Halloween is HERE! I hope my Weekly Roundup will help you plan a fun and safe weekend.
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
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
Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach
Friday, October 31, 2014:
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
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
Kidvasion, last day for freebies for kids all over San Deigo
Saturday, November 1, 2014:
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
Sunday, November 2, 2014:
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.
- 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
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
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.
2002 N.MAIN STREET
SANTA ANA, CA 92706
For more information, contact 714.567.3600.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.