L.A. Zoo Lights

L.A. Zoo Lights (Credit L.A. Zoo)

L.A. Zoo Lights (Credit L.A. Zoo)


I love this time of year. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I love being able to share with my children all that So Cal has to offer during the holidays. One thing that is definitely on our list and we can’t wait to experience later this month is the L.A. Zoo Lights.

The second annual L.A. Zoo Lights promises to be even bigger than last year.

You can :

  • Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute tour of an expanded area of the Zoo featuring all-new animal-themed LED lights, lasers, 3D projections, and musical water-and-light display
  • Capture your holiday memories in a photo with Santa Claus in glittering new snow-covered setting on select dates
  • Get a glimpse of real reindeer
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats
  • And, enjoy free parking!

The only animals on display will be the reindeer at Reindeer Romp Village and critters within the L.A.I.R. The rest of the Zoo’s animals will be off exhibit and probably catching some zzzzs.


Tickets Prices are:

$13 for adults Mon-Thu, $11 for kiddos 2-12

$16 for adults Fri-Sun, $14 for kiddos 2-14

Kiddos under 2 are Free

Catch a glimpse before January 3rd.


For additional info head here.

Big Bear Snow Play

The weather is definitely changing and you can definitely feel a little bit of chill in the air.  Thanksgiving weekend/week is next week. I still can’t believe it! We’re off from school and work and on the lookout for adventure. We usually head up to Big Bear a few times during the winter and plan on making it up next weekend. We are always up for some fun  in the snow. My in-laws have a cabin in Big Bear  and we like to take the kiddos up for some fun in the snow. Did you know that you don’t have to wait for a massive storm to make some fun memories in the snow?

Big Bear Snow Play is now open for the season, and is a super fun place to take the family for an outing. Natural and man made snow are combined to ensure that your family has a blast. You can go snow tubing, play in the snow, or sled down a good size hill, as many times  as your heart desires. Six full-length runs are open for inner tubing with a base of one to up to six feet of snow. As the winter continues Big Bear Snow Play will eventually have over 20 feet of snow piled high on and up to eight runs.

Big Bear Snow Play is open everyday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $30 per person and includes unlimited rides and an inner tube rental. Please remember to bring cash. It’s open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week.  For additional info head here.

Advil® at Work™ #SickestDayEver Sweepstakes and Giveaway!

Fall is my favorite season, we can finally open the windows and air out the house without the hot weather and bugs. These weather changes also bring winds which also brings germs and sickness.


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So Much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving Netflix #StreamTeam

Netflix has some fun new additions this month for the whole family to enjoy. Stop dreaming and start streaming!

The Care Bears have never really gone away. I remember watching the first movie opening weekend from the front row in a sold out theater in Central California. I had several Care Bears and watched the television shows over and over. Now the sharing and caring of Care-a-Lot is ready for another generation.  Care Bears & Cousins is streaming now.


One of our favorite films from this past Spring was “Home” from Dreamworks.  Follow the tale of the misunderstood alien “OH” (Jim Parsons) and Tip (Rihanna), the little girl he befriends here on Earth. Though there is mutual distrust, both crave friendship and fun and a place they can call home. Home is the perfect movie for those of us away from home during the holidays as well as those who made it back to their home of origin.


We hope your Thanksgiving is full of family, fun and love. Have a wonderful holiday, from all of us here at Daytrippingmom.com!

The Mission Inn Festival of Lights


There is a chill in the air and although it is hard to believe, the holidays are right around the corner.

This is the time to make amazing memories with our families and I want to share with you a fun and free event taking place in Riverside that is sure to create many fun holiday memories with your families.

The Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside is home to the Festival of Lights. More than 4 million (Yes, Million!) lights transform this beautiful hotel into a holiday wonderland. The festival features nightly live entertainment, “fresh snow”, and even appearances by Santa and his reindeer. You can even ride around a horse drawn carriage.

The Festival of Lights runs from November 27th, 2015 to January 6th, 2016. For additional info head here.


Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad and Giveaway!

Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

One of my family’s favorite traditions is grabbing our coats and heading to Irvine Park Railroad to ride the Christmas train to visit Santa. Our Santa pictures for the past few years have come from our train ride to the North Pole. We’ve done this since our kiddos were itty bitty and it is something we look forward to every single year. We love bundling up and making it a special night.

You’ll hop aboard the train for a fun ride to the “North Pole”, where you will be able to meet Santa and take pictures. Make sure to remember to bring your camera, to capture your little ones with Santa.

We usually head to the  park early to partake in the many fun activities, which include, cookie decorating, ice fishing, and story time with Mrs. Clause.  We usually head there early to try to avoid waiting in line. This year like last year you can purchase your tickets in advance online for a specific time and avoid a long wait.  You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.

The Christmas Train will run from November 27th to December 23rd.

It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a pack to one lucky reader.

You’ll win:

  • 4 Christmas Train Tickets
  • 4 Activity Tickets
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals

All you have to do is leave a comment letting us know who you would take to ride. That’s it!

This is a quick giveaway and ends on 11/15 at 5pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in So Cal


Ice Skating in Southern California.


The kiddos will be having some time off from school and I’m always on the lookout for some fun activities and outings. We have a few things on our winter bucket list and outdoor ice skating is one on our list.

I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Winter Break. For the past few years we’ve visited our local rink and I can’t wait to do it again. Here is a list of outdoor ice skating rinks in Southern California. Bundle up and hit the ice!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips That Won’t Gobble Your Fun

With Thanksgiving just a short week away, one of the busiest travel times is fast approaching. Millions of Americans will be traveling to visit family and loved ones. If you have not already booked a hotel or flight, do it now. Prices only go higher the closer we get to Thanksgiving.


We have the annual tradition of making a four hour trip to Las Vegas to spend the holiday with my husband’s aunt. Here are some tips when traveling long distances by car with little ones for busy holidays:

  • Leave as early as possible – for instance we try to leave two days before Thanksgiving and then return home the day after. If you can’t leave early then experts agree that you should leave the day of the actual holiday. We have found that traveling to Las Vegas on Thanksgiving was lighter than the day before. Don’t leave during the morning rush or afternoon rush. Aim for mid-morning or very early morning.
  • Stop at least every two hours for a potty or snack break. Although if they are asleep, we try to just keep chugging along.
  • Bring plenty of snacks and bottled water in the car. It’s better than having to buy food in traveler traps along the way.
  • Load your car with entertaining things for the children like books, tablet with charger, and music.
  • Just be prepared to be flexible and give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go. Young children are unpredictable and are not always going to feel like cooperating with mom and dad’s scheduled plans.

What are some of your favorite tips for traveling on the busy holidays?

It’s almost time for Knott’s Merry Farm!

The end of the year brings our two favorite events at Knott’s. The first one ended on October 31st, which means now it’s time for Knott’s Merry Farm!

Calico Carolers

This year features the holiday spectacular “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” ice skating show, plus “Santa’s Christmas Cabin” where the family can take their Holiday photo with the man himself, Santa! Plus, you’ll also get to enjoy season decor and special limited-time holiday treat tastings. Try not to smile during the magic of the Christmas holiday at Knott’s, I dare you.

Peanuts Characters (1)

Take a trip back in time and celebrate Christmas in the Old West town of Calico. Climb aboard the Calico Railroad for Christmas on Engine 41 and meet Ghost Town residents eager to share their holiday plans with you. Those looking for great gift ideas can shop Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, a shopping wonderland where local artisans demonstrate their craft and sell their unique gifts.

Snow and Glow in Ghost Town

In the evening, join Snoopy as he lights up the night in the Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting show, then take a stroll through Ghost Town where snow gently falls while thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of holiday music.

This wonderful holiday tradition can be found at Knott’s Merry Farm from November 21-January 3!

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