Christmas Tree Lighting Events

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

Riverside County

Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 21st

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities. Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 21st

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit
shopdoslagos.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday November 29th

Take a holiday trip out to Temecula’s Wineries for a fun family tree lighting event. Special performances by Murrieta Dance Company and RCC Chambers Singers, who will be dressed up in vintage costumes. There will be a viewing of Disney’s Frozen. Enjoy some coco, wine and snacks available for purchase at the concession. Catch a tractor ride through the holiday lite vineyard. And be sure to spot Santa and some of his elves as they will be making appearances. This wonderful is FREE to attend be sure to check it out! For more information visit
southcoastwinery.com

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 3rd

Come join the 18th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit
temeculaevents.org

Menifee Town Center

Saturday December 12th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4pm to 8pm. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Orange County

Fashion Island

Saturday November 13th – January 3rd

Enjoy nightly tree lightings starting November 13th until January 3rd. With the help of some Disney magic watch the lights twinkle and glitter to Disney Holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

San Diego County

Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 20th

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 27th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 5th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

Egg Hunts and other EGGcellent Events

Egg Hunts and other EGGcellent Events

Many Egg Hunts and Events will be going on this weekend, so here is a helpful guide to finding one! Also remember these events, especially the Egg Hunts start promptly and end quickly so be sure to arrive early!

Riverside County

Canyon Crest Towne Center Spring Fling – Free Easter Bunny Photo, Egg Hunt, contests, crafts and more!
April 4th 11am
5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside 92507

Calvary Presbyterian Church – Free Egg Hunt after Sunday Service for ages 0-11 years
April 5th 11:40am
4495 Magnolia Avenue, Riveside 92501

Victoria Gardens Mad Hatter Tea Party – VG Kidz Club event; special appearance by the Easter Bunny and a chance to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter, games and prizes, eggs, crafts, and more!
April 4th 10am – 1pm
12505 N. Main Street, Rancho Cucamonga 91739

Lake Elsinore Children’s Fair and Egg Hunt – games, eggs, prizes and fun with the Easter Bunny!
April 4th 10am
29355 Grand Avenue, Lake Elsinore 92530

Diamond Valley Lake Community Park – Free community egg hunt!
April 4th 10:30am
1801 Angler Avenue, Hemet 92543

Menifee Valley Cemetery – photos with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, look out for Golden Eggs with special prizes!
April 4th 10am
26770 Murrieta Road, Sun City 92585

Hans Christian Middle School – Free community egg hunt!
April 5th 1p
– 3pm

27625 Sherman Road, Menifee 92584

French Valley Communtiy Center and Park – Free community egg hunt for children 12 and under.
April 4th 10am
31757 Browning Street, Murrieta 92563

Los Alamos Hills Sports Park Eggstravaganza – family fun egg hunt complete with a petting zoo and Easter Bunny visit and photo opportunity.
April 4th 9am – 11am
36700 Ruth Ellen Way, Murrieta 92563

Harveston Community Park – Free community egg hunt, Easter bunny photo opportunity, music, games and special prizes!
April 4th 10am
28582 Harveston Drive, Temecula 92591

Temeku Hills Park
– Free community egg hunt, Easter bunny photo opportunity, music, games and special prizes!
April 4th 10am
31367 La Serena Way, Temecula 92591

Patricia Birdsall Sports Park
– Free community egg hunt, Easter bunny photo opportunity, music, games and special prizes!
April 4th 10am
32380 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula 92592

San Diego County

Kenny’s Strawberry Farm/Easter at the Farm – special Easter celebration at the farm, with an egg hunt, strawberry picking and crafts! Cost of $4 per child.
April 4th 10:30am
953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook 92028

Fallbrook Community Center Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt – Have a special breakfast with the Easter Bunny then find as many hidden eggs as you can at the egg hunt that follows. Pancake breakfast is from 7:30am to 10am and is a cost of $4 for children 12 and younger, $5 for adults.
April 4th 10:30am
341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook 92028

Carlsbad Eggstravaganza Spring Festival – Games, crafts, music, eggs and more! For unlimited fun zone play, $6 wristbands are available.
April 4th 10am – 1pm
6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad 92011

San Marcos Spring Egg Scramble – Take a phot with Peter Cottontail and find the eggs he has hidden in the park some filled with special prizes. There will also be carnival games!
April 4th 10:15am
1950 Sycamore, San Marcos 92078

Encinitas Community Park Spring Egg Hunt – Free community egg hunt!
April 4th 10am – 1pm
425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas 92024

Solana Beach Children’s Spring Festival and Egg Hunt – Games, refreshments and of course eggs! This event is for children in 3rd grade and under.
April 4th 10:30am
715 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach 92075

Santee Spring Eggstravaganza – Crafts, games, pony rides, petting zoo and continuous egg hunts! Activites range between 1 to 4 tickets, tickets are $1 each. Also there is a $5 parking fee.
April 4th 9am – 3pm
9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee 92071

Belmont Park Easter Bash – Go on an very fun egg hunt through out the park and on the beach! Also go store to store looking for eggs. Free photos with the Easter Bunny from 2pm to 4pm. And just spend a fun family day at the park by riding the rides or play laser tag.
April 5th 9am – 12pm
3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego 92109

Scripps Aquarium Spring Eggstravaganza – Explore animal eggs, participate in crafts,science lessons, and an underwater egg hunt.
April 4th and 5th 11am – 3pm
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, California

Have a HOPPing good time!

Cruzin Mama

Temecula Valley Family Fair *Review*

TV Family Fair

Today is the last day of the Temecula Valley Family Fair. I wanted to share my family’s fun day at the fair for anyone still thinking about going before the fair is gone!

TV Fair Ribbon Cutting

My kiddos and I attended opening day of the the fair and were able to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony. My daughter got to meet some of the very sweet Beaty Queens/Princesses. There wasn’t a big crowd yet so we had the place practically to our selves. Which was great since my kids, mainly the little guy, have a hard time waiting in long lines.

TV Fair Giant Wheel

TV Fair Carnival Area

Carnival Game Prizes

Childrens Coaster at the Fair

TV Fair Carnival Rides

Since we were in the Fair early my kids were the first to ride some of the rides. A couple times they were the only riders. Most of the rides were 3-4 tickets a person. Tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20. There is also an unlimited wrist band available for $30. I stuck with the $20 deal since there isn’t a lot of rides that both my kids could go on and I wasn’t planning on riding any myself. Unfortunately my little guy was too little to do the Giant Wheel, maybe next year.

Princesses at the Fair

Even at the fair we showed our Disney side and found all the princesses for a few photo ops. The Princesses were having a raffle to win a party with them so naturally my daughter had to enter.

TV Fair Fun

TV Fair Inflatables

By far my kids favorite area was the inflatables. It was only a cost of 1 ticket a bouncer to get in and the were able to go on each inflatable as much as they wanted. My son was content with the regular bounce houses. My daughter braved the large slides and obstacle courses.

TV Fair Butterfly Exhibit

Besides the Bricks 4 Kids exhibit, our favorite exhibit was the Butterfly tent. They were very active during our visit. And the volunteer was kind enough to left my daughter hold one very carefully. There was also a petting zoo that was free to enter. And one of the vendors was a local tortoise rescue with tortoise available for adoption right there.

Fair Treats

Being that the fair was here in Temecula Valley even though it is spring it can and was very hot! Luckily there where plenty of delicious vendors. The best part was seeing the Mustache Mikes cart who has allergy safe treats for my FPIES kiddo. Again our Disney side showed when we found the Dole Whip stand, my daughter very much enjoyed her treat.

Easter Bunny at the Fair

No Spring fair is complete without a visit with the Easter Bunny!

This was a fun little fair! Expensive but that’s how all fairs are. I think within the next few years the TV Fair will grow and expand. With more rides, attractions and vendors the TV Fair could be just as big as the San Diego Fair.

This is looking like the start of a new tradition for my family!

Cruzin Mama

Temecula Valley Family Fair

All images courtesy of TV Family Fair

All images courtesy of TV Family Fair

A new family tradition is coming soon to Temecula. The 1st annual Temecula Valley Family Fair will be held on March 27th, 28th and 29th! Located at Lake Skinner Regional Park this community event will also be benefiting local charity organizations. Like the name says this is a family fair so it is open to all ages. With areas, entertainment and attractions designed to fit be enjoyable for all. Some of the features are; live entertainment, carnival rides, bounce houses, petting zoo, mini-train ride, vendor booths, games and much more!

The TV Family Fair will showcase local performers along with a few recognized singers, such as Becky G, on the main stage. A seperate ticket is required for concert admission. Carnival rides will also have a seperate charge with the option to purchase and unlimited wristband.

TV Fair Event Map

Tickets

Single Day admission ticket online
General (13-59) – $12.50
Military*/Senior* (60+) – 10.00
Children (3-12) – $6.00
Children 2 and under FREE

*Identification Required*

3-Day Pass
Valid for 1 person admession to all 3 days of the fair. Parking not included.

March 13- March 29(purchased between these dates) – $30.00 ($7.50 discount)

Super Pass
Allows admissions to all 3 days, plus unlimited carnival rides for all 3 days. Includes parking and each pass is valid for only 1 person.

March 13 – March 29(purchased between these dates) – $120.00 ($12.50 discount)

Parking
$5 per vehicle

Location
Lake Skinner Recerational Park
37701 Warren Rd, Winchester, California 92596

Ticket Deals and a Giveaway!

The TV Fair has many special promotions to take advantage of!

Check out Deal Palooza to save up to 43% off!

Or how about FREE Admission! Well I have partnered with the TV Family Fair to giveaway 4 admission tickets to the fair! Enter below for your chance to score FREE entrance to the fair. Winner will be contacted via email with details for reward claim. Contest is from March 20th until March 23rd: 12am PST. Must be able to attend the fair on one of the fair dates. This is for admission to the fair only; concerts, rides, parking and food are not included.

Have a great time at the fair!

Cruzin Mama

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway!

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Temecula Rod Run 2015

Image courtesy of oldtowntemecula.com

Image courtesy of oldtowntemecula.com

The Temecula Rod Run March 6th and 7th

The Temecula Rod Run begins tonight March 6th with the classic car cruise through Main Street in Old Town Temecula. The Cruising begins at 5pm and ends at 8pm. *Remember many streets in the area are closed prior to the Cruise so plan accordingly.* Both days of the Rod Run are FREE to attend. There are many vendors set up on Saturday March 7th and all the great shops and restaurants in Old Town will be open as well. Saturdays events run from 9am until 4pm. This is Temecula’s most recognized event attracting thousands of visitors. Over 700 cars; classic, hot rods and custom cars will be on display. This is really a great family event, my family always tries to make it out on at least one of the days.

She's ready to travel back in time in this awesome ride!

She’s ready to travel back in time in this awesome ride!

For more information please visit temeculaevents.org

Cruise on out for a great time!

Cruzin Mama

O’ Christmas Tree (Lighting) and Santa’s Arrival

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

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Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 15th

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities and also a FREE gift for the kids who arrive early. There is a limited supply of the free gift and it is for children 10 and under. Plus Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. With this nice cooler weather finally here the evening should be the perfect setting for the Holiday season. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

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Fashion Island

Saturday November 15th

Come join Mickey and his Friends at this tree lighting filled with Disney magic! The fun starts at 6pm, but you can reserve seating starting at 8am. Guests will be treated to exclusive performances and are encouraged to sing-a-long to some holiday favorites. Plus with the help of some Disney magic there will be snowfall! The magic will remain until January 4th. So every night enjoy the beautifully lit tree along with Disney holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

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Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 21st

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

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The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 22nd

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit shopdoslagos.com

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The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 28th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

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Image from temeculaevents.org

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 4th

Come join the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit temeculaevents.org

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Menifee Town Center

Friday December 5th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4:30 to 7:30pm on December 5th. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Image from littleitalysd.com

Image from littleitalysd.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 6th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

The Great Pumpkin (Patches)

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One of my favorite things to do in October is to visit pumpkin patches. If I could I would take my kids every weekend to a different patch just to check out all the pumpkins and fun. My favorite thing to do at a pumpkin patch is take family photos. The scenery is just so perfect for fall pictures and usually the weather isn’t too bad that we can wear nice clothes without being all sweaty. I like to get our pumpkins pretty close to Halloween so that they still look good on Halloween. Since it has been so hot lately we have only visited one patch this year, I was hoping the weather would be cooler and I would of done this post a lot earlier in the month. So I decided to find some awesome pumpkin patches to share and hope they help in planning your next pumpkin patch trip.

Riverside County

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Wickerd Farm

Wickerd Farm is a small but great little pumpkin patch located in Menifee. Normally this is a Christmas Tree Farm but during October it is full of pumpkins and Halloween fun. I used to live right down the street from this farm when I was much younger. I have nothing but find memories of going here. On Sundays the Farm hosts a Farmers Market and when the sun goes down the haunted hayrides begin.

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Big Horse Feed

Big Horse Feed in Temecula is a fairly well known pumpkin patch due in part to its large Corn Maze. There is also hay wagon rides and one of the largest pillow jumpers in Southern California. And of course they have a large selection of pumpkins.

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Peltzer Farms

This is my absolute favorite pumpkin patch! We go to Peltzer Farms every year to take family photos and just have an a great time at this smaller but fun pumpkin patch.

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Even though Peltzer is a smaller farm it is packed full of activities. There is gold/gem mining, pig races, petting zoo, photo ops, pony rides, train ride and a corn maze.
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The kids loved leading us through the corn maze.

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Maybe our future wedding venue, just maybe ;)

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I always end up with such memorable photos when we visit Peltzer.

San Diego County

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Bates Nut Farm

What would a pumpkin patch list be without mentioning Bates Nut Farm. The most popular and well known pumpkin patch in North County. Bates has a great selection of pumpkins along with a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, a maze, bounce houses, vendors and more. Bates main feature is it’s stop with speciality treats and souvenirs.

Orange County

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Regional Park is a great hidden gem located in the hills of Irvine of Orange County. The very large park features walking trails, play grounds, pony rides, horseback trail rides, bike rentals, paddle boat rentals, nature center and the OC Zoo. One of the main attractions of the park is it’s Railroad and during the month of October this also serves as a pumpkin patch. The Railroad Pumpkin Patch is a great reason to visit this amazing park. The Pumpkin Patch also features carnival games, hay rides, Hohn Deere tractor races, face painting, bounce houses, gold mining, hay maze, cookie decorating and much much more!

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Tanka Farms

Everyone I know who lives out in Orange County loves to visit Tanka Farms to get their pumpkins for Halloween. With the traditional pumpkin farm setting who wouldn’t love to visit here. The Farm also features a wagon ride that goes around the entire 30 acre farm, photo ops, corn maze and petting zoo.

Los Angeles County

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Underwood Family Farms

This has to be the most famous pumpkin patch on this list. It is frequented by many visitors during it’s pumpkin patch time including celebrities. Underwood Family Farms is located in Moorpark. It features some great photo ops, pig races, games, tractor slides, tractors and much more! Hey you might even bump into some famous faces while there.

*All the pumpkin patches listed are open daily until October 31st. A visit during the week will usually mean less crowds and also many patches have discounted prices for their attractions on weekdays.*

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Have a great time visiting some great pumpkin patches!

Cruzin Mama

Weekend Events: October 25-26th

Since this month seems to have so many fun events happening on the weekends I decided to put this weekends events all in one post ;)

San Diego County

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Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Sunday October 26th is Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park. Many Museums and even the Zoo will be participating in this fun event. There will be creepy crafts, spooky storytelling, costume contests and parades, mini-carnival games and much more. Check out the Air and Space Museum’s annual rooftop pumpkin drop. The fun is from 11am to 3pm. Click here to see the days schedule and a full list of participating museums and activities.

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Old Town’s Fall Festival

Head down to San Diego’s historic Old Town this Saturday October 25th for a fun Fall Festival. Come down from 12pm to 4pm and check out the kids crafts and activities. Many merchants will also have special activities going on. It’s also just a great chance to explore Old Town if you have never gone before. Old Town is not only filled with quant shops but also much history. The famous Whaley House is open for ghostly tours for anyone who is brave enough. There are many FREE historic buildings and houses to visit as well.

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Point Loma Nazarene University Fall Festival

PLNU is hosting their annual Fall Festival this Saturday October 25th from 10am to 2:30pm. This is a FREE fun family event featuring crafts and activities for kids, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, face painting, carriage rides and much more. Don’t miss out on the live “Cinderella” show presented by the Point Loma Opera Theatre. The event will close with an Ice Cream Social and prize drawings.

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Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular

Not only is Sea World offering kids 9 and under FREE entrance with paid adult the whole month of October, there is also their Halloween Spooktacular going on. Halloween Spooktacular is going on every weekend until the end of October and is FREE with entrance. There is photo ops with wacky characters, silly spooky fun shows, and kids can come in their costumes to trick-or-treat throughout the park. Don’t forget to check out all the Kids Free deals being offered at Sea World as a part of Kidvasion.

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San Diego Zoo Beast Treats and More

All October long the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park (located in Escondido) are offering kids ages 11 and under FREE admission. There is also some fun Halloween inspired fun going on at the Zoo every weekend this month. Guests are encouraged to look for special “Beast Treats” signs throughout the park to see some very special treats given to enrich the animals. Be sure to check out Dr. Zoolittle’s Gross, Icky, Yucky Bug Show Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Or if you’re really brave why not spend the night amongst creepy critters with the Zoo’s Spooky Sleepover. The last Spooky Sleepover is only on October 25th, taking place from 4:00pm until 9:00am the cost is $139 per person. Kids Free to the Zoo is apart of Kidvasion happening all over San Diego this October.

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Balboa Park Kids Free

Museums all over San Diego are participating in Kids Free this October as a part of Kidvasion. Many of those Museums are located right in Balboa Park. Not only are kids free but there are also some great Halloween type themes going on throughout the museums going on for a limited time. Click here to find out which museums are participating in Kidvasion and to get your coupon for their free entrance.

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Boomont Park

Frighteningly-Fun happening every weekend in October at Belmont Park. This is great Halloween fun for the whole family as Belmont Park has been transformed into Boomont Park.

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Pumpkin Express

The Pumpkin Express is leaving the Station this weekend at The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. The Great Pumpkin is waiting to take you his pumpkin patch. Train fares range from $5-$15. Your ticket includes an hour long ride on the train, a tour of the Haunted Train, and each child gets to pick out their own pumpkin to decorate. There are three train departures a day, Pumpkin Express remaining dates are October 25th and 26th. Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time as departure times do tend to sell out.

San Diego North County

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Brick-or-Treat at Legoland

This is the last weekend to attend Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat with it’s Party Nights. My family had a great time at this event and you can read a full review with tips on how to make have a blast by clicking here. Brick-or-Treat’s last days are October 25th and 26th, with the Party Nights beginning at 5pm and ending with Fireworks at 9pm.  Bring your kids in their costumes to party and trick-or-treat through Legoland. Click here to purchase your tickets now to save time at entrance.

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San Diego Botanic Garden
Fall Festival

Come check out the Family Fall Festival at the San Diego Botanic Garden this Saturday October 25th. The Festival is included with admission to the Botanic Garden. There is FREE entrance to the Garden and Festival for children 12 and under (they also are allowed FREE entrance to the Garden all the rest of Ocotber as a part of Kidvasion San Diego).  The Festival will feature a petting zoo,  crafts, hay wagon rides, costume parade, live entertainment, pumpkin carving and much more. The Garden already has two great children’s areas and is just a gorgeous place to take a day out to.

Riverside County

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Riverside Fall Safety Fair

The Riverside Police Department is hosting a Fall Safety Fair this Saturday October 25th from 10am to 2pm in the Sam’s Club parking lot. The first 50 families will receive a FREE pumpkin. There will be carnival games, booths and demonstrations on safety from many local emergency response departments. Raceway Ford will also be conducting FREE test drives on a special closed course. For each test drive Raceway Ford will donate $20 to the Riverside Police Foundation.

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Downtown Ghost Walk

The annual Ghost Walk returns to Riverside this weekend presented by California Riverside Ballet. This is a fun event for the whole family there is a cost of $15 per ticket for specialized ghost tours. There is six spooktacular tour options to choose from. Enjoy live music and entertainment, kids carnival games, food vendors and spooky souvenir stands. The fun starts Friday the 24th at 6pm and goes on until 10pm. Or check out the haunting fun on Saturday the 25th from 6pm to 11pm.

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Pumpkin Train

The Orange Empire Railway Museum great fall tradition is returning this weekend! Come to the station and take a special ride on a trolley to the pumpkin patch where kids can pick and decorate their own pumpkin. In addition to the trolley ride there will be a bounce house, games, bubble wands, train decorating, storytelling and other child-sized train rides. Come dressed up in your costumes and enter the costume contest! The Pumpkin Train is in the station October 25th and 26th. Tickets range from $7-$18 and the trains and trolleys run from 10am to 4pm.

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Temecula Greek Festival

Come celebrate Greece this weekend in Old Town Temecula at the Greek Festival. The Festival is on Saturday the 25th from 10am to 9pm and again on Sunday the 26th from 11am to 8pm. Admission is only $2 and children ages 12 and under are FREE! Enjoy live Greek music, authentic foods and drinks and there will be a special children’s game area. Plus a FREE door prize drawings.

Ongoing Events

There are quite a few fun little events that are continually going on during the weekends. Here are some great free fun ones.

Hope this list helps in having a fun-filled weekend!

Cruzin Mama

Weekend Events: October 18-19th

Since this month seems to have so many fun events happening on the weekends I decided to put this weekends events all in one post ;)

San Diego County

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Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular

Not only is Sea World offering kids 9 and under FREE entrance with paid adult the whole month of October, there is also their Halloween Spooktacular going on. Halloween Spooktacular is going on every weekend until the end of October and is FREE with entrance. There is photo ops with wacky characters, silly spooky fun shows, and kids can come in their costumes to trick-or-treat throughout the park. Don’t forget to check out all the Kids Free deals being offered at Sea World as a part of Kidvasion.

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San Diego Zoo Beast Treats and More

All October long the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park (located in Escondido) are offering kids ages 11 and under FREE admission. There is also some fun Halloween inspired fun going on at the Zoo every weekend this month. Guests are encouraged to look for special “Beast Treats” signs throughout the park to see some very special treats given to enrich the animals. Be sure to check out Dr. Zoolittle’s Gross, Icky, Yucky Bug Show Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Or if you’re really brave why not spend the night amongst creepy critters with the Zoo’s Spooky Sleepover. The Spooky Sleepover is only on October 18th and 25th, taking place from 4:00pm until 9:00am the cost is $139 per person. Kids Free to the Zoo is apart of Kidvasion happening all over San Diego this October.

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Balboa Park Kids Free

Museums all over San Diego are participating in Kids Free this October as a part of Kidvasion. Many of those Museums are located right in Balboa Park. Not only are kids free but there are also some great Halloween type themes going on throughout the museums going on for a limited time. Click here to find out which museums are participating in Kidvasion and to get your coupon for their free entrance.

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Boomont Park

Frighteningly-Fun happening every weekend in October at Belmont Park. This is great Halloween fun for the whole family as Belmont Park has been transformed into Boomont Park.

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Waterfront Park Pumpkin Patch

This Sunday October 19th the Waterfront Park will be hosting a special U-pick Pumpkin Patch event. The event will be held from 11:00am until 4:00pm. There is a limit of one pumpkin per child, while supplies last. There will be pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, music, photo booths, crafts, and more! This is a FREE event!

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Pumpkin Express

The Pumpkin Express is leaving the Station this weekend at The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. The Great Pumpkin is waiting to take you his pumpkin patch. Train fares range from $5-$15. Your ticket includes an hour long ride on the train, a tour of the Haunted Train, and each child gets to pick out their own pumpkin to decorate. There are three train departures a day, Pumpkin Express is dates are October 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time as departure times do tend to sell out.

San Diego North County

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San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

Head down to the Del Mar Fair Grounds this weekend for the San Diego Kids Expo and Fair. The Kids Expo & Fair is going on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tickets to the Expo are $8 for Adults ( children 12 and under are FREE) and the ticket allows access to both dates. Parking is not included, standard parking at the Del Mar grounds is $10. The Expo & Fair will feature many business booths, live music with 4 entertainment stages, crafts and activities. Also there will be plenty of fun with outdoor attractions like zip lining, Euro Bungee, Tumble Gym Bus, and much much more. There is an additional cost for some attractions.

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Not-So-Scary Estuary at the San Elijo Lagoon

Don’t forget the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center is hosting a FREE Family Discovery Days event. Not-So-Scary Estuary is this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. This is a great event for the whole family to enjoy.

Riverside County

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Pumpkin Train

The Orange Empire Railway Museum great fall tradition is returning this weekend! Come to the station and take a special ride on a trolley to the pumpkin patch where kids can pick and decorate their own pumpkin. In addition to the trolley ride there will be a bounce house, games, bubble wands, train decorating, storytelling and other child-sized train rides. Come dressed up in your costumes and enter the costume contest! The Pumpkin Train is in the station October 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. Tickets range from $7-$18 and the trains and trolleys run from 10am to 4pm.

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Children’s Lighthouse Fall Festival

Children’s Lighthouse in Murrieta will be celebrating their Grand Opening this Saturday and also their 1st Annual Fall Festival. This is a FREE family event. There will be live entertainment, games, activities, face painting, crafts, goodie bags, and costume contest. As a bonus there will be a meet and greet with Junie B. Jones! The fun is from 10am to 3pm and will be held at Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center of Murrieta.

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Murrieta Car Show

The Murrieta Car Show will be going on this Saturday from 8am until 4pm. There will be plenty of vendors and Classics to view. The Car Show is FREE to check out and is located in Historic Downtown Murrieta.

Ongoing Events

There are quite a few fun little events that are continually going on during the weekends. Here are some great free fun ones.

Pumpkin Plunges!

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Have you heard of a Pumpkin Plunge? Well get ready to dive into some Fall fun!

My local city pool hosts a very fun family event called the Pumpkin Plunge. This is were the recreational pool is filled with pumpkins for kids to dive in and pick one. Almost like bobbing for apples but in a lot bigger bucket. Along with the swimming portion of the event there is music, games and crafts. Once your little one has found their perfect pumpkin they can decorate it right there so when you take it home it is ready for display. I took my kids to this plunge before and they both had a blast. With this heat wave what better excuse is there to go for a swim!

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The Temecula Pumpkin Plunge is on Friday October 3rd and is from 6:30 to 9pm. It is held at the CRC pool located at Ronald Reagan Sports Park. Pre-registration is recommended, to do so click here. There is a cost of $5 per person. Some of the pumpkins are a great size so the price is worth it and there is treats and games for the kids included as well.

Image from cityoftemecula.org

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Can’t make the Temecula Plunge? Well great news is there is a few more happening in the Riverside and Carlsbad areas.

Riverside

    • Diamond Valley Lake Aquatic Center
      Saturday October 4th from Noon to 4pm. Ages 3 and up are $5, 2 and under are $2. Event will feature games, raffles and prizes. This is also the closing day of the aquatic center until next Summer.

Carlsbad

    • Alga Norte Community Park
      Saturday October 18th from 5 to 9pm. Ages 4 and up are $8, children 3 and under are FREE. This event is going to be spooktacular! There will be pool activities such as Diving for Treasure, Creepy Crab Races, Bone Collector, and more. That’s not all the floating obstacles will be out as well as water balls to walk on the water. For those who would like to stay dry there will be slides, games, bounce house, and cookie decorating as well. Then to close out the evening “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown on a giant outdoor movie screen. Get your tickets now by clicking here, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing event!

Take the plunge and check out one of these fun events!

Cruzin Mama