How To Use FASTPASS At Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

How To Use A Disney FASTPASS

A girlfriend of mine was recently planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and questioned me about FASTPASS. She’d never used one, and was wondering how to obtain and use a FASTPASS at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
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Tips For Attending Chargers Training Camp

Chargers Training Camp

Let’s Go Chargers, Let’s Go (clap-clap-clap)!!! Did you know that attending Chargers Training Camp is FREE?!? Yep, there’s absolutely no fee to attend one of the San Diego Chargers Training Camp events at the Chargers training facility, on Murphy Canyon Rd., in San Diego.

We attended our first Chargers Training Camp last year, in 2013. Going to Camp allows the fans to get a different perspective than they would watching the team at Qualcomm Stadium. It’s a much more intimate setting; often with opportunities to meet some of the Chargers players after practice.
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FREE Family Fun at National Fitness Awareness Expo In San Diego!

Compensated Post ~ Details below.

FREE Family Fun at National Fitness Awareness Expo!

Kid Zone at NFA Expo 2013

The National Fitness Awareness Expo is coming to the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego Saturday, November 9th, and Sunday November 10th, 2013. This FREE event includes LOTS of fun activities for kids! Activities for the littles include the following:

• Yoga For Tweens, Teens, & Family
• Kids Breakin’ Bootcamp
• Kids Cooking Clinics
• Skateboarding Demos
• Interactive Workshops
• Martial Arts Demos
• Crossfit For Kids
• Flamenco Dancing

Numerous Free, Fun, & Interactive Learning Experiences In One Spot!

“We’re creating a collaborative learning environment for individuals, children and families to
incorporate different activities and ideologies into their daily lives,” said co-producer Rosa
Knight, mother of 2. “Historically it has been extremely difficult to find all this information in
one place and even more challenging to try and explore them simultaneously. Finding children’s
passion is key to being active and therefore we’ve created interactive demos to help them find
it through fun activities. This is something my family has experienced first-hand by attending
numerous camps and classes spread all around the county. I’ve seen the positive impact these
experiences have had on my family and now I want to share the best-of-the-best in one
convenient location for all to enjoy.”


Workshop Topics Include Kids Healthy Food Choices, Prenatal & Postnatal Health, Healthy Living Tips & More!

The Expo will also include classes helpful to parents. A variety of exhibitors will be present including the Mission Valley YMCA, Farm Fresh To You, Fitness 4 Kids, and many more. Some of the topics of classes that would interest parents are:

• Lean ‘n Green Kids
• Internet Safety
• Everyday Healthy Living Tips
• Finding Your Daughter’s Spark
• Mental & Emotional Requirements For Healthy & Happiness

Presentations By Family Practice & Sports Medicine Doctor

Dr. Allen Richburg, Board Certified Family Practice and Sports Medicine doctor, will be giving presentations. Dr. Richburg is the head team physician for athletes at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, and just happens to be our family doctor as well! Aside from being a doctor, he’s an athlete, and father to young children as well. Other presenters include psychologists, yogis, and other health professionals.

Kids Zone Activities & Pre-Event Activities From 10am-11am Both Days!

Although the Expo officially runs from 11am-4pm, the Kids Zone activities are from 10:00-11:00am, so be sure to arrive early! Full details, including designated time for classes and workshops can be found HERE, at the official National Fitness Awareness Expo website. We love that this is a FREE event, and that it promotes healthy kids and families! Perhaps we’ll see you there!
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Have A Ball This Summer With KIDS BOWL FREE!

bowling_shoesOur kids LOVE bowling, and we plan to have a ball this summer with the Kids Bowl Free program! We went to our local bowling center a couple of weeks ago and saw a postcard reminding us about the program. We signed up for it last year, and thought it was great! We’re excited that we’ve recently collaborated with the Kids Bowl Free program to share details on how it works. As compensation, we’ve received a Family Pass, and will share how you can purchase one of your own.


How It Works
Signing up for the Kids Bowl Free program is easy! Head over to, and click on the area of the map where you want to register your child(ren) for the program. A list of bowling centers will pop up. Click the bowling center of your choice. (There are a ton participating in Southern California!) The location you choose for the Kids Bowl Free program will then have a registration form for you to fill out for your child(ren). A list of dates and times available for the program should appear on the right side of the page as well. Fill out the registration, and you’ll start receiving e-mails on Sunday mornings once the program starts. The weekly coupons are good for two free games per day for your kids all summer long. Print the weekly Kids Bowl Free coupons and take them to the bowling center you chose at registration. It’s a great deal, and a good way to get the kids out and doing something active!

The Family Pass
kids_bowl_freeWant to bowl with your kids or grandchildren? If so, the Family Pass is a great way to get each of you having a ball! The Family Pass pricing begins at $24.95, and includes 2 games per person listed on the pass each day! You may include up to 4 adults on the Family Pass. The Family Pass may be purchased online at the time you register your kids for the Kids Bowl Free program, or at any time during the length of the program.

bowlingMore Program Details
• Kids age 15 & under may participate.
• Standard shoe rental rates apply. Contact the alley of your choice for pricing.
• You must register each session in which you participate. If you signed up last year, you must register again this year to receive your free weekly coupons.
• You may sign up at more than one bowling alley, but you’ll need to use a different e-mail address for each location.
• You may sign up as many as 6 kids in your household. If you have more than 6 kids age 15 or under, you may register them by signing up with a second e-mail address, as stated in the info above.
• Each bowling alley determines when the program starts and ends at their establishment, as well as the times available to participate in the program. Some start and end earlier than others, and some have more hours available for participating.

We’ve registered our kids for the program, and signed up for our Family Pass as well. The kids are already asking to go to our local bowling center to make use of their coupons! Perhaps we’ll see you there!


We received a Family Pass from the Kids Bowl Free program for sharing information about the program with our readers. We believe many of our followers would enjoy the program, and our opinions are our own.

Creativity and Family Fun Within KidsWalk at ArtWalk San Diego!

kidswalkKidsWalk, at ArtWalk San Diego returns to Little Italy April 27th-28th, 2013. This is one of our favorite Springtime events, with FREE art related activities for kids by the likes of Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Living Coast Discovery Center, and The New Children’s Museum.

Be sure to click HERE for a full writeup from last year with location details, and helpful TIPS for attending. It’s a super fun event for the entire family. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

KidsWalk at ArtWalk San Diego ~ April 28th & 29th in Little Italy

kidswalkArtWalk has been one of my favorite Springtime events since it first started, many years ago. I’ve tried to attend every year, and have always enjoyed walking the streets of Little Italy, looking at assorted art from various artists. Once we had kids, I began taking them to ArtWalk as well.

A few years ago I discovered they had an area called KidsWalk, which is solely devoted to kids activities. KidsWalk is set up at Amici Park on Date Street & Union Streets, next to Walker Elementary. The area is set up with lots of tents from various affiliations, such as museums, art organizations, and local businesses.

Most tents have free art related activities for the kids. ArtReach, a local nonprofit associated with ArtWalk, has one such area. If you stop by KidsWalk at the right time, you might see the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts performing, which is something our kids always find amazing to watch. One of our favorite KidsWalk activities is to join in with a group of others playing instruments with RhythmWorx.

This year, Birch Aquarium, The New Children’s Museum, & Rare Hare Studio will have crafts to make out of recycled materials, Art with Larisse will have a tent showing basic drawing techniques, and San Diego Seaside Scrollers will offer wood projects, to name a few! Mission Federal Credit Union, ArtWalk’s title sponsor, will also be at KidsWalk, with savings banks for kids to paint.

I’ve found that if you have kids, and head straight to KidsWalk, walking around the remainder of ArtWalk is much more enjoyable. KidsWalk allows them to use some of their energy, and gives them the opportunity to use their own creative outlet. I suggest setting aside an hour to and hour and a half to spend at KidsWalk.

ArtWalk San Diego, including KidsWalk, is from 11am-6pm, April 29th & 30th, 2012. There’s lots to see and do, and the festival is free! Click HERE to go to learn more about KidsWalk. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Sand Castle Snowman Is A True Work of Art!

sandcastlesnowmanToday we came across an incredible work of art, in the form of a sand castle snowman. While visiting the Hotel del Coronado, we saw a crowd gathering on the beach. Curious as to what there was to see, we walked across the sand, and saw the masterpiece. The details on this sand castle were incredible, and it was obvious the artist, otherwise known as The Sand Castle Man has a true passion for his work. Not only did he make and display his incredible art for all to enjoy, but he also played holiday music to go along with it, to make viewing the Sand Castle Snowman a true holiday experience.

If you want to see the Sand Castle Snowman for yourself, head over to beach with the beautiful white sand, directly across from the Hotel del Coronado. Who knows how long the masterpiece will hold up, but it’s already been there a week, so there’s a good chance The Sand Castle Man will take care to keep it together past Christmas. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Chula Vista Nature Center FREE 10/15 for National Refuge Week!

cvncTo celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and encourage families to connect with nature, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Chula Vista Nature Center will be hosting an event from 11am-4pm on Saturday, October 15 at Sweetwater Marsh with activities for the whole family! Track refuge animals and birds by using telemetry, identify their tracks and scat, and learn about their marsh habitats. Create a work of art and learn how to draw and paint with an art teacher. Dip a plankton net in San Diego Bay to see the intricate creatures that live in the sea… or plant native plants in the new butterfly garden.

Families will have FREE admission for the day into the Chula Vista Nature Center where they will be able to view the birds, fish and turtles that live in San Diego County up close, and touch a bat ray or a sea star in one of the Nature Center’s aquaria. In addition to nature arts and crafts, families enjoy an interactive story time and other fun presentations in the Nature Center auditorium. There will be a prize wheel to spin for all participants who complete the activities on the refuge trails.

Free parking for the event will be at the Nature Center parking lot at Bay Blvd. and E St., just west of Interstate 5 in Chula Vista. From there, visitors can ride the free shuttle bus into the refuge and Nature Center for all the festivities. Our kids LOVE taking the shuttle!

The Sweetwater Marsh Unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is one of five refuges in the San Diego Refuge Complex and belongs to a nationwide network of federal lands – the National Wildlife Refuge System – dedicated to the protection of wildlife habitat and wildlife species. All of San Diego’s refuges were established to protect, conserve and restore the wildlife and habitats of southern California’s diverse coastal ecosystems, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States.

National Wildlife Refuges across the country will be holding events for National Wildlife Refuge Week. Refuges offer a variety of outdoor activities: environmental education, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, fishing, hunting and interpretive activities. There is at least one wildlife refuge in every state and one within an hour’s drive of most major cities. Please click HERE for more information about National Wildlife Refuges.

For more information on the Chula Vista Nature Center, please visit: Click HERE to see our pics and write up about this wonderful Nature Center. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Smithsonian Magazine’s FREE Museum Day

sdairspaceSaturday, September 24th is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day! Museum Day happens once a year, and is a day in which hundreds of participating museums and organizations across the U.S. offer FREE admission with a printable coupon through Smithsonian Magazine’s website.

Last year we enjoyed the Museum of Making Music for free with this special offer. The MoMM is participating again this year, as well as many other kid-friendly museums and organizations in SoCal including the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Botanic Garden, the California Science Center, and more! Click HERE to find a participating museum near you.

One FREE Museum Ticket is good for up to two people. Only one ticket per household accepted. Check Smithsonian Magazine’s Website for more details. Perhaps we’ll see you at a museum!

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