Archives for November 17, 2016

Holiday Giveaway! Family 4-pack for a day at Aquarium Holidays, December 3-23, 2016! Visit Santa, see him SCUBA dive, and enjoy a snow play area and a variety of festivities during the holiday season at the Aquarium of the Pacific


Get into the holiday spirit December 3 through 23, 2016, at the Aquarium during the month-long Aquarium Holidays celebration. Aquarium Holidays features daily underwater shows with Santa Diver, a daily Penguin Walk at 10:00 a.m., a display of gingerbread houses made by Aquarium staff members and one created by a professional bakery, and free daily showings of Sleigh Ride 4D. Snow will fall in the Great Hall, the Aquarium will be decked with festive décor, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters will appear in their holiday outfits daily. Visitors can also enjoy holiday music, shopping, and a special holiday menu offered daily in Café Scuba. On weekends through December 23 the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, photo opportunities with Santa, and Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held in the Aquarium’s Great Hall on December 1 to ring in the season.


Aquarium Holidays begins with the Holiday Treats for the Animals festival weekend on December 3 and 4, when Aquarium staff members will give special gift delicacies to penguins, otters, and other marine animals, and animal habitats will be specially decorated. Watch playful sea otters and other animals feast on their favorite treats, and enjoy all the Aquarium holiday festivities.


On December 10 and 11 Aquarium visitors can help support the Spark of Love annual toy drive by bringing an unwrapped toy valued at $10 to $15 to the Aquarium. Visitors receive a coupon for $10 off adult admission and $3 off child admission for their donation (up to four). Aquarium members receive a complimentary admission ticket for each donated toy.


On December 17 and 18 families can attend Breakfast with Santa in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba. Enjoy a tasty selection of breakfast foods available for purchase and get your holiday card picture snapped with Santa and other aquarium mascots. No RSVP is necessary.


WHEN:           Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Aquarium Holidays: December 3-23, 2016

Holiday Treats for the Animals Festival: December 3 and 4, 2016

Spark of Love Toy Drive, December 10 and 11, 2016

Breakfast with Santa: December 17 and 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or


COST:            Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members. Food available at additional cost during Breakfast with Santa event.

Mobile-device and printable coupon! With coupon receive FREE CHILD ADMISSION with paid adult admission. $17.95 savings!


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We have teamed up for Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack for a day at Aquarium Holidays, December 3-23, 2016! To enter leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Holidays! Deadline to enter is November 30th, 12 noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Credit: AQUARIUM of the Pacific: 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 June Keyes Penguin Habitat, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Vanishing Animals and Horses and Dragons exhibitions. 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 won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For more information, visit


“Feelings”- Matching & Memory Card Game is Great for Teaching Children about Feelings!


Looking for a great way to teach young children about feelings? or maybe you have a child who needs to learn more about social cues such as reading different facial expressions? This is a great teaching tool! The Feelings Matching & Memory Card Game is simple but I like that there are adults on the cards so if you have a child that is not really young..they will not feel this is only for very little kids. I like that there are even a couple of cards that are slightly hard to identify the exact expression/feeling. I think this is especially helpful for those on the Autism spectrum. I highly recommend!


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  • Contains: 20*2 easily recognizable, colorful matching pieces – photos of diverse facial expressions. Large, sturdy pieces made of extra thick cardboard.
    Effective and useful in processing emotional and verbal & non- verbal communication. Help kids recognize and identify emotions in others – critical for social development! Develops the ability to pay attention to the feelings of others & learn to express them.
    Designed to be Fun, Educational and Promote Cognitive Skills for All ages. Collecting sets of 2 cards & the one with the most sets wins!
    This Card Game is useful to speech and occupational therapists, social workers, educators and fun for all family members. Perfect classroom activity for early learners or special education classrooms. Learning Game and toy for kids with Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and Special Needs.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item to facilitate this post.