Museums Free-For-All in OC & LA 1/28 &1/29!

A handful of great museums, located from OC to LA, are participating in Museums Free-For-All this coming weekend, January 28th & 29th! Participating museums include the following:

• The Annenberg Space for Photography ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Autry National Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• California African American Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• California Science Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Fowler Museum at UCLA ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Hammer Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Getty Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Getty Villa ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12 (Timed tickets are required. Visit

• Laguna Art Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12
• Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY
(Both Hollywood and San Pedro locations)

• The Museum of Tolerance Zimmer Children’s Museum ~ Participating Sunday, 1/29/12 ONLY

• The Museum of Contemporary Art ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY

• Museum of Latin American Art ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Pasadena Museum of California Art ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Santa Monica Museum of Art ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY

• Skirball Cultural Center (Our favorite!) ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY
(Timed entry to the Noah’s Ark exhibit at the Skirball will be on a walk-up, 1st-come, 1st-serve basis on this date.)

• Zimmer Children’s Museum ~ Participating Sunday, 1/29/12 ONLY

Regular museum parking fees apply, and admission is only good toward general museum admission. Free admission may not apply to museum ticketed exhibitions. Click HERE for direct links to the participating museums. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

National Train Day!

May 7th, 2011, is the 4th Annual National Train Day! We took part in the festivities last year, and had a blast! We rode the Coaster from San Diego to Oceanside, CA, where they had giveaways and model trains set up by local model railroad enthusiasts.

This year, North County Transit District is having a special Coaster ride from Oceanside to San Diego for only $10 for a family of 4! Here’s a LINK to more info about this GREAT deal. If you can’t buy your tickets in advance, I’ve been told by NCTD that a limited amount of tickets will be available the morning of the 7th, at the Oceanside Transit Center platform.

If you’re interested in taking the Amtrak, they’re having a 40th Anniversary Special for kids to ride free with a paid adult. You’ll need to book by May 6, 2011 to take part in this special offer. Here’s a LINK to more info about this great deal.

SoCal’s largest National Train Day celebration will take place at Union Station, in Los Angeles. The event is FREE, and will be from 11:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. The festivities include a live show from The Never Land Pirate Band, model train displays, a California Missions exhibit, an Amtrak high speed rail display, and much, much more! Click HERE for more details about the Los Angeles Train Day celebrations.

If you have any train lovers in your family, either young or old, I highly recommend you look into Train Day festivities in your area. We had a great time celebrating last year, and are sure to again this year. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. If you’re on Twitter, follow @natltrainday for more info about National Train Day. They’re on Facebook as well, at

Discover the Arts ~ Los Angeles!

Discover the Arts is similar to Museum Month in San Diego, but is in Los Angeles, and lasts almost 4 months! A handful of great museums and other cultural attractions take part in the event, and offer admission specials (such as FREE entry; Buy 1 Get 1 Free; Up to 50% off…), free gifts, or discounts at their stores.

Discover the Arts is happening now, and goes through April 30th, 2011. The Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark inside is awesome!), the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Natural History Museum of L.A., and many others are participating. Here’s a link to more info, including a list of those taking part, and the discounts they offer. Click on the link regarding the discount, print the offer, and take it to the admission booth of the attraction you’d like to visit. What a deal!

Discover the Arts ~ Los Angeles!



We love visiting pick-your-own apple orchards, but I had never heard about a pick-your-own ORANGE grove until recently. This particular grove that I found out about is in the Pomona Valley, and is run by The La Verne Heritage Foundation.

Each Saturday, from the beginning of January, through mid-March, you can visit the orange grove next to Heritage Park between 9am-3pm, and pick your own oranges for $5 a bag. Yes, only FIVE DOLLARS A BAG! You’re supplied with a fruit-picking pole, mesh bag, and free to roam the 1 1/2 acre ranch and pick away.

I don’t know about you, but being someone who grew up with a fruit grove on our property, but now having to go to a farmer’s market to find anything remotely similar in taste, this pick-your-own orange scenario sounds really great, It also sounds like a really fun family activity that our kids would love. For more information, call the La Verne Heritage Foundation at 909-593-2862, or visit their website HERE. Perhaps we’ll see you there!