SDCC 2017 No Badge Fun!

Image courtesy of Comic-Con International Facebook

Alright Fan Boys and Girls it’s that time of the year again, it’s San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Whose ready to let their nerd flag fly and take on Comic-Con! Not me as I do not have a badge, but that’s ok because there is more to the event than the Halls and Convention Center. There is so many things to do and see without a badge. I think this is what makes the event so great, the fact that you can still have an amazing Comic-Con experience even if you are not holding a coveted badge. So here are some no badge events to check out this year!

Explore Downtown

One of the most cost effective and easiest ways to enjoy SDCC is just by walking around Downtown and by the Convention Center. You are sure to see many Cosplayers heading in and out of the Convention Center. They are usually happy to take photographs but please be sure to ask first. There is also lots of signage and displays promoting the event all over, so there is a feel of being apart of the event just by walking around the area.

Play Nintendo Challenge

This has to be my kids favorite place to visit during SDCC. The ballroom of the Marriott Marquis & Marina next to convention center is home to the Play Nintendo Challenge. This is a FREE event open to everyone to come in a play upcoming Nintendo Switch games and complete the challenge for some awesome prizes. There is also photo op areas and plenty of games to play.

Pre-Con at the Library

Stop by the San Diego Public Library this Tuesday July 18th for some pre Comic-Con fun. There will be discussion panels and a chance to watch a Quidditch match! The Quidditch demonstration is from 2pm – 4pm. The FREE event at the library is from 2pm to 8pm. And don’t forget to get a special edition SDCC library card and come back to the library all year!

The Laika Experience

Now this is going to be a can’t miss experience and will surely have some lines for it. The Laika Experience will be in San Diego along with props, sets and puppets from films such as Paranorman and Coraline for a very unique experience. You can visit this experience at 520 Fifth Ave from Thursday through Sunday.

Netflix

Visit the Hilton Hotel in Gaslamp for a very strange experience with Netflix. Open Thursday through Saturday 11am to 8pm and on Sunday 11am to 3pm. Enter the Upside Down with Stranger Things or stroll down the streets with Marvel’s The Defenders. There will also be giveaways, sneak peeks of upcoming originals and more.

There are so many great things happening downtown be sure to stop by and check it out! It really is amazing how much there is to see and do without a badge!

Cruzin Mama

The Big Exchange: San Diego Museums

Image courtesy of San Diego Museum Council

Are you a current member to a San Diego Museum? If so this month you could benefit from the amazing Big Exchange! Over 30 museums around San Diego will be taking part of this program and what this means is that if you are a current member to a San Diego museum then your membership will let you into any of the other participating museums. Basically you have a membership to all the museums!

The Big Exchange is going on all May from the 1st to the 31st, which is an extension from last years program which only ran for two weeks. This is a whole month to museum hop and explore. The Big Exchange is a wonderful program and the perfect time to check out a new museum or visit an old favorite.

Participating Museums

      • Barona Museum & Cultural Center
      • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
      • Bonita Museum
      • California Surf Museum
      • Coronado Museum of History & Art
      • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
      • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
      • Heritage of the Americas Museum
      • Japanese Friendship Garden
      • Living Coast Discovery Center
      • Maritime Museum of San Diego
      • Mingei International Museum
      • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
      • Museum of Making Music
      • Museum of Photographic Arts
      • New Americans Museum
      • Oceanside Museum of Art Women’s Museum of California
      • San Diego Archaeological Center
      • San Diego Art Institute
      • San Diego Automotive Museum
      • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
      • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
      • San Diego History Center
      • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
      • San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
      • The New Children’s Museum
      • The San Diego Museum of Art
      • The Water Conservation Garden
      • Timken Museum of Art
      • USS Midway Museum
      • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
      • Visions Art Museum
      • Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
      • Whaley House Museum

 

Visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org for more information on the Big Exchange and San Diego’s museums.

Have a fun time exploring with the Big Exchange!

Cruzin Mama

Festival of Sail San Diego 2016

Image courtesy of sdmaritime.org

Image courtesy of sdmaritime.org

Ready the cannons and weigh anchor because the Festival Of Sail is docking in the harbor this weekend!

San Diego’s yearly festival is happening September 3rd through 5th. Come out and see the ships, the street fair, kids activity zone and the cannon battles, there’s even opportunities to take part in them! The festival begins Friday at 1:30pm with the Parade of Sail. Which you can ride in with the purchase of a special ticket! There will be plenty for the whole family to see at the festival which is the largest Tall Ship Festival on the west coast. Be sure to stop by the Maritime Museum as well to explore some great sea vessels.

Tickets
$7.00 adult
$5.00 senior 62+, military with ID
$5.00 child 12-3 (2 and under free)
(One Passport per ticket included, additional Passports can be purchased at the Museum gift shop)

For more information visit Festival of Sail event page.

Cruzin Mama

Comic-Con Fun Without a Badge!

Image courtesy of Comic-Con International Facebook

Image courtesy of Comic-Con International Facebook

It’s that time of the year again where San Diego is over run by Fan Boys/Girls, Cosplayers, Celebraties, Gamers and more.

It’s Comic-Con 2016!

And like many many others who were unable to score an illusive San Diego Comic-Con badge I will not be let though the magical convention doors. But that doesn’t mean I have to try again and wait until next year to enjoy the festivities. San Diego Comic-Con is the most well known and highly attended of Comic Conventions, so it is also larger than the convention center it is held at. SDCC spreads out throughout Downtown San Diego and many of the outside events do not require a badge and are FREE!

Outside the Con!

So here is a little guide of what to go do and see outside of SDCC:

  • Camp Conival

    Image courtesy of Nerdist.com

    Image courtesy of Nerdist.com

    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location : Petco Park (Second floor)
    The Nerdist and Geek & Sundry have teamed up again this year for Conival. This is a fun FREE event featuring Celebrity interviews, laser tag, table top gaming, giveaways and more. This years theme is Camp to take visitors back to the feeling of being at a summer camp. Camp Conival runs from Thursday July 21st until Sunday July 24th. For more information visit Nerdist.com for entertainment and guest schedules.

  • Nerd HQ

    Image courtesy of The Nerd Machine Twitter

    Image courtesy of The Nerd Machine Twitter

    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location : The New Children’s Museum 200 W Island Ave
    Nerd HQ is presented by The Nerd Machine and is located in the New Children’s Musuem. Nerd HQ features Panels, gaming, photo ops, and more. This is a FREE event but you do need to register before you attend to enter and receive your wrist band. Register for Nerd HQ here.

  • Play Nintendo Tour

    Image courtesy of Nintendo.com

    Image courtesy of Nintendo.com

    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location : Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
    The Play Nintendo Tour will be down is San Diego during Comic-Con. Stop by play Nintendo games, check out the new Nintendo Vans collaboration, take fun photos in game displays and compete to win some awesome prizes. Check out the full tour information here.

  • Snoopy for President

    Image courtesy of PeanutsStudio.com

    Image courtesy of PeanutsStudio.com


    Dates : July 21st – 24th
    Location :Bubbles Boutique 226 Fifth Ave
    It’s election year and everyone is being encouraged to rock the vote. And no matter what political party you support we can all agree that Snoopy rocks! Check out this fun little pop-up shop featuring mans best friend and take part in a mock vote.

Also check out comic-con.org for even more outside events! And have fun even without badge at Comic-Con San Diego.

Cruzin Mama

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

San Diego Museum Month

Macy's Museum Month

It’s already February can you believe it! It’s crazy how keeping extremely busy makes the time fly. With going to free events (like the ones posted on here ;) ) and play dates, story times and doing Girl Scout cookie sales I feel like there is hardly enough time in the day!

February is San Diego’s Museum Month! This is an wonderful opportunity to get the half off admission price to San Diego’s amazing museums. To receive the discounted admission is simple, just go to any San Diego Macy’s register and pick up your free Museum Month Pass. And the best part is even if you are not a San Diego resident you are still able to take advantage of the deal! The Macy’s in Temecula will also be carrying the Museum Pass. The pass lists all participating museums and their locations in San Diego county. You will receive half off one visit to each participating museum when you present your Museum Month Pass at the entrance/ticket windows. Museums are listed below along with links to their web pages so you can plan out your visit! Be sure to check out my posts of the museum’s that my family has visited, and you can also follow my Instagram and Twitter for live posts during my family’s trips.

Participating Museums

Have a great museum month!

Cruzin Mama

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

San Diego Museums Kids Free October

Image courtesy of San Diego Museum Council

Image courtesy of San Diego Museum Council

Kidvasion is taking over San Diego and that means all of San Diego’s great museums are included. During all October kids enjoy FREE admission to over 40 museums! Free admission is for children ages 12 and under and up to 2 free children’s admissions for each paid adult admission. Downloand the San Diego Museum Councils coupon to take advantage of this great deal. Use the link to also see the full list of participating museums.

Have fun exploring!

Cruzin Mama

Kidvasion this October in San Diego

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Kidvasion is taking over San Diego!

For the whole month of October many attractions, restaurants, and hotels offer kids FREE deals! There are over 100 deals to choose from. Some examples of the deals are kids eating FREE at many participating restaurants to FREE entrance to many of San Diego’s famous attractions such as Sea World! The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have FREE entrance for kids as well. *Free entrance is only valid for children ages 3-11 and must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission does not include Guided Bus Tour, Skyfari Aerial Tram, African Tram Safari or the Conservation Carousel.* This is a great opportunity to check out the new Tiger Trail at the Safari Park.

So if you were planning on a getaway to San Diego this fall be sure to check out all the amazing deals going on all October for Kids Free.

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