Month: October 2014

Even Monsters are Made with Code

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Made with Code has a great coding opportunity just in time for Halloween! Have your little monsters create an animated monster using code.

WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE? An animated yeti who will then perform the show of a lifetime.

HOW YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT? Using the Blockly programming language, you’ll customize your yeti and add actions.

Get Started making your own Monster Here!

Be sure to check out all the other fun projects available on the page.

 

Dia De Los Muertos Event Guide

 If your looking for 2014 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration or Class, chances are you’ll find it here. MexicanSugarSkulls.com has the most comprehensive list of Die De Los Muertos Festivals I’ve found.

In addition, this site also has the most incredible instructions to make your own sugar skulls and other crafts, pre-made sugar skulls, decorating supplies, books, jewelry and even wedding supplies.

2014 Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Special Events Guide – US & International & Online.

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Image from mexicansugarskulls.com

 

Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 1 & 2. This is a created by the indigenous people to honor their loved ones that have passed away.

An alter is decorated with handmade sugar skulls, flowers and food in their loved ones honor. Dia de Los Muertos is becoming very popular in States as more people find this as way to celebrate their loved ones lives.

Weekend Roundup October 31 – November 2, 2014

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Halloween is HERE! I hope my Weekly Roundup will help you plan a fun and safe weekend.

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All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends through Nov. 4, 2014 at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

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Friday, October 31, 2014:

FREE Scary Pancakes for Kids at IHOP – see post for details

Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center in Tustin

Blocktober trick or treating at several Saddleback Chruch locations

Calvary Chapel Fall Harvest family friendly Halloween activities in San Juan Capistrano

Light the Night  a night of FREE Halloween fun at Calvary Church in Santa Ana

Harvest Fest at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Orange County

Tricks, Flix and a Family Pix at One Colorado Courtyard in Pasadena

Dia De Los Muertos Face Painting at MOLAA

 Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Boomont Park  at Belmont Park in San Diego

Pumpkin Patch  at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch  at Irvine Regional Park

Kidvasion, last day for freebies for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza  in San Juan Capistrano

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach

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Saturday, November 1, 2014:

Get a Free Kids Meal at Wahoo’s – see post for details

Pumpkin Launch at California State University Fullerton

Boomont Park  at Belmont Park in San Diego

Scout Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

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Sunday, November 2, 2014:

Get a Free Kids Meal at Wahoo’s – see post for details

 Dia De Los Muertoes Celebration and Target FREE day at the Children’s Museum of La Habra

Target Free First Sunday-Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Meditating in Nature in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

 

 

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November Technique Classes at Williams-Sonoma

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We’re pleased to offer free Technique Classes at your local Williams-Sonoma store. Class sizes are limited. For specific times and more details, find your local store>

• Hour-long technique classes are free and include tastings of prepared dishes.
• Participants enjoy 10% savings* on select same-day store purchases.
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

*Offer excludes La Cornue, Le Crueset, Mauviel, Shun, Wusthof, Miele, Vitamix, Breville, Kitchenaid Pro Line, WS Home

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Want to host the ultimate Thanksgiving feast? This is the class for you! We’ll offer tips and techniques for planning and preparing an impressive meal. You’ll also discover some smart shortcuts—our Thanksgiving foods will streamline prep on the big day without sacrificing flavor. Our ultimate Thanksgiving menu features a host of classic and modern dishes, including gluten-free sides. These delicious recipes are sure to satisfy everyone at the table.

Whether it’s your first turkey or your twentieth, this class will teach you what you need to know to prepare a delicious, moist turkey on Thanksgiving day. From brining to using flavorful rubs, from knowing when your turkey is done to carving the turkey for a beautiful presentation, this class will be your guide. We’ll also cover how to deep fry your turkey–a classic Southern technique.

While the turkey is the star, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a bountiful table of side dishes, everything from the classics to inventive new vegetable dishes. We’ll cover make-ahead ideas and vegetarian dishes hearty enough to be enjoyed as a main dish. Join us and learn our favorites for this holiday.

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No matter how much we feast, there’s always room for dessert on Thanksgiving. Sweet slices of pumpkin and pecan pie are classics, but we’ll also cover some delicious alternatives such as pumpkin cheesecake. This class will ensure your Thanksgiving ends on a sweet note.

November Junior Chef Classes

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Let Williams-Sonoma can show your kids how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

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Be in charge of Thanksgiving dinner’s first course – delicious Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Herb Croutons. They’ll teach you how to make it  step by step, as well as tell you all about winter squashes. Suitable for ages 9–13.

Did you know that different types of potatoes can make mashed potatoes either creamy or gummy? Learn the secrets to making delicious creamy mashed potatoes. Suitable for ages 9–13.

Learn how to make a lattice top or decorate the top of mom’s Thanksgiving pie with beautiful cutouts, sugar crystals and other finishing touches. Suitable for ages 5–13.

The Scariest Part of Halloween

This year halloween falls on a Friday, for parents that means you don’t have to worry if the kids are up late trick or treating. The first thing that comes to mind is that there will a lot of Halloween parties. For me, this is the scariest part of Halloween.

I will never stop pleading with people and asking that you please plan ahead. Designated a driver. If your hosting the party – collect the keys at the beginning of the party, have a phone number of a local cab company handy and call a cab for your guests  – don’t let people leave your home drunk and get behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter if your only driving down the street, there is no excuse – don’t drink and drive!

There are going to be a lot of people out there this Halloween. Children are going to be walking around later this Halloween and even later in the evening, families will be heading home from Halloween celebrations. Please take appropriate measures to assure that you don’t hurt someone.

Every year we hear the stories of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent people, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, enjoying the holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. These numbers usually are even higher when the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year.

This Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to help keep everyone safe.

Going trick-or-treating:

  • Be extra alert when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
  • Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.

Attending a party:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone or download a ride-share app prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Hosting a Halloween party:

  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
  • Be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a hotel for guests who need to stay the night.

Click here to get the pattern to carve your own MADD Jack-O-Lantern!

– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/october/Halloween.html#sthash.8v5ywHPF.dpuf

Target Free – First Sunday: Day of the Dead Family Festival

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Sunday, November 2, 2014 Bowers Museum FREE First Sunday will celebrate Dia De Los Muertos “Day of The Dead” Festival  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Schedule of events

Missions and Ranchos Exhibit Hall 

10:00am – 4:00pm – View the beautiful Ofrenda (memorial altar) and leave a note for a departed loved one

JOHN M. LEE COURT

1:00 am – 3:30 pm • Joel Aceves, classical guitarist, plays the romantic music of Latin America

MARGARET AND CLEO KEY COURTYARD

11:00am – 4:00 pm Face painting, Sugar Skull decorating, Calavera magnets and Muertos art
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12:00 – Ek Balam Dance Company, under the direction of Martin Espino and Rosa Garcia

1:00 pm Ballet Folklorico, Las Estrellas of Orange County School of the Arts
1:30pm OC Mariachi with the Mariachi Kids, under the direction of maestro Gabriel Zavala

2:45 pm Xipe Totec, Danza Azteca

Free admission to limited engagement exhibitions is limited to the first 1,500 people on a first come, first served basis. Each recipient must be present. Tickets can be picked up in the North Wing.

Free admission is also included to Bowers Museum permanent exhibitions including: Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachand; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos; Vision of the Shaman, Song of the Priest; California: The Golden Years; Ancient Arts of China.

 BOWERS MUSEUM

2002 N.MAIN STREET
SANTA ANA, CA 92706
714.567.3600

For more information, contact 714.567.3600.

Tricks, Flix & a Family Pix

One_courtyardFor some Tricks, a flix and a FREE family pix on Halloween night go to “One Colorado Courtyard” in Pasadena, located at 24 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103. The fun starts at 5:00 pm on October 31, 2014

Dress up the little ones and trot them over to One Colorado for some store-to-store Halloween Trick-or-Treating. And once the candy bag runneth over, pose for a family portrait. Plus on the big screen – MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967)! starts at 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 

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Mad Monsters is a classic 1967 Rankin/Bass romp is a fantastic flashback to stop animation before Burton was all the rage. Mad Monster Party takes place on Dr. Frankenstein’s Island of Evil, where he’s corralled his monster buddies for his retirement and naming of his successor. All the groovy ghoulies are there – Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster and Mate (Phyllis Diller) among others. In addition to his monster-making sayonara, Dr. F (Boris Karloff) will share his “secret of total destruction!” Be there or be square. And did you know – Mad Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman penned the script (with writer Len Korobkin) and Mad artist Jack Davis designed many of the characters.

Meditating in Nature at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

After a busy week of Halloween events, the adults can relax in nature at Laguna Coast Wilderness Center on November 2, 2014 from 3:30 -5:00 p.m., enjoy walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.

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  • No experience necessary.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon -Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

 

Harvest Fest on Halloween Night

Harvest Christian Fellowship  is hosting  a “Harvest Fest” at both the Riverside and Orange County campus on Halloween night. The festivities begins at 5:00 P.M.

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Riverside’s Harvest Fest will feature free raffles, obstacles courses, large slides, lots of good food, and a production for kids called “The Wonderful Wisdom from God.”

Harvest Riverside Campus is located at 6115 Arlington Avenue, Riverside. Get Directions »

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In Orange County, there will be games, an obstacle course, petting zoo, climbing wall, train rides, a photo booth, bungee jumper, and treats. The evening will also have a glow-in-the-dark show with a gospel message.

Harvest Orange County Campus is located at: 2727 Campus Drive, Irvine. Get Directions »

 

Calvary Chapel Harvest Festival

Another Family Friendly option for Halloween in South County is the Harvest Festival at  Calvary Chapel South Orange County in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, October 31st, 5 to 9 p.m. at Buchheim Field.

This FREE event features rides, games, face painting, candy,  food trucks, live entertainment and more, This family event is open to the public.

Calvary Chapel South Orange County is located at 31522 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano.

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Bounce-Off

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My daughters teacher was out today, this means one thing…less homework – WooHoo!!!  This presented me and my girls the perfect opportunity to play Bounce-Off, a game that was sent to us courtesy of BzzAgent.com. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen this games at the stores or maybe I just wasn’t looking for it. After playing Bounce-Off with  my girls, I’m ready to share my thoughts on this game.

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Bounce-off comes with 16 balls (in two colors), four ball tray holders, the game tray and cards. The games states that it can accommodate between 2-4 players.

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Here’s how to play the game, you line up 4 of each colored balls on the ball tray’s. place the game tray in the middle, then pull a card. Each card comes with a pattern on it. the person to “bounce” their balls into the game tray and form the pattern first wins the card. Whoever collects the most cards wins.

At first, my daughters were placing the balls into the game tray, then tossing the balls (that’s not the way you should play) but I gave them some time to get familiar with it.

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Then,  we got to bouncing! This is a very simple and fast paced game (excellent for eye and hand coordination). I not sure how four people would play other then in teams, otherwise you would have to use the other players “bounce” to form your shape. That could become hard to determine since the balls only come in two colors and some shapes require 5 balls to complete. Remember, this is fast paced game, so in the heat of the game some people could cheat forget.

Although the game states it’s for ages 7+, my four year old did enjoy it with some alterations. I like that it made my little one think quickly about how to form and count the amount of balls are required to form the shape on the card. I would like to see more shapes card options and four different colored balls.

We altered the game rules by cutting the players down to 2 and I gave each of my girls all eight balls. I managed the cards and kept track of the winner of the card. My little one pretty much “tossed”the balls in the game tray to replicate the shapes on the card and my 8 year old “bounced” the balls into the tray. Playing this way allowed them to build their shapes that contained 5 balls.  At the end of our game session, we turned into a game of speed. I’d turn over the card, my girls would form the shape’s as quickly as possible (no bouncing). I’m sure we could come up with all kinds of variations for this game.

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My 8 year old was moderately ok with the game. I do believe that is she and one of her friends could have a great time with this game for about 15 minutes (which is the exact  time the box states that the game takes to play). I can also see beating enjoying this game with my husband just to have some fun for a few minutes.

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 Playing as teams I can see how this game would work great to develop bonding/team work. I’m sure my Girl Scouts would enjoy it as a quick game. Young and old can play, just make adjustments according to age and be prepared to chase down the balls that bounce off the table. My husband made reference to it being like a “beer pong” style game. Yes, it would work in those instances as well. A group of adults could easily gather around a table for with this game.

All in all, it is a fun, very simple and fast paced game that had us laughing. After the game my 8 year old and I were bit impartial  to this game but thinking about it, this is probably be a game we will play a lot since my four year old could set it up and we could play a game in just 15 minutes.Thanks Bzzagent and Bounce-Off,  it was a refining way to spend a little time with my girls!

I am a BzzAgent and received this product from BzzAgent.com  to provided an honest and unbaised  review of the product.  I have received no monetary compensation for this product and my opinions are completely my own.

FREE Scary Face Pancakes

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Trick or treat, give kids something free to eat this Halloween! On Friday, October 31st, from 7:00AM-10:00PM, all kids 12 and under receive a free Scary Face Pancake! Learn more at IHOP.com

Restrictions apply. One per child. Dine in only. Participation may vary. Contact your local IHOP for more information. To find a location near you click HERE.

And while you’re there, snap a photo using Instagram of your child’s Scary Face Pancake creation, tag it #ScaryFacePancakes #Entry and we may feature your photo in our gallery! You’ll also be entered to win a $50 IHOP gift card! The winner will be selected November 1, 2014. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal U.S. residents 13 years +. By entering, you agree to these official rules.

Build and Grow – Science Lab

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I usually don’t post these but Lowe’s has a FREE Kids Build and Grow session every month, when I saw the picture of November’s Build and Grow,  I had to post it. It’s a mini Science Lab that comes complete with experiment cards, I know my girls will love this!

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You must register online. The Science Lab – Build and Grow session is scheduled will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:00 – 11: 00 a.m. at your local Lowe’s.