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 *

National Parks FREE Entrance Days 2017


National Parks Free Days 2016

The National Park Service is back with its FREE entrance days for 2017! This year the National Park Service is offer 9 fee free days which are great opportunities to get out and explore. There are 409 parks in the U.S. , 127 of those normally charge an entrance fee ranging from $3-$30. So fee free days are a great way to explore on a budget. Also be sure to visit Find Your Park to see all the events happening in parks nearby.

*Fee free days waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation fees. Fees for reservations, camping, tours, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless otherwise stated.*

2017 FREE Entrance Days

  • February 20th  Presidents  Day
  • April 15-16th and 22nd-23rd National Parks Week (Weekends)
  • August 25th National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30th National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th-12th Veterans Day Weekend

Image courtesy of National Park Foundation

Park Passes

Can’t make any of the fee free day but are planning on visiting multiple parks, then an Annual Pass is what you need. There are actually quite a few different pass options for our National Parks.

  • Annual Pass   The cost is $80 for this pass. It is available to everyone and can be purchased at a federal recreation site, over the phone (1-888-275-8747 ext. 3) or online.
  • Military Annual Pass  This pass is FREE to all current members of the United States Military, Reserves and Guards. This pass can only be picked up in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).
  • 4th Grade Pass   Through Every Kid in a Park program all 4th graders are eligible to obtain a FREE Annual Pass. This pass provides free entrance to national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges for the 4th grader as well as all children under 16 years of age in the party and up to three adults. Paper passes accepted only no electronic passes will be honored. Pass is only valid during the school year (September 2015 – August 31st, 2016). For more information and to get the pass visit everykidinapark.gov

For full information on passes and to see all pass options visit nps.gov

California National Parks

Have fun exploring!

Cruzin Mama

Click here to find National Parks outside of California.

Museums FREE-For-All Day 2016

Image courtesy of socalmuseums.org

Image courtesy of socalmuseums.org

Free Museum Entrance Day January 30th

As a part of the “Museums Free-For-All” program over 20 Southern California Museums will be offering free entrance on January 30th. The is the 11th annual “FREE-For-All” day and is an amazing way to visit great So-Cal museums. The free entrance does not included admission to specialty exhibits that require tickets. Standard parking rates still apply. Provided below is the full list of participating museums and links to their sites. Some of the featured museums are actually FREE on a daily basis! For more information visit socalmuseums.org

*The Museum of Tolerance, The Riverside Art Museum and Zimmer Children’s Museum are all closed on Saturdays, so they will be offering their free entrance on Sunday January 31st.*

Particpating Museums

Have a great museum day!

Cruzin Mama

Museums FREE-For-All Day 2015

Image from socalmuseums.org

Image from socalmuseums.org

Free Museum Entrance Day January 31

As a part of the “Museums Free-For-All” program over 20 Southern California Museums will be offering free entrance on January 31st. The is the 10th annual “FREE-For-All” day and is an amazing way to visit great So-Cal museums. The free entrance does not included admission to specialty exhibits that require tickets. Standard parking rates still apply. Provided below is the full list of participating museums and links to their sites. So of the featured museums are actually FREE on a daily basis! For more information visit socalmuseums.org

*The Museum of Tolerance and Zimmer Children’s Museum are both closed on Saturdays, so they will be offering their free entrance on Sunday Febuary 1st.*

Particpating Museums

Have a great museum day!

Cruzin Mama

The New Children’s Museum of San Diego

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I finally took advantage of a FREE entrance day at the New Children’s Museum of San Diego! My little family and I went not too long ago and checked the whole place out. So I thought I should share our experience and some tips for anyone planning a visit soon.

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Ok I will say my kids had a good time there but they are very easy going kids. There was quite a bit to keep them busy there. The building looks quite large from the outside. Once inside though there wasn’t as much to do as I was expecting. There is a fair amount of exhibits but not something I would plan spending a whole day at. You enter the Museum on the second level which features a recycled playground, wind tunnel, toddler push cars, music room and the arts area.

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My son was right at home in the music room. Plus this wasn’t just any music room all the instruments were made out of items typically found in a kitchen. Oh and there is headphones available for those who want to enjoy the room without ending up with a headache.

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The art area has some fun activities for even toddlers to enjoy. The was a large chalkboard wall, stamps, and a special art area that unfortunately was closed on my visit so I can’t say too much about that. The outdoor area had large equipment that kids are encouraged to paint and an area to sculpt a little piece of Art to take home. I would suggest visiting this area first so you can let your clay creation dry while playing in the rest of the Museum.

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The lowest level of the Museum didn’t feature too much and since the elevator stopped working only my daughter and I went down to explore it. The chicken coop is located down there which is visible from the bridge when you first enter the building. One of the workers brought out one of the hens from the coop to talk to the kids and let them pet her. Also down there was tons of shelving with some books and bean bag pillows. There was a tent type area that had some video being displayed inside. But there wasn’t too much on that level.

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The top floor has the larger play areas, so naturally it was the most popular area. Even though there was a larger amount of people on this level we were still able to check each section out. My daughter had a blast jumping around in the veggie bounce. While my son couldn’t get enough of the bubbles on the terrace. It was really warm the day of our visit so we weren’t upstairs very long. Crowds, kids running around and on top of it the Museum has no central air, it wasn’t very long before we were needing to get some relief.

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I have to say our favorite part of our visit was actually playing at the outdoor play area and walking the Museums garden. Both of which are located just across the street from the museum. The play equipment is all shaded so we didn’t have to worry about touching hot metal. The edible garden is so quant and lush. While the jungle gym is such a unique design a great change up from our normal parks.

Overall this is a cute children’s museum and we had a nice time during our visit. I would advise to not go on a hot day since there is no air conditioning in the building. Also it can be fairly crowded on FREE Entrance Days which are the 2nd Sunday of every month presented by Target. Though I do think this is the best day to visit as the pricing can add up for families on a budget. I wouldn’t recommend doing a membership if you are not local, there are some fun weekday programs offered which make the membership worth it but if you only plan on visiting once and awhile then FREE days or a paid visit here and there would be more ideal. Also a stroller is not very practical in this museum, as worker informed me that the elevator tends to have issues on days when there is larger crowds which did happen during my family’s visit. There is adequate parking near the Museum, one lot is a cost of $10. But Sundays the metered parking is free, it can take a bit to find an open spot but saving on the cost of parking is a bonus.

So check the museum out for yourself and tell me what you think.

Cruzin Mama

FREE Children’s Museum Entrance

Image from thinkplaycreate.org

Image from thinkplaycreate.org

FREE entrance into the New Children’s Museum of San Diego is the Second Sunday of every month. This wonderful opportunity is presented by Target. The New Children’s Museum is such a fun and interactive learning environment perfect for eager learners. Parking is not included and free entrance is only between 12-4pm. But a free entrance day is the perfect way to check out a new museum.

Image from thinkplaycreate.org

Image from thinkplaycreate.org

The New Children’s Museum of San Diego is located at 200 West Island Avenue in Downtown. The Museum features plenty of hands on exhibits, which is great for anyone with a toddler. There is an array of daily activities for kids to really get into the art and let their creativeness shine. Just to name a few of the activities there is painting, playing with bubbles, working with clay, and more. For all the daily activities, there location in the museum and recommended ages click on the link provided. The Museum also has a special Toddler Program that is every Friday at 10:30am. The program focuses on music, movement, learning and fun for little ones!

Try and check out this fun little children’s museum!

Cruzin Mama

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center

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Anyone else have kiddos who love dinosaurs?! Well I was looking up places with nature centers and other small museums and stumbled upon the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. This place looks perfect for my little adventurers! The Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center combines nature with exploration and learning and is FREE to visit. Explore Dinosaur Mesa to see some amazing Dinosaurs and see all the beautiful and unique plants at the nursery (many of which are available for purchase). The Center also has a great little museum and special activity days.

Image from jmdc.org

Image from jmdc.org

Family Days

On Saturdays you are invited to go on a rock and mineral collecting expedition ($8 per person, children 2 years and under are free). Participants learn about how rocks and fossils are formed. As you hike through Dinosaur Mesa to the Quarry learn about about these amazing prehistoric creatures on display. Once at the Quarry you will be able to collect your own rock and mineral specimens to take home. The expedition sets off every Saturday at 9am, 12pm and 2pm. There is no obligation to participate in the Rock and Mineral Collecting when visiting the Discovery Center; the Nursery, museum and Dinosaur Mesa are all FREE to explore.

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Earth Science Museum

The Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center also features a great little Earth Science Museum (the Ruth and Sam Kirkby Earth Science Museum) which is home to a large collection of Dinosaur Eggs that were found in China. The museum also features artifacts that were discovered here in the Inland Empire. Though the museum is small it has many exhibits to check out. Some of the exhibits are Rocks and Minerals, Fossils, Native American Artifacts, Petrified Wood, and Mining just to name a few. The Museum like the rest of the Center is FREE to visit but donations are greatly appreciated.

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I can’t wait to take my little family on an adventure here soon!

Cruzin Mama

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center
7621 Granite Hill Drive
Riverside, Ca 92509
jmdc.org

FREE History Center Entrance

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Every Sunday the little red building next Kohl’s here in Temecula opens it’s doors and welcomes all take a step back in time. This great little History Center is FREE for all to explore. The workers there are so friendly, on our recent visit one lady walked with us through the building and explained the history of many objects to my very curious 7 year old. It is always nice to learn the history of the area you live in.

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This History Center is only open on Sundays from Noon to 5pm. There are quite a few hands on exhibits which is great for little ones, but still be mindful these are historical items. If you wish to have a group tour please schedule an appointment at info@vailranch.org  If you are in the area try and stop by this wonderful center and catch a glimpse of Temecula’s history.

"Test driving" the Model-T on display inside the History Center

“Test driving” the Model-T on display inside the History Center

Catching a ride in the replica stagecoach.

Catching a ride in the replica stagecoach.

And before I forget directly on the other side of Kohls there are some Historic buildings as well. These buildings are in the process of restoration to create another amazing walk through history, similar to Old Town San Diego. Construction has begun on this site and I cannot wait until it is finished to take my little ones.

Cruzin Mama

FREE Children’s Museum Entrance

Image from thinkplaycreate.org

Image from thinkplaycreate.org

Tomorrow August 10th is the second Sunday of the month and that means FREE entrance into the New Children’s Museum of San Diego. This wonderful opportunity is presented by Target. The New Children’s Museum is such a fun and interactive learning environment perfect for eager learners. Parking is not included and free entrance is only between 12-4pm. But a free entrance day is the perfect way to check out a new museum.

Cruzin Mama