Marble Painted Valentine’s Day Cards!

Marble Painted Valentine’s Day Cards!

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One of my favorite pass times is being creative and doing arts and crafts with my kids.  I guess you can blame it on being left brained!   Once creative, always creative!

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Field Trip Girl doing her first art project in 2010.

With writing for my blog on almost a daily basis now, our family’s arts and crafts times had been put to the back burner for a while.  The kids still colored and glued and turned my house into a craft lover’s paradise, but me…not so much!  I missed it a lot! Therefore, yesterday, I decided it was about high time that our entire family started doing it again!

The first project my children and I got rolling on (literally!) was Marble Painting.  Marble Painting is as easy as it gets when it comes to crafting.

Only four simple items are needed – acrylic paint, a marble, watercolor art paper and a cookie sheet.

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I chose to use Plaid’s folkArt Acrylic Paint and Martha Stewart Crafts’ Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint for this project, because it was close to Valentine’s Day.

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Here’s how to do it!  

1. First, put a piece of watercolor paper (I got mine at Michael’s Crafts Stores) on the cookie sheet.

2, Next, add a few drops of acrylic paint (whatever colors you want depending upon the season) onto the paper.

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3. Finally, put a marble on the paper and swirl it around through the paint.  You can also use different size marbles if you want to.  It’s that easy!

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The last time we did marble painting, I used the top of a cardboard box to roll the marble around.  However, since I didn’t have one this time, I improvised by using a cookie sheet instead.  It turned out to be a fun challenge for Field Trip Boy as he tried to keep the marble on the cookie sheet.  Just take a look at his face!

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Field Trip Boy and I came up with all sorts marble painting concoctions.  We tried different color patterns, different paint textures and even different ways to roll the marble around.

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After the paper dried I decided to create some quick and easy Valentine’s cards with it.  We plan to send these cards to grandma and grandpa this year for Valentine’s Day!  They love homemade presents just as much as we do.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Crafting!

Jilleen

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

Visit the LEGO Monuments Roadshow at the Glendale Galleria!

Visit the LEGO Monuments Roadshow at the Glendale Galleria!

Feb. 7 – 22, 2015

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photo credit: Banfield

Last month, my husband and I took Field Trip Boy to Legoland in Carlsbad, California to celebrate his 8th birthday.

We plan to go again next summer, but in the meantime, we want to check out this new traveling LEGO exhibit coming to Glendale in February.  The new exhibit will definitely satisfy any LEGO loving child or even adult!

From Saturday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 22, Los Angelinos can visit the LEGO Monuments Roadshow: Building Across America at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale.  People of all ages will want to check out this highly visual, educational and FREE traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of the nation’s most beloved landmarks.

The show features nine one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and Old North Church.

Plus on Saturday, Feb. 14th and Sunday, Feb. 15th from 12 pm to – 4 pm in the Center Court Building, children can build and take home their own mini version of a LEGO U.S. Capitol Building model for FREE!

LOCATION: The Glendale Galleria, 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, California 91210

TIME: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm

PHONE: (818) 549-0733

For further information, please visit Facebook.com/GlendaleGalleria.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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

6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day in Fountain Valley!

Miles Square Regional Square Park presents the 6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day!

February 7, 10am – 2pm

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Recently I did a post about Where to see and learn about Monarch Butterflies in Southern California.  Afterwards, I received this great news about another spectacular butterfly event happening in Orange County on February 7.  Read on to learn more!

OC Parks invites families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures during the sixth annual Monarch Butterfly Day on Saturday, February 7 at Mile Square Regional Park.

This FREE event takes place inside the Butterfly Garden at the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E.

Children can take part in planting native plants to attract the Monarch Butterflies. Participants are invited to step inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. Additional activities available at the event will include children’s crafts, face painting and guided nature walks.

The event is recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Bringing a camera is recommended.  If it rains the event will be rescheduled.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

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

Yakult USA is now offering tours of their new factory in Fountain Valley!

Yakult USA is now offering tours of their new factory in Fountain Valley, California!

Yakult is now offering tours of their new factory in Fountain Valley, California!

The probiotic – Yakult – was originally created by microbiologist Minoru Shirota in 1935.  The beverage was introduced to the United States in 2007 by the Japanese.  Currently, Yakult sells their yogurt drink in more than 30 countries and regions worldwide.

Thanks to the amazing growth of Yakult right here in the United States, they opened their first U.S. factory in Fountain Valley in June 2014.  Yakult selected Fountain Valley because of its proximity to Los Angeles, the company’s largest market.

The new facility produces 400,000 bottles a day, every one of them packed with billions of Yakult’s exclusive probiotic strain, L. casei Shirot.  The bottles are shipped to mainstream supermarkets throughout the western and central regions of the country; California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

During a trip through Yakult’s state-of-the-art facility, see how Yakult is made, and learn more about their amazing probiotics!

photo credit: Dezza Wong

To set up a field trip to visit Yakult’s factory in Fountain Valley, you have to fill a tour application online and send it via email to Factorytour@yakultusa.com or by fax to (714) 434-7300.  

You can also call them directly at (714) 434-6500 (option 4).

According to their website, these are their guidelines for all tours:

  • Please allow a minimum of 3 business days for them to respond to your request.
  • A minimum of one week before your scheduled tour date, the leader of each group will be asked to sign a waiver of liability, assumption of risk and indemnity agreement for the members of the group.  The waiver will be sent to you along with factory tour safety guide after the tour date is confirmed.  Please send back the signed waiver to them through email or fax.
  • If they do not receive the signed waiver one week before the tour date, your tour will be cancelled.
  • Please note that live production cannot be guaranteed as a result of our production schedule being subject to change.
  • At least one adult (>18y) will need to be present throughout the tour for any group with children or youth.
  • They accept groups with a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 60 people at a time.
  • There are three parking spaces for buses as well as plenty of regular parking spaces.
  • The minimum age to attend the tour is 5 years old.

I want to plan a field trip to see the factory myself this summer with some fellow adventure loving friends!

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

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

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A Field Trip to Zoomar’s Petting Zoo, plus a Giveaway!

A Field Trip to Zoomar’s Petting Zoo, plus a Giveaway!

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Whenever my children are out of school for a long period of time, I try to plan activities that are both fun and educational for them.  Thankfully, my children enjoy visiting such places as the museum, zoo, observatory and more.

At the end of my children’s last winter break, we visited Zoomar’s Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano.  Zoomar’s is a small family-friendly owned and operated farm that opened it’s doors for the first time over thirty years ago to visitors.

When we first arrived at the farm, we met and played with the guinea pigs in the Guinea Pig Gulley.   Most of Zoomar’s guinea pigs are very sweet and placid.  Field Trip Girl and Field Trip Boy enjoyed sitting with and feeding them.

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For only, $4 you can purchase a basket of fruits and veggies to feed the guinea pigs.  Our basket consisted of carrots, lettuce, apples and brocoli.  Plus the basket is big enough that two children can share it.

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As an added tip, go slow when feeding all of Zoomar’s animals.  You don’t have to give all your initial food to the guinea pigs like my children tried to do.

Instead, save some of your food for the Kunekune pigs, bunnies, donkeys, goats, sheep, emus, llamas and other animals on the farm that like to eat too!

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Field Trip Boy has always had a strong connection with animals.  Whether visiting a zoo, local dog park or exotic bird store, animals have always been drawn to him.  It was the same at Zoomar’s too.  I wonder if one day Field Trip Boy may grow up and become a veterinarian.  It sure would help us save a lot of money on own vet bills!

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After feeding all the animals, our family and some friends played in the corn box and at the zoo’s playground.

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Additional fee based activities at Zoomar’s include a mini choo-choo train ($3), horse and pony rides ($5) and the miner’s gulch ($8-$10)

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Zoomar’s is also a great location for birthday parties and field trips.  There is a lot of open space to play and run around.

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ADMISSION: Adults $10, Children 17 and under $8, Seniors $9, Military $7 & 12 Months and under are free.

DISCOUNT OFFERS:

  1. Zoomar’s currently has a deal on Living Social for Four Admission Tickets and Two Train Rides for only $18!
  2. Zoomar’s  also offers discount rates for school, scout, and mom groups.  With 20 or more children the cost is only $15 per person and includes the price of admission, a pony ride, train ride and a feeding basket.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  They are open daily from 9 am – 5 pm, weather permitting.  Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

BONUS TIP:  Zoomar’s Petting Zoo is squeaky clean and officially USDA-approved for cleanliness!

Are you looking to plan a day trip to San Juan Capistrano?  Here are a few other spectacular sites to visit while in town – Mission San Juan CapistranoRonald W. Caspers Wilderness ParkEcology Center, and O’Neil Museum.

So now here’s your chance to enter and win a Family-Four-Pack of tickets to visit Zoomar’s Petting Zoo!  The package includes 4 admission tickets, 2 train rides and 2 mining gulch tickets for a total value of $64!

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Good luck & Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to Zoomar’s Petting Zoo to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are our own.  Zoomar’s logo is copyrighted and used by permission.  All contest rules and regulations are included in the Rafflecopter link above.