Monday, July 15, 2019

Kidspace Kids Museum Pasadena Review

Family Fun





MBE partnered with Kidspace for this post

by Esther Pearl Kreiman

MBE Guest Mom Writer



The most amazing thing about Kidspace, located in Pasadena, California, is that every time we take our kids (two boys, ages two and four) here it gets better and better. 



Southern California Kids Museum


On our most recent visit just a few weeks ago, thanks to Kidspace, my mom, kids and I got to experience even more of this wonderful children's interactive museum offering indoor and outdoor activities with climbing structures, clay activities, water play, a tricycle track and much more.  

Not only is this a kid-friendly place for children, it's also an engaging and manageable Southern California day trip which grandparents will enjoy.

The more we visit we're discovering that the opportunities for fun and education become multifaceted, more interactive and fun as the children grow and progress through various developmental stages. 



Southern California Kids Museum


Age-appropriate Activities 


Kidspace is geared toward children ages 6 months through 10 years-old. For the youngest ones, there is a baby room for crawlers and non-crawlers, complete with age appropriate toys, exploring areas and even scheduled story time and classes. 


Beyond that room there is a "Physics Forest" for older kids and parents. Here families can try out different science-based activities including a bottle rocket, giant foam blocks, and even my kids' favorite pulley chairs where you pull yourself up about 8 or 9 feet and enjoy the ride down.


Southern California Kids Museum



Outdoor Fun, Water Play & Photo Opps


Our next step is always the outdoor tricycle tracks. There is one track for toddlers, and another track for 5 to 9 year olds. For additional fun and interaction, the toddler track area is equipped with water tables and some small slides. My kids played happily in this area for about 40 minutes, then we all headed up a little hill to the outdoor pond with filtered water where little ones can splash around. There is also a separate area with fish and turtles that kids can look at but not touch. 



Southern California Kids Museum




Since there's lots of water play activities, I highly recommend bringing water shoes, a change of clothes, and a towel. That way your kids will be dry and comfy after the water activities because there is still so much to do and explore. Water shoes for mom or other adults are helpful too, but you'll probably only get wet up to your shins. So as long as you're not wearing long pants or a long skirt you should be fine. 




Southern California Kids Museum



After water play, before changing into dry clothes, is a good time for kids to play in the outdoor clay area, have fun with the outdoor musical instruments, or even "dig for fossils" like a real paleontologist. Next, stroll through the Kidspace vegetable garden before stopping at the restrooms to change into dry clothes.



Southern California Kids Museum



Then, step into the indoor air conditioned climbing areas ready for more activities. There boys and girls can climb up a pretend anthill, read in a little reading nook, color a picture, create arts and crafts, or even dress-up in the make-believe theater. 




Southern California Kids Museum


Interactive Nature Center


My kids' favorite part of the indoor play area on this trip was the nature center. We had so much fun looking at real snakes and toads through glass -- which this mom is super thankful for -- though they do have petting times scheduled for some creatures.  


There is also a real beehive which kids can view through glass to learn about bees and the importance of pollination. When they were younger, my kids didn't really notice this section on earlier Kidspace visits,  so we stayed at the slides and water tables. But, now that my oldest is 4 years old, this space seems fascinating to him. 


Southern California Kids Museum
Image courtesy of Kidspace



New Exhibit Opening


This Friday, July 19 Kidspace unveils their newest exhibit, the Theater of Birds in partnership with an artist project from the Cloud Formation Lab. This outdoor installation is is designed to look like an upside down bird nest for young explorers to discover and learn about nature. Construction on this project began in January of 2019 and has the installation has since been used by resident artists for a variety of kids activities and workshops. 

The new discoveries every time we go is what makes Kidspace so engaging and why our family keeps coming back. As they grow kids of every age will find something new to explore with all the indoor and outdoor fun to keep your adventurers busy for several hours. The only thing I wish could have been better about the entire experience is that because seating in the lunch area cannot accommodate everyone at lunchtime at the same time. So parents who want to use the tables to feed the kids food you've brought from home might want to not wait until the kids are overly hungry and instead strategize, plan ahead, and be flexible on when you sit down to eat. 

We were on this trip from 10am to 1pm, for a total of 3 hours. We could have easily stayed and enjoyed for more time, but my two year old was ready for a nap after all the tricycling, splashing, climbing and running around. We will definitely be returning to Kidspace very soon.


Southern California Kids Museum


About Kidspace Children's Museum


Kidspace, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of service to Southern California families, is located at 480 North Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91103; phone 626-449-9144 . The children's 3.5 acre indoor and outdoor museum features 40 interactive exhibits with daily events and special monthly programs. For hours, activity schedule, admission details, and more information visit the official Kidspace website. You can also stay in the loop on everything Kidspace is up by following their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Twitter Party Calendar With Prizes Includes Facebook Live + Instagram Parties

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Tuesday, July 16

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways Details

Travel Twitter Chat at 3 pm ET with @tbinchat @quarkexpedition. Prizes: FOUR  (4) $50 Amazon giftcards. #TBINchat Details

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details

Wednesday, July 17

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/16 listing for Details 

Mom Boss WOW Summit Facebook Live Party from 2 to 2:30 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: FOUR (4) WOW Summit Texas prize packs. RSVP

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @thepositivemom_ @carolkneece and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

30 Seconds Twitter Chat Party at 9 pm ET with @30seconds @trevorromaine. Prizes: TBA. #30seconds RSVP

Thursday, July 18

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/16 listing for Details 

Protect Your Retirement Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @therebelchick @fountainof30 and others. Prizes: $500 in VISA giftcards. #ProtectYourRetirement RSVP

Wise Bread Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @wisebread. Prizes: TBA. #WBchat Details

Slice of Joy Twitter Party at 4 pm ET with @produceforkids @watermelonboard and others. Prizes: TBA. #SliceofJoy Details

Friday, July 19

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/16 listing for Details 

Bowser Bash Twitter Party 11 am ET @thetoyinsider @jakkstoys. Prizes: FIVE (5) winners get fun toys, see RSVP link for prize details. #BowserBash RSVP

Saturday, July 20

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/16 listing for Details 


NEXT WEEK

Sunday, July 21

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways For more info for Details 

Monday, July 22

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/21 listing for Details 

Tuesday, July 23

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/21 listing for Details 

Gourmet Amore Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @momsmeet @onceagainesop. Prizes: FOUR (4) winners get 4-pack of Once Again products. #GourmetAmore RSVP

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details

Wednesday, July 24

Moms Meet 10 Days of Giveaways at 10 am ET with Moms Meet on Instagram. Prizes: Prizes every day for 10 days from July 16 to July 24 - see details link for daily prize info. #10DaysofGiveaways See 7/21 listing for Details 

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @thepositivemom_ @carolkneece and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, July 25

Cheers to 10 Years Facebook Live Party from 2 to 2:30 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: ONE (1) Grand Prize 10 Days of Giveaways. #10DaysofGiveaways RSVP

Wise Bread Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @wisebread. Prizes: TBA. #WBchat Details


COMING SOON

Tuesday, July 30

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details

Wednesday, July 31

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @thepositivemom_ @carolkneece and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, August 1

Wise Bread Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @wisebread. Prizes: TBA. #WBchat Details


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Basic Invite Design Your Own Cards Review

Celebrations



MBE partnered with Basic Invite for this post

by Neima Pollak
MBE Staff Writer


Unique Cards Designed by You


Nothing says I love you more than receiving a personalized paper-and-ink card in your snail mailbox. Now's the perfect time to get to work on designing your own original heartfelt cards for the holidays as well as any other special occasions in your life coming up to send to family and friends. Basic Invite is here to help make it happen with beautiful styles to choose from like these exquisite watercolor holiday cards and many other card styles which you can easily customize in a multitude of ways.






What Sets Basic Invite Apart


It's easy to get confused with so many online stationery companies out there. Basic Invite stands out from the rest, giving you free reign when designing all aspects of your stationery, from card style to font, color and much more. Additionally, Basic Invite is among a select few online stationery companies which will mail you an actual printed sample of your design so you can hold it in your own hand and see what it's like before placing your card order. 

This card making company even offers a unique and time-saving Address Capturing Service, allowing customers to share a link on Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels to request friends' and family's addresses. These addresses are then stored in your Basic Invite account and can be selected by you during the design process when it comes to addressing invites and cards. What's more is they offer recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.







How Basic Invite Works


The process of designing a card on Basic Invites is very simple and straightforward. I tried designing a party invitation myself just to check it out and I had such an enjoyable time doing it that I wanted to keep designing more cards.



Step 1: Choose a Category

Select a category which fits the occasion for your card. Categories include Holidays, as well as Wedding, Graduation, Baby, Events, Stationery and Business cards, and multiple subcategories such as Save the Date (Wedding), Birth Announcements (Baby), Graduation (Events), and Thank You (Stationery). 



Step 2: Select a Template

After choosing a category, you will be presented with a number of templates that you can choose from to start designing your card, invite, announcement, etc. Some categories offer an option of uploading your own designs rather than using a pre-set template.







Step 3: Customize your card's elements including
  • Shape of the card
  • Type of paper 
  • Optional foil elements
  • Colors on the card (180+ colors to choose from)
  • Text details (font, size, alignment, color,  line height, and case)
  • Envelope color

Step 4: Designate Envelope Choices

Choosing from more than 40 different envelope colors, you can then personalize your addressing options (blank envelope, envelope with guest and return address or envelope with just the return address).


Step 5: Indicate Quantity of Cards You're Ordering


Step 6: Choose from a Variety of Paper Styles (some at an additional cost).


Step 7: Checkout and Wait to receive your Personalized Cards.





Start Thinking about the Holidays Early


Hard to believe we're already approaching mid-July and the holiday season is coming up fast -- only 6 months away! To help you get a head start on designing your holiday cards this month through July 31, 2019, Basic Invite is offering a 15% off promotion with the coupon code: 15FF51

Your potential as a designer does not end at just cards, either. With Basic Invite you can also easily design a personalized website for a wedding or a birthday, which also allow you to collect emails, manage RSVPs, and share event information with your guests. The best part is that designs you create will be optimized to maintain their beautiful aesthetic on mobile devices, desktop computers and tablets. 

About Basic Invite


Check out everything Basic Invite has to offer, especially the extra special holiday card designs right now. From options ranging from modern holiday cards to more traditional holiday photo cards there is something here for everyone's tastes. You can also get inspiration from the brand by following them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.





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