10 Amazing Summer Adventures Near Long Beach Homes

Enjoy Summer Fun Near Long Beach HomesThis post is dedicated to parents with Long Beach homes who seek to answer the statement, “I’m Bored” this summer. I hope these activities and places will help you to embrace your local community and teach your children who live in Long Beach the value of their surroundings!

Exploring Adventures Near Long Beach Homes

1. Played Frisbee Golf Lately? El Dorado Park West, at 2800 Studebaker Road, has a great FREE course that is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The perfect way to exercise and test skills as a family, this nearly 6,000 foot, 18 basket course will build some solid memories! call 562.570.3100 to find out more.

2. Need to Cool Off? The Belmont Plaza Pool,  Martin Luther King Jr. Park Pool, and Silverado Park Pool offer admission for kids and seniors for $3 or less and $4 for adults all summer for morning or afternoon swimming. Click here to find out more.

3. Tennis Anyone? Were you aware that more than ten tennis courts are available for no-cost play near your Long Beach home? Of course you could also choose to pay $6/hr Monday through Thursday and play at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, as well.  Learn more here.

4. Want More General Play? The City of Long Beach offers Summer Fun Days at most local parks, too.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids between 5 and 12 years of age can stop in for crafts, games, and other supervised, structured, free activities. Check the list here to see if the park near your Long Beach home is participating.

5. Lots of Camp Options, too! Long Beach kids can sign up for all types of day camps, for a fee, too. Click here to see.

6. Camp Is Not Just For Kids! Adults can find classes throughout Long Beach too, from yoga and fitness to sewing and ceramics, many options are available. See the online class catalog – page 16 is where the adult classes begin!

7. Ready for Some Music? The Long Beach Municipal Band has concerts scheduled at local parks throughout July. See dates, times and places here.

8. Jump in the Ocean or Visit the Sea Fest! The Long Beach Sea Festival has plenty to offer at well all summer long, you can view scheduled events online at their website.

9. Interested in Nature? Walk the trails or visit the Nature Center at El Dorado Park this summer and learn some fascinating things!

10. For a daily list of Long Beach happenings, visit 100 Days of Summer and find even more fun to do near Long Beach homes!

Embracing Aloha at Home in Long Beach

Aloha Friday with Ric Dizon and your home in Long BeachIt’s time to welcome another Aloha Friday and I, Ric Dizon, sincerely hope it has YOU enjoying your home in Long Beach! An energetic and vibrant community, there is always something to do in Long Beach! Listed below are a couple of family events that caught my eye – both will provide an opportunity to enjoy a sea breeze, too. Think Aloha and enjoy your weekend!

This Saturday, June 1st marks the first Long Beach Sea Festival Kickoff Extravaganza at Marina Green Park on Shoreline Drive. From 1 to 7 p.m., you’ll learn about Sea Festival events held near your home in Long Beach from now through September! They’ll be bringing in the food trucks and live music (Knyght Ryder will be playing) and crafts, jumpers, bubbles and face painting will round out the fun. Even better, Disney’s Finding Nemo will be shown at sunset.

Sunday’s Bully Free Zone picnic at Houghton Park’s Skate Park brings together volunteers, residents, local vendors and sponsors who live in Long Beach and are committed to autism awareness. There will be face-painting, a large collection of skate and sports demos, as well as an arts and crafts area open from 12 to 5 p.m. An area of retreat for children (and adults) who become overstimulated will also be provided. Authors and speakers will offer suggestions on handling bullying, too! Learn about it at the Autism Long Beach website.

Ric’s Top 10 Gifts for Dads Who Live in Long Beach

Ric's Top 10 Gifts for Dads 2013It’s time – Father’s Day is June 16th this year – and that means it’s time for Ric’s Top 10 Gifts for Dads Who Live in Long Beach! You love your dad, but shopping for him can be so hard! Here are a few gift ideas you can find online as you consider what to purchase near your Long Beach home.

Ric’s Top 10 Gifts For Dad

10. For a modern and healthy twist on a classic wallet, think steel and get Dad the sleek, stainless steel Zippo wallet. He’ll be styling whenever he goes out.

9. If your dad enjoys grilling in the backyard of his Long Beach home, you’ve got to get him a Grillbot. Save him the hassle of cleaning the grill all year long with this entertaining gadget!

8. A tech-y Dad who lives in Long Beach and likes the outdoors will appreciate an Uco Arka LED Lantern. It’s a lantern, a flashlight, and also has a USB port so he can charge his phone or laptop while camping – simply amazing!

7. Got a a Dad who loves fishing? The Kombo Fish Tool is a great gift and has Aloha style, too! Complete with a fish bonker, a filet knife, a scooper, and a sharpener all wrapped up in a day-glo green shell, it’s hard to find a better gift. Did I mention it also floats, too? Genius!

6. To really make Dad’s day, you might consider getting him the complete 40-DVD collection of Clint Eastwood’s films. Featuring classics alongside more recent films, this could set the scene for a great movie marathon! You could even plan to stop by and watch with him, if you live in Long Beach.

5. Is Dad an athlete? Your gift will surely impress if you bring the FitBit FLEX – it combines tech and fitness like no other!

4. Perhaps you have a golfing Dad? Tee time at Skylinks at Long Beach or El Dorado Park are an awesome choice!

3. For the more practical Father a leather iPad case may be the way to go (or a nice pair of shoes).

2. Don’t forget that a gift from the heart is always a good choice, too. So put the kids up to making something really good (the stickier and sweeter, the better!).

All the gifts listed above would make any Dad smile, however, there’s one that will outlast them all, a requirement in Ric’s Top 10 Gifts for Dads. In it you can combine thought and fun, quality and the Aloha Spirit. That’s right – I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to bring some Aloha into Dad’s life for my number one choice!

1. Whether you choose coconut buttons, loud colors or tame, the gift that’s top on my list that EVERY Dad needs this Father’s Day is an ALOHA Friday Hawaiian Shirt. Ask me where to get the coolest ones so he can wear it in style!

Enjoy The Outdoors This Aloha Friday Near the House You Can Afford

Aloha Friday indoors & outdoors near the House You Can Afford!It’s Aloha Friday and to celebrate the end of the week, here are some fun ways to make the most of living in the house you can afford in Long Beach! Beautiful weather is on the horizon so you may decide to just go play at the park or beach, but if you’re looking for something to do – indoors or out – these ideas may come in handy!

Want to safely explore near your Long Beach home by bicycle? Bike Long Beach and Metro L.A. Tours are teaming up to help those who live in Long Beach get to know their neighborhood by Council District. This Saturday, April 27th up to 25 residents of the Second Council District can tour from 9 to 11 a.m. Along with learning bike safety tips, you’ll learn the significance behind local businesses, parks and historical landmarks as you join the tour! RSVP or find out more at 562.570.6684 and have a great time touring near the Long Beach house you can afford!

If you don’t mind spending a little money for entertainment, you can also venture downtown on either Friday or Saturday evening to see a rendition of “The Wedding Singer” at the Center Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center. An intimate venue, the show will be presented by Renaissance High School for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. and is sure to be worthwhile. Tickets are $25 per adult and $17 for students and children and the theater is located at 300 East Ocean Boulevard.

For a more classical musical performance, you can visit the Terrace Theater at the Convention Center and attend the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra for their weekly matinee on Sunday, April 28th at 2 p.m. This week’s performance will delve into Brahms and tickets start at $10. Learn more at the LBSO website.