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:

Cowboy Festival Giveaway

April 18, 2011

The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is once again coming to Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and other venues throughout Santa Clarita. Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons. This year’s festival will include a mix of new attractions and returning favorites, including dutch oven peach cobbler, trick ropers, authentic gear and a show stopping musical talent lineup.

Festival guests can expect to see some of the Cowboy Festival’s most beloved returningperformers. Grammy nominated singer-guitarist Don Edwards will hit the stage, as well as Hot Club of Cowtown and Wylie and the Wild West. The Sons of the San Joaquin will also head back to the Cowboy Festival in 2011, entertaining guests with their fantastic Western harmonies.

In addition to the list of musical performances, guests can expect the full Cowboy Festival experience. Fun activities are set to take place for guests of all ages, including living history exhibits and leatherworking for children. Multicultural entertainment will also make its return to the Cowboy Festival. Enjoy North American Indian performances by the Eagle Sprit Dancers, accurate portrayals of Civil War era music by The Band of the California Battalion, and authentic Hispanic cultural performances.

As always, the Cowboy Festival will feature the best in Western gear, food, clothing, and living history exhibits.

*Natural Traveling Momma is excited to be giving away 4 all day passes to attend The Cowboy Festival on your date of choice – either Saturday, April 30th or Sunday, May 1st, 2011. These four tickets have a total retail value of $120. To enter, please comment below. For an additional entry, click on the link about The Cowboy Festival and make an additional comment on this blog page. The giveaway ends on April 25th, 2011 at 5PM. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations, Lori! You’ve won the four tickets to attend the Cowboy Festival!

Cowboy Festival

http://www.cowboyfestival.org/

I was recently given a copy of Scholastic Book Treasures, Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage, to review in anticipation of celebrating Asian Heritage Month, which is in May. I was especially interested in watching these stories with my daughter, who is half Asian. While both my daughter and I have consistently enjoyed viewing  Scholastic Book Treasures DVD collection for their entertainment and educational qualities, I was surprisingly touched by this collection.

Here is a summary of our favorite stories in this collection.

The Journey Of My Grandfather, written and illustrated by Allen Say, reminded me of my journey of identity in the two worlds I had considered “home” during my formative years. I came to Canada when I was 2.5 years old and when I was 19 years old, I visited Korea for the first time since my immigration. In Korean, little things fit – the juices and snacks came in smaller containers, and of course, the clothes fit. Yet, everywhere I went, Korean shop owners asked me if I was Japanese. They said while I looked Korean, there was something different about me. And when I returned back “home” to Canada, I still continued to feel something was missing. In Korea, I was homesick for the country I left and in Canada, I was not completely at home. The Journey Of My Grandfather is a much more uplifting story than mine – it simply tells a story of how a man and subsequent generations of his family find their home.

My daughter has enjoyed The Stonecutter, written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott for a couple of years. This version features the same illustrations and bold adaptation of this Japanese folk tale about a stonecutter’s wish to become more powerful. Mishy was fascinated to see the story re-told.

After we first played Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China, my daughter wanted me to play it again and again. She loved the story of the three sisters who out-wit a wolf while their mother goes to visit their grandmother. Since I am the youngest of three daughters, it reminded me of the many times my oldest sister was left in charge while my parents were away.

Tikki Tikki Tembo and More More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage features stories by Allen Say, Karen Chinn, Gerald McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Ed Young, and Arlene Mosel with work by illustrators, Allen Say, Gerald Mc Dermott, Ed Young, Blair Lent, Leo & Diane Dillo, Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. The stores are narrated by Ming-Na Wen and B.B. Wong.

*Natural Traveling Momma is excited to giveaway one copy to a lucky reader of Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage. To enter, please comment below. For an additional entry, please click on the link below and once again comment below. This giveaway ends on April 30th, 2011 at 5PM. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations, Sarvi!

Details:

Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage

http://www.newkideo.com/scholastic/tikki-tikki-tembo-and-more-favorite-tales/

Rhythmic Circus

Sunday, April 17
2 PM • $35
$20 for kids 17 and under

Smothers Theatre

TICKETS

More Sensational Sundays

Rhythmic Circus

There’s tap dancing and then there’s Rhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting tap and high-spirited music. This family show is spiced up with a variety of musical flavors, from Minneapolis funk to salsa, and enlivened by a seven-piece band, vocalists, and a beat-boxer. “Flat-out amazing!”—Minneapolis Star Tribune.

* Natural Traveling Momma is excited to be giving away 4 tickets to one lucky winner to see Rhythmic Circus at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre on April 17th, 2011 at 2PM. To enter, please a comment below. For an additional entry, click on to The Center For The Arts/Pepperdine University’s website. The giveaway ends on April 13th at 5PM. My daughter will pick out one winner. Good luck.

http://arts.pepperdine.edu/

I’m giving away 4 tickets to the April 16th show at 1PM of Swimmy, Frederic, and Inch By Inch. It is at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University – which is a lovely theatre and there’s a small and interesting art gallery nearby – interesting because they showcase work by  amazing artists. That day also has a free family day from 10AM-3PM.

The show is performed by Mermaid Theatre from Nova Scotia, Canada. I started working in children’s theatre both as a playwright and actor and while I never worked at The Mermaid Theatre, it has an internationally known reputation of producing high quality work and this is one theatre’s work I have always wanted to see – as an adult with a child’s heart.
Many of my friends have gone to Nova Scotia to see their work. It was something to do as a Canadian theatre artist. We are so lucky they are touring more and coming to Malibu. Don’t pass this opportunity to see their work. Really. If you can’t make the 1PM show, plan to make it to the 11AM show. Tickets start at $10. There is not a bad seat in the house. Bring your lunch and have a picnic with ocean views. 

Parking can be a big confusing. Sometimes you may park in their parking lot. If you park on the street or in a neighboring parking lot in the Pepperdine University area, there are shuttle buses which come every 10 minutes. Give yourself plenty of time to park and walk or shuttle. It’s beautiful there so personally, I find it fun to walk or shuttle to the theatre. So does my daughter. It’s part of the ritual of going to the Smothers Theatre.

(We will miss this show, unfortunately. When I found that out, I wrote to them trying to figure out when they will next return to Southern California. Suddenly, I wished I was a theatre producer again who can host them 🙂

*Natural Traveling Momma is happy to giveaway 4 tickets to see the Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch on Saturday, April 16, 2011 for their 1 p.m. performance at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre in Malibu. To enter, please comment below. For an additional entry, click on Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre’s website and then comment once again below. Good luck! The giveaway ends on April 12th at 5PM. My daughter will pick out one winner and the winner will be notified by April 13th, 2011.

Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre

http://arts.pepperdine.edu/

Pepperdine University Kids’ Playhouse Series will feature a magical production of “Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch” on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre in Malibu. Drawn from Leo Lionni’s exquisite Caldecott Honor Books, this trilogy brings to life the tiny fish that fends off danger using ingenuity, the poetic mouse that warms hearts, and the loveable inchworm that shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. The stories unfold gently and are told with innovative puppetry and original music. Best appreciated by ages 3–8 and families. Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. I have friends who have seen their work and have raves to say about them.

Don’t miss Family Art Day in the Gregg G. Juarez Palm Courtyard! Join us for special art projects and Weisman Museum tours from 10 AM to 3 PM on each Saturday of the Kids’ Playhouse Series. Family Art Day is free and open to the public.

UPDATE: Congratulations, Deirdre Nagle for winning the four tickets!

Mishy wearing her Teres Kids Jelly Fish T-shirt with Tiffany Craft, her yoga teacher.

We received our complimentary review sample of Teres Kids Organic cotton Jellyfish T-shirt in the mail on Saturday. For three days, Mishy wore that shirt. She slept with it on, ran around, went to her yoga class, horseback riding class, to the grocery store, a concert, and the food trucks, where she stained it and still didn’t want to take it off. She did take it off for baths and right after the bath, she wanted the jellyfish T-shirt back on. This was the first time she has ever wanted to wear an item of clothing for longer than a day. (I understand it can be normal for children to want to wear an item of clothing for a year. That hasn’t happened yet for us.) There have been days when she would rather be naked because clothing bothers her sensitive skin – even other organic brands I’ve purchased.

Teres Kids uses 100% organic cotton and low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes. Their clothing doesn’t have seams, tags, and  rough fabric – all of the things my daughter finds irritates her skin.  The jellyfish T-shirt is incredibly soft and the fit is roomy and very comfortable. Some of Teres Kids items such as their leggings with kneepads – what a great idea! – is made with 94% organic cotton and 6% spandex. Most are made with 100% organic cotton. Their designs are fun, simple with a twist, and most importantly, my daughter loves them. When I showed her their website, she wanted everything – everything on the site. She has fantastic taste, by the way. When I have gone clothing shopping with her, she let’s me know when something works on me and when it doesn’t.

Teres Kids features clothing for children aged 2-8 years old. Both girls and boys clothing.

T-Rex watches while Mishy and Tiffany do some yoga.

*Natural Traveling Momma is happy to be giving away one Teres Kids t-shirt to a lucky winner. The winner gets to choose which T-shirt they would like to win for their child. To enter, please comment. For an additional comment, take a look on Teres Kids website and pick out which shirt you would like, then comment below by naming the shirt you would like to win and size. The giveaway ends on April 30th 2011 at 5PM. Mishy will pick out one lucky winner. Good luck!

Congratulations, Belinda for winning a Jellyfish print t-shirt for your duaghter!

Teres Kids

http://www.tereskids.com/

Mishy holding on to her Media Pass as people set up to break the world record.

How many people can fit under a bubble? On Monday, April 4th, 2011, it was 118 and a new Guinness Book of World Record for Fan Yang, Bubble Master extraordinaire at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. Mishy and I were invited to be one of the many people inside the bubble. When we arrived after the quota of children under five feet tall was already filled, we became part of the Press. Mishy wore her own Media Pass. It’s a different perspective being part of the press. We were treated differently. Instead of waiting in line to get inside the Bubblefest tent, we were able to walk right in and there was food for us to snack on. Mishy had a bit of a sandwich before she mingled while photographers took pictures of her. They called her cute.

Fan Yang being interviewed.

Being a reporter felt like being on a movie set. There was a lot of waiting. The photographers waited with their cameras sitting on the seats, while newscasters and reporters interviewed Fan Yang. I opted not to interview him, because I felt kind of funny being surrounded by reporters from major news stations. Instead, I interviewed a mom, Olga, who had been going to see the Bubblefest shows for ten years and was extremely excited to be part of the world record with her son. Olga said she found out about the event by the Discovery Science Center’s website and would have arrived earlier to check in if she parked in the other Macy’s parking lot. Unfortunately, the mishap caused her to arrive later and her daughter didn’t make the quota. Her youngest daughter wasn’t able to participate inside the bubble due to her size. She sat with us as the 118 walked on stage to take their place in history.

Pricilla, the host of Bubble Fest.

Priscilla, the host of Bubblefest appeared and started the proceedings. Groups of people made their place on stage and waited as others got into position.

Fan Yang preparing the bubbles for the Guinness Book of World Record.

Once everyone was on stage, Fan Yang, fluffed up the bubble solution which had already been placed around the edges of the stage by his assistants. He then attempted three times to break the world record. Once the world record was confirmed, more bubbles filled the stage as we all celebrated.

118 people inside a bubble to break the Guinness Book of World Record.

Mishy playing with the bubbles.

Fan Yang and his co-workers with the owner of Discovery Science Center and the representative from Guinness with his official certificate of his achievement.

After the celebration, Mishy and I headed inside to play. Discovery Science Center is a fun, educational experience. Currently, the temporary exhibit, Sesame Street Presents: The Body, is one of the highlights for us. Throughout the day, visitors are able to meet Elmo. I wrote about our time at the exhibit in another blog post: Elmo, Idolatry, and Never Let Me Go – http://wp.me/pN7Op-iu

Mishy lying on a bed of nails.

After visiting Elmo, we naturally lay on a bed of nails. Mishy went first and she gave me instructions – “Put your arms around yourself like you’re hugging Momma. Put your legs together and don’t move.” She said the nails tickled a little. I told her the nails hurt me. They were sharp. She didn’t find it so.

We then spent time in the earthquake room, took in the Bubblefest show and went back home to Santa Monica. Well, first, Mishy picked out a large T-Rex dinosaur figurine. She hugged it while she dozed off in the car as I drove and missed most of rush hour traffic.

Need more information about Bubblefest? Here’s the link: http://www.discoverycube.org/programs.aspx?q=74

* Natural Traveling Momma is excited to be giving away 4 tickets to see Bubblefest 15: A Mega Dose of Bubbles as well as entry tickets to Discovery Science Center – a retail value of over $100 to one lucky winner. The tickets are for any Bubblefest show on April 21st, 2011. To enter, please comment below. To gain an additional entry, click on to the Discovery Science Center and comment below again. The contest ends on April 12th, 2011 at midnight. Good luck!

www.discoverycube.org

At the faery hunt.

Last Saturday, we were invited to go on a faery hunt at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. One of my daughter’s favorite pop up book is, How To Find Flower Fairies, research conducted by Cicely Mary Barker. Here is a photo essay of our time at the faery hunt. Below are details of the giveaway.

Auntie Angelica Root welcoming the faery hunters.

Gifts for the faeries.

Down the path to start the search.

We meet Boon, the faery of friendship, who accepts our gifts.

Boon tells us to get to Faeryland, we touch our nose and jump.

Mishy touches her nose to get to Faeryland.

We find the Faery Queen who tells us she is missing her light.

Searching for the Faery Queen's missing light.

Does Troll have the missing light?

Children in faery costume.

Does Half Man, Half Bird have the missing light?

The Faery Queen releases the spell on Half Man, Half Bird and they dance.

She receives her missing light and all is well.

Sparrow signing Mishy's Faery Certificate.

Natural Traveling Momma is excited to be giving away two tickets to see any upcoming show of The Faery Hunt, an interactive outdoor adventure which is the winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Award for Best LA Children’s Theater. To enter, comment below. For an additional entry, click on to a Faery Hunt’s link and then place another comment below. The contest ends April 25th at 5PM. Good Luck.

Faery Hunt is a not for profit organization which visits hospitals. They also offer different birthday party options.

Details:

A Faery Hunt

http://afaeryhunt.com/index.htm

How To Find Flower Fairies, research conducted by Cicely Mary Barker

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Mishy and me trying to do Tai Chi during Huntington Library's Chinese Lunar New Year's Festival this year.

We’re members of Huntington Library in Pasadena. Prior to being members, I did my best for a year to access free tickets online. On the first of the month, I would stand with our two computers five minute before nine in the morning and wait to click at exactly 9AM to get our free tickets. When I first started this ritual, I got the tickets and my friend, Patti, with her daughter, Cady and Mishy and me would head to Huntington Library on the first Thursday of the month to enjoy all that Huntington Library as to offer – usually the children’s garden, and sometimes the Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden, the Australian Garden, the Rose Garden and the museum inside Huntington Library. After a year, it became nearly impossible for me to get free tickets and that’s when I thought – it would be worth the investment to become a member.

I first heard about the Huntington Library when I was taking my driver’s license test in Los Angeles. The person who was testing me was incredibly relaxed and had all the confidence in the world that I was going to pass because I had a learner’s permit from Ontario, Canada. He mistakenly took the learner’s permit for an actual driver’s license. (He didn’t know I had failed my driver’s license test in Ontario a few months before and just before that test, my husband threw the car keys at me and screamed, “You’re going to fail! You’re going to fail!” After that failed test, I sat in the car and cried – well, bawled – actually howled and was on the verge of hyperventilating. When my husband didn’t come out of the building because miracles of miracles, he thought I had passed my test, I knew I had to go inside with my tear-stained face. While a sixteen year old boy was being congratulated by his family, everyone inside the testing location saw my distressed face, including my husband who remained silent as he quickly walked back to the car. I told him from then on, he’s not going to teach me how to drive.) During my test in Los Angeles, the person who was testing me sat back while I drove and told me all the places I needed to go to in the Los Angeles area. The Huntington Library was first on his list.

Here is a blog post I wrote about our time at the Huntington Library, with pictures.

http://wp.me/pN7Op-4C

Natural Traveling Momma is excited to be able to giveaway two tickets to the Huntington Library on any day. (It has a maximum value of $40.) Children under the age of 5 are admitted free. To enter, please comment below. To gain an additional entry, click on the link of the Huntington Library and comment again. The giveaway ends on April 15th at 5PM. Good luck.

Details:

Huntington Library

www.huntington.org – the link doesn’t seem to be working right now. I’ve tried to re-link, but it still comes up to an invalid page. If you just visit this website I guess by cut & paste, please comment again and get another entry.

Currently, they have an exhibition of sculptures and stories by John Frame – Three Fragments of A Lost Tale until June 20, 2011.

We love Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. We first encountered it celebrating the Co-Opportunity’s birthday. Co-Opportunity is our local health food store. Mishy tried it and right then and there, we bought our first pint. Since that birthday celebration last fall, we have bought many pints of Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. Mishy loves ice cream. She’s also lactose intolerant. Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss is completely organic, vegan, non soy, non dairy, and also sweetened by top quality agave – the kind of agave that doesn’t effect your blood sugar.

Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss comes in a variety of tantalizing flavors. Our favorites are Mint Galactica, Pineapple Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Island, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Naked Almond Fudge, and Naked Coconut. Those are all the flavors we have tried. I’m sure if we’ve tried their other flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cherry Amareto, and their Dark Chocolate Bars, we would love them as well. They’ve just announce four new flavors and we are very excited to taste them once it hits our local health food store. Their four new flavors are: Lunaberry Swirl, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Ginger Cookie Caramel, and Mocha Maca Crunch.

We also make smoothies with Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. Here is my favorite smoothie recipe:

Coconut water

Frozen strawberries or frozen raspberries

Frozen banana

Ground flaxmeal

Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss – any flavor will do

Blend whatever amounts of each ingredient in the blender and put it in a cup. Serve to the favorite people in your life.

*Natural Traveling Momma is very excited to give one reader in America two coupons to try out any flavor or two of Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss. You get two coupons for 2 pints of organic, non dairy, non soy, raw food, and absolutely delicious coconut bliss! Just comment below. For an additional entry, click on to Larry and Luna’s website which is below and make another comment.

AND one reader in CANADA wins two coupons to try out any flavor or two of Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. Just comment below and say you’re a Canuck! For an additional entry, click on to Larry and Luna’s website below and make another comment. Don’t forget to mention you’re a Canuck!

Larry and Luna’s are available at most fine healthy food stores including Whole Foods. This giveaway ends March 31st at 5PM. Good luck!

Details:

Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss

http://www.coconutbliss.com/