Friday, November 30, 2012

Queen Mary CHILL!!!

 
 



If you have not heard, the newest holiday tradition has hit Southern California! 




The Queen Mary has turned the famous dome that once housed the Spuce Goose and the surrounding area into an Ice Kingdom!

Bring your Family to enjoy a new tradition of holiday fun!


CHILL has a little something for everyone.  Beautiful decorations, fun activities such as ice skating and ice tubing, and yummy mouth watering treats! Walk through the scented Candy Forest taking in the breathtaking mouthwatering scents!

Take your holiday photo in front of the many beautifully decorated trees or with Santa himself in the Holiday Village!



CHILL also has a special tribute to the History of the Harbin Festival with beautiful and colorful Ice Sculptures!




Join us for this amazing event from November 17 thru January 6th!

Check back soon for a Raffle Giveaway for 2 free tickets to this great event!

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Tickets are priced individually for each of the activities:

Ice Kingdom Adult- $24.95
Ice Kingdom Child- $19.95
Ice Kingdom Group 10+ $19.95
Ice Slide (5 runs)- $12.95
Ice Skating Adult- $12.95
Ice Skating Child- $12.95
Skate Rental- $2.95

The Queen Mary realizes during the holidays money can be scarce so I am happy to annouce discounted rates for special days!


CHILL AFTER CHURCH:
Parishioners using discount code will be admitted to Ice Kingdom at $5 OFF every Sunday.
While supplies last. Sundays Excludes Holidays. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Code CHURCH must be redeemed online at time of purchase only. Limited Supply.
MILITARY MONDAYS:
Active duty military personnel will be admitted to Ice Kingdom FREE every Monday. While SuppliesLast. Mondays Only. Excludes Holidays. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Active Duty Military ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Limited Supply. Not available online.
TEACHER TUESDAYS:
Teachers will be admitted to Ice Kingdom at $5 OFF every Tuesday. While Supplies Last. Tuesdays Only.Excludes Holidays. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid Faculty ID must be presented at time of purchase. Limited Supply. Not available online.
 
CAROLINE SUNSHINE TOYS FOR TOTS
Radio Disney kicks off the Toys for Tots Drive with an onsite radio broadcast 12/1 2pm – 4pm. Donate a new unwrapped toy and receive $5.00 OFF entry to Ice Kingdom. While Supplies Last. Saturday December 1st - Friday, December 7th. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Toy must be new and unwrapped. Toy must be donated on date of ticket purchase. Not available online. Limited supply.
LONG BEACH RESIDENT WEDNESDAY
Residents from the city of Long Beach will be admitted to Ice Kingdom at $4 OFF on Wednesday December 5th. While Supplies Last. Valid for entry on 12/5 only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid ID with "Long Beach" listed as the city must be presented at the time of purchase. Limited Supply. Not available online.
USC TROJAN SPIRIT DAY
All visitors who wear their USC gear OR use the promotional code online will receive $5 OFF Ice Kingdom on December 6th. While Supplies Last. Valid for entry on 12/6 only.Cannot be combined with any other offer. Code must be redeemed at time of online purchase. OR USC Team logo gear must be worn visibly at time of box office purchase.
UCLA BRUIN SPIRIT
All visitors who wear their UCLA gear OR use the promotional code online will receive $5 OFF Ice Kingdom on December 13th. While Supplies Last. Valid for entry on 12/13 only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Code must be redeemed at time of online purchase. OR UCLA Team logo gear must be worn visibly at time of boxoffice purchase.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE DRIVE
General public will receive $5.00 OFF entry to Ice Kingdom with donation of approved wishlist item. OR $3.00 OFF with use of Mc Donalds Coupon. - $2.00 of every ticket sold underthis code will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Beach. WhileSupplies Last. Sunday - Friday Only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Item donated must be one requested on the Rondald McDonald Wishlist online. Itemmust be new, unused and donated on date of ticket purcahse. I$5.00 discount is not available online. If not donating an item, code can be redeemed online for $3.00 OFF. Limited Supply.
FRATERNAL SPIRIT DAY
All visitors who wear their Collegiate Greek Affiliation OR use the promotional code online will receive $6 OFF Ice Kingdom on December 20th, While Supplies Last. Valid forentry on 12/20 only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Code must be redeemed at time of online purchase. OR Greek Affiliation Letters must be worn visibly at time of box office purchase.
COLLEGE NIGHT
College Students with valid College ID will be admitted to Ice Kingdom at $5 OFF on Thursdays. While Supplies Last. Thursdays Only. Entry before 6PM. Excludes Holidays. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid Student ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Limited Supply. Not Available Online.

FAN FRIDAY
All visitors who wear their favorite sports team gear will be given $4 OFF admission to Ice Kingdom every Friday. While Supplies Last. Fridays Only. Entry Before 6PM Excludes Holidays. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Team logo gear must be worn visibly at time of box office purchase. Not available online.


Pictures courtesy of The Queen Mary

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Modern Day GOLD RUSH!


Nowadays, it seems everywhere we turn, someone is trying to get you to sell them your unwanted gold. The reason that everyone is gold hungry right now is that 1 oz of gold is worth over $1700!!!

When you consider how much old jewelry we have laying around that Is broken or outdated, this can be very appealing if you got $1700 for it! Realistically, after the gold places take their cut, you will be lucky to get 30% of that which is about $510. It is still an okay number but many places do not give you money for the gemstones that are attached to the gold. Sometimes they give you the stones back but if it is a shady place, they often don't.

If you have an adventurous side, you can go find gold for yourself! Be a part of the modern day Gold Rush.

SAY WHAT???!!!

"Gold Rush" brings up memories of sitting in history class looking at scruffy, bearded, dirty men living in tents with a gold pan at a stream.


While there are still scruffy, dirty, bearded old men, it has in recent years become very family oriented. There are many children and women catching the gold fever and joining in the fun to find the elusive shiny yellow rocks.


My husband's family has been prospecting since he was a teenager and they have created many memories and friends. When I met my husband, he told me about going camping and looking for gold. Naturally I thought they were crazy! Nobody did that anymore, it was all found during the "49" Gold Rush, wasn't it?

They assured me that there was plenty of gold to be found. I became more skeptical when they drove me to the desert! Where was the water? In every picture that I had ever seen about people gold prospecting, they were using a sleuce box or a gold pan alongside a river or a stream.


We set up our camp and I followed my in-laws to an area where there were about 30 men, women and children digging.  On the top of each digging area was a funny looking machine that everyone was throwing the dirt into.  It was called a "dry washer".



It had what looked to be a sleuce box on the bottom with a screen on the top to get rid of large rocks.  Attached to the sleuce from the bottom was a leaf blower that blew air into the bottom of the sleuce where the heavy metals(gold) settled to the bottom and the light dirt was blown down the box such as water would do.

 
The Dry Washer made sense when you looked at it and I was eager to get started.  I think I had started getting the "fever" as I saw one of the guys show me a half ounce of gold in a vial that he had dug up the day before.  I dug along side my father in law and husband for what seemed like hours and finally we stopped for a break to see how we did. I found out quickly that even though there was no running water, you always need a gold pan to sort through the "concentrates" at the end.  While I didn't find a half an ounce of gold, I did find myself a very nice piece of gold that I could pick up with my fingers called a "picker" amongst a good share of fine gold.

I was HOOKED! This is a LOT of work but when I saw gold at the bottom of my gold pan, it made it all worthwhile!  I beg my husband to take us out digging at least once a month!

My children have grown up doing what kids love best, digging in the dirt!  They love looking for gold in their pans and get as excited as us adults!  Besides gold digging, we also metal detect for lost relics such as coins and jewelry.  Our clubs hold coin hunts for everyone to find using metal detectors twice a year and prizes are given out to the winners. 

My family belongs to several Gold Prospecting Clubs; The OC 49ers, Lost Duchman's Mining Association and Gold Prospectors Association of America.  The esiest way to find gold is finding a "mining claim".  Becoming a member of an active club provides you with the use of the club claims instead of doing all of the research, paperwork and funds involved in owning your own.  You do keep all that you find being an active member and often actually win gold and coins at their monthly meetings!

There are many ways of finding gold besides dry washing, sleucing and metal detecting.  You can find rivers that you are allowed to just take a gold pan and a shovel and dig too.  Always do research before you start digging though, you might be "claim jumping" on someone elses claim.


Besides digging in the dirt, we come together as friends and a community to hold potlucks, BBQ's and holiday parties.  I enjoy getting out into the outdoors with my family and I hope that others will join us!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Giving Back!: Where to Give in Our Communities #Volunteer #Donate


During the Holidays, we all feel a sense of need to give but something usually makes us put it off.  Maybe it is the lack of money or time  that makes us hesitate or put it off until tomorrow. Whatever it is, we need to push aside our own problems and reach out to others. There is always someone somewhere that is in need more than ourselves.

I am sorry if that sounded preachy... Superstorm Sandy has got me thinking. Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away and I think of all the families that have had everything taken away. What are they thankful for? They are alive.

The one thing that we all have in common with each other regardless of race, religion, political views, beliefs, etc. is that we are all alive. Each of us have needs to survive on Earth. There are a lot of people reaching out to the Hurricane Sandy victims to help them and that is wonderful but what about the people in need in our own backyards?

Look around in our communities and see the tragedies and miracles that surround us. People come together to help others, not just for the Holidays but year round.

We think more of the homeless in the Winter months when it's cold and wet outside and we are snug in our houses. Many of these people living on the streets or half-way houses need our help. Many have fallen on bad luck, have health problems, young children, and/or have been abused by the system and others.

When I think of the Holidays, I think of Toys for Tots and Spark of Love. These are local charities that give toys to children who would otherwise have no cheer to open during the holidays! My family and I try to put aside a little money to put a smile on their faces every year.

Money gets me thinking, not everyone can afford to make a gift of money. This doesn't mean that they can't do something for others, it means that maybe they can donate something even more precious, their time. Can we donate an hour of our time to read stories to children at the local library or school? What about seniors that don't have many visitors that could use a cheerful face? Do you have a skill that is in need to help with costruction or put on a play?

Everyone of us has something to contribute to others to put a smile on their faces. Helping others really puts a smile on mine! Try smiling at a stranger, you will be amazed at how many people smile back. Then there are also the people who think that we are crazy and keep their children closer because of a simple act of kindness. Keep trying! That person may smile at another stranger and make someone elses day.

I have compiled a list of local charities that are near and dear to many peoples hearts.  I hope that even if you are unable to help by donating money or time, maybe you can donate a smile.

This list is ever growing and I would love for everyone to add to the list. Please email me at Kirstin@SoCalKidsOutdoorAdventures.com your ideas and local charities.

Adoption/Group Homes:
Five Acres
The Orangewood Foundation
Penny Lane
Hillsides

Animals:
The Wildlife Waystation

Arts and Literacy:
Milk + Bookies
Adopt the Arts
826 LA
LA Conservancy

Cancer and Other Illnesses:
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Pablove Foundation
City of Hope
-Melissa Reyes on City of Hope
St. Judes
The ALS Association

Children:
UNICEF
Make a Wish Foundation
Girls Inc
Ronald McDonald House
Starlight Foundation
The Eli Home
The Boys and Girls Club

Conservation:
Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
Surfrider Foundation

Cultural:
The Walking Shield

Elderly:
Senior Serv

Families with Grief After a Child has Passed:
The Unforgettables Foundation
Rainbows
First Candle

Homeless:
Mary's Kitchen
The Lunch Bunch
Good Shepard Center
Roosters Foundation
Working Wardrobes

Holidays:
Toys for Tots
Spark of Love
Operation Christmas Child- US

Individual Fundraisers:
The Ride for Jon
Give Big- in Riverside

Military:
Am Vets
Fisher House
Operation Gratitude

Mothers in Need:
The Sheepfold
Help a Mother Out

Volunteering:
South Bay Volunteer Center
Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Water Pollution:
Water.org