Sunday @ 9am
5K Walk-a-Thon & Winter Clothing Drive
Orange County Church of God
Garden Grove Sports & Recreation Center
13641 Deodara Drive
562 443 1238
714 880 9994
Walk to help homeless and homeless families at the 5K Walk-a-Thon and Winter Clothing Drive. The money raised as well as the gift cards and the clothing donated with benefit some of the estimated eight-thousand homeless in Orange County.
50th Annual Huntington Harbour Holiday Boat Parade
714 840 7542
The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Cruise of Lights® offers narrated boat tours through the waterways of Huntington Harbour in Huntington Beach, California. In December both locals and visitors share the beauty of thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks and boats.
Candy Cane Christmas
125 West “B” Street
Here’s another holiday indication. Logan’s Candies has been making Christmas candy this way since 1933. The family owned business is demonstrating the tradition of handmade candy canes. The sugary candy cane dough is cooked on an 80 year old stove, which produces more than 70-thousand individually wrapped candy canes each season.
Flair Cleaners Holiday Clothing Drive
Flair Cleaners wants us to do MORE than get our clothes cleaned. Flair is having a holiday clothing drive. Stop by one of Flair Cleaners’ five locations in Studio City, Valencia, Burbank, Santa Monica, and Redondo Beach, to make a clothing donation in one of the large donation boxes in the lobby of each store.
The clothing drive benefits the National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop, the Disabled American Veterans, St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store, and Helping Hands for the Blind.
Chill @ The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
877 342 0738
This is the coolest place in southern California. The Queen Mary presents CHILL AND THE ICE KINGDOM, a winter wonderland for the entire family. Celebrate the holiday season with ice tubing, an ice skating rink, a holiday village, and Santa Claus!
Skytown Indoor Trampoline Park
1101 California Street
909 335 7275
This could become a new holiday tradition! Then, jump around at the SkyTown Indoor Trampoline Park.
Slam basketball, Jump into the Pit , or try Trampoline Dodgeball.
An American Christmas
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
40 Presidential Drive
805 520 9702
“An American Christmas” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Tour the winter wonderland of 25-trees decorated to celebrate defining moments of American history from the Revolutionary era to the beginning of the 21st century.
By the way, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy, local children. Donate a toy worth more than ten dollars, get a discount on exhibit admission.
Holiday performers, holiday music, a tour of the exhibit “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, and gourmet goodies are on the “Holiday on the Hill menu at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
Sunday @ Noon
Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication
Trees, Trains, & Traditions
Richard Nixon Presidential Library
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
714 993 5075
In addition to the collection of 25-breathtaking trees decorated to reflect the spirit of the holidays from countries and cultures around the world at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, we’re invited to join the families of southern California’s military heroes.
More than one-hundred service members, both living and dead, serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam and Korea, will be honored in a special ceremony.
Also, family members will receive personalized ornaments to place on the Hometown Heroes Christmas trees on display at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.
Bob Baker’s Nutcracker
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 West First Street
213 250 9995
Here’s another sign of the season. It’s the 52nd season of “Bob Baker’s Nutcracker”, the marionette version of the ballet classic.
“Bob Baker’s Nutcracker” is an hour-long production. After the show guests are invited to visit with the puppeteers and have refreshments in the famous Party Room.
The historic Baker marionettes that have been entertaining children since 1960.
The Holiday Season
Chris Byrnes’ Time to Play Hot Holiday Toys 2012
Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy
Time to Play Magazine
229 West 28th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10001
Chris Byrne, the “Toy Guy” and Time to Play have been tracking store sales since early October and talking to retailers in order to give viewers the inside track on 10 toys you should order today, if you want to get them for your kids this holiday season. This season’s hottest toys cover a wide variety of products, from high tech to basic play, suggesting that a good toy is one that inspires engaging play.
Here is Chris Byrnes’ TIME TO PLAY HOT HOLIDAY TOYS 2012:
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer (LeapFrog) — The LeapPad was the #1 toy last year and has been selling out consistently all year, making the Time to Play Most Wanted List. The new version is sturdier, has twice the memory, better performance, and front and rear cameras for the same $99 of the original. This has emerged as the iPad for kids. Chris got more calls in December last year from people desperate to find this toy than at any time since Tickle Me Elmo in 1996.
Furby (Hasbro) — Furby is back and better than ever. Hasbro has really gotten the technology right. He’s more interactive, more amusing and more engaging than ever. Plus there’s even an iPod or iPhone App that you can use with him to expand the play. According to Walmart, Furby is one of the top toys that people are putting on layaway and is also on the Time to Play Most Wanted List.
Monster High High School Playset (Mattel) — Another hot layaway item, the Monster High High School Playset is the first dollhouse for the super-hot Monster High dolls, which continue to be one of the hottest fashion dolls out there. It’s got the ghoulishly good humor of the line, including a “basketball court” and coffin lockers as well as an innovative fold-up design.
Crayola Digital Light Designer (Crayola) — This digital designer lets kids draw with light and a touch-sensitive stylus and is a stand-alone unit that lets kids explore color, technology and animation. The Crayola Digital Light Designer reflects the trend seen over the past couple of years that combine electronics with arts and crafts.
ZX Crossbow (Zing) — Introduced earlier this year, the Zing Crossbow has been so popular that retailers can’t keep it in stock. People love the soft, safe fun and the action-packed play.
NERF Elite Hail Fire (Hasbro) — Another huge hit on the Time to Play Most Wanted List, the NERF Elite Hail Fire has the ability to shoot up to 144 darts rapid fire. You’ve never seen a NERF battle like this!
LaDeeDa (Spin Master) — This is a big year for fashion dolls, and the LaDeeDa collections show all the signs of being a breakout hit. Not only are they gorgeous dolls, they also inspire girls to be creative in their own right. These are appealing to slightly older, slightly more sophisticated girls who have a great, whimsical fashion sense.
Perplexus Twist (PlaSmart) — The original Perplexus Epic and Rookie puzzles have been sell outs in the specialty market. These hard-to-put-down puzzles are appealing to those who love a challenge and parents who appreciate its great value pricing.
Micro Chargers (Moose) — Micro cars are another huge trend this year. Exclusive to Toys “R” Us, Micro Chargers have a unique charging system that revs the cars and then sends them racing on tracks. With two different versions for stunts and speed and a high level of collectibility, this toy is racing off shelves.
Skylanders Construction Sets (MEGA) — For fans of the Skylanders game, a huge hit in the video game arena, these construction sets are a new way for fans and young kids to get into the excitement of the game. This toy also made the Time to Play Most Wanted List.
As director of content for “Time To Play,” Chris Byrne brings 29 years of industry experience in the toy industry to his role as a researcher, analyst and consultant with New York-based Byrne Communications. He has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies tracking kid trends, product development and strategic marketing campaigns and is regularly sourced by the investment community for insights into all aspects of the toy industry. Chris is widely published on the topic of toys and family life and in addition to his work with “Time to Play” he is editor-at-large for the trade publications Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties.
Toyota – Lexus Tether Retrofit Program SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
English 800 745 Safe
Spanish 800 747 SANO
Take some time to make sure your child’s car seat is safe. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., in collaboration with Toyota and Lexus dealers, is assisting customers with the installation of tether anchors in the TOYOTA-LEXUS TETHER RETROFIT PROGRAM.
Pre-2000 model year vehicles qualify for the program. All major manufacturers are participating. For more information and to learn if your vehicle qualifies for this program, go to the SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. website.
Sunday @ 11 a.m.
No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
213 403 3000
There are “no strangers” at the Annenberg Space for Photography. That’s the name of the new group photography show about the wonder of culture and the plight of indigenous people. The free exhibit includes a series of lectures. Saturday the topic is “Painted Bodies of Africa: Documenting a Disappearing Word.
Sunday @ 10am
Indiana Jones & the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition
Discovery Science Center
2500 North Main Street
Let’s explore! Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: the Exhibition is waiting for you at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. This innovative exhibition, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, features an extensive collection of Indiana Jones film materials from the Lucasfilm Archives, along with photos and videos from the National Geographic Society and artifacts from the Penn Museum.
Sunday @ 10am
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Samuel Oschin Pavilion
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
323 724 3623
If you have not seen the space shuttle Endeavour, this might be a good weekend to stop by the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center.
The massive orbiter is accompanied by a massive exhibit that tells the California story of its 25 missions and the support equipment and team required.
Sunday @ Noon
Television Out of the Box
Paley Center for Media
465 South Beverly Drive
310 786 1091
“Television Out of the Box” is a partnership between Warner Bros. Television and the Paley Center for Media. The exhibit gives everyone a peek at iconic series ranging from Murphy Brown to The Mentalist and props from Tony Soprano’s robe to Daisy Duke’s actual “Daisy Dukes!”