Scarium of the Pacific: Spooktacular Halloween Fun for the Whole Family! Giveaway Opportunity!!

Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests and kooky crafts where there’s more fun than fright!

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific.

Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the nineteenth annual Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean.

The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, and otherworldly animals in the Great Hall.

WHEN:   Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

COST:             Included with admission—$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.

Mobile-print coupon for FREE Admission for Child in Costume with coupon! Up to 11 years old. Regular $17.95!

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest4

 INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/scarium_of_the_pacific /

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

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4 Pack to either Saturday or Sunday of the event! To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you would like to go! One winner will be selected on October 25th at 9 am PST. 

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 new 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 has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day with the Goliath Games Giveaway! Special SoCal City Kids Giveaway Opportunity too!

In honor of World Teachers’ Day, Goliath Games would like to recognize educators for their critical role in developing young minds.

Goliath has launched a giveaway for five winners to receive a 14-game prize pack – 7 games for home and 7 games for their child’s classroom.

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day by entering the Goliath Teachers’ giveaway. Open to US and Canada, participants have the chance to win the Ultimate Classroom Prize Pack featuring Let’s Go Fishin’, Lucky Ducks, Mastermind, Pop the Pig, Sequence, Googly Eyes, and Wordsearch.

This collection of interactive, educational games involves STEM skills such as sequencing, deductive reasoning, math practice, and more. The toy and game company have several educational games that inspire imagination, promote critical thinking, and allow children to discover the world around them.

To enter, please visit the official entry page: http://bit.ly/GoliathTeachersGiveaway.

We have also teamed up with Goliath and Pressman for a Giveaway! One winner will win an Ultimate Goliath/Pressman prize pack!

The winner will win the following games:

Goliath Games

Pressman Toy

These are great for the little older kids and would also make great holiday gifts!

To enter our giveaway please leave a comment below telling us which game you are most excited about! One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. Deadline to enter is October 29th, 2018 at noon PST.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Images and information were provided. 

Looking for Halloween Candy? R.M. Palmer has you covered!

   

R.M. Palmer has some new tasty treats for Halloween 2018!  These confections offer great taste, vibrant packaging, and frighteningly excellent value. Included in this year’s Halloween line are these spooktacular products:

I think my ultimate favorite may be the Yummie Mummies! Imagine white chocolate flavored candy with peanut butter! Yum! A white chocolate shell filled with creamy homestyle peanut butter. 5 ounces. Also available in bulk.

Gravestone Greetings will be a hit with the older kids! Smooth and creamy filled Gravestone Greetings are tombstone-shaped chocolaty treats, wrapped in brightly colored Halloween foils, labeled with zany names like “Bea A. Fraid,” “Ina Boxx” and “Al B. Bach”. 5 ounces. Also available in bulk.

Another favorite of mine is the Pumpkin Spice Cups! Chocolate and pumpkin spice combined…now how good does that sound?

The Chocolaty Balls are also a hit with my family! But, then all of R.M. Palmer chocolates are a big hit with me! Look for them at a store near you!

We have teamed up for a Halloween Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which bag of candy you would like to try the most! (Did I say how much I love those Yummie Mummies?!) Deadline to enter is October 13th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. 

Check them out on Facebook too!

   

ABOUT R.M. PALMER COMPANY
R.M. Palmer Company has been crafting fun, seasonal chocolate novelties since 1948. Today, the R.M. Palmer Company is the 25th largest confectioner in North America and the 82nd largest confectioner in the world. (candyindustry.com). From its headquarters in West Reading, PA, Palmer’s 850 dedicated employees design, produce, package and ship more than 500 unique items to retail locations throughout North America – making Palmer one of America’s largest and most innovative confectioners.

Self Disclosure: I received free delicious samples to facilitate this post and giveaway. Images were also provided. 

No Need to Choose Between Bacon, Ham or Sausage…Dunkin’s New All You Can Meat Breakfast Sandwich Has Them All Sweet news: Brand will serve free Donut Fries with each Iced Coffee purchase from 2 to 6 PM October 5 – 7!

Special October offers include two Bacon, Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwiches for $5 all day, and Iced Coffee for only $2 from 2 to 6 PM!

Meat lovers have met their perfect match at Dunkin’. No longer must ordering a breakfast sandwich force a furious compromise over which one and only one classic meat to enjoy, as Dunkin’ is now bringing bacon, ham and sausage together into a single sandwich selection with the launch of the new All You Can Meat Breakfast Sandwich.

Dunkin’s All You Can Meat Breakfast Sandwich is all delicious with no decisions necessary, delivering meat fans everything they crave in one hearty, premium sandwich. It features two strips of bacon, two slices of ham and one sausage patty, served with egg and American Cheese on an oven-toasted croissant. The All You Can Meat Breakfast Sandwich is now available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide.

Dunkin’ has more meaty news for breakfast fans in October, with a special offer of two Bacon, Egg and Cheese breakfast sandwiches served for only $5 all day at participating Dunkin’ restaurants now through December 30. For on-the-go guests looking for an afternoon boost, Dunkin’ is also offering a special way to stay refreshed and recharged, as now through November 18, participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide are serving any-sized Iced Coffees for only $2 between 2 PM and 6 PM. This includes favorite flavors to satisfy fall cravings, such as classic Pumpkin and Maple Pecan flavored coffees.

Finally, from October 5 through 7, guests who purchase an Iced Coffee between 2 PM and 6 PM will receive a free order of Donut Fries. Introduced nationwide this summer, Donut Fries feature five individual pieces of delicious, buttery croissant style donut dough tossed in cinnamon sugar and served warm with just the right amount of crisp. Now, how delicious does that sound?!

We have also teamed up with Dunkin for a giveaway! One winner will win a $10 gift card to Dunkin’. To enter leave us a comment telling us your favorite food item or drink at Dunkin’. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. Deadline to enter is October 12th, 2018 at noon PST. 

To learn more about Dunkin’, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

 

 

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this post and a gift card to send to the winner. SoCal City Kids will send out the gift card after the winner is chosen. Images and information were also provided.

Aquarium of the Pacific’s Fourteenth Annual Southeast Asia Day Celebrates Vibrant Local Communities Giveaway Opportunity!

Dance, music, and crafts from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar transform the Aquarium into an international destination

 Live performances of traditional music and dance, and cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an international destination during its fourteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts.

Through this unique annual event, the Aquarium celebrates its long-running connection with the local Southeast Asian communities. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival.

WHEN:          Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

COST:           Southeast Asia Day is included with general admission—$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.

 INFO:             (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/southeast_asia_day/  

Mobile-print coupon:

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/offer/fest3

We have teamed up for a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway! One winner will win 4 tickets for either Saturday or Sunday! To enter leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is October 8th,2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.

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 new 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 has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Go Organically Gives Back Sweepstakes!

GO wants to give back to one of 5 in-need schools across the U.S. In partnership with First Book, Go Organically is asking consumers to vote for one of these 5 deserving schools for a chance to win additional Book Wishes, an e-reader, beanbag chair and more.  Book Wishes allow 50 other educators across the country to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and more for their students as we head into the next school year.

A pile of books with library on the back

Enter for a chance to Win

Go Organically Fruit Snacks has teamed up with First Book to provide one lucky school with Back-to-School kits filled with items they need! Vote for a deserving school—and be entered for a chance to win an e-reader, beanbag chair and more. Learn more here.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must 18+. Ends 11:59 p.m. ET 8/29/18. For Rules, visit www.goorganicallysnacks.com/GOGivesBack.

Raise a Lifelong Reader!

As parents, we know that instilling a love of reading in our kids is one of the most important things we can do. Reading exercises the brain, improves concentration, reduces stress, sparks imagination and even helps develop empathy. Plus, it can become a lifelong habit that provides a whole lot of FUN for your family. So in honor of #NationalBookLoversDay on August 9, we’ve put together some great tips to help parents inspire the next generation of bookworms.

Start Early

·         Research shows that it’s never too early to start enjoying books with your little one. Reading aloud to your newborn is a great way to introduce words while soothing baby with the sound of your voice. Older babies will start to associate words and sounds with pictures, getting them on the path to reading right from the start. Plus cuddling up with a book is the perfect way to bond!

Ready, Set, Reward

·         Try using a reading log or reward chart to encourage older kids who are starting to read on their own. Jot down the title of each book they read, or tally the number of pages and celebrate with an ice cream cone or a family picnic when they reach a predetermined total. Stickers work great, too! Some schools host reading challenges of their own, and most local libraries offer summer reading programs with a similar reward system.

Seek Out Literary Events

·         Make reading part of your family’s everyday entertainment by attending kid-friendly events. Hit up story time at your local library, or go to an author signing at your neighborhood bookstore. Shop your school’s book fair together or visit a used bookstore to hunt for forgotten treasures as a family. The idea is to associate books with fun memories and quality time.

Take a Listen

·         Audiobooks are gaining in popularity—and for good reason! They’re made for multitasking by allowing you to get immersed in a story while you’re otherwise occupied with household tasks like cooking or cleaning. They’re also great for road trips! Get invested in a classic as a family by listening to a family-friendly title in regular installments. Try an app or subscription service, or even borrow books on CD from your local library.

Follow Their Interests

·         Although you might be tempted to steer your kids towards educational books, let them choose subjects that capture their imagination. By encouraging your child’s passions—whether it’s superheroes, animals or even their favorite animated character—they’ll be more likely to stick to the habit of reading and eventually expand to other subject areas.

Enter for a chance to Win

Go Organically Fruit Snacks has teamed up with First Book to provide one lucky school with Back-to-School kits filled with items they need! Vote for a deserving school—and be entered for a chance to win an e-reader, beanbag chair and more. Learn more here. (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 18+. Ends 11:59 p.m. ET 8/29/18. For Rules, visit www.goorganicallysnacks.com/GOGivesBack)

Happy reading from all of us at Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great accompaniment to your kid’s favorite book. Toss them in their backpack and off they go! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas.

Self Disclosure: This sweepstakes is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit: Go Organically and First Book. Tips and images were also provided. 

Join Celebrity Chef George Duran on a Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger Enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest to Win Big Contest Runs from Now to August 27th

Jarlsberg® Cheese famous worldwide for its mild, mellow and nutty flavor and ooey gooey meltability, launches a global recipe global contest starring two best friends: burgers and cheese.  Cheese fans and all foodies can enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger contest from July 2nd to August 27th at https://www.facebook.com/jarlsberg. Entrants will have the chance to win exclusiveJarlsberg® Grill Kits every week and the grand prize is a Big Green Egg Grill, so that winners can re-create their favorite Jarlsberg® burgers, just in time for Labor Day weekend!

The program also offers some great new burger ideas from Celebrity Chef George Duran.  Duran, the Venezuelan born American chef, is well known for hosting cooking programs on TLC and Food Network and his appearances on numerous TV shows. He has created four distinctly different Jarlsberg® burger recipes, including one vegetarian burger and one burger with grilled pineapple slices in place of burger buns.

Each of Chef Duran’s four burger recipes offer a summer story and their own film: The Marvelous Meltdown (Jarlsberg® Fondue Burger), Melted Maui Madness (Pineapple Bun Jarlsberg® Burger), The Viva La Quinoa (Quinoa and Red Lentil with Jarlsberg®), and The Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza (Bacon Burger Stuffed with Jarlsberg®). The burgers are placed in different settings, and the ambience is quintessentially New York: three of the four burger shorts are filmed in a Williamsburg brownstone, and the fourth on a rooftop in Queens with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

Enjoy these creative, fun summer BBQ recipes from Jarlsberg® and Chef George Duran. To see all of the Summer Global Jarlsberg® Burgers, visit https://www.facebook.com/jarlsberg

 The Marvelous Melt-down – Fondue Burger                              

 For the burgers:

1 tbsp. panko-style breadcrumbs

1 tbsp. heavy cream

1 1/2 lb minced beef

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp. salt

1/4 tbsp. black pepper

Butter

4 sesame burger buns

Lettuce

Chopped scallions

Red pepper flakes (optional)

 For the Jarlsberg® fondue sauce:

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp flour

1 C. of whole milk

1 1/2 C. of grated Jarlsberg® cheese

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and heavy cream until absorbed ( about 3 – 4 minutes)
  2. In a large bowl, mix the beef with the garlic and breadcrumb mixture until combined. Season with salt and pepper and form 4 large burgers. Make a large indentation in the middle of each burger and preheat your grill.
  3. In the meantime, make the Jarlsberg® cheese fondue sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan and whisking in the flour. Whisk over a medium heat until browned. Slowly whisk in the milk and allow to thicken (about 3 – 4 minutes). Add the grated Jarlsberg® and whisk until smooth. Keep some cheese aside.
  4. Grill each burger as desired, spread butter inside the buns and toast lightly. Arrange lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, followed by the burger. Then pour fondue sauce on top of the burger. Add the other half of the bun and pour more fondue sauce over the top.
  5. Garnish with scallions and red pepper flakes.

Makes 4 burgers

Melted Maui Madness

                                                         

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb. minced beef

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce

1 tbsp. kosher salt

Non-stick spray

4 thick pineapple rings

4 red bell pepper rings

4 slices Jarlsberg® cheese

Thinly-sliced red onions

8 slices of cooked bacon (optional)

Lettuce and tomato

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your grill.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the beef with the tomato paste, teriyaki sauce and salt.

Form 4 equal-sized burger patties.

  1. Spray the grill with non-stick spray and grill the pineapple rings evenly on both sides.

Set aside and grill the peppers and burgers as desired. Top the burgers with Jarlsberg® cheese and allow to melt slightly.

  1. Assemble your burgers using the pineapple rings in place of a bun and top with the

burger, cheese, peppers, red onion slices, bacon, lettuce and tomato slices.

Makes 4 burgers

 

 

Credit:

Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It’s all part of the legend…and Norway’s most guarded recipe!  For more information go to www.jarlsberg.com

 About Norseland, Inc.

Norseland, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TINE SA (a cooperative of more than 13,000 dairy farmers in Norway and its largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products) is the exclusive importer, sales, marketing and distribution agent for Jarlsberg® cheese, Snøfrisk®, TINE Brunost Collection™, Ilchester®, García Baquero, Lotito®, Gabriella®, Parmissimo®, Old Amsterdam®, Igor  and Couturier®.  Headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, Norseland has national distribution across supermarkets, mass merchants, club stores, food service and convenience stores.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I may have received free products to post. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the sweepstakes. 

Celebrating 4th of July with R.M. Palmer! Giveaway Opportunity!

The 4th of July is almost here and I know that it is fun to have parties! Want to include some delicious treats? Some of my favorites are from R.M. Palmer and I am sure that these will be a hit! They are easy to find too! I always find their products at our local CVS!

 

R.M. Palmer is one of my favorite chocolate brands and they have so many different choices! I love their Peanut Butter Cups and Soft Caramel Cups! I also think that the chocolate Baseballs and the Red, white and blue foiled chocolate balls will be a hit with many children this 4th of July!

Look for their products at a store near you! I always find their products at our local CVS.  Check out their website to see all of their products!

We have teamed up for a 4th of July Giveaway! One winner will win a chocolate prize package!  Leave a comment below telling us which one would be your favorite! Winner will be chosen on the 4th of July (Wednesday, July 4th at 12 pm PST). U.S. Residents only. 

Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids will select the winner and R.M. Palmer will send out the prize package. Images were provided.