One of Our Very Talented Guests- Sugaray

We are so honored that Sugaray was one of our guests at Balboa RV Park. He is the lead vocalist for The Mannish Boys. Here is a description from Sugaray’s website about the type of musician he is:

When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown.

The Mannish Boys will be headlining at the Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley Memorial Day Weekend May 25-26, 2013. It should be lots of fun. I know we will be there just to check out The Mannish Boys in person. You should go too! Hope to see you there!

To find out more information and purchase tickets, please go to this website:

To check out more about Sugaray, please go to


Los Angeles Family Fun

I came across a great list called “100 Things to Do in LA with Kids Before They Grow Up” by Mommy Poppins. My family has only done about 18 so far together but our oldest child is only 3 so we have lots of time to experience these activities together. 🙂 There are so many really good activities that I might even make it our family bucket list! 🙂 How many activities have you done with your kids?

  1. Go to the Rose Parade
  2. Go to the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
  3. Have brunch and hit the beach at Paradise Cove
  4. Sled the Venice sand berms
  5. Visit Griffith Observatory
  6. Pick your own veggies at Underwood Farms
  7. Tour the STAR Eco Station
  8. See an IMAX movie at the California Science Center
  9. Visit Kidspace Children’s Museum
  10. See a play at the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga
  11. Finagle a guest pass to kids brunch at the Magic Castle
  12. See a movie at Disney’s El Capitan
  13. Ride the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel at sunset
  14. Ride the Orange County Great Park helium balloon
  15. Go to a Native American event at the Autry National Center
  16. Camp in Malibu Creek State Park
  17. Do an LA Conservancy Family Walking Tour
  18. Go rollerblade along Venice Beach
  19. Head south to swim with the belugas or dolphins at SeaWorld
  20. Go to a Medieval Times dinner tournament
  21. See EquestFest over winter break
  22. Play at Noah’s Ark at the Skirball
  23. Build a campfire and cook dinner at Dockweiller Beach
  24. Do a Sunset Ranch Hollywood sign trail ride
  25. Ride a Fillmore & Western train
  26. Take a whale watching trip
  27. Skydive on Universal Citywalk at iFly Hollywood
  28. Try the Muscle Beach Travelling Rings
  29. Ride the trains at LA Live Steamers in Griffith Park
  30. Go on a Faery Hunt
  31. Go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market
  32. Hike to the Bat Cave at Griffith Park
  33. Visit Olvera Street during a traditional Mexican festival
  34. Register with Central Casting to be extras in a movie
  35. Watch a taping of a live kids’ show
  36. Take a surfing lesson
  37. Rent (or bring) a bike to ride the beach bike path
  38. Ice skate in short sleeves at one of the seasonal outdoor ice rinks
  39. See a show at Bob Baker Marionette Theater
  40. Go for a walk through the Venice Canals
  41. Take a day out of school to go to Disneyland when it’s not busy
  42. See the buffalo on Catalina Island
  43. Check out Watts Towers
  44. Visit the Flower Mart downtown
  45. See the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano
  46. Ride Angels Flight
  47. See the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
  48. Go watch some old TV shows at the Paley Center
  49. Ski or sled at a local ski resort, then have dinner by the beach
  50. Go to a Presidential Library – Reagan or Nixon
  51. Buy a season pass to one of the big parks (DisneylandUniversalKnotts) so that you can drop in any time, even if only for a couple of rides
  52. Ride the high-wire bicycle at the California Science Center
  53. Watch a horse show at the LA Equestrian Center
  54. Wander The Huntington Gardens
  55. Attend a hand print or a star laying ceremony on Hollywood Blvd.
  56. Go to an open rehearsal at the Hollywood Bowl
  57. Join LACMA Nexgen, and go to a Family Sunday
  58. Attend an event at the Central Library (story hour, author event, etc..)
  59. Do a sleepover at either the Tar Pits or Natural History Museum
  60. Go to the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown
  61. Do a beach clean-up
  62. Wander the Camellia Festival at either Descanso or Huntington Gardens
  63. Take part in a Dia de los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  64. Drop in on Los Encinos Living History Day
  65. Explore the Natural History Museum’s seasonal Butterfly Pavilion
  66. Explore the Natural History Museum’s seasonal Spider Pavilion
  67. Visit the Moorpark Teaching Zoo
  68. Do a Kids Run the Bases day at Dodger Stadium
  69. Go to a Family Festival at the Getty Center
  70. Tour (or stay at) the Queen Mary
  71. Spend a day at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire
  72. Go to the Los Angeles County Fair
  73. Attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade
  74. Go to the LA Times Festival of Books
  75. Ride the Marina del Rey Water Bus to a waterside concert
  76. Bake cookies, bring them to your local fire station, and get a tour of the station and engines
  77. Take a Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
  78. Attend a Saturday Scene family show at the Geffen Playhouse
  79. Go sea kayaking
  80. Have dinner at the Santa Monica Food Trucks, with a table (and grown-up drinks) at The Victorian
  81. Take a Family Fossil Trip to Red Rock Canyon
  82. Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Farmers Market
  83. Get in the Halloween spirit at Knotts Scary Farm
  84. Sign up for a free Apple Camp at the Apple Store
  85. See the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion
  86. Take a trapeze lesson
  87. Volunteer to work on a Rose Parade float and/or view the floats up closeafter the parade
  88. Check out the Heritage Square Museum
  89. Catch a Sunday shark feeding at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
  90. Enjoy a Sunday morning concert at McCabe’s and try out all the guitars afterward
  91. Experience a Toyota Symphony for Youth at Disney Concert Hall
  92. Create a recycled masterpiece at ReDiscover
  93. Take a Warner Brothers Studio Tour
  94. See the Avila Adobe – LA’s oldest house
  95. Go for Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues
  96. Catch some live music at Amoeba Records and show kids what records are
  97. Attend the annual Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House
  98. Catch the Tall Ships Festival
  99. Rent a family bicycle surrey at Lake Balboa
  100. Go on a Grunion Run

Academy Awards Traffic and Road Closures

Anyone from Balboa RV Park headed to Hollywood this weekend? Beware of road closures that could put a big delay in getting to your destination due to the Academy Awards this Sunday, February 24th.

Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue will close Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. and will remain closed until 6 a.m. February 26.

Here are other closures beginning Sunday night:

  • The south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue will close at 6 p.m., with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access.
  • The north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard directly in front of the Dolby Theatre portal will close at 10 p.m.
  • The north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive, with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access, will close at 10 p.m.
  • The pedestrian mid-block crosswalk on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive will close at 10 p.m.
  • At 10 p.m. Monday, the Hawthorn Alley on the east side of the El Capitan Theatre will close from Hollywood Boulevard south 210 feet.
  • At 12:01 a.m. Friday, Hawthorn Avenue will close between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive.

On Saturday, the day before the show, a series of other closures will begin:

  • Orchid Street will close from 60 feet south of Franklin Boulevard to Orchid Alley.
  • Orange Drive will close from Orchid Alley to Hollywood Boulevard.
  • The north and south sidewalks of Hawthorn Avenue will close from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive.
  • The north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard will close completely from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive.
  • The west sidewalk of Highland Avenue will close from Johnny Grant Way south to Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Johnny Grant Way from Highland Avenue to Orchid Street will close.

On Feb. 24, the following restrictions will take effect:

  • The remainder of Hawthorn Alley from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue will close.
  • Orange Drive will close from Hawthorn Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard.
  • The north and south sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to 300 feet east of Highland Avenue will close.
  • The south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard will close directly in front of the north-south running Hawthorn Alley.
  • The east and west sidewalks of Highland Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Hawthorn Avenue will close.
  • The east sidewalk of Highland Avenue will close from Yucca Street south to the alley.
  • The north and south crosswalks on Hollywood Boulevard at the Highland Avenue intersection.
  • The northbound and southbound offramps of the 101 Freeway at Highland Avenue will close.

Thanks to KTLA 5 for the information.

Filming Locations in Los Angeles

Filming Locations in Southern California for Tuesday, February 19th

Anyone interested in getting a glimpse of how movies and shows are filmed? Here are the locations so you check out how it is done and possibly even see some actors while they work!

90210 is filming at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey.

Perception is filming at 132 N Euclid St. Pasadena.

Appetite for Life is filming at 408 S Main St, Los Angeles (8:30 AM – 1:00 PM).

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is filming at 1360 E 6th St, Los Angeles (5:00 AM – 10:00 PM).

The Pitch is filming at 325 W 8th St, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 7:00 PM) through 2/20.

Southland is filming at 709 N La Brea Ave and N Wilton Pl and Virginia Ave in L.A.

Castle is filming at Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles.

Dexter is filming at Marina Green Park in Long Beach.


Thanks to On Location Vacations for the information!

Airplane Flight Lesson

Anyone ever wanted to take flying lessons? If you are staying or visiting Balboa RV Park, then now is your chance with a great deal. $99 for a one-hour airplane flight package ($249 value). The best part is that it is only two miles away from the Park and it doesn’t give you much time to chicken out before you get there. 🙂

Sanitize Your Water RV Fresh Tank

Did you know that it is very important to sanitize your RV fresh water tank on a regular basis or bacteria might build up and your health might be at risk? According to this article by RV Now, full-timers are supposed to sanitize every 6 months. If you are planning on storing your RV, you should sanitize your water tank at that time, and then again before using it after a long time in storage. For more information, please check out this article.

Review From One of Our Wonderful Guests

We are so thankful for our wonderful guests! Here is a review that was sent to us by Bruce and Maria on Feb. 1, 2013.


We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our time at your RV Park! We would like to tell anyone who is looking for an RV park in LA, California; we enjoyed out visit and felt welcomed from the very first day. The park is family and pet oriented and can give valuable advice on local activities.

The park is immaculate and offers service to assist you with, not only information, but technical advice on servicing your RV. The park also assists with getting you into your position and hooking up. Steve, the manager, is very knowledgeable about your rig, and Ashley is very gracious and knowledgeable about acquiring tickets for local shows.

We had a great time at Jay Leno’s show and on “The Price Is Right” thanks to the assistance of the RV office and we appreciate all the time they spent assisting us.

Southern California is a great place to visit and this RV Park is central to all locations for all the events and venues that you may want to visit. Balboa Park!!!

 Bruce and Maria