ReinDeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

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Right now through January 3rd. Over at the Los Angeles Zoo you can see Reindeer!!!! Its really the only place around Los Angeles to take a close look at live Reindeer 🙂 You will lean Reindeer facts and meet Reindeers Noel, Belle, Velvet and Jingle. Some facts we learned are that even female Reindeers have antlers and Reindeer antlers fall off and they grow new ones! I never new that, even parents are always learning. 🙂

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In the same Reindeer Romp area everyone can decorate their own antlers —

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and right outside you can see Ice Carving in action we were fortunate to see #IceDoll work her magic 🙂

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Make sure to check out the schedule at the beginning of your visit to see which animal will be receiving a special gift. On different days different animals, receive a present that they unwrap! we were lucky to see the Elephants 🙂

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Other special holiday activities include a visit with Santa, puppet shows and watching Carolers. Visiting the Zoo during this time makes for a very fun family day. The holiday spirit all around and great holiday picture opportunities 🙂

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And you get to experience everything the Zoo has to offer!! Like these tasty snacks 🙂 I think now its a tradition to get Kettle Corn its very fresh and super tasty. Those Carnitas Nachos were very tasty and will be getting them again! we got them over at Cafe Pico.

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We Love taking the kids to the Zoo because each time its a different adventure. This trip we were able to see lots of babies 🙂

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As the kids get older they learn more about Extinction and Endangered animals bringing them to the Zoo helps them Love the animals and makes them more aware of things they can do in the environment. We spent lots of time over at the California Condor Rescue Zone they loved it so much they didn’t want to leave.

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And how amazing it was to see the Lions Love each other!!

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All activites are FREE with paid Zoo addmision which is $20.00 for general admission (ages 13-61) $17 for seniors (ages 62+) and $15 for children (ages2-12) No ticket is required for children under 2.


Los Angeles Zoo

5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles, Ca 90027

Free parking is available






L.A. Zoo Lights Dazzling Wonderland




L.A. Zoo Lights A dazzling Wonderland Opens this coming Friday Nov 27th. This year its back and better than ever!!! We really can’t wait to check this out! Thousands of LED lights, Flurries of illuminated snowflakes, 3D animated projections for example animated elephants wearing holiday sweaters 🙂 water and light shows set to music, glittering light tunnels and fanciful menageries of animal characters including michievious monkeys scampering the grounds. All this will set the Zoo’s enchanting Environment aglow with wonder and delight to top 2015 “Holiday Tradition” destination list. Im hoping to start this as a family tradition myself 🙂 what a perfect way to spend the day after Thanksgiving and bring on Christmas!


I hear the events biggest expansion takes place over at the LAIR (Living Amphibians,Invertebrate, and Reptiles) There will be a giant 130 foot illuminated snake gazing down from the roof top! flickering its tongue as you enter the building. Once inside you will be bathed in ultraviolet light with glowing webs, orbs and insects of all kinds on the rock walls. In the LAIR Courtyard there will be snowboarding iguanas on a sparkly frosty hillside. Once we go I will post pics!! 

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Santa’s Village is in an all new glittering alpine setting perfect for pictures (available for an additional fee).

L.A.Zoo Lights also presents two VIP Experiences—- One is Happy Hour!!!! for ages 21 and over on Dec 10th. This VIP experience starts at 6pm and features “skip the line” express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights with a private lounge from 6:30-8:30pm with appetizers, beer, wine and hot and cold specialty cocktails. Tickets for  Happy Hour are $75.00 per person. 

The second VIP Experience is Family New Years Eve for all ages. Family New Years Eve will be on Thurs Dec 31st. at 6pm. this also includes skip the line express entry to L.A.Zoo Lights. Dinner Buffet, soft drinks, complimentary champagne for the adults 🙂 sparkling cider for kids, dessert,a ride on the Zoo’s special conservation carousel, crafts, DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York Times Square Ball Drop at 9pm. After which guests are welcomed to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing. Tickets for this VIP Experience are $65 (adults) and $35 (children) for GLAZA members $60 (Adults) and $35 (children). There is limited availability for both VIP Experiences so make sure to get them early!!

What a great way to see the LA Zoo I know our kids love the animals and it will be really interesting to see it this way! We are always looking for more ways to celebrate Christmas and we are Excited!!! 🙂 Its a great and  affordable night out.

L.A. Zoo Lights tickets are on sale now!!! for Opening on Friday Nov 27- Sun Jan 3,2016 (except Dec 24 & 25) 

L.A. Zoo Lights is open 6pm-10pm Monday-Thursday   6pm-11pm Friday-Sunday and Dec 21,22,23 

Admission to L.A.Zoo Lights is $13.00 adults/seniors $11.00 children 2-12 on Mon-Thurs (except Dec 21,22,23 when tickets are the same as weekends)

Friday-Sunday Admission is $16.00 adults/seniors $14.00 for children 2-12 Tickets for GLAZA members are $11.00 children under 2 are FREE!! 

Online early bird tickets are available at $10.00 each I just got more tickets they are up now!! purchase these tickets during the 1st week (Nov 27th-Dec 3rd)


Tickets are also available for $9.00 after 9 pm on select nights.  Visit for details and to purchase tickets.

Have fun Everyone!!!!!!!!!!! and let us know if you go!!!!! 🙂 


Los Angeles Zoo—  323-644-4200

5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles Ca 90027 FREE parking 🙂 


Irvine Park Railroads 20th Annual Christmas Train

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Time to start thinking about some Christmas Fun!!! This year we are so happy to be going over to Irvine Park Railroad and riding the Christmas Train all the way to the North Pole! 😉

This is a perfect event for the whole family 🙂 Find your Santa hats get your warm clothes out and get ready to ride this night time train ride. The train ride will take you through historic Irvine Regional Park all the way to the North Pole to meet Santa.

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Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time. Get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online only and can be purchased now. Tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit for more details.

Lots of activities will be available for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village next to the train station. Activities open 1 hour before The Christmas Train runs. 

Activities include:

Story Time with Mrs Claus 

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Christmas Cookie Decorating, Carnival Games, Ice Fishing, Santa Claus Moon Bounce, Christmas Coloring Corner and Picture Stands for tons of pictures 🙂

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Prices for all activities vary visit for more info 

Once you get to the North Pole, visitors can purchase Coffee,Hot Chocolate,Pop Corn,Hot Pretzels and Cookies from the Elf House snack bar. A full kitchen menu is also available at the Train Station. You will be able to take your own pictures with Santa or you will be able to purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park RailRoad each 5×7 will be presented with a Irvine Park RailRoad border and will be ready shortly after taking. After chit chatting with Santa 🙂 hop on back aboard the Train and enjoy all the Lights! We can’t wait to see the “Tunnel of Lights ” 🙂 

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Remember to dress warm, Bring extra batteries for your Camera and get there early to avoid crowds. The Christmas Train will be open beginning Friday 11/27-Wed 12/23 visit the website for hours. Cost of the train is $12.00 per person. Children under 24 months are FREE 🙂 Parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is FREE after 5pm. 

To complete your Christmas Adventure make sure to stop by Irvine Park RailRoads Christmas Tree Ranch. Trees available are Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Grand Firs. What a great way to complete the evening by picking out a tree!! 

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and also remember Irvine Park RailRoad offers other super fun activities during the day. Including wheel fun rentals at Irvine Park. Bike rides and Paddle Boat rides the whole family can participate in. Along with the Santa Ana Zoo and Pony Rides (cash only for pony rides).

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We are having a GiveAway!!!!!!!!!!! 4 Christmas Train Tickets,4 Activity Tickets and 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike Rental. (excludes the double surrey) 

Please Like and Share this post along with commenting on a Christmas Tradition you all have. Winner will be announced on Sunday Nov 15th!!!!!

Irvine Park RailRoad 

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange,Ca 92869 





Monrovia Holiday Parade and Annual Tree Lighting


Today!!!! Monrovia’s Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting 🙂 Bundle up grab some Hot Chocolate and come on over To our yearly Parade and Tree lighting 🙂 Tree lighting starts at 6pm in Library Park and the Parade starts at 7pm. The Parade will be running North to Palm in Old Town Monrovia.

Always fun to see everyone in Our town Celebrating it does get a bit cold so come prepared. After or even before grab some Dinner so many places to pick from.

Or even better come support Monroe Elementary and eat over @Dominicos on Huntington Drive for the fundraiser 🙂



Christmas Around The Drive


This Friday December 5th the City of San Marino will be having their yearly #Christmas Around the Drive. From 5:00-8:30pm it will be between Bedford and Del Mar. A fun Holiday event for the family.

Santa Will arrive on the Old #1 fire engine at 6pm.There will be Tons of treats, shopping, Puppeteers, Petting Zoo,Magicians and Trolleys just to name a few.

Everything will be set up all along Huntington drive. All activities are FREE!!!!!

and being in the Area you gotta check out the Beautiful Christmas Trees on St Albans Drive at Huntington Drive. Huge!!! Pine trees all lit up its so beautiful!!!

Heres a little Glimpse 🙂




Pasadena Playhouse Presents- Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight

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This week!!!!! Heres another Great outing for the whole Family a different type of adventure 🙂 Coming To the Pasadena Playhouse Dec 10th-Jan 4th is Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight.

Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, Santa Claus and photo opportunities.

And for those of you with kids that Love to sing and be on stage ( Like our Sophia) 😉 GOLDEN TICKETS are available as an add-on to any child’s ticket for an additional $50.00 each (limit of 10 Golden Tickets available per performance). A Golden Ticket provides the ticketholder (children only) with a special onstage sing-a-long experience during the production, a gift bag with special surprises, a SLEEPING BEAUTY collectible poster, and one free photo with Santa!!! this sounds Amazing!!!

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Olivia Holt
of Disney’s “I Didn’t Do It”
Lucy Lawless
of “Xena: Warrior Princess”
Garrett Clayton
of Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie”
Patrick Cassidy
of Broadway’s “42nd Street”
David Engel
of Broadway’s “La Cage Aux Folles”
Tamyra Gray
of “American Idol”
Ben Giroux
of CW’s “Hart of Dixie”

We Cant wait to take the Kids 🙂

Tickets are on Sale @



Santa’s Wonderland

Its that Time again!!! Santa is over at Bass Pro Shop #Santas wonderland. We’ve been taking or kids for the last 3 years and are always happy with our Pictures. Its been the same Santa every year so the kids really believe its the Real Santa 🙂 Heres our pics for 2011

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If shooting isn’t your thing there is also Archery, Remote Control Race cars, Remote Control Monster Trucks, Video Games and Crafts.


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The Event Schedule is :

Now through 12/06 

Mon-Fri Santa Pics from 3-8pm Crafts from 5-7pm and Games and activities are all day 

Saturday-Santa Pics 10-8pm Crafts noon-5pm and Games and activities are all day 

Sunday-Santa Pics noon-5pm Crafts noon-5pm and Games and activities are all day

Ca Locations have a special time on Thanksgiving Santa pics from 10-5 and Crafts 3-5pm

Friday 11/28 Santa Pics from 10-8pm and Crafts 5-7 and Games and activities are all day


Dec 7-24th 

Mon-Fri Santa Pics from 10am-8pm Crafts from 5-7pm and Games and activities all day 

Saturday-Santa Pics from 10am-8pm Crafts Noon-5pm and Games and activities all day

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L.A. Zoo Lights


Another Great Reason to visit the Los Angeles Zoo 🙂 This holiday season for the very first time, the Los Angeles Zoo changes stripes from a daytime adventure to a dazzling winter wonderland known as “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”, which electrifies guests as it transforms the Zoo’s enchanting environment into a series of awe-inspiring animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. Open nightly from Friday, November 28, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6 to 10 pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), this magical new experience is destined to become a wondrous, “don’t-miss” holiday tradition. “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS,” bringing lights back to Griffith Park for the first time since 2009, is produced and presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and made possible with support from Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, 4th District.

Griffith Park is accessible to so many residents of Los Angeles and occupies a special place in the hearts of many,” says LaBonge, one of the driving forces behind “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” who wanted to provide Angelenos with a holiday activity to replace the beloved DWP Holiday Light Festival. “”L.A. Zoo Lights” is a new and different experience that people are going to love and cherish as they get out of their cars and walk through an amazing holiday wonderment with remarkable LED lights.”
An ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night, “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”‘ self-guided 60- to 90-minute tour through select areas of the Zoo (while the animals themselves are asleep) introduces guests to a clever troop of animated LED “monkeys” commandeering an electrical power source hidden in an unusual holiday tree. They swing through the entry plaza to guide an illuminated power line toward a giant electrical “outlet,” attempting to plug it in. Will they succeed? YES! The Zoo lights up, and guests follow the “monkeys” as they encounter an illuminated “Reggie the alligator,” an origami “rhino,” singing “elephants,” and a party of musical pink “flamingos” fronted by their DJ leader, to name a few. Along the way, “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” offers the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see real reindeer, lit by elegant “chandeliers,” (“L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”‘ sole live animals), plus weekend-only visits with Santa Claus, perched atop a throne seemingly carved from ice, and an unexpected Hollywood ending featuring a red carpet bustling with paparazzi “animals.” Other special effects range from 3-D holiday-themed animations projected onto a group of palm trees and a “bird” who flies to a nest filled with golden disco balls, to freeway-driving “animals” on their way to the “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” opening against a backdrop of Los Angeles landmarks and a group of giant “bullfrogs” made from 3,750 water bottles lit from within, plus much more. Among the evening’s sights are giant floating snowflakes, glittering light tunnels, animal cutouts and icicle lights. Although the Department of Water and Power’s wildly popular Holiday Light Festival is a bygone Griffith Park holiday tradition, and while “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” is a completely different, well, animal, it pays homage to the Festival with a nostalgic nod to the past by featuring some classic pieces, including the Hollywood sign, the downtown LA skyline and City Hall. Steaming hot chocolate and other holiday treats and goodies for sale are also part of the fun.

L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”‘ techno wizardry is designed by art director Gregg Lacy and Bionic League, a live event lighting design company known for magnificent light shows for festivals, stadiums, arenas, clubs, and artists like Daft Punk, Kanye West and many others.
Daytime visitors to the Zoo can see the reindeer during regular hours, which are 10 am to 5 pm, along with a flurry of seasonal festivities and yuletide flourishes, plus weekend visits by Santa Claus.

Admission to “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” is– $13 for adults/seniors and $11 for children ages 2 to 12; tickets for GLAZA members are $12 for adults/seniors and $10 for children ages 2 to 12; children under age two 2 are free. Purchase tickets online to attend during the first two weeks (Nov 28 – Dec 11) for the online-only Early Bird Rate of $8 each.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park—5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit