Toys’R’Us FREE Lego Mini Build

Image courtesy of Toys'R'Us and Lego

Image courtesy of Toys’R’Us and Lego

NEXO KNIGHTS Quest at Toys’R’Us

Stop by your local Toys R’ Us store for a FREE Lego® mini build on Saturday February 20th! Come celebrate the new Lego® NEXO KNIGHTS by building and taking home a Sheild Dock.

Build is intended for children ages 5 and up. One FREE mini kit per child, must be present. Event starts promptly at 12pm and goes until 2pm (or until kits run out). Quantities are limited, no rain checks.

My family has attended a few Toys R’ Us Lego builds before and my kids have had a great time adding to their Lego collections. Attendees do line up at least 30 minutes before the events start time, so I do advise arriving early.

Have a blast building!

Cruzin Mama

Toys’R’Us Jurassic Event

Toys'R'Us Jurassic Event

Colossal Themed Mini Build This Saturday!

Make sure to stop by your local Toys’R’Us location this Saturday June 20th for a very prehistoric Lego® build. The free mini build is from 12-2pm, but only while supplies last. It is best to arrive early to these builds as a line does form quickly and quantities are limited. Children will be build and take their very own Jurassic World Gate.

Let your little Dinos go wild!

Cruzin Mama

Lakeshore Learning Science Fair

Images from lakeshorelearning.com

Images from lakeshorelearning.com

Lakeshore Learning Stores will be hosting a fun Science Fair this Saturday January 17th from 11am to 3pm. Kids are invited to get hands on and have fun learning some great STEM activities. There will be some little experiments as well as creating a catapult! This is a nice change up from the weekly crafts offered in store. Find a store nearest you by clicking here.

Have fun at the Science Fair!

Cruzin Mama

Lakeshore Learning Science Fair

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

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

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

Toys R’ Us Special Event

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Come into Toys R’ Us this Saturday for some Lego building fun and more! This special in-store event will be from 12-4pm. Help build a winter city scene with Lego bricks. Or start your child’s holiday wish list and enter a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Toys R’ Us through the Win Your Wish List Sweepstakes! Get a chance to meet the friendly Geoffery the Giraffe don’t forget to take a quick photo with him. Best of all save on your holiday shopping during their super sale. Click here for great coupons to score some awesome deals.

Let the kids play around while you get all of your holiday shopping done!

Cruzin Mama

Day Out with Thomas

Day out with Thomas (image from www.oerm.org)

Day out with Thomas (image from http://www.oerm.org)

All aboard!

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are coming to the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Come and take a ride on the friendly engine or his mischievous pal Percy. Meet and have your picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the Superintendent of the Railroad. All this and so much more during Day out with Thomas.

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Thomas and his friends will be in the station starting November 8th and will be leaving the station on November 16th. So catch a ride before the fun departs. Your tickets grant you a ride on Thomas and his Pal Percy, each a 25 minute trip. There will be games, storytime, face painting, a petting zoo, bounce house, and live children’s music. Don’t forget to check out the train tables and building activities. All attendees are welcome to check out the Museum and to take a ride on the Street Car or Trolley. Get your tickets now to save on time and get right to the fun on your arrival. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dates and Times

  • Saturday November 8th – Departures beginning at 9am until 4pm
  • Sunday November 9th – Departures beginning at 9am until 4pm
  • Tuesday November 11th – Departures beginning at 9am until 4pm
  • Saturday November 15th – Departures beginning at 9am until 4pm
  • Sunday November 16th – Departures beginning at 9am until 4pm

Enjoy the ride!

Cruzin Mama

Legoland Brick-or-Treat *Review*

Image from legolandcaliforniaresort.com

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.*

Weekend Events: San Elijo Lagoon Halloween Event

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San Elijo Lagoon Not-So-Scary Estuary

This Saturday October 18th and Sunday the 19th the Family Discovery Days at the San Elijo Lagoon will be hosting a Not-So-Scary Estuary. This is a FREE event for the whole family to enjoy. The fun is from 1pm – 4pm both days. There will be crafts, hands on activities, trick-or-treating, a giant spider web, and live animal presentations. This is a great chance to check out the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center and to get to know more about it’s not-so-scary inhabitants. Be sure to come in your costumes as there will be a costume contest going on.

I love finding events for my kids to wear their Halloween costumes as much as possible. I have not taken my family to the San Elijo Lagoon yet but we have gone to it’s neighboring Batiquitos Lagoon and had a wonderful time walking the trails and learning about the lagoon and it’s inhabitants. The San Elijo Lagoon should be just as fun and I love anything Halloween so it’s a win/win for me.

Below is the event flyer with full event details. Have a haunting good time exploring the lagoon!

Cruzin Mama

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