SeaWorld Wild Days Promotes Wildlife Conservation In A Fun Atmosphere

SeaWorld Wild Days Promotes Wildlife Conservation

Wild Days - March 7-28 ~

SeaWorld Wild Days, an all-new event is happening weekends in March 2015. I was especially excited to go when I heard about some of the incredible Animal Ambassadors that were scheduled to be part of the event, including Julie Scardina and TV personality Jack Hanna. I grabbed our passes and took our daughter and youngest son to the park the first day of the event to check it out.

~Up-Close Animal Connections~

SeaWorld Wild Days Animal Connection ~

Some of the neat things that are part of SeaWorld Wild Days include up-close animal connections. Our daughter’s love of penguins began at SeaWorld when she was just two years old, so when we saw an animal connection opportunity with a Magellanic Penguin, we were both super excited! Other animal connections happening the day that we visited included cheetahs visiting from the Columbus Zoo, and a variety of animals from the Animal Connections area of the park.

~Shows Inside Mission Bay Theater~

Wild Days Show with Julie Scardina ~

Special shows are happening inside Mission Bay Theater during SeaWorld Wild Days, including presentations by leading animal experts. There are different themes, varying on the weekends, and assorted people leading the shows (check the lineup below). We saw a presentation by Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina, which was awesome! It included a handful of different animals including a lemur, porcupine, cheetahs, an owl, and more!

~Conservation Tips and Activities~

Generation Nature Booth at Wild Days ~

SeaWorld Wild Days includes an area with lots of booths set up to help families learn about conservation in a fun atmosphere. Generation Nature™, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, and others are represented. Assorted booths include conservation tips, activities and more. SeaWorld trainers and veterinarians can also be found in this area answering questions from guests, as well as giving a variety of presentations throughout the afternoon. We came late in the day and didn’t get to spend a lot of time in this area so we look forward to heading back there on our next visit.

~SeaWorld Wild Days Is Happening Weekends In March~

SeaWorld Wild Days is included with park admission, and is happening on weekends, March 7th-28th, 2015. There’s no additional fee for the event, or activities related to it. The following are the weekend lineups:

• March 7-8: Conservation presentations by Jack Hanna & Julie Scardina.
• March 14-15: SeaWorld Team Members from the ABC ShowSea Rescue” giving presentations.
• March 21-22 & March 27-28: Generation Nature™ presentations that help inspire kids to become involved in conservation.

More information about SeaWorld Wild Days can be found by visiting the official SeaWorld San Diego website. Be sure to check with SeaWorld prior to your visit to verify event details, as they are subject to change. We can’t wait to return for more fun and educational learning experiences during the event. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

LEGOLAND Death Star Presides Over Star Wars Miniland

LEGOLAND Death Star Display

LEGOLAND Star Wars Death Star ~

The LEGOLAND Death Star has landed in the LEGOⓇ Star Wars™ area of Miniland USA at the popular Carlsbad theme park! We were invited to attend the media unveiling of the new model, and were very impressed by the new addition!

Facts About The LEGOLAND Death Star Display

• The LEGOLAND Death Star took 8 LEGOLAND Master Builders 1800 hours to build. That’s the equivalent of 1 Master Builder working full-time on one project for an entire year!
• The LEGOLAND Death Star is based on the design from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
• The new model is surrounded by a slew of LEGOⓇ starship models consisting of over 20,000 LEGOⓇ bricks.
• The Death Star has 6 animated planet destroying Turbo Laser Turrets.
• The planet shaped model includes interactive buttons that can be pushed by kids of all ages.
• The Death Star weighs 1900 lbs, is 8 ft wide, and is 13 ft high!
• This new display is the largest major addition to date in LEGOⓇ Star Wars™ Miniland.

Starship Building Station Next To The Death Star

LEGO Star Wars Fight Scene ~

Next to the LEGOLAND Death Star is a new LEGOⓇ Starship Building Station, filled with lots of neat assorted LEGOⓇ bricks for guests to use while at the building station in Star Wars™ Miniland. Our 7 year old son was immediately drawn to this area when we attended the Death Star unveiling, and built a pretty incredible LEGOⓇ starship himself!
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2015 MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition Features Self Portraits

MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition


The Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, otherwise known as MOPA, is holding their 10th Anniversary Youth Photo Exhibition! The exhibit theme for 2015 is “Self Portrait“.

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, across San Diego County as well as Tijuana, are encouraged to share their self portrait for juried selection. Students may either enter photography or video for their submission. Best of all? It’s FREE to enter!

Full details about the MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition, including eligibility for submission, can be found on the MOPA Website. Once on the site, you can find further details about submission by clicking on the link next to your desired form of entry, be it digital or by mailing your entry to the museum.

Our 10 year old daughter is very interested in photography, and just may enter a photo or video herself! The photo used above is one she took with a cell phone camera at the San Diego Zoo. I love how her portrait, as well as her baby brother’s are reflected against the glass, along with seeing the face of the orangutan. It combines her love of animals as well as family in one shot, all just by chance.

Submissions for the MOPA San Diego Youth Photo Exhibition must be received by by 11:59pm PST on June 15th, 2015. Artists accepted into the 2015 Youth Photo Exhibition will be notified in late July, and their work will be on view from October 3rd, 2015 – January 24th, 2016. Perhaps we’ll see your child’s submission featured later this year!

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!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebrates Asian Traditions!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebrates Asian Traditions!

As yearly passholders to SeaWorld San Diego, we visit often. We’re also invited to preview special events on occasion, and recently had the opportunity to experience the sites, sounds, and flavors of the inaugural SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebration.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year

Family-Friendly Event

The family-friendly SeaWorld Lunar New Year event is free with park admission, and includes live performances such lion dancers, Chinese Heibei acrobats, drummers, and more. Guests receive a red envelope with a special gift inside upon entry through the turnstiles. Gifts range from free drinks to front-of-the line ride passes, to return entry tickets, and more. Be sure to get yours when you enter!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Character

Character Photo Opps, Animal Encounters & More!

The Lunar New Year festivity area is located just east of Explorer’s Reef. There are some fun character photo opps, including one with an adorable otter character dressed in Asian attire, as well as Shamu dressed in his Lunar New Year best. You’ll also find beautiful Lunar New Year decor in this area, animal encounters, and a shaded seating area as well. Games and food can also be found surrounding the stage, and are an additional fee.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Lion Dancers

Incredible Entertainment Included With Park Admission

The lion dancers, which perform at the festival area, are absolutely incredible! Our kids, as well as all the other kids around us loved watching them. We highly recommend taking in one of their performances.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Acrobat
We were in awe of the incredible Chinese acrobats of Heibei! This acrobat show is set at the indoor Mission Bay Theater, and includes chair stacking, hoop diving, plate spinning, acrobatics, and more. Be sure to catch one of the 25 minute performances! The entertainment is comparable to that which you would pay top dollar for at a performance hall or event center.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Festivities

Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Food Options

Asian-inspired cuisine is available for purchase, and includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections, including boa sandwiches, lumpia, spring rolls, pot stickers, noodle soup and more. Yummy desserts and beverages are available too. I never knew I liked macarons as much as I do until I tried the mouth-watering green tea ones available during the event!

SeaWorld Lunar New Year Coin Game

Free Companion Ticket Offer For SeaWorld Premium Passholders

SeaWorld Premium Passholders can receive a free companion ticket for the event by registering their pass barcode on the SeaWorld Passholder Website, and requesting the ticket from there. We’ve already done so with ours, and are excited to bring additional family members to experience the SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebration with us as well. Daily admission tickets as well as yearly passes can be purchased on the SeaWorld San Diego website. Discount entry can also be purchased through our affiliate, at the following link:

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5 Things To Know About The SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular Event!

As a long time Passholder, I’ve been taking our kids to the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event in San Diego for many years. We can never really get enough of the festive Fall celebrations throughout Southern California, and often go to this particular event several times each season. Spooktacular is a fun, family-friendly event, which really isn’t spooky at all. Here are some details about the event that I think are helpful to know before you go.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular Tips!

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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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Suzie’s Farm Offers Farm Camp For Kids In San Diego!

Suzie’s Farm Offers Farm Camp For Kids In San Diego!

Suzie's Farm Camp ~

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!

Suzie's Organic Farm ~

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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