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

kids santa pics 2011 kids santa pics 2011 pic 2 You get a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo and the Photo Packages are very Reasonable. We love bringing the kids to take their Santa Pics here because it well organized. If the Line gets a little to long (over 30min) they give you a Bass Pass a designated time to come back. There is so much to do while you wait. They have fun activities set up of the kids like these here 🙂 or of course do a little shopping 😉 another great thing is that there are so many snacks to buy in case you or the kids need a little something.

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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.


Beautiful Merry Go Round









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DSC_0527Ummmm…. Sophia its not real snow don’t eat it!! 😉




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

Sunday-Santa Pics from 10am-5pm 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

Kids Space Free Family Night — November


Its that Time again 🙂 Kids Space Free Family night is today hard to believe the First Tuesday of the month is here again. 🙂

Free Family Night:
Tuesday, November 4, 4:00 to 8:00 pm – Celebrate California’s native cultures during Free Family Night in November. Grind rocks to make paint and use it to create Chumash-inspired cave paintings, explore native instruments and music, and enjoy Native American storytelling in the Celebration Center at 6:30 pm. Free Family Night is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Michael J. Connell Foundation, and the City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission. Admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. – See more at:



Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
Telephone: (626) 449-9144
Fax: (626) 449-9985
– See more at:

Annual Pow Wow Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park




Heritage Park will once again be the site for the annual Pow Wow.

Saturday, November 7th &
Sunday, November 8th 
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Heritage Park
12100 Mora Drive
Santa Fe Springs, Ca 90670

The event will celebrate Native America life through dancing, singing,
drumming, and food. Exhibitors will be on hand to offer Native
American-made products such as jewelry, clothing, blankets, and
This event is hosted but not funded by the City of Santa Fe Springs.
Please call Heritage Park for more information at 562-946-6476.

We went 3 Years ago and had so much fun. The kids loved it and got a chance to see a little glimpse of our family background from my Grandmothers side of the family–



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We ate lots of great food and snacks Gotta Love Fry Bread!!! Yum!!!!!!!

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The Kids had a chance to run around and check out the exhibits 🙂

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Another great Opportunity to expose your kids to culture. 🙂




Heritage Park
12100 Mora Drive
Santa Fe Springs, Ca 90670

Saturday, November 7th &
Sunday, November 8th 
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Japanese Garden Festival at Descanso Gardens

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The Japanese Garden Festival will feature Taiko Drummers,Ikebana and more. Descanso Gardens celebrates the art and culture of Japan at the Annual Japanese Garden Festival on Saturday Nov 8th and Sunday Nov 9th. The weekend will include taiko and drum performances,ikebana display, a garden tour and more. All these events are free with admission to the Gardens 🙂

Ikebana Display, both days 9am-5pm the art of flower arranging, is one of the most actively practiced of Japan’s traditional arts.The Sogetsu school of Ikebana promotes a contemporary and international understanding of this art form.

Japanese Garden Tour, Sat only @10am Dr Kendall Brown, Professor os Asian art and history and author of “Quiet Beauty :The Japanese gardens of North America”, leads an in depth tour of the Descanso Japenese Garden.

Camellia Lounge, both days 11am-3pm: Patina will sell distinctive Japanese cuisine,sake and beverages.

Taiko drummers, Both days 11:30am and 1:30pm: Always a crowd pleaser,the Taiko drummers from Kishin daiko perform their feats of percussive magic 🙂

Admission to descanso Gardens is $9 general,$6 seniors/students with ID,$4 children 5-12, and children 4 and younger FREE 🙂 

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 info:818-949-4200 or



BOO at the LA Zoo

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Heres another fun Halloween Outing for your families Boo at the LA Zoo over at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.The event will be running the next 2 weeks Saturday Oct 18, Sun Oct19, Sat Oct 25 and Sun Oct 26 from 10 am -4pm. 

Some of the Activities will be: Trick or Treating,Jack o Lantern carving demo’s, strolling Pirates,Princess and vampires characters.Up close encounters with Crawly insects and reptiles, there will also be awesome feeding Opportunitys for Gorillas,elephants,orangutans and giant Otters as they enjoy Pumpkins filled with treats to eat and play with. Last year we saw the Tigers get Pumpkins filled with treats and it was amazing to watch! seeing them crack them open was quite a sight 🙂

Boo at the LA Zoo activites are Free with paid Zoo Admission — $19.00 is general Addmission for ages 13-61 $16.00for seniors ages 62+ and $14.00 for children 2-12 no ticket is required for children under 2.

This weekend will be a great weekend to go visit Cooler weather at the Zoo is always a PLUS!! and  doing something Halloweenie and visiting the Zoo at the same time is another Big Plus!!! lets keep supporting Our LA ZOO 🙂 and if you go on a Saturday after all the walking around  remember kids eat Free at Participating Dennys from 4-10pm 🙂



Something Fun to do this Weekend. Azusa Canyon

Something Fun to do this Weekend. Azusa Canyon


Heres a short family hike good for all ages.


A short drive north of the 210 freeway in the City of Azusa..on Azusa, takes you up into Azusa Canyon. If you intend on making this trip and stopping to enjoy the beautiful canyon you must pick up a “Forest Adventure Pass” and display it on your vehicle. You can find this pass at the ranger station at the base of the canyon or any SportChalet or Big5 Sporting Goods. Please visit the sight and read all the good a few dollars does for our forests.

Exit the 210 freeway on Azusa St and head north. 13 Miles from the freeway exit will bring you to Cogswell Gate.


Park in of the two parking lots and display your Forest Adventure Pass from your mirror.

The hike is an easy going, paved road along a nice stream.20140928_162146

20140928_161001   There are many great views of surrounding canyons and water below. As you venture further into the canyon, the trail descends to water level and there are many places to go off the path and get close to the stream

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Unfortunately, this has been a bad year for rain and the water levels are pretty low everywhere. Fortunately this has exposed many smooth rocks and has made it possible for the kids to try there hand….. or feet at …. A little rock hopping with minimal consequence. 20140928_170033


The very first bridge you come to marks the one mile mark. 20140928_165340This is a good place to take a break and have a snack. 20140928_165734The stream runs under the bridge and provides plenty of shade for playing by the water and taking a break. We also found ourselves chasing bugs and watching insects be insects.20140928_162751

The hike back seams shorter than the hike in.20140928_172534 The sun sets behind you and casts shadows all through the canyon.


This trail is over 16 miles long. It’s 8 miles in and 8 miles out. The trail has mile makers throughout makeing it easy to make your trip as easy or as long as you wish. The further you travel up the canyon, the prettier it gets. The evidence of careless hikers and visitors disappears as you make your way deeper into the canyon. The path is an easy paved path and does lend itself to families on bikes or kids on scooters.

The best time to visit is later in the day or early in the morning. For those hiking deeper into the canyon, you can bring your fishing pole and fish from one of the platforms. Please remember to pack out all you trash or place it in one of the many provided trash bins. Some bug spray might be a good idea too since you will be walk along a stream. Don’t forget your Forest Adventure Pass.


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Rise Of The Jack O Lanterns




Cant wait to Check this out!!!!!
The RISE is a unique all-ages nighttime Halloween extravaganza featuring 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns artfully displayed along a scenic trail. Discover intricately carved images of celebrities and sports figures and other large displays. The RISE is sure to be a lasting annual family tradition! Go to to register your email address and receive a special promo code for discounted tickets. You may share this web link with your friends and family!


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