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Credit: Amtrak

October is going to be a GREAT month in San Diego for families. I shared earlier that both the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park are offering free admission to kiddos in October, along with dozens of cool places like the USS Midway, The Birch Aquarium, and many many more places. Kiddos can also travel for free to San Diego in October.

On Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, kiddos can ride for free with each adult rail fare to Oceanside, Old Town San Diego, and the Downtown San Diego Station. You can travel from the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County areas.  The Pacific Surfliner kids ride free offer is valid for travel October 1-31, 2014 and three (3) day advance reservations are required.

For additional info head here.

 

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Last month I shared about the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Kids Free in October. It is a crazy amazing deal and it is my favorite time to visit San Diego. The crowds are gone, the weather is perfect, and you can treat your family to some amazing adventures, without breaking the bank.

If you’re planning a weekend down in San Diego, make sure to take advantage of the San Diego Museum Council’s Free Admission. From October 1st to October 31st,  children 12 and under receive Free Admission with 1 paid adult(2 free children’s admission with one paid adult). There are close to 40 participating museums, including the ones at Balboa Park.

Some of the participating museums and cool places are

  • The San Diego Zoo
  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • The USS Midway
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps (one of my faves!!)
  • San Diego Botanic Gardens
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • and many many more!!!

Download the coupon here! Enjoy!!

 

 

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

Fall is almost here. You really wouldn’t know it from the heat this weekend, but it really is almost here. The days are getting shorter, and kids are Back to School, or almost Back to School. I returned to work mid August, and my kiddos returned to school a few days after.  Our lazy days of Summer seem far behind now and I have to admit that I’m enjoying being back into a routine(even if that means giving up sleeping in). The kids are happy to be back to school and so am I.

We always make sure to be stocked up on our favorite Healthy Essentials for Back To School. The Healthy Essentials is website is your one stop for savings for some of your favorite products and necessities. You can save over $40 on your favorite essentials, by signing up here.

You can print coupons for the following products:

  • Save $1.00 on JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care product (excludes sizes 1 oz.-4 oz., JOHNSON’S® BUDDIES® and JOHNSON’S® KIDS® products)
  • Save $2.00 on any (2) AVEENO® products (excludes cleansing bars and moisturizing bars, trial sizes and 2.5 oz. lotion sizes)
  • $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne product
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, or (1) LISTERINE® NATURALS Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE, or (1) LISTERINE® ZERO®, or (1) LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (Valid on products 1L or larger)
  • and many other products. I listed just some of my favorites.

For additional tips, coupons, and more make sure to check out the Healthy Essentials website.

 

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This is the closest thing to experiencing real live dinosaurs as you can get! It’s WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR. We got up close and personal with some of the most amazing man-made terrible lizards that have ever been seen.  This show has traveled the world over and is back again in Southern California. We caught the show four years ago during it’s last visit and were beyond excited to experience it again.

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The show is safe for kids of all ages. It is separated into 2 acts with each act being about 45 minutes long. This is perfect for young attention spans. It’s educational as well as entertaining, as our paleontologist guide helps us travel over millions of years to see dinosaurs in-person.  The special effects are wonderful and the creative use of the arena was amazing.

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WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is currently at the Honda Center through September 7th and will be performed at STAPLES Center for a limited seven-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14.  There are still great seats available to most performances.  More info on the show can be found here.

Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

As I mentioned the show is quite educational. Here is a link to an activity guide to further engage your children with learning and understanding about dinosaurs.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this show as much as we did.
Disclosure: We were provided complimentary seats for purposes of the review. All opinions are my own.

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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!!!

Dates and Times Advance Ticket Price Annual Passholder Advance Ticket Price Ticket Price on Event Date
Friday, September 26,2014

7:00 to 11: 00PM

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $56.00 $70.00
Friday, October 3, 201

47:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability

$63.00 $56.00 $70.00
Monday, October 6, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $56.00 $70.00
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $56.00 $70.00
Friday, October 10, 2014

7:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability

$70.00 $70.00 $70.00
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $56.00 $70.00
Friday, October 17, 2014

7:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability

$70.00 $70.00 $70.00
Monday, October 20, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $56.00 $70.00
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $63.00 $70.00
Friday, October 24, 2014

7:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability

$70.00 $70.00 $70.00
Monday, October 27, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$63.00 $63.00 $70.00
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability

$70.00 $70.00 $70.00
Friday, October 31, 2014

7:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00

 

Oh and don’t forget, Annual Passholders get discount tickets on select nights. Make sure to take advantage of buying your tickets ahead of time!  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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2014 OC Fair Welcomed More Than 1.3 Million Fairgoers, Distributed 435,000 Carnival Plushes & Guests Consumed 1,600 Pounds of Watermelon!

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Here are some fun memories that happened this summer at the 2014 OC Fair:

  • The Centennial Farm welcomed 19 piglets this year.
  • Some 5,600 individual dancers, singers, comedians and performers had a moment to shine on one of the Fair’s free community entertainment stages.
  • The National Anthem was proudly sung 35 times during the run of the Fair.
  • More than 3.5 tons of clay were molded into beautiful bowls, cups and more during the daily free ceramics demonstrations in Crafters Village.
  • More than 10,000 award ribbons were won by Fairgoers for baking, photography, painting, woodworking, quilting, gardening, livestock and on-the-spot contests. This year the Fair offered 2,054 unique competitions for a Fairgoer to showcase their talent.
  • And perhaps the best record set:
    • On the four We Care Wednesday donation drives, 67,281 participants donated more than 42 tons of canned food, 55,300 children’s books, 39,400 pounds of clothing and 160,000 school supplies.

The OC Fair will return again next July with all new rides, entertainment and deep-fried goodness.

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I have lived in Southern California my entire life and grew up a baseball fan, but only recently have I discovered the fun of minor league baseball.  There are several minor league teams in the area that feed the Angels, Dodgers and Padres as well as some other MLB teams.  The team closest to us is the Lake Elsinore Storm. They originally were a feeder team for the Angels but since 2002, they have been the “Single A” feeder team for the San Diego Padres.  The team plays at the Lake Elsinore Diamond, which is a clean, safe and fun place to watch a game as a family. There are no bad seats in the house and no climbing up steep raked bleachers to reach a seat.

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Tickets are $10 – $14 per game.  There are nightly promotions such as all you can eat hot dogs, $1 beer and soda night, Friday night fireworks and giveaways. Additionally, there are contests run throughout the game at the bottom of each inning.  Depending on the night and sponsor, there are also free coupons for food and activities given away at the end of the night.  Stick around for the end of the game, where for $1 a ball, you have the chance to win even bigger prizes by throwing at targets out on the field.

A particularly great deal is the $60 Family Four Pack that includes:
Four Box Seats
Four Hot Dogs
Four Small Sodas
Two Arcade Tickets
Coupons to Carl’s Jr., Baskin Robbins, Mulligan Family Fun Center and a free oil change.

You almost make a profit buying the Family Four Pack! It’s a great bargain.

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Fun Fact: David Freese who currently plays on the Angels, made his way up playing for a season on the Lake Elsinore Storm!

We have enjoyed several Angels games this season, but my kiddos would tell you that they actually had more at the Storm games we attended.  There are still several games available this month before the season ends.  You can find out more information about the Lake Elsinore Storm on their website.

 

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