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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Admission is Free of Charge. Parking is Free on Friday. Parking is $ 7 on Saturday and Sunday. For additional info head here.
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.
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!
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.
Happy First day of Spring!!! I LOVE this season. It is my absolute favorite season of the year. I love everything about Easter and have made some fun traditions with my family. One of our Easter Traditions is a must visit to Irvine Park Railroad to meet the Easter Bunny and have some family fun!
Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza will run from Saturday, March 29th to Saturday, April 19th.
This year the Easter Eggstravaganza will feature
- Egg Hunts
- Meeting the Easter Bunny
- Hay Rides
- Easter Cookie Decorating
- Carnival Games
- Train Rides
- Face Painting
- Moon Bounce
- and a variety of Free Picture Stands
Make sure to bring your Easter Baskets and a camera to capture all the fun!
It’s Giveaway Time! One lucky reader will win
· 6 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)
· 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park surrey rental (excludes the double surrey)
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