GREAT Promotion Going on at Chuck E Cheese’s Right Now!

When you arrive at your local store, just say “I need a fun break!” and get 50 tickets with a food purchase. Enjoy some pizza while you are there!  The promotion goes from 3/12 – 5/6 and you get 50 Free Tix with any $5 purchase!


Credit: Chuck E Cheese.

New Kids program at TOMATOMANIA gardening show and sale TOMATOMANIA - California’s largest (and most fun) tomato gardening event and sale – returns this March.

Veteran and amateur gardeners love Tomatomania where they’ll discover up to 250 varieties of tomato seedlings including the newest and hottest tomatoes – Madame Marmande, Atlas, India Stripe, Gladiator and more; attend informational classes offering tips on planting; garden maintenance; selecting the best plants for your site; irrigation + fertilizing; pest control; newest equipment and much more from gardening pros.

What’s NEW at 2018 Tomatomania:

  •  Introduction of Peppermania sales and displays                                                                 • Veggie plants to keep tomatoes company in the garden
  • For Kids:   Making Seed pods; A Ladybug Release, Junior Gardener certificates               • Meet The BUG man
  • Chef Demos– preparation and cooking tips/tastings                                                         • Save the Heirlooms campaign – rescue seeds from extinction!

Tomatomania will be popping up at Garden Destinations throughout the state starting in early March through April.  Admission to most events, classes, demos is FREE

Full schedule, hours, classes, demos at  (see attached)

Who’s Who at Tomatomania

Scott Daigre, owner and head Tomatomaniac, is the author of the best-selling book “Tomatomania: A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden.”  His company Powerplant Garden Design based in Ojai focuses on installation of home and professional gardens with a concentration on food based gardens.

His BEST TIP:  It’s all about the soil!  With SoCal’s arid climate, it’s important to amend and build the soil that supports your plants.  Compost and other soil amendments, gypsum, and similar minerals and a good basic fertilizer will all add organic material and life to your garden soil…and result in better tomatoes.

Mark Donofrio, Director of Operations, is a true Tomatomaniac.  Donofrio was co-owner of the popular Larchmont Grill and grew produce for the restaurant at many of LA’s community gardens.  Today he operates a small farm and Tomatomania test garden in Santa Ynez.  He calls it The Starter Farm ( He is passionate about the value of growing your own foods and tomatoes are the easiest place to start.  His BEST TIP:  To insure a long growing season, he advises planting in succession.  Buy some plants at the pop up sales and plant them, then be sure to visit Tomatomania again and plant additional varieties in successive weeks.  He also suggests buying a nice mix of indeterminate* and determinate* varieties to ensure a full season.

Note: Determinate tomatoes are varieties that stop growing when the fruit sets on the top bud.  All tomatoes from the plant ripen at approximately the same time over a period of 1-2 weeks.  Indeterminate tomatoes will grow and produce fruit until killed by front.  Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit and ripe all at the same time throughout the growing season.

General tomato facts:

  • Tomatoes are thought to have originated in Peru as the name comes from the Aztec “xitomati,” which means ‘plump thing with a navel’.
  • Fruit or Vegetable?  A tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it is used as a vegetable in cooking
  • The French called tomatoes “pommes d’amour” or love apples as it was originally thought to be an aphrodisiac
  • 95 million people in the US grow tomatoes in home gardens each year
  • California grows the most canning and paste tomatoes in the U.S. while Florida grows and sells the most grocery store (fresh) tomatoes.
  • There are more than 7000 tomato varieties available in the home garden seed market

Credit: Tomatomania.

Kids’ Fishing Derby Returns to Mile Square Park March 17th

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles invite families to enjoy the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park Saturday, March 17. Register for the free event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“The Kids’ Fishing Derby has become an annual tradition at Mile Square Park and we are thrilled to bring the community together for this event,” Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do, First District, said. “We’re excited for youngsters to cast their lines and enjoy a morning of outdoor fun.”

Kids ages 6 to 15 can fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win multiple prizes in different age groups. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout and catfish for the derby, and there will be a limited amount of fishing rods available for loan. Participants can learn fishing tips and tricks during fishing clinics, and food will be available for purchase.

Join OC Parks for a fun-filled day of friendly competition and fishing at Mile Square Regional Park.

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, March 17

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Derby Registration: 7:30 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park

Address: 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708


Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600 or (714) 973-3197

Credit: OC Parks. 

Easter Fun at Lakewood Center

Lakewood Center

Easter Bunny Arrival

Friday, March 9 from 11-12: 30 PM in Center Court


Hop on down and have some fun making adorable crafts, cuddling with bunnies in our fantastically furry Bunny Corral, listening to stories and saying hello to the Easter Bunny!

For more information visit or visit us on Facebook

Or call 562.633.0290

Credit: Lakewood Center. 

L.A. Zoo Presents PBS SoCal Kids Weekend!


Event Also Features Book Readings, Themed Crafts,
Activities and Kids’ Dance Party
The L.A. Zoo hosts PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend at the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event fills the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove with a variety of engaging fun for families with book readings, themed crafts, activities and a kids’ dance party. Guest can also enjoy a special opportunity to take photos with PBS KIDS’ characters Curious George and Nature Cat.  Curious George is available for photos both days from 10:15 to 12:45 p.m.Nature Cat is available both days from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Programming subject to change. While every possible effort is made to accommodate all guests with a visit with the PBS SoCal KIDS’ characters, a photo with the characters cannot be guaranteed due to high demand and limited capacity.

Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2018 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
All PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under age two.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

Credit: L.A. Zoo/PBS SOCAL. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professions standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo 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 a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at
PBS SoCal is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California.  PBS SoCal delivers the full schedule of PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California.Content is available free through four broadcast channels,, on PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services. We provide the community with early education resources and cultural and educational experiences through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles.Connect at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

The Queen Mary Announces the Inaugural Queensway 5K Walk, Run, or Jog Through the Queen Mary’s Picturesque Events Park and Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, March 22, 2018

 The Queen Mary’s inaugural Queensway 5K invites Long Beach to lace up their high-top sneakers and walk, run, or jog through the Queen Mary’s Events Park and Long Beach harbor on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The course takes participants across the Queensway Bridge for breathtaking views of the Long Beach city skyline, finishing at the Queen Mary Events Park for the post-race celebrations. The first-year festival is a new, family-friendly event, providing an opportunity to celebrate the Long Beach community, local businesses and organizations, all at the iconic Queen Mary.

The Queensway 5K kicks off at 3 p.m. with on-site registration, music, and organized stretches. The 5K run will begin at 5:15 p.m.  All participants are expected to be finished by 6:30 p.m. Along the 3.1-mile course, participants will see Queen Mary signature characters and icons as they walk, run, or jog through a year of events offered at the legendary Queen Mary.

The finish line celebrations will include music, celebratory medals, a speech by Commodore Everette, food, a beer garden, vendors and much more. Racers can refuel with food trucks and food booths including food tastings from the Queen Mary restaurants like the popular Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the elegant Sir Winston’s. Refreshing, Long Beach-based craft beer will be available in the beer garden for those 21+. One complimentary beverage and Queen Mary restaurant tastings are included with each race registration.

A portion of the Queensway 5K proceeds will go to Long Beach Unified School District to help fund transportation for educational field trips for Long Beach schools. To learn more about the Long Beach Unified School District please visit:

Registration for the Queensway 5K is now available online at Queensway 5K race tickets are $35 per person. The 5K run is a timed race. Team discounts for groups of (5) or more are available. For sponsorship opportunities and finish-line vendor space, available at no cost, please contact Michele Ward at All registered race participants will receive same-day access to the Queen Mary and free parking. For more information, please visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

5 Tips to finding a great nursery

It is definitely right that you want to take your kids to a great nursery where they can spend time while growing socially, intellectually and physically. A great nursery needs to have all the resources that the kids require including facilities and human resources. Luckily, many nurseries in finchley have been established to cater for your childcare needs. However, you need to ensure that you take your child to a great nursery. So, here are tips to finding that great nursery?

  1. The nursery should have knowledgeable and dedicated staff

Considering that a nursery school caters for kids below five years who need a lot of care and attention, it should have staff that is passionate about what they do, are caring and dedicated. They should also be knowledgeable about various subject areas as well as issues relating to young children.

The staff should have the required training in early childhood education so they can be knowledgeable about how to deal with the children.

Young children require attention and therefore the teacher to student ratio should be observed to ensure that the kids receive the necessary attention.

  1. A curriculum that focuses on an all-round growth of the child

A great nursery is the one that caters to the individual needs of every child. It nurtures their talents, discovers their interests, and knows their abilities. The curriculum should encompass various subjects such as the arts, music, numeracy, literacy, science, and technology so that the children can discover their passion.

  1. A great nursery should have child-friendly facilities  

Children love to play and discover. The nursery should have facilities to cater for the different activities that the kids take part. For instance, it should have play areas for indoor and outdoor activities, art rooms, music rooms, and nature spaces where kids can discover the flora and fauna in the environment. The facilities should be designed in a child-friendly way so that the kids can be in an enjoyable and stimulating environment.

The facilities should be kept clean and well maintained.

Parents worry about their children when they are away. One way of reassuring that the kids are safe is to have additional security facilities such as CCTV. A great nursery can go ahead, take an extra step, and allow parents to see remotely what their children are doing.

  1. The nursery should have ground rules

Rules are necessary because they create order. For instance, there should be rules on operating hours such that you know when you can drop or pick up your child. It should be clearly stated on who can pick up the child and what to do if you intend to pick up the child early or drop the child late.

There should be rules on emergencies and sick-child policy.

  1. Find out its reputation

You have found a nursery school with great facilities, an all-encompassing curriculum, and great teachers. However, is it a great nursery? You can find out from current parents. You can request numbers of the parents who already have children in the nursery and get their opinion about the school. Alternatively, you can visit the school during pick up hours and strike conversations with parents.

You can also observe the school during the normal schools hours and see how the children are taken care of and how activities are run in the nursery. This way, you can develop your own opinion of whether to take your child to the nursery or not.

Universal Studios Hollywood Welcomes Hello Kitty to it’s All-New Animation Studio Store – Officially Opens Today!

Donning her signature red bow, global pop phenom Hello Kitty joins Universal Studios Hollywood, taking up residence at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. in the theme park’s all-new, and now open, Animation Studio Store.

            In true Hollywood fashion, the spotlight shines brightly on Hello Kitty and her friends from Sanrio, including My Melody, Keroppi and Chococat, as they star in a selection of park-exclusive merchandise, including accessories, apparel, stationery, souvenirs and collectibles.

An array of delectable confectionery—prepared fresh daily—is also available, including such tasty treats as Hello Kitty, Chococat and Keroppi themed s’mores, and a variety of Hello Kitty themed fudge, cupcakes and caramel apples.

Highlights of the exclusive product offerings feature designs incorporating Sanrio characters into classic Universal titles such as Jaws, E.T. The Extra -Terrestrial, Back to the Future and more, as well as the group enjoying a variety of Universal Studios Hollywood theme park attractions, from the world-famous Studio Tour to “Jurassic Park—The Ride” and “King Kong 360 3D.”  New park-exclusive merchandise will be released regularly.

The shop also features the popular Hello Kitty Build-A-Bow display, inviting guests to customize their design from a selection of colorful bow options. Guests purchasing any Sanrio item will also receive a complimentary Hello Kitty Hollywood-themed temporary tattoo, which mirrors Sanrio’s ‘small gift, big smile’ philosophy that is demonstrated globally across all Sanrio’s retail stores and special events.

Hello Kitty will also make special appearances just outside the entrance of the Animation Studio Store.  Making her Hollywood debut in a red pleated dress embellished with film strips, Hello Kitty will meet and greet fans near a collection of Sanrio-themed topiaries, including My Melody, Keroppi and Chococat, and window displays featuring the characters making movies and enjoying the Universal Studios Hollywood experience.

In addition to Hello Kitty, the Animation Studio Store will feature an array of merchandise from Illumination Entertainment films, including Minions from the blockbuster Despicable Me film franchise, and DreamWorks Animation, including memorable items from Kung Fu Panda. A selection of products from other favorite animations will also be available, including Dr. Seuss, Scooby-Doo, Curious George, SpongeBob SquarePants and “The Simpsons.”

The Animation Studio Store sits at the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood in a new 6,000 square foot structure that draws its inspiration from California Mission revival architecture reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s. Fusing style with whimsy, the retail environment weaves nimble animated characters into the fabric of the Spanish architectural design from the wood detailing to the stucco, wrought iron and painted tiles.

The Carl Laemmle outdoor courtyard situated adjacent to the Animation Studio Store pays homage to the filmmaking pioneer and founder of the Universal movie studio inviting guests to dine or relax amid a decorative fountain surrounded by luscious greenery.

More information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Sanrio® is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, and home to many beloved characters including Chococat®My Melody®Badtz-Maru®Keroppi® and Gudetama.  Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration to offer quality products, services and activities that inspire unique consumer experiences across the world. Today, Hello Kitty’s legendary breadth of products is available in over 130 countries and in retail locations including department, specialty, national chain retailers and Sanrio boutique stores. To learn more about Sanrio, please visit and follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter – @sanrio,@hello kitty.


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, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.