mifold to Launch Second Booster Seat Innovation “hifold by mifold” With Crowdfunding Campaign Introducing the Most Compact High Back Booster Seat Ever. For Parents, By Parents

mifold, inventor of the ultra-compact car seat category, today officially introduced its latest product, and second crowdfunding campaign, ‘hifold by mifold™’. The highback Grab-and-Go Booster™ brings unparalleled compact portability to the car seat category for parents and caregivers who prefer a high back booster seat. The official Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will launch during the summer

Starting today, interested customers can register on https://gethifold.com/ for updates and the chance to be the first to place pre-orders with the best early-bird discounts of up to 50 percent off the recommended retail price.

hifold is the first-ever highback booster seat that is compact enough to pack in a backpack, duffle bag or small suitcase, relieving parents of headaches and concerns during travel and on-the-go situations.

hifold was created by parents for parents to make their busy schedules easier to manage. hifold ensures a child’s safety and comfort are priority, whether carpooling, traveling or during everyday situations. “We are living through a transportation revolution with a shift from car ownership to car usage,” said Jon Sumroy, mifold CEO and inventor. “More and more people are ride-hailing and ride-sharing. When you need to take your car seats to and from the car, they have to be lightweight, compact and portable.”

Sumroy continued, “Many people asked us to bring the benefits of compact portability to highback booster seats. After more than two years of intensive development, we created hifold. Children still travel without a child restraint in at least 25 percent of car journeys. Our vision is to have a child restraint for every child, in every car, on every journey, every time.  hifold folds up to be so compact, portable and convenient that parents no longer need to cut corners and take risks with their child’s safety.”

Highlights of hifold include:

  1. Ultra-Compact: Lightweight, foldable and portable; 3x smaller than a regular highback booster when folded and easy to carry around.

  2. Safety First: Designed, engineered and tested to meet or exceed the regulatory requirements of every country on earth. Eight ultra-compact impact protection zones, with four layers for protection, safety and comfort.

  3. Adjustable: The most adjustable high back booster seat – the height, lap and shoulder width, and head rest can easily be adjusted to grow as the child grows.

  4. Advanced: Patented design and engineering.

  5. Comfortable: A soft, comfortable PU foam with airflow washable fabric™, and energy absorbing, dense EVA foam layer for added comfort and support.

  6. Proven Success: hifold is the product of mifold, a trustworthy company with a record of success.

 

mifold is known for its flagship product, the original mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat, which created the ultra-compact car seat category. Three years ago, mifold became the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever for a juvenile product: raising nearly three million dollars and delivering seats to customers in more than 150 countries. Since then, mifold has sold more than half a million seats around the world.

hifold will come to market in early 2019. It will be sold in the United States for $179.00 MSRP. Learn more about how to use the product here.

For more information or to sign up for updates, visit https://gethifold.com/.

Credit:  mifold

mifold created the ultra-compact car seat category with the 2016 launch of the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat. Today the range of mifold seats is helping deliver the vision of a child restraint: for every child, in every car on every journey, every time.  As the leader in advanced, compact, portable and safe car seats mifold allows children to be safe no matter whose car they are in. Created by Jon Sumroy, a father of four, the original mifold seat and the new hifold highback seat are great child passenger safety options for families traveling, ridesharing, carpooling and more. Learn more at www.mifold.com

Hotwire Launches Biggest Sale of the Year to Help Us Celebrate the Cumbersome Midweek Fourth of July

Hotwire, a leading online travel site, today announced its biggest sale of the year, addressing the travel woes of millions this Fourth of July, which for the first time in six years inconveniently falls on a Wednesday. “The Hotwire Effect XL Sale” gives travelers the ultimate freedom to book participating 4 or 5-star hotels the weekend before, during, or the weekend after the Fourth of July holiday for a set price of just $49 per night — an average savings of $157 each night.

“At Hotwire, we know how much everyone looks forward to celebrating America’s independence with family and friends on the 4th of July – me included! Since the 4th falls mid-week this year, it’s harder for people to find the time to get away with family and friends, so we are super excited to give everyone the freedom to travel around the 4th of July with our biggest sale of the year: The Hotwire Effect XL,” commented Hotwire President Neha Parikh. “With this sale, travelers will be able to experience luxury hotels in America’s hottest destinations for just $49 per night and they will have the freedom to travel the weekend before, during or the weekend after the 4th of July!”

The Hotwire Effect XL Sale gives travelers the opportunity to choose travel dates between June 28 to July 8, making an extra long weekend possible or even a short “staycation” if taking more time off of work isn’t an option. During this time, travelers can book 4 and 5-star hotel properties in eight of America’s most-traveled 4th of July destinations according to Hotwire 2017 booking data. The Hotwire Effect XL Sale cities where travelers can find $49 per night values are:

  • Austin (vs. average $179/night)
  • Chicago (vs. average $169/night)
  • Los Angeles (vs. average $179/night)
  • Miami (vs. average $139/night)
  • New York (vs. average $167/night)
  • Orlando (vs. average $140/night)
  • San Francisco (vs. average $189/night)
  • Washington D.C. (vs. average $133/night)

“Offering luxury 4 and 5-star hotels for just $49 is truly an incredible deal which won’t last long, so travelers need to act fast to feel the Hotwire Effect,” continued Parikh, who noted that the booking window begins on June 26 and remains while supplies last. The fixed $49 per night fare applies to the first two nights of travel in the June 28-July 8 timeframe.

The sale epitomizes Hotwire’s simple, yet powerful value proposition: by hiding the name of the hotel until after booking, Hotwire allows customers to find 4-star hotels at 2-star prices. In this same spirit, earlier this month the brand launched its latest advertising campaign, “The Hotwire Effect.” The campaign is aimed at reinforcing the brand’s distinct ability to unlock the kind of deep value travelers will discover this Fourth of July holiday. The series of three spots features Hotwire’s signature jingle and fun travel scenarios where high hotel prices are slashed while a giant finger masks the hotel name. The three 15-second commercial spots appear on NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, ESPN, CBS and HGTV, and can also be viewed online at www.youtube.com/user/HotwireTravel.

Hotwire subscribers get early access to the sale by signing up here: https://www.hotwire.com/hotels/sale. The sale officially kicks off June 26.

For more information on The Hotwire Effect XL Sale, or to book a 4-star hotel at 2-star prices, visit www.hotwire.com/xlsale.

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About Hotwire

Hotwire is a leading discount travel site. Launched in 2000, Hotwire, Inc. was one of the first online travel sites to work with suppliers directly to book unsold inventory. By simply hiding the brand name, Hotwire can offer customers deep savings on hotel rooms, rental cars, flights and vacation packages. Hotwire is an operating company within Expedia Group. For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com.

How To Give Your Kids A Great Education

Giving your kids the best possible education is extremely important. A good education sets them on course for finding a great job and enjoying the whole world around them. Education holds the key to exploring the world around you with eager eyes. Therefore, as a parent, you should try to encourage your kids to learn, and cheer them on when they do. Giving your kids a great education is far more than just sending them to school, as you must be on hand to give them answers to their many questions and foster interests in being creative too. There are no rules when it comes to educating your children as long as they understand the importance of being kind and respectful to others as well as staying safe.

Find The Perfect School         

Finding the perfect school to send your kids to can feel like a never-ending task. However, you need to start looking at various establishments early and attend open days. Finding the perfect school for your child might take some time but your efforts will be worth it when your child is happy, settled, and engaged in learning further down the line. Give your kids a great education by selecting the schools that are recognized for the reputation and history of academic excellence. One incredible school to consider is St Mary’s Private School located in beautiful Oxfordshire. As well as excellence in education, it also features a program of varied extra-curricular activities. Conduct some research on the schools you’re applying to and listen to some testimonials from students, present and past.

Start From A Young Age

Spark your children’s desire to learn from a young age by placing them in nursery schools so that they learn how to play and interact with other children, and to continue teaching them at home. Teaching at home doesn’t necessarily have to mean sitting down at the dinner table with books. Instead, it can involve getting your kids playing outside and learning about wildlife and ecosystems. You can foster interests in music by getting a musical instrument for them to play, listening to music and taking them to concerts close to you. Give your kids a great education by keeping their activities varied and fun. Try to take your young toddler to groups held at the library so that they can integrate with others alongside engaging in reading and learning.

Answer Their Questions

Kids have very inquisitive minds and they seem to have endless questions. You should always try and give honest and open answers to your kid’s questions, as otherwise, they can become confused and misinformed. Answer questions truthfully and honestly, and let your kids know that you’ll do your best to help them make sense of the world. Many things are brand new to children, so it’s your responsibility as a parent to introduce them to new experiences and help develop their intrigue and drive for to learn. Give your kids a great education by taking them to new places, to see new sights, eat new foods, learn languages and so on. Explore with your children and give them the very best, loving, and informative start in life.

DRUM TAO Brings Japanese Taiko to Musco Center 4.29

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents TAO: DRUM HEART on April 29 at 4:00 pm.

Since 1993, Japanese drum and dance ensemble DRUM TAO has combined music and dance to reflect Japanese tradition while incorporating other Asian cultural influences. Breaking past the traditional notions of taiko, TAO continues to create an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of tradition.

Entrancing more than seven million people globally, TAO has performed in 24 countries in 500 cities, and is the most prominent entertainment in Japan – playing more than 200 shows annually. TAO presented its work at the world’s largest festival of the arts — the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe  and appeared at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The Arizona Republic calls TAO an “epic visceral thrill.”

 Tickets for April 29 are on sale now for $30-$50 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

Credit: Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University.

ABOUT MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS 

Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.

Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.

For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.muscocenter.org.

 

 

 

Sesame Place Becomes the First Theme Park in the World to be Designated as a Certified Autism Center

Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), today announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training at the theme park.  The completiondesignates Sesame Place as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES, — the first theme park in the world to receive such a distinction. The certification aligns with National Autism Awareness Month and comes as the park readies for its 38th season, opening on April 28, 2018.

For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options, and in response, created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.

As a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place is required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum. Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam.  The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.

“As the first theme park in the world to complete the training and become a CAC, Sesame Place is better equipped to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs,” explained Sesame Place park president Cathy Valeriano.  Robust pre-visit planning resources will be added to the park’s website including a sensory guide, developed by IBCCES.  This sensory guide will make it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations by providing insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for each attraction.  The park will also have two quiet rooms located on Sesame Island.  These rooms will have adjustable lighting, and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

Sesame Place’s certification aligns with Sesame Workshop’s commitment to increasing awareness and understanding of autism.  Sesame Workshop launched the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative in 2015 and Julia, a Sesame Street Muppet with autism, came to life on the award-winning broadcast last spring, signaling a strong, continuing commitment to the autism community.  Julia made her debut at Sesame Place in 2017 as a walkaround character and is available for guest meet & greets. The park is developing in-park programs that will be implemented this season giving guests additional opportunities to interact with Julia.

“Since her debut, Sesame Street’s Julia has touched the lives of millions of children and families around the world and we’re proud that partners like Sesame Place are committed to providing autism-friendly experiences,” said Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop.  “We applaud them for earning this distinction.”

“IBCCES works with leading travel destinations to create safe, sensory-compatible travel options for parents and individuals on the spectrum. Our Certified Autism Center designation is awarded to premier organizations around the globe that have completed rigorous training and meet the highest industry standards,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “Sesame Place is ideal because of its accessibility to families and convenient location, as well as everything the organization has done to be inclusive for all. The CAC certification helps give parents and other guests on the spectrum peace of mind when visiting a new destination or attraction.”

“Sesame Place is honored to be leading the theme park industry through our commitment to making our facility friendly for families with children on the spectrum,” added Valeriano.  “We’re dedicated to providing all of our guests with an exceptional and memorable experience.  We look forward to applying this training and expanding our commitment to help spread awareness about autism.”

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About IBCCES

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) was established in 2001 to meet the training and credentialing needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs. IBCCES has since expanded into over 40 different countries with training centers in the United States and Singapore and members all across the globe. Our Certified Autism Specialist, Board Certified Cognitive Specialist and Certified Autism Center credentials were established with the highest standards in the industry. As a result, our programs have become the benchmark for those who work with cognitive disorders around the globe. In addition, IBCCES created and hosts the annual International Symposium on Cognitive Research & Disorders.  This global event brings together top neurologists, education leaders and healthcare experts with a focus on research, innovation and collaboration. For information about training and certification, visit ibcces.org

 

About Sesame Place®

Sesame Place®, the only theme park in the U.S. based entirely on the award-winning show, Sesame Street®, is ideal for families and kids of all ages.   Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York City, the park has over 25 attractions, three live shows, a daily parade and of course, everyone’s favorite furry friends.  NEW IN SPRING 2018: the biggest, most exciting roller coaster ever – Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™! The new wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster will take thrill seekers of all sizes on a crazy, curvy taxi cab ride, with everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm.  Before little kids become big kids, go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®.  For more information, visit www.sesameplace.com.or call 1-215-752-ELMO.

RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY’S “OPENING DAY FOR TRAILS” CELEBRATES CONNECTIONS TRAILS MAKE NATIONWIDE

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, outdoor enthusiasts and trail lovers nationwide will kick off the spring trail season as part of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) sixth annual Opening Day for Trails (Opening Day).

Opening Day, RTC’s annual celebration of trails nationwide, serves as the unofficial launch of the spring trail season. Event organizers and volunteers from across the country have arranged hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities to celebrate trails and the benefits they bring to their communities, including more than 100 bike rides organized by Performance Bicycle.

WHAT:                Opening Day, a national event organized by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate the launch of the spring trail season.

Find events and pledge to take part at railstotrails.org/openingday

WHEN:                April 7, 2018 (see event details for specific times)

WHERE:              More than 125 events will take place nationwide. Find events at

railstotrails.org/openingday

For more information about Opening Day, to find events and to enter the Opening Day sweepstakes, visit railstotrails.org/openingday and follow #RTCOpeningDay on social media. Opening Day is sponsored by Fuji Bikes, Performance Bicycle, KEEN, Topo Design and Patagonia.

Opening Day is an annual celebration organized by RTC to kick off the spring trail season. RTC is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share Opening Day stories by using #RTCOpeningDay.

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GREAT Promotion Going on at Chuck E Cheese’s Right Now!

When you arrive at your local store, just say “I need a fun break!” and get 50 tickets with a food purchase. Enjoy some pizza while you are there!  The promotion goes from 3/12 – 5/6 and you get 50 Free Tix with any $5 purchase!

 

Credit: Chuck E Cheese.

Top 4 Reasons to Go Little Tokyo for the​ ​Allegiance Broadway Musical

The Broadway musical, Allegiance, starring George Takei, will take center stage in LA’s most vibrant neighborhood, Little Tokyo, February 21 – April 1, 2018. Planning to see the musical? Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering top insights into Little Tokyo, presents countless opportunities to discover or re-discover one of Los Angeles’ most historically rich and energetic urban neighborhoods. From family-owned eateries, to traditional sweet shops and discounted tickets, Go Little Tokyo presents the top 4 reasons to experience a deliciously, authentic night in Little Tokyo, before and after the musical.

1. Tastes of Allegiance Time Period: Let your taste buds travel back in time and dine where the scent of nostalgia lives, at Little Tokyo’s classic Japanese diner, Kouraku. Located in the heart of Little Tokyo and open since 1976, Kouraku is a cozy mom-and-pop eatery offering an array of authentic Japanese comfort food dishes from ramen, curry, and their famous tenshin chahan ankake, a gravy covered omelet filled with pork fried rice. Awarded “Best After Midnight Snack” by Los Angeles Downtown News, Kouraku is open nightly until 3am.

 

2. Become a Sushi Aficionado: No tempura, no teriyaki, no noodles – no problem! Experience traditional, delicious sushi at Hama Sushi in an intimate, laid-back setting. Enjoy high-quality nigiri sushi and menu favorites like the sashimi platters, red snapper with a squeeze of lemon and brush of salt, and the spicy tuna roll. Pro tip: For the true aficionado experience, sit at the sushi bar and ask for the decadent off-menu item, Salmon Belly Nigiri.

 

3. Enjoy a ‘sweetened’ Encore: Continue the entertainment after the musical and indulge in your greatest dessert fantasies at Snowya. Offering sweet treats like croissant taiyaki with your choice of filling and their signature snowflake shaved ice bowls, Snowya offers melt-in-your-mouth goodness that guests can surely applaud. Capture the moment with an Instagram-able photo of the infamous fish-shaped cone topped with your favorite matcha ice cream.

 

4. Use code GOLITTLETOKYO for 15% off Allegiance tickets: Purchase tickets to the powerful and uplifting musical with Go Little Tokyo’s 15% off promo code: GOLITTLETOKYO. Allegiance is inspired by the true story of L.A.-based actor, director and author George Takei. The musical transports audiences back to a dark time in U.S. history when roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Experience the Los Angeles premier of the musical in Little Tokyo, where the story has it’s richest legacy. Promo code valid on performances 3/1–3/31, excluding Sundays, on sections A–D. Cannot be combined with other discounts or student/senior pricing. Maximum number of tickets is four per transaction. Ticketing fees apply.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

ABOUT GO LITTLE TOKYO
Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. Designated by the California Arts Council as a California Culture District, there is an abundance of arts, culture and community destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit: www.golittletokyo.com.