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Run-Thru Wedding at Monte Carlo Las Vegas

Photo courtesy MGM Resorts InternationalMonte Carlo Resort and Casino is giving 73 couples the unforgettable opportunity to say “I do” and declare their love on the run during the Run-Thru Wedding Ceremony at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Twenty-two couples marrying for the first time and 51 renewing their vows will run side-by-side to Monte Carlo’s new plaza, located on the Las Vegas Strip, where nuptials will take place in front of friends and family on Sunday, November 17th. In its ninth year, many couples from countries around the world including the UK, Canada, Germany and Brazil will partake in the annual tradition. A milestone in Run-Thru Wedding history, this year’s ceremony will welcome its first same-sex couples, one of which will be renewing their vows and the other who will be marrying for the first time.

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African Serval Kitten Weighs in at San Diego Zoo

Small and Spotted, African Serval Kitten Born at San Diego ZooA five-week-old African serval kitten was weighed by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo this week. The small kitten, weighing in at three pounds, was born to first time mother, Onshe, at the Zoo’s Kopje area on October 7.

Animal care staff began taking weekly weight checks of the young cat to monitor his growth and ensure that he is getting the nutrition that he needs. In order to get a weight check, keepers temporarily separate kitten and mother and then place the kitten into a plastic container on a scale to get an accurate weight.

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Shambala Preserve Announces Winter Wonder Safaris

Shambala Winter Wonder SafarisDo you like doing something new? Do you look forward to fresh, exciting ways to celebrate? Then you don’t want to miss December 7th at Shambala, where you’re invited to join us as we debut the Winter Wonder Safari!

Since our Sunset Safaris have been such a roaring success (pun intended) over the last three years, we’ve decided to expand the concept in a slightly different way.

As the name Winter Wonder Safari implies, you’ll need to dress for cold weather as you will be entertained from 4PM to 7PM. Check-in is at 3:30PM with gates closing at 4:05PM. We’re sprucing up an area of the grounds that has never been used to entertain before …. And you can be the first to experience it.

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LA Zoo Reindeer Romp Coming This Season

Photo courtesy Jamie PhamFour visiting reindeer return to the Los Angeles Zoo for the only opportunity to see real reindeer in Los Angeles at the “LA ZOO REINDEER ROMP,” which opens Friday, November 28, 2014, and continues through Sunday, January 4, 2015 (except Christmas Day), during regular Zoo hours (10 am to 5 pm).  Festivities only begin with the reindeer, known as Jingle, Belle, Noel, and Velvet, who are on view daily (as well as at the “LA Zoo Lights” nighttime extravaganza).  On weekends from 10 am to 4 pm beginning Saturday, November 29, Zoo guests also enjoy a flurry of seasonal flourishes, including holiday decorations and a craft project for youngsters while Zoo animals engage in the fun with enrichment activities like unwrapping their very own presents.  Chats and photos with Santa Claus are available from 11 am to 3 pm through Sunday, December 21.

All activities, except Santa photos, are free with paid Zoo admission, which is is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under age two.  Zoo admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

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Every Witch Way Weekend Coming to Universal Orlando

Nickelodeon's Every Witch WayUniversal Orlando Resort will host a fun filled weekend featuring the Nickelodeon hit live action series “Every Witch Way” on December 12 and 13.

Fans of the hit series will be able to enjoy two days of spellbinding activities featuring some of their favorite cast members, including Paola Andino (Emma Alonso), Nick Merico (Daniel Miller), Paris Smith (Maddie Van Pelt) and Rahart Adams (JaxNovoa). Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend will also give guests the opportunity to:

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Voyage to the Iron Reef Coming to Knott’s in 2015

Voyage to the Iron Reef Concept ArtKnott’s Berry Farm announced plans for a spectacular new interactive 4-D attraction for 2015, Voyage to the Iron Reef.  Opening spring 2015, Voyage to the Iron Reef adds high-tech fun for everyone as guests save Knott’s from mysterious creatures emerging from the seas beneath the Boardwalk in a cutting edge media-based battle.

Ever since construction crews finished expanding the Boardwalk Pier in 2013, guests have happily enjoyed the many new attractions like Coast Rider and Surfside Gliders.  But all that activity on the Boardwalk shores has reawakened a mystic lair in the depths below, filled with creatures who have risen up to wreak havoc on the classic So Cal theme park.

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LEGOLAND Florida Holiday Events 2014

LEGOLAND Florida_NewChristmas_002Celebrate the holidays as a family when LEGOLAND Florida Resort hosts its annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebrations, beginning weekends in December. Visitors can participate in extraordinary holiday-themed LEGO builds, interact with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier Characters and experience snow falling down on Fun Town.  Nightly fireworks begin on Dec. 26 and will last until the end of the year.  LEGOLAND Florida is an exciting, family-friendly place to spend the holiday season.

The Park wraps up the month-long celebration with the ultimate Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, featuring a LEGO brick drop at 7 p.m. midnight KST, (Kid Standard Time!) to bring in the New Year. Holiday events are included with normal Park admission.

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REVIEW: Fright Fest 2014 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright_Fest_2014_3561Large-scale theme park Halloween events are commonplace here in Southern California. After all, this is where the haunted attraction industry was born; we expect our world-famous theme parks to step up at Halloween and put on a good show for the tens of thousands of tourists and locals that flood through their gates each night looking for intense scares and thrills. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain has been one such event since it began in earnest in 1993; one year before Theme Park Adventure was founded. TPA actually visited the event a few years later, and then had not returned until this year, after nearly two decades. Why the huge gap in time since our last visit, and why now all of a sudden? It’s a really interesting subject; one that needs explanation to coincide with our 2014 review of Magic Mountain’s event.

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Universal Orlando’s Holiday Celebrations 2014

Universal_Orlando_GrinchmasIt’s the most wonderful time of the year at Universal Orlando Resort. Beginning Dec. 6 through Jan. 3, families can create lifelong memories during Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration. Kids from one to 92 can watch larger-than-life balloons float through the streets during the Macy’s Holiday Parade, hear Christmas music sensation Mannheim Steamroller perform beloved holiday classics with a modern twist and come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas!

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will fill the streets with the same larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous New York City parade. Guests will be immersed in the spirit of the season with holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony with the big man himself, Santa Claus. Also, guests won’t want to miss the Chloe The Clown “Balloonicle,” a new addition to the parade that combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios.

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Free Admission Days at Fairytale Town

Sherwood Forest at Fairytale Town (3)Fairytale Town gives thanks to the Sacramento community by offering two Free Admission Days during the holiday season.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fairytale Town offers free admission to families who bring a canned food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services – Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive. The day also includes free arts and crafts activities. Puppet Art Theater Company will be on hand to present “Jack’s Holiday Adventure,” a holiday version of the classic “Jack and the Beanstalk” story, at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Children’s Theater. Tickets for the puppet show are $1 for Fairytale Town members and $2 for nonmembers.

Families can let their imaginations run wild during the park’s second Free Admission Day. Fairytale Town will be open for play with free admission on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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