Disney Store Summer Play Days

Images courtesy of Disney

Images courtesy of Disney

Summer Play Days are back at the Disney Store!

Be sure to stop by the Disney Store and check out their free Summer Play Days events this summer. The fun starts this Saturday June 6th with a very special Inside Out event! Come and show your emotions with the gang from Inside Out (this event will continue on Saturdays throughout June). Summer Play Days are fun free events put on by the Disney Store, kids can learn to draw, answer trivia, take part in an interactive story time, and much more. During Summer Play days your child is given a lanyard to wear and to collect the Summer Play Days weekly pin. *Lanyard and pins only available for a limited time and quantities are limited*

2015 Summer Pin Schedule

Summer Play Days weekly pins

My kid's lanyard so far!

My kid’s lanyard during last years Summer Play Days!

Bonus Pins!

Make sure to also go to the Mike’s Trivia Challenge events. After completing the trivia challenge your child receives an extra pin! There are different pins to collect at each trivia challenge so you will want to try to attend a few of these as well.

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Play Day Events

  • Inside Out– *Details coming soon*
  • Showtime – Interactive play with a Disney character on the stores big screen
  • Mike’s Trivia Challenge Learn Disney Trivia, then test your knowledge
  • Star Wars Jedi training Academy, learn to use a light saber and help the Rebels
  • Marvel – Avengers Assemble, learn different Avenger’s moves and become an honorary member, design your own Captain America shield, these are just a few of the Marvel events
  •  The Art of Animation – Learn to draw a character just like a Disney Animator

 

Swimming and chatting with Crush during a Showtime event. Very similar to Turtle Talk featured at Disney California Adventure.

Swimming and chatting with Crush during a Showtime event. Very similar to Turtle Talk featured at Disney California Adventure.

Nemo snorkel masks and lanyards on for Showtime Summer Play Day event.

Nemo snorkel masks and lanyards on for Showtime Summer Play Day event.

Learning how to draw frog version of Prince Naveen.

Learning how to draw the frog version of Prince Naveen.

We absolutely loved the Play Day events at Disney Store last year, I highly recommend attending a few this summer. Click here to find a store nearest you. 

Have a blast!

Cruzin Mama

Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes

June Junior Chef Classes

Here is the June schedule of Junior Chef Classses at Williams-Sonoma. All classes teach kids about safe food handling and some great beginner techniques. Also new recipes that can be recreated at home. Class sizes can be limited so do reserve a spot by stopping by your local store. You can find a store nearest you by right here.

Having your children help in meal preparation helps them in making healthier choices and to be less picky eaters. My local Williams-Sonoma has been so great with really letting all the kids attending the classes get to be hands on. I highly recommend these classes. 

June Jr Chef Classes

      • Saturday June 6th 10am – Summer Sides: BBQ Helper – learn how to make some tasty side dishes, just in time for outdoor meals. *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday June 13th 10am – I <3 Zoku – More Zoku fun! Popsicles, slushies and ice cream will make you <3 Zoku. *ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday June 20th 10am – Father’s Day Fun with Dad – learn how to use kitchen gadgets to make Dad a perfect treat for Farher’s Day. *ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday June 27th 10am – American Girl Event: Baking with Grace – this special event is in partnership with American Girl® for a very special baking class with 2015 Girl of the Year™, Grace™. Learn Grace’s favorite French Madeleine recipe. Attendees will also receive an Americal Girl® goodie bag. There is a cost of $30 per child for this event and early registeration is a must as space is limit.*ages 8-13 recommended*

June Junior Chef Classes 1

June Junior Chef Classes 2

*Be sure to verify with your local store of class dates, times and details.

This is one of my favorite events to post about. I make it a point to set aside time for my daughter to attend at least one of these classes a month and she absolutely loves them!

Have fun checking out these delicious classes!

Cruzin Mama

March FREE Junior Chef Classes

Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes

So much fun and tasty treats at the No-Bake Valentines Treat Class on January 31st.

Williams-Sonoma FREE March Jr Chef  Classes

This is one of my favorite events to post about. I make it a point to set aside time for my daughter to attend at least one of these classes a month and she absolutely loves them! Having your children help in meal preparation helps them in making healthier choices and with them being less picky eaters. My local Williams-Sonoma has been so great with really letting all the kids attending the classes get to be hands on. I highly recommend these classes. 

March Jr Chef Classes

      • Saturday March 7th 10am – Lunch Box Lessons: Sandwiches and Wraps*ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday March 14th 10am – 52 New Foods Presents: Pancake Party!*ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday February 21st 10am – Easter Baking *ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday February 28th 10am – Eggs-cellent Eggs *ages 5-13 recommended*

Easter themed Jr Chef Classes

*This is the Temecula Stores class schedule be sure to verify with your local store of class dates, times and details.

All classes teach kids about safe food handling and some great beginner techniques. Also new recipes that can be recreated at home. Class size can be limited so do reserve a spot by stopping by your local store. You can find a store nearest you by click here.

Have fun checking out these delicious classes!

Cruzin Mama

Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes

So much fun and tasty treats at the No-Bake Valentines Treat Class on January 31st.

Williams-Sonoma FREE February Jr Chef  Classes

This is one of my favorite events to post about. I make it a point to set aside time for my daughter to attend at least one of these classes a month and she absolutely loves them! Having your children help in meal preparation helps them in making healthier choices and with them being less picky eaters. My local Williams-Sonoma has been so great with really letting all the kids attending the classes get to be hands on. I highly recommend these classes. 

February Jr Chef Classes

      • Saturday February 7th 10am – Asian Dumpling *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday February 14th 10am – 52 New Foods: Stir Frying *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday February 21st 10am – Homemade Chicken Fingers *ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday February 28th 10am – Cake Baking, from Start to Frosting *ages 5-13 recommended*

Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes

*This is the Temecula Stores class schedule be sure to verify with your local store of class dates, times and details.

All classes teach kids about safe food handling and some great beginner techniques. Also new recipes that can be recreated at home. Class size can be limited so do reserve a spot by stopping by your local store. You can find a store nearest you by click here.

Have fun checking out these delicious classes!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Kids Cooking Classes

Williams-Sonoma FREE Jr Chef January Classes

She loved the last time there was a burger class so it's safe to say she will be signing up for the next one!

She loved the last time there was a burger class so it’s safe to say I will be signing her up for the next one!

This is one of my favorite events to post about. I make it a point to set aside time for my daughter to attend at least one of these classes a month and she absolutely loves them! Having your children help in meal preparation helps them in making healthier choices and with them being less picky eaters. My local Williams-Sonoma has been so great with really letting all the kids attending the classes get to be hands on.  I highly recommend these classes. 

January Jr Chef Classes

      • Saturday January 10th 10am – Baking for Beginners – Kids will learn the basics of baking and will help prepare a yummy breakfast and baked snack. *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday January 17th 10am – Better Burgers – Kids will learn how to make a burger their way with all the fixings. *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday January 24th 10am – Fun Finger Foods – Kids will learn that it’s ok to eat without a fork!, by making fun delicious finger foods. *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday January 31st 10am – No Bake Valentine’s Treats – Kids will learn how to make 3 easy no-bake treats perfect for Valentine’s Day! *ages 5-13 recommended*
Images from williams-sonoma.com

Images from williams-sonoma.com

FREE Kids Cooking Classes

*This is the Temecula Stores class schedule be sure to verify with your local store of class dates, times and details.

All classes teach kids about safe food handling and some great beginner techniques. Also new recipes that can be recreated at home. Class size can be limited so do reserve a spot by stopping by your local store. You can find a store nearest you by click here.

Have fun checking out these delicious classes!

Cruzin Mama

Where to go Trick-or-Treating

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Halloween is here! Now that a lot of the events and activities have already passed, it’s time to figure out where to take the kids trick-or-treating. For some this is simple by just going through their neighborhood or just to select neighbors houses. For others like myself this isn’t something that we have available. So then the question is “where should I take my kids trick-or-treating at?”. Here are some great options I have found and I hope that they are helpful to anyone still determining where to take their kiddos tomorrow night.

Trick-or-Treating locations

  • The Mall – why not stop by your local Mall. Many shops hand out candy, stickers and sometimes even coupons. This is usually a treat put on by the stores and not an actual Mall event. Stores will usually have a sign indicating if they are giving out treats.
  • Shopping Centers – similar to what stores at your local mall will do. Again this is usually put on by the stores themselves and they will have some sort of indication of whether treats are being giving out or not.
  • Trunk-or-Treats – check with your local churches, most with youth programs tend to hold events such as Trunk-or-Treats. This is where a designated parking lot will feature car trunks decorated and volunteers handing out treats. I especially enjoy taking my kids to these since it’s safe and easy. It’s really cool to see how creative people get with decorating their trunks.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treating is all about having a great time out. But it is still important to be safe and cautious. Like teaching your kids to not eat any treats until you have fully inspected them. This is extremely crucial for parents of children with food allergies. I recently read an article to fully read labels even if you have already given such treats to your child in the past. Some candy items even if the same flavor can have different ingredients in different sizes options. So always read the labels or verify on the items company’s website. Click here for some ideas for non-food or allergy safe treats.

  • Bring a Flash Light
  • Have your child wear a reflective strip or a glow item (i.e. bracelet, necklace, stick)
  • Always have at least one parent present and make sure kids stay together with their group
  • Don’t go to houses where all the lights are out
  • Stay on the sidewalks
  • Make sure children know to wait until an adult checks their candy before eating any

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Cruzin Mama

 

FREE Entrance to the San Diego Botanic Garden and Fall Event!

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The San Diego Botanic Garden free admission is the first Tuesday of every month! Plus if you have 4 or more people in your car you will receive free parking(this offer is good any day). Free parking is also offered to Electric Cars. And all October kids 12 and under are FREE as apart of Kidvasion San Diego. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Botanic Garden yet then a free entrance day is a perfect opportunity.

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Click here for a printable map of the Garden.

The Botanic Garden is a great way to see plants from all around the world. There is two interactive areas for kids, so there is plenty for the family to enjoy. On my family’s last visit we barely explored the gardens since we went in the evening. So our next visit we are planning to spend much more time there, especially since the kiddos loved the children’s garden(spent almost our whole visit there!). There are picnic tables available so pack a lunch and enjoy the beauty the Botanic Garden has to offer.

Family Fall Festival

Saturday October 25th, 10am to 2pm

The Festival is FREE with entrance to the Botanic Gardens. There will be wagon hay rides, face painting, petting zoo, live music, pumpkin craving and more. Have you kids come dressed up in their costumes to walk in the costume parade.

Cruzin Mama

FREE Kids Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma FREE Jr Chef October Classes

My little one had a blast at the cookie decorating class a few weeks back. The class was also a benefit for NO Kid Hungry to help fight child hunger in America.

My little one had a blast at the cookie decorating class a few weeks back. The class was also a benefit for NO Kid Hungry to help fight child hunger in America.

This is one of my favorite events to post about. I make it a point to set aside time for my daughter to attend at least one of these classes a month and she absolutely loves them! Having your children help in meal preparation helps them in making healthier choices and with them being less picky eaters. My local Williams-Sonoma has been so great with really letting all the kids attending the classes get to be hands on.  I highly recommend these classes. 

October’s Jr Chef Classes

      • Saturday October 4th 10am – Mac and Cheese Your Way! *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday October 11th 10am – Waffle Mania *ages 9-13 recommended*
      • Saturday October 18th 10am – Pumpkin Treats *ages 5-13 recommended*
      • Saturday October 25th 10am – Halloween Cookie Decorating *ages 5-13 recommended*

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*This is the Temecula Stores class schedule be sure to verify with your local store of class dates, times and details.

All classes teach kids about safe food handling and some great beginner techniques. Also new recipes that can be recreated at home. Class size can be limited so do reserve a spot by stopping by your local store. You can find a store nearest you by click here.

Have fun checking out these delicious classes!

Cruzin Mama

Arrr! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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Ahoy Matey’s!

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I have some little swashbucklers in my home who are happy to do some pirating today. So this is a fun post about ways to get into today and some freebies.

    • Learn to talk like a Pirate!– have some fun and learn Pirate lingo by clicking here.
    • Google and Facebook– by going into the languages settings you can actually change both sites to Pirate. For Google go to settings then to change language and scroll through to Pirate. For Facebook go to settings, then to language and it will be with a language, i.e. English(Pirate)
    • Pirate Apps
      • Jake’s Neverland Pirate School – Join Jake and his friends on missions to become a Neverland Pirate. Click here to download this fun App
      • iArrPirate! – turn yourself into a scurvy swashbuckler. Click here to download this fun FREE App for iPhones
      • Talking Pirate – help Jack the Pirate escape a tickling attack and play fun games with him. Click here to download this App
    • Coloring Pages – here are some FREE printable Pirate coloring pages for kids.
    • Krispy Kreme Donuts – Stop by your local Krispy Kreme Donut shop today and Talk Like a Pirate to receive a FREE glazed donut. For anyone brave enough come dressed up and receive a box of a dozen FREE glazed donuts.
    • Events
      • Captain’s Cove Nautical Gifts and Fine Brass – stop by Captain’s Cove in Sea Port Village for fun games, activities, prize wheel, raffle, face painting and more.
      • The Escondido Renaissance Faire – The Escondido Renaissance Faire and Pirates in the Park is this weekend, September 20th and 21st. Each day the Faire runs from 10am to 6pm. Adult entrance is $18, children $8, and ages 4 and under are free. The Faire is located at Felicita Park in Escondido. The Faire features Renaissance food and activities, a children’s area and a Pirate Village.

Hope this helps in celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day. Now go and have a great day o’ I’ll make ye walk the plank!

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