Archives for October 18, 2013



Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright


WHAT:           Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths of the Pacific at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27, 2013, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean.


The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, other-wordly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. As children leave, they will be able to enjoy Green Halloween® treats.


WHEN:           Saturday & Sunday, October 26-27, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


COST:            FREE FOR CHILDREN IN COSTUME (must be under age 12 and bring in coupon available online at ).

Included with admission—$25.95 adult (12+), $22.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.


INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or


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

Sting Ray & Nemo Kid


SPONSORS: L.A. Parent & Green Halloween.

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific



Saturday, October 19 or Sunday, October 20

or Saturday, November 2

With the great success of the Los Angeles Printers Fair, we had a number of visitors requesting classes in Vandercook operations and we now have dates to go along with the classes.

Click HERE to go to our Book Arts Institute page to look at the variety of classes that we offer and to register for your Vandercook class. They are planned for Saturday, October 19, or Sunday, October 20, or Saturday, November 2, so you have a number of class dates to choose from. Classes are limited to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6.

Be sure to register quickly before these classes fill up!

Photo Credit: International Printing Museum



SIMON MALLS BRINGS FREE FUN FACTORY TO FAMILIES AT BREA MALL Simon will provide parents and kids an interactive event that’s all about simply having fun


Kids and parents can plan to have a blast at the 4th annual Simon® Fun Factory tour stop at Brea Mall on October 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Center Court. Simon Malls’® Fun Factory tour offers families around the country a fun, interactive, and immersive experience. The event’s activities, hosted by Brea Mall, Simon Property GroupLalaloopsy®Mooshka®Bandai®,Gogos®, and Mega Bloks®, are designed to provide parents and kids a broad range of fun, engaging activities through a series of exciting “Destination Stations.”



Explore the exciting, sew magical world of Lalaloopsy at the Engage Station! For the first time ever, your favorite Lalaloopsy dolls have soft, long, brushable hair!  Introducing Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair™ dolls, there’s “sew” many loopy styles for you to create!



One day a group of paper doll friends joined hands and through the power of friendship became sweet, huggable girls!  Mooshka Sing Around the Rosie™ magically sings when you hold her hands.  She loves to sing for you and your friends!


Mega Bloks

Dive into a wide world of imagination with the Create ‘nPlay Ultimate Building! at the Pop-up Party Station.  Be the first to combine classics and build everything from rockets to race cars to robots – it’s perfect for the builder’s big imagination.  



Bandai is showcasing their unique Zord-creation in an exciting interactive Pop-up Party Station where kids can come and build their own favorite Zord combination – name it – then go on-line and build it as well!   All the Zords sets – from the Dinozords, to the Thunderzords, to the Ninjazords – can be combined to form bigger and better custom Zord-creations!  Each sets is available for kids to use to express their creativity at the Fun Factory event and get some fun stuff along the way!  



Gogo’s Crazy Bonesare small, incredibly popular collectible, mini game toy sensation – and kids can come check out all the Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 products. With free product giveaways and plenty of Gogo’s to play with – who knows  – you could get luck and find that one character you are missing! 


“Simon Malls’ Fun Factory tour aims to deliver families an enjoyable hands-on experience in a safe environment that’s close to home,” said Anna Cotter, Director of Marketing and Business Development of Brea Mall. “This year’s set of super fun offerings will give kids the chance to get creative and energized in a controlled, family-friendly place.”


Simon Malls’ Fun Factory tour “Destination Stations” will feature a variety of kid-focused activities, games and product samples, allowing children to play and learn simultaneously. Children will have the opportunity to take home several great sponsor giveaways and Fun Factory creations.


The Simon Fun Factory is one of several educational entertainment programs and seasonal events held throughout the year for members of the Simon Kidgits Club. Kidgits Club members receive a variety of perks, including a Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit, or visit to learn more about the Fun Factory event.

Children's Play Area 2


About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly remodeled Foodworks Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s, Le Diplomate Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. Its architectural highlights include Italian tile walkways, vaulted skylights, and fountains. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 714-990-2732.


Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising approximately 241 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at


About Simon Brand Ventures

Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon’s business-to-consumer arm, has pioneered the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers. SBV has engaged in a number of consumer business initiatives designed to support our shoppers, our tenants, and our strategic marketing relationships including the American Express®/Simon Giftcard; events at signature Simon properties such as Simon Fashion Now™; the launch of Simon platform programs such as Simon Kidgits Club®, Simon GamePlay, and Simon Project Style®; a national media delivery channel including static, digital, and experiential marketing and advertising vehicles; and multiple national and local marketing alliances with American Express, Coca-Cola, Ticketmaster, and U.S. Bank among others.


Creation Station: “Brilliant Brown” Old-Fashioned Fun for Youngsters at Rancho Los Cerritos

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site offers an exciting afternoon of free and good old-fashioned fun for children at Creation Station: Brilliant Brown, scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2013.  This drop-in, historically-themed craft workshop will be held between 1-4pm and is perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.  No reservations required, and Creation Station workshops are held rain or shine.

“Brilliant Brown” continues our celebration of the fall season.  Children can choose from a selection of art supplies to make pinecone creatures, leaf animals and potato print cards.  In addition to participating in “Brilliant Brown” hands-on activities, children and their families can choose to take a free house tour between1-5pm, or a garden tour at 2:30pm.  

Creation Station workshops are held the first Saturday of each month.  Upcoming dates and themes include “Gorgeous Green” on December 7 and “Winter White” on January 4.

Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern, urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, with support from the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation and Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at and like us on Facebook at

Halloween with SweetWorks! Our biggest Halloween Giveaway this month!

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It’s that time of year again! Halloween is almost here! Love this time of the year with costumes and all the Halloween events…and of course candy! You may know by now that SweetWorks is a fave of mine! But, did you know they have the coolest Halloween candy? They do! They have so many different choices to select from! I love the Foiled Solid Milk Jack-O-Lantern Discs-they are so yummy and 100% All Natural too! My son loves the Foiled Solid Milk Crisp Halloween Balls. He says they taste great! He also likes the Sixlets in the orange and black Halloween colors. They are also Gluten Free. And, for those who love gumballs..they have great choices this Halloween! The Spooky Eyes Gumballs and the Pumpkin Faces are just too cool! The Spooky Eyes are just the right amount of scary! We received samples of nearly all the Halloween products and they are a big hit in our house! Check out the website for more information!

Now, for our Halloween Giveaway! Read on…BOO!

Three winners will win a  Halloween package with samples of the candy mentioned in this post! Leave us a comment below telling us your favorite thing about Halloween! Don’t forget that you need to be a subscriber to enter! Next, “like” the SweetWorks Facebook Page! That’s it! Well, it would be “sweet” if you told them we sent you!  Deadline to enter is October 25th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received delicious SweetWorks candy and gumball products to facilitate this review/giveaway.









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