Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at Knott’s!

No more need to stay in on New Year’s Eve now that you have kids! Ring in the New Year at a family-friendly celebration at Knott’s! This event offers something for everyone, including all-day admission to the park until 1am, PLUS the following:

iceskating_knottsFun NYE Show at the Camp Snoopy Theatre
Watch “Happy New Year Charlie Brown!” at the Camp Snoopy Theatre where Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang will ring in the New Year in song & dance, including some audience participation!

Memory Making with the Peanuts Gang
Grab a hug & take a memorable photo with the Peanuts Gang!

Incredible Seasonal Ice Skating Show
Catch a performance of the incredible “It’s Christmas, Snoopy” ice skating show. Believe me, it’s great! Phenominal skating, which we can’t wait to see again!

campsnoopySnoopy’s Magical Night of Lights
See “Snoopy’s Magical Night of Lights” in Camp Snoopy, featuring thousands of beautiful lights and holiday music starting at dusk, and continuing until 1am.

Comedian Magician
Watch a Kenny Metcalf, a family friendly comedian magician and a trip back to the 70’s with Elton John- The Early Years.

Dance The Night Away
Join in the Salsa Dancing at Knott’s Fiesta Plaza, or Country Line Dancing in Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, there will be instructors to guide you on how to move those hips!

fireworksLive Music
See a live performance by the popular band Clueless Remix Featuring DJ Resso!

Fireworks & Celebrations
Countdown to Midnight at Calico Square with an aerial fireworks display, stilt walkers, party hats and horns!

We’re excited to make some great memories at Knott’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. It sounds like it’s going to be a great time, with something for everyone in the family. Click HERE for further details about the event. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. Knott’s is expanding the park this coming year, including a new California Boardwalk with games, rides, and more. Now, for a limited time, Knott’s 2013 Season Passes are just $66.99, with NO blackout dates, certain discounts at food and merchandise locations, AND include one visit in 2012, which may be used for Knott’s NYE! This is an awesome deal, and could make a great holiday gift, and you even have the option of paying 6 low payments of just $11.16. You can find more info about Knott’s Season Passes HERE.

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Disclosure: We were invited to attend Knott’s Family-Friendly New year’s Eve. We wanted to share info about it with our readers, as we believe many would also enjoy the event with their families. Our opinions are our own. Many thanks to Knott’s, LaLa Castro, and Giga Savvy.

Celebrate the Holidays at Mingei’s Family Sunday!

Mingei International Museum, located within Balboa Park, in San Diego, conducts a fun Family Sunday from Noon-4pm the third Sunday of each month. Mingei’s Family Sunday offers discount admission, of only $5 per family, or $3 for individuals. Attendees can explore the museum’s colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, win a prize for completing a treasure hunt as well as participate in other activities such as storytelling and hands-on projects.

girlscoutCelebrate the holidays with the music of the season. Join the Mingei on Sunday, December 16th, for a special holiday performance by the Girls Scouts Glee Chorus (1:30pm), while designing and decorating your own handmade bell inspired by the Museum’s new exhibition MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC.

We’ve truly enjoyed the Family Sunday’s we’ve attended, and you can’t beat $5 for the family! It’s a great deal, and they always have fun art activities for the littles. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Family Sunday at Mingei
Twitter: @MingeiMuseum
Facebook: Mingei on Facebook


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Not a sponsored post. We’ve enjoyed attending Family Sunday at Mingei, and we’re happy to share the info regarding the event with our readers. Our opinions are our own.

Attending A Chargers Game With Kids ~ What To Know Before You Go!


Let’s Go Chargers!


Chargers Podium
Growing up in San Diego, I attended a lot of Chargers football games during my childhood. I recalled having a great time cheering for my favorite players, enjoying a hot dog, and the excitement of being at an NFL game. It was always a fun time.

When my husband got tickets for us to attend a Chargers game at the Q with our kids I was super excited. We went to a weekday evening game and met my husband at the stadium after he got off work. Since my husband was driving down, I decided to take Coaster to the trolley, to the stadium, where my husband met the kids and I for the game. I figured it would be easier than being stuck in traffic both in ~and~ out of the stadium, and be a fun train ride adventure. It worked out well. The kids loved taking the train & trolley, and it was less expensive than parking at the stadium.

Chargers Kids
Once we arrived we met up with some friends that were tailgating. It was fun to walk around the parking lot seeing all the Chargers gear and attire on the fans, smelling the food from the bbq’s, and hanging out with friends. There were a lot of families tailgating with kids, tossing a football around the parking lot, and relaxing before the game.

Here are a few things that I think would be good to know prior to attending a Chargers game with kids:

Baby Chargers Fan

The Stadium Can Be Pretty Loud

The crowd, booming pyrotechnics, and music all add to the experience, but depending upon how sensitive your child is, you may want to consider bringing earplugs for your little one(s).

Leave Your Stroller At Home or In The Car

The stadium does not have designated stroller parking, so it’s best to leave your stroller in the car or at home. If you do need to bring your stroller, they will likely direct you to leave it at Guest Relations, which may be a LONG distance from your seats. The same goes for an infant car seat. Leave it behind, and use carrier for your baby.

No Outside Food Allowed

You are allowed to bring a few unopened plastic water bottles into the game, but aside from that, you should consume your outside food prior to entering the stadium. Check the Chargers website for details of the amount of water you may bring inside.

Be Prepared To Be Around People Consuming Alcohol

A lot of beer is consumed by fans tailgating before the game, as well as during the game . We didn’t have any issues with people having consumed too much around us, but just know that this comes with the territory.

Bring Hats and or Sunscreen

If you attend a daytime game be prepared with hats and or sunscreen. It can be super hot!

Leave Your Backpack Behind

They limit the size of the bag you’re allowed to bring into the stadium. All bags other than small clutch size bags MUST be CLEAR! This is new in 2013. More details HERE.

Consider Tailgating

If you choose to drive to the stadium, consider coming hours early and tailgating. Tailgating can be a fun part of the football experience.

Bring Your Patience

If you drive in, realize there will be a lot of traffic if you leave at the end of the game. Bring your patience!

Have you taken kids to a Chargers, or other NFL game? If so, what recommendations do you have for going with kids? Perhaps we’ll see you at a Chargers game at The Q!


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CAVALIA ~ An Incredible Family-Friendly Show!

cavaliaIf you live in Southern California you’ve likely seen advertisements with a beautiful horse, for a show called CAVALIA. Like me, you may wonder what it’s all about. According to their billboards Larry King stated it’s the “Best show ever!”.

Last week my eight year old daughter and I had the opportunity to experience CAVALIA ourselves, and what an incredible experience it was! CAVALIA combines 50 gorgeous horses and fantastic riding with beautiful live music and astonishing acrobatics. The show includes neat visuals, such as images displayed on a backdrop of falling water, autumn leaves made of paper gently floating to the floor, and streams of soft cloth flowing aross the stage behind magestic galloping horses. It’s an experience of both sight and sound that kept us at the edge of our seats, and received a well deserved standing ovation across the audience.

Here are some interesting Facts and Figures about CAVALIA:

The Artists
• The 36 artists, acrobats, dancers and riders are from Canada, France, Belgium, the United States, Morocco, Spain, Australia, Moldavia, Poland and Russia.
• The troop also includes 5 musicians (guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, and cello) and a singer.

The Horses
CavaliaCAVALIA features 50 horses representing 11 different breeds.
• The horses are from France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands.
• The horses annually consume 17,500 bales of hay, 36,500 pounds of grain and 1,750 pounds of carrots.
• The stables span more than 16,500 square feet.

cavaliaThe White Big Top and The Site
• The CAVALIA village includes nine tents: the White Big Top, the Rendez-Vous tent, the General Entrance tent, two artistic tents, two warm-up tents, the stables and the staff cafeteria.
• 150 people are required to erect the tents and work on the preparation of the site. The set-up takes 12 days, while the tear down is completed in three days.
• The White Big Top is 110 feet high or the equivalent of a ten-story building. 71,400 square feet of canvas were used to create the Big Top, which spans more than 26,264 square feet.
• A 200-foot wide screen serves as a backdrop for the projections and special effects. The stage is 160 feet wide, the equivalent of the width of a regulation NFL football field. 2,500 tons of sand and dirt (100 truckloads) are required to build the stage.

Touring and Traveling
• The tour employs 120 people on a permanent basis.
• 100 people are hired locally in each city visited.
• 100 trucks are required to move the material.
• The transport is done over land, sea or air, based on the distance.

CAVALIA is showing in downtown San Diego, next to PETCO Park, until December 30, 2012. They offer both Daytime and Nighttime Shows, and even offer experiences which include a tour of the horse stables. After viewing the show myself, I can attest that this a wonderful show for both young and old. The audience at the show we attended was quite diverse, all of whom seemed to love it!

CAVALIA currently has a Holiday Family Pack Offer (see link for details), which includes 5 FREE tickets with the purchase of 5 tickets. Tickets are limited, and certain conditions apply. The gift of a performance of CAVALIA could make a great holiday gift for the family! Perhaps we’ll go again, and see you there!

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Where you can find CAVALIA Across The Web:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

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Disclosure: We were invited to attend CAVALIA Tweet Night in San Diego. We were not asked to write a formal review of the event, but loved the show, and wanted to share info about the event with our readers, as we believe many would also enjoy the show. Our opinions are our own.

Holiday Season Safety Tips From Radio Disney and UL

christmastreeRadio Disney and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have teamed up to promote safety during this holiday season and together they’ve come up with many great ideas for families to incorporate into this special time of year. Below are some great tips they’ve shared with us, which we’d like to pass on to you for a SAFE and happy holiday season!

• Water your Christmas tree daily.
• Blow out unattended candles.
• Always make sure your holiday lights and decorations bear the UL Mark of Safety.
• Only plug in one plug per outlet.
• When online shopping, be aware of what personal information you are providing.
• Always log off a website before you close your browser.
• Stay at least 3 feet away from portable heaters.
• Keep stairways and pathways free of clutter.
• Remind your kids to dial 9-1-1 in emergencies.
• Make sure your home has a UL listed Carbon Monoxide alarm, UL listed Fire Extinguishers and a home escape plan.

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About Radio Disney
Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior and Adele. The network is available on 31 owned terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones, the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps, and the Radio Disney Facebook page.

About Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
UL is a premier global safety science company with more than 100 years of proven history. Employing nearly 10,000 professionals in 46 countries, UL is evolving the future of safety with five distinct business units – Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Verification and Knowledge Services – to meet the expanding needs of customers and the global public. For more information on UL’s family of companies and network of 95 laboratory, testing, and certification facilities, go to UL.com.

Museum, Garden, and Other Reciprocal Memberships Rock!


Reciprocal Memberships Rock!


Kidspace Children's Museum
I am a self confessed Museum, Zoo, and Botanical Garden Nerd. If I’m driving down the road and see a sign for any such mentioned, I’ll likely turn around to check it out, or at least make a mental note to Google it for a future visit. I can’t help myself.

Growing up in SoCal, I visited many incredible museums and lots of great botanic gardens. I had a Master Gardener for a mom, who loved teaching me about different plants and flowers. Once I had kids of my own, I looked forward to introducing them to all the things I loved, and hoped they too would have at least some of the same interests as myself. Luckily, they do!

As we all know, visiting museums, zoos, and botanical gardens can get expensive. Depending on where you visit, taking a family can be a big expense, nevermind visiting multiple establishments on a regular basis. I knew that if I wanted to continue to take our kids to such that I would have to find a reasonable way to do so.

Reciprocal Memberships Can Help You Save Money

After doing a good amount of research, I learned about reciprocal memberships. What is a reciprocal membership? A reciprocal membership is one which can be used at multiple establishments to gain either FREE or discounted entry.

For instance, a membership to a science center in San Diego would likely allow you either free or discount entry to a science center or natural history museum in Los Angeles, Oregon, Las Vegas, or even Boston.

San Diego Botanic Garden
An ACM reciprocal membership to a children’s museum, a reciprocal zoo membership, or pass to a botanic garden that is part of the American Horticultural Society would do the same. There are some stipulations, such as distance between establishments, or program participation, but for the most part, these memberships are awesome! Be sure to check with each individual establishment prior to purchasing a membership, and prior to visiting one of the reciprocal establishments to make sure they will accept your card.

I took roadtrip with our kids in 2011, and visited Children’s Museums in San Luis Obispo, multiple destinations in Oregon, Washington, and had many more on our list that we would have stopped at if we’d had the time. I planned our stops around these museums and Costco gas stations. It worked out great, and our reciprocal museum passes paid for themselves within a few days. After our trip we continued to enjoy visiting museums and botanical gardens in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego the reminder of the 11 months our passes were active.

Many SoCal Establishments Participate In Reciprocal Programs

Some of the different establishments in Southern California that participate in reciprocal membership programs. There are some exclusions with different programs, so be sure to do your research. For instance, some reciprocal passes exclude reciprocity within 90 miles of your home address. Here are some of the different places in Southern California that participate in reciprocal programs at the time this post was written:
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (gain access to the Discovery Science Center in OC, the La Habra Children’s Museum, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, etc…)
San Diego Botanic Garden (gain entry to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, Los Angeles Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, etc…)
The Living Desert (gain discount access to a handful of zoos across the U.S.)

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Some Good Resources For Info About Reciprocal Memberships

Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program
Association of Children’s Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program

One of the many things my parents taught me was to enjoy experiences, as that they can be a much better gift than a material item. Investing in a reciprocal Family Membership can allow you and your family access to many neat establishments that can be fun, educational, and get you out and about, having great experiences together! Perhaps we’ll see you at a museum, zoo, or botanical garden that participates in a reciprocal membership program soon!

Sunny and Angel Save Christmas!

Celebrate the holidays with a fun family event at Helen Woodward Animal Center, Sunny and Angel Save Christmas! Take a special tour of the Animal Center, interact with barn animals, listen to holiday story time about Sunny and Angel, the two miracle twin foals born at the Animal Center, enjoy delicious treats, hands-on crafts, meet and have a picture taken with Santa, and receive a personalized letter and gift. We attended the event last year, and look forward to going again this year as well.

Sunny and Angel Save Christmas is happening the following weekends:

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Create A Blue Landscape at Mingei’s Family Sunday!

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Mingei International Museum, located within Balboa Park, in San Diego, conducts a fun Family Sunday from Noon-4pm the third Sunday of each month. Mingei’s Family Sunday offers discount admission, of only $5 per family, or $3 for individuals. Attendees can explore the museum’s colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, win a prize for completing a treasure hunt as well as participate in other activities such as storytelling and hands-on projects.

Juliana Flores, of Pachis, An Art Studio for Kids, will lead the upcoming Family Sunday on November 18th with art activity using materials such as fabric, yarn, sequins and bead. Come create your very own blue landscape!

You may recall our very own visit Juliana’s studio, a few months ago. In case you missed it, here’s a LINK to our post. We enjoyed doing art with her, and think she’ll conduct a fabulous Family Sunday!

We’ve truly enjoyed the Family Sunday’s we’ve attended, and you can’t beat $5 for the family! It’s a great deal, and they always have fun art activities for the littles. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Family Sunday at Mingei
Twitter: @MingeiMuseum
Facebook: Mingei on Facebook


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Not a sponsored post. We’ve enjoyed attending Family Sunday at Mingei, and we also enjoyed our visit to Pachis. We’re happy to share the info regarding the event with our readers. Our opinions are our own.

Big FUN at BOOMERS!

boomers_golfOur family loves going to Boomers! This is the first place our little ones went miniature golfing, and each time we pass one of their locations, the kids remind us that they want to go back.

Boomers has 11 locations in California with attractions such as Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, Inflatable Water Slides, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Bowling, Laser Tag, Rock Wall, Arcades, and a Kid’s Playland. It’s the perfect place for fun! Every time we go my husband has much fun as the kids! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: BOOMERS
Facebook: Boomers San Diego on Facebook
Twitter: @boomerssandiego

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Disneyland Resort Trip Planning Tips!


Disneyland Resort Trip Planning Tips


We’re huge fans of Disney, and are often asked for Disneyland Resort trip planning tips. There are so many ways to make your trip to the Disneyland Resort more unique, memorable, and enjoyable for the whole family! Here are some ideas we have to share:
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