Krikorian Kids Summer Movies

Krikorian Kids Summer Movies

Krikorian $1 Summer Movies

I almost forgot about this deal, Krikorian Theaters also offers a Summer Movie program for kids. The Krikorian Kids $1 movies are on Tuesdays at 10am and 12:30pm going on currently until August 18th. Find a local theater here and see below for the remaining weekly movie line up.

Krikorian Kids Series

  • July 21stBook of Life
  • July 28thRio 2
  • August 4thPaddington
  • August 11thPenguins of Madagascar
  • August 18thDolphin Tale 2

Enjoy the shows!

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.

Free STEM Camp at Apple Stores

Apple Camp - Free Summer STEM Camp

This July Apple Camp is back!

Did you know that Apple Stores offer FREE STEM Summer Camps for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. Kids are able to let their imaginations run wild while learning how to use computer programming for such things as Movie Making or Digital Storybooks. Camps are for three days and are an hour and half long each day. There are two camps to choose from; Stories in Motion with iMovie and Interactive Storytelling with iBooks. Apple Camp sessions begin July 20th and conclude the week of August 5th.

My daughter at the Interactive Storytelling Camp Session last summer

My daughter at the Interactive Storytelling Camp Session last summer

Last summer my daughter attended the Interactive Storytelling Camp at our local Apple Store. She had an absolute blast at Camp. She learned how to use illustrator, power point and at the end of camp showed of her story during a little presentation to her fellow campers and their parents. At the start of Apple Camp she was provided with a Camp t-shirt and employee style name badge. On the last day of camp she was given an Apple Camp bracket that concealed a USB containing her digital storybook. She loved when it was camp days and asked to be signed up for more, unfortunately we were unable to since camps fill up extremely fast. So this year I checked everyday for when registration would be open (even though I signed up to receive an email when it does), I’m a little impatient. But my persistence has paid off, my daughter is registered for both camps and I am sharing this opportunity to everyone!

That’s right Apple Camp registration is now open! I haven’t even received the email to announce registration openings yet, so this is a way to stay ahead of everyone by using the link provided to register now. You can find a local store and reserve a spot for your child now at applersvp.com

Camp spaces are very limited, you don’t want to have to wait another year for your kids to attend these great camps!

Cruzin Mama

Temecula Movies in the Park

Image from summermoviesinthepark.com

Image courtesy of summermoviesinthepark.com

Summer Movies in the Park

I have been keeping the kids so busy over break that I almost missed the start of movies in the park! This is my family’s favorite summer outing. We pack our favorite snacks and some blankets and just enjoy a summer evening outdoors. Sometimes we even take our dinner and have a spontaneous picnic. Movies in the park are just a delightful summer outing.

Tonight was the kick off for Temecula’s Movies in the Park series. Movies are on Friday nights and begin at dusk, but games and activities start at 6pm. Tonight’s movie is The Boxtrolls. The pre-movie activity included music, hula hooping and make your own Boxtroll box! Temecula Events really works to make each movie night unique. Below is the movie in the park schedule for Temecula, I will be adding more areas soon so keep a look out for all my Movie in the Park posts!

My little Boxtroll ready to watch The Boxtrolls

My little Boxtroll ready to watch The Boxtrolls

Temecula Movies in the Park 2015

  • June 19th Harveston Sports Park – The Boxtrolls
  • July 10th Temeku Hills Park – Maleficent
  • July 17th CRC Pool – Dolphin Tale 2
  • July 24th Temeku Hills Park – Big Hero 6
  • July 31st Harveston Sports Park – Paddington

Enjoy a summer movie under the stars!

Cruzin Mama

Promenade Temecula Summer Kids Club

Promenade Temecula Summer Kids Club

Promenade Pals Free Kids Events

Promenade Pals is starting again, this is free kids workshops that can be a craft, games, and more. Promenade Pals is held on Wednesdays during the summer break at 11am. The kick off event is tomorrow June 17th at 11am in the Picnic Plaza. The free summer kick off will feature a build you own kite craft, games and kona ice!

Also back this year is the Hello Kitty search and find, where you search for the Hello Kitty hidden around the mall and once found you will receive a prize. This year the prize is a button series, so remember to find her each week to collect the whole series (7 buttons in all).

Sign up now at PromenadeTemecula.com/info/KidsClub

Promenade Pals 2015 Schedule

  • June 17thSummer Kick Off :Build your own Kite, Games and Kona Ice 11am to 1pm
  • June 24thBuild a Birdhouse 11am to 1pm
  • July 8thMatching Bandanas for you and your four legged friend 11am to 1pm
  • July 15thMake and bake Pretzel from Wetzels 11am to 1pm
  • July 22ndPaint and take a mini Sail Boat 11am to 1pm
  • July 29thMask Making :Show off your Alter Ego 11am to 1pm
  • August 5thGlow in the Dark Slime Make and Take 11am to 1pm

*Be sure to check out your local mall to see what events they have going on this summer!*

Have a fun trip to the mall!

Cruzin Mama

Reel Kids Summer Movie Series

Reel Kids Summer Movie Series

Another $1 Summer Movie deal!

My kids have very much enjoyed going to the movies as a summer break treat. And I have not minded the budget friendly deal at all. It’s a great way to beat the heat and also get out of the house for a bit. Well Reading Cinemas also has a Summer Movie Series. The Reel Kids Summer Movie Series is on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am. The movie series starts tomorrow June 17th and goes on until August. Click here to find a theater near you.

The full schedule is just below!

Reel Kids Summer Movie Schedule

Enjoy the shows!

Cruzin Mama

Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express

Summer break is almost here, so now is the time to start planning some great fun and inexpensive activites to keep kids busy over the break. An awesome summer treat is going to the movies and many theaters offer a special summer discount movies series. Regal Theaters is one of those with the Regal Summer Movies Express. The Summer Movie Express is 9 weeks of family fun. All movies for the Summer Express are $1! A portion of each ticket will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. All movies are rated G or PG. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesday’s at 10am.

Summer Express 2015 Schedule

  • Week 1
    June 9th   Nut Job
    June 10th   Annie
  • Week 2
    June 16th   Earth to Echo
    June 17th   The Boxtrolls
  • Week 3
    June 23th   Paddington
    June 24th   Turbo
  • Week 4
    June 29th   Rio 2
    July 1st   How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Week 5
    July 7th   Mr. Peabody
    July 8th   Book of Life
  • Week 6
    July 14th   Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    July 15th   Peguins of Madagascar
  • Week 7
    July 21st   The Lego Movie
    July 22nd   Dolphin Tale 2
  • Week 8
    July 28th   Muppets Most Wanted
    July 29th   Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Week 9
    August 4th   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    August 5th   The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie

Click here to find a theater near you.

Enjoy the movies!

Cruzin Mama

Frozen at Disney Store Summer Play Days

Posted in Summer Fun! 

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Disney Stores Summer Play Days is still going on until September 1st. These daily events that are happening in the store such as learning to draw your favorite characters, becoming an honorary Avenger, listening to your favorite Disney story, or test your Disney knowledge with a fun trivia game. By attending one of these events your child will receive a special Summer Play Days button. Each week is a new button to collect and right now the featured button is Anna with Olaf from Frozen! image

Try to go to Trivia event days when a bonus pin is giving out pertaining to the Trivia theme. Both my kids have been having so much fun. Everyday has a different event planned so it’s nice to pick and chose which to attend.

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Showtime days seem to be very popular. We just attended one which was completely full. It was a Showtime featuring everyone’s favorite toy doctor Doc McStuffins. The kids helped Doc fix up her friends and learned a dance about washing your hands. All the children who attended revived their very own magic stethoscope just like Docs(well a cutout version but still very fun).

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The Anna and Olaf button is available until Sunday while supplies last. There are still some very cool buttons coming up for the final weeks of Summer Play Days. Collect them while you can and keep checking out the Disney Stores free events.

Cruzin Mama
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Regal $1 Movies

Posted in Summer Fun!
Image from regmovies.com

Image from regmovies.com

Is seeing a movie in the theater this summer on your kids summer bucket list, then a great budget friendly way is with Regal Cinemas $1 movies. Dollar Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Usually with dollar movies older children’s movies are shown but this summer the movies are fairly recent hits. Some of the featured movies are the blockbuster smash the Lego Movie, Walking with Dinosaurs, Rio 2, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman just to name a few. The program is running for 9 weeks only, so there are only 7 weeks left to catch this deal. Always be sure to check with your local theater to verify the schedule and times. You can find your local Regal Theater here.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Cruzin Mama

Here is the current Dollar Movie line up as of 6/19

Image from regmovies.com

Image from regmovies.com

*This is the current schedule for the Temecula Edwards Stadium 15, schedule and times may vary between theaters*

Free Bowling

Posted in Summer Fun!

Image from BrunswickZone.com

Image from BrunswickZone.com

Brunswick has a great deal for students this summer. Two free bowling sessions a day all summer! This offer is for June, July and August to students 18 and under. To claim you Student Ball Pass coupons sign up with BrunswickZone.com You will receive an email monthly containing the free bowling coupons for each month.

Don’t strike out! Sign up for this great offer.

Cruzin Mama