Mountain Lakes Wedding Association tour designs a show and tour blossoming with ideas and inspiration for marriage-minded guests. As the day begins, guests have the opportunity to enter prize giveaways and mingle with professional wedding vendors at the bridal show to discuss photography, floral arrangements, and tips on converting a wedding gown into a yurt. Afterward, a limo sweeps nearly newlyweds away to ponder seven potential mountain venues for vows or receptions: Marina Resort, Northwoods Resort, Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast, Best Western Plus Big Bear Chateau, Inn Der Bach, Gold Mountain Manor, and Arrowhead Springs. While touring the resorts, soon-to-be brides and grooms sip refreshments and silence rumbling stomachs with the provided lunch, while newly gained knowledge helps nix pre-formed plans for breadstick wedding bouquets and uncle-led polka bands.
When the Fun Corner first opened its doors in 1956, it was actually located on the corner of the block. In 1980, it moved to its current location in the middle of the block. Locale aside, the Fun Corner still does today what it's been doing for the last fifty seven years: slinging costumes and novelty décor year-round. Today, it stocks approximately 5,000 different outfits—which range in size from newborn to plus-sized grownup—in addition to an arsenal of accessories, props, Halloween décor, hats, and wigs.
The staffers don't just sell new looks, however—they also help create them. On-staff makeup artists assist in making skin look appropriately ghoulish for a costume party or a formal undertaker's ball. They also teach customers techniques for easy replication at home.
Creative DJ's Photo Booth Rentals enlivens parties and events with DJ services, light shows, and snapshots of party guests. DJs host dance parties that pair diverse music selections with fog machines, confetti cannons, and flashing lights that pulse along to the beat. Photo booths, meanwhile, snap images of up to 10 people at a time, available on the spot as 2"x6" photo strips or after the event in an online photo gallery.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
El Camino Ranch has cared for a growing family of Arabian horses since 1983, when it was founded with a mission to help people connect with the intelligent creatures. The ranch itself traces its origins back even further—to the early 1950s, when Bill and LaVesta Locklin started a farm and began to grow oranges and tomatoes against the scenic backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountain range.
Today, LaVesta’s son, Scott, and her granddaughter, Vandi, continue to look after the facilities, showering their horses with affection and treating them to a healthy daily schedule of riding with guests, participating in shows, and munching on fresh treats from the orange grove. During lessons, the trainers guide students through riding techniques and teach them the basics of equine grooming, tacking, and health care. They also organize a special series of “Pony Pal” lessons for children as young as 3, saving the horses the indignity of galloping around with training wheels glued to their haunches.
Jump!Zone is an inflatable indoor play center packed with moonwalks, bouncers, and giant slides for children up to age 12. Aspiring goalies can defend their turn with a high-adrenaline game of air hockey while rebellious gravity-defiers can soar to new heights in any of six festive inflatables. Ice-cold Icees are perfect for refueling between high-flying acts in the Circus City inflatable and reenactments of the Magna Carta's signing in the bouncy castle. Parents appreciate Jump!Zone's attentive staff, clean facilities, and commitment to safety. Be sure to check website for current open-play schedules.