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Showing posts with label kid friendly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kid friendly. Show all posts

April 3, 2019

Visit Las Vegas: Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains

I didn’t get to visit the Seven Magic Mountains on my last trip to Las Vegas so I made sure to visit this time around.  The public art exhibition of seven colorful stacked boulders by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone opened in 2016 and was originally scheduled to be on view for 2 years.  Due to its incredible success (it was all over IG), viewing has been extended until the end of 2021.

The Seven Magic Mountains exhibit is located in the middle of the dessert, but very easy to reach.  It’s located just about 30 minutes by car from the Las Vegas Strip and there is even parking!  You can reach the exhibit on foot, but the road is unpaved so I’d recommend shoes.  Admission is free and open 24/7.  

It’s not for everyone, but I loved it.  Some of the rock towers are over 30 feet high and I loved witnessing those fantastic pops of color against the stark desert.        

Some of the bright towers are over 30 feet tall! 

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July 3, 2017

Art Bridge Events Extends Hawaiian Humane Society Partnership

Photo courtesy of Art Bridge Events
Art Bridge Events and the Hawaiian Humane Society are pleased to announce their community partnership has been extended (one more month) to include July 2017. “It has been such a pleasure working with the Hawaiian Humane Society and supporting the animals that we want to do more to benefit them,” Art Bridge Events founder Chanel Tanaka said. “Additionally, our first Paws & Plants benefit event, held at the Hawaiian Humane Society, raised over $1,000 for the non-profit. Now we are doing another one!”


Paws & Plants: A benefit for the Hawaiian Humane Society II July 14, 7-8:30pm
  • Pet-themed DIY terrarium-making, includes wine and bites. Additional succulents, air plants and HHS logo wear available for purchase. 
  • Location: Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave. 7pm-8:30pm (this event is not pet friendly as there will be free roaming adoptable animals on-site/in the classroom). 
  • Limited seating available, maximum capacity for this class is 20 people. 
  • Tickets: www.artbridgeeventshi.com/book-online

Thursday Terrarium Tea Party (each and every Thursday- new location).
  • Every Thursday 4-6pm at Tea Boss Kissa - formerly Kissaten (88 Piikoi Street, Honolulu, Oahu), includes large glass terrarium, all ingredients, 3 locally grown succulents, instruction, care guide (full menu and tea available for purchase)— $40. 
  • Tickets www.artbridgeeventshi.com/book-online

Succulents for Purchase
  • Jugo Life Juicery - 2463 South King Street, Honolulu.
  • Izakaya Torae Torae - 1111 McCully Street, Honolulu. 
  • Elevated Hawaii Boutique - 1284 Kalani Street, Honolulu. 
All group classes include: expert instruction, plant care, basic knowledge, 3 locally-grown succulent plants, 1 large glass bubble bowl terrarium, ingredients, greenery, added toppings, helpful tips, assembly and care instructions.

For more information: www.artbridgeeventshi.com Art Bridge Events is also available for private functions, corporate programs and special events. 

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June 30, 2017

Visit Canada: Vancouver Aquarium

When I asked my friends for recommendations for family friendly things to do in Vancouver, nearly everyone responded the Vancouver Aquarium was a must see.  Opened to the public on June 15, 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has become the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North America.

You could easily spend all day perusing the many exhibits and galleries featuring over 50,000 aquatic creatures from across the world.  One of our favorites was the Discover Rays touch pool where we enjoyed a hands-on encounter.  Not only was it thrilling to watch these gentle fishes up close, but it was so amazing to be able to feel their bodies as they swim by.  

The new 50,000L Discover Rays touch pool is home to both cownose and southern stingrays. 

Cade loved getting close to the stingrays.

The largest of the galleries is the Wild Coast, home to Helen, a rescued Pacific white-sided dolphin, Chester, a rescued false killer whale, rescued sea otters, Daisy, a rescued harbour porpoise, rescued harbour seals, sea lions and much more.  It also houses a tide pool, several touch pools, and the underwater viewing area for the dolphin habitat.  We enjoyed spending time watching the sea lions play and eat.  Beginning July 1, an exciting new exhibit will spotlight the Steller sea lions at Steller's Bay and feature an active research station.  

Feeding time for the sea lion.

Swimming and playing.

The Vancouver Aquarium also hosts fun and educational shows and programs daily.  From caring for dolphins to some sea turtle talk, definitely take advantage of the shows that feature the aquarium's animals.  For a very unique and full sensory experience, do not miss the 4-D Theatre.  The 4-D experience combines sight and sounds with smell and touch.  It certainly caused me to jump in my seat a few times, but it was very fun.  

We all loved the 4-D Theatre!

Lauren and Cade deciding whether the caiman is real or not.

Cade loved the jellyfish exhibits.

My family spent hours at the Vancouver Aquarium!  The sea life here is fascinating and definitely made our visit a highlight of our Vancouver trip.  You can visit the Vancouver Aquarium 365 days a year from 9:30am to 6pm.    

Thank you so much to the Vancouver Aquarium for hosting our visit.  All opinions are entirely my own. 
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May 24, 2017

Freedom Japanese Market - A Japanese Snack Subscription Service

Disclosure:  Complimentary products were received for review purposes.  All opinions are entirely my own.

The April Original Pack (missing 2) combined a great balance of sweet and savory snacks! 

Japan is famous for their delicious snacks and it's no surprise visitors will take home with them bags and bags of their Japan favorites that they can't buy back at home.  In Hawaii, we're lucky that we have quite a few stores to purchase snacks from Japan, but we can't always get our hands on new limited editions that the Japanese love to create.  

Freedom Japanese Market, a Japanese based subscription box service, provides a solution to anyone wanting original, made-in-Japan snacks delivered to their door.  A family business, their goal is to bring the Japanese snacks they love to the rest of the world.  A typical box will often include many limited edition snacks only available to the Japanese market for a limited amount of time; an English content list with color pictures; a short explanation about what Japan is like during each season; and a handmade, seasonal origami (with English explanation).

I was excited to receive my box from Japan, but was sad to discover a couple of items with pork extract were seized by the Department of Agriculture.  Otherwise, my box was overflowing with both sweet and savory snacks and it felt like Christmas when the kids went through the contents.  Some of the snacks we were familiar with, but most of the sweets were new to us.  We enjoyed it all!

I can't think of anyone that wouldn't enjoy a subscription service like this and it would make the best gift for someone that has moved away from Japan or Hawaii for that matter.  Freedom Japanese Market offers 1, 3, 6, and 12 month recurring packages that give the optimum amount of flexibility and subscriptions can be canceled at any time.  They offer 3 types of boxes: Puchi Pack $14.99 (5-8 full size and sample snacks), Original Pack $24.99 (12-16 full size and sample snacks), and Family Pack $45.99 (24-32 full size and sample snacks).  If you aren't ready to make a subscription, you can also order a sample pack of any of their packs.  All prices include shipping to anywhere in the world!

This was a super fun experience for my entire family and made my kids even more excited about our upcoming trip to Japan!

Delivered right to your door!

Box is full of snacks!
My kids loved discovering the snacks together.  Of course the best part was the taste testing!
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