Kids Obstacle Challenge San Diego

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Anyone have kids that like to run, jump and play in the mud? Well there is an event coming soon to San Diego that will be perfect for them. The Kids Obstacle Challenge is coming to San Diego July 22. This is an adventure and obstacle course made just for kids and will be nothing but fun for the whole family as parents run for FREE. The course is designed for children between the ages of 5 to 16. There is 10-15 challenging but fun obstacles and lots of mud on the 1.5 to 2 mile course. The Kids Obstacle Challenge is the largest touring obstacle course for kids in the nation.

The San Diego stop includes a rope swing into a giant mud pit, an army crawl section, a scale up cargo nets and a slide into more mud! Register now and take part in this muddy fun day. Registration includes a custom 2017 race medal, a snack at the finish line, a goodie bag and free event photos. And remember parents are free!

When
July 22, 2017
8:30am – 2:30pm

Where
Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, Ca 92025

Register
Register before July 21 online at kidsobstaclechallenge.com/sandiego and save $10 on your tickets

Can’t make the San Diego stop, then be sure to check out Kids Obstacle Challenge’s website for more event locations. Have a muddy good time!

Cruzin Mama

Legoland Star Wars Days 2017

LEGO® Star Wars™ Weekend at Legoland is back!

I know I have some padawans that are pretty excited about this news. I hadn’t seen Star Wars™ Days on the upcoming events schedule at Legoland California, when I was checking out all of this years planned fun a couple months ago. Seeing the announcement that Star Wars™ Days was returning was a very pleasant surprise.

What is Star Wars Days?

Well its just like it sounds, it’s a weekend full of Star Wars themed fun from special builds to costume contests, photo ops and more. It’s two days dedicated to all things LEGO® Star Wars™. All of which is enhanced by the Miniland Star Wars™ expansions. The LEGO® Death Star was added in 2015 and just recently the Star Wars™ area expanded with new scenes from The Force Awakens; like Rey, Finn, and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost and Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe at planet Jakku. There is also the new LEGO® model Star Destroyer Finalizer which is the longest Star Wars™ Miniland model at 16-feet long!

What to Expect

LEGO® Star Wars™ are June 3rd and 4th, the fun is included with general admission to the park. Enjoy seeing lots and I mean lots of members of the 501st Legion members whose costumes are LucasFilm approved and are amazing and perfect for photo ops. Feel free to dress up as well, there is a costume contest for children up to 12 years old. This is really a fun event to see as well, some of the costumes are so creative. Take part in a Miniland Scavenger Hunt, a Droid Hunt (through the 501st legion), trivia, giveaways, and enjoy WB Games Family GameSpace featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Video Games. And of course enjoy everything else the park has to offer. This is a can’t miss event!

May the force be with you and be sure to check out LEGO® Star Wars™ Days at Legoland California!

Cruzin Mama

Visit Buena Park Summer Getaway Contest

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Anyone else in need of a getaway this summer? I know I am and that’s why I’m so excited to share about this giveaway by Visit Buena Park. Enter for a chance to win a Southern California Getaway that includes hotel stay, tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Soak City, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Medieval Times and more! While airfare and car rental/transportation is not included Visit Buena Park is covering all the rest with this amazing giveaway. Simply go yo visitbuenapark.com and fill out the form to receive a FREE 2017 Buena Park/Orange County travel guide and you are entered to win! The contest is open from May 3rd, 2017 until June 28th, 2017. This is open to those who are 18 years old or older and there is no purchase necessary.

Summer Getaway Contest Prize

  • 5 Days/4 Nights Hotel Accommodations Including Breakfast (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm With 4 All Day Dinning Passes (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark (Buena Park, CA) (Open May-September)
  • 4 Tickets to Pirate’s Dinner Adventure (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Cirque Magique Brunch Show (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Buena Park, CA)
  • $100 Gift Card and 4 Tickets to Big Air Trampoline Park (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Buffet Passes and $10 Game Card to John’s Incredible Pizza (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Whale Watching Passes from Newport Whales (Newport Beach, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)
  • $50 Rock & Brews Gift Card (Buena Park, CA)
  • $50 Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant Gift Card (Buena Park, CA)
  • South Coast Plaza Tote Bag with $100 Gift Card, VIP Lounge Access and Free Valet Parking (Costa Mesa,CA)
  • BONUS: 4 Tickets to One Theme Park (Choose from: Disneyland®, Universal Studios® or SeaWorld®)

Don’t miss out on this amazing giveaway from Visit Buena Park and enter now! Go to visitbuenapark.com to submit your entry.

Cruzin Mama

The Big Exchange: San Diego Museums

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Are you a current member to a San Diego Museum? If so this month you could benefit from the amazing Big Exchange! Over 30 museums around San Diego will be taking part of this program and what this means is that if you are a current member to a San Diego museum then your membership will let you into any of the other participating museums. Basically you have a membership to all the museums!

The Big Exchange is going on all May from the 1st to the 31st, which is an extension from last years program which only ran for two weeks. This is a whole month to museum hop and explore. The Big Exchange is a wonderful program and the perfect time to check out a new museum or visit an old favorite.

Participating Museums

      • Barona Museum & Cultural Center
      • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
      • Bonita Museum
      • California Surf Museum
      • Coronado Museum of History & Art
      • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
      • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
      • Heritage of the Americas Museum
      • Japanese Friendship Garden
      • Living Coast Discovery Center
      • Maritime Museum of San Diego
      • Mingei International Museum
      • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
      • Museum of Making Music
      • Museum of Photographic Arts
      • New Americans Museum
      • Oceanside Museum of Art Women’s Museum of California
      • San Diego Archaeological Center
      • San Diego Art Institute
      • San Diego Automotive Museum
      • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
      • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
      • San Diego History Center
      • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
      • San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
      • The New Children’s Museum
      • The San Diego Museum of Art
      • The Water Conservation Garden
      • Timken Museum of Art
      • USS Midway Museum
      • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
      • Visions Art Museum
      • Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
      • Whaley House Museum

 

Visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org for more information on the Big Exchange and San Diego’s museums.

Have a fun time exploring with the Big Exchange!

Cruzin Mama

REI Force of Nature: Outings, Classes, and Events for Women

Be a #ForceofNature !

REI is constantly encouraging everyone to get outdoors and right now they are helping in the push to show more women as inspiration for this. Force of Nature is a movement that is putting women on forefront in the outdoor community. Apart of this REI has created Force of Nature classes and events geared for women.

Whether you’re an avid explorer or a novice, REI is offering classes, events, and outings to enhance your adventurous side. These events range from night hikes, to learning how to cook while camping, rock climbing lessons, mountain biking, kayaking and standup paddle boarding to learning outdoor survival skills. Best of all some of these events/classes are FREE! While most of these do have a cost, they are reasonable especially for the experience they offer.

To kick off the movement REI is throwing a party! On May 6th at various locations REI will be hosting the Force of Nature Outdoors Women’s Party. This is a great way to connect and meet other outdoor women. There will be speakers, food and lots of opportunities to connect with other Forces of Nature.

To find more classes, outings, events and to register visit REI.com And get out there and explore!

Cruzin Mama

Star Wars The Last Jedi First Teaser and Poster!

Images courtesy of Lucas films and Disney

Breathe… just breathe…

I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out! Ok that’s a total lie I am freaking out! The first poster and teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII is here and it is AMAZING!
The next film in the Star Wars saga’s name was revealed in January which led to a lot of speculation and now this first look is only adding to it.

Currently Star Wars Celebration is taking place in Orlando, Florida. And like many I am watching from the sidelines wishing that I was there. I attended the Celebration back in 2015 when it was here in California, in Anaheim. It was a truly memorable experience and I can’t wait to go again (too bad we have to wait until 2019 for the next one). At Celebration a lot of inside information is given during panels about upcoming films, projects, tv shows and more. So it’s no surprise that during this years that a teaser for Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi was released since the film is set to hit theaters this December.

The teaser trailer starts with Rey who looks to be in the middle of her Jedi training. Just from this start you get the sense that this film is going to be much more intense. The rest of the teaser is nothing less than suspenseful. We see Finn in some type of chamber, Poe and BB-8 rushing to a ship, Rey training with Luke and (could it be) more of the Knights of Ren and why Luke disappeared!

“I only know one truth…it’s time for the Jedi to end”

This voice over by Luke is seriously chilling and I am already racking my brain for the meaning behind it.

Trying not to give away all the details so check out the teaser trailer for yourself below!

Cruzin Mama

Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour

All images courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Lightening McQueen along with Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez are hitting the road on a special tour to celebrate Cars 3 which is coming to theaters June 16, 2017! “Road to the Races” is a 27-city tour that features life-size characters from the new film. The tour has already kicked off in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and is making its way across the country. Best of all there will be quite a few pit stops here in California.

The tour gives you a chance to see the characters, catch a sneak peak of the film and family friendly activities that are sure to get your motor running. Oh and did I mention that it’s FREE! Yes that’s right this wonderful tour is free. You may register for you pit passes here. When you register for Race Lane Tickets you will be able to skip the lanes but there is a limited number of these passes for each tour stop so register early!

This event is sponsored by Dole along with Disney. Dole has even set up a Fuel to the Races site where you can check out some great smoothie recipes inspired by characters from Cars 3! Great way to ready for the races and the movie.

The full tour schedule is listed below and for more information be sure to visit Disney Cars 3 Road to the Races website.

Tour Schedule

  • Orlando, FL —
    Disney Springs (Mar 24 – 26)
  • Miami, FL —
    Bayfront Park (Mar 31 – Apr 2
  • Tampa, FL —
    Raymond James Stadium (Apr 4)
  • Dallas, TX —
    Texas Motor Speedway (Apr 7 – 9)
  • San Antonio, TX —
    Santikos Palladium (Apr 11)
  • Houston, TX —
    Memorial City Mall (Apr 14 – 16)
  • St Louis, MO —
    Ballpark Village (Apr 19)
  • Chicago, IL —
    Woodfield Mall (Apr 21 – 23)
  • Cleveland, OH —
    Public Square in Downtown (Apr 25)
  • Pittsburgh, PA —
    Southside Works (Apr 26)
  • Boston, MA —
    Assembly Row (Apr 28 – 30)
  • Allentown, PA —
    Mack Trucks Inc. May (May 4)
  • New York, NY —
    Citi Field (May 5 – 7)
  • Washington, DC —
    Downtown Silver Spring (May 10)
  • Philadelphia, PA —
    Cherry Hill Mall (May 12 – 14
  • Greensboro, NC —
    Mack Trucks Brand & Product Line (May 18)
  • Charlotte, NC —
    Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 19 – 20)
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Scene 75 Entertainment Center(May 22)
  • Kansas City, MO —
    Union Station (May 24)
  • Denver, CO —
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (May 27 – 28)
  • Salt Lake City, UT —
    Thanksgiving Point (May 30 – 31)
  • Phoenix, AZ —
    Desert Ridge Marketplace (Jun 3 – 4)
  • San Diego, CA —
    Belmont Park / Mission Beach (Jun 6 – 7)
  • Anaheim, CA —
    Downtown Disney (Jun 12 – 13)
  • Los Angeles, CA —
    Autry Museum – Griffith Park (Jun 14 – 18)
  • San Jose, CA —
    Westfield Oakridge Mall (Jun 22 – 23)
  • Sonoma, CA —
    Sonoma Raceway (Jun 25)

Get you motor running and visit a Road to the Races pit stop! And don’t forget to see Cars 3 in theaters this June.

Cruzin Mama

Hiking at the Santa Rosa Plateau

Spring time is here and it’s one of the best times to get out for a hike. The much needed rains have let up here in So Cal and that not only means we will see a lot of green but also the vernal pools at the Santa Rosa Plateau have been filled! So it’s no secret that one of my go to hiking spots for my family is the Santa Rosa Plateau, the ecological reserve is located in Murrieta about 4 miles off of the Clinton Keith exit. The Plateau hosts plenty of trail options, a nature center, historic adobes, and of course the vernal pools.

The vernal pools are only really visible after the rainy season. So this year is one of the best times to visit them since California experienced so much rain to help get us out of the long drought we have been under. The vernal pools are a great way to see a lot of the wildlife that the Plateau houses. Just on our visit alone we saw tadpoles, dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, a few different types of birds, grasshoppers, a snake (more about this later!) and the teeny hard to spot fairy shrimp. Plus the rains have brought about a Super Bloom so along the trails you are sure to see beautiful wildflowers.

*A fun game for my kids was to see how many different colors of flowers we could spot.*

For our visit to the Plateau I parked at the trail entrance for the vernal pools which is the last entrance to the Santa Rosa Plateau trails off of Via Volcano Rd. As were not planning on spending the day hiking the trails since we had come off of a little morning adventure I opted on this closer parking location. When you park at this location there is a trail that leads straight to the large vernal pool. You are also able to pay the visit fee at the drop box at the entrance of the trail. If you are up for it from this trail you can head to the historic adobe buildings as well. It all just depends on how much time you want to spend exploring. The trails at the Santa Rosa Plateau are great for beginners in my opinion. My kids have been on several hikes here and have done great. We have hiked just around the nature center, we have taken this trail to the vernal pools (during an off season) and continued down to the adobes. My kids and I on the way back from the pools ventured down a little on the hidden valley trail this visit. I would like to go back and check this trail out a little more.

So a little confession, before I headed down to the Plateau I did a little snooping on Instagram under the Places tab to see if there was any water still at the pools. Since the heavy rain I have been wanting to take the kids to see the vernal pools, but I didn’t want to make the trip only to be disappointed. The last time we hiked this trail was during the off season so while it wasn’t entirely empty it just wasn’t what I was expecting to see. So some of the most recent “posts” were up to days before and I was a little apprehensive that they would still look as full since the weather has begun to heat up. But it was still a chance to see them with water so we loaded up some hiking supplies and made for the pools. I was so glad we went, they were still full and the weather was warm so the muddy trails were dry. The parking lot was pretty full when we arrived and we passed quite a few people on the trails but it was surprisingly not crowded.

There was quite a while that we had the vernal pool all to ourselves. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy the view. Of course the highlight for the kids was seeing all the inhabitants. I mentioned much of what we saw above but the most exciting one we saw was a snake. It wasn’t a very large snake but it was a snake and that was enough to make my kid’s day. We watched the little snake swim around the pool a bit and a fellow hiker informed us about how it was most likely hunting tadpoles. This went along well with what my daughter has been learning in school about food chains.

Our little friend may be hard to spot but he is located in the center of this photo. He wasn’t a very big snake so he camouflaged well amoung the vegetation.

Another great time exploring the Santa Rosa Plateau. I was almost tempting to go hiking further because of how picturesque the landscape was. In the distance we could even see a little snow caped mountain, this year the rain really brought it.

We only went a little ways down the trail to the Hidden Valley. I would like to go back and explore this area more. What was nice was once we got into a shaded area there was a bench to sit on and just gaze out through a window in the trees to the valley.

Hiking Tips

*Always pack plenty of water
*Bring some snacks
*Wear good comfortable shoes
*Take plenty of breaks
*Use Sunscreen and Wear a Hat

And remember to just enjoy your time outside!

Cruzin Mama

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
39400 Clinton Keith Rd
Murrieta Ca 92562
Hours
Sunrise – Sunset
Nature Center • Tuesday-Sunday 9am to 5pm
Closed Mondays and all major holidays
Fees
Adults $4 Children 3-12 $3

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed

Image courtesy of discoverthedinosaurs.com

Looking to have a roaring good time with your little dinosaurs, then be sure to check out Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed coming to Southern California this April. Enjoy everything Dino when this event comes to Costa Mesa at the OC Fair and Event Center on April 1st and 2nd. There is plenty of Dino themed activities to keep your children busy for the day, from Dino digs, a scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, Dino rides,a Dino raceway and more!

When
April 1 -April 2, 2017

Where
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Tickets
General Admission (Adults and Children) $15.00 (Seniors are $12)
T-rex Ticket Package (Ages 2-12) $39.00 -This package includes general admission plus face paint, fossil find bag, green screen photo, drawstring backpack and a speedy-saurus fast pass.
Children under 2 years are free with paid adult.
Visit discoverthedinosaurs.com to purchase your tickets ahead of time

Enjoy the prehistoric fun and check out this event before it goes extinct.

Cruzin Mama

Dr. Seuss Day!

Today is beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Also keeping in line with Seuss’ encouragement of reading it is also Read Across America Day. Many classrooms will be taking part in celebrating by having read-a-thons or having special guests such as local authors come in to read to students. But here are some ways you can participate at home and help encourage the love of reading in children!

Celebrate at home:

  • A hour of reading– unplug, shut off the tv and electronics, silence your phone and just read with your kids for an hour. Have you child practice their reading skills with you by having them read aloud. Share a favorite book with them from your childhood. Time spent together like this will do nothing but benefit your child.
  • Visit the library– many libraries will have events going on like special story times or even a crafting event. Events at the library are fun and free. And while you’re there it’s a chance to check out books.
  • Crafting– so speaking of crafts there are so many crafts that are simple and great to celebrate the day. Pinterest is such a wonderful source for ideas, and there are so many simple ones to choose from if you’re not the fully crafty type like me. Like the plate mask I made in the past with my kiddos.

    Cat in the Hat paper plate mask

  • Character Dress Up– this can be for at home or even for school, as with for my children who’s school was having a Seuss’ themed Character Dress Up Day. You could really do a few different ways with this as you could stick only to Dr Seuss books or do any storybook character. My daughter’s school has done a few different versions of this on Read Across America Day and has had a Whoville dress up day before around the holidays. This year though they went with choosing your favorite Seuss character. I was little nervous about this but it ended up being really simple and fun! We made all the masked/accessories/headbands out of cardstock paper or firm felt. The kids wore solid colors to help with the “costumes” and I personally think they turned out great! There are so many character ideas to be found with a simple google search or my favorite on Pinterest, that it can be really no hassle to do.

    Simple Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax Character Dress Up for Dr. Seuss Day

Celebrate at UCSD

California University of San Diego has a yearly celebration on March 2nd in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known more famously as Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was a long time resident of La Jolla and even has much of his artwork, manuscript drafts, sketches, books, photographs, memorabilia and more in a Collectionat UCSD as well as a the Geisel Library named in his honor. (The Dr. Seuss Collection is usually only on display around his birthday and during the summer) Come on down to the Geisel Library and celebrate Dr. Seuss 113th Birthday with cake, seussian musical entertainment, an inflatable Cat in the Hat and see part of the Dr. Seuss Collection! For more information on this event visit ucsdnews.ucsd.edu

No matter how you choose to celebrate today it’s a great day to spark a love of reading in your children. Have a very fun seussian day!

Cruzin Mama