Temecula Movies in the Park

Image from summermoviesinthepark.com

Image courtesy of summermoviesinthepark.com

Summer Movies in the Park

I have been keeping the kids so busy over break that I almost missed the start of movies in the park! This is my family’s favorite summer outing. We pack our favorite snacks and some blankets and just enjoy a summer evening outdoors. Sometimes we even take our dinner and have a spontaneous picnic. Movies in the park are just a delightful summer outing.

Tonight was the kick off for Temecula’s Movies in the Park series. Movies are on Friday nights and begin at dusk, but games and activities start at 6pm. Tonight’s movie is The Boxtrolls. The pre-movie activity included music, hula hooping and make your own Boxtroll box! Temecula Events really works to make each movie night unique. Below is the movie in the park schedule for Temecula, I will be adding more areas soon so keep a look out for all my Movie in the Park posts!

My little Boxtroll ready to watch The Boxtrolls

My little Boxtroll ready to watch The Boxtrolls

Temecula Movies in the Park 2015

  • June 19th Harveston Sports Park – The Boxtrolls
  • July 10th Temeku Hills Park – Maleficent
  • July 17th CRC Pool – Dolphin Tale 2
  • July 24th Temeku Hills Park – Big Hero 6
  • July 31st Harveston Sports Park – Paddington

Enjoy a summer movie under the stars!

Cruzin Mama

Inside Out *Movie Review*

Inside Out Movie Review

Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Insider Access to Inside Out

So I was given the amazing opportunity to attend an advanced screening of Inside Out. I was even able to bring my 8 year-old daughter along for the fun. This wasn’t just any ordinary screening this was an all access inside Inside Out event. Before the film even began all attendees were taken on a video tour of Pixar Animation Studios by Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera.

Touring Pixar was absolutely incredible! Yes it was only a pre-recorded video tour, but it was still a wonderful experience. Pete and Jonas walked through how signing in as a guest works to even where employees take a break and grab coffee. They pointed out many staff members during the tour who worked on many beloved Pixar films. We were given a little sneak peek at what working on a film looks like by going in a review room with everyone working on The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s next up coming film. One of my daughters favorite parts was the Animators offices. Each office was decorated by the Animators in a very unique way, like a boardwalk of offices all lined up just like a boardwalk at the pier , there was a taco shop styled one that even locked up like one and my favorite was the crashed plane one. That one looked like the mid-section of a plane crashed into a jungle and inside the animator had many items inspired by the movie Up! The tour continued around the building to show previous films storyboards on the storyboard wall and then into the offices of Pete and Jonas. But the real cherry on top of the tour was bumping into John Lasseter who was wearing his infamous Hawaiian shirt, this time it was a special Inside Out edition. He was in the room working on Toy Story 4. He wouldn’t give any details or let us get a glimpse of the room but he did say the work is going great. I don’t know how they are going to top the last Toy Story film but Pixar has a way of working magic.

After the film was a live Q&A with Director Pete Docter and Amy Poelher who voices Joy. I don’t want to go too indetail about that since it would giveaway a lot of spoilers. But listening to them talk and answer questions about the film made this movie experience even more incredible.

Like all Disney•Pixar films Inside Out featured an animated short film just before the movie. The new short is Lava and it is just perfect! Inspired by Hawaii and volcanoes this short is a great kick off to the film. It’s funny, warm and has a very catchy tune to it. My daughter is still singing the tune! Be sure to arrive early to the movie so you don’t miss this delightful short.

Insider Access Review

Thoughts on Inside Out

First things first I have to say that we loved it! There’s no denying that this is going to be a hit. A film about emotions definitely had viewers getting in touch with theirs. And I promise not to give away any spoilers.

Inside Out takes you inside 11 year-old Riley to see her inner emotions; Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness. Her emotions help guide Riley. So she is a generally happy child and is mostly guided by her emotion Joy. Her core memories, which are the memories that help make up Riley’s personality, are all joyous ones. Riley lives with her mom and dad in Minnesota, but when the family moves to San Francisco you really see her emotions go to work. After the big move Joy and Sadness inadvertently go on their own journey into the deeper parts of Riley’s mind. Working together they must find their way back to Headquarters and help Riley get back to her happy self.

My daughter was glued to the film and so was I. It was an entirely relatable experience. There were a lot of laughs and some very heartfelt moments. Riley is just is a great character who kids and even adults can relate to. To quote Amy Poelher from the live Q&A,

“Riley is an extraordinary character in that she is ordinary”

I could see my 11 year-old self in Riley and could most definitely see my daughter in her. And Joy is positively infectious. Director Pete said that Joy was the hardest character to write but I think they did an awesome job on her in the film. The animation is just superb and the whole world inside Riley’s mind was just spectacular and so detailed. One character to watch for is Bing Bong, his presence in the film brings an array of emotions and is a key part of Joy and Sadnesses journey. I would say this movie is on par with Toy Story 3, which was an outstanding film itself.

Inside Out hits theaters on June 19th. Be sure to check out this marvelous film!

Get in touch with your emotions and have a joyous time!

Cruzin Mama

Geekend at the Storm Stadium

Image from Lake Elsinore Storm Facebook

Image from Lake Elsinore Storm Facebook

Geekend is back at the Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium!

That’s right tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday are all things geek at the Storm Stadium. There is special giveaways, character appearances, and more! Plus there’s a few ways to get in for FREE!

Super Hero Night

Friday nights game is Super Hero Night and you can get into the game for FREE by coming in your favorite Super Hero costume. There is also a game and console drive going on the whole weekend, bring in any game for donation for a free ticket or bring in a gaming console for 4 free tickets! All donations will benefit the Get-Well Gamers Foundation which provides gaming systems to children’s hospitals. Friday nights also a giveaway night being put on by my favorite comic book shop, Ryan’s Comics of Murrieta. Come early and snag a free comic! Game starts at 7pm but gates open at 6pm.

Star Wars Night

Saturday night is Star Wars Night at the stadium. You can come dressed up in your favorite Star Wars costume to again get free entrance (or participate in the game and console drive.) Keep an eye out for lots of character appearances on this night. Game starts at 6pm, gates open at 5pm.

Star Wars Night at Storm Stadium

Ren~EYE~ssance Day

Sunday at the stadium is a Renaissance Faire day complete with post game battle on the field. Come dressed in your best medieval attire and be ready for battle. Again free entrance is available on this day with donation or by wearing a costume. Game starts at 1pm, gates open at 12pm.

Have a great Geekend!

Cruzin Mama

Inside Out Advanced Screening

Insider Access to Inside Out

Insider Access to Inside Out!

Excited for the new Disney•Pixar film Inside Out that is coming to theaters June 19th? How does a chance to see a special advanced screening sound. Well here is your chance, Fathom Events is providing just that! Fathom is partnered with Disney and select theaters for a special Insider Access to Inside Out event happening on June 16th. This very amazing opportunity gives attendees more than just a chance to see the sure to be hit early but also gives inside details of the making of Inside Out and much more.

Inside Out

Disney•Pixar are taking you on an adventure inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley to see her five Emotions hard at work. You’ll meet Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness. Riley’s family moves to a new city where she and her Emotions navigate this transition. But Joy and Sadness are swept away into deep of Riley’s mind, leaving Fear, Anger and Disgust in charge. Joy and Sadness must embark on a journey through unfamiliar places -Imagination Land, Dream Productions, Long Term Memory and Abstract Thought- to get back to Headquarters and Riley. *Check out the trailer at the bottom of this post.

Insider Access to Inside Out

Insider Access

On Tuesday June 16th in select theaters there will be an advanced screening of Inside Out. The event is Insider Acces to Inside Out. Attendees will receive a special Inside Out lanyard and poster, as well as viewing the movie early. The event will give inside details bs exclusive behind the seen footage of Pixar Animation Studios. After the showing audiences will be apart of a special Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera, and Amy Poelher the voice of Joy. You can tweet your questions ahead of time by using #InsideOutAllAccess
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Tickets to this event are limited and only select theaters are participating. You find a theater and get you tickets here.

Date: June 16th
Time: 7pm
Run Time: 2hr 40min (approximately)

Get emotional and enjoy the show!

Cruzin Mama

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

All images courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

All images courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

Hogsmeade to open Spring 2016!

Hogsmeade Opening Spring 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood made a very big announcement today on their YouTube page about the upcoming attraction The Wizarding Worls of Harry Potter. The newest addition to the park is set to open Spring 2016. The land will feature many favorites of the books and movies, such as Honey Dukes, Zonkos, The Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head Pub. Hogsmeade will also include Ollivanders Wand Shop where guests can try out and find their perfect wand. Of course the main staple will be Hogwarts Castle. The Wizarding World will also bring two new rides to Universal Studios Hollywood; Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The latter of which will be inside Hogwarts Castle. The Forbidden Journey will be an incredible updated version of the ride currently at the Orlando park featuring advanced 3D technology. The ride will put you in the middle of a Quidditch match where you fly alongside Harry Potter. Guests will be outfitted with Quidditch inspired 3D googles to truly enhance the experience. There will be something for all fans to enjoy in this newest addition to Universal Studios Hollywood. The announcement video can be seen below.

Wizarding World Spring 2016

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I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series both the books and the films. My kids have also become fans recently, so we are all so very much excited for the chance to visit the World of Harry Potter. There is so much in the series that is relatable and encouraging which is way it has become such a success and worldwide phenomenon. When the Wizarding World opened in Orlando it was instantly a success (I honestly cannot wait to visit that park someday), as such it is sure to be the same with the Hollywood park’s. So for now until next spring “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”.

Cruzin Mama

Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express

Summer break is almost here, so now is the time to start planning some great fun and inexpensive activites to keep kids busy over the break. An awesome summer treat is going to the movies and many theaters offer a special summer discount movies series. Regal Theaters is one of those with the Regal Summer Movies Express. The Summer Movie Express is 9 weeks of family fun. All movies for the Summer Express are $1! A portion of each ticket will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. All movies are rated G or PG. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesday’s at 10am.

Summer Express 2015 Schedule

  • Week 1
    June 9th   Nut Job
    June 10th   Annie
  • Week 2
    June 16th   Earth to Echo
    June 17th   The Boxtrolls
  • Week 3
    June 23th   Paddington
    June 24th   Turbo
  • Week 4
    June 29th   Rio 2
    July 1st   How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Week 5
    July 7th   Mr. Peabody
    July 8th   Book of Life
  • Week 6
    July 14th   Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    July 15th   Peguins of Madagascar
  • Week 7
    July 21st   The Lego Movie
    July 22nd   Dolphin Tale 2
  • Week 8
    July 28th   Muppets Most Wanted
    July 29th   Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Week 9
    August 4th   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    August 5th   The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie

Click here to find a theater near you.

Enjoy the movies!

Cruzin Mama

Lego Friends Heartlake City Opens May 21st!

LEGO Friends Heartlake City Grand Opening May 21st

Images courtesy of Legoland

In just two days Legoland, California will be unveiling its newest addition. The all new LEGO Friends Heartlake City will be open this Thrusday May 21st. This new area is perfect for any LEGO Friends fans. Heartlake City is based on the popular LEGO Friends line and will highlight the personalities of five of the Friends; Mia, Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, and Andrea. The newest additions will feature water play, a carousel, and a chance to sing and dance with the LEGO Friends.

Images courtesy of Legoland

Heartlake City

The main attractions of Heartlake City will be Mia’s Riding Camp – a huge carousel of 64 horses, Friends Forever Stage – where the Friends will sing and dance and party with guests throughout the day, and the Heartlake Fountain – perfect place to splash and cool off on the hot summer days ahead. Heartlake City Boutique and City Park Crêperie will fill all your LEGO Friends shopping desires and sweet tooth cravings.

Heartlake City Concept Design

Heartlake City Preview

Heartlake City in progress

Heartlake City Behind the Scenes

Here are some sneak peeks I took on my visit to Legoland back in April. My daughter was very excited when she saw the concept banner, she can’t wait for a trip back to actually see it.

Ticket Deals!

There are some great offers going on now for Legoland, so now is a great time to visit with these deals and to check out the new Heartlake City along with the new Death Star addition to Miniland.

Right now you can get 5 days for the price of 1! *you must visit the park in 5 consecutive days for this offer*

Also when you purchase admission to Legoland plus an additional park (Sea Life Aquarium or Water Park) you can save up to $15 and receive a 2nd visit FREE! *restrictions apply so visit california.legoland.com for full details*

These are limited time offers, so don’t miss out!

Have fun meeting the Friends at Legoland!

Cruzin Mama

Temecula Blueberry Farm

Temecula Blueberry Farm

Temecula Blueberry Company’s farm is now open for the U-Pick season. A visit to the blueberry farm is a delightful little outing for the family this spring. My family decided to spend Mother’s Day checking out the farm for the very first time and of course pick some blueberries.

Temecula Blueberrry Farm

Blueberry Farm Info

The Blueberry Farm

It’s fairly easy to spot the farm when you are arriving by the large red barn style building. The barn is surrounded by a few fields of blueberry plants. The first stop when at the farm is at the small barn to pick up your bucket to collect your blueberries in. The cost of the blueberries is $5 per pint. *Important* Temecula Blueberry Farm accepts cash or check only!

Temecula Blueberry Company Chicken Coup

Temecula Blueberry Company's Piglet

The Blueberry Farm is also home to a few animals. The chicken coup was open for egg collecting during our visit and children where asked to help in the collecting (due to allergies we did not participate). There was also two adorable piglets there.

Blueberry Fields

Blueberry picking

Picking blueberries

Buckets of berries

The Blueberry farm’s fields have plenty of berries to be picked. Picking is so easy and fun, just remember to stick to only “blue” blueberries as they are ripe and ready to eat right after washing them. Also please only pick what you plan to purchase.

Temecula Berry Co.

Temecula Berry Company
39700 Cantrell Rd
Temecula CA 92591
Open Daily 8am – 6pm

Movie Nights at the Farm

Friday nights will be movie at the farm nights beginning May 29th. Movie night begins at 8pm and don’t forget to bring your chair. *Movie schedule has yet to be announced.*

Family Fun- Blueberry Picking

Have a fun trip to the blueberry farm!

Cruzin Mama

Earth Day Events April 22nd-26th

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate one of the greatest gifts, our planet! We must all do our part to keep out planet in good shape. The little things can make a big impact and they can be as simple as picking up after yourself at parks, beaches, or just anywhere. Recycling items in designated recepticales and reuse scrapes and materials when crafting. Turning off electronics when not in use and lights when you leave a room. One of the easiest ways to save water is to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth! All of these examples can make a positive impact on our environment.

My family is a very outdoors family so we always try to do our part and not leave waste/trash behind. My kids are able to enjoy so much here in Southern California whether it’s the beach, a nature center, a park or the mountains. In helping to keep these areas clean we are helping to preseve them for others to enjoy. Along with the tips above there are some great events going on in celebration of Earth Day!

San Diego

  • UCSD Earth Week
    Daily events at UC San Diego to celebrate Earth Day.
    April 20th-24th
    Cost: Free
    sustainability.ucsd.edu
  • San Diego Museum of Art in Full Bloom
    Art Alive is the museum’s annual floral exhibition. The exhibition features more than 100 floral interpretations of famous art works. The event features some fun family-friendly Garden Activites such as a Museum-wide flower hunt, children’s reading area and a variety of art crafts.
    April 24-26th
    Cost: Free for members, $20 for non-members
    sdmart.org
  • San Diego Natural History Museum Forest Fun Family Day
    An in depth look at forests and animals and plants that inhabit them. Family-friendly crafts and activities that celebrate the forest. Also be sure to stop by the exhibit Water: A California Story and learn about water conservation and ways to help during this drought.
    April 25th 11am to 3pm
    Cost: Included with Museum admission
    sdnhm.org
  • Spring Garden Festival in El Cajon
    The Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College is a family-friendly spring festival that features fun progress, exhibitors, demonstrations and resources for gardening.
    April 25th 9am-3pm
    Cost: Free
    cuyamaca.edu
  • Maritime Museum Earth Day on the Bay
    The first annual Earth Day on the Bay will be this Sunday in the Port of San Diego near the Maritime Museum. This event includes FREE admission to the Maritime Museum as well. The event features interactive displays, photo ops, food vendors, interaction with Marine Wildlife, and $5 bay cruises.
    April 26th 10am-4pm
    Cost: Free
    sdmaritime.org

Orange County

  • Pretend City Childrens Museum Celebrate Arbor Day!
    A fun day celebrating trees! Complete with storytimes,arts and crafts and fun little science experiments.
    April 24th 10am-4pm
    Cost: Included with Museum admission
    pretendcity.org
  • Tustin Earth Day Celebration
    Celebrate Earth Day at the District at Tustin Legacy. Earth Day inspired food sampling, music, giveaways, contests, and more!
    April 25th 12pm-3pm
    Cost: Free
    thedistricttl.com
  • Newport Bay Conservancy Earth Day at the Bay
    25th Annual Earth Day at the Bay. Live music, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, presentations, environmental movies and more.
    April 25th 10am-3pm
    Cost: Free
    newportbay.org
  • Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Festival
    Going on both Saturday and Sunday is the Earth Day Festival. Learn how to help protect our oceans and the rest of the planet. Hands-on learning demonstrations perfect for all ages.
    April 25th & 26th
    Cost: Included with General Admission
    aquariumofpacific.org
  • Land of Nod Spring Garden Show
    The Land of Nod located at South Coast Plaza will be hosting a fun spring event on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be arts and crafts, storytimes, Jurrasic Parties(Saturday only), balloon sculptures, and the Santa Ana Zoo Mobile(Sunday only).
    April 25th & 26th
    Cost: Free
    springgardenshow.com

Let’s all do our part and keep our home beautiful!

Cruzin Mama

Beach Fun

Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration 2015

For the next 4 days Star Wars is taking over Anaheim. The 2015 Star Wars Celebration is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center located right across the street from Disneyland. Fans from all over the world are flying in to attend this amazing event. My little family is lucky enough to also be attending!

The Celebration showcases both the original series and also all the upcoming continuations. The exhibit halls are filled with Star Wars memorabilia, fan art, costumes, props from the actual sets, and many special guests. This is an event for the whole family with companies like Toys’R’Us, Build a Bear, Jakks Pacific, Hot Wheels, Lego and many more attending by having booths or activites. One of the activites my kids are looking forward to attending is a Jedi Training Academy.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

There will be some great chances to catch a glimpse of the props and artwork for the upcoming Star Wars film. JJ Abrams is actually there today speaking about the film! Many of the Orinigal Cast will also be making appearances. This is definitely a celebration you don’t want to miss.

Star Wars Celebration Streaming Live!

Can’t Attend

Well Star Wars has got you covered. For anyone who can’t attend the Celebration it’s ok as you can go to starwars.com and watch a live stream of the fun. I will also be posting on my Instagram account during my time at the event. You can see all my photos at cruzinmamablog

Toys’R’Us Star Wars Giveaway

Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree

  • No purchase necessary to enter
  • You do NOT have to attend the Celebration to enter
  • Grand Prize
      • A trip for 4 to Toys’R’Us Times Square in NYC
      • First access to the new “The Force Awakens” toy line up
      • $1,000 Toys’R’Us giftcard
      • Airfare, Hotel, and transportation all included!

Star Wars Celebration

April 16th-19th 2015
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, Ca 92802

May the Force be with you!

Cruzin Mama