Visit Buena Park Summer Getaway Contest

Image courtesy of visitbuenapark.com

Anyone else in need of a getaway this summer? I know I am and that’s why I’m so excited to share about this giveaway by Visit Buena Park. Enter for a chance to win a Southern California Getaway that includes hotel stay, tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Soak City, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Medieval Times and more! While airfare and car rental/transportation is not included Visit Buena Park is covering all the rest with this amazing giveaway. Simply go yo visitbuenapark.com and fill out the form to receive a FREE 2017 Buena Park/Orange County travel guide and you are entered to win! The contest is open from May 3rd, 2017 until June 28th, 2017. This is open to those who are 18 years old or older and there is no purchase necessary.

Summer Getaway Contest Prize

  • 5 Days/4 Nights Hotel Accommodations Including Breakfast (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm With 4 All Day Dinning Passes (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark (Buena Park, CA) (Open May-September)
  • 4 Tickets to Pirate’s Dinner Adventure (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Cirque Magique Brunch Show (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Buena Park, CA)
  • $100 Gift Card and 4 Tickets to Big Air Trampoline Park (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Buffet Passes and $10 Game Card to John’s Incredible Pizza (Buena Park, CA)
  • 4 Whale Watching Passes from Newport Whales (Newport Beach, CA)
  • 4 Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)
  • $50 Rock & Brews Gift Card (Buena Park, CA)
  • $50 Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant Gift Card (Buena Park, CA)
  • South Coast Plaza Tote Bag with $100 Gift Card, VIP Lounge Access and Free Valet Parking (Costa Mesa,CA)
  • BONUS: 4 Tickets to One Theme Park (Choose from: Disneyland®, Universal Studios® or SeaWorld®)

Don’t miss out on this amazing giveaway from Visit Buena Park and enter now! Go to visitbuenapark.com to submit your entry.

Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge on Groupon!

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

For a limited time take advantage of a great savings deal for the Great Wolf Lodge on Groupon. Book a stay for about 40% off! Some options even include dinning credit which just adds to your savings. What the Groupon entails is a stay for six to eight guests (depending on your room selection) with daily wristbands for the waterpark for the maximum occupants of the room. There are dates available into April, great time to plan a Spring Break trip now!

This deal is only active for a limited time so grab it before it is gone! Below is a link to deals through GWL for future visits.

Enjoy your stay!
Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge Deals

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Southern California Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening!

The Great Wolf Lodge here in Southern California will be open very soon! The Grand Opening is set for March 4th, but you can already book your stay now. I spoke about this amazing new vacation spot back in October when the announcement about its opening was made and now that day is here.

GWL is a vacation destination with themed rooms, activities like glow in the dark mini golf and mini spa, and of course it’s main feature the water park. Entrance to the water park along with character experiences are included with your stay. Oh and did I mention that it’s an indoor water park, so it doesn’t matter what crazy weather So-Cal is deciding to have as any date will be a waterpark day!

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

Let’s not forget that the GWL is in Orange County. That means it is close to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the beach. Also if your up for a drive down to San Diego there is the World Famous San Diego Zoo, the museums at Balboa Park, Sea World and towards Los Angeles there is Universal Studios Hollywood and many great museums as well.

Below is a link to save on your stay at GWL, be sure to book your vacation soon!

Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge deals

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

The Queen Mary Chill

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The CHILL is coming back to the Queen Mary on November 20th! This is a fun holiday experience unlike any other. The Queen Mary is transformed into a winter wonderland with 2 million pounds of ice. Explore The Ice Kingdom a 13,000 square foot Igloo or go ice skating on the outdoor rink. Or go tubing down a two story 100 foot long ice slide while still being next to the beach. And for the first time enjoy a complementary screening of the Polar Express 4-D Experience in the all new 4-D theater. There is plenty of entertainment and activities for everyone.

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Tickets

  • Adults
    $44.99 -online $34.99
  • Children ages 4-11
    $34.99 -online $24.99
  • Children 3 and underFREE
  • Adult E.L.F Pass
    $59.99 – online $49.99 (grants you general admission along with “Express Lane Fast” Pass for priority access to Ice Kingdom and Slides)
  • Child’s E.L.F Pass
    $49.99 – online $39.99 (grants you general admission along with “Express Lane Fast” Pass for priority access to Ice Kingdom and Slides)
  • Family Pack
    $129.99 (for up to 5 guests, you get 5 General Admission passes for the price of 4!)

General Admission includes entrance to the Ice Kingdom, along with ice tubing, entrance to CHILL village and also to explore the World Famous Queen Mary. Click here to purchase your ticket online now and save.

Dates
The CHILL is only open select dates starting November 20th until January 10th.

  • November 20th-29th
  • December 1st-6th, 8th-31st
  • January 1st-3rd, 7th-10th

Be sure and try to check out this cool attraction!

Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge Coming to Southern California!

All images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

All images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Coming in February!

Southern California is about to have another great family vacation spot this February. Great Wolf Lodge will be opening this year in Garden Grove. If you have not heard about Great Wolf Lodge before or have yet to stay at one, let me tell you what it’s all about!

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just another family friendly hotel, it is a vacation destination in it’s self. The Lodge features its own indoor water park, entertainment and activities for families, miniature golf, an arcade and more!

Kids Den at Great Wolf Lodge

When you stay at the Great Wolf Lodge you are booking more than just a hotel stay. Even the rooms are more than just a typical hotel room. There are wonderful family suite rooms complete with a den for your cubs or a cabin to give you the feel for the outdoors.

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

The main attraction and what sets Great Wolf Lodge apart is the indoor waterpark. There is no worry about weather conditions here. There is cabana rentals available, waterslides, and attractions for all ages. The best park is entrance to the waterpark is included with your stay!

Great Wolf Lodge Activities

Speaking of inclusions, there are quite a few activities included with a stay at Great Wolf Lodge. From character meet and greats to story time and a forest friends show, will help to make your vacation a blast. And there are plenty of other attractions to keep your kids entertained.

Like I said a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a stay at a hotel, it’s an entire vacation spot itself! So be sure to check out this newest addition when it opens in February 2016.

Cruzin Mama

4th of July Fireworks and Events

4th of July Fireworks and Events in Riverside, San Diego and Orange County

Still making plans for the holiday weekend? Well here’s a great list of firework shows and events going on for 4th of July. There are great events happening all over so I’ve complied some that are perfect for the whole family!

Riverside County

  • Riverside
  • Moreno Valley
        • Independence Day Parade
          Beginning at Alessandro Blvd 9am
          and concluding at Towngate Blvd.
        • Family Fun Fest
          Morrison Park/Mountain View Middle School
          Gates open at 1pm, events and fun from 2pm-9pm
          Entrance is FREE for Military with ID and children under 5, between 1pm-4pm FREE entry for all, $3 charge after 4pm
          Booths, live entertainment, food, fun for kids
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm
          http://www.moval.org
  • Corona
        • Main Street USA Parade
          Onatario Ave and Main Street 9am
        • Family Festival
          Santana Park 4pm
          Booths, food, live entertainment and children’s zone
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.discovercorona.com
  • Lake Elsinore
        • Family Fun Fest
          Lakepoint Park 6pm-10pm
          Live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities
          Fireworks show 9pm
        • Lake Elsinore Fireworks
          Viewable from Lakepoint Park, Elm Grove Beach, Davis Fishing Beach, and Whiskers Fishing Beach
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.lake-elsinore.org
  • Temecula
        • 4th of July Parade
          Old Town Front Street 10am
          Street closures start at 9am and run until about 12pm
        • Community Party and Fireworks
          Ronald Reagan Sports Park 2pm-9pm
          Live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities- kids zone cost $5
          CRC pool open from 11am-3pm
          Fireworks show 9pm synced with KATY 101.3
          http://www.temeculaevents.org

San Diego County

  • San Diego Bay
        • Big Bay Boom
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm synced to MAX 105.7
          Port of San Diego viewing locations: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and Coronado Ferry Landing
          Special events and cruises at many of the viewing locations
          http://www.bigbayboom.com
        • Coronado Independence Day Celebration
          Independence Day Parade 10am on Orange Ave
          Concert in the Park at Spreckles Park 4pm
          Fireworks show 9pm at Glorietta Bay
          http://www.ecoronado.com
        • Ocean Beach Fireworks at the Pier
          Fireworks show 9pm at Ocean Beach Pier
          http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com
  • South Bay
        • National City 4th of July Carnival and Fireworks
          Carnival is July 1st-5th 12pm-Midnight, with Fireworks on July 4th at 9pm
          Food, vendors, rides, games and more
          http://www.nationalcityca.gov
        • Imperial Beach Fireworks at the Pier
          Fireworks show at Imperial Beach Pier 9pm synced to KyXy 96.5
          http://www.imperialbeachca.gov
  • East County
        • Julian 4th of July Parade
          Main Street 10am
          Featuring musical presentations, “Gunfight and Bank Robbery”, flyovers by vintage aircrafts, and raffle for ride in one of the aircrafts through Sky Sailing http://www.julianparade.com
        • Ramona Community Picnic and Fireworks
          Olive Peirce Middle School from 5pm-9pm
          Family fun activites
          Firework Spectacular 9pm
          http://www.ramonajournal.com
        • El Cajon Picnic and Fireworks
          Kennedy Park community picnic and fireworks 12pm-9pm
          Vendors, activites and family picnicking
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
  • North County
        • La Jolla Cove 4th Celebration
          La Jolla Cove Fireworks 8pm-10pm
          http://www.lajollabythesea.com
        • Mira Mesa 4th Celebration
          Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade begins at Mira Mesa Blvd at 11:30am
          Family Fun Day at the Park opens at 11am with food, vendors, carnival rides, games and entertainment
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm
          http://www.miramesatowncouncil.org
        • San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
          Bradley Park
          Jumpers, carnival games, live entertainment and food vendors
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.san-marcos.net
        • Vista Independence Day Celebration
          Brengle Terrace Park and Moonlight Amphitheater 7am-9pm
          Park opens at 7am
          Moonlight Amphitheater opens at 5pm, cost is $5 per person, children under 5 and Militart with ID are free. Parking is $15 per car
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.cityofvista.com
        • Escondido Independence Day Featival and Fireworks
          Grape Day Park 4pm-9pm
          Live entertainment, special announcements and guest speakers, crafts, games, activities, contests and more
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.visitescondido.com

Orange County

  • Anaheim
        • OC Block Party Fireworks Spectacular
          Angel’s Stadium of Anaheim 3pm-11pm
          Carnival games, food, vendors, live entertainment and more
          Cost is $7 online, $10 at the door
          Fireworks Spectacular 9:45pm
          http://www.ocblockparty.com
        • Anaheim Hills Celebration
          Canyon High School & Peralta Park 1pm-9pm
          Patriotic Parade begins at 1pm at Canyon Hills High School
          Family Fun at Peralta Park is from 3pm-8:45pm with vendors, live music, games and more
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.anaheimhillscommunitycouncil.org
        • Fullerton Festival and Fireworks Show
          Fullerton High School 5pm-9:30pm
          Live entertainment, activites and more
          Firework show 9pm
          http://www.cityoffullerton.com
  • Santa Ana
        • Santa Ana Independence Celebration
          Centennial Park 4pm-9:30pm
          Food, face painting, kids zone, Canon exhibition, history walk, and more
          Fireworks Show 9pm
          http://www.ci.santa-Ana.ca.us
        • Tustin Annual 4th of July Celebration
          Tustin High School 6:30pm-9pm
          Live music, food drive and picnicking
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.tustinca.org
        • Irvine Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival
          Irvine High School 3pm-9pm
          Live music, kids activities, food court and more
          Cost $15 Adults, $10 Seniors/Children, Under 2 is Free, Family Ticket packs available
          Fireworks show 9pm
          http://www.irvinepa.com
        • Lake Forest 4th of July Parade
          Parade begins at Ridge Route & Toledo Way at 10am
          Concluding at El Toro High School
          Be aware of street closures, this is a parade only event- no fireworks
          http://www.lakeforestparade.com
  • Dana Point
        • Dana Point Fireworks Extravaganza
          Dana Point Harbor 9pm
          Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 9pm is synced to KSBR 88.5
          http://www.danapoint.org
        • San Juan Capistrano July 4th Celebration
          San Juan Capistrano Sports Park 12pm-10pm
          Carnival atmosphere, food, vendors, rides and attractions, live entertainment, giveaways and more
          Fireworks display 9pm
          http://www.sanjuancapistrano.org
        • San Clemente Firewirks Show
          Fireworks show at the San Clemente Pier 9pm
          http://www.san-Clemente.org
  • Newport
        • Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade
          Newport Harbor 1pm-3:30pm
          Watch boats parade through Newport Harbor in honor of Independence Day
          Parade theme “United We Stand”
          http://www.alyc.com
        • Balboa Peninsula Fireworks at the Dunes
          Viewable form Balboa Island
          Fireworks at the Dunes 9pm
          http://www.balboa-island.com
        • Mission Viejo Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular
          Olympiad Road & Melinda Road, near Lake Mission Viejo
          Rides, games, food, vendors, music and more
          Fireworks show at dusk
          http://www.mvactivities.com
        • Huntington Beach Parade &Pier Festival
          Festival is July 3rd-5th with exhibitors, food, family activites, live entertainment and more
          Parade is July 4th 10am-12pm
          Fireworks over the ocean July 4th 9pm
          http://www.hb4thofjuly.org

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

    Cruzin Mama

    Discover Upper Newport Bay

    Newport Bay Conservancy

    Hiking around Newport Bay Conservancy and the Muth Interperitive Center

    Saturday was National Trails Day and I attempted to take my family on a hike on the new trail here in Temecula. Unfortunately it was a completely unsuccessful, the trail is a new initiative to create a connection between Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore. The Temecula trail is not very family friend from its intended starting point and after trying for about an hour we never reached the unpaved path. So instead of sharing all about that trail I decided to share about a great family hiking spot in Newport. Many times it is just myself and my two kids hiking so finding a kid friendly trail is a must. I especially like to find ones that have a nature center or learning centers so I can involve so education into our adventure.

    The Newport Bay Conservancy fits just that, with its beautiful trails surronding the bay and two vistor centers. The first of which is the Muth Interpretive Center on the Upper Newport Bay side of the Conservancy. The second is the Back Bay Science Center. My family has yet to visit the Back Bay Science Center, but I know a trip is in the works to visit it this summer.

    Upper Newport Bay

    Upper Newport Bay Trails

    Hiking Upper Newport Bay

    When we arrived at the Conservancy we went up to the observatory deck to just take in all the views. The kids had fun looking through the view finder trying to find any animals out on the bay. We only hiked around a short trail as we ended up spending much of our visit at the Interperitive Center. On our next visit we will definitely get more exploring in.

    Muth Interpertive Center

    Muth Center Newport Bay

    Newport Bay Turtle

    Newport Bay Interpretive Center

    *Coming Soon* Tide Pool Exhibit

    Muth Interpertive Center

    Newport Bay Muth Center

    So we spent a lot of our visit at the Muth Interpertive Center. The kids had fun in the activity room playing with puppets, puzzles and coloring. The activity room also is home to an assortment of animals that are native to the bay, such as turtles, snakes and tarantulas. While in the activity room my daughter and I took the time to work on a free learning activity book. The book led us to the other half of the Center to answer questions in it. The other side of the Center features interactive exhibits with artifacts found in the area. This is the more educational side of the Muth building. There is also a movie room, but we did not happen to visit it during our trip. During our visit one of the exhibits was under construction, soon it will be a wave pool complete with Sting Rays.

    Newport Bay Junior Ranger Program

    Junior Ranger

    The activity book that we completed at the Muth Center was apart of the Junior Ranger Program. This is a program to get kids involved with National Parks and in conservation. It’s a wonderful free program. When your child completes the program at a participating park or reserve, they are sworn in by a Park Ranger and given a Junior Ranger badge.

    So the next time you’re out in the Newport Bay area take a hike and check out the Newport Bay Conservancy.

    Cruzin Mama

    Newport Bay Muth Interpretive Center
    2301 University Drive,
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    Hours and Cost
    Open Tuesdays – Sundays 10am to 4pm
    Parking and Entrance are FREE

    Star Wars Celebration

    Star Wars Celebration 2015

    For the next 4 days Star Wars is taking over Anaheim. The 2015 Star Wars Celebration is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center located right across the street from Disneyland. Fans from all over the world are flying in to attend this amazing event. My little family is lucky enough to also be attending!

    The Celebration showcases both the original series and also all the upcoming continuations. The exhibit halls are filled with Star Wars memorabilia, fan art, costumes, props from the actual sets, and many special guests. This is an event for the whole family with companies like Toys’R’Us, Build a Bear, Jakks Pacific, Hot Wheels, Lego and many more attending by having booths or activites. One of the activites my kids are looking forward to attending is a Jedi Training Academy.

    Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

    There will be some great chances to catch a glimpse of the props and artwork for the upcoming Star Wars film. JJ Abrams is actually there today speaking about the film! Many of the Orinigal Cast will also be making appearances. This is definitely a celebration you don’t want to miss.

    Star Wars Celebration Streaming Live!

    Can’t Attend

    Well Star Wars has got you covered. For anyone who can’t attend the Celebration it’s ok as you can go to starwars.com and watch a live stream of the fun. I will also be posting on my Instagram account during my time at the event. You can see all my photos at cruzinmamablog

    Toys’R’Us Star Wars Giveaway

    Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree

    • No purchase necessary to enter
    • You do NOT have to attend the Celebration to enter
    • Grand Prize
        • A trip for 4 to Toys’R’Us Times Square in NYC
        • First access to the new “The Force Awakens” toy line up
        • $1,000 Toys’R’Us giftcard
        • Airfare, Hotel, and transportation all included!

    Star Wars Celebration

    April 16th-19th 2015
    Anaheim Convention Center
    800 W Katella Ave
    Anaheim, Ca 92802

    May the Force be with you!

    Cruzin Mama

    Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm

    Image courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

    Image courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

    Thinking of heading out to a theme park with the family this weekend? Well why not head to Knott’s Berry Farm. Today and tomorrow are the final days of the Boysenberry Festival. There is live entertainment both during the day and at night. Best of all there is an aray of Boysenberry treats! Adults can visit the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden. And a special return of Bear-y Tales Characters. The Festival is included with admission to the park. And speaking of admission this weekend is the last days to take advantage of the Season Pass Deal. Anyways Knott’s is just a great family fun place! So take advantage of the season pass offer before it’s gone.

    Have fun with Snoopy and the Gang!

    Cruzin Mama