SEPTEMBER 2018 - FREE
LMVL SoCal A LIVING MI VIDA LOCA PUBLICATION
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
DOING IT FOR THE 'GRAM
9 FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO DO THIS MONTH
WHERE TO CELEBRATE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
OUR FAVORITE SPOTS AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
CONTENTS GOOD EATS 11 Our fave tacos spots 17 How to make white pozole with chicken
What is Mexican Independence Day?
Supporting Latina Women Entrepreneurs
Fake it til you make it: Football Terms
Weekend Getaway: Tijuana
What to expect: Mickey's Halloween Party
LATINO HERITAGE MUSEUMS
Instagram Walls at DCA
OUR FAVORITE MUSEUMS IN SOCAL
SPOTLIGHT CELEBRATE MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY Where to celebrate Mexican Independence Day / p7
Celebrating Latino culture. / p9
Family-friendly things to do and see this month
Monthly 5: Best places to watch a game
Now Playing: Peppermint
ON THE COVER
Book Pick of the Month
MEXICAN BRAID HAIRSTYLE
WWII MURAL, "HEROES AMONG US"
What to stream on Netflix
How to create the perfect traditional Mexican braid / p18
Where to see the WWII Mural / p12
Family-Friendly things to do this month
LMVL SoCal is published monthly by Cordova Media Group LLC and available online at LMVLSoCal.com. All rights reserved. Copyright 2018.
Pattie Cordova EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Fall is right around the the corner and that means the holidays will soon be here. For some of us, the holidays are starting off this month with Mexican Independence Day! A two-day celebration to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spain, and an opportunity to pass down traditions to our young ones. This month, we share an amazing list of places that are celebrating Mexican Independence Day with fiestas patrias. We invite you to take your family and enjoy delicious Mexican food, traditional ballet folklorico and hear history come alive with "el grito" reenactments. We also bring you some info on Disneyland upcoming Mickey's Halloween Party. And if you're a football fan, well we try out best to talk about that too. LOL We hope you're enjoying the start of what we hope are chillier days. Thank you for visiting and reading our magazine!!! Happy Fall! STAFF WRITERS
Stephanie Powers LMVLSOCAL.COM | 02
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY IS CELEBRATED ON SEPTEMBER 16TH - THE DAY AFTER " EL GRITO DE DOLORES" - THE CRY OF INDEPENDENCE. "EL GRITO," WHICH TOOK PLACE LATE SEPTEMBER 15TH, IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE INITIAL START OF THE MEXICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.
LOS ANGELES El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument, Placita Olvera Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with music, dancing, games and activities. September 15 and 16 | 10am-8pm 845 N Alameda St., Los Angeles East LA Mexican Independence Day Parade Parade starts at 10:30am and runs through Cesaer Chavez Blvd. Stay for the festival from 11:30-5pm. September 16 | 10:30am - 5pm 4914 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles El Grito de Dolores Join thousands of Angelinos to commemorate “El Grito” de Independencia on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall. This is a re-enactment of the original grito and bell ringing made by Dolores. Los Tucanes de Tijuana will headline. September 15 | 5pm 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles
CELEBRATE MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY IN SOCAL
A roundup of special celebrations. by Alma Pedroza
Family Days at La Plaza Museum Performances by Los Norteados del Sur, Las Colibri, and Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas. Free admission September 16 | 12-4pm 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Celebration Mariachi performance, Danza Azteca, arts & crafts. September 15 | 5pm-6pm South Bay Pavillion Mall, 20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson Hispanic Heritage Festival 2018 Festival includes live entertainment, carnival style and interactive games, arts and crafts, vendor and information booths, as well as a classic car show. September 15 | 11am-5pm Crozier Middle School, 120 W. Regent St., Inglewood Que Buena Fiestas Patrias 2018 Live performances from your favorite Mexican musicians and food vendors to celebrate big. September 16 | 11am-6pm Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring St Mexican Independence Day Festival Celebrate with carnival games, a piñatas design contest, FREE giveaways and more! Free admission September 15 | 2pm-5pm Park Plaza On Maine, 14400 Ramona Blvd, Baldwin Park
Plaza Mexico, Lynwood Festival Fiestas Patrias 2018 Plaza Mexico in Lynwood annual festival hosted by Telemundo 52 and CNN en Espanol. Live performances, food vendors and great atmosphere at this festival. September 15 | 12-8pm Plaza Mexico, 3100 E. Imperial Hwy, Lynwood Fiestas Patrias: Celebrating Baja California This year's theme "Baja California" will recognize the culture & crafts, music & dance of the region. September 14 | 6pm-11:30pm Town Center Plaza, 11740 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs LMVLSOCAL.COM | 07
LOS ANGELES CON'T
Fiestas Patrias Enjoy live music, dance performances and kids activities. September 14 | 4pm-8pm Villa-Parke Community Center, 365 E. Villa St., Pasadena
Fiestas Patrias: El Grito Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a day of music, dance and other performances, featuring a very special "Grito de Independencia" presided over by Consul Mario Cuevas. Tons of vendors and activities with Childrenâ€™s Museum of La Habra and Telemundo. September 8 | 5pm-9pm The Source OC, 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
Latino Heritage Festival Come out to enjoy a family fun day with bouncy houses, crafts, vendors and live dancers. Free event. September 16 | 9am-1pm. 100 S. 2nd St., Alhambra
INLAND EMPIRE El Grito This is a free, family friendly, cultural event celebrating Mexican Independence Day complete with food, live music and performance, dancing, exhibitors, kids zone and more! September 15 | 6pm-10pm Moreno Valley College 16130 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley
Fiestas Patrias at Anaheim Indoor Marketplace Come join us at La Placita (The open area in the back with a stage and seating) for live entertainment and a kids zone with arts, crafts and jumpers. September 15 | 12pm-4pm Anaheim Indoor Marketplace 1440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade Celebrate Mexican Independence with live music, dance performances, delicious food, carnival rides, and a variety of vendors and exhibitors! El Grito Ceremony will take place on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with the annual Fiestas Patrias parade taking place on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. September 15 & 16 | 12pm - 10pm Santa Ana Civic Stadium
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A GUIDE TO LATINO HERITAGE MUSEUMS byÂ Liby Flores
Celebrate this month with visiting some of Southern Californiaâ€™s Latino Heritage Museums. There are our top picks: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
The mission of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California. 501 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 542-6200 www.lapca.org Free admission
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
The Museum of Latin American Art educates the public through the collection, preservation, presentation and interpretation of modern and contemporary Latin American art in order to promote cross-cultural dialogue. 628 Alamitos Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-1689 www.moolaa.org
Latino Art Museum
Gallery showcasing the work of contemporary Latino American artists, plus classes & workshops. 281 S Thomas St, Pomona, CA 91766 Opens 3PM (909) 620-6009 www.latinoartmuseum.com
General Admission $9 Seniors $6 Students $6; MOLAA Members Free; Children under 12 Free
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LA RAZA Exhibit at The Autry in Griffith Park
Published in Los Angeles from 19671977, the influential bilingual newspaper La Raza provided a voice to the Chicano Rights Movement. La Raza engaged photographers not only as journalists but also as artists and activists to capture the definitive moments, key players, and signs and symbols of Chicano activism. This exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.Â Autry Members: Free Adults: $14 Students (with current ID) and Seniors (60+): $10 Children (3â€“12): $6 Children under 3: Free getty.edu/pacificstandardtime/
A century of southern California history awaits you at the Homestead Museum! This six acre site dates from the era when California was still part of Mexico through the decade of the 1920s when Los Angeles had become a major American city. Located in the City of Industry. 15415 East Don Julian Road City of Industry, CA, 91745 (626) 968-8492 homesteadmuseum.org Free admission
The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture
The Latino Museum is committed to building a broader understanding of the rich history of Latino art and to increase public awareness of outstanding works of contemporary Latino artists. 514 South Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 626-7600 Free admission LMVLSOCAL.COM | 10
OUR FAVE TACO SPOTS by Alma Pedroza DECEMBER 2016
The list includes different taco styles, price points, food truck options and sit down locations. Some that are so iconic, others overrated, but we include them because after so many years they keep us coming back for more. 1
BIRRERIA JALISCO, SANTA ANA
Their house specialty, the Birria de Chivo, can be ordered as a plate or in tacos, and comes paired with homemade tortillas. While you're there, try their Salvadorean pupusas. They are insanely good. 404 N Grand Ave A, Santa Ana, CA 92701 KING TACO, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
This fast food chain has been serving SoCal since 1974. It has 20 locations still serving the same good ol tacos, burritos, nachos and sopes. Locations in Los Angeles and Inland Empire CARNITAS EL MOMO, L.A.
This food truck is famous for their carnitas. We recommend their Aporkalypse taco - a combination of cueritos, buche and Guanajuato style carnitas. 2411 Fairmont, Los Angeles, CA 90033
MARISCOS JALISCO, L.A.
EL POLLO NORTEÑO, ANAHEIM
You can smell the roasting chickens blocks away. They are slowly roasted which ensures soft crispy chicken perfect for tacos. They are also known for cooking with mesquite charcoal. 528 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805 TACOLIZED TACO BAR CATERING
This taco catering cart has won awards for their amazing tacos. Their tacos al pastor are known to be some of the best in Orange County.
TACO MARIA, COSTA MESA
Their tacos are a bit of a splurge at $14-$18 each. Our pick is the taco arrachera: medium rare skirt steak, applewood bacon, and blue corn tortilla. Reservations are strongly suggested. 3313 Hyland Ave Ste C21, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
BURRITOS LAS PALMAS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
This burrito place is so good that it deserves to be on our top list. They are loved by food critics and make it into the OC Weekly’s Best year after year. Also a favorite we us, we recommend the birria burrito. Locations in Los Angeles and OC
This food truck has been serving Los Angeles area for the past 18 years. We recommend the shrimp taco: the shrimp has a crispy outer layer, avocado and salsa. 3040 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023 LOS ORIGINALES TACOS ARABE DE PUEBLA, L.A.
Tacos arabes are originally from Puebla, mixing Arabic spit cooking with traditional Mexican flavors. Their tortillas are made fresh, meat is tender and signature chipotle salsa is extremely flavorful. 3600 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023 LMVLSOCAL.COM | 11
"Among Heroes" by Carlos "Jaguar" Aguilar What: Mural honors World War II veterans, especially ones that live or lived in Santa Ana's Logan neighborhood. Where: La Chiquita Restaurant, corner of Custer Street and Washington Avenue
THEBUY: NEWEST TECH & GEAR OF 2019 WHAT TO FOR YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RADAR SUPPORTING LATINA ENTREPRENEURS
by Liby Flores
We are happy to see so many Latinas hustling and working their entrepreneurial skills. Here are some So Cal picks that you may want to check out:
Lil' Libros Patty Rodriguez is a Latina entrepreneur and a radio producer for
“On Air with Ryan Seacrest”. She has also written Lil’ Libros such as “Selena” and “Cantinflas”. They’re great bilingual books for the entire family. We love these! lillibros.com
Momables Laura Fuentes is not only a mom but the
CEO of Momables, a meal prep service that is affordable and yummy. She keeps it real when she shares her struggles of motherhood, being a business owner, writing her cookbook, and homeschooling her kids. momables.com
Hija de tu Madre Hija de tu Madre is a creative outlet that
celebrates the complexities of being a product of more than one culture. Thus, Hija de tu Madre caters to Latinx who bravely question everything, while reconciling our complicated history, culture, and identity. The shop and blog are for muxeres who unapologetically represent their colorful culture as we try to make sense of two seemingly opposing identities. hijadetumadre.com LMVLSOCAL.COM | 13
chilOSO Gummy Bear This chilosa Gummy Bear Latina Queen has the
best gourmet chile gummies, desserts, and much more! They cater private events for any occasion. Of course when you're Latino everything has to have chile right? Well, even if you’re not, everything tastes better with a little spice. Check out their delicioso dessert options for any of your upcoming celebrations! .chilOSOgummybear.com
Twisted 4 Sugar
Lucia Rios is building her little sugar empire. Her cotton candy is “natural & hand crafted” with unique flavors and cute packaging. Twisted offers a monthly subscription for all of you sugar lovers with new flavors to try each month. This month they have a delicious concha lechera flavor, mmm, talk about a “Latin Twist.” twisted4sugar.com
Joanna Rosario and Leslie Valdivia are the cofounders of Vive Cosmetics. Their goal was to empower Latina women and represent our cultura. Vive Cosmetics offers PETA certified products lipsticks because all Latinas need a fave lip color. vivecosmetics.com
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WHITE POZOLE WITH CHICKEN by Pattie Cordova LivingMiVidaLoca.com
We're patiently waiting for Fall weather when it's chilly enough sip and devour pozole on a weekly basis. This traditional dish is great for family dinners. You can also make a red version of pozole by adding red chile puree (using ancho and/or guajillo chiles) while it cooks, and substitute chicken for pork. The pozole can be enjoyed as is, or topped with shredded cabbage, cilantro, diced avocado, green chile and a side of lime and bolillo bread (or French bread if you donâ€™t have bolillo at your market). INGREDIENTS
1/2 onion 1 garlic bulb 3 tbsp. chicken flavor bouillon 105 oz Juanitas Mexican Style Hominy half a chicken in pieces 1/2 tbsp oregano
Fill a large pot halfway with water and add half an onion, garlic bulb and chicken flavor bouillon. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Rinse hominy in large colander. Add to pot and bring back to a boil. Rinse chicken and add to pot. Add oregano. Cover and simmer on low for thirty minutes. Serve hot.
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EASY TRADITIONAL MEXICAN BRAID byÂ Liby Flores
DIRECTIONS Comb out wet hair and detangle. After you have detangled hair, part hair down the middle with a rat tail comb. Prepare your 3 colored ribbons that you will clip to the top of the head with 2 bobby pins. Start on the top of one side and divide hair in 3 sections. Hold the three strands in your hands along with the ribbon. Each strand should have its own ribbon. Grasping the strands correctly will help you braid neatly and quickly. Though you might find another way that's more comfortable for you, here's a basic beginning grip: Grasp the left strand in your left hand. Grasp the center strand between the thumb and index finger of your right hand. Grasp the right strand Here's a quick, simple and cute Mexican braids that you or your daughter can rock this month.
between your right palm and the last three
center, and then add the right strand; and
2 Red Ribbon (Cut ribbon to hair length)
2 Green Ribbon (Cut ribbon to hair length)
Tie the end with your rubber band and add
2 White Ribbon (Cut ribbon to hair length)
hairspray to have a polished look.
fingers of your right hand.Move the right strand to the center, then left strand to the
4 bobby pins Rat Tail Comb 2 Hair Rubber Bands Hairspray LMVLSOCAL.COM | 18
MONTHLY 5: BEST PLACES TO WATCH FOOTBALL GAMES Sonny McLeans Irish Pub Enjoy over 40 beers on tap, wine and liquor, and 23 HDTV's with virtually every major satellite/cable package available. 2615 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
Rudy's Pub and Grill This upscale sport bar has fresh food, great atmosphere and there are several flat screens throughout the restaurant. Enjoy the sunshine at the same time and sit underneath the retractable roof! 3110 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach
Buffalo Wild Wings Bigger-than-ever flat screens throughout the restaurant, it’s easy to watch your favorite team from almost any table, great beer on tap, and great wings!
Old Crow Smokehouse Try their Pigskin Nachos, handcrafted cocktails (Moonshine), country music, and 55” big screens. Head over to their open patio where you can watch your favorite team in action. 21022 PCH, Huntington Beach
Heroes Bar and Grill They have 119 beers on tap & a full service bar. The atmosphere is full of Americana memorabilia and their huge portions of food are perfect to share with friends. 125 W. Santa Fe Ave. Fullerton
FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT: FOOTBALL TERMS So you're invited out to watch a football game. You say yes - but you're more about the drink specials. Is this you? Then use this quick guide to football terms you'll no doubt hear as you're chugging down that second (or third) beer:
1. End zone: This is a 10-yard-long area at each end of the field. When a player has the ball and enters this area, they've scored a touchdown (more on that later). If a player has the ball and they're tackled while in this area, the other team gets a safety. 2. Down: This is the time from when the ball is put into play until the ball is "dead" - meaning the play is done. The offense gets four downs in the hopes that they'll take the ball 10 yards. If they don't, then the ball goes to the opponent. 3. Interception: When the football is caught by a defensive player during a pass. This is all those iconic photos when one football player jumps high in the air and catches the ball just as the guy behind him reaches for it at the same time. 4. Kickoff: When a player kicks the ball into play. During a kickoff, the opposing team cannot block it. A kickoff is done at the first and third quarter, and after every touchdown and successful field goal. 5. Safety: When a defensive player tackles and offensive player who has possession of the ball while in his own end zone. The defensive player's team gets two points. 6.Touchdown: This is the big one. It's worth six points and it happens when a player has the football and crosses the line on the opponent's goal area. Can also happen when a player is in the opponent's end zone and they catch the ball while in the zone. Can also happen when a defensive player gets a loose ball in the opponent’s end zone. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 19
TAILGAITING TIPS by Stephanie Powers Tailgating is a huge and fun thing for football fans to do. its an amazing experience and its something you could do with the whole family. Typically, tailgating takes place during or before a game, at their home stadium's parking lot. Grilling out with friends and family, playing games, drinking, and just have a good o' time. Here are some tips to make your tailgating experience amazing: Research Please make sure you research all the rules beforehand, you don't want to get thrown out on your first time tailgating. Also make sure you know when and where you will meet up with friends and family. Organization A great way to organize your stations is by placing a card at each table to let everybody know where everything will be located. A few suggestions include: prep food station, drink station, utensils and condiments stations. Also make sure you make space for a rest and play area. Games You'll need some entertainment while waiting for food to be ready and the game to start. Make it easy for you by bring a container with a couple footballs, UNO cards or deck cards, corn hole, the Deluxe Bucket toss and your station will have a blast with all these games. Food Finger food is always the best way to go for tailgating parties. A great menu could include: tacos, meat skewers, veggie skewers, wings, guacamole, salsa , hummus, tortilla chips, bar nuts, cookies and brownies. Music You can't have a tailgating party without music, If you don't already have your iTunes, you can always download Pandora or another music app. Bring a bluetooth speaker as well. Show team spirit Have your team colors all over your station: tablecloths, cups, napkins, desserts, and most importantly - have your jerseys on. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 20
WHAT TO STREAM ON NETFLIX
Celebrating Mexican Independence Day all month long with these features:
NOVELAS Rebelde La Reina del Sur El Hotel de Los Secretos House of Flowers COMEDY SERIES El Especia de Alex Fernandez, el especial Carlos Ballarta: Furia Nera Sofia Nino de Rivera: Expuesta MOVIES Y tu Mama Tambien La Mujer de Mi Hermano Don’t Blame the Kid Series Club de Cuervos El Chavo
photo credit: STX Entertainment
NOW PLAYING: PEPPERMINT Riley North awakens from a coma after surviving a brutal attack that killed her husband and daughter. When the system shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling frustration into motivation, the young widow spends years in hiding -- honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force. Eluding the underworld, the police and the FBI, Riley embarks on a deadly quest to deliver her own personal brand of punishment.
BOOK PICK OF THE MONTH
BINGE WORTH PICK OF THE MONTH LA CASA DE LAS FLORES This Mexican web television series is dubbed in English. If you understand Spanish, it's even better when you get it translated to Spanish. It's 13 episodes long, and although the first season just ended, we're already dying to see season two. p.s. Veronica Castro is life. "In this dark comedy, a wealthy matriarch tries to maintain her family's facade of perfection after her husband's mistress exposes their dirty secrets."
SARAI AND THE MEANING OF AWESOME BY SARAI GONZALEZ & MONICA BROWN Fourth grader Sarai Gonzalez can do anything. She can bake, dance, and run her own cupcake business. But when Sarai's grandparents are forced to move, even Sarai's not sure what to do. So she hatches a super-awesome plan with her younger sisters and cousin to buy back the house. Will Sarai find a way to save the day? LMVLSOCAL.COM | 21
SEPTEMBER 9 FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO AND SEE THIS MONTH
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Sunset Cinema Series: Moana
Free outdoor movie event! Movie starts at dusk, bring chairs and blankets. Free parking after 6pm. Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. PCH, Dana Point facebook.com/events/1562105050 50441 German American Heritage Day Celebrate this festive celebration of German culture. Special events including guest speakers, dance groups, and multiple clubs will be participating. Admission is FREE for everyone on this special Family Day. alpinevillagecenter.com Day of Remembrance Pretend City will have different activities for children to show their patriotism and learn more about the day in a kid-friendly way. Activities included with paid admission. pretendcity.org Roaring Nights at LA Zoo This after hours concert has pop-up zookeeper talks, special feedings and animal discovery stations. All this while grooving to live bands, DJs and a silent disco experience. lazoo.org/roaringnights/ Latin American Heritage Celebration
This free event is a colorful spectacle with Mariachi bands, folk ensembles, and music from Mexico, Cuba, Central, and South America. culturela.org/event/latin-americanheritage-celebration-3
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Movies on the Pacific Battleship USS IOWA
Watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi onboard the USS IOWA. Bring chairs and blankets, since it gets very cold. pacificbattleship.com Star Wars Day at Circle City Center
Meet and mingle with your favorite Star Wars characters and take part in Saber Training. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. CoronaCA.gov/Library Baja Splash Cultural Festival
Celebrate the beauty and diversity of Latino cultures through song, dance, art, and cultural displays. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, and special activities. aquariumofpacific.org Kidz Bop 2018
Kidz Bop concerts are a great family friendly event. They feature pop songs, sung by kids with appropriate lyrics. facebook.com/events/206236311 7367932 LMVLSOCAL.COM | 23
WEEKEND GETAWAY: TIJUANA
by Pattie Cordova Thinking of visiting Tijuana soon? We have three fun places where you can take your kids during your visit. Centro Cultural Tijuana Centro Cultural Tijuana (a.k.a. Tijuana Cultural Center) is a large cultural center in the Zona Río district of Tijuana, Mexico. The center houses the only IMAX theatre in Tijuana, along with rotating exhibits and shows throughout the year. The center also has permanent exhibits and hosts school field trips. Admission is just a few dollars, and even less for children. Stop by and visit the aquarium next to the gardens, admission is included with your ticket Mini City Mini City is a miniature city created just for kids. You’ll pay for each person at the entrance. There El Trompo Museo Interactivo you’ll be given a bracelet that lets Mini City know This museum offers three floors of which children belong to which caretaker. You’ll then educational hands-on exhibits. Start at the go upstairs where your children are paired up with a bubble area where kids can make bubbles Mini City guide. Each guide has only a handful of kids through different methods. Afterwards, at a time – think of the guide as a really fun babyhead over to the large map where kids can sitter. They create scenarios for the kids, take them use a magnifying glass to explore the city. on adventures throughout the make-believe city and There is a lot of diversity in the exhibits and ensure that each visit is tailor-made for the kids. they have a great time learning and having There is no extra charge for the guide, and the kids fun all at once. have a blast with the guide as they're lead through the city on fun adventures. Tijuana is filled with things to do with kids, but these three museums take the cake because of the kid-friendly culture that they embody. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 24
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY Mickey’s Halloween Party is an after-hours, separate-ticket event, where guests may dress in costume and have the opportunity to trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park for candy and healthy goodies. Mickey’s Halloween Party also includes special entertainment, classic attractions and the added bonus of unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads of photos taken during the event, making it easier than ever to capture memories during the party. An exclusive treat for guests attending Mickey’s Halloween Party is “Halloween Screams,” a supernatural firework show. The nighttime spectacular is hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies,” Jack Skellington. Also exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party is the “Frightfully Fun Parade” led by The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic, “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”). The Horseman rides down Main Street, U.S.A., on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-o’-lantern to usher in the parade, which features Vampirina, Jack Skellington and a procession of grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction.
Guests attending Mickey’s Halloween Party may also visit Villains Square for a chance to encounter and take photos with Disney villains. Additional Disney characters donned in Halloween attire can also be found throughout the park. As an added value, guests with a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket will have the opportunity to “mix in” with regular park guests for three hours prior to the party’s start time. These guests also may visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks with their tickets. Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781- 4400. Some nights may be sold out and guests may check availability at Disneyland.com/party. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 25
INSTAGRAM WALLS AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE by Stephanie Powers
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This Pixar wall is actually a huge wooden gate, and it's located towards the end of the pier. Between Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, and Chiller at Paradise Garden Park.
This instagram wall is located in Paradise Garden, it's so fun and so colorful!
Find this fun wall on the Pixar Pier, passing Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats.