We have one more day of work/school and then we are off for two weeks. Over the next couple of days we’ll be posting some great ideas for activities that won’t break the bank. Here are some great places to go for little $! 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!! $2.00 plus Irvine Regional Park admission is $3.00
- 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
We are a busy family with one kids busy with baseball three times a week and another with running club and soccer practice. We seems to only slow down on Sundays and even that day usually ends up pretty busy for us. While fast food can often seem like the easiest option, it is far better for everyone when we can prepare ahead of time and pack some good snacks. Honey Maid Go Bites feature 5 grams of protein per serving, which means they are a better source of energy than your typical sugar filled treat. These are fantastic to pack into baggies and take along all of your Spring Break activities in these coming weeks!
With vanilla and chocolate flavor, these snacks will please even the pickiest snackers.
These little snacks provide the protein and 7 grams of whole grains with a delicious taste that helps fuel our on-the-go family. We have seen them available at Vons, Albertsons and even Walmart. Your location grocery is sure to stock them as well near the the Honey Maid graham crackers. I’m not exaggerating when I say my kiddos really enjoy these Go Bites. My daughter prefers the vanilla flavor and my son would have eaten the entire box of chocolate flavor if I had not made him save some for later!
This Sunday, at the OC Marketplace inside the OC Fairgrounds is their 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival. From 10 to 4 PM there will be entertainment, a blood drive, games and crafts, free face painting and more. Admission is just $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under. This Sunday, bring a pair of used eyeglasses to donate and receive free admission. You can find more information here.
I can’t believe another year has passed, but Bubblefest is back, March 28 – April 12, 2015! We never miss this show. Bubblefest returns to Discovery Cube OC with Bubble Scientist, Deni Yang and his world-famous “Mega Bubble Show!” World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features new and exciting tricks including smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and more.
- Showtimes: 9:30 am*, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
*member show – Members, get your tickets for the 9:30 am show for just $4!
- Be sure to check out this fun zones:
- Bubble Zone – An outdoor, hands-on bubble area where kids can create giant bubbles and learn about the science behind the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show!
- Inflatable Play Zone
- 5 & Under Play Zone – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.
$7 Show tickets required for Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
It seems as Americans we are always running from dawn’s first light until well after sunset, we don’t stop. Nutrition is an important thing to consider as we are running around during the day. This includes getting breakfast and something healthier than a donut. I wrote earlier this week about the importance of eating good foods and I have another fiber and protein rich grab and go snack, Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits. These are great to pack on our weekend daytripping too.
Here are a couple of tips from our experience, to be sure the kids (and hubby) get breakfast to start the day:
- We have begun waking up a little earlier so they have enough time to eat breakfast before rushing out the front door.
- In addition to preparing school lunches the night before, we also layout breakfast ahead of time, (perishables are kept in the fridge).
- Twice a week, my kiddos participate in their running club at school. Following their run, they eat a hot breakfast from the school cafeteria.
We have tried all three flavors, each are delicious. I must say, the strawberry flavor was the first box to become empty. I also want to say, that it tasted like real strawberry, not some artificial flavoring. These are made with real ingredients, including the chocolate and honey. I was truly impressed with the real taste! Check out Honey Bunches of Oats on Facebook.
In 2014, the Kids Expo in Orange County was completely overhauled into something even better, it’s now called Imaginology, Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, April 24 – 26th at the OC Fairgrounds.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Kids all ages, from 3 to 18, are invited to showcase their talents with both individual and group project competitions. There are all kinds of exhibits and hands-on activities for everyone. Did I mention, it’s free?
Somethings to look forward to:
- Watch milking and oxen team demonstrations
- Take a FREE tractor pulled wagon ride
- Experience the Bug Barn
- See a real worm farm
- Plant seeds and make terrariums
- Pet baby chicks and petting zoo animals
- Play farmer in the Pretend Farm
- Learn leather-stamping
Visit the Imaginology Action Gallery & learn more about S.T.E.A.M.
- Create hand crafts with free art-making materials
- Get your hands dirty and make a pinch pot
- Play with science and engineering toys
- Exhibit science-related art and craft projects
- Paint a pet portrait
- Experience sewing on a sewing machine
- Compete in a chess tournament or learn
how to play
- Earn prizes in a scavenger hunt
Like most young American families, our life Monday through Saturday is go-go-go! I leave very early to head to my teaching job, while my husband, who works very close to home, is responsible for getting the kids up and dressed and out the door. You would think by now that we would be organized and do things like prepare lunches ahead of time, the night before. So far, this is only an occasional occurrence and lunches get hastily prepped 10 minutes before heading out the door. Because of this, having healthy but convenient snacks are a must.
My kids are picky, so it can be challenging finding healthy food and treats for their lunch. It doesn’t help that they also have an every changing sense of things the will and won’t eat for lunch. These days, having them buy lunch at school is not much of better option with most of the school lunches being loaded with carbs. It is important to be to be able to fill them up with food that is filling and not just a filler.
New Honey Maid GoBites are crispy pockets with delicious fillings delivering protein and whole grains. These little snacks provide the protein and 7 grams of whole grains with a delicious taste that helps fuel our on-the-go family. We look forward to trying both the chocolate and vanilla flavors and hope you do too.
In 1992 Walt Disney Studios released a live action musical based on the real-life events of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899. With a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, and a score written by Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, the film was meant to be a revival of the live-action musical genre. Though it was not a hit in theatres, its memorable score and athletic dance numbers made it a fan favorite, and it quickly gained a cult following. If you were like us, we wore out several video tapes of the movie.
A stage adaptation of NEWSIES was in great demand, so Disney Theatrical Group began working on developing a stage play.
Alan Menken and Jack Feldman were called back to work on the score, and Harvey Fierstein signed on to adapt the screenplay for the stage. With this dream team of theatre makers on board, Disney Theatrical Group began a several year process of making NEWISES as beloved onstage as it was onscreen.
Disney mounted a four-week engagement of NEWSIES to test the material. When that production received rave reviews and international interest in the show, the producers changed course and announced a limited Broadway run. NEWSIES opened at the Nederlander Theatre on March 29, 2012. The show was a huge success and now in 2015, the production has come to Los Angeles.
Carpe Diem – Seize the Day and the opportunity to catch this fantastic Musial while it’s in-town.
March is here and Spring is just a couple of week away, that means Easter is right around the corner. Starting Saturday, March 14th through April 4th, the Irvine Park Railroad will once again host it’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza.
In addition to the awesome train ride through beautiful Irvine Park, kids 2-12 can also participate in an Easter egg hunt. There will also be a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, hay rides, carnival games, face painting, and much more!
We are holding a giveaway for 6 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities) AND
1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park surrey rental (excludes the double surrey) AND
1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental
To enter: leave a comment about your favorite thing to do at Irvine Park. It may be the railroad, the bike rentals or even the paddle boats. Maybe there’s something else you enjoy there? Leave a comment here on the blog. Giveaway ends on Friday, March 6th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
Entrance to Irvine Regional park is $3-$5, the railroad opens at 10 AM and train tickets are $5 each. Visit IrvineParkRailroad.com for more information.
Although it’s felt like it’s here already, we are just a month away from the start of Spring and that means the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. Knott’s really knows how to celebrate the seasons, Fall and Halloween Haunt, Winter and the Christmas Crafts Village and now Spring and the Boysenberry Festival. Walter Knott didn’t invent the boysenberry, but he sure did make it famous.
We look forward to sharing all the sights and sounds with you next month as the event kicks off. The Boysenberry Festival will feature larger than life displays of beautiful spring colors, interactive family-friendly activities, expanded gourmet food and wine tasting and much more!
As part of the festivities, Daytripping Mom is also doing a giveaway for two (2) tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm. These tickets can only be used through the Boysenberry Festival season, March 28-April 12,2015. In order to be entered, you must do the following:
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Good luck to everyone! See you at the Farm.