I shared yesterday, that we’re going to be some fun free, or almost free, ideas to do with the kiddos this summer, and here is the first. Kids Bowl Free is one of the best summer programs for kids. The program, which is Free, allows kiddos to register, for two free bowling games a day, during summer. It’s super easy to register. Just head here to register.
Kids Bowl Free, also provides a family pass. The family pass allows adult family members to enjoy bowling throughout the summer as well. The family pass starts at $24.95 and allows up to 4 adult members to enjoy two games as well. It’s a great deal if you would like to join in on the fun!
For additional information, to find a participating location, or to register head here.
My family enjoys heading out and staying at hotels. One of our favorite places to stay is the DoubleTree by Hilton. We love the service they offer, and the kiddos enjoy jumping on the beds. Summer season is coming, and that means vacation time! DoubleTree wants to make your planning as smooth as possible, with DTour. This, first-of-its-kind youtube channel,in collaboration with Google, offers travelers a whole new way to plan and share your trips! The website integrates all major social media networks in one place, making it easy for travelers to share memorable moments from their domestic and global adventures – whether it’s a photo snapped on Instagram or video uploaded to other social media channels.
To celebrate the launch of DTour,DoubleTree by Hilton is conducting a year-long DTour of a Lifetime competition, a search for six people ready for the adventures of a lifetime. The lucky winners will act as ambassadors for the brand and have a once in a lifetime experience. Each DTourist will embark on a two week to a month adventure, in one of six continents where DoubleTree properties are located. You will share your travels and have one heck of an adventure.
Each winner will be awarded one of the following travel experiences, featuring stays in several iconic DoubleTree by Hilton properties, including:
- A journey across North America, featuring sunny beaches and big city fun.
- An exciting trek among the cities and cathedrals of Europe.
- An adventure that spans the length of Africa and the Middle East, including South Africa, Seychelles, Tanzania and Dubai.
- An adventure across Australia - a continent that DoubleTree by Hilton is entering this year.
- An excursion through Asia, featuring visits to China, India, Thailand and Malaysia.
A visit to the tropical beaches and rain forests of Central and South America
To enter the contest head over to DTour and to start planning some getaways.
But wait.. there’s more. DoubleTree has given us one night voucher to stay at the DoubleTree hotel of your choice. This will be perfect for a night getaway with your sweetie or a day at the beach with the family. Leave a comment letting me know, where you would spend your night away. Giveaway ends on May 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck, and don’t forget to check out DTour!
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Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. DoubleTree is providing me and one lucky reader with a voucher.
Our family loves Sesame Street. My husband and I grew up watching Sesame Street, and so have our children. I’m pretty sure I learned the alphabet and numbers, just by watching. It is an incredible show and our entire family is in love with all of the characters. If you are like our family, and I”m pretty sure almost all of you are, you have to mark your calendars for a super fun show coming the the Nokia Theatre LA Live!
Sesame Street Live! Can’t Stop Singing is coming to the Nokia Theatre on May 31st to June 2nd. The super fun show features your favorite Sesame Street Characters live on stage.
Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children! It can be the perfect introducing for the itty bitty ones to live performances.
There are a number of performances during the weekend and tickets range in price from $15 and up. You can save $3 per ticket by using the code ERNIE at Ticketmaster to receive the special offer (Offer excludes opening night, Sunny Seats and Gold Circle).
It’s Giveaway time! One lucky reader will be winning a four pack of tickets to Sesame Street Live. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know your favorite Sesame Street Live character. You can gain extra entries by tweeting each day or following me on Facebook. Giveaway ends next Sunday, May 19th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
For additional info head here.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Complimentary tickets were provided to the show.
I love sharing about “Awesome” places and I had to share about a new family neighborhood opening in Valencia next Saturday. If you are house hunting and looking for a family neighborhood to put down some roots in, or are just interested in a good time with the family, you have to check out the Charleston at River Village – a new neighborhood by KB Home.
Tour the Grand Opening and All-American Street Festival on Saturday, May 18. Head over from 10am-4pm and tour the model community in true Southern California fashion – with food, fun, and sun. In addition to model home tours, the street fair will feature a cool hot dog stand, Del’s Lemonade, face painting, music, and more.
When: Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 22451 Plantation Court Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Directions: Directions: exit I-5 north at Valencia Blvd., turn right onto Valencia Blvd., left onto McBean Pkwy.. right onto Newhall Ranch Rd., right onto Santa Clarita Pkwy., u-turn at Riverrock Way and right onto Grand Oaks Dr.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A gift bag was provided for sharing information online.
We are movie junkies at home. My kiddos absolutely love animated movies and have already told me to mark May 24th on my calendar, because EPIC will be opening nationwide on that day.
EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. It looks like a fun movie and the kiddos can’t stop talking about it. It was also produced by the creators of Ice Age and Rio. You know it has to be good!
To help celebrate the release of EPIC, we are giving away a gift pack to one lucky reader. One winner will receive:
All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know about your movie nights. You can gain extra entries by following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Giveaway ends on May 17th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A Gift Card was provided to watch the movie.
Summer is right around the corner! I love the warm weather and being outdoors enjoying the warm weather. We are always on the hunt for things to do in Southern California with kids, and water parks are definitely on the top of our list in the summer!
One of our favorite water parks, Knott’s Soak City, opens it’s doors for the season on May 18th. WE love using season passes and if you are planning on taking advantage of Soak City, you don’t want to miss out on their season passes. You can purchase a pass for $59.99 or pay 6 easy payments of $9.99. To learn more about the season passes head here. We plan on heading there soon and enjoying the park with our family.
We want you to enjoy the park too! We are giving away a pair of tickets to Soak City. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know why you would like to go. That’s it! You can gain an extra entry by liking us on Facebook or Twitter. Giveaway ends on Friday, May 17th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
We have annual passes, but because of busy schedules and some health issues, we haven’t been able to make it out as much as we like to Disneyland. I think we will definitely have to make it out this weekend and take part of Glow with The Show Fantasmic show for Disneyland Annual Pass Holders. If you have an annual pass, make sure to head out to the park this weekend, May 10th to 12th, and participate in Glow with The Show. The 10:30pm show will be reserved for Annual Pass Holders with Glow with the Show hats and wristbands. You can register for a wristband between 3:30pm and 8:15pm at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House (home to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) in Disneyland Park.
I love Fantasmic. I think I love it more than I love World of Color. I love the dragon, the music and the atmosphere. I can’t wait to head over to Disneyland this weekend and hope you can make it too! Prime Viewing to Fantasmic is quite the treat and I don’t want to miss it!For additional info head here.
Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to take part in Volunteer Day! It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a very long time. We volunteered with the Verizon Fios crew and helped an elderly woman in Sun City, that could not keep up with her backyard. It was a whole heck of a lot of work, but extremely rewarding! I can’t wait to take part of such an amazing community experience. I’m very thankful to Verizon FiOS for allowing me to have access to such a rewarding experience.
My husband and I had quite the weekend. We were also able to attend the Turner Classic Movie Festival, thanks to acesss from FiosSocal. It was so much fun! My husband and I (my husband was able to partake all 3 days) were able to catch some of the best films that have ever been made, with introductions by people like Cher and Robert Osborn. It was a once in a lifetime experience. We are huge movie lovers and although it’s tough to get to the movies sometimes, because of cost, babysitters and time, we always find the time to catch a flick at home. We’ve made our won kind of movie fests on the weekends, thanks to our own at home movie theater. We subscribe to Verizon Fios, which we LOVE! They make it so easy to watch or purchase a movie. Just the other day my daughter wanted to watch Grease and we discovered that the copy we owned was scratched up. My daughter was very upset that her favorite movie was ruined. Thankfully FiOS came to the rescue! We were able to buy the digital copy of the movie for less than we would have paid at the store. Within minutes the movie was loaded and we were able to save our night!
We had such and incredible time and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the FiOSSoCal team. They are heading to the beach cities the summer, and will be working with a new set of charities and will also be giving away some pretty cool customized Surfboards, Beach Cruisers, and a skateboard. Yay for Summer! To learn more head here.
This upcoming Sunday is Mother’s Day and my sisters and I, have been thinking about what we will be doing on this special day. My sisters, mother and I have a great little tradition. We pack up the kids and head somewhere to celebrate the special day. Last year we made a trek out to Monterey, and this year we plan to stay local.
We definitely plan on taking advantage of National Public Gardens Day. It’s the perfect way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend. National Public Gardens Day, takes place the Friday before Mother’s Day, which happens to be Mexican mothers day.
The Participating local gardens in the area are below:
- The San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas
- The Living Desert and Zoo in Palm Desert
- The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
- The Alta Vista Gardens
To take advantage of this deal and to print a coupon for your family, head here.
Each Admission allows two people in your party. If you have for example, four people in your party, you will need to click two coupons. We have been wanting to visit the Living Desert and Zoo in Palm Desert, and I can’t wait to take the kiddos to visit! Admission is almost $20 per person, and this will be a fun way to have fun with the family for free.
For additional info head and to print your free admission tickets head here.
I wrote this post a few years ago, but it still holds up very well! I thought I would share as the weather warms up, and the crowds get larger at our favorite theme parks.
We visit the parks often and have had learned to have a great time without riding anything or even catching a show. Want to know how? This is what we do when the park gets a little busy and the kids just want to play and burn some energy.
Disney California Adventure
- Disney Animation Building
The Disney Animation building located in the Hollywood Back Lot, is home to a few interactive exhibits. Head over to DCA’s Hollywood Backlot and try your drawing skills inside The Disney Animation building. The Disney Animation Academy provides you with drawing pencils and pads. You are then taught by Disney animators a series of simple steps that enable you to create your own character drawings. You can take your drawings home or better yet- ask nicely and usually the Disney Animator will be more than willing to give you their fresh character sketch. You can also check out the Sorcerer’s Workshop which has three interactive play areas. Find out your inner Disney character or voice one of your favorite Disney characters. Honestly, you can spend quite a few hours here.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail found is located in the Golden State section of DCA across from Grizzly River Run. This recreation area allows the kiddos to run wild, have a great time and enjoy being able to romp around. This area allows your kiddos to walk and swing on rope bridges, climb, slide down tires and walk one of the many pathways. My kiddos love sliding down the slide and exploring the entire area. Be prepared for some tired kiddos! It is the perfect place to release some energy!
- Princess Dot Puddle Park
Princess Dot Puddle Park is the perfect place to head on a hot day. Pack a bathing suit, towel and an extra set of clothes and head over for this splash area located inside of a “bug’s land”. Prepare yourself for a soaking good time! We try to hit this area often in the summer. Let the kiddos run through mists, sprinklers and water fountains. Sit on a popsicle stick chair and enjoy watching your little ones have a great time. In the summer sometimes this is the only thing the kiddos want to do.
- Goofy’s Playhouse
Goofy’s playhouse is located inside of Toontown and is the perfect place for toddlers and preschoolers to release some of that boundless energy. This interactive playhouse allows the kiddos to be hands on and explore Goofy’s home. My kiddos love playing outside and the inside is just as fun. Let the kids climb all over furniture or head outside to climb around and slip and slide.
- Donald’s Boat
Donald’s Boat is also located inside of Toontown and allows the kiddos run around and explore the inside and outside of boat. Walk around and let the kiddos ring bells, stir the boat and help trigger the water spouts on deck. Sure to be loads of fun especially for the tiny ones.
- Disneyland: Chip n Dale’s Treehouse
The third play area inside of Toontown is the perfect place to allow your itty bitty to walk around and explore the surroundings. Climb to the top of the tree and enjoy a great view!
- Pirate’s Lair Tom Sawyer’s Island
I have to admit that my kids have been a bit too young for exploring here. However I think they are now the perfect age to head out and spend an afternoon climbing and exploring Tom Sawyer’s Island. Older kiddos will love walking across rope bridges, climbing and digging to find a treasure. It is the perfect place to head out with the family and discover one of the many trails!
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
Located in Adventureland, this 80 foot tree will take you to Tarzan’s home high above. Climb up and be prepared for a great time. You can also explore all of Jane’s collection in an interactive area near the base of the tree. Be prepared for a work out and some extremely tired kiddos(and parents!)
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk through
Did you know you can walk through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle? Yes you can and the best part is that it is completely air conditioned. Perfect activity on a hot day! Three dimensional displays tell the story of Sleeping Beauty. My kiddos absolutely love walking through the castle. It’s a fun little adventure!
Located in Tomorrowland and is the perfect place to spend an hour or two on a hot day. Walk inside and explore hands on the different technology featured in the exhibits. Explore the Dream Home or play in one of the five interactive play areas. It’s a great place to learn and discover for the entire family! New for April 2013 is the Iron Man exhibit. See all the Iron Man suits up close. You can also suit up virtually in one!
Go out and try out one of these places. I promise you will not be disappointed!