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Universal Studios Hollywood Holidays

Holidays in Los Angeles and Orange County is the most wondrous time of the year with so much to see and so much do! It may be because it doesn’t snow or get terribly cold so we are always searching for all the Christmas feels. If you are in the Hollywood area, you don’t have to drive very far to enjoy all the festivities at Universal City. Universal Studios will surely brighten up the season with all things Grinchmas and a whimsical and celebratory tree lighting ceremony. With the new release of the film, “The Grinch”, the timing is just perfect. Harry Potter brings us “Christmas in the Wizarding World … READ MORE

SeaWorld San Diego – ‘O Wonderous Night’ Performances

The older my kids get, the more questions they ask! Every year they start to understand a little more that the meaning of Christmas is not just Santa delivering presents, but they still believe. We were pleased to learn SeaWorld San Diego brought back, “O Wondrous Night“. The live musical performance is the story of the birth of Jesus told through the eyes of the animals. The thirty minute show is narrated by storytelling puppet animals who all claim they are responsible for the birth of Jesus. It features more than 30 carols, beautiful storytelling puppets and live majestic animals, including camels, a donkey, llamas, sheep and doves. This show first premiered at … READ MORE

LEGOLAND California LEGO Tree Lighting Ceremony with Jodie Sweetin!

Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort is officially open! This year’s special guest, actress Jodie Sweetin, helped Santa pull the switch to light the world’s largest 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree at LEGOLAND California Resort’s 16th annual tree lighting ceremony in Carlsbad, California. Sweetin, a mother of two, is best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the ABC hit show, “Full House”, and the Netflix hit show, “Fuller House”.  She is also the star of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas’ new original movie, “Entertaining Christmas.” Prior to Sweetin pulling the switch to turn on more than 11,000 LED lights, she was presented with a LEGO cupcake ornament as an invitation to return next … READ MORE

LEGOLAND California Resort – KIDS GO FREE Deal

I tell people all the time that the best LEGOLAND California deal is the KIDS GO FREE deal promotion! Especially if you only need one day tickets for visiting guests. You get a FREE CHILD TICKET with a paid regular priced adult ticket. I know you’ve seen this buy-one-get-one deal before behind receipts at McDonald’s, KFC or other fast food restaurants. But where is it when you need it?! Every time I need it, I can’t seem to find it so I’m saving it here for future reference. After reading the fine print, I learned that the original coupon found on the back of the receipt can also be redeemed … READ MORE

LEGOLAND California: Guide to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

This year LEGOLAND California Resort transforms into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun during its Halloween celebration. Presented by Disguise Costumes, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Halloween celebration, takes place every Saturday night starting Sept. 29th and through the month of October (Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27) at 5 pm with more Park fun after dark! Guests can visit 16 Treat Stations, collect specialty items such as LEGO commemorative brick, LEGO Life Magazine containing a special gift, and enjoy a bonus treat station inside SEA LIFE aquarium! Brick-or-Treat nights are extremely popular! Plan ahead and get all of the details of the event in advance by downloading the LEGOLAND app! 2018 Activities New this year, Frankenbrick’s Lab, … READ MORE

Living Desert Zoo Botanical Garden Palm Springs

Ever wonder what animals and plants can survive in the desert’s harsh conditions? If you’re passing through Palm Springs, you’ll want to stop to check out THE LIVING DESERT Zoo & Botanical Garden. We were pleasantly surprised how nice the Zoo is there. The Zoo is broken up into two regions – Northern America and Africa. We only had time to visit one of the region so we picked Africa. We saw animals like zebras, cheetahs, gazelles, warthogs, camels, hyenas, leopards, and ostriches. The Giraffe Habitat is breathtaking. Certain times of the day you can help feed a herd of giraffe, ride a camel (returns in the fall), chat with … READ MORE

Universal Studios Hollywood – New Experiences This Summer!

Universal Studios Hollywood has new experiences this Summer including an all-new show, new lunchtime menu items, character meet and greets, new wand experience, and the return of a light show. It has been a while and we really wanted to check out the latest additions. Meet-and-Greets Meet with Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda are over at the park’s Universal Plaza. They’re there until August 19th. You will also want to stop by and chat with Mr. Ping at his Noodle Shop. If you need a snack, they are serving snacks like dumplings, stir fry noodles, egg rolls, and bun bao. New Show! Located by Universal Plaza, DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s … READ MORE

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Visiting Palm Springs in the summer was hot but fun. We haven’t been to Palm Springs in a while but I remember it being hot and spending a lot of time by the pool. Nighttime swim is fun too. After a month of rushing around for the end of school year, I welcomed a few days lounging poolside. We stayed at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells. It is conveniently located near shops and restaurants and in the heart of California’s Coachella Valley. It was not walking distance but everything was about a 5 to 10 minute drive. Poolside Service Cabanas are the way to go when you are spending a … READ MORE