Amazon Introduces Prime Day – More Deals Than Black Friday


Next week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. But Prime Day will include more than just deals.

Prime Music ‘Listen to Win’: On July 15, Prime members who listen to any song on Prime Music will automatically be entered to win up-to $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Prizes range from $1,000 to the Grand Prize of $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Official rules here.

Prime Music launched just over year ago, and has more than one million songs, over a thousand Prime Playlists and hundreds of Prime Stations available to US Prime members at no additional cost to their membership. After just one year, Prime Music has become one of the top streaming music services in the US, with several million Prime members listening to Prime Music each month. Prime Music is an ad-free listening experience; Prime members can even download their favorite music to their mobile devices for anytime, anywhere listening, regardless of connection. The Prime membership is $99 yr. which is $8.25 mo—less than other streaming services, with much more than music available to enjoy.



Season’s Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Habari Gani and Happy Holidays from Pretend City Children’s Museum.  One of the best things one can do with a child this holiday is to teach them about the beauty found in different cultures – it is perhaps one of the most important gifts of the season.  Pretend City gives families the opportunity to learn about the different cultural celebrations. Let the learning continue this holiday season and during winter breaks.

As an addition this season, there is something special about sending and receiving mail during the holidays. All through December, visit Pretend City Children’s Museum’s City Express and send seasons greetings all throughout the city.

December Activities at Pretend City

Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec 21

Choc Toy Drive – Dec 1- 23

Christmas Countdown – Dec 12 – 23 – Loaded with holiday activities!

Visits with Santa, as well as Sensitive Santa on Dec 16 for a low sensory experience

Festival of Kwanzaa – Dec 26-30

Hooray for Chanukah – Dec 17-23

Noon Years Confetti Countdown – Dec 31


More about the December Holiday Activities: 

Monday, December 1 – December 23: CHOC Toy Drive

Help spread Holiday cheer to patients at the CHOC Children’s Hospital. Pretend City Children’s Museum is partnering up once again with Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new and unwrapped toys.

  • Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit.

Monday, December 8: Baby Steps through Pretend City

Time: 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.

This special event is for infants (0-18 months). Infants will have a chance to do activities like the “big kids” get to do, decorating a tree, opening gifts, and creating holiday cards. A special visit from a guest at the North Pole will make a nice addition to this holiday tradition.

Friday, December 12 – December 23: Christmas Countdown

Friday 12th-(P.M. Activity) Gingerbread Man & Houses

Saturday 13th-(A.M. Activity) Candy Canes

Sunday 14th-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Trees

Monday 15th-(10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.) Visit & Photo with Santa

Tuesday 16th-(P.M. Activity) Reindeers

Wednesday 17th-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Stockings

Thursday 18th-(A.M. Activity) Twinkly Christmas Lights

Friday 19th-(P.M. Activity) Presents & Sleighs

Saturday 20th-(A.M. Activity) Popcorn Decoration

Sunday 21st –(P.M. Activity) Christmas Snow

Monday 22nd– (A.M. Activity) Christmas Carols

Tuesday 23rd-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Eve Excitement

Friday, December 12 : Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick Up

Time: 12:00p.m.

See Santa and his Harley helpers as they pick up the toys that have been previously collected at Pretend City Children’s Museum.

Tuesday, December 16: Celebrate Las Posadas).

Come to Pretend City to celebrate the first day of the 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Attendees will learn about the history of the celebration and activities include:

Smart Art: The Art Studio will create colorful Las Posadas mementos to take home.

Posada Pinata Ornaments: Make your own Pinata ornaments to hang on your tree this holiday season.

Posada Placement: Create holiday placemat for the Posada feast.

Luminaria Path: Create glowing replica of Hispanic Christmas Luminaria path.

Sensational Story Time: Introduce children to rich holiday literature in the Pretend City Library.

Tuesday, December 16: Sensitive Santa Visit & Photo Opportunity

Time: 1:00P.M.- 5:00P.M.

This event is for children with autism and will be held in a private room. Come meet Santa and tell him your holiday wishes.

Wednesday, December 17- 23: Hooray for Chanukah

Learn and enjoy activities about the Hanukkah miracle through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.

Wednesday, 17(A.M. Activity): Menorah

Thursday, 18(P.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel

Saturday, 20(P.M. Activity): Star of David

Sunday, 21(Art Studio): Chanukah Art

Monday, 22(P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box

Tuesday, 23(A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time

Sunday, December 21: Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Put on your warm mittens and cozy scarves. It’s officially winter! The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year.

Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio where we’ll have a flurry of winter-themed art activities for you and your children to create.

Snow Much Fun – A gorgeous winter art activity with a child-directed process and a beautiful result too!

Ice City – This community project will draw inspiration from the glassy snow to create a different type of city.

Winter Prints – See what your child’s little hands will make – a winter tree, a snowflake, or perhaps a cute winter animal?

Friday, December 26-30: Festival of Kwanzaa

During the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, we’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”!

Friday 26th: Kwanzaa Kinara

Saturday 27th: Kwanzaa Placement/Quilt

Sunday 28th: Kwanzaa Corn

Monday 29th: Kwanzaa Necklace

Tuesday 30th: Kwanzaa Kufi & Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Monday, December 29: Author’s Day – Ari Loves the Holidays presented by Reetu Dua

Time: 11:00A.M.

Explore the exciting Holidays that await us in the New Year. Join Ari as he celebrates with fireworks, goes on an Easter egg hunt, passes out a valentine, puts on his favorite costume, and so much more! Each holiday is filled with love, color, family, and cheer. This special story time will be presented by the author Reetu Dua. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 31: Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown!  

Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss.  Confetti Countdown:  12:00p.m.     2:00p.m.     4:00p.m. 


Pretend City Children’s Museum

Pretend City Children’s Museum is the first educational facility of its kind in the western United States representing a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource where families, educators and community agencies come together to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed for a productive and fulfilling future. Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618.

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys R Us Wish List

HolidayGiftGuideMy family all live out of state. Sadly my kiddos dont get to spend the Holidays with their extended family. My family does like to send gifts but living so far away they dont always know what toys interest my kids. ToysRus has a great app that lets my kids (and yours) create wish lists so that they can have an ongoing list of their most wanted toys and gifts. It takes the guess work out of gift buying for your relatives. My kids found it super easy to use even the baby (my two year old) was able to easily add to his wish list. You can use your smart phone or the scanner you use to create a baby registry. kaia used my phone while the boys used the scanners. Both work easily and the kids had a blast adding to their wish lists.
Toys“R”Us Wish List App Enables Parents to Track Kids’ Wishes

As children stroll through the store, carefully curating their list for Santa, parents can keep track of their little one’s wishes with the Toys“R”Us Wish List app. By downloading the app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play™, parents can turn their smartphone into a scanner, allowing them to scan the barcode of a must-have toy. Once scanned, the toy is then added to a digital Wish List which can be accessed on any smartphone or PC, and shared with family and friends via SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, customers can purchase items from their Wish Lists, right from the app.

From Saturday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 26, customers who create a new Wish List using the Toys“R”Us Wish List app or online at, will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 Toys“R”Us Gift Card (limit one entry per person). For more information about the Toys“R”Us Wish List app and entry rules surrounding the sweepstakes, visit
The Big Toys R US Toy Book is here. This year’s go-to guide for gift-givers reads like a child’s favorite storybook with 80 pages of toys divided into nine play-themed chapters, such as Dream & Pretend, Sparkle & Shine, Create & Explore, Build & Collect, Action & Adventure, as well as Hot Toys, which showcases the company’s “Fabulous 15”, representing the best new toy introductions of 2014. This valuable resource is designed to help customers find the ideal present for the child in their life while catering to various interests. The catalog features hundreds of toys that are sure to top little one’s lists, including exclusive playthings named to the 2014 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List, such as LEGO® FUSION Town Master from LEGO® Systems, Inc., Charmazing!™ Color Me Up from Wooky Entertainment, Inc., Little Live Pets™ Bird Cage Love Birds Double Pack from Moose Toys™ and Battroborg™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Battle Game from TOMY®.

Whether shopping from the comfort of their own homes or on-the-go, gift-givers can browse a digital version of The Great Big Christmas Book at, where they can filter preferences by age, play theme, licensed character, brand and more.
Holiday Shopping Made Easy With New and Improved Programs

To help parents shop and save, Toys“R”Us is offering a variety of compelling programs this holiday season, such as:

Rewards“R”Us – The new loyalty program from Toys“R”Us enables shoppers to earn more points…faster! Just in time for holiday shopping, existing Rewards“R”Us members and those who sign up in-store or online at receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards for every $125 spent. In addition, “R”Us credit cardholders, or those who enroll (subject to credit approval), will be able to earn 10% off in-store every Saturday in November and 10% off in-store every Thursday throughout the holiday season. Plus, all Rewards“R”Us shoppers will be privy to exclusive pre-Black Friday deals and discounts.

Price Match Guarantee –Toys“R”Us will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items when customers present a local competitor’s print ad or their website showing the item available for less. For more information, please visit

Free Online Layaway – Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at and, make subsequent payments either in-store or online and choose to pick up their order in a local store or have it delivered right to their home. This offering is in addition to the company’s in-store layaway program. Toys“R”Us will once again offer FREE layaway for the holiday season, waiving the $5 service fee generally associated, now for both online and in-store layaway orders.

Free Store Pickup – Toys“R”Us offers a ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In Store’ option, which allows customers to shop online from wherever they are and pick up the ordered item at their local Toys“R”Us store in an hour or less. Full program details can be found at

Free Shipping – On, the company offers free shipping on purchases of $49 or more every day. For more information about this offer, customers can visit

Kick-Start Kids’ Wish Lists at “Ultimate Wish Saturday” Events in November

As children around the country begin compiling the most important list of their year, families can embrace this age-old tradition, with the added assistance of #ToyExperts, at a series of events that will be held on Saturday, November 8, 15 and 22 from 12 noon to 4pm at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide.


At each event, attendees can preview and play with some of the year’s most talked about toys, as well as enjoy an appearance by Geoffrey the Giraffe, make-and-take crafts and giveaways (while supplies last).


  • On Saturday, November 15, customers who visit their local store will delight in testing some of the most popular action-packed toys from Hasbro®, including NERF Demolisher, NERF Rebelle Secret Agent Bow, TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure and more.
  • On Saturday, November 22, Little LEGO® builders of all ages are encouraged to visit their local store where they can build and display a LEGO winter scene masterpiece for all to see. Additionally, shoppers will enjoy a number of LEGO-themed giveaways (while supplies last).


Those planning to attend the events are also encouraged to #PlayItForward in support of the company’s 11th year of partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Parents and children will have the opportunity to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of local kids in need by taking and sharing a “selfie” as they donate a toy into the collection bins in Toys“R”Us stores. For every photo shared on social media using #PlayItForward, the company will double the giving and donate an additional toy to Toys for Tots (or the equivalent cash value) up to $150,000 worth of toys.


For more information about the special activities that attendees can take advantage of during “Ultimate Wish Saturday” events, customers can visit




DSC_0704I was compensated with a Gift Card from Toys R US for this Post.


pretend city building
Shiver me timbers! Pretend City Children’s Museum is calling all little and big explorers this month to sail away and find the treasure in reading. Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day and take a literary peek into a pirate’s life on the rolling seas in September! Because this month is also National Literacy Month, Pretend City celebrates the love of reading and promotes literacy as a fundamental skill for children’s success as they focus on a favorite childhood interest–the life of a pirate. Your little ones can join their pirate crew every day this month and build the literacy and social skills necessary for literacy development. It’s a month-long pirate adventure, so hang up those swords, and get ready to read!
pretend city indoor entrance
Fridays, September 6-27: Pirate and Princess Ballet Class
Time: 3:00p.m. – 3:35p.m.
Final Recital and Party – Friday, September 27 from 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Specifically for: Preschoolers (4-5 years old) and Kindergartners (5-6 years old).
Introduce your children to the world of ballet and pirates as they delight in the magic of pirate and princess life through dance! Children have the chance to utilize wings, crowns and chiffon scarves as they transform into ballet princesses and ballet swashbucklers will transform into pirates as they walk the plank and express themselves through dance.
RSVP: max 15; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: $10 for 4-week session. Museum admission is not required nor included.
pretendcity circle
Thursday, September 19: National Talk Like A Pirate Day and Pirate Party!
Time: 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.; Pirate Dance Party is at 11:00a.m. and 2p.m.
Visit Pretend City for a swashbuckling adventure to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day! You and your little buccaneers can participate in pirate speak all day at Pretend City, dance to the rhythm of the beat at the Pirate Dance Party in the Orange Plaza and stomp your boots in the fun pirate parade and don’t forget to test your little one’s gross motor skills by walking the plank! Special pirate-themed story times will occur every hour along with facilitated activities throughout the day. This is a journey you won’t want to miss!

Lil’ Me Morning: Ye Old Snack Map – Even pirates need to eat healthy! Follow this map for a healthy eating adventure.
Engaging Afternoon: Word Wallet – See what pirate tales children will tell as they create their own word wallet to construct surprise sentences.

Special Promotion: Buy one admission ticket and receive one free admission ticket when child dresses up in their best pirate garb.

Additional September Highlights include:

Sunday, September 8: Celebrate Grandparents Day!
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Come celebrate Grandparents Day at Pretend City and take part in some “grandpa and grandma” story time! Children can participate in fun, pirate-themed activities as part of their morning start and finish the afternoon with grandma’s fun activities .

Lil Me Morning: Sensational Story Time – How to Babysit a Grandpa is a hilarious how-to guide. You won’t want to miss this story time filled with tips for your buccaneer family, including how to build a pirate cave! As a bonus, children can create their own “how-to” pages.
Engaging Afternoon: Grandma Games—41 Uses for a Grandma explains all the reasons why grandmas are great! Children can participate in some of grandma’s fun activities in the follow-up literacy games.

Monday, September 9: Baby Steps through Pretend City!
Time: 2:00-3:30p.m.
Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months), Grown-ups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.
Bond with your baby and spark your baby’s development in this monthly Baby Steps event that focuses on infant art activities. Join other parents and share your child’s developmental milestones as you and your baby visit the Art Studio, Beach, and Grocery Store. Take advantage of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to check that your little one is developing on track. They’re FREE, fast and easy!
RSVP: max 60; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: $10 per adult, FREE for infants and Pretend City Members
pretend city stage
Friday, September 13: Way to Play Day, Package of Learning!
Time: 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.; Way to Play Days occur on the 2nd Friday of every month
Specifically for: Infant (0-12 months), Young Toddlers (12-24 months), Toddlers (2-4 years), Preschoolers (4-5 years)
Join us as we assist you to find the answers to questions about your child’s development at Way to Play Day. Our play partners (Help Me Grow OC and Irvine/Laguna Beach School Readiness Nurses) are here to assist with the following:

Parenting resources: connecting families to developmental, behavioral, learning, parenting, educational and support services
ASQ developmental check-ups from 10a.m. to noon: assess speech, motor, cognitive and social areas (first come, first served; limited spaces available)

RSVP: Not required
Fee: Check-ups and activities are included with museum admission.

Monday, September 30: Family Autism Event
Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public
This special event is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.
RSVP: max 80 families; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: Free

About Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum features a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving all children, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future. Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, please visit

Ringling Bros. AND Barnum & Bailey Present “Built to Amaze!” July 10th to August 4th–Buy Your Tickets Now!!!

Disclosure: I received Tickets to Ringling Bros. AND Barnum & Bailey “Built to Amaze!”in exchange for this post
The All-New Design Of Circus Excitement Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents BUILT TO AMAZE! Coming to the Southland, July 10 – August 4

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children Of All Ages find out what it takes to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new circus spectacular Built To Amaze! coming to the STAPLES Center Los Angeles (7/10-7/16); Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario (7/19-7/23); and Honda Center, Anaheim (7/26-8/4).
Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros. reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, to lead his funny and mischievous circus supervisors to construct a fantastic design of heart-pounding and wondrous performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences. With more than 110 of the world’s best artists & athletes representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled together, Built to Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including:

Nine-time international award-winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia introduce their uniquely-designed brand of magic and humor with their remarkable trained animals including poodles, ferrets, rabbits, snakes and more!

The Trampoline Tower Tumblers, a troupe of ten competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower.

The popular King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled excitement to the ring with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring ten whirling unicyclists.
In addition, the show features the electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex, the youngest female Human Cannonball, remarkable hand-balancing duos, the always hilarious Clown Alley…and of course no Ringling Bros. circus experience would be complete without our four-legged star performers including the majestic Bengal tigers presented by the charismatic “Taba” and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party.

Be sure to arrive early to join us for several exciting interactive elements before the show starts! Opening 90 minutes prior to each performance, all ticket holders are invited to tour the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animals. Then one hour before show time, families can step onto the arena floor to meet our circus performers and animals at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 10 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 11 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Friday, July 12 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 13 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 14 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Monday, July 15 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 16 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
**All shows include All Access Pre-Show experience

WHERE: STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $26, $30, $45-$50 (VIP), $70-$80 (Front Row) and $100-$120 (Circus Celebrity); Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

WHEN: Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23
Friday, July 19 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 20 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 21 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Monday, July 22 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 23 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

WHEN: Friday, July 26 – Sunday, August 4
Friday, July 26 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 27 11:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 28 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 31 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 1 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
Friday, August 2 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 3 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 4 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE: Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity) Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees

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