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I love sharing about special events that are pretty darn rad, and the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live is just that. This annual event is taking place on Saturday, September 27th.

Museum Day 2014 will offer you and a guest(all you have to do is head to this link and print out a free card) FREE general admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. California has over 80 participating museums! This is the perfect opportunity to make that visit to a particpating museum that you have been wanting to visit. No excuses!

All you have to do is head here and print out your Free card. It allows you and a guest admission to participating museums. Simple as that!

Click on over to find a museum near you. We participated last year and had a fantastic time. I hope you do too!

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mickeys_halloween_partyWohoo! Mickey’s Halloween Party is around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on getting your tickets before they sell out. This super fun party is back for 14 nights during select times in September and October. Mickey’s Halloween Party will take place on September 26th, 30th, and October 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th, 31st.

The kiddos ready to trick-or-treat their hearts out!

The kiddos ready to trick-or-treat their hearts out!

This fun seasonal event takes place during Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. I love being able to dress up with my kids, enter the park after hours, and trick or treat all over the park. It is sooooo much fun!!!  Plus, you can’t miss the fireworks. The Disneyland Halloween Fireworks are the best and are exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

It has become an annual tradition for our family and we seriously are counting down the days! It’s going to be so fun! The first year I took my daughter, I had to buy my ticket off Ebay. I was lucky to score one and made sure to always buy our tickets ahead of time.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now before they sell out. We are going on opening night and I can’t wait!!!

Oh and don’t forget, Annual Passholders get discount tickets on select nights. For additional info head here.

 

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I’ve shared about our family’s love for Denny’s Restaurants. We love heading there for breakfast, and whenever we are in need of some comfort. We also love to take advantage of their kids eat free nights (they vary by participating location). I’m super excited to have partnered with them to be a part of their Denny’s Diners Ambassadors.

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I’ve shared about their Limited Time Offer Menu, and let me just share that we had the opportunity to had dinner at Denny’s a week ago, and my dad had the opportunity to try the Baja Moons Over My Hammy, and could not stop raving about it. It is so good! We can’t wait to keep you posted on all of the latest Denny’s news and menu items. They always have the funnest new treats, like the new Strawberry Pancake Puppies. They are out of this world. My hubby couldn’t get enough of them. They are sooooo delish! BRND-H5766-homepage-marquee-V2-Moons-Over-My-Hammy

I had the opportunity to sit down with my family and enjoy the latest Denny’s entrees and they were so out of this world. I love that as an ambassador, I have the opportunity to get the latest scoop on everything Denny’s related, including family promotions, new menu items and more! Make sure to follow the #DennysDiners hashtrack for the latest ambassador updates!

I can’t wait to share more about the different So Cal promotions and other good stuff. Make sure to follow Denny’s Diner on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates! Oh and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram too!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post .

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Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Tickets were  provided for giveaway/review purposes. However, all opinions are my very own.

A few years back, I had the opportunity to watch one of the most amazing arena spectaculars, Walking With Dinosaurs-The Arena Spectacular. It is a show like no other! The show was incredible  and delighted every single member of my family. My son and daughter were 4 and 5 at the time and were absolutely mesmerized. I’m so excited that Walking with Dinosaurs is coming to the Staples Center in a few weeks and I will be taking my family. It is going to be sooooo much fun!

The show will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The show will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The show is breathtaking, educational and well just plain amazing!he show is based on the BBC mini-series and took years to bring to life.  There are 17 “dinosaurs” that are as close to the real thing as can be. My then  5 year old daughter at the time was a bit skeptical before we watched the show, because she knows that dinos no longer rule the earth. She was convinced  as soon as she took a look at the first one,  and in her words, just knew that they were real, and came to life for this one show. They are that realistic and impressive!

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR will be performed at STAPLES Center for a limited seven-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14.  You really have to take your family. I really can’t rave about this show enough. It is AHHHHMMMAAAZING!!!

You can purchase tickets by heading here.

It’s giveaway time!!!  We’re giving away 4 tickets to this incredible show. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you would take and why. That’s it! Giveaway ends on September 2nd, at 11:59am. Daytrippingmom followers on FB gain an additional entry, and you can enter each day by sending out a tweet. That’s it! Good luck!

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Kids are Free In October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Kids are Free In October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

One of our favorite offers is back again this year!!

I like to make sure I get this post in pretty early to make sure you can plan accordingly. During the month of October  The San Diego Zoo and The San Diego Safari Park offer free admission to kids 3 to 11! Each year, from October 1–31, in honor of the Zoo’s founding, children ages 3–11 are admitted free to the Zoo and Safari Park when accompanied by an adult. That means an entire family can head to either park and only mom and dad, or mom or dad have to pay!

It’s a great time to visit either the park. The weather cools down, the summer tourists are gone, and it creates an ideal situation to visit either park.  We are proud members of the zoo, and honestly October is my absolute favorite time to visit the zoo. It’s so nice to not be in a crowded place and really get to enjoy the park without sweating up a storm. It actually can get a little chilly in the late afternoon, so make sure to pack a light jacket.

If you’ve been wanting to visit the San Diego Zoo or Zoofari Park, make sure to take advantage of Kids Free in October! You can’t beat FREE!

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Gathering books  for our Book Drive!

Gathering books for our Book Drive!

Disclosure: I participate in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Back to School is almost here. My kiddos head back to school next week and the students I teach head back to school the week after. The Summer break really flew by!!!  We’re wrapping up Summer with some fun outings and also by prepping for the new school year.  One of the things we are doing is making sure we give back to kiddos that go without this year.

Finding Cheap Books for our Classroom Library.

Finding Cheap Books for our Classroom Library.

I teach Special Ed Language Arts. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading , especially for struggling students. I teach at a school in a lower income area and access to books is limited for most of my students. I have my own little library that allows the kiddos to check out books and also earn books as rewards for behaviors, attendance,etc..  The kids love it. I love that my sweet students have the opportunity to read and develop a love of reading.

We have asked the help of our friends and family to donate to our school and class. It was really easy to do. I wrote up a simple email and friends have been generously donated books to stock our little library. We also hit our local used bookstore and the bargain section of  a big chain bookstore for reasonably priced books.

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Would you like to help a school in need? or perhaps even host a book drive of your own for your local school? Kellogg’s Champions for Kids provides 4 simple steps on how you can help a school or organization in need.

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You can also receive a free book or donate a book of your choice from Scholastic. You can choose from more than 50 Scholastic books, including bilingual titles, for children of all ages. Follow these simple steps:

1.       Look for a code inside specially marked Kellogg’s® cereals and other Kellogg’s® products sold at Walmart.

2.       Enter the code online.

3.       Order your free book or choose to donate it to the school of your choice.

 Simple as that!! 

 

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Water Play

Water Play

Disclosure: 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.

Kids love to play during the Summer. It has been non-stop play at our home. The kids have played their hearts out for the last four weeks. They’ve gone to the water park, the beach, the park, swimming pool, theme parks, and today we even visited an adventure park. We’ve had quite the fun Summer!!

Play and Summer go hand in hand. Kids are built for play, especially in the Summertime. I’ve learned to always be prepared when we are out having fun this Summer and that means making sure I have some of my favorite Healthy Essentials this Summer. WE always carry our Neutrogena Sunscreen, Band-Aid bandages, and other first aid necessities.

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

First-aid products are our bodies’ partner in play: the cheerleader that helps us get up, dust off and keep going. It’s important to be prepared with the products you need to clean, treat and protect your wounds, so you can get back to doing what you love.  Visit HealthyEssentials.com for expert advice and tips!

The HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save more than $45 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in  July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum

I’ve been trying to take the kiddos on a new adventure once a week. We’ve had some new fun experiences and two weeks ago we visited one of the coolest museums in So Cal. A good friend of mine was going to take her kiddos to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and asked if I wanted to tag along. How could I not tag along? I said of course, packed some goodies and embarked on a little adventure down South.

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

I was impressed from the moment we parked. There is a parking lot located right next to the museum and it is free of charge. We visited on a Friday morning and we easily found a spot. We were oohing and ahhing from the moment we set foot inside. The museum has every type of aircraft imaginable and does an amazing job educating the public about aviation’s history. Not to mention it is just pretty darn cool to be able to be around so many amazing airplanes.  The kiddos were equally impressed!

Checking out a helicopter.

Checking out a helicopter.

We spent about two hours at the museum, but we could have easily stayed for three. The place is amazing!  The museum has dozens and dozens of aircraft. It was interesting to learn all about the advances in technology in a fun environment.

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

The Kids Aviation Action Hangar is a must stop when you visit. The kiddos loved being able to play with a simulator , pretend they were bouncing on the moon, and even partake in some arts and crafts. They absolutely loved every bit of our visit!

Bouncing around the moon!

Bouncing around the moon!

The Kids Hanger.

The Kids Hanger.

If you’re looking for something to do that is a little different with the kiddos, make sure to visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum.  You guys will have a great time! Oh and I would highly recommend grabbing lunch at their Flight Path Cafe. I wish I would have taken a picture of this charming cafe. The Flight Path Cafe is called that, because it literally is on the San Diego’s Airport flight path. About every minute or two you will have a full size jetliner roar by as it makes its descent onto the runway. It was soooooooooo fun! The kiddos(moms too!) were giddy with excitement as each one roared by. It felt like they were going to land right on top of us! I can’t wait to do it again!

The girls couldn't help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

The girls couldn’t help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

Can't wait to visit again!

Can’t wait to visit again!

 

The Museum is open seven days a week and is located inside of Balboa Park. The museum offers free admission to San Diego County Residents on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For additional information head here.

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I grew up going out to Denny’s after church every weekend, and it really feels like home.  I”ve made a whole lot of memories at Denny’s and now I’m going to be making some with my own family!  I’m super excited to be a part of Denny’s Diners Ambassador program! I will be sharing about new promotions at Denny’s and am really looking forward to sharing all about our partnership during the upcoming months.

Red White & Blue Slam

Red White & Blue Slam

One of the first things I wanted to share about was Denny’s New Limited Time Offer Menu, featuring some of Denny’s Classic Hits “Remixed”. That’s right, some of your favorites like, The Original  Grand Slam, Moons Over My Hammy, and the Super Bird, are getting a new “spin”. These chart busting favorites are getting “remixed”.

Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Denny’s has also partnered with Atari and has also remixed three Atari Classics. You can now play food versions of some of your favorite Atari classics!

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The three featured games are Hashteroids(which is a remix of Asteroids), Centipup (which is a remixof Centipede). and Take Out (which is a remix of Break Out). The games are super fun to play and you know what is even better? You can download them for free from apple. You can download them for free and have a blast playing the classics.

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Growing up we would go to the Drive-in theater in La Mirada every Friday. It was soo much fun! I’ve wanted to take my kiddos to the drive-in for some time and finally got around to doing it last Friday. It was soooo much fun and so cheap! We took the kiddos to the Van Buren Drive-in, which is located in Riverside. Here are some things I learned about heading to the drive in with the family.

Get there early

We got there fifteen minutes before the show started and we wound up missing the previews and a few minutes of the movie. There was a nice long line to get in, and I would suggest getting there at least half an hour to an hour before the show. You can make sure to set up your spot, and not feel rushed. The Van Buren Drive in offers double feature and it really is a great deal.

Bring Cash

Make sure to bring cash to pay for admissions. Most drive in theaters only accept cash.

Make sure to use the restroom before you get there

It is dark and tricky to maneuver around the parking lot in the dark. Make sure the kiddies have used the restroom before you get there and if you need to use them, make sure to use them during the intermission between the first and second feature when the lights are turned on.

Pack lots of yummie snacks/drinks

It was so fun to be able to just pack our dinner and head to the movies. We also packed blankets and pillows. It was great to not have to spend any money on snacks/popcorn. We stopped at the store to pick up licorice and water.

We had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. It was a really affordable night out. It was $18 for a night out for the four of us, plus the snacks we brought from home. We watched Maleficent and How to Train your Dragon 2.  A night out at the regular theater would have been over $50 at least!

Five Drive In Theaters in Southern California

There are Five Drive-in Theaters in So Cal.

  1. Van Buren Drive-in Cinemas - Riverside
  2. Rubidoux Drive-in Theater - Rubidoux/Riverside
  3. Vineland Drive-in Theater - City of Industry
  4. Mission Tiki Drive-in  - Claremont
  5. South Bay Drive-in  - San Diego

Go out there and enjoy a night at the drive-in. I promise you guys are going to have a great time!!!

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