$1.31 Ice Cream Scoops at Baskin-Robbins today!

Basking Robbins $1.31 ice cream scoops day!

Since Southern California residents have had their air conditioners on full blast since early spring, we can all agree that we all scream for ice cream.

So if you’re yearning for a scoop, then today’s your lucky day!  On Monday, March 31, Baskin-Robbins wants to give you a scoop of any one of its signature 31 flavors for only $1.31!

As part of the ice cream chain’s Celebrate 31 campaign, Baskin-Robbins is offering 4-ounce scoops of ice cream for $1.31 on the 31st of every month, for the rest of the year.

This $1.31 promotion is valid at all Southern California locations

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Craft & Tutorial

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

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Yesterday my daughter and I made these very easy Yarn Easter Eggs.  We had previously done this craft with my mom’s group when my kids were younger.  So I thought this Easter I would bring it back out again.  Yarn Easter Eggs also make great hostess gifts or presents for extended family members like Grandma or Auntie Jill.

Here is how to make your own Yarn Easter Egg:

1. Gather your supplies.  For this craft you will need yarn, a balloon, white glue, scissors, a glue gun, a variety of Easter decorations and Easter grass.  The possibilities are endless as to how you want to decorate your unique egg!

Easter Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

2. Blow up a balloon about the size of a small water balloon.  Do not blow it up too big or it will pop.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

3. Cut approximately 5 feet of yarn of any color of your choosing.  Thin yarn works best.  Next drench the yarn in white glue.  Sometimes I will also add a few drops of water to thin out the the glue a bit easier to work with.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

4. Begin to wrap the yarn around the balloon.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

5. Next wrap a second layer of yarn around the balloon.  In fact, you can add as many layers of yarn as you want.  I prefer to add 2 to 3.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

6. Allow the balloon to dry in a cup for approximately 24 hours.  You just want to make sure that the string is completely dry before moving on to step #7.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

7. Cut the tip of the balloon with the scissors and allow it to shrink and pull away from the string slowly.  Then pull the balloon out of your newly formed Easter egg.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

8. Cut a hole out in the front of the Easter egg.  Make sure it is large enough to accommodate all of the Easter decorations that you want to put inside.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

9. Use the hot glue gun to glue grass into the bottom of the Easter egg.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

10. Finally, hot glue any Easter decorations that you want inside the Easter egg.  I randomly made three different Easter egg scenes using supplies I already had at home.

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial

Happy Easter!

Jilleen

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

RECAP: Marvel Universe LIVE!

Marvel Universe LIVE

photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Last Thursday night, I took Field Trip Boy on a mother / son date to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Field Trip Boy enjoying the preshow activities.

If you are anything like Field Trip Boy, and are a huge fan of the Marvel empire, then get ready to have the time of your life!  I know he sure did.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

The anticipation of waiting for Marvel Universe LIVE to start.

Whether watching the action packed riveting performance or seeing the Marvel cartoon characters come to life, there was something for all comic fans alike.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Spider Man had the best moves of the night.

Oh, and I was luck enough to have my own personal tour guide!  At various points throughout the evening, Field Trip Boy would lean over and fill me in on what just happened, who tackled who or what was to come next.  He definitely knew his Marvel literature!

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Thor was my favorite Marvel character in the show.

But watch out!  Marvel Universe LIVE! has only two more stops in Southern California before heading off to the next battle!

Marvel Universe LIVE

photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

ONTARIO

WHEN: 

  • Thursday, April 9 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 10 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 11 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 12 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:

  • Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle)
  • Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each
  • Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating, but not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels
  • Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.  Tickets may be subject to ticketing service charges and facility fees

INGLEWOOD / LOS ANGELES

WHEN:

  • Friday, May 1 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 2 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 3 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: The Forum – 3900 West Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305

TICKETS:

  • Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle)
  • Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each
  • Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating, but not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels
  • Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.  Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Enjoy the show!

Jilleen

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to the show to help facilitate this post.  All points of view are my own.

10 Savvy Entertainment Deals (Knott’s, Original Renaissance Faire, San Diego Hotel Stay)

Southern California Discount Tickets

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Welcome to SoCal Field Trips’ popular blog series titled 10 Savvy Entertainment Deals!

Up this week are entertainment deals for all sorts of fun activities from Knott’s Berry Farm tickets to Circus Vargus in Orange County to The Original Renaissance Faire in Irwindale!  Plus if you use discount code Mega3 on Groupon you get an extra 20% off.

1. $10 Child’s Ticket To Go Whale-Watching with Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 61% Off), Dana Point

During two-hour whale-watching tours, captains narrate the sights and sounds of the mighty Pacific. In the midst of gray-whale season, patrons might spot the giant mammals migrating back from the Arctic, as well as dolphins and sea lions. Children’s tickets are valid for ages 3–12.

2. $20 Deal To Attend Brick Fest Live (LEGO Fan Festival), Pasadena

For many, the fascination with LEGO bricks begins in childhood and endures into adulthood. The inspiration and education behind the custom creations and constructions merely increase in size along with the person. Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate their mutual affection, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free. Visiting vendors also sell new, vintage, and custom LEGO accessories only available at Brick Fest Live events.

 3. $69 San Diego Hotel Deal @ Comfort Suites (near Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and more), San Diego 
This hotel is a great jumping-off point to San Diego’s attractions, especially if you’re traveling with kids. San Diego’s world-famous zoo is just a short car ride from the hotel, and so are all the marine animals and water rides you’ll find at SeaWorld. The adobe-style hotel has its own entertainment as well—there are kid-friendly TV channels and an outdoor pool area that’s bathed in sunlight.

4. $33-$38 tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park ~ STILL AVAILABLE!  

That’s the lowest price I have seen for this wonderful theme park!  One of our all time favorite amusement parks in Orange County.

5. $12 Admission To The Original Renaissance Faire, Irwindale ~ STILL AVAILABLE!  

Take a journey into a land of imagination, where jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers all mix and mingle with you and your family. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is the world’s oldest Renaissance fair. Hundreds of performers dressed in the costumes of Elizabethan times create a magical world of music, language and fun, with 14 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes — just outside of Pasadena.

6. $10 Admission To See Mary Poppins — The High-Flying Family Musical @ The Grove Theater, Upland 

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands on The Grove Theatre stage with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination and a flying nanny who’s practically perfect in every way. Both you and your kids will be swept away by such favorite tunes as “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and of course “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

7. $10.00 Tickets To See Circus Vargas: ArleQuin — Over-the-Top Big Top Fun @ The Orange County Great Park, Irvine

Circus Vargas, America’s favorite traveling Big Top Circus, continues to thrill and enchant with their amazing new 2015 edition, ArleQuin. Steeped in tradition and devoted to all things magnificent and happy, Circus Vargas presents an array of unparalleled artists and performers dedicated to captivating and astounding with aerial feats, acrobatics, clowning and more. Nostalgic Americana engulfs you from the magical moment you enter The Big Top at Orange County’s Great Park in Irvine, where you’ll thrill to colorful costumes galore, music, singing, comedy and more. Plus, if you arrive 30 minutes before the show, kids can go into the ring and pretend they’re the stars of their very own circus.

8. $12 For 3 Jump Sessions @ Pump It Up, Irvine & Huntington Beach

Sock-donning children flock to Pump It Up’s gargantuan, climate-controlled playplace to expend excess energy while springing from inflatable to inflatable. During open jump visits, tykes have access to the air-infused palace, where they can improve their vertical leap in the bounce house, skip down slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Since the playground generates unconditional joy and contagious laughter, Pump It Up’s attentive staff enforces important safety guidelines to maintain an environment devoid of avoidable mishaps. Parents and grandparents are always free to watch from the sidelines or spurn gravity alongside their fledgling kin.

9. $12 Ticket To Disney’s Cinderella and Frozen Fever With a Pre-Show Visit From Olaf @ The El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood

Disney’s new live-action feature Cinderella brings the classic fairy tale to life for a whole new generation of “happily ever after” fans.  The magical transformation takes place at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. As you wait for the curtains to raise, you’ll see images spring to life during an immersive light and projection show accompanied by a live organist. Plus, only with Disney’s Cinderella can your little princess-lovers see Disney’s new animated short Frozen Fever. Making the event even more magical, everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, will stop by in person to introduce the short. Before leaving the theater, make sure to check out the film’s glass slipper, displayed with other props and costumes used in the filming of the movie.

10. $49 To See Disney’s Broadway Smash Musical Newsies at The Hollywood Pantages, Hollywood 

Direct from Broadway with a brand new number and a cast that’s making headlines, Newsies gets its Los Angeles debut at the Pantages Theatre. Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on true events, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right — and staying true to who you are.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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

Don’t Let Good Dental Hygiene Go on Spring Break!

Today’s guest post is written by Konita Wilks, DDS, dental director for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County.  Please welcome Dr. Wilks to The SoCal Field Trips Family!

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The only question asked more frequently during road trips than, “Are we there yet?” is, “What do we have to eat?”

Spring break is the unofficial start of the summer travel season. With some pre-planning, families can prevent many wrong turns into fast-food restaurants or convenience stores, where frozen confections, flavored sports drinks and salty snacks can tempt anyone.

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, one of the largest nonprofit oral health providers dedicated to improving the dental health of children, offers ideas on how to ensure your spring break trip doesn’t turn into a trip to the dentist. http://www.healthysmilesoc.org/home/

Dental Road Hazards

As you set out for any traveling, consider adventures that will expand your perspective — not your family’s exposure to dental disease!

Sometimes, the easiest way to ensure good dental health is simply to sidestep the things that can harm children’s teeth and gums. For example, if you limit snacking, you can help spare kids from developing cavities. Bacteria, which metabolizes sugar, can produce cavity-causing acid on teeth.

When the mood for snacking strikes, you’ll make your mouth far happier if you pass over these common staples:

· Processed foods — Convenience foods, such as hot dogs, contain a lot of hidden sugar.
· Energy drinks — Even children are getting caught up with the pep that energy drinks provide, but a typical 8-ounce serving contains roughly 2 to 2 and 1/3 tablespoons of sugar.
· Diet soda — It may seem like diet sodas are better choices than regular varieties, but the phosphoric acid and carbonation they contain erode tooth enamel.
· Carb-loaded snacks — Carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which create bacteria-loving plaque, so avoid potato chips, breads or French fries.
· Dried fruit — Although it’s easy to transport, dried fruit is ripe with highly concentrated sugars and non-soluble cellulose fiber that can trap sugars on and around the tooth.

Green Light for Dental Health

While on the road, it’s high time to practice the same dental hygiene habits you would at home.

Stocking up ahead of time on snacks your family likes, that don’t contribute to dental decay, can prevent all sorts of sugar-induced meltdowns.

Items may include:

· Water — This is the ideal beverage, as it keeps your mouth hydrated and flushes food debris from your mouth.
· Fresh fruit — Apples, oranges and bananas are nature’s candy — and very portable.
· Cheese — String cheese is a kiddy favorite. Older kids and adults might like Cheddar cheese slices.
· Hard-boiled eggs — This protein travels well and doesn’t leave your teeth dosed in sugar and acids.
· Plain yogurt — Another good protein source, plain yogurt is good for your teeth, but make sure you find varieties without sugar added.
· Hummus — As a snack, hummus is a double whammy, containing protein and fiber to hold off hunger.

And, don’t forget to keep up with your daily routine of brushing and flossing while on the road!

Children (and adults!) should brush teeth two or three times a day, at least after breakfast and before going to bed, for two minutes each time. Follow a thorough brushing with flossing for one minute. For young children, the use of flossers is sometimes easier. Parents should floss children’s teeth until they are able to floss well by themselves, usually around age 9.

Here’s to happy travels and even healthier smiles!

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About the author:
As the dental director of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, Konita Wilks, DDS, has a passion for serving children with special needs, an underserved population among the local community. A Huntington Beach resident, Dr. Wilks graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry and completed post-doctoral education at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Her research has focused on developing a standardized protocol for treating children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities in a traditional dental clinic setting.