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

Legoland Brick-or-Treat *Review*

Image from legolandcaliforniaresort.com

Image from legolandcaliforniaresort.com

Brick-or-Treat and Party Nights at Legoland California Resort

It’s Halloween time at Legoland California! And on weekends the fun gets extra special with Brick-or-Treat and it’s Party Nights. Enjoy special trick-or-treating throughout Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium that is filled with some great treats and entertainment. You have the option to play all day in the park then join the spooky fun at night or just arrive for the night time haunts. Brick-or-Treat is only happening on select Fridays and Saturdays this October.

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Brick-or-Treat Party Nights There are still dates left to check out Brick-or-Treat! Fridays October 17th and 24th and also Saturdays October 18th and 25th. An all day pass is for admission to the park and Aquarium from 10am until 9pm. Nights only is from 5pm until 9pm. Purchasing tickets online ahead of time not only saves on cost but also grants early entrance at 4pm for those who purchase Party Nights only tickets. Parking is not included with ticket purchase, standard parking cost is $15. Half of the park is closed during Party Nights, but there are still rides available and the Aquarium is fully open. There is free live entertainment throughout the Brick-or-Treat trail and the park is fairly decorated. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

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So how is Brick-or-Treat?

My family just checked out Brick-or-Treat’s Party Night this last weekend. Overall we had a great time. The kids said they want to do it again next year. We did the Party Nights portion only. We arrived at about 4:30pm and from the parking lot we could tell the park was going to be a bit full. I was surprised that there was no real line at the entrance which was nice but the tent to get your Party Nights wristband was fairly long. Right after we got our wrists bands on we were ready to go and the kids could not wait to begin the fun. Our first stop was the Aquarium since it was the nearest Treat Stations.

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What’s great about the Sea Life Aquarium is you are let in through mid-size groups so it’s not too crowded. We enjoyed walking through but since we have already visited here quite a few times the kids were excited to rush to the first Treat Station. On the way we stopped and got a good look at the new Jellyfish Discovery.

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The kids really enjoyed Jellyfish Discovery. The glow in the dark style room is always fun and so was watching the tanks lights change the colors of the Jellyfish.

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Our very first Treat Station was a Pirate Ship with a friendly Buccaneer!

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Loved seeing the little details of decorations throughout the Aquarium.

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There was no wait for the Treat Stations inside Sea Life for us.

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A dance party area where kids could learn some fun fishy moves. The dance area got really busy as the night went on when all the flashing lights could be seen.

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We had fun in the Aquarium but we were so ready to check out all the rest of the Treat Stations.

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This little Spider-Man family was ready to have fun! So half the park is closed for the Party Nights which did make me a little bummed because almost all of my sons favorite rides where on the closed side of the park. What was nice though was that all the Treat Stations were so easy to spot. But the lines for them were incredibly long. Some of the lines were so long that a Legoland worker was standing at the end holding a sign to signify the end of that line. Since the lines for the Treat Stations were so long it left many of the rides lines pretty short.

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There were some fun stilt walkers and performers keeping guest entertained throughout the trails. There are also some great photo opportunities throughout the trails.

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I really loved how decorated the park is. It is not overly done and really fits in. Some of the displays are very interactive like the Fortune Teller Booth with a real Fortune Teller inside and a friendly troll who was telling some fun jokes and talking with the kids about their costumes.

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Had to get a pic of my Spider kids in front of a web too bad my little guy was more interested in his treats than taking a pic.

Had to get a pic of my Spider kids in front of a web too bad my little guy was more interested in his treats than taking a pic.

Three of the Treat Stations were located in the Enchanted Walk so there was only one line to wait in to get into the Walk. From there visiting those three stations was a breeze since only a certain amount of guests were allowed to enter at a time to not make the trail crowded. There where also three located in Mini Land and they were easy to go from line to line. What was nice is you could have an adult wait in line while taking the kids to check out all of Mini Land or watch a show on the main stage that was very close by. I have to say I was so happy to see some very healthy treats being given out, there was a few stations who had some candy, but the majority of treats were healthy snacks and organic juice. Of course what would a Brick-or-Treat be without some Bricks. There are two stations who hand out bricks; one is a fun commemorative single brick and the other is a Legends of Chima Lego Set. You can bet that station was the longest line there. There was a few other stages besides the main stage and there was also another dance party area that was really hoping. Even though dealing with long Treat Station lines we still had a really good time. The park was very crowded which was a bummer since half the park is closed so all the crowds are in one area. But overall anyone thinking of going to this event I would say to still check it out.

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There are two large stages and a few smaller stages throughout Brick-or-Treat. The main stage is in MiniLand which is where the costume contests are held. The other large stage is right next to the Dragon Coaster exit. Both large stages have singing and dancing performances and other fun acts. The smaller acts throughout the park include a great drum performer and an amazing painter.

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On the way to Castle Hill is a fun little light show near the giant Lego Spider. The path is decorated and the lights dance to the music playing.

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Don’t miss the giant Lego Lord Vampyer near the main stage. He and his ghoulish friends have a Monster Mash of a show on the main stage. Guest got to help assemble this giant Lego figure on the first night of Brick-or-Treat, how cool is that!

Brick-or-Treat Tips

So since every experience is a learning opportunity I wanted to share some tips and advice to help anyone going to attend Brick-or-Treat have a great time.

    • Do an All Day Pass – I have told my spouse that next year we will just do the All Day Pass. There are 4 Treat Stations open all day so that would ease up time during Party Nights having already completed those. Also the whole park is open so we would be able to enjoy all the rides, especially my sons favorites.
    • Arrive Early – If you plan on only doing the Party Nights tickets then take advantage and arrive early at the 4pm entrance that is allowed with tickets purchased online. By arriving early you can get in the front of the lines for some of the longer wait Treat Stations. Also you do not have to get your Brick-or-Treat at the front of the park wristband station. There is a few other locations for them further in the park with much shorter lines.
    • Bring an Extra Adult – If you were just planning on one adult taking the kids it would be beneficial to have two parents at least go. One parent could take the kids to do rides or watch the shows, while the other parent would do the wait in lines and just call when they get near to the front. This will help save on fussy line waiting kiddos.
    • Mid-size or Large Treat Bag – Bring a medium or large sized Trick-or-Treat bag. Some of the treats such as the Lego set and Magazine will not fit well in a small treat bag or bucket. This will save you on trying to carry all your treat items especially if you do not have a stroller to place them in.
    • Bring some snacks – I underestimated how much line waiting and Brick-or-Treating would make me hungry. We had a brought food for my son who has FPIES, but didn’t pack much for ourselves. Guess we thought that the Party Nights wasn’t a long amount of time. Well we got pretty hungry and ended up leaving before the Fireworks to go get a bite to eat. Even though the snacks given out were healthy they weren’t allergy safe for anyone with a dairy allergy or sensitivity.
    • Get seating early – With how many people who attend Party Nights, if you want to get a good view of a show grab a seat early. Click here to plan your trip now with the event map and show times.
    • Bring a Pen/Pencil– The Boat Cruise is now a Ghost Cruise with a special scavenger hunt in it. You are given a scavenger hunt paper when you enter the ride but pencils are not provided and are only at the raffle drop box. So to save on time after the ride and to make things easier to remember bring a pen/pencil with you. Also the winner of the scavenger hunt wins park hopper tickets and a special prize pack, definitely enter this contest!

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All of our treats!

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Sorry for such a long post and my delay in posting it. I just wanted to make sure I got all the details in and gave enough information to help everyone have a great experience. Brick-or-Treat is a great event and I do recommend it to anyone looking for some great family Halloween fun.

Have a spooktacular time!

Cruzin Mama

*This post was in no way sponsored or endorsed by Legoland California or it’s affiliates. Everything stated in this post is that of my own opinion. All photos are mine unless stated otherwise and are subject to copyright under Cruzin Mama. I was not paid or compensated to provide this post.*

Book of Life Halloween Carnival

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Come celebrate The Book of Life movie that will be in theaters October 17th at this FREE Halloween carnival. The carnival will be at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon on Sunday October 12th. There will be face painting, activities, crafts, carnival food, giveaways and much more. Bring your kiddos in their costumes to get really into the Halloween spirit!

Event Details

Date: 10/12/14
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Sears Court

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Don’t forget to check out The Book of Life in theaters this Friday!

Cruzin Mama

Pumpkin Plunges!

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Have you heard of a Pumpkin Plunge? Well get ready to dive into some Fall fun!

My local city pool hosts a very fun family event called the Pumpkin Plunge. This is were the recreational pool is filled with pumpkins for kids to dive in and pick one. Almost like bobbing for apples but in a lot bigger bucket. Along with the swimming portion of the event there is music, games and crafts. Once your little one has found their perfect pumpkin they can decorate it right there so when you take it home it is ready for display. I took my kids to this plunge before and they both had a blast. With this heat wave what better excuse is there to go for a swim!

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The Temecula Pumpkin Plunge is on Friday October 3rd and is from 6:30 to 9pm. It is held at the CRC pool located at Ronald Reagan Sports Park. Pre-registration is recommended, to do so click here. There is a cost of $5 per person. Some of the pumpkins are a great size so the price is worth it and there is treats and games for the kids included as well.

Image from cityoftemecula.org

Image from cityoftemecula.org

Can’t make the Temecula Plunge? Well great news is there is a few more happening in the Riverside and Carlsbad areas.

Riverside

    • Diamond Valley Lake Aquatic Center
      Saturday October 4th from Noon to 4pm. Ages 3 and up are $5, 2 and under are $2. Event will feature games, raffles and prizes. This is also the closing day of the aquatic center until next Summer.

Carlsbad

    • Alga Norte Community Park
      Saturday October 18th from 5 to 9pm. Ages 4 and up are $8, children 3 and under are FREE. This event is going to be spooktacular! There will be pool activities such as Diving for Treasure, Creepy Crab Races, Bone Collector, and more. That’s not all the floating obstacles will be out as well as water balls to walk on the water. For those who would like to stay dry there will be slides, games, bounce house, and cookie decorating as well. Then to close out the evening “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown on a giant outdoor movie screen. Get your tickets now by clicking here, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing event!

Take the plunge and check out one of these fun events!

Cruzin Mama

Weekend Events: Vista Viking Festival

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Looking for some family fun this weekend, well head down to Vista and check out the Viking Festival. The Viking invasion is going on today September 27th from 10am to 8pm and tomorrow the 28th from 10am to 6pm. The Festival features many hands-on activities in learning the ways of Vikings, such as weapon throwing and competitions. There is live music and plenty of food vendors as well as arts and crafts. The Kidzone gives an age appropriate experience of all things Viking.

Location and Parking
Norway Hall
2006 East Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084

Images from vikingfestivalvista.com

Images from vikingfestivalvista.com

Off-site parking is available and highly suggested. Standard pricing is $4 at all locations. Vista High School is offering free shuttle bus service to and from the festival for all patrons.

Tickets
Adults One Day Ticket $8
Kids 6 to 12 One Day Ticket $2
Kids 6 and Under FREE

Let your inner warrior out this weekend!

Cruzin Mama

Weekend Events: Carlsbad Art Splash

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Carlsbad Art Splash is going on this weekend, Saturday September 27th and Sunday the 28th. This colorful event is going on Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Art Splash is a FREE event that benefits the community and schools of Carlsbad.

Images from carlsbadartsplash.org

Images from carlsbadartsplash.org

Come see local artists showcasing their work some of which is available for purchase. Check out all the amazing chalk art on the street while listening to live entertainment. There will be plenty of food vendors to choose from. And there is a special area for the kids! The Family Art Area will have arts and crafts for all the family and also music making. You and your family can even be a part of Art Splash by purchasing a square and letting your creative side show. Click here for family art square application. Sunday there will be a Car Show at the event, come and see classics from 1928 to 1969.

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Art Splash
September 27th 10am to 6pm
September 28th 10am to 5pm
Located at Armada Drive above the Flower Fields

Check out all the fun!

Cruzin Mama

Weekend Events: Bunnyfest at Balboa Park

Image from catsandrabbitsandmore.com

Image from catsandrabbitsandmore.com

Bunnies and fun are coming to Balboa Park this Sunday Septemeber 21st. This adorable FREE event starts at 10am and runs until 4pm. Bunnyfest is an annual fundraising event that benefits the San Diego House Rabbit Society and local shelters. The proceeds raised go to helping in rescue, education, spay/neuter and adoption. Not only does the Bunnyfest feature lots of bunnies but there is also much more. There will be vendors, arts and crafts, games, silent auction, and kids corner.

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Balboa Park
President’s Way Corner of Park Blvd & President’s Way
San Diego CA

For more information visit catsandrabbitsandmore.com

Have a hopping good time!

Cruzin Mama

Walking with Dinosaurs in San Diego this November

Image from dinosaurlive.com

Image from dinosaurlive.com

Didn’t get a chance to see Walking with Dinosaurs when they where roaming Anaheim and Los Angeles. Well the amazingly life-like Dino’s are coming back to So-Cal this November! Walking with Dinosaurs is a show of epic proportions, with 20 life-size Dinosaurs including the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex. The show travels through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic Periods. Giving viewers a glimpse of what it was like during these times. The show has been a global hit that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
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Dinosaurs Live will be in San Diego November 26th and the 28th-30th. Ticket prices start at $23.50 and go up depending on your seating preference. Click here to get your tickets now before they go extinct.

*For some fun before the show enjoy this FREE downloadable education pack with activities to teach kids all about the Dinosaurs who roamed this earth 65 million years ago.*

Have a roaring time!

Cruzin Mama

Family Day at Get Shamrocked!

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Get Shamrocked! Irish Festival is coming back to Murrieta September 19th – 21st. Sunday the 21st is Family Day at the Festival. Kids 16 and under get in FREE on Family Day! Get Shamrocked is filled with authentic Irish music and entertainment. Family Day will also feature Irish dancers, storytelling, interactive characters and more. There will be plenty of food trucks and vendors to check out. So come down to festival and catch a glimpse of what it’s like in Ireland.

Location
Murrieta Town Square Park
24701 Jefferson Ave
Murrieta, Ca

Event Times

    • Friday September 19th – 5pm to 10pm
    • Saturday September 20th – 11am to 9pm
    • Sunday September 21st – 11am to 6:30pm

Tickets
Friday(21 and over only) $10
Saturday(21 and over only) $20
Sunday(all ages) $15 *Ages 16 and under FREE*
Weekend Pass $35

*Click here to see how to purchase tickets before the Festival.*

Weekend Events: Festival of Sail San Diego

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Ahoy Mateys! Looking for something fun to do with your little buccaneers this weekend. Then head down to the Maritime Museum in the Port of San Diego. The Maritime Museum is having a Festival of Sail this Labor Day weekend going on Friday through Monday.

The Festival will feature booths, vintage boat display, demos from Aquatic Aviation, a large kids zone, and tons more. This is the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast! Tickets for this event vary in price, which is great for those of us on a tight budget.

Image from sdmaritime.org

Image from sdmaritime.org

Dates and Hours

  • Friday – Sunday(August 29th-31st) 9am to 7pm
  • Monday(September 1st)  9am to 5pm

Daily Activities

    • Photo ops with Pirates
    • Kids petting zoo, crafts, face painting, and lots of other activities
    • Naval reenactors
    • Explore ships and meet their crews
    • Watch Aquatic Aviation do exciting demos
    • Watch a Cannon Battle
    • Plenty of food vendors as well as arts and crafts vendors

Tickets

  • General Adults Admission $7
  • Children ages 3-12 $5
  • Under 3 is FREE
  • Seniors (62+) $5
  • Active Military (with ID, individual only) $5

*These are the prices for the General Admission to the Festival, boat ride and tour options are also available. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event but some tours and rides can sell out before. To purchase your tickets now visit sdmaritime.org*

Parking

    • Limited Metered Parking is available across from the Maritime Museum/ 3 hour max
    • Day lots are nearby and range from $10-$20 a car
    • The Midway lot is open

Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, Ca 92101

Set sail for adventure and have a great weekend!

Cruzin Mama