Tuesday’s Tip: The Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Happy Tuesday! Did you all have a wonderful long weekend? We had a great time playing “tourist” and hit Disneyland/DCA and were able to ride the brand new Little Mermaid ride at DCA and also the revamped Star Tours Ride at Disneyland. We also spent an afternoon at Pretend City, hit the beach and finished up on Monday with a quick visit to Seaworld. It was a super fun weekend!

One of my stops on my extremely fun weekend was a visit to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. I have been wanting to visit the center for quite some time now and I was in Laguna and decided to stop and tour the center with the kiddos. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1971 and is a non profit organization . The Pacific Marine Mammal Center mission is to rescue, treat, rehabilitate marine mammals that are injured or have been stranded and release them back into their natural habitats.

We stopped in for a quick tour and one of the very friendly and informative docents explained about the work at the  center and the different sea lions and seals that are currently patients and their injuries. On the day of our visit, there were 31 patients, that were currently under treatment. The kiddos were mesmerized and even learned to differentiate between seals and sea lions (it’s all in the ears or lack thereof) .

We spent about half an hour there and all learned so much. If you can gather a small group(more than 6) you can schedule a field trip to the center. Field trips are for groups of all ages and include a guided tour of the facility, a class room presentation about the different patients and their medical conditions and up close viewing.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is open everyday to the public from 10am to 4pm. Call 949-494-3050 to schedule a tour or for additional information.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

20612 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

For additional info head here.

Ford Focus preview and Idol chat

Memorial day weekend is a popular time for people to test-drive and buy new cars.  Before you go out, you might want to read a bit about my experience previewing the latest technology from Ford.  This past week, I was invited up to Los Angeles to test drive the new Ford Focus.

You might have seen other cars that can parallel park themselves, but until you actually try it in a Ford, you have no idea how cool this is!  We drove up to Dodger Stadium, using the Ford Sync Touch system in the car (which is also the simplest voice activated GPS/radio/hands-free phone technology to date).  Once there we got to actually use the built in system that allows the car to park itself.  You do still have to control the gas and brakes, but the steering is all done by the car.

No hands, it steers itself into place


Additionally, we also were given demonstrations of the latest version of the Microsoft and Ford Sync program.  It comes in two versions, Sync and Sync Touch.  Sync also easily connects to you cell phone via Bluetooth to access all your contacts and even apps like Pandora which then will stream through the audio system and respond to voice command.  Sync also allows you to plug in an air card/wireless usb modem and turn your vehicle into a mobile hotspot.  I could go on and on with the amazing device.

The newly redesigned Focus is green-conscious and even uses a soy-based foam interior for the seats.  This is not the same old Ford you used to know. Many of these features can also be found in the new Fiesta, Explorer and Escape vehicles too.


After the drive we were invited by Ford to the American Idol Finale and After Party. It was an incredible experience! Seeing all those performers in one night was amazing.  We also were able to go to the after party and rub shoulders with Idols of the past.  Yes, even Sanjaya.

Disclaimer: This is not a compensated post. I was invited by Ford  to attend the American Idol finale and after party. However, all of the opinions are my own.

What to do Memorial Day Weekend

Credit: Fiesta Hermosa

Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here and it is going to be a beautiful one.

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out some suggestions. Have fun this weekend!

Friday, May 27th

Saturday, May 28th

Sunday, May 29th

Monday, May 30th

Kung Fu Panda 2 and Giveaway


Giveaway is now closed: The winner is Gina

Have you seen Kung Fu Panda? It is a huge hit at home and on our movie rotation. Kung Fu Panda 2 opens up this weekend and our contributor Desiree, had the opportunity to head out and watch the movie at the DreamWorks Studio last week.

She shares below.

Recently, my son and I had the opportunity to view “Kung Fu Panda 2” via a mommy bloggers premiere at the DreamWorks Studios in Glendale, California. It was an amazing experience and I left feeling excited to share this experience with all of you.

I am a believer in the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and I believe in surrounding my children with positive people, positive experiences and positive messages. I am a HUGE fan of DreamWorks Animation films. They promote really great life lessons that are understandable and relatable to children. In the first Kung Fu Panda movie, the lesson was about accepting people as they are and realizing your potential. The messages in Kung Fu Panda 2 are teamwork, friendship and overcoming adversity from your past to have a brighter future.

In the 2nd installment of the adventures of an adorable, larger-than-life, Kung Fu fighting panda, we go back to Po’s beginnings and find out why is has a goose for a father. My favorite part was seeing Po as an infant (audio played by Clare de Chenu’s son) and how Mr. Ping got to adopting him (and even more interesting-why Mr. Ping’s soup doesn’t’ have radishes).

In this movie Po has a new enemy, named Lord Shen who controls an evil wolf army. Lord Shen causes chaos and destruction in China and threatens to destroy Kung Fu with the “Kaboom of doom” a cannon that shoots fireballs made of fireworks. Without giving too much of the film away, I will finish by saying that this film is very action packed and would be great for the over 6 year old set (it is rated PG). There is also a tear jerking scene smack dab in the middle of the movie. Call me a sap, but I cried like a baby!

Kung Fu Panda 2 premiers May 27th in Read D)) 3D and Digital 3D in theaters nationwide. I highly suggest you go and enjoy this movie with your kids! You’ll laugh as much as they do!

For Po games and other fun stuff, head on over to: http://www.kungfupanda.com/

It’s giveaway time!

Last week we also received a fun package and opened it up to find this

The Kung Fo Po Wrestler, by Mattel has been fought over like you couldn’t imagine.

You can Twist him, Tackle him and Tumble with him. My son actually thinks he is in some kind of wrestling ring with him. It also makes sounds and “talks”. My kiddos get a kick every time he “talks” to them.

You can find Kung Fo Po Wrestler at major retailers.

Win a Kung Fu Po Wrestler for your kiddo.

Just leave a comment letting me know why you would want to win and you will be entered to win. Contest ends on June 4th at 11:59pm. Good luck!

What to do this Summer Series & Memorial Weekend Idea: Movies on the Beach

Credit: Newport Dunes

The summer unofficially kicks off this weekend and this idea is one that is perfect for summer weekends and of course Memorial weekend.

Newport Dunes, kicks off their Summer Movies on the beach tomorrow May 27th, with Despicable Me. Grab a blanket and head  over to experience movies by the water and under the stars. Movies start at sunset and play every Friday and Saturday from May 27th and end on August 27th.

Admission is Free but parking is $10 a car. It’s still a super affordable evening out with the family. Bring blankets, chairs and treats and have a wonderful night out with the kiddos.

For additional info head here.

Memorial Day Weekend Idea: UCR Pow Wow

Credit: UCR

Two more days until the weekend begins and it promises to be beautiful one!  If you are looking for something fun and a little different, this is definitely the even for your family.

UCR’s 30th Annual “Honoring Our Warriors” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow will be held May 27 & 28, at the UCR Sports Complex in Riverside at 1000 W. Blaine St., Riverside, CA, 92507. The Pow Wow  will take place on Friday, May 27th from 5-10 pm and on Saturday, May 28th from 10am-10pm.

This event is free and open to the public and a great introduction to  Native American culture. Traditional Native American dancers, drum groups, bird singers, and other artists will be present during this amazing cultural event. There will also be vendors selling food, handmade Native jewelry, Arts & Crafts, and other merchandise.

For additional info, head here.


Happy Wednesday everyone! We are now only two days away from a beautiful long weekend! Can’t wait to be out and enjoy this beautiful weather.

We have three contests that have ended, and without further ado the winners.

For the Mom’s Simon Mall gift card:

Joyce Valdez

For the I am number Four giveaway:

1.Katie mayorga

2. Albert Quackenbush

3. Shannon Q


and last but not least, the Gnomeo and Juliet winners are:

1. Jeanne

2. Christina Ruland

3. cathleena

Thank you all for entering! There are more fun goodies to giveaway soon. Winners please email me at mom(at)daytrippingmom.com







What do this Summer Series: Regal/Edwards Summer Movie Express


There are so many fun things to do with the kids this summer and here is one you must add to the list. Every Tuesday and Wednesday for 9 weeks, Edwards and Regal Movie Theatres will offer movies for the kiddos for only $1.

Most theaters will start offering movies in the middle of June and end in August.  This is a popular program, so make sure to get there around 9:30. To find your local theater that is participating head here.

For additional info head here.

Memorial Weekend Giveaway: Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park


Winners: The winners of the prizes are..

two runner up prizes:

1. Genevive Larson

2. Sandra

The big winner is::

Trisha Jones

email me at mom(at) daytrippingmom with your info so that we can send those off asap. Thanks again for participating.

I can’t wait for this upcoming weekend. I love holiday weekends and Memorial Weekend is one of my favorite weekends, because it really is the kickoff to summer and I love the summer season!

I love spending time with my family outdoors and enjoying the warm sunshine!

We love Irvine Park Railroad and this weekend I plan to head over and try one of their bike rentals. I’ve been meaning to do it for some time and this will definitely be the weekend.  I also want some of you to experience the fun that is offered by Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park.

You can rent a paddle boat or a variety of family bikes. Pack a picnic and be ready for a great day at the park.

It’s giveaway time! 3 lucky readers will win a prize pack to use this weekend.


1 Grand Prize Winner

1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park bike rental coupon (good for any bike excluding the double surrey)

1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Paddle boat rental

4 Irvine Park Railroad train tickets


2 Runner Up Prizes

1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park deuce coupe rental

4 Irvine Park Railroad train tickets


All you have to do is let me know why you would like to win and you will be entered.  Contest ends on Wednesday May 25th, at 11:59pm. I want to end it early so that you can have your prizes and enjoy them this Memorial weekend.

For additional entries

Follow Irvine Park Railroad on Facebook

Follow Irvine Park Railroad on Twitter.

Good luck!

Marie Callender’s Pot Pies

There is good restaurant food out there and once in a blue moon there is really good restaurant food in the grocery store freezer section. Marie Callender’s Pot Pies definitely fits the bill.


Named by Yahoo, as “one of the 8 Grocery Store Products that are Better than Homemade (really)”, Marie Callender’s Pot Pies are not only delicious but available and almost every grocery store. I love being able to pop one in the microwave  and have a warm and delish pot pie in only a few minutes served on my table.


I think the pot pies cook up perfectly and taste better than when I have attempted to make pot pies at home. They are fresh tasting and  even the pickiest of eaters will love them. My kiddos love em!

I definitely think they taste better than homemade. I promise! They are delish!

To learn more about these delicious pies head here.

Next time you are in the frozen food section of your local grocery store, grab one. You won’t be disappointed.

This is a sponsored post compensated  by Marie Callender’s and TheMotherhood. However, all opinions are my own.