#MyLittlePonyMovie Digital Release Party (plus Duff's Cakemix New Studio)

#MyLittlePonyMovie Digital Release Party (plus Duff's Cakemix New Studio)

Isn't that the best face ever?! You have no idea how happy I am to have captured this moment. You would think that this was the face she made when she realized that today’s the day! My Little Pony: The Movie is now available on Digital. But, No, this was the face of when she realized she was speaking to Twilight Sparkle herself, voice actress Tara Strong. 

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Beauty and the Beast - A Christmas Rose at The Pasadena Civic Auditorium (Ticket Giveaway)

Beauty and the Beast - A Christmas Rose at The Pasadena Civic Auditorium (Ticket Giveaway)

I am so excited to be taking my girls to their very first live production next month. I have a feeling they are going to love the adapted version of Beauty and the Beast - A Christmas Rose. I'm sure they'll be super excited to recognize one of their favorite actors, Kelli Berglund from Lab Rats. Keep reading and enter below to win a Family 4 pack of tickets to Opening Night! 

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Everything is Awesome with Bricks4Kidz!

This year my Valentine's Day was spent a little differently than years past. It wasn't about a romantic date for me and my husband. This year, we spent the morning together as a family on a super fun play date at The Awesome Playground in Eagle Rock, CA at a Bricks 4 Kidz blogger event. 
LEGO® have become a big part of our everyday lives in the past few months. All my girls want to do when they get home is build with their LEGO® bricks and I must admit, I love their new hobby. Building with LEGO® inspires so much of their imagination and I love that they can build and then play for hours in the world that they have created. 

Bricks 4 Kidz offers hands-on classes where students can design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, it also helps children develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Kids already know how to build with LEGO® bricks, but with a little coaching they can learn engineering, architecture and concepts of physics and mathematics. Above, you can see my daughters had an assistant who handed them a tablet with their instructions, and guided them while building a car... with a motor! That was definitely my favorite part, I was so impressed. 
If your kids are LEGO® lovers like mine and you are thinking about how to make their birthday party extra special this year, then definitely look into Bricks 4 Kidz. They throw such a fun party and caters to your party's theme. At this event, on Valentine's Day my girls made LEGO® heart necklaces and key chains with beads. 
The Awesome Playground was the perfect place for this family event, with a huge jumper in the back, a race track with push cars, slides and climbers, and a fun house for dress up and make believe, the Awesome Playground is.. Awesome! 

So, before I finish up talking about all of the awesomeness of this weekend, I wanted to tell you about the delicious food. I have heard of Mix n' Munch before and was so thrilled to finally get a taste of them. Mix n' Munch, located in Pasadena, CA takes the classic comfort food experience to another level. Featuring two all-time American favorites, cereal and grilled cheese sandwiches. I went straight to playing with the girls and sadly didn't get any good pictures of the food but I had a grilled cheese with pesto and mozzarella and my daughters had yogurt parfaits and a fun mix of cereals. If you are in the Pasadena area, head out there ASAP, I will be there soon. 

Now that I told you about these three fun SoCal family friendly places, what are you waiting for? Check out The Awesome Playground, book Bricks4Kidz for your next birthday, and head down to Mix n' Munch for a delicious breakfast. You'll thank me for it later. 

Our First Fieldtrip- The Kidspace Children's Museum

Do you remember your first field trip? (Mine was the

LA Zoo

) How about your child's first field trip? The first time you let your kids out of your sight, on a bus, under someone else's supervision.. it's kinda stressful. I have two daughters in their first year of preschool, in two separate preschools. Both of my daughters can proudly say that their first field trip was to the

Kidspace Children's Museum

. Although I wasn't invited to attend with my youngest daughter, I was allowed to go a month later with my older daughter and her class.

The

Kidspace Children's Museum

was a little hidden to me. I don't really know this area of Pasadena all that well, but that's just me. But I have to say, my favorite part of arriving at Kidspace was that it is surrounded by trees and the smell of nature, I love that. When you are ready to get in and start having fun, you are greeted with lots and lots of COLOR!

This is the entryway to Kidspace. It's just a beautiful hall of mosaic tiles with various textures and shapes. 

Warning: Be ready to walk slowly as your kids check it out and touch all of the different surfaces.

Once you enter you have to decide whether or not to venture outside or head inside. My daughter of course wanted to check out the outdoor activities first. The entire place is just so hands-on. Personally, I like when hands-on activities require the kids to use their muscles! Not just hands on, they are using their whole body. 

This area, the 

I-Play Zone in the Galvin Physics Forest Event Space

 was definitely my daughters favorite. Building with pool noodles and other connector blocks was so much fun. Her and her friend could have easily spent the entire afternoon in this one section.

A lot of the outdoor activities had a focus on physics. The Bottle Rocket experiment was awesome! The kids get to press a button and fill up the bottle and watch it as it launches up and slams down to splash everyone. 

After riding tricycles around the tracks and participating in a group exercise activity at the Stone Hollow Amphitheater we went on a nature walk. 

Water play areas are always a fun attraction for the little ones. These water guns above were aimed at drums of various sizes to make different sounds, and the water table below had a pump and different levels to see which way the water will travel. There is even a small stream in

The Interpretive Arroyo

 area that your little one can wade in and splash around in a bit (if you have the proper water shoes).

Once you head inside you are greeted by much more fun and hands on learning. We visited the

Imagination Workshop

- a place for kids to sit and work on small projects. The volunteers in the workshop work really well with the kiddos. We happened to visit on National Pi day, so their project was to make a pie puzzle. They colored a picture, traced a circle around it, cut it out and then cut it in fourths. Fun and easy. (The way I like it!) 

Here she is coloring her picture for her puzzle. She decided to color the outside of the Polar Bear, since Polar Bears are white. 

There are several different climbing areas for the kiddos to climb. This one, the

Raindrop climber

is over 40 feet high and it's beautiful. It is created in various shades of blue to resemble raindrops and it was so pretty to look up at as I watched from below as my little one climbed up with her friend. 

How cool is this? This is what their Celebration Center looks like! Oh I LOVE IT! You can actually reserve the different spaces all over

Kidspace

for fun parties. You can check out the details

here

.

Also, make sure to follow them on

Facebook

and

Twitter

for updates on special events. I love this place and after checking out their

site

 I know I have to go back soon. We had such a great time on my daughter's first field trip. Make sure you stop by their Busy Bee Learning Store and their Kidspace Cafe. I didn't get to try their food this time, but hopefully the next time I will.

Check below for some more information. 

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 North Arroyo Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91103

Telephone: (626) 449-9144

Fax: (626) 449-9985

Email:

info@kidspacemuseum.org

Hours

September through May

Tuesday – Friday, 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Closed Mondays during the school year after Labor Day

June, July, and August

Open 7 days a Week (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Monday – Friday, 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Have you ever been to the Kidspace Children's Museum?