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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cold Stone Creamery Mother's Day Giveaway

To Celebrate Mother's Day we are giving away several $25 Gift Cards for Cold Stone Creamery!


Mother's Day is May 9th!

Here's your chance to win a $25 Gift Card to Cold Stone Creamery for yourself or for mom.  


Cold Stone Creamery delivers smooth and creamy ice cream that is handcrafted fresh daily in each store.  Try their newest flavor Strawberry Cheesecake, combining the tanginess of strawberry and the creaminess of cheesecake.  Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream makes it debut in the month of May.


There are several opportunities to win, be sure to enter by leaving a comment at the end of this post!

To Enter:
Simply leave a comment at the end of this post  = 1 entry

For Extra Entries:
1. Like Cold Stone's Facebook Page = 1 entry 
2. Like Fabumom's Facebook Page = 1 entry
3. Follow @ColdStone_Corp = 1 entry
4. Follow @Fabumom on Twitter = 1 entry
5. Join Cold Stone's Birthday Club = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry don't forget to leave your email or profile info so I can notify you if you win.  Good luck!

The winners will receive a $25 Gift Certificate for Cold Stone Creamery.  This contest is open to US residents only.  The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be selected.  

A big thank you to Cold Stone Creamery for this giveaway opportunity!

Contest runs through 12 Midnight PST on 5/08/10.  The winners will be announced on Mother's Day!

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The Claremont Folk Festival

The 29th Annual Claremont Folk Festival 
Saturday May 1st
10 AM to 6 PM
Bring the whole family for a fun day of live Folk Music!


Enjoy a fun filled day with Workshops, Crafts, Food, Maypole Dance, Puppet Playhouse, Story Time Jamboree, Drum Circle and more!



Three Stages of Live Music Featuring
Children's Entertainment:
The Happy Crowd, Otterspace & Uncle Ruthie.
The Main Stage:
Leon Mobley with Da Lion, Yuval Ron, Voco, Cliff Wagner & the Old Number 7, and the Squeakin' Wheels.

Location: Sycamore Elementary School
225 West 8th St in Downtown Claremont

Admission: Adults are $15
Children 5 - 17 are $5
Children 5 and under are free!

Contact: (909) 624-2928

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Photo Courtesy of Etsy Plush Team 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sesame Street Live Comes to the IE

1-2-3 IMAGINE! WITH ELMO AND FRIENDS

Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA
Friday, May 14th - Sunday, May 16th

Singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends!  This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues.  It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.  

Times:
Fri, May 14 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Sat, May 15 at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM
Sun, May 16 at 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM


Sig

Free Hot Dogs at Irvine Park

Irvine Park Bikes & Paddle Boat Rentals Grand Opening Celebration!

Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd 
10:00 AM through 5:00 PM

Free Hot Dog and Soda during Grand Opening Celebration!
**When you rent a bike or paddle boat during our grand opening celebration**

Irvine Park Rentals are located in the historic old Boathouse by the lake. These rentals are great for kids as well as those young at heart.

During the grand opening celebration, children can jump in a bounce house! Cost: $4.00 per child.

Bike and paddle boat rentals now 
open daily at 10:00 am
through Labor Day Weekend.


Hours:
March 20th – September 6th (Summer Season): 
Open 7 days a week
10:00 am –4:00 pm (Monday through Friday)
10:00 am – 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday) 

PLEASE NOTE: The last rental goes out ½ hour before closing time.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Top 10 iPad Apps for Kids


10 Must Have iPad Apps for Kids

Here are Fabumom's top ten Favorite iPad Apps for Kids.  We've selected our favorite iPad Apps that will hold your child's attention and help them learn something at the same time.  The best of both worlds!  All iPad Apps listed were tested by my two and a half year old little girl.  The apps that made it to our top ten list have beautiful graphics and are great educational tools for younger children.  Be sure to enter our contest at the end of this article for a chance to win one of these wonderful iPad Apps.

           Super Why!













This is our all time favorite iPad app (so far).  Featuring the Super Why Characters and using authentic character voices from the cartoon.  This is exceptional value for the price.  The Super Why iPad app comes with four interactive games.  Children are able to trace the letters with their fingers, fill in the blank on a story and more!  The graphics are fantastic and my two year old played with it for over 20 minutes on the first go!  Helps with letter recognition, rhyming, spelling, reading and writing.  This is a true "grow with you" app.  Perfect for younger children that are just learning their ABC's or for school-aged children that are learning to read.  Recommended for ages 3 - 6.  Price: $3.99


         RedFish 4 Kids













Hours of interactive playtime for children aged 2 - 7 yrs old.  Over 50+ creative exercises, learning activities and open-ended play.  There are too many games to list.  Highlights include; Pop the Balloons, Interactive Surprises, Musical Composistion, Letter, Number and Shape Recognition plus many more!  It's like kindergarten for your iPad. Price: $9.99


123 HD Talking Color HD













Highly ranked app for children.  This help helps with letter and number recognition.  It's great for younger children as they just tap on the section they want to color, so they don't go over the lines.  As they color there are cute sounds that coordinate with the tapping.  There are voice overs that are spoken when the numbers/letters are touched.  This app also plays cute children's songs and is available in several languages.  Great for Pre-School aged Children.  Price: $4.99


            Match & Learn 
Excellent graphics and you can keep track of your score.  This is a fun memory game for children.  The graphics include dog's, cat's, polar bears and more.  Your child will love the cute sounds that accompany the pictures.  You can play alone or against a team.  Rated for children 4+, but my two year old had no problem navigating this wonderfully illustrated memory game. Price: $1.99


Monkey Preschool Lunch Box
This fun iPad App is great value for the money.  It's one of our favorites for the variety of games, fun sounds and educational value.  There are six games including; Matching, Counting, Letters, Puzzles and Spot the Difference.  Children earn a virtual sticker for correct answers.  One game flows right into the next game, which helps to keep your child's attention.  Very easy to navigate for younger children.  Price: $.99


              Dr. Seuss ABC
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This iPad app based on the beloved children's classic is perfect for younger children.  It's complete with all of our favorite Seuss Characters and illustrations.  The beautiful artwork and entertaining audio is sure to grab your little one's attention.  This is one that will grow with your child as it has three learning options, 'Read to Me', 'Read it Myself' and 'Auto Play'.  Perfect for children who are just learning their ABC's or those just beginning to read. Price: $2.99


     Miss Spider's Tea Party 
Interactive games include; Painting, Puzzles, Memory Games or your child can Read Along to this classic picture book.  There are some wonderful stories included and the graphics really help everything come to life.  Surprise sound effects and multi-media when you tap on the characters. Perfect app for the Miss Spider lover in your home. Also includes video! Price: $9.99


                Craft Finder
This app is for all those "crafty" mom's out there.  Created by Disney, it's full of fun crafts you can do with your children and the best part is that it's totally free!  You'll find seasonal crafts and fun things to keep the little ones occupied on a rainy day.  There are colorful photos and step-by-step instructions.  Crafts are divided by age and theme.  For Pre-Schoolers, toddlers, school-aged and tweens. Price: Free


Preschool Playmat: Farm Fun
This Farm Fun Playmat includes three different matching activities.  There's Memory Cards, Shape Matching and Animal Search Games.  Your child will practice letter recognition, counting and sorting.  Includes colorful graphics and fun sound effects. Price: $2.99


              Alphabet Fun
This one is great for school aged children that are learning to write their letters and beginning readers.  Cute and colorful graphics.  Teaches letter, word, color and number recognition.  Children learn to write by tracing letters and words that are accompanied by a cute graphic.  Recommended for ages 4+. Price $1.99


Enter to Win:
Match & Learn iPad App Giveaway.  We are giving away four copies of Match & Learn.
Leave a comment here and let me know which iPad App you think you would like best  = 1 entry

For Extra Entries:
1. Become a fan of Fabumom's Facebook Page = 1 entry
2. Follow @Fabumom on Twitter = 1 entry
3. Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs (located at the right) = 1 entry
4. Retweet about Fabumom's Top Ten iPad Apps for Kids.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry don't forget to leave your email or profile info so I can notify you if you win.  Good luck!

The winner will receive a promo code to download a free copy of the Match and Learn or the Miss Spider iPad App.  The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be selected.  

Contest runs through 12 Noon PST on 4/26/10.

{I never blog about products I don’t love, personally use or believe in and only blog about topics I think would benefit my readers}


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What are some of your favorite iPad Apps for mothers or children?
Photos Courtesy of the iTunes Store.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flying Lessons and Kite Event





VISTA HERMOSA NATURAL PARK
Flying Lessons and Kites
Saturday, April 24, 1:00 pm


Have you ever wondered how birds fly? Come learn about the special adaptations birds have in their bodies and feathers that allow them to soar through our skies. Then you'll get a chance to try out your new knowledge and build kites to see how well you can fly! Meet at the Grotto Amphitheater. 2 hours.

Sponsored by:
and presented by

Details:
Saturday, April 24, 1:00 pm

Location:
Vista Hermosa Park 
100 N. Toluca Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90026

Contact:
(213) 250-1100





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Photo Courtesy of Flickr.

Movies in the Park at Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens will be offering Movies in Town Square
Every Tuesday starting May 18th - June 15th

Photo Courtesy of flickr

Dates and Line Up:
Tuesday, May 18th - UP
Tuesday, May 25th - G-Force
Tuesday, June 1st - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Tuesday, June 15th - Astro Boy
Movies Start at Dusk.

Location:
12505 North Mainstreet
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Contact:
(909) 463-2830



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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Family Fun at the Kidspace Museum
















Photo Courtesy of flickr

This weekend I took my daughter to the Kidspace Museum as they released over 500 Painted Lady Butterflies into the Kidspace Gardens.  It was our first visit to Kidspace and we found it to be a great family friendly outing, especially if you have children between the ages of one - 10 years old.  Upon arriving, we stopped at the crafts table to make our "butterfly wings".  Then we made our way to the amphitheater for the butterfly release.  My two year old was in aww of the hundreds of butterflies taking flight.  It was a spectacular site to behold.


















Once the main event was over we took the time to explore the rest of the museum.  We particularly enjoyed the wading pool/streams located behind the museum.  This was a refreshing way to cool down on a warm day.  Be sure to bring spare clothes and water shoes or sandals as you are not allowed in with bare feet.


















Our next stop was the Digging Deeper Gallery where we learned about bugs, painted, climbed and explored nature.  There were a ton of activities for children of all ages.


















Some additional highlights of Kidspace include:  Outdoor and indoor climbing areas, Tricycle Tracks, Gardens and water play areas.  The Inside the Early Childhood learning Center for children four and under.  You will find rubber matts, building blocks, balls, climbing equipment and more.  Perfect for those with younger children.

For more photos of our trip to the Kidspace Butterfly Release, please visit the Fabumom Facebook Page.


Location:
Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Contact
phone: (626) 449-9144 

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Visit our LA Day trips Page for more family activities around the Los Angeles Area.

What are some of your favorite family friendly outings?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Butterfly Release at Kidspace

14TH Annual Grand Butterfly Release
Sat, April 17 from 1:30PM-2:30PM


Join Kidspace Museum as they release hundreds of Painted Lady Butterflies into the Kidspace Gardens and beyond! Children can transform themselves into beautiful butterflies with face paints, home-made butterfly wings and antenna!

Stone Hollow Amphitheater performances will feature Kindie Rock Band, EGG at 1:30PM followed by the Grand Butterfly Release at 2PM!

Visit the Kidspace site for the Butterfly Release Schedule of Activities


Please Note: Plan to arrive extra early to be sure to catch the Butterfly Release.

Location:
Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Contact
phone: (626) 449-9144


It's going to be a Flutterific good time!


Sig


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Location:Pasadena - Photo courtesy of Flickr
Visit our LA Day trips Page for more family activities around the Los Angeles Area.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Strands Vista at Dana Point Headlands

Looking for a Fun Southland Day trip?


















A few weekends ago we decided to take a trip to the The Strand Beach at Dana Point. I've been wanting to visit the Strand since hearing about it from a friend. It was a glorious afternoon at the beach. We picked up some sandwiches and drinks at the nearby Gelson's Market and made our way down to the Strand Beach.


































The Strand is located near Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point and offers miles of trails and parks overlooking the picturesque Pacific Ocean. One of the highlights is the Funicular (an inclined Beach Elavator). It takes about four minutes to ride down from the parking lot to the beach. The Funicular was a big hit with my little girl. There's also a stairway leading down to the beach.



















Upon arriving at the beach, we enjoyed our yummy sandwiches, played in the sand and took walk along one of the trails. It was a fabulous afternoon! The gently sloping shores make this a great beach for families with younger children. You'll definitely want to add this to your "must see" list of beaches in the South OC!


















Take PCH in Dana Point to Selva Road and head South towards the ocean. There's a free parking lot titled “Salt Creek Beach Park."

While you're at the Stand beach you may want to pay a visit to the new Dana Point Headlands Preserve Nature Trail.

I'd love to hear about your favorite family friendly beaches in California. What do YOU look for in a beach?

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Location:Dana Point