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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Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


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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!


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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


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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.

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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!

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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Make Your Own Favorite Family Fun Moments With A Pass To Knott’s!


Favorite Family Fun Moments At Knott’s


Family Fun At Knott's
Over the past year and a half we’ve been fortunate to be invited to visit Knott’s Berry Farm, to share information about events, Park renovations, and special offers on tickets and Season Passes. We’ve loved visiting America’s First Theme Park with the family, and look forward to creating new memories there each visit. Some of our favorite family fun moments at Knott’s include the following:


• Knott’s Berry Bloom •


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Knott’s decorates the Park from head to toe in the Spring for Knott’s Berry Bloom. We absolutely loved watching our kids go from station to station, getting their special event cards stamped, while looking for Snoopy. The decor was fun and colorful, and there were so many great opportunities for us to stop and take fun Springtime photos. Lots of memories made!


• Knott’s Soak City •


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Just across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm is their water park, Knott’s Soak City OC. We loved relaxing down the Lazy River, and playing in the water. Seeing the joy on our daughter’s face as she rose up and down with the waves on Tidal Wave Bay was one of those moments I will never forget.


• Camp Spooky •


Camp Spooky

Our kids are still young, so we’re all about Cheer, Not Fear, at Halloween. Camp Spooky is held in the Camp Snoopy area of Knott’s, which is perfect for the littles. Camp Spooky is decorated in fun seasonal decor, with ample opportunities for fun photos, and they set up treat stations for the kids to trick-or-treat in a safe and fun environment. Visiting Camp Spooky really got us in the Halloween spirit!



• Knott’s Merry Farm •


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From the holiday music played overhead, to the festive decor, to Santa’s Cabin, many of our favorite family fun moments have been made during Knott’s Merry Farm! We’ve loved seeing Snoopy dressed up in his Santa outfit, taking a picture with Jolly St. Nick, and watching the incredible ice skating show. We’ve always left Merry Farm with that warm, Christmas spirit.


• Knott’s New Year’s Eve •


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We’ve celebrated two New Year’s Eves at Knott’s now, one in the daytime, and once we arrived in the evening, and stayed until Midnight! Knott’s NYE is family-friendly, and we’ve loved the party hats, live entertainment, and riding the rides at night. The fireworks were spectacular, lasting over 10 minutes this past New Year’s Eve!


• The Food •


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From the desserts to Mrs. Knotts’ melt in your mouth biscuits, Knott’s Berry Farm has delicious food! It’s very rare that we leave without buying a Cookiewich, and splitting it amongst the family. They’re our favorite, and very reasonably priced.
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Ring In The New Year At Knott’s!


Ring In The New Year At Knott’s!


Ring In The New Year At Knott's!
It’s amazing that 2013 is already coming to an end. We’re excited to be invited to ring in the New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm! We had a wonderful time celebrating the last day of the year there last year, and look forward to doing so again.
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Camp Spooky Celebrates Halloween Cheer At Knott’s!

Disclosure: We’ve been invited by GigaSavvy to attend a media event at Knott’s Berry Farm to experience Camp Spooky, and share details with our readers. Our opinions are our own.

Camp Spooky at Knott's

Celebrate Halloween Cheer, Rather Than Fear!


Camp Spooky is returning to the Camp Snoopy area of Knott’s Berry Farm, weekends in October! Knott’s is known for it’s history of family fun, and that’s just what they have in mind for Camp Spooky! This daytime, non-scare Halloween celebration is focused on families with kids age 3-11. Best of all, the event is included with the theme park admission!

Halloween Decor & Lots of Activities at Camp Spooky!


There are lots of fun activities planned for the Halloween celebration including:
Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show
Snoopy’s Costume Party
Monster’s Factory Maze
Trick-or-Treating
Scary Stories at The Lodge
Creepy Crawly Critter Cave
Kooky Cookie Painting (a small fee applies to this activity)
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Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk & Family Summer Fun!

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Summer is here and the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk has just been expanded and reopened for family fun in the sun! We were invited to visit Knott’s to see the improvements first-hand. Additions to the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk include Coast Rider (the kids favorite Boardwalk ride), Surfside Gliders, and Pacific Scrambler.

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The new Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk is very colorful and fun! When you enter you hear the sound of the coasters, lively music, laughter and screams from people enjoying the area. The Boardwalk includes games and food aside from the rides and attractions.

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Coast Rider

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Coast Rider is the ultimate family coaster! Each car can fit up to 4 people, and takes you 52 ft. in the air for a 2 1/2 minute ride at a speed of 37 mph. It wasn’t too high, fast, or too scary for our 5 year old. Our daughter said she loved it too, although I will admit, by the look on her face, she wasn’t so sure about it for the first few seconds. That initial fear faded quickly!

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Surf Gliders

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Surfside Gliders are two-person aircrafts that zip through the air and allow guests to become pilots of their own gliders. The 1 minute and 50 second ride goes up 28 ft., and rotates at 10 times around per minute.

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Pacific Scrambler

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Pacific Scrambler, a classic midway attraction has been a thrill for families for decades. This ride goes 25 mph, and lasts 90 seconds.

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More To Explore At The Boardwalk

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If you love roller coasters, be sure to check out Boomerang before you head out of the Boardwalk area. Don’t worry, you can’t miss it! None of us had the guts to ride it, but it’s obvious it’s a popular attraction!

Also be sure to take a ride up the Sky Cabin. The view is incredible! It’s a lot of fun to climb high above the Park and get an aerial view of the surrounding area.

Our favorite restaurant in the Boardwalk is Coasters Restaurant. Here you’ll find a fun diner type atmosphere and food. The burgers are good, and the chicken strips rock. The shakes look delicious, and are on our “must-try” list for a future visit. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and are located next to Coast Rider.

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Timber Mountain Log Ride Renovation

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Aside from the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk expansion, Knott’s just finished a huge renovation on the classic Timber Mountain Log Ride. The upgrades to this family favorite ride include new scenes and additional animatronic characters. We rode it multiple times on our recent visit, and had a blast!

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Summer Is Sweet At Knott’s!

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It’s hard to go to Knott’s without getting a little (or big!) sweet treat! Our family favorite is the Cookiewich. As you can see in the image above, it’s huge, and a great dessert to share! It’s reasonably priced at under $6, and available at Mix-It-Up, close to the Calico Railroad.

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For more info about the expanded Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk, and all about Knott’s, click HERE for their official website. We had a super fun time, and are going to try to make it back this Summer for more fun. Perhaps we’ll see you there!


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We received breakfast and complimentary admission to experience the expanded Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk. We believe many of our readers would be interested in learning more about the expansion, and our opinions are our own. Thank you, Knott’s for a fun Summer day with the family.