Archive for June 30th, 2009
As you all know I’m always looking for a good deal! We go on at least two excursions per week during the summer month and it can add up. I’ve been wanting to visit the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park during the next couple of weeks and was super excited when I read about the promotion Mimis Cafe is sponsoring.
From July 1 through August 31 guests who dine at any of the 39 participating Mimis Cafe restaurants in Southern California will receive a coupon for one free Child’s Best Value Admission Ticket with the purchase of an Adult Best Value Admission Ticket to use toward their next visit to the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park . Guests will also receive a Mimis Cafe coupon for the Just Enough menu items good on their next visit.
I don’t know about you but we visit Mimis on a regular basis anyway and now I know where we will be heading on our next night out. Plus their bread basket is seriously out of this world!! Overall this is a really great deal!
For additional info head on over here.
This past weekend we had the opportunity to visit the Sealife Aquarium at the Legoland California Resort. I really can’t begin to tell you how much fun my kiddos had. The SEALIFE Aquarium is designed specifically for children and my kids ate it all up. My daughter was in tears as we left because she did not want to leave.
First off- I love that parking at Legoland Resort is such a breeze. You can’t get closer than preferred parking. If you park in preferred- you are guaranteed to walk only a few steps. However if you don’t mind walking a bit more- the regular parking is a pretty darn good deal. We parked in regular parking and only had to walk a few more steps than the people parked in preferred.
Once we parked – the good times began. We headed to the entrance and walked right in. I loved that we didn’t have to wait in line. That is always a plus in my book!
The first area that we encountered upon entering was the Lake Tahoe Area. Just one look and the kids were hooked. The Lake Tahoe area features a slide and they(my hubby did too!) definitely put it into use. The kids did not want to leave because they were having so much fun.
After some coaxing we headed over to the San Francisco Harbor and California Gold area. The kids were oohing and aahhhing all of the different fish and absolutely loved the tide pools. We then headed over to the Shoaling Ring which is absolutely breathtaking. We loved sitting on a couple of benches and being surrounded by fish. I could have sat there for hours taking it all in.
We then headed outside to the Southern California Tide Pool Area. The kiddos loved touching the different starfish and of course playing with the Lego Sand Castle. We made our to the the rest of the first floor exhibits and on to the Lost City of Atlantis. Here, you will walk through water tunnels and be able to observe all different types of aquatic life. My daughter absolutely loved that the sharks were above our heads- my son- not so much!!
We rode the elevators upstairs and made our first pit stop at the Ray lagoon. We spent at least half an hour in a quiet little seating area taking it all in. I could have watched the sting rays for hours. After our Sting Ray watching we stepped into the Kingdom of the Seahorse. The kiddos absolutely went bonkers for the Seahorses. My daughter had read about seahorses but never had the opportunity to actually see a live seahorse and she was very impressed with the cute creatures. We finished off our experience by exploring the Discovery Zone Touch Pool, where the kiddos had the opportunity to touch a variety of sea life.
The second floor ends at the SEALIFE Aquarium’s Ocean Journey Cafe. We were given a ofree soft drink coupon at the entrance and we put it to good use. We bought some snacks and tried an unbelievably delicious brownie from the Cafe. It was out of this world!! Once we had our fill of snacks – we headed downstairs to the gift shop, browsed around and headed back home.
Almost forgot- there is plenty of room for strollers. We took our double stroller and had no problem getting around.
We had a fantastic time and I REALLY can’t wait to go back again. I could not stop grinning ear to ear as I watched my kiddos have such a great time.
$18.95 for adults
$11.95 for children 3-12
2 and under are free!
* If you are visiting SEA LIFE Aquarium only, parking is $5 and you will reimbursed the $7 difference once your one-day SEA LIFE admission ticket is purchased at the ticket booths. If you have a pre-paid one-day SEA LIFE only ticket, you can receive your reimbursement at Guest Services on the day of your visit. You must bring your paid parking ticket to the ticket booth or Guest Service window in order to receive reimbursement. For guests visiting both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium, the standard $12 parking fee applies.
SEA LIFETM Aquarium at the LEGOLAND® California Resort
One LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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