Get Complimentary Tickets to see The Giving Tree: The Play in Los Angeles!

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Right now you get Complimentary Tickets to see The Giving Tree: The Play at The Little Theater in Los Angeles on Goldstar.com.

You and your children will love Los Angeles Children’s Theater’s live recreation inspired by Shel Silverstein’s touching and tender parable The Giving Tree. The classic children’s book is about the simple gifts nature offers each of us. Through a boy and a loving apple tree, Silverstein’s story follows the seasons of life from young child to old age, from joyous youth to self-centered adolescence, from somber adulthood to bittersweet old age. Each stage of love, loss, heartache and heartbreak is expressed through words, gestures, dance and music that will delight both children and adults. Celebrate the joy of giving with your little ones with The Giving Treeat The Little Theater.
The comp tickets are available for the following shows only and they go super fast!  A $4.75 service fee does apply.
  • Saturday April 25, 2015 / 2:00pm
  • Sunday April 26, 2015 / 2:00pm
  • Sunday April 26, 2015 / 4:00pm

So get your COMP tickets soon!  They will go quickly!

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

FREE “Every Kid in a Park” National Parks Annual Pass for 4th graders and their families!

FREE "Every Kid in a Park" National Parks Annual Pass for 4th graders and their families!

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Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, a new government initiative called Every Kid in a Park will give fourth graders and their families a FREE one-year National Parks Annual Pass!  That’s a total savings of $80.

The Every Kid in a Park pass grants admission to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites in the United States including national parks, forests, monuments and other federal lands for a full year!

World-famous national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon normally charge $25 to $30 per vehicle for a seven-day pass.  So this is a great deal!  We will keep you informed as to when sign ups begin to get the FREE pass.

Here is a list of 8 places you will be able to use your Every Kid in a Park pass in Southern California:

If you don’t have a fourth grader in the house, no worries!  Every year, the National Park Service lists a handful of fee-free days, when admission is FREE for all visitors.

The remaining National Park Service FREE days for 2015 are:

  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.

FREE: OC Fair Imaginology Youth Expo on April 24-26 in Costa Mesa!

OC Fair Imaginology, a re-imagined Youth Expo, featuring FREE family-friendly S.T.E.A.M - related exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

photo credit: The OC Fair

Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead for OC Fair Imaginology, a re-imagined Youth Expo, featuring FREE family-friendly S.T.E.A.M – related exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.  Youth in Orange County, from pre-school through high school, are invited to showcase their talents in individual and group project competitions in a variety of subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

 We have attended two years in a row and love it every time we go!  There is always a wide variety of new and interesting activities to peak my children’s attention.  Here’s a look at years past!

2013

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

The Butterfly Pavilion

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

CPR Demos

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

Gemology

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

Bubble Fun

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

Ceramics

This year visit the Imaginology Action Gallery & learn more about S.T.E.A.M.

  • Create hand crafts with free art-making materials
  • Get your hands dirty and make a pinch pot
  • Play with science and engineering toys
  • Exhibit science-related art and craft projects
  • Paint a pet portrait
  • Experience sewing on a sewing machine
  • Compete in a chess tournament or learn
    how to play
  • Earn prizes in a scavenger hunt

2014

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

Fashion Design

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

Metal Working

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

3D Modeling

The 2015 OC Fair Imaginology is a FREE event for all families on April 24-26, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA!

Recycling

COST: FREE admission for all ages.

WHEN: Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 2015

HOURS:

  • Friday*, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

*Field Trip Day – Open to the public.  Free parking for cars and buses on this day.

WHERE: OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

To learn more visit http://www.ocfair.com/steam/2015/index.php.

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.  Information sourced from the OC Fair website.

Get FREE Ladybugs at Armstrong Garden Centers, April 25-26!

Free Lady Bugs at Armstrong Garden Center, April 25-26, 2015

photo credit: Alvesgaspar

Every year around this time Armstrong Garden Centers give away over 2 million FREE ladybugs (with purchase) to families.

Ladybugs are great for gardening, because they love to eat all the bad guys such as spider mites.  They are also the most popular organic pest control for your garden.

Releasing a container full of ladybugs is also fun for children to do!  We did this a few years ago and my kids really enjoyed holding and seeing the ladybugs as they flew away.

Armstrong Garden is offering one free packet of ladybugs per family on Saturday, April 25 or Sunday, April 26 at all Southern California locations (while supplies last).

Plus you can take a FREE class on Saturday at 9 a.m. to learn how to use your ladybugs to benefit your garden.

To find an Armstrong Garden Center location near you, visit ArmstrongGarden.com/pages/classes

Happy Gardening!

Jilleen

4 Grocery Store Field Trips for Kids in Southern California!

4 Grocery Store Field Trips for Kids in Southern California!

photo credit: Downtowngal

When a child goes on a field trip to their local grocery store they are learning about all sorts of new things!

  • Discover the behind-the-scenes activities of the grocery store (e.g., meat department, bakery, and
  • produce department).
  • Students are introduced to the food pyramid and healthy eating.
  • Recognize their favorite food and non-food products through advertising.
  • Become familiar with the farm-to-market system and how their food is sourced (local vs. non-local)
  • Explore the different roles (e.g., cashier, manager, stocker, bagger) of the grocery store.
  • Try samples of food or merchandise in the store.
  • Experience the concept of paying for goods and services with money.

In Southern California there are 4 local stores that offer Grocery Store Field Trips for Kids!  Whether you are looking to set up a  grocery store field trip for your homeschool co-op, school group or scout troop, make sure to call ahead to get all the details.

1. Bristol Farms (Hollywood, Manhattan Beach, Rolling Hills, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, West Hollywood, Westchester, Westwood, Newport Beach, Westlake Village, La Jolla and Palm Desert)

Bristol Farms offers a FREE 45 minute tour of their store for kids!  The idea group size is 15 – 20 children.  Kids have the opportunity to go through each department within the store and see how they operate.  Depending upon the age of your group, older children may hold a lobster while younger children decorate cupcakes.

2. Trader Joes (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties)

Trader Joe’s is known to have some of the friendliest staff in customer service!  They are more than willing to go out of their way to help their customers.  The same is true when you go on a FREE field trip to your local Trader Joe’s store.  During a tour, students learn about the daily operations of running a grocery store, explore health snack and lunch options and are given a little goody bag to take home at the end of the tour.

3. Ralph’s Speak Out – It’s Your Earth! (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties)

From the website, Speak Out. It’s Your Earth! is a FREE program that opens the doors of your neighborhood Ralphs store to teach valuable lessons about making choices during the shopping experience and how those choices impact the environment.  Conservation and environmental concepts, including how students’ actions impact the world, are explored during this community-based learning adventure.

Each stop provides important information about how the store is reducing its environmental footprint and how students can use those concepts in their own lives.  Children learn about practices that are good for their health and the planet’s health.  The field trips are reviewed by Field Trip Factory’s expert educators, and create memories that last a lifetime.

To prepare your students, pre-field trip activities are available under Resources!  Post-field trip activities are available after the trip to reinforce content.

The tour is ONLY available in April and advance reservations are required.

4. Whole Foods Market (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura Counties)

Whole Foods Market offers FREE tours for children at all of their local Southern California stores.  Tours can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your specific school group or community organization.

Tours can focus on:

  • Shopping for Value
  • Non-GMO
  • Quick Meal Fixes
  • Gluten-Free
  • Local Foods
  • Healthy Eating
  • Seafood Sustainability
  • Smart Snacks and Healthy Lunchbox Ideas
  • And more!

Tours are 45 minutes to one hour in length.  Please call your local Whole Foods Market and ask to speak with their Marketing Director for full details.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are always 100% my own.