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

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

Temecula Blueberry Farm

Temecula Blueberry Farm

Temecula Blueberry Company’s farm is now open for the U-Pick season. A visit to the blueberry farm is a delightful little outing for the family this spring. My family decided to spend Mother’s Day checking out the farm for the very first time and of course pick some blueberries.

Temecula Blueberrry Farm

Blueberry Farm Info

The Blueberry Farm

It’s fairly easy to spot the farm when you are arriving by the large red barn style building. The barn is surrounded by a few fields of blueberry plants. The first stop when at the farm is at the small barn to pick up your bucket to collect your blueberries in. The cost of the blueberries is $5 per pint. *Important* Temecula Blueberry Farm accepts cash or check only!

Temecula Blueberry Company Chicken Coup

Temecula Blueberry Company's Piglet

The Blueberry Farm is also home to a few animals. The chicken coup was open for egg collecting during our visit and children where asked to help in the collecting (due to allergies we did not participate). There was also two adorable piglets there.

Blueberry Fields

Blueberry picking

Picking blueberries

Buckets of berries

The Blueberry farm’s fields have plenty of berries to be picked. Picking is so easy and fun, just remember to stick to only “blue” blueberries as they are ripe and ready to eat right after washing them. Also please only pick what you plan to purchase.

Temecula Berry Co.

Temecula Berry Company
39700 Cantrell Rd
Temecula CA 92591
Open Daily 8am – 6pm

Movie Nights at the Farm

Friday nights will be movie at the farm nights beginning May 29th. Movie night begins at 8pm and don’t forget to bring your chair. *Movie schedule has yet to be announced.*

Family Fun- Blueberry Picking

Have a fun trip to the blueberry farm!

Cruzin Mama

Egg Hunts and other EGGcellent Events

Egg Hunts and other EGGcellent Events

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

Riverside County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27625 Sherman Road, Menifee 92584

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

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

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

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

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

San Diego County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a HOPPing good time!

Cruzin Mama

Temecula Valley Family Fair *Review*

TV Family Fair

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

TV Fair Ribbon Cutting

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

TV Fair Giant Wheel

TV Fair Carnival Area

Carnival Game Prizes

Childrens Coaster at the Fair

TV Fair Carnival Rides

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

Princesses at the Fair

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

TV Fair Fun

TV Fair Inflatables

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

TV Fair Butterfly Exhibit

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

Fair Treats

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

Easter Bunny at the Fair

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

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

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

Cruzin Mama

Temecula Valley Family Fair

All images courtesy of TV Family Fair

All images courtesy of TV Family Fair

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

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

TV Fair Event Map

Tickets

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

*Identification Required*

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

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

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

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

Parking
$5 per vehicle

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

Ticket Deals and a Giveaway!

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

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

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

Have a great time at the fair!

Cruzin Mama

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway!

Giveaway has ended! Have a great time at the fair!

Imagine Me Grow *Grand Opening*

All images courtesy of Imagine Me Grow

All images courtesy of Imagine Me Grow

A wonderful new children’s play place has just recently opened in Murrieta. Imagine Me Grow is a place where children can let their imaginations take center stage. This little imagination town is a great safe place for little ones to play. There is a variety of shops on Main Street in this Imagination Town that let children explore the world of “grown-up” careers. Your little one can go to university, or run a bakery, take care of injured animals in the animal hospital, or prepare to save lives in the fire station. The possibilities are endless.

Pretend play at Imagine Me Grow

At this time Imagine Me Grow is only open to parties, play groups and field trips. But the possibility of open play hours may be an option in the future. But for now if you are interested in booking an event it is best to do soon as Imagine Me Grow is filling up with scheduled events.

Private Room at Imagine Me Grow

The staff at Imagine Me Grow handles all the party hassle to keep you stress free. They will set up, great party guests, and do the clean up! And you are more thank welcome to bring in decorations to have your own personal party theme.

Imagine Me Grow Grand Open House

Want to check out this amazing place before booking your next event? Well no problem! Imagine Me Grow is having a Grand Open House event Saturday March 22nd from 10am to 2pm. During the Grand Open House you will be able to walk through the imaginary town and meet a special hero. This is a FREE event for the whole family.

Have fun pretending!

Cruzin Mama

For more information visit Imagine Me Grow on Facebook, Instagram or online.

Strawberry Farm Temecula

U-Pick Strawberry Farm

This weekend is the start of a fun and delicious time of the year, the Temecula Valley U-Pick Strawberry farm is opening up! Kenny’s Strawberry Farm will be open for the strawberry picking season starting this Saturday March 14th. Kenny’s Strawberry Farm also offers a year-round produce stand and a on top of the U-pick strawberries there is a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables available to come pick. This is a wonderful family friendly outing that doesn’t hurt your wallet!

Kenny’s Strawberry Farm

953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook, CA, 92028

Picking Hours
Wednesday – Sunday
10am to 6pm

Have a delicious strawberry picking time!

Cruzin Mama

Strawberry Picking

Temecula Rod Run 2015

Image courtesy of oldtowntemecula.com

Image courtesy of oldtowntemecula.com

The Temecula Rod Run March 6th and 7th

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

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

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

For more information please visit temeculaevents.org

Cruise on out for a great time!

Cruzin Mama