Knotts Berry Farm - Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Newly Expanded Rides and Attractions at the Boardwalk

Knott's Berry Farm announces it's newly expanded Boardwalk themed area with more rides and attractions. Opening Memorial Weekend May 25th, 2013, Knott's continues to provide family fun entertainment by expanding the Boardwalk. This expansion allows for an even broader catalog of rides to it's already dynamic park. I recently visited the amusement park to see firsthand all of the new changes scheduled to open this summer and can provide you with the top ten reasons why you need to visit Knott's. 
Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.  
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1.  Coast Rider - The 52 foot ascent to the top of Coast Rider will have everyone clinging to the handrails for the ultimate family coaster experience. The adventure aboard the ride gives guests the feeling of riding the California coast, but once they reach the crest, it is a harrowing journey down the 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins.  New to the Boardwalk and opening soon this summer. 
 2.  Surfside Glider - Taking the ride into their own hands, guests will pilot their own Surfside Glider.  From a height of 28 feet, these two-man aircraft zip through the air providing a bird’s eye view of the Boardwalk area as they glide over Boardwalk Bay.  Surfside Glider will also open this summer.
3.  Pacific Scrambler-Everyone will be caught in the spin of the Pacific Scrambler, a family favorite and traditional Boardwalk attraction. 

4.  Newly Remodeled Timber Mountain Log Ride - Construction continues as this revitalization project will include restoring classic scenes, upgrading ride figures and sets as well as adding new scenes and characters to enhance the ride experience while still maintaining the original theme and storyline of the attraction.  See more about this exciting remodel in the video below.  The Log Ride is scheduled to reopen Summer 2013.  As for the Field Trip Mom family, we can't wait to be first on the restored Timber Mountain Log Ride.
5.  Charles Schulz Theatre - “Snoopy…..Unleashed!” - Snoopy is off the chain and ready for action – going where he wants to go, doing what he wants to do in a way that only Snoopy can.  This spectacular ice skating production includes the Peanuts characters, professional ice skaters, elaborate sets and music that will have you singing along.
6.  New this summer is “Boom Town” - Where the Wild West, at the peak of the Gold Rush, becomes a Cirque performance that really strikes it rich. A cast of nine amazing acrobats brings to life what it was like to live in the small town of Calico in the 1860s. You’ll be inspired to pick up your picks and pans and hop in an ore cart and come along for the ride!
7.  “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” - Returns for its fourth season and is bigger and brighter than ever.  When darkness falls over Knott’s Berry Farm, Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular brings Camp Snoopy to life with a continuous light show filled with PEANUTS’ figures, themed music, sound effects, and colorful projections.   

8.  “Hooray for Hollywood” - Tells the story of the PEANUTS® Gang as they try to make it big in Tinseltown.  Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and their friend JT pay homage to the golden days of Hollywood in a show that’s sure to delight kids of all ages. 

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9. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant - a Field Trip Mom family favorite, this classic icon serves famous fried chicken, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and the mouth-watering Boysenberry Pie! The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a weekend brunch and holiday take home meals to save time in the kitchen. Too tired to cook, the restaurant offers TO GO counter that allows you to take this succulent meal home for the family after a busy day at school and the office.

10. Season Passes -To take advantage of all the new offerings and experience all of Knott’s Farm Fresh Fun, the park is selling 2013 Season Passes for only $72.00 or 6 easy payments of $12.00 for a limited time. As a Season Pass holder guests receive:

Unlimited visits to Knott's Berry Farm - Make great family memories over and over again in 2013.

Exclusive Ride Time - Season pass holders get early access to some of your favorite rides during the summer - Labor Day Weekend.

Food & Merchandise Discounts - Food and merchandise available at select locations.

Halloween Haunt Discount Tickets - Save big on tickets and get all the bloodcurdling horror and mind-bending terror inside the gates of Knott's Scary Farm in 2013.

Additional season ticket packages are available for slightly higher prices which allow you access to other Cedar Fair Parks across the nation, parking, and admission to Knott's Soak City. More information on these season tickets can be found at https://www.knotts.com/season-passes. Imagine for simply the price of two visits, you have paid for your entire season pass allowing you to enjoy all of the shows, attractions and rides all year long. 

I want to send a big thank you to everyone at Knott's. Media day was fun and full of information. Thank you again!

****The press release was used to write this post as well as I personally visited the park. The information you read here is up to date as of April 24, 2013. I hope that this information helps you plan your summer. To ensure that all rides and shows are operating, I recommend to always check with Knott's and their website. https://www.knotts.com/

You can see more photos on Field Trip Mom Facebook and Pinterest. 


Giveaway - Win Tickets to #Dutch Queen's Day

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Update: This giveaway has ended. Please come back often to get the latest news and updates on more giveaways.

Enter to win (2) Adult tickets and (2) child's tickets to the "Dutch Queen's Day" in Los Angeles.
Sunday April 28th, 2013 the Home Depot Center is hosting a great cultural event. It is hosting the "Dutch Queen's Day". Tickets are $10; kids 12 of age and under are free. Complimentary parking is available.

The location of the Orange Village will be The Home Depot Center in Carson (stadium, sport facilities and home of the the Galaxy Soccer Team).
Address: The Home Depot Center, 18400 Avalon Boulevard, Carson CA 90746.

**“Queen’s Day is a fun event to teach children about their heritage and another culture in a fun way,” says Jeff Keasberry, organizer of the United Netherlands Organizations. “As the United States is celebrating National Princess Week, why not come together as an international community and celebrate real royalty as we’re at it?”
Many Americans find their heritage in Europe and most of us are quite aware where our ancestors come from. Whether they came from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden or Belgium, all these countries still today, have royal families. In the Netherlands, they even have three little princesses: Princess Amelia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariana.
This year will be the last Queen’s Day because it’s the last year of Queen Beatrix’s reign. She will abdicate her reign to her son Willem-Alexander, who will be the Dutch King, along with Princess Maxima. Both will start their reign on April 30, so Queen’s Day 2013 really is a farewell to the outgoing Queen."

You can find more information: https://www.facebook.com/DutchQueensDay
Disclaimer: The giveaway is being sponsored by Dutch Queen's Day. All opinions are all my own. **Taken from the press release. This event has not occurred, therefore details came from the press release.**

Community Event - Celebrate Carlsbad Day’ at LEGOLAND® California

A great event is happening on April 27th, 2013 at LEGOLAND to support education. Specially-priced tickets $20.00 for LEGOLAND are being sold through CUSD.  The tickets must be bought in advance only through the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD).  Buy your ticket today and support education. Help me make this event successful.

You may purchase tickets by phone (760) 929-1555 or email info@CarlsbadEd.org must be purchased by April 24th, 2013 to get this price.

Carlsbad Education Foundation

Press release:

Carlsbad Educational Foundation Announces Celebrate Carlsbad Day at LEGOLAND® California
Celebration to be held at LEGOLAND ® California on Saturday, April 27, 2013
Carlsbad, Calif. – The annual ‘Celebrate Carlsbad Day’ at LEGOLAND® California will take place on Saturday, April 27th starting at 1 p.m. Specially-priced $20 LEGOLAND tickets include admission with Park hours extended to 8 p.m. SEA LIFE® Aquarium tickets are also available at a discounted rate of $7 each. Parking is $15 at the gate.
LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to support district-wide science initiatives for students at all Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Schools. LEGOLAND will also donate hundreds of free field trip admission tickets to Carlsbad students for hands-on science field trips.
This event will feature the unique opportunity for CUSD students to perform on the Miniland U.S.A. stage at LEGOLAND between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“Due to a decrease in educational funding for our schools, CEF is committed to developing community partnerships within Carlsbad. Celebrate Carlsbad Day and the generous support of LEGOLAND allows us to fund district-wide science programming critical to the success of the 11,000 students we serve,” said Valin Brown, chief executive officer of the Foundation. “Since LEGOLAND opened its gates in Carlsbad in 1999, this award-winning family theme park has consistently embraced the Foundation’s efforts to raise much-needed funds for the Carlsbad schools. LEGOLAND California’s commitment to education and their partnership with the Foundation has made a tremendous impact on our community and we couldn’t be more appreciative.”
There are many sponsorship opportunities available and CEF invites all Carlsbad corporations and small businesses to get involved. Sponsorship levels include a live check presentation on a special stage in Miniland U.S.A. during a two hour live show, a company banner displayed on the stage and numerous other promotional opportunities. Interested parties can call Patty Johnson, Director of Development at (760) 929-1555 to learn how to get involved.
“Here at LEGOLAND California, we believe strongly in the value of education and supporting our local community,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort Peter Ronchetti. “That’s why the annual ‘Celebrate Carlsbad Day’ is so important in our efforts and we are honored to support the efforts of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation to raise funds for our local schools.”
These specially priced LEGOLAND tickets are available in advance only through the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and local ticket sales outlets including: all Carlsbad Unified schools, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce (5934 Priestly Drive), Carlsbad Visitors Bureau (400 Carlsbad Village Drive), US Bank (2520 El Camino Real and 7730 El Camino Real), Lola's 7 Up Market & Deli (3292 Roosevelt St.), San Marcos Boys & Girls Club (1 Positive Place), Vista Boys & Girls Club (410 W. California Ave) and the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (5631 Palmer Way, Suite L).
For information or to purchase tickets and have them emailed directly to you, call the Carlsbad Educational Foundation at (760) 929-1555 or email info@CarlsbadEd.org.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I support education.


Community Yard Sale - #Tustin, CA

Community Yard sales are great for several reasons. The first reason is to clean and clear out your house of unused items, while making some money. Second reason is that you are able to find great items at a low price. Third reason is that you are helping the environment by recycling items.  
  1. Keeping a house clean requires getting rid of items not used or just taking up space. De-cluttering allows for your home to be more relaxing and inviting. For this reason yards sales are excellent. You make a little money for your unwanted items and your house stays clean.  
  2. One person's junk is another person's treasure. Buying at local yard sales you may find that it can be like looking for treasures. You may find things that you need in great condition for a low price. This may help you stay on budget and still have fun decorative items in your home. Yard sales can save you money on household items and toys.
  3. Buying at a yard sale can help save items from ending up at a dump. Recycling and re-purposing is a great way to help our Earth.  
Finally yard sales bring the community together and allow you to meet your neighbors. The city next to ours is hosting a giant city yard sale this coming weekend. I hope you are able to attend. See you Saturday.

The Community of Tustin is hosting a yard sale this Saturday, April 20th, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Rain or Shine)
Location: Old Town Tustin
Tustin Area Senior Center’s Parking Lot
200 South “C” St. Tustin, CA 92780

For More Info contact

Reyna (714) 573-3321


Disclaimer: Not a paid post only a community announcement. All opinions are my own.


Discovery Science Center - Bubblefest

Discovery Science Center is hosting Bubblefest until April 14th. Bubblefest is a very entertaining event for all to see.  This event has hands on experiments that bring life to bubbles.  Experiments include "The Sheet of Bubbles", which placed a pole in a tub of bubble solution.  When you pulled the rope, a bubble sheet is created between the pole and the solution.  This experiment shows the effects of placing your hand on the bubble.  By placing a wet hand on the bubble, one can put it through the bubble sheet without breaking it.  Another experiment had a tray with bubble solution allowing you to create multiple bubbles that were linked together by blowing through a straw.  The kids really enjoyed the creative processes in these experiments.  

Bubblefest made everyone in my family smile and they had a great time playing.  Everywhere you went, there were bubbles being created.  In this picture, my husband is reliving his childhood by making a giant bubble.  Our kids are thrilled to see their dad make this giant bubble and captivated waiting for their turn to try to make their own.  This was a very proud moment when I was able to capture this amazing photo before his bubble popped.  Hands on exploration of bubble solution was great for the kids to experience.


DownEast Basics

DownEast Basics tees are my favorite. I use them almost everyday. They go well under your sheer blouses or can be under a sweater to make a complete outfit. The basic Tee comes in different styles and colors. They just got a new colors in time for spring. I picked up the basic colors, red, blue and black.

The store carries classic styles with timeless pieces like this polka dot blouse. It is great for the spring season. This blouse can go with a nice pair of jeans or fun skirt. But it is a must for your closet, if you like classic pieces of clothing. There is so many more styles in-store and online at Down East Basics. There is even great sales if you sign-up for their email mails.  

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The other great piece I found was this Navy Blue Lace blouse with buttons. It is very loose and comfortable. It comes in large sizes and others colors. The fabric on this blouse is soft and very comfortable. That is the reason I enjoy the clothing is the fabric and cut of the garments. They are so very well made. I own blouses that have kept their shape and wash well, which I purchased at this store.  So it was money well spent.


DownEast Basics was held a Bloggers shopping evening. Some of the most popular ladies from Southern California attended this event. Here is Jill Parkin, Jamie Gall, Erin Miller and Marcie Taylor saying hello. It was a great night of shopping and friendships.  (It is always nice to shop with friends.) Happy Shopping!
Disclaimer: All opinions and thoughts are my own. This is a sponsored post. I was provided a $25.00 gift card to the store. This did not influence my opinion or my post. I really do wear their clothing. :)


Free Family Field Trips - #fieldtrips #family #free

The beginning of the month brings lots family field trip opportunities. The cost is Free. All you will need is comfortable shoes and lunch money. You can even pack a lunch to save more money.   

Children's Museum at La Habra
Recycling can be a fun and easy habit to learn and practice. Join us in our quest to make our world greener and cleaner! Plant a live flowering plant in a recycled vessel you will decorate to take home!
Venue:       Children's Museum at La Habra
Address:     301 South Euclid Street, La Habra, CA 90631
Phone:        562-905-9793
Cost:          Free Target Saturday

IMPORTANT NOTE-To allow for a more comfortable and enjoyable free visit, wristbands are issued for 2 hour time slots, with a maximum of 250 per session. Session times: 10am-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm. Please plan your visit accordingly. 
Home Depot -Kids Workshop

Build a Bird Feeder!

FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Paint will be provided at the workshop for children to personalize their bird feeder craft!
Venue:       Home Depot
Address:     Your local Home Depot Store
Cost:          Free  

Lakeshore Learning -Free Craft for Kids Lakeshore

My favorite animal picture. Have your kids make a fun picture of their favorite animal with fun paper, rubbing plates and collage materials.

Venue:      Lakeshore Learning
Address:    Your local Store
Cost:         Free

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bowers Museum and Kidseum

10 AM - 4 PM

Visitors to the Bowers can enjoy free access to the museum, Kidseum, and all activities on the first Sunday of every month, thanks to the Target Corporation. Due to occupancy limits of popular and specially ticketed exhibits, ticket distribution is limited to 1500 tickets per day, 250 per hour on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors must be present at the time of ticket distribution. Reservations are not accepted.
Free to attend.
11: 30 AM - 3:30 PM
Free to attend.
- Face Painting, Fan Painting, Bonsai Tree Collage
- Shan The Magic Sculptor creates Candy Fantasy
- Photos with a Samurai Warrior
- Bonsai Collection from the Kofu Bonsai Kai Club
12 pm     
Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo) Madam Hanayagi Rokufumine
12:30 pm   
Japanese Zither (Koto, Music)  (Yukiko Matsuyama)
1:30 pm     
Japanese Lute Music  (Tsugaru Shamisen)
2 pm     
Japanese Taiko Drumming (Taiko Center of Los Angeles)
2:30 pm     
Japanese Folk Dances (Bon Odori)

Free admission to limited engagement exhibitions: 
LUCY’S LEGACYThe Hidden Treasure of Ethiopia
Maurice Sendak 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons

Kidseum hours: 10 AM – 4 PM
Sponsored by the Target Corporation.
For more information, please e-mail: education@bowers.org or call 714.567.3677

Disclaimer: The information came directly from each of the companies/organizations. However times and conditions may change, so please check before attending any events. 


#ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe Review - BPA Free

A few weeks ago, I was asked to review the True Easy Syringe by #Acu-Life.  When I said yes to the review, I thought that it would be great for an emergency travel kit.   If you have to give medicine to kids, you know how tough it can be.  Those syringes from the local pharmacy are difficult to gauge the appropriate amount and dependent on your child's weight can be dangerous to their health as a result of over medicating.  There is no room for error when giving medicine to a child.  Giving the correct dose to a sick child is a must and with the #Acu-Life True Easy Syringe, it is the easiest way ever.  For this reason it made sense to add it to my emergency travel kit as this medicine syringe takes the guess work or worry out of giving your child the need dosage.  This week, I was reminded how important it is to be aware of our health.  Both my son and my mom needed medical attention and both of them require oral medication with a precision amount of medicine.  What seemed like a great product for travel emergency became immediately necessary.  We are struggling through the illnesses but hanging in there with the help of this truly helpful tool.  I was really glad that I had this in my emergency kit for my family.  This product is very inexpensive, around $4.99, and is sold at your local Walgreen's and CVS.

Want more information on this truly incredible childs' medicine syringe, see the video below.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for my thoughts or opinions. I received one True Easy Syringe for review. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.