Archives for July 2012

Introducing the NEW GUND Girls for Your Little Fashionista! Giveaway!

School is out for the summer soon and what a better way to enjoy the summer than with new friends!

GUND Girls are the perfect pals for some fun in the sun! 

GUND Girls each have unique personalities and signature styles…

·         Brooklyn is a shopper

·         Emma loves to paint

·         Deedee is adventurous

·         Sloan is a California girl.

There’s a friend for every little girl!

GUND Girls are perfect for summer road trips, beach days, and camp.  Summer memories are always the best when your friends are around[Read more…]

Summer stylin’ with PEEPS and Mike & Ike


It’s really starting to look and feel like summer the past couple of days and it’s time to hit the Beach or go to the pool!  Add some stylish apparal  from PEEPS or Mike & Ike.  Our friends at Just Born, Inc sent us a really awesome Chillin’ with my PEEPS beach towel and some stylish and comfortable Mike & Ike Flip Flops.  They both are just perfect for summer!  And, even better news?  They both are on sale right now on their website! The towel is on sale for $19.90, measures 30″ x 60″ and you can choose from pink or blue.  The cool Mike & Ike unisex Flip Flops or on sale for $8.99. These are great for going to the beach, pool, or practically anywhere! They fit men and women (and even some sizes in boys and girls). Head on over to their website to see their complete collection of products.

100 Days of Summer: July 22 – 28 Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

This summer, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine will offer hundreds of free and low cost recreational events under the umbrella of “100 Days of Summer.” The Long Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has partnered with the Department to create, a searchable calendar of free concerts & movies, Long Beach Sea Festival events, El Dorado Nature Center & historic site events, and ideas for spontaneous fun like hiking, biking, golf, tennis, swimming, and youth and teen programs.

Coming This Week:
Movie in the Park: The Muppets
The movie and popcorn are free, and the time spent with family is priceless! Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and picnic-style dinner to share as you enjoy some of your family’s favorite movies.

  • July 23 Cherry Park
  • July 25 Heartwell Park
  • July 27 Signal Hill Park

Homeland Cultural Center: DanceFest
The award-winning Homeland Cultural Center will present their annual display of Long Beach’s amazing diversity with DanceFest 2012. This year’s event will feature performances and demonstrations by Homeland Pop Shop, West Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble, Hmong Association of Long Beach, Kutturan Chamoru Performers, Homeland B-Boys, Ballet Folklorico Maria, Culture Shock LA, Ancient Khmer Martial Arts, belly dancer Dancing Tehani, Orlando Greenhill & Sound Army, and DJ Ervin Arana. Dance Fest 2012 will take place at the beautiful and intimate Center Theater, part of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Ocean Blvd. Admission is free, and parking is half price ($5) for ticket holders. The performance will take place July 22 at 4 p.m. For more information, please call (562) 570-1655.

Family Fun and Concert in the Park: Greg Young and the 2nd Street Band
Each Sunday throughout summer, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine will host scores of local talent in one of many of our local parks! Free face painting, balloon artists, and bouncers will begin at 3 p.m., with a concert from 4 to 6.

  • July 22 Houghton Park

Rancho Los Cerritos Summer Concerts: Cris Barber Quintet
Invite friends and family for a free concert on the historic grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos! Gates will open for picnicking after 5 p.m., with concerts from 5:30 to 7:30. The adobe home will also be open for tours. Concerts and tours are free!

  • July 22 Cris Barber Quintet

Long Beach Municipal Band: Let Us Entertain You
Celebrate the 103rd year of the Long Beach Municipal Band with “The Joys of Summer.” Bring a blanket, chairs, food, family, and friends for a night of brilliant music under the stars. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., and are entirely free! This week’s theme will feature music from some of America’s greatest entertainers, including pieces from Cirque du Soleil to Spike Jones. Vocalist Nicole Kubis will join the Studio Band as our featured guest artist.

  • July 24 Bixby Park
  • July 25 Los Cerritos Park
  • July 26 Marine Stadium
  • July 27 El Dorado Park

Summer Concerts at the Nature Center: Kimera
El Dorado Nature Center will open its gates at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday for a special summer concert series! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, a picnic dinner, and your family, and enjoy the talents of local musicians from 7 to 8 p.m. Entrance is $3 per person, free for children 12 and younger!

  • July 26 Kimera – Latin Sounds

Rancho Los Alamitos: Children’s Story Time in the Garden
Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to join us for a relaxing summer series in the historic gardens of Rancho Los Alamitos! Stories will be told from 10 a.m. to noon, every Thursday in July. Story-related crafts, games and tasty treats will be part of the fun! Tickets are $8 and reservations are required, so be sure to visit for more details.

Ice Age: Continental Drift – A Winner for the Younger Set by KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Want a film to take your younger kids to? This fourth installment in the “Ice Age” films delivers what I think your youngest kids will truly enjoy (5-10). It really makes great use of 3D technology with characters zooming towards us and away from us throughout the entire film. We are charmed by many of the same characters from the previous films – Manny the Mammoth voiced by Ray Romano, Sid the Sloth by John Leguizamo and Diego the saber-toothed tiger by Denis Leary. This crew is joined by a new host of characters including Manny’s wife played by Queen Latifah, their daughter played by the adorable Keke Palmer, Granny voiced by Wanda Sykes  and more. One of our youth critics, Julianna Noone (age 12) rated this film 5 out of 5 stars because “it is funny, well written and has a great message for the audience.”  [Read more…]

Gund Top Dog Photo Contest Enter your Dog today!


The first ever GUND “Top Dog” Contest will commence this Monday, July 16, 2012 with a grand prize of “the Boo treatment” – a limited edition GUND plush in the winning pup’s likeness!

Inspired by the wildly-popular “World’s Cutest Dog” Boo stuffed dog from GUND, the “Top Dog” Contest invites pup parents from around the country to submit photos of their own four-footed friends on the GUND Facebook page in one or all of the following four categories:

·        Most Beautiful Dog

·        Ugliest Dog

·        “Doganista”/Best Dressed Dog

·        Dog that Most Resembles its Owner   [Read more…]

Long Beach Sea Festival Week July 15 - 21

The Long Beach Sea Festival showcases special events from June to September on the coast of Long Beach. Sea Festival brings unique and memorable fun to your summer with sponsorships by the Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Gas & Oil, Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau, Bellingham Marine, and Anchor QEA. For a comprehensive schedule packed with events for the entire family, be sure to visit the calendar at[Read more…]

My Royal Birthday Personalized Book I See Me! Inc.

Looking for a wonderful personalized Birthday gift for your child? I received a delightful personalized storybook from our friends at I See Me! This is such a delightful story and I just love how you are able to personalize it for that special child. My son loved it!  It is perfect for young boys of all ages.  Our suggestion is for ages 4-9.  [Read more…]

DISNEY JUNIOR Will Launch Saturday, July 14, To Millions Of DIRECTV Customers Nationwide

DIRECTV and Disney have reached a new agreement to add Disney Junior, a 24- hour channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, to DIRECTV’s programming lineup beginning tomorrow on channel 289. Disney Junior launched in 2011 as a daytime programming block on Disney Channel and expanded to a 24/7 channel in 2012. It is one of the most sought-after channels by DIRECTV customers and will be permanently added to their programming options as a basic channel.  [Read more…]