Disney Junior Story Magic Celebrates Storytelling with Story Pirates!

disneyjuniorstorymagicDisney Junior Story Magic celebrates storytelling and kids’ creativity with Story Pirates in a live interactive sketch comedy performance at the Westminster Mall on Saturday, July 28 at 11am and 1pm at Macy’s Court.

Not familiar with the Story Pirates? They’re an entertaining group of teachers, comedians, and actors that conduct national tours, perform in schools, toddler classes, after-school programs, and more. Once our kids became familiar with them, they continually ask to go to their website to watch their videos.

The Story Pirates will weave ideas from kids in the audience at Westminster Mall into a fun, interactive story. Children in attendance will receive “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” bandanas. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Not a sponsored post. We were contacted by Disney Junior, but were not compensated by any means. We believe this is an event that would interest our readers, and were happy to share details regarding such.

Pachis ~ A San Diego Art Studio for Kids!

pachisPachis, an intimate art studio for kids, is located on Adams Ave., in the Normal Heights area of San Diego. Pachis offers workshops for kids age 4-12, open art studio times, and Summer Camp as well. Pachis believes in “providing a structured curriculum in an open environment the child artist can feel safe to express themselves”.

The kids & I visited the studio shortly after it opened, and had the opportunity to chat with the owner, Juliana. Juliana has a background in art, and much experience working with children. Her philosophy is to “Help children develop a greater sense of self and the world around them through art.” She believes that every child is born with an inherent creativity, and is excited to provide a “creativity space” for them to discover their own creative expression.

Pachis offers different art mediums for children to explore including painting, drawing, coloring, chalk art and more! They have both indoor and outdoor space, allowing kids to express their creativity in different environments. Parents have to option to drop their kids off to run errands, or simply have a little “me time”, by visiting one of the many local coffee shops or eateries.

Aside from the art workshops offered, Pachis displays art by local artists, and sells cute hand-made items in their Art Market. They offer the first art workshop for free (always check and confirm this is still in effect), making it great to try out and see if it’s the right fit for your child.

Pachis is open Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for detailed schedule info and more! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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This is not a sponsored post. We visited Pachis, enjoyed their free initial art workshop, and spoke with the owner. We believe it’s a fun place that our readers would like to visit as well.

Summer Safari ~ A Wild Time at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!

explorer_sdzsafariparkIt’s that time of year again at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, time for Summer Safari! This special event includes extended hours, live entertainment, hands-on activities, neat animal encounters, and more! We had the opportunity to check out the festivities the day before the official kick-off, and saw much of what’s in store for Safari Park visitors.

Summer Safari entertainment and activities, which are all included with Park admission, are happening in the Safari Base Camp area, not far from the entrance. Here you can make a beaded bracelet, participate in an African Drum Circle, and watch performers such as drummers from Ghana and Kenya, Zuma Zuma Acrobats, performers from the African Dream Circus, pole climbing acrobats, foot jugglers, and life-size animal puppets. The performances happen approximately 15 minutes apart, and run from 11am – 7pm. You’ll also find neat Animal Encounters in this area, which are up close interactions with Animal Ambassadors and their Keepers. Our kids always love the Animal Encounters!

Aside from the special events happening for Summer Safari, you’ll want to check out all the Park has to offer. If you haven’t been before, be sure to pick up a map at the entrance. The back of the map is filled with a daily schedule of events, as well as dining and guest service information.

We love taking a trip around the Park on the Africa Tram. By taking the tram, you’ll get a closer look at the animals than you would by foot. The trip is a 25 minute guided tour, and a great way to get off your feet, relax, and learn fun facts.

One of our favorite areas to walk around the Park is the African Loop, past the Africa Tram entry. It’s a beautiful walk, and has a neat water play area near James Research Island. Follow the loop all the way around, and you’ll see animals such as Okapi, which look like they might be related to the Zebra, but are actually related to the Giraffe. I highly suggest you take the time to explore this incredible area.

If you time it right, you can exit the African Loop, and check out the Cheetah Run Safari, which I believe happens at 5pm during the summer (check the schedule on your map). The area surrounding the Cheetah Run Safari fills up fast, and it’s a good idea to get there a good 1/2 hour to an hour before the time of the run. If the area is filled when you arrive, another good vantage point is high on the deck, next to the elevator that leads to and from Nairobi Village. It’s amazing how fast the cheetah runs!

One of the SoCal Kids’ favorite things to do in the Park is to feed the Lorikeets, located in the Hidden Jungle. They also love playing in the water play areas (located in Lion Camp and in the African Loop), and playing at the Fisher-Price® Samburu Jungle Gym, located below the Samburu Terrace restaurant. The water play area near Lion Camp, as well as the Fisher-Price play area are great places for parents to sit, relax, and watch the kids play.

Other ideas for fun are the Frequent Flyers bird show, Conservation Carousel, Hidden Jungle (lots of neat botanical and birds), and a walk around the Lagoon Loop. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as you’ll likely do a lot of walking. If you’re visiting with little ones you can easily push a jogger or stroller along the paths. Be sure to bring your camera.

Summer Safari happens June 30th – August 19th, 2012. Be sure to check out our images below from the Safari Park. You can find more information about the event HERE. As yearly pass holders, we visit often, especially during the extended summer hours, so perhaps we’ll see you there!

Disclosure: We were invited to visit the Safari Park for the Summer Safari Preview. As yearly passholders, we would have visited the Park to experience the fun on our own had we not been invited. We were treated to lunch, and the kids were given nice goody bags, but we were not compensated by any other means. Our opinions are our own. Thank you to the Safari Park for hosting us. We had a great day!