SoCal Indoor Family Friendly Activity Deals!

SoCal Indoor Family Friendly Activity Deals!

Dinosaur L.A. County Museum of Natural History
We’ve searched our affiliates (links within post) to find some great SoCal Indoor Family Friendly Activity Deals. There are 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!

• SOLD OUT! 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!

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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Museums Free-For-All in OC & LA 1/28 &1/29!

A handful of great museums, located from OC to LA, are participating in Museums Free-For-All this coming weekend, January 28th & 29th! Participating museums include the following:

• The Annenberg Space for Photography ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Autry National Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• California African American Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• California Science Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Fowler Museum at UCLA ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Hammer Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Getty Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Getty Villa ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12 (Timed tickets are required. Visit

• Laguna Art Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12
• Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY
(Both Hollywood and San Pedro locations)

• The Museum of Tolerance Zimmer Children’s Museum ~ Participating Sunday, 1/29/12 ONLY

• The Museum of Contemporary Art ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY

• Museum of Latin American Art ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Pasadena Museum of California Art ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Santa Monica Museum of Art ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY

• Skirball Cultural Center (Our favorite!) ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY
(Timed entry to the Noah’s Ark exhibit at the Skirball will be on a walk-up, 1st-come, 1st-serve basis on this date.)

• Zimmer Children’s Museum ~ Participating Sunday, 1/29/12 ONLY

Regular museum parking fees apply, and admission is only good toward general museum admission. Free admission may not apply to museum ticketed exhibitions. Click HERE for direct links to the participating museums. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

SoCal Holiday Lights Bring Sparkle To The Season!

holidaylightsOne of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to view holiday lights. Luckily, there are many incredible displays throughout Southern California! Below are some ideas of places to find holiday light displays in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire.

San Diego
Nothing’s merrier than a Sparkling Christmas Light Display! From decorated private homes and streets, to entire neighborhoods. Some of our favorite places to view lights in San Diego are at San Diego Botanic Garden’s “Garden of Lights” and the big Christmas tree at Coronado’s historic Hotel Del.

Orange County
Some of our favorite holiday light displays in the OC include those at Irvine Park Railroad, Irvine Spectrum, and of course, Disneyland!

Los Angeles
The Decorated Pines of St. Albans in the San Marino area of Los Angeles are some of our favorite lights to view in L.A. The Christmas tree and decorations at The Grove are also at the top of the list.

Inland Empire
I have yet to personally see any Christmas light displays in the Inland Empire myself, but I’ve heard over and over that Tom’s Farms, located in the Temescal Canyon, is a great place to go for their Festival of Lights, as well as The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights, located in Riverside. Both look to be pretty incredible from the pictures online, and the SoCal Kids love Tom’s Farms, so it’s likely a great place to go for the holidays with kids.

Do you know of a great place to view lights that are not listed within the places below? If so, please comment and share the sparkle! Perhaps we’ll see you at one of the displays!

SoCal Independence Day Fireworks & Festivities

Happy Independence Day weekend! Below are links to info on locations of July 4th weekend fireworks & festivities in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire. Please note, some events are happening on days other than the 4th. Have a fun, and safe July 4th celebration!

San Diego County Fireworks & Festivities

Orange County Fireworks & Festivities

Los Angeles County Fireworks & Festivities

Inland Empire Fireworks & Festivities

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Outdoor Fun At The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Lots To See & Do At The Los Angeles Arboretum!

Los Angeles Arboretum

The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located in Arcadia, California, on the grounds of the historic Rancho Santa Anita. It’s a wonderful place to walk around, and explore. The Arboretum encompasses 127 acres, and has many different plants, birds, and fun things to see such as lakes, a waterfall, and outbuildings.

Many Hollywood Scenes Filmed Here

Many scenes from movies and TV have been filmed here, some of which are spotlighted inside the barn. Be sure to take a walk through it. You might also recognize the historic Queen Anne Cottage, from the late TV show, Fantasy Island.

A Lake, Birds, Turtles, & More

Our kids really enjoy visiting the Los Angeles Arboretum. One of their favorite things to see are the turtles in Baldwin Lake. They also love seeing all peacocks, peahens ducks, and area where the old adobe house is located.

Nice Walking Paths For Outdoor Exploration

You can easily push a stroller or jogger through the paths, trails, and walkways here. You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Since you’ll be outside, you might also want to bring hats, and sunscreen.

Way To Save On Entry

The Los Angeles Arboretum is part of the reciprocal admission program through the American Horticultural Society, which grants you free entry with your reciprocal membership. (That’s how we’ve visited each time!) If you don’t have a reciprocal membership, you might be interested in visiting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, when the Los Angeles Arboretum is absolutely FREE! Also, children under five are always free, and students with ID and seniors receive a discounted admission.

Spend The Day Or Explore Less

If you’ve never been before, you could spend at least 4 or more hours walking around, but you always have the option to explore less. The Los Angeles Arboretum has a cafe, and two designated eating areas, if you wish to buy some food while you visit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Los Angeles County Arboretum
Twitter: @LAArboretum

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California Science Center

The California Science Center, located In Los Angeles, California, is said to be the “largest hands-on science center on the West Coast”. Check the link to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: California Science Center
Twitter: @casciencecenter

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La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum in Hancock Park

tarhancockparkThe La Brea Tar Pits (Rancho La Brea) & Page Museum are in Hancock Park, located in Los Angeles, California. You would never believe it, but the pits are located right along Wilshire Blvd, smack dab in busy Los Angeles! The pits filled with tar which once trapped mammals of many kind to their demise, and the Page Museum is where you’ll find their fossils.

When you arrive, you’ll see a fenced off area at Hancock Park, where there are life-size replicas of the some of the extinct mammals that once occupied the area. If you look around Hancock Park, you’ll see some areas that are fenced off. Some fenced off areas are super small, where tar is seeping through the ground. (Be careful not to touch, or step on the sticky, messy tar!) Other fenced off areas are larger, where excavation is currently underway. Yes, the area is still being excavated today!

Inside the Page Museum you have the opportunity to view a film about the tar pits. Once you start walking around the museum you’ll find fossils which were excavated from the tar pits. It’s pretty amazing to see how the fossils were preserved, and the color they took on, from being trapped in the tar. They have a bronzed look to them. You’ll also have the opportunity to peek through glass at their working laboratory, and see bones from the site being cleaned, repaired, or restored by working scientists. You can also walk though their garden, and if you have small children, they might enjoy playing at a special area designed just for them, with books, puzzles, etc…

A visit to the La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum is both educational and fun. Check the link to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: La Brea Tar Pits
Twitter: @labreatarpits

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