Bunny Cakes – Read for Record is tomorrow.

Don’t forget to help set a new world record for a shared reading experience and Read for the Record tomorrow!


Don’t have the book, no worries – take the pledge,  the full book will be available online tomorrow and there are plenty of activities you can download.

Remember, if your in Orange County, you can join us tomorrow at Think Together Early Literacy Center at Veeh Elementary in Tustin or Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine.

 read for the record tustin  ReadfortheRecordCoupon


Owl-o-ween at The Living Coast Discovery Center


A fun family adventure on
October 26th

Spooky trail walks, gooey science experiments, dance parties,
and …of course, the ultimate night time animal encounters.

Wear your favorite family friendly costume
(or just something comfortable) and find out if you’re brave enough to smile at a snake, touch a tortoise, feed a sting-ray, or oogle an owl!

Join us and discover our wild San Diego, Halloween edition, at the Living Coast Discovery Center’s first ever ’Owl-o-Ween.’ You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Eventbrite - Owl-o-Ween: A family friendly Halloween adventure at the Living Coast!
-Games & activities for the whole family
-Gross Laboratory experiments with “Dr. Eww!”
-Tricks, but mostly treats
-Fun themed music and dance party
-Spooky story times
-After dark trail walks
-Meet and greet with lots of animals
-Costume contests (Best Animal costume, Best homemade costume, Best family/group costumes, Most ‘hawk-ward’ costume (hawkward= awkward)

 Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 409-5900
Click Here for Map»

 $10 per child, $5 per adult

($5 per child for LCDC members!)

Jack, the one-eyed Screech Owl, already has his costume ready!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Children’s Costume Parade

Share your Halloween spirit and your pumpkin carving skills at the annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest & Children’s Costume Parade at Roger’s Gardens.

Dress your children up in their favorite costumes and bring in your decorated Halloween pumpkin for a chance to win a Roger’s Gardens’ gift card and other prizes.

rogers_garden_pumpkin_decorating_eventPumpkins compete in three categories: Carved, Decorated or Painted, and Children (12 & under). Pumpkins can be elaborate, simple, lighted, mechanical, carved, painted, and scary or fun – anything goes. A panel of designers and staff members will be judging them.

Entries must be ready for judging no later than 4 PM. Children dressed in their best Halloween costumes will parade throughout the gardens and enjoy special “treats.”

Date / Time

  • Oct 30 2014
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Pumpkin Glow


A magical autumn evening at Pavilion Park, the first of the Great Park Neighborhoods, Pumpkin Glow will engage visitors in a fun, enchanting evening where visitors can stroll a quarter-mile path illuminated by more than 2,000 carved and glowing pumpkins.

Pumpkin Glow will occur on October 25, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for one night only.


Pumpkin Glow will feature more than 2,000 carved illuminated pumpkins displays and sculptures in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest line of craved pumpkins.

The featured artist behind Pumpkin Glow is Scott Gerber from “Got Pumpkins?” He will create a beautiful carved pumpkin sculpture as a special attraction for the event.

At the event, Scott will perform demonstrations to spotlight the art of pumpkin carving.

The magic begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pavillion Park is located at: 194 Compass, Irvine, CA 92618


Join the fun and help break the record on Friday, October 24, come and carve a pumpkin for the Pumpkin Glow display at the Pumpkin Glow Carve-Off  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Supplied pumpkin quantities are limited.

Event details:

Friday, October 24, 2014:

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Carve-Off  – Help us carve 2,000 pumpkins for Pumpkin Glow. We’ll supply the pumpkins and carving tools. The event will last until we accomplish our goal of carving all 2,000 pumpkins. Carve a fun pumpkin for display or carve one for our attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Carved Pumpkins.
  • Drop-Off – We will happily accept already carved pumpkin donations to display at Pumpkin Glow.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • School Carve-Off for Guinness World Record Longest Line of Carved Pumpkins attempt.

Saturday, October 25:

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Drop-Off – We will happily accept already carved pumpkin donations to display at Pumpkin Glow.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Pumpkin Glow
    • Music
    • Pumpkin carving demonstrations
    • Hive Social Lab, a photo booth to capture memories from Pumpkin Glow forever
    • Seasonal treats available for purchase

images and information from pumpkinglowgpn.com

Pretend City – So Many Ways to Play


Recently, my family and I were invited to Pretend City for an special “Educators Night” event. I must say it’s been some time since our last visit and my 8 year was delighted to go back.

 The purpose of of the event was to introduce educators to the different field trips options Pretend City can provide.

Pretend City Children’s Museum is a mini city (community) made up of 17 exhibits that encourages interactive role playing. Each exhibit within the community; the police station, fire station, doctors office, market, restaurant, farm, beach, etc. encourages critical thinking, teamwork, science skills, math concepts, environmental awareness and importance belonging to a community.

wpid-2014-10-15_21.57.31.jpgBoth my 8 year old and my 4 year old girls had a wonderful time. They both enjoyed the roleplaying aspect and I loved how it naturally encourages you as a parent to “play” with your children. Pretend City provides prompts in each exhibit that help you will empathise a social goal.

As far as Field Trips, I must say I never even thought of Pretend City as a field trip option before this event but in fact they have some great ones. Field Trip Flyer 2014-2015-page-002

There are several tailored specifically for Daisy Girl Scouts but many of them would work for Brownies as well, as an example, the “Explore with Us” field trip could prove very useful while completing  the Brownie Quest


Next year my little one will be a Daisy Girl Scout and I’ll be sure to include Pretend City in my planning for earning many of the petals. In the meantime, I will be sure to pass this information along to my service unit and other Daisy Leaders.

They also have some fun upcoming halloween events (posts are coming soon) in addition to their Read for the Record event on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Also, if  you visit during their Way to Play days (the second Friday of each month) with the coupon below, you can get 2 for 1 admission.

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Although, the Educators Night event was a sponsored event I  was not paid in any way, shape or form for this post. I am simply trying to pass along valuable information.

Pumpkin Launch at California State University, Fullerton


On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Join Discovery Cube at Cal State Fullerton for the annual Pumpkin Launch event!

  • Participate in hands-on activities and challenges
  • Witness flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets
  • Bring a carved pumpkin for our pumpkin carving contest (must be pre-carved)
  • Enjoy food from your favorite gourmet food trucks

Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!

Admission is FREE  – Register Now

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton is located at 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. Parking is free on Saturdays. Campus map and directions are available online.


 This event gives engineering enthusiasts can watch various homemade trebuchets launch pumpkins through the air during the competition. Like in past years, competitors include several teams of CSUF engineering and physics students. To see the 2012 event, watch the video.

For a more hands-on lesson on projectiles, youngsters are invited to build their own mini catapults with Popsicle sticks and launch marshmallows. Other activities include pop-rocket building and a whiffle ball catapult station. Plus, a medieval showcase will present costumes, weapons, weaving materials and other replicated artifacts from the medieval ages.

The goal of Pumpkin Launch is multifaceted,” states Joe Adams, president of the Discovery Science Center. “It provides young people the opportunity to visit a university campus, interact with student engineers and consider an academic and lifelong career in a STEM-related field, all while watching fruit fly through the air!”

This event is designed to give adolescents the opportunity to see what a college campus is like and to introduce them to academics in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related-industries. Attendees can learn about the science of flying pumpkins and other objects in a creative and interactive way.

images and information from Discoverycube.org and fullerton.edu


Scout Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Discover an ocean of fun with your fellow scouts!


Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to complete steps toward their badges with self-led activity sheets that are specifically designed for scouts. You can also purchase a special Scout Discovery Experience, which provides an exclusive educational opportunity and animal interaction.

Scouts, family, and friends, please join us for this self-guided event with optional activity sheets for scouts, along with parent guides, to work toward stewardship-related scout badges. Please check out our free downloadable activity sheet below. Participants are not required to stay for the entire event in order to join in on the fun.

A limited-edition 2014 Aquarium of the Pacific fun-badge will be available for sale in our gift shops. Scouting families will also receive 10% off gift shop purchases the day of the event. Please note: the Aquarium does not provide official scout patches.

Troop-leaders or parents are expected to facilitate the scouts learning experience and guide them through the steps for badge requirements. Some steps cannot be completed at this event and need to be completed at home. Troop leaders and parents, it is advised to review the scout council approved activities for each badge your child wishes to complete prior to this event.

WHERE/WHEN Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SATURDAY, NOV 1, 2014 | 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Timed ticketing every hour from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Aquarium is open until 6:00 p.m.
COST Child: $7, must be purchased in advance online
Adult: $14, must be purchased in advance onlineMembers: Free with reservation. Members, to book a reservation, call (562) 437-FISH (3474).Upon making a reservation, you will be asked to select one of the following entrance times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m.
As there is limited capacity, reservations MUST be made online.  
TICKETS Click here to make your Scout Day reservations.
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Cub Scouts

Girl Scouts