Hogwarts Grand Opening

Image courtesy of Universal Studios

The Wizarding World has come to life in California!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now at Universal Studios Hollywood. The newest addition to the theme park opens April 7, 2016! The magic is here and we couldn’t be more excited. The new area will allow you to enter Hogsmeade and the shops there. The shop windows will have interactive displays for special wands that you are able to have select you in Ollivanders Wand Shop. Take a ride on your broomstick along with Harry on Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey. Or take to the skies with Buckbeak on Flight of the Hippogriff, a fun coaster for the whole family to enjoy. And don’t forget to enjoy some butterbeer!

The newest addition to Universal Studios Hollywood will have plenty to see and enjoy. Th shops will include Honeydukes, Owl Post, Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. There will be plenty of magical items to find and try. Hogsmeade and the rides will transport you into the Wizarding World without the need of floo powder!

Be sure to check out this magical new area, but do watch out for the whomping willow!

Cruzin Mama

Museums FREE-For-All Day 2016

Image courtesy of socalmuseums.org

Image courtesy of socalmuseums.org

Free Museum Entrance Day January 30th

As a part of the “Museums Free-For-All” program over 20 Southern California Museums will be offering free entrance on January 30th. The is the 11th annual “FREE-For-All” day and is an amazing way to visit great So-Cal museums. The free entrance does not included admission to specialty exhibits that require tickets. Standard parking rates still apply. Provided below is the full list of participating museums and links to their sites. Some of the featured museums are actually FREE on a daily basis! For more information visit socalmuseums.org

*The Museum of Tolerance, The Riverside Art Museum and Zimmer Children’s Museum are all closed on Saturdays, so they will be offering their free entrance on Sunday January 31st.*

Particpating Museums

Have a great museum day!

Cruzin Mama

National Parks FREE Entrance Days 2015

Cabrillo National Monument Tide-Pools

ALL National Parks are offering FREE entrance this Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th! And there are some great National Parks right here in So-Cal. My family visited Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, San Diego and had a wonderful time exploring there. So take advantage of this gorgeous spring weekend and this great offer and do some exploring of your own!

2015 FREE Entrance Days

  • April 18-19th opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25th National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26th National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th Veterans Day

California National Parks

Have fun exploring!

Cruzin Mama

Cabrillo National Monument

Click here to find National Parks outside of California.

National Parks FREE Entrance Days 2015

Cabrillo National Monument Tide-Pools

Since schools are out today and many people are off from work as well going out for a family day trip may be on the books. Well why not take advantage of the fact that ALL National Parks are offering FREE entrance today! And there are some great National Parks right here in So-Cal. My family visited Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, San Diego and had a wonderful time exploring there. So take advantage of this gorgeous day off and this great offer and do some exploring of your own!

2015 FREE Entrance Days

  • February 14-16th Presidents Day Weekend
  • April 18-19th opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25th National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26th National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th Veterans Day

California National Parks

Have fun exploring!

Cruzin Mama

Cabrillo National Monument

Click here to find National Parks outside of California.

Museums FREE-For-All Day 2015

Image from socalmuseums.org

Image from socalmuseums.org

Free Museum Entrance Day January 31

As a part of the “Museums Free-For-All” program over 20 Southern California Museums will be offering free entrance on January 31st. The is the 10th annual “FREE-For-All” day and is an amazing way to visit great So-Cal museums. The free entrance does not included admission to specialty exhibits that require tickets. Standard parking rates still apply. Provided below is the full list of participating museums and links to their sites. So of the featured museums are actually FREE on a daily basis! For more information visit socalmuseums.org

*The Museum of Tolerance and Zimmer Children’s Museum are both closed on Saturdays, so they will be offering their free entrance on Sunday Febuary 1st.*

Particpating Museums

Have a great museum day!

Cruzin Mama

California ScienCenter

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My family recently went on a trip to Los Angeles. While we were out there we made it a point to stop by the California ScienCenter. The Science Center is located near the Natural History Muesum and the lovely Rose Garden. The Science Center is free to enter, yes completely free to enter and explore, so awesome right! The Center is amazing, there was so much for my kids to explore and see. Also there at the Center is the Space Shuttle Endeavour. There is a charge to see the shuttle, $2 per person and children under 4 years are free. The charge is so worth it. The Endeavour Shuttle went on 25 missions into space before being brought to the Science Center in October of 2012. There is a command center set up where you can hear actual recordings of the real Rocketdyne Operations Support Center. You can ride a simulator for $5 a person to experience a ride in a shuttle, we opted out of this on this trip maybe the next time. In the actual area where the Space Shuttle is there is a SpaceHub, it’s like a big pop up room that the astronauts used as a lab and extra living space, and a rocket engine on display.

Just a peek at the Endeavour exhibit

Just a peek at the Endeavour exhibit

After seeing everything about the Shuttle, we explored the Science center. There was so much to see and do for my kids. They loved seeing the kelp forest and all the animals in it, especially the sharks. When you go upstairs and outside you can see the weight system that is used to create the waves for the kelp forest. Also there are some tanks where children are able to touch certain sea creatures. Nearby is the extreme exhibits where you experience deep water, the desert, and the poles (a mixture of north and south). The kids tried to make holes in the ice wall with their fingers and saw how fast a desert can flood during a storm. Also in the Center are Discovery Rooms for children 7 and under to visit that has many hands on items for them to play with, a craft to do with the help of a Science Center employee, and a special toddler area. This is just a summary of my family’s visit. We explored as much as we could and had a wonderful time. There was a few exhibits we didn’t make it to that are now on the top of our list for our next trip back there. The California ScienCenter is a great place for families on a budget to visit to enrich your children in science and learning. If you have the chance to go here I highly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed.

Adventure is out there!

Cruzin Mama

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*For more information on the California ScienCenter visit californiasciencecenter.org *