November 24, 2012
Toyota – Lexus Tether Retrofit Program SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
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Before you get on the road this holiday weekend, take some time to make sure your child's car seat is safe. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., in collaboration with Toyota and Lexus dealers, is assisting customers with the installation of tether anchors in the TOYOTA-LEXUS TETHER RETROFIT PROGRAM. Pre-2000 model year vehicles qualify for the program. All major manufacturers are participating. For more information and to learn if your vehicle qualifies for this program, go to the SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. website.
The Holiday Season Chris Byrnes' Time to Play Hot Holiday Toys 2012 Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy Time to Play Magazine 229 West 28th Street, Suite 401 New York, NY 10001 www.timetoplaymag.com
Chris Byrne, the "Toy Guy" and Time to Play have been tracking store sales since early October and talking to retailers in order to give viewers the inside track on 10 toys you should order today, if you want to get them for your kids this holiday season. This season's hottest toys cover a wide variety of products, from high tech to basic play, suggesting that a good toy is one that inspires engaging play.
Here is Chris Byrnes' TIME TO PLAY HOT HOLIDAY TOYS 2012:
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer (LeapFrog) -- The LeapPad was the #1 toy last year and has been selling out consistently all year, making the Time to Play Most Wanted List. The new version is sturdier, has twice the memory, better performance, and front and rear cameras for the same $99 of the original. This has emerged as the iPad for kids. Chris got more calls in December last year from people desperate to find this toy than at any time since Tickle Me Elmo in 1996.
Furby (Hasbro) -- Furby is back and better than ever. Hasbro has really gotten the technology right. He's more interactive, more amusing and more engaging than ever. Plus there's even an iPod or iPhone App that you can use with him to expand the play. According to Walmart, Furby is one of the top toys that people are putting on layaway and is also on the Time to Play Most Wanted List.
Monster High High School Playset (Mattel) -- Another hot layaway item, the Monster High High School Playset is the first dollhouse for the super-hot Monster High dolls, which continue to be one of the hottest fashion dolls out there. It's got the ghoulishly good humor of the line, including a "basketball court" and coffin lockers as well as an innovative fold-up design.
Crayola Digital Light Designer (Crayola) -- This digital designer lets kids draw with light and a touch-sensitive stylus and is a stand-alone unit that lets kids explore color, technology and animation. The Crayola Digital Light Designer reflects the trend seen over the past couple of years that combine electronics with arts and crafts.
ZX Crossbow (Zing) -- Introduced earlier this year, the Zing Crossbow has been so popular that retailers can't keep it in stock. People love the soft, safe fun and the action-packed play.
NERF Elite Hail Fire (Hasbro) -- Another huge hit on the Time to Play Most Wanted List, the NERF Elite Hail Fire has the ability to shoot up to 144 darts rapid fire. You've never seen a NERF battle like this! LaDeeDa (Spin Master) -- This is a big year for fashion dolls, and the LaDeeDa collections show all the signs of being a breakout hit. Not only are they gorgeous dolls, they also inspire girls to be creative in their own right. These are appealing to slightly older, slightly more sophisticated girls who have a great, whimsical fashion sense.
Perplexus Twist (PlaSmart) -- The original Perplexus Epic and Rookie puzzles have been sell outs in the specialty market. These hard-to-put-down puzzles are appealing to those who love a challenge and parents who appreciate its great value pricing.
Micro Chargers (Moose) -- Micro cars are another huge trend this year. Exclusive to Toys "R" Us, Micro Chargers have a unique charging system that revs the cars and then sends them racing on tracks. With two different versions for stunts and speed and a high level of collectibility, this toy is racing off shelves.
Skylanders Construction Sets (MEGA) -- For fans of the Skylanders game, a huge hit in the video game arena, these construction sets are a new way for fans and young kids to get into the excitement of the game. This toy also made the Time to Play Most Wanted List. As director of content for "Time To Play," Chris Byrne brings 29 years of industry experience in the toy industry to his role as a researcher, analyst and consultant with New York-based Byrne Communications. He has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies tracking kid trends, product development and strategic marketing campaigns and is regularly sourced by the investment community for insights into all aspects of the toy industry. Chris is widely published on the topic of toys and family life and in addition to his work with "Time to Play" he is editor-at-large for the trade publications Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties.
Begins sunset Thursday, November 22nd through midnight Sunday, November 22nd Pacific Wheel Thanksgiving Lighting Display Pacific Park 380 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 260-8744 www.pacpark.com
Visit Pacific Park this Thanksgiving holiday weekend to see the Pacific Wheel's Thanksgiving lighting display, which features a cornucopia of patterns and colors, including orange and green, from sunset on Thursday, November 22nd through midnight on Sunday, November 25th. The Pacific Wheel is the world's only solar powered Ferris wheel featuring 160,000 energy efficient LED lights that present dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment each evening. This eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 75-percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheels that use traditional incandescent bulbs. Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, L.A.'s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 18 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. Pacific Park opens at 11 a.m. and is in full operation throughout the holiday weekend.
Saturday @ 11 a.m. Free! No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World Annenberg Space for Photography 2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles 213 403 3000 annenbergspaceforphotography.org
There are "no strangers" at the Annenberg Space for Photography. That's the name of the new group photography show about the wonder of culture and the plight of indigenous people. The free exhibit includes a series of lectures. Saturday the topic is "Painted Bodies of Africa: Documenting a Disappearing Word. This massive exhibit is FREE!
Saturday @ 10 a.m. An American Christmas Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley 805 520 9702 www.reaganfoundation.org
This is a holiday classic! "An American Christmas" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Tour the winter wonderland of 25-trees decorated to celebrate defining moments of American history from the Revolutionary era to the beginning of the 21st century.
By the way, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy, local children. Donate a toy worth more than ten dollars, get a discount on exhibit admission.
Saturday Trees, Trains, & Traditions Richard Nixon Presidential Library 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard Yorba Linda 714 993 5075 www.nixonfoundation.org A magnificent collection of 25-breathtaking trees decorated to reflect the spirit of the holidays from countries and cultures around the world, specially themed trees and five model railroad systems celebrate the holiday season at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.
Saturday @ 7:10pm The Santa Train Fillmore & Western Railway Fillmore 805 524 2546 www.fwry.com Ho! Ho! Ho! It's the Santa Train. The Fillmore and Western Railway invites your family to one of four stops along the route in Ventura County. Santa is riding the rails from Montalvo in East Ventura to Fillmore Saturday night. Santa will distribute goodies to children at every stop.
Oh, don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy to the Fillmore Volunteer Firefighter Foundation and the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association. They will distribute your toys to the area's needy children.
Saturday @ 10am 22nd Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art Festival 935 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach 949 494 3030 www.sawdustartfestival.org The Sawdust Art Festival is an unusual and historic place to find one of a kind holiday shopping treasures. Nearly two hundred artists have transformed the festival grounds into a winter wonderland of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothing and more.
Saturday @ Noon Holiday Global Bazaar The Courtyard Craft & Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles 323 937 4230 www.cafam.org It's Global Bazaar time! The CAFAM Courtyard is transformed into an intimate marketplace where you will find unique handcrafted gifts for everyone from more than 20-vendors with a curated selection of fair-trade goods by local and global artisans.
Saturday @ 10am Space Shuttle Endeavour Samuel Oschin Pavilion California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles 323 724 3623 www.californiasciencecenter.org If you have not seen the space shuttle Endeavour, this might be a good weekend to stop by the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center.
The massive orbiter is accompanied by a massive exhibit that tells the California story of its 25 missions and the support equipment and team required.
Saturday @ 10am Holiday Hike El Dorado Nature Center 7550 East Spring Street Long Beach 562-570-1745 Burn off some of your Thanksgiving calories at the El Dorado Nature Center Holiday Hike. The cost? Only three-dollars per person. Call before you arrive. Registration is required.
Saturday 15th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Avenue Glendale 818 243 2539 www.alextheatre.org The Three Stooges! Did you know some of the Three Stooges shorts were filmed a few blocks from the Glendale Alex Theatre? True! So, the Alex Theatre Film Society is screening five Stooges classics at 2pm and 8pm. On the silver screen – "Merry Mavericks", "Three Little Pigksins", "An Ache in Every Stake", "Movie Maniacs", and "Pop Goes the Weasel."
Saturday @ 11am 6th Annual Thankscrimmage The Rinks Corona Inline 4325 Prado Road, #101 Corona www.prisoncityderbydames.com It's all about skating at the Prison City Derby Dames 6th annual "Thankscrimmage". This all day, flat track event is competition among teams from California as well as outstate teams.