Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is Coming to SoCal Bringing the Magic Closer to Fans than Ever Before! **Highlighted By Full Performance Debut of Disney-Pixar’s Coco**

Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Partycomes to Southern California this holiday season!  This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats, as performer athleticism mixes with acrobatic and aerial stunts to bring skating skills to new heights.  An exciting participatory adventure told through multi-leveled performances that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be skating into the Southland playing L.A, Anaheim, Long Beach and Ontario from December 12th – January 5th!

Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic.  Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.  Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.  Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below.  Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.  Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.   And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration!

Join this magical search and help look for clues to unlock an epic journey when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party delivers an unforgettable experience with your family!

L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN:           Thursday, December 12 – Sunday, December 15

  • Thursday, December 12   7:30 PM
    • Friday, December 13                          7:30 PM
    • Saturday, December 14    11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 15                        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:         STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $15!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

A N A H E I M

WHEN:           Thursday, December 19 – Monday, December 23

  • Thursday, December 19   7:00 PM
    • Friday, December 20                          11:00 AM & 7:00 PM    
    • Saturday, December 21    11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 22                        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Monday, December 23                      11:00 AM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:         Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $15!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the venue Box Office.                                                                  *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN:           Thursday, December 26 – Monday, December 30

  • Thursday, December 26            7:00 PM
    • Friday, December 27                   3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, December 28    11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 29                 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Monday, December 30                               7:00 PM              

WHERE:         Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $15!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the venue Box Office.                                                                   *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

O N T A R I O

WHEN:           Wednesday, January 1 – Sunday, January 5

  • Wednesday, January 1                                7:00 PM
    • Thursday, January 2                    7:00 PM
    • Friday, January 3                          7:00 PM
    • Saturday, January 4                            11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, January 5                                11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:         Toyota Arena4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

(formerly Citizens Business Bank Arena)

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $15!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

                                Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the venue Box Office.                                                       *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

Don’t miss this exciting show!

Credit: Feld Entertainment. Self Disclosure: I have received some form of compensation for posting.

Enchanted Forest of Light Returns Nov. 17, 2019

DESCANSO GARDENS’ POPULAR LIGHT SHOW, ENCHANTED FOREST OF LIGHT

Get ready for another year of sparkling lights and special surprises when everyone’s favorite light show, Enchanted Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens from November 17, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Tickets to Enchanted have timed entry and must be purchased in advance at enchantedLA.com.

Enchanted is a gentle one-mile walk through Descanso highlighting some of the most beloved areas of the Gardens. There are a variety of large-scale light displays, many of which are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds. The popular “Celestial Shadows” by HYBYCOZO—spinning polyhedral installations that explore geometry through light, shadow, and perception—will have new shapes and designs to discover. And also new this year is contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin’s magical “stained glass” creation which will grace Descanso’s Mulberry Pond. The “Lightwave Lake” light show will return to Descanso’s lake, as will Jen Lewin’s popular flowing and glowing interactive landscape of meandering pathways, “Aqueous.”

Other new additions this year include special Enchanted with Entertainment nights. On December 6, 7, 13 & 14, visitors can enjoy performances by students from California School of the Arts in its Van de Kamp Hall, along with DJs playing ambient music on the Main Lawn. And in response to popular demand, Descanso has added special “Members Only” nights when only members can purchase tickets (totally worth joining!

Important Information at a Glance:

  • General admission (adults, seniors, children 2–18): $28 & up (depending on date and time selected)
  • Descanso Gardens members pay $23 & up (depending on date and time selected)
  • Children under 2 are free, but still require a ticket
  • Member-Only Nights: December 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28. $25
  • Enchanted with Entertainment Nights: December 6, 7, 13, 14. $27-32

Credit: Descanso Gardens

Founded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Descanso Gardens is open daily (closed Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.

Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Information: (818) 949-4200 or descansogardens.org.

“BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO” Begins October 5th with New Shows, Animal Activities and VIP Experiences, every weekend in October!

Photo Credit: Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Jamie Pham, Photographer
Halloween Month Brings New Interactive Activities, Animal Feedings, Kids Shows, Festive Fall Photo Ops, Trick-or-Treating and Other Fang-tastic Fun at the L.A. Zoo, Weekends in October

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” kicks off October 5 with frightfully fun – and free! – celebrations involving some of the Zoo’s creepiest and most fearsome residents. Every weekend in October, Zoo guests will enjoy Halloween animal encounters and pumpkin feedings, along with spine-tingling interactive kids shows, a spirited pumpkin patch and hay maze, spooky crafts for kids, plenty of fall photo ops, and more.  Costumes are encouraged all month long.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” is free with paid admission and runs weekends-only in October.
Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27.  Halloween activities, shows and animal feedings take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the last two weekends in October, additional trick-or-treat candy stations will be added throughout the grounds. Trick-or-Treating Dates: October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27.  Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, “Boo at the L.A. Zoo” trick-or-treating is free with paid Zoo admission.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $22 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $19 for seniors (ages 62+), and $17 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) members is free.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” 2019 Event Details
Weekend-Only Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

  • Spooky Stroll – Enter, if you dare, and discover Halloween games, a mini pumpkin patch, frightfully Boo-tiful photo ops, and more. Visit the Endangered Animal Graveyard to honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today.
  • Mystery Maze – Find your way through this cool hay-bale labyrinth and try to avoid “dead” ends.
  • Boo Bird Show – Witness fascinating behaviors of some of nature’s most mysterious and misunderstood flying fauna – owls and vultures – at a special Halloween edition of our popular World of Birds Show at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Schedule subject to change due to weather.
  • Animals & Boo – Get up close to creepy critters – so close, in fact, you may even get to touch them at 10: 45, 11:45 a.m., with an additional show at 12:45 p.m. on weekend days.
  • The LAIR – Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. No decorations required for this goose bump-inducing excursion! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour – Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” Shows, Activities and Animal Feeding Schedule

  • 11:30am and 1:30pm – Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie Puppet Show – Help a lonely mad scientist create the ultimate trick-or-treating buddy by combining animal “superpowers.” Performances in Adventure Theater at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • 3pm – “Spooktacular Science” Show – Discover bubbling potions, a hovercraft-powered ghost, and more fun surprises in a mad scientist’s bustling lab. Performances in Adventure Theater at 3 p.m.
  • Green-Screen Photo Booth – Get a snap of yourself among some of our most Halloween-y critters.
  • Creature Craft – Bring a toilet paper roll from home to create your own cute-and-creepy bat. (Toilet paper roll suggested, not required, for participation.)
  • Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats – Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. See animal feeding schedule here, details subject to change. Warning: Includes carcass feedings; parental discretion is advised.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” VIP Experiences

  • Trick-or-Treating Weekends are October 19-20 and 26-27 Only – Free with admission. Costumes are encouraged. Families will find treat stations throughout the Zoo, with candy, treats and bags courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. Available while supplies last.
  • “Boo” Creature Camp Out, Oct 26 – 27 – Back by popular demand, this spine-tingling overnight adventure includes Griffith Park ghost stories, meals, themed activities, and animal fun; plus Sunday daytime admission to the Zoo, so families can enjoy trick-or-treating on October 28. Additional fee and advance registration required. Space is limited. Click here to buy tickets here.
  • Boo at the L.A. Zoo Upper-Level Members Preview, Oct 26 (Saturday), 8:30 – 10 a.m. – Zoo members at the Family Deluxe level and above have the opportunity to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive shows and animal experiences. To RSVP for this exclusive morning event or upgrade your support in order to attend, please phone 323-644-4770.

Learn more at LAZoo.org/Boo

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.



Del Amo Fashion Center: Fun September Events that you don’t want to miss!

Looking for a couple of things to do this month? Here are two events at the local Del Amo Fashion Center that are sure to be fun for the family!

Summer Music Series

Outdoor Village

Saturday, Sept. 14

2 to 4 p.m.

Del Amo Fashion Center’s Summer Music Series is back for the third time this summer. Visit the Outdoor Village for a free concert, lawn games, food sampling, giveaways and more. This month’s featured artist is Amy May.

Panana Night Market

Parking lot across from AMC

Friday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 15

4 to 11 p.m.

Sample Asian street foods at Panana Night Market. This will be the first Night Market held in Torrance. In addition to a wide variety (over 100 to be exact) of food vendors, attendees will be able to enjoy live performances, games and more. A $5 entry fee is required for this event.

Credit: Del Amo Fashion Center.

New Pacific Visions Wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific is a Must-Visit this Summer!

The Aquarium of the Pacific expansion Pacific Visions, opened up this past May with inaugural exhibitions and programming. Pacific Visions, a 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD, has a state-of-the-art immersive theater, exhibition space, an art gallery, and several new live animal exhibits. As the new focal point of the Aquarium, Pacific Visions provides a platform to integrate the arts and sciences and will offer visitors innovative ways to explore their impact on planet Earth and the ocean and how to reduce it.

Visitors enter Pacific Visions through a 2,800-square-foot art gallery. The inaugural art installation designed by Germany-based design company Convivial Studio immerses the visitor in sea life through a multi-channel video installation, spatial soundscapes, and sculptural relief walls enhanced with lighting.

I had the opportunity to visit and was quite impressed! This really is something every family should see this Summer!

The gallery also includes a large-scale relief walls made of silicon and polymer materials that imitate the different textures found on coral reefs, overlain with video projections. Through touch combined with an oceanic soundscape recorded by Tim Gordon and Dr. Stephen Simpson in the Coral Triangle Region, visitors are virtually immersed in a variety of underwater environments.

After passing through the art gallery, visitors move into a 2,600-square-foot gallery, which showcases an 18-foot-wide virtual waterfall with interactive elements that respond to movement. A 26-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall media wall features a film that introduces visitors to the history of life on Earth, the effects of humans on the planet’s biodiversity, and opportunities to turn the tide as the world’s population approaches 10 billion people in 2050. These resources will be further explored when visitors enter the two-story, 300-seat Honda Pacific Visions Theater.  

The state-of-the-art theater houses a 130-foot-wide by 32-foot-tall screen that curves in a 180-degree arc. The theater also features a 30-foot-diameter floor projection disc, which will further immerse visitors in a virtual ocean environment in a space designed to host media-rich performances, panel discussions, community meetings, and educational seminars. The Honda Pacific Visions Theater content is being developed by the Aquarium and Cortina Productions in partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, storytellers, and digital artists. The inaugural film will bring the ocean planet to life with stunning high-resolution imagery, and a variety of special effects. The film will investigate human production and use of food, energy, and water as resources that are essential to life and help viewers imagine what creative innovations will help manage these resources for the world’s growing population in the future. The film presents opportunities for positive change and invites viewers to design a sustainable future for both humans and nature through personal and collective choices.

I really enjoyed watching the short and very educational film! It is great for all ages!

In Pacific Vision’s final 5,000-square-foot culmination gallery designed by Bowman Change Inc. with Cortina Productions, visitors will have an opportunity to envision the steps we can take to create a better planet through interactive game tables, displays, and live animal exhibits. Three interactive tables exploring food, energy, and water will be set throughout the space. These large multiplayer interactive tables highlight California’s ongoing efforts to create resource sustainability. A fast-paced cooperative game challenges visitors through a series of personal consumer choices and civic choices to make the resources supply sustainable and provide enough food, water, and energy for California’s growing population. As time advances, players must work together to manage the resources to meet society’s needs while protecting the environment.

In addition to the tables, the gallery features a 50-foot interactive wall, where an array of ocean imagery transports visitors beneath the waves. Marine life swims through the current of the oceanscape. Visitors engage with the content of the wall by gesturing, activating content to learn about stewardship of the ocean, climate change, and sustainability. The culmination gallery will also feature a tall population tower that shows the projected growth of California’s population, records the global population in real time, and shows the projected population out to 2050. It also explores ways to stabilize and then reduce the global population.

Pacific Visions forms a natural extension of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s existing facilities. Visitors move from Pacific Visions to the second floor of the main Aquarium building to continue to the educational exhibits and experiences well-known to Aquarium visitors since 1998. A Pacific Visions app designed by Artifact Technologies will enable visitors to remain connected and share the experience with friends and family.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the New Pacific Visions at the Aquarium of the Pacific this Summer!

About the Pacific Visions Building

The Pacific Visions building is designed as a biomorphic structure that evokes the size, depth, variability, luminosity, and biological diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Complementing the Aquarium’s existing building, also designed by EHDD, Pacific Visions has a façade with over 800 individually shaped panels that respond to changing light and weather conditions throughout the day with varying colors to mirror the effect of sunlight rippling on the ocean’s surface. Having recently earned the distinctive Two Green Globes certification from the Green Globes® building rating system for demonstrating leadership in best practices regarding environmental efficiency, Pacific Visions’ sustainable design priorities include water and energy conservation, use of environmentally friendly materials, and greenhouse gas minimization.

About the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific Board of Directors adopted the institution’s Campus Master Plan in 2005. In 2008 the Aquarium opened its watershed exhibit, Premier Watershed classroom, and native garden area, now known as Our Water Future. In 2011 the Aquarium opened the Ocean Science Center, featuring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere® (SOS)—a 6-foot-diameter sphere representing Earth that displays animated images of the atmosphere, ocean, and continents using satellite and real-time NOAA and NASA system datasets for storytelling.

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 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. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. To learn more about Pacific Visions, visit aquariumofpacific.org.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to tour the Aquarium of the Pacific to facilitate this feature. Information was also provided. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Local Non-Profit A Window Between Worlds Celebrates the Healing Power of Art at 20th Annual ART IN THE AFTERNOON

Community arts festival packed with performances, hands-on art
experiences, games, activities, food and fun for all ages
Saturday, June 8 at EXPO Center Los Angeles *Tickets on Sale Now*

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), a Los Angeles based non-profit dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of trauma through hands-on healing arts programming, is proud to announce their 20th annual arts festival, Art in the Afternoon, taking place on Saturday, June 8 at the EXPO Center in Los Angeles from 12pm-4pm. Pre-sale tickets for this event are on sale now at awbw.org/aia and is open to all ages. Pre-sale prices range from $20-$55 with all proceeds benefiting the thousands of trauma survivors served each year by AWBW’s arts program. After May 1st, prices will range from $30-$85. Seven out of ten people experience trauma and creating art in a safe atmosphere is a powerful way to process these experiences,”says AWBW founder Cathy Salser. “Our program gives that opportunity to people across the country who wouldn’t otherwise have it, including over 11,000 in Los Angeles last year alone. Art in the Afternoon is a fun way to celebrate the power of creativity hands-on, while raising vital funds to support survivors in their healing journeys.” This year’s festival will be emceed by Wendy Burch, Emmy-winning journalist currently reporting for award-winning KTLA Morning News on Channel 5and her four-year old son Brady Burch. The viral tap group Syncopated Ladies will also appear on stage, along with popular interactive performances by Hoop It Up Kids and LA Dancefit. Admission includes multiple opportunities for festival goers to make their own art, including creating personalized tool kits, modeled after AWBW’s dynamic arts curriculum, to promote creativity and wellness in their daily lives and a special felt workshop hosted by Billy Kheel of NBC’s “Making It.” There will be fun-filled activities for all ages: face painting; flower crown making; a beer and wine garden; carnival games with prizes; a bounce slide; and an incredible silent auction. Tickets include delicious food from Panda Express, Corner Bakery and more. Additional sponsors include Books and Cookies, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Color Me Mine, Cristina Warfield Group, Imperfect Produce, Inner Flower Child Books, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Manly Handz Mobile Spa, ONEHOPE, PathWater, Power Crunch, Universal Studios Hollywood, Zooga Yoga and more. 
Art in the Afternoon, which is now attended by over 600 people, was launched in 1999 as a small gathering to fundraise for 58 programs then providing AWBW healing art workshops across the country. With the community’s continued support, AWBW has grown into a network of over 350 programs, more than 130 of which are here in Los Angeles.
“Art in the Afternoon is near and dear to my heart, as it was the first event I attended at AWBW many years ago,” says Jamie Escoto, Honorary Event Chair and AWBW Board Emeritus. “It’s amazing to reflect on how this event began in the courtyard of AWBW’s Venice Studios with a few art workshops and home-cooked food by volunteers, and now twenty years later, the whole community is coming together to create our most impactful day!”Art in the afternoon Saturday JUNE 8| 12P-4P @ EXPO CENTER3980 Bill Robertson Ln Los Angeles, CA 90037On Site Parking: Exposition Park- Lot 5S Park Dr, South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90037Metro Stop: Expo Park/Vermont.

Art in the Afternoon. awbw.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com


For more information, sponsorship and tickets sales: awbw.org/aia | #ArtInTheAfternoonAbout A Window Between Worlds.A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Venice, CA. They collaborate with shelters, outreach centers, schools and other human service agencies across the country to incorporate art-making into existing services in an affordable and accessible way. AWBW trains and supports the staff at these partner organizations in facilitating a healing arts curriculum with those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of trauma. Since 1991, over a quarter million adults and children have participated in AWBW art workshops. To learn more visit awbw.org and follow @awbworg

Credit:
AWBW. Images were also provided to post.

La Jolla is the place to visit and Pantai Inn is the place to stay!

  

Summer is almost over but is it really ever over in sunny So Cal? I’m sure that we will have our sunny weather on and off throughout the year! If you love the ocean, sea lions and art galleries then I know the perfect place for you to visit! La Jolla is one of my all time favorite places to visit in San Diego! My family had such a wonderful time visiting this past August and if I could only visit one place in Southern California every summer it would be La Jolla!

If you know me at all..you know that I love Sea Lions! I was a volunteer Education Docent with the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles for a year and am still a volunteer on their outreach program. Even though I am not able to volunteer as often as I would like now-a-days…sea lions are special to me. You can see so many sea lions up close in La Jolla although I do recommend keeping a good distance from them.

                

One of my favorite places in La Jolla is La Jolla Cove. It is a beautiful small (but not too small!) cove and beach surrounded by cliffs.

    

I just love to see sunsets at the beach and sunrises! This trip I didn’t catch any sunrises because it was overcast in the morning but when it isn’t overcast, seeing a sunrise at the Cove is a must! It simply is breathtaking!

So, where should you stay in La Jolla? In my opinion..there is only one place to stay! Pantai Inn!

  

This place is simply an amazing place to stay! The location is perfect and the service is amazing! Every single staff person is friendly and it’s a beautiful place to stay! But, Pantai Inn is much more than just a beautiful place to stay and great service. It’s all the little extras such as Tea and coffee in the lobby and fresh baked cookies in the afternoons to the Chef prepared breakfast in the mornings. They even bring chocolate bars and place them on your bed in the afternoons! We stayed in a 3 bedroom and the design of the place is just beautiful! Pantai Inn’s one-of-a-kind architecture and dedication to creating a luxurious home-away-from-home makes it the ideal getaway spot year-round, a veritable oasis on the iconic California coastline that can’t be beat. Whether for business travelers, lovers of the great outdoors, families, couples, or groups of friends looking for that next great adventure, there is simply no better place to make an autumn or wintertime escape as the temperature cools down.

  

But, like I said ….it’s definitely all the little things that make this place a real gem!

   

  And, you can walk down to the water and to the Village. I loved walking from the Pantai Inn to the shops, restaurants and Art Galleries! Visiting the Art Galleries is a must! My favorites were the National Geographic Art Gallery and Legends Gallery.

    

Such amazing Artwork and Legends Gallery had a Peanuts (Snoopy!!!) exhibit which I’m a big Snoopy fan! They also had a Dr. Seuss exhibit!

   

So although Summer is coming to an end Pantai Inn and La Jolla would be a wonderful place to visit this upcoming Fall! And, if you do visit Pantai Inn…don’t forget to say “Hello” to the amazing Manager Mike!

About the Pantai Inn
The Pantai Inn’s distinct guest accommodations blend a unique Balinese-inspired décor with luxurious comforts and contemporary conveniences.  The relaxing oceanfront retreat offers a lush garden setting with soothing water features and an inviting courtyard to stimulate the senses.
Offering a variety of accommodations from ocean view studios and one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom cottages, the Inn is perfect for romantic getaways or family vacations.  Whatever the occasion, the Pantai experience is completed by the warmth and authenticity of the Inn’s extraordinary guest service.   Ranked as a top hotel in La Jolla by TripAdvisor, the 30 room Pantai Inn is located in the charming seaside village of La Jolla and is steps away from the finest restaurants, boutiques and galleries the area has to offer.  The Pantai Inn is located at 1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla CA, 92037. For information and reservations call toll free 855.287.2682 or visit www.pantai.com.

 

Self Disclosure: My family had the opportunity to stay at the Pantai Inn to facilitate this post. Images: SoCal City Kids. 

Looking for a place to visit this Summer? San Pedro is the place to take the Family! Fun and delicious food awaits you!

It’s Summer and time to go out and have fun with the family! One of my local favorite places to visit is San Pedro.

The coastal town, with a population of almost 81,000, and former WW II home to the U.S Navy fleet will gain a $400 million dollar 21st-century waterfront complete with a hotel. Now is the key time to understand the harbor city’s transitioning charm and what drew writers Charles Bukowski and Louis L’Amour to the area to live.

During the mid-20th century, San Pedro drew more than a million visitors annually. Today, with the Port of Los Angeles, the largest in North America (“America’s Port”) and Worldship Cruise Center, the 12.5-mile area has almost three million teeming its streets. Over the last couple of years, new attractions have paved the way, starting with the U.S.S. Iowa which, in 2012 sailed into the LA from San Francisco, to become a maritime museum.

There are lots of things to do, things to see and they have some of the best restaurants!  You could easily spend the whole day there doing so many different things but here are a few of my favorites!

Have you been to the Pacific Battleship Center? The Battleship IOWA is a must-visit! I love the history of this amazing place and I love that they have an App especially for the kids! The Battleship IOWA Interactive Mobile Tour allows visitors a first-hand experience to live and serve on this historic ship. On my visit, I downloaded the App and found that this will be something great for the younger kids. The Tours is my favorite part of the App but it also has Maps, Augmented Reality which is really cool to check out when you are visiting the Battleship IOWA. There’s even a cute dog mascot named Victory (Vicky) that children can try to spot on the ship. There’s a matching game with a prize at the end of the tour in the gift shop so check it out!

     

   

U.S.S. Iowa: In the coming year, will put together a new virtual reality flight experience taking off from the ship and then landing wherever you want to go…maybe Paris? How about London? Singapore? And you don’t even have to leave the ship. Now, how cool does that sound?! https://www.pacificbattleship.com/

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Some upcoming events are the following: 

FREE: July 13, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Justice League (2017). Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Snyder and Chris Terrio. Starring Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Jason Momoa. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity, and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly-awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 17, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017). Directed by James Gunn. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.  Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 31 – September 3rd: Third Annual LA Fleet Week. LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video — Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, a kids’ STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, a 100 Years of Navy in Hollywood Film Festival, the 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day morning 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the LA Fleet Week 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Sailor, Marine & Coastguard teams. The family-fun event is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. More information at LAFleetWeek.com.

FREE: September 21, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Daisy Ridley,  Oscar Isaac, John Boyega. Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

 FREE: October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Hocus Pocus (1993). A Halloween Trick or Treat will also be available starting at 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.  Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Bette Midler,  Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: December 1, San Pedro 56th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Sponsored by The Port of Los Angeles.  Watch the parade route, as it sails by the Battleship IOWA Museum and along the San Pedro waterfront. Iowa visitors will have unobstructed views of the elaborately decorated boats.

About Battleship IOWA

Entering service more than 70 years ago, U.S.S. IOWA deployed to the South Pacific in the uncertain early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war, and later during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, U.S.S. IOWA concluded her active duty as the Berlin Wall crumbled.  Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship museum.  Forged in war, guardian of the peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with our last ticket sale. Please visit our website additional information on special events, group tours educational programs and Naval retirement flag service.

Another place you just have to visit is the Cabrillo Aquarium, one of Frank Gehry’s early commissioned architectural buildings and a conservation center. http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world. Since 1935, CMA has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. I love seeing all the sea creatures at this Aquarium! I also love the Tide pools at Cabrillo Beach!

  

3720 Stephen M. White Drive 
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-548-7562
Aquarium Hours
Tuesday through Friday – 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Photo Credit: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Now, after visiting these truly amazing places you have to check out one of the many fabulous restaurants for lunch or dinner! One of my favorites is San Pedro Fish Market: LA’s Most Instagrammed Restaurant: https://www.sanpedrofish.com/
I was amazed at how big this place is and how clean! There is a sit-down place that I really recommend and the outside eating area is really big!
    
   
I love all the seafood choices they offer and I had the best Shrimp enchiladas ever! But, you really have so many choices! You can pick your own choice of fish at the Fish Counter and tell them how you would like it and add toppings or you can sit down and enjoy a meal from their menu which like I mentioned…they have the best shrimp enchiladas! The Salmon plate is pretty good too! If you love seafood, this place is a must-visit!
    
And, if you have a chance to meet the owner, Tommy Amalfitano, he has quite the sense of humor!
If you have even more time to spend in San Pedro, here are a few other places worth checking out!
The Maritime Museum: www.lamaritimemuseum.org
Crafted Los Angeles, home to nearly three dozen craftsmen and artisans crafting artisanal products such as candles, furniture, jewelry, clothes and art. http://craftedportla.com/
LA Waterfront Cruises: http://www.laharborsportfishing.com/
The Historic Downtown San Pedro First Thursday Artwalk is every first Thursday of the month 6-9 pm and the Farmers Market is every Friday 9 am-2 pm. And, Don’t forget to ride in the Red Trolley and see the Fanfare Fountains! LA Fleet Week is coming to San Pedro Labor Day weekend August 31st-September 3rd, 2018! https://www.lafleetweek.com/
Self Disclosure: I received media comps to visit all of the above. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids except for Cabrillo Aquarium. Photos were provided courtesy of the Cabrillo Aquarium.