FREE Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Activities Plus Film Review!


Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

My 6 year old son and I enjoyed a pre-screening of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, the all-new film preceding Disney Planes. I was a little apprehensive about the film prior to viewing it, as I knew it had only been one short year since the original Planes had been released. I didn’t think one one year would be sufficient enough time for the production to be as good as the original, but I was wrong. We actually enjoyed Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue even more than the original Planes!
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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!


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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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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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Enjoy Museum Month San Diego With Kids


Enjoy Museum Month WITH Kids!


Museum Month 2014

2014 marks the 25th year of Museum Month in San Diego! Forty-four museums are taking part in the event this year, offering 1/2 off admission to both kids and adults in February, with a FREE Museum Month Pass. Passes are available at Macy’s stores around San Diego.
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SnowWorld and Holiday Cheer During Christmas At SeaWorld® San Diego


SnowWorld and Holiday Cheer At SeaWorld®


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As longtime passhholders, we’ve spent lots of hours at SnowWorld at SeaWorld® San Diego. As a child, I recall the event being held on the hill which is now below the rollercoaster Mantis. Many a day, with my personal sled in hand, and decked out in a heavy snow jacket, boots, and winter gloves, I would spend hiking up, and sledding down that hill.
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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.”

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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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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.

Disney • Pixar Monsters University Movie Review Plus Monstrous Summer Info!

Monsters University

Monsters University

Summertime just isn’t summertime around our house without going to the movies. Our kids have been super excited about the new Disney movie, Monsters University, so when I had the opportunity to take one of them to a prescreening, we jumped at the opportunity!

Monsters University is the prequel to the ever-popular Disney movie, Monsters, Inc. Unlike a sequel, a prequel focuses on events prior to a previous work. Monsters University takes you back in time, to when Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, AKA “Sulley”, the two main characters met in college, rather than life after Monsters, Inc. I absolutely love this creative twist!

There were many parts of the movie that took me by surprise. I expected Mike and Sulley to be buddy buddy from the moment they met, but that was not the case. I also liked that it had many subtle lessons such as telling the truth, that we may all be different, but that we’re all special in our own way, and the importance of teamwork. I really loved each of the principals covered!

So many times movies based on a prior work do not meet viewer expectations. This was neither mine, nor my daughter’s experience with Monsters University. We both loved it MORE than Monsters Inc.!

Monsters University has incredible graphics, great characters, and a wonderful music score, just as you would expect with any Disney • Pixar film. The movie is rated G, and is shown in 3D. I personally loved the film being in 3D, but could see how a young child, perhaps under the age of 3 or 4, may not be as accepting to wear the 3D glasses.

Disney is holding a Monstrous Summer Celebration, including fun online games and a Sweepstakes, with the chance to win a vacation for 4 at the Disney Park of your choice! Details and entry at this LINK.

We really enjoyed the movie, and since I only took one child to the prescreening, we’re planning on going to see the movie with the whole family this summer. You can find more information about Monsters University, AKA “Monsters U“, at the official Disney website, HERE. Monsters University opens in theaters on June 21. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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As stated above, we were invited to a prescreening of Monsters University. We received complimentary entry to the movie. We believe many of our readers are interested in knowing more about the new film, and our opinions are own. Thank you, Walt Disney Pictures, for inviting us to preview the movie!
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