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21

Fullerton Railroad Days

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Fullerton Railroad Days

Fullerton Railroad Days

Do you have train enthusiasts at home? If you are a train lover or have kiddos that love trains, you do not want to miss out the Fullerton Railroad Days. It is a fantastic event, that you do not want to miss out on!

This funtastic event will take place at the Fullerton Train Station on May 3rd and 4th. The event celebrates Southern California railroads and the new advances in trains. Kiddos will be able to tour locomotives, check out model railroads, free trackless train rides for kiddos 12 and under, a garden railways, plus much much more.

Some of the featured participants are the Los Angeles Live Steamers, The Disneyland Resort, Coast Rail Services, and too many exhibitors to mention.

To learn more about this fun event, head here.

What: Fullerton Railroad Days

When: May 3rd & 4th

Where: Fullerton Train Station

120 E. Santa Fe Avenue

Time: 9am to 5pm

Free Admission

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Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with The Motherhood and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies. However, all opinions are my own.

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd and it’s a great reminder for us to think about how we can pitch in to protect our beautiful planet. I have shared earlier before about the Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials website. It provides great information for families and also has links to coupons, articles, and more.

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In honor of Earth Day, the Healthy Essentials  is offering great tips on how to plant an edible garden, how Green is Good, and the how to recycle.  There are other great articles for the new mom, moms on the go, children’s health, and much much more. I’m actually in the process of planting a small herb and veggie garden, and I really enjoyed reading the tips on planting and growing an edible garden. It was just what I was looking for.

I’m always on the lookout for a great deal and I also love that there are over $55 in printable coupons available for many of Johnson &  Johnson’s most popular brands. The coupons are good for those healthy essentials products like allergy relief, first aid, baby care, and more.

Johnson & Johnson cares about the community and they are doing something that is pretty darn cool. The J&J Donate A Photo App, allows you to help support causes that YOU care about. For every photo you share, Johnson & Johnson shares $1 to a cause you want to help out. I love it! You can donate a photo a day, every day. It really gives meaning to taking a picture and really helping a cause you care about. You can learn more about the app here.

 

 

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Enjoying the Del Mar Farmers Market

Enjoying the Del Mar Farmers Market

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A complimentary stay was provided by the Clarion Del Mar Inn for review purposes. However, all opinions are my own.

Do you ever feel like you really need a vacation from it all? We were feeling just like that a few weeks ago and really needed to take a breather from our very busy lives. I know most of you can relate. We go and go and go, without taking a break. Our family really was in need a break. We packed our bags and drove south to Del Mar for one very relaxing weekend.

A little slice of heaven

A little slice of heaven at the Clarion Del Mar Inn

Del Mar is a beautiful seaside community, located north of San Diego and just south of Encinitas. It is a beautiful beach town and it offered just what our family needed. We relaxed, enjoyed all that the city had to offer, and made some great memories as a family.

We stayed at the beautiful and #1 rated hotel in Del Mar, The Clarion Del Mar Inn.  It is a beautiful property that is very family friendly and it is hands down home to the most amazing staff. They go out of their way to make you feel at home. I will be posting in a second post all about this great little hotel. Trust me, you will love it! The hotel is offering a discount to Daytrippingmom readers. You can  call the hotel  directly at 1-800-451-4515 and mention the promo code DREAMDELMAR  to receive 25% off your stay through May 31st, 2014.

My daughter enjoying Seaside Park

My daughter enjoying Seaside Park

Del Mar is located an hour or two away from the OC/LA/IE area. We checked in and went on a family walk to explore the area. We discovered quite a few little shops along the way, as well as the local Farmers Market. The Del Mar Farmers Market takes place every Saturday afternoon, year round, from 1pm-4pm. We had a great time talking to the local vendors, trying out some tasty treats, and enjoying the atmosphere. The Market offers organic and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, flowers, and other local goodies.  It was my kids first trip to the Farmers Market that they can remember and they loved every minute of our little trip.

The Del Mar Farmers Market is a must visit!

The Del Mar Farmers Market is a must visit!

We then headed for a walk on the beach and exploring the different shops, restaurants, and beaches that Del Mar has to offer. We were excited that the Clarion Del Mar Inn is in centrally located in Del Mar Village. We did not have to use our car once during our visit. We walked everywhere and it was such nice break from our normal routine.

Exploring Seagrove Park

Exploring Seagrove Park

We spent the rest of the evening at our hotel enjoying the swimming pool, the hotel, and enjoying relaxing in our room. The next day we set out to enjoy the beach. We made our way to Seaside Park. I can honestly say that it has become one of our favorite parks in Southern California, if not THE favorite. The playground is fantastic for the kids and the views are out of this world. The kids could have played all day if we would have let them. It’s also a great place for train lovers. The kids loved watching the trains go by from the grassy area.

We had a great time in Del Mar and I can’t wait to head back there again. We had the opportunity to really unwind, relax, and reconnect as a family. Del Mar is a great place to recharge those batteries!

For additional info about Del Mar head here… and stay tuned for our next post, where we share all about the freshly revamped Clarion Del Mar Inn.

 

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Tomorrow, Disneynature’s newest film, Bears opens everywhere. This was the first Disneynature film shot in America, as they filmed it entirely in Alaska.  It follows the story of a year as a mother and her cubs get through life and prepare for next winter’s hibernation.  The film is rated G and has some moments of drama and some bear fights, but it is generally safe for all ages.

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Here are some fun bear facts:

  • Katmai National Park and Preserve, where the movie was filmed,  is home to an estimated 2,000 brown bears who are attracted to the abundance of salmon — there are five species of Pacific salmon in Katmai, including sockeye, or red salmon.
  • The brown bears that live in Katmai eat a variety of food (while waiting for the coveted salmon run). Bears snack on sedge grass, use their claws to pry open clams and other shellfish, munch on mussels and in late summer, will dine on ripe berries.
  • A brown bear’s home range can span 100 square miles.

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In collaboration with Disneynature’s work for worldwide conservationism, the program SEE “BEARS,” PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS invites moviegoers to see the film during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) and Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation , the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system.  So go this weekend and see this wonderful film.

 

#MeetTheCubs

#DisneynatureBears

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OC Fair Imaginology

OC Fair Imaginology

The weekend is inching near and if you’re looking for something fun and unique to do with the family, you have to check out the OC Fair’s Imaginology Event. This fantastic family friendly event is free of charge and features 3 days of educational activities, exhibits and entertainment focused on S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.) Plus, gourmet food trucks, Bubble Rollers, bounce house, petting zoo and more for additional fees.

Some of the fun activities include:

  • Free Hay Rides
  • Free Make and Take Activities for the Kiddos
  • Free Farm and Garden Hands Activites
  • Centennial Farm -Livestock, Crop Beds, and more
  • Orange County Science and Engineering hands on activities
  • Local children’s music and dance group performers
  • Much much more

What: OC Fair Imaginology

Where: OC Fair & Event Center (Follow signs to event)
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif.
(714) 708-1500
www.ocfair.com/steam

Admission is Free of Charge. Parking is Free on Friday. Parking is $ 7 on Saturday and Sunday. For additional info head here.

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#MagicAtPlay

The new #MagicAtPlay collection at Kohl’s

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A GC was provided to
facilitate review of the new collection. However, all opinions are my own.

Our home is brimming with excitement, as we pack our bags and head to Disneyland for a weekend filled with Disney Magic. I’m headed along with my family to the Social Media Moms conference. We’re excited to stay at the Disneyland Hotel and exploring the park. It’s been some time since we’ve all been there as a family because of our busy schedule.

We’re picking up some gear and were thrilled when we found out that Disney has partnered with Kohl’s to introduce the #MagicAtPlay collection. It is an absolutely adorable collection, and we picked up an outfit for each of the kids for our special Disneyland visit.

The collection made its debut earlier on April 3rd, and is now available at your local Kohl’s . There are infant/toddler sizes and the children’s line runs up to a size 7. Our local Kohl’s had a great selection. Not only is the line super cute, it is very affordable. I was able to buy 2 complete outfits for less than $40 with my coupons. The kids couldn’t wait until Disneyland, and my daughter decided to wear her outfit to school today. To learn more about the collection, head here.

My daughter couldn't resist wearing her new outfit!

My daughter couldn’t resist wearing her new outfit!

It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a $50 Gift Card to Kohl’s, so that you can check out the collection for yourself. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you would buy an outfit for. That’s it.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 13th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!

 

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Happy Sunday! I wanted to share about a classic LA event that is a must attend at least once with the family and is taking place next weekend. If you are looking for something fun, amazing, educational and did I mention FREE for the entire family, you have to check out the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival will be taking place next weekend April 12th and April 13th.  The Festival of Books is held at the University of Southern California’s Campus (USC).

The goal of the LA Times Festival of Books is to connect people that love books, with the people who wrote them. Simple as that! The festival is a free public event, and includes exciting author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings. The Children’s Stage is being sponsored by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and will feature readings by different authors. There will be also be a “dinosaur encounter” presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

There is something for everyone. Some of the featured authors this year are Giada de Laurentiis , Rachel Zoe, Alicia Silverstone, Marlo Thomas, Mayim Bialik, Jackie Collins, and many many more.

Admission is free.  Parking however is $10. It’s a fun all day event. Make sure to pack some water, walking shoes, and be prepared for a good time.

To learn more about the festival head here.

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Apr
06

A Day at the Circus #FiosFuels

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Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Verizon Fios. However,all opinions are my own and I had a blast at Circus Vargas.

I promised myself a few years back that I wouldn’t attend another circus unless they were animal free. I’ve wanted to have the kiddos experience the circus and they have been asking about going to the circus for the last few months. I’ve shared in previous posts how Verizon Fios is a big part of our family’s entertainment. We listen to music channels, watch our favorite shows, and  hold our movie nights in thanks to our Fios Subscription. They made a night out with the family to the Circus possible, and I will share later on how they can make your own customized entertainment experience a reality! First let me share all about the Circus!

If you grew up in Southern California, you probably remember the commercials, “See Circus Vargas! The Big One is Back! They are still around and better than ever with their animal-free circus experience!  They are the largest family owned tent circus still touring these days and providing an unforgettable night of entertainment.

We caught them at  Ontario Mills last week. They will be playing at the Chino fairgrounds this week, and moving on to Arcadia, Santa Ana, and Irvine in the upcoming

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The big top played at the Ontario Mills Parking Lot and it was fantastic to not have to pay for parking. I like going out to shows and experiences with my family, but absolutely do not like having to dish out extra cash for parking. It’s never a fun experience. Many of Circus Vargas shows are in locations where you do not have to pay for parking. That already started our experience on the right foot.

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Good times at the Circus!

The kiddos loved the show. There is a cool pre-show experience that allows the kiddos to get on the ring floor and try out their circus skills. They loved being able to hula their hearts out and also learned to balance feathers on their face. My daughter did such a great job that they picked her out as a “Guest Star of the Night”. She was in heaven!!!  All of the kiddos looked like they were having a blast. The actual show was very entertaining and good old fashioned fun. There were trapeze artists, aerialists, contortionists, and so much more! We had a fantastic time and without feeling an ounce of guilt, because no animals were used in the show. We can’t wait to catch the show again. It was a dream come true for the kids.

Verizon wants to make your own dreams come true. Verizon Fios SoCal is hosting a sweepstakes you want to make sure you enter. Verizon Fios wants to “Fuel Your Connection” and  give you your customized entertainment experience. Whether it’s a pampering day at the spa or tickets to your favorite sporting event. They want to make your experience a reality. All you have to do is post  your 6 second video(think Vine, Instagram)  to Verizon Fios Facebook page. 6 seconds! That’s it!

Verizon Fios was able to surprise one loyal subscriber with a special day out.  Check it out.

The contest ends on April 18th.  Hurry over to enter. It’s going to be great!

 

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San Diego Botanic Gardens

San Diego Botanic Gardens

Tomorrow is the first Tuesday of the month and that means that several fun places are offering free admission. If you have kiddos at home this week during Spring Break, make sure to take advantage of these great freebies.

Have fun exploring!!!

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With Spring Break underway, we have had a few extra hours for television time, but we’ve decided to keep it educational around here. Netflix makes that job easier so we can focus on kid-friendly, science-rich programming!  These shows encourage questions and thinking. We end up having some great conversations with the kiddos as a result.

My husband and son love How Stuff Works and How Do They Do It? Both of these show break down simple things like salt or wheat and explain what it really is and why it matters to everyone.  It’s similar to How It’s Made on the Science Channel, which hopefully will come to Netflix soon as well.

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My daughter and I prefer the science meets crime type entertainment, like CSI stuff.  We found Forensics on Trial from NOVA to be really interesting.  It’s not really for kids but daughter is also a fan of Law and Order, so she enjoyed the program.  These types of program often contain really mature content but it can also bring about conversations that need to be discussed with your children at the appropriate time. I also feel it is important to make my children aware of what’s in the world, without it becoming something terrifying for them.

A family friendly show, that I recall being on during Saturday mornings is Beakman’s World. I had completely forgotten about this show until my son discovered it on Netflix. It’s quirky, fast paced and educational. There are several seasons available.

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Watching all of those Beakman’s World programs will likely inspire you children to want to make to do some science experiments during their spring break.  I found a great website full of some simple projects with household items to experiment with!  Click on the image below to link to a homemade lava lamp idea!

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I would love to hear about some of your favorite Netflix science programs and if you kids decided to do any fun science projects during their Spring Break!

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