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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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Summertime is when we head outside for fun in the sun. But now again, it’s time to cool down and relax.  That’s where Netflix comes in handy with some great new programs available for everyone. We fire up the Roku box, make some popcorn and sit under the ceiling fan to enjoy some downtime.

One of the first, which my son is crazy about is DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST (Fast Action Stunt Team) which is back on Netflix this month with 5 all-new adrenaline-fueled episodes just in time for Summer.

There are some of the family friendly films available this July on Netflix. I did throw in Under The Tuscan Sun, not because it’s really family friendly but because I never get sick of watching that film.

1. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” available on July 1
2. “The Karate Kid” available on July 1
3. “The Karate Kid II” available on July 1
4. “The Parent Trap” available on July 1
5. “Under the Tuscan Sun” available on July 1
6. “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” available on July 1
7. “Madeline” available on July 1
8. “Mean Girls” available on July 1
9. “My Girl” available on July 1
10. “My Girl 2″ available on July 1
11. “Sleeping Beauty” available on July 12

And for after the kids are in bed, season 2 of Orange is the New Black!

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 *I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam but all opinions are my own.
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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods.  However, all opinions are my own and I love the #HungerFreeSummer initiative.

Earlier this month I shared about  ConAgra Foods Hunger- Free Summer with Feeding America. I shared about some of the ways that you could take part of this initiative and make sure that children in America do not go hungry this Summer. One of the easiest things to do is help share the video below. It takes less than a minute and each time you share, like, or view this video, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to two million meals.¹

It’s an easy way to help spread the word and help kiddos have a Hunger Free Summer. It is an issue that is very dear to my heart and our family has decided to do something about it. Every week when head grocery shopping we add extra groceries to our cart. It’s not much, about $10 each week.  Earlier this week we had enough extra groceries to drop a small load off at our local food pantry. It was easy and something that I plan on doing each week. My daughter shares below how we do it.

You can learn more about the initiative here.

If you are looking for some fun summertime ideas, make sure to check out Feeding America’s, Childlike Summer Pinterest board for some great ideas.

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1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of one million meals ($111,111). Valid in U.S. only.

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Can you guess what they want to watch next?

Movie Time!!!

We’re in to week two of our Summer Vacation and this week on the schedule are a trip to the Air and Space Museum in SD, a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the beach. We’re also planning on hitting a movie, but that can be pricey!!! We love visiting bargain theaters because they’re inexpensive and if the kids became bored and we need to leave, we are only out a couple of bucks. Family films are particularly popular at these type of theaters, so it’s usually easy to find something for everyone. We’ve had a great experience and I’m sure your family will too!! I’ve shared this list before, but this is updated and ready for you to use and take those kiddos to the movies, without going broke!

Los Angeles County

  • Academy Cinema – Pasadena – $2 before 6pm, $3 after
  • Cinemark Movies - Lancaster- $1.50 first movie of the day,  $1.50 all day Wednesday,$2 before 6pm,  $4.25 after 6pm
  • Starplex Cinema – La Mirada -$2 before 6pm, $3 after 6pm
  • Simi Valley 10- Simi Valley- $3.50 matinee, $4.25 evening
  • Whittier Village Theaters- Whittier- $5 Tuesday and Thursdays- all day- First run movies- Free movie program during the Summer – Tues/Wed 9:45 showtime, doors open at 9:15- $1 drinks and popcorn

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Ventura County

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Disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Summer is here and we are ready to have a good time. Our family has a few Summer traditions, and one of those traditions is making sure we visit Knott’s Berry Farm. There are some pretty cool new things taking place at Knott’s Berry Farm this Summer that you don’t want to miss.

Camp Snoopy is turning the Big 3-0 this Summer, and to celebrate this milestone, Knott’s has added not one, not two, but three new exciting family rides: Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud, and Linus Launcher. Snoopy is also back as the star of the summer hit, Snoopy…Unleashed! presented in the 2,100-seat Charles Schulz Theatre. Snoopy is off his leash and ready for action – going where he wants to go, doing what he wants to do in a way that only Snoopy can. This spectacular ice skating production includes the Peanuts characters, professional ice skaters, elaborate sets and music that will have you singing along all summer long.

 You will also love the  the summer debut of Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers inside of the newly renovated Camp Snoopy Theatre that now includes a brand new refreshing shade structure. 

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Plus one of my favorite rides, the Calico Mine Ride has been revamped from head to toe!!! The newly refurbished ride includes new animatronic figures, state of the art lighting and new special effects! I can’t wait to ride it. We are heading there next Saturday and I can’t wait to share photos about our visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating at Sawdust Festival

Our family has Summer traditions and visiting the Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival is one of them. The Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach Artists and their work. There are live demonstrations, a children’s area where the kiddos can explore their artistic side, live entertainment and art work all around.  It is a fun and unique experience for the entire family. Everyone in your family will find something fun to do or see at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival.

The Sawdust Art Festival will take place from June 27th to August 31st and be open from 10am to 10pm daily. Tickets are $8.50 and kiddos 5 and under are free.

Last year the kiddos had a blast taking one of the pottery classes and made some cute vases. They had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year. To learn more about the festival, check out their class schedule, or get your tickets, head here.

 

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Kennedy Space Center VAB

Earlier this Spring, my Daytripping boys took a trip to Florida to experience the Kennedy Space Center and some of the fun that the Space Coast has to offer. As part of the massive Cape Canaveral tour, they were able to get up close with the vehicle assembly building or VAB. This is the same building where all of the Apollo missions were prepared with the Saturn V rockets. It’s also where all 135 Space Shuttle Missions were made ready. The building is unbelievable in size. To help get an idea of the scope of the building, a portion of the American flag which is seen on the side of the building is also found painted on the ground below.

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The Space Center is quite active. Even though the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA is busy at preparing the next generation of rockets for our country’s deep space exploration program.  They have 2025 as the target to get us to an asteroid and early 2030s to get us to Mars. This place is still bustling with business!

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You can experience all the space center has to offer in a single day. Admission is $50 for adults and $40 for kids.  Admission includes:

  • • Space Shuttle Atlantis                 • Twin IMAX Theater 3-D Films
  • • Shuttle Launch Experience       • Special Viewing for Rocket Launches
  • • Angry Birds Space Encounter  • Numerous Shows and Exhibits
  • • General Bus Tour                           • Meet an astronaut
  • • FREE 2-day admission to Astronaut Hall of Fame (if used within seven days)

The Kennedy Space Center is offering a special discount to anyone visiting with a $5 discount using code VISITKSC.  This is good through May 31, 2015.

You may also call 866.554.0063 and provide the promotional code.

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Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I grew up watching soccer (futbol) every Sunday. My papa is an avid futbol fan and there was always some game on our tv set every Sunday. We are all true soccer fans and now I get to pass on my enthusiasm to my own children.

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My son started playing soccer and he absolutely loves it.  He loves playing goalie and is counting down the days until soccer season happens again. With the kids and I out of school this summer we have enjoyed watching many of the futbol games during the past two weeks. We’re cheering for the Red, White, and Blue. We’re also cheering for el Tri color team. It’s been fun to be able to scream in excitement and shout back at the tv when things don’t go “our” way.

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Pampers is bringing together our love of futbol soccer and our families by creating the Mi Equipo Mi Herencia Facebook Stadium App, found on the Pampers Latino Facebook page. Through July 15th, parents are encouraged to log on to the Pampers Latino Facebook page to celebrate their love of country and their favorite sport by participating in the “Mi Equipo, Mi Herencia”  app and sweepstakes.  Moms and Dads can upload and customize photos of their little fan in the Pampers Virtual Stadium, generating a shareable meme that friends, family and other fútbol fans will love. I created the photo above and sent it off to my mom and dad. They thought it was adorable!!!  Not only will you have one very cute photo, but you will also be entered to win a year supply of Pampers diapers and wipes!

It’s Giveaway time!!

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We’re giving away a Pampers Gift Packet that is futbolicious!

 

This Giveaway includes: 

 

  • Objectivo More Than a Game Infant Onesie
  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Soccer Ball
  • Pele King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey Del Futbol [Book]
  • Baby Soccer Slippers
  • Soccer Mascot Plush
  • Pampers Diapers
  • Pampers Wipes

All you have to do is leave a comment letting us know how you celebrate your love of futbol and national pride. That’s it. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends on June 28th at 11:59pm. Good luck!!

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Legoland Water Park

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Fun at Legoland!

Fun at Legoland!

 

To celebrate the official start of Summer Vacay, we packed a big bag and headed down to the Legoland Water Park. We’ve had annual passes for over a year now, but because my son broke his arm last Summer, this was the first time heading to the Water Park. We were not disappointed! The Legoland Water Park is so much fun and here’s why.

Two super excited kiddos!

Two super excited kiddos!

The park is divided into two main sections, the water park, and the new Chima Water Park. My son couldn’t contain himself. I thought he was literally going to pass out from excitement.  He is obsessed with Legos and he was in Heaven! It really is a kid’s dream land. The Water Park is located inside of Legoland. You can enjoy a day at Legoland and once you’re ready to cool off, you can pay an additional fee to get into the park, or… you can purchase an annual pass and enjoy Legoland, Legoland Aquarium, and the Legoland Water Park. We have an Merlin Annual Membership and we LOVE it! We really get plenty of use out of our passes.

Chima Water Park

Chima Water Park

The park is very clean and there are lifeguards everywhere you turn. I can’t really relax when the kids are near water, and I was definitely able to relax on our visit. There are plenty of areas to play in and also relax. There are plenty of places for the kiddos to play their hearts out and have fun. There are two large slides, a tidal wave area, water tables, a beach, splash pad, and of course one awesome lazy river. I loved that there were plenty of rafts, a very organized shoe cubby, and it wasn’t crowded. I could have spent all day lounging around the lazy river.  My kids have not stopped talking about our visit and we have decided to head over at least once a week during the summer.

I lounged around this beach area.

I lounged around this beach area.

I know that if you have itty bitty kiddos, heading to the water park can be a little tough. Well not at Legoland. If you have younger kiddos, this is definitely the place for you. There are several toddler area splash pads, “water slides”, and even a toddler lazy river.  It looked like everyone was having a blast.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, I would definitely recommend a day at Legoland. Pack a bag, bring some snacks, lunch, towels, goggles, and have some fun!

For additional info head here.

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Pirate Time!

Pirate Time!

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Junior. However, all opinions expressed are my own

This summer is all about making memories with my family. It seems like just yesterday my kiddos were toddlers, and in the blink of an eye, they are about to enter second and fourth grade. I cherish the memories of my childhood summers. I had a blast. My sisters and I would wake up as soon as the sun would rise, eat breakfast, and head out for a day of fun with our friends. We would play outside all day long. I think we would come in for food/water/restroom breaks, and that was it. We were dressing up, riding bikes, playing in our blow up pool, in the sprinkles and making some pretty cool memories. I want to make sure that my kiddos make some great Summer Memories and here is my plan.

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We love Disney and my kiddos (my son especially), loves to watch Disney Junior on Disney Channel. We’ve been inspired by many of the kids’ favorite cartoon shows. My son loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates and we’re making sure to do some pretend play every day.

Meeting their favorite doctor!

Meeting their favorite doctor!

I want to make sure we head out on adventures and visiting some Magical places is definitely on the agenda.  Summer is not Summer for our family without a visit to Disneyland. We can’t wait to head over for a day of adventure, meeting our favorite characters, riding our favorite attractions, and soaking in all of the magic that Disneyland has to offer.

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I’ve been sharing some of the fun memories we’ve made so far this summer, and you can join in on our last few days. You can join other Disney Junior Fans and submit some Disney Junior inspired photos. You can submit your photos via the Disney Junior Facebook App and your photo could be shared on Disney Junior! That would be pretty darn cool! You can follow along on Twitter/Instagram by following the #DisneyJuniorFamily hashtag.

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