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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Best Ways To Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure


Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure

We’re super lucky to have really great weather almost 365 days a year in Southern California. It makes for pretty easy planning when visiting local theme parks. Certain days can be warmer than others, and some summer days are down right HOT. Sometimes we even have odd heat waves at unexpected times of the year. When visiting the Disneyland Resort, we love going to California Adventure. Our favorite ways to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure are below.

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The Disney Animation Building

Our absolute favorite place to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure is the The Disney Animation Building. It’s air conditioned throughout, and you can sit in the lobby and be entertained by illustrations and short videos set to music and recharge. There have been times we’ve spent an hour or more here with one of our little ones sleeping in the jogger, and the rest of us enjoying the atmosphere.

Inside this building you can attend the Animation Academy’s interactive drawing sessions known as The Secrets of Drawing. Each participant receives a pencil and paper, and you have the opportunity to follow along with a Disney artist as they teach you how to draw familiar character. It’s fun, and gives you the opportunity to give yourself a shot at drawing. The session is free, and is short enough for most children to enjoy as well. Even really young ones!

Also within the Animation Building is Turtle Talk with Crush, The Sorcerer’s Workshop, and Character Close-Up. We’ve always enjoyed Turtle Talk with Crush, which is an interactive show with the turtle, Crush. The Sorcerer’s Workshop is fun to walk through, and has some neat hands-on, interactive features. It’s neat to take a few minutes to check out the Character Close-Up while waiting for a Secrets of Drawing session, or before you leave the building.

Disney Junior Live On Stage

Disney Junior Live On Stage is indoors, and lasts about 20 minutes or so. It’s great for younger children, especially those that love the characters from Disney Junior!

Princess Dot Puddle Park

Don’t let the name fool you, boys will love this area too! Located in Bugs Land, the Princess Dot Puddle Park is a great little water park for little kids to get wet! Bring your child’s bathing suit, water proof shoes, and a towel to dry off. We’ve spend hours here playing.

Muppet Vision*3D

Muppet Vision 3D is an indoor show featuring the beloved Muppets! Sometimes there’s a bit of a wait for the show, but once inside, you get to sit in a large waiting area with great air conditioning! I think the performance itself is about 20 minutes, so even if you walk straight into the show you’ll get a nice amount of time to sit in cool air.

It’s Tough to be a Bug

It’s Tough to be a Bug is an interactive show in an air conditioned building within Bug’s Land. Like Muppet Vision*3D, this show may have a little wait in an cool, indoor waiting area. Be forewarned, this show can be a little scary for some young kids.

Indoor Rides

Indoor rides are always a great place to beat the heat. Indoor rides at Disney California Adventure include Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin’ Over California, Monster’s Inc, The Little Mermaid, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which I’ve admittedly never ridden!),

The Boudin Bakery Tour

Although it only takes a few minutes to do so, the Boudin Bakery Tour is a nice place to enjoy cool air. It’s pretty educational too! I highly recommend going through it at least one time if you’ve never experienced it.

Indoor Dining

Stopping for a bite to eat inside an air conditioned restaurant is always a great way to recharge. Our personal favorites inside Disney California Adventure are Flo’s V8 Cafe, located in Cars Land, Taste Pilots Grill, located at Condor Flats, and The Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, located at Pacfic Wharf, but there are other indoor dining options as well.

Browsing Gift Shops

Browsing through the gift shops is also a nice way to escape the heat. The gift shops used to be one of my go-to places if both of my first born kids fell asleep in the jogger at the same time. I could easily walk around and browse the shops in the AC while they got their beauty sleep; a bonus for each of us!

Other Stay-Cool Ideas

Other places I would think would be great to cool down would be the indoor show, Disney’s Alladin – A Musical Spectacular. I would think the Grizzly River Run water ride would be refreshing as well. For whatever reason, we’ve never done either, so I cannot give my personal insights, but I’m pretty certain both would be great to beat the heat!

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Check out the Park’s official website for more information about the places we’ve mentioned. Where are your favorite spots to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure? Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other related post, Planning Your Trip To The Disney California Adventure Park.

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The opinions in this article are our own. We do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this post, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We’re Disney fans and were pass holders for many years.

Planning Your Trip To Disney California Adventure Park


Trip To Disney California Adventure Park

I took my 1st trip to Disney California Adventure Park in February 2002, just a year after it opened. This was a couple of years before I had children of my own. The theme park has grown quite a bit since then, and as a longtime pass holder, I’ve visited countless times with my children since my first visit.

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Disney California Adventure is located steps away from Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. If you drive to the Disneyland Resort, you’ll want to park your vehicle at the structure or one of the designated lots for the Parks. You can take the tram to the entrance, or walk to the entrance yourself.

When you visit, you’ll go through security, just as you would if you were to enter Disneyland Park. Disneyland is located to the North, and Disney California Adventure Park is located to the South, past security. The entrance is very visible, so you should have no problem identifying it.

If you have yet to buy tickets, you can’t miss the ticketing area after you pass security. If you have purchased tickets prior to your visit, you can walk right up to the entrance of the Park, and present your ticket(s) at the turnstile. Super easy!


Characters and Rides Based On Pixar Films!


Inside Disney California Adventure Park you’ll often see your favorite original Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and more. Here you’ll also find the characters and rides based on Pixar films such as Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters, Inc. to name a few.


Pixar Play Parade, Live Entertainment, and More!


Like Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park has a parade, and live entertainment in the form of musical performances. It too has a water and lights show with music, known as World of Color.

My personal favorite things at Disney California Adventure Park are the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Grizzly Peak, visiting Cars Land, taking in the sights and sounds of Buena Vista Street., and the Pixar Play Parade.

The kids can be active, and run around the Redwood Creek Challenge. A visit to Cars Land is like walking into Radiator Springs. So awesome! It’s fun to ride the short Red Trolley Car ride at Buena Vista Street, and if you’re lucky, you might catch some live entertainment there as well. I love watching the Pixar Play Parade with little ones. They get so excited seeing their favorite Pixar characters in real life! So fun!
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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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Disney Channel Casting Call 2014 ~ Break A Leg!


Disney Channel Casting Call!


Come one, come all to the Disney Channel casting call! Do your kids dream of being on TV? Do they act out parts of scenes from their favorite Disney Channel shows? If so, they may be just what Disney Channel is looking for!

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland


~ Looking For Young Talent! ~


Disney Channel representatives are holding an open casting call for YOUNG talent, age 10-17, for consideration for upcoming movies and television shows with Disney Channel and Disney XD on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Loews Hollywood Hotel (LOCATION INFO), in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.

~ Lights! Camera! Action!!! ~


There’s NO FEE to participate! Applicant registration is from 9am-1pm PST. Those interested in auditioning must bring a photo of themselves; even a snapshot is ok! Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

~ Break A Leg! ~


If your kids are outgoing, and want to be on TV, this could be a great opportunity for them to try out. Further details are within the image below. As they say in theatre talk, “break a leg”!
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Kids Connect With Mother Earth At Suzie’s Farm Camp!


Suzie’s Farm Offers Farm Camps In San Diego!

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Farm Camp On An Actual Working Farm!


Suzie’s Farm, located in the Tijuana River Valley area of San Diego, offers Farm Camp for kids! Suzie’s is an actual working farm on 140 acres of land just a bit southeast of Imperial Beach. We recently took a hosted tour of the Farm, and learned about their Farm Camp options as well as other educational programs they offer.
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Suzie’s Family Friendly Organic Farm Offers Tours, Camps, U-Pick, and More!


Organic Farm Offers Educational Tours, Camps, U-Pick, and More!

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140 Acre Family Friendly Organic Farm!


Suzie’s organic farm offers educational tours, camps, classes, U-Pick organic farm produce, and more! The kids and I visited the farm, which is located in the South Bay area of San Diego, on a media tour. The tour took us through the fields, and across much of their 140 acre organic farm. We loved every minute of it!
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Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!


Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!


Hands On Interaction At Helen Woodward Animal Center
It’s often challenging to find single day Summer Camp options for kids. The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers single day camp for 9 days (during two different weeks) of their popular Critter Camp for Summer 2104. Critter Camp is for preschool children (age 4 and up), plus kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and is held on-site, at their location in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego. Single day camp is a perfect way to have children try out camp to see if it’s the right fit, fill in gaps between daycare, or give a young child a fun first time experience without mom or dad.
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Knott’s Gold Season Pass Makes Summer Cooler With Entry To Soak City OC!


Knott’s Gold Pass Includes Soak City OC!


Float, Slide, and Play at Soak City OC!
Knott’s Soak City is opening for Summer 2014 in just a few short weeks! We loved visiting last year, and have accepted an invitation to visit again. We’ll also be going to Knott’s Berry Farm, and checking out the newly renovated Knott’s Hotel as well. This will be our first time ever staying at the Knott’s Hotel, and we’re excited to experience how easy it is to bounce back and forth between the Parks and the hotel for a fun staycation.

Family Fun At Knott's


~ Knott’s Gold Season Pass Savings ~


If you’re thinking about visiting Knott’s this summer, you might be interested in the savings offered with the Knott’s Gold Season Pass. This pass includes entry to Knott’s, as well as Soak City at no extra cost for 2014. It also includes discounts to the Knott’s Hotel, as well as discounts on food and merchandise at select locations, early ride times, and more! The Knott’s Gold Season Pass is available to both Southern California residents as well as out of town guests for the same price, and the pricing is not very much more than the standard Knott’s Season Pass.

Knott's Soak City OC


~ Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program ~


To make Summer vacation planning even easier, Knott’s is also offering a Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program. The Easy Pay program allows you to book now, and pay later. The cost is spread over four payments, and you can lock in current rates at the time you book.

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~ Soak City Opens May 17th ~


Knott’s Soak City opens for the 2014 season on May 17th, 2014. We’ll be sharing pics and updates via social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc…) live from the Park that day. Check out #SoakCityOC for posts, and share your own with the hashtag when you visit! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Knott's Soak City OC

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Disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

5 Paws Up For The Disneynature BEARS Movie!


Disneynature BEARS ~ Meet The Cubs!


Disneynature BEARS

~ Heartwarming ~


My 9 year old daughter and I were invited to attend an advance screening of the new Disneynature BEARS movie. It’s a heartwarming film about an Alaskan brown bear named Sky, and her 2 cubs, Amber and Scout, as they learn what life is like outside the realm of their Winter den. This movie has real footage of the bears in their natural habitat, and is not animated, like most associated with Disney.
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