Second Annual Fall Foto Fiesta Contest STARTS NOW!

A new Season means a new Photo Contest! Submit your best picture of Pacific Park for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of Unlimited Ride Wristbands to Pacific Park. All photos will be judged by a panel. Contest starts now and ends October 27th! Winner will be announced on Halloween! Submit your photo by tweeting it to us @PacPark, tagging us on Instagram @PacPark or simply by posting it to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pacificpark!

GOOD LUCK!

 

Fall Foto Fiesta

GLOW 2013 AT PACIFIC PARK: PHOTOGALLERY

Just two weeks ago, Pacific Park was proud to participate in Glow, the all-night cultural experience that featured original commissions by artists that re-imagined Santa Monica Beach as a playground for thoughtful and participatory artworks. NOW, the photos are coming in, and they are STUNNING.

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GLOW RETURNS TO SANTA MONICA & PACIFIC WHEEL TRANSFORMED!

photo 3 (2)GLOW Returns to Santa Monica this Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 7PM-3AM after a three year hiatus! It will be a night where Santa Monica Beach, the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park will be transformed into an all night cultural experience with art installations, music and all around good vibes!

Pacific Park is PROUD to be a part of this incredible evening of art, and honored that world renowned artist, Victoria Vesna, has created the OMG project for Pacific Wheel:

“OMG is a public art project conceptualized for the Pacific Wheel premiering at Glow 2013 in Santa Monica — dusk to dawn on September 28th. Victoria Vesna is commissioned as one of 3 lead artists for this year’s Glow event in Santa Monica that will take place on September 28th. She is a world renowned artist known for her collaboration with scientists and work with media for many years with a focus on interactive artworks that immerse the audience and put them in the center of the work. Together with her team she is developing the the Octopus Mandala Glow project for the famous Pacific Wheel — the only solar wheel in the world!”

Vesna has created 8 LED “Crowns” (to wear on your head) that turn colors and will be placed in eight Pacific Wheel gondolas. Guests will be able to ride with the crown and wear it if they want as part of the art exhibit. Vesna and her team have also created a light program for Pacific Wheel, and music to go with it all. One of these crowns has also been taken around the world on different Ferris Wheels.

Check out the incredible video by Vesna, where she explains the project in detail and builds a tremendous amount of excitement for the event! http://vimeo.com/71786451

We hope to see you tomorrow night! For more information about GLOW, visit: http://glowsantamonica.org/

For more information about Victoria Vesna, visit: http://www.victoriavesna.com

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Pacific Park About to Break 7,000 Instagram Hashtags!

We have been busy uploading lots of fan photos to our @PacPark Instagram, and it seems as though our fans have been busy as well, because Pacific Park is about to reach 7,000 Instagram Hashtags!

Want your photo featured on our Instagram profile? It’s easy! Just use hashtag #PacificPark and then tag us in the photo @PacPark! We will upload our favorites every week, and always give you the shout out and credit your deserve!

Here are some of our recent favorite fan uploads below! We hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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Second Annual Broad Fest at Pacific Park this Sunday!!!

1369948059_broadfest_featTake advantage of the last days of summer–walk or ride your bike to The Broad Stage for a fun day of performance and art for the whole family! 

The Second Annual Broad Fest features free performances and interactive art activities for kids of all ages. In addition to free concerts on the plaza featuring Masanga Marimba, Klezmer Juice, TJ Mayeshiro, and more, The Edye will be transformed into a jazz lounge with artists presented by Santa Monica College, Jazz Bakery, and The Blue Whale.

Theatre tours will be hosted throughout the day, and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Homegirl Café and Beachy Cream. Complimentary valet parking is available for all guests who arrive on bikes.

BROAD FEST SCHEDULE
11:00 AM: Welcome Announcement
11:05 AM – 11:25 AM: Global Motion & Synapse (Plaza)
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: SMC Jazz Ensemble (Edye)
11:40 AM – 12:10 PM: TJ Mayeshiro (Plaza)
12:15 PM – 12:40 PM: SaMoHi Jazz Ensemble (Edye)
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM: Blue13 (Plaza)
1:20 PM – 1:50 PM: The Jazz Bakery presents Billy Childs (Edye)
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Klezmer Juice (Plaza)
2:10 PM – 2:40 PM: The Blue Whale Presents Tatiana Parra and Vardan Ovsepian (Edye)
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Masanga Marimba (Plaza)
3:00 PM: End of Broad Fest

**Studio Zanni Performing Pop-up Commedia Throughout the Day**

INTERACTIVE BOOTHS LOWER PLAZA
Wise Guys
little junebugs
Rimba Tubes/McCabes
The Broad Stage (Education/Marketing)
SM Pier
La Monarca
Snap Yourself
Water Station

UPPER PLAZA FOOD
Homegirl Catering
Truxton’s

ADDITIONAL
Vision to Learn Van
Library Foundation Mobile Bookstore
The Green Heart

Complimentary valet bicycle parking.

No reservations required!

For More Information, Visit: http://thebroadstage.com/broadfest

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Sunset Sundays Contest at Pacific Park!

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!!!

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CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH PACIFIC PARK!!!

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.)

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Our Standard Birthday Party Includes:

  • 60 minutes in our semi-private Seaside Cabana! (available time slots begin at 2:00pm)
  • Pizza Hut 7″ Personal Pan Pizza Cheese or Pepperoni delicious kids’ meal w/unlimited beverages
  • Festive balloons, tableware & party hats
  • Your very own party host to take care of all the details
  • We handle all set-up and clean-up
  • Pacific Park® custom party invitations
  • Special gift for the birthday child!
  • Personal visit from INKIE the Octopus,
    our Pacific Park® Mascot!
  • Unlimited ride wristbands –
    good all day until park closing!
Could you ask for more?

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.

 

ROGA, OCEAN APPRECIATION & JAZZ ON THE LAWN – YOUR WEEKEND IN SANTA MONICA EVENTS

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

rogaNeed 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.

EXPERIENCE LEVELS
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

seastar_poster with QR code printLearn 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

JAZZ ON LAWNSanta 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

 

 

RESTAURANTS, SHARKS & A PAC PARK TWIST: YOUR WEEKEND IN SANTA MONICA EVENTS!!!

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

dineLArw-newheaderdineLA’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

aquariumShark 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

Ongoing

Pacific Park shoot 5/30/2013

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!!!

JESUS TORRES FUNDRAISER AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

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.

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Jesus Torres

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

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