Art Float Riverside family field trip.

Art Float is the largest community art project Riverside County has ever experienced. The Riverside Art Museum (RAM), in collaboration with the City of Riverside’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), is hosting a signature community art event that involves over 350 huge, floating, hand-painted spheres in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park. Called Art Float – Riverside, the project is patterned after one staged a few years ago by Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the volunteer fundraising group of RAM, is spearheading the event that will take place May 11 - June 1, 2018. When complete, the floating artwork will feature hundreds of hand-painted spheres painted by Riverside School children representing 48 RUSD schools. 

Each plastic sphere is six feet in diameter and will be brightly painted that will float in Lake Evans. A three-week festival that will end on June 1, 2018.

The Art Float is located in Fairmount Park 2601 Fairmount Blvd, Riverside, CA 9250. For more information on the project, please Riverside Art Museum: www.riversideartmuseum.org/


Field Trip to Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park.

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park located north of Santa Barbara, CA is an amazing field trip to take your children to.  This historic location provides evidence of our local Native American families and showing the artistry and communication left by their ancestors. Address: Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park, Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The Chumash Native Americans called home in the coastal area between Malibu and Paso Robles extending inland to the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley.  Noted as hunters, gatherers, and fishermen, the Chumash were considered more prosperous than other tribes due to their access to land and sea resources.  The Chumash found caves to use for sacred religious ceremonies using charcoal for their drawings.  Colorful pigments of red, orange and yellow depicted human and animal figures with dots to make them more distinct.  Chumash was passed down from generation to generation until the 1700 and 1800's when the Spanish decimated the population.

The site is located 3 miles south of the San Marcos pass:  Take Hwy 154 out of Santa Barbara and turn right onto Painted Caves Road.  This is a steep, narrow and winding road so caution should be taken and we recommend an experienced driver on this road.  The cave is located about 2 miles up the mountain.  The pullout will only accommodate one or two cars.  There are several resident drives so please be respectful of the neighbors.
This is a fantastic trip to make as the Chumash were vital to the California Mission System.  This topic is studied in depth in 4th grade.  Bringing it to life for your children is a great way for them to remember this topic.  Make an effort to stop at Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Inez, San Miguel or San Buena Ventura as part of your trip.  This makes an amazing addition to the learning experience and your field trip.  We hope you enjoy this family field trip as much as we did.


Saturday, October 6
10am - 10pm

Gourd Dance: 12pm & 6pm
Grand Entry: 1pm & 7pm
Dinner Break: 5pm
Sunday, October 7
10am - 6pm

Gourd Dance: 12pm
Grand Entry: 1pm
The pow-wow is open to the public, free admission. Dance contest, drum contest, food booths and arts and crafts vendors. This is a drug and alcohol-free event.
Parking: $5 per day (including motorcycles)
Camping: $35 for weekend
Camping spots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
Check in with the pow-wow staff on site for payment and restrictions.

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OW WOW near you....



Giveaway!!! We are hosting a fun book giveaway for school-age kids. The prizes are (3) three Sherlock Gnomes books levels one and two and a pair of movie tickets. This giveaway runs through Rafflecopter. There are three ways to enter this giveaway. You may enter on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter by leaving a comment and liking our page. Giveaway starts March 14, 2018, and ends March 22, 2018. All entries must be through:
Juliet Saves the Day! Garden gnomes Gnomeo & Juliet work with renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read that’s based on the upcoming film, Sherlock Gnomes!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: Must be 18 years or older to enter the giveaway. Only residents of the Continental United States are eligible to enter. Prizes will be mailed to home addresses only no PO Box will be accepted. Total prize value is $40.00 and there is no cash value if lost or stolen. Field Trip Mom is not responsible for lost or stolen items or taxes on the prize. No substitutions. You may enter by sending me an email via fieldtripmom@gmail.com if you do not have social media.


U-Pick Strawberries: A fun activity for the whole family. #PYO

Strawberry season is now open and ripe for the picking. It is a very sweet adventure!!! In Southern California, we have several farms that offer the option to pick your own fruit to take home. The admission sometimes offers a fun wagon ride that drives you around the farm before you pick. One of those fun farms is Tanaka Farms. They are located in Irvine, California, right off the 405 freeway and Jeffrey. Follow the link to their site at 5380 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 http://www.tanakafarms.com/ for more information

For those of you who can't make it to Irvine, there are plenty of other local strawberry farms who allow you to pick the fruit.  I have a few of their websites listed below.  Enjoy the berry good time!



Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count

Great TED X Talk video that will help you make 2018 a great year!!!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt


Community Day Legoland California hosted by The Kid's College.

Legoland of California is partnering up with The Kid's College of San Diego. This once a year event offers discounted tickets to the community.  The tickets are $30.00 for adults and kids. Ticket pre-sales for this special day are sold through The Kid’s College  website prior to the event.  Log on to The Kid's College website at: http://thekidscollege.org/community-day-information/

Advance purchase is necessary to attend this event. Regular admission prices will be charged at the gate on the day of the event, $95.00 adults and $89.00 for children. Make sure to order them online via The Kid's College website to receive the special price of $30. While supplies last. 

The Kid's College is one of the largest and consistent enrichment organizations in North County San Diego, The Kid’s College currently serves over twenty elementary and middle schools in five districts in San Diego’s North County. In addition, we have provided GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs and camps, chorus and drama productions, ballroom dance for all 5th graders at a school, summer camps and supplemental enrichment programs for ASES programs and for educationally disadvantaged youth. In the 2012-2013 school year, we provided enrichment classes to over 5,000 students. In our 15+-year history, we have provided enrichment to over 60,000 student

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. Community announcement.


The Flower Fields in Carlsbad will open soon!

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad opens March 1st through May 13th, 2018. Many Southern California families will soon be flocking to the famous Flower Fields of Carlsbad. This working farm grows Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers for sale.  During their harvest season, they open it to the public. We visit every year as part of our Spring family field trips. Family conversations and sharing a picnic fill the day along with enjoying the beauty of the flowers.  This involves playing, riding a tractor and walking the entire field. It is an all-day event.

What you need to know before you travel:
Address: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 920082018 Season: March 1 through May 13
Prices: $16.00 for Adults, $14.00 for Seniors 60+,
$8.00 for Children ages 3 – 10,
Children ages 2 and under are Free.

Season Passes: $35.00 for Adults, $30.00; Seniors 60+,
$18.00 for Children ages 3 – 10.
Wagon Rides: $5.00 for Adults,
$3.00 for Children ages 3 – 10.

-For the protection of the flowers and the health and safety of your pet, pets are not permitted.
-The Flower Fields are an alcohol and tobacco-free environment. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted onsite.
-No Bicycles, hoverboards or drones are permitted.
-Wheelchairs are not provided.
-Parking is free.
One of the things we look forward to doing is walking through the fragrant Sweet Pea Maze. The sweet fragrance attracts honey bees, beetles, and other beautiful bugs. A slow walk will provide you with an unforgettable sight to see as bees search for pollen. You will want to take your time walking through this maze. Ignore the folks who run through it and miss the beauty.
The flower field gives us time to reflect and just clear our minds from the daily grind. It is one of our favorite things to do to welcome spring in Southern California. 
When we visit the Flower Fields in Carlsbad we usually bring water, fruit, and sandwiches because we enjoy eating under the sun and among the flowers. We bring extra money for snacks or shopping. Nearby you will find a large Outlet mall that will call your name. You can also go across the street and have a pizza at Costco. There are eateries in and around the outlet mall and across the street a little past Costco. 

The Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Carlsbad State Beach, Legoland, and Museum of Making Music are other fun things to do with your family in the local area. 


Presidential Libraries and Museum in Southern California.

american historyPresidents' Day 2018 is coming February 19th. It is a great time to go and visit the local Presidential museum and library. Southern California is home the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA.  Home and birthplace to our former President. It is a great way to learn about history, politics and our government process. At the Richard Nixon Library and Museum, you will find the historical home where President Nixon grew-up, a retired Marine One helicopter, political advertisement of the 1960's and more. 
American history is in every room of this Presidential Library and Museum. As you walk through the halls, it is like walking back in time. Exhibits with fashion, a piece of the Berlin Wall, dishes from the personal kitchen of the first lady, black and white photographs and posters that were used in the political race back in the 1960's, all line the rooms. It all reminds us that time does not stop for us and change is just around the corner. 
Simi Valley is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. This elegant museum provides the opportunity to board Air Force One. Once you enter the retired Air Force One, the feeling of excitement will take over. We stood there saying, "This is where our President walked, sat down & ran our country. Our imagination runs to those Presidential moments. Inside the library, you and your family will discover private photos that uncover intimate moments with Mother Teresa and other important world leaders. Outside, there is a piece of the Berlin Wall that reminds you that peace is stronger than war. We recommend this museum for kids 12 years and older. A basic understanding of culture, politics, and government is recommended to enjoy the museum.

The Richard Nixon Library and Museum and The Ronald Reagan Library and Museum are both located right here in Southern California. They are both great places to visit history, politics and the past American culture. Seeing history and touching it makes for a better experience than just reading about it.
Please check with the museums for times and dates of operation. They are sometimes closed for special events. 

You can also visit other presidential libraries and museums throughout the United States. Here is a list of places you may want to visit this year:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum   - Massachusetts
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum - Missouri

How Field Trips Boost Students’ Lifelong Success

Fostering lifelong success in education is as easy as visiting a local museum, library or cultural center. Family field trips are so important to a child's education because it's a hands-on activity that will remain in their minds forever. It is a bridge that helps young minds to understand what they are being taught in school. The family field trip is crucial in supporting history, math, reading and socializing. Benjamin Franklin said it best, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." This year foster more family field trips that will help your child better understand what he/she is reading at school. The NEA supports field trips and encourages them as part of a child's education. Please take a minute to read what they have to say on the matter.

National Education Association - NEA 
Margy Natalie, acting onsite learning manager at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, agrees: “Field trips give students the opportunity to learn in a natural environment and experience things first-hand and from primary resources, rather than texts; real objects rather than photos.” Carylann Assante, executive director for Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and SYTA Youth Foundation, seconds that notion. “Today's students are visual learners and a field trip lets them touch, feel, and listen to what they’re learning about, [which helps them] build on classroom instruction, gain a better understanding of topics, build cultural understanding and tolerance, and expose them to worlds outside their own.”
Read the entire article here: How Field Trips Boost Students’ Lifelong Success | NEA Member Benefits


Find a Lunar Celebration in Southern California 2018

Southern California offers many family field trip opportunities that help you learn about different cultures and traditions. January through February, Southern California will be filled with lots of Lunar Celebrations the year of the Dog 2018. Shopping malls, libraries, cities, and fairgrounds will decorate with large lanterns and red decorations to bring good luck into the new year.  We share a personal story of our experience along with places where you can go to celebrate this great holiday. 
Our first time attending a Lunar celebration was so many years ago at our local library. There was about a handful of people in the community room. The lion dance performers had traveled from Santa Barabara to Rancho Cucamonga(very far). With toddlers, we sat up front to make sure we were able to see. As the drums began to play the noise of people talking went dead listen and all you could hear was the drums. The lion/dragon stepped out and interacted with all the guests. It was impactful to be so close to the dragon. The experience left us speechless and interested in culture.  
The Lunar celebration, we attended, enriched our learning experience. We spring clean our home and give money to our kids. Of course, each family has their own way of celebrating with food and family gatherings. During the month of February, we will travel to the Asian Markets to buy tropical fruits. There are these yummy tropical fruits that we buy at our local Vietnamese market: Dragon Fruit, Rambutan, Jackfruit, and Lychee. All of these fruits are delicious and abundant here in California.
Ready to have fun at the local Lunar New Year celebration? We have a list of some locations that will be ringing in the Lunar New Year 2018:

Newport Beach - Fashion Island Shopping Center
Feb 17, 2018 • 1pm - 3pm • (949) 721-2000
Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale's Courtyard

Orange County - Costa Mesa
Orange County Fair Grounds
February 16, 17, and 18th at the OC Fair Grounds. Tickets are $5-$12 depending on how many days you want to attend. 

Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, CA 

February 4, 2018 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Tickets: $25 Adults $20 kids 12 and older weekend 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with exciting music, dance, and art of Asia. Fun activities for the entire family. Lion and dragon dances and Changing Faces master are featured.
Sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment
Location: Bowers Key Courtyard and Bowers Kidseum 
Ticket Info: FREE festival. 
General admission to Bowers Museum and Kidseum is free on Festival Sundays for Members and Santa Ana residents only.
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Los Angeles

January 28th, 2018
Lunar Celebration Year of the Dog.
The Grove 
Join us to celebrate the Year of the Dog at The Grove and The Original Farmers Market. Enjoy traditional festivities like Lion and Dragon Dances as well as musical performances, culinary demonstrations, arts & crafts, pet-friendly activities and so much more! Don’t miss this fantastic cultural experience for the whole family. 

Chinatown Los Angeles February 17th, 2018 Downtown Golden Dragon Parade

City of Commerce 
Citadel Outlets 
During the month of February, shoppers will have the chance to enjoy festive red and gold lanterns, twinkling lights and an authentic 17-ft Chinese pagoda decorating Center Court.
Friday, February 16, and Saturday, February 17, from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, live dancers, and artists from the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center will perform Chinese dragon dances, folk dances and traditional songs and drum ceremonies.


Monterey Park



2/3/2018 (Sat.) 10:00 am-9:00 pm
2/4/2018 (Sun.) 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Location: Los Angeles County

5 blocks along Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park, CA.

(Between Garfield Ave. & Alhambra Ave.)



LION DANCE/秉公堂舞獅表演







LION DANCE(秉公堂舞獅表演)





FOLK DANCE (土風舞社年節舞)
Exotic Food
48 food booths featuring food from Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and other countries

Lunar New Year Festival 2018 -San Diego

Tết Festival 狗年春节游园会
@ SDCCU Stadium
9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
FRI FEB 9 * 5 PM – 10 PM
SAT FEB 10 * 11 AM – 10 PM
SUN FEB 11 * 11 AM – 8 PM
Opening ceremony – Saturday FEB 10th
Lion dance troupes are on-site throughout the day, every day.
FREE ADMISSION for anyone wearing a *complete* military uniform!!
FREE carnival ride with every admission ticket purchases
FREE entry for everyone who born in the year of the Dog…bring your ID
30,000 zodiac charms giveaway while supplies last!


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More about the celebration... The Huffington Post: Lunar New Year is not just for the Chinese. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lunar-new-year-explained_us_588bde8de4b0b065cbbc13db

Chinese New Year Tale by Panda Express


Visiting Museums in Los Angeles in one weekend.

Let's go and explore Los Angeles in one weekend. You will be surprised to find out you can museum hop fairly quickly. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Art of America's Building, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Peterson Automotive Museum, and Zimmer Children's Museum are just a few museums that are located a short distance from each other in Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Museums
You can take the bus, a train or just drive to these amazing places. Food can be found on Trucks outside the museums or cafe shops inside the venues. We recommend packing your own lunch, then, going for a bite to eat for a fancy dinner at a local diner. 


Mel's Drive-in Hollywood
museum LA