Schoolhouse Rock Live! comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Oct. 3-4

Schoolhouse Rock Live!


The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

October 3 & 4, 2014

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I come from a long line of musical theater lovers.  While growing up in Northern California, my aunt often arranged for our family to see several Broadway shows in San Francisco.  It was a family tradition for us to hop on a Bart train (Northern California’s main transportation system), head into the city and see a performance.

Then in junior high and high school, I participated in several musical productions from South Pacific to Annie.   My love for musical theater grew even more as I went off to college and majored in music, with an emphasis in vocal performance.

During my senior year in college, I was offered an internship in Performing Arts Management at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formally known as The Orange County Performing Arts Center) and that sealed the deal!  From then on I knew I wanted a career in the music industry.

So here I am now…several years later with the wonderful opportunity to take Field Trip Girl and Field Trip Boy to see a musical at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  It’s like seeing history repeat itself all over again!

My family will soon be rocking out at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts as Childsplay brings the hit cartoon series Schoolhouse Rock to life on stage. 

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The TV show, which presented academic subjects including history, grammar and math through megahit songs such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” has received a bit of a makeover by Childsplay with an updated sound to the popular hits.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! premieres at the Center October 3 & 4 in Samueli Theater as part of the Center’s Family Series. 

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Critics have raved about this production: “Director Anthony Runfola should be commended for this delightful production,” said Randy Cordova of The Arizona Republic.  “It’s fast-moving, energetic and, at an hour, the perfect length.  Adults won’t check their watches and kids won’t grow restless in their seats.  Quite simply, it’s pure fun.”

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Schoolhouse Rock Live! features Childsplay favorites Eric Boudreau as George, Rudy Ramirez as Tom, Molly Robinson as Shulie and Keilani Akagi as Dina.  The play is directed by Anthony Runfola.

For Schoolhouse Rock Live! ticket information, please visit

I hope to see you there!

Happy Field Tripping,


Disclosure:  We received complimentary media tickets to see Schoolhouse Rocks Live!  All points of view are our own.  Images used by permission from The Segerstrom Center for The Arts.



Disney Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge (Video Contest for Kids!)




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Superhero’s Unite!  A new superhero movie is in town!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter).

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When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller).

Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

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The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.  For more information, check out

In anticipation of BIG HERO 6, XPRIZE has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for the launch of a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes that will soon burst onto the big screen in “BIG HERO 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening November 7, 2014.

The DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics.

The six winners, the real-life “Big Hero 6,” will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere in early November, go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.

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Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges. In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will be selected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.

Said Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, “We are thrilled to work with XPRIZE to find real-life young heroes whose desire is to tackle the world’s great challenges. It’s an honor for all of us at Walt Disney Animation Studios to welcome them at our Studio and at the premiere of “Big Hero 6.”

“The young people who win this contest will be real-world heroes, ready and willing to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our world today,” said Trish Halamandaris, senior vice president marketing & communications at XPRIZE. “The XPRIZE Foundation is excited to be conducting this competition that challenges young people to be bold, creative and smart, and to dare to think big.  We believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere, and one of these kids just might come up with an idea that can truly change the world.”

In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.

Participating kids will compete in two divisions:

Junior Division (8-12 years of age)

Senior Division (13–17 years of age)

All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Details about the Challenge are available at

Official registration period starts September 19, 2014, and runs through October 12, 2014.

The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world.  The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.

For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at:

Disclosure:  This post is for informational purposes only.  Images used by permission from Walt Disney Animation.

Manufacturing Day 2014 is on October 3, an event for the whole family!

Manufacturing Day 2014

Throughout  All of Southern California

October 3, 2014


Today’s Manufacturing Is Not Your Grandfather’s Manufacturing!

Manufacturing Day is a growing grassroots movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today.  Did you know 80% of manufacturing companies can not find the skilled labor that they need? 

There is a public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable and provide insufficient preparatory education.  However, this stems from a lack of understanding of our present-day manufacturing environment, which is highly technical.  Manufacturing environments today include highly trained, well-paid employees who work on state-of-the art equipment.  Manufacturing workers make on average $77,000 per year, have the highest job tenure in the private sector and most receive medical benefits.

I highlighted some of these misconceptions in a recent blog post about a field trip we took to a metal cutting facility in Cypress called The Sanvik Coromant US Headquarters.

Manufacturing Day was created to give manufacturers the opportunity to raise and address these issues by simply exhibiting what they do best for visitors – manufacture things!

On October 3, hundreds of manufacturers across the United States and Canada will participate in Manufacturing Day by hosting open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events.  Manufacturing Day events are meant for anyone who is curious about modern manufacturing and who would like to know more about what happens in modern-day manufacturing facilities.  Audiences include students, parents, educators, media, civic leaders, and local communities in general.


In Southern California there are over 30 companies, schools and facilities hosting Manufacturing Day events including:

3D Printing Solutions by Purple Platypus, Irvine

3D Robotics Inc., San Diego

5th Axis Inc., San Diego

ACE Clearwater, Compton

Aleph Group Inc., Riverside

Alphatec Spine Inc., Carlsbad

AmerillumBrands, Oceanside

Bay Cities, Pico Rivera

Benavente, Santa Ana

BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Santee

Cerritos College – Technology Division, Norwalk

Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga

College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita

D&K Engineering, San Diego

Deering Banjo Company, Spring Valley

Federal Heath, Oceanside

Fullerton College: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Tour, Fullerton

Game1 Sports Professional Wood Bats, Rancho Cucamonga

Gary Manufacturing Sewing Facility Tour, National City

Hawthorne High School of Manufacturing & Engineering, Hawthorne

K&N Engineering Inc., Riverside

KAZZ Molds Inc., Hesperia

Legacy Digital Graphics, Chula Vista

Lock-Ridge Tool Company Inc., Pomona

Magna Flow, Oceanside

McCain Inc., Vista

Moniker Group, San Diego

Norco College, Norco

Outsource Manufacturing, San Diego

Planet Plexi, Laguna Hills

Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc., Santee

San Diego City College Machine Technology Program, San Diego

San Diego Regional EDC, San Diego

San Diego Technology Incubator, San Diego

Sandvik Coromant, Cypress

Shaper Studios Surfboard Workshop, San Diego

Spray Enclosure Technologies, Inc., Rialto

Stone Brewing Co., Escondido

Taylor Guitars, El Cajon

Taylormade Golf Company, Carlsbad

Technical Employment Training, San Bernardino

Thoro Packaging, Corona

Tijuana EDC, San Diego

ViaSat, Carlsbad

Vital Link, Cypress

Vocademy – The Makerspace, Riverside

I hope you get a chance to take your children to one of these outstanding educational events in support of Manufacturing Day on October 3!

Happy Field Tripping,


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points view and opinions are our own.  Images used by permission from Manufacturing Day 2014.

Giveaway to The BooMont Park Fall Festival and Haunt in San Diego!

Giveaway to The BooMont Park Fall Festival and Haunt in San Diego!

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Over the next 6 weeks SoCal Field Trips will be featuring the “The Best Places to Visit This Fall in Southern California.”

As I shared with you yesterday, my family loves the fall season.  From the smell of fresh apple cider to collecting fall leaves for our autumn crafts, we enjoy everything about the season.  In fact, sometimes I wish I could transplant myself to the East Coat during this time of year to simply watch the leaves fall.  I was born and raised in California, but in my opinion Maine is the most beautiful state in the union.  I joke around with my husband sometimes and tell him that we need to buy a retirement home in Maine, but then he reminds me of the snow!  So California we shall stay!

In the meantime, I relish in all that Southern California has to offer families this season!  Today in our series “The Best Places to Visit This Fall in Southern California” we feature The BooMont Park Annual Fall Festival and Haunt!

Every October like clockwork Belmont Park in San Diego transforms itself into BooMont Park; a Halloween themed beachfront amusement park featuring activities for all ages.

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The creators of San Diego’s most iconic haunts, “The Haunted Hotel,” “The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park” and “The Scream Zone,” teamed up with Belmont Park to create a family-friendly Haunt BooMont Park.

The month long Halloween Festival runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 3th – November 1st.   Activities start at 5:00 pm on Friday and run all day on Saturday and Sunday.

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BooMont Park’s frighteningly-fun weekends include FREE trick-or-treating every Friday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays/Sundays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Just make sure to bring a pillow case or bucket for all the candy and goodies too!

The park’s other attractions include:

BooMont Manor ($6) – A family-friendly haunted house sure to ignite the thrills and chills of the season.

Zombie Laser Tag ($8) – Where creatures will join you in this three floor adventure.

A Pumpkin Patch and Painting (Prices Vary)

Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall

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The Giant Dipper that will be transformed into a Spooky Coaster ($6)

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Belmont Park is located at 3146 Mission Blvd. in San Diego.

Discount Alert!  Visit for a FREE BooMont Manor haunted house coupon with the purchase of an Unlimited Ride or Unlimited Attraction Wristband!  Plus kids in super hero costumes receive 50% off the Super Hero Zip Line & Rock Wall.

Now for your chance to win a Family Pack to attend The BooMont Park Annual Fall Festival & Haunt, please visit a Rafflecopter giveaway !!!

Happy Field Tripping,


Disclosure:  We have been invited to a media preview day hosted by Belmont Park.  All points of view and opinions are our own.  Please see full giveaway disclosure on the Rafflecopter link provided above. 

Giveaway to the Irvine Park Railroad’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Patch!

Irvine Park Railroad’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Patch!

September 20th through October 31st


Fall is almost here and it is my favorite time of year!

Throughout the season, you will find my family in the kitchen making homemade pumpkin pies, hosting our annual Harvest Party and visiting all the season’s bests throughout the southland.

One of our annual traditions every year is to visit The Irvine Park Railroad’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Patch at The Irvine Regional Park.  We especially enjoyed going with our playgroup when my children were younger.

Here are a few pictures from years past:


Field Trip Girl at The Irvine Park Railroad (2009)


Field Trip Boy at The Irvine Park Railroad (2009)

Irvine Park Railroad’s 9th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family!  Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 20th through October 31st.

They have thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, to choose from.


Field Trip Boy and Friends at The Irvine Park Railroad (2013)

This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands and great food.

And lots of great opportunities for photos too!


Field Trip Boy at The Irvine Park Railroad (2009)


Field Trip Girl at The Irvine Park Railroad (2013)

Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is FREE.  Prices for all other activities vary.  Please visit for additional information and costs.

Furthermore, as a field trip coordinator this information especially caught my eye!  Irvine Park Railroad welcomes schools and groups to tour the pumpkin patch on a field trip.  Please visit or call (714) 997-3968 for school and group information.

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily from:
September 20th through October 31st
Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.  For complete details, please visit

And now for your chance to win a Family Pack to The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch, please visit a Rafflecopter giveaway !!!

The giveaway includes:

  • 4 Tickets that can be used to ride the train or for Pumpkin Patch activities
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park deuce coupe bike rental
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

Happy Field Tripping!


Disclosure:  We have been invited to a media preview day hosted by the Irvine Park Railroad.  All points of view and opinions are our own.  Please see full giveaway disclosure on the Rafflecopter link provided above.