Knott’s Spooky Farm is Fun for Families!

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Knott's Spooky Farm(Photo courtesy of: Knott’s)

Knott’s Berry Farm is my favorite place for Halloween fun. They really go all out for Knott’s Scary Farm, and this year the whole park goes spooky for their family-friendly weekend celebration: Knott’s Spooky Farm. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11.

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The event is a little different from the family Halloween events of Knott’s past. This year, guests can trick-or-treat their way through the Ghost Town streets, and be greeted at each door by only the friendliest ghosts and ghouls.

Knott's Spooky Hollow Maze(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)

The whole family can enjoy the winding maze of Spooky Hollow, located in Fiesta Village. Together you’ll travel through a spooky forest complete with gigantic jack-o-lanterns, creepy characters, and more. At the end, you can decorate your own pumpkin for a small fee.

Monster Masquerade Ball(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)

In the Monster Masquerade Ball, kids can make their own not-so-scary masks, and join in some spooky karaoke.

Other great activities include the Creepy Crawler Cabin, Snoopy’s Costume and Dance Party, and “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre. Spooky Farm activities are included in regular park or season pass admission.

Spooky Farm Snoopy

If you want to enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm and more, now is the time to buy a season pass! For a limited time, the 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass includes one free 2015 visit for new Passholders. Renewing Passholders will receive a special renewal price and one free Fast Lane to use any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15! (But hurry, this offer ends November 2!)

The 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season are an unbeatable deal at only 9 payments of $9! For more info or to sign up for your pass, click here!

We hope to see you at Knott’s in 2016!

Kids Go Free to LEGOLAND!

This is not a compensated post. Just passing along a great deal available to Southern California residents and visitors.

Have you been to LEGOLAND yet this year? Well, if not, now is the perfect time to go!

McDonald’s is running a promotion in their SoCal restaurants right now! Buy a Happy Meal and get a coupon for a free kids’ ticket with paid adult ticket to LEGOLAND® California Resort PLUS your choice of LEGOLAND Water Park or SEA LIFE® Aquarium – a $104 value!

Not going to McDonald’s anytime soon? You can also get FREE admission for kids with this deal from SanDiego.org:

Purchase tickets at LEGOLAND.com/LLCKidsGoFree and Enter Promotional Code 17025. Or you can purchase this offer at a LEGOLAND California Resort Ticket Booth, along with this printed coupon which must be present to receive ticket offer at LEGOLAND. This offer is only valid August 14, 2017 – October 31, 2017.

(Brick-or-treat nights are not included with these deals and require separate admission.)

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There’s a lot of fun to be had at LEGOLAND California. From rides, to interactive activities, to wet and wild fun. With these great deals you can have an amazing day while saving a little money!

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year again! The leaves are falling off of the trees, it’s kind of cooling off a little, and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere! And of course, the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is back again!

Located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California, Irvine Park Railroad’s 10th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and more! 

Panning for Gold

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And what would a Pumpkin Patch be without pumpkins? Thousands of pumpkins are scattered around just waiting to be chosen. Every family is sure to find the perfect one to take home!

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The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary; please visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for additional information and costs.

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open at 10:00 am daily from September 19th through October 31st, closing at 5:00 pm on weekdays and 6:00 pm on weekends.

The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. As it gets closer to Halloween, plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend!

GIVEAWAY

Make your visit to Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch a little sweeter with:

  • 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Pumpkin Patch activities)
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park bike rental (excludes the double surrey)
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

To enter, visit Irvine Park Railroad’s Website, and comment below letting me know which activity your family is most looking forward to!

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Meet TheBabyGuyNYC at Brea Mall and Fashion Valley!

The Bump Club and Beyond has teamed up with TheBabyGuyNYC, aka Jamie Grayson, to bring you The Baby Gear Show tour!

Held inside Nordstrom stores across the country, The Baby Gear Show will feature baby gear picks ranging from the latest strollers to car seats to high chairs and more. Each event will feature over $3000 worth of baby gear from brands sold at Nordstrom to be given away to attendees!

The event is free to those who RSVP and a light breakfast will be served as well! Click here to RSVP!

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Buy One Get One Free Adult Admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Awesome deal alert! For a limited time only, you can get Buy One Get One Free adult admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Just click here to print out the coupon page, and bring it with you when you purchase tickets. You can also save some paper and redeem it straight from your mobile device! You can get up to 8 tickets (4 discounts) with one coupon. This great offer ends September 30th, 2015!

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New at the Aquarium of the Pacific:

A new Magellanic Penguin chick was hatched on June 5th and made its public debut in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat this past week on August 18th. This is the 3rd generation of Magellanic Penguins born at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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Photo Credit: Robin Riggs

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Jellies exhibits. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

Discovery Cube OC Expansion and Summer Happenings (Plus Membership Giveaway!)

Have you heard about what’s new at The Cube? We were invited to a sneak preview of the new exhibits before they opened to the public and wanted to share some of the exciting news! Since changing its name from Discovery Science Center to the Discovery Cube almost a year ago, a lot has changed! Residents and visitors may have noticed a lot of construction, painting, and rearranging. Today, the Discovery Cube finally unveils the fruit of all of this labor. The new, expanded, Discovery Cube is almost double its original size.

Welcome Discovery Cube OC Expansion

The new building has a definite focus on issues that are important to Southern California, including an area devoted to education on the properties of water, and water conservation.

Discovery Cube Aquavator

Residents and visitors alike can enjoy an aerial tour of some of Orange County’s incredible landscapes. Whether you just moved here, are on vacation, or have lived here your entire life, it will give you a new appreciation of the beauty around you.

Discovery Cube Helicopter Tour

Many of the new exhibits offer families  an opportunity to explore themed science adventures, interactive programs, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning spaces. They also help cultivate an appreciation for the smallest ecosystems on earth to the largest exploration of the cosmos. Starting in their own backyard, kids can help identify ways to safely keep pests out of the home in the Inspector Training Course, presented by the Orange County Vector Control District.

Discovery Cube Inspector Training

In the Mission Control Center, you can build your own satellite on one of the touch screens, and then watch it in orbit on the interactive big screens.

Discovery Cube Mission Control

The expansion also includes the 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It provides the ability to transform from an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater. You can currently catch an in-depth exhibit on Sherlock Holmes that includes artifacts, a murder mystery, and real forensic crime-solving.

Discovery Cube Sherlock Holmes

Once of the biggest changes at the new Discovery Cube is an emphasis on nutrition and healthy eating. The fast food is gone, and in its place is Bean Sprouts Cafe. This kid-friendly cafe specializes in healthy foods for visitors of all ages, and supplements its regular menu with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, nut-free and egg-free options. Later in the year they will be debuting the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen, a full, working demonstration kitchen, presented by Sheila and Jim Peterson. It will let children become chefs creating good-for-them recipes. In addition, they will learn valuable kitchen safety tips as part of this health and wellness exhibit.

Bean Sprouts Cafe

We won’t give away all the details, but there is a lot to see at the newly-expanded Discovery Cube. Doors open to the public on June 11, 2015 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are available on-site or online at www.discoverycube.org/oc/. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($14.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95). Entrance to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is an additional $10 per person, with discounts available for a limited time. Scroll down for a chance to win a one-year family membership!

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Enter on the widget below for a chance to win a one-year family membership. Contest runs from June 10, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. through July 8, 2015, ending at 8:00 a.m. SoCal Locale is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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Theatre For Young Audiences: OZ 2.5 at South Coast Repertory

I received two free tickets to see OZ 2.5 at South Coast Repertory. No other compensation was given. I am merely sharing a great experience.

South Coast Repertory OZ 2.5

Before this past Sunday, I had never gone to see a professional play. Yes, I said never! Sure I’ve seen plenty of school plays, and I’ve watched certain plays and musicals on television, but in almost 30 years I have managed to not once see actors on a stage amaze me with their talents in person. That is pretty sad. South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa is encouraging young theatre enthusiasts with their Theatre for Young Audiences program, so that they don’t end up like me.

Theatre for Young Audience performances have:

  • Shorter performance lengths.
  • Kid-friendly themes.
  • Family-friendly prices.
  • Informal cast meet & greet after the show (on weekends).

South Coast Repertory OZ 2.5 Play

Although OZ 2.5 is geared toward young audiences, I’ll have to admit that I found it both interesting and hilarious. The description of the play caught my eye, and I just had to check it out.

“Oz was never like this! That’s because it’s OZ 2.5: brighter, bolder, customized for every player, surprises around every corner—yes it’s a children’s classic set in a video game world! Dee’s screen name is Dorothy14, and with the help of Scarecrow, Tin Man and cowardly Lion, she gets through each level on her way to defeating the Witch of the Western Realm. But what happens when she wins the game and wants to go back to Kansas? Log on and find out.”

Although it is recommended for grades K through 6, adults can enjoy it too. There are plenty of jokes that are over the kids’ heads. I was wondering how they would make it look like it took place inside of a video game, and they did an amazing job. The set was colorful and exciting, and there were a lot of scene changes throughout the show. The audience was captivated throughout the entire play.

South Coast Repertory OZ 2.5 Cast Signings

OZ 2.5 is running through June 7th. This is the last weekend to catch it, so make sure you head to scr.org and get your tickets!

Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! SoCal Locale was not compensated for this post. Just sharing some fun info and deals!

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On June 6th and 7th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, it’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands.

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival includes traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

In anticipation of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will also include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect all people, but of course particularly those living on Pacific Islands. ScholarShare is a proud sponsor of the Pacific Islander Festival, and is partnering with the Aquarium to celebrate the diversity of our planet and to inspire the pursuit of a better future.

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $28.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!)Pacific Islander 2015 couponWin!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

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For more info, check out the Pacific Islander 2015 Flyer, (you can print the coupon on there as well), or the schedule of events below:

Pacific Islander Festival Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, June 6 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Hitia O Te Ra – Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m. – Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Lincoln & Sissy Kaio, with opening Hawaiian dance by Halau O Lilinoe

12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Halau O Lilinoe – Hawaiian performance

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m.– Nualani’s Polynesia – Tokelauan, Tahitian, Maori, and Tongan performances

 

SUNDAY, June 7 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. –  Tupua Productions – Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu – Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian performances

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Chamoru performances

 

Cultural Demonstrations / Shark Lagoon

Saturday:

3:30 p.m. – Nualani’s Polynesia – Maori Poi Balls demonstration

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. – Tupua Productions – Samoan Sasa Dance

12:30 p.m. – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu – Hula Implements

3:30 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements

 

Cultural Displays and Activities / Great Hall

Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo

Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King

Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ulanana Lau Ki)*

Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)*

Samoan Cultural Artifacts – Marlena Vaifale*

Tongan Cultural Artifacts – Famili Pe Taha*

Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers* – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made and purchase selected items.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP):

 

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area – Saturday, June 6 at 12:20 p.m.

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In recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander communities of Southern California

Stroll n Run 5K – #BestDayEver for SoCal Families

My family and I will participating in the StrollnRun 5K next weekend! We received free tickets from Club MomMe, but we wanted to share the information too! You can follow Club MomMe’s website and social channels for more info on his event and other great events like it!
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The first annual Stroll n Run 5K is MORE than just a race. In conjunction with other events during Perinatal Depression Awareness Month, the Stroll n Run is a great way to gets moms outside and moving together with their families.

From Rachel, co-founder of Club MomME:

“After I had my second baby last year, I really struggled with post-partum (depression) and getting back in shape was the last thing on my mind. I have always been in to fitness and eating well, and for the first time in my life, I just didn’t care. About anything, but especially working out. And it was hard to find ANY me time.

As I started to feel better and my daughter approached the one-year mark, I decided to create a family-friendly fitness event for busy moms who struggle finding “me” time (or feel guilty spending time away from kids working out). One of the best things we can all do for our kids is to take very good care of ourselves. And doing so sets a great example for them too!”

Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, and pregnancy (perinatal) depression. The event was created by and benefits Postpartum Progress Inc., a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and supports pregnant and new moms with these illnesses. For each runner or walker in the Stroll n Run 5K, $5 will be donated to Postpartum Progress Inc.

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Grab your running shoes and head to the Stroll n Run 5K website to check it out and sign up! Along with the race, there will also be games, obstacles for kids, entertainment, and healthy snacks and drinks. It’s going to be the #BestDayEver. Hope to see you there!