This is the absolute lowest ticket prices you may purchase for this fun musical that I am excited about seeing. It’s in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre. This ticket offer is for anyone who has an itch to Tweet or Facebook before, during, and after the show to let your friends know what you think about the musical. It’s for only one night, July 12th for the 7:30PM performance with limited ticket availability. If you’re as excited about this musical, this is a great way to see the show at a super affordable price and to help spread the word!

A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY SPECIAL OFFER!

 

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SHREK THE MUSICAL

at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood

Tuesday, July 12

7:30 PM Curtain

 

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SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, USA Today proclaims SHREK THE MUSICAL, “ALTOGETHER IRRESISTIBLE. A BIG FAT HIT!”

SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE A PREVIEW VIDEO!

Here is a super fast giveaway to see a really fun, entertaining and enjoyable show: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes at The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on any show this weekend – June 16-19, 2011 – or any Sesame Street Live show this year in the United States. If you are a fan of Sesame Street and of child friendly music theatre where you are not only dancing and shaking in your seats, but also educated and leave with life long learning lessons, please head over to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles this weekend.

Natural Traveling Momma is happy to be giving away a family four pack of tickets. Just comment below with a healthy habit you and your family enjoy doing – be it eating, exercising, hygiene, rest, or anything else.

All entries must be received by Tuesday, June 14th at 5PM. The winner will be notified by Tuesday evening. If the winner doesn’t respond by Tuesday evening at 10PM, another winner will be chosen.

Details:

ELMO’S HEALTHY HEROES

When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!

June 16-19, 2011 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

To buy tickets:

Father’s Day Present

June 13, 2011

Mishy’s favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. Yes, she loves the Wicked Witch and isn’t scared by anything that is shown onscreen – even the flying monkeys. The flying monkeys and the image of the projected Wizard’s head scared me when I was younger. She absolutely loves the film.

Babba and Mishy have been watching clips of The Wizard of Oz on Youtube over the course of  several months before we purchased a copy from Amazon. We thought we would stop and start and watch the film over a few days. Once it arrived in the mail, Mishy sat down with Babba and watched it straight through and the next morning, she wanted to watch in again. Soon afterwards, Mishy had a new nickname for Babba – Scarecrow. She also called me Lion and our cat, Tin Man.

A few weeks ago, I took Mishy to Scribble Press, a neighborhood shop which empowers children to make their own books, placemats, bookmarks and other fun things – you can even bring your children’s entire year of art projects and convert the images into a beautiful book. While I had no idea what we were going to make at Scribble Press, a fantastic new employee suggested a Father’s Day Book  and what a great suggestion was that! Mishy sat down and started writing and drawing about her father, entitling the book, I Love Scarecrow. After we made the book, Mishy and I read it over and over again in the car and I was so excited that when we came home, I told my husband we made him a Father’s Day present. That weekend, we showed it to him. Mishy and I both really wanted to share with him her present as soon as possible.

Mishy making her father's day present

Details:

Scribble Press

Two locations – one in Santa Monica and one in New York

http://www.scribblepress.com/

Last week, I organized a field trip to Fillmore Railway and Fish Hatchery. It’s a 15 minute ride on a vintage train to a fish hatchery where children use dimes to pay for fish food to feed trout and see some herons on the other side of the fence. Then, it’s a 15 minute ride back to the railroad station. Here are some pictures of our adventures on that day.

All aboard the train!

I was nervous we were going to miss the train. While we left early and initially thought we were going to be early, we got caught in terrible traffic. On the 405 freeway, there were two car accidents. We moved 2.5 miles in 45 minutes. Once we cleared the accidents, I drove incredibly fast with Mishy telling me to go faster and faster – she didn’t want to miss the train either! While I am not going to tell you how fast I went because eek – what if someone in law enforcement is reading this – it was so fast  that I was able to get to the Fillmore Railway with 10 minutes to spare.

A view from the train.

We had never been to Fillmore or driven along the 126 West Highway. It is a beautiful drive, passing orange farms, Lake Piru and nurseries. Fillmore itself is a quaint town that seems to have retained all of its charm. It’s filled with antique shops, tasty Mexican Food restaurants, and a City Hall with nice bathrooms and of course, the vintage trains. Mishy said she wanted to move to Fillmore and I entertained the thought. (We’ve been having a great deal of problems with our landlord where the police were called last month because the manager committed battery against me. We’ve been dealing with ongoing harassment, child harassment and endangerment for two years now. My husband even got bitten by a dog while protecting our daughter’s friend who was over and playing the backyard. I will write a post about all this in the future once our case with the City Attorney is resolved. Needless to say, my family has been thinking about moving.) Fillmore seemed like an ideal place to live.

Mishy, with purpose, walking to the fish hatchery.

Once the train stopped, we got off and walked a short couple of blocks to the fish hatchery. I forgot our dimes. Sarah and family, who joined us on the field trip offered to give us her dimes and together with what seemed like our endless supply of dimes, we fed the fish.

The trout jumping for food.

Mishy loved throwing large handful of fish food for the trout. She eventually threw her cup into the water. She said she wanted the fish to eat all of the crumbs. Luckily, the cup was non toxic.

Workers cleaning the hatchery.

The herons and ducks waiting for the fish.

On the other side of the fish hatchery were herons and ducks, enjoying their luck at being so close to a fish hatchery and waiting for some escaped fish. It was incredibly peaceful watching them. They were as equal a draw for the children’s attention.

Now for some details of the train:

Horses on top of the windows of the train.

One of the cars.

Mishy hanging out on a chair in the train.

 

A ceiling fan in one of the cars of the train.

Mishy jumping on another train seat.

The train also featured a car that was completely outdoors. I was too busy enjoying the train ride to take pictures of that car.

While it was a bit of a long car ride for us – normally, it would take just over one hour, but took us an hour and a half, it really was worth the traffic to experience the train ride, fish hatchery, spend time with friends, and get to visit Fillmore.

Details:

Fillmore and Western Railway

http://www.fwry.com/

 

 

This festival sounds extremely fun, festive and the Children’s Nature Institute is an incredible organization devoted to bringing nature to under-served children in the Los Angeles area. At one point, I was in training to be a docent for Children’s Nature Institute and have organized a nature walk for one of my groups where Kelly, lead a walk through the Malibu Lagoons. It was a beautiful day. Please go to this Saturday’s Kids Rock Festival. You and your children will have a great time together! It’s free and if you donate as little as $5, you can win some terrific prizes! How great is that!

Did you know that June is National Get Outdoors Month and June 11th is the official commemoration of National Get Outdoors Day?

Celebrate by getting outdoors with us at the

Kids ROCK Music Festival

benefitting the Children’s Nature Institute (CNI)!

Emcees Kenton Duty (Disney Channel’s Shake It Up) and Zach Callison (who just filmed the lead role of “Dylan” in Rock Jocks, played “Douglas” inHannah Montana, and part of the class of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?) will announce our amazing family-friendly performers.

 

For as little as a $5 donation, you may be the lucky winner of one of these amazing prizes including…

  • A 2-night stay at the lovely Rancho Las Palmas resort and spa
  • Children’s bicycles and helmets from REI
  • A Tao of Wellness gift pack (perfect for the exhausted mom or dad)
  • Skirball Cultural Center Member for a Day Pass (good for 2 adults and up to 4 children)
  • Ballet, gymnastics, and rock-climbing classes
  • And much, much more!

We can’t do our work without your contributions and support.

Thank you for helping the children of Los Angeles get outside for a change!

 

The Children’s Nature Institute (CNI)

1910 Magnolia Avenue #403

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 746-2966

cni-kids.org

Cows grazing.

I arranged a field trip to Amy’s Farm – an organic farm in Orange County with produce and animals – including chickens, horses, cows, pigs, and worms. Here are some photos of our time there.

Children grooming the miniature horse, Crystal.

Mishy hearing the plans of the tour.

Mishy loved meeting Heidi, our tour guide. She wants to return to the farm, as long as Heidi will be leading the tour again. Thank you, Heidi, for an informative and enjoyable tour.

Walking towards the organic fields.

Smelling and tasting the organic herbs.

While the children were tasting the organic herbs and delicious cauliflower, Heidi was showcasing the organic produce and picking some salad for Honey Bun.

Feeding Honey Bun part of the organic salad.

Petting the sheeps and goats.

Mishy after she pets the animals.

Feeding the chickens some greens.

Heidi gave each child and adult some greens to tear up and feed the chickens.

Getting ready to milk Honey Bun.

Mishy and Heidi milking Honey Bun together. Every child had a turn. Adults too. Mishy took my turn.

Thanking Honey Bun.

Digging for worms in the compost. We found a dozen.

Details:

Amy’s Farm

http://www.amysfarm.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Norton Simon Museum

May 22, 2011

I arranged a field trip to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. Here are some pictures of our time in the sculpture garden.

Mishy by the lily pond, eating her red apple.

A mother duck with her ducklings.

Mishy with Y and J watching the tadpoles.

Mishy and I love going to art galleries. I let her decide what she wants to see and then we talk about what we see in the paintings and sculptures – the different colors, shapes, what she sees in the painting, what the painting might be called, what do you think the artist is trying to convey or not, any feelings that come out of seeing the painting? I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer, because art is subjective and it’s just fun looking at art together and also be in nature. The Norton Simon Museum has a beautiful and peaceful sculpture garden.

Details:

Norton Simon Museum

http://www.nortonsimon.org/

Mishy inspired by a Rodin sculpture.

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