October 1-31. Kids, ages 3-9, get free admission to San Diego Zoo (with purchase of adult ticket). If you were planning a trip, this would be a good time to go.
October 3-31. Pumpkin Festival at Lombardi Ranch. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission, $4 train ride, $4 corn maze, $3 petting zoo, $4.50 for either wagon ride or pony ride. 29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita. www.lombardiranch.com.
October 9-November 7. Weekends 9am - 5pm,Weekdays 2pm - 5pm. Forneris Farms Festival and Corn Maze. Free admission and parking. $4 train ticket, $7 corn maze (3 and younger free with paid adult), kids play area $3. 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. www.fornerisfarms.com.
October 15. 6-8 pm. FREE weekly jazz concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. LA Times Central Court. This week: Peter Erskine Quartet.
October 16-17. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Autumn Air at Descanso Gardens.
Wander under the oaks and meet local artists who will set up easels among the trees. Artists will have works for sale. Free with admission. General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.
October 16-17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. $5 admission, kids under 2 free. Entry Pass Includes: Inflatable Rides, Contests, Carnival Games & Business District Fun Zone, Car Show, Live Bands, Reptiles & Nature Programs. Food and drinks available for purchase. Juan Bautista de Anza Park. 3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasas. Free parking. Shuttles at festival entrance at the corner of Lost Hills Rd & Agoura Rd.
October 17. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. This week: Soprano Jacqueline Fontaine performs Robert Schumann: Frauenlieben und Leben.
October 19. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is Knuffle Bunny stories and other books by author Mo Willems.
October 19. 6 p.m. FREE. Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas. This week: Juggling and Comedy. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas.
October 20. 11 a.m. Kids Club at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. This week: Musical Fun with Claire. Claire is a trained singer/songwriter who has focused her energy on developing interactive music and storytelling for children. 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T. Oaks, 91362.
Wendy's is selling their Jr. Frosty booklets. You buy them for one dollar and get five coupons for a free Jr. Frosty between November 1st and February 1st.
McDonald’s also has coupon books right now! You pay about $1 (some stores may charge a little more) and you get a coupon book that includes 12 FREEBIE Coupons! Coupons are valid for use 11/1/10 – 12/31/10. Redeemable by children 12 and under. Please comment on my blog if you find these at a McDonalds near you. Apparently they are not being sold at every McDonalds.
Paid Focus Groups
Have you ever been to a focus group? Companies will pay you to tell them what you think about their products. They are generally 1-2 hours and vary in pay, about $75-$100 dollars for your time. Some places even feed you! Here is a list of some local groups. If you sign up for several different groups, you have a better chance of getting called. You are eligible every 3 months or so, depending on the group.
Adept Consumer Testing http://www.adeptconsumer.com/home.php
Qualitative Insights http://www.q-insights.com/respondent.html
Adler Weiner Research http://www.awr-la.com/participants.htm
Facts ‘N Figures Inc. http://www.factsnfiguresinc.com/
Inspired Opinions (formerly called Schlesinger Associates) https://inspiredopinions.com/registration.php?rc=MTg%3D
Matrix Research http://www.matrix-r.com/
Savitz Research Companies http://www.savitzpanel.com/
Plaza Research http://www.plazaresearch.com/
Check out this link if you live somewhere besides Los Angeles: http://hubpages.com/hub/Paid_Focus_Groups
October 22-24. 9 a.m.-5 p.m LA Kids Consignment sale in Santa Clarita. This is a one-weekend only children's consignment sale where you can find 50,000+ gently-used and new kids items from cribs to toys to bikes and clothing for newborns through pre-teens. 24901 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, 91355. http://www.lakidsconsignment.com/
October 23. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Healthy Neighborhood Festival. Music and dance workshops and performances. Cooking workshops. Admission, parking and health screenings are free. The California Endowment. 1000 N. Alameda Street, L.A., 90012.
October 29. IHOP is offering Scary Face Pancakes free of charge for children 12 and under (one per child). The Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own pancake.