National Tour Makes Stop in San Diego – A 21st-Century Love Story, where “Happily Ever After” meets “It’s Complicated”
The national tour of the hilarious new show You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, a comedy that People magazine called “LAUGH OUT LOUD!”, continues its national tour with a premiere in San Diego at downtown’s Lyceum Theatre, July 24 to August 18, 2013.
Tomato is touring the country with stops including extended runs in Boston, Phoenix, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The book was developed through sold-out performances at The Comedy Central Theatre and at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and made its New York premiere at The New York Comedy Festival in 2009.
From the producers of My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!, RESPECT: A Musical Celebration of Women, and My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy!, this uproariously funny story is sure to strike both laughter and trepidation into the hearts of any couple (not to mention every single man or woman who is contemplating entering the connubial state).
About the Show
After 17 years of marriage, writers-actors-and real-life-married-couple Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie, Fired!) and Jeff Kahn (The Ben Stiller Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) have adapted their hilarious, often moving, memoir, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, for the stage, directed by Van Kaplan.
This 75-minute tour de force takes a humorous look at a relationship that seems challenged from the start, by powerful, opposing personalities. But after trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money, and children by embracing each other’s differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport, and dropping out of couple’s therapy. Their delightfully crazy lifestyle has managed to keep their relationship intact, up-ending every idea you ever had about living “happily ever after.”
Tomato runs from July 24 to August 18, 2013 at the Lyceum Theatre near downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza. The Show is rated PG-13, with some adult content. Visit the show’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Wizard of Oz at the Moonlight Amphitheater
It’s time for a return to Oz as Moonlight Stage Productions’ 33rd Summer season continues with the family classic The Wizard of Oz with performances from July 24 to August 10, 2013.
Based on the novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz first became famous as a musical in the film version of 1939 starring Judy Garland, well known and beloved by every American family and all over the world. Songs from the musical that have entered our collective consciousness include “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead,” and the iconic smash hit “Over the Rainbow.”
Continuing what has become a delightful Moonlight summer tradition, the role of Toto will be played by a local rescue dog, provided by Sunny Oasis Rescue and trained for her stage debut by Alex and Rob Kuty of San Diego Pet Training. Munchkin is a five-year-old female Cairn Terrier blend who was rescued off the streets of Riverside by the local Humane Society, where she was adopted. Unfortunately, her new owner later fell on hard times, and once again Munchkin was given up for adoption. At the end of this production, she will retire from showbiz, and be looking for a loving forever home.
The Wizard of Oz is playing Wednesday through Sunday nights from July 24 to August 10, 2013 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA.
Looking for Ticket Deals and Discounts to the Show? Here are two to note:
Family Nights at the Moonlight are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights. On these nights, lawn tickets for kids 15.00 and under are just $10.00 when accompanied by two adults. New this year is the addition of Family Night for Fridays, with kids’ tickets just $15.00. Family Night tickets are available on the night of show at the Amphitheatre box office.
The Moonlight offers rush tickets for college students on the lawn beginning 30 minutes prior to every performance. Tickets are $15.00 per person with a valid student identification card. Single ticket discounts for seniors and military are available.
Although a successful musical based on the novel was created in 1902 for Broadway, the most commonly revived version was created in 1945 for St. Louis Municipal Opera, using songs from the film. The version that will be presented by Moonlight Stage this summer was created by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which sought to more closely recreate the 1939 film on stage, adapting the film’s screenplay and using the songs from the film for a new version at London’s Barbican Centre in 1987 – to great success. The RSC production was later produced at Madison Square Garden and then toured the United States. Moonlight Stage audiences will see this production’s sets and costumes this summer.
Starring as Dorothy Gayle is Carlin Castellano, who was recently seen in Moonlight’s Fiddler On the Roof. Her regional credits include A Chorus Line (Musical Theatre West); The Sound of Music (3D Theatricals); High School Musical 2, The Will Rogers Follies, Me And My Girl, and Footloose (Music Theatre of Wichita); and The Wizard of Oz (Starlight Musical Theatre). She has also performed in “Front & Center: A Tribute For Christopher Reeve” and “Front & Center: An Evening With Kenny Loggins” at the Honda Center, and “Luminaria” at the Disneyland Resort. Carlin will be graduating next year with a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University Fullerton.
Moonlight stalwart Randall Dodge returns as the Cowardly Lion/Zeke, following his recent appearance in SOUTH PACIFIC to open the season. Randall has been seen on the Moonlight stage in Sweeney Todd, Annie, Crazy For You, Annie Get Your Gun, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, The Pirates of Penzance, Beau Jest, and The Most Happy Fella. He has performed in Chicago and South Pacific at the Welk Resort Theatre; Thoroughly Modern Millie at Drury Lane Oak Brook; How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe; The Scarlet Pimpernel and Company with Starlight Musical Theatre; Children Of Eden, Cape Fear, and A Little Night Music with Cygnet Theatre; and The Fantasticks and No Way To Treat A Lady for North Coast Repertory Theatre.
Stephen Petrovich, starring as Scarecrow/Hunk, comes to Vista directly from the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory, and his regional work includes Gypsy (Tulsa), Rent (Angel), Annie, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, and A Chorus Line.
Rounding out the leads is Carson Twitchell as Tin Man/Hickory, in his Moonlight debut. Carson studied Music/Dance/Theatre at Brigham Young University and Theatre Studies at the University of Utah. His previous credits include Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in La Mirada, Don in A Chorus Line with 3D, Matt in The Fantasticks with Sundance Summer Theatre, Claude in HAIR, Jamie in The Last 5 Years, Marius in Les Misérables, Cain in Children of Eden, Tulsa in Gypsy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pirates of Penzance, and Lippa’s The Wild Party.
Also in the cast are Danette Holland (Miss Gultch/Wicked Witch), Laura Douciere (Auntie Em/Glinda), Jim Chovick (Professor Marvel/Wizard), and Ralph Johnson (Uncle Henry/Winkie Captain).
Directing and choreographing for The Wizard of Oz is Roger Castellano, who works extensively as a director/choreographer of theatrical and special events, creating original shows, parades, and special events for many theme parks as well as regional theatre. Roger’s recent theatrical credits include A Chorus Line for Musical Theatre West; the world premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns at the Laguna Playhouse; Legally Blonde and Xanadu for Music Theatre of Wichita; an all-Japanese production of Hello, Dolly! and Me and My Girl in Japan; and the world premiere of South Street at the Pasadena Playhouse. He has received theatrical awards including the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award Nominee for Best Choreographer (Jekyll & Hyde, Cabrillo Music Theatre; The Andrews Brothers, Musical Theatre West); L.A. Times Critic’s Pick (Me & My Girl, Musical Theatre West); Dramalogue’s Critic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre—Best Choreography (A Little Night Music, The Center Theatre Group; La Cage Aux Folles and Oliver!, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities); Inland Theatre League Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre—Best Director (Suessical, Performance Riverside); and the AriZoni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre—Best Choreography (A Chorus Line [personal creation], The Phoenix Theatre). Roger is a frequent faculty member of several universities and colleges such as UCLA, UCI, CSUF, and Fullerton College.
Elan McMahan returns as musical director and conductor. The sets for The Wizard of Oz were designed by Michael Anania, with costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Paul A. Canaletti, Jr., and sound design by Christopher Luessmann. Make-up design is by Kathleen Kenna. Flying effects are provided by ZFX, Inc., and special effects by Hi-Tech FX.
June 19, 2013 – Always Sold Out, Taste of Little Italy is Back!
Little Italy opens its doors wide open for Taste of Little Italy, showcasing traditional and eclectic eateries in the neighborhood. Held in the hip and historic downtown district, attendees stroll the streets of Little Italy while enjoying live music and tastes from favorite local hotspots.
With the purchase of a ticket, visitors to Taste of Little Italy receive a passport that is validated by each restaurant in exchange for a taste of the restaurant’s featured dish. Appetizers, desserts and specialty beverages are offered throughout the district as visitors enjoy vignettes of live musical entertainment.
Past savory samples offered at Taste of Little Italy events include: fusilli with pink pancetta sauce from Bencotto; pipian crusted brie with jalapeño jelly from Indigo Grill; lounge sliders from Burger Lounge; mini kurobuta corn dogs served with spicy cheese fondue and whole grain mustard from Craft & Commerce; choice of red or white wine (for those 21 and over) from Enoteca Style; assorted pizza slices from Filippi’s Pizza Grotto; and more.
New this year: the Taste is designed with two routes to choose from, so attendees can have their choice of a mix of restaurants. Still hungry? Go for the “big cannoli” and sign up for the full roster of nearly 30 restaurants.
With many new restaurants to the Little Italy dining scene, this year’s annual event is anticipated to be another sell-out. Interested attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.
Taste of Little Italy 2013 takes place on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy district, with India Street serving as main event corridor. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website or call (619) 615-1092.
May 3–12, 2013 – Happy Hour at Starbucks = Cheap Frappuccinos
Happy Hour at Starbucks is back! Enjoy a half price Frappuccino blended beverage at participating Starbucks Coffee Shops during the new Starbucks Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm between Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Editor’s Note: Why not take Mom out for a coffee shop date on Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12, 2013) falls during this Starbucks half price Frappuccino event. Don’t worry, we won’t tell her you got a great deal!
4.14.13 – Savory Samples Await at the 3rd Annual College Area Taste
Tempt your tummy with delectable delights from the College Area! Over 20 restaurants will be showcased at the 3rd Annual College Area Taste on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Walk your way through each enchanting eatery in one of San Diego’s hippest neighborhoods or hop on one of the Old Town Trolleys to experience a fun shuttle ride from each mouthwatering destination to the next. You’ll be yearning for more as you sample the best culinary treats from around the world, including Italian classics, Asian indulgences, all-American mouthwatering goodies, and so much more!
As you journey your way through the College Area, stop into Bistro Sixty and sample their delicious blackened fish tacos, topped with crispy lettuce, ripened tomatoes, creamy avocado, and cool sour cream wrapped in a warm corn tortilla. Don’t forget to try them with Arturo’s homemade taco sauce! Then make your way on over to Top 10 Oriental. Slurp down your sip of their soothing Pho Noodle Soup and let it warm your tummy! Terra American Bistro will make you drool over their delectable dish. The award winning restaurant will be sampling their braised short rib spoons with truffle oil drizzle and caramelized, spring onion potato mash, with fried leek garnish! Got a sweet-tooth? Don’t worry, we’d never leave out dessert, from frozen yogurt to New York style cheesecake, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Perhaps you’d like to stop by and enjoy one of Cold Stone Creamery’s scrumptious ice cream cakes with a layer of moist cake, sweet cream ice cream, and yummy whipped cream? Don’t forget to journey down to Treehouse Coffee Company to sample their delicious specialty lattes or teas. They’re sure to compliment any sweet treat you have for dessert.
Here’s a sneak peak at this year’s participating restaurants:
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
Effin’s Pub & Grill
Lisko Artisan Deli & Fish Market
Living Room Cafe
Terra American Bistro
Top 10 Oriental
Treehouse Coffee Co.
Don’t see your favorite? Keep a look out as more restaurants are being added daily!
The 3rd Annual College Area Taste takes place on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 on the day of the event, with proceeds benefiting the College Area Business District in an effort to give each member business the ability to flourish.
This year’s College Area Taste promises to be every bite as good as last year – if not better! Tickets are limited, so purchase them soon to secure your ticket to this ultimate “taste”. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 619.233.5008.
With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Legoland California Resort has a lot that’s new to make your visit the most memorable ever: take your family to a galaxy far, far away to view scenes from the six live action Star Wars movies at the Lego Star Wars Miniland area; enjoy Park favorites like the Dragon Coaster, Volvo Driving School and Land of Adventure and just released: experience the brand new LEGO Legends of Chima 4D Movie Xperience showing throughout the day at the LEGO Show Place Theater, featuring Laval the Lion Prince and Cragger the Crocodile Prince battling for CHI throughout the world of Chima!
Right next door is Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium with undersea creatures like sea stars, sharks and stingrays, along with interactive discovery zones. Be sure to pay a visit to Sea Life’s newest exhibit, CLAWS! – it’s a real grabber, showcasing crabs and other crustaceans in an up-close encounter.
How to Get Your $15.00 Legoland Park Hopper Admission Vouchers:
Here’s what you have to do to get your hands on an exclusive “Family Four Pack” of $15.00 admission vouchers for this special event:
Make a purchase of $20.00 or more at any local Gepetto’s Toy Store and receive a Family Four Pack of $15.00 Park Hopper vouchers to Legoland California Resort.
Bring your Family Four Pack vouchers to Legoland on March 23, 2013, hand them in at the ticket booth and buy your Legoland-Sea Life Park Hopper tickets (up to four) for $15.00 each.
The fine print: Vouchers for the Family Four Pack of discount tickets to Legoland are limited, and are only available while supplies last. Park Hopper vouchers are valid for admission to Legoland California AND Sea Life Carlsabd Aquarium only. Children 2 and under are admitted for free. All vouchers are valid for admission ONLY on March 23, 2013 and have no cash value.
Now in its 24th year, San Diego Museum Month is the time of year when San Diego individuals, families, visitors, explorers, adventurers, history buffs, art enthusiasts, animal and plant lovers, culture-seekers – everyone – can visit participating San Diego County museums and institutions for half price all month long with a free Museum Month Pass.
A long standing San Diego tradition drawing over 35,000 visitors last year, Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote awareness of San Diego’s museums, historical sites, educational institutions and cultural offerings. Since that time the promotion has grown to become a cultural tradition on a level witnessed by very few cities in the country.
“Museum Month will serve as an ideal platform for culture-seekers to discover new inspirations in 2013,” said Jessica Crawford, president of San Diego Museum Council’s Board of Directors. “Thanks to Macy’s, we’re able showcase the diversity of museums San Diego has to offer at an exceptional discount.”
Here is a sample of some of the activities to explore during Museum Month 2013:
San Diego Air & Space Museum will host the widely popular Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibit for the first time in San Diego since 1935. Opening on February 1st, the exhibit will be filled with strange and bizarre items from around the world that inspired a franchise including books, comic books and television shows.
Museum of Contemporary Art (La Jolla), in collaboration with the Timken Museum of Art and The San Diego Museum of Art, will host Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums through February 10th. Bringing together the finest artwork from three San Diego art museums, Behold America! includes an array of paintings, sculptures and photography from the colonial period to present. Additionally, the downtown location will open the Scoli Acosta: Elementalisthmus exhibition on February 4th, featuring the artwork of Los Angeles-based artist Scoli Acosta.
The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego will continue to host its TRASH Exhibition filled with original, contemporary art designed and transformed by trash. In preparation for a new art and food-focused exhibition opening in Fall 2013, guests can visit the “Test Kitchen” to catch a peek at some of the developing artwork that will later be showcased. Additionally, the museum will host a Valentine’s Day drop-in activity on February 14th for guests to create and design heartwarming cards with custom stamping tools.
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) opens Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders on February 22nd, featuring bizarre and unusual insects from around the world. Fashioned as a circus sideshow attraction, the exhibit will include a special San Diego-only section that highlights the remarkably odd insects that crawl around and inhabit San Diego County.
Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will reveal a new exhibition of the international travels by photographer Jessica Lange called UNSEEN: The Photographs of Jessica Lange. Featuring images taken from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States, Lange exposes the beauty and mystery found in her travels through each photograph.
LUX Art Institute will feature an exhibit by the Spanish-born sculptor Carlos Vega throughout the entire month of February. Originally created from large-scale malleable metal palates, Vega’s artwork includes carved lead panels that hint to his traditional Spanish heritage.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps invites guests to dive deep into an exploration of the sea to discover the world of kelp during the month of February. Programs include weekly dive shows and interactive projects through Think Tank, a new collaborative onsite learning experience that is included with admission.
How to Participate in Museum Month:
Visit participating San Diego County museums and institutions for half price during the month of February with your free Museum Month Pass. You can pick up your Museum Month Pass from any Macy’s Department Store in San Diego County, Temecula or Imperial Valley starting February 1, 2013. Museum Month Passes will be available (while supplies last) and valid from February 1, 2013 to February 28, 2013. The Pass is free of charge, no purchase is necessary.
Then, take your Museum Month Pass to any of the 42 participating museums and institutions and enjoy 50% off the regular price of admission all month long! Guests with a Pass may bring up to three people with them to any participating museum to receive half-off, too. You can reuse your Museum Pass to visit as many museums as you want during the entire month of February.
Is “eating better” on your 2013 Resolution List? San Diego Restaurant Week is here to help, with the return of Restaurant Week, from Sunday, January 13, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013!
Home to some of the world’s most delectable restaurants and master chefs, San Diego proudly welcomes back San Diego Restaurant Week where you can choose from over 180 of San Diego’s most delightful and delicious eateries for three-course prix-fixe dinner menus ($20.00 – $40.00 per person, depending on the restaurant) and two-course prix fixe lunch menus ($10.00 – $20.00 per person, depending on the restaurant).
San Diego Restaurant Week is the best time to relax at the newest tapas bar one night, dine al fresco by the bay the next, and then end the week with an indulgent dessert at one of the city’s most remarkable five-star restaurants.
This past September, over 140,000 people participated in the event and even more are expected in January, so reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you are able to sample your favorite flavors!
Participating in San Diego Restaurant Week is easy – there are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry and no cards to punch, only a quick call or online reservation to the restaurant of your choice. And now, with the new San Diego Restaurant Week App it’s easier than ever to be a part of the fun! You can get the details on all your favorite participating restaurants, compare menus and make reservations right from your iPhone or Android.
Mark your calendars for the week of Sunday, January 13 to Friday, January 18, 2013 and discover San Diego’s vibrant food scene with a week of delicious dining, showcasing the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes and tastiest culinary gems that San Diego has to offer! Visit the San Diego Restaurant Week website for more information and to view a complete list of participation restaurants.
All Hail Ales and Long Live Lagers! The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center invites you to explore San Diego’s Brewniverse and indulge in a decadent night of discovery, with exclusive access to tasty temptations, engaging entertainment, and inspired interaction.
The folks at the Science Center have discovered the scientific formula for a perfect night out: Take one part fun with friends and slowly mix in two parts intriguing interaction. Then add a scoop of nibbles and a cup of libations. Cover all ingredients with music and laughter. Let it simmer to perfection. And voila! You have Science on the Rocks – a delightful evening of unexpected activities, delicious tastes, and indulgent experiences for adults ages 21 and older.
Science on the Rocks sold out October’s The Sweet Science of Chocolate well in advance! A truly decadent time was had by all, and an encore is in store when Tap This: The Art of the Brew explores the scientific alchemy of San Diego’s local brewniverse at the Fleet on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 6:30 pm.
Admission provides exclusive access to tasty temptations, sips of suds, engaging entertainment and inspired interaction. Hop into the experience and enjoy sweet and savory samples from local restaurants, sip suds from a bevy of San Diego breweries and master beer-centric science challenges.
Bites & Brews will allow guests to savor complimentary samples from standout local restaurants, including Stone Catering, West Coast Tavern, Brazen BBQ, D Bar, Slater’s 50/50 and Neighborhood. Thirsts will be quenched by imbibing a bevy of local beers; choose from samples by Stone Brewing Co., Hillcrest Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Co., Helm’s Brewing Co., Mad Lab Craft Brewing and Monkey Paw Brewing Company. Tasting tokens are included with your ticket. Or pick your own pleasure and hit the no-host full bar from BarWorks, offering beer, wine, and cocktails.
In order to better Mix & Mingle, Fleet facilitators and scientific experts will assist attendees in various alchemical activities! You can discover the Physics of Beer Pong; compete in the Beer Goggle Challenge; or make Carb-Garb by designing your own tasty, twisted Pretzel Necklace. There will also be a chance to get the up close and personal 411 on beer with Chat Craft, as you converse with our local brewing experts.
All proceeds benefit the Fleet’s nonprofit mission of furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. Tickets are $20.00 for non-members; $18.00 for students and military; and $15.00 for Fleet members, staff and volunteers, and Balboa Park employees. Beer Boss Upgrade: $15.00 more gets you a glass beer mug with custom engraving. Pick up your mug and have your name engraved at the party.
Science on the Rocks’ Tap This: The Art of the Brew takes place at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Tickets are available for purchase online (some fees apply); or onsite at the Fleet’s Ticket Counter. Tickets will be $25.00 (if available) at the door the night of the party; no discounts apply. Advance tickets are selling quickly. Space is limited; get your tickets now!
This event is open to adults ages 21 and over only.
Editor’s Note: Start planning now to join Science on the Rocks as it presents Pizza, Pinot and Pion Albert Einstein’s birthday – Thursday, March 14, 2013!
Dec. 15 to Jan. 6, 2012 – Celebrate the Holidays at the San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells; Free with Admission & Extended Hours!
Familiar holiday traditions are taking on a “wild” twist this Yuletide season as part of the Jungle Bells celebration at the San Diego Zoo. During the annual event, the Zoo is transformed into a wild, whimsical wonderland filled with dazzling light displays, tasty treats, a nightly tree lighting ceremony, melodious bell ringers, jumping elves, and the Zoo’s special animal encounters. Head over to the San Diego Zoo to be cheered by a cheetah or awed by an armadillo – after all, ’tis the season!
Free with admission to the Zoo, there are plenty of old and new Jungle Bells traditions for families to enjoy: take a ride on the North Pole miniature train outside the Zoo entrance; share your wish list with the jolly ol’ elf himself at Santa’s Workshop; find out who’s really stirring during Dr. Zoolittle’s The Night Before Christmas show at the Children’s Zoo; applaud the Jumpin’, Jammin’ Elves as they perform astounding acrobatic feats to holiday tunes in the Urban Jungle; and see the Zoo from the perspective of the most famous reindeer of all aboard Rudolph’s Skyfari aerial tram. For those looking for the wildest of holiday Zoo experiences, “Animal Magic for the Holidays” offers special encounters with the Zoo’s animal friends at Discovery Outpost.
New to Jungle Bells this year is Chocolate Town, where guests can marvel at a Chocolate Holiday Tree made up of chocolate-colored plants; meet the mayor of Chocolate Town as he welcomes visitors; choose yummy chocolate morsels from a brightly decorated Chocolate Food Truck; encounter favorite animal ambassadors; and see the all-new 12 Days of Christmas light display set to music.
At the 4-D Theater, experience the San Diego Zoo premiere of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. The holiday movie starring everyone’s favorite wooly mammoths has Sid accidentally destroying Manny’s favorite holiday decoration, the traditional Christmas rock. Convinced he’s now on Santa’s naughty list, Sid and the gang head to the North Pole to see Santa and chaos ensues. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas is sure to delight guests of all ages. Tickets may be purchased at the theater ticket booth.
No holiday celebration is complete without colorful and twinkling lights and Jungle Bells is no exception. There are more than 50,000 individual lights used in the Jungle Bells décor and displays, all recently replaced with LED bulbs to save energy. To view the more than 40 animal-shaped light sculptures around the Zoo, guests may hop aboard the Tinseltown Trolley on Front Street and take a mini tour. Another light display not to be missed is the “Blitzen” Light Experience at Treehouse Plaza.
Hungry holiday revelers can visit Albert’s Restaurant where the Zoo’s talented chefs are cooking up scrumptious holiday meals, and offering its “Happy Holidays Happen” menu from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, featuring discounted drinks and appetizers. Or grab a bite to eat and sip on a beverage at the Zoo’s Sandwich Company and watch Memory Lane, a film montage of funny and heartwarming snippets from holiday movies and TV shows past and present.
And for last-minute holiday shoppers, Jungle Bells is a great place to pick up holiday gifts. In addition to the many items available in the Zoo’s gift shops and gifts of Zoo memberships, the Adopt an Animal program allows people to give a gift that is unique, fun, tax deductible and easy. Plus, all proceeds go to the San Diego Zoo’s global wildlife conservation efforts as well as enrichment items for the animals at the Zoo and Safari Park. The Adopt an Animal booth is located on Front Street during Jungle Bells. For $20.00, gift recipients receive an adoption certificate, fact sheet, an animal plush, and souvenir photo of their animal.
While enjoying all that Jungle Bells has to offer, enter to win an incredible safari experience for four at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with a click of your smart phone. Snap pictures of you and your loved ones making memories at Jungle Bells at the Zoo and tag the photos with #sandiegozoo and #junglebells to enter.
Jungle Bells runs now through January 6, 2013. During the three-week celebration, the Zoo is open until 8:00 pm, except on December 24, 2012 when the Zoo closes at 5:00 pm. Jungle Bells activities are most concentrated in the late afternoon and early evening.
The Jungle Bells holiday celebration is free with paid admission or membership to the San Diego Zoo. Visit the San Diego Zoo website for a schedule of activities and more information about Jungle Bells.