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Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town Alive!


Ghost Town Alive! is back at Knott's Berry Farm and last week, we got to experience the action-packed Western adventure for ourselves. We had us a mighty fun time because the town of Calico is filled with bandits, cowboys, robberies, judges, a good ol' Western hoedown, and much more. It's the first interactive theme park experience of its kind and a MUST-DO for kids of all ages!  



This summer, the story continues a year after the notorious Mayfield Gang escaped the custody of Sheriff Wheeler. Word around town is the Mayfield’ s have been spotted back in Calico and the townsfolk are in need of some help in capturing the bandits and keeping the town safe. Ghost Town Alive! will offer guests a firsthand experience to play an important part in this unfolding story of the wild west, with specific tasks and activities and an essential role as an honorary citizen of Calico.

We chose to be part of the Mayfield Gang because sometimes its more fun to be bad...right? My boys loved getting into character and my bandits even went jail! There's so many great photo opps throughout the town, so make sure you're camera ready. :)





When we needed a break (from all the walking), there was plenty of shows to watch throughout the beloved town of Calico. Make sure to grab a schedule (at the front entrance) and plan accordingly so you don't miss out on all the entertainment! Our favorite show was the new Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue, a family friendly magic show starring the World’s Most Famous Beagle, Snoopy and Magician Extraordinaire Greg Wilson! It's a fun show that kept my kids on the edge of their seats in AWE and its running now through August 20 in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre.


Another favorite stop was the Calico Saloon. Why? Because we got to pull-up a chair and enjoy Boysenberry Beer, sarsaparilla, popcorn, and a saloon show!




Knott's Berry Farm #GhostTownAlive is happening now through September 4th! For more information visit: bit.ly/KnottsGTA AND to watch a snippet of our fun-filled day, check out our YouTube video...


SAVE up to 20% on Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes

Calling all Super Heroes! 

Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes.  The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.  The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017.   

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing throughout Southern California from July 7–23, 2017 at STAPLES  Center/Los Angeles, Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario and Honda Center/Anaheim.

Tickets are now sale starting at just $25 and you can also SAVE up to 20% using promo code MOM20 on select perfomances! 




Synopsis

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin.  The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. 

Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.




If you're not in the Los Angeles, don't worry. Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will travel throughout North America on a multiyear tour, including stops in Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and New York. After North America, the show will embark on an international tour starting in 2019.  For a complete list of North American tour dates, locations and to purchase tickets, please visit MarvelUniverseLIVE.com

L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN: Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9
o         Friday, July 7  7:30 PM
o         Saturday, July 8  11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM 
o         Sunday, July 9  11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE: STAPLES Center – 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 each
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.             
*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

O N T A R I O

WHEN: Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16
o   Thursday, July 13  7:00 PM
o   Friday, July 14  7:00 PM
o   Saturday, July 15  11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o   Sunday, July 16  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 each
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.       
*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

A N A H E I M

WHEN: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23
o         Thursday, July 20  7:00 PM
o         Friday, July 21  7:00 PM
o         Saturday, July 22  11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o         Sunday, July 23  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 each
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.       
*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.




Travel Safety Tips with Jarret Arthur

A month ago, we went on our first family vacation overseas. Our trip to Bali was a big deal and I can't wait to share more about the experience, so look for that post soon! 

Months before we left, I did what most people would do - create a Pinterest board filled with "things to do" and travel tips. One of my pins was "Bali Scams and How to Avoid them" and there's literally one of these post for every country that I highly suggest reading, to be well informed about your destination. Since this was our first trip to a foreign country with kids in tow, I wanted to learn more about travel safety, so I asked Jarret Arthur, co-founder of Jarret & Jennie Self-Defense, M.A.M.A (Mothers Against Malicious Acts) share a few tips to keep my family safe.



Watch what she has to say and read more about M.A.M.A. Self-Defense, here

Oh! And be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, thank-you! 


{GIVEAWAY} Kangaroo Stroller by Venice Child

Happy first day of June! Can you believe we're already half way through the year? Well, I can't. So to commemorate the Summer season, I've partnered with Venice Child for a GIVEAWAY and one lucky reader will WIN a Kangaroo Stroller in Radiant Orchid ($799)!! 


If you've been following me on social media, then you already know how much Ronan and I love this stroller...it's sleek, easy to use, and the ride is oh-so-smooth. I'm not being bias, because when it comes to strollers, I have years of experience - aside from owning three (from different brands) and pushing them for the last 7 years...before kids, I worked in high-end children boutiques, so I tested a lot of them. The Kangaroo by Venice Child is the perfect stroller and if you get a chance, I hope you test it out for yourself! 



Here are some of my favorite Kangaroo stroller features: 

Storage

Before the Kangaroo, I thought using our umbrella stroller made sense since Ronan was getting older but two kids in tow means more things to take along and the storage wasn't big enough. I also wasn't able to hang my diaper bag over the handles without it toppling over whenever he got off of it. The Kangaroo has an undercarriage basket that's roomy and can hold up to 11 lbs. It definitely has replaced our umbrella stroller during our shopping excursions, trips to the zoo, theme park adventures, and especially when I'm Exploring LA with Kids

Two Wheel Mode

So I also own a well-known stroller brand and I hate taking it apart whenever I have to collapse it. I don't have the time, patience and extra set of eyes to watch my boys while I go through the process! With that being said, the two wheel mode is my favorite feature on the Kangaroo. We were recently at Legoland CA and had to hop-on a shuttle bus. This stroller was so easy to collapse in one piece and it stays on an upright position. 




Seat Recline 

Since the wheels are made with an anti-shook technology, the ride is so smooth, it easily puts Ronan to sleep. Since he's usually sitting in an upright position, which can't be too comfortable while napping, I'm luckily able to recline his seat in a smooth transition with a simple touch. 



For more info about Venice Child, visit www.VeniceChild.com.

Want a chance to WIN a Kangaroo Stroller? Enter the GIVEAWAY below (open to US residents only) and for more entries, head over to my Instagram


Meet Sqweeks from Transformers: The Last Knight



Transformers: The Last Knight hits theatres June 21, 2017 but before you watch the movie, one of the ‘stars’ of the film will actually be coming to cities across the country- Sqweek! Sqweek is the new lovable Autobot and you'll be able to take selfies with the rising star before he gets too big for photos! 

Here are the details:
May 25-28           Phoenix – Phoenix Comic Con  
May 27-28           San Francisco – San Francisco Carnival 
June 1-4              Philadelphia – Wizard World Comic Con
June 3-4              San Diego – San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds
June 5                 Wilkes Barre, PA – WWE Monday Night Raw 
June 9-11            Dallas – Taste of Dallas
June 10               New York – 116th Street Festival/Puerto Rican Pride Weekend
June 13               Boston - Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies 
June 16-18          Detroit (Brooklyn, MI) – Firekeepers 500 NASCAR



Sqweek

Synopsis 

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.





** If you're in the Los Angeles area, stay tuned...because I'll be hosting a GIVEAWAY for a Family 4 pack of tickets to screen Transformers: The Last Knight.**

Stop, Breathe & Think Kids, A Mindfullness App





There's a new app targeted for children ages 5-10 that I think every parent should download ASAP. Stop, Breathe & Think Kids is a free app featuring customized content and activities based on user emotions. Caiden, who's six years old, has been having a lot of fun using the app without realizing that it's providing tools for him to help develop mindfulness and emotional awareness. Parent win. After a long day of school Stop, Breathe & Think Kids also helps him relax his mind and body with breathing exercises through short video meditations. Download the app (available on Itunes here) and see the benefits for yourself. You'll love the easy & fun ways for your kid(s) to identify and process their emotions through emoji based check-ins, games, and stickers to reward their progress. 

The app is Co-founded by Jamie Price and Julie Campistron in collaboration with author of Mindful Games, Susan Kaiser Greenland. Parents, you can head over to Stop, Breathe & Think to take time for yourself and practice mindful breathing of your own. 









Get Ready for a #SplashOutSummer at Legoland CA

Who's ready for SUMMER? We are! The other day, Ronan and I got to splash & play at Legoland Water Park and we also learned more about their newest California beach-themed area, Surfers' Cove, opening June 30, 2017. 

Splash Zoo for 1 to 3 year olds.

In Surfers’ Cove, kids will be able to race their friends at Riptide Racers timed water slides, enjoy an epic splash-ground at Wipeout Lagoon and enlighten their taste buds with the new Beach Street Tacos! We had the Fish Tacos - YUM! They're Mommy + Toddler approved.

Riptide Racers is a competitive water raceway designed for children to jump on a mat and race down one of six slides with family and friends for the fastest time! Each slide stands 17 feet high and is more than 100 feet in length. Wipeout Lagoon is their version of a “spray ground” with multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new LEGO® models like a surfing dog to create a fun place to cool off this summer.


I'm so very proud to be part of the Legoland family as a Legoland Blogger and here's why...
More than 50 children and their families from the Los Angeles and San Diego chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities® were also treated the other day, to an exclusive day at LEGOLAND Water Park following a check presentation as LEGOLAND California Resort donated $80,000 to help the chapters continue their programs that strengthen families during difficult times. 

Amazing.



The LEGOLAND Water Park is open seven days a week starting Friday, May 26. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).






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