Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW RIDE at Knott's Berry Farm! Voyage to the Iron Reef | @Knotts #KnottsIronReef

By now you have probably heard of the new excitement that has Snoopy dancing with excitement at Knotts Berry Farm.  Last week, I had the opportunity to check out the new ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef in 4D.

What kind of ride is it?  Iron Reef is a 4D slower moving ride in which the riders can shoot the inhabitants of a "Steam Punk" under-water world.   The ride is smooth and comfortable in seats that are similar to the Toy Story ride at Disneyland.  

In fact, you may see some similarities to the new Knott's ride and Disneyland.  The reason being is a wonderful Disney ImaginEar Legend, Robery Gurr.  He has been an important figure in many of the designing of Knott's and Disney rides, old and new.  Here, he led a photo-op with his old pal Snoopy and friends.

 Of course we had to get in the act too.  The costumes put you in the right mood for the ride.  Very Steam Punkish.

 The opening ceremony over, it was time to don our 4D goggles on and get ready to fight off the Kraken!  There are plenty of stairs to walk up so if you need assistance, please ask a cast member.

The was AWESOME!  Our smiles were from ear to ear and our hands sore from shooting the evil Mermaid but it didn't stop us from riding it another 4 times!  Check out the ride for yourself in this sneak peak video below.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Movie Giveaway: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best in Show | @FHEInsiders #BerryBestInShow #ad

We have a new movie giveaway for you!  Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are back with their furry pets in an all new show, Berry Best In Show!  The great thing about these movies is that they come with Digital Copies so your little ones can watch them on the go.  

Join Strawberry Shortcake and some new furry friends in these delightful “tails” about being yourself and encouraging others to do the same. During his road trip to find homes for his orphan puppies, Huckleberry Pie and his four-legged crew get stranded in Berry Bitty City. Luckily, Strawberry and her berry best pals decide to help out with the strays in “A Boy and His Dogs.” Blueberry Muffin and Huck become “Partners in Crime” when they try to write a mystery story together…with surprising results. And the fur is sure to fly when the girls try to help Huck start a dog shelter in “The Mystery of the Disappearing Dog Show.” It’s a howling good time with sweet doggy delights for everyone!

Want more?  How about a FREE Printable to get ready for the movie?

For a limited time, consumers will receive a copy of the “Perfect Puppy Digital Story Book Download” by Cupcake Digital, Inc. with their purchase. Hurry, supplies are limited! Includes “Perfect Puppy Digital Story Book Download” for a Limited Time and Bonus Printable Coloring Pages.


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DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of the movie in exchange for helping promote the DVD/Release.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FREE Medieval Times Tickets! Mother's Day Deal! | @MedievalTimesCA #MTFan #Giveaway

Medieval Times has a great present for us moms!  How about FREE admission?  If you go to Medieval Times before Sunday, May 10th, you get in FREE with a paid admission.  I know where I am going!

It has been awhile since I have been and I can't wait to see the beautiful horses again!  The knights aren't hard to look at either.  ;-) 

Not special enough?  How about treated like a Queen?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HIKING: Tips for Family Friendly Switzer Falls

Last weekend, I was invited by some friends to check out a local hiking trail with their family.  I had never heard of Switzer Falls in San Gabriel Mountains but it sounded like fun.  

The first question I had to ask was how kid friendly was it?  I knew my kids liked hiking but 4.4 miles, round trip sounded a bit much.  I was assured that if the kids were up to the full distance, fine and if not, we could stop at the top of the falls.

My first impression of the drive to the parking lot was that it was only 1- 1/2 hours from Long Beach.  Since it is Angeles National Forest, you can be assured that the road is windy through the mountains.  BEWARE OF CAR SICKNESS!

If your kids get motion sickness at all, give them medicine or have them wear the bracelets.  My son on occasion gets car sickness and he got a bit queasy.

The Switzer Falls parking lot/road is well visible and you drive down to the day campsites.   Be aware, Adventure Passes are required which you can pickup at any Sport Chalet or other sporting goods store.  The lower lot fills up on the weekends and often you have to park in the upper spots.  If this is the case, drop the kids/cooler/adult off at the lower lot and walk down.


There is NO overnight camping however, many people brought coolers and tents to set up for the day.  There were plenty of BBQ's for a fun picnic.

After checking out backpacks for the essentials:

  • Water- we brought hydro-packs
  • Plenty of snacks
  • First Aid kits
  • Whistles(in case we got separated)
  • Sweat-shirt
  • Walking sticks
  • Toilet paper(there are bathrooms but some were out of paper)
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • OPTIONAL- sandals.  My kids wanted to stick their feet in the water and it was hard with shoes and socks.
We were on our way.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with Imaginology! FREE Educational FUN! | @OCFair #YouthExpo #Rockets

IMAGINOLOGY is THIS weekend!  

What is IMAGINOLOGY?  It is three days of FREE, family fun and educational activities, exhibits and entertainment focused on S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.) 

PLUS, gourmet food trucks, inflatable amusements, Bubble Rollers, free tractor rides and more.

S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) are getting lost in our kids school curriculum, help bring back the magic of learning with great educational events like this!


Imaginology at the OC Fair & Event Center
Free admission each day
$7 parking (Saturday & Sunday only)