Visit Buena Park Summer Getaway Contest

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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

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Halloween Time at Amusement Parks

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It’s Halloween Time at the Parks!

From Disneyland to Knotts and from Sea World to Legoland its Halloween Time at the Parks. There is Trick or Treating, special events, holiday decor and more! Each Amusement Park has their own unique take on this spooky fun season. So here is what is going on at many Southern California based Amusement Parks.

Disneyland

Disneyland transforms much of the park for each holiday season and Halloween time is no exception. There is holiday decor through out the park and limited time themed treats and merchandise. The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain also take on the Halloween fun. The Haunted Mansion has been taken over by Jack Skellington and his friends much like the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. While Space Mountain takes you on an out of this world ghostly experience. And on select nights you can party and trick-or-treat with Mickey and his Friends during Mickey’s Halloween Party. This is a separate ticketed event that encourages guests to come dressed up and trick-or-treat through out the park, check out ghoulishly fun live entertainment, see Mickey and his Friends dressed up in their costumes.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Enjoy family fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm on weekends all October. This is the complete opposite of Knott’s Scary Farm offering non-scary fun geared towards children ages 3 to 11 years. Trick or Treat throughout Ghost Town or join the costume contest and dance party in Camp Snoopy. Bug out with slimy, slithery, crawlerly creatures at the Creepy Crawler Cabin. Or check out the whole Gang in “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. All this spooky fun is included with general admission.

Legoland

Vampires, Witches and other ghouls have taken over the park! The park is decorated for the holiday and there are special trick-or-treat trails when you join the fun of Party Nights. On Friday and Saturday nights join in on a bricktastic Halloween party during Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat. Enjoy live entertainment, special treat stations, costume contests, dancing and more. The party has expanded this year to Heartlake City and Fun Town. There are still stations throughout SEA LIFE Aquarium as well as Wanda’s Jelly Fish Disco where you can jump and jive the night away. There are two ticket options; choose from All Day with Party Nights or Party Nights only (which is perfect for those looking for family fun on a budget). Brick-or-Treat is a great Halloween time event for the whole family.

Sea World

Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular is going on every weekend until November 1st. Kids can come dressed up and trick or treat throughout the park. Trick or treating starts at 11am on event days. Stop by the Mermaid’s Grotto to meet and take a picture with some enchanting Mermaids. Play in the new kinetic sand bar or join the fun at the dance party hosted by DJ Cotton Candy. Don’t forget to check out the two Halloween time shows; Clyde and Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?. Best part of all is children are FREE to the park with a paid Adult admission all October!

Have a Spooktacular time at the Parks!

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

Sea World Summer Nights

Sea World Summer Nights

Summer Fun at Sea World

The Cruzin Family recently visited Sea World San Diego. We were actually there for 4th of July and to say we had a great time is an understatement. Now I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding Sea World right now, but I have kept an open mind about things. I grew up visiting the park and remember all the wonder it brought to me. I have done my research and formed my opinion and that is what I encourage others to do as well, so I won’t be using this post to start an campaign but to just share about our recent visit.

Animal Encounters

New Tidepool Entrance at Sea World

Sea World has been going through some changes since my last visit almost 2-years ago. The entrance is completely upgraded. Now very bright and welcoming to guests. The ticket and reservation windows now look like a resort check-in. Once through the turnstiles you are immersed “underwater” to the touch pools of Explorer’s Reef. Here is where guest get a little hands on meeting with creatures of the sea; such as the White-spotted Bamboo Shark. Yes you can actually pet a shark!

Sea World Explorer's Reef

White-spotted Bamboo Shark touch pool

My brave kiddo was so excited to actually touch a shark.

Dolphin Cove

After exploring the new entrance we decided to plan out some show times and just spend the day most of the day walking and taking in the park. We didn’t want to try to plan too much as going to any amusement style park with kids trying to stick to a strict schedule can be daunting and make for a less enjoyable experience. Of course we made seeing the animals more of a priority than just riding all the rides the park has to offer. Our first animal encounter was the Dolphins at Dolphin Point. The area is also home to the Sea Otters, who upon our arrival were being fed and a very informative employee in a blue shirt was talking to guests about. There are “Blue Shirts” all over the park, mainly by animal encounters. These keepers, as you could say, are opening to answering guests questions about the animals and also give informative speeches throughout the day, similar to keeper talks at the local San Diego Zoo.

Dolphin Point at Sea World

Dolphin Point Educational Wall

The viewing glass is a great way to see the Dolphins swimming around. You may even meet face to face just like my son did. You can try to pet the beautiful animals as well from the surface view. My kiddos were very content just watching them. The area is like an outdoor museum per se. There are a few walls that are filled with information about Dolphin’s and even height and skull models for some interactive learning.

Sea Lions at Sea World

The Sea Lions and Seals are very active during feeding times. Guest are able to purchase fish during select times during the day to feed the animals. The animals in this area are actually rescued animals that even after rehabilitation were unable to return to the wild.

Shark Discovery - Sea World

No visit would be complete without braving the underwater tunnel in Shark Discovery.

Sculptures and Trivia

Recycled Art at Sea World

I love the way that Sea World is bringing attention to pollution. The Ocean, and all of the Planet, has so much beauty and wonder to offer. We must all do our part and pick up after ourselves especially after a visit to the beach. All the items that made up these beautiful scuptures were found at the beach/in the ocean. This trash is very harmful to animals and their habitats. So remember to through away trash in proper containers and recycle appropriate items.

Sea Turtle Recycled Art at Sea World

Visit WashedAshore.Org to learn more about the Art that is working to save the sea.

Sea World Trivia Signs

Keep a look out throughout the park for these trivia signs. They give a look into the history of Sea World which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. I found the Shamu Ride sign very interesting. It was a mild boat ride for children back in the 1970’s that cruised around the island for flamingos near the sky tower.

Play Time

Sea World Bay of Play

Sea World offers amusement park features such as a rollercoaster, Rapids ride, and a children’s play area. It’s a great way to let the kids get the wiggles out. Sesame Street’s Bay of Play is a great family area. It hosts three rides for little ones, a splash pad, and a very fun play area, where kids can climb up rope nets, walk across bridges and slide back down.

Sesame Street's Bay of Play

Bay of Play

This was the only area where my little guy wasn’t restricted on fun! He’s under 42″ so he is unable to ride almost all the other rides throughout the park.

Character Meet and Greets at Bay of Play

Meeting Cookie Monster at Sea World

Sesame Street’s Bay of Play wouldn’t be complete without the Sesame Street gang! Kids can meet their favorite characters and it makes for a great memory and photo opportuntiy.

Manta - Sea Worlds rollercoaster

Aside from Bay of Play, Sea World hosts quite a few thrill seeking rides. There is Shipwreck Rapids, Journey to Atlantis, Wild Artic, Riptide Rescue, and Manta. The Skytower and the Bayside Skyride offer great relaxing views and a perfect for all ages. My daughter and I are love a little thrill seeking so we rode most of the rides, a few of them twice. We both rode Manta for the very first time and it was a blast!

Riptide Rescue

Ride Tips

It was fairly overcast on our visit, so the park wasn’t too crowded. That made lines a shorter wait. But here are some tips to make the best out of Sea Worlds rides.

  • Overcast or cooler days means for shorter wait times for water rides.
  • Bring extra clothes and towels to dry off after the water rides. I also like to change into a swimsuit with a coverup for Shipwreck Rapids, since you will get drenched on this ride. Then after some drying we change back.
  • Try to catch a ride during a show. The wait times will usually be a lot less. When a show lets out that is when lines seem to almost double.

The Shows!
New Dolphin Show

We made it a point to catch at least two shows. We looked up show times for each one and chose a few times for more flexibility. We decided to see the Dolphin Show: Dolphin Days and the Shamu Show: Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night. Both are very popular so arrive at least 30 mins before showtime to secure a good spot. If you plan on catching Light Up The Night try arriving about an hour before show time as lines form and the stadium fills up quickly.

Bubbles the Short-finned Pilot Whale

The Dolphin Show: Dolphin Days

The Dolphin show was much more stripped down than the show I remember, but in a good way. It came across more educational and inspiring, yet still fun and exciting. The Dolphins still show off some of their many skills.

Summer Nights Shamu Show

Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night Show

We caught the last show of the day of Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night Show, which worked out perfectly since the fireworks were right after the shows end. Like the Dolphin Show, this show was a little more stripped down. The large screens before the show began displayed many Orca facts as well as other facts about the sea and its inhabitants.

After Shamu's Celebration - Firework Show

Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks Show

The Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks Show is a great way to end a fun-filled day at Sea World. This is a firework spectacular perfect for a cool summer night. Sea Worlds fireworks show is going now on select nights until September 6th. And starting on July 16th through August 30th is Summer Vibes, which is family-friendly performances by musicians, dance and vocal artists. Don’t miss out on the summer fun happening at Sea World!

Summer Fun at Sea World San Diego

Hope your next trip is as fun-filled as ours!

Cruzin Mama

Sea World San Diego
500 Sea World Drive,
San Diego, CA 92109
Summer Hours
Monday – Thrusday 9am – 9pm
Fridays 9am – 10pm
Saturdays 9am – 11pm
Sundays 9am – 10pm
*Times are subject to change*

*Disclaimer*
Cruzin Mama was provided tickets by Sea World Parks for this visit. Everything stated in this post is the opinion of Cruzin Mama. All images are subject to copyright of Cruzin Mama.

4th of July Amusement Park Celebrations

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

Since my Fireworks and Events post was so full of information I decided to do a separate post just for 4th of July happenings at Amusement Parks. So if you plan on visiting one of the many parks we have here in Southern California this weekend, here is a guide to the special celebrations happening at them.

  • Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

    Disneyland Forever
    A firework spectacular like no other inside Disneyland. Featuring two original songs: “Live the Magic” and “Kiss Goodnight”, Disneyland takes spectators on a timeless journey through Disney tales. *Due to the shows immense popularity the regular 4th of July fireworks will not be presented, but a patriotic finale will follow the show on July 4th.*

    World of Color – Celebrate!
    Help celebrate the United States 239th birthday with a special performance of the World of Color.

    Military bands will be performing throughout the Disneyland Resort all weekend for more red, white, and blue entertainment.
    disneyparks.com

  • Knott’s Berry Farm

    Fireworks Spectacular
    The park will be open for extended hours and will close out the night with a spectacular display of fireworks.

    Knott’s Summer Entertainment
    Knott’s has rolled out new summertime shows, Voyage to the Iron Reef 4-D ride and extended hours. There are 10 live shows going in this summer at the park, such as; Blockbuster Beagle, Vertical Impact, Vertical Imapact Geared Up, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, Big Fat Steve Band, Ghost Town Miners Bluegrass, Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers, and more. The fun is only on select days now until September 7th.
    http://www.knotts.com

  • Sea World

    Sea to Shining Sea
    A dazzling fireworks extravaganza celebration the 4th of July. The show begins at 10:30pm and can be viewed from Mission Bay. The park has extended hours as well.

    Summer Nights
    Sea World is open later and the nighttime shows have returned. And on select nights Sea World’s ‘Celebrate the Wonder’ amazes with a firework finale.
    http://www.seaworldparks.com

  • Legoland

    Red, White and Boom!
    Celebrate 4th of July with great family fun at Legoland’s Red, White and Boom! Attend dance parties, take part in Lego building competitions, listen to live entertainment or take part in lawn games in Miniland. End the night with a firework display for a memorable Independence Day.

    http://www.california.legoland.com

  • San Diego County Fair – A Fair to Remeber

    4th of July at the Fair
    Enjoy the final days of the San Diego County Fair. Enjoy the food, exhibits, rides and entertainment. Then end out the night with a traditional fireworks display, happening at 9pm.
    http://www.sdfair.com

Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

Cruzin Mama

Snow Days!

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Living in a desert region or coastal means you won’t be seeing much snow this winter unless you plan a trip out to the mountains. The next best thing is snow that is brought in to your area. There is quite a few snow days happening in December and in January. Here are some fun snow play days that I have found.

December Snow Days

Saturday December 13th

  • The Shops at Dos Lagos -Come play in 50 tons of snow! The fun begins with a FREE showing of “Frozen” at the Dos Lagos Luxury Theater. Snow play will be from 1pm to 4pm and there will be face painting, crafts, and entertainment going on.
  • Hunt Park Winter Wonderland -There will be snow in Riverside this Saturday at Hunt Park. The fun is from 12pm to 4pm and there will be crafts, inflatables, a fun zone and Santa at this Winter Wonderland Event. There is a cost for the fun zone and food.

Friday December 19th

Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland -Temecula’s Children’s Museum Pennypickle’s Workshop will be hosting a fun winter event complete with snow! Along with the snow there will be booths set up for crafting and activities. There is a minimal cost to this event and tickets can be purchased now in the museum’s gift shop.

Sledding at Sea World last December.

Sledding at Sea World last December.

On Going Snow

  • Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park -Petco Parks special event features an area for snow play and is open on select dates this December. Click on link for full info.
  • Legoland Holiday Snow Days -included with general admission guests are invited to snow play, tubing and to decorate a snowman with special Lego accessories. The snow play will be available until January 4th.
  • Chill at the Queen Mary -Not exactly snow but still an awesome event made out of ice! Complete with indoor and outdoor slides. This special event is open select dates until January 11th. Click on link for full details.
  • SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration -the fun is included with admission to the park. There is reindeers, special shows, holidays lights and decorations, Santa’s cottage and of course snow! Plus save on your purchase of a membership with their special offer of purchasing a 1 year pass and getting the 2nd year FREE or as a special gift pay for one day and get the parks fun card for FREE which will let you into to the park all of 2015 with only a few blackout dates. The Celebration ends January 4th.

January Snow Days

Saturday January 24th

Lake Forest SnowFest -This is a very popular event, bringing thousands of people as a park is filled with snow for sledding and play. Pre-registration is required for sledding, open registration will be on January 9th with select registration dates happening before for residents. Sledding is a cost of $5 per rider but the event itself is FREE to check out. The fun is from 11am until 2:30pm. There will be a children’s snow play area, bounce house and many other attractions. This is a big event for Lake Forest so be sure to check it out!

Saturday January 31st

Fullerton Snow Day -a very special event put on by the City of Fullerton. Come have a special snow day with snowball battles, sledding, crafts, games and more. There will be three 75-foot sled runs and a special sled area for children 5 and under. Family campfires will also be available and snacks such as s’mores will be available for purchase. This event is limited to 900 attendees. Register early and save, there is a cost for this event. Early registration for residents is $12 and for non-residents is $15. Pre-registration is going on now until January 30th, click on link to register.

There is so many snow options I hope you are able to check out a few of them! Happy Snow Days!

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.