6 Things To Experience During Spring At Disneyland!


Celebrating Spring At Disneyland

Spring at Disneyland is extra special with a Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch, “Egg-stravaganza” Easter Egg Hunts, neat treats, pretty Spring decor, and Disney characters dressed in their seasonal best!

Spring At Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

6 Things To Experience During Spring At Disneyland

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SeaWorld Wild Days Promotes Wildlife Conservation In A Fun Atmosphere


SeaWorld Wild Days Promotes Wildlife Conservation

Wild Days - March 7-28 ~ www.socalwithkids.com

SeaWorld Wild Days, an all-new event is happening weekends in March 2015. I was especially excited to go when I heard about some of the incredible Animal Ambassadors that were scheduled to be part of the event, including Julie Scardina and TV personality Jack Hanna. I grabbed our passes and took our daughter and youngest son to the park the first day of the event to check it out.


~Up-Close Animal Connections~


SeaWorld Wild Days Animal Connection ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Some of the neat things that are part of SeaWorld Wild Days include up-close animal connections. Our daughter’s love of penguins began at SeaWorld when she was just two years old, so when we saw an animal connection opportunity with a Magellanic Penguin, we were both super excited! Other animal connections happening the day that we visited included cheetahs visiting from the Columbus Zoo, and a variety of animals from the Animal Connections area of the park.


~Shows Inside Mission Bay Theater~


Wild Days Show with Julie Scardina ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Special shows are happening inside Mission Bay Theater during SeaWorld Wild Days, including presentations by leading animal experts. There are different themes, varying on the weekends, and assorted people leading the shows (check the lineup below). We saw a presentation by Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina, which was awesome! It included a handful of different animals including a lemur, porcupine, cheetahs, an owl, and more!


~Conservation Tips and Activities~


Generation Nature Booth at Wild Days ~ www.socalwithkids.com

SeaWorld Wild Days includes an area with lots of booths set up to help families learn about conservation in a fun atmosphere. Generation Nature™, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, and others are represented. Assorted booths include conservation tips, activities and more. SeaWorld trainers and veterinarians can also be found in this area answering questions from guests, as well as giving a variety of presentations throughout the afternoon. We came late in the day and didn’t get to spend a lot of time in this area so we look forward to heading back there on our next visit.


~SeaWorld Wild Days Is Happening Weekends In March~

SeaWorld Wild Days is included with park admission, and is happening on weekends, March 7th-28th, 2015. There’s no additional fee for the event, or activities related to it. The following are the weekend lineups:

• March 7-8: Conservation presentations by Jack Hanna & Julie Scardina.
• March 14-15: SeaWorld Team Members from the ABC ShowSea Rescue” giving presentations.
• March 21-22 & March 27-28: Generation Nature™ presentations that help inspire kids to become involved in conservation.

More information about SeaWorld Wild Days can be found by visiting the official SeaWorld San Diego website. Be sure to check with SeaWorld prior to your visit to verify event details, as they are subject to change. We can’t wait to return for more fun and educational learning experiences during the event. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

LEGOLAND Death Star Presides Over Star Wars Miniland


LEGOLAND Death Star Display

LEGOLAND Star Wars Death Star ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The LEGOLAND Death Star has landed in the LEGOⓇ Star Wars™ area of Miniland USA at the popular Carlsbad theme park! We were invited to attend the media unveiling of the new model, and were very impressed by the new addition!

Facts About The LEGOLAND Death Star Display

• The LEGOLAND Death Star took 8 LEGOLAND Master Builders 1800 hours to build. That’s the equivalent of 1 Master Builder working full-time on one project for an entire year!
• The LEGOLAND Death Star is based on the design from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
• The new model is surrounded by a slew of LEGOⓇ starship models consisting of over 20,000 LEGOⓇ bricks.
• The Death Star has 6 animated planet destroying Turbo Laser Turrets.
• The planet shaped model includes interactive buttons that can be pushed by kids of all ages.
• The Death Star weighs 1900 lbs, is 8 ft wide, and is 13 ft high!
• This new display is the largest major addition to date in LEGOⓇ Star Wars™ Miniland.


Starship Building Station Next To The Death Star

LEGO Star Wars Fight Scene ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Next to the LEGOLAND Death Star is a new LEGOⓇ Starship Building Station, filled with lots of neat assorted LEGOⓇ bricks for guests to use while at the building station in Star Wars™ Miniland. Our 7 year old son was immediately drawn to this area when we attended the Death Star unveiling, and built a pretty incredible LEGOⓇ starship himself!
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5 Reasons Why The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks!

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5 Reasons Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks!

Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Beginning on March 28th, and happening through April 12th, 2015, Knott’s Berry Farm will once again host their annual Boysenberry Festival. This yearly Springtime favorite will be held in the Ghost Town area of the theme park, and feature fun photo opportunities, delicious boysenberry-inspired food, entertainment, and so much more!


Reason #1 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: NEAT DECOR

Gigantic Flowers at Knott's  ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The decor during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival includes larger-than-life boysenberry decorations, themed cut-outs, “Wanted” posters, and other neat decorations. The special decor, along with the Old-West feel of Ghost Town make for lots of great opportunities for fun photos! Outside of Ghost Town, over in Camp Snoopy, you can find Snoopy dressed as the “Easter Beagle“, and other special Springtime photo opps.


Reason #2 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: FUN ENTERTAINMENT


Peanuts Party at Knott's

The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival includes fun entertainment including the daytime Peanuts Party in the Park, nighttime dance party called Jammin in the Dark, pie eating contests, a pie walk, dueling fiddlers and banjos, and performances by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.


Reason #3 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: THE FOOD!

Knott's Boysenberry Box

Lots of delicious food, including boysenberry-inspired creations, “Boysenberry Bites“, will be available during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. Some of the Boysenberry Bites available for purchase include ribs and chicken with Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, a fish and chips sandwich with boysenberry tartar sauce, fried cheese curds with boysenberry dipping sauce, Boysenberry Latte and Frappuccino, boysenberry fudge, and Boysenberry ICEE Floats to name a few! Little ones can enjoy boysenberry tart making for a nominal fee, and inside the Wilderness Dance Hall, adults can partake in a Wine and Craft Brew Garden.


Reason #4 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: THE RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS!


Linus Launcher Ride at Camp Snoopy ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Aside from the great entertainment, food offerings, and special decor during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, you also get to experience everything else that makes Knott’s rock! From the newly upgraded Camp Snoopy, to the recently restored Calico Mine Train, to the roller coasters and more, there’s lots to see and do at America’s 1st Theme Park!


Reason #5 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: THE VALUE!


Knott's Entrance ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival is included in the price of daily admission (or with a Knott’s Season Pass) to the amusement park. You don’t need a special ticket or have to pay an additional fee on top of your daily admission to enjoy the Boysenberry Festival, which makes it a great value!

Calico Mine Ride At Knott's Berry Farm ~ www.socalwithkids.com

If you enjoy social media, be sure to follow (and use!) the hashtag #KnottsSpring for posts from the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. We look forward to going with the family, and may just even book a room at the Knott’s Hotel to make our visit a weekend getaway. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Disclosure: We do not have a formal relationship with Knott’s Berry Farm. We have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom we create original content. Our opinions are our own.

2015 MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition Features Self Portraits


MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition

orangutan_reflections

The Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, otherwise known as MOPA, is holding their 10th Anniversary Youth Photo Exhibition! The exhibit theme for 2015 is “Self Portrait“.

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, across San Diego County as well as Tijuana, are encouraged to share their self portrait for juried selection. Students may either enter photography or video for their submission. Best of all? It’s FREE to enter!

Full details about the MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition, including eligibility for submission, can be found on the MOPA Website. Once on the site, you can find further details about submission by clicking on the link next to your desired form of entry, be it digital or by mailing your entry to the museum.

Our 10 year old daughter is very interested in photography, and just may enter a photo or video herself! The photo used above is one she took with a cell phone camera at the San Diego Zoo. I love how her portrait, as well as her baby brother’s are reflected against the glass, along with seeing the face of the orangutan. It combines her love of animals as well as family in one shot, all just by chance.

Submissions for the MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition must be received by by 11:59pm PST on June 15th, 2015. Artists accepted into the 2015 Youth Photo Exhibition will be notified in late July, and their work will be on view from October 3rd, 2015 – January 24th, 2016. Perhaps we’ll see your child’s submission featured later this year!

SoCal Indoor Family Friendly Activity Deals!


SoCal Indoor Family Friendly Activity Deals!

Dinosaur L.A. County Museum of Natural History
The weather forecast says we’re in for some upcoming cloudy days, so we’ve searched our affiliates (links within post) to find some great SoCal Indoor Family Friendly Activity Deals. We’ve found some awesome discounts to neat places across Southern California, including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire. Here are our top picks:

Indoor Fun Deals In San Diego

• Indoor play at Urban Jungle in Santee, at a discount of $8 per entry! Our kids have been begging me to take them here! It’s located in the previous spot of Jungle Gym and Cafe.

• Take the family ice skating at San Diego Ice Arena, located in Mira Mesa. This special is just $20 for 4 people!

• Check out the all-new indoor play spot, Jump Around Now, located in Chula Vista, for one hour for just $10!

• Take in a movie at UltraStar Cinemas, in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. This special includes 2 tickets, PLUS 2 large drinks and a large popcorn to share for only $24!

• Jump around for just $10 with a 90 minute open pass for 2 kids at Pump It Up in the Poway area of San Diego. Our kids LOVE it here!

• Run around for three hours at San Diego Paintball Park, located in the Miramar area of San Diego, for just $20 for one person! The deal includes entry, a paintball gun, goggles, and neck brace for use during your session, and 200 paintballs.

• Check out The San Diego Soccers at the Valley View Casino Center for just $12 each for mid-level tickets!

Indoor Fun Deals In The OC

• Enjoy a visit to Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, in Buena Park. Ticket includes a 2 hour Pirate Dinner Theater performance PLUS a 4 course dinner starting at $21 for kids, and $29 for adults. I really want to do this with our pirate-loving toddler!

• Visit Lyon Air Museum for just $12 per person (1/2 off), or purchase a membership at a great discount!

Indoor Fun Deals In Los Angeles

• Admission for 2 to the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, including the Grandes Maestros Exhibit for only $29!

• Visit the new Ship Model Gallery on The Queen Mary, in Long Beach! This special includes entry to the new exhibit PLUS 2 Queen Mary Passports for just $27!

Indoor Fun Deals In The Inland Empire

• Enjoy an open jump pass for 2 kids for just $8 at Pump It Up in Murrieta!

• Get your thrills with discount Fast Lap Indoor Racing in Ontario. $25 includes two go-kart races PLUS a one year membership!

Be sure to check the details from each link for specific details regarding the SoCal indoor family friendly activity deals, including the suggested age for each establishment. The specials were current as of posting, but won’t last forever! If you see a deal you’re interested in, jump to it! Perhaps we’ll see you at one of these neat family-friendly indoor places soon!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebrates Asian Traditions!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebrates Asian Traditions!

As yearly passholders to SeaWorld San Diego, we visit often. We’re also invited to preview special events on occasion, and recently had the opportunity to experience the sites, sounds, and flavors of the inaugural SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebration.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year

Family-Friendly Event

The family-friendly SeaWorld Lunar New Year event is free with park admission, and includes live performances such lion dancers, Chinese Heibei acrobats, drummers, and more. Guests receive a red envelope with a special gift inside upon entry through the turnstiles. Gifts range from free drinks to front-of-the line ride passes, to return entry tickets, and more. Be sure to get yours when you enter!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Character

Character Photo Opps, Animal Encounters & More!

The Lunar New Year festivity area is located just east of Explorer’s Reef. There are some fun character photo opps, including one with an adorable otter character dressed in Asian attire, as well as Shamu dressed in his Lunar New Year best. You’ll also find beautiful Lunar New Year decor in this area, animal encounters, and a shaded seating area as well. Games and food can also be found surrounding the stage, and are an additional fee.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Lion Dancers

Incredible Entertainment Included With Park Admission

The lion dancers, which perform at the festival area, are absolutely incredible! Our kids, as well as all the other kids around us loved watching them. We highly recommend taking in one of their performances.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Acrobat
We were in awe of the incredible Chinese acrobats of Heibei! This acrobat show is set at the indoor Mission Bay Theater, and includes chair stacking, hoop diving, plate spinning, acrobatics, and more. Be sure to catch one of the 25 minute performances! The entertainment is comparable to that which you would pay top dollar for at a performance hall or event center.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Festivities

Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Food Options

Asian-inspired cuisine is available for purchase, and includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections, including boa sandwiches, lumpia, spring rolls, pot stickers, noodle soup and more. Yummy desserts and beverages are available too. I never knew I liked macarons as much as I do until I tried the mouth-watering green tea ones available during the event!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Coin Game

Free Companion Ticket Offer For SeaWorld Premium Passholders

SeaWorld Premium Passholders can receive a free companion ticket for the event by registering their pass barcode on the SeaWorld Passholder Website, and requesting the ticket from there. We’ve already done so with ours, and are excited to bring additional family members to experience the SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebration with us as well. Daily admission tickets as well as yearly passes can be purchased on the SeaWorld San Diego website. Discount entry can also be purchased through our affiliate, at the following link:



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Knott’s For The Cure Promotion To Benefit Susan G. Komen OC


“Pink Tickets” & “Pink” Merchandise Support Knott’s for the Cure


Knott's for the Cure Pink Ticket

Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County, and are collaborating once again by offering Knott’s for the Cure special “Pink Tickets“, and limited edition Knott’s “pink” merchandise to benefit breast cancer awareness and services for Komen OC. This is the 2nd year that Knott’s has collaborated with the organization, which devotes the majority of their funds to local breast health outreach and education.

Knott's Berry Farm Entrance ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Knott’s “Pink Tickets” Are Discount Priced!

Knott’s for the Cure special “Pink Tickets” are discount priced at $39 for adults. “Pink Tickets” are $35 for kids age 3-11 (kids under 3 are free), plus seniors age 62+. Discount tickets plus an opportunity to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness! Win-win! The “Pink Ticket” allows the ticket holder to experience all the entertainment and attractions that they would normally experience at the theme park, as well as some special “pink” decor during the duration of the campaign, at a discount price.

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott’s for the Cure Raised Almost $100,000 For Komen OC In 2014!

Knott’s raised almost $100,000 in 2014, their inagural year teaming up with Komen OC. Cedar Fair, the parent company of Knott’s Berry Farm, is very familiar with supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They’ve raised almost one million dollars for Susan G. Komen over the past 5 years!

Knott's Berry Bloom Train ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Knott’s “Pink Tickets” Can Be Used During Knott’s Berry Farm’s Springtime Festival!

The discounted “Pink Tickets” and Knott’s for the Cure merchandise are available now through March 27th, 2015. “Pink Tickets” are only available online, through the Knott’s Berry Farm website. “Pink Ticketscan be used through April 10th, 2015, which means you can use even use them during the Knott’s Springtime Boysenberry Festival. Just make sure you redeem the tickets by 4/10/15. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. If you enjoy social media, and visit during Knott’s for the Cure, use the hashtag #KnottsPink to share your updates about the campaign.

Olaf’s Downtown Disney Ice Rink Brings Frozen Fun To SoCal!


Olaf’s FROZEN Ice Rink!


Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink
The Downtown Disney District, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, offers seasonal fun at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink! The Downtown Disney Ice Rink is located outdoors, close to the entry to Downtown Disney. It’s a short walk to and from the Disneyland Hotel.

Discounts For AP’s Active Military with ID, & Guest of The Resort Hotels

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink is open from 3pm-10pm Sunday-Thursday, and 3pm-11pm Friday-Saturday. Disney Annual Passholders, guests of the Disneyland Resort hotels, and Active Military with ID receive discounts on skating. Normal prices are $17 for adults, and $15 for kids age 3-9.

Prices include a designated time on the ice (see below for session times), ice skates, and a mandatory safety helmet. Socks are available for purchase if you forget to bring your own.
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Festive Fun at Merry Farm, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration!


Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration

Knott's Merry Farm 2014

We’re really excited to once again experience, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration! We’ve been invited to visit Knott’s the 1st day of their annual event, Merry Farm. Knott’s really gets into the holiday spirit, not only in the Park, but also at their California Marketplace.

Knott's Berry Farm Holiday Decor

Festive Decor, Seasonal Treats, Fun Entertainment, & Unique Gift Shopping

Some of the highlights of Christmastime at Knott’s includes seasonal entertainment and food, incredible festive decor, and the opportunity to shop for unique, one of a kind gifts.

Our personal favorite things to do at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration is visit with Santa in his Christmas Cabin, ride the festive steam train, and roam the Park while enjoying the festive decor. Of course, our kids LOVE visiting Camp Snoopy!

Knott's Berry Farm Santa

Knott's Merry Farm Entertainment

Knott's Camp Snoopy - Merry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm Seasonal Treats

Holiday Shopping Made Easy!

The Marketplace, which is located just outside the main gates to Knott’s, has some really neat gift shops that go all out with their holiday decor.

Inside Knott’s, at the Christmas Crafts Village, are local artisans selling their original work. You can visit the Christmas Crafts Village for free Monday-Thursday, and is included with daily Park admission.

Of course, a Knott’s Berry Farm 2015 Annual Pass could be the perfect holiday gift for loved ones (or yourself) as well! Some of their annual passes now even include in-park dining, which could be of substantial savings if you eat at the Park often. Passes can be purchased online or at the Park.

Knott's Berry Farm Holiday Store

Merry Farm Is From 11/22/14-1/4/15

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration happens November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015. We’re really looking forward to visiting, especially to see Santa in his Christmas Cabin, and ride the festive steam train! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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No financial compensation was received for this post. We’ve been invited to experience Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration for the purpose of review. Our opinions are our own.