Pacific Park is celebrating over 6,000 Hashtags on Instagram with a contest! Every Sunday, we feature a photo of a Sunset at Pacific Park from one of our followers. Can you capture the BEST SUNSET SHOT OF PACIFIC PARK? If so, enter your photo by using Hashtag #PacParkSunsets on Twitter or Instagram (@PacPark). You can even post it to our wall on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pacificpark), but you must use the hashtag as well. The winner will receive FOUR UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBANDS to Pacific Park. Contest starts now and ends Friday, August 23, 2013. GOOD LUCK!!!
ONE CALL DOES IT ALL… Parents picture your child’s next birthday party in our seaside cabana with the sandy beach and beautiful Pacific Ocean as the background and everyone having the time of their life! Pacific Park®, a unique family amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier, is the perfect place to host your child’s next birthday party.
The birthday child along with their guests will enjoy exciting rides, midway games, great food and much more. Prices start as low as $25 per child. (10-child minimum.)
Our Standard Birthday Party Includes:
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Pacific Park® also offers additional Party Packages to add that special touch to you and your child’s special day. A selection of additional package items: Inkies toy shop, adult catering menu, goodie bags, game ticket value-packs good for any of our 21 midway games plus our very own Pacific Peak Rock Wall and a variety of entertainment options are available. All reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information please call 310-260-8744 ext. 283 or visit http://pacpark.com/parties.php?location=parties.
It is going to be a beautiful weekend here in Santa Monica with lots of activities the whole family can enjoy! Check out a few of our favorites below, and remember to stop by Pacific Park for your weekend thrill! Jump on the West Coaster, take a spin on Pacific Wheel, go upside down and round and round on the GyroLoops and HAVE FUN!
ROGA AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER
Saturday, August 3rd at 8AM-10AM
Need a little help getting back in shape this Summer? ROGA is back! FREE Run + Yoga class on Saturday mornings with the best views in town. You can join either class or both, in an inclusive no-judgment environment with some of Santa Monica’s best instructors. Presented by Honest Tea!
8AM – RUN
Meet under the iconic Pier sign at the top of the ramp at Colorado and Ocean for a morning warm-up with a brisk run around the beach and pier areas. 2 and 5 mile courses available. Walkers welcome too. For those planning to do yoga after, we will have a secure yoga mat drop off at this location as well.
9AM – YOGA
Meet at the far west end of the pier, up the stairs to the gallery by Mariasol’s. Bring your mat and have your peace of mind restored by Santa Monica’s top instructors as you gaze over the Pacific blue. All levels encouraged.
All experience levels welcome in both classes, and no one will look at you sideways if you need to take a breather. Just bring a towel or mat and come get fit with some low-key locals. You’ll be glad you did.
LOCATION: Santa Monica Pier
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP: https://www.facebook.com/events/145146295675317/
OCEAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND AT SANTA MONICA PIER AQUARIUM
Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th, 2013 from 12:30PM-6PM
Learn all about the habitats and inhabitants of the Santa Monica Bay August 3-4 during Ocean Appreciation weekend at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
This annual tribute to the ocean ‑- and celebration of the role it plays in our lives — focuses on the four habitats of the Santa Monica Bay: the sandy bottom, the kelp forest, the rocky shore and the open ocean. Through games, arts and crafts projects and naturalist presentations, visitors can explore each of these unique environments while gathering fun facts about the animals that inhabit them.
Here’s a sample of some of the fun activities they have planned:
- Take costumed photos of your friends and family in an ocean landscape;
- Make and race your own plankton in our “Great Plankton Race;”
- Try out your surfing skills with Torrid Games new SurfGod HtBapp;
- Go on a scavenger hunt;
- Create marine themed arts and crafts;
- Get your face painted with your favorite sea creature.
In addition, displays, presentations and activities focusing on environmental hot topics give all visitors the opportunity to increase their marine science knowledge. The weekly feeding at the shark exhibit will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday August 4th and will include an informational talk about these often misunderstood creatures.
Admission is free for children 12 and under. For all others, there is a suggested $5 donation or a $3 minimum admission. For groups of 10 or more, admission is $2 per person, regardless of age.
Schedule of Events:
1:30PM: Puppet Show
2:30PM: Naturalist Presentation: Fishing and Marine Protected Areas
3:30PM: Saturday Story Time with author of Friends with Fins
4:30PM: Family Craft Activitiy
LOCATION: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Beach Level beneath the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.healthebay.org/event/ocean-appreciation-weekend-day-1
JAZZ ON THE LAWN
Sunday, August 4th, 2013 from 5PM-7PM
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs present the 8th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series. Bring a picnic, blanket, beach chair, and family and friends of all ages for a sampling of jazz each Sunday in August.
This Sunday’s Performance: Conganas is a Los Angeles based Latin jazz and salsa quartet with the sound of a full ensemble. The band effortlessly switches between Latin, straight ahead jazz and salsa all while maintaining infectious rhythms.
Enjoy a different frozen treat weekly including gelato from Tango Mango, natural ice pops from Popshop, and Hawaiian shaved ice from Frosty Shave and organic ice cream from Sweet Lucies.
LOCATION: Steward Street Park
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.smgov.net/portals/culture/events/jazz_on_the_lawn.aspx
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SANTA MONICA THIS WEEKEND? LOTS!
With so many choices of things to do during the Summertime in Santa Monica, it can be hard to make a decision! Why not let us help! This weekend it’s all about RESTAURANTS, SHARKS & A PAC PARK TWIST! No matter what your plans are this weekend, just be sure to hang with us under the California Sun at Pacific Park, and let your inner child out with any of our rides and games!
IT’S dineLA IN SANTA MONICA
From NOW until July 26th, 2013
dineLA’s Restaurant Week is a 12-day dining event (July 15-26) showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences LA has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of LA’s best restaurants.
Participating restaurants will present a specially priced prix fixe menu for lunch and/or dinner. The Restaurant Week menus will be viewable online at discoverlosangeles.com/dineLA. Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.
Lunches: $15, $20 or $25
Dinners: $25, $35 or $45
To check out what amazing Santa Monica restaurants are participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, visit: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week
SHARK SUNDAYS AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER AQUARIUM
Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 3:30PM
Shark Sundays are a favorite weekly feature at the Aquarium. At 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, you can watch and listen to an informative presentation about these often misunderstood animals while our horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of the water, mouths open, anticipating the meal to come. Expect a splash of seawater if you’re close enough to the exhibit. Watch a shark-themed film at scheduled intervals throughout the afternoon. Finally, everyone is invited to make a fun shark craft project to take home.
Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, (Beach Level beneath the Santa Monica Pier), Santa Monica, CA 90401
For More Information, visit: http://www.healthebay.org/Santa-Monica-Pier-Aquarium/Plan-Your-Visit/weekly-presentations
PAC PARK TWIST
We are always impressed with the photos that people take of Pacific Park and the Santa Monica Pier. We are even more intrigued with the photo editing skills that some of you have, and what you have been able to do to these photos using photo editing applications on your phones. We challenge you to take any photo of Pacific Park and give it your own TWIST! Upload your photo to Instagram, and use hashtag #PacParkTwist for your chance to be featured on our blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. GOOD LUCK!!!
SANTA MONICA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ACTIVE COMMUNITY LEADER, JESUS TORRES, WHO WAS INVOLVED IN A TRAGIC SWIMMING ACCIDENT THROUGH A FUNDRAISER AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN ON JULY 17, 2013
On June 20, 2013, Jesus Antonio Torres was involved in a tragic swimming accident at our very own Santa Monica Beach. Through the heroic efforts of many, including; unidentified citizens, personal friends of Jesus, Los Angeles County Life Guards, Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics and Santa Monica UCLA Hospital staff, Jesus was revived. Jesus has been in the Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital ICU since the accident and has a long road to recovery. His long-term prognosis is still unknown at this time.
Jesus grew up in the City of Santa Monica and is the second born of four children to the Torres family. He attended schools within the Santa Monica Unified School District and excelled academically. He quickly became a valuable member of the Santa Monica Community, which was evident in his participation in various civic groups. He was an active member in the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) and the Santa Monica Police Explorer Post #709.
During his four years at PAL, Jesus served on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) and was President for two years. He was selected to represent Santa Monica PAL at California PAL’s Sacramento Experience where he was selected to be a workshop leader. Jesus was also given the opportunity to represent PAL by speaking at a Santa Monica City Council meeting. He was involved in many activities which included running four Los Angeles Marathons with PAL’s running program, tutoring younger members in the Homework Assistance program, and giving tours of the PAL Youth Center to SMPD Citizen’s Academy in Spanish and English.
Jesus was also an active member of the Santa Monica Police Department Explorer Post where he attained the rank of Corporal. He was a member of the SMPD Explorer Post for the maximum allowable time of seven years. He continued to demonstrate his leadership skills by mentoring new recruits into the program. Jesus was an excellent role model to all who joined the SMPD Explorer program.
Jesus has touched the lives of all those around him, including those that mentored him. He represents a vital component to any organization, community or family. He intuitively knows what needs to be done and immediately gets to work in making it happen. He is a person who leads by example, never forcefully, but always a leader in spirit.
In an effort to help support the Torres family, California Pizza Kitchen, located at 210 Wilshire Boulevard has graciously offered their support and is offering to donate 20% from every check on Wednesday July 17, 2013. The flyer below must be presented at the time of purchase and is good for the entire day.
Please keep the Torres family in your thoughts and if possible, enjoy a meal on July 17th at the California Pizza Kitchen in Santa Monica. Should you or anyone want to contribute directly to the fund, checks can be made payable to:
Jesus Torres Fund
C/O Box Santa Monica PAL
1401 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA. 90404
In support of the upcoming theatrical release of Guillermo del Toro’s new sci-fi action adventure “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim,” eight North American coastal cities along the Pacific Rim are joining in to host monster-sized, family-friendly beach clean-up events on Thursday, July 11. Warner Bros., along with local media partners, RealD, various eco-friendly organizations and local parks and recreation departments, is encouraging people to join the clean-up efforts. They will award the first 100 participants at each local clean-up event two tickets to see the film in RealD 3D on opening weekend, as well as a special “Pacific Rim” t-shirt made of recycled materials, courtesy of RealD, and other prizes.
To ensure successful “Pacific Rim” clean-up efforts, Warner Bros. will provide all of the clean-up necessities, and, “Pacific Rim” film talent Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day have done their part by taping TV and radio PSAs encouraging people to participate in the beach clean-up events. Participating coastal cities include: Los Angeles (Santa Monica Beach), San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Huntington Beach, Vancouver, Honolulu, and Santa Barbara. You can join the “Pacific Rim” clean-up locally on Thursday, July 11, at:
Santa Monica Pier (PCH & Colorado Ave.) from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
“Pacific Rim” opens nationwide in RealD 3D, 2D and IMAX on Friday, July 12, 2013.
ABOUT “PACIFIC RIM”
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes the sci-fi action adventure “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim.”
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are synched via a neural bridge, called “The Drift.” But as the enemy grows more powerful with each attack, even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.
On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a seemingly obsolete Jaeger. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) directed the film from a screenplay by Travis Beacham and del Toro, story by Beacham. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Mary Parent produced the film, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer and Jillian Zaks co-producing.
“Pacific Rim” stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, and Ron Perlman.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures/DDY Production, a Guillermo del Toro film. The film will be released in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Dynamic bursts of red, white and blue colors, patterns and lights with 160,000 LEDs featuring custom programmed, computer generated lighting entertainment!
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will highlight America’s 4th of July holiday with a dazzling display of patriotic red, white and blue colors and patterns in honor of the Independence Day celebration. 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. The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 75 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.
Where: Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
When: Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Hours: – Ferris wheel light show - Sunset (about 8:08 p.m.) to 12:30 a.m.
Pacific Park will be open from 10AM to 12:30AM!!!
NOTE: Turn your stationary cameras to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier or go to Camera Two at bit.ly/pacparklivecams or http://www.pacpark.com and from the homepage click on the View Our WebCam tab for live streaming HD video of the 4th of July Ferris wheel light show!
Celebrate the first day of summer courtesy of THE WAY, WAY BACK! Stop by Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission-free amusement park, this Friday from 12-4pm for your chance to win free food and prizes! Featuring special appearances by the cast of the new movie THE WAY, WAY BACK, hosted by Manny from KIIS-FM. From the studio that brought you JUNO and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, check out THE WAY, WAY BACK – in select theatres July 5.
Three new, live streaming, high-definition cameras provide unique views to ‘Watch the Park,’ ‘See the Wheel’ and ‘View the Pier’
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier today announced the launch of PacPark Live! providing views of what’s happening in the Park, on the Wheel and at the Pier with three new, live streaming, high-definition cameras at bit.ly/pacparklivecams or on Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s homepage at http://www.pacpark.com and click the “View Our Live Web Cams” tab.
Website guests simply need to select which camera they would like to watch and immediately begin enjoying live shots of their favorite beachside locations featuring these panoramic views:
- Watch the Park shows sweeping 360-degree views of the two-acre, oceanfront amusement park, north and south wave-breaking beaches, the beautiful Santa Monica skyline and unparalleled seascape shots from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
- See the Wheel presents a stationary shot of the Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, along with the periodic passing of the West Coaster roller coaster in the foreground. These signature rides are highlighted with a stunning backdrop of beautiful sandy beaches and white-capped waves. Guests will also enjoy the Ferris wheel’s 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that present dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment each evening.
- View the Pier provides a bird’s-eye view of the exciting activities toward the west end of the Pier associated with the Santa Monica “Pier Renewal Project.” While a portion of the Santa Monica Pier is under construction, Pacific Park is in full operation with its 12 amusement park rides, 17 midway games and over the ocean food plaza. Additional information on the “Pier Renewal Project” is available at http://santamonicapier.org/pierrenewal/.
“We encourage everyone to take a look at these three unique cameras with their amazing views that are now live on Pacific Park’s website,” says Jeff Klocke, Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “In addition to entertaining the more that 6.5 million visitors annually to the Pier, we now look forward to hosting thousands of unique visitors to the website to view the live webcams.”
The Ferris wheel’s 160,000 LED computer generated lights will glow with brown, red and blue colors and patterns during an evening-long Father’s Day celebration
Pacific Park is hitting “nothin’ but net” with Dads this Father’s Day with a free round of play at the new “Mini Hoops” basketball game on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
To win a prize or simply for bragging rights, dads are challenged to score a basket by swishing a five-inch-diameter mini-basketball through a nine-inch-diameter steel rim with an eight-loop net. A father simply needs to travel to Mini Hoops in the midway games area and notify the game personnel that he is a Dad and Pacific Park will stamp his hand and provide a complimentary free round of Mini Hoops.
“Mini Hoops was a slam dunk when we were looking to celebrate Dads at Pacific Park this year,” says Jeff Klocke, Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “Guests are sure to have fun with Mini Hoops and the many other games, attractions and rides throughout the Park on Father’s Day and right through the summer.”
In addition to Mini Hoops, Pacific Park offers 17 midway games including Top Glow, Wac-AMole, Tub Toss, Coastline Cat Rack, Riptide Ring Toss, Roller Derby, P.O.P. A Lot, Water Race, Beach Bash, Fire Ball, Balloon Pop Race, Long Range Basketball, and attractions featuring Gyro Loop, Beach Bounce and the Pacific Peak Climbing Wall.
Along with the world-famous Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s 12 amusement park rides feature a roster of family-share rides that include Inkie’s Air Lift, SIG Alert EV, Sea Planes, Inkie’s Pirate Ship and Inkie’s Wave Jumper. Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 17 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. In addition to the Pacific Wheel solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride.