A Visit to The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, plus Field Trip Information!

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.

Two weeks ago, when my family and I took a road trip down to San Diego, we stopped by the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, on our way back from seeing the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
This was our second time to the Museum of Making Music and it is one of our all time favorite places in North San Diego County.  The Museum is conveniently located right next to the LEGOLAND California Resort and admission is fairly inexpensive.  The cost is $8 for adults / $5 for youth (6-17 yrs. old) / 5 & under are FREE.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.

My family enjoyed walking the halls of the Museum and learning about music history in a very interactive and visually stimulating environment.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
There were 6 different rooms emphasizing a different time period in music.  Each room had a selection of songs that you can listen to, musical instruments and history from that time period, and a musical instrument that you can play.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
My children learned about the history of the piano, the swing era, everything from Elvis to the Beatles, and so much more.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
We also saw ukulele and harmonica collections, famous guitars, and an interactive area at the end which included drums to harps!   Since we prefer hands on learning, the interactive area was my children’s favorite part of the Museum.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
Even my niece, who recently started playing the guitar, enjoyed strumming along on a variety of instruments made available.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
The Music of Making Music offers a great field trip too!  For K-12 students, the Museum’s MusicVentures Fieldtrip takes students on a musical exploration of the people, historical events and innovations that influenced music making and musical instruments.  Led by a trained facilitator, students embark on a creative thinking adventure through the instruments on display, sound and video clips, and an interactive activity.  You can even schedule a drum circle for your tour group if you go on the right day.

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
Back in 2014, I led a field trip for a group of homeschoolers from Celebration Education to the Museum and they had a wonderful time.  All I heard was compliments afterwards!

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
The Museum of Making Music also offers a field trip designed for children ages 3 to 5, called the Preschool Fieldtrips, which provides an interactive exploration of the Museum.  Children discover instruments like the cello, saxophone, ukulele, piano and more.  Tours feature a storytime, a group drum circle and a special take-home surprise!

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
They ask that you please schedule your field trip to the Museum at least two weeks in advance.  To schedule a field trip, please call (760) 304-5819, or fill out the Field Trip Request Form on their site.
 The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California offers field trips and tours for ages preschool - adults.  The price is $8 for adults / $5 for kids.
The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.

To learn more about this fantastic museum, please visit their website.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure:  SoCal Field Trips received complimentary admission to the Museum of Making Music to help facilitate this post.  All points of view are my own.

Waterworks Aquatics provides a 5 star swimming lesson experience for kids!

 Waterworks Aquatics provide a 5 star swimming experience for kids! 
Throughout the month of July, Field Trip Boy took a series of 4 swimming lessons with Waterworks Aquatics.  I learned about Waterworks Swim School’s recent expansion and partnership with local LA Fitness facilities in Orange County.  And since I have a LA Fitness right up the street from my house, I signed Field Trip Boy up for Waterworks Aquatics’ unique swim program.

Field Trip Boy is a fairly confident swimmer.  He can tread water unlike any other person I know!  However, this summer he wanted to work on his breast, back and side strokes in order to become a more confident player and try out the water polo team.  He wants to hopefully join the team in the fall.

I selected Waterworks Aquatics’ program for Field Trip Boy because they are a premier swim school that teaches children ages 3 months through adult how to swim.  With a supportive atmosphere and child-centered approach, their goal as a swim center is to encourage children to have fun in the water while improving their water skills.   By utilizing a specialized muscle memory technique, they are able to teach stroke technique at a very quick rate.  I easily saw Field Trip Boy improve on his breast stroke after his first lesson.

Waterworks Aquatics carefully matched Field Trip Boy with an instructor named Marton who understood my son’s capabilities and helped him reach his full potential.  Each lesson was structured yet flexible to meet the needs of Field Trip Boy and allowed him to make steady progress toward his goals and thrive in a safe, comfortable environment.

Waterworks Aquatics provide a 5 star swimming experience for kids!

Marton was amazing with Field Trip Boy!  Sometimes my son can get a bit “squirrely” in the water, but Marton did a great job at reigning him back in and helping him refocus.  There were a lot of “high fives” going on between them in the pool when I was watching!

Waterworks Aquatics provide a 5 star swimming experience for kids!

Not only did Marton teach Field Trip Boy stroke development, but he also introduced him to the butterfly stroke.  This was an added bonus I was not expecting.   And after each lesson Marton would kindly come out of the water and provide me with an update on how Field Trip Boy was progressing in lessons.  Marton was a wonderful role model for my son and I truly appreciate that.

I definitely plan on signing Field Trip Boy up for another series of swim lessons with Marton, but this time around he is going to teach Field Trip Boy the “egg beater” – a special water polo technique.  We are looking forward to it!

 

Waterworks Aquatics has been awarded “Best Swim Classes in Orange County” by Parenting OC Magazine for sixth consecutive years and now you know why!

To learn more about Waterworks Aquatics swim program and schedule a lesson, please visit http://waterworksswim.com

Happy Swimming!

Jilleen

Disclosure: We received 4 complimentary Waterworks Aquatics swim lessons to help facilitate this post.  All points of view are my own.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles!

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Last October, my family and I attended RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns at Descansco Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.  It was fascinating as we marveled at over 5,000 beautifully lit pumpkin carvings of our favorite characters, celebrities and more.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

This year RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

With new and exciting additions for 2015, bring the whole family for a not-too-spooky stroll where you’ll go out of your gourd seeing these intricately carved pumpkins, arranged according to various themes, from movie and TV-show characters to classic cars, safari animals and even a giant dragon display, all accompanied by an original score.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

Last year we saw several famous icons that we recognized including Elsa from Frozen.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles!

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

Check out the live carving station, manned by one of the team of RISE’s talented artists, and turn this multi-sensory experience into a fun family tradition.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

I personally do not like scary Halloween events, so RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns was right up my alley.  The event was fun, but not too spooky.  Children are welcome and the property is stroller friendly.   You may also notice that the start time is fairly late, because it is a night-time event.

Discount Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O'Lantern in Los Angeles (5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins!)

Tickets to see RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns are normally $28.00 per person.

However, Goldstar.com is currently offering tickets for only $16.50 (plus a $3.75 service fee).  To purchase yours, please click here.

As always, even though October is over three months away, I highly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance.  Last year’s RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns sold out within a few weeks of the actual event.

Happy Fall Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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

Take a FREE Ground Tour of the Goodyear Blimp in Gardena on August 7 & 8!

Goodyear is opening their base to the public for FREE ground tours and giving away three blimp rides each day on August 7 & 8, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  General Admission includes a guided ground tour of the Goodyear Blimp presented by a blimp pilot or crew member.

Attention SoCal families!  After 13 years in Los Angeles, The Spirit of America Goodyear Blimb will be retired as Goodyear continues its transition to a new NT fleet.

“When The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898, America was feeling the full effects of the Industrial Revolution.  Capitalizing on that momentum and looking for unique ways to expand beyond tires, Goodyear entered into the business of lighter-than-air balloons and aircraft.  This eventually led to the creation of one of America’s most enduring corporate icons, the Goodyear Blimp.”

In celebration of this transition, Goodyear is opening their base to the public for FREE ground tours and giving away three blimp rides each day on August 7 & 8, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  

General Admission includes a guided ground tour of the Goodyear Blimp presented by a blimp pilot or crew member.

Goodyear is opening their base to the public for FREE ground tours and giving away three blimp rides each day on August 7 & 8, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  General Admission includes a guided ground tour of the Goodyear Blimp presented by a blimp pilot or crew member.

Advance reservations are required and tickets will be sold out before you know it!  So mark your calendar and RSVP at http://goodyearblimp.eventbrite.com/

The Goodyear Blimp is located at 19200 S. Main Street, Gardena, CA 90248

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.  Photos copyrighted by Goodyear and used by permission.

RECAP: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme Performance @ The Honda Center!

 A Picture Tour of The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Extreme!

This evening my family and I were invited to attend the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xrtreme at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California.  And extreme it was!

A Picture Tour of The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Extreme!

My children were largely excited by the thrilling daredevils, over the top stunts and highly crafted aerobatics.  Boundless excitement awaited us as watched and enjoyed the show!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xrtreme!

Upon arrival, we visited the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xrtreme Pre-Show Party where children of all ages are invited to step onto the arena floor.  Children get to clown around with the world-renowned Ringling Bros. Clown Alley, learn circus skills and receive signed autographs from the circus stars.  We also watched as an Asian elephant showed off her artistic aptitude and painted a portrait of herself with her trunk!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xrtreme!

Then the real circus began!  Here are just a “few” of the many performances that we enjoyed.

Numerous Asian elephants performing various tricks and weighing in at over 10,000 pounds.  Now that’s a whole lot of elephant!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xrtreme!

photo credit: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Mongolian Marvels, an extraordinary troupe of athletes, took everything that they performed to the extreme.  Check out this eight-person pyramid that they created with a combined weight of over 880 pounds.  That’s a whole lot of human!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xrtreme!

A Freestyle BMX adrenaline-charged performance with heroic half-pipe tricks, stunning 360-degree flips, hands-free jumps and much more.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xrtreme!

My favorite performance of the night was the maneuvering of a 16,000 pound Wheel of Steel by daredevil Benny Ibarra.  Benny attempted to control gravity, while spinning 50 feet above the arena floor in a calculating display of centrifugal force.  I was spellbound by his strength and ability to leap, flip and jump rope on top of the steel pendulum.  Have a look for yourself!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Extreme is at the Honda Center through August 2.  

Tickets are available for the following dates:

  • Saturday, July 25 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, July 26 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, July 29 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, July 30 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Friday, July 31 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Aug. 1 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Aug. 2 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Prices range from $20, $25, $30, $42 (VIP), $70–$80 (Front Row).  Prices vary between weekday & weekend performances 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.  All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: We were invited as a member of the media.  All points of view are my own.