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SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort Opens Two New Exhibits

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own


Guests of SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort can now take a splash in the ocean without ever getting wet and become a shark explorer! SEA LIFE® Aquarium has 2 new exhibits: Sea at Night and Shark Mission! Open just in time for spring break, both exhibits allow guests to learn about marine life in a fun and interactive way.sea-life-aquarium-new-exhibit-1Sea at Night invites guests to jump, leap and “splash” into simulated bioluminescent waves that react to their footsteps. The reaction created by the guests’ movements demonstrates the effect of a glowing tide similar to ones often seen along the Pacific coastline.

Shark Mission allows kids to come face to fin with six different species of sharks and rays on three giant touch screens. Young explorers can learn about anatomy, conservation and other cool facts through interactive activities and games. Guests can also hold a shark’s tooth, learn about shark skin and eggs, plus step into a shark cage.

SeaLife Aquarium exhibits.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Legoland)

sea-life-aquarium-3Sea at Night and Shark Mission are open now for guests to explore at SEA LIFE aquarium. For more information, visit LEGOLAND.com/California.

Images and video are property of  LEGOLAND® California Resort and used with permission. 


Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza Starts March 10 + Ticket Giveaway

I was invited to attend a media event in exchange for coverage of this event. All opinions are my own. 


I LOVE that Easter seems earlier than usual this year. What it means is the Easter Bunny is arriving very soon over at Irvine Park Railroad for their annual Easter Eggstravaganza and we can’t wait to go and visit him! irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-hay-rideThis year, you can meet the Easter Bunny at Irvine Park Railroad beginning Saturday, March 10. He’ll be around for photo opportunities through Saturday, March 31. For the cost of $12.00, children can meet and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The cost includes a complimentary photo that will be taken by Irvine Park Railroad staff. Each additional print of the same photo is $6.00. Photos will be printed in a few, short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth. It’s a great keepsake to commemorate this fun occasion and save for your child’s babybook or scrapbook.irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-easter-bunny-photo-2017Easter egg hunts – hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and are grouped by ages. Tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt.irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-egg-hunt-basket Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Easter egg Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt.irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-easter-basket-2irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-egg-hunt-signTrain rides – The cost for train tickets is $5.00 per person. (Children 12 months and younger ride free.)irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-trainOther activities to enjoy during the Easter Eggstravaganza include:

  • hay rides
  • a moon bounce
  • Easter cookie decorating
  • carnival games
  • face painting
  • picture stands


irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-cookieWhile you’re at Irvine Regional Park, why not make an entire day of it and and visit the park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides and the OC Zoo.irvine-park-railroad-easter-eggstravaganza-train-2Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM. Irvine Park Railroad is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869. Please note: The park entrance fee, charged by the County of Orange, is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.
For more information about Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza, including details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs, please visit hereGiveaway-timeYou can enter to win some tickets over on my Facebook page here
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Spring-a-Palooza Returns at Great Wolf Lodge March 9 + New Mission to Fight Pediatric Cancer

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


Spring is in the air at Great Wolf Lodge as their annual Spring-a-Palooza celebration returns March 9- April 15. Spring-a-Palooza is the perfect way for families to celebrate the changing of the season.spring-a-palooza-logo
Guests staying at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California can enjoy special offerings such as spring picnics and bubble dance parties, character-inspired flower gardens and more in the Grand Lobby.  great-wolf-lodge-spring-a-palooza-lobbyA highlight this year, for the first time Great Wolf Lodge is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at all 14 U.S. Great Wolf Lodge locations to generate funds and raise awareness to help end childhood cancer.spring-a-palooza-violets-lemonde-stand

“We’re honored to partner with such an important organization as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation during our Spring-a-Palooza celebration. Our goal each and every day is to bring joy to families and what could be more joyful than for us to stand together as a pack to raise funds to end childhood cancer.” – says Erin Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of Great Wolf Resorts.

great-wolf-lodge-spring-a-palooza-lemonade-stand-2During Spring-A-Palooza, families can visit a lemonade stand in the Grand Lobby for complimentary lemonade to be enjoyed together picnic-style. As a special twist this year, exclusive color changing cups will be sold for $2.50, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the cups will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity whose mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure cancer.  Great Wolf Lodge anticipates at least $15,000 will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation through the sale of the keepsake Spring-A-Palooza cups.spring-a-palooza-violets-basketIn addition to the partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, other highlights of Spring-a-Palooza include:

  • Spring Cinema: Families can unwind after a fun-filled day and enjoy a family movie in the Grand Lobby.
  • Spring Picnic: A time-honored spring tradition gets a Great Wolf twist, as guests can grab a blanket, spread it out on the floor and enjoy an afternoon picnic in the Grand Lobby. Guests can sip complimentary Minute Maid beverage available from the Great Wolf Lodge character-themed Lemonade Stand and play a few rounds of “Take A Wiley Guess” card game.
  • Bubble Dance Party: This special Spring-a-Palooza event fills the Grand Lobby with cascading bubbles while Great Wolf Lodge’s Ambassadors of Fun keep energy-levels high with a family-friendly dance party.great-wolf-lodge-spring-a-palooza-bubble-dance-party
  • Spring-a-Palooza Story Time: Great Wolf Lodge’s nightly Story Time takes on a spring themed tale featuring the Great Wolf Lodge characters called “Natural Wonders.” Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite jammies to the Grand Lobby for this event and will have the opportunity to meet one of the Great Wolf Lodge characters in person.great-wolf-lodge-spring-a-palooza-storytime
  • Spring Scavenger Hunts: Great Wolf Lodge features two self-guided scavenger hunts as part of Spring-a-Palooza. The “I Spy Spring” scavenger hunt will have guests looking high and low in the Grand Lobby to find a dozen hidden objects. The “Spring Sprint” scavenger hunt has guests solving clues that will take them on a journey throughout the lodge. When all 10 clues are solved, guests are rewarded with a prize.
  • Character Themed Flower Gardens: A highlight of the Spring-a-Palooza celebration is the colorful springtime gardens found in the Grand Lobby. The gardens are designed and handcrafted by Pack Members from the resort. The collection of flower pots are inspired by the Great Wolf Lodgecharacters. Guests are encourage to stroll around the garden and vote for their favorite display.
  • Jelly Bean Guessing Game: A gigantic jar filled to the brim with jelly bean candies sits in the Grand Lobby and guests are invited to enter a contest guessing how many delicious treats are within the jar. The guests closest to the correct number without going over will be entered for a chance to win a Great Wolf Lodge Gift Card.spring-a-palooza-jelly-beans-guessing
  • Spring Themed Crafts: During Spring-a-Palooza, the resort’s Ambassadors of Fun will host several spring-inspired craft making events for kids of all ages. Character-themed crafting projects include Oliver’s Crazy About Bugs Jar, Violet’s Springtime Noodle Doodle, Brinley’s Don’t Blow Away Kite and Wiley’s Can You Spot It Binoculars.spring-a-palooza-spring-craft

In addition to two days of play in the water park for each night stayed at Great Wolf Lodge, all of the Spring-a-Palooza activities are included as part of an overnight stay for no extra charge. Activities vary daily and based on location.  A complete listing of daily activities and times can be found in the Lodge Life event schedule provided to guests upon check-in, verified in advance at GreatWolf.com or by calling Great Wolf Lodge directly at 888.960.9653.

spring-a-palooza-funFor more information on Great Wolf Resorts and its brands of indoor water park resorts, visit greatwolf.com.

Some images are property of Great Wolf Lodge and used with permission. 


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