Home Depot FREE Kids Build

Image from workshops.homedepot.com

Images courtesy of Home Depot

On the 1st Saturday of every month at Home Depot is a FREE Kids Workshop. The kids workshop is from 9am until 12pm. Kids are invited to come and build a fun free craft. All kids are given a Junior Home Depot apron at their first build. After completing a build your child will receive a special pin pertaining to the workshop they attended. Complete 10 workshops and receive an extra special pin! The workshops are recommended for children ages 5 to 12. Register online now for February’s build happening this Saturday the 6th by clicking here. This weekends build is to make a mailbox perfect for holding Valentines cards!

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama

Valentine's Mailbox Home Depot Kids Workshop


Christmas Tree Lighting Events


Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

Riverside County

Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 21st

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities. Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 21st

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday November 29th

Take a holiday trip out to Temecula’s Wineries for a fun family tree lighting event. Special performances by Murrieta Dance Company and RCC Chambers Singers, who will be dressed up in vintage costumes. There will be a viewing of Disney’s Frozen. Enjoy some coco, wine and snacks available for purchase at the concession. Catch a tractor ride through the holiday lite vineyard. And be sure to spot Santa and some of his elves as they will be making appearances. This wonderful is FREE to attend be sure to check it out! For more information visit

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 3rd

Come join the 18th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit

Menifee Town Center

Saturday December 12th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4pm to 8pm. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Orange County

Fashion Island

Saturday November 13th – January 3rd

Enjoy nightly tree lightings starting November 13th until January 3rd. With the help of some Disney magic watch the lights twinkle and glitter to Disney Holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

San Diego County

Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 20th

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 27th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 5th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

The Queen Mary Chill


The CHILL is coming back to the Queen Mary on November 20th! This is a fun holiday experience unlike any other. The Queen Mary is transformed into a winter wonderland with 2 million pounds of ice. Explore The Ice Kingdom a 13,000 square foot Igloo or go ice skating on the outdoor rink. Or go tubing down a two story 100 foot long ice slide while still being next to the beach. And for the first time enjoy a complementary screening of the Polar Express 4-D Experience in the all new 4-D theater. There is plenty of entertainment and activities for everyone.



  • Adults
    $44.99 -online $34.99
  • Children ages 4-11
    $34.99 -online $24.99
  • Children 3 and underFREE
  • Adult E.L.F Pass
    $59.99 – online $49.99 (grants you general admission along with “Express Lane Fast” Pass for priority access to Ice Kingdom and Slides)
  • Child’s E.L.F Pass
    $49.99 – online $39.99 (grants you general admission along with “Express Lane Fast” Pass for priority access to Ice Kingdom and Slides)
  • Family Pack
    $129.99 (for up to 5 guests, you get 5 General Admission passes for the price of 4!)

General Admission includes entrance to the Ice Kingdom, along with ice tubing, entrance to CHILL village and also to explore the World Famous Queen Mary. Click here to purchase your ticket online now and save.

The CHILL is only open select dates starting November 20th until January 10th.

  • November 20th-29th
  • December 1st-6th, 8th-31st
  • January 1st-3rd, 7th-10th

Be sure and try to check out this cool attraction!

Cruzin Mama

Dreamworks Adventure to Santa

Dreamworks Adventure to Santa

A visit to Santa during the Holiday season can be a stressful event. Waiting in long lines and only getting a few minutes with Ol’ Saint Nick can be a not so jolly occasion. Well Adventure to Santa is here to change that. Dreamworks Dreamplace is back again this year with the special Adventure to Santa Holiday experience. This is more than just your average visit to the local mall Santa. This is an interactive experience to make the visit a most memorable one.

Adventure to Santa

First off just being at a Dreamworks Dreamplace is already an experience. The outside of the cottage is a changing digital display. Characters from Shrek and Rise of the Guardians make appearances throughout the windows and doors on the display. The cottage also goes through full transformations changing its appearance around every hour. When the blizzard would hit, the cottage would look as if covered in snow. My kids loved when this would occur they wanted to keep watching for when the next snow storm would strike.

Adventure to Santa

Adventure to Santa

To go on an Adventure to Santa you must reserve a time slot and date as well as pick a package online. Packages range from $35 to $75 per family for photos. (You can click here to book your adventure and to find a location). By having visits set up this way it cuts down on wait times so the whole waiting in a long line for hours just for a few minutes with Santa is a thing of the past. When you arrive and get checked in you are given a boarding pass. See Santa isn’t actually there right away when you go in. You and your family must take a special trip to the North Pole to see him. So the first room you enter on your journey is the flight school area. In this area everyone in your group is able to practice their sleigh flying skills.

Adventure to Santa Boarding Pass

Adventure to Santa Flight Room

Adventure to Santa Flight Room

Adventure to Santa Flight training

Next up is your flight aboard a magic sleigh headed to the North Pole! You are joined by Shrek and his friends who help guide your journey. I have to say we all had a blast on this ride. It’s not a full simulator ride like Star Tours at Disneyland but something along those lines. This alone made the experince worth it.

Adventure to Santa Sleigh Ride

Once you arrive at the North Pole you don’t go immediately to Santa just yet. Next up is another interactive room this time it’s cookie making, Gingerbread people to be exact. Then into the next room to meet the jolly man himself. What’s great is that it’s a private room for just you and your family with Santa. It’s so much more personal than the typical mall visit. You have time to take your photos and for the kids to actually talk with him before you are magically transported back to the mall.

Adventure to Santa

Adventure to Santa Dreamworks Dreamplace

After being transported back to the mall it was time to check out our photos. It was hard to chose just one image since all came out so well. There is also some Dreamworks Character merchandise available by exit. Since we attended an opening event for the new Dreamplace at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach there was a lot of Christmas excitement going on. The Eleves from Rise of the Guardians made an appearance!

Adventure to Santa

Adventure to Santa Merchandise

Adventure to Santa Grand Opening

Hope you enjoyed checking out my family’s Adventure to Santa be sure to book your sleigh ride soon before the magic is gone!

Cruzin Mama

Dreamworks Adventure to Santa Grand Opening

Dreamplace Adventure to Santa

California Locations

Victoria Gardens
12505 S Mainstreet
Rancho Cucamonga 91739

South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Blvd.
Redondo Beach 90278


Monday through Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm

Admission and Packages

Admission: FREE to travel through but it is highly recommended to have a reservation.

Packages: $35 – $75 package options available, up to 8 guests accommodations on all packages.

Visit www.dreamplaceexperience.com for more information and to book your reservation

Snow Days!


Living in a desert region or coastal means you won’t be seeing much snow this winter unless you plan a trip out to the mountains. The next best thing is snow that is brought in to your area. There is quite a few snow days happening in December and in January. Here are some fun snow play days that I have found.

December Snow Days

Saturday December 13th

  • The Shops at Dos Lagos -Come play in 50 tons of snow! The fun begins with a FREE showing of “Frozen” at the Dos Lagos Luxury Theater. Snow play will be from 1pm to 4pm and there will be face painting, crafts, and entertainment going on.
  • Hunt Park Winter Wonderland -There will be snow in Riverside this Saturday at Hunt Park. The fun is from 12pm to 4pm and there will be crafts, inflatables, a fun zone and Santa at this Winter Wonderland Event. There is a cost for the fun zone and food.

Friday December 19th

Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland -Temecula’s Children’s Museum Pennypickle’s Workshop will be hosting a fun winter event complete with snow! Along with the snow there will be booths set up for crafting and activities. There is a minimal cost to this event and tickets can be purchased now in the museum’s gift shop.

Sledding at Sea World last December.

Sledding at Sea World last December.

On Going Snow

  • Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park -Petco Parks special event features an area for snow play and is open on select dates this December. Click on link for full info.
  • Legoland Holiday Snow Days -included with general admission guests are invited to snow play, tubing and to decorate a snowman with special Lego accessories. The snow play will be available until January 4th.
  • Chill at the Queen Mary -Not exactly snow but still an awesome event made out of ice! Complete with indoor and outdoor slides. This special event is open select dates until January 11th. Click on link for full details.
  • SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration -the fun is included with admission to the park. There is reindeers, special shows, holidays lights and decorations, Santa’s cottage and of course snow! Plus save on your purchase of a membership with their special offer of purchasing a 1 year pass and getting the 2nd year FREE or as a special gift pay for one day and get the parks fun card for FREE which will let you into to the park all of 2015 with only a few blackout dates. The Celebration ends January 4th.

January Snow Days

Saturday January 24th

Lake Forest SnowFest -This is a very popular event, bringing thousands of people as a park is filled with snow for sledding and play. Pre-registration is required for sledding, open registration will be on January 9th with select registration dates happening before for residents. Sledding is a cost of $5 per rider but the event itself is FREE to check out. The fun is from 11am until 2:30pm. There will be a children’s snow play area, bounce house and many other attractions. This is a big event for Lake Forest so be sure to check it out!

Saturday January 31st

Fullerton Snow Day -a very special event put on by the City of Fullerton. Come have a special snow day with snowball battles, sledding, crafts, games and more. There will be three 75-foot sled runs and a special sled area for children 5 and under. Family campfires will also be available and snacks such as s’mores will be available for purchase. This event is limited to 900 attendees. Register early and save, there is a cost for this event. Early registration for residents is $12 and for non-residents is $15. Pre-registration is going on now until January 30th, click on link to register.

There is so many snow options I hope you are able to check out a few of them! Happy Snow Days!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Youth Snowboarding Lessons


Burton Riglet are partnering with Active Temecula to bring an awesome opportunity to kids this Saturday December 13th, Youth Snowboarding Lessons! This special event is from 11am to 2pm. Children will learn the fundamentals of snowboarding in a fun, safe environment. This is a very fun event for the whole family. There will also be games and giveaways!


My kiddo had a blast at this event last year. And this years event will feature a snow course! The event flyer is posted below.


Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity!

Cruzin Mama

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park


Petco Park has transformed for the Holidays and is now an amazing Holiday Wonderland. This special event is open for only select nights this December. The park is filled with fun holiday activities and decorations. Come play in the snow while being minutes from the ocean. Visit Santa’s workshop all the work that goes into making the holidays special. Travel through Candyland and a Winter Wonderland both right here in San Diego. There will also be live reindeer and a chance to take a ride on the Polar Express. And of course an opportunity to get a picture with Santa in front of the 40′-tall Christmas tree on display in the center of the Park.



Adults $15
Children (Ages 3-14) $10
Children (Ages 3 and under) FREE
Military $13

*General Admission includes access to all of the activities except for the Polar Express Train($5 per ride) and Photos with Santa(photo package of $25 for photos to print on site). Click here to purchase your tickets now!*

I am always on the look out for not only fun events but also discounts! Click here to find discounted tickets!


Lexus Premier Lot, Padres Parkade and Tailgate Parking Lot $10

Dates and Hours


Check out this fun wonderland before it is gone!

Cruzin Mama

Home Depot FREE Kids Build

Image from workshops.homedepot.com

Image from workshops.homedepot.com

On the 1st Saturday of every month at Home Depot is a FREE Kids Workshop. The kids workshop is from 9am until 12pm. Kids are invited to come and build a fun free craft. All kids are given a Junior Home Depot apron at their first build. After completing a build your child will receive a special pin pertaining to the workshop they attended. Complete 10 workshops and receive an extra special pin! The workshops are recommended go children ages 5 to 12. Register online now for Decembers build happening this Saturday the 6th by clicking here. This weekends build is to make fun holiday decorations for your yard.

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama


Balboa Park December Nights


Balboa Park will be kicking off the Holiday Season on their December Nights on December 5th and 6th. This FREE event is on Friday December 5th from 3pm to 11pm and on Saturday December 6th from Noon to 11pm. Participating Museums will be offering FREE entrance during December Nights from 5pm to 9pm. Many of these museums will also have special exhibits and entertainment. There is food, holiday music and entertainment and of course beautiful lights. Come watch the beautiful Santa Lucia procession at the San Diego Museum of Man. The Rueben H. Fleet Museum is full of kid-friendly and interactive exhibits. And the Natural History Museum will have the museum’s Fossil Mysteries set to holiday music. There will be an array of vendors throughout Balboa Park. There is plenty of options to visit with Santa and have your child’s photo taken, or why not visit the Grinch at the Old Globe theater for a very unique holiday photo. Be sure to check out Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! play that is being put on at the Old Globe theater until December 27th. Or be adventurous on the “December Flights” Zipline which is brand new this year.

This is going to be an amazing event, try and make it out for one of the nights!

Cruzin Mama

December Nights

Friday Dec. 5th 3pm-11pm

Saturday Dec. 6th 12pm-9pm


Festival Activities

Entertainment Schedule


Parking and Transportation

Katiland Polar Express


My family recently went for a little ride on the Polar Express at Katiland located right here in Temecula. Katiland is a new Christmas Tree lot that’s main feature is it’s miniature trains. There is also bounce houses, a power wheels track, holiday boutique, and photo ops with Lightning McQueen and Mater. Train rides are available during the day for a discounted cost, but the nighttime is when you get a full Polar Express experience. The Polar Express evening rides begin at 5:30pm and go until 8pm. Riders are treated with a hot chocolate to drink while waiting with their golden tickets to board. The Polar Express narrated by Liam Neeson plays while you travel on your journey. When you exit the train you are greeted by a very familiar face, Santa, who also gives out a very special gift a Jingle Bell from his sleigh!



Overall I think this is such a cute place and has so much potential. The train ride is fun and the decorations that were up were done well. It still could use some improvements. More holiday lights would be amazing and even some more decor on the trains route would help. There were a few hiccups during our train ride but the staff handled it so well and kept everyone in a good mood. If you happen to be in the area do stop by or if you live nearby it is a fun little outing. The pricing is reasonable and will help Katiland to grow and become a holiday must.

Take a ride on the Polar Express!

Cruzin Mama


Located near Los Caballos and Pauba Rd (I went via Temecula Parkway to Pauba Road, which seemed to be a fairly easy route.)

Polar Express Train Ride
Daytime 11am to 5:30pm – $3
Evenings 5:30pm to 8pm – $5 (This includes golden ticket, hot chocolate and gift from Santa)