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/

I have been wanting to go to the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, near Burbank to see the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s children’s concerts. I am very excited to be able to give away two tickets to their upcoming show of Ragtime Xylophonia. Here are the details of the concert:
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Starts at 2:00 PM

Wade Culbreath, percussion
Alan Chapman, host

GH Green Triplets
GH Green/Becker Jovial Jasper
GH Green/Becker Cross Corners
GH Green/Becker The Humming Bird
J Green/Cahn Xylophonia
GH Green/Cahn Fluffy Ruffles

LACO “goes Green” with an entire program of percussive fun with works by composer and xylophonist George Hamilton Green and his brother Joe. Get into the groove as you learn about rhythm and beat in this fun, kid-friendly concert. Be there!

Pre-Concert Program Drop in anytime from 1 to 2 pm
LACO’s Instrument Petting Zoo – where children can pet/touch instruments.
Other fun activities with LACO’s Family Concert Partners

Tickets:

Box Office Info

Subscriptions: for 3-concert series: $39, $24 
Single tickets
: $16, $10

Order by phone: Call Jacquie, Marcella or Laura in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 215.

Groups of 12 or more get a 15% discount off single ticket prices. Celebrate a birthday or bring the Scout troop, dance class or soccer team! Call for details.

Event Promoter:

Name: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

http://www.alextheatre.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=393&month=03&year=2011

Another upcoming concert in this series is Whimsical Winds on May 1st at 2PM. This is the last concert of this year’s series. Here is the link for more details of that concert:
http://www.alextheatre.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=394&year=2011&month=5
If you would like to enter the giveaway, please leave a comment. If you click onto the link regarding their Whimsical Winds concert and leave another comment, you gain an additional entry. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5PM. Good luck!
UPDATE: Congratulations, Kathy! Mishy likes picking your name 🙂

Review by Tania Lieman

On Saturday (courtesy of MJ and Natural Travelling Momma blog) my six year-old daughter and almost two year-old son and I saw the Santa Monica Playhouse production of Barnyard Madness with the Three Little Pigs. It’s a fast paced, all singing-all dancing musical theatre romp that puts a new spin on the old tail (tale) with a Romeo and Juliet storyline. It’s full of porky puns and wolfish wit to keep the adults entertained and an array of endearing animal characters beautifully performed with good ol’ country accents that mesmerised my children. The simple message that pigs and wolfs can be friends despite their differences was conveyed with snappy lyrics and dialogue.

The actors mingled with the crowd beforehand connecting with genuine warmth and humour. My daughter stood holding hands with the French female Big Bad Wolf for ages, in complete trust and totally won over. The actor’s respectful and approachable manner together with the charming theatre made for a rich theatre going experience.

The actors certainly were busy, simultaneously running a birthday party after running Saturday morning classes and interacting before, during intermission, and after the show. The Playhouse has a long history and we were told how they are currently hit upon by hard times. Would be a shame to see a theatre with such a big heart and a local business and icon fold. Barnyard Madness was designed as an educational show but for a public audience it had all the right ingredients for good old-fashioned entertainment and the audience was definitely invited in to share the fun.

*Natural Traveling Momma is excited to offer a chance for two readers to win two tickets to see any upcoming show of Barnyard Madness with The Three Little Pigs at the Santa Monica Playhouse. It runs Saturday and Sunday at 12:30PM and 3PM until May 22nd, 2011. The suggested age for the show is 2-102. Tickets are normally $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for children 12 years and under.

Want more information of the show, click on to the link:

http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/shows_piggies.htm

If you would like to enter the giveaway, please comment below. If you click on to the link above regarding details of the show, comment again below and you’ll gain another entry. Good luck! This giveaway ends Friday, March 18th at 5PM.

UPDATE: Congratulations Kathy, Connor’s mother and Edie – you’ve both one two tickets to see any upcoming show of Barnyard Madness! I’ve emailed you privately.

Super Ozomatli Giveaway

February 23, 2011

Ozomatli, the Grammy award winning band and former U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors, whose mission has been to promote peace has made 2011 a year to focus on oZokidZ and will be performing a couple of upcoming concerts in the Los Angeles area before embarking on a country wide tour. Their music is a blend of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga— and has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.

Interested in reading more about Ozomatli? Here is my interview with Wil-Dog.

https://mjmiaoren.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/ozomatli-answers/

I am extremely excited to offer 10 pairs of ticket to see Ozokids at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on Saturday, March 5th, 2011. The show starts at 3PM, with doors opening at 2PM. Just comment below. If you take a look at their website and comment again, you will gain an additional entry. If you take a look at The Canyon Club’s website and comment again, you will gain one more entry. Good luck. The contest ends on midnight, March 1st, 2011. Mishy will pick out the 10 lucky winners. I will announce the winners by March 3rd, 2011.

Want to enter more giveaways? Here are the links of two more I have right now:

http://wp.me/pN7Op-jz

http://wp.me/pN7Op-ip

I will have a lot more upcoming giveaways on March 1st.

Details:

Ozomatli

www.ozomatli.com

The Canyon Club

http://www.canyonclub.net/

Interesting tidbits:

The City of Los Angeles has officially declared April 23rd, 2010 as “Ozomatli Day”, in perpetuity. Ozomatli were also recipients of the 2010 Local Heroes Award by Los Angeles PBS stationKCET-TV, recognizing the band’s longstanding accomplishments and community service throughout Southern California.

UPDATE: Congratulations to all of the winners! You’ve been notified by email.

The Pop Ups are headed back to Los Angeles again for a 2-day only showcase on Saturday, February 26th & Sunday, February 27th of their hit show PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical! For further info, to hear songs or watch video from previous shows, please visit us at http://www.thepopups.com

This group is an amazing group based in Brooklyn, NY. They have created a buzz among the mothers I know – who are very excited to have them back for a very short run – for only four performances! They will be in Santa Monica at:

Highways Performance Space

1651 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA
310.968.1808

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/156486

I have 2 tickets to giveaway for the Sunday, February 27th show at 2PM. Since this is a quick giveaway, the first to comment wins!

UPDATE: Congratulations, Morgan! Enjoy the show.