November Family Fun {A Calendar of Free Los Angeles Events!}

I can’t believe November is already here. This year has flown by but I’m excited for all of the fun Holiday events in the city. That mean Christmas is right around the corner and the shopping will soon begin. That’s why, all the events listed here are FREE. Are you excited for a special event is your city?

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Saturday, November 14th

Event: Pop Mania! at Japanese American Museum

Details: A day of pop culture-themed activities in honor of Giant Robot Biennale 4.

Time: 11AM-4PM

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Event: Jurassic Park at Palisades Library

Details: Take a break with a screening of the 4th installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise

Time: 1PM

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Event: Art Projects at Reyes Adobes

Details: Hands on activities for kids 3-8

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

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Event: Debbie Allen Academy Presents: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker  at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

Details: Artistic ‘twist’ with modern spin filled with original music, dance routines and soul!

Time: 2PM

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Friday, November 20th

Event: Jazzed and Motivated in Watts

Details: Kick off your shoes and let your body sway to one of Brazil’s most popular cultural expressions – the samba! Viver Brasil Dance Company will help you pick up the rhythms and movements of this lively dance -After the JAM Session, stay for movie night, a free community event honoring WLCAC’s 50 years of service. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m. with discussion to follow

Time: 6:30PM

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Saturday, November 21st

Event: Art Workshop with Nzuji de Magahlahaes at Cal African American Museum

Details: Learn how to combine yarn & paint to make one-of-a-kind, colorful art

Time: 1PM-3PM

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Event: Navajo Tribe Dances and Stories at the LA County Library in Downtown

Details: Ben Hale, a member of the Navajo tribe from Arizona, introduces a variety of dances & stories from tribes across North America

Time: 2PM

Event: Thanksgiving at the Thousand Oaks Library

Details: Bring the family & learn the real facts about the voyage of the Mayflower & the First Thanksgiving from a descendant of one of the original Mayflower families: Robert Dempster

Time: 2PM

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Sunday, November 22nd

Event: One Wise Man ‘ A Holiday Cantata

Details: Theatre

Time: 4PM-5PM

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Saturday, November 28th

Event: Powwow at Cal State Northridge

Details: 32nd Annual Powwow promises American Indian dance & music, children’s craft activities, arts & crafts vendors, & frybread!

Time: 10AM

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Event: Butterflies at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Help the museum track the monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly garden and surrounding gardens

Time: 12PM-2PM

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Event: JAM Session at Debs Park

Details:Old Time String Band Jam Session: Listen & dance to local musicians strum Appalachian-style fiddle & banjo tunes

Time:1PM-4PM

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Autumn Art: Use fall foliage as the inspiration in decorating a ceramic tile

Time: 2PM-4PM

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Sunday, November 29th

Event: Hollywood Holiday Parade

Details: The 84th Hollywood Christmas Parade steps out headed by Grand Marshals Penn & Teller, with marching bands, equestrian groups, characters, floats, & a gigantic red carpet.

From Hollywood Blvd at Orange, East to Vine, South to Sunset, West to Orange

Time: 5PM

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Cupcake Family Fun! + { Review of Princess and Me Parties}

About a month ago I had the privilege to watch CINDERELLA before it was released on DVD. I made a day of it and got all my cousins and their babies together to host a Cinderella themed Cupcake Party. I was previously in contact with Ali, owner of Princess and Me Parties regarding a free one hour party in exchange for my honest review of her services. Having her come to our party was the perfect occasion!

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Cupcake Time!

If you know me, you know that I’m all for keeping the kids entertained.  Redundant as it may sound,  growing up in a Mexican family, the pinata and cake usually come last. Keeping the kids entertained comes after all the tia’s and compadres have eaten, even though it may have already been hours since the party started. I’m the total opposite. If you are my guest, then I encourage you to make yourself at home, fill your tummy but the kids having lots of fun is my priority and perfect excuse to plan fun parties.

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The booking process was super easy. You fill out a form with all the information (party date, the character you are requesting, time, address, the number of kids who will be in attendance, etc.). I love in person and over the phone communication, but this process eliminates any room for miscommunication. Ali even sent a picture of the princess I requested to make sure we were on the same page. I requested modern Cinderella and having classic Cinderella show up would have been devastating! Yes, I’m that crazy mom who wants everything to be perfect.

Dancing with Cinderella

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Dance time!

On the day of the party, everything went smoothly. I had booked Cinderella for 5PM and at 4:59 PM on the dot guess who came walking through the driveway to our party? Cinderella! Right on time. All of the girls ran up to her, and she made them smile right from the start. She read a story to them, painted their faces, brought coloring pages to keep those waiting in line entertained, danced, and even took the time to take individual pictures with all of them.  I have to commend her for handling all those crazy toddlers! She was professional, sweet and just made the party.

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Planning a party is time-consuming, hosting a party is stressful and can get expensive. My advice is to spend a little less time and money on trying to make the adults happy and hire entertainment for the kids! Our Cinderella Cupcake Party wouldn’t have been the same without Cinderella as the guest of honor.

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So next time you have the opportunity to hang with your family, make a whole event out of it. Pick a theme, a color, a food! The options are endless. And, don’t forget the entertainment for the kids!

For more information and character options, visit their website at PrincessAndMeParties.com.

Follow them on Instagram & Facebook.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Do you believe in ghosts?

I do. Tales of El Cucuy, La Llorona and La Mano Peluda were all stories and scare tactics my Mexican mom used on me when I was growing up.

To this day, personal stories of encounters with ghosts and spirits are usually a topic brought up during family reunions and not once have I heard any of my family members doubt the legitimacy of the story. We all join the stories with No!  De veras? A poco?! We also tell our own. Like the time when I heard my little brother and sister knocking on the bathroom door asking to me to let them in but when I opened the door no one was home! Interestingly enough, I’ve never really been scared of the ghosts or spirits. Perhaps, I’m not scared because I can’t prove it 100% so why be scared of something that may or may not be real?

Paranormal Activity with Chris Chacon at Heritage Museum

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Chris Chacon at a press event at The Heritage Museum in Pasadena. He is not only not scared of ghosts but is an experienced and knowledgeable researcher on the investigation and research of psychic and parapsychological phenomena, as well as an expert on mysticism, metaphysics and obscure occult practices and rituals. In other words, he’s a real life ghost hunter, who can tell you if the voice you heard, the shadow you saw or the cold breeze you felt is real ghost or not.  Hollywood comes running to him when they are in need of an expert to assist with the authenticity of their horror film storyline.

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Ghost Hunting with Chris Chacon

Chacon has worked on films like, “THE EXORCIST”, “POLTERGEIST”, “CONSTANTINE” AND “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” to name a few.  The movies we have all watched on the big screen probably all have Chacon’s input and now with Halloween right around the corner, we are about to witness another. Paramount is releasing the horrifying conclusion to the Paranormal Activity films titled the “GHOST DIMENSION.”

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Chris gave me insight into his profession and not once did it feel like he was trying to convince anyone that ghosts do exist.  He only becomes involved in these rare cases when all physical, environmental, mental, or other explanations have already been ruled out.  So although rare, the stories that you see on the screen, have happened, could happen and are happening!

I got a little freaked out by that information, but not enough to stop this mommy from making October 23rd a date night with the hubby.

“PARANORAL ACTIVITY-THE GHOST DIMENSION” will be in theatres on October 23rd.

Watch the trailer here

Contact Chris Chacon

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See you at the movies!

Hello October-Free Events

Hello, October! Fall is here and the Holidays are just around the corner, so we all need to save money right? Take advantage of all of the FREE events that are happening around the city! I’ve listed my favorites below. See you there!

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Saturday, October 3rd

Event: Adobe Days (Also Sunday, October 4th)

Featuring: Kids will experience adobe life with activities like tortilla grinding, fishing, drum circles. The event will also offer a petting zoo, arts and crafts, pony rides and more!

Location: Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills

Time: 11AM-4PM

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Event: Heritage Festival & Street Fair in Gardena

Featuring: Multi-Cultural Entertainment, Kiddie Rides, Give-a-ways, Petting Zoo & Reptile Farm, Food trucks & vendors, Craft sales & More!

Location: Civic Center Lawn & 162nd Street

Time: 9AM-3PM

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Event:2015 Akimatsuri Fall Festival in West Covina

Featuring: Food, Games, ONDO Dancing, Martial Arts and More!

Location: East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

Time: 12PM-8PM

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Event: “Outrageous Orange” Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos

Featuring: Seasonal themed craft activities for kids 6-11

Location: Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd, Long Beach

Time: 1PM-4PM

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Event: Ticket To The Twenties (Also Sunday, October 4th)

Featuring: Roaring Twenties music, dancing, silent films, crafts, historic house tours, games, demonstrations, and more!

Location: Homestead Museum in City of Industry

Time: 3PM-7PM

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Sunday, October 4th

Event: Barnsdall Arts Sundays

Featuring: Native American Dream Catcher and Basket Weaving

Location: Barnsdall Park in East Hollywood

Time: 10AM-12PM

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Event: Meet Don Cheto at Crenshaw Plaza

Featuring: Kids crafts, music and dancing, give aways and more!

Location: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

Time: 1PM-3PM

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Event: Ticket To The Twenties (Also Saturday, October 3rd)

Featuring: Roaring Twenties music, dancing, silent films, crafts, historic house tours, games, demonstrations, and more!

Location: Homestead Museum in City of Industry

Time: 3PM-7PM

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Event: Adobe Days (Also Saturday, October 3rd)

Featuring: Kids will experience adobe life with activities like tortilla grinding, fishing, drum circles. The event will also offer a petting zoo, arts and crafts, pony rides and more!

Location: Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills

Time: 11AM-4PM

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DEAR SOFIA: A ROYAL COLLECTION DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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                                                       Bring Home on Disney DVD September 29th

I’m the type of mom who sits down and watches movies and cartoons with my toddler and really get into it!

DEAR SOFIA: A ROYAL COLLECTION has to be one of the cutest and most sincere kids entertainment that I have seen in a while. I know that if I were a kid (which I’m at heart)  I would totally be obsessed with this DVD as much as my daughter is. From the moment you get to open the package, you receive an awesome surprise- A FREE Sofia-themed stationary set for kids to write a hand-written letter to Sofia. Each child who submits a letter will receive a response back from Sofia in the mail! My daughter’s only chore is to check the mail and knowing that she will soon be receiving correspondence from Sofia is super exciting to both of us! Your princess or princes can also write to Sofia. The address is below!

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SYPNOSIS: Join Sofia as she receives guidance from Disney Princesses and goes on a daring adventure with Mulan in the Kingdom of Wei Ling, soars through the skies with Jasmine on a magic carpet ride, and discovers important lessons about friendship and life’s true gifts from Belle and Tiana. Packed with endless fun, music and heart – plus two additional episodes – “Dear Sofia: A Royal Collection” is a not-to-be-missed celebration highlighting the qualities that make a true princess – honesty, loyalty, compassion and grace.

I love that the DVD is broken up into episodes. My daughter is only 2 and can only stay still for so long. She enjoyed watching one episode a day since we received the DVD to review. She also loved seeing a different princess on a new adventure with Sofia each time we popped in the DVD!

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     All royals should address their letter to

Dear Sofia

244 Madison Ave

Box #411

                       New York, NY 10016                      

GIVEAWAY

I’m will be giving away a free copy of DEAR SOFIA: A ROYAL COLLECTION. All my readers and followers have to do is use the hashtag #iamLAmamacita on your royal mommy adventures, and I will pick a random winner from an Instagram post! Look for @lamamacitablog. Good luck! Winner will be chosen Friday 10/02 at 8PM (Pacific Time).

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Dear Sofia Printables

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Dear Sofia Puzzlers

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*Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this DVD to review. I did not receive financial compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.

Hasta Siempre, Sabado Gigante!

Tonight we will all say hasta Siempre to Sabado Gigante. Sabado Gigante is the longest-running variety show and after 53 years of Hispanic families all over the world tuning in on Saturday nights the show will air its last episode. I have to admit that I haven’t watched the show in years but a few weeks ago, decided to turn it on as exposure to the Spanish language for my daughter. More than anything, I wanted her to get a taste of my childhood. I remember cracking up to the hysterical “La Cuatro” and feeling bummed for the contestants who didn’t make it past “El Chacal De La Trompeta” while trying to wow him with their singing skills. It was a place to see famous singers who I could never afford to see in real life and a first introduction to future stars like Jenni Rivera and Enrique Iglesias. I especially loved the segment with the kids who were my age who sat with Don Francisco to talk about everyday topics

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So on that day, a few weeks ago when I heard it would no longer be on the air, I decided that it was time for us to start tuning in for the remainder of the Saturdays.  Today we will say adios, and although my daughter is too young to remember it, I will make sure to document it with a picture or video. When she grows up, I will tell her more about how she too enjoyed Sabado Gigante in her childhood.

Sabado Gigante was a big part of my life, and I have many memories of watching it with my family. I will truly miss it.

What are your favorite Sabado Gigante memories?

“Have Courage & Be Kind” Cinderella Cupcake Party & Free Printables

 DISNEY’S BELOVED AND EMPOWERING FAIRYTALE TOLD IN A NEW BEAUTIFUL AND MAGICAL WAY
                                                                        CINDERELLA
                                        DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE on September 15, 2015

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If I could make one wish for my daughter is that she grow up to be a kind, generous, humble and courageous woman. Disney’s CINDERELLA does a great job of sending out that message. In fact, the film’s most popular quote is “Have Courage and Be Kind”.  It touched on subjects such as love and loss, family, and even bullying, and my little family and I loved every minute of the movie. All three of us had different aspects that we enjoyed. My husband was impressed with the cast and the humor involved, my daughter loved all the magic, the colors and, of course, the princess. I loved the daughter mother bond between Ella (Lily James) and her mother.  I also love the amazing costumes, especially every single dress that the evil step-mother wore (Cate Blanchett) they all looked as if they were straight out a couture runway.  I got super excited when I popped in the movie and realized that you have the option to play it in English, French or Spanish.  As someone who is raising a bilingual child, it is always a big deal when Spanish is an option!

SYNOPSIS:  Celebrate Disney’s “Cinderella,” a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination…and magic! Despite being mistreated by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, a spirited Ella (Lily James) resolves to take charge of her fate. Add a royal ball, a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) and a glass slipper, and suddenly – magic becomes reality!

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Over 12 Minutes of Additional Scenes, Including an Alternate Opening,
Plus the “Frozen Fever” Theatrical Short!

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Because I found the message of the film to be inspiring, I also hosted a screening party for my daughter and all her little cousins so that they too could learn from it. The theme of the party was  “Have Courage and Be Kind” cupcake party! My family and I love that our girls will grow up together like we did.  We want to make sure that they love, respect and are kind to one another.  The girls loved the party theme.  They watched the movie, colored, argued (and made up), danced, sang, and ate lots of cupcakes. They especially loved when Cinderella herself showed up!

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Cupcake Party5My family and I encourage you to host your own Cinderella party.  I have lots of printables, ideas and recipes to make your party a success.

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If you would like your own copy of the film, follow us on Instagram @lamamacitablog. I will pick a winner who has used #iamLAmamacita on their mommy adventure pictures. The contest is over on 9/15/2015.

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