I love Friday nights. We usually go out to dinner as a family and enjoy sharing about our week. Plus I’m usually way too tired to cook. This past Friday we had the opportunity to check out Islands Restaurants for dinner and also try some our their new Summer time menu!
Islands recently introduced new limited time menu items featuring Kalua pulled pork. I tried the Waimea Burger, a classic Islands burger topped with the savory pork, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and grilled pineapple. It is sooooo delish! We also tried some of the classics like cheese fries, buffalo wings, and of course their out of this world Chocolate Lava dessert. The kids loved the kids menu and ordered burgers, chicken fingers, and of course a lot of french fries.
In addition to the new summertime menu items, guests will be able to enjoy Islands’ happy hour deals in the bar area every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with late night happy hour available at select locations. Happy hour favorites include Islands’ famous Mai Tai, Cheddar Fries and Hawaiian Sliders. Along with food and drink specials, each of Islands’ 55 restaurants is giving away a custom beach cruiser this summer – perfect for riding along the boardwalk.
Beginning June 21, guests can enter for a chance to win every time they visit an Islands location, and the lucky winners will be selected on September 22. For more information, follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram @IslandsBurgers and like Islands@ www.facebook.com/IslandsRestaurants.
It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a $50 Gift Card to Islands Restaurants. Just leave a comment letting me know who you would take out to lunch or dinner. That’s it! You can also gain additional entries by liking us on FB and Twitter. Winner will be selected at random. Giveaway ends on Friday, June 26th at 11:59pm. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Dinner and a gift card were provided for review/giveaway purposes.
Week 1 of Summer Break is in the books. So far we’ve enjoyed sleeping in, swimming lessons, and a whole lot of spending time together. Next week we’re gearing up for some adventure which includes beach trips, Legoland, museums, and more!
One place that we plan on hitting up is the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. This arts and crafts extravaganza runs from Friday, June 26th to August 30th, and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. We go every year and have an incredible time. The kiddos look forward to exploring the different booths, trying out the free children’s art spot, and working with a potter’s wheel/ceramics. One on one instruction is free of charge. If you would like to glaze your creation it is $8. There are also a variety of free workshops in Studio 1 for kiddos 7 and up.
It’s a great Summer activity. To learn more about the festival or to purchase tickets, head here.
TGIF! We’re so excited that Summer has officially begun for our family. Today was my last day of work and the kids last day of school. We are ready for Summer adventures. One of the first things to do on our to do list is to watch Jurassic World.
We are all looking forward to watching the movie. My son is also not just excited to watch the movie, he’s also super excited to be able to play the all new Lego Jurassic World. I can’t blame him. Who doesn’t love Legos and dinosaurs? They’re the perfect combo.
LEGO Jurassic World will be available starting today, June 12th on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PSVita and 3DS. You can follow the storylines of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, and the highly-anticipated Jurassic World, all in one game – LEGO Jurassic World Game!
To celebrate the release of Lego Jurassic World, we’re giving away a copy of this game in xbox format. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know why you would want to win this. That’s it!
Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends on June 14th at 11:59pm. Good luck!!
My Summer break countdown has now turned to hours! I’m less than 96 hours away from Summer Fun. I can practically taste it! I wanted to share about one of the highlights of our Summer Vacation last year, our visit to the adventure playground in Huntington Beach. I wanted to take the kiddos for a few summers and never got around to it. Last year we finally made it and had the absolute time of our lives! We packed a cooler, asked our friends to join us, and we headed West to Huntington Beach for a day of fun. It was sooooo much fun!!
The Huntington Beach Adventure Park is a must visit friends! We had such a great time. It was actually one of those moments in which I found myself envying my kiddos. The park is geared for kiddos aged 5 to 12 years old. Kids can raft on a small pond, try to cross a rope bridge, build stuff with a real hammer and nails(kids each get 3 nails and can earn others), go down a mudslide, and have a great old time getting dirty. It is good old fashioned fun!
The kids played hard. They got dirty. They had one heck of a good time. It’s all a mom could ask for. We had a seriously fun day. The Huntington Beach Adventure Playground is open from June 22nd to August 21st this Summer.
Make sure to:
- Bring Cash – This is CASH ONLY facility. Admission is $3 for kids. Adults are Free.
- Bring tennis shoes – NO one is allowed with sandals or open toe shoes(No water shoes either)
- Bring a change of clothes – there are changing areas and showers(bring another pair of shoes).
- Bring a large kitchen bag for the muddy clothes.
- Pack a picnic/snacks/lunch – there are tables and a shaded area to eat under.
- Parking is Free. When you come in, head down the first two rows as far down as you can.
- Bring chairs for the adults.
- Enjoy your day! The park has only one entrance. We sat close to the entrance and just let the kids be kids. No hovering, no helicoptering… just fun for the kids and fun for the moms(we got to relax knowing our kiddos were safe!)
- Plan accordingly. The Park is Open Mon to Saturday from 10am to 4 pm. We had a blast and I know you will too! For additional information head here.
Huntington Beach Adventure Playground
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA
Summer, Summer, Oh how I love thee! Summer is definitely my favorite time of the year. The kids are off from school, I’m off from work, and we have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and all that Southern California has to offer this time of year.
Last year we visited the Hollywood Bowl for the first time as a family and the kiddos absolutely loved it! I love that we can pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars with live entertainment. It’s a must do!
The Hollywood Bowl has quite a few concerts this season.
Below a list of key events you cannot miss at the Bowl this Summer!
Hollywood Bowl Summer Season 2015
* 6/30 – Back to the Future 30th Anniversary
* 7/4 – July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
* 7/7 – Romeo and Juliet
* 7/21 & 7/23 – Carmina Burana with Dudamel
* 7/22 – Sinatra´s 100th Birthday Celebration
* 7/28 – A Midsummer Night with Dudamel
* 7/30 – Mozart with Dudamel
* 8/7+8 – Sheryl Crow and Alex Cuba
* 8/19 – Buenavista Social Club with Diego El Cigala
* 9/4+5 – ET with John Williams
* 9/19 – ABBA: The Concert
For a full list of events, please head here.
Make sure to take advantage of the Park and Ride lots or the shuttle. Parking can be really intense at The Hollywood Bowl. I would really recommend taking the shuttle to avoid the hassle or if you prefer walking, pack a few blocks away. We did it last year and the kids had a fun enjoying taking a walk in the city. Just make sure to bring some comfy shoes. For additional info head here.
We are counting down the days until next Friday. Not only is it the last day of school, it’s also the opening day for Jurassic World! Jurassic Park was the first movie I watched alone with friends at the movie theater and I can still remember how much I enjoyed every bit of the movie.
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World – The Park opens on June 12. You can watch at a theater near you in RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D. You can get the tickets to #JurassicWorld here.
To celebrate the release we’re giving away a #JurassicWorld prize pack, which includes
Jurassic World Velociraptor Figures
Clever as ever, the Jurassic World raptors are masterful hunters on the lookout for prey. The assortment features three of the most popular raptors from the Jurassic World movie, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. The figures each span approximately 12 inches long with articulated arms, legs, and tails. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Jurassic World: Where Dinosaurs Come to Life (Hardcover)
The official Augmented Reality book to accompany the highly anticipated Jurassic World includes five breathtaking Augmented Reality sequences featuring life-size dinosaurs and a brand-new dual user mode. This book is the perfect purchase for every Jurassic World and dinosaur fan. Plus, a free interactive app brings the action alive . . . right at home!
Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide (Paperback)
Written by two noted paleontologists and illustrated in big bold colors, the Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide is a kid-friendly nonfiction guide that uses simple text to describe over 100 dinosaurs. Kids will learn tons of awesome facts about the most well-known dinosaurs and some of the newest discoveries.
To enter, leave a comment letting me know who you would give or share this prize pack with. That’s it! Giveaway ends on June 9th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated posts. Prizes were provided for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.
We are about to finish up the school year and I can’t wait! 5 days to go. The kids and I both finish work/school on the same day. I’m planning all of our Summer activities, and this is one that I definitely wanted to add to our What To Do With The Kids Summer Series.
Growing up we would go to the Drive-in theater in La Mirada every Friday. It was soo much fun! I’ve wanted to take my kiddos to the drive-in for some time and finally got around to doing it last year. It was soooo much fun and so cheap! We took the kiddos to the Van Buren Drive-in, which is located in Riverside. Here are some things I learned about heading to the drive in with the family.
Get there early
We got there fifteen minutes before the show started and we wound up missing the previews and a few minutes of the movie. There was a nice long line to get in, and I would suggest getting there at least half an hour to an hour before the show. You can make sure to set up your spot, and not feel rushed. The Van Buren Drive in offers double feature and it really is a great deal.
Make sure to bring cash to pay for admissions. Most drive in theaters only accept cash.
Make sure to use the restroom before you get there
It is dark and tricky to maneuver around the parking lot in the dark. Make sure the kiddies have used the restroom before you get there and if you need to use them, make sure to use them during the intermission between the first and second feature when the lights are turned on.
Pack lots of yummie snacks/drinks
It was so fun to be able to just pack our dinner and head to the movies. We also packed blankets and pillows. It was great to not have to spend any money on snacks/popcorn. We stopped at the store to pick up licorice and water.
We had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. It was a really affordable night out. It was $18 for a night out for the four of us, plus the snacks we brought from home. A night out at the regular theater would have been over $50, at least!
Five Drive In Theaters in Southern California
There are Five Drive-in Theaters in So Cal.
- Van Buren Drive-in Cinemas – Riverside
- Rubidoux Drive-in Theater – Rubidoux/Riverside
- Vineland Drive-in Theater – City of Industry
- Mission Tiki Drive-in – Claremont
- South Bay Drive-in – San Diego
- Paramount Drive-in – Paramount
- Santee Drive-in – Santee
Go out there and enjoy a night at the drive-in. I promise you guys are going to have a great time!!!
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All new this summer at Knott’s Berry Farm is the 4-D adventure, Voyage to the Iron Reef. Located at the end of the Boardwalk, this interactive adventure guarantees a new experience on each ride. All ages can enjoy the fun. It’s found in the same building that once held Knott’s Bear-y Tales and more recently, Kingdom of the Dinosaurs. Knott’s continues to bring unique ride experiences that are found nowhere else.
Here’s what else you can find this summer at The Farm:
Blockbuster Beagle!…on ice – Charles M. Schulz Theatre
- Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies “go Hollywood” bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure.
Vertical Impact & Vertical Impact Geared Up Show
- Vertical Impact presents the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high flying acrobats performing a one of a kind performance perfect for the entire family!
Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers – Camp Snoopy Theatre
- Join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody!
Big Band Swingin’ Sundays
- Jump, Jive & Swing to the sounds of Orange County’s best local Big Bands.
Boardwalk Dance Party – Boardwalk Circle Stage
- Dance ‘til you drop and wave your hands in the air until you just don’t care with DJ Howly, one of Orange County’s most requested “mixers & spinners”.
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies – Birdcage Theatre
- Things get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show that has Knott’s audiences clamoring for more!
Salsa Bands – Fiesta Plaza Stage
- Nothing says a party at the Fiesta Plaza stage better than the energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands.
The Peanuts Gang – Camp Snoopy
- A chance to meet and hug one of your favorite Peanuts characters like Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Woodstock, or Peppermint Patty
Calico Saloon Cancan Show – Calico Saloon
What’s a Saloon without a show? Don’t miss the Calico Saloon Show for some good old’ fashioned bar room fun.
There’s so much more fun to share and I will be bringing you all the information soon. This is just a tease of what you can expect at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be interested in getting a season pass. That way your summer fun will be endless!
We have 7 days of school and work left. We are definitely counting down the days until we can sleep in and just have fun!
I know the importance of reading (I teach Language Arts) daily. I want to make sure that we continue reading this Summer and plan on taking advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program, Imagination Destination.
The Summer Reading Program will keep your kiddos reading during the Summer and also reward them.Here’s what you have to do. First, have the kiddos read any 8 books this Summer. Next, record what you’ve read in this journal. Finally, bring your completed reading journal to local Barnes & Noble Store and choose a free book from their year’s reading selection.
Barnes & Noble stores will also host weekly storytime during the Summer. Our local store hosts Friday night storytime. Other stores are offering Saturday Summer camp, crafts, and more! You can find your closest B&N store here. For additional info head here.
It sure is starting to feel like Summer around So Cal. June Gloom is in full effect, the weather is getting warmer, and there are so many fun events taking place all around So Cal. This weekend we had the opportunity to check out one of those events, The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. I’ve always wanted to check it out and when Verizon FiOS asked me if I would like to have the opportunity to attend I jumped at the opportunity.
The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival takes place every year during the last weekend in May. The festival features all of the amazing things the Temecula Valley has to offer. The festival is held at Lake Skinner and features great live entertainment(Daughtry and the Plain White T’s), amazing food, wine and beer paring, a kids fair, and of course beautiful hot air balloons. We arrived to the festival on Saturday afternoon and were in for quite the treat.
We also had the opportunity to check out the FiOS SoCal Experience. The Experience launched 2 years ago and in that short amount of time, Verizon FiOS has given 122,500 in grants and Verizon employees have provided more than 1300 volunteer hours to local So Cal charities.
The Fios So Cal Experience Team also lets you discover all that Verizon FiOS has to offer. We’ve become loyal customers and have FiOS Quantum TV at home and absolutely love it. Did you know that you could record 12 shows at one time with FiOS Quantum? You can learn all about what FiOS has to offer when the FiOS So Cal team comes to your neck of the woods.
FiOS SoCal is also currently hosting a Road Trip Pack Sweepstakes. Head over here to enter to win a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet, Skull Candy Headphones, and more. You can enter through June 7th.
After checking out the Experience, we had the opportunity to pretty much eat our way through the festival. We also were able to check out the balloon glow at dusk. About a dozen balloons are lit up and it’s an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. Like I said, I can’t wait to make this a yearly tradition. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to unofficially kick Summer off.
Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Verizon FiOS. However, all opinions are my own.