SDCC 2017 No Badge Fun!

Image courtesy of Comic-Con International Facebook

Alright Fan Boys and Girls it’s that time of the year again, it’s San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Whose ready to let their nerd flag fly and take on Comic-Con! Not me as I do not have a badge, but that’s ok because there is more to the event than the Halls and Convention Center. There is so many things to do and see without a badge. I think this is what makes the event so great, the fact that you can still have an amazing Comic-Con experience even if you are not holding a coveted badge. So here are some no badge events to check out this year!

Explore Downtown

One of the most cost effective and easiest ways to enjoy SDCC is just by walking around Downtown and by the Convention Center. You are sure to see many Cosplayers heading in and out of the Convention Center. They are usually happy to take photographs but please be sure to ask first. There is also lots of signage and displays promoting the event all over, so there is a feel of being apart of the event just by walking around the area.

Play Nintendo Challenge

This has to be my kids favorite place to visit during SDCC. The ballroom of the Marriott Marquis & Marina next to convention center is home to the Play Nintendo Challenge. This is a FREE event open to everyone to come in a play upcoming Nintendo Switch games and complete the challenge for some awesome prizes. There is also photo op areas and plenty of games to play.

Pre-Con at the Library

Stop by the San Diego Public Library this Tuesday July 18th for some pre Comic-Con fun. There will be discussion panels and a chance to watch a Quidditch match! The Quidditch demonstration is from 2pm – 4pm. The FREE event at the library is from 2pm to 8pm. And don’t forget to get a special edition SDCC library card and come back to the library all year!

The Laika Experience

Now this is going to be a can’t miss experience and will surely have some lines for it. The Laika Experience will be in San Diego along with props, sets and puppets from films such as Paranorman and Coraline for a very unique experience. You can visit this experience at 520 Fifth Ave from Thursday through Sunday.

Netflix

Visit the Hilton Hotel in Gaslamp for a very strange experience with Netflix. Open Thursday through Saturday 11am to 8pm and on Sunday 11am to 3pm. Enter the Upside Down with Stranger Things or stroll down the streets with Marvel’s The Defenders. There will also be giveaways, sneak peeks of upcoming originals and more.

There are so many great things happening downtown be sure to stop by and check it out! It really is amazing how much there is to see and do without a badge!

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

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

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

FREE TICKETS TO LEGOLAND!

All images courtesy of Legoland Resorts

You are not reading the title wrong there is a way to get Free tickets to Legoland! Be amoung the first 500 guests to participate in making a human bat-signal this Friday, February 17th in front of the resort and receive a free ticket in return. There will also be a chance to take your photo with the Lego caped crusader, trivia for a chance at some great prizes and of course a fun Lego Batman mask. Registration will begin at 7am on Friday for this event but I can’t say how early people will be lining up. For more information about this event click here for the article on Legoand’s website. Below are some details so you can take part and earn your FREE trip for your family to Legoland California!

When
Friday February 17, 2017 at 8am (Registration begins at 7am)

Where
Plaza Park Entrance
1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad CA 92008

What’s Happening

  • First 500 guests (ages 3 and up) to help with the human bat-signal will receive a FREE return ticket to Legoland
  • Photo opportunities with Lego Batman and trivia for a chance at awesome prizes!

Be sure to check out Lego Batman Movie Days while you’re at it! And don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity from Legoland California Resort.

Cruzin Mama

*Disclosure- this is not a giveaway from Cruzin Mama. This is a great opportunity that is through Legoland Resorts, check for all rules and information on legoland.com *

Lego Batman™ Movie Days at Legoland!

All images courtesy of Legoland Resorts

Batman Days are coming to Legoland California!

Well more specifically Lego Batman™ Movie Days are coming. This February there will be two action packed weekends in celebration of your favorite Lego caped crusader. Best of all is the fun is included with admission. Come take part in a scavenger hunt through Miniland, meet the dark knight himself along with his sidekicks, and of course complete a Lego build activity. If you can’t make it during these dates do not fear Batman and Friends character meet and greets will be going on throughout February and into March so there is still a chance to hang out with your favorite dark knight.

Lego Batman Movie Days

February 18th – 19th

February 25th – 26th

Batman Movie Days Fun!

  • Character Meet and Greets – Meet face to face with the Lego Batman or one of his friends Batgirl or Robin
    • Monday -Friday
      10:00, 11:00, 12:15, 1:45, 3:00, 4:00
    • Saturday-Sunday
      10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45

    *Times are subject to change be sure to check on your visit to be sure of correct times*

  • Miniland Scavenger Hunt: The Villians Have Escaped! – Help track down the likes of Joker and his villains friends on a scavenger hunt through Miniland USA
  • Mystery Mosaic Lego Build – help in completing this build to reveal the mystery image
  • Build A Batmobile – Build and test out your own version of the batmobile
  • WB Family Gamespace- come and play all the Lego Batman™ themed video games
  • Character Lego Builds – help a Lego Masterbuilder complete life sized builds of Batman, Batgirl and Robin!

Don’t miss out on visiting the park during these action packed weekends! Also be sure to check out the new Lego Batman™ Movie which hit theaters February 10th.

Cruzin Mama

Legoland California
1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad CA 92008
Purchase Tickets Ahead at
legoland.com

Green Friday at California State Parks

National Parks Free Days 2016

Go Green this Black Friday!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here and a day of fresh air could ease the stress of this time of year. California State Parks along with REI are offering just that a day outside away from the shopping crowds with FREE admission to State Parks.

You are being asked to Go Green this Black Friday and Opt Outside and enjoy one of California’s beautiful State Parks. Have you ever visited a State Park before? Well if you haven’t this is a great chance to! Or if you are a regular State Park explorer this is a wonderful opportunity to venture out to a new park. Honestly a great deal on a T.V. is nice or being able to do all your holiday shopping at a discount but with Black Friday now starting earlier and earlier it’s great to see a push for more quality time. Getting out and really seeing the beauty that California has to offer is priceless.

To Go Green is easy just visit greenfriday.org Pick a park you would like to visit and get your ticket for your free entrance. Be sure to hurry as there is a limited number of passes to each park and some a very popular.

Have a great time going green!

Cruzin Mama

Festival of Sail San Diego 2016

Image courtesy of sdmaritime.org

Image courtesy of sdmaritime.org

Ready the cannons and weigh anchor because the Festival Of Sail is docking in the harbor this weekend!

San Diego’s yearly festival is happening September 3rd through 5th. Come out and see the ships, the street fair, kids activity zone and the cannon battles, there’s even opportunities to take part in them! The festival begins Friday at 1:30pm with the Parade of Sail. Which you can ride in with the purchase of a special ticket! There will be plenty for the whole family to see at the festival which is the largest Tall Ship Festival on the west coast. Be sure to stop by the Maritime Museum as well to explore some great sea vessels.

Tickets
$7.00 adult
$5.00 senior 62+, military with ID
$5.00 child 12-3 (2 and under free)
(One Passport per ticket included, additional Passports can be purchased at the Museum gift shop)

For more information visit Festival of Sail event page.

Cruzin Mama

Comic-Con Fun Without a Badge!

Image courtesy of Comic-Con International Facebook

Image courtesy of Comic-Con International Facebook

It’s that time of the year again where San Diego is over run by Fan Boys/Girls, Cosplayers, Celebraties, Gamers and more.

It’s Comic-Con 2016!

And like many many others who were unable to score an illusive San Diego Comic-Con badge I will not be let though the magical convention doors. But that doesn’t mean I have to try again and wait until next year to enjoy the festivities. San Diego Comic-Con is the most well known and highly attended of Comic Conventions, so it is also larger than the convention center it is held at. SDCC spreads out throughout Downtown San Diego and many of the outside events do not require a badge and are FREE!

Outside the Con!

So here is a little guide of what to go do and see outside of SDCC:

  • Camp Conival

    Image courtesy of Nerdist.com

    Image courtesy of Nerdist.com

    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location : Petco Park (Second floor)
    The Nerdist and Geek & Sundry have teamed up again this year for Conival. This is a fun FREE event featuring Celebrity interviews, laser tag, table top gaming, giveaways and more. This years theme is Camp to take visitors back to the feeling of being at a summer camp. Camp Conival runs from Thursday July 21st until Sunday July 24th. For more information visit Nerdist.com for entertainment and guest schedules.

  • Nerd HQ

    Image courtesy of The Nerd Machine Twitter

    Image courtesy of The Nerd Machine Twitter

    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location : The New Children’s Museum 200 W Island Ave
    Nerd HQ is presented by The Nerd Machine and is located in the New Children’s Musuem. Nerd HQ features Panels, gaming, photo ops, and more. This is a FREE event but you do need to register before you attend to enter and receive your wrist band. Register for Nerd HQ here.

  • Play Nintendo Tour

    Image courtesy of Nintendo.com

    Image courtesy of Nintendo.com

    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location : Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
    The Play Nintendo Tour will be down is San Diego during Comic-Con. Stop by play Nintendo games, check out the new Nintendo Vans collaboration, take fun photos in game displays and compete to win some awesome prizes. Check out the full tour information here.

  • Snoopy for President

    Image courtesy of PeanutsStudio.com

    Image courtesy of PeanutsStudio.com


    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location :Bubbles Boutique 226 Fifth Ave
    It’s election year and everyone is being encouraged to rock the vote. And no matter what political party you support we can all agree that Snoopy rocks! Check out this fun little pop-up shop featuring mans best friend and take part in a mock vote.

Also check out comic-con.org for even more outside events! And have fun even without badge at Comic-Con San Diego.

Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Southern California Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening!

The Great Wolf Lodge here in Southern California will be open very soon! The Grand Opening is set for March 4th, but you can already book your stay now. I spoke about this amazing new vacation spot back in October when the announcement about its opening was made and now that day is here.

GWL is a vacation destination with themed rooms, activities like glow in the dark mini golf and mini spa, and of course it’s main feature the water park. Entrance to the water park along with character experiences are included with your stay. Oh and did I mention that it’s an indoor water park, so it doesn’t matter what crazy weather So-Cal is deciding to have as any date will be a waterpark day!

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

Let’s not forget that the GWL is in Orange County. That means it is close to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the beach. Also if your up for a drive down to San Diego there is the World Famous San Diego Zoo, the museums at Balboa Park, Sea World and towards Los Angeles there is Universal Studios Hollywood and many great museums as well.

Below is a link to save on your stay at GWL, be sure to book your vacation soon!

Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge deals