Tips For Visiting The Downtown Disney District In Anaheim

The Downtown Disney District, located at the Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, is fun to visit! Here are some tips for exploring this unique, family-friendly, shopping and dining area.

Downtown Disney District

Downtown Disney District ~

The Downtown Disney District Has Something For Everyone!

The Downtown Disney District is an outdoor promenade comprised of restaurants, shops, a movie theater, and more. It’s a great place to enjoy a snack or meal, do some shopping, or simply enjoy the day while leisurely strolling around the promenade.
[Read more…]

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!

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

Go Los Angeles Card - 37 Los Angeles Attractions

KidsWalk at ArtWalk San Diego

ArtWalk 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, 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, the Chula Vista Nature Center will also be joining in the fun with live owls, sea stars, and crabs, plus a craft to take home. The Birch Aquarium will have a craft made of recycled materials. Mission Federal Credit Union, ArtWalk’s title sponsor, will also be at KidsWalk, with miniature piggy banks for the 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 30th & May 1st, 2011. There’s lots to see and do, and the festival is free! Click HERE to go to their website. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Carlsbad Flower Fields ~ Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entry

PLEASE NOTE: The discount from this 2011 post is no longer available. If we find another comparable discount, we’ll post it here. For now, you might be interested in reading our full feature, THE CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS. Thanks!


The Flower Fields, located in Carlsbad, are one of our favorite places to visit in the Spring! Looking through my e-mail this afternoon, I came across a Buy One Get One Free Entry coupon from Parents Connect (by Nickelodeon). The coupon is good through 4/30/11.

We enjoy visiting The Flower Fields in early to mid April, as it always seems to be a good time to see a lot of flowers in bloom. Click HERE to go to the Buy One Get One Free Entry coupon. Perhaps we’ll see you there!