summertime Enhancement, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” Inviting Guests to Experience the Immersive Land in a Whole New Light, Beginning June 23rd!

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

I have to admit that I was in awe of this amazing light show! As night falls on the 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 (Which one is your favorite? I have to admit that Gryffindor is mine!) 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.

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

This new summertime feature will take place multiple times a night during its run. I had the opportunity to experience it earlier this week and was really impressed! It was also my first time seeing the whimsical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. I truly felt like I was in the world of Harry Potter. It is a wonderful recreation and I loved seeing people of all ages dressed in theme clothes and running around with magical wands. You also have to try the Butterbeer! It is simply delicious!

More information is available at http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Also, Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook will host a Facebook Live event to stream the all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” experience at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on Friday, June 23 at 8:45 pm PST! Don’t miss it!

 

Self Disclosure: I had a Media invite to facilitate this post. Information was also provided and images were provided. Photo Credit: Universal Studios.

 

 

Celebrate the 4th at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce a 4th of July holiday day filled with fun activities fit for the whole family. Celebrate Independence Day on the Back Bay with live music, local food trucks and a dynamic fireworks display from one of the best viewing locations in SoCal. Back Bay Bistro will also host a special 4th of July Buffet dinner with two seatings and a variety of live food stations.

 

Arrive early and experience all that Newport Dunes has to offer including an inflatable water park in the Back Bay and rentable kayaks, pedal boats, windsurfing, sail boats, electric boats, stand up paddleboards and Surrey bikes courtesy of Moe B’s Watersports. Pirate Coast Paddle also offers on-site rentals including kayaks, stand up paddleboards and multi-person paddleboards for groups of 4-10. For those looking to relax, enjoy a beachside cabana between dips in the calm waters of the gorgeous Upper Newport Bay.

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 43–9 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m.

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:

3–3:45 p.m.  Welcome and DJ music

4:30–5:15 p.m.  Southern Rocket Southern and Classic Rock Cover Band

6–7 p.m.  The PettyBreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band

7:45–9 p.m.  Hollywood U2 The World’s Greatest U2 Tribute Show

9 p.m.  Fireworks Extravaganza

 

WHERE:

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660

 

EVENT PRICE:

$50 per car entrance fee

+$40 per person for Beer and Wine Garden pass. Includes hosted bar from 3–8 p.m. and premier firework viewing.

 

BACK BAY BISTRO 4TH OF JULY BUFFET:

4:30 p.m.  1st seating, 7 p.m.  2nd seating

$45 for adults, $22.50 for children 10 years or younger

 

PUBLIC CONTACT: For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, please call 949-729-3863 or visit NewportDunes.com.

To make a reservation at Back Bay Bistro, please call 949-729-1144 or visit NewportDunes.com/Bistro.

 

 

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is an iconic recreational area featuring a 450-slip marina, private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958. The Dunes’ signature restaurant, Back Bay Bistro, is a critically acclaimed dining destination open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring award-winning French American cuisine and stunning water views. Newport Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages available to the public and a state-of-the-art RV park.

Web: newportdunes.com

Phone: 949-729-3863

Facebook: https://facebook.com/NewportDunesResort

Instagram & Twitter: @NewportDunes

Lee Brice Headlines 3rd Annual ShipKicker Country Music Festival at the Queen Mary July 1 Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide, Honey Country, and Jake Parr Added to Artist Lineup Tickets On-Sale Now at QueenMary.com

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The Queen Mary will once again go country with ShipKicker, the 3rd annual country music festival at the Waterfront Events Park on Saturday, July 1. Country music favorites, Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide, Honey Country and Jake Parr, have joined the list of top country artists set to perform. Lee Brice will headline the day into night festival joined by The Swon Brothers, Jerrod Niemann, and the 2017 ShipKicker battle of the bands winner: James Rensink.

 

Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide is Orange County’s own break-out “rock” country band. Showcasing incredible vocal talent and songwriting skills, the band has produced some of Southern California’s favorite country hits including “Moments” and “Enough.” Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, Honey Country is a female trio, SoCal country-pop group named one of the top 10 country artists you need to know in 2017 by Rolling Stone. Country music songwriter and musician, Jake Parr, will join also join the ShipKicker artist line-up for a boot-kickin fun day of performances.

 

Lee Brice will headline the 3rd annual ShipKicker country music festival stage. Brice’s breakout track “More Than a Memory” was released in 2007 and was the first single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart to debut at #1. His cardinal album, Love Like Crazy, took the country music scene by storm in 2009 with the title track setting a record as the longest-charting song in Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart history. Brice has had multiple chart-topping hits, gold albums, and was even honored with song of the year at both the CMA and ACM Awards for fan-favorite hit “I Drive Your Truck.”

 

Brice will be joined by the likes of favorite country artists including Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers, Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide, Honey Country, James Rensink, and Jake Parr.

 

The ShipKicker Saloon will keep the entertainment rolling in between sets on the main stage featuring a full bar, dance floor, and performances by Alicia Kelly, Alexandria Korn, Melissa Farrior, and Camel Helene.

 

ShipKicker country music festival will offer food vendors, a beer garden, cocktails, mechanical bull rides, line dancing lessons from Cindi Massengale, and country yard-games to entertain in between musical acts.

 

Kick-off the music festival weekend with the inaugural ShipKicker pre-party on Thursday, June 29 starting at 5 p.m. at Gaslamp’s Strictly Country Thursdays in Long Beach. As Lee Brice sings in his 2013 hit song “Parking Lot Party” – there aint no party like the parking lot party. For $10 with a general admission ticket, festival-goers can kick-up some dust to Redneck Rodeo and Morgan Leigh Band at the ShipKicker Parking Lot Party on Saturday, July 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Keep the fun going at the ShipKicker after party with performances by the Scotty Mac Band at Long Beach’s Cowboy Country. Entry to the after party is free with proof of ShipKicker ticket.

 

Tickets start at $49 (online in advance) and $59 day of and at the door. VIP tickets are $99 (online in advance) and $110 day of and at the door. VIP tickets include access to a private bar, shaded lounge, trailer bathrooms and front-of- stage access. Both general and VIP admission include complimentary access to the Queen Mary until 6 p.m. on July 1.

 

 

 

Tickets for the Queen Mary’s 3rd annual ShipKicker Country Music Festival are on-sale now at http://www.queenmary.com/events/shipkicker-2017/.

Credit: The Queen Mary. 

theBlu An Underwater VR Experience @ The Natural History Museum Open until June 18, 2017

What would it be like to swim alongside manta rays, angler fish, and a blue whale? Well, you can – in virtual reality! All you need to do is wear a VR headset and you will discover what it is like to swim up close to a jellyfish (my favorite!) or a Whale.

 

In this high-tech, immersive experience, you’ll explore the ocean and it’s really like you are there! I had the opportunity and really thought this was an amazing experience! My favorite was seeing the jellyfish!

 

This 6-minute expedition is great for any virtual reality skill level. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the latest in VR technology and explore some of the world’s most remarkable marine ecosystems. This is an exhibit that you don’t want to miss!

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Advanced timed-tickets required

Members $8, Nonmembers $10 with General Admission. For ages 10 and up.

Find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum to facilitate this post. 

The Printing Museum’s “Independence Day ” Celebration Sat. July 1st 2017 in Carson, CA

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Photo: “The Confounding Brothers”-Ben Franklin (P.D. Soinski), Thomas Jefferson (Ken Riedel) and John Adams (Peter Small) will be guest appearing @The International Printing Museum’s  “Independence Day Celebration” Sat. July 1st 2017 in Carson, CA.

Independence Day Celebration 

with *“The Confounding Brothers”
 
Sat. July 1st  2017 10:00 am-4:00 pm 
Performances: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
 
 
The International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745
 
Admission $15/ Guest  $50/ Group rate (up to 4)
Kick off your 4th of July weekend celebration with a visit to the museum’s annual patriotic party with all day activities like printing your ownDeclaration of Independence on an authentic Colonial printing press, create your historical quotes and graphics of the time, mini-tours of the wonderful collection of “operating” antique printing presses and visit with Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson & John Adams in *“The Confounding  Brothers”
A fun-fact-filled playlet on how these ingenious men created this country-
with a “Q & A” after each performance.
*Performances are at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm in the Museum’s Heritage Theatre
 (Play is suitable for 5th grade & up and reservations are advised due to limited seating in the Theatre!)
A delightful lunch of Freedom Dogs, All-American Apple Pie & Patriotic Punch is included with your admission as you dine in Madame Brillon’s French Garden de Liberte’ and serenaded by our 18th Century musicians “The Colonial Roses”!
Come and join the fun as we honor our country’s birthday in a most unique
Fashion!
For further details & tickets go to the website:  printmuseum.org or call 310-515-7166
Credit: The International Printing Museum.

Roaring Nights for All Ages at LA Zoo is 60s Safari w Live Bands, Minions, Food Trucks Friday June 23, 2017, 6 to 10 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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L.A. ZOO KICKS OFF ITS ROARING NIGHTS SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
WITH A ‘60S SUMMER SAFARI FOR ALL AGES
IN HONOR OF THE ZOO’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY “ZOOLABRATION”

Music from Live Bands Detroit Nights and Woodie and the Long Boards Plus DJ Johnny Hawkes,
Special Meet-and-Greets With the Minions From Despicable Me 3
L.A.’s Favorite Food Trucks, Full-Service Bars, Lawn Games,
Pop-Up Zookeeper Talks and Special Animal Encounters All Part of the Party.

Groovy! The Los Angeles Zoo kicks off the summer with a Roaring Nights ‘60s Summer Safari for all ages in honor of the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary “ZooLAbration” on Friday, June 23, 2017, from 6 to 10 pm. Guests can enjoy a rare after-hours evening at the Zoo, which is transformed into a rockin’ beach bash featuring live bands Woodie and the Longboards and Detroit Nights, DJ Johnny Hawkes, special meet-and-greets with the Minions from Despicable Me 3, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, full-service bars, games, visits to L.A. Zoo animal habitats, including an expanded route open from 6 to 8 pm, pop-up “Then and Now” zookeeper talks and special animal encounters. Two additional Roaring Nights, both open to ages 18 and up only, follow with all-different lineups on Friday, July 21, 6 to 10 pm, spotlighting country music, and Friday, September 15, 6 to 10 pm, with a 1980-90s “Battle of the Decades.”

Woodie and the Longboards delivers classic summertime surf sounds by the Beach Boys and other classic bands of the era, the Detroit Nights serve up Motown and ‘60s pop classics with style and D.J. Johnny Hawkes spins fun, eclectic sets with ‘60s rock hits and more. Food trucks include Baby’s Burgers, Pico House, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Ragin Cajun, Lobsta Truck and Mandoline Grill. Full bars are available for guests 21 and older.

Roaring Nights, like all of the Zoo’s nighttime events, supports the L.A. Zoo and its global conservation efforts. For the first time ever, the Zoo is kicking off its Roaring Nights series with an all-ages evening, so that the entire greater Los Angeles area community can take part in this special, themed celebration of 50 years of education, imagination, fun, and conservation. More information about the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary is available at www.ZooLAbrate50.org.

ABOUT DESPICABLE ME 3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

Roaring Nights is just one component of a yearlong “ZooLAbration” that began on November 28, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ opening at its current location. Throughout the 50th anniversary year, the Zoo is spotlighting not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the Zoo marks its 50th anniversary as it embarks upon developing a new Master Plan, which will serve as a road map for the future. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 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, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. 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. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. Its many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature 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; 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 LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Ticket prices are $20 for ages 13 and over ($17 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members); $15 for ages 2 to 12 ($13 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members); and kids younger than 2 are free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact call (323) 644-6001; tickets are available at http://www.lazoo.org/roaringnights.

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.