Archives for November 6, 2020

Aquarium of the Pacific Relaunches Shark and Sea Lion Encounters Starting Nov. 5th!

Photo credit required: Aquarium of the Pacific

For those in search of outdoor activities with COVID-19 safety measures, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering up-close experiences with its animals. In addition to the popular Penguin Animal Encounter, the Aquarium is relaunching new versions of two other Animal Encounter programs. One features its sharks and rays at Shark Lagoon and the other is with its marine mammals in the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat.

Starting on Thursday, November 5, 2020, the new Shark and Ray Encounter features an exclusive experience feeding the animals in the Shark Lagoon touch pools. Participants are accompanied by an Aquarium educator and animal husbandry staff member who lead the experience before the Aquarium opens to the public for the day. In a private twenty-five to thirty-minute session, participants help provide the bamboo sharks with their morning meal and then step into the touch pools to interact with the rays while learning about all of these animals with the Aquarium’s staff. Because they will be in 18 inch water, participants must be at least 4 feet and 6 inches tall.

Also starting Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the public can book a Seal and Sea Lion Encounter to enter the behind-the-scenes area of the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat. Participants will meet one of the Aquarium’s seals or sea lions up close in this encounter. This thirty-minute encounter offers the opportunity to learn from the Aquarium’s staff members about how they care for these animals. Participants also get the chance to offer the seal or sea lion their afternoon meal.

For both encounter experiences, participants must be age 7 or older. Those under age 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Encounters require a minimum of two people and a maximum of four, all from the same household, to participate. Encounters must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Interaction with animals is contingent on animal health, safety, and behavior. Participants must arrive 15 minutes in advance of the encounter start time. Participants must wear facial coverings and social distance from Aquarium staff members at all times and will have their temperatures taken prior to entering the Aquarium. For more information about the Aquarium’s safety protocols, please visit Aquarium outdoor admission is included with the Animal Encounter program. For more information about Animal Encounters, the public can visit or call (562) 590-3100.

WHEN: Shark and Ray Encounter available starting Thursday, November 5, 2020

Offered Thursdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

Seal and Sea Lion Encounter available starting Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST: $150 per person, $135 per Aquarium member. Includes Aquarium admission (currently only outdoor exhibit areas are open).

INFO/RSVP: (562) 590-3100 or visit

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Once Upon a Snowman * If you love the Frozen movies then you’ll love Once Upon a Snowman

Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Lindalee R., comments, “Like most Disney animated shorts, Once Upon a Snowman is fun, colorful and full of all your favorite Frozen characters. It’s full of comedy, discovery, nostalgia, lots of snow and of course….magic!” See her full review below.

Once Upon a Snowman
By Lindalee R., KIDS First! Film Critic, Age 12

Like most Disney animated shorts, Once Upon a Snowman is fun, colorful and full of all your favorite Frozen characters. It’s full of comedy, discovery, nostalgia, lots of snow and of course….magic!

In the new eight minute long Disney+ animated short Once Upon a Snowman, we get to see the previously unseen and untold origins of everyone’s magical and warm-hug loving snowman, Olaf. This film offers a behind-the-scenes adventure from the moment Olaf is brought to life by Elsa as she makes her way up the Arendale mountains to build her ice fortress singing “Let it Go,” and then follows Olaf as he begins to discover who and what he is.

In just a small amount of time, we get a really fun, behind-the-scenes look at some of our favorite scenes of the original movie, as seen from Olaf’s point of view and through his wanderings around the frozen forest of Arendale. It is really fun to see iconic scenes with some of the other characters, seen from Olaf’s point of view, and finally we learn how and why he loves summer so much!

The message of this film is to always ask questions and be friendly with everyone you meet, because you never know what answers they will give you and what sort of friendship could evolve, just from saying, “Hello.”

If you love the Frozen movies and the Frozen animated shorts, then you’ll love Once Upon a Snowman. I give Frozen 5 out of 5 snowflakes (y’know, because it’s about Olaf) and recommend it for ages 5 to18, plus adults, as well as Disney fans, will absolutely love it too. Once Upon a Snowman debuts on Disney+ on Oct 23, 2020. Don’t miss it.

Trent Correy (Director / Writer), Dan Abraham (Director / Writer), Peter Del Vecho (Creative Consultant) and Becky Bresee (Head of Animation).

How to Build a Good Relationship with Your Kids

Telling your kids how much you love them is not enough, you need to show them in action. As the saying goes: “Actions speak louder than words”. So, to be a great mom and raise healthy kids, you should put your words in action for them to feel it. What does it mean to put your love in action? This means that you need to give your kids full attention and your connection with them should be the top priority. Love in action encompasses:

• Paying attention to things happening between you and your kids

• Seeing things from their perspective

• Remembering that these kids that behave rudely sometimes are still the one we love unconditionally

Build a Firm Foundation from the Beginning

Building a solid parent-child foundation with your kids from their infancy will make life easier. Studies have shown that parents who take some days off work when their child is born usually have a closer connection to their kids at every stage of their life – both as teenagers and college students. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, spending the little time you have with them will go a long way to help you build a good relationship with them.

According to bonding theorists, if a parent bonds with their newborns, they tend to stay closer to them throughout life. Unsurprisingly, parents who spend quality time with their kids and nurture their family will continue to do so to bring their kids closer to them throughout their childhood and make time to play with them. If you have a blog or website you are trying to promote that doesn’t give you much time to cater to your kids, you can consider backlinking services to promote your blog site.

Start with Trust – The Building Blocks of Every Great Relationship

For a better relationship with your kids, developing trust in your kids and letting them trust you from infancy is a key factor. From childhood, your kids will learn whether they can learn to depend on you to pick them up whenever they need you. Aside from that, you can also earn our kids’ trust in some other way: by fulfilling your promise to take them to see a movie, picking them from school on time, and not breaking your promises to them.

You can extend your trust to your kids by believing in their potential. Even though your kids can act childish, sometimes, you should always believe that there is room for positive change to occur. Parents should note that trusting your child does not mean you should blindly believe what they tell you. It means not giving up on them no matter what they do. Also, it means never working away from them because they need you at those moments and you should be there for them.

Don’t Take Things Personally

Maybe your eight-year-old child says “Mom, I hate you”, or your teenager slams the door while leaving your bedroom, but don’t take it personally! This is about them, not you. Remember that they are not mature enough always to understand and express their emotions. What you should do at that moment is to take a deep breath and calm yourself down, so you won’t react harshly. This does not mean you should allow your kids to act disrespectfully, but it means you should talk to them with love.