FREE: Attend the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games on June 13-14!

Attend the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games on June 13-14!

The public is invited to attend the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games at California State Long Beach (6000 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815) campus and Recreation Park Golf Course (5000 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90814), on June 13-14, 2015.

More than 5,000 local dignitaries, corporate sponsors, spectators and family members are expected to attend.  Admission to all events is FREE!

Attend the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games on June 13-14!

An estimated 1,100 athletes from Southern California will compete in Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Golf, and Gymnastics.  Along with the games, weekend competitions will also include games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits at Expo Park and the Grand Prize drawing for the Special Olympics Southern California Dream House Raffle campaign, where more than 1,600 prizes including the grand prize will be awarded.

Featured exhibits include:

  • Special Olympics Festival features games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits, and more
  • The Healthy Athletes program offers free health screenings for athletes
  • Unified Bocce offers an experience for honored guests and others to play alongside our athletes in one of our most popular sports!
  • Young Athletes Program demonstration will show off the sport/play program for children, ages 2½ to 7, with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on activities important to mental/physical growth allowing for an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics.
  • Rafer’s Boutique offers Special Olympics souvenirs and merchandise
  • Family Pavilion gives families an opportunity to meet and greet in between competitions

The Summer Games are the first of two Southern California championships held each year, and this year’s games serve as prelude to the much anticipated Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games, held July 25- August 2.  Called one of the largest humanitarian events in Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympics, World Games (www.LA2015.org) will bring an estimated half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area, with more than 7,000 Special Olympic athletes participating from 170 nations.

Attend the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games on June 13-14!

It’s truly remarkable to watch the athletes live the oath of Special Olympics – If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.  That’s what Special Olympics is all about!

For more information and a complete schedule of events taking place for the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games happening on June 13-14, visit http://www.sosc.org/summergames

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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

DEAL: $8.75 Tickets to see Monster X Tour: Monster Truck Exhibition at The OC Fair!

Get $8.75 Tickets to see Monster X Tour: Monster Truck Exhibition at The OC Fair!

photo credit: Jot Powers

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Do you personally love cars or have a car fanatic in your family?  Then take them to the Monster X Tour: Monster Truck Exhibition at the OC Fair this summer!

Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks as the Monster X Tour blazes into the Action Sports Arena in Costa Mesa.  These mighty machines amaze and entertain audiences of all ages as they jump, crush and roar their way through dirt tracks, junk cars and other obstacles.  Featured performers for the Monster X Tour include Rock Star, Super Stomper, Project X, Heavy Hitter, Ghost Ryder and many more.

In addition to monster trucks, the July 24th event includes a “tuff trucks” competition and the July 25th event features quad racing.

Each ticket also includes admission to the OC Fair too!!

Currently, tickets are available for only $8.75 for shows on Wednesday, July 29 and Friday, July 31.

This makes a great Father’s Day gift as well!

To buy your tickets, visit here.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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

Attend a FREE Shakespeare By The Sea Performance in Southern California this summer!

Shakespeare by the Sea's summer theatrical shows are performed at over 10 Southern California cities.  Shows are completely FREE and run from June - August every year.

Shakespeare by the Sea is an amazing Southern California based, non-profit organization, that performs the works of Shakespeare for local communities in and around the southland for FREE.  Performances run all summer long between June and August.

Shakespeare by the Sea's summer theatrical shows are performed at over 10 Southern California cities.  Shows are completely FREE and run from June - August every year.

Performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like and The Temptest will be performed this year in the following SoCal cities:

  • San Pedro
  • Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Lakewood
  • Newport Beach
  • Rowland Heights
  • Rossmoor
  • Santa Ana
  • Torrance
  • Seal Beach
  • Encino
  • South Pasadena
  • Irvine, Long Beach
  • Woodland Hills
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Laguna Niguel

Shakespeare by the Sea’s theatre performances are totally FREE!  All seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.  Each show lasts approximately about 2 hours, with a 10-15 minute intermission in the middle.

Shakespeare

So, pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and beach chairs, and head on out to see Shakespeare By The Sea this summer!

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.  All photos copyrighted by Shakespeare By The Sea and used by permission.

GIVEAWAY: Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Story Time and Summer Camp!

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit an amazing children’s bookstore in Tustin called Once Upon A Storybook!  They are a unique children’s bookstore in Orange County, specializing in classic and contemporary literature for babies to teens.

I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Owner Susie exploring the store and learning all about her creative endeavors and heart for the community that she serves.

When I first walked into Once Upon A Storybook it was like walking into a story wonderland!  There were many wonderful books at arms reach even for the smallest reader.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Reading nooks all around to escape into your favorite book.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

There was even a train table for the little ones who are not able to read yet.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Small treasures all around to discover as you peruse the shop!

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

I had so much fun talking with Susie about her shop, the joy it brings her and how much she loves sharing books with children.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

I told her about my eldest son Athan and how he doesn’t like to read books that I pick out for him.  He also won’t pick out any books for himself.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Susie suggested that I let Athan pick a book out by the art on the cover.  I laughed because I have always heard that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”  Susie reassured me that this is true of people, but not of books.  She said publishers spend millions of dollars on artwork.  So if the art speaks to a reader, then the book will too!

Susie picked out a few titles for me to snap a picture of and send to Athan (gotta love iMessage!).  He got right back to me and told me which one he wanted to try – Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

And guess what?  Susie was right!  Athan read Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet in one day!  Then he asked for the next on,  and the next one, and so on.  Before long Athan had devoured all four books in the series.

Once Upon A Storybook offers their customers a variety of special perks including:

  • a room for rent for parties, events, and classes
  • a special educators discount of 20% (homeschooling parents included!)
  • special help from Susie herself on choosing books for all ages, even those reluctant readers like my Athan.
  • frequent buyer program, spend $100 get $10 to spend in store.

One of Once Upon A Storybook’s most popular events is their story times for children!

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays @ 11:00am or Fridays @ 11:00am

Join us for songs, stories, and surprises at one of these two weekly identical story times!  Sometimes we do experiments, sometimes we make crafts.  There’s always something fun when we get the preschoolers together!  Perfect for ages 2-5.

Milk & Cookies Story Time: Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Hear some quiet stories to relax you after a busy day.  Milk & cookies provided (if your child has food sensitivities, please bring an appropriate snack.)  Great for ages 3-8.

Paws & Pals: Fridays @ 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Everyone’s Favorite monthly activity… reading to the most patient dogs around!  Each child gets 15 minutes to practice reading aloud to a dog.  Reservations are a must!  No cost.  Ages 5+

New Chapters Story Time: 2nd Saturday of each month @ 2:00 pm

This story time is for chapter book readers who would like to be introduced to new stories.  Miss. Susie, The Story Lady, will read a couple of chapters of at least two books to give you a flavor of what’s out there.  Bring a pillow pet or a friend to lie on.  Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!  Targeted to ages 8-12.

Visit Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin for Weekly Story Times and Summer Camp!

Furthermore, Once Upon A Storybook is also offering 4 Summer Camps this year!  The camps run for four days starting in June.

Illustrator Camp ~

Students in these camps will spend each day learning about an author, reading one of his or her classic books, and completing an art project in the style of that book’s illustrations. Students will be exposed to new art techniques and concepts while using various art media. Your artist will bring home a portfolio of his/her work at the end of the week.

Magic Treehouse Camp ~

Each day campers will take a magical adventure, like Jack & Annie!  From knights to astronauts, each day will focus on a new Magic Treehouse adventure, where campers will enjoy crafts and activities.  Cost includes the five Magic Treehouse books included in the camp.

Double Daring Girls Camp ~

Learn some awesome new skills and creative outlets in this just-for-girls camp.  Explore lots of fun topics that are included in the Double Daring Book for Girls, including the lives and adventures of suffragettes, cowgirls, and the creators of the Underground Railroad.  Have new experiences like learning how to juggle and how to create lightning in your mouth!  Cost includes the Double Daring Book for Girls.

Spy Camp ~

Unveil the mysteries of secret codes and spy techniques.  As you read through Spy Camp together, you’ll get practical advice about how to be a spy!  Campers will experiment with handwriting analysis, spy equipment, and logical thinking.  Cost of camp includes the book Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs.

Once Upon a Storybook is located at Enderle Center, 17300 E. 17th Street Suite C., Tustin, CA 92780.  For more information about them visit http://www.onceuponastorybook.us/

Now here’s your chance to enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Once Upon A Storybook!

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Rules: US Residents Only.  No purchase necessary to enter.   One winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email.  Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter.  The prize package will be fulfilled by the sponsor and arrive within 4 weeks after being selected.  

Happy Reading!

Jilleen

Disclosure:  This post was written by Windi Eklund, guest blog contributor, on behalf of SoCal Field Trips.com.  This is not a sponsored post.   All points of view are solely those of the author.

Get $25 Knott’s Soak City Discount Tickets For The Summer!


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Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park opened for the summer season last Saturday!  Were you there?  If not, no worries!  Knott’s Soak City will be open all summer long, May 16 – September 14, 2015, for your family’s enjoyment.

Right now you can get discount tickets to Knott’s Soak City for only $25 for both adults and children!

The summer heat is here to stay, but you can cool off with a fun-packed day in the water at Knott’s Soak City, a water adventure park right next door to Knott’s Theme Park.

Whimsically themed to recreate SoCal beach towns of the 1950s, Soak City boasts 17 speed, tube and body slides for tons of wet ‘n’ wild good times.  Take the plunge on the six-story high Pacific Spin, catch some waves at Tidal Wave Bay, relax on the lazy Sunset River and have epic water battles with the three-story Toyota Beach House’s water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises.

Little ones can join in the fun as well!  Designed for maximum family appeal, Gremmie Lagoon is a hands-on water playground for pint-sized surfers.

Knott’s Soak City $25 Deal is valid for May 16 – September 14, 2015!  Only a limited number of discount tickets are available.  So get them while you can by clicking here!

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

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