Home Depot FREE Kids Build

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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

 

The Queen Mary Chill

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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.

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Tickets

  • 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.

Dates
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

Hours

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

Disney Holiday Fun Outside the Parks

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink Downtown Disney

I love to visit Disneyland during Halloween or Holiday time. The decorations inside the parks are so festive and very in tune to Disney’s family fun style. I also love how some of the rides are completely transformed. Unfortunately I can’t always afford to visit the parks during this time, so the next best thing is Disney fun outside the Parks! There are quite a few ways to enjoy a little Disney Magic outside the parks. So I just wanted to share some Disney fun my kids had a blast seeing and I recommend checking these out before the Magic fades away.

Visit Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney Holiday Lights

One of the closet ways to enjoy Dinseyland without actually going into the Parks is to go to Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney features many shops, restaurants and entertainment. And there is decorations and special fun just for the holidays there. Be sure to take advantage of the FREE parking offered for Downtown Disney. You will be able to receive 3 hours of FREE parking and with certain validations up to 5 hours FREE!

Disney Treats

Visit Marceline’s Confectionery for some delicious treats that are also found inside the parks.

Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink

Go for a skate at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and visit the Winter Village. Olaf brought some of Elsa’s magic from Arendelle to Downtown Disney with his holiday ice rink. Set up in between ESPN Zone and the AMC Theater is a fun skating opportunity that is surrounded by Downtowns Winter Village, which are snow-caped cottages featuring special holiday gifts and souvenirs. The ice rink and village will be in Downtown until February 22nd.

See The Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

Grand Californian's Gingerbread House

Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

While visiting Downtown Disney be sure to make a stop into the Grand Californian Hotel. Inside the lobby is a gorgeous 500lb Gingerbread House modeled after the hotel. It stands at 7 1/2 ft tall and is 12 ft wide and is the work of 1 Dreamer, 6 Craftsmen and 25 Team Members. It is truly a delicious sight! As with all things Disney be on the look out for 7 Hidden Mickeys. Try and take a minute to just enjoy the Hotels lobby while there. The lobby is beautifully set up and creates such a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

The details of the Gingerbread Hotel are just so amazing! My daughter kept telling me how much she wished she could just take one bite, haha. The Gingerbread Hotel will be checking out January 6th so hurry to catch a glimpse of it!

Irvine Spectrum Disney Holiday Light Show

Irvine Spectrum's Disney Magical Holiday Lights

Every night until January 4th the Edwards Courtyard located at the Irvine Spectrum comes to life with Disney Magic. A special holiday light show from Disneyland Resort is on display here and has nightly showings. The showing are a brief glimpse of what the Holiday Magic inside the Parks is like. The shows begin at 5:30pm and happens every hour after until closing. This is such a fun little show to catch if you happen to be in the area. Also Fashion Island features a similar Tree Lighting set to Disney Holiday music.

Mickey striking up the band.

Mickey striking up the band.

So go enjoy some Disney fun outside the Parks!

Cruzin Mama

Portable North Pole – Personalized Message from Santa

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Christmas is almost here! Have your little ones been extra good lately to make sure Santa will bring them just what they are hoping for? How about sending them a personalized message from the Big Man himself to let them know he has been taking notice of their behavior. Portable North Pole has some very fun personalized videos to create for your little ones. There is different package options with more detailed personalizations and options. There is a cost to the packages ranging from $3.99 and up, but there is a FREE package that is perfect to try out.

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The videos are simple to make and are so much fun to watch with your kids. I love seeing my kiddos reactions to seeing Santa use photos of them and talking about fun little personal details. I like to take a little video of them watching the message it’s just so funny seeing their reactions. We even like to have the kids watch a video sent to us parents too. It is just such a blast for them to see Mommy and Daddy having to work to be on the nice list too. I really like that the packages aren’t insanely priced so you can save and enjoy your videos even after the holidays.

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Portable North Pole is also available on Mobile devices! The App is FREE to download.

Click here for Apple devices

Click here for Android devices

Or just visit portablenorthpole.com on your computer.

Check out this video to catch a little glimpse of how PNP messages from Santa look!

Hope this becomes a new fun holiday tradition!

Cruzin Mama

Snow Days!

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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

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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!

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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.

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Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity!

Cruzin Mama

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park

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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.

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Admission
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!

Parking

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

Dates and Hours

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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

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Balboa Park December Nights

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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

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Festival Activities

Entertainment Schedule

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Parking and Transportation