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Go Under the Sea with Kids Club!

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National Geographic Kids Club is sponsoring FREE monthly educational events this fall at the Los Cerritos Center, one of their Mall Kids Club events held at select malls nationwide. I took my girls to the September event and we all had so much fun!

The Kids Club events are held held from 11am – 12pm in front of Forever 21 at the Los Cerritos Center. If you are new to that mall, there is an outside entrance to Forever 21 and then it’s an easy walk through the store to the event location outside the Forever 21 entrance in the main mall.

No reservations are required. Just show up ready to have a good time, then grab lunch with the family afterwards at any one of Los Cerritos Center’s dining spots. At the September event we were even given coupons to CPK!

The people at National Geographic have done a phenomenal job putting together these events. Every person working the event went out of their way to make sure the kids were enjoying it to the fullest. Here are some of my pics from the Under the Sea September event…

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The October event will continue the theme “Under the Sea” and will include under the sea music and games designed to teach kids about marine-life. They will also have a hands-on presentation in store where kids can interact with real aquatic animals in their small tide-pool exhibit!

My kids LOVE tide pools, so we are excited to go on Saturday. I hope to see some of my readers there!

About the National Geographic Mall Kids Club

The Monthly Kids Club events offer families (and shoppers!) one hour of free hands-on learning for kids ages 3 -12. The events will be based on a specific theme and activities will differ month to month.  One month will be an interactive craft-based event, the next will have the same theme, but include live animal demonstrations and other fun activities.

Families can also enjoy Kids Club activities at home, with fun interactive materials available online, at the mall and as a part of the Kids Club Newsletter.  To join the Kids Club Newsletter for free, click Sign up here to become a Kids Club Member at the top of the page.

Upcoming Kids Club Calendar

Saturday, October 12

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Under the Sea

Activities: Performances and live animal guests

Saturday, November 16

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Winter Wonderland

Activities: Crafts and performances

Saturday, December 14

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Winter Wonderland

Activities: Performances and live animal guests

Los Cerritos Center 

239 Los Cerritos Center

Cerritos, CA 90703

[Disclosure: Kids Club is a Tiny Oranges sponsor.]

Your Opinion Earns You Rewards at iPoll

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Paid online surveys

What if I told you there are paid online surveys that could start earning you rewards just by offering your honest opinion ~ sounds like music to your ears, right? 

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to iPoll, a genius tool that pays customers to communicate with corporations and market research firms in an easy and modern way.

By joining iPoll you get paid to voice your opinion to the retailers, restaurants and places that you frequent most often!
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What is iPoll?

iPoll is an online and mobile community that rewards customers for their feedback on products and services that they use everyday.

How to Sign Up:

Sign up online for free here and follow the easy instructions on downloading the iPoll app. Yes, it is free to sign up for these paid online surveys.

Once you download iPoll to your phone you can immediately start earning rewards. 

You earn rewards by completing ”missions” (by the way, don’t let the word mission scare you, it might involve a trip to Target!)

All missions are based on information you supply at registration so each survey is tailored to fit your interests and experiences.

Taking the Surveys:

You can choose to take a survey online or one that requires you to visit a local store or restaurant.

The paid online surveys are kept brief, usually between 15 – 20 minutes and you’ll know up front the expected time each survey will take to complete.

It is important to note that your reward compensation will be based on the length and complexity of the survey. Some surveys may involve taking photos, videos etc., which will have a higher reward than those that are short and sweet and require less of your time.

The great thing is - you choose what you can participate in based on how much time you have to devote to the mission.

What can you earn?

iPoll offers a diverse reward program so you can get paid in a variety of ways.

Some that jumped out at me are Amazon gift codes, deposits to your Paypal account and if you’re feeling generous, iPoll can even donate your reward to a wide variety of global charity organizations - I love that!

So, now that you have the skinny on iPoll, go start earning those Amazon gift codes – happy earning! 

 [Disclosure: We're thrilled to announce that iPoll is a new Tiny Oranges sponsor and happy to spread the word about their $$ earning app!]

National Geographic Kids Club Fall Events

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National Geographic Kids Club is sponsoring FREE monthly educational events this fall at the Los Cerritos Center mall and I am thrilled to share this awesome program with you.

The Monthly Kids Club events offer families (and shoppers!) one hour of free hands-on learning for kids ages 3 -12. The events will be based on a specific theme and activities will differ month to month.  One month will be an interactive craft-based event, the next will have the same theme, but include live animal demonstrations and other fun activities.

The next National Geographic Kids Club monthly event will be held this Saturday, September 14th, 2013 with the theme “Under the Sea” where kids will be invited to explore undersea adventures with crafts, interactive activities and live music.

I am going to take my girls to this event ~ I hope to see some of my readers there as well!

All Kids Club events are held held from 11am – 12pm in front of Forever 21. No reservations required. Just show up and be ready to have a good time, then grab lunch with the family afterwards at any one of Los Cerritos Center’s dining spots.

Families can also enjoy Kids Club activities at home, with fun interactive materials available online, at the mall and as a part of the Kids Club Newsletter.  To join the Kids Club Newsletter for free, click Sign up here to become a Kids Club Member at the top of the page.

I love that National Geographic has developed this program to give children an opportunity to learn more about science and nature – and love even more that they are providing these events free of charge for Southern California families.

Upcoming Kids Club Calendar 

Saturday, September 14

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Under the Sea

Activities: Crafts and performances

Saturday, October 12

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Under the Sea

Activities: Performances and live animal guests

Saturday, November 16

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Winter Wonderland

Activities: Crafts and performances

Saturday, December 14

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Theme: Winter Wonderland

Activities: Performances and live animal guests

Los Cerritos Center 

239 Los Cerritos Center

Cerritos, CA 90703

[Disclosure: Kids Club is a Tiny Oranges sponsor.]

Flights & Sounds Summer Festival at The Great Park

Flights & Sounds Summer Festival 2013

The Flights & Sounds Summer Festival 2013 at The Orange County Great Park in Irvine just announced their free concert line up and it looks amazing! We are thrilled to be working with the Great Park as a Tiny Oranges sponsor because they have so much to offer Orange County families.

One of my favorite things about summer is being able to take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight and spend the evenings outdoors. And, since summer seems to be flying by, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate its last month than by catching a free concert in the park with friends and family.

The Flights & Sounds Summer Festival 2013 kicks off this Saturday, August 10 and runs every Saturday evening on the Terraced Lawn.

The Flights & Sounds line up includes eight diverse and talented musical artists and promises to engage music lovers of all ages.

Flights & Sounds Summer Festival 2013

Schedule & Featured Musicians

Saturday, August 10

Opening musician (7 p.m.): Chase Brokaw of Simple Green ­ Lead singer and guitarist of roots reggae sensation Simple Green

Headliner (8 p.m.): The Aggrolites ­ Los Angeles-based band will perform their signature “dirty reggae” representing a fusion of reggae, soul, grit and rhythm. The Aggrolites have shared the stage with such notables as Social Distortion and 311 and have released six full-length albums to their credit.

Saturday, August 17
Opening musician (7 p.m.): Alice Wallace ­ Local singer and songwriter that is undeniably folk at heart with dips into blues and rock

Headliner (8 p.m.): The White Buffalo ­ Delivers an authentic homage to southern-style indie rock and storytelling. The White Buffalo is releasing a new record “Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways” on September 10.

Saturday, August 24
Opening musician (7 p.m.): Stacy Clark ­ Southern California Indie pop darling, singer and musician

Headliner (8 p.m.): Casey Abrams ­ American Idol finalist and a pop-influenced singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; Casey recently released his self-titled debut album on Concord Records  

Saturday, August 31
Opening musician (7 p.m.): Colin Giles ­ Indie reggae “rocksteady” folk soul with a touch of acoustic

Headliner (8 p.m.): Western Standard Time ­ The world’s premier ska supergroup, Western Standard Time brings together the best of West Coast ska, reggae and jazz from the past 20 years with a big band tribute to The Skatalites.

These fun summer concerts are free, but you will need to pay $10 for parking. If you don’t have time to pack a picnic you’ll be able to order food from local gourmet food trucks starting at 6PM. All live music starts at 7PM.  Don’t forget to bring chairs and a blanket!

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways.

For more information, please visit www.ocgp.org or call 866-829-3829.

[Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post to help spread the word about the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival and we are happy to share with you!]

The Butterfly House at The Environmental Nature Center

Butterfly House at ENC

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of July, I feel like summer is flying by!

Last weekend, in an effort to get out and enjoy things I can only do in the summer, I took the kids to The Butterfly House at The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach.

The Butterfly House is only open from May - September and although I had been to the ENC before, I’ve never been during these months.

It was such an easy and fun outing. We printed out the butterfly guide from the organization’s website and I asked each of my kids to try and find certain butterflies once we go there. This made them EXTRA excited; I swear there’s something about going on a hunt that gets them really fired up.

Once we arrived a super helpful guide gave us some guidelines to follow (no, you can’t actually catch the butterflies) and some fun facts about what we were going to see; Monarch Butterflies are abundant this year.

With summer flying by, taking a trip to the Butterfly House is a must. If I had more time I would have planned a picnic at the Environmental Nature Center for afterwards since the grounds are really fun to explore. In my opinion, the entire center is one of Newport Beach’s hidden gems.

Do you have any special summer outings planned to take advantage of the season? If you have school aged kids, is summer flying or creeping along? I have definitely had a few days that creeped, but overall the time is going fast.