Body Worlds: Pulse Exhibit + Giveaway

The human body is a fascinating machine! We learn about it in school and scientists study it daily, but there is still many mysteries about our bodies that have yet to be exposed. If you are a science geek or just purely interested in the marvel of the human body

head on over to the California Science Center and see Dr. von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: Pulse, which opened May 20, 2017. The largest BODY WORLDS exhibition, Pulse brings together anatomy and the latest health and wellness findings in a visually compelling and informative exhibition.

BODY WORLDS: Pulse provides an opportunity to learn about human anatomy, physiology and health through a specially curated exhibition focused on our bodies in modern day life. More than 200 plastinated specimens — including whole bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs, as well as 3D displays — are presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.

What will I see?

-More than 200 plastinated specimens, including 23 full body specimens

-Interactive displays like the “Anatomical Mirror”, that show visitors how vital organs are positioned in their own body

How Long Will The Exhibit Be on Display?

Body Worlds: Pulse continues through February 20, 2018 at the California Science Center. Please visit for more detailed information and ticket prices.

Body Facts

  • There are 37 trillion cells in your body.
  • If you were to spread out all the wrinkles in your brain, it would be about the size of a pillowcase
  • You spend 10 per cent of the day blinking
  • Your heart beats 100,000 times per day, pumping 5.5 litres per minute, which adds up to about 3 million litres of blood a year
  • 3 to 5 lbs of your body is made up of bacteria. Between 100 million to 1 billion bacteria can grow on each tooth
  • Human fingers are so sensitive, that if your fingers were the size of Earth, you could feel the difference between a house and a car.

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Win a $25 Gift Card To Islands Restaurants

It’s pineapple Pairing month at Islands Restaurants.

Starting April 1 and running through May 31, pineapple lovers will find a limited time Pineapple Pairing Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. Favorites include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea; the Yaki Tacos, topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, paired with a refreshing Piña Colada; and the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken and paired with a signature Mai Tai. Each pairing is meant to complement and bring out the sweet and savory flavors of the fruit.

Win a $25 Gift Card To Islands Restaurants

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Monster Truck Easter Basket Giveaway + Activity Sheets

Do you have a little one that loves Monster Trucks? Did you know that there is an entire movie about them? It’s called MONSTER TRUCKS  by Paramount Home Media and it is out on Blu-ray Combo Pack TODAY April 11, 2017. The story is super cute too!  Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery – a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend, Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family.

I don’t want to excite you or anything but Rob Lowe and Danny Glover are both in it! I have also included a fun Bingo game to play.

Monster Truck Bingo

Make a little time before you watch the movie to play a round of Bingo with your kids! It’s a great way to make memories and you can even use things like cereal as bingo markers.

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Win A Monster Truck Easter Basket

Win a Monster Truck Easter Basket that includes a Blu-ray of the Movie Monster Truck, a chocolate Bunny and a toy car from the film.

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5 Hands On Exhibits At The Science Behind Pixar


Part of being a kid mean enjoying cartoons and Disney movies. Heck, who am I kidding, most adults I know watch those too! If you are a Disney fanatic then you will love the new “Science Behind Pixar” exhibit that recently came to The California Science Center.

The Science Behind Pixar is a 13,000 square foot exhibition currently on tour around the US. It was created by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.  Guests visiting the center will enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters

With more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studio’s production teams, an even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!


5 Hands On Exhibits At The Science Behind Pixar

    • Rigging Workstation

Kids can select one of three Pixar characters and choose among four arm rigs to determine which will produce the desired motions.


  • Virtual Modeling Workstation


Kids can create a virtual 3D model of a toy person from simple 3D shapes (cube, cone, cylinder, and sphere). Use customized software, to create, rotate, move, and scale your shapes to make a complex virtual 3D model.


  • Surface Appearance Workstation


Edit appearance variables (color/pattern, bump map pattern and height, transparency, and reflectiveness) to design a virtual appearance in Ramone’s garage in CARS.


  • Sets and Cameras Workstation


Here kids will learn how cameras provide our view into the virtual 3D world. They frame each image to convey both where to look and how to feel about a scene.


  • Lighting Workshop


Here, kids can play with lighting effects and see how Nemo and Dory look under different lights. There is also a motivating story about Danielle Feinberg  and how she recalls a programming class in 4th grade where she turned a few lines of code into a picture, like magic. She describes the challenge of trying to make WALL-E stand out against a background of trash.

Watch A video about the Exhibit

Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets

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Dave and Busters Weekday Passes + Giveaway


As a mom of two boys, keeping busy this summer is our number one priority. Fortunately for us the Irvine Spectrum is just a short drive away and it has all of the entertainment, dining and shopping we need. On a recent visit, we had a chance to test out the July Weekday Passes at Dave & Busters. The passes allowed my kids to play unlimited games in July M-F until 6pm for only $50.

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Before I unleashed the kids into a frenzy of screen time, I made sure to fill them up with some delicious food. Dave and Busters has an incredible menu with so many delicious choices. We choce a steak salad, a bacon cheeseburger, an apple walnut salad and a bowl of tortilla soup.

I was extremely impressed at the quality of the food and the menu choices were never ending. It had something for everyone.


Back in the Midway (the arcade area), they have games with blue lights and green lights. Games with the blue lights were unlimited and games with the green lights offer electronic tickets. The Connect4 game below is an example of a green light game.

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An example of a blue light game is this virtual roller coaster where you lay back in a seat that is on hydraulics. You watch a screen and it feels as if you are riding the real thing. There must have been 20 different selections to choose from.

Love fair games? No problem, Dave and busters has those too, including several machines of skee ball.

Where is my nearest Dave and Busters?

  • Irvine Spectrum: 661 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA
  • Outlets at Orange: 20 City Blvd West, Bldg G, Ste 1, Orange, CA
One lucky reader will win a “fun pack” of two (2) $50 gift cards to Dave &Buster’s ($100 value) is good for game play and food & drink in August and beyond.

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