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We love sharing about Children’s’/Youth Theater. My daughter read Charlotte’s Web last year and we’ve wanted to watch a live show. I was looking around and found that The South Coast Repertory is performing Charlotte’s Web, live on stage.

This children’s classic story is brought to life on stage weekends during the month of November. The show will play Friday-Sunday from November 7th to November 23rd. There are shows at 11 am, 2 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:ooo pm.

I love this show and I can’t wait to take the kiddos. You can purchase tickets online or at the box office. For additional information head here.

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The weather is cooling down (finally) and the holiday season is again upon us. One of the few places that still feels like the genuine nostalgic Christmas time of year is Knott’s Merry Farm.  What’s your favorite part of Knott’s Merry Farm?  Ours is to check out the live performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in an intimate setting of the historic Bird Cage Theatre.  We miss the old melodramas that used to play there and love still being able to catch live theater in Ghost Town.

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No visit to Knott’s Merry Farm is complete without catching a performance by the world famous beagle, Snoopy as he performs a brand new ice spectacular, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! inside of the 2,100 Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Snoopy ice shows happen year round, but the Christmas show has always been our favorite and heck, even Santa makes an appearance!

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Christmas wouldn’t be complete without visiting Santa Claus. The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town becomes home to Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. Here, the young and the young at heart can share their wish lists with jolly Santa Claus and take home a picture of the occasion.

Here, guests can also indulge in holiday delights such as:
• Santa’s homemade cookies
• Hot fudge sundae bar
• Decadent hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings
• Winter wine and craft beer tastings paired with fresh fruit, cheese and more!

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One thing Knott’s always does well is food!  Knott’s Berry Farm’s culinary elves have created delicious festive treats including Santa’s homemade cookies, sundae bar, decadent hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, and winter wine and craft beer tastings. Savor the ultimate comfort foods with Knott’s world famous desserts, including fresh made-to-order Maple Lollipops, churros from the Churro Factory, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men in the Farm Bakery.

Since we’re talking about the holidays, Knott’s Season Passes make the best gifts. This year you could buy a season pass that comes with food included! Yes, you could have lunch and dinner at Knott’s every single day of the season! You can’t beat that! We’re thinking about getting passes for Summer. To learn more about Knott’s season passes head here.

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This is a fun week for movies. All the cable channels are playing scary movies in heavy rotation. We picked a few of our favorite family friendly ones currently playing on Netflix.

Spooky Buddies

The puppy Buddies investigate spooks at a haunted mansion.  This film is best suited for younger children but still fun for everyone.

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Casper’s Scare School

Casper the Friendly Ghost decides to toughen up and attends Scare School, where he finds things are not what they seem.  Casper is timeless.

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Dreamworks: Spooky Stories
Scared Shreckless and three other short featuring Dreamworks characters.  They are sure to chill your spine while tickling your funny bone!

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Nightmare Before Christmas

Visit Halloweentown with Jack Skellington for the Halloween/Christmas classic. It has fun songs and fantastic animation.

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What are some of your favorite family Halloween films?

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Day out with Thomas - Credit: OERM

Day out with Thomas – Credit: OERM

 

Do you have a Thomas fan at home? We’ve had a fan at home for years and this year he plans on taking his cousin to visit Thomas and friends. Thomas the Tank and friends once again are visiting Southern California and you don’t want to miss it!

 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends are once again chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum for five days in November. Day Out With Thomas is scheduled for 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th and 16th of November. Train departure times fill up fast. So get your tickets here.

Day Out With Thomas offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous engine and his railway friend Percy. This year Thomas will be talking and Percy will be riding the railroad.

There will also be games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, coloring, live family friendly music, sing-alongs and storytelling. There will also be Thomas & Friends temporary tattoos, Thomas & Friends train tables and building activities, Thomas & Friends videos and a Thomas gift store.

There will also be street car and trolley rides and an entire museum to explore. We love this museum and have had a blast exploring all it has to offer.
It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!
One lucky reader will win a four pack of tickets to take their family. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who your favorite Thomas character. That’s it. Winner will be chosen at random using random.org. Giveaway ends on November 1st at 11:59pm. Good luck!!

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Better Together: Nescafe and Coffee-mate - A morning staple!

Better Together: Nescafe and Coffee-mate – A morning staple!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Nescafe with Coffee-mate. However, all opinions are my own.

There are some combos that we can’t live without. The first that come to mind are peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, chips and salsa, pan dulce and cafecito, and now there’s one that’s a marriage made in heaven. Nescafé has paired with Coffee-mate. That’s right, the perfect blend of coffee and creamer is now available at your favorite retailer, Nescafé with Coffee-mate.  2 and 1 will never be the same again!

Nescafe has found its perfect match.

Nescafe has found its perfect match.

The best part is that anyone can prepare this and I mean anyone! My mom was over this weekend and needed to have her cafecito first thing in the morning. My daughter helped make abuela and her tias cafe with three very simple steps. It’s easy as 1-2-3. First you add 2 tablespoons to your favorite mug. Next, add 6 oz of hot water. Finally, stir well. Simple enough for a kiddo to make.

I’m not going to lie. My mom tried to snag all of the flavors. She loved them all. I know you will too. Make sure to head over to http://www.nescafewithcoffeemate.com for a .75 cent coupon.

Nescafé wants one of our lucky readers to win a two week supply. There are two ways to enter.

You can tweet about this dynamic duo and let me know what two foods go better together or you can leave a comment letting us know about your favorite “better together” foods are. That’s it! Giveaway ends on November 1st at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored post with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

We are huge Disney fans, so much so that my familia, goes out and pre-orders every Disney DVD before it is available at retail stores. We love the Disney Magic and in Dreams Coming True. I think the huge reasons why we love Disney Movies is because they help us believe that dreams come true. I love that! My children believe that they can do anything and I know that is because we always let them know that they can do anything and exposing them to positive things like Disney Magic.

The Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray™ , available for the first time ever on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.  We had to have it and have watched it a few times.  The animation is pristine and everything looks better in Blu-Ray. You can purchase it at your favorite retailer now.It is a must add to your Disney collection. This pelicula is one that needs to be in your home!

It is the perfect movie to watch for family night. We watched it last night for movie night, popped in some popcorn and enjoyed our company. It’s a movie that you will want to watch over and over. It is a true classic and one that reminds us that Dreams Come True!!

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Located just 2 miles from Disneyland is the all new Ayres Hotel, a European style boutique hotel. It’s located adjacent to the classic Ayres Inn.  I must say, there is nothing like staying in a practically brand-new hotel where everything smells fresh and clean.  We stayed there over night two weeks ago just before the CHOC Walk, which was so convenient to get to Disneyland early the next day.

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The new hotel features 136 rooms that all feature microwaves and mini-fridge.  The bed is extremely soft and the kids enjoyed the comfort of the pull out bed from the leather sofa.  Each room has DirecTV with every station you could ask for.  In the morning, my daughter and I had to leave before dawn, but the boys were able to enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet. It featured scrambled eggs, country potatoes and sausage, as well as the other continental standards.

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This new hotel features natural materials such as rattan, limestone, a decorative teak root accent, and hickory wood, as well as an array of artwork consisting of hand-carved wall hangings from Indonesia. The unique decor continues into the dining area and multifunction room, which features an exposed concrete floor, raw timber beams dotting the ceiling, and community tables made of 100 year old reclaimed wood from Tennessee.

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After a good night’s rest, we had our batteries recharged and were all ready to head to the CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort.  We were there at the very start of the race and arrived bright and early at 5:15.  Along the route, there are many characters that will pose for pictures and give you a hug.

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The Walk took us through Disneyland, California Adventure and ended with the finish line inside Downtown Disney. It’s an event we look forward to each year and is for such a great cause.  The final totals are not yet in, but so far the 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park has raised over $1.6 million dollars.  Each year the turnout is bigger and bigger!

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Be sure to check out the great rates at the Ayres Hotels the next time you need somewhere to stay in SoCal.  The Ayres Hotels are all owned and operated by the Ayres family, who are Orange County residents.  We’ve stayed at several of their hotels over the years and always receive amazing service and a great night of sleep.  We always like to support local businesses when we get the chance.  Learn more about Ayres Hotel Orange here.

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The Pig Races are a Blast!

Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit Peltzer Farms with my son’s kinder class. I had never visited Peltzer, and was excited to learn about this fun little place. I fell in love with the Farm, and can’t wait to take the kids again this year.  Petlzer Farms is located in the middle of Wine Country in Temecula, and it is an absolutely beautiful place.

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Peltzer Farms is an authentic pumpkin farm, and offers plenty of fun. They are home to one amazing corn maze. I actually couldn’t find my way out! It took me some time to find my way out.  They also are home to pig races. The pig races take place every day, and they are so much fun! They are also free to watch. In fact, my two favorite attractions at the farm, the pig races, and the maze, are Free. Peltzer Farms is also the perfect setting for pictures. You have to make sure to take your camera, because the props are so cute! They have the vintage farm appearance, and you will find old pickup trucks, tractors, etc..

There is also a fun petting zoo, train rides, mining, and pony rides. Of course you will also find pumpkins of all sizes! They honestly have some of the coolest looking pumpkins, and had every size imaginable. It’s pretty safe to say, that you will find the pumpkin of your dreams here.

There is also a Blacksmith Shop on the weekends. You can watch Charlie Jr. make fun things using real blacksmith tools, such as authentic dog tags, horse shoe nail rings and other cool things. I’m telling you this place is a must visit!

Peltzer Farms is open everyday from 9am to 8pm, until October 31st. For additional info and directions, head here.

 

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Hard Rock Cafe San Diego

Congrats to Erica! She’s the winner of the giveaway. Thank you all for entering. 

Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.”

I love sharing about fun places to take the kids and fun experiences for the entire family. I wanted to share about Hard Rock Cafes/Hotels are doing to make your kiddos feel like Rock Stars! The Hard Rock is introducing some new cool characters, 
Roxtars®, Razzi™, SirKingston™, Styler™, Buddy Jr™, and Skiddley™ are hitting the scene and bringing along
cool amenities for kids of all ages. Kids who dine at Hard Rock Cafe locations will be given the VIP treatment with
HardRock Roxtars swag and new healthy  menu options, such as Skiddley’s“Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and“Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta.

Being a Total Rock Star!!

Being a Total Rock Star!!

Children who stay at select Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live
HardRock Roxtars performance or take part in musical learning activities! ! Cafes nationwide will be
looking for rock star look-a-likes for their Halloween costume contest, “Does Your Child Look Like
a Rock Star?” For one night   during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock   Star?” contest, kids eat free* at a Hard Rock Cafe  with a paying adult, and will have the chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of
their closest band members and entourage!  For additional info contact either the San Diego Hard Rock or the Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe.  
We had the opportunity to visit the San Diego Hard Rock and love what they have to offer.

The Hard Rock Cafe/Hotels want your kiddos to experience what it’s like to be a Rock Star! We’re giving away

  •  $50 Hard Rock Gift Card
  • 1 Hard Rock Roxtars Guitar-shapedPlate
  • 1   6” Plush Hard Rock Roxtars Character
  • 1 Hard Rock Roxtars Kid’s T-shirt
  • 1 Hard Rock Roxtars ActivityBook

All you have to do is comment and let me know, “Does your kiddo look like a Rock Star? “. That’s it! Giveaway ends on Friday, October 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!!

 

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We love Halloween and love sharing family friendly events. Boo at the Zoo, is one of our favorite October outings. Boo at the Zoo, is a “merry not scary” family friendly event.  Boo at the Zoo takes place over 5 nights, October 18th-19th, 25-26th, and October 30th, from 5:30 to 8:oo pm.

Boo at the Zoo features:

  • Ten Prize Stations on the Trick-or-Treat Trail
  • Entertainment
  • Animal Presentations
  • Storytelling
  • Fun and Games
  • Costume Parade
  • “Teen Scream” Haunted House (a separate area, included in the price of admission)

Admission is $ 7 for members and $14 for Non-Members. Kiddos 5 and under are Free. For additional information or to purchase tickets head here.

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