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.

Tips For Visiting The Downtown Disney District In Anaheim

The Downtown Disney District, located at the Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, is fun to visit! Here are some tips for exploring this unique, family-friendly, shopping and dining area.


Downtown Disney District

Downtown Disney District ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Downtown Disney District Has Something For Everyone!

The Downtown Disney District is an outdoor promenade comprised of restaurants, shops, a movie theater, and more. It’s a great place to enjoy a snack or meal, do some shopping, or simply enjoy the day while leisurely strolling around the promenade.
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Mickey’s Halloween Party Lights The Night At Disneyland!

Trick-or-treat! Mickey’s Halloween Party, a family-friendly event happens on select dates at Disneyland each Fall. I’ve already purchased a ticket to take our toddler, and can’t wait to go with him! Below are some details about the festivities.


Mickey’s Halloween Party

Mickey's Halloween Party ~ www.socalwithkids.com

A Special Party Requires A Special Ticket

Mickey’s Halloween Party happens during Halloween Time at Disneyland, but is a special nighttime event, requiring a separate ticket. It doesn’t matter if you’re already at Disneyland the day of the event, unless you have a purchased a party ticket, you will have to leave. Those that have purchased a ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party receive a special wristband upon entry, and believe me, Cast Members DO check, and direct anyone without wristbands out of the Park.

Mickey's Halloween Party Ticket

An Event Ticket Is Less Expensive Than A Single Day Park Ticket

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are less expensive than a single day Park ticket. Pricing starts at $63, and goes up to $77 for Halloween night. Annual Passholders can receive a discount on tickets for certain nights. If you’re an AP, be sure to inquire about the special pricing. Children under 3 are FREE!

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

You Can Enter Disneyland 3 Hours Prior To The Party

Although Mickey’s Halloween Party is a nighttime event, you can enter Disneyland up to 3 hours prior to the start of the party. So, if the event starts at 6pm, you can enter as early as 3pm. This gives you 3 extra hours to explore The Happiest Place On Earth. I highly suggest taking advantage of these extra hours. There are so many incredible seasonal displays to see, and fun areas to take photos during the extra time before the party begins. If you head on over to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree prior to about 4pm you should be able to take some time to enjoy the Halloween Carnival, which is closed during the evening.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Kids of ALL Ages Can Participate In The Fun!

This event is one in which kids of ALL ages can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat! Part of the fun of the event is seeing all the people dressed up in costume. Some are amazing!

Halloween Time At Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Event Includes Parking

Unlike regular tickets to the Park, tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party INCLUDE parking. Sweet! You must park in one of the lots designated for the Parks to receive free parking. There are tons of parking spaces designated for the Parks. I’ve been to the Parks hundreds of times and I’ve always been able to park in a designated lot for the Parks. If a lot or structure is full, a Cast Member will direct you to another lot.

Small World at Mickey's Halloween Party ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Trick-Or-Treating, A Parade, Fireworks and More!

Mickey’s Halloween Party includes loads of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating throughout the Park. The event also includes a special parade, dance party, awesome decorative displays, neat lighting, character photo opportunities, and more! Most rides and attractions are also open during the event as well.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Be sure to check the official Disneyland website for further details about Mickey’s Halloween Party. I’m really looking forward to taking our son. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might be VERY interested in reading our other related post, Halloween Time At Disneyland!

The opinions in this post are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We were long time Disneyland Annual Passholders, and been to Disneyland at Halloween Time many times.

5 Reasons We Love Halloween Time At Disneyland!

Halloween Time at Disneyland is so fun, that we think it’s fabulous! As Disneyland Annual Passholders for many years, we’ve experienced this yearly event on many occasions. If you haven’t been to the Disneyland Resort at this time of year, you haven’t truly experienced Halloween in Southern California! Below are some of the reasons why we love visiting Disneyland during Fall.


Halloween Time At Disneyland!

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Decor, Decor, Decor… Need I Say More?

Disney goes ALL out with neat seasonal decor. From the moment you enter the Disneyland Resort, you can’t help but notice all the beautiful Autumn-themed decor at Halloween Time at Disneyland! The entrance to Disneyland is decked out with gigantic, cute character pumpkin heads. At the beginning of Main Street USA you’re greeted by a gigantic Mickey pumpkin, perfect for taking a fun picture. The entire area is filled with festive banners, pumpkins, and more.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

Halloween Time at Disneyland means pumpkin, spice, and everything nice. Who doesn’t love tasty seasonal treats?!? Some of the seasonal treats that have been offered throughout the years are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cheesecake. Delicious!

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Characters Dressed For The Occasion!

Inside the Park, you’ll often find your favorite Disney characters dressed in special seasonal outfits at Halloween Time at Disneyland. There are plenty of character photo opportunities inside Big Thunder Ranch.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Carnival With Games, Crafts, and Entertainment Included

Along with seasonally dressed characters, you’ll also find a Halloween Carnival within the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area of the Park, during Halloween Time at Disneyland. This area has carnival-style games, crafts, and even some fun entertainment.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The crafts we’ve done in the past have been simple for all ages, including coloring with crayons on paper masks. We love visiting this area, playing the games, enjoying the live entertainment, and having special opportunities with some of our favorite characters.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Here you might also see some pumpkin carvers working on some incredible, unique carved pumpkins! Their creations are true works of art!

Disney Carved Pumpkin ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Special Attractions and Tours

Some of the attractions are seasonally transformed during Halloween Time at Disneyland. The Haunted Mansion is changed to The Haunted Holiday Mansion, inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love this attraction, and I’m not even a huge Tim Burton fan. Space Mountain also boasts some seasonal changes, but since I’ve always visited with at least one little one too short (or too scared) to go on it, I haven’t experienced it first-hand.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Disneyland also offers a tour called Happy Haunts, which takes you to different areas in both Parks at the Resort. The Happy Haunts tour requires an additional fee.

The Park also has a fun, family-friendly event on select nights, called Mickey’s Halloween Party. This event requires a separate ticket, and often sells out prior to the event dates. If you’re interested in attending, you should look into purchasing your ticket(s) far in advance. You can read our post about Mickey’s Halloween Party HERE.

World of Disney at Halloween ~ www.socalwithkids.com

If there’s anything that gets me in the mood for Fall, it’s Halloween Time at Disneyland! Halloween Time at Disneyland runs from 9/12/14-10/31/14. Be sure to visit the Park’s official website for details about pricing, hours, and further . Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other post, Planning Your Child’s 1st Visit To Disneyland.

The opinions in this post are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We were long time Disneyland Annual Pass holders, and been to Halloween Time at Disneyland many times.

5 Things To Know About The SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular Event!

As a long time Passholder, I’ve been taking our kids to the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event in San Diego for many years. We can never really get enough of the festive Fall celebrations throughout Southern California, and often go to this particular event several times each season. Spooktacular is a fun, family-friendly event, which really isn’t spooky at all. Here are some details about the event that I think are helpful to know before you go.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular Tips!

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