Archives for June 18, 2024

The Los Angeles Zoo Comes Alive Evenings This Summer  

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham, GLAZA

Discover the magic of the Los Angeles Zoo in a whole new light with an electrifying lineup of adults-only and family-friendly summer evening events that are sure to delight animal lovers and partygoers alike. From the wildly popular Roaring Nights and Zoo Friday Nights events to the highly anticipated Brew at the L.A. Zoo: A Sip & Stroll Event, the Zoo is set to host a series of unforgettable experiences that promise an evening of fun in support of the Zoo’s mission. 

Roaring Nights – Saturdays, July 13 and Sept. 14, 2024

Gather your brat pack to celebrate one of the most outrageous decades—the 1980s—with the return of Roaring Nights on Saturdays July 13 and Sept. 14, 2024.  This wildly popular 21-and-up event invites guests to don their most radical neon and acid wash for an ‘80s dance party that’s as decadent as the decade. From totally tubular live music and an immersive silent disco to retro photo ops, a paint party, and special animal presentations, these nights will transport guests to the ultimate era of dance, music, and big hair. On July 13, the AstroYachts, a local “yacht rock” revue band, will bring their ultra-smooth vocals that will keep the crowd sailing on through the night; and on Sept. 14, Flashback Heart Attack, one of SoCal’s most popular cover bands, will pump out the high energy hits of the ‘80s. These events will also have a full bar and food truck offerings for an additional fee. And, ’80s attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for GLAZA members. To learn more and to purchase tickets, please visit www.lazoo.org/roaringnights

Brew at the L.A. Zoo: A Sip & Stroll Event– Saturday, August 3, 2024  

Brew at the L.A. Zoo is an adults-only tasting adventure that allows guests the opportunity to wander through the lush grounds of the Zoo while sampling craft beers, specialty cocktails, distilled spirits, and creative mocktails from over 35 beverage partners. The event will also feature food from L.A.’s top food trucks for an additional fee, live entertainment, music, and more. The evening’s musical lineup includes popular KCRW DJs Tyler Boudreaux and Raul Campos, who will deliver a truly eclectic listening experience; DJ Johnny Hawkes, renowned for his electrifying performances that are a popular mix of hip hop, dance, and classic hits; and live music. Amid the music and merriment, guests can also partake in animal viewings until sundown and pop-up keeper talks, as well as explore the LAIR, the Zoo’s reptile and amphibian house until 8 p.m. Limited VIP tickets are available. Guests must be 21+ to attend. 

VIP ticket holders will have early entry into the event along with access to an exclusive lounge area with premium drinks and culinary delights included in the ticket price. VIP and standard admission tickets are on sale now, with special pricing available for GLAZA members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/brew2024. KCRW is the media sponsor for this event. 

  • Time: 6:30–10:00pm; 6:00pm entry for VIP 
  • Ticket Price: Standard admission: $75 non-member, $65 GLAZA member; VIP admission: $175 non-member, $165 member 

Zoo Friday Nights – Fridays, Aug. 9,16, 23, and 30, 2024 

Gather friends and family to witness wildlife during twilight hours to see what they get up to as the sun goes down. This fun-filled event offers an array of activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a family dance party and games, live music, and interactive education stations, plus paid add-ons like tasty treats from a variety of food trucks and a full bar for those 21+. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children for non-members, and $15 for GLAZA members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/zoofridaynights.

Credit: L.A. Zoo.

Have Fun This Summer with These Must-Have Toys!

Summer is almost officially here! The kids will have fun with these toys!

sooo much fun!

Vango #UpsideDownChallenge Backyard Edition MSRP $29.99 | Ages 8+ | Available on Amazon This summer, game night is about to be flipped upside down! Players attempt to complete seemingly easy activities such as tossing a ball into a cup, stacking cups into a pyramid or even just walking through an obstacle course made out of rings while wearing goggles that flip your vision upside down. It’s fantastic for game night, backyard barbecues, and picnics and will create hours of laughter and entertainment!  This is so much fun at family get-togethers!

Perfect for the teens and for all music fans!

Jumbo Group Hitster MSRP $19.99 | Ages 16+ | Available on Target 

Take a trip down memory lane with 300 hits from the last 100 years. By scanning a card with the free app, players take turns guessing the release date, artist name and song title to build their music timeline! Everything from AC/DC to Bruce Springsteen to Harry Styles and Backstreet Boys, the game play is simple but a ton of fun! First with a timeline of 10 songs wins! Moms and Dads will even love this one!

Kids will have so much fun building!

Squaregles Building Set | MSRP $44.99- $89.99 | Ages 3+ | Available on Amazon & Squaregles.com You’ll get the chance to build and explore with one of their popular building sets all summer long! Build, then race the Oggs cars or doodle your own pictures on the paperboard panels and add them to the build! Take it outside and build on the deck or driveway, or even bring them along to the playground! The magnetic frames stick to the playset for even more building adventures! This will keep younger kids entertained this Summer!

Perfect for Summer!

PLAYMOBIL Camping Playsets | MSRP $14.99 – $29.99 | Ages 4 – 10 | Available on Amazon and Playmobil.com

Have some real . . and imaginative fun – with these new summertime themes including Barbeque, Camping with Campfire, and Mountain Bike Tour. My favorite is the Camping set!

The BBQ set is cool too!
Aren’t the Seahorses cute? I love their colors!

PLAYMOBIL – Mermaids Sea Horse Carriage | MSRP $29.99| Ages 4+ | Available on Amazon

Seahorses pull and guide a carriage through the water, perfect for little mermaids who want to take a break from swimming! Kids use their imagination passing colorful coral reef and fellow sea creatures! Includes two PLAYMOBIL mermaids, baby seahorse, starfish shells and more beautifully detailed accessories.

This next one is perfect for young children and travels this Summer!

AWWWWWW!

Bumpas Mushies MSRP $14.99 | Ages 3+ | Available May on Amazon & MyBumpas.com

Stretch, Pop, and Hug with Bumpas™ Mushies: a soft, comfortable, and squishy plush doll with extendable and retractable long arms and legs! This plush toy is the perfect size to take on trips as your kids little companion and also a great MESH toy that eases travel anxiety and antsy kids!

Happy Summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above products to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.