Friday, July 3, 2015

New Humpbacks 3D in IMAX at California Science Center | @CAScienceCenter #OceanofAdventure


Last week I got the chance to teach my children in a new way, exploring our oceans in the new IMAX movie, Humpback Whales in 3D.  This new documentary is playing at the IMAX at the California Science Center.  

We enjoyed a few activities learning about the migration, flukes and blubber of the Humpback whales.  We were also given a fun educational activity guide which you can find here for free.


My children had never been to an IMAX movie and this was amazing!  The quality of the videography of these majestic animals was enhanced by the fact it was on such a large screen!  We felt like we were swimming with them.  

The journey of the Humpback Whales 3D took us to Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga and for an up-close look at how the whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.  Humpback whales were on the brink of extinction until researchers discovered that the hauntingly beautiful songs that they sung were communications by highly intelligent beings.

The documentary brought us along with the researchers to unlock the mysteries of these 50-foot 48 ton animals who leap out of the water in acrobatic displays.  Did you know that they migrate more than 6000 miles round trip every year?

Did I mention that Ewan McGregor's soothing accented voice makes it very easy on the ears to follow and learn from?  


After the movie, the director was on hand to take questions from the "kid reviewers" in the audience.  Children were invited to learn more about the plight of the Humpback Whales and were invited to learn more directly from the "whales" mouth.  My son was called on to ask a few questions and was even interviewed by the media afterwards.  

I love seeing my kids engaging in experiences where they can learn hands on and they can't wait to go back to see more movies!

Humpback Whales 3D is now playing at the California Science Center.  To check show times, please visit them at http://californiasciencecenter.org/imax/imax-schedule.  

IMAX Theatre
Admission:  Starting at $5 (online only) There are discounts for online ordering and for multiple movies.

California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Open Daily:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
General admission is free!  There is a $2 fee for the Space Shuttle Endeavor however.

California Science Center Admission:  FREE

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NEW Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Boudin's | @BoudinsSF #BoudinGrilledCheesePlease



Grilled cheese isn't just for kids anymore!  I have to admit, when I was invited to try Boudin's(Boo-deen's) new menu, I didn't have high expectations.  Boy was I wrong!

My kids were treated to Boudin's Kids table where they were entertained by one of their fun employees while all of us adults learned more about what makes Boudin's so special.


Did you know that all of the bread at Boudin's were started by the same starter from the 1800's?  The starter dough has good bacteria(found only in San Francisco) instead of yeast that was started more than a century ago.  The original bakery started in San Francisco and even survived the fires of the big earthquakes that destroyed most of the city.


The types of sandwiches have evolved into gourmet tastes that one would never dream of.  We were treated to 3 of the newest Grilled Cheese combinations.  Classic Danish Harvati and Cheddar with Parmesan crust(with or without bacon), Jalapeno Cheddar and the Grilled Brie with Apples and Fig Jam.


Classic Grilled Cheese
The Classic Grilled Cheese isn't as simple as you would think.  This delicious sandwich includes Havarti & sharp cheddar on Parmesan-crusted sourdough bread. The head Chef explained that they used imported Havarti cheese, because they wanted the best flavors and they succeeded.  What could make this better?  BACON!  You have the choice to add bacon to the sandwich and honestly, why wouldn't you?  This was my favorite sandwich hands down!


Jalapeno Grilled Cheese
The new Jalapeno Grilled Cheese is full of flavor with a slight touch of heat.  Don't worry about the Jalapenos because the heat was so mild that even my kids loved it.  The Cheddar Cheese might help mellow the heat but I think that its the Jalapenos that will make me come back for more!


Grilled Brie with Apples & Fig Jam
One of our favorites is the Grilled Brie with Apples & Fig Jam was the dessert of the group.  I wasn't sure if I would like a sweet sandwich but the combination just plain works.  I enjoyed this but honestly, I liked the other two better.

There are so much to choose from on their menu!   To see their menu, please visit their website at www.boudinbakery.com.

FREE KIDS MEAL!
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Do you have a School or Sport that needs a Fundraiser?  Email David Keller at dkeller@boudinbakery.com for more information!  

DISCLAIMER:  I was treated to a media tasting event for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Family Fine Dining at Side Door in Corona Del Mar | @SideDoorCDM #ToddlerTuesday


Fine dining isn't just for childless adults anymore!  

Imagine, going to dinner where there are no singing animals and enjoying a delicious gourmet meal and drinks with your young children and no dirty looks.  A time set aside for families where children may run around and be as loud as kids can be.

Side Door, a partner with the 5 Crowns Restaurant in Corona Del Mar got our message!  Parents can't always find a babysitter and would like night outs with the family!  When I got invited to see this paradise for myself, I jumped at the chance.


Tuesday nights are Toddler Tuesdays.  This wonderful patio is reserved for families that worry about their children disrupting other diners.  NO RESERVATION REQUIRED!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fathers Day Craft for Kids Plus BONUS $100 Orchard Supply Hardware Giveaway | @OrchardSupply #ad

Fathers Day is coming up this weekend and I have a cute craft for the kids to do for Dad!  It is never easy to find the right present and gifts mean so much more when they are homemade from the kids.


Is Dad a cook?  Gardener? Loves to get his hands dirty?  How about a personalized herb garden that can be decorated over and over?  I like this because I can write what is growing on the outside of the can because the tags always get lost.

This craft is a lot of fun and can be a fun gift from the kids under $25!  I was given all of the supplies for it from our local Orchard Supply Hardware store(OSH) and the kids were off.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Circus XTREME is New at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® Circus | $15 Opening Night Tickets!



Do you love Extreme Thrills, Exotic Animals and Amazing Acrobats?  Our favorite acts and new ones are returning with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in their new show, Circus XTREME!   

From July 9th- Aug 2nd, you can see this spectacular show at 3 different venues in Southern California.

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME. Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals.