Archives for March 4, 2017

Meet-and-Greets with Peppa Pig and PJ Masks Characters at LA Zoo 3/17-19




Friday, March 17 (Peppa Pig) and Saturday, March 18 (Peppa Pig)
10 am to 4 pm
and Sunday, March 19 (PJ Masks), 2017,
10:30 am to 4 pm

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens


The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens presents special costume character meet-and-greets featuring the Entertainment One’s (eOne) preschool stars of Peppa Pig, airing daily on Nick Jr., and PJ Masks, airing daily on Disney Junior, at the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:30 am to 4 pm.  The Peppa Pig costume character appearances take place on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm; the PJ Masks costume character appearances take place on Sunday every half hour from 10:30 am to 4 pm.  The meet-and-greet activities are free with paid admission to the L.A. Zoo.

Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig.  Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, spending days outdoors, and jumping in muddy puddles.  All episodes are wholesome entertainment for the entire family; Peppa’s adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter.  Peppa Pig episodes are available on DVD, and for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon platforms.  For more information on Peppa Pig, please visit and check out Official Peppa Pig on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

PJ Masks, produced by eOne and Frog Box, in collaboration with the award-winning French animation studio TeamTO, along with Disney Junior and France 5, is based on French author Romuald Racioppo’s popular picture book series “Les Pyjamasques.”  By day, 6-year-olds Connor, Amaya and Greg go to school like kids everywhere.  But when they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets, the crime-fighters magically transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos and become the PJ Masks: Catboy, super-fast and agile; Gekko, super strong and able to scale walls; and Owlette, with the power to fly and see great distances.  In each episode, the three heroes embark on exciting adventures and work together to solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons along the way.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” of its November 28, 1966, opening that spotlights 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 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan 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.  The L.A. 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; 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.

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content.  The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content.  Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.  Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.  The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.

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

All meet-and-greet activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 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.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit
Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo & Entertainment One Ltd. Photo Credit:  © ABD Ltd/Ent. One UK Ltd 2003.



The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.


The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.


Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.


“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”


Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, it will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.


Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Academy Award nominee for his work on “Arrival,” Bradford Young (Director of Photography), Chris Dickens (Editor), Dominic Tuohy (SFX Supervisor), Rob Bredow (VFX Supervisor) and Brad Allan (Action Designer).


They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Neil Lamont (Production Designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (Co-Costume Designers), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Lisa Tomblin (Hair), Amanda Knight (Make-Up) and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).


The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.


Punch it.

Credit: Han Solo Star Wars Story.

WALKAROO® Wee Stilts from Geospace are a Fun Must for the upcoming Spring!

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Spring is almost here and that means more outside time fun!

I highly recommend the the all-aluminum WALKAROO® Wee Stilts from Geospace. I like that they are compact and that they are for ages 4+. The maximum weight is 110 lbs.  As kids grow, simply lengthen the adjustable tubes. The soft foam grips are at waist height for greater control and comfort. Non-slip, non-marking foot pads inspire confidence on all surfaces. Leg height adjusts easily from 10” to 15”, so kids can control the thrill factor.

For more information, check them out here! They are available in Red or Blue.


Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. Photos was Provided.

Help Children Make Friends, Feel Less Worried and Deal with their Feelings! By Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea

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Looking for a great resource for Parents and Teachers?

Best-selling authors and social-emotional learning experts, Nadine Briggs, Director of Simply Social Kids, and Donna Shea, Founder of The Peter Pan Center for Social & Emotional Growth, are not only in-demand for their work with children, but are themselves mothers of children with special needs. Aimed at helping children and parents address childhood anxiety and other social-emotional challenges, they have co-authored the How to Make and Keep Friends Series, which includes their practical and enormously helpful new book/workbook, I Feel Worried: Tips for Kids on Overcoming Anxiety.

The workbook acts as a self-help guide to learn what worry is, how to identify and manage it by providing a variety of take-away tips, strategies and activities that kids, parents, teens, teachers, counselors and other adults that work with children can easily remember and implement.

I like that it can be used for all ages!


I love how helpful and insightful these books are and they can all be found on This is a wonderful series for young children!


Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the books to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.