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We love visiting Knott’s Berry Farm and always have a great time when we visit as a family. We’ve made some great memories there and I wanted to share a few of our favorite memories.
We love visiting Knott’s during the holidays. One of our favorite times to visit is during Halloween. It’s become an annual tradition to visit Camp Spooky with the kiddos at least once during the month of October. The kids love the mazes and of course the candy! Who doesn’t love candy?
Speaking of Halloween and a spooky good time, we’ve made some great memories at the Halloween Haunt. I’ve only missed it twice in the last fifteen years( when I had two newborns). The last couple of years we’ve had the opportunity to hang with friend(just like we did as teenagers) and it has been soooo much fun!
We also love to visit during the Christmas Holiday Season. We had the opportunity to spend time at Knott’s this past holiday season and took our official family photo with Santa there. We had a blast visiting Santa’s Christmas Cabin.
We also have made great memories visiting during the summer. We love visiting Soak City at least once and every summer has to have a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm.
You can make memories with your family with Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass. You can purchase a season pass and pay only 6 monthly payments of only $14.00.
Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass holders enjoy:
- No blockout dates!
- Free Parking!!!!!!
- Select Early Ride Times.. and so much more!!!
To learn more about the season passes or to purchase your passes head here.
Make sure to click here to enter to win a four pack of season passes for your family
We visited a few years back and can’t wait to go back again soon. It is truly a unique and interesting place.
I had the opportunity this past Saturday to take my family to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. Words can’t begin to describe what an amazing place this is for kids and adults alike. It’s an incredible place that will not soon be forgotten by our family. In fact my husband and I are going to plan a date around it just to go out and explore the grounds.
The Orange Empire Railway museum is 88 acres and quite extensive- so make sure to bring great walking shoes, sunscreen, hats, water and if you have the really teeny tots a good sturdy stroller.The Museum grounds are quite large and contain numerous buildings, parks and outdoor areas to explore. The grounds are quite large and there’s a lot to see! Our kids just loved running in the open space (although we were a little paranoid with the trains running around). You will have exhausted kids from exploring all day. The museum is home to the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870′s (they even have old Disneyland ticket booths there!!)
Your little trains enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn all about locomotives, steam engine and my absolute favorite (I’m a Los Angeles history buff) – the old Pacific Electric red cars and Los Angeles Railway yellow cars. We were able to walk around the hangers and see the trains that are in the middle of restorations by the dedicated volunteers. We were also able to explore different railway cars and locomotives which the kids went bonkers over. They loved shouting all aboard and manning the controls. My son was in train heaven!! There was so much to explore and although we spent 3 hours there it really was not enough time.
While admission and parking for the Museum is free, a ticket must be purchased to ride on the Museum Railway. The ticket is good for the entire day, for as many trips as you wish. Your fare goes directly towards meeting Museum operating expenses. On regular weekends, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $12 for adults, $8 for children 5-11, free for kids under 5. We could not resist and opted to purchase a day pass and boy was it worth it. We rode two pacific electric cars, two southern pacific trains and a trolley all for about the price of a movie. It was an amazing experience and the kiddos of course were thrilled.
I would say that this most definitely is an outing that would take a couple of hours. There is a park/picnic area where you can enjoy lunch under the shade. Pack drinks and a picnic and you will be set!! There is also a snack shop with food that not only was tasty but quite reasonable. I would also make sure to pack a camera because this is a photography heaven!
The museum is open everyday- however most of the exhibits and the railway are closed weekdays. The best day to visit is on the weekends from 9 am to 5pm- although the railway runs from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
The museums is located at
2201 South “A” street
We had no problems with our directions from mapquest and our navigation system. It led us right to the entrance.
You can learn more about the museum here.
Spring Break is coming up and I wanted to write a couple of posts with some fun ideas. I’ve posted about these fun places before but I thought I would mention them again since they are tried and true favorites! Plus all you need is a tank of gas, some parking and food and you are ready to roll! Have fun!
- California Science Center/Air Space Exhibits – Free Admission(parking is $10.00 and there is a McDonald’s on the ground floor of the Center)
- OC Zoo- Pack a picnic!! $3.00 Irvine Regional Park admission- Admission is $2.00
- The Boone’s Children’s Gallery at the LACMA- Free Admission with NextGen membership, which is free and available to kids 17 and under.
- Centennial Farm – Absolutely Free and your kiddos will love learning about farm animals.
- A visit to the Skirball Cultural Center- Free on Thursdays
- Free Admission to the Paleontology Museum in Claremont on Wednesday
- La Brea Tar Pits- Free Admission the first Tuesday of the month
- Enviromental Nature Center- Free Daily
- National History Museum of Los Angeles County- Free Admission Tuesday-except in Summer
- Kidspace Children’s Museum-Free Admission on Family Night Free Admission
- Griffith Park Observatory- Free Admission
- Travel Town Museum – Griffith Park- Free Admission
- Santa Ana Zoo after 2pm- discounted admission
- Cabrillo Aquarium- Free- A little gem of an aquarium!
- Getty Center- Free Admission -($10 for parking)
- Getty Villa- Free Admission with Reservations ($10 for parking)
- Roundhouse Aquarium- Free
- Fullerton Arboretum- Free
- Dollar Movie Theaters- $1-$4 throught SoCal
If you’re looking for something fun to do this Saturday night, perhaps the perfect date night, head out to the Whole Foods in Venice for an evening that looks to be tres magnifique! The Whole Foods in Venice will host a very French evening out featuring a taste of France and an art exhibit.
The wine tasting features samples of French wine paired with petit fours. While you sip enjoy the art of the wine label designer and Germany-based French artist Gildas Coudrais. He brings a unique touch to wine labels and his artwork gets close to the aesthetics of pop culture. His work is reminiscent of billboards on the sunset strip but remains loyal to the European tradition. $10 per person, proceeds benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.
It promises to be a fun night, plus it benefits a great cause. It’s a win-win!
The event will take place at the Whole Foods Venice location from 5pm to 8pm.
To learn more about the event head here.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Venice.
I loved roller skating as a child and teenager. I would go skating for what seemed hours after school. I lived in Glendale for most of my teenage years and visited the Moonlight Roller Rink more times than I can count. It was always fun. My daughter recently visited her first roller skating rink and had the time of her life. It brought back memories of having a blast on my skates.
Lace up your skates and check out some of the fun roller rinks in the area.
1. Moonlight Rollerway- Glendale
2. Northridge Skateland – Northridge
3. Skate Depot - Cerritos
1. Fountain Valley Skating Center - Fountain Valley
2. Holiday Skate Center – Orange
1. Epic Roller Rink - Murrieta
2. Roller City 2001- Riverside
3. Cal Skate Grand Terrace – Grand Terrace
4. Skate Express – Chino
1. San Diego Skateworld – San Diego
2. RSportzArena – El Cajon
The Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
Last month we packed a weekend bag, some snacks and headed down to Carlsbad, for a weekend of fun at the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort. The Resort is part of the Grand Pacific Resort group and are vacation condos that sit directly across a spectacular stretch of sand and with incredibly views of the Pacific Ocean and some pretty spectacular sunsets.
The view from our room
From the moment we stepped on the grounds, I knew that we had a fantastic weekend in store for our family. First off let me tell you about our room. We stayed in a two bedroom condo, that had everything a family could ask for. The room was equipped with a full size kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area, dining area and a balcony with views that seemed to stretch for miles.
It was so nice to have room to stretch and be able to set up the kiddos in one room. My husband couldn’t make it and my two sisters, niece and mom came down with us and it was so nice to have so much space! The rooms are equipped with three flat screen TV’s, DVD players, iPod/iPhone docking stations and did I mention the comfiest beds and pillows I’ve ever experienced? The condos are very comfortable, spacious and well appointed.
Honest to goodness, I think the biggest mistake I made on our little getaway was leaving the resort. Saturday morning we decided to check out the Carlsbad Outlets and I wish we had not left the resort. It’s just too fun to leave. The hotel has a children’s play area, a family pool, an adult only pool, a family spa and an adult only spa. You can enjoy some family swim time during the day and then head in the evening for some quiet time at the adult only spa.
The resort also is home to a children’s playground, spray area, BBQ/Picnic areas, BBQ grills, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Honestly, I hope we can spend an entire week there because one weekend is not enough!
My daughter Lauren loving every second of our weekend getaway!
If you do want to leave the grounds, the resort is centrally located with easy access to Legoland, Carlsbad Village, The San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Zoofari Park, Sea World, incredible beaches, shopping, restaurants and all that San Diego has to offer.
If you are looking for a great vacation at the beach with the family, you definitely have to check out the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort. I promise you won’t be disappointed and will have the best time with your family! For additional info head here.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A complimentary room was provided to aid in the review.
One of my favorite Southern California events is back and I can’t wait to make it out to one of the weekends of the Dana Point Festival of Whales. The festival is celebrating it’s 43rd anniversary and features two weekends of family fun. The festival will feature whale watching, kids free fishing clinic, free fishing trips, art lessons, a mobile Marine Mammal Museum, a rubber ducky race, a festival of whale parade, live entertainment, food and much much more (like I could go on and on!).
The festival will take place over the course of two weekends. The first weekend of the festival will be March 1st and 2nd. The second weekend of celebrations will take place the weekend after, on March 8th and 9th.
There will be free shuttle service available on both weekends. You can park and ride free on both weekends all day long. Most of the events and activities are either free or very low cost. It’s an educational experience and just plain fun.
For additional info head here.
This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
I shared last month about my favorite healthy essentials. I love having a stocked cabinet with all of my favorite essentials. I don’t consider myself a makeup junkie, but… I don’t like leaving my home without mascara and lipstick. I just don’t feel put together until I have both things on. I just discovered two new products to me that will be an essential from now on.
The Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara and Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick have become favorites of mine. I’ve worn them every single day for the past two weeks. The mascara thickens my lashes and doesn’t bother my eyes. I have the most sensitive eyes and am really picky about my mascara. The Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara gives me the look I want without the irritation or clumps. There is nothing worse than clumps!!!
I also can’t live without my Splenda. Herbal teas have become a part of my routine each morning and I enjoy having my cup of tea with Splenda. I’m currently obsessed with a yummie mint tea I found at TJ’s recently and two packets of Splenda. It’s my go to drink on chilly mornings.
This post is brought to you by The Stork & The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
I’m a pretty open book and can talk about anything. Well almost anything. This blog wouldn’t be around and I probably would not be a mom if it hadn’t been for some persistence on the battle for infertility. My husband and I struggled with infertility for six long years. It was a really difficult time in my life. I wanted to be a mom more than anything, and it was really difficult to watch the years slip by without a baby in my arms. Finally after spending mucho $$$, I finally became a mom. It was worth every single trial and tear. I love being a mom and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Infertility is something a lot of women struggle with and often keep quiet about. After all everyone makes it seem like getting pregnant and having a baby is very easy. It is for some women, but not all. It certainly wasn’t for me, and I know it isn’t easy for a lot of women. 1 in 6 couples in the US struggle with infertility.
There is a new product on the market that can bring hope to many couples. If you’re not yet ready to move on to more invasive procedures, The Stork maybe your answer. What is The Stork? The Stork is a FDA cleared, at home prescription device, that assists couples with becoming pregnant from the comfort of your own home. I had to go through the doors to many fertility clinics and know just invasive the experiences can be. The Stork gives you the option to try and conceive naturally at home without moving on to the fertility clinic and more invasive procedures.
You can learn more about how The Stork works here by heading here. It is a very simple system. The Stork is very affordable, especially when compared to the more invasive fertility treatments which can run you in the thousands of dollars. One treatment costs $79.99 and three treatments (1 month supply) costs $210. For additional information head here.
The U.S. National Park Service, is once again offering Free Entrance Days on certain days of the year. Start planning your getaways! The parks will offer free admission on the following days:
- February 15-17
Presidents Day weekend
- April 19-20
opening weekend of National Park Week
- August 25
National Park Service Birthday
- September 27
National Public Lands Day
- November 11
We had the opportunity to check out Zion National Park last year and can’t wait to explore another park this year. If you’ve wanted to visit, make sure to take advantage of the free admission.
For additional info head here.