Month: December 2014

My New Year’s Wish

Happy New Year!!! I want to by saying “Thank you”. I appreciate that you have come to my blog and are reading my posts. I hope that you are finding the family-fun activities that encourage family time, nature and STEAM related events helpful.

I started this blog to refine my life, my purpose and place. As our pastor Rick Warren says “Our deepest life message often comes out of our deepest pain. For me that would be the loss of my son due to a drunk driver. So, naturally the holidays are concerning to me.

I pray that each and every one of you and your families have a fun and safe New Year’s. Next, let’s be realistic, it’s New Year’s, people will drink and that’s fine – just please don’t drink and drive. So, with this mind – I have a request….actually, I am pleading with you.

I have put together a list of options for planning a safe ride to and from your destination on New Years Eve, there are even options that will help get their car home, safely.

I am asking that you please pass this information along, repost this entire post, like it and/or share it on facebook, email it to someone, share it on any social media outlet you use. If we can help just one person, save one life – it’s worth it.

Again, thank you for going along with me on this journey, I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year’s.

Annette – Project Refined Life


Tipsy Tow

Statistics show that traffic-related fatalities increase significantly around the holidays. As such, the Auto Club sponsors a complimentary Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, which offers free rides to drivers who have been drinking. Avoid becoming a statistic and help guests stay safe by following these tips:

  • Ensure all guests have a ride to and from their destination in a car driven by a non-drinking designated driver
  • Plan activities that take the focus away from drinking, and make non-alcoholic beverages readily available
  • Serve high-protein snacks to slow down alcohol absorption
  • Stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before a party ends, and serve guests coffee or dessert
  • Take car keys from intoxicated guests who plan to drive home

Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to seven miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.

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$10.00 Rides with Flywheel

Nothing’s worse than waking up New Year’s Day with regrets. So while we can’t do anything about that champagne hangover, we can make sure you have a #SurgeFreeNYE.

Seriously! We’re celebrating the launch of two brand new Flywheel cities, Sacramento and San Diego, and the end of 2014 with a night full of $10 rides.

From 8pm Wednesday (12/31/14) til 3am Thursday (1/1/15) all Flywheel rides in San Francisco, Seattle, Sacramento and San Diego will be charged a flat rate of $10. Rides exceeding $50 will be charged the metered balance.

And to help make sure you get a ride on such a crazy night, Flywheel is incentivizing our drivers with a generous tip. Pretty sweet.

Last New Year’s Eve people were charged up to seven times the normal rate by other services – not cool! This New Year’s Eve is all about the Benjamins (staying in your wallet).

If you don’t have it yet, get the app: iOS | Android  – Questions? Shoot us an e-mail or drop us a tweet.

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Get a Ride with Lyft and Uber

To keep everyone safe on the roads, MADD has joined forces with Lyft and UBER. Together, we urge all adults that if your plans include alcohol then plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before the celebrations begin.

Both services will be donating to MADD’s mission – Every ride can save a life.

UBER: Enter promo code MADDNYE from 6:00 p.m. local time New Year’s Eve to 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day and UBER will donate $1 to MADD for every ride nationwide. Lyft: Starting 6:00 a.m. local time December 29 through 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day, pledge to get home safe at Lyft.com/NYE and $1 per pledge nationwide will benefit MADD.

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Designated Driver Services

DrinkingAndDriving.Org (DADO) 501c3 is a great website that teaches and Inspires the Prevention of Drunk Driving has a National Directory of Designated Driver Services,

The services offered in this site include Designated Driver service that will drive you home in your own car or pick up services.

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Free Bus Rides on New Years Eve 

Celebrate the New Year, by letting OCTA do the driving!

To promote safe travels, OCTA is continuing its tradition of offering free bus rides on New Year’s Eve. From 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 until 2:30 a.m., Thursday, January 1, 2015, ride any fixed-route bus, and your ride is free!

Nearly 100,000 people have taken advantage of this special, free bus service over the past 12 years. With 600 buses travelling on 77 designated routes and stopping at over 6,500 bus stops in Orange County, taking the bus is the safest way to celebrate the New Year!

Extended bus service in Fullerton – Heading to Fullerton’s annual First Night in Fullerton event, then be sure to take the bus and avoid the parking hassle? OCTA is providing extended service on Routes 24, 26, 43, 143 make riding the bus and easy and convenient way to enjoy this special event.

Taking the bus is easy – Even if you’ve never ridden the bus before, it’s easy to ride the bus. Use our simple onlinetrip planner to find out where to catch the bus, and the time it leaves. It’s a good idea to plan your return trip at the same time as not all buses travel past midnight. Remember to arrive at your bus stop 10 minutes before your bus is expected to arrive. If you’re traveling before 6:00 p.m., be sure to have your $2 bus fare ready; exact change is required. Riding after 6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve? Your ride is free! Don’t forget to plan your trip home as well, not all buses run past midnight.

Free Day at The Autry

It’s Free Day at the Autry Museum on New Year’s Day!

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  • When: Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 10;00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 (across from the Los Angeles Zoo)
  • Cost: Free

There’s always something fun for families at the Autry! In the Imagination Gallery, experience movie magic as you saddle up and ride through the West, just like movie actors do. Pose for photos on a pretend horse, explore the museum through themed scavenger hunts, and check out our hands-on sound effects station. On weekend afternoons, try your hand at panning for gold.

Each monthly Autry Explorers Family Program features dynamic guest artists and presenters, plus hands-on museum fun for all ages. Stop by the Visitor Services Desk to pick up your Autry Explorers Passport to journey through the West! Collect two or more activity stamps to win a prize.

31 days of STEM – Day 31

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December 31, 2014 – Dream Big – brought to you by Girlstart.org

What better way to start the New Year than by thinking about your goals and dreams! When coming up with dreams and goals, we not only need to think big, but also think about the steps it will take to get there. Explore the exciting possibilities of your future as you make a puzzle to piece together your goals and dreams. Then, write a letter to yourself to remember your goals and dreams later on!

Click here for a deSTEMber activity!


Family-Friendly New Year’s Events

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Looking for Family-Friendly New Year’s events? I’ve got them! Here’s a list of family friendly day & night time New Year’s events. Please, have a fun and safe New Years with your family.

Museum  & Daytime Events

Noon Year’s Eve at Discovery Cube OC and LA (be sure to check out the Thomas the Train and the Science of Gingerbread exhibit at Discovery Cube OC)

Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown at Pretend City in Irvine

Noon Year’s Celebration at Kidspace in Pasadena

New Year’s Noon Party at the Children’s Museum at La Habra

Pennypickles Workshop in Temecula

Parent and Me Time at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

Rose Parade Float Pre-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Night Time Events

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop in Temecula

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party at Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles

Family and Friends New Year’s Celebration in Rancho Santa Margarita

New Year’s Waterfront Celebration in Downtown Long Beach

First Night at Fullerton in Downtown Fullerton

New Year’s Eve in L.A. at Grand Park in Downtown L.A.

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

New Years Skating Parties

Holiday Skate Center in Orange – New Year’s Eve All Night Skate, Wednesday, December 31st 8:00 pm – Thursday, January 1st 6:00 am. Family-friendly all night skate party. $25.00 admission

Fountain Valley Skating Center in Fountain Valley – New Year’s All Night Skate, Wednesday, December 31st 9:00 pm – Thursday, January 1st 7:00 am., family-friendly all night skate party, complete with games and dancing. $25.00 admission

Calskate in Grand Terrace – New Year’s All Night Glow Party, Wednesday, December 31st 7:00 pm – Thursday, January 1st 7:00 am, family-friendly ballon drop, cash prizes and more. $25.00 admission

Chino Skate in Chino – New Year’s Eve Party, Wednesday, December 31st from 8:00 pm – Thursday, January 1st 12:30 am, family-friendly party including hats, horns, games & prizes. $12.00 admission, $3.00 skate rental

Roller City 2001 in Riverside, Wednesday, December 31st 6:00 pm – Thursday, January1st 1:00 am, family-friendly, casino night, live bands, bingo, raffles, balloon drop & more. $ 25.00 admission

New Year’s Ice Skating

Ice Skating at Spectrum in Irvine, Wednesday, December 31st 11:00 am – 9:15 pm &

Thursday, January 1st 11:00 am – 10:45 pm – Outdoor Ice Skating $18.50 includes skate rental, $15.00 if you bring your own skates, $14.00  for toddlers- includes double-blade ice skate rental (sizes 8T – 12T only)

Olaf’s Ice Skating at Downtown Disney, Wednesday 31st & Thursday, January 1st 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Outdoor Ice Skating Adults $17.00, Children (ages 3 to 9) $15.00, Active Military $10.00, includes skate rental & helmets

Chill at Queen Mary in Long Beach, Wednesday December 31st 7 Thursday, January 1st, Includes Ice Skating, Ice Tubing & Ice Village, special pricing of $36.99 for an adult and child (ages 4-11) admission.

Ice Palace in Aliso Viejo – Holiday Family Night Public Session, Wednesday, December 31st from 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm – Family friendly indoor ice skating complete with family friendly music videos. $15.00 admission, $4.00 skate rental

Ice at Santa Monica in Santa Monica, Wednesday, December 31st & Thursday, january 1st 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm. $15.00 admission includes skate rental

Pershing Square Ice Rink in Downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, December 31st  & Thursday, January 1st 10:00 am – 9:30 pm – Outdoor Ice Skating. $9.00 admission, $3.00 Skate Rental

Mission Inn Festival of Lights Ice Skating in Riverside, Wednesday December 31st & Thursday, January 1st 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Outdoor Ice Skating,  $12.00 per hour/per person, $3.00 skate rental, Wednesday Family Night Special a group of four (4) can skate for one (1) session for $40

Temecula on Ice at Town Square Park in Temecula, Special New Year’s Eve Skate Wednesday, December 31st 10:00 pm-­12:30 am – Outdoor Ice Skating, $25 w/FREE Skate Rental (No reservations first come basis. No coupons or discounts) Thursday, January 1st, New Years Day 10:00 am – ­9:30 pm-­‐normal schedule (see website for schedule) $10.00 admission, $4.00 Skate rental, $6.00 Bobby skate aid

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, Wednesday, December 31st & Thursday, January 1st 11:00 am – 9:00 pm $25.00 per person, for a 90 minute session, includes skate rentals

Fantasy on Ice at Horton Plaza in San Diego, Wednesday, December 31st 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 1st, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Outdoor Ice Skating – helps support Rady Children’s Hospital, Adult $14.00, Child $12.00, Military $10, RCHSD Employee $10.00

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Skating Rink in Alpine, Wednesday, December 31st & Thursday, January 1st, 12:00pm – 10:00 pm, the World’s Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Ages 12 and up $15.00, Ages 12 and under $13.00, Military Personnel with ID get $2.00 off, Groups of 10 or More get $2.00 off, Bring your skates for $2.00 off.

Amusement Parks

Disneyland – The Happiest place on earth will probably be the busiest place on earth but kids (and adults) love it! Celebrate the New Year with Mickey and his friends. Fireworks are set for 9:00 pm and 11:59, Fantasmic is set for 8:30 pm, 10:30 pm and 11:59 pm.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios – Enjoy the spectacular lighting of the one-of-a-kind, curved Seuss-ian tree, Experience a picturesque evening snowfall, Join Cindy Lou and Who friends as she reads the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, See musical performances and the Grinch and Who holiday performance, take part in activities such as photos with the Grinch and his dog Max, send a postcard to the Grinch and a book will be donated to a child in need, decorate a gingerbread man cookie with frosting, candy and other edible sweets (purchase required) and design your own holiday ornament.

Kids New Year’s Eve at Legoland – “Midnight” comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort celebrating the new year together without missing their bedtimes. LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air, Grammy-nominated artists and special celebrity guest who will lead the countdown for San Diego’s largest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party!

Join in the festivities with party hats and special glasses for viewing fireworks. The party concludes just in time for our countdown at 6 p.m. with a fireworks display illuminating the sky and providing a great ending to an amazing year.

Ring in the New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm –  The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Berry Farm! Knott’s is the place to ring in 2015 with a night full of special family-friendly experiences, including live musical acts, exclusive stage shows, and Merry Farm entertainment, culminating in a fantastic fireworks show.

Celebrate New Year’s with the Kids

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Zimmer Children’s Museum celebrates New Year’s with 5 balloon drops on Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014.

Let the countdowns begin! Decorate your own sparkly party accessories and noisemakers as Zimmer Museum rings in 2015! The balloons drop at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm! Yep! That’s 5 balloon drops in one day!

  •  Zimmer Museum is located at 6505 Wilshire Boulevard #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048 

NYE at Grand Park in LA

Count down to 2015 with your best friends, sweeties, cool cousins, and friendly neighbors in a bigger, better, family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in Los Angeles.

There will be live music, food, photo booths, and huge projections that captivate the imagination as it salutes the “heart” of our LOVELY, BEAUTIFUL, scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs AMAZING Los Angeles.

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  • When: December 31, 2014 from 7:00 pm – January 1, 2015 to 12:30 am
  • Where: Grand Park, 210 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free

**Safety for everyone is número uno. Please read all event info to know what to bring and what to leave at home**

The festivities will include projections on City Hall and L.A. County Hall of Records Buildings: City Hall will feature an interactive countdown to remember, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on (not one, but) TWO sides of City Hall!. L.A. County Hall of Records Building will feature #LAStory photos through the lens of some of LA’s best Instagrammers, hand-selected by DISCOVER L.A.

3 MUSIC STAGES: Experience LA’s best artists, including Mr Little Jeans, Made In Heights, Breakestra, Dorothy, Ceci Bastida, Run River North, Garth Trinidad, Aaron Byrd, Omid Walizadeh, Chris Douridas (KCRW – school night!) y más!

MAP: For full event map click here.

SCHEDULE FOR THE PERFORMANCES: For full event schedule click here.

Countdown Stage (Grand Park’s Event Lawn in front of City Hall)
7:00PM – Mario Hernandez, MC
7:30 – 8:30PM Mr Little Jeans
9:30 -10:30PM Made in Heights
11:15-11:40PM Breakestra
11:50PM – ALL EYES ON CITY HALL
12:05-12:30AM – Breakestra

Get Down Stage (Grand Park’s Performance Lawn between Grand Avenue and Hill Street)
7:00 – 8:30PM – Chris Douridas, DJ and MC
8:30-10:30PM – Aaron Byrd
10:30 – 11:40PM – Garth Trinidad
11:50PM – ALL EYES ON CITY HALL
12:05-12:30AM – Garth Trinidad

Low Down Stage (1st Street between Olive and Hill Streets)
7:00PM – Stephanie Garcia, MC
7:00 – 8:00PM – Omid Walizadeh
8:00 – 9:00PM – Run River North
9:00 – 9:30PM – Omid Walizadeh
9:30 – 10:30PM – Ceci Bastida
10:30 – 11:05PM – Omid Walizadeh
11:05 – 11:40PM – Dorothy
11:50 – ALL EYES ON CITY HALL
12:05-12:30AM – Dorothy

PHOTO BOOTH: Snap the final photos of 2014 at a Grand Park photo booth! (provided with support from LA2050)

FOOD: 30 food vendors cranking it out, enjoy free samples of NESTLÉ® ABUELITA™ Hot Chocolate.

HOOCH: This will be an alcohol-free, family-friendly event: no beer garden or point of purchase / no outside alcohol permitted in event space.

STREET CLOSURES: Grand Park is working with all relevant agencies to ensure street closures be as minimal as possible. Please see MAP for event closure schedule.

BIKE VALET: Will be available (for free!) at Hill and Second St.

GETTING THROUGH BAG CHECK: All bags will be checked upon entry to event space, please do not bring the following items to this event: Bags and Backpacks Measuring Larger Than Standard Backpack Size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches), Chairs, Outside Alcoholic Beverages /  Sealed or Open Beverage Bottles Including Water (fountains and water for purchase will be available) / Narcotics / Coolers / Tents / Firecrackers / Explosives / Sparklers / Firearms / Weapons / Frowny Faces

THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED IN GRAND PARK: Public Intoxication /Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Unleashed Animals / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

PARKING: The Music Center Enter on Grand Ave ($10), Walt Disney Concert Hall / Enter on 2nd at Grand ($9), Lot 17 / Enter Northbound on Olive at 2nd ($9). VIEW MORE SURROUNDING PARKING LOTS Reserve parking ahead of time with PARKME.COMNOTE: LOT 10 underneath Grand Park will not be available.

metro_logo_625 Service runs 24 HOURS on New Year’s Eve w/ FREE fares from 9pm to 2am. GO METRO Red/Purple Line to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION (when arriving, use 1st Street exit) or Gold Line to UNION STATION

Family & Friends New Year’s Celebration

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Join the City of Rancho Santa Margarita as they celebrate 15 years of incorporation at their annual “Celebrating Family and Friends” community gathering on New Year’s Eve.

Admission is FREE, and live entertainment will include classic rockers the 5150’s, magician Mark Gibson, Troy Ritchie from “The Voice”, roving entertainers, a laser light show, BMX exhibition, a dance party hosted by DJ Jerry, and much more. 

 

 

  • Where: RSM Civic Plaza/Central Park, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

  • When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Master magician Mark Gibson will take the stage at 5:00 p.m. Seats are limited and available on first come first serve basis. The first 50 in attendance to the Magic Show will receive a complimentary voucher for unlimited use on all inflatable attractions.

Gourmet food trucks and specialty food booths will offer a wide variety of culinary choices, ranging from snacks and appetizers to dinner and desserts.

This event is an alcohol-free, family friendly community festival featuring games, visual arts, music, inflatables, and interactive art activities.

Gymboree Red Balloon Sale

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links from Gymboree.

I raised two boys and worked full-time while doing so. At a time when my youngest son would have reached the age of 19, my husband and I started all over again. I am now raising two beautiful girls. Although I love my new job as a “Domestic Engineer” raising our girls on one income means we really have to watch the budget.

$12.99 during the Gymboree Red Balloon Sale
$12.99 during the Gymboree Red Balloon Sale

One of the things I am so grateful for is the clothes I bought for my oldest daughter (who is now 8). When she was just a baby, we started attending Gymboree classes located in the back of a Gymboree store. After walking in and out of that store front for a couple of months, I noticed people buying clothes like crazy at a “Red Balloon Sale”. After buying a few items, I was quickly hooked on Gymboree.

People (including myself) have a deep love for Gymboree clothes and devote websites to it with people sharing their sale scores, talking about upcoming lines, selling their gently used Gymboree clothes and looking for specific pieces of clothing.

You can save a lot of money buying during sales, using coupons and “Gymbucks”.  My older daughter was always dressed in beautiful Gymboree clothes, which have now been handed down to my youngest daughter.

Gymboree is currently holding their Semi-annual “Red Balloon Sale”. This is the time to buy. You can shop online or go into the stores. You can Save up to 75% during the Gymboree Big Red Balloon Sale  and earn GymBucks! If your buying online – Today only, get free shipping with code FREESHIP at Gymboree.

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I truly believe in Gymboree clothing. This is why I usually have their ads in my sidebar. Gymboree carries quality children’s clothing that can be used, reused and resold. Gymboree clothes wash and dry well, they don’t shrink or get out of shape and I absolutely love their undies, camis and socks for my girls. A majority of my youngest daughters clothes belonged to my older daughter and they still look great!

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

New Year’s Eve Waterfront Family-Friendly Celebration

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Downtown Long Beach will host a massive celebration this New Year’s Eve with two incredible events beginning at 5 p.m.

Produced and sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), New Year’s Eve in Downtown will begin with a family-friendly event in the Waterfront Amphitheater at Rainbow Harbor followed by a high-energy street party on Pine Avenue. For more information on the Pine Avenue Celebration featuring Fitz and the Tantrums, click here.

Family-Friendly Waterfront Celebration (Free) – Beginning at 5 p.m., Downtown’s waterfront amphitheatre will come alive with a flurry of activities. Live bands including the return of swing band, Phat Cat Swingers, will energize the crowds throughout the night.  And children’s activities including face painting, balloon artists and a trackless train will keep the whole family entertained. At 9 p.m., the sky will light up for an East Coast countdown with a ten minute fireworks spectacular, sponsored by Gladstone’s, from Rainbow Harbor’s lighthouse peninsula. Don’t miss the final hour of live music as families welcome the New Year together.

New Year’s Planning

 Originally posted in www.madd.org/blog – December 29, 2014

A lot goes in to planning the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants to help you with your checklist:

√ Reservations for two at that fancy restaurant you’ve always wanted to try – check.

√ The perfect outfit for that night on the town – check.

√ Your favorite bottle of bubbly for that midnight toast – check.

• A designated non-drinking driver – check?

After the ball drops and rings in the New Year, sadly it also rings in the deadliest day on the roads due to drunk driving. In 2013, 70 people died on New Year’s Day alone.

To keep everyone safe on the roads, MADD is joining forces with Lyft and UBER. Together, we urge all adults that if your plans include alcohol then plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before the celebrations begin.

Both services will be donating to MADD’s mission – Every ride can save a life.

UBER: Enter promo code MADDNYE from 6:00 p.m. local time New Year’s Eve to 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day and UBER will donate $1 to MADD for every ride nationwide. Lyft: Starting 6:00 a.m. local time December 29 through 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day, pledge to get home safe at Lyft.com/NYE and $1 per pledge nationwide will benefit MADD.

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Don’t start the New Year in tragedy. Make a resolution to designate a non-drinking driver 100% of the time to make sure you, your loved ones and everyone on the roads gets home safely.

– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/december/madd-is-joining-forces-with-uber-lyft.html#sthash.jV7Or3h0.dpuf

31 days of STEM – Day 29

Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown

Join Pretend City for a Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown on December 31, 2014.

Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss. Activities of the day will include:

  • Sensational Story Time: Twas’ the Night Before New Year’s will be the featured story of the day. See if your little can find some inspiration to stay awake until the strike of the New Year!
  • Smart Art: New Year’s Resolution – This colorful art project will be your opportunity to create a family new year’s resolution. This promise will be one that you make to your family as a whole to be better and help others.
  • Music & Movement: New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown– This countdown is for the kids! Countdown the new year and celebrate every two-hours beginning at noon with a special rockin’ rollin’ dance party! Streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti will make this the party of all parties!
    Confetti Countdowns at: 12:00p.m., 2:00p.m. & 4:00p.m.

Play Partner: Pretendgineers and Brain Builders; our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and development educators.

  • When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Visit their website:http://pretendcity.org for more information on admdission and hours.
  • RSVP: Not required

31 days of STEM – Day 28

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December 28, 2014 – Pixel Picture – brought to you by Girlstart.org

Click here for a deSTEMber activity!

Download and print copies of the ‘Kid Fax’ and ‘Bonus: Make Your Own’ sheets (pages 4 and 5) here:http://csunplugged.org/sites/default/files/activity_pdfs_full/unplugged-02-image_representation.pdf 

Free Veggies at Tanaka Farms

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If you know anyone in or around Irvine in need of some fresh produce – please pass this along to them. Tanaka Farms is offering one bag of fresh veggies per family next Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Tanaka Farms.  We have been closed for a couple weeks and we have an abundant supply of fresh vegetables, so we would like to share our harvest with the community.   We will be giving away fresh vegetables grown here on the farm.  No charge at all.
When: January 4th, 2015.  10am-12pm
Where: Tanaka Farms Produce Stand
              5380 3/4 University Dr.
              Irvine, Ca 92612

What: You will receive a FREE Tanaka Farms Produce bag.  You can fill your bag with our beautiful fresh picked produce.  (These will all be pre-picked for you.)   Examples we may have.  Cauliflower, Kale, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Beets, Spinach, and Broccoli.  Limit One bag full of produce per family.  While Supplies Last offer.

 This is on first come first serve so please arrive early.

New Year’s Noon Party

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 10am – 12 noon, the Children’s Museum at La Habra is ringing in the New Year kid-style!

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Come for a New Year’s NOON party with a dance party with DJ Mike from 11:00 – 12:00 pm), festive hat making, face painting, an exciting countdown to 12 o’clock noon with a spectacular balloon drop! Reservations are required.

Please RSVP to (562) 383-4236. Regular admission applies.

The Children’s Museum at La Habra is located at 301 South Euclid Street, La Habra, CA 90631

Admission is as follows:

Kids & Adults – $8
La Habra Residents – $7
Kids under 2 –FREE
Members – FREE