Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific giveaway for Noche de Estrellas.

Aquarium of the Pacific is sponsoring a giveaway on Fieldtripmom.com. The giveaway is for (4) tickets to “Noche De Estrellas”. The Night of the Stars event offers live music and fun family activities. On March 24th, 2017 from 6:30pm until 10:30pm, the Aquarium will be filled with Latin music and sounds. DJ Quinto Sol, Sonsoles and Mayaztek will be performing as well as the Azteca Cultural Ketzaliztli. Children are invited to attend with their parents to dance Rumba, Salsa, Cumbias and the Cha-Cha. During the evening, there will be bilingual presentations with underwater divers, a treasure hunt with prizes, children's crafts, and other activities. Mexican food, beer, and beverages will be available for purchase for an additional fee. You can also travel the Pacific Ocean through the Aquarium exhibits to learn more about the more than 11,000 animals, including over 150 sharks that you can touch. Please note: The Australian Parakeet Forest will be closed.
noche de estrellas

Aquarium of the Pacific is located 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, Ca 90802. 
March 24th, 2017 line-up

Music: J Quinto Sol – 6:30 p.m.
Sonsoles - 7:45 pm
Mayaztek - 9:15 pm 
Bilingual dive show with: Honda Blue Cave - 6:45 p.m.
Azteca Cultural Cultural Ketzaliztli - 7:00 pm
The cost of admission is $14.95 per person. Kids under 3 years are free. 

Enter for a chance to win (4) tickets to this fun event. Please only Southern California residents. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Remember that it's for March 24th, 2017 Noche de Estrellas event only. 
Good luck and hope to see you there!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Aquarium of the Pacific is our sponsor. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER TO WIN.  Prize is (4) tickets for Aquarium of the Pacific. These tickets are  for the Noche de Estrellas event only to be claimed on 03/24/2017 The tickets will be at the front desk on the festival date from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. This family 4-pack to Noche de Estrellas, March 24, 2017, does not include food, beverages, gift shop purchases or applicable taxes. Giveaway starts 03/15/2017 and ends 03/22/2017. You must be a Southern California Resident, 18 years or older to enter.  You must be able to claim prize by March 24, 2017.  There are no substitutions or replacements.  Lost or stolen tickets are the responsibility of the winner.  There is no cash value. Entry is done through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook via Rafflecopter. Winners will picked at random through Rafflecopter. 
Privacy- all entry information is not shared with any third party. Field Trip Mom blog is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. No Substitution or cash value replacements. Winner will be notified via social media and email. Aquarium of the Pacific is the sponsored of this giveaway. The tickets will be at the front desk on the festival date from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m.

Caspers Wilderness Park an 8,000 acre park great for a family field trip.

Family field trip alert: Orange County offers many great parks. One such park is located in San Juan Capistrano.  Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park and Camping is open year round from 7:00 a.m. - Sunset. It is a an 8,000 acre park filled with beautiful wildflowers and running streams. The park is great for hiking and just spending the day in the sun. If you are looking to camp then we suggest that you make reservations through their website: http://www.ocparks.com/rnp/reservation
    The park offers family events, ranger led hikes and educational programs. For wilderness fans there is a nature center that is filled with lots of hands-on exhibits.  On most weekends you will find bird watchers, hikers and nature groups enjoying the beautiful landscapes. 
    Caspers offers the following:
    Amphitheater:Located at Nature Center
    Barbeques/Fire Rings
    Bicycling/Bike Trails
    Camping-Family Group: RV electrical hookups available
    Dump Station
    Equestrian Camping
    Equestrian Trails
    Family Picnic Area
    Hiking Trails
    Interpretive Center: Open Saturday & Sundays only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Interpretive Programs
    Playground/Tot Lot
    Scenic Overlook

Caspers Wilderness Park
33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395)
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207

Check-in time 2 p.m. and check-out time 12 p.m.
Day Use - 7 a.m. to sunset all year. 
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., (Mon. - Fri.)
Parking fees (day use): $3 per vehicle entry Monday - Friday; 
$5 Saturday - Sunday; Higher for some holidays and events.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Field trip to Medi-Rub Massager

This past summer, our family visited the Medi-Rub Massager headquarters.  The Medi-Rub Massager is a device that is used to help people who suffer with leg cramps, blood flow, while strengthening the Plantar Fascia and improving reflexology.  This product is sold worldwide and is preferred by many doctors to help with diabetes and other related illnesses.  We were first introduced to this machine at our local Sam’s Club.  There, we all took turns testing the product out and found it to be very relaxing.  Our first time using the foot massager, we immediately felt tingling throughout our feet and legs.   We became fans. 
When we found out that the machine was made locally, it only made sense to find out more about the product.  Our family drove to their office in San Clemente to tour their manufacturing processes.  The family field trip was very informative and eye opening.  We all saw how a small business impacts our local economy.  The owner, Yolanda Holly, gave us a personal tour of her offices as well as shared their company history.  The company has been helping folks with circulation problems since 1976.  Doctors recommend this product for patients who need to improve their circulation.  Yolanda explained that they accept custom requests on the foot massager for folks who have trouble with lower extremities.  All they have to do is call and request it.  This small business goes out of their way to make your experience a success because they understand how important your health is to you and the ones you love. 
The tour gave us a small glimpse into what it takes to run a medical product company for over 30 years.  We saw an organized and clean manufacturing facility as well as friendly employees.  We were impressed with the kindness that was shown to us by everyone at the headquarters.  We left knowing more about a product that we own and use frequently in our home.  All of this information helped us feel confident about our health and purchase. 

We highly recommend this product for folks that do lots of sitting or have a hard time walking.  This product relieved and cured my husbands plantar fascia and is recommended for persons with diabetes, circulatory concerns, leg cramps, tired feet and legs and much more.

Contact Information: 240 Calle Pintoresco, San Clemente, CA 92672-7504
Toll Free 877-Medi-Rub (633-4782)
Office 949-369-6900
Fax 949-366-6363
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day gift idea.

Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread), an easy Valentine's Day gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers and anyone who enjoys a sweet treat.  A simple idea, budget friendly and heart-shaped; turn ordinary Mexican baked goods into a fun Valentines gift.  Use pink baked breads or cookies from your local Mexican bakery and add your own creativity to brighten someones day on Valentine's Day.

To get started, visit your local Mexican bakery and pick out your favorite cookies or breads.  We used breads and cookies with pink and red frosting as well as fun shapes.  This gave our gift box a fun "LOVE" theme.  We than asked the baker for an extra box.  We left with (2) dozen baked treats and our total was $14.00. For this price, we had enough cookies and baked items to fill (6) medium boxes.  
At home, using food gloves, we repackaged the brown box and adorned the outside with hearts and ribbon to give it an added flair.  To decorate the inside of the box, we added some special paper.  If you don't have colorful tissue paper, look around your kitchen for other creative ideas.  We used coffee filters for one gift, while parchment paper works great too.

We glued paper hearts and used rope to give this brown box a decorative look. It made the box look very homemade and sprinkled with love.  We made a Valentine's Day very special with this brown box and the Pan Dulce (sweet bread).  Try it and watch someone light up when they receive the Pan Dulce Valentine box. 

Don't have a local Mexican bakery, then look for a local bakery that offers a variety of breads and cookies at a reasonable price. We spent on average $0.50 per cookie or bread.  One place you may want to consider is Costco's food court as an alternative bakery.  They sell Mexican Churros in their food court.  If you are buying more than (10) Churros, then you will have to call ahead to order.  Remember to use your creativity for wrapping the Churros.  A pretty box with some ribbon goes a long way to make it look special. 

Valentine's Day for us is about showing kindness and gratitude towards our community and friends as well as family members.  We do not spend very much money on gifting; however we use creativity and effort to show our appreciation.  We feel that the love is in the details.  We hope that this helps you spread love and kindness this Valentine's Day season. 

Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fowler Museum at UCLA

The Fowler Museum is located inside the UCLA campus grounds. The museum covers global arts and cultures. The works of art are from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas-past and present. Here you will find thought-provoking exhibits. Our curiosities lead us into each room. As our visit came to an end, we realized that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are sharing a few of our pictures from our visit. 
ucla art education
field trip art museum

The Fowler Museum is part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. The museum is open to the public and admission is free, however donations are welcome. 

Hours of operation:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: noon – 8 pm
Thursday: noon – 5 pm
Friday: noon – 5 pm
Saturday: noon – 5 pm
Sunday: noon – 5 pm

Open on Veteran’s Day
Closed on Thanksgiving
Open on the Friday after Thanksgiving
Closed on Christmas Eve Day
Closed on Christmas Day
Open on New Year’s Eve Day
Closed on New Year’s Day
Phone: (310) 825-4361
Email: fowlerws@arts.ucla.edu

Directions: Enter through the UCLA campus Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Plate area of the lot.  Easy, self-service, Pay-By-Plate parking is available.

The address of Lot 4 is 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

During your visit make sure to see the UCLA sculpture garden, The Botanical gardens and the UCLA Meteorite collection. 

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Family Field Trip to The Old Mission San Buenaventura

We had another successful family field trip. This time, we headed up to Ventura, California  to "The Old Mission San Buenaventura."  The drive was a few hours from our home and we had to stop for drinks and snacks. All that driving, looking out the window made us thirsty and hungry.  When we arrived, we were amazed at how close the mission was to the beach. The weather was a little cooler than we had expected, so we covered up. We entered the mission through their store and paid our admission.  Then, we went up the stairs to a room filled with artifacts and video of the mission's history.  There, we found a door that led us to the mission grounds.  It was like a small piece of paradise.   Almost immediately, you could feel peace as we walked through the courtyard. We made our way to the Catholic church and there we could see the history on the walls through the paintings, statues and the altar.  The church is small in size but it was clear, that in that tiny place, God resides.  We were witness to a man who while praying, kneeled and walk all the way down the altar on his knees.  This homage to God and his presence made us feel as though he was seeking a miracle. We couldn't help but pray for him.  It was a unique experience for all of us that we won't soon forget. Address: San Buenaventura Mission is located at 211 E. Main St. Ventura CA 93001.
Important facts: Mission San Buenaventura is the 9th Catholic Mission to be constructed under guidance of Father Serra, a Spanish Roman Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan order. Unfortunately, he only spent three weeks at San Buenaventura before moving on to his next order. Founded in 1782, The Old Mission San Buenaventura has a long history. Throughout its legacy, it survived fire and several earthquakes. Additionally, in 1818, it was evacuated for a month as a result of a pirate attack by the Argentine, Hypolite Bouchard. The pirates spared the mission and it survived to become part of secularization during Mexican ownership. The mission was owned by the Mexican government until 1836 when it became part of the United States. In 1862, a petition requesting the Mission be returned to the Catholic Church was granted by President Abraham Lincoln. The popular mission was also visited by President William McKinley and his wife on May 10th, 1901. These are just a few of the historical events that took place at Mission San Buenaventura.

san buenaventura mission

Other interesting facts about the mission include that it was a place for trade during the 1800's.  Ships would dock only a few feet from the mission to trade for goods and services. This gave the mission the nickname, "Mission by the Sea".  
After the mission was founded, a large wooden cross was placed on top of a hill overlooking the mission Church.  This cross was used as a highly visible road sign for travelers in search of it.  The original cross was damaged and replaced in the 1860's due to the elements.  A second cross, it's replacement, blew down during a storm in November 1875.  The hill above the mission would remain without it's landmark for nearly 40 years.  In 1912, the E.C.O. donated and replaced a new cross in it's current location as a historical landmark.  That cross is still standing today atop the hill in Grant Park and can be seen from far away. Directions to the Grant Park: 
Southbound: From the 101 take the Main Street exit. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and drive until you reach Palm Street. Turn left onto Poli St, which becomes Cedar St. Turn right onto Ferro Dr and follow it as it twists around the foothills.
Northbound: From the 101 take the California Street exit. Be careful as you reach the top of the ramp, as it empties quite abruptly onto a major, and rather unmarked, intersection. Go straight towards the City Hall. Just as you turn left onto Poli St, which becomes Cedar St. Turn right onto Ferro Dr and follow it as it twists around the foothills.

Source: http://www.serracrosspark.com/history.html

California Missions

1.) Basilica San Diego de Alcala 
2.) Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Carmelo
3.) San Antonio de Padua 
4.) San Gabriel Arcangel 
5.) San Luis Obispo 
6.) San Francisco de Asis 
7.) San Juan Capistrano
8.) Santa Clara de Asis
9.) San Buenaventura
10.) Santa Barbara
11.) La Purisima Concepcion 
12.) Santa Cruz 
13.) Nuestra Senora de la Soledad 
14.) San Jose 
15.) San Juan Bautista
16.)  San Miguel Arcangel 
17.) San Fenando Rey de Espana 
18.) San Luis Rey de Francia
19.) Santa Ines
20.) San Rafael Arcangel 
21.) San Francisco Solano de Sonoma 
Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

UCLA Meteorite Collection Family Field Trip

Southern California is home to one of the largest meteorite collections in the West. The UCLA Meteorite Collection is located in room 3697 of the Geology Building.  This collection has been on exhibit and opened to the public since January 2014. The gallery is open weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Admission is always free.  This past weekend, we took the opportunity to visit and learn about meteorites.  Continue reading to find out what happened.....
Meteorite collection
We arrived Sunday afternoon and parked in the visitor parking section of the garage. Parking is convenient and located directly across from the Geology building. The kids were amazed that we were able to walk into the Geology building on a Sunday afternoon. As we headed to the collection, there were many questions about UCLA. Our kids are still so young that talking about college seems way to early however looking at it, it is right around the corner for us. We offered information and suggested UCLA could be a school they could attend one day. As for today, we were just exploring meteorites even though there were many more curiosities presented.
357 pound meteorite
357-pound iron chunk of an asteroid that crashed into Arizona nearly 50,000 years ago
We walked to the third floor and waited as we arrived a few minutes early. This gave us time to look around and find nearby dinosaur fossils on display. It was a fun surprise to see up close rare fossils. They are part of their teaching and research collection. To see more of  the Earth, Planetary and Space Science collection visit: http://epss.ucla.edu/teaching-research-collections/

UCLA Meteorite Collection
Once the doors to the Meteorite Collection room opened, we met a very informative and engaging volunteer named John.  He explained to us that this was the 5th largest collection of meteorites in the nation. We could tell how proud he felt about the collection and UCLA as a school. After a short visit with John, he handed us over to Jason, the docent working this Sunday afternoon.  Jason was informative and engaging while he explained how these meteorites were over 4.5 Billion years old.  Jason painted us a picture demonstrating how space particulate is lifted into the atmosphere by other asteroid impacts in our solar system, where it then heats, combines with other particles, hardens and repeats the process in its orbit around the sun. This process continues for years until a collision knocks the meteor out of orbit with destination to one of the nearby planets or moon. Jason also showed us a martian meteorite which was amazing to imagine.  We could see the love he has for the study of Geology as he explained the collection to us.  It was a very informative and eye opening experience.
Our short visit left us with a fraction of knowledge about meteorites as there is so much more to learn and study. Such as Meteorites are divided into two main classes: primitive and differentiated.  Each little spot on these meteorites tell a story and data from that story continues to be collected, studied and reported on.  To learn more visit: http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/faq/
UCLA Meteorite Gallery Geology Building, Room 3697,

595 Charles Young Drive East Los Angeles, CA 90095
Email: meteorites@ucla.eduPhone: 310-825-2015

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy Holidays with love from Field Trip Mom and family.

Fun things to do in Southern California.

dave and busters
Southern California is filled with great, fun entertainment. This December proved to be no exception.  Our adventure began with Dave and Buster’s and a few friends. There, we played video games and ate American Cuisine. The evening was filled with laughter and sportsmanship. Their purple shaved ice with gummy worms was a hit with everyone. It was so delicious that we might go veback just for drinks and a few more video games. It was a great way to relieve stress and enjoy the week. 
birthday celebration
We also visited Knott’s Berry Farm this holiday season as our family holiday party. Spending a whole day on roller coasters was great for family bonding. We spent our lunch hour at the Ghost Town Grill where we usually have the special of the day. This year, the entire room was celebrating birthdays and we ended up singing, “Happy Birthday” three different times.  The whole dining experience was fun and like a big giant family affair. The evening ended with one last roller coaster ride on the Sierra Sidewinder. Our bodies were filled with so much joy and happiness that we slept in the next day. Knott’s never disappoints. 
Irvine Museum kids

Pretend City Children’s Museum – Winter break is a time to have fun and disconnect from devices. We spent one morning building, creating and painting as well as playing at Pretend City. We laughed the entire time remembering our previous visits to the museum. It went something like this, “remember the time we came and you ran around in the car like you were on the 405 freeway?” The kids have visited the museum from a very young age and now they look back on those visits with great joy.  This visit was filled with non-stop laughter because we had so many fond memories of the place. It was a very successful day.
center for art
Segerstrom Center for the Arts - The Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos concert was a cultural experience for all of us. Three great reasons we decided to attend this fun event. (1.) My youngest son plays the violin and this experience would greatly encourage his music education. (2.) We wanted to connect with our Hispanic roots. (3.) Evening out with the family is good for the soul.  After the show, we were so impressed that we decided we wanted to see the band next year because their performance was so electric.
Tijuana, Mexico - We traveled to the border town of Tijuana, Mexico to visit family.  It was the first time our kids had visited another country. The family trip proved to be fun, educational and eye-opening. On the drive down, we discussed currency, language and culture.  The kids had many questions about their visit that we decided that in 2017 there will be more travels to foreign countries. We want to encourage you to seek adventure and joy in 2017. 

We want to wish you a great 2017!!!  Happy New Year!

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and ideas are all my own. We received free admission only and no other forms of compensation.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Denny's Diner is a favorite nostalgic eatery.

Denny's Diner is our favorite place to fill our bellies with delicious traditional American breakfast foods. My husband and I have been eating at Denny's since we were small kids. Now, we are passing that tradition to our kids. Saturday morning, we stopped by our local Denny's Diner to load up on family favorites. Pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon, oatmeal and hash browns along with biscuit and gravy usually end-up being on our breakfast order. Of course, the menu is filled with lots more delicious American dishes that will delight foodies like omelets, sandwiches, hamburgers and desserts. The kids menu offers variety and healthy options. 
Denny's Diner has been a staple to Southern California because it is open 24 hours a day. It is the perfect eatery for our city that never sleeps. Their food is made to order so, you can customize your meal. This is great for people that have dietary restrictions. The folks at Denny's aim to make each experience happy and filling. 

The bottomless coffee cup is waiting for you at Denny's. Yes, they have decaf for those of us that can't drink caffeine. If you enjoy having dessert then try their milk shakes, banana split or a piece of cheesecake. Check with your local Denny's to make sure of the pies and cakes they offer because they might vary from location. 

If you visit the Irvine Denny's you will meet Jorge and Tony. They are the nicest people and will make you feel welcomed every time. Tell them we sent you. 

Hope you have a great holiday season. 

Bosek Family

Saturday, November 19, 2016

ZooLAbration and Reindeers at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The Los Angeles Zoo is glowing with holiday season cheer!!!  Come see the zoo glow in the dark as they have decorated their 113 acres with thousands of LED lights to bring in the holiday spirit.  This year, the Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  This means that everything will be bigger and better than previous years.  If you arrive before dark, you can visit with classic zoo animals, endangered species and even some new residents.  Otherwise, you will find that most of the animals have gone to bed when the LED lights come on. The LAIR's amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles exhibit is open for viewing as well as the reindeer exhibit.  Take a photo with glittering snow and Santa Claus for a small fee.  Every evening, the Carousel will be open and there will be lots of yummy treats available for purchase.  Some of these goodies include holiday favorites like hot chocolate and churros.  Last year, the Zoo sold over 10,000 gallons of hot chocolate and over 30,000 churros during the holiday season.  These are the hottest snacks Angelinos must try this holiday season.  Keep reading to find out how you can get "VIP" tickets to the Los Angeles Zoo. 
la zoo
Photo credit: LA Zoo 
This year, the Zoo is offering two VIP Holiday Happy Hour events for those adults 21 and over.  This would make the perfect holiday party for your office, friends or just you and your loved ones.  Consider how much fun the Ugly Sweater themed happy hour or the 60's cocktail night could bring will walking through these beautiful lights.  This would make the holidays special by giving you a place to share your love for both, the Ugly holiday sweater or the 1960 retro fashions. 
VIP HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR tickets are $75 per person. Tickets for all “VIP Experiences” have limited availability, early purchase is strongly suggested.
Thursday, December 8 with an “Ugly Sweater” theme.
Thursday, December 15 with a “60s-Style Cocktail Party” theme.
Photo Credit: LA Zoo
Family VIP LA Zoo - "FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE on Saturday, December 31, 6 pm, provides an opportunity to celebrate the coming of 2017 in style with “skip-the-line” express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, dinner buffet, soft drinks, complimentary champagne for adults, sparkling apple cider for kids, dessert, a ride on the conservation carousel, games, DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York’s Times Square ball drop at 9 pm, after which guests are welcome to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing."

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE tickets are $69 for adults and $45 for children, or $64 (adults) and $40 (children) for GLAZA members.

Admission to L.A. Zoo Lights is $9 with online purchase for all ages and times during the Early-Bird admission period from November 18 to 23 and November 28 to December 1.  Thereafter, admission prices vary and start at $14 for adults and $11 for children ages 2 to 12.

This year’s new unlimited-access L.A. Zoo Lights Season Pass, with express entry privileges nightly, is $49 for adults and $44 for children ages 2 to 12 (Holiday Happy Hour and Family New Year’s Eve benefits require a separate ticket).

Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 644-4200.
Visit http://www.lazoolights.org for details and to purchase tickets. 

Disclaimer: Los Angeles Zoo provided admission fee only. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Gourd Farm in Southern California.

Southern California offers different types of farms. Just a few hours from Los Angeles in San Diego County you can find Welburn Gourd Farm.  They have been growing gourds for many years. 
San Diego
Driving to this destination is quiet and full of canyons and hills. San Diego County is beautiful. The air was clean and the ride was peaceful.
welburn gourd farm
Arriving at the farm was like discovering a treasure. We could see gourds growing in the fields. Baby gourds and grown-up gourds were sun bathing in the farm. We were amazed at the beauty of the plants and gourds. 
welburn farm
Close inspection of the gourds proved to be exciting. Look it really grows on a vine like plant. 
Hundreds of gourds for sale at the farm. Just pick and choose the one that will decorate your house. As we toured the farm we could hear birds singing and the wind rustling the leaves. 
Gourd Farm
These beautiful gourds are ready for painting and decorating. 
crafts gourds
The farm offers decorative gourds for purchase as well as other materials for craft making. 
painted gourds
Halloween gourds decorated the store at Welburn Gourd Farm. The entire experience was very peaceful. 

Welburn Farms 40635 De Luz Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and Ideas are all my own. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A family field trip to a camel farm in Southern California.

A month ago, we drove to Julian for a family field trip to go apple picking. As we drove away from our field trip and pie eating, we saw a large sign that read, ”Oasis Camel Farm.” Camels in Southern California are extremely rare. My husband and I looked at each other and decided we would return for the open house scheduled in October. It was only a few weeks away and the Julian pie store was near the camel farm so a great reason to attend both. The trip seemed to promise a fun family day. A few weeks later, we returned to San Diego County and the weather was hot. Traffic was horrendous on our way to the farm and we arrive a little late to the Camel open house. The farm presentation had just started as we walked in. Camels could be seen in the distance. One young camel was being walked by his trainer towards the crowd. This camel was a little shy. He did not want to do the show and tell so stopped firmly and would not move. With a little help from another trainer and some treats, the camel finally began to cooperate and show us all of his tricks. He had many tricks to show us but what stood out the most was that he was a gentle animal and a little shy. It was a hands-on moment for all of us.
After the presentation ended, visitors were invited to purchase sliced apples to feed the camels. My family ran to feed the camels. We were second in line and quickly purchased our apples. The kids were happy to feed the gentle giants. They smiled the entire time they fed apples to the friendly residents of Oasis Camel Farm. The moment was so comfortable that I decided to join in and feed a camel too. That is until I turned from one camel to feed another. As I turned, he could see our happiness and began to put his chin on my shoulder. He was so close that I got camel saliva on my shoulder and arm. It was so incredibly uncomfortable for me that I screamed and ran way. The crowd that was behind me began to laugh while video-taping my escape from my new friend. Looking back, I can now say it was funny to be face to face with a camel. My kids teased me and said that the camel blessed me with his kisses. Camel rides were next on the schedule. The kids rode the camel together, laughing and hanging on. My husband felt like he was on top of the world. The ride was short however it was long enough for the kids and my husband to get a hands-on experience. They said that with it being so hot that it was easy to image riding in the Sahara Desert. For a few moments all of us were transported to a different country. While I did not ride the camels because my back and legs were hurting, the experience was not lost on me. I took pictures and enjoyed watching my family have fun. It was something we will never forget. We ended our family field trip by going to the gift shop and purchasing lip balm made with camel milk and a few post cards. The whole day was great for us. Family field trips are an important part of our lives and it helps to bring us closer together.

NEXT OPEN FARM DAYS: October 29 & 30, 2016
Animal Show starts at 1:30... don't miss it!
(2:15 to 3:00: extra apple feeding available with the camels.)

POMEGRANTE DAYS: November 25 - 27, 2016

Contact information: http://www.cameldairy.com/
Telephone: 760-787-0983
Email: contactus@cameldairy.com

Location: 26757 CA-78, Ramona, CA 92065

$10 KIDS 4 - 14 Toddlers and babies are not able to ride the camels for their safety. Camel Ride weight limit: 200 lbs.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. Make sure to call ahead to confirm times and dates.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Los Angeles Zoo is hosting spooktacular events in October.

Tigers, bears and snow cones, oh my goodness. October in Southern California is usually hot and snow cones are very much needed when visiting Boo at the Los Angeles Zoo spooktacular. The 133-acre Zoo is filled with wild animals and plants. During October, expect to find the corn stalk maze, pumpkin carving demonstrations, spooky caves, Mad Science fire and Ice show and so much more. We visited the LA Zoo this past weekend to get the scoop on the activities. 
Boo LA Zoo
The park has many wonderful creatures. We got a chance to see the giraffes gracefully walking around posing for pictures. It felt as though they knew where to stand and when to turn their heads. They are like the super models of the zoo, extremely well dressed and amazingly tall. The hippos were a different story. It looked like the hippo family was just relaxing by cuddling together. They did not move or look our way, sleeping lazily in their pond. Both wild animals were fun to visit and photograph.  
Pink flamingos, black bears and giant insects were all part of our experience when we visited the Los Angeles Zoo. Our entire family enjoyed mapping out which zoo resident to discover next. The journey was filled with jungle noises and birds singing. As we looked for the tiger exhibit something interesting occurred. The monkeys could be heard talking to one another. We all laughed and giggled when we heard them because it was so surreal.  Their voices could be heard near the tiger exhibit. The kids were fascinated with the monkey chatter so we sat down to listen them carefully while enjoying a snow cone. All of us were happy to sit for a minute and rest our feet. 
Boo LA Zoo
After visiting with the zoo residents we stopped by the weekend Boo adventures. Pumpkin Carving by Gene from Masterpiece Pumpkins was engaging. The Corn Maze was a great photo opportunity for fun pictures with the family. Finally, we enjoyed the "Mad Science fire and ice show".  Spending the day with the family at the zoo was memorable.   This fall make time to visit the LA Zoo with family and friends. 
LA Zoo
List of Weekend Boo Adventures offered at the Los Angeles Zoo. These activities are included with the price of admission. Address: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Spooky Crafts – Create bat and spider web masterpieces from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Musical Monster Mash-Up – Laugh and sing along with Swazzle’s sweet-and-spooky Halloween puppet show at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Fire & Ice Science Show – Enter a mad scientists lab and witness jaw-dropping demonstrations at 2:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Dance Party with the GEC Street Team – Dance and play fun family games (with prizes!) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Masterpiece Pumpkins – Marvel at expert carving demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Strolling Characters – Meet and take pictures with spooky and fanciful characters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats – Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. See schedule below. Warning: Includes carcass feedings. Parental discretion is advised.

  • *** Dinosaurs Unextinct at the LA Zoo is offered for an additional $5.00. Prepare to get sprayed by one of the dinosaurs as you walk through the exhibit. It is being offered for a limited time. 

Dinosaurs at the L.A. Zoo
General Admission Prices

Rates and fees are subject to change at any time.

Adults (age 13 and up): $20
Seniors (age 62 and up): $17
Children (ages 2 to 12): $15
Children (under 2): FREE
LA Zoo
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Fun things to do with kids in Southern California.

California is beautiful during the month of October. We see pumpkin patches, corn mazes and festivals popping up in the community. Outdoor activities become more popular in the summer time because of the weather. San Diego County offers discounted or free admission to museums, park and the zoo. You could say October is California resident month to celebrate all of the wonderful things we have to offer in entertainment and culture. Keep reading to find out more....
This week we have lots of fun opportunities for you and your family to experience. Just go to our Fieldtripmom Facebook page to get a list of fun festivals, rodeo's, and science activities for everyone in the family. 

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