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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Impossible Science Lab at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Question the Impossible Through Science...
 at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

After art, my daughter's favorite subject in school is Science. As a Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador I was excited to hear that there was an Impossible Science exhibit coming to Discovery Cube LA. What seems impossible is actually part illusion and part science.

It's really neat to watch your kids get such hands-on experience and see their curiosity spark. They can try multiple science experiments all set up just for them with laser beams, balloons, beakers, bubbles, and more. Are you ready to challenge their mind (and yours) at The Cube this Spring Break? All the fun with none of the cleanup!
Test your hypothesis on these cool stations:

Make Square Bubbles
Bend the Light
Laser Microscope
Balloon Bed of Nails
Explore Levitation
Walk on Water  
Invisible Glass
Tinsel Balloon Levitation
Bernoulli Ping Pong
 Penny Battery 

We had a great time at Discovery Cube and spent most of our time in the Impossible Science Lab. It's the perfect family outing for Spring Break! The Impossible Science Lab going on now through March 19 through March 27, 2016. It's available daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm only at Discovery Cube Los Angeles and is included in general admission. 

Check out some other posts that may interest you about The Cube:
Helicopter Tours
Bean Sprouts Cafe
Summer Playdate 
The Science of Gingerbread
Noon Years Eve

Grand Opening Price of $10 per ticket extended until April 30, 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
Instagram: DiscoveryCubeLA
Facebook: DiscoveryCubeLA

See you at the Cube!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored 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.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

DC Super Hero Girls: Get Your Cape On


If your kids are comic book fans of characters like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Supergirl then I have got the Youtube channel that they are going to love. Introducing the DC Super Hero Girls, DC Entertainment’s latest animated series. Get ready for action-packed girl power, where girls save the day. This group of Super Heroes are on an epic journey, discovering the power of their special abilities and friendships. 



Meet the students of Super Hero High:


It's great to see that the main characters are dynamic and strong females. Each teen is unique in her personality and superhero ability, but it's when they work together for good that the real magic happens! The videos are fun and filled with the comic books heroines, where the power belongs to the girls. Reminding young girls that they can be who they want to be! 

The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device.

Make sure to visit the DC Super Hero Girls website where kids can play games, take quizzes, find out who is the Super Hero of the week, download free printable activities, and more.

DC KIDS is giving away a $100 Visa Giftcard! Enter below and Good Luck!

*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, February 26, 2016

The SOCKIT: Soccer Training Tool for Kids

My daughter has been playing soccer for a few seasons and she really likes the sport. She has a strong kick, enjoys competition, and has made new friends in her teammates. But sometimes practicing can get a little boring for her, so my husband is always trying to teach her new drills keeping her on her toes and challenging her natural athletic ability. 

Enter The SOCKIT, a new product I got the opportunity to try out recently. This soccer kick trainer is especially made for children ages 5-12. It's an interactive band that your child wears around the outside of their cleat. How it works is it instantly lights up to signal when a player kicks the ball correctly, helping to teach proper foot-to-ball technique. 

As parents we want to provide our children with all the tools they need to help them succeed. The same goes for when they are playing sports. The better they do in sports, the more confident they become. The more confident they are, the more fun they have. The more fun they have, the more likely they'll want to keep playing the sport. The more they continue playing the sport, they more active they are and the more exercise they get. Which is good for their body, mind and overall well being.

The SOCKIT builds confidence, encourages players to practice more, improves foot-eye coordination, and reminds us all of why we play sports in the first place... because it's fun! I liked learning the story behind why The SOCKIT was created by a soccer parent who saw a need, "Like most parents of a soccer player, Joe Briganti wanted to find a simple and effective way to help his two young daughters become more skilled at soccer. After searching sporting goods stores, online retailers, and trying countless training aids, nothing lived up to their expectations of fun with real results. And so with that, The SOCKIT was born."

My daughter had fun practicing with The SOCKIT trainer. My husband, who is also her Coach thinks it is something he will use in the future as another tool to help his players with ball control. Sometimes practicing a sport can feel like a chore to the kids, but The SOCKIT makes it a fun game. I can see the whole team wanting to use it. Let them pick out their favorite color, or maybe the color of the team jerseys. These would be great gifts for the players of any youth soccer league. As you can see, my daughter chose 'Attacker Blue.' We will definitely be keeping it handy in her soccer bag!

Fresh Tip: It would be most helpful to use The SOCKIT in the evening or at night once the sun has gone down as it's hard to see it light up in the daytime.

I have a 'Smashing Yellow' SOCKIT to give away to one of my readers. All you have to do is comment below with your name and email address. I will pick a winner at random on Saturday March 5, 2016. Good Luck!

But there's more... Everyone's a winner because I have an exclusive discount code just for my readers! This code is good for 25% off your first purchase (online only) on the sock it website. Please use this code at checkout  freshangeles25  to receive the discount towards your soccer kick trainer.

Happy Kicking! 

Full Disclosure: The opinions in this article are 100% fresh and 100% mine. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with Gigasavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Noon Years Eve Party at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Before the sun went down on New Year's Eve, Kaia and I went with some friends to Discovery Cube Los Angeles. We were curious and excited to celebrate our first 'Noon Year's Eve' at the Cube! We knew there would be a countdown, balloon drop, ginger ale toast and festivities for the kids. Since New Years is typically an adult holiday, I thought it would be fun to do something that my daughter would like. We had been to Discovery Cube recently for the Science of Gingerbread Event and had a sweet time making race cars at the Annual Gingerbread Derby!

When we arrived we were greeted with hats and horns at the front door. The kids were happy with the horns while us moms put on the hats. It was really crowded with everyone gathered on the first floor underneath the huge balloon drops. Check out my video for a play-by-play of the Noon Year's Eve Celebration:

There was a DJ and MC giving a speech and doing the countdown which was getting the crowd pumped! At 2pm we counted down from 10 to 1 as we all screamed "Happy New Year!"  The kids were all blowing their horns making as much noise as they possibly could then the balloons started floating down and that's when it really got crazy!

We all grabbed a glass of ginger ale and toasted to the 2016 in hopes of a happy and healthy new year that's filled with many trips to Discovery Cube! If you didn't get a chance to attend this year, you should definitely put it in the calendar for next year. Wait, am I already making plans for 2017... I CAN'T EVEN!!! Whenever you go make sure to check out my post, 10 Things To Do at Discovery Cube LA for some of our favorite exhibits.

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
Instagram: DiscoveryCubeLA
Facebook: DiscoveryCubeLA

See you at the Cube!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored 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. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

10 Awesome Books For Kids of All Ages

The Perfect Book Gift Guide for Kids

Still shopping for last minute gifts but you're all out of ideas? Check out this awesome gift guide for the young book lovers in your family! From toddlers to tween and even the teens these 10 books will get your child excited about reading. I don't know if it's just me, but I would love to read any of these books too. Here's to a wonderful new year filled with many hours of quiet time, and your kids snuggled up next to a good book.

The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel
by Melissa de la Cruz
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world. Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon’s Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the Dragon’s Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

2016 Guinness World Records 
 By Guinness World Records
This year's Guinness World Records book is loaded with thousands of “officially amazing” facts and eye-popping photographs that will make young readers’ jaws drop. The world's best-selling annual book is back and bursting with thousands of amazing new records! New topics such as waterfalls, twins, ballooning, apps, manga, archaeology, drones, and pirates. 

Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition
 By Guinness World Records
Video game fanatics will be ecstatic when they discover the Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition features more than 20 pages on the global gaming sensation Minecraft! And of course this must-own reference on video games features all new records for revered gaming franchises like Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda and much more. Packed with record-breaking high scores, speed-runs, technical achievements and gaming luminaries, the new gamer’s edition is an essential book for any gaming fan!

Frozen: Reindeers are Better Than People
By Disney Book Group
Reindeers are better than people. And who would know that better than Kristoff? Kids will enjoy reading Kristoff’s ode to his friend Sven in this delightful board book featuring two plush reindeer antlers!

The Story of Diva and Flea 
By Mo Willems, Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery. For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France—but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars
By Claudia Gray, Illustrated by Phil Noto
This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends--Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell--who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?
Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.

Cloud Country
By Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Noah Klocek
Sitting there, among the clouds, looking down and day dreaming is... a little cloudlet. Gale would like nothing more than to make one real cloud shape. But instead, she creates something different. Wait until all of Cloud Country finds out!

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
By Rick Riordan, Illustrated by John Rocco 
 Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy.

Star Darlings Sage and the Journey to the Wish World
By Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Welcome to Starling Academy. Twelve very special students have been selected from this year’s class to reclaim the wish energy that powers their beloved planet, Starland. The Star Darlings, as they are known, take classes where they learn how to grant the wishes made on birthday candles, shooting stars, dandelions, wishbones, and coins tossed into fountains, just to name a few. Their top-secret mission will take them to Wishworld (known in some places as Earth). There they will have to find the Wisher and figure out how to grant the wish before time runs out and they are stuck on Wishworld forever. Sage is the first Star Darling soaring off to Wishworld. Travel with her as she discovers how challenging life on a new planet can be and how she learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, and never assuming anything.

Black Widow: Forever Red
By Margaret Stohl
Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Disclosure: I received copies of some the books listed above for review. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine. Thanks for reading my blog! Reading is awesome and so are you!