July 21, 2010

Best Kid Tip for Flight Travel EVER!!!


Best Kid Tip for Flying ... You will LOVE me for sharing this!

We went away to Cabo early this summer and had the most AMAZING flight experience with both kids we were traveling with because of this ONE, SIMPLE idea! 

    Disney Toy Story backpack with luggage wheels for small children
  • Get your child their very own backpack that they can carry if they don't already have one! Wheels are best in case it gets too heavy, but either way is fine. (Good news, if you need to buy one, they will use it in school one day)
  • Go to the Dollar Tree or 99¢ Store and load up on about 8 - 10 items for each child (more if you think will fit). - For example: packs of stickers, crayons with a small coloring book, hot wheels cars, small figurine barbie type toys, puzzles, etc... 
  • Wrap each present, stuff half of them inside the backpack and then leave other half in your bag!
    Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks, Mixed Fruit Flavors, 2.75-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
  • Put some treats (organic lollipops, sweet snacks, Tasty Gummies, etc) small sandwich, freeze dried fruit from Trader Joes, chips and a juice box in a little bag that will fit in the backpack for the trip in the car, airport and especially the flight.
  • Once you get on the plane you can start with either a snack or a present to open! I started with a present as we had 20 minutes to kill before we even took off! Just watch your child light up with each small, new and fun present! These things keep them busy! Do not let them know in advance that there are more coming, let it be a surprise each time! There will be no crying kids on that flight ... or at least not your kids! ;)  

VERY IMPORTANT: try to leave about 4 or 5 of those wrapped presents either in your suitcase or another bag so you can use them on your flight home! And if our child is getting bored or whiny on the actual vacation, you can always pull out a couple fun toys, even more mobile ones to throw around! Listen, I don't ever recommend giving a whiny child a present - I get it. But when you need a vacation ... well, you get my point!

Best part ... this whole thing costs anywhere between $15 - $20. Hands down the best $20 you will spend for the flight! 

Happy Flying Moms & Dads!

July 13, 2010

Ventura County Fair is coming up!

135th Annual Ventura County Fair! 

Dates: Wednesday, August 4th through Sunday, August 15th
Time: M - F: 11:00a - 11:00p* and Sat. - Sun.: 10:00a - 11:00p**
Location: 10 W. Habor Blvd., Ventura, 93001 (corner of Harbor + Figueroa)***
General Admission Prices
Adults 13 & older $10.00
Children 6-12 $7.00
Seniors 62 and older $7.00
Children 5 & under and Super Seniors (100 years and over) admitted Free!
Ride Ticket Prices
Sheets of 50 tickets are $20
Single tickets are 75 cents
Rides take between 4-7 tickets
Parking Prices: Parking at the Ventura County Fair is $10.00 per car. Parking at the Fairgrounds is limited. Free shuttle buses are provided. Please refer to the Transportation page for more information on all shuttle, train, and buses services.

*The Fair will open at 11:00 a.m. daily except Saturdays, Sundays, And Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Day (Tuesday, August 10) when it will open at 10:00 a.m.

**Admissions until 10 p.m. Fair closes at 11 p.m. carnival will stay open no later than midnight if there is traffic, but can also close up as early as 11 p.m.

*** For Directions - CLICK HERE

There are Special Deals assigned to certain days CLICK HERE to see those deals! 
(For example: Dollar Days ...sponsored by Pepsi Wed., Aug. 4 and Wed., Aug. 11: Entry to the Fair is $1 'til 3PM) Also, a cool deal I found: Reading is Fun-damental!
Teachers, Parents and Children from Kindergarten through 8th grade, ask about our READ and RIDE program! Read 2 books, and receive 3 carnival ride passes! Find out how it works! Call 805-648-3376.

I'm sure most of you who have lived here in Southern California either have been to the Ventura County Fair or at least know about it! It is an amazing time for the whole family! If you want something fun to do, make a tradition with your family or can't remember the last time you went to a County Fair .... then I suggest going to The Ventura County Fair! 
And for all you Moms & Dads and really all adults... the list of entertainment isn't bad either. CLICK HERE for the line up! 
(Some to name a few: Wilson Phillips & Caitlin Crosby; Styx; Sublime; Miranda Lambert, etc...)

Maybe I'll see you there!

July 12, 2010

Kid Tip of the Day!

This little kid tip was inspired by my dear friend, Tiffany who LOVES to play with her daughter, Cami, and their Dora tattoos! 

Tiffany has a new Dora tattoo placed on her arms at all times! I am always asking her why she doesn't take them off. Her answer: " I scrub and scrub in the shower ... but nothing happens!" 

Answer: Baby Oil!

Take a wash cloth, put a little baby oil on it ... and voila! Tattoo is gone! 

I'm sure many of you Mommies out there know about the baby oil, but for those who don't ... your tattoo scrubbing days are over. ;)


July 05, 2010

Summer Tanning/Glowing Must Haves ... WOW!

Here is the deal, you will all appreciate this, I have been planning on doing a tanning must-have interview with Jillian Barberie. She always has a great bronze color and she is a fellow Valley Mom! So, why not? Therefore I asked Jillian a few weeks ago if she would be interested in doing the interview!

Since I haven't heard back from her in a while and then today she dedicated a show to tanning must-haves (only 18 days after I asked her to come up with them) I decided to fill all of you in on them!Ps ... great idea she did on the GDLA show, I wonder who came up with it? Oh, right ... me! Ugh.

These are copies of messages between Jiilian Barberie and I ... 

My initial message and question:
"TheValleyMom: Would u ever consider doing a 5 quest + answer via email w/ me about ur top 5 tan secrets 4 thevalleymom.com? Esp since u r a valley mom? ;)
Jillian's responses:
"I woul love to share my must haves. I can list them here on Twitter if that's convenient!"

"I woul love to share my must haves. I can list them here on Twitter if that's convenient! DM of course then u can post on web!"

"TheValleyMom: That would be perfect I would absolutely luv it! My readers would luv it! If u can't get it all in DM u can email 2 TheValleyMom@gmail.com."

"TheValleyMom: Thank you so much Jillian! You are great! I look forward to reading your Must Haves!!!"

"TheValleyMom: Hey mama! Let me know when I can get your top 5 beauty must haves! (Def put your tanning suggest in there 2) thx so much! :) by email or DM"

"askjillian: At work today..... Hope eveyone had a happy and safe 4th!!!! How many of u have today off too? I'm showing tanning must haves on GDLA"

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating Natural Radiance
Sevin Nyne Self-Tanning Lotion 5 oz

St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Mousse 8 oz

Sun Laboratories Tan Overnight Self Tanning Lotion 8 fl oz.

July 02, 2010

Check out my Weekly Events With Kids Page!!!

There is so much to do around The Valley in the Summer with your kids either for Free or Very Inexpensive! Make sure to always check The Weekly Events With Kids Page! 

Date:  June 14 - August 26; Mondays and Thursdays only
Time: 10:00a
Location: Mann Westlake 8 Theatres, Westlake Promenade, 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village
Price: Free!
Come see family films with your little ones for free, all summer long. 
The theatre will also hand out vouchers for free kids meals at restaurants that participate in the shopping center!


Date: June 24 - Aug. 12; Thursdays only
Time: 5:30p - 7p
Location: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge
Price: Regular admission prices. Adults: $8, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children under 5: Free
“The Evolution of American Jazz” concert series on Thursday evenings will feature top local talent performing on the new earthen stage on Descanso’s Main Lawn. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic and settle back to savor music from some of the finest jazz artists.


Date: July 3
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr., Westlake Village
Price: Free!
Designed to introduce live theatre to your children in a casual setting at the right price – free!

Date: July 3-Sept. 26
Time: 12:30 pm and 3 pm
Location: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica
Price: Adults: $12.50; Children (12 and younger): $10.50
Sing-a long songs, g on stage and win prizes! An old-fashioned musical revue for kids 2 to 102!


Date: July 10-11
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Location: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana
Price: Free!
Raffles, face painting, scavenger hunts, games and interactive educational games.

Date: July 10
Time: 6-10 pm
Location: West Colorado Blvd. And the 134 Freeway, Pasadena
Price: Adults: $15, Children: $7
A celebration of historic preservation on one of the world's most beautiful bridges with continuous live music, dancing, antique cars, children's activities, no-host festive foods and beverages 

Date: July 13
Time: 5:30-7 pm
Location: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge
Price: Concert free with Gardens’ admission: $8 adults, $6 children 5-12, 4 and under Free!
Experience the power of percussion with a joyous performance that also includes a participatory musical drumming jam for children of all ages. Picnics allowed for this event

Date: July 14-18
Time: Varies (Click on the link below for show times)
Location: Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
Price: $15-$100 - Save $4/ticket or get a family four-pack for $48: Use MOM on Ticketmaster and SAVE!
Come see elephants, cowboys, pirates and mermaids from around the world perform various circus magic and tricks.

Date: July 17
Time: 2 pm
Location: Borders Bookstores throughout Southern California
Price: Free!
Families are treated to an afternoon of stories, games, and giveaways in honor of the release of the new Ramona and Beezus movie.


Date: July 17-Aug. 28
Time: Movies begin one half-hour after sunset.
Location: Warner Park - Warner Center, Topanga Canyon and Califa, Woodland Hills
Price: Free; parking is $8 in designated lots (although you can find free parking around the neighborhood)
Outdoor, family-friendly movies have become a tradition at Warner Park. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic!


Date: July 18
Time: 12-2 pm
Location: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Price: Free; Parking is available for $3 for three hours.
Kids dream up, design, and describe the spectacular home in which they would love to live and draw inspiration from photos, pictures, and stories about spectacular custom houses, castles, and fantasy creations. The workshop is appropriate for ages 8–13. Reservations are recommended.

Date: July 24-25
Time: 10 am-6 pm
Location: Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks
Price: Free!
Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy Surf, Caribbean and Reggae bands, special shows, tropical foods, kids' games, Earths School Science activities, booths and displays.

Date: July 24-25
Time: 11am-7 pm
Location: Plaza Park, 545 South A St., Oxnard
Price: Free!
Tasting tent, recipe contest, live Salsa and Latin jazz bands, kids corner activities and food vendors.

Date: July 25
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: Fowler Museum at UCLA
Price: Free; use parking lot 4
See the plates and pots on view in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives and then create a mask reflecting your own spirit animal.


Date: July 30-31
Time: 5 am-10 pm
Location: 18249 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula
Price: $3-10
Flotilla of floating balloons, rides are offered on tethered balloons, car and motorcycle show, blimp air show and youth rodeo roping demo.


Date: July 31
Time: 12 pm and 2 pm
Location: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
Price: Free with admission: Adults $15, Students $12, Children $10
Nehara Kalev and C. Derrick Jones perform  with a combination of dance, theatre and aerobatics.


 Free Summer Concerts & Activities in the Park
Concerts in the Park: June-August at many Los Angeles area parks


Free Kids Clubs & Activities Daily!
Kids Club at 7th and Fig: Various activities every third Saturday at 12 pm.

Kids Club at the Grove: Various activities each Thursday from 11 am -1 pm

Kids Club at Americana at Brand: Various activities each Tuesday from 11 am - 1 pm

Kids Club at the Commons in Calabasas: Various activities each Tuesday evening at 6 pm

Kids Club at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks: Various activities each Wednesday from 11 am - 12 pm

Kids Club at Waterside in Marina del Rey: Various activities each Tuesday at 11 am.

Lakeshore Learning: Craft activities each Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm at the three LA area locations-Pasadena, Northridge and West L.A.

The Music Center featuring World City and Pillow Theatre: Various activities and performances (acrobats, puppetry, and more) on Saturdays throughout the year

REMO Kids Rhythm Circle: Kids of all ages play with instruments every Saturday at 11 am

Los Angeles Public Library: Activities for various age groups throughout each week and on the weekends

Storytime at Storyopolis: Every Tuesday at 11:30 am and Thursday at 12:30 pm your family in invited to attend this free event in Sherman Oaks.


Family Fun - 2nd Summer at The Annenberg Community Beach House!
CLICK HERE to be directed to the site

The pool will be open daily from June 19 - September 6. Passes go on sale at 9:30am. All members of your party must be present when purchasing pool passes.
Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday 10am - 6pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am - 8pm
Pool Passes: Adults $10   /   Youth (1-17) $4   /   Seniors (60+) $5   /   Family of 4 (2 youth & 2 adults) $24

You can eat there at

Back on the Beach Cafe - 

Eat breakfast or lunch with your toes in the sand and the ocean before you.



Calabasas Commons Tuesday Night Family Fun:
Every Tuesday join the fun!

June 1 - Marionette Majesty
Douglas will bring his colorful puppet characters to life right before your eyes. And you may even recognize these puppets because they have been featured in films and on television.
June 8 - David
Direct from Disney’s California Adventure, David is a juggler and comedian who can juggle three bowling balls and even play a banjo while talking on the phone. Don’t miss this talented performer.
June 15 - Wild About Wildlife
The Nature of Wildworks joins us for an educational evening of amazing animal fun. Their Topanga Canyon facility is home to a colorful collection of rescued animals and you will get a chance to meet their friendly critters up close and personal.
June 22 - Twinkle Time Music
Join us for some high energy and infectious family music with Twinkles that will get everyone up and moving. This new-comer is a superstar on the rise and are very happy to have her visit us!
June 29 - Family Magic & Fun
This Magic Castle performer has tricks and illusions that set him apart from the rest. Join us for an evening of magic for the entire family.


CLICK HERE for showings of the
Free Family Film Festival at Edward Cinemas

Americana at the Brand
(Love this Location! - it's The Commons of Glendale)
889 Americana Way, Suite 330, Glendale, CA 91210 Phone 818.637.8982


Monday Morning Mommy Movies

Moms, Dads, Caregivers – come see a first-run movie…with your baby! No one will mind if your baby cries, so pick up your diaper bag and stroller! Mondays, 11am
For more information, http://www.pacifictheatres.com/MMMM.htm

Kids Club on The Green

Enjoy a terrific selection of enriching activities for kids, parents and caregivers. Join us for a weekly dose of fun, including music, entertainment and so much more! Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm

Stroller Strides

Getting in shape has never been so fun!  Join Stroller Strides for a total fitness program that moms can enjoy with their babies! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10am

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Join Barnes & Noble as they read a delightful variety of children’s books. (2+ years old) Wednesdays, 11am

Kids Eat Free Tuesdays

Jewel City Diner, Katsuya, CrepeMaker, Caffe Primo, Granville Cafe and Jody Maroni's
Visit these restaurants and get one free kids entree with the purchase of an adult entree. Some restrictions apply. Please visit restaurants for details. Tuesdays

Kids Yoga on The Green with Lululemon Athletica

Please join certified Yoga instructor Abbie Rose for a fun filled Kids Yoga class on The Green. Recommended for 3-6 year olds, but parents are always welcome to join in on the fun! Wednesdays, 11-11:45am.

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Join Barnes & Noble as they read a delightful variety of children’s books. (4+ years old) Thursdays, 7pm

Gigi's Farmers Market

A Farmers Market with a New Approach
Fresh produce. Delicious prepared foods. Live music. It’s the perfect start to a Saturday. Come enjoy great family fun and fresh selections from Gigi’s Farmers Market at The Americana at Brand. Now featuring family fun activities such as a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, and face painter! Saturdays, 10am-2pm

CLICK HERE for a list of other events on their calendar! 


Jungle Land  

30315 Canwood Street | Agoura, CA  91301 | Ph:818-706-9002  

Jungle Land has Summer Specials!
For the month of June- Mondays pay for 1 child get 1 FREE. Tuesdays $4.00 each child all day. Wednesdays and Thursdays is $6.00 each child after 2:00pm.
Summer Special: Every Tuesday we have a daytime drop off from 9:30am-12:30. Call for Reservations. (1 year on up).
Mention TheValley Mom to receive specials!

*Tuesdays is discount days! Pay only $4.00 per child anytime after 2pm. 

That's more than half off! ( Not valid on any holiday.)