Saturday, November 23, 2013

Martial Arts History Museum

The Martial Arts History Museum is a tiny facility in the heart of Burbank, CA with a big heart. Founded in 1999, the only museum of its kind in the country, the museum is an educational, artistic and cultural experience. Visitors learn the role different forms of martial arts have played in Japan, China, Korea, the Philippines and the United States. There are two detailed and colorful time lines illustrating how Asian history became part of American history. Extra kudos go to the museum for recognizing the valuable role women have played in martial arts history repeatedly throughout the museum. Beautiful exhibits with costumes, weapons, musical instruments, video displays and large, informative placards make the museum friendly for kids and adults. Alex and Serene enjoyed the ninjas, the Samurais and a special scavenger hunt just for kids. We can't wait to go back again!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

USS Iowa: "We sunk your battleships"

The Battleship USS Iowa was built in 1940 and served the United States for over 50 years in World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. The ship became known as the "Battleship of Presidents" after hosting Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. No other battleship has hosted more presidents than the USS Iowa. The ship was also known as the World's Greatest Naval Ship for her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed and longevity. Today, the ship is parked at San Pedro, CA port and is open year-round for exploration.

One of the most fun facts about the ship is Victory the Dog (Mascot First Class). Read about Vicky's life sleeping at the foot of President Roosevelt, meeting Joseph Stalin & Winston Churchill, receiving awards & honors, and even going AWOL. Check out it out at: