FREE Kids Workshop at Home Depot

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Image from workshops.homedepot.com

The 1st Saturday of every month Home Depot offers a FREE workshop for kids. The workshops are geared toward children ages 5-12 and run from 9am to Noon. In the workshop kids build a craft such as a birdhouse, race car, or pencil holder. The builds teach children how to use some basic tools and how to following instructions. If it is your child’s first workshop your child will receive their own Home Depot apron and a pin for completing the project (they continue to receive a pin after completion of each workshop attended). Home Depot does ask you to register online for the workshop so they can have enough materials. Click on the link provided to register for the next Kids Workshop.

Both of my kiddos have had a blast at the workshops. The employees are always so cheerful and so hopeful. They love to build and are always so proud of the work they do. My son especially loves when he gets to build a “toy” such as a airplane or race car. He’ll walk around the store after the build showing off what he helped build. These workshops are really a great FREE activity for kids.

May’s Kid Workshop

Home Depot May Kids Workshop

May’s Kids Workshop is a project perfect for Mother’s Day. Your child/children will learn how to build a Picket Fence Photo Frame, which can make a great Mother’s Day Gift.

Have fun building!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Kids Build at Lowe’s

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Lowe’s next builds registration will be open this Monday March 2nd! The FREE build will be on Saturday March 14th at 10am. Kids will build a Monster Jam® Monster Truck. Registration for these builds fills up very quickly so click here to register for a store closest to you. From my own experience I advise everyone to show up early as even being registered is not always a guarantee that your child will be able to participate if you show up after the start time. My kids always have a great time at these builds and are so proud of themselves and their completed projects.

Lowe's Build and Grow El Toro Loco®

This is the Monster Jam® Monster Truck El Toro Loco® for the Build happening on March 14th. Register early on March 2nd spots will be taken up quickly!

The February Max D® Build and Grow
My son with his awesome new monster truck from this last Saturdays build.

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Kids Build at Lowe’s

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Lowe’s next builds registration is right now! The FREE build will be on Saturday February 28th at 10am. Kids will build a Monster Jam Monster Truck. Registration for these builds fills up very quickly so click here to register for a store closest to you. From my own experience I advise everyone to show up early as even being registered is not always a guarantee that your child will be able to participate if you show up after the start time. My kids always have a great time at these builds and are so proud of themselves and their completed projects.

Lowe's Monster Jam Build Event

This is the Monster Jam Monster Truck for the Build happening on February 28th. Register now as spots are already being taken up!

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Kids Build at Lowe’s

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Lowe’s is having a special Valentines themed build on February 14th at 10am. Registration for the FREE build will be on February 2nd. Registration for these builds fill up very quickly. Click here to register for a store closest to you. From my own experience I advise everyone to show up early as even being registered is not always a guarantee that your child will be able to participate if you show up after the start time. My kids always have a great time at these builds and are so proud of themselves and their completed projects.

Lowe's Valentines Day Build

This is the Sweet Heart Picture Holder that is for the Build happening on February 14th. Remember to register right away on February 2nd!

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Lego Mini Build

FREE Lego Mini Build

FREE Mini Build at all Lego Stores is the 1st Tuesday of every month. The builds are for children ages 6-14 only. The Mini Build is held at 5pm and stores have a limited supply so be sure to arrive a little early.

January Mini Build and other events

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It’s out of this world fun for this months mini build. Visit your local Lego Store on January 6th to build a friendly Alien and his Space Dog. Build starts at 5pm and goes until supplies run out.

Lego Store Events

January’s Lego Club meeting will be on the 24th. For this months club meeting attendees will be doing a build and take, so they will work with a Brick Specialist on a mini build that they will be able to take home with them. Club meetings are for kids ages 6-14 only and the cost to attend is $10 per child. Club meeting is an hour before store opening and pre-registration is required.

Image from stores.lego.com

Image from stores.lego.com

Stop in between January 12 – 18th for a Search and Find activity. Help Detective Ace Brickman solve the mystery and find the cookies that lead to the bad guys hiding place to earn a Lego Detective Badge Sticker.

Image from stores.lego.com

Image from stores.lego.com

Come play and race the Lego Friends vehicles on in-store ramps from January 19th until February 15th.

Lego Store Events

The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

These FREE builds are an awesome way to add another fun set to your child’s Lego collection. Playing with Legos is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination and to help them with the development of essential skills such as problem solving and fine motor skills. Be sure to check out all the events Lego Stores have to offer such as Lego Club sign up days and Lego Club Movie days. Click here to find a store nearest you.

Have fun building!

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

FREE Kids Build at Lowe’s

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Lowe’s is having a fun holiday themed build next month and registration is up for it right now! The FREE build will be on Saturday December 13th at 10am. Kids will build a festive Holiday Train Engine. Registration for these builds fills up very quickly so click here to register for a store closest to you. From my own experience I advise everyone to show up early as even being registered is not always a guarantee that your child will be able to participate if you show up after the start time. My kids always have a great time at these builds and are so proud of themselves and their completed projects.

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This is the Holiday Train Engine for the Build happening on December 13th. Register now as spots are already being taken up!

Happy building!

Cruzin Mama

Legoland Brick-or-Treat *Review*

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Image from legolandcaliforniaresort.com

Brick-or-Treat and Party Nights at Legoland California Resort

It’s Halloween time at Legoland California! And on weekends the fun gets extra special with Brick-or-Treat and it’s Party Nights. Enjoy special trick-or-treating throughout Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium that is filled with some great treats and entertainment. You have the option to play all day in the park then join the spooky fun at night or just arrive for the night time haunts. Brick-or-Treat is only happening on select Fridays and Saturdays this October.

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Brick-or-Treat Party Nights There are still dates left to check out Brick-or-Treat! Fridays October 17th and 24th and also Saturdays October 18th and 25th. An all day pass is for admission to the park and Aquarium from 10am until 9pm. Nights only is from 5pm until 9pm. Purchasing tickets online ahead of time not only saves on cost but also grants early entrance at 4pm for those who purchase Party Nights only tickets. Parking is not included with ticket purchase, standard parking cost is $15. Half of the park is closed during Party Nights, but there are still rides available and the Aquarium is fully open. There is free live entertainment throughout the Brick-or-Treat trail and the park is fairly decorated. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

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So how is Brick-or-Treat?

My family just checked out Brick-or-Treat’s Party Night this last weekend. Overall we had a great time. The kids said they want to do it again next year. We did the Party Nights portion only. We arrived at about 4:30pm and from the parking lot we could tell the park was going to be a bit full. I was surprised that there was no real line at the entrance which was nice but the tent to get your Party Nights wristband was fairly long. Right after we got our wrists bands on we were ready to go and the kids could not wait to begin the fun. Our first stop was the Aquarium since it was the nearest Treat Stations.

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What’s great about the Sea Life Aquarium is you are let in through mid-size groups so it’s not too crowded. We enjoyed walking through but since we have already visited here quite a few times the kids were excited to rush to the first Treat Station. On the way we stopped and got a good look at the new Jellyfish Discovery.

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The kids really enjoyed Jellyfish Discovery. The glow in the dark style room is always fun and so was watching the tanks lights change the colors of the Jellyfish.

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Our very first Treat Station was a Pirate Ship with a friendly Buccaneer!

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Loved seeing the little details of decorations throughout the Aquarium.

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There was no wait for the Treat Stations inside Sea Life for us.

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A dance party area where kids could learn some fun fishy moves. The dance area got really busy as the night went on when all the flashing lights could be seen.

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We had fun in the Aquarium but we were so ready to check out all the rest of the Treat Stations.

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This little Spider-Man family was ready to have fun! So half the park is closed for the Party Nights which did make me a little bummed because almost all of my sons favorite rides where on the closed side of the park. What was nice though was that all the Treat Stations were so easy to spot. But the lines for them were incredibly long. Some of the lines were so long that a Legoland worker was standing at the end holding a sign to signify the end of that line. Since the lines for the Treat Stations were so long it left many of the rides lines pretty short.

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There were some fun stilt walkers and performers keeping guest entertained throughout the trails. There are also some great photo opportunities throughout the trails.

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I really loved how decorated the park is. It is not overly done and really fits in. Some of the displays are very interactive like the Fortune Teller Booth with a real Fortune Teller inside and a friendly troll who was telling some fun jokes and talking with the kids about their costumes.

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Had to get a pic of my Spider kids in front of a web too bad my little guy was more interested in his treats than taking a pic.

Had to get a pic of my Spider kids in front of a web too bad my little guy was more interested in his treats than taking a pic.

Three of the Treat Stations were located in the Enchanted Walk so there was only one line to wait in to get into the Walk. From there visiting those three stations was a breeze since only a certain amount of guests were allowed to enter at a time to not make the trail crowded. There where also three located in Mini Land and they were easy to go from line to line. What was nice is you could have an adult wait in line while taking the kids to check out all of Mini Land or watch a show on the main stage that was very close by. I have to say I was so happy to see some very healthy treats being given out, there was a few stations who had some candy, but the majority of treats were healthy snacks and organic juice. Of course what would a Brick-or-Treat be without some Bricks. There are two stations who hand out bricks; one is a fun commemorative single brick and the other is a Legends of Chima Lego Set. You can bet that station was the longest line there. There was a few other stages besides the main stage and there was also another dance party area that was really hoping. Even though dealing with long Treat Station lines we still had a really good time. The park was very crowded which was a bummer since half the park is closed so all the crowds are in one area. But overall anyone thinking of going to this event I would say to still check it out.

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There are two large stages and a few smaller stages throughout Brick-or-Treat. The main stage is in MiniLand which is where the costume contests are held. The other large stage is right next to the Dragon Coaster exit. Both large stages have singing and dancing performances and other fun acts. The smaller acts throughout the park include a great drum performer and an amazing painter.

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On the way to Castle Hill is a fun little light show near the giant Lego Spider. The path is decorated and the lights dance to the music playing.

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Don’t miss the giant Lego Lord Vampyer near the main stage. He and his ghoulish friends have a Monster Mash of a show on the main stage. Guest got to help assemble this giant Lego figure on the first night of Brick-or-Treat, how cool is that!

Brick-or-Treat Tips

So since every experience is a learning opportunity I wanted to share some tips and advice to help anyone going to attend Brick-or-Treat have a great time.

    • Do an All Day Pass – I have told my spouse that next year we will just do the All Day Pass. There are 4 Treat Stations open all day so that would ease up time during Party Nights having already completed those. Also the whole park is open so we would be able to enjoy all the rides, especially my sons favorites.
    • Arrive Early – If you plan on only doing the Party Nights tickets then take advantage and arrive early at the 4pm entrance that is allowed with tickets purchased online. By arriving early you can get in the front of the lines for some of the longer wait Treat Stations. Also you do not have to get your Brick-or-Treat at the front of the park wristband station. There is a few other locations for them further in the park with much shorter lines.
    • Bring an Extra Adult – If you were just planning on one adult taking the kids it would be beneficial to have two parents at least go. One parent could take the kids to do rides or watch the shows, while the other parent would do the wait in lines and just call when they get near to the front. This will help save on fussy line waiting kiddos.
    • Mid-size or Large Treat Bag – Bring a medium or large sized Trick-or-Treat bag. Some of the treats such as the Lego set and Magazine will not fit well in a small treat bag or bucket. This will save you on trying to carry all your treat items especially if you do not have a stroller to place them in.
    • Bring some snacks – I underestimated how much line waiting and Brick-or-Treating would make me hungry. We had a brought food for my son who has FPIES, but didn’t pack much for ourselves. Guess we thought that the Party Nights wasn’t a long amount of time. Well we got pretty hungry and ended up leaving before the Fireworks to go get a bite to eat. Even though the snacks given out were healthy they weren’t allergy safe for anyone with a dairy allergy or sensitivity.
    • Get seating early – With how many people who attend Party Nights, if you want to get a good view of a show grab a seat early. Click here to plan your trip now with the event map and show times.
    • Bring a Pen/Pencil– The Boat Cruise is now a Ghost Cruise with a special scavenger hunt in it. You are given a scavenger hunt paper when you enter the ride but pencils are not provided and are only at the raffle drop box. So to save on time after the ride and to make things easier to remember bring a pen/pencil with you. Also the winner of the scavenger hunt wins park hopper tickets and a special prize pack, definitely enter this contest!

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All of our treats!

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Sorry for such a long post and my delay in posting it. I just wanted to make sure I got all the details in and gave enough information to help everyone have a great experience. Brick-or-Treat is a great event and I do recommend it to anyone looking for some great family Halloween fun.

Have a spooktacular time!

Cruzin Mama

*This post was in no way sponsored or endorsed by Legoland California or it’s affiliates. Everything stated in this post is that of my own opinion. All photos are mine unless stated otherwise and are subject to copyright under Cruzin Mama. I was not paid or compensated to provide this post.*

FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning

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Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE Craft for Kids. The craft is for children ages 3 and up and all supplies are provided. No reservations are necessary and crafting is from 11am to 3pm. My family has attended a few of these and they have had a great time making some fun little crafts. So if you are in the area of a Lakeshore Learning store try and stop by during craft time.

October Craft Schedule

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October 11th, come and make Fire Safety Fido for your junior Firefighters.

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October 18th, come and make a Bunny Reading Pointer to help your little readers keep their place while reading.

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October 25th, get in the Halloween spirit by making a Spooky Sweats Holder.

November Craft Schedule

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November 1st, celebrate fall with a Scarecrow Puppet craft.

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November 8th, come and make a Harvest Headdress.

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November 15th, come and make a Family Tree and add photos of your family to it.

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November 22nd, get ready for Thanksgiving with this fun craft a Giving Thanks Centerpiece.

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November 29th, come and make a Cool Catch Penguin game.

Have fun crafting!

Cruzin Mama

Monthly FREE Mini Build at the Lego Store

The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

FREE Mini Build at all Lego Stores is the 1st Tuesday of every month. The builds are for children ages 6-14 only. The Mini Build is held at 5pm and stores have a limited supply so be sure to arrive a little early.

October Mini Build and other events

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It’s spooky fun for this months mini build. Visit your local Lego Store on October 7th to build a friendly Frankenstein Monster. Build starts at 5pm and goes until supplies run out.

Special October Lego Club Shirt

Special October Lego Club Shirt

There will be two Lego Club meetings in October, the 18th and 25th. The meetings are Star Wars themed and attendance includes a special Lego Star Wars Shirt. Club meetings are for kids ages 6-14 only and the cost to attend is $25 per child. Club meeting is an hour before store opening and pre-registration is required.

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Above is the calendar for all of October store events. Lego Stores will be giving out a special treat on the 31st for Halloween, so stop by while Trick-or-Treating.

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These FREE builds are an awesome way to add another fun set to your child’s Lego collection. Playing with Legos is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination and to help them with the development of essential skills such as problem solving and fine motor skills. Be sure to check out all the events Lego Stores have to offer such as Lego Club sign up days and Lego Club Movie days. Click here to find a store nearest you.

Have fun building!

Cruzin Mama