Castle Park by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

There are some things that never change.  Thank goodness for that.Castle_Park  Since the 1970’s Castle Park in Sherman Oaks has been providing family fun and entertainment to San Fernando Valley residents.  Located at 4989 Sepulveda Blvd., Castle Park offers miniature golf on a beautifully manicured 18 hole course that is reminiscent of a castle and grounds. 

For those who want to brush up on their baseball game there are baseball and softball batting cages offering speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.  Castle_Park_1If arcade fun is what you are looking for Castle Park has a wide variety of games to satisfy everyone in the family. Tokens can be purchased one at a time or there are discounts for buying larger quantities.

If you’re hungry the Castle Park Concession offers pizza, burgers, sandwiches, fries and salads.  Castle Park is open from 10am to 11pm Sunday thru Thursday and until midnight on Saturday and Sundays.  Visit their website for more info or to find out about parties and group rates. http://www.laparks.org/shermanoaks_castlepk/index.htm

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

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iFly!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to jump out of an airplane, but the thought of careening toward the earth gives you weak knees? phpthumb_generated_thumbnailjpgcawxi4mx Well now you can get the entire sensation of sky diving while never going near an airplane.  Only in Los Angeles! 

SkyVenture is an innovative company that has created a vertical wind tunnel that simulates skydiving indoors.  iFLY Hollywood gives you the opportunity to experience the rush and thrill of flying within a safe environment.  Located on Universal Studios City Walk in Los Angeles, iFLY is housed in a clear tube allowing you to see and be seen as you practice your flying maneuvers with the help of a skilled instructor.

This is a great activity to do as a family or as a corporate bonding activity.  It makes a great gift for graduations, birthdays and even retirements.  Still too scared to try?  It’s worth taking a visit to Universal City Walk and watching others as the experience weightlessness!

The California Strawberry Festival

It’s that time of year in California.  Strawberries are a ripe dusty rose and so sweet that they almost taste like candy.  There are as many varieties of strawberries in Southern California as there are types of sunscreen, and people soon strawberrydiscover their favorites.  If you aren’t sure what your favorite is, a quick trip to the local farmer’s market will give you a wide variety to taste from, but if you really want to experience the full strawberry experience it is time to head out to the Strawberry Festival. 

The month of May boasts many strawberry festivals in Southern California but there is one that is undoubted queen of the Strawberry Festivals and that is the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard.  Started in 1984 this festival is ranks as one of the top Festivals in the country.  There is something for everyone at the festival, live entertainment, interactive exhibits, arts and crafts, award-winning attractions and every delectable food imaginable all featuring fresh strawberries!  There is even a Strawberryland for children, that offers free rides, puppet shows and much more.

As if the taste of the sweet berries were not enough to draw you to the festival, The California Strawberry Festival is also a major fund raiser for local charities with over $3 million dollars raised to date.

The 2009 festival will be held on May 16 and 17th in the beautiful Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.  For more information on this festival  visit, http://www.strawberry-fest.org/.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

35th Annual Festival of the Kite

At some point we have all wanted to say to someone, “Go fly a kite!”  On the 8th of March, Redondokite1 Beach will play host to an annual festival that is all about flying a kite.

The Festival of the Kite will begin at noon and will feature kite and yo-yo contests, martial art demonstrations, live music and tons of prizes!

Located at Fisherman’s Wharf this free event promises fun for family kitemembers age 6 and up.  There is even a hot dog on a stick eating contest with a $200 first prize.  Redondo Beach on a Sunday afternoon in March is a recipe for temperate breezes and ample kite flying opportunities.  Just think, from now until the eighth of March we can feel free to tell the people around us to go fly a kite!

Halloween Happenings!

The Valley is bustling with events this time of year but one of the local favorites is the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College because there truly is something for everyone, from families, to teenagers, to grownups on a romantic date.
 
Activities abound for children including live shows, a pumpkin patch where you pick out your own pumpkin, a giant slide, bounce houses, train ride, carousel, petting zoo, hay rides, rock climbing, bungee bounce, pony rides, bumper boats, haunted house and corn maze. If you manage to make it through all that with your little troopers, you can count on an early bedtime – you may even want to pack their PJs in the car!
 
For the big kids, things get a little spookier after sunset. The festival turns into the Fright Fair Screampark featuring the Factory of Nightmares – an industrial haunted house sure to produce industrial screams. For a little extra, you can take a terrifying tour of the Creatures of the Corn haunted maze with nothing but a flashlight to guide your way – and hope that you make it out again before sunrise.
 
And for a romantic evening with your significant other (or a potential one!), this place sets the perfect mood. Bundle up in your favorite sweater and enjoy quintessential carnival food underneath their twinkling lights while picking out the perfect pumpkin. Then take a stroll though the haunted maze where you can cling to your partner for dear life, or protect your partner for dear life – either way, snuggle up for safety!
 
Located at 20800 Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills, just off the 101 freeway at the DeSoto Ave. exit. This year’s festival runs through November 2 and is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., until midnight on the weekends. For more information and directions, go to www.halloweenharvestfestival.com.
 
Be sure to make time for this event, you won’t regret it. And if you don’t live in the area, give me a call and we’ll try to change that. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.