Archives for November 29, 2017

Kids Rule In Carlsbad! 8 yr old Anthony J. elected Mini Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia

Eight-year-old Carlsbad resident Anthony J. has taken Mayor Matt Hall’s declaration “Kids rule in Carlsbad” to heart and was voted the first Mini Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia. The destination’s tourism entity, Visit Carlsbad, announced today the names of the four members of the city’s first Kid-Cabinet, part of their family-friendly campaign to promote the city as the top travel destination for kids. By forming the first kid-run government, Visit Carlsbad paves the way for the city to become the capital of Kidifornia and raises awareness of the destination as ideal for families.

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“The team was incredibly impressed with the many #MiniMayorCarlsbad contributions on social media, but Anthony’s submission stood out for its creativity, deep understanding of the city, and evident love for Carlsbad,” says Visit Carlsbad Executive Director Sam Ross. “Anthony showed the fun stuff, as well as places to learn, and the hidden jewels of the city, such as our very own volcano. He also supported an educational and environmental platform—which befits a true civic-minded politician.”

Carlsbad’s search for the Kid-Cabinet stems from Visit California’s own tourism campaign announced earlier this year, which renames the state Kidifornia and highlights a selection of family-friendly experiences to enjoy. “Kidifornia is all about family experiences,” says Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO. “Kids rule here in The Golden State, and we’re thrilled to see Visit Carlsbad create the first kid-led government in Kidifornia.”

The first item on the agenda of Carlsbad’s Mini Mayor will be to deepen his appreciation of the city and connect with the residents, which Anthony and his family will do while enjoying the campaign prize including two nights at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch at Grubby’s, and park passes to LEGOLAND. Over the coming year, Visit Carlsbad will work with the Mini Mayor to experience new kid-friendly tourism initiatives and keep the dialogue going with the kids of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Mini Mayor Anthony J. begins his term in office aside his very own Kid-Cabinet, which includes Head of R&D Josh K., selected at random from participants in the campaign’s Kid’s Check Out Survey. The city’s first research project, an online survey on what kids love most about Carlsbad, revealed the following data:

  • When asked what they liked most about Carlsbad’s hotels, kids appreciate the well-appointed rooms (52%), followed by the food (32%) and the caring staff (16%)
  • Kids most love exploring Carlsbad’s beaches (62%), followed by outside sports (24%) and dining (14%)
  • 83% of the kids want to return to LEGOLAND on their next trip to the destination, while only 8% would prefer doing outdoor sports as their top activity
  • 71% of the kids interviewed said the ocean was their favorite water experience, followed by resort pools (16%) and the lagoons (13%)
  • 71% of kids voted for pizza as their favorite food in Carlsbad, followed by tacos (22%) and smoothies (7%)
  • 53% of all kids who had visited in summer said they would most like to come back during the winter holidays, followed by visits in spring (33%) and fall (14%)

Dual City Architects Sidney F. and Jack S. were awarded their titles after successfully creating their own versions of the city’s capital building in sand at the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party held at the Beach Terrace Inn on October 21, 2017. The Kid-Cabinet members are currently working hard enjoying the city’s attractions, including a day at Carlsbad Watersports and the SEA LIFE Aquarium.

In accepting his new post, Mini Mayor Anthony J. graciously agreed to offer the 14 other #MiniMayorCarlsbad competition participants a family-sized pizza at the Intergalactic Headquarters of the Pizza Port Empire in Carlsbad Village. “Our research shows kids are crazy about Carlsbad’s pizza and we thought this gift would be a great way to recognize their efforts in the search for the Mini Mayor” said Anthony. “It’s easy to share the love in Carlsbad!” he added.

Located just 25-minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad is a quaint beach town that showcases an approachable elegance unique to the Southern California shoreline. Known as “The Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad offers the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a large city. The town’s dramatic beauty is complemented by a distinct variety of year-round signature events, as well as boundless ocean experiences along seven miles of golden coast, beautiful flower gardens, a range of accommodations, world-class shopping experiences, local breweries, golf, and unique destinations, such as LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. With a perfectly mild climate year-round, this Southern California treasure provides guests an ideal environment to explore the outdoors by day and relax each evening at one of the many beautiful resorts and comfortable hotels in Carlsbad. Visit the official website for complete destination information.

Guests visiting Carlsbad can browse the destination’s comprehensive listing of all hotels in the city on, including luxury resorts, vacation rentals, budget-friendly hotels and more.

 Credit: Visit Carlsbad.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Holiday Hearts – Beautiful Animation and Enjoyable Characters



Gather Around For Six Hearth-Warming Holiday Tales! Tis the season to celebrate with family and your very best friends. But you know that no holiday in Equestria is complete without a little adventure. Join Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy as they embark on six exciting adventures sure to put you in the holiday spirit! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “The animation of My Little Pony is fluid, unique and, best of all, colorful. The colors in My Little Pony are amazing. I love the different combinations of colors on all the different characters and how every pony has distinct color combinations.” Carla P. adds, “This DVD is a great way of putting you in the holiday mood.  I love these episodes because of the cute characters and the message in each episode.” See their full reviews below.


My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Holiday Hearts

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14



I really enjoyed watching the episodes on this DVD. A few are a little bit too young for my taste but I still had fun watching them.


This DVD is a collection of six episodes from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Most of the episodes aren’t connected and you might actually need to have knowledge of the show to understand what’s going on all of the time. That’s a bit of a problem since I don’t watch the show on TV. I originally thought this DVD could be a good introduction to new fans, but by the third episode, Twilight Sparkle had wings all of a sudden, her house was destroyed and she became a princess. None of this was explained and it left me very confused. So this DVD definitely feels like it’s for people who already have knowledge about the show.


Although I didn’t know everything that was happening, I still really appreciate My Little Pony for its great characters and animation. Let’s start with the animation. The animation of My Little Pony is fluid, unique and, best of all, colorful. The colors in My Little Pony are amazing. I love the different combinations of colors on all the different characters and how every pony has distinct color combinations. My favorite designs are probably Rainbow Dash’s and Twilight Sparkle’s. Now, characters development is always important and I think My Little Pony has some great characters. The main focus of the show is on six characters, or “The Mane 6”, as the fan base calls them. Each of them are equally fascinating and all are quite different from each other, which makes the show more enjoyable. Each of them is special. My favorite of The Mane 6 is Fluttershy. I found her really likeable and absolutely adorable. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to get enough screen time.


I have to say my favorite episode of this collection is A Hearth’s Warming Tail, which is a parody of A Christmas Carol. The episode excels in parodying the story, yet making it fit the My Little Pony Universe. However, what drives this episode for me are the songs. I love all five of the songs in this episode. I might even listen to them on my own time. I give this DVD 4 out 5 stars and recommend it for anyone ages 4 to 12. The DVD is available now and would make an excellent gift for a My Little Pony Fan!


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13



This DVD is a great way of putting you in the holiday mood.  I love these episodes because of the cute characters and the message in each episode.


This DVD is a collection of episodes from the show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It’s a compilation of the holiday-based episodes from the show that follows Twilight Sparkle and her friends from Ponyville (Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy) as they explore Hearts Warming Eve.


The voice actors in these shows are quite extraordinary. I love how the voice actor for Twilight, Tara Strong, has such a matter of fact voice that matches Twilight’s character. I’m impressed by Ashleigh Ball’s voice acting as both Rainbow Dash and Applejack. She pulls off a great southern accent so that I actually believed she was Southern. All the voice actors portray exactly how I might imagine these characters would actually sound if they came to life.


I love how the animators pay attention to detail. Every character is quite unique. They don’t all look the same, even though they are the same type of pony. The main characters are also all different. Rarity and Twilight are both unicorns, but both are very different in the way they are imagined.  Rarity looks way more fashionable with her wavy hair, while Twilight looks a little bit more ordinary.


The message of this show is to be yourself. Each one of the characters has different interests and styles, but they still all get along. Their uniqueness plays a huge role in the storyline of the show.

I recommend this to ages 5 to 10 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now so go check it out.