Category: Holidays

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: for more information on admdission and hours.
  • RSVP: Not required

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!


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


Kidspace -Noon Year’s Celebration

Kidspace in Pasadena celebrates New Years with “Noon Year’s Eve” on December 31, 2014.Image from

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Ring in the “Noon” year at Kidspace with live music, streamers, sparkling cider, and a balloon drop as we celebrate the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.

Arrive early to make party hats and noisemakers, dance to the music of Clint Perry and the Boohoo Crew performing 11:30 am, and countdown to the “noon” year at 12:00 pm.

Please plan to arrive early to ensure your child’s participation in the countdown, admission lines get very long it approaches 12:00 noon.

  • Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Click here for information on hours and admission.

Celebrate Zwanzaa at Pretend City

Celebrate the Festival of Kwanzaa December 26-30, 2014 at Pretend City.

Kwanzaa is here, and Pretend City has made it easy for parents to teach their children all about this Festival.

Each day during the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, you’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”! These daily activities are a perfect way to get your children involved with the meaning and traditions of this joyous holiday.

Specifically for:  Preschoolers (3-5 years), Kindergarteners (5-6 years)

Featured activities include (Activity times vary):

Friday, December 26: Kwanzaa Kinara

Saturday, December 27: Kwanzaa Placement/Quilt

Sunday, December 28: Kwanzaa Corn

Monday, December 29: Kwanzaa Necklace

Tuesday, December 30: Kwanzaa Kufi & Kwanzaa Unity Cup

*All activities are subject to change and limited to availability.

  • When: Friday December 26 – 30, 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: for more information on admdission and hours.
  • RSVP: Not required

Visit’s with Santa


wpid-2014-12-21_00.11.39.jpgIf your like me and put off your yearly visit with Santa, you might find this post very helpful. Yesterday, I made up for my procrastination with two visits with the jolly man.That’s right, not one but two and today is your last chance to get your Santa Pics at these locations.

Our day started out with an attempt to see the Nutcracker for Kids at the Newport Beach Library, which didn’t work out because they had at least 400 people show up an event with a capacity of 200. So, we regrouped and we moved on to Plan B. We took a short drive down the street to the Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.

I’m sure you are all aware of how much I love this nursery/decorating center.They have a gorgeous spot for pictures with Santa, so I didn’t mind waiting for Santa to show up at noon.


In addition to being surround by beautiful flowers and plants. The professional photographer let’s you know that is ok to use your own camera for pictures. He snaps his own photos and hands you a card with his website for an option to purchase his professional picture, absolutely no pressure.

Santa was very nice and gave the girls a Candy Cane and a bell (just like Polar Express, I love that movie). You can extend your afternoon by having lunch from one of food trucks or a hot cocoa/coffee from the mobile coffee truck then browse at all the gorgeous Christmas decorations.  Santa is there today from noon to 6pm.

Since, we weren’t far from Costa Mesa, we drove over to Costa Mesa for some Holiday Cheer at SOCO/the OC Mix. They had an outstanding looking Santa dressed in a vintage Santa suit. SOCO/The OC Mix actually provided us with a free 4 x 6 picture with an option to purchase more through a follow up email. He’ll be there today from 11:00 am until 3pm.


If your hungry – this is the place to be but that’s another post altogether. There were some crafts available for the kids and a kids coloring contest at SusieCakes that gets you a coupon for 3 free cupcakes for a future visit (their Red Velvet is AWESOME). Our last stop at OC Mix was to Granola Babies, an Eco Firendly Children’s Boutique, for an instore scavenger hunt. Your reward is 3 tickets redemable at N’iceCream for 3 FREE small ice creams (some absolutely delicitable organic gelato and sorbet, made fresh every morning).

So there you have it, two last chance FREE Santa photo options with plenty of perks for us parents. No time to waste – go out there today and get those FREE Santa Pics and don’t forget some free treats too.



Discover Cube – Noon Year’s Eve

Noon Years Eve

Celebrate the New Year at Discovery Cube OC and LA  at their “Noon Year’s Eve” party!


Ring in 2015 with a countdown, hats, streamers, and a ginger ale toast. Party while the sun is still up with kids and parents while also taking part in learning stations themed around celebrating the coming New Year.


My girls had a blast last year. Celebrations will be held on both December 30, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

In addition to the Noon Year’s fun, look forward to special learning stations that will include:

  • Alka Seltzer Rocket – Witness a chemical reaction and watch gas expand, causing a canister to pop and fly in the air!

  • Tambourines – Create a tambourine out of paper plates and beans, while learning about sound.

  • Time Zone – Learn about the different time zones around the world.


Discovery Cube offers hands-on learning for families through a diverse line-up of engaging exhibits all year long. From our permanent exhibit areas such as Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Dino Quest and the Boeing Rocket Lab to our traveling exhibits like Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails at Discovery Cube OC through Janurary 4, 2105 , there is always something new to discover at the Cube.

For further information visit


Snow Days at Kidspace

Snow-DaysSnow Days at Kidspace will have you break out your mittens, boots, and hats for a day of winter wonderland fun! Play in real snow, make snow angels, snowmen, and perfect your snowball making skills. Enjoy a live performance each day and discover the science of snow.

Event Hours:

Daily Activities:*

Snow Play | All-ages and Toddler Zone Open Hours
Snowflake Keepsake | Art by Color Me Mine – $8 (Photo) 11:00am -3:00pm
Seedlings Give-away Open Hours
Snow Flakes Art Open Hours
Ice Fishing Open – 4:45pm
“Wish-teria”- Holiday Wishes on Kidspace’s Wisteria Open Hours
Dry Ice Experiments Open Hours
Snow in L.A. Program 10:30am & 3:00pm
Igloo Village One hour after opening – 4:00pm
Ice Painting “Creative Expressions” – Ages 4 & Under 2:15 – 3:00pm
Snow Themed Story Time – Ages 4 & Under 11:15am & 4:15pm
Weather Station Open Hours

*All activities are subject to change due to weather or while supplies last.

  • Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Click here for information on hours and admission.

Duck the Halls

Duck the halls

Duck the Halls with the the family at The Market Place In Tustin. Bring the kids to the craft area to decorate mini wreaths and pine cones. A balloon artist and face painter will also be onsite for more entertainment.

The fun takes place on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the California Pizza Kitchen Courtyard (Tustin side of the center). Whie your there don’t forget to enter for a chance to win The Ultimate Fan Package, which includes four Anaheim Ducks tickets and a $500 American Express gift card to spend at The Market Place.

After the event be sure to check out the three different holiday trees inspired and designed by the LA/OC favorite hockey team, Anaheim Ducks. Located throughout the center, the trees are designed and inspired by the team and Wild Wing, the team’s official mascot.

Each holiday tree area will feature holiday musical entertainment from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Calfiornia Pizza Kitchen is located at 3001 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 


Holiday Fun at Farmers Market & the Grove

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The Original Farmers Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, strolling carolers and lots of holiday fun!

Chanukah Fun at Farmers Market-page-001Every day starting tonight through Christmas Eve there’s Holiday fun planned at the Original Farmers Market in LA , some of the activities include:

  • Snow globe making
  • Pine cone decorating
  • Carolers
  • Live entertainment
  • Chanukah Crafts & Fun (December 21st)

See more information at the Farmers Market Events page.

The Original Farmers Market is located at: 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles (Fairfax District), CA


While your at the Farmers Market be sure to walk on over to The Grove for some more holiday cheer including photos with Santa, Magical snow and more!

The fun runs thorugh Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Santa´s Cottage: Enjoy holiday photos with Santa! Click here for Santa hours and pricing. 5% of all Santa´s Cottage photo sales will be donated to Children´s Hospital Los Angeles.
  • Magical Snow: Nightly Snow at 7pm and 8pm.
  • Holiday Entertainment: Enjoy the merry melodies of holiday brass and other joyous music from Eddie Wakes and Jake Simpson! Plus, performances from the Top Hats every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:50pm and 7:50pm!

The Grove is located at:  189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles (Fairfax District), CA