A Field Trip to The George Washington Federal House in Orange County!

A FIELD TRIP TO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON FEDERAL HOUSE

IN ORANGE COUNTY!

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On two separate occasions, I have led field trips to visit the unofficial George Washington Federal House in Orange County.  I say unofficial, because in reality it is a small building housed on the private estate of Rev. Gary Beard, dedicated to the history and persona of our nation’s first President, George Washington.

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No name or date better symbolizes the spirit of America than “Washington 1776.”  Rev. Gary Beard believes that in the 21st century, we are slowly losing a sense of the dynamic behind the man who inspired and won the battle for independence and the date that separated tyranny from freedom.

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For 30 years, Rev. Gary Beard has portrayed George Washington in hundreds of classrooms, assemblies and churches throughout Southern California.  He has appeared at the Nixon Presidential Library each President’s Day and Fourth of July for the last 14 years and is the official George Washington at all San Bernardino’s bicentennial events.

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During the tour, “George Washington” presented us with a performance and tour of his hands-on exhibit of historical artifacts including currency, stamps, and a first-edition book containing the actual story of the cherry tree.

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The students were able to dress in period clothing with authentic hats, drums and powder horns while parents looked at a real colonial kitchen.

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Rev. Gary Beard is also available to portray the living history of George Washington at school and community events throughout the area.

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  Some Topics for presentation include:

  • Mt. Vernon Love Story — The wedding of Nellie Custis granddaughter of the Washingtons.
  • Battles of the Revolution — A historical reenactment of at least 5 battles that Washington commanded.
  • Commander in Chief — The resolve and integrity of the general.“The Faith of our Founding Father” — A 30 year look at the faith of George Washington.
  • The First Inauguration — The first day of the first administration.
  • Martha the Mother — Martha — the single mother — the adoption of her baby grandchildren — the winter visitor to the troops.
  • The Firsts of our First President — Traditions that have lasted from; “so help me God” to the purple heart.
  • Washington 1776 — The destitute nature of the army of “76” and historic crossing of the Delaware.

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A few tips when planning a field trip to The George Washington Museum:

  1. Rev. Gary Beard can take up to two weeks to respond to your request to set up a field trip, because he travels often.
  2. Rev. Gary Beard’s museum operates on a donation basis.  Therefore, please make a donation after your tour to thank him for his time and service.
  3. The museum can accommodate up to approximately 15 people comfortably at a time.
  4. Please watch your children closely while in the museum.
  5. This field trip is appropriate for children ages 8 years old and up.

To schedule your own field trip to visit The George Washington Museum and for booking information, please visit www.washington1776.com

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are our own.

Knott’s Merry Farm opens on Nov. 22, plus a special Knott’s season pass deal!

KNOTT’S MERRY FARM OPENS ON NOVEMBER 22

PLUS BUY A 2015 KNOTT’S BERRY FARM SEASON PASS & GET A 2014 VISIT FOR FREE!

This post is written by me for GigaSavvy. All opinions our own.

Knott's Merry Farm LogoChristmas is my family’s favorite time of year!  And excitement for the big day is just starting to build!   Yesterday, while walking through my local mall , I saw the anticipation of the season right around the corner.  Shiny Christmas decorations hung from the stores’ ceilings, shelves were stocked full of new merchandise and lights shimmered from the newly decorated Christmas trees.

As a part of this year’s long list of favorite holiday traditions, my family and I plan to attend Knott’s Berry Farm’s seasonal event Knott’s Merry Farm!  There are only 30 days left until it opens on November 22.

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Our very own pet Snoopy was so excited to hear the news that he requested to watch the nostalgic A Charlie Brown Christmas on Youtube in preparation for the big day!

Knott’s Merry Farm runs from November 22 through January 4, 2015.  

This year’s holiday event includes park-wide lavish decorations, live entertainment, festive food, and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans.

Here’s a sneak peek into what’s in store for visitors:

  • A performance by the world famous beagle, Snoopy as he performs a brand new ice spectacular, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! inside of the 2,100 Charles M. Schulz Theatre.

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  • Experience a unique live performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in an intimate setting of the historic Bird Cage.
  • When the sun sets on the Farm, Calico Stage lights up with the celebration of the season in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting.  Join Snoopy and Friends for a musical, whimsical tree lighting featuring a cast of Toy Soldiers, Snowmen, Elves and America’s most famous beagle, Snoopy!
  • Over in Camp Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy invite you to dance, sing and join in on the holiday fun in the Camp Snoopy Theatre.

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  • Introduced in 2013, the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad celebrate Christmas on Engine 41. Climb aboard a vintage railcar and meet an ever-changing group of Ghost Town residents eager to share their Christmas plans and songs with you.

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  • Ghost Town also celebrates of the sounds of the season with its very own Dickensian vocal quartet, Calico Carolers and interactive country Christmas blue grass quartet, the Ghost Town Miners.

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While in attendance, check out Knott’s Berry Farm’s culinary elves’ delicious festive treats including Santa’s homemade cookies, sundae bar, decadent hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, and winter wine and craft beer tastings. Savor the ultimate comfort foods with Knott’s world famous desserts, including fresh made-to-order Maple Lollipops, churros from the Churro Factory, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men in the Farm Bakery, as well as the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

Knott’s Berry Farm knows that no Christmas is complete without a visit to see Santa Clause at Santa’s Christmas Cabin too.  The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town becomes home to Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. Here, the young and the young at heart can share their wish lists with jolly Santa Claus and take home a picture of the occasion.

When you need a moment to relax and unwind, head over to Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village!  During this time of year, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms their Ghost Town into a shopping wonderland filled with dozens of local artists and artisans selling their unique wares including a chainsaw sculptor and glass blower.  Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Monday through Thursday and is included daily with theme park admission.

For more information on Knott’s Berry Farm, including admission, park hours and events, visit their website or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone.

BONUS TIP: If you buy a 2015 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass right now, you can enjoy the lowest price of the year and receive unlimited 2015 visits to Knott’s for only 9 easy payments of $8.50.  Plus get one 2014 visit for FREE!  Hurry though, this offer expires on November 3.

Snoopy and my family look forward to seeing you this holiday season at Knott’s Merry Farm!

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This is written by me for GigaSavvy.  We were invited to a media event to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are our own.  Pictures used by permission from GigaSavvy and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Giveaway Alert! Thomas & Friends pulls into the Discovery Science Center for a visit!

 GIVEAWAY ALERT!

THOMAS & FRIENDS: EXPLORE THE RAILS EXHIBIT AT

THE DISCOVERY CUBE ORANGE COUNTY!

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Let’s play name that tune!  Can you name the following popular children’s show theme song?  Ready, set, go!

They’re two they’re four they’re six and
eight
Shunting trucks and hauling freight
red and green and brown and blue
they’re the really useful crew
All with different roles to play
Round Tidmouth sheds or far away,
Down the hills and round the bends
Thomas and his friends
Thomas he’s the cheeky one
James is vain but lots of fun
Percy pulls the mail on time
Gordon thunders down the line
Emily really knows her stuff
Henry toots and huffs and puffs
Edward wants to help and share
Toby, well let’s say, he’s square
They’re two they’re four they’re six and eight
Shunting trucks and hauling freight
red and green and brown and blue
they’re the really useful crew
All with different roles to play
Round tidmouth shed or far away
Down the hills and round the bends
Thomas and his friends
They’re two they’re four they’re six and eight
Shunting trucks and hauling freight
red and green and brown and blue
they’re the really useful crew
All with different roles to play
Round tidmouth shed or far away
Down the hills and round the bends
Thomas and his friends

If you named Thomas & Friends, then you are absolutely right!  You probably also have one of THESE in your house – a little train enthusiast!  This is a picture of Field Trip Boy when he was 2 years old playing with his trains and loving every moment with of it.  When he was little we allowed him to watch two Thomas and Friends episodes a day, plus one extra episode if he had a friend over.  He was and still is a big fan of Thomas & Friends!

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When the news hit that the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana (another one of our favorite places to play in the OC) was hosting the world’s most beloved blue engine just in time for the holiday season, we were ecstatic!  We cleared our calendars and plan to go this weekend.

Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails is an interactive, hands-on exhibit, and is locally sponsored by PBS SoCal.  The exhibit is set to run through January 4, 2015.

Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) – focused exhibit seeks to engage children and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences.  The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.

Visitors to the 1500 square foot exhibit will be delighted as they find themselves surrounded by the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. In the exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are.

Inside the Exhibit:

  • Climb into Thomas’ cab and explore the engine’s inner workings. Flip levers and investigate other moveable parts that trigger train noises such as braking, whistles and steam.
  • Fix Percy’s wobbly wheel by removing and replacing parts and experimenting to find a combination of wheels, rods and bolts that work.
  • Explore the favorite Island of Sodor destinations including: Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks and the Sodor Search & Rescue Station on an over-sized Thomas Wooden Railway train table.
  • Work with old and new friends loading luggage, livestock and other freight into the coaches of two train cars.
  • Collaborate with others to get Percy moving by loading coal into his coal box and filling his tank with water from a water tower.
  • Suit up as the conductor to exchange money and sell tickets to other visitors taking a ride on the train.
  • Wander through a Thomas & Friends retrospective featuring model engines from the original live action series produced in London, copies of the original drawings and manuscripts from the Rev. W. Awdry, the creator of Thomas & Friends, and a collection of memorabilia documenting the history and evolution of Thomas & Friends through books, television, and toys.

And here’s the best news of all!  Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails is included with general admission fees!

General admission prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95).  Tickets can be purchased at Discovery Cube Orange County or online at www.discoverycube.org/oc.  

BONUS TIP:  Check out Orange County’s local parenting magazines or the mailers you get in the mail, because I see discounts to the Discovery Cube Orange County in them all the time!

The Discovery Cube Orange County is also hosting a GIVEAWAY on SoCal Field Trips for a FAMILY FOUR PACK OF TICKETS to see the new Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit!

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See you this weekend at The Discovery Cube Orange County!

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

Disclosure:  SoCal Field Trips was invited to a media event to help facilitate this post.  All images used by permission from the DSC.  For giveaway rules and details, please see the Rafflecopter link above.

 

A Peak Behind The Curtain of Disney’s New Movie Big Hero 6!

A PEAK BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF…

DISNEY’S NEW MOVIE

BIG HERO 6!

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Joshua and Athan Eklund attended the Walt Disney Animation Studios Big Hero 6 Tech Day on behalf of SoCal Field Trips.

After a blurry eyed wake-up call and two hours of stop-and-go traffic, our destination was finally in sight: the giant Sorcerer Mickey hat of the Disney Animation Studio.

Ostensibly, Athan and I were here for a press event focused on the technology behind Disney’s newest animated feature, Big Hero 6, and indeed, we did see and hear about some impressive tech, but as Mickey’s giant hat faded from our rear view mirror at the end of the day, it wasn’t Disney’s technology that impressed me as much as their creativity.

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I know, I know, finding creativity in the Disney Animation Studio is like finding high fructose corn syrup in the Coke I had with lunch, exactly what you would expect.

No, what really impressed me was the way that everything seemed design to help feed the creative process that went into making the film.

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We entered the building and walked down a hallway adorned with a large graphic of the Big Hero 6 team followed by a group of display cases filled with well deserved Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and animation award statues. I can’t imagine that anyone coming to work down that hall day-in and day-out isn’t inspired to make sure their projects bring home some gold in the future as well.

We were greeted and checked-in by some incredibly nice staffers and invited to help ourselves to some breakfast. Several of the writers attending the event seemed slightly surprised that there was a kid attending with them, but the Disney staff didn’t bat an eye. I couldn’t help but get the feeling it was because so many of them are still kids at heart.

Athan and I grabbed a bite from the breakfast spread, and then perused the Big Hero 6 pre-production art hanging outside the screening room while we waited for the days’ events to begin.

As fantastic as the artwork was, it wasn’t what got me thinking about that creativity I mentioned above. Honestly, I’m used to pre-production artwork from the likes of Pixar and Disney being fantastic. Even the most hurried of sketches are enough to inspire envy in most people. No, it was something far simpler and far more powerful.

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A blank pad of paper.

A small stack of them was sitting on a counter next to a pile of black Sharpies as we entered the screening room. I had Athan pick up one of each, thinking they might come in handy, and perhaps Athan would be inspired to do a little drawing. (Out of nowhere a few nights before, he had grabbed a pad of paper and cranked out three or four-dozen character designs and I thought maybe the surroundings might inspire another bout of sketching.)

“My dad had me get a pad and pen, but I was WAY too tired to draw anything. We had to wake up at 6:00 AM!” – Athan

Our first session began with Big Hero 6 producer Roy Conli who spoke briefly about the film and then introduced the directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.

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Apparently, after Disney’s acquisition of Marvel comics, Hall was encouraged to explore the Marvel vaults where he came across an obscure comic called Big Hero 6. Hall liked the title and the Japanese setting and was encouraged to “take the idea and run with it”.

At hearing this, I was again struck by the creativity of this encouragement. Make no mistake, taking an obscure (some might say failed) comic book and using it as the basis for an expensive animated feature is NOT the kind of play-it-safe mentality you frequently encounter in Hollywood. Although the finished film is based very, very loosely on the comic (mainly the title, character names and a Japanese flavor) it’s still a big gamble, and it shows how much faith Disney has in its ability, as it finds itself in the midst of yet another animation golden-era.

“Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen were all great movies, but Wreck-it Ralph and Winnie the Pooh are my favorites from this group.  Although I think that is going to change when Big Hero 6 comes out.” - Athan

What I found so inspiring about the decision to develop this obscure property is that you never know where great ideas will come from, which is a good reason to keep pads of paper lying around. (Even if you are too tired to use them – Athan) In fact, it was during research for the film, in particular researching health care robots, that the concept of  “soft robotics” came to the filmmakers’ attention. Obviously, I wasn’t there when it happened, but even years later you can’t help but get the impression that this was an “Ah-HA!” moment of rather large proportions. An inflatable, vinyl robot, not only has the great fortune of being something new and interesting that we haven’t seen onscreen before, but in the visual world of animation is an absolute GOLDMINE. And from what we saw, I have very little doubt that the character of Baymax will be the runaway hit of the film.

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“Baymax is a big, cute, soft, huggable, balloon-robot. And before you know it he turns into a karate kicking, missile launching, flying super robot. I think he’s going to be one of my favorite characters.” – Athan

Speaking of what we saw, we saw quite a bit.  While Conli, Williams and Hall spoke about the origins of the film, it’s settings, and the characters, they screened about 20 minutes of the finished film for us.

They of course spoke about the story and the “heart” that we expect from the best Disney animation but highlighted a few other aspects that caught my attention. The first was the do-it-yourself inventor aspect of main protagonist Hiro. The filmmakers spoke about the popularity of the “maker-movement” that has grown exponentially in the last few years and I love that they have incorporated some of that into Big Hero 6. Hopefully it will encourage even more people, kids especially, to get their feet wet when it comes to the DIY maker movement.

The second aspect that was impossible to ignore was the films setting, the fictional San Fransokyo. It’s unlike anything you have seen before and again, it was a perfect illustration of letting the creativity craft the product. Where so many others would take an easy short cut, Williams and Hall quite refreshingly stay far away from the “Dystopian Future” so often seen in science fiction these days.

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“San Fransokyo is a highly advanced city, a mix between San Francisco and Tokyo. It is definitely a place I would love to visit.” – Athan

San Fransokyo, was also a major feature in the second session of the day, the Walt Disney Animation Studio Technology Presentation, led by WDAS CTO Andy Hendrickson and team.

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Since this event was aimed at the tech press, this session definitely ratcheted up the “gear-head” quotient a bit. The technology was very impressive, including an incredible new rendering engine dubbed “Hyperion” and a back-end render farm that constitutes the 75th largest super computer in the world.

Hyperion is indeed impressive, but it’s what it allowed the filmmakers to do creatively that is the real story. When you make models or sets for films, whether they are traditional real-world ones or virtual 3D ones, the old adage has always been that you “only build what the audience is going to see”.

But for Big Hero 6 the filmmakers built the ENTIRE CITY of San Fransokyo. Starting with actual building data for San Francisco they build every last building in their city.

“I can see my house from here” is a long-standing joke in animation, but for audience members from the Bay Area it will be quite accurate.

Why go to all that trouble?

While I’m sure there was a fair amount of  “Because it’s there!” mountain climbing mentality and a desire to see just what their new rendering baby could do, the real inspiration was to free the directors to do whatever they wanted. Imagine the freedom to go “virtual location-scouting” rather than being locked into the same two-dozen sets? It makes the film far more expansive and come November 7th we will all be the lucky recipients of the technology team’s hard work.

“Unless they have a sneak preview the night before, then I will be lucky on November 7th because I will DEFINITLY be in line for that.” – Athan

After the technology session we were taken to the second floor for lunch. The second floor is where production is housed at WDAS with pre-production/development taking place on the 3rd floor. We weren’t allowed on the 3rd floor because those projects are all still un-announced and are very hush-hush at the moment, but the 2nd floor did not disappoint in the slightest.

The floor is divided into two separate halves, one half for each of two movies currently in production. On this day, half was taken up by Big Hero 6 as it was winding down production, and the other half was occupied by the upcoming Zootopia. Disney refers to these two sections as “pods” and here is where the “creative inspiration” theme of this post really took seed.

Having worked in animation before, I was not at all surprised to see employees offices and cubicles stuffed to the brim with movie posters, comic books, and toys of all shape and description, this is pretty much standard operating procedure in the world of animation. But what I found fascinating was that Disney goes to considerable length (and cost, no doubt) to theme the entire half-floor pod to match the movie, bringing the creative personnel from these films into the process of designing and building out an immersive world for the films’ staff.

Designing, building, and then removing this for every film is the type of thing that could easily be excised in the ever cost-conscience world of Hollywood, but Disney seems to understand the value of this creative immersion.

Adding to the feeling that you are “in” the movie is the central cafe area situated between the two pods known as “The Caffeine Patch”.  This area was currently themed to go along with Big Hero 6 as the film ramps up for release, and it was here that Disney treated us to a delicious Asian-inspired lunch. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say, that Athan, whose diet usually consists of only three items, even joined in – high praise indeed!

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“The place where we ate lunch was completely decorated like San Fransokyo, with decorated billboards, a section of the Golden Gate bridge, even vending machines.  Speaking of billboards, keep an eye out for a Zootopia Easter egg on a billboard in the movie.” – Athan

 

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For any of you Disney Infinity fans, the buffet table was watched over by a life size sculpture of the Infinity 2.0 Baymax figure (a highlight of the day for Athan, rabid Infinity lover that he is.)

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“Disney Infinity 2.0 is a game where you can build stuff, battle enemies and go on specific missions with different characters. You get the characters by placing figures on a control portal. You should DEFINITELY go buy this if you don’t have it yet!” – Athan

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After lunch, we were treated to a tour all around the production floor, which featured several highlights, among them Roy E. Disney’s former office situated in the Sorcerer Mickeys’ Hat portion of the building, some amazing looking artwork for the up coming Zootopia, and the WDAS office of Athan’s hero, the one and only John Lasseter.

Supposedly Lasseter is here 2 days a week, but unfortunately we did not see him on this day. If we had, I don’t think that even the notoriously shy Athan would have been able to keep himself from approaching him and talking his ear off. And it’s that fact that really formed my discussion here about creative inspiration.

“John Lasseter is the great Producer and Director from Pixar. He makes the best movies of all time, and my dad was right, if he was there I would have overcome my shyness and talked to him. Maybe!” Athan

Between the films, TV channels and programs, theme parks, toys, video games et all, few things in this world have the power to inspire kids the way that Disney can. For those cynics who believe that it’s all just show to get you to empty your wallet, I would say that WDAS (something the average Joe-on-the-street never sees) stands in stark contrast to that notion.

Disney puts the same care into the behind-the-scenes goings on as it does for everything we get to see “on stage” and the enthusiasm exhibited by everyone we met with was undeniably infectious.

Our day finished up with two informative sessions by the special effects team and the animation team, both filled with technical and artistic triumphs that just continued to fuel the desire for November 6th to get here as fast as possible.

“Preview. November 6th. If we keep saying it maybe it will happen.” – Athan

As great as the day was, I must confess that halfway through I was feeling a bit depressed. Athan and I were having a great time, so why was I feeling that way? Quite simply, I was jealous. I was jealous that I didn’t work there. Why do so many jobs try to stifle creativity and make everyone do things the same way? Why are so many companies afraid to try something unique? There are certainly successful companies like Disney and Apple that “Think Different”, so why are so many petrified of the thought? And worst of all, was Athan going to grow up and find himself stuck working at one of those places?

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After a few minutes I decided I needed to shake it off and focus on being inspired instead of envious, and my mood improved rather quickly. But my brief melancholy made me want to try to spread the word in any way I could, that you should never lose the inspiration for creative projects. Doodling pictures on the edges of your papers isn’t a waste of time, science and technology aren’t just for nerds or something you suffer through on a standards test. They inspire people to create great things, and maybe, hopefully, something that you can do for the rest of your life, something you can actually look forward to every day.

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I applaud anything like this that Disney does to reinforce the importance of creativity and can’t help but daydream about how wonderful it would be to have a dedicated program to foster creativity in kids. Imagine a summer program were kids spent a month at WDAS making a short animated film and getting advice from Disney filmmakers?

“A short! I almost forgot! We also saw a short called “Feast” about a guy who adopts a dog and keeps feeding him and feeding him. I loved it, it was hilarious! It will be on the beginning of Big Hero 6.” – Athan

And that is what stuck with me after our wonderful trip to Walt Disney Animation Studio to learn about the new movie Big Hero 6.  The wonderful example Disney and their creative people set by taking time out of their day and sharing their creativity and their inspiration.

I can’t say whether it had an affect on the tech writers who were there, but I hope it made one on the kid in their midst.

Happy Field Tripping,

Josh Eklund

Disclaimer:  SoCal Field Trips was invited by Walt Disney Animation Studios to attend their Big Hero 6 Tech Day.  This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are our own.  Images taken by Josh Eklund on behalf of SoCal Field Trips.

BEST OF: Best Places For A Tea Party in Southern California (Revisited)

BEST PLACES FOR A TEA PARTY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

Mom, are you looking for a unique location to spend quality time with your daughter?  Or a fashionable venue to host your child’s birthday party or a friend’s baby or bridal shower?  Then this exhaustive list of teashops throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, will tickle your fancy!

LONG BEACH

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church http://www.stlukeslb.org/ministries/brass-rubbing/

Every fall, St. Luke’s offers a high tea in their Tea Room during their annual brass rubbings event. The tea which includes traditional English teas, complete with sweets and savories to accompany your group reservation. Two public tea dates are available for groups of less than 10. Reservations are required in advance and includes a docent talk and brass rubbing.

Vintage Tea Leafwww.vintagetealeaf.com

Elise’s Tea Room - www.elisestearoom.com

The Tea Room @ The Queen Mary - www.queenmary.com/dining/tea-room.php

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Two A Tea, Glendora – www.2atea.com

Nestled in the foothills on a quiet tree lined street, Two A Tea has been called ‘Glendora’s Best Kept Secret.’ Old world Victorian charm in sunny Southern California. Since opening our doors in December 2004, Two A Tea has become a haven of rest and relaxation for family, friends, and tea lovers alike. We serve lunch and afternoon tea Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm and Sunday from Noon – 5pm.

The High Tea Cottage, Woodland Hills www.highteacottage.com

Enchanted Rose Tea Parlour, San Dimas – www.enchantedrosetea.com

Chado Tea Room @ The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles – www.chadotea.com/tr_janm.php

ORANGE COUNTY

McKenna’s Tea Cottage, Seal Beachwww.mckennasteacottage.com

McKenna’s Tea Cottage is a quaint upscale tea room in the heart of Old Town Seal Beach, California. We serve tea sandwiches, delicious scones, salads, soups and more. Our McKenna’s Special Blend tea is out of this world. We serve over 38 specialty tea. There is something for everyone’s liking.

The Tea House On Los Rios, San Juan Capistrano – http://www.theteahouseonlosrios.com

Sussex Teapot, Garden Grove – www.sussexteapot.com/tearoom.htm

Tranquil Tea Lounge, Fullerton – www.tranquiltealounge.com

Paris In A Cup, Orange – www.parisinacup.com

Little Prince Kid’s Café, Buena Park – www.littleprinceusa.com/home.html

The Spring Tea Garden, Fullerton – www.springfieldbanquet.com

Coffee, Tea & Tulips, Mission Viejo – www.mycoffeeteaandtulips.com

Tea & Teacups, Yorba Linda – www.teaandteacups.com

PASADENA

Flour & Tea – www.flourandtea.com

Flour + Tea is a bakery and tea house. We have Asian inspired Euro/American breads, as well as mixed teas and coffees. We also have cakes and desserts!

The Rose Garden Tea Room and Café @ The Huntington Librarywww.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/content.aspx?id=310

Rose Tea Gardenhttp://www.rosetreecottage.com/RTC-Website-2011-V004/Welcome.html

Tea Rose Gardenwww.tearosegarden.com

Scarlet Tea Room & Fine Diningwww.scarlettearoom.com/

RIVERSIDE / SAN BERNARDINO

Tea & Tiaras @ The Mission Inn, Riverside – www.missioninn.com/about-the-hotel/event-calendar/?eventId=EV_20130403192059358920

Aspiring princesses between the ages of 3 and 12 years old will feel like royalty for a day at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Our regal offerings start with a sparkling Apple Cider welcome and a Princess Afternoon Tea. The lady-in-waiting can enjoy Afternoon Tea with a grand view of the beautiful Spanish Patio.  And what would a princess be without a Tiara? Delectable sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam, hot cocoa, orange floats, and a range of princess-friendly delicate pastries and sweet confections from Casey’s Cupcakes® are served.  Every Third Saturday of the Month until October 18, 2014.

Barbara’s Tea House, Rancho Cucamonga – www.barbarasvictorianteahouse.com

British Emporium, Upland – www.yelp.com/biz/british-emporium-upland

SAN DIEGO

The Tea Pavilion @ The Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego – www.cohnrestaurants.com/teapavilion

The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden serves traditional Japanese green tea, herbal and specialty teas as well as sushi, Japanese noodles, rice bowls, miso soup, salads, and snacks. Unique imported food, beverages, and gifts, as well as imported bulk teas are available for purchase.

Cobblestone Cottage Teashoppe, Alpine – www.cobblestonecottageteashoppe.com

The Aubrey Rose Tea Room, La Mesa – www.theaubreyrosetearoom.com

My Cup of Tea Unique Gifts, Chula Vista –
www.thirdavenuevillage.com/my-cup-tea-unique-gifts

Tea Upon Chatsworth, Point Loma – www.theteahouseonlosrios.com

Coral Tree Tea House, Downtown San Diego – www.coraltreeteahouse.com/CoralTreeTeaHouse/Welcome.html

The San Diego House, San Diego – www.thesandiegohouse.com

Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea, San Diego – www.ukcornershoppe.com

Julian Tea, Julian – www.juliantea.com

VENTURA COUNTY

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All Things Tea, Camarillo – www.tea-liteful.com

Tranquility Tea Room, Thousand Oaks – http://www.tranquilitybaking.com/tea_room.html

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Olivia’s Tea House in Lomita, Tustin, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Hollywood and Upland – www.oliviasdollhousetearoom.com

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Jilleen

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