Legoland’s Merlin Annual Pass


Santa Lego and the kiddos

This past Saturday the kiddos and I headed down to Carlsbad for a fun afternoon/evening of family fun. We love LEGOLAND and had been discussing about buying Legoland Annual Pass for sometime now and finally decided to take the plunge as an early Christmas present.

The kiddos are at the perfect age for Legoland and have a blast every single time we’ve made it out and have been wanting an annual pass for what seems like a very long time. We decided to go with the Legoland Merlin Annual Pass.

The Merlin Annual Pass gives you admission to the Legoland Resort, which includes LEGOLAND, SEALIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND water park. The annual pass also comes with free parking and a 20% dining discount and a 10% retail discount.

Our kids were smiling from ear to ear with their early Christmas gift!

You can purchase a Merlin Annual pass for $30 down and pay 13.89 a month for adults and $10 a month for kids. With each purchase you also get 1 guest pass and during the holiday season a $20 Gift Card to Legoland. It’s a great deal! For additional info head here.

A Visit to the Museum of Making Music


Making some Music!

Do you have a kiddo that enjoys making any kind of music? If you or your kiddos enjoy making music or musical instruments, you have to pay a visit to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad.

The Museum was founded in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Museum of Making Music was developed to showcase and celebrate the music products industry.  The Museum was opened to the public in 2000. The Museum provides opportunities for cultural enrichment through special exhibitions,  concerts and educational programs. On permanent display are hundreds of vintage instruments, audio and video clips, and one of the best  interactive areas, I have ever seen!

One of the exhibits

There are hundred of different types of instruments and the museum takes you through the history of music. The kiddos loved learning about the different types of instruments and music and so did I.

Loving the Ukulele!

However, the kiddos favorite exhibit, was the interactive area. They fell in love from the minute they walked through the doors. They didn’t know where to start. They played the string instruments, the piano and banged away on the drums.

He's Jammin!

The kiddos had a blast trying out every single instrument on display. They made music and I literally had to tear my son apart from the displays. We visited the museum later in the afternoon and it felt like we had the museum to ourselves! The staff was incredibly friendly and took us on a private tour. I have to say that from all the museums we have ever visited, this museum is at the top of my list for the friendliest staff. They are helpful and amazing.

We had a great time and I can’t wait to go again. I’m thinking of obtaining a family membership because our kiddos can’t wait to go again.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. General admission is $8.00. Kids 6-18 are $5.00 and so are students, seniors and military. Kiddos 5 and under are free. Make sure to check in on Foursquare to receive $2 off admission for each person. We spent $10 total and it was the best $10 I have ever spent! We had a great time and I highly recommend this great little hidden gem. For additional information head here.


Brick-or-Treat at the Legoland Resort

One of my favorite times of the year is here, Halloween. I love all of the fun celebrations, especially the non-spooky ones. One of my favorite places Halloween traditions is taking the kiddos to Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat. This festive Halloween celebration takes place every Saturday in October and is included in the price of general admission.

Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat celebration features

  • Seven LEGO-themed treat stations offer candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way
  • Brick-or-Treat Trail Bonus station at SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium
  • A Costume Contest with Winners receiving 4 Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket
  • Fireworks at 9pm
  • Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party with The Witchettes
  • Brickzini the Magnificant, Count Brickula, freakishly tall ghosts, The Pumpkin Queen and Silly Scarecrows
  • And much more!

Brick-or-Treat takes place every Saturday in October from 5pm to 9pm. We have tried to make it out every year and the kids have a blast! The after hours party is included free with general admission or you can purchase evening admission for only $30. Legoland is running a fantastic deal during Brick-or-Treat days. You can purchase  a Brick-or-Treat Hopper  for $59 which includes Full Day Admission to LEGOLAND and the SEALIFE Aquarium and a second ticket to come back any day before December 25th. If you have been wanting to take the family to Legoland, make sure to take advantage of this special deal.

For additional info head here.