Friday, July 3, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen's Next Chapter

New for 2015!

Our family was invited to check out the brand new Next Chapter menu at CPK and were surprised to find the restaurant has been remodeled, as well.

Can you believe I didn't know that the Long Beach Marketplace location has been open for 12 years?  Hmmm...that was around the time Rachel was born, so I was a bit busy then.  :-)

Of course, I had to start with the Strawberry-Lime Margarita.  Very refreshing for the summer, while my sister had the Fresh Strawberry-Mango Cooler.  Yum!


The Spinach Artichoke Dip is a staple and doesn't disappoint and then we were ready for our entrees.

I wanted to try the California Fields Salad with fresh watermelon, strawberries, and field greens.  Surprisingly not too sweet.

George loved the Maine lobster flatbread.

And finally, we had to try the Butter Cake, not new on their menu, but we asked them to add strawberries.  Divine.

George and Rachel had the new S'Mores Pudding, a decadent combination of Belgian chocolate pudding, dark chocolate chunks, double graham cracker and toasted marshmallows. OMG.

The restaurant has been completely remodeled using reclaimed wood and warm colors.  CPK is definitely ready for its Next Chapter!

*Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but the opinions expressed here are my own. -Cindy-

Thursday, July 2, 2015

4th of July!

On the morning of the 4th, join Justin Rudd and his Great American Kids' Bike Parade
10am, registration opens at 9:15am
Enter the beachfront parking lot at the end of Granada Ave.
Free to enter.
The out-and-back, two-mile parade route travels east along the bike path and continues down Bay Shore Avenue to Second Street.  Bring a chair and a cheering section for these youngsters.

Local firework displays begin at 9pm.

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
view from any shoreline in Long Beach or San Pedro

Joint Forces Training Base
11200 Lexington Dr.
Los Alamitos
Gates open at 4pm
Free admission, parking $5cash
Adults must have photo ID, minors w/out ID must be accompanied by parent
Arrive by 7:30pm to gain entry
Enter at Lexington Dr.
Food court, vendor fair, kids fun zone (additional fee), military displays, WW II re-enactment
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged
No alcohol, dogs, fireworks, or motor homes

Party on the Pier
Belmont Pier
Saturday & Sunday
Live music, food court, art show
$10/adult, kids free

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wading Pools/Splash Pads!

Lakewood  has six parks with wading pools.  Good thing LB'ers can join in.
Open 11am-4pm for kids 3-7 years old
Open everyday: Mayfair, Palms
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: Del Valle & San Martin
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday: Bloomfield, Boyar
Wednesdays: Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, San Martin will be open 5pm-7:30pm

Weekends: all pools open 11am-4pm

In Cerritos, Liberty Park has a great little splash pad for the toddler set.
You can also cool off at the water play areas at Long Beach Towne Center and the Cerritos Library.

Splash Pad at Sigler Park in Westminster is free and open every day from Noon-5pm starting June 22 to September 7.  7200 Plaza St., Westminister.

And apparently the water was turned back on at Dotson Park in Stanton.  Free.
10350 Fern Avenue, Stanton

Atlantis Park in Garden Grove. $2 admission.  13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove, CA 92844

A little bit further is the Lemon Park Spray Pool. 701 S. Lemon, Fullerton 

For the older kids, CSULB has open swim hours during the summer: 11am-6pm; $2/person

Buccaneer Bay in La Mirada opens June 21.  The family-fun “Buccaneer Bay” combines the excitement of a water park with pirate themed features throughout. Buccaneer Bay features a flowing river channel, three water slides, a children’s interactive play structure, zero-depth beach entry and two spray pad areas. Pirate themed elements include: a marooned ship, a dramatic skull rock, shade canopies that resemble sails, cannon walls, wharf plank benches, and crow’s nests.  Open daily in summer 10:30am-5:30pm.  $17.95/person, under 48" $12.95.  Family Friday Nights 4pm-8pm. $14.95/person, under 48" $10.95. 
13806 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Phone: (562) 902-3191

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring/Easter Events!

Spring Festival - LB
Saturday, April 4
Mom's Beach House
5839 E. Appian Way, Long Beach
Free admission - activity passes for sale
Giant egg hunt, appearance by the Easter bunny, face painting, bounce houses, and more!

Spring Carnival - Los Al
Egg hunts begin 9:30am
Saturday, April 4
Little Cottonwood Park
4000 Farquhar Ave., Los Alamitos

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Education Celebration!

Saturday, 24 January 2015
McBride School 7025 E Parkcrest Street near Los Coyotes Diag Carson St in LB
Education Celebration is the once a year event where you can view all the schools in Long Beach to make your School Of Choice decision. Sometimes people decide to live in a different neighborhood just to be in a school that better fits your child's needs. Each school has a booth where you can talk to people who already attend or teach at that school. 9:00 am to noon Saturday Jan 24 You should find out about the schools around you when your child is 3 years old so you can make decisions. And it's good to see what is available in Long Beach even if your child is much older. 562-997-8307 Please call with any questions.

And if you've ever wondered about homeschooling, contact Cindy Castro at hijola AT yahoo DOT com or go to

Friday, December 26, 2014

Free snowboard/ski season pass for ages 9-11 years!

Regional 5th Graders Receive a FREE 2014/15 Season Pass

The beauty of the winter mountains is something to be experienced by everyone and that’s why Mountain High and Toyota have teamed up to offer FREE season passes to regional 5th Graders in the 5th Grade Pass Program.   Any 5th Grader from San Diego to Santa Barbara and as far East as Las Vegas is eligible for a FREE season pass valued at $279 anytime he or she visits Mountain High during the 2014/15 season.
The 5th Grade Pass Program encourages kids to stay active in winter.  It teaches them new skills, builds overall confidence, and brings families together in an active environment.  Each year the 5th Grade Pass Program introduces thousands of local students and their parents to skiing and snowboarding and provides them with lifelong snow sports skills.


Free 2014/15 Anytime Season Pass

Any Southern California 5th Grader from San Diego to Santa Barbara is eligible for a FREE season pass for the 2014/15 season.  Please note there is a $10 processing fee per pass.  No refunds for existing passes or ticket products.

Proof Of Eligibility

Must bring proof of child's 5th Grade enrollment (report card, school ID, or certified letter of intent) to season pass office at time of redemption.  Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 11 as of December 31, 2014, to qualify for the 2014/15 5th Grade Pass Program.

Qustions About The 5th Grade Season Pass

Email us or call toll free (888) 754-7878, Ext 2.  Office hours are 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. M-F

Sign up at

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Long Beach Holiday 2014!

Time to plan your holiday calendar!

Until December 23:  Marionette show - free - 7pm - 3314 Country Club Drive, Lakewood

December 4: Artist in Residence - Stefan Meyer 11am-8pm - Free

Experience Stefan Meyer's fully immersive room size installation that explores the natural world in a whole new light. Come learn about the possibilities of digital fabrication in the Ralston Family Learning Center, LB Museum of Art

December 6: Winter Wonderland - Snow play! - Los Alamitos - Free

This winter season the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department and the Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend Winter Wonderland at the Plaza. Held on Saturday, December 6th from 4:00 to 7:30pm at St. Isidore Historical Plaza, Winter Wonderland at the Plaza will feature an area to play in the snow, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment. The event is FREE, so be sure to bundle up and bring your family and friends along to join in the fun!

December 6-7: Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum - Wilmington - Free

Join us on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7  from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as we kick off the  holiday season in grand style at the Banning Museum’s Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration and Open House!  Due to the generosity of our sponsors, event admission is FREE! Visitors will enjoy period entertainment, tours of the Museum decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments, a children’s craft, a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum as well as local food and craft vendors. As a special treat, a Queen Victoria re-enactor will receive guests for the two days and Jolly St. Nick himself will pose for photos with the kids. This year’s event is even more special as we will unveil for the first time a full-size replica of the first Stagecoach Phineas Banning ever built. Imagine posing in front of an actual Banning Coach for your holiday greeting cards! Don’t miss out on the event of the season. No reservations needed.

December 11: Artist in Residence - Stefan Meyer 11am-8pm - Free - LBMA

Experience Stefan Meyer's fully immersive room size installation that explores the natural world in a whole new light. Come learn about the possibilities of digital fabrication in the Ralston Family Learning Center, LB Museum of Art
December 11: Holiday Sing - Cypress - 6pm - Civic Center - Free

Festival style seating, blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. $3 meal provided by YAC (cash only). Visits with Santa, Cookie decorating, Train rides.  In case of rain, event will be held at Cypress Community Center.

December 12-14: Prince of Peace Pageant - Wardlow Blvd between Bellflower & Spring - Free - 7:30pm

Enjoy the true story of Christmas with a candlelit outdoor walk.  Come follow the path through many scenes, complete with actors and animals.  Enjoy the choirs, musical groups, and refreshments provided by the churches. This 5-church pageant route begins at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, continues to the Neighborhood church, back along Wardlow and St. Luke's and our church, and ends at University Baptist.  Each church has additional music performances in their sanctuary.

December 13: Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade 6pm 

There will be three "groups of carolers" walking around the Island and singing holiday songs by the bridges.  Most of the homes in Naples have been decorated for the holidays in accompaniment of the Boat Parade theme. (we have a local competition for best decorated house).  Alamitos Bay Marina off 2 Street and Marina Drive offers substantial free parking just over the Davies Bridge from Naples. Mothers Beach off Revenna and Appian Way has some metered parking as well as Beach parking at Bayshore and Ocean Boulevard.

December 13: Holiday Living History - Dominguez Adobe - Carson - 3pm - Suggested donation $4/person

This holiday season the Adobe is adorned with lights and holiday decorations. This beautiful event offers fun holiday activities. The event includes tours led by the Dominguez sisters and their friends (no better way to spend the day than learning about the rich history of the area), holiday craft making (perfect gifts to give to loved ones), and music and dancing! Treat yourself to the appetizers and desserts from Mexico and Spain then of course, visit SANTA! Ask him for whatever your heart desires! But don’t forget the holidays are the perfect opportunity to give to those less fortunate, that’s why there will be a toy drive to help our local community. We hope to see everyone there to celebrate this wonderful time of year!

December 16: Free day at South Coast Botanical Garden - Rancho Palos Verdes

The South Coast Botanic Garden, "The Jewel of the Peninsula", is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, located 10 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport in California. Conveniently located to many South Bay communities, this 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. Popular features include a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, AARS Rose Garden, Water-Wise Garden, Garden for the Senses, Cactus Garden, Children's Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Herb Garden, and Japanese Garden. There is a picnic area located outside of the Garden gates. Free abundant parking available.

December 18-19: Holiday Open House at Rancho Los Alamitos - Free 4-7pm

Enjoy the Yuletide sparkle of the ranch house, the magnificently trimmed tree, mantles and hearths festooned with greens, holiday treats and strolling carolers.
The Ranch house will be decorated and ready for regular tours by Saturday, November 29 and decorations will remain up through Sunday, December 21.

December 21: Family Artmaking Workshop - LB Museum of Art - Free 11am-3pm

Artist in Residence Stefan Meyer will lead this many faceted workshop. Participants will be able to create their own rings using the 3D printer. There will be demonstrations on how to use a 3D scanner, and a table of materials you can use to create your own jewelry from found objects.