Archives for April 2019


This Fun Filled Day Also Includes Book Readings, Themed Crafts, Activities, and Kids’ Dance Party 

The L.A. Zoo hosts PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend at the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event fills the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove with a variety of engaging fun for families with Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Book Readings, themed crafts, activities, and a kids’ dance party throughout the day. Guests can also enjoy a special opportunity to take photos with PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Character meet-and-greets are happening both days from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Curious George is available for photos from 10:00 to 12:30 p.m. Daniel Tiger is available from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members at the Contributing Circle level or higher are invited to an exclusive Curious George photo op that takes place only on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. 

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. 

For more information, please visit

Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
COST: All PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 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.
PBS SOCALThe 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 55,000 member households representing more than 210,000 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. 

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,400 animals representing 270 different species, 58 of which are endangered. Its lush grounds on 133 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  

PBS SoCal is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California.  PBS SoCal delivers the full schedule of PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California.  Content is available free through four broadcast channels, at, on PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services. We provide the community with early education resources and cultural and educational experiences through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach.  PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles.  Connect at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.”

Experience dance, music, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Giveaway Opportunity!

Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 16th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured.

WHEN:          Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.      

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

COST:           Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members

Mobile-device and printable coupon

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on May 4 or May 5. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

INFO:            (562) 590-3100 or

Credit: AQUARIUM: 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 Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the Tentacles and Ink and FROGS: Dazzling & Disappearing exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Field trips for schoolchildren are offered at a heavily discounted rate from $7 to $8.50 per student. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP    Entrance, and other special benefits.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway Opportunity! Tell us why you would love to go to the event! One winner will win A Family 4 Pack of tickets to attend either Saturday or Sunday! Deadline to enter is May 2nd, 2019 at noon pst. One winner will randomly be selected.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Oreo, April 25th Pet of the Week!

This little cookie is named Oreo. He’s only 7 months old and friendly as can be. Oreo was brought to the shelter after he was hit by a car. He sustained a pelvic fracture but is healing nicely under the care of our shelter staff. You do know that broken cookies are as sweet as “whole” ones, so meet Oreo at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A623484.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Power to the Bump Baby Expo Debuts in Long Beach April 27, 2019

FREE mini yoga sessions will be offered at the Power to The Bump Baby Expo 
courtesy of Yoga Instructor Elizabeth Clarke. Photo credit: Grace and Gratitude Life.

Mommy 4D Ultrasound is thrilled to present the first-ever Power to the Bump Baby Expo in Long Beach on April 27, 2019 from 11am – 5pm at the Expo Arts Center. Indulge in a one-stop-shop parenting wonderland with unique activities, seminars, and events including: the Mom’osa and Chill Lounge, Kids Zone, mommy makeovers, learn of top parenting products & services, car seat safety, baby + parent fitness classes, connect with healthcare professionals, and much more! To learn more and purchase tickets today visit

“We are so excited to offer an event dedicated to supporting parents, babies, and families – whether they are expecting, new parents, or already have youngsters that are growing quickly,” said Katrina Stevenson, Power to the Bump Baby Expo Co-founder and Mommy 4D Ultrasound Founder.

Stevenson adds, “We created Power to the Bump so expecting parents, new parents, grandparents, and families with small children can connect with businesses, organizations and healthcare professionals that could offer necessary resources and information. We hope that Power to the Bump will help attendees with tips on their pregnancy journey, parenting, child safety, fitness, healthy lifestyles, and more.”

Among the event’s jam-packed itinerary, attendees are invited to partake in FREE ultrasounds courtesy of Mommy 4D Ultrasound, Kids Zone courtesy of Exum Law Firm, mommy make-overs by professional makeup artists, snacks and refreshments courtesy of Al-Matt Incorporation / Lindsay Hughes, and much more. UC Irvine will offer five stations at the expo including a booth for diabetes awareness, a lactation demonstration, hand sanitation, kick counts and blood pressure.

Leading the way in empowering parents, family healthy and embracing the baby bump, Power to the Bump Baby Expo will offer a variety of seminars, activates, and workshops showcasing the best baby, toddler, and essential parenting products and services. For more information, a full list of activations, exhibitors and workshops, and to purchase your tickets today visit

Event: Power to the Bump Baby Expo
Date: Saturday April 27, 2019
Time: 11am-5pm
Venue: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807


About Power to The Baby Bump Expo
Power to The Baby Bump Expo is a premier event that will exhibit the best baby, toddler, and essential parenting products and services for growing families. Organized by Katrina Stevenson, a medical diagnostic sonographer at Centinela Hospital and owner of Mommy 4D Ultrasound; Arielle Stevenson, a Mother, U.C. Berkeley graduate and co-owner of Lil Whiby, Mommy 4D marketing and branding; and Jonte Grant, UC Berkeley graduate and co-owner of Lil Whiby, Mommy 4D and Power to the Bump, to empower families and parents to be.

Los Angeles Zoo and Aquarium of the Pacific Announce Family-Friendly Events to Support the Environment

For the past 20 years, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have celebrated our planet with annual Party for The Planet® events. This year, with support from the Disney Conservation Fund, members will be helping their communities “spring into action” with opportunities for families to volunteer to improve our planet from Earth Day (April 22) to World Oceans Day (June 8), including a weekend festival, trash clean-up, bioblitzes, habitat restoration, and native planting activities.  April 27 and 28, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Earth Day Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific. Activities include: E-waste recycling, tips to protect the planet, and an opportunity to learn how to be a community scientist by documenting organisms spotted during Explorer Time: Harbor Critters shows in the Marine Life Theater. April 27 and 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: City Nature Challenge and Spring Fling at L.A. Zoo. This event highlights conservation and sustainable living in celebration of Earth Day. Activities include: recording biodiversity using iNaturalist, live entertainment, crafts, special animal feedings, an Earth Expo, educational activities, photo ops, and more. April 28, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.: Los Cerritos Wetlands BioBlitz. Become a community scientist with the Aquarium using iNaturalist to record animal and plant biodiversity in our wetlands, home to endangered species. May 4, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.: Griffith Park Restoration. At 4,310 acres, Griffith Park is four times the size of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and nearly five times the size of New York’s Central Park. Participants will be restoring trails and habitat—from trash removal to planting native plants. Advance registration required. Space limited. June 1, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration. Join Aquarium staff and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority in restoring this vital habitat at the mouth of the San Gabriel River. June 4 or 5, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.: During this one-day adventure on Santa Cruz Island with the L.A. Zoo, participants will help conservation organization Channel Island Restoration restore crucial island habitat. Suitable for ages 13 and older. Advance registration and deposit required. Space limited. June 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Party for the Planet will wrap up with a World Ocean Day Celebration at the Aquarium highlighting ocean conservation and inspiring us all to work toward a better future for our planet. In total, over 120 AZA members will be hosting Spring Into Action events during the 48 days.  “AZA-accredited facilities are experts at connecting families to nature. Party for the Planet™ offers families the perfect opportunity to visit their local AZA-accredited facility, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity, and learn how they can take action to make a difference,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “AZA-accredited facilities are working to help save species worldwide, and inspire the next generation of conservations to action. We are so grateful to the Disney Conservation Fund for helping AZA members make an even bigger impact this year with their grant support. The events our members have planned are inspiring and impactful, and I encourage families everywhere to find their local event and get involved!” 

For more information about Aquarium of the Pacific events, visit For more information about L.A. Zoo events, visit Some Griffith Park and Santa Cruz Island events require advance registration and space is limited. For more information about Party for the Planet, visit
In addition to events happening in Los Angeles, signature events will also happen in five other cities across the country: Brevard, Fla., Chicago, Ill., New York City, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa., and San Francisco, Calif.  
Credit: The L.A. Zoo and The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Entenmann’s® and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment have an unBEElievably sweet offer timed to the digital, Blu-ray and DVD release of BUMBLEBEE!

Through the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® and BUMBLEBEE Sweepstakes, fans who enter will have a chance to win a trip to Myrtle Beach or the film on Digital!
  • In partnership with BUMBLEBEE, Entenmann’s® is launching a fun offer to celebrate the film’s digital, Blu-ray and DVD release
  • From March 17 through May 3, consumers can visit to enter the Little Bites® BUMBLEBEE Visit Myrtle Beach Sweepstakes  for a chance to win a trip for 4 to Myrtle Beach or the BUMBLEBEE film on digital
  • Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins are pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients such as blueberries, strawberries and bananas
  • For more information about the promotion, please visit
  • BUMBLEBEE was released on digital (March 19) and on Blu-ray and DVD (April 2)

I don’t know about you…but I am a big fan of the
Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins! My favorites are the banana and the strawberry ones but the chocolate chip ones are also a big hit in our house! They are always easy to find at our local grocery stores and I like that they come in the individual packages!

Look for them at a store near you and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes!

The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® products. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s®.”

Books of the Week: Earth Day Books!

EARTH! MY FIRST 4.54 BILLION YEARS by Stacy McAnulty (Henry Holt BYR, on sale October 24, 2017, Ages 4-8)

  • This is a hilarious—yet fact-filled—new picture book, uniquely told from the perspective of Earth herself!
  • Earth! is filled to the brim with eye-opening, kid-friendly facts about our planet, brought to life with vibrant art by award-winning illustrator David Litchfield.
  • More than that, the picture book is an adorable imagining of Earth’s own personality, perfect for fans of Jason Chin’s Gravity or Peter Brown’s The Curious Garden.

I absolutely love this book! It is a fun read and I love the illustrations! I recommend this one for all young children!

NATURE GIRLS by Aki (Henry Holt BYR, on sale March 5, 2019, ages 3-6)

  • From the author-illustrator of The Weather Girls comes a new picture book starring an adorable troupe of girls exploring different biomes—the ocean, the desert, the tundra, the grasslands, the forest—and meeting all the cute animals that inhabit them.
  • All kinds of girls will see themselves in this adorable troupe of Nature Girls. With matching outfits and lots of spunk, they have all the charm of a modern-day Madeline.
  • Super cute art showcases the girls in scenes outdoors. Bright colors and simple lines bring this world to life!
  • Gently folded into the rhyming verse are fun facts and details about the biomes. Marine, desert, tundra, grasslands, forest—the Nature Girls love them all!

This one is really cute and children will love this adorable group of girls in this story! Recommend for young children.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books and only feature those that I highly recommend. Cover images were also provided.