BEST OF: Best Ice Skating Rinks in Southern California (Brr!)

BEST OF: Best Ice Skating Rinks in Southern California (Brr!)

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“Why shouldn’t you tell a joke when you are ice skating?   Because the ice might crack up!”

What do you do in Southern California when Burbank sets an all time record of having 9 straight days of 80 degree weather in January 2014?  You can either drive 2 hours to the nearest ski slope or head over to your local ice skating rink.  I prefer the shorter drive.

Luckily for us, in Southern California we have a great selection of ice skating rinks to choose from.  But before you head out, don’t forget to check social media sites like Facebook, Living Social, Amazon Local, Group On and Plum District for discounts.  You can usually find a good deal online.

What is the best ice skating rink in your home town?  Share with us at

Inland Empire

Corona – The Rinks, Corona Online

Ontario – Ontario Ice Skating Center

Riverside – Ice Town

Los Angeles and Surrounding Areas

Lakewood – The Rinks – Lakewood Ice

Long Beach – CHILL

Los Angeles – Pershing Square

Pasadena – Pasadena Ice Skating Center

Van Nuys – Iceland Ice Skating Center

Orange County

Aliso Viejo – Aliso Viejo Ice Palace – They have a homeschool ice skating day on Mondays for only $8!

Anaheim – KHS Ice Arena

Irvine – The Irvine Spectrum

Lake Forest – Lake Forest Ice Palace

Mission Viejo – The Shops at Mission Viejo (group of 10 or more, receive $2.00 off per person)

Westminster – Westminster Ice – They have a homeschool ice skating day on Mondays for only $5!

Yorba Linda – Yorba Linda Ice Rink

San Diego

Escondido – Ice-Plex Escondido

San Diego – University Town Center Ice Sports Center

Happy Field Tripping!


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See’s Candies Holiday Gift Card Giveaway!

See’s Candies Holiday Gift Card Giveaway!


Last Friday, SoCal Field Trips Contributor, Windi Eklund, and her mother had the privilege of attending a media event the new See’s Candies store that just opened in Fashion Island.

Their official grand opening on Friday, November 14 was a huge success and now the entire See’s Candies staff is excited to welcome visitors for the holiday season.

There is much to explore from foiled wrapped chocolate Santa Clauses to colorful candy canes to traditional 1 lb. box of See’s Candies.  Let the season of holiday goodness begin!


In celebration of the opening of the new See’s Candies store in Fashion Island, See’s Candies is giving away a $25.00 See’s Candies Gift Certificate to one lucky SoCal Field Trips Reader!

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Good Luck!


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The New LG OLED TV from Best Buy makes for a Great Family Gift this Holiday Season!

The New LG OLED TV from Best Buy makes

for a Great Family Gift this Holiday Season!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy #2

When my husband and I first got married we thought we had the coolest TV on the block!  It was a little flat screen TV with a big electronics box attached to the back.  It didn’t matter how big it was to us.  It had a little flat screen on the front and that’s all that mattered!

A few years later the electronics industry completely redesigned the flat screen TV and made it all encompassing.  You could no longer purchase a big box TV that weighted 500 lbs that you could hardly lift out of your car once you bought it.

In 2014 the electronics industry has done it again.  But this time, not with the flat screen TV.  Those are a thing of the past!  

Now LG who has taken the lead and created the brand new LG OLED TV with the Ultimate Display!

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point.  The picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks.  And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors.

Best Buy #3

From your first kiss to a baby’s first steps to the majesty of a desert sunset.  Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed.  Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology.  With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

In summary the LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV includes:

  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  • Find content faster with webOS

The LG OLED TV is available for purchase on Best Buy’s website or in store for the everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500). 


Plus do you love twitter parties?  Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST.  Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes.  Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

Happy Holiday Shopping!


Giveaway and Grand Opening of The New Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

Giveaway and Grand Opening of The New Discovery Cube Los Angeles!


Field Trip Boy and I recently had the opportunity to attend Family Day at the new Discovery Cube Los Angeles located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.  Discovery Cube LA is just like a little scientist’s candyland, except that instead of candy, there are science experiments beaming from room to room!


Field Trip Boy enjoying the new 4D theater at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Field Trip Boy and I both enjoy the original Discovery Science Center, now called The Discovery Cube OC, in Orange County.  So when I surprised Field Trip Boy on a random Saturday morning that we were going to the brand new Discovery Cube Los Angeles he was ecstatic.


The Discovery Cube Los Angeles is a place where imaginations sore, children explore with their hands and education always comes first.  The LA Cube features 71,000 square feet of building and exhibit space and is the Valley’s first major museum specifically designed for science-based learning.


Imagination Playground


Santa Ana Winds Exhibit

Did you know that California currently ranks 46th in math proficiency and is tied for 48th in science proficiency compared to other states in our nation?  The Discovery Science Foundation has stepped up to help bridge this gap through their continuous education programs, exhibits and professional teacher development workshops.  With locations in Orange County and now in Los Angeles, they reach and serve close to 1,000,000 people each year.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles features a variety of exhibits that value environmental stewardship, STEM proficiency, healthy living and early learning including:

Environmental Stewardship


Helicopter tour over California

Guests can take a Helicopter Tour in the theater to get a bird’s eye view of California’s natural resources.


Race to Zero

During the Race to Zero exhibit Field Trip Boy played a computer based game that taught him the correct way to sort trash and divert materials from the landfills.  He beat me of course!


Aquavator Exhibit

In the Aquavator exhibit guests learn the importance of protecting our fragile aquifer from pollutants as they descend inside a glass elevator through layers of the earth.


Inspector Training Course

While visiting the Inspector Training Course, Field Trip Boy learned the skills of a home inspector by using a touch screen tablet and how to make resource-efficient and sustainable choices for a house.  Field Trip Boy spent the majority of his time exploring this one exhibit at the cube and the staff was very friendly and helpful in answering all of his questions.

STEM Proficiency (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Discover Stage

The Discovery Stage

On The Discovery Stage you can watch one of the cube’s live, hands-on science demonstrations led by the Discovery Cube staff.


Planetary Research Station

 The Planetary Research Station features a suspended, animated globe that shows dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land from a completely different vantage point.

  • Explore weather patterns and observe historic storms exactly as they occurred
  • Relive catastrophic earthquakes and see the impact of their aftershocks
  • Observe flight patterns around the globe as lights soaring across the night sky

Healthy Living


The Discovery Market

At the Discovery Market, they use game-based technology to teach guests the importance of understanding packaging labels, nutrition facts, and making healthy choices to better their lives.  I had to help Field Trip Boy answer a few questions about how many calories a product had, what was the total sodium count, etc.  It even taught me a lesson or two about reading food labels.


Field Trip Boy checking out at the Discovery Market.

The Discovery Cube Los Angeles makes a great outing for the entire family.  I especially like the fact that the designers of the LA Cube included exhibits that are attractive for older students and preteens.

BONUS TIP: The LA Cube offers excellent field trips for school groups at a discounted rate.


The Discovery Cube Los Angeles is open daily from 10am – 5pm year round except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Tickets are $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors (62+) and children (ages 3-14).  Admission for Museum members and children 2 and under is FREE.

The LA Cube is located at 11800 Foothill Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91342.

The Discovery Cube Los Angeles is giving away a family-four-pack of tickets to one lucky SoCal Field Trips Reader!

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Happy Field Tripping,


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Celebrate the Holiday Season at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest!

Celebrate the Holiday Season at

Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest!

Heritage Hill

One of my favorite things about living in Orange County is the OC Parks system.  They do a fantastic job at managing nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as a part of OC Community Resources.

This holiday season OC Parks welcomes you and your family to the great outdoor winter wonderland at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest.  The month of December welcomes a busy calendar of festive events and public programs at the park for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, December 6 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Heritage Hill Historical Park welcomes the 33rd Annual Victorian Christmas.

Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy holiday traditions of the past. The park’s historic buildings will be festively decorated for the holidays. Enjoy live musical performers, local craft vendors, and food available for purchase.  Families and friends will enjoy fun, hands-on activities including Christmas ornament and card making, candle dipping, Victorian-inspired crafts, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus.  The cost to attend is $4 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3-12.

Also at Heritage Hill Historical Park, the annual Candlelight Walk returns on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

More than 1,000 luminaries will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music.  Children can visit with Santa in the arbor and sit at a historic school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar school.  Visitors will enjoy music as they tour the 1930’s Bennett Ranch house and can watch a Spanish guitarist and Flamenco dancer in the 1863 Serrano Adobe. There will also be ongoing entertainment in the 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission.  Hot chocolate, apple cider, and homemade cookies will be available for purchase.  The cost to attend is also $4 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3-12.

Gather the family and ring in the holiday season at Heritage Hill Historical Park located at 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630.  For further information, please visit

Happy Holiday Field Tripping!


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