Mom, are you looking for a unique location to spend quality time with your daughter? Or a fashionable venue to host your child’s birthday party or a friend’s baby or bridal shower? Then this exhaustive list of tea shops throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, will tickle your fancy!
Does your son or daughter like to play Minecraft as much as my children do? Now your family can play Minecraft in select movie theatres with Super League Gaming! Super League brings together gamers of all ages for a fun, social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen with superhero themed maps and mods in a custom Minecraft adventure called, Rise of Heroes.
How does Super League Gaming work?
Bring your laptop with Minecraft 1.9.2 installed and play first-person on your computer and then you wirelessly connect to Super League’s server which puts you and everyone else in the movie theater’s gameplay up on the big screen. Parents and siblings can attend for FREE to watch and cheer their gamer on.
Your gamers will play, collaborate and socialize on teams with 4-7 members their own age as they build, battle and use their creativity and imagination. Super League even provides all the tech help and support making this a great family-friendly event.
Super League Gaming encourages social connections and teamwork. Super League Gaming is all about teamwork and collaboration! Each player gets a FREE gaming t-shirt encouraging team building and camaraderie. There’s even an opportunity for the winning team to evenly split a college scholarship.
How to register for Super League Gaming
All leagues start on April 30, 2016. To register your child for Super League Gaming, please visit www.superleague.com where you will find a list of dates and locations.
Super League Gaming Southern California Locations
- Century Huntington Beach and XD, 7777 Bella Terra, Huntington Beach
- Ipic Pasadena, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena
- Cinemark Playa Vista and XD, 12746 W Jefferson Blvd #3190, Los Angeles
- iPic Westwood, 10840 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
- Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley
- Thousand Oaks 14, The Oaks, 166 W Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
- Cinemark 22 and IMAX, 2600 W Ave I, Lancaster
- Century RiverPark 16 and XD, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard
- Camino Real Cinemas, 7040 Marketplace Dr., Goleta
When a child takes a tour of a local pizza parlor they are learning more than just how to make a pizza! From learning how to cook and prepare fresh ingredients to understanding how to run a restaurant to the importance of inventory control. These are all important aspects of running a successful business.
4 Pizza Field Trips For Kids in Southern California
There are 4 places in Southern California that offer Pizza Parlor Field Trips for Kids. Pizza parlor field trips are great for homeschoolers, Girl Scout troops, Boy Scout packs, summer camp attendees and church youth groups.
Make sure to call ahead of time though to schedule your tour and discuss pricing options with the general manager. Each individual restaurant has a different and length of type of tour depending upon the age of your specific group.
Learn/Eat/Play Tour @ John’s Incredible Pizza (Riverside, Montclair, Buena Park, Victorville and San Diego)
For only $9.49, each child will get a tour of the restaurant (including the kitchen), make their own pizza and receive a fun card that includes 1 ride. Field Trips are held Monday – Thursday before 3:00 pm. You need a minimum of 12 kids to book a tour. Please call each individual location to schedule a tour directly.
Tour of Papa John’s Pizza (Costa Mesa)
We have done this tour twice now! This specific Papa John’s Pizza located in Costa Mesa offers tours of their individual store. During the tour, children get to go behind the counter and see how pizza is made. They get to roll the dough, put sauce on the pizza and pick which toppings they want to put on top. The store manager also gives the kids a tour of the freezer. Brr! At the end kids get to take home their own personal pizzas. The cost varies per person.
Behind-the-Counter CPKids Restaurant Tour @ California Pizza Kitchen (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties)
Every kid gets a thrill discovering how things work. A free VIP-style restaurant tour at CPK is a unique opportunity to step behind the counter and see what happens in our kitchens. Kids will love learning the secrets about pizza making from the experts in our hands-on pizza demo. Each kid also receives an activity book, CPKids pencil, and a certificate for a free CPK Meal on their next visit. Behind-the-scenes tours are FREE for schools and non-profit organizations and recommended for kids ages 10 and younger. We have done this tour twice now. Once when my son was in preschool and again when he in kindergarten. It is very fun and lasts approximately an hour. Please contact a CPK Manager to learn more at all participating locations.
Make Your Pizza @ Michael’s Pizzeria (Long Beach)
This isn’t necessarily a field trip, but kids can make their own pizzas while dining out at Michael’s Pizzeria in Long Beach. When we went last fall, Field Trip Boy and Field Trip Girl got to knead their own pizza dough and make it into whatever shape they wanted. As I parent, I know how difficult it can be to keep young children entertained while eating at a restaurant. So I appreciate the extra effort Michael’s Pizzeria put into creating this fun activity for my kids.
Do you know of a pizza place in Southern California that offers tours for kids? Please let us know in comment section below and we will be happy to add them to the list!
Happy Field Tripping,
Attention Teachers and Homeschool Educators!
It’s time to register for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program again! If you’ve never participated in this program and live within 250 miles of a participating Six Flags theme park, you have been missing out on a great opportunity. We participated a few years ago and it is fabulous program for little readers!
Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six (6) hours of recreational reading earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags. The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate children to read. In addition, one “teacher” ticket is given to each “class” or “homeschool educator” who accompanies the child(ren).
For students who are just learning to read, and are unable to read on their own yet, you can count the time you spend reading aloud to them for the program.
Read to Succeed Homeschooler Info
Homeschoolers have to register as individual home schools on the Read to Succeed website. Six Flags goes on the honor system, so you do not need any homeschool identification papers to register your child online. All you need is the name of your school.
Read to Succeed is open to all types of homeschoolers too – online students, independent study, charter, public school and PSA students.
How To Register For Read to Succeed
The deadline to register and complete the six hours of reading is March 1st, 2016. Tickets are emailed in late spring (around May) after you have mailed in a verified reading log for each child. Tickets are typically good for select dates within the 2016 season and expire around August.
- To register go to the Six Flags Read to Succeed website and click the blue arrow button next to “Register for a new account.”
- Enter your email address and a password to register the account.
- Select “Homeschool Students” when asked what type of students you are registering.
- Next, fill in your name as the teacher, your homeschool’s address and phone number, and how many students you have per grade level.
- Next read through the important info Six Flags wants to make sure you understand and click the boxes saying you understand.
- Next Select “Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles, California” from the menu.
- Once you have your account registered, now it’s time to start reading. Be sure to keep a handwritten log of your child’s reading provided by the theme park online, as you’ll need to turn this into Six Flags to get your free ticket. Student Reading Logs are available in your online account under “Documents.”
- By or before March 1, go back online to your account and click the tab that says “Your Students” and enter each of your participating students and the number of hours logged on their reading log.
- Then mail in your handwritten reading logs to the Read to Succeed program by March 1 (address provided on the form).
If you have further questions, see the Six Flags Read to Succeed website.
Happy Field Tripping!
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. All points of view and opinions are my own. Photo copyrighted by Six Flags Read to Succeed.
Here in Los Angeles, Halloween and fall fun abounds! So let’s get right to it and share with you 15 family friendly Halloween events in Los Angeles.
Prices and dates vary. Please visit individual websites for full details.
1. Halloween Movie Night, Heritage Square, Los Angeles (10/17)
Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy to enjoy a classic scary movie at Heritage Square. Free for Museum Members and $10 for the general public. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
2. Rise of The Jack O’Lanterns, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia (10/1 – 10/31)
Marvel at thousands of beautifully lit pumpkin carvings of your favorite characters, celebrities and more at RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns at Santa Anita Park, 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. 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.
3. Spooky Creatures In The Garden, LA Arboretum, Arcadia (10/25)
Halloween activities are for children ages 10 and under including pumpkin decorating, creepy science projects and other autumn crafts. Don’t miss the Halloween raffle! Dressing in costume is encouraged! Open 9:00 am – 12:00 pm to the general public. Cost: $3 per child members / $5 per child non-members (plus admission).
4. Scarium of the Pacific, Aquarium of The Pacific, Long Beach (10/24 & 10/25)
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more.
5. Halloween Family Sleepover, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach (10/30)
Slippery tentacles await you as you explore our touch stations. Toss a snack (if you dare) into a pool of predators. Paint a marine themed pumpkin. Go on a flashlight tour to meet some of our nocturnal animals. Meet some crawly critters, and try to solve a mysterious trick or treat scavenger hunt! Check-in is at 5:00 p.m. and the sleepover ends at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.
6. Boo At The LA Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles (every Saturday & Sunday in Oct.)
This Halloween, the Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with treats at the all-new BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO! For 2015, the zoo has expanded BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO to an entire month of seasonal fun and learning beginning Thursday, October 1 and continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.
Family activities include:
- spooky caves spotlighting animals’ “super” natural senses
- “Graveyard Safari” adventure
- “Boneyard” education station
- themed crafts
- live music
- strolling characters
- pumpkin carving
- animal feedings
Kids are invited to dress in costumes, and costume contests are presented throughout October. Traditional trick-or-treating at the Zoo takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 31.
7. Halloween Pumpkin Party, Leonis Adobe Museum, Calabasas (10/24)
Gather the family together to attend this not-s-spooke annual Halloween Pumpkin Party! There will be Halloween crafts, feed ranch animals, ranch fun, pumpkins, and family music by Craig Newton & more.
8. Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, De Anza Park, Calabasas (10/17 & 10/18)
For more than 40 years, the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival has brought the community together for two days of fun themed around pumpkins! Housed along Lost Hills Road and the beautiful Juan Bautista de Anza Park, the city strives to offer a low cost, family friendly event while showcasing the great businesses and organizations of Calabasas. The Pumpkin Festival offers live bands, a dj dance zone, marketplace vendors, delicious food & pumpkin treats, pumpkin beer, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving and so much more! The low $5 admission price includes all inflatables & a giant slide, Halloween carnival games, reptiles & bug shows, contests, a Saturday morning costume parade plus car displays, bands, and a Business Expo.
9. Pumpkin Festival, Stagecoach Museum, Newbury Park (10/31)
Join the Stagecoach Museum for their annual Pumpkin Festival with Halloween storytelling, crafts, zombie walk, a costume contest and more. Tickets are $5.00 for adults / $2 for children 5-12 yrs. old.
10. 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival, Kidspace Museum, Pasadena (10/17 & 10/18)
This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages and will be hosted in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum. Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, make your own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. Parents will love the book and costume sale, and tasty picnic treats. Festival admission is free – as well as the live music/performances, selected crafts, promotions at the Radio Disney tent, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. There is also plenty of free parking in Lot I of the Rose Bowl adjacent to Brookside Park. Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy the bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other festival attractions.
11. 81st Annual Fall Festival, The Original Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles (10/17 & 10/18)
Join the Original Farmer’s market for LA’s favorite country fair in the heart of the big city! Celebrate the harvest with a family-friendly festival including a petting zoo, Agventure play land for kids, old-time artisans, local farmers, pie-eating contests, and lots and lots of live music! You will also find the Market and its merchants fully decorated!
12. 5th Annual EEK! At The Greek!, Los Angeles (10/24)
Symphony In The Glen will perform at the 5th Annual EEK! At The Greek!, a symphonic extravaganza on Saturday, October 24, presented by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre. This family-friendly event featuring the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein will present a creepy collection of frightening favorites, plus a Trick-Or-Treat Village in the plaza prior to the performance.
13. Horror in the Hall – Halloween Organ With Film, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown LA (10/31)
This special Halloween-night performance begins at 8:00 pm. Clark Wilson on organ will accompany the silent classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The silent film features John Barrymore as the split personalities. It’s a thrilling combination of “sonic thrills and visual chills.” Tickets are available online.
A fun safe alternative way to spend Halloween with children is by taking them to historical Griffith Park where your kids can enjoy visiting the Los Angeles Steamers Railroad Museum. At the museum, kids will love viewing bridges, water towers, train stations and miniature towns. For just $15, you and your kids will get to enjoy a twenty-minute outdoor train ride featuring terrific lighting effects and more.
15. 8th Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids, Los Angeles (10/31)
The Downtown LA Halloween Party for Kids is tons of fun and feature a myriad of activities. With puppet shows, bouncy hoses, arts and crafts, face painting and more, it’s a place children and adults can come to enjoy without having to go out trick or treating and still take part in Halloween activities. Advance tickets are recommended and costumes are required for children, but are optional for adults.
Happy Field Tripping!