Staycation Idea: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa/Metrolink/Legoland Package!

Credit: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa

This year with gas prices through the roof and a very busy schedule, we have decided to skip a traditional week long vacation and are instead planning on a few weekend “staycation” getaways that are only about an hour or two from home. The kiddos love Legoland and we plan on heading to Carlsbad for a little getaway in the next few weeks.

If you are looking for a fun family getaway, I wanted to share a package that is too good not to share! The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa has teamed up with Metrolink to offer So Cal residents a fun and eco friendly deal that is perfect for that weekend escape! You can leave the car at home, jump on the train and head down to Carlsbad for a great time. When you arrive in Carlsbad, a complementary shuttle will be there to whisk you away.

The package includes a two night stay , round trip Metrolink tickets, two Adult LEGOLAND California Hopper Tickets, a complimentary in-room DVD player upon request, kid’s weekend activities through and all kiddos under 12 eat for free. Packages start at $229.00 and have to  be purchased 10 days in advance.The resort looks gorgeous and we’ve wanted to stay here for some time. It’s also happens to be located next door  to Legoland. You can’t beat the location!

I know this for a fact- Trains+Hotel+Legoland+Beach= Happy Family! My kiddos will be in heaven!!!

To learn more about this getaway head here.

National Train Day 2012

Credit: National Train Day

Do you have a kiddo that loves trains? I do. My five year old fell in love with trains from the moment he laid eyes on one. We have to pass railroad tracks on the way to my daughter’s dance studio each day, and my son loves every minute of that drive because he knows he will see train tracks and maybe if he’s lucky, a train. If you have a kiddo(or a husband) that has a love of trains, you definitely want to make sure to save the date, Saturday, May 12th is National Train Day!

National Train Day will take place on Saturday, May 12th in select cities throughout the country, including NY, Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia as well as hundreds of grassroots events throughout the nation. For a list of all event locations, you can click here

If you decide to take a trip on this day we recommend you to visit the best parks in the Chicago area, you will have a lot of fun.

Union Station in Downtown LA, will be host to National Train Day Los Angeles and will feature

  • Arts and crafts for the kiddos
  • Meet and greets with Dora the Explorer
  • Live entertainment
  • Tour luxury train cars, freight, commuter and of course Amtrak passenger service

National Train Day Los Angeles will be taking place at Union Station. Exhibits and tours open at 11am, so make sure to get there early! It should be a fun day!

For additional info head here.

Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes – 3 Easy monthly payments

Can you believe April is almost over? That means that summer is creeping right around the corner and I’m already planning how I’m going to keep my kiddos entertained and make some great memories, because isn’t summer about making memories? I would say my favorite memories from childhood, are those lazy summer days playing until the sun went down. I want to make sure I create those type of memories for my kiddos and I know you do too!

My friend Liz, from, shared how she recently bought season  passes to Knott’s Berry Farm  for her family and shared about Knott’s Berry Farm’s easy to pay program. You can purchase season tickets and pay in 3 monthly installments of only $21.99. If you want to upgrade to also include Knott’s Soak City water park, you can pay 3 monthly payments of $29.99 for gold season tickets.  I’m going to take advantage of this deal and purchase season passes for the entire family. I know with budgets being a little tight, it’s sometimes nice to spread things out in payments. I also plan on buying one parking pass.

If you’re planning on taking advantage of this deal, you have until May 1st to purchase the passes. Here is to a great summer!

To learn more about this deal head here.