Nov 30, 2016

KIDS DISCOVER SANTA FE FOR FREE THIS 2017 SPRING BREAK

2nd Annual Kids FreeFest Features Complimentary Lodging & Adventures In The City Different


SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO November 30, 2016: Santa Fe travel partners have joined forces again for Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2017: a second annual city-wide initiative that welcomes families throughout March and the middle of April* by providing kids 12 and under with complimentary lodging, meals, spa and culturally immersive activities in ‘The City Different’, America’s oldest and highest  elevation state capital and one of the world’s most award-winning destinations for families seeking adventure, relaxation, and genuine culture and experiences.
Santa Fe is full of true family excitement whether people choose to hit the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, try out some new moves at the Skateboard School, challenge the junior foodie or artist with a cooking or art class—or even get the whole family involved in a treasure hunt. The city has regaled travelers from around the world with adventures and surprises for centuries.
“Spring Break is a special time for families to be together, have fun and make lifetime memories,” said TOURISM Santa Fe Executive Director, Randy Randall. “Families deserve a break. We want our guests to discover new and exciting experiences without stressing the budget. As Santa Fe is all about family, it’s only natural that we extend these offers.”
Santa Fe Spring Break 2017 includes a variety of hotel choices and activities, treasure hunts, spa treats, and sport and outdoor adventure. There’s also free art classes, exhibits, attractions, music, Flamenco classes, an Easter egg hunt—and of course some very delicious cuisine and including Santa Fe’s own Northern New Mexican fare. This will be a truly different and unforgettable spring break for your family. To check out all the action, please visithttp://santafe.org/Spring_Break/index.html.
Participating businesses as of November 30 include:
§  Canyon Road
§  Inn At Santa Fe
§  Inn & Spa At Loretto
§  Drury Plaza Hotel
§  Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa
§  Four Seasons Resort Ranch Encantado
§  Terra Restaurant
§  New Mexico Performing Arts Society
§  5 Star Burgers
§  Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
§  Museum of International Folk Art
§  Santa Fe Sage Inn
§  Rosewood Inn Of The Anasazi
§  Cacao Santa Fe
§  Santa Fe Skate School
§  Eldorado Hotel & Spa
§  Shiprock Santa Fe
§  Inn Of The Governors
§  Santa Fe Botanical Garden
§  Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe
§  La Fonda On The Plaza
§  Meow Wolf “House Of Eternal Return”
§  Wildlife West Nature Park
§  L'Olivier
§  Estrella Del Norte Vineyard
§  Casas de Guadalupe
§  El Flamenco, EntreFlamenco
For more on Santa Fe, please visit www.santafe.org.
*Promotion dates vary. Please check http://santafe.org/Spring_Break/index.html.

LEGO Themed Bungalows Will More Than Double Accommodations at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2016) — LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will welcome its first guests to discover endless fun in the sun when it opens April 7, 2017. LEGOLAND Florida Resort announced the grand opening date today during an exclusive media preview of the all-new accommodations.
Designed with the same attention to detail and kid-centric features that made LEGOLAND Hotel an immediate hit, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is a village-style vacation resort with 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms, each with whimsical LEGO décor inside and out.
The brightly colored bungalows are grouped into 13 “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. Each includes an outdoor play area with fun and challenging elements, all within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids play.
Located about a half-mile from the theme park entrance, the site also features a central swimming pool and sandy play area, a buffet restaurant, pool bar, a giant LEGO inspired lighthouse with a real rotating beacon and picturesque views of Lake Dexter.

LEGOLAND Beach RetreatLEGOLAND Beach Retreat amenities include:
  • 166 spacious rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area designed just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain.
  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, located inside The Lighthouse and featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served poolside and inside The Lighthouse.
    • A delicious breakfast is included with each night’s stay; lunch and dinner will be available without reservations.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • Complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot.
  • Early access to the theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including LEGO NINJAGO World when it opens Jan. 12.

LEGOLAND Beach RetreatReservations are available for stays from April 7 through Nov. 30, 2017. To book a stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, visit LEGOLAND.com/beachretreat or call (877) 350-5346daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability.
Meanwhile, through the end of December guests can save 20 percent on an exclusive room-and-ticket package for LEGOLAND Beach Retreat stays from April 7 through Sept. 3, 2017. The package requires a minimum two-night stay and includes a two-day ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park per person, with the second day free!
Announced in March 2016 as part of the largest period of growth and expansion in the resort’s five-year history, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is a first-of-its-kind project unique to the LEGOLAND resorts in North America. Opening less than two years after the May 2015 debut of the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel, the sprawling, sun-kissed site will more than double on-site accommodations and give guests even more reasons to play — and stay — at the place #BuiltForKids.

Nov 16, 2016

Harvest Festival Giveaway Tickets



Time for a contest giveaway for a family four pack of tickets for a lucky subscriber to attend the Pomona Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the Fairplex Dec. 2-4. Best of all, kids 12 and under are FREE and there is lots for them to do.



As the final showcase of the 2016 season, the Pomona celebration is all aglow for the holidays with more than 340 artisans, a bustling KidsZone with “make n take” projects and also a Home Depot free “build it” center, strolling performers, contests, and more. Aglow in holiday décor, the Fairplex is transformed into a winter wonderland  “shop fest” complete with live entertainment, strolling entertainers, crafting demonstrations, contests, and a Kidzone.

Over the past 44 years, the Harvest Festival has grown to become recognized as the largest indoor arts & crafts showcase on the west coast. The nation’s finest artists and crafters come together in this juried showcase to celebrate the holiday season. Making even Santa’s helpers envious, shoppers can choose from a festive array of 24,000 items never found in malls.  Exhibits are brimming with jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, woodcarvings, clothing and accessories, holiday décor, ornaments, specialty foods, furniture, kids toys, and more, all at unbeatable prices. Many artists can personalize purchases for the perfect gift.

“Your stress-free yuletide adventure begins the moment you walk through the door,” says Nancy Glenn, Harvest Festival event veteran and new owner. “We work year round to put together an exciting celebration that unites Festival goers with the artists who share their passion. It makes holiday gift giving more of a special, personalized experience.”  Tickets are good for the entire weekend so Festival goers can keep coming back for more.


What:             Pomona Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show

When:             December 2-4

Where:           Fairplex Expo#4 at 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768

Hours: Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Tickets:           Adults: $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Military: (Active/Retired/Veteran) $7, Youths (13-17) $4,
                        Kids 12 and under are free.

Donate:           Bring non-perishables for donation to Foothill Family Shelter to receive $2 admission discount.
Info:                Info and tickets are available at www.harvestfestival.com 

To enter please use the Rafflecopter below

Salt & Straw Coming to West Hollywood in Early 2017



 Salt & Straw, the iconic, family-run ice cream purveyor known for its artisanal, chef-driven approach to an American classic, has announced plans to open a new scoop shop at 8949 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood next year. As an introduction to the community, Salt & Straw will be hosting a fundraiser for The Trevor Projecton Friday, November 18 from 7 pm – 10 pm outside the forthcoming shop, offering $1 scoops of their inspired flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Chocolate Gooey Brownie,Honey Lavender and more. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.

“It's been an incredible journey since we first came down to Los Angeles two years ago, and we’re so thrilled to be able to continue setting down roots here,” says Kim Malek, who founded Salt & Straw in Portland with her cousin, Tyler, in 2011. “We’ve been continually inspired by all the unique enclaves like West Hollywood that make this city so vibrant, and are looking forward to becoming a part of the local fabric.”

The West Hollywood scoop shop will feature all the staple flavors that have made Salt & Straw so beloved by Angelenos since its arrival in the city’s Larchmont Village area in 2014. Favorites such as Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, featuring Grandma Malek’s recipe for almond brittle, and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, prepared using an old school ice cream-making technique called “freckling” to suspend the artisanal chocolate in each bite, will be joined by locally-inspired flavors like Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet ribboned with Strawberry Vanilla Bean jam from local Laura Ann’s Jams, and Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese showcasing oil-cured olives from Olivos del Mar farms and Cypress Grove Creamery’s goat cheese. Monthly-rotating specials from Tyler, who also serves as Salt & Straw’s Head Ice Cream Maker, will similarly find inspiration from the Southern California culinary landscape, as well as seasonal produce from area farmers. Recipes are created with 100% all-natural cream from Scott Brothers Dairy in-line with the company’s philosophy to source the best possible products available, and all ice creams are churned in a local kitchen in Boyle Heights to ensure optimal quality and freshness.

“We’re exceedingly grateful for the reception we’ve received from the food community here, as well as the dedicated fans who have supported us since our arrival,” says Tyler. “It’s been amazing to see how our scoop shops have brought so many people together, and become these wonderful gathering spaces in their own right. We can’t wait to keep sharing that spirit with more new neighbors in West Hollywood.”

Like all Salt & Straw scoop shops, the space will be outfitted with hand-carved wood paneling and Salt & Straw’s signature awning, an homage to their humble beginning as a red-and-white striped ice cream cart. Each element is selected to engender the feeling of a modern-day, community-oriented mercantile that brings locals together with friends, family, neighbors, or even the farmer or artisan whose product is showcased in the latest flavor offering.   

Construction begins on the 965 square-foot shop this fall. The West Hollywood location will be the fifth Los Angeles scoop shop in the Salt & Straw family, joining the original flagship shop in Larchmont Village and outposts in Venice, Studio City, and the Arts District. For more news on Salt & Straw and to stay up-to-speed on the newest flavors, visit www.saltandstraw.com.

8949 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

ABOUT SALT & STRAW:
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a chef-driven ice cream kitchen with scoop shops in Portland and Los Angeles that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Each ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all natural cream from local farms in each city. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon and Southern California farmers and artisans as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world. The company started in Portland, OR serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011 and now has three scoop shops in Portland and four in LA. Scoops of handmade, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each with an ice cream sommelier of sorts who will gladly take you through a tasting of all the flavors. Favorites, seasonal, design your own variety packs and pint club memberships are available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s ice cream cart is available for catering parties and events. In April of 2016, Salt & Straw opened Wiz Bang Bar at Pine Street Market, a soft serve dessert bar featuring fresh spins on the childhood swirl, sundaes, novelties, and more. Find more information at www.saltandstraw.com or call 971-271-8168.

Holiday gift buying guide - a scooter should be on the list!



Chicago-based Genuine Scooters is the largest US based scooter company, and the third largest seller of scooters in the US with 250 dealers across the country.  They have sold nearly 60,000 scooters during their 14 years of operation and their new “Kick” scooter is quickly becoming a best-selling favorite.
Boasting 100 mpg, the Kick will still go more than 60 mph, powered by a 124.5cc, air-cooled engine.  Available in glossy titanium, turquoise, tangerine and white, the scooter MSRP is $3,199.

Celebrities ride Genuine scooters
No surprise really with the popularity of Genuine Scooters and celebrities - glancing on Pinterest, you’ll see the Kardashians, Tom Hanks, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ryan Macklemore, Jason Mraz and Queen Latifiah all riding them.  Most recently, Zac Efron and the Rock are riding them in the shooting of the upcoming Baywatch reboot movie and Sharon Stone in her upcoming film, “A Little Something For Your Birthday.”

Why not give the planet a present - scooters are environmentally friendly
Lastly, switching from a car to a scooter can have a tremendous positive impact on the planet. A car will emit 0.93 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile, compared with 0.31 pounds for a scooter – and a car produces 2 1/2 times as much greenhouse gas as a scooter. 

Nov 13, 2016

2016 Macy's Great Tree Lighting at San Francisco's Union Square

“Courtesy of Macy’s”

Event:  MACY’S PRESENTS THE 27TH ANNUAL GREAT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY IN SAN FRANCISCO
 featuring performances by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc
Date:     Friday, November 25, 2016 @ 6pm
Location:  Union Square Park, San Francisco

Macy’s will celebrate the start of the holiday season with the 27th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Following a series of musical performances by headliner Aloe Blacc and Bay Area choirs, the evening will culminate with the presentation of Macy’s annual gift to San Francisco – a beautiful, reusable, 83-foot tree decorated with more than 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments.

Attendees can look forward to musical performances by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, known for hit songs “The Man” "I Need a Dollar” and “Wake Me Up.” Also performing on the stage will be the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the cast of She Loves Me from the San Francisco Playhouse.

Nov 12, 2016

LEGOLAND California deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday



LEGOLAND® California Resort joins the Black Friday and Cyber Monday fun with AWESOME savings offers of its own! Starting at midnight on Friday, Nov. 25 through midnight of Monday, Nov. 28, the family theme Park in Carlsbad, CA is offering huge deals to the Park and LEGOLAND Hotel exclusively through their website.
Bricktastic deals include:
 
• 50% off one-day LEGOLAND/SEA LIFE Hopper 
• 30% LEGOLAND Hotel Stays (Some restrictions do apply)
 
Family vacation planners and savvy shoppers can sign up now at: https://www.legoland.com/BlackFriday to receive exclusive access to deals before they become available to the general public. SEA LIFE Hopper Tickets and LEGOLAND Hotel reservations purchased through the exclusive deals are redeemable Jan. 1 through March 10, 2017. Each LEGOLAND California offer is limited and may sell out quickly. 

Nov 10, 2016

Enter for your chance at a Breckenridge Dream Vacation

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  • 3 winners will be picked!
  • Stay in a luxury ski-in/ski-out 1-bedroom condominium at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge!
  • Airfare for 2 (up to $1,000) will be provided
  • 4 days of skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort for 2 people
  • $300 for ground transportation

Kogi Opens Nov 9 at Whole Foods Market® El Segundo

Kogi Opens November 9 at Whole Foods Market® El Segundo
Store celebrates major remodel with unveiling of Roy Choi’s latest venue 
Kogi at Whole Foods Market

               
Whole Foods Market has partnered with Roy Choi to open a stationary Kogi location inside its El Segundo store, opening Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 760 S Sepulveda Blvd in Plaza El Segundo. Located within the 66,500-square-foot store’s prepared foods section, Kogi will offer a menu of its famed tacos, burritos and favorites like Short Rib Tacos, Blackjack Quesadillas and Blue Moon Mulitas seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. All Kogi menu items meet Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards.  This is the first Kogi taqueria within a Whole Foods Market store and Kogi’s first South Bay location. Join Whole Foods Market team members, Roy Choi and community members as they break a six foot loaf of bread to commemorate the partnership and grand re-opening of South Bay’s new and improved store, which has recently completed an expansive remodel.

Nov 9, 2016

HOLIDAY CHEER AWAITS AT LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT




The winter holiday season is always a special time of year and the family theme park is gearing up for its holiday celebration: Holidays at LEGOLAND® California Resort! Beginning Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, children and their families can get in the festive spirit at the annual winter holiday celebration and enjoy festive lights, live entertainment, the world’s largest LEGO®Christmas tree, snow flurries and more!

As guests enter the Park, they are treated to the famous LEGO Christmas tree. Standing 30-feet tall and constructed out of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks, the LEGO Christmas tree is adorned with more than 400 LEGO ornaments and 11,000 LED lights. The fun continues in Heartlake City which has been transformed into a winter wonderland for guests to enjoy. Kids can sing and dance as they watch the LEGO Friends live holiday show and join in building activities in the Heartlake City stables. Occasional snow flurries and a traveling brass band playing festive bluegrass music will fill Heartlake City with the feeling of winter. Guests can also enjoy character meet and greets with LEGO Santa and a LEGO toy soldier and collect holiday inspired pop badges.

The fun doesn’t stop there as SEA LIFE® Aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel join in the festivities. SEA LIFE Aquarium has a special holiday themed daily dive show and winter craft activities. LEGOLAND Hotel has also gotten in the holiday spirit with festive decorations, holiday entertainment and its own LEGO Christmas tree. Kids will also enjoy special holiday themed improvisational games and story time at the castle, plus building contests themed for the festivities.

The grand finale of Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort is the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve party. This lively party begins with special musical performances on Fun Town Stage and Heartlake City. Then, the party moves to San Francisco in Miniland U.S.A. where like the famous Times Square party, Kids’ New Year’s Eve features a countdown followed by a huge LEGO brick dropping 22 feet into 2017 and spectacular fireworks at 6 p.m. to end the night.

LEGOLAND California Resort is extending its Park hours for the winter holiday during these dates: Nov. 25-26Dec. 18-23 and 26 - 31. LEGOLAND California Resort is offering a gift for holiday guests: From Nov. 21, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017, buy a one day admission to LEGOLAND California and return a second day to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium for free between Jan. 2, 2017 and March 1, 2017. All Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort activities located inside the Park are included with regular Park admission (Kids 3–12 $89; Adults $95; Parking $15).

For more Holidays information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).


2017 Mickey’s Halloween Party Ticket Info

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