Rockin Mama™ Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:29:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rockin Mama™ 32 32 111966601 Pageant of the Masters – Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:00:00 +0000 Did you know that the Pageant of the Masters, which debuted in Laguna Beach in 1933, has only gone dark twice…once during World War II (1942-1945) and last year due to the pandemic. I can’t begin to describe how excited I was to learn that after a year of closures, the show would go on this summer! I grew up in Southern California, but it was not until I moved to Orange County that I first experience this beautiful, unique performance. With scheduled performances through September 3, 2021, do not miss the Pageant of the Masters, a journey through the art of living pictures.


2021 Pageant of the Masters

Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters is one of the most unique productions in the world. The ninety-minute experience enchants audiences through living pictures. I have had the opportunity to see the production several times but only recently learned about its fascinating history and inception.

Irvine Bowl Pageant of the Masters

Artist Lolita Perine had an idea for a living work of art during the second Festival of Arts in 1933. She convinced Laguna Beach residents to dress in costume, then seated them in an oversized frame to recreate famous works of art. An early version of the modern Pageant of the Masters was performed the following year, laying the framework for our modern production.

California Maxine Albro

Father of the Pageant Roy Ropp renamed the production and has been credited with organizing a high-quality production in the summer of 1935, refining it through 1941. Today, the ninety-minute performance includes a live narrator, a professional orchestra, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, and an original score with period songs performed by professional vocalists. Authentic recreations of classical and contemporary works of art include real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces and it is truly one of the most magnificent things you will see. The dedicated staff and volunteers have won recognization as creating one of the best presentations of its kind.

Behind the Scenes Pageant of the Masters

2021 Pageant of the Masters – Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories

This year’s theme introduces audiences to the artists…the revolutionaries, innovators, and dreamers who made this country their home and were inspired by the freedoms upon which our nation was founded. Originally planned for 2020, the 2021 show will offer a collection of tributes to artists who “made their mark” in American art. Some of the artists featured in this year’s production include Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell, Daniel Chester French, Luis Jimenez, and John Nieto. Two notable segments include a tribute to the inspirational story of African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis and a recreation of a photo by Dorothea Lange, accompanied by two songs written by Woody Guthrie. The photo depicts the heartache of the Great Depression followed by the recreation of a brightly colored WPA mural that celebrates the resiliency of the American spirit. The production will conclude with tradition and nostalgia as the performers recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Every production since 1936 has closed with this famous Renaissance masterpiece.

Family on the Road Dorothea Lange

Pageant of the Masters is breathtaking and moving…a performance not to be missed. Performed during the Festival of the Arts under the stars in Laguna Beach, this is a production that will give audiences a new appreciation for the arts and their imaginative works.

Artist Festival of Arts

Best Tips: Pageant of the Masters

  •  Plan to arrive early to enjoy the art festival. You can pack a picnic, enjoy live music on the lawn, and pick up a local art piece to complement your home decor.
  • Download the app for the latest event information, including the music line-up which takes place on the Festival Concert Stage.
  • Dress warm! Even in the middle of the summer, Laguna Beach nights are cool. You can also purchase a blanket at the gift shop (or bring your own).
  • Take the free trolley! Park along PCH or Laguna Canyon Road.
  • Remember that your Pageant ticket gives you unlimited access to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show all summer.
Local Artists Festival of Arts

Tickets to this summer’s production, Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories start at $30 per person and can be purchase by visiting

Live Music Festival of Arts
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7 Things You Didn’t Know About HangTime at Knott’s Berry Farm Fri, 23 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0000 For months we have watched how Knott’s Berry Farm’s newest roller coaster has evolved. HangTime is the first and only dive coaster in California. The coaster sits 150 feet above the ground and features a 96-degree drop. During the launch party, we had an opportunity to experience the ride first-hand. The track is visually impressive, particularly at night when HangTime comes to life, illuminating the Boardwalk area.

Knotts HangTime

HangTime at Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm has been a leader in the innovation of roller coasters. Corkscrew, which opened at the park in 1975 was the first corkscrew inversion roller coaster. Montezooma’s Revenge, which opened in 1978 and was my very first roller coaster, was the first fly wheel launch coaster. HangTime is Knott’s Berry Farm’s next-generation infinity coaster, now open at the park. HangTime will take riders 15 stories up a vertical lift hill and come to a halt, leaving them suspended at the crest for several seconds before descending down a 96-degree drop. At nighttime, the ride structure comes to life and illuminates the Boardwalk area with colorful nighttime track chase lighting.

HangTime at Night

HangTime is an adrenaline rush. The disappearing track creates the illusion of the unknown, as if the rider is being suspended over a cliff. This video of Matt Johnson from Fox riding HangTime is everything you need to know about the ride!

7 Things You Didn’t Know About HangTime

HangTime Train

  • HangTime is the first and only dive coaster in California
  • The coaster sits 150 feet above the Boardwalk, has a track length of 2,189 feet, and travels at speeds of up to 57 mph
  • The beyond vertical drop is the steepest in California at 96 degrees
  • The coaster’s train comes to a halt once the highest peak is reached, leaving riders suspended at the crest for several seconds staring downward at a 60-degree angle, giving the illusion of a disappearing track
  • The Holding Break at 60 degrees will hang guests looking down over the first drop before starting
  • HangTime features 5 thrilling, gravity-defying inversions
  • HangTime is only the second roller coaster in the Western Hemisphere  to feature a Negative-G Stall Loop, giving the sensation of floating (the other is “The Monster” at Adventureland Park in Iowa)

HangTime Logo

HangTime at Knotts

Boardwalk Surf Shop



Ride HangTime All Season Long

Can’t get enough of HangTime? Experience the thrills of this brand new coaster all year round with a 2018 Knott’s Season Pass.

  • Regular Season Pass: Includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates. Cost: $92
  • Gold Season Pass: Includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Cost: $110

HangTime Preview

Hula Hoopers

Knott’s Berry Farm Giveaway

I have partnered with Knott’s to offer one family a Knott’s Berry Farm Family 4-Pack. Here is what the winner will receive:

  • 4 pack of general admission tickets (value: $79 each)
  • 4 pack of single day Fast Lane wristbands (value: $75 each)
  • 4 pack of All Day Dining wristbands (value $31.99 each)
  • 1 parking pass (value: $18)

Total prize value: $762

To enter, simple complete the Rafflecopter form and leave me a comment with one thing you are looking forward to doing at Knott’s Berry Farm. Comments will close on June 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.


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Space Jam: A New Legacy – Printables, Recipes, and Activity Sheets Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:56:00 +0000 Saturday morning with the Looney Tunes was the norm in my childhood home. My father always managed to maintain his sense of humor and youth, and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were some of his favorite cartoon characters. It feels like we watched every single episode and cinematic iteration that featured the Looney Tunes, including Space Jam. When the original film was released in 1996, it was a global box office success, becoming the highest-grossing basketball film of all time. The film was praised for its fusion of live-action and animation, along with a “semi-biographical” story of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s retirement from the NBA. Twenty-five years later, Warner Bros. studio revives the franchise with a new stand-alone sequel titled Space Jam: A New Legacy.


Lebron James Space Jam A New Legacy

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Starring basketball champion LeBron James, Space Jam: A New Legacy fuses live-action, traditional hand-drawn animation, and 3D CGI effects in a fictionalized story which teams the global icon up with the Looney Tunes. Set in the Warner Bros. multiverse, the film follows James as he goes on an epic adventure with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes to rescue his son.

Like many parents, James wants his sons to follow in his athletic footsteps, but his younger son Dom has his own dreams of becoming a video game developer. Despite James’ push to up his son’s basketball game, Dom spends his time working on a game he has created.

Space Jam 2

James brings Dome along with him on a studio visit to discuss a movie deal. And while James is uninterested in the proposal, Dom’s interest in Warner Bros.’ software is piqued, ultimately trapping the two of them in a digital space headed up by a rogue A.I. To escape, James and the Looney Tunes must battle A.I.’s digitized champions on the court.

Space Jam A New Legacy

Space Jam: A New Legacy introduces the beloved Looney Tunes characters to a new generation while reconnecting them with a familiar basketball sensation. The story, though predictable, encourages parents to support kids’ interests and allow them to be themselves, though the sentiment is kept light throughout the film. Action, comedy, and pop culture keep kids and families engaged in the film. And the Easter Eggs…oh how they abound! Space Jam: A New Legacy is now in theaters nationwide, and on HBOMax for a limited time.

Looney Tunes Space Jam

Space Jam Printables

Before you watch Space Jam: A New Legacy, be sure to download our free Space Jam Printables, Recipes, and Activity Sheets.

Space Jam Recipes
Space Jam Cupcakes
Space Jam Printable Cupcake Toppers
Printable Looney Tunes Connect the Dots
Printable Space Jam Coloring Page
How to Draw Bugs Bunny
Printable Looney Tunes Crossword Puzzle
Printable Space Jam Maze
Printable Space Jam Word Scramble
Printable Space Jam Mad Libs
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Electric Ocean at SeaWorld San Diego Fri, 16 Jul 2021 14:18:04 +0000 We walked into SeaWorld San Diego last week, the park transformed into a sea of color and vibrance. The park hosts an oceanic summer nighttime event, which features dance music, lights, entertainment, and more. Electric Ocean offers families a new way to experience SeaWorld, culminating each night with a spectacular fireworks display.


Cirque Neon World SeaWorld San Diego

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld San Diego

Electric Ocean is SeaWorld’s summer spectacular, which includes classic daytime experiences, new entertainment, and exciting new nighttime activities. SeaWorld San Diego transforms the park into a sea of glowing color, as families journey into a fascinating underwater world complete with sparkling lights, energizing dance music, and more. Electric Ocean is included with admission to SeaWorld and runs select days and nights (4 pm to 10 pm) through September 6, 2021. Here is our complete guide to Electric Ocean at SeaWorld San Diego.

Day and Nighttime Entertainment Guide

Nearly all of SeaWorld’s day and nighttime entertainment is new for 2021 including Cirque Neon World, Club Sea Glow, and Ignite Fireworks. Be sure to check the park schedule online or on their mobile app for showtimes.

Cirque Neon World
Cirque Neon World

One of the things I really missed during the pandemic was our local Cirque du Soleil performances. I absolutely love the fact that this incredible show is performing at SeaWorld, and is included with admission. Cirque Neon World fuses acrobatics, dance, and athletic stage performance to the sounds of world-beat music. The show is thrilling with heartstopping performances that kept us on the edge of our seats. With elaborate, beautifully designed sets, radiant costumes, and artistic makeup, this is a show you do not want to miss. Tip: There are two nightly showtimes at the Nautilus Amphitheater. Be sure to line up early for the best seat.

Club Sea Glow SeaWorld San Diego
Club Sea Glow

Show off your favorite dance moves while SeaWorld San Diego’s own DJ keeps you moving with high-energy music. This all-ages dance party starts at 4 pm and takes place at the Explorer’s Cafe Garden Gate.

Electric Floating Acts

Be sure to keep an eye out for SeaWorld’s own imaginative characters, artists, acrobats, and entertainers roaming throughout the park as they dazzle and entertain you.

Stephen Fishwick’s Art Attack!

Stephen Fishwick is a world-renowned artist and entertainer who will take you take you into the world of live performance painting. This high-energy and fascinating display of art, music, and storytelling exudes creativity. Join him in a celebration of life, as he masterfully creates his vibrant work under the stars. Tip: There are two nightly performances at the Skytower Lawn.

Let’s Play Together

SeaWorld San Diego introduced a new daytime show, which features your favorite Sesame Street Friends. Join Elmo, Abby, Rosita, Grover, and Cookie Monster as they dance, play, and sing while sharing their wonderful experiences about friendship. Tip: Performs at the Mission Bay Theater.

Ignite Fireworks
Ignite Fireworks

Ignite is the best fireworks display I’ve seen to date! The nighttime spectacular brings the skies above the park to life with the ocean’s brilliant colors. The display is massive and can be seen from the entire 100+ acre park. Tip: We loved seeing this show towards the front of the park. Immediately after the show, enjoy the Laser Reef Light Show.

Live Music

Static Shock Rock Show
Static Shock Rock Show

Grab a drink or a snack and sit down to watch the band perform popular covers from pop, rock, Latin and R&B hits through the decades. The band is captivating with their high-energy performance and captivating vocals. Tip: Performs at the Skytower Lawn.

High Voltage Brass Band

High Voltage Brass Band immerses you in music and motion including techno-pop, rock, and jazz. The band performs in the style of Stomp and Blast and performs at the Skytower Lawn.

Glowing Illuminations at SeaWorld San Diego

Glowing Iluminations

Be sure to walk the park at night to see a vibrant display of lights and figures, all symbolic and reminiscent of the ocean.

Anemone Avenue

Be sure to see these vibrant inflatable anemones glimmer and shimmer as you head towards Club Sea Glow.

Moon Jellyfish Canopy SeaWorld San Diego
Moon Jellyfish Canopy

This is an absolutely beautiful display located when you exit the theater for Cirque Neon World. Look up and admire the playful moon jellyfish with their magical tentacles.

Giants of the Deep SeaWorld San Diego
Giants of the Deep

Find these remarkable, larger-than-life animal installations swimming throughout the park.

Time Surf Tunnel at SeaWorld San Diego
Time-Surf Tunnel

One of our favorite displays is the Time-Surf Tunnel, aglow with lights and music. This cosmic light tunnel features a soundtrack of SeaWorld shows past. Tip: This makes for an awesome photo opp!

Laser Reef Light Show

End the night with SeaWorld’s canopy of colors, which submerges guests below the ocean in a dazzling display of color and sound. Tip: The show follows Ignite Fireworks and can be seen at the front of the park.

Summer Eats

Glow Bar

This vibrant outdoor lounge is for the 21+ crowd and features luminous cocktails, alcohol-infused fruit sorbet, and other treats to get your taste buds dancing. Located adjacent to Club Sea Glow.

Electric Ocean SeaWorld

Be sure to visit for showtimes, park hours, and tickets. You can also follow SeaWorld San Diego on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date park information.

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Huntington Beach Celebrates 4th of July – Surf City Dreamin’ Fri, 02 Jul 2021 13:30:00 +0000 Over 100 years ago, the city of Huntington Beach hosted its very first 4th of July Celebration, and the city now host to one of the largest celebrations on the west coast. From a COVID-friendly car parade to a kid-friendly festival, there really is something for the whole family. With California now open, I cannot imagine a more joyous way to celebrate our independence than Huntington Beach’s Surf City Dreamin’ 4th of July Celebrations.

Surf City Dreamin 4th of July Celebration

Surf City Dreamin’ 4th of July Celebration

This year’s July 4th celebration will take place over three days, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show over the ocean complete with a Condor Squadron Flyover. Here are the events you don’t want to miss:

The Pier Plaza Festival

For three days, the Pier Plaza Festival will feature craft and merchant vendor booths, food trucks, a 12,000 square foot beer and wine garden (the perfect spot for watching the fireworks), live entertainment and radio broadcasts, giveaways, and carnival rides. Residents and visitors are invited to join the opening ceremony on Friday, July 2nd at 10 am.

HB Surf City Run

Surf City Run 5K

This year, runners have the option of a virtual or in-person 5K, which will take runners through Huntington Central Park. The run will include staggered start times for a socially distanced experience. The Surf City Run takes place on July 4th, with start times at 6:30 am, 8:00 am, 9:30 am and 11 am. The run will conclude at 11:30 am. Be sure to register online at

Amazon The Tomorrow War Vehicle

Neighborhood Car Parade

Do not miss the Neighborhood Car Parade, with appearances by the Ghostbusters ambulance, Disney’s Lightning McQueen, Herbie the Love Bug, a double-decker London Transport bus, boat-towing monster trucks, the Marina High School Viking Boat, and a military vehicle from the future: a transport from the Amazon Original, The Tomorrw War. Visit for a detailed route.

HB Condor Squadron Flyover

4th of July Fireworks Show and Condor Squadron Flyover

The highlight of the Surf City Dreamin’ 4th of July Celebration is the fireworks show and Condor Squadron Flyover, which begins at 5:25 pm. The iconic fireworks extravaganza begins at 8:50 pm over Hungtington Beach to the sounds of Patriotic music.

Huntington Beach Fireworks

Do not miss the largest West Coast 4th of July event taking place in Huntington Beach. For more information visit

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