Category Archives: Fun stuff to do with kids aged 6 to 14

Au Fudge!

I was just noticing LA Mommies looking for places to eat with their kids besides Chucky Cheese. Thought you’d like to know about this new offering from Jessica Biel:

Delish.com takes you inside Jessica Biel’s new restaurant Au Fudge, which opened its doors on March 4 in Los Angeles.

In the feature and video, Jessica opens up about the inspiration behind the restaurant, which she and her confounders envisioned as a stylish escape for parents who can unwind with a glass of rosé on the patio, while their kids (supervised under the watchful eye of an au pair) play in a drum circle or climb an indoor treehouse.

Not only is Au Fudge a playground for kids and parents, it also serves delicious dishes and treats – Jessica’s personal favorites are the vegan Caesar salad, chicken nuggets and French fries, and avalanche bars (brick-thick rice krispy treats studded with chocolate chips and sprinkles).

You can read the full piece at http://www.delish.com/restaurants/a52533/jessica-biel-restaurant-tour/.

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Lighting Of The Bay

DUNES’ LIGHTING OF THE BAY NOV 25th

26th Annual Tradition To Feature Brilliantly Lit Christmas Trees & Decorations Floating on the Bay, Visit From Santa, Live Holiday Music & Family Fun Movie

One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups.

FRIDAY, NOV. 25 LINE-UP   

  • 3 p.m. — Corona del Mar High School Choir and OC Children’s Song Group perform holiday songs.
  • 5:30 p.m.  –  Santa arrives and leads the countdown to flip the giant switch to light the bay.
  • 6 p.m. – Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the beachfront.
On Saturday the 26th, the Dunes will open its Christmas Tree Farm. Santa Claus will be on hand during select times to take photos with the kids. Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through December 24.  There, families may choose from Nobles, Nordmans and Grand Firs ranging from 3’ to 10’.

Then on Sunday, December 3rd, the critically acclaimed Back Bay Bistro will serve a brunch with Santa from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Executive Chef Bruno Massuger will prepare a special holiday brunch designed to get families in the Christmas spirit, including a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Price is $45 for adults with endless Champagne and mimosas and $16 for children under 10. Free parking for event attendees and Sunday brunch is free with Bistro validation.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is a non-membership recreational area featuring a 386-site state-of-the-art RV park, 450-slip marina and a private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958.

Newport Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages that the public may rent. Its onsite restaurant, the Back Bay Bistro, is critically acclaimed and highly sought after dining spot thanks to its eclectic menu and stunning water views.  The Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive.  Call 949-729-3863 for more information.

Ventura County Farm Day

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3rd Annual Ventura County Farm Day

This Saturday!

Get a rare inside look at the inner workings of farming and agriculture by
visiting and touring over 20 working farms in Ventura County at the 2015
Ventura County Farm Day. This free, multi-location event will feature
unique farm tours, hands-on activities, educational demonstrations and a
farm day mercantile hub followed by a ticketed outdoor BBQ at Limoneira
Ranch.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
BBQ at Limoneira starts at 4 p.m.

Over 20 different Ventura County farms in Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ventura, Camarillo,
Saticoy, Somis and Oxnard

BBQ location: Limoneira Farm, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
1141 Cummings Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Self-guided farm tours are free from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets to the Limoneira BBQ are available for purchase online. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. BBQ tickets are $35 for adults and include all activities, dinner and one alcoholic beverage. Children’s tickets $15, for attendees ages 12 and under.

Here’s a video from our tour of Limoneira that you may enjoy.

LA County Fair Ticket – Giveaway!

LA County Fair Ticket Giveaway! LA County Fair

Enter to win a “mind-blowing” LA County Fair Ticket Prize Package!

93rd Edition of LA County Fair

Opens Sept. 4 for 21 Days of Mind-Bending Fun

Popnology, New Rides, Eats, Concerts and an Expanded Luminasia

Raise the “Wow” factor at One America’s Biggest County Fairs

As an official Ambassador to the LA County Fair we are proud to host this fabulous prize package giveaway, including 4 tickets + surprises equalling a $150 value! Spend a fun filled day at the fair your family. Click on the pictures on this page to read about the fantastical foods at the fair this year as experienced by our own Mike Anderson.

LA County Fair Pinks

New this year is Popnology, a hands-on destination attraction making its world premiere at the LA County Fair. Among the 33,000-square-foot  exhibition are the coolest tech and science gadgets influenced by popular culture, ranging from the Batmobile, Hal 9000 computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to R2D2 from “Star Wars” and the famous DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”

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There is so much to see and do at the most diverse fair in the nation, you can experience carnival rides and crafting exhibits, but also partake in mind-blowing fun found at our LA-only attractions. Ever wanted to see Back to the Future’s Hoverboard in real life? Or celebrate Mardi Gras year-round? The 93rd annual Los Angeles County Fair has everything you need for an amazing day to dark experience, including the spectacular night time attraction of  the larger-than-life Luminasia handcrafted lantern display. Back by popular demand for its second and final year at the LACF the display has been expanded so visitors can stroll through massive, animated colorful replicas of iconic L.A. landmarks and never-before-seen images.

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Other LACF favorites include the Carnival pulsating with more 70 rides, some new for 2015; the trapeze and aerial artists of Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus; Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon, celebrating the 16th birthday of LACF’s resident Weeper Capuchin monkey; the sharks, seals and sting rays of Beneath the Sea and new outdoor Seaquarium; and the Grinding Gears Music Experience with DJs, tribute bands and the Battle of the Bands competition. You won’t want to miss one spectacular minute! So slather on the sunscreen, grab a water bottle, pile in the car and head on out to the 2015 Los Angeles County Fair, now through September 27th.

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Mike Vs. Peanut Butter Fried Pickle!

Mike Anderson tucks into the Peanut Butter Fried Pickle.

“I loved it for all its weirdness.” – Mike Anderson, Reviewer @EncinoMom

SSOTD

Oh my goodness! Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that it is currently raining. I am so thankful for the precipitation. Not only does this help the drought a little, but it just puts a smile on my face to hear the trickling sound on my roof. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)

 

I started the day off by hanging out with my favorite pup in the whole world. We just chilled on my bed, cuddling and listening to the thunder. I don’t think my dog appreciated the thunder as much as I did. Then I walked with my dog and my dad to Panera. When we got there, I rushed inside and grabbed my French Onion Bistro Soup. When we got home I gobbled up my food and decided to get creative. I made a fort out of two sheets and ribbon. I have to say, my fort was pretty impressive. Have a great night everyone!

Jingle All The Way 2

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Larry The Cable Guy in Jingle All The Way 2 screened at the EncinoMom Family Movie Night. Santa Hats for all!

We had an awesome celebration to kick off the holiday season this year! We started with a party pack from Fox with the Blu-ray DVD of Jingle All The Way 2, starring Larry the Cable Guy. We made a big crock of hot cocoa and added candy canes as stir sticks with whipped cream and marshmallows to float on top (just in case there wasn’t enough sugar in the hot chocolate lol). Then we got busy with some Christmas cookies and everyone got the recipe and a star cookie cutter to take home with their very own mug, ornament and Santa Hat! Thanks #FHEI!

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These adorable mugs were just right for serving our Peppermint Hot Cocoa and delicious Chicken Lemon Soup from Daphne’s Greek.

We picked up some delicious Chicken soup from Daphne’s California Greek and set up a gourmet popcorn bar with the contents of the Blockbuster Movie Night Popcorn Collection from Urban Accents. The kids all went for the White Cheddar topping on the Red, White and Blue popcorn, while the adults went in for the more unusual Dill Pickle and Salt and Vinegar toppings on the Fluffy Golden Jumbo popcorn. The Red, White & Blue popcorn pops white, by the way. The jumbo popcorn is truly jumbo in size and is certified GMO free.

Photograph of Urban Accents Blockbuster Movie Night Gift Set by EncinoMom photographer, Warren Keating.

Blockbuster Movie Night Gift Box from Urban Accents. Who knew Salt & Vinegar popcorn would be so addictive?

I’m a bit of a popcorn freak, so I made my special butter blend to top the corn popped in my microwave with my super secret popcorn, popper topper! If you have a family of movie buffs or popcorn geeks on your gift list this year, I recommend this collection of products. The packaging is great, too and individual popcorn serving boxes are included. Add your favorite movie and you’ll be Santa’s favorite helper for sure!

The best part was snuggling into the studio in our jammies and funny holiday sweaters, with blankets and pillows. We all had our Santa Hats on and popcorn in hand as we watched Larry the Cable Guy struggle to make his daughter’s Christmas wish come true. We recommend Jingle All The Way 2 for families with kids aged from 5 or 6 to 10 or 12. Available on Blu-ray & DVD December 2, 2014, just in time to slip under the tree this Christmas!

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Love these super cute mustachioed candy cane straws!

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Everyone got their own ornament to decorate. We used them to mark our mugs during the party, too!

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Is it just me, or do I kinda look like Larry the Cable Guy?

 

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Tarzana Tree Lighting

In front of Lyfe Kitchen, a crazy and exciting Christmas explosion is taking place. The NitroPod was spotted lurking at the site. If you aren’t aware of the NitroPod, it is an exclusive ice cream truck that has been scouted twice by our own Lizzy Kay and her accomplice MM. Tonight, thanks to the face painting booth, they go by Batman and Spider-Man. Thank you Tarzana for this joyous after school adventure.IMG_9751.JPG

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Giveaway

We recommend How To Train Your Dragon 2!

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Dragon tattoos. Comment below and click here to go to the giveaway entry form.

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Cups, plates, napkins, coloring sheets and stickers.

Cups, plates, napkins, coloring sheets and stickers.

Cookies, popcorn, juice boxes, gold fish & gummy fruits. A perfect movie night snack pack!

Cookies, popcorn, juice boxes, gold fish & gummy fruits. A perfect movie night snack pack!

#FHEI #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2 movie night

Pearls, pajamas and previews of penguins!

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 – the movie begins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great time screening How To Train Your Dragon 2 at our Dragon Party Family Movie Night! We created a massive dragon to hang as a decoration and tucked into this awesome party pack from Fox. You can see our project here: https://encinomom.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/dragon-party/ We were inspired by the installation by Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei from our recent trip to Alcatraz.

Ai WeiWeis exuberant dragon dominates the former state penitentiary at Alcatraz.

We took inspiration from this massive dragon by Ai WeiWei. Click to see more.

You can try this at your house. It would be a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year, too.

Masterful dragon at the Ai WeiWei exhibit at Alcatraz.

Our homemade dragon decoration. Click to see the how to.

Discovery Cube LA

Discovery Cube LA, Opens At Hansen Dam Recreation Area

At 9:30 am sharp, my family and I bunched into a car and ventured over to the new Discovery Cube in Sylmar, California. We just so happened to be invited to this glorious opening event, so we accepted the invitation. When someone says fun and science in the same sentence I usually zone out and pretend to listen because until now I thought it was literally impossible for science to be fun, (no offense period 1.)

I walked in and was immediately struck by my urge to run around and try everything out. Everything was extremely interactive which is something I deeply appreciate. You could make your own tornado, pull yourself up a rope SITTING DOWN, explore a safe and eco-friendly house, experience multiple simulators, and go in a wind tunnel or as I like to call it, a big hair dryer thing for your whole body.

Welcome to Discovery Cube LA. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren KeatingThe brand new Discovery Cube in Sylmar is spotless. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren Keating

The Discovery Cube is kind of like smart DisneyLand, same amount of fun, except you learn things other than how to avoid stroller wheel stubbed toes. It would be literally perfect for a field trip.

One of my favorite activities, aside from the mini market set up as a healthy eating game, was exploring an eco-friendly house. At the back of the Discovery Cube, you pick up iPads, that are used to ask question and track your answers about the home. The little house was adorably decorated just like a real living space. It had certain details in each part (garage, backyard, living room, etc) that were eco-friendly. You had to search through the house looking for clues to solve questions. But then again, I had a blast interacting with all the attractions. Overall, it was a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars.

Shopping at the eco-market inside the Discovery Cube at Hansen Dam. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren KeatingInside the wind tunnel. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren Keating


Tip from Mom: The Discovery Cube is a great destination for the whole family, especially good for children from about 5 or 6 to 14 years old. We really enjoyed the 4D movie shown in the theatre (separate entry ticket required). Family passes are priced from $99 for the whole family for the whole year.

Hard Rock Weekend Breakfast Buffet

Chocolate smiley faces and gummy worm parfaits for kids at the Hard Rock, Universal City Walk.

If you’re headed to Universal Studios with the kiddos this summer here’s a little something to rock your Saturday morning. The Hard Rock opens early for themed breakfast buffet and kids activities like face painting, costumed characters, balloon animal artists and more. Check our events listings for upcoming themes & dates. If running in the restaurant and gummy worms are your idea of a perfect breakfast, you are good to go. There’s orange juice offered at the buffet, but the bar is open if you’d like something stronger than coffee. 😉