LEGOLAND California Holidays

LEGOLAND Holidays + New Year’s Eve Fireworks Before Bedtime + Ticket Giveaway!

Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort is officially open! This year’s special guest, actress and singer Hilary Duff, helped Santa pull the switch to light the world’s largest 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree in their 15th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The tree is made of more than 245,000 green DUPLO® bricks, has more than 400 LEGO ornaments, and illuminated with more than 11,000 LED lights. At the ceremony, LEGOLAND California Resort donated $10,000 on Duff’s behalf to Baby2Baby, which provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, foster care … Read more

Knotts Berry Merry Farm

Entertainment Show Guide for Knott’s Merry Farm!

There is a lot to see and do this time of year in Southern California, and I love it! Knott’s Berry Farm has been transformed into Merry Farm spreading Christmas cheer for all to enjoy. The park is jam-packed with shows and holiday festivities including an ice skating show, daily Christmas classic performances like A Christmas Carol and The Gift of Magi, Christmas Carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, and “A PEANUTS Guide to Christmas”. You’ll also be able to shop the Christmas Crafts Village, visit with Santa, indulge on delicious treats. Certain times of the evening, it starts to “Snow and Glow” in Ghost Town. Everywhere you turn, there is … Read more

Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays + Dining Guide 2017

Both parks at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, have made it hard to decide which park to celebrate the season because they are both decked out for the season! (In this post, I will only focus on Disney California Adventure, because there is a lot to cover.) This year Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street features a 1920s-inspired holiday theme to emulate Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney first moved to California. You will notice that surrounding buildings as well as the 50-foot Christmas Tree features vintage-style ornaments and decorations. For the first time, two Cars Land attractions have been transformed for the holidays – Luigi’s Rollickin’ … Read more

ZOOMARS Petting Zoo’s Pumpkinpalooza + Kids’ Favorites!

We’re wrapping up the last few days of October with a week to Halloween to go! I cannot wait for cooler weather after a week of scorching heat, but we still have time to have fun and visit pumpkin patches. Have you been to ZOOMARS Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano? It is a cute little petting zoo with more than 200 animals ranging from gregarious goats, sheep, potbellied pigs, exotic emu, humpbacked zebu cows, llamas, bunnies, and our favorite – the guinea pigs! I know you have seen photos of children hugging and feeding them somewhere. Well it is right here at ZOOMARS. They also have a kiddie train, pony rides, gold panning, a large play structure, and a corn box. During October, ZOOMARS is transformed into PUMPKINPALOOZA offering a family-style pumpkin patch with kid-friendly hay maze, pumpkin decorating, and all of the other activities mentioned above.

SeaWorld San Diego’s New Animal Connection Experience

Most recently we had an opportunity to try the new “Animal Connection Experience” at SeaWorld San Diego. It is a 30-minute open house experience with at least three of the animal ambassadors. We met with a 5 year-old beaver named Peanut from Canada, an Eastern Screech Owl named Ruby from Florida, Goldie a sulphur-crested cockatoo that trick-or-treats, an african crested porcupine, a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, and a retired asian small-clawed otter named Buffy. My family loved the experience. We got to touch the animals with supervision, learned about how they came to live at SeaWorld, their behaviors, what they eat, and take photos with them. This encounter is not yet advertised. During the summer it was offered daily but for now, it is currently offered on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. The groups are limited to 8-10 people. If this is something you would like to do, go to Blue Dolphin Interaction Check-in and ask to reserve for “Animal Connection Experience” or call for availability. They only do one tour a day so you might want to reserve it right when you arrive. It’s $40 a person and they are currently working on a price for children for 2018.

Daytime, Family-Friendly, Non-Scary Knott’s Spooky Farm! #KnottsSpookyFarm

While young children under 13 are not recommended for the frightful nights of Knott’s Scary Farm, they can still enjoy all the season has to offer in a daytime, family-friendly, non-scary version designed just for them on weekends in October as well as Halloween Day at Knott’s Spooky Farm! There are plenty of interactive spooky fun throughout the park including Trick-or-Treat stations, live shows, costume contest with the Peanuts gang, and a Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. It is included with regular park admissions so you’ll also access to all the rides. Kids ages 3-11 can pick up a treat bag at the main gate with a guided map. Take a look so you can plan your day accordingly. I think most will want to do the Treat Stops first so it could get crowded. There are five in Ghost Town and the ghostly Shopkeepers are friendly. Stop into the Livery Stable to visit creepy crawly critters like snakes, rats, spiders, a bearded dragon, and the Headless Horseman’s horse. Stanley Scarecrow is hanging out in a web at the entrance to greet you. There are fun added Halloween effects in Camp Spooky. I love the costumes the gang is wearing this year. Stay after the show for photo opportunities. The Timber Mountain Log Ride has been transformed into a Halloween Hootenany. Does your child like to decorate pumpkins? They’re available at the Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch for a nominal fee. They change it up a little every year, and my kids always have a blast!

SEAWORLD’s Halloween Spooktacular Weekends in San Diego + Kids Free in October!

Do you know about Kids FREE San Diego in October? Well, SeaWorld San Diego is on that list! When you purchase an adult admission, a child gets in FREE! It also includes admissions to Halloween Spooktacular weekends in October! The same offer applies to Breakfast with Orcas, Dining with Orcas, and Dolphin Interaction. I will give you another hint. Their Trick-or-Treating starts at noon and runs until the park closes! More reasons to come early and plan to stay the whole day. Not only will the animal exhibits be open and there be themed decorations all around the park, there is a new Dia de los Muertos celebration, the Manta ride has been transformed into MADNESS, Clyde & Seamore always put on a great show for every season, Elmo and friends are all dressed up for the occasion and they’re trying to solve a mystery – “Who Said Boo?”, dance parties that start during the day and last through the night, and more! Children are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes. Available every weekend in October, SeaWorld is offering one child, aged 3 to 9, free admission with one full-paid adult admission through October!

7 Exclusives at Disneyland’s Mickey’s Halloween Party! #halloweentime

Although tickets for their party is already sold out, you can still enjoy both parks during HALLOWEEN TIME at Disneyland until October 31st! As you may know, Oogie Boogie casted a spell over Disney California Adventure. If you happen to be at Disneyland park when they transition over to Mickey’s Halloween Party and make you exit the park, head over! They did an amazing job with Haul-O-Ween in Carsland, and the Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark is scary as heck! Now, if you scored a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party, come early so you can not only enjoy both parks, but you’ll want to experience all the events exclusive to the Party. Early entry begins 3 hours before the Party starts. We tried to come as early as we could, but we still didn’t make it to everything. Both parks are huge! My best advice is to plan ahead especially if you have small children. You saw the security line I posted online right? It went quickly after we made it through, but we hit the ground running, and for the rest of the evening, the pace stayed the same until we had to call it a night. Come prepared, dress for comfort, and enjoy!

Guide to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND California!

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly, returns Saturday nights in October at LEGOLAND California! (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28). Join all the fun in this family-friendly monster mash with live entertainment, new shows, a new pop-badge challenge, special character meet and greets, costume contests, treat stations throughout the park, LEGO pumpkin patch building, craft with LEGO Friends, a Ghost Cruise adventure, dance parties, Bluegrass Band Jamboree, and more! Plus don’t forget SEA LIFE® Aquarium is included with your Party Nights ticket.

Activities

  • TREAT STATIONS: There are Treat Stations throughout the Resort with more than one million pieces of candy. Pick up an event guide along with a bag and look for the Candy Corn symbol on the map to find the Treat Stations open from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Treat Station Maps also available on the LEGOLAND app.

When You Want the Dads to Bond, Throw a Football Social

I think you all know that I love my Autism support group. I look forward to seeing my very special moms every month. We talk about our challenges, we share our successes, sometimes we cry together, but most of the time, we just laugh a lot. After seven years of getting to know one another, I think we just “get” each other. When the children were younger, we used to meet every month, sometimes twice a month – one is a Family Social and the other is Moms’ Day Out. Dads need support too and we love it when they come out with us to help us with the kids, but the funny thing is – the Dads don’t really talk to each other. I can’t speak for all of us, but we joke about us Moms being the social butterflies in our families and the Men just need some nudging.