Tips For Attending ArtWalk San Diego With Kids!


KidsWalk and Other Fun At ArtWalk San Diego With Kids!


KidsWalk at ArtWalk

Photo by Paul Nestor, courtesy of ArtWalk San Diego.


Attending ArtWalk San Diego with kids can be really fun, but it helps to have some tips prior to doing so. We love this FREE yearly event, and have been going with our kids for many years. It’s a great opportunity to visit Little Italy, and introduce the littles to some culture.
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Trade LEGO Minifigures At The LEGOLAND California Resort!


It’s Easy To Trade LEGO Minifigures At LEGOLAND California!


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Our kids love LEGO, and have acquired quite a collection of Minifigures from birthdays and Christmas’ past. A few years ago we learned that you can trade LEGO Minifigures at the LEGOLAND California Resort. It’s super easy, too!
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5 Reasons We Love Butterfly Jungle At The Safari Park!


We Love Butterfly Jungle at the Safari Park!


As members of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for years and years, we’ve visited Butterfly Jungle more times than we can count. The past few years we’ve been invited to explore the exhibit prior to opening day, and share our experiences with our readers and followers. This year we’ll first be visiting the exhibit on April 4, 2014.
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Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland
If you’re like me, planning your child’s first visit to Disneyland is so exciting! The memories you have from your own early visits to The Happiest Place On Earth flood into your mind, thinking about the moment you enter the gates, hearing the whistle of the steam train, and feel the excitement on Main Street. At least that’s how it was for me planning our daughter’s first trip to Disneyland!
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5 Things We Love About Knott’s Berry Bloom!


Knott’s Berry Bloom Is Springtastic!


Knott's Berry Bloom ~ www.socalwithkids.com
We loved going to Knott’s last year for Berry Bloom, their Springtime event, and are excited to be invited back to experience it again this year. When we went a year ago we were amazed at how the Park was transformed by the decor. Huge blooming flower decorations, and beautiful floral chalk drawings were found throughout Knott’s. We visit lots of Southern California theme parks, but hadn’t experienced this level of Spring festivities elsewhere.
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SeaWorld San Diego’s 50th Celebration Holds A Sea of Surprises For Guests!


SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Holds A Sea of Surprises For Guests!


It was 50 years ago this month that SeaWorld San Diego first opened its doors on Mission Bay. To honor this momentous occasion, SeaWorld is having a 50th Celebration, known as Sea of Surprises™, which starts March 21st 2013, and extends for an entire 18 months!
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In Touch With Aquatic Life At SeaWorld San Diego’s Explorer’s Reef!


SeaWorld San Diego’s Explorer’s Reef


Explorer's Reef at SeaWorld
Explorer’s Reef, SeaWorld San Diego’s new “hands-in” exhibit is now open! I took a visit to SeaWorld the morning that they first opened it to the public to check it out. As a long time passholder, I’d been anticipating the day that they would debut the over year-long renovation.

SeaWorld San Diego Sign

Just as I imagined, Explorer’s Reef is gorgeous, and very true to the illustrations that portrayed the exhibit. The entire front of the Park, including ticketing and entry have all been completely redone. The changes are part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, marking their half century anniversary in San Diego.

Coral Market At SeaWorld San Diego

I absolutely love the coral-like features incorporated with the architecture. It’s both colorful and lively. It makes you feel like you’re on an underwater adventure, and is the perfect enhancement to the Park. Even parts of the walkway have a shimmering surface like glistening water.

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Beautiful plants and flowers have been placed just right. The new additions included with Explorer’s Reef compliment the gorgeous garden-like feel of the Park. Super pretty ornamental fish trail up vines, and many succulents and drought resistant botanicals have been planted. I love that they’ve used tiny shells as ground cover in some places. SeaWorld has always had awesome gardeners!

Explorer's Reef

Explorer’s Reef provides ample shade for both the aquatic life, and those observing it. The touch-pools include a deeper area for the animals to have a quiet time if they choose. We actually watched a horseshoe conch make it’s way over to the deeper side of the pool after being in the shallow water for hours. It was cool observing it.

Explorer's Reef

Inside the four touch-pools of Explorer’s Reef you’ll find juvenile brown-banded bamboo sharks, white-spotted bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs, round rays, cleaner fish, and horseshoe conch. Each of the aquatic life are native salt water species, except the cleaner fish, which are found in fresh water.

Cleaner Fish at Explorer's Reef

It’s nice that there kids, even toddlers like our own son, can reach into parts of the touch-pools of Explorer’s Reef. It’s fun to have the cleaner fish come up and tickle your fingers as they clean, clean, clean!

Explorer's Reef Touchpool

It’s super cool to touch the bamboo sharks and horseshoe crabs, too. I have yet to touch one of the round rays, but plan to on our next trip to the Park. I observed them for a while and was surprised how fast they swim across the pool.

Horseshoe Crab

If you’re a SeaWorld San Diego Premium Member, like myself, you get exclusive early entry to Explorer’s Reef from March 22nd – April 6, 2014. You can enter at 8:45am each day in that time period, with the exception of 3/29 & 4/5, which allow entrance at 7:45am. Details can be found in your FunTracker mailer. Lost your mailer? Click HERE, and navigate to the View All Benefitss link toward the middle of the page. If all else fails, call SeaWorld for details.

Explorer's Reef Sharks

The official unvieling of Explorer’s Reef is on Friday, March 21st, 2014, to coincide with SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, but you can visit the exhibit now. More information can be found on the SeaWorld San Diego Website. As long-time passholders, we’ll be spending lots of time there this year enjoying the new exhibit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Painless Jellyfish Discovery At SEA LIFE Aquarium!


Get Close To Jellyfish Without The Sting!


Jellyfish Discovery
Jellyfish Discovery, located at SEA LIFE Aquarium, is now open! The kids and I were invited to a preview party of the exhibit, and we returned to The LEGOLAND California Resort with our season passes in hand two days later, on opening day.
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On Set At The LEGO Movie Experience At LEGOLAND California!


On Set At The LEGO Movie Experience At LEGOLAND!

If you’re like most every American, you’ve likely already seen The LEGO Movie. It’s been a hit with viewers both young and old. The LEGO Movie Experience At LEGOLAND California opened shortly after the release of the film, and has become a popular new attraction at the theme park, located in the Carlsbad area of San Diego. As annual passholders, we’ve already gone to see it several times!
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Celebrate Spring With An Easter Bunny Tea At The Westgate Hotel!


Easter Bunny Tea At The Westgate!


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Spring is just around the corner, and an Easter Bunny Tea at The Westgate Hotel is a great way to celebrate the season! Easter Bunny Tea at The Westgate is a family-friendly event.
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