Monday, October 12, 2015

Curious George Comes to Discovery Cube Los Angeles

During our latest trip to Discovery Cube Los Angeles, we were very curious to explore one exhibit in particular. Curious George has made his way to LA and is now hanging around the Cube just waiting to visit with your family! But you've got to hurry - this exhibit is only around until January 3, 2016.

The latest exhibit to come to Discovery Cube LA is Curious George: Let's Get Curious!
There's so much to do, it's BANANAS! (See what I did there?)

My daughter and her friends (we love having play dates there) walked around from the apartment building, sidewalk produce brand, construction site, city park, space rocket, and the farm. There was dress up, a slide, chances to take photos with Curious George and even three holes of mini golf! Kaia's favorite part was designing her own building at the Construction Site! Stacking up the bricks and then loading them up on the conveyor belt was definitely a highlight for her. Maybe I have a future architect on my hands, huh?

I spent most of my time at the 'Museum inside the Museum.' On display is a fascinating arrangement of how the story of the monkey started including all about the author, the illustrator and the journey that George has taken. 

Did you know that Curious George was published in the United States in 1941. In the original story they were calling him "Fifi." That silly monkey soon became a worldwide success. Editions have appeared in many languages, with George given such names as Jorge, Zozo, Bingo, Nicke, Coco and Piete. I loved learning so much about one of my favorite childhood books.

Here's a closer look at the fun new exhibit that is great for kids of all ages!

For more info, be sure to check out my other posts all about Discovery Cube:
Ultimate Playdate at Discovery Cube LA and Hansen Dam
10 Awesome Exhibits Your Kids Will Love at Discovery Cube LA

Grand Opening Price of $10 per ticket extended until January 3, 2016.
(Children 2 and under free.)
Annual Memberships are available.
Tickets to 4D movies cost extra.

11800 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

Open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm
(not open on Thanksgiving or Christmas)
Follow Discovery Cube LA on Social Media:

Twitter: @DiscoveryCubeLA
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See you at the Cube!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. As a member of  Discovery Cube Mom Ambassadors, my family and I get free admission to The Cube to review and attend events. The thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

LEGO Scooby-Doo Stop Motion Videos and a Giveaway!

Have you seen the new Scooby-Doo sets from LEGO? They're cool man!
But you should see them in action... stop motion action, that is.
Two of the things that my youngest daughter can't get enough of right now are LEGO and YouTube. She can spend hours building LEGO sets and she can spend hours watching videos on YouTube. So hearing about these awesome Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets was fun news! She has actually just started her own YouTube Channel, (Rainbow vs. Everything - go subscribe) about gaming, reviews, unboxings and theme parks. So naturally, I am hoping that watching these videos inspires her to make stop motion movies of her own. After she builds her LEGO sets, I will encourage her to take photos and videos of them in creative play. I love this idea as a way to really stretch her imagination. Can you tell I'm trying to groom her into the next Scorsese, one LEGO film at a time.

Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? Busy watching creepy fun videos on the WB Kids YouTube Channel, no doubt. New videos will be uploaded weekly – so be sure to visit and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel.

But don't go watching the videos yet, make sure you enter to win this groovy contest first! You can win 1 of 4 $200 Gift Cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us & Amazon! Now that's enough to make you say 

*Disclosure: I received compensation for my time in writing this post. Thank you for reading my blog! The opinions on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh*

Friday, September 25, 2015

DC KIDS Super Hero Creator, Fun Videos and a Giveaway

 I think we all have a little Super Hero in us. As parents we are constantly encouraging our children to exercise the types of positive qualities that Super Heroes have. Now we can show them a place online where they can use their imagination to create their own super heroes with the qualities that they choose. With the DC Kids SUPER HERO CREATOR kids (or adults) can create the ultimate super hero with a dynamic name, look, powers and more!

It was quick, easy and fun to choose our very own Super Hero. From hair style and eyes to outfit, boots, wings, tails and cape options. You can really get creative with the creator, as they have so many different choices and color combinations. It felt like we were creators of our own comic books! The possibilities are endless.

Here are 2 videos of my daughter creating her own characters, as you can see it's great for boys and girls.



Check out "WONDER STAR" just one of the Super Heroes that we created on the site. (Believe me my daughter and I have BOTH created quite a few so far!)
It was 'Super' Fun! HA!
Also find some of the fun new videos from Warner Bros, including childhood favorites such as Scooby Doo and Batman Unlimited. You can also subscribe to their channels for more family-friendly videos and more!

DCKids Channel:
The Official YouTube channel for DC Kids! 
Enjoy great entertainment from your favorite shows like Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends, Teen Titans Go!

WBKids Channel:
The Official YouTube channel for WB Kids. 
Watch all of your favorite clips and trailers from iconic brands like Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo!

Check out this cool video from those "meddling kids and their dog." 

Now onto the GIVEAWAY!
DC KIDS is giving away an amazing toy gift basket that includes Teen Titans Go Action Figures & T-Tower Set, A Batman Unlimited Actions Figure, DC Super Friends Gift Set and Batmobile! This would make the perfect gift for the holidays (which BTW are right around the corner - Whaaat?)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclosure: I received compensation for my time in writing this post. The opinions on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh* 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bean Sprouts: Kid-Friendly Cafe at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

If you haven't heard of BEAN SPROUTS, it's making quite a name for itself. It's an award winning, kid-friendly restaurant full of healthy and delicious eats for all ages. Creative presentations paired with wholesome ingredients sure to please even the pickiest eaters is what they are all about.

The clever concept of Bean Sprouts was created by two moms (Shannon Seip and Kelly Parthen) in 2007, their philosophy was simple and brilliant "Spark my children's appetite with yummy, good-for-you foods; and delight grown-ups with a happier mealtime." With core values such as health, innovation, positivity and playfulness it's a family business that gets it.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Bean Sprouts inside Discovery Cube Los Angeles.

It's located on the right-hand side when you first walk into the Cube, making it easy to drop in for a snack before you start your day at the museum or to stop in for a meal before you leave. There's also an organic expresso bar to help parents get that much needed boost of energy. YUM!

As you walk up to the counter you'll notice they have a special low counter just for kids, with the menu on display in photos for even the youngest guests to order. It's one thing to have a kid's menu, but Bean Sprouts makes it obvious that they actually cater to children. My picky eater found something she likes on the menu - a grilled cheese sandwich in the shape of a butterfly! YES! 

Everything on the menu is either organic, vegetarian, gluten-free or a combination of these. But not to worry, this nutritional food really does taste good. They are sensitive about food allergies and nearly any dietary need or allergy can be accommodated - just ask! They also use local providers as often as possible from produce suppliers to bakeries which is always nice to know. People in the community can feel good about supporting this local business.

Sandwiches, salads, smoothies, pizza and even dessert is on the menu at Bean Sprouts which means something for everyone. 

The kid's menu is made up of healthy choices called 'Imaginibbles.' That look fun to eat. They look like works of art actually. Just check out the Crocomole or the Do-Re-For-Me piano sandwich. Who wouldn't want to eat these imaginative creations?

No matter which item you choose from the grown-up menu like salads, soup, sandwiches, or pizza you can't go wrong. Fresh Tip: You'll want to try my favorite dish, the (hot) chicken pesto chango sandwich paired with organic greens, topped off with an with ice-cold homemade lemonade. It's delicious!

Don't forget dessert! They have a variety of treats perfect when you want something sweet. Cake pops, smoothies, ice cream and frozen gelato bars. The perfect way to end a play date at the museum is with cake pops and ice cream, right?

While at Bean Sprouts at The Cube in Los Angeles I found the staff to be very friendly, courteous and helpful. They were all passionate about the food and fresh ingredients that they are serving. When you love what you do it shows and these are definitely happy employees.

 Host an unforgettable Birthday Party or event that is catered by Bean Sprouts at Discovery Cube Los Angeles. Your party guests will spend the day exploring two floors of interactive exhibits and celebrate your special day with pizza and presents in the Birthday Party Zone.
To book a birthday party, please call (714) 263-3842

Make sure you sign up to be a part of the 'Birthday Bunch' and get ready to celebrate! You will receive an e-mail during your Birthday and half-birthday month for a special treat redeemable at Bean Sprouts. 

Bean Sprouts first cookbook 'Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food' is a great way for families to cook and recreate these meals in their own kitchen together. Proving it is okay to play with your food!

Bean Sprouts new experimental cooking App teaches kids how to have fun in the kitchen.
This fresh app designed to get kids excited about cooking food that is actually good for them. Cooking Fun For Kids: Healthy Playful Recipes, Food Games, and Videos for Kids in the Kitchen by Bean Sprouts Download here for just $0.99.
I'm not the only one raving about this place.
In 2014 Bean Sprouts was awarded best kids' meal in the nation with their 'Imaginibbles' menu item Do-Re-For-Me sandwich. Now that's impressive!

While you're visiting don't forget to check out the VIPea Gallery. It's full of celebrities' cartooned head shot and autographs like 'Carrot Underwood', 'Katy Berry' and 'Whoopea Goldberg' to name a few. Just another added touch that shows what a sense of humor they have.

Discovery Cube LA (Sylmar, CA)
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Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito, CA)

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. As part of the Discovery Cube Mom Ambassadors, my family and I get free admission to The Cube to review and attend events. The thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Aquarium of the Pacific: Where The Jellies Are

There is nothing quite as magical as the jellyfish! The way they are shaped they way they glide along with the ocean currents is truly fascinating. If you like Sea Jellies as much as we do, there is no better place to find them in So Cal than at Aquarium of the Pacific.
We recently took a trip to Long Beach with family and we had a blast. It has been awhile since our last trip and we were really looking forward to seeing all that's new at the Aquarium.

It my youngest daughter's 8th Birthday and we celebrated by visiting with fish, turtles, eels, crabs, and more! Fresh Tip: Make sure to ask for a Birthday button while you are there celebrating a Birthday in your group.

We were most looking forward to seeing the new sea jellies exhibits and programs. The kids were eager to discover more about these mystical creatures from under the sea.

We were all mesmerized tank after tank of these amazing creatures. It's easy to see why sea jellies are among the most popular subjects for photographers at the Aquarium. I literally couldn't stop taking photos and videos of them! 

My daughter and my niece had fun petting them (two finger touch please) and described they way they feel as smooth, and like jelly. It's hard to believe that they don't have a heart, brain or lungs.

There are currently two films that feature jellies now playing at the Aquarium of the Pacific, make sure to check them out. In the Great Hall you can see "World of Jellies" and "Jellies: Transparent Travelers Through Time" plays in the Ocean Theater.

Here is some interesting information about jellies that we learned during our day in Long Beach:

Jellies and comb jellies have lived on Earth for at least 500 million years, making them three times as old as dinosaurs. Sea jellies survive without a heart, brain, or lungs. They are 95 percent water, and their movements are governed by the flow of the water they live in.

Jellies play an important role in the ocean as food for other animals, like sea turtles and mola molas. Humans also rely on jellies for food and other uses. They are also considered an indicator of ocean health.

While sea jellies have the simplest anatomy of almost any animal, they have complex and varying lifecycles and reproduce both sexually and asexually. Different jelly species reproduce in different ways.

What Can You Do?
The public can help track jellies as citizen scientists. At, people can learn about the jellies they see along the coast while providing important scientific data. Jelly blooms are not currently tracked in any permanent record. Citizens can help scientists by reporting their observations.

Adopt A Sea Jelly
Adopt a sea jelly and receive a certificate and photo of your adopted jelly, an animal fact sheet, invitations to special events, and more. When you adopt a sea jelly, your donation helps to fund the Aquarium’s education and conservation initiatives, environmental programs, animal rehabilitation research, and important animal breeding efforts. Your adoption ensures that our living collection receives the best possible animal care available, including food, medical treatment, and housing.

There is a lot of fun things to see and do even beyond jellyfish! While you're there, make sure to experience all that the Aquarium of the Pacific has to offer, including:

Petting Pools with sharks and bat rays in the Shark Lagoon which features more than 150 sharks. Fresh Tip: Only some are ok to touch! Make sure you know the difference. LOL.

Splashing around with the silly and playful sea lions and seals.

Feeding Lorikeets right out of your hand. Fresh Tip: Make sure to enter Lorikeet Forest when the birds are hungry, (via the sign out front) you'll be able to get more interaction from these colorful birds.

Getting a close-up look at colorful sea anemones and textured corals. You can even touch and feel this gorgeous marine life.

Watching the Sea Otters roll around in the ice at the Sea Otter Habitat in the Northern pacific Gallery.

Making a wish one of the pretty Starfish on display.

Feeding time at the June Keyes Habitat, with all of the penguins including the newest addition, baby Lily.

Our family had a wonderful day! We can't wait until our next trip! What are your favorite things to see and do at Aquarium of the Pacific? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is open from 9am-6pm every day of the year, except Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and during the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 15, 16, and 17, 2016).

Disclosure: I received guest passes for my family to attend the Aquarium and review the venue as a member of the media. The opinions on this blog are 100% Fresh and 100% my own. Thank you for reading my blog!