Great Wolf Lodge on Groupon!

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

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

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

Enjoy your stay!
Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge Deals

Lego Batman™ Movie Days at Legoland!

All images courtesy of Legoland Resorts

Batman Days are coming to Legoland California!

Well more specifically Lego Batman™ Movie Days are coming. This February there will be two action packed weekends in celebration of your favorite Lego caped crusader. Best of all is the fun is included with admission. Come take part in a scavenger hunt through Miniland, meet the dark knight himself along with his sidekicks, and of course complete a Lego build activity. If you can’t make it during these dates do not fear Batman and Friends character meet and greets will be going on throughout February and into March so there is still a chance to hang out with your favorite dark knight.

Lego Batman Movie Days

February 18th – 19th

February 25th – 26th

Batman Movie Days Fun!

  • Character Meet and Greets – Meet face to face with the Lego Batman or one of his friends Batgirl or Robin
    • Monday -Friday
      10:00, 11:00, 12:15, 1:45, 3:00, 4:00
    • Saturday-Sunday
      10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45

    *Times are subject to change be sure to check on your visit to be sure of correct times*

  • Miniland Scavenger Hunt: The Villians Have Escaped! – Help track down the likes of Joker and his villains friends on a scavenger hunt through Miniland USA
  • Mystery Mosaic Lego Build – help in completing this build to reveal the mystery image
  • Build A Batmobile – Build and test out your own version of the batmobile
  • WB Family Gamespace- come and play all the Lego Batman™ themed video games
  • Character Lego Builds – help a Lego Masterbuilder complete life sized builds of Batman, Batgirl and Robin!

Don’t miss out on visiting the park during these action packed weekends! Also be sure to check out the new Lego Batman™ Movie which hit theaters February 10th.

Cruzin Mama

Legoland California
1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad CA 92008
Purchase Tickets Ahead at
legoland.com

National Parks FREE Entrance Days 2017


National Parks Free Days 2016

The National Park Service is back with its FREE entrance days for 2017! This year the National Park Service is offer 9 fee free days which are great opportunities to get out and explore. There are 409 parks in the U.S. , 127 of those normally charge an entrance fee ranging from $3-$30. So fee free days are a great way to explore on a budget. Also be sure to visit Find Your Park to see all the events happening in parks nearby.

*Fee free days waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation fees. Fees for reservations, camping, tours, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless otherwise stated.*

2017 FREE Entrance Days

  • February 20th  Presidents  Day
  • April 15-16th and 22nd-23rd National Parks Week (Weekends)
  • August 25th National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30th National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th-12th Veterans Day Weekend

Image courtesy of National Park Foundation

Park Passes

Can’t make any of the fee free day but are planning on visiting multiple parks, then an Annual Pass is what you need. There are actually quite a few different pass options for our National Parks.

  • Annual Pass   The cost is $80 for this pass. It is available to everyone and can be purchased at a federal recreation site, over the phone (1-888-275-8747 ext. 3) or online.
  • Military Annual Pass  This pass is FREE to all current members of the United States Military, Reserves and Guards. This pass can only be picked up in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).
  • 4th Grade Pass   Through Every Kid in a Park program all 4th graders are eligible to obtain a FREE Annual Pass. This pass provides free entrance to national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges for the 4th grader as well as all children under 16 years of age in the party and up to three adults. Paper passes accepted only no electronic passes will be honored. Pass is only valid during the school year (September 2015 – August 31st, 2016). For more information and to get the pass visit everykidinapark.gov

For full information on passes and to see all pass options visit nps.gov

California National Parks

Have fun exploring!

Cruzin Mama

Click here to find National Parks outside of California.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Southern California Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening!

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

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

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

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

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

Cruzin Mama

Great Wolf Lodge deals

Great Wolf Lodge Coming to Southern California!

All images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

All images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Coming in February!

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

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

Kids Den at Great Wolf Lodge

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

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

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

Great Wolf Lodge Activities

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

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

Cruzin Mama

Hello 2015

Hello 2015 | Cruzin Mama

Hello 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great 2014 and are having so far a nice start to 2015. This last year like many before had it’s highs and it lows. I always try to be a positive person so looking back I’m focusing more on the good and bringing that into this year. 2014 was the year I finally decided to start this blog. I am always doing or finding fun and inexpensive events or places to go with my kids. I was having friends or my spouses coworkers ask where I found all these things, so I had been telling him I should blog since I’m already doing all the research anyways and that way everyone can get the info easily. I am so happy with my blog it has some kinks and needs some improvement and even though I thought about stopping I’m glad that I haven’t. I am going to work harder and make improvements this year on it!

So I’m setting a few goals for this year myself and for my blog. I am so excited for a new start and can’t wait for things to grow and change. I will be more committed to blogging and finishing posts. I had so many posts this year that I sat on and ended up not finishing. I will also strive to get information out sooner to make sure others have time to plan to attend. I will also be striving for a healthier self this year. I work out off and on but get lazy and fall into a more unhealthy routine and eating. So this year I plan to be outdoors more and to eat healthier. It’s not a weight loss goal or diet it’s a change so that I can be more involved with my kids and have a better self appreciation.

I am excited and nervous about what this year will bring. But just like 2014 I will focus more on the positive and not give up. I wish everyone a wonderful New Year and with it many blessings of health and happiness. I would love to hear others goals for this year as well, it’d be great to add to my growing list ;)

Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015!

Cruzin Mama

Santa Rosa Plateau and Visitor Center

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On Saturday my little guy and I went on a little outing. His big sis was sick with a nasty bug and I wanted to keep him from catching it, so I took him out for some errands with me. We were near the Santa Rosa Plateau so I decided to stop by with him to check out their Family Wildlife Day event that was going on. I love to come here and explore a little with my kiddos. I usually stick to the trail loop near the Visitor Center. And lucky for us that is where all the fun was happening that day.

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The Visitor Center is packed full of information about the history of the area and all the animals that have called it home. The workers are very friendly and took the time to talk with my curious 3 year old.

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There is 9000 acres to explore at the Reserve. Near the Visitor Center is a great loop trail that branches off to many other trails. Some lead to the Historic Adobe Buildings or the Seasonal Vernal Pools. The Sylvan-Meadows side of the The Reserve offers multi-use trails which can be walked, hiked, biked, or even explored on horseback.

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There is signs and animal prints on rocks on the trail near the Visitor Center. My son loves the rocks with the animal foot prints he kept having to match up his hands to them. Some of the signs have a little history or talked about the types of vegetation in that area. One of the most important signs was about what to do if you encounter a Mountain Lion, remember this is a Reserve and there are wild animals that call it home.

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Family Wildlife Day was fun and a great little outing. We hang out with Smokey the Bear and got to sit in a Forest Service Truck. We got up close to falcons and hawks and also snakes. There was also a bat exhibit where a little bat was hanging around. We visited all the sponsor tents several had crafts for the kids. I’m glad I was able to check this fun event out.

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If you have a chance check out Murrieta’s hidden gem. Get out there and explore!

Cruzin Mama

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The Santa Rosa Plateau
39400 Clinton Keith Road
Murrieta, Ca 92562

Hours:
Trails– Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor Center– Tuesday through Sunday 9am to 5pm
Fees:
Adults $3
Children(2-12 years) $2

Legoland Brick-or-Treat *Review*

Image from legolandcaliforniaresort.com

Image from legolandcaliforniaresort.com

Brick-or-Treat and Party Nights at Legoland California Resort

It’s Halloween time at Legoland California! And on weekends the fun gets extra special with Brick-or-Treat and it’s Party Nights. Enjoy special trick-or-treating throughout Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium that is filled with some great treats and entertainment. You have the option to play all day in the park then join the spooky fun at night or just arrive for the night time haunts. Brick-or-Treat is only happening on select Fridays and Saturdays this October.

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Brick-or-Treat Party Nights There are still dates left to check out Brick-or-Treat! Fridays October 17th and 24th and also Saturdays October 18th and 25th. An all day pass is for admission to the park and Aquarium from 10am until 9pm. Nights only is from 5pm until 9pm. Purchasing tickets online ahead of time not only saves on cost but also grants early entrance at 4pm for those who purchase Party Nights only tickets. Parking is not included with ticket purchase, standard parking cost is $15. Half of the park is closed during Party Nights, but there are still rides available and the Aquarium is fully open. There is free live entertainment throughout the Brick-or-Treat trail and the park is fairly decorated. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

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So how is Brick-or-Treat?

My family just checked out Brick-or-Treat’s Party Night this last weekend. Overall we had a great time. The kids said they want to do it again next year. We did the Party Nights portion only. We arrived at about 4:30pm and from the parking lot we could tell the park was going to be a bit full. I was surprised that there was no real line at the entrance which was nice but the tent to get your Party Nights wristband was fairly long. Right after we got our wrists bands on we were ready to go and the kids could not wait to begin the fun. Our first stop was the Aquarium since it was the nearest Treat Stations.

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What’s great about the Sea Life Aquarium is you are let in through mid-size groups so it’s not too crowded. We enjoyed walking through but since we have already visited here quite a few times the kids were excited to rush to the first Treat Station. On the way we stopped and got a good look at the new Jellyfish Discovery.

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The kids really enjoyed Jellyfish Discovery. The glow in the dark style room is always fun and so was watching the tanks lights change the colors of the Jellyfish.

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Our very first Treat Station was a Pirate Ship with a friendly Buccaneer!

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Loved seeing the little details of decorations throughout the Aquarium.

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There was no wait for the Treat Stations inside Sea Life for us.

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A dance party area where kids could learn some fun fishy moves. The dance area got really busy as the night went on when all the flashing lights could be seen.

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We had fun in the Aquarium but we were so ready to check out all the rest of the Treat Stations.

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This little Spider-Man family was ready to have fun! So half the park is closed for the Party Nights which did make me a little bummed because almost all of my sons favorite rides where on the closed side of the park. What was nice though was that all the Treat Stations were so easy to spot. But the lines for them were incredibly long. Some of the lines were so long that a Legoland worker was standing at the end holding a sign to signify the end of that line. Since the lines for the Treat Stations were so long it left many of the rides lines pretty short.

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There were some fun stilt walkers and performers keeping guest entertained throughout the trails. There are also some great photo opportunities throughout the trails.

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I really loved how decorated the park is. It is not overly done and really fits in. Some of the displays are very interactive like the Fortune Teller Booth with a real Fortune Teller inside and a friendly troll who was telling some fun jokes and talking with the kids about their costumes.

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Had to get a pic of my Spider kids in front of a web too bad my little guy was more interested in his treats than taking a pic.

Had to get a pic of my Spider kids in front of a web too bad my little guy was more interested in his treats than taking a pic.

Three of the Treat Stations were located in the Enchanted Walk so there was only one line to wait in to get into the Walk. From there visiting those three stations was a breeze since only a certain amount of guests were allowed to enter at a time to not make the trail crowded. There where also three located in Mini Land and they were easy to go from line to line. What was nice is you could have an adult wait in line while taking the kids to check out all of Mini Land or watch a show on the main stage that was very close by. I have to say I was so happy to see some very healthy treats being given out, there was a few stations who had some candy, but the majority of treats were healthy snacks and organic juice. Of course what would a Brick-or-Treat be without some Bricks. There are two stations who hand out bricks; one is a fun commemorative single brick and the other is a Legends of Chima Lego Set. You can bet that station was the longest line there. There was a few other stages besides the main stage and there was also another dance party area that was really hoping. Even though dealing with long Treat Station lines we still had a really good time. The park was very crowded which was a bummer since half the park is closed so all the crowds are in one area. But overall anyone thinking of going to this event I would say to still check it out.

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There are two large stages and a few smaller stages throughout Brick-or-Treat. The main stage is in MiniLand which is where the costume contests are held. The other large stage is right next to the Dragon Coaster exit. Both large stages have singing and dancing performances and other fun acts. The smaller acts throughout the park include a great drum performer and an amazing painter.

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On the way to Castle Hill is a fun little light show near the giant Lego Spider. The path is decorated and the lights dance to the music playing.

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Don’t miss the giant Lego Lord Vampyer near the main stage. He and his ghoulish friends have a Monster Mash of a show on the main stage. Guest got to help assemble this giant Lego figure on the first night of Brick-or-Treat, how cool is that!

Brick-or-Treat Tips

So since every experience is a learning opportunity I wanted to share some tips and advice to help anyone going to attend Brick-or-Treat have a great time.

    • Do an All Day Pass – I have told my spouse that next year we will just do the All Day Pass. There are 4 Treat Stations open all day so that would ease up time during Party Nights having already completed those. Also the whole park is open so we would be able to enjoy all the rides, especially my sons favorites.
    • Arrive Early – If you plan on only doing the Party Nights tickets then take advantage and arrive early at the 4pm entrance that is allowed with tickets purchased online. By arriving early you can get in the front of the lines for some of the longer wait Treat Stations. Also you do not have to get your Brick-or-Treat at the front of the park wristband station. There is a few other locations for them further in the park with much shorter lines.
    • Bring an Extra Adult – If you were just planning on one adult taking the kids it would be beneficial to have two parents at least go. One parent could take the kids to do rides or watch the shows, while the other parent would do the wait in lines and just call when they get near to the front. This will help save on fussy line waiting kiddos.
    • Mid-size or Large Treat Bag – Bring a medium or large sized Trick-or-Treat bag. Some of the treats such as the Lego set and Magazine will not fit well in a small treat bag or bucket. This will save you on trying to carry all your treat items especially if you do not have a stroller to place them in.
    • Bring some snacks – I underestimated how much line waiting and Brick-or-Treating would make me hungry. We had a brought food for my son who has FPIES, but didn’t pack much for ourselves. Guess we thought that the Party Nights wasn’t a long amount of time. Well we got pretty hungry and ended up leaving before the Fireworks to go get a bite to eat. Even though the snacks given out were healthy they weren’t allergy safe for anyone with a dairy allergy or sensitivity.
    • Get seating early – With how many people who attend Party Nights, if you want to get a good view of a show grab a seat early. Click here to plan your trip now with the event map and show times.
    • Bring a Pen/Pencil– The Boat Cruise is now a Ghost Cruise with a special scavenger hunt in it. You are given a scavenger hunt paper when you enter the ride but pencils are not provided and are only at the raffle drop box. So to save on time after the ride and to make things easier to remember bring a pen/pencil with you. Also the winner of the scavenger hunt wins park hopper tickets and a special prize pack, definitely enter this contest!

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All of our treats!

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Sorry for such a long post and my delay in posting it. I just wanted to make sure I got all the details in and gave enough information to help everyone have a great experience. Brick-or-Treat is a great event and I do recommend it to anyone looking for some great family Halloween fun.

Have a spooktacular time!

Cruzin Mama

*This post was in no way sponsored or endorsed by Legoland California or it’s affiliates. Everything stated in this post is that of my own opinion. All photos are mine unless stated otherwise and are subject to copyright under Cruzin Mama. I was not paid or compensated to provide this post.*