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Family Friendly Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm Weekends Starting September 28

I was invited as a guest of Knott’s to spend a day in the park in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

It’s almost that time of year again! Halloween time! I love spending September and October celebrating as much as possible and a visit to Knott’s for Knott’s Spooky Farm is always on our list of must-dos! Have you been before?Knott’s Spooky Farm is annual datytime family-friendly celebration that takes place on Saturday and Sunday days through October 27, as well as Halloween day. This kid-inspired “spooky” celebration offers a a variety of fun activities, throughout the park, geared towards children ages 3-11 and are included in the price of your regular park ticket. (or Season Pass) Children will be able to interact spooky (but very friendly) shopkeepers and ghosts in Ghost Town. Children are welcome to dress up in costumes. Adults are too. (no masks please.)

Here are some of the fun acitivites you’ll find this year at Knott’s Spooky Farm:

Trick or Treating (Ghost Town Main Street & Schoolhouse Road) – Little ghouls can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town to collect sweet Halloween treats. Treat bags containing event maps and other goodies will be distributed to children age 3 to 11 from opening until 4:30pm. There are different trick-or-treat stations, which you can find on the Knott’s Spooky Farm map.

Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny – The Timber Mountain Log Ride mystically converts into the Halloween Hootenanny by adding a new family friendly twist to a park favorite. Every year the citizens of the Timber Mountain invite the mysterious creatures that live out in the woods and caverns of the area to join them as they celebrate the season at the Halloween Hootenanny. The ride’s interior will feature new fun surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the town’s green witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns. The seasonal ride will also feature an original song performed by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. Open for day and night guests, this is the perfect family experience for all to enjoy this Halloween season.“The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” (Camp Snoopy Theatre) – Camp Snoopy Theater plays host to the “Monsters are Coming” show. The Peanuts Gang will have you singing and dancing right along with them to classic Halloween tunes! Several shows a day are offered.where children are encouraged to participate in the daily “Calling All Monsters” costume contest.A Trip to Camp Spooky (Grand Sierra Railroad) – While you’re visiting Camp Spooky, be sure to take a ride on the Grand Sierra Railroad. This year, special for Knott’s Spooky Farm, guests will find added 2D and 3D Hallowen themed characters and effects as The Grand Sierra Railroad has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind experience that will take riders on an adventure to Camp Spooky, along with the Peanuts Gang.Creepy Critters of Calico (Livery Stable) – This year, Stanley Scarecrow has opened his Livery Stable to guests of all ages to come in and get up close and personal with the Creepy Critters of Calico, if you dare! You’ll find insects and other creepy crawlers, rats, and even a white python! The horses at the stable are also dressed up for the occasion.

Pumpkin Patch (Calico Park) – Over in Calico Patch, you’ll find the Pumpkin Patch. For an additional fee, you can purchase a pumpkin to decorate for your own home, while you enjoy the atmosphere of the season!Spooky Story Time (Bird Cage Theatre) – stop by Bird Cage Theatre for semi-haunted tales told by charismatic storytellers.

(Please note: some activities may be offered at a nominal fee.)

The best way to experience Knott’s Spooky Farm is with a  2020 Knott’s Season Pass! Right now, if you purchase a 2020 pass, you’ll get one free admission in 2019, as well as additional 2019 visits for just $14.99. It’s a great way to enjoy ALL the Seasons of Fun at Knott’s and is offered at a GREAT PRICE! For more information about Knott’s Season Passes and to purchase your own, please visit HERE
What are YOU most excitedf for this Halloween season? Share with me in the comments. For more information about Knott’s Camp Spooky and to purchase your park tickets, please visit their site HERE.

Mainplace Mall’s 6th Annual ‘Taste of Santa Ana on October 5th + Ticket Giveaway

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
Calliing all foodies! Santa Ana and Central Orange County’s favorite all-you-can-eat-and-drink fest is back! MainPlace Mall will host the 6th annual Taste of Santa Ana on Saturday, October 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You won’t want to miss this amazing event presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and the Tierney Center for Veteran Services.

Attendees will sample unlimited bites and sips from more than 40 local restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. This family-friendly event will also feature live music from Flashpants, America’s No. 1 ‘80s party dance band. With a photo booth, kid’s zone, lawn games and a charity raffle, there’s no end to the fun! Proceeds from the raffle will benefit High School Inc., a nonprofit organization working to empower youth and strengthen communities through education and business partnerships.

Ticket pricing for this event is as follows: 

  • *General Admission: $40 till September 21st, then $50
  • *VIP Admission: $65 till September 21st, then $75*
  • *Children ages 6 to 12: $20 till September 21st, then $25
  • *Children 5 and under: Free

You can purchase tickets in advance HERE.

MainPlace Mall is located at
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Please note: This event will be held in Parking Lot 2 (Facing the I-5 Freeway)
http://www.shopmainplacemall.com/

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my readers to win a pair of General Admission tickets to attend the Taste of Santa Ana. (This prize is worth $100) To enter my giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me who you would take with you if you won the tickets. I will accept comments as entries through 9/30/19 at 11:59 p.m. I will choose a winner through Random Number Generator and winner will be notified. Tickets will be picked up at the MainPlace Mall Management Office or else at Will Call on the day of event. This prize has no cash value and may not be exchanged or transferred. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents ages 18 & older.

Images and logos are property of Taste of Santa Ana and used with permission. 

Build Your Child’s Library With These Books from Clever Publishing

I received promtional products in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own. 

As a teacher and a mom, I know the invaluable importance of reading. Establishing the love of reading in a child starts early and it starts at home. There’s no better way to help a child love to read than to read with them. For younger-aged children, having access to a variety of picture books and books that are simple to read can really help motivate them. Clever Publishing has a beautiful collection of books and was kind enough to send me copies of “First Words” and “First Animals”.

These encyclopedia books each contain over 500 words, which means there are at least 500 things to learn from each one. Clever Encyclopedias offer children interesting facts about exciting topics in an illustrated, accessible format. Each edition includes activities and exercises designed to keep readers engaged and inspire meaningful learning connections. These books are a valuable addition for any child’s library and I’m putting them into my kindergarten classroom library for my students to share and enjoy.Be sure to look out for Clever Publishing’s release of “My First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs” which will be avaialbe on November 19, 2019. For more information and to look at Clever Publishing’s entire collection of books, please visit their site HERE.

You can also connect with Clever Publishing on Twitter and Instagram.

Some images are property of Clever Publishing and used with permission. 

Celebrate Halloween in Style with Iconic Disney Costumes and More

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
With October just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween, especially about costumes! Our family LOVES to plan out our costumes far in advance. What about you? This year, let Disney help you get a head start with costumes for kids, adults, families, babies, and even your family pet!With all of the exciting blockbuster hits from Disney this year, including Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Lion King, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin, there are so many fantastic characters to choose from when it comes to picking out a costume for Halloween.Disney Princess Costumes

  • Elsa Costume for Kids – Frozen (MSRP: $49.95-54.95) – No need to put dreams on ice when they can come true with our Elsa Costume. Inspired by the queen’s elegant outfit in Frozen, this detailed gown is frosted in glittering icicles and sequins, with a sparkling snowy cape.
  • Ariel Costume Collection for Kids – The Little Mermaid (MSRP: $14.95 – $49.95) – Waves of excitement will wash over your little mermaid when she gets to flip her fins as our Disney Princess from under the sea. The Ariel detailed outfit features glittering fabrics and sequins, tiers of tulle, and a silvery shell brooch.
  • Jasmine Costume Collection for Kids – Aladdin (MSRP: $14.95 – $49.95) – Discover a whole new world of roleplay wonders in our Princess Jasmine Costume Collection for Kids. Add jewelry, shoes, and tiara to grant every masquerade wish.
  • Belle Costume Collection for Kids – Beauty and the Beast (MSRP: $14.95-$54.95) – Relive a tale old as time at Halloween and all year ’round in our Belle Costume Collection, including costume shoes, light-up wand, jewelry set, and tiara.
  • Cinderella Costume for Kids (MSRP: $49.95-54.95) – Cinderella will grace any royal ball in this elegant costume. With a ”Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” this glittering gown fulfills every dream with silver details, shimmering tulle, organza trims, glass slipper cameo brooch, and silver foil accents.

More Popular Costume Choices for Kids 

  • Black Panther Costume Collection for Kids (MSRP: $24.95-$54.95) – Prowl the Kingdom of Wakanda in this Black Panther Costume Collection. Featuring King T’Challa’s ready-for-action bodysuit and a power glove set with battle sounds, this collection is sure to inspire hours of heroic play!
  • Captain America Costume for Kids (MSRP: $49.95-$54.95) – Kids can join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when they suit up in this Captain American costume. Featuring a mask and full bodysuit, complete with motion-activated shield sounds, this super hero costume is prepared for epic battle.
  • Marvel’s Captain Marvel Costume for Kids (MSRP: $49.95) – Get your courageous youngster ready for epic adventures as one of the universe’s most powerful heroes in this awesome costume inspired by Marvel Studio’s blockbuster, Captain Marvel. Striking outfit includes top, pants and wrist cuffs.
  • Spider-Man Costume Set for Kids – Spider-Man: Far from Home (MSRP: $49.95-$54.95)- They’ll be ready to leap into the role of Spider-Man with this costume inspired by Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home. The three-piece set includes padded costume, mask, and web projection gloves to light-up their performance.

Toy Story 4 Costume Collection for Kids

  • Buzz Lightyear Costume (MSRP: $16.95-$54.95) – Your Space Ranger’s imagination will take them to infinity and beyond wearing this Buzz Lightyear Costume Collection. Featuring all of the intergalactic essentials to defeat Emperor Zurg in no time, it includes light-up wings and helmet!
  • Woody Costume (MSRP: $19.95-$44.95) – You’ll have a friend in your little sheriff while they wear our Woody Costume Collection. Featuring Woody’s cowboy ensemble complete with hat, holster, and belt, this set includes everything they need to keep order in the Wild West of Andy’s room.
  • Bo Peep Costume (MSRP: $54.95) – They are sure to roam, then find their way home after a night of portraying bold Bo Peep as seen in Toy Story 4. Costume includes blouse, bloomers, headband with bow, crook, and skirt that converts to a cape.

Popular Disney Costumes for Adults 

  • Jessie Dress Costume by Disguise – Toy Story (MSRP: $79.95) – Round-up the compliments when you wear this glamorous Jessie costume by Disguise. Inspired by Toy Story’s cowgirl, the dress features a sequin bodice, blue metallic skirt, plus attached collar, belt and petticoat.
  • Queen of Hearts Costume with Tutu – Alice in Wonderland (MSRP: $39.95) – You’re certain to lose your head over this adult Queen of Hearts costume with layered tulle tutu skirt plus glittering golden trims and crown. All ways are your ways, your majesty.
  • Minnie Mouse Costume with Tutu (MSRP: $39.95) – Yoo Hoo! Step into the spotlight when wearing this flirty ’30s adult Minnie Mouse costume with layered tulle tutu skirt, plus glittering polka dots and fuzzy mouse ears.
    • Jasmine Deluxe Costume for Adults by Disguise – Live Action Film (MSRP: $74.95) – Bring the dreams of faraway lands home in this Jasmine costume by Disguise. This two-piece outfit features a gold-trimmed satin jumpsuit and a removable organza cape with peacock feather screen art.
    • Aladdin Deluxe Costume for Adults by Disguise – Live Action Film (MSRP: $69.95)- Bring the dreams of faraway lands home in this Aladdin deluxe costume by Disguise. Inspired by Disney’s live action version of Aladdin, this jumpsuit features striped pants, screen art on the top and an attached red vest.

Disney Costumes for Pets

  • Woody Pet Costume by Rubies $22.95 – $26.95 (MSRP: $22.95-$26.95) – Give your pet a rootin’ tootin’ look with this Woody costume that includes a shirt and hat. Available in a choice of sizes, it includes an attached bandana that fastens easily and even a foam sheriff’s badge.
  • Ewok Costume for Pets by Rubie’s – Star Wars (MSRP: $22.95-$26.95) – Let your pet be part of the rebellion in this adorable costume featuring an Ewok from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It features a soft bodysuit and headpiece that are both easy on and off.
  • Dumbo Pet Costume by Rubie’s (MSRP: $24.95-$28.95) – Your pet’s spirits will soar to new heights when you transform them into everyone’s favorite flying elephant. Available in a variety of sizes, this adorable Dumbo costume includes a headpiece with attached hat featuring little Timothy Mouse.

Disney Halloween Accessories for your Home 

  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse Pumpkin Kitchen Towel Set (MSRP: $14.95) – Don’t let dirty dishes haunt your house on the big day. Mickey and Minnie dare to decorate the kitchen with this set of two Halloween-themed towels that will spook away spills and dry your tears!
  • Mickey Mouse Werewolf Plush – Halloween (MSRP: $14.95) – You’ll say ”Fangs for the memories” this Howl-oween when shaggy plush Mickey masquerades as a Werewolf.
  • Mickey Mouse Trick-or-Treat Candy Bowl (MSRP: $19.95) – Celebrate the spooky season with this cuddly cad. Dish out trick-or-treat candy with generosity from this Mickey jack-o’-lantern bowl. It’s big enough to make your haunted mouse-house the most popular in the neighborhood this Halloween night. Best of all, his face glows-in-the-dark for extra eerie fun!

There are SO many cute costumes to pick from this year! And don’t forget about the spooktacular Disney Halloween home decor and accents! For more information about these products and to purchase, please visit HERE. Let me know in the comments if you are planning on dressing up as one of these costumes or dressing up your child or pet in one of them! I’d love to hear all about it!

Images are property of Disney and used with permission. 

 

Jurassic World: The Ride Now OPEN at Universal Studios Hollywood!

I received tickets for my family and I to spend a day in the park in order to faciliate this post. All opinions are my own.

The anticipation for the opening of Jurassic World: The Ride had been building since it closed last spring as the formerly known attraction Jurassic Park. Our family LOVED the film Jurassic World, most likely for all different reasons and so we couldn’t wait to visit and ride this newly imagined ride.

Inspired by the Jurassic World blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

Here’s what you can expect to encounter on “Jurassic World—The Ride”: The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience.

We had so much fun on the ride and ddin’t know any of this beforehand so it was one big surprise.

Know Before You Go

Here are a cuople of tips that you may find helpful before you visit Universal Studios Hollywood to ride Jurassic World: The Ride. 

  • You WILL get wet! Regardelss of where you sit, you are going to get wet. We weren’t dying to be drenched, just because it was early in the day and we didn’t want to walk around soaking, so we opted for row 4. We still got wet but not too badly. The guests in rows 1 and 2 were definitely drenched after the ride. It just depends on what you’re hoping to gain from the ride.  By the way, every row is a great seat for this adventure! 
  • They sell ponchos! Yes! You can purchase an inexpenisve poncho in the shop adjancent to the attraction, which is called “Jurassic Outfitters”.  There are also complimentary lockers to put your belongings in before you get in line. I also brought a plasitc bag to put my cell phone in during the ride. 
  • Wear sunblock! You may find yourself waiting in line in the direct sunlight. Also, there are parts when you’re on the boat, that you’ll be glad you sprayed beforehand. Don’t forget to spray your scalp and/or your head. 

Don’t forget to check out the new interactive “Dino Play” area , located outside of the attraction, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

While you’re in the Jurassic World area of the park, you’ll want to grab a bite at he Juarassic Cafe.  There you’ll find an extensive menu serving “the taste of Costa Rica” with delicious, freshly made menu items including: Pomegranate Guacamole, Tropical Fruit Salad, Crispy Green Lettuce Rolls with Shrimp, Roasted Chicken Salad, Mahi Mahi with Melon Pico, Slow Roasted Mojo Pork, Mojo Jackfruit, and more.

You can also find refreshing, tropical drink offerings right next to the Jurassic Cafe at the Island Nu-Bar. It’s a great way to cool off and feel the island vibe of Jurassic World! (Just look out for the dinosaurs!)

Jurassic World: The Ride is a definite must-ride this summer so if you haven’t had a chance to get there, what are you waiting for? Luckily we have such great weather in Southern California that this ride is perfect for year-round visits.. For more information about Universal Studios Hollywood, visit their site HERE.

Some images are property of Universal Studios Hollywood and used with permission.

FunBox: The Colorful Pop-Up Museum of Photo Opps

I received media tickets to visit in exchange for coverage. All opinions are 100% my own. 

When you’re the mom of a teen, they are always the first ones to let you know about all of the cool things that come into town! When my daughter showed me FunBox on Instagram and some of the cute photos they had posted on their page, I knew it was a “must-visit” for us this summer.If you haven’t heard of FunBox yet, lean in closely because I have all of the details right here for you. FunBox description reads “Colorful FUN Museum of Toys“. This interactive, pop-up style attraction includes 25 different rooms with unlimited potential for Instagram-worthy photos and videos. Currently located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, you can find FunBox within the lower level Food Court area.Know Before You Go 
I would definitely advise looking over FunBox’s Instagram page prior to your visit, to get some inspiration and some ideas for what to wear. Although there is no dress code, you might find that certain outfit choices will photograph better than others. You also might want to bring certain accessories along with you such as sunglasses or other small props.Ticket Prices
Pricing for Fun Box is as follows:

  • Adults (age 13+) : $19.00
  • Kids (ages 4-12) : $14.00
  • Ages 0-3 are FREE.

What to Expect on Your Visit 
When you arrive at FunBox, you’ll see an area to get in line. Prior to getting in line, make sure to grab your tickets, because they are for a specific entry time. (You can get your tickets online here before your visit or when you arrive.) An employee is stationed just outside of the line to answer any questions and as your designated entry time nears, they will explain how your visit will go before letting you inside.

***Tip: Consider being towards the end of the line for the group you’re going in with.  Although you’ll need to wait for the people in front of you to take their photos first, you’ll feel less rushed and have less people running through your photos if you’re last or close to last. Once You’re Inside FunBox
One you go into FunBox, there isn’t a specific time limit but there are certain parts where you aren’t allowed to go back. I would allot about an hour, maybe a little more, to get through all of the rooms and areas. I think it can also vary depending on how crowded it is when you visit. I’m assuming weekends are far busier than weekdays.Some of the rooms you’ll visit at FunBox include: 

  • Teddy Bear Tunnel
  • Bubble Party Ball Pit
  • Human Car Wash
  • Rainbow Throne Room
  • Pig Room
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast

FunBox is located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall at
400 S Baldwin Ave,
Arcadia, CA, 91007

(It’s inside the Food Court, next to Dave + Busters & AMC Movie Theatre and they suggest parking near The Cheesecake Factory)Currently, FunBox is only scheduled to be open through the end of August. Their schedule could extend but I wouldn’t recommend putting off your visit, just in case they do close up shop then. It’s a definite must-visit this summer! For more information about FunBox, please visit their site HERE.

 

Disneyland Annual Passholders “Bring a Friend” $99 Ticket Offer

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

Summer is well underway and as usual, there are a lot of exciting, new things happening at the Disneyland Resort! To make it even better, a very special “Bring a Friend” $99 ticket offer! That’s right, now through August 30, Disneyland Annual Passholders can purchase up to three (3) $99 Park Hopper tickets per day! Also, if a Passholder is blocked out on that day, they, too, may purchase a $99 Park Hopper ticket for entrance that day. This is an amazing deal for a Park Hopper ticket, especially with some of the newest offerings at the Resort right now:

  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Now open to the public with the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction open and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance scheduled to open later this year.
  • The “Tale of the Lion King” – an all-new, outdoor live musical production in Disney California Adventure Park
  • The newest attractions to open on the re-imagined Pixar Pier, Jessie’s Critter Carousel and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • The limited-time return of “Soarin’ Over California
  • And returning for a limited-time encore run is The Main Street Electrical Parade! Beginning August 2!

Disneyland Annual Passholders may purchase $99 “Bring a Friend” tickets at any Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth. Tickets are only valid on the day of purchase. Also, Passholder must accompany guests into the first entry of a theme park that day.

*Passholder must present valid Annual Passport at time of purchase and admission. (Government-issued photo ID may be required.) This offer ends August 30, 2019. Tickets valid for ages 3 and above and may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

Top 10 Ways to Save Money at the 2019 OC Fair

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
The 2019 OC Fair is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Going to the fair is something our family does every summer. This year’s theme celebrates the county’s agricultural roots and invites everyone to enjoy “Acres of Fun”. This year, the OC Fair will be open from July 12-Aug. 11.One of the best parts about the OC Fair is all of the ways fair goers can save money on admission and tickets. There are so many great opportunities to do so and if you plan ahead, you can maximize the savings.Here is a list of 10 tips to save you money at this year’s OC Fair:

  • Tip 1 – Get 30% more carnival tickets if you buy before May 31. Options include a 52-ticket ride pass for $20, a 130-ticket pass for $50 and a 260-ticket pass for $100. Rides require multiple tickets. Buy tickets online at ocfair.com/carnival.
  • Tip 2 – If you plan to come to the OC Fair more than once, you need a Super Pass. For one low price, fair goers can come to all 23 days of the Fair. Through May 31, general admission Super Passes are $35, seniors (60+) and youth (ages 6-12) passes are just $28. OC Fair general admission is $12 Wednesday through Friday and $14 on weekends. Senior and youth admission is $7 every day. Visit ocfair.com/superpass.
  • Tip 3 – Enter competitions and get free admission. If you are a table-setting virtuoso, an extraordinary avocado grower or a top-notch cake baker, this is the way to go. New this year, the OC Fair Exhibitor Renaissance Award will recognize an adult and a youth competitor with multiple skill sets. More information is at ocfair.com/competitions.
  • Tip 4 – Visit other fairs and get into the OC Fair for free. Save your San Diego County Fair, Riverside County Fair, San Bernardino County Fair, or Ventura County Fair ticket stub for one free admission to the OC Fair. Bonus tip: Save your 2019 OC Fair admission ticket for one free admission at the 2020 Riverside County Fair (Feb. 14-23).
  • Tip 5 – Concert and show tickets come with free admission. Shows are selling out, so make sure to get tickets now for Pacific Amphitheatre concerts, The Hangar shows and thrills in the Action Sports Arena. Don’t miss Brandi Carlile, the Queen Nation tribute band or the newest addition to the Action Sports Arena: lawn mower racing. Tickets are on sale now at ocfair.com/entertainment.
  • Tip 6 – OC Fair Express is only $4 round-trip and bus riders get $4 Fair admission. This amazing deal also helps cut traffic and eliminates a parking fee. Catch the OC Fair Express from one of nine OC locations every Saturday and Sunday. More info is at ocfairexpress.com. Bonus tip: Another option on weekends: fairgoers can park for free at Experian and grab a free shuttle to the OC Fair.
  • Tip 7 – Students get carnival rides for reading. The OC Fair Read & Ride gives three free rides to bookworms ages 5-11 who read two books. Forms can be downloaded online and redeemed for ride tickets. More information is at ocfair.com/deals.
  • Tip 8 – Donate items on a We Care Wednesday. Receive free admission on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. by donating school supplies, canned food, children’s books or kids clothing to local nonprofits. Visit ocfair.com/deals for a schedule.
  • Tip 9 – Kids Day is a great deal for families. Kids 12 and younger get in to the OC Fair free each Thursday. It’s also a terrific day to sample those only-at-the-Fair goodies at $3 Taste of the Fair from noon to 4 p.m. each Thursday.
  • Tip 10 – Work at the OC Fair. OC Fair & Event Center is hiring now to fill more than 1,300 seasonal, part-time positions. Not only do employees get free Fair admission, but they can purchase up to 20 tickets for friends and family for just $1 each. You can apply online at ocfair.com/jobs.

I hope these tips are helpful for you. If you’re a planner like me, then these are definitely going to come in handy as you plan for the summer!

Graphic is property of OC Fair and used with permission. 

Celebrate the 14th Annual Pirates Day on June 1 at Ventura Harbor Village

Yo ho, yo ho all ye landlubbers and buccaneers! Ventura Harbor Village is ready to hoist the flag for the 14th annual Pirates Day on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Ahoy Me Hearties! is this year’s theme for the Yo Ho! Pirates Day 2019, which will offer guests an unforgettable voyage around the Village featuring pirate characters, entertainment, activities, and photo opportunities around every corner.

Admission for Pirates Day is free. It’s best to arrive early to find free parking in the village, or jump on the complimentary shuttle service from the overflow lot on Harbor Blvd and Schooner Drive, running from 11am to 6pm!

For one day only, venture along the waterfront to find pirates in sword fights by professional Pirates for Hire, mermaids, treasure, exotic birds, live music, rum drinks, and pirate eats. Keep an eye out for Reece Ryan’s on-land Kids Pirate Ship, Captain Jack, Hook, Shmee, & Tink (look-a-likes), and strolling pirate musicians. Games are back and better than ever – take a ride on the bucking shark, jump on the inflatable kracken, kids can enjoy the new Rockin’ Pirate Ship, and more. Visit Port Royal Privateers’ historical encampment and shop at the vendor booths for pirate ware and nautical-themed loot. Hold tropical birds, snap a photo at themed selfie-stations, and stop for face painting or henna body art.

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best pirate garb! Strut in the Pirates Day costume contests held throughout the day for different age brackets. Pirates up to 12 years old partake in the Kids Treasure Hunt ($5) leading to a magical treasure trove and free pirate craft activities provided by Macaroni Kid, Lakeshore Learning, and Ventura County Potters Guild Gallery.

For grog and grub, Village restaurants offer a variety of cuisine for hungry crews; including roasted turkey legs and rum specials. Live entertainment will range from Steel Drummers to the Sword Coast Medieval Fighters Club. Ventura Harbor Pirates Day gives you a chance to get in your best piratical gear and wander by the sea to interact with pirates and gypsies of all ages.

Ventura Harbor Village coastal shops, restaurants, and boutiques will provide a host of creative Pirate themed activities, eats, and drinks at the event. Here’s some of what you’ll find:

Shop:

  • Anja’s Boutique: Piratey-Costumed Customers 10% off with $50 Purchase + Free Scarf!
  • Barefoot Boutique: FREE Pirate Craft for Kids!*Piratey- Costumed Customers 10% off Everything + BOGO 50% on Graphic Tees
  • Casa de Regalos: Newly designed Pirate Tees
  • Lost in Socks: FREE Pirate Tattoo Station + Loot Davy Jones Locker Discount Jar with 2 Purchase Min.
  • Mermaid Gallery: FREE Kid’s Activity Table + Mermaid Coloring Sheets + FREE Starfish with $20 Purchase
  • VC Potters Guild: FREE Kid Pirate Medallion Necklaces to Paint*
  • Ventura Swimwear: FREE Pirate Bracelet with $25 Purchase*

Dine:

  • Boatyard Pub: Arrgghh! Famous Giant Smoked Turkey Legs + Roasted Corn*
  • Copa Cubana: Partake in a Lively Game of Pirate-Themed Corn Hole!
  • The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood: Pancake Breakfast with the Pirates! 9:30 -10:30 AM

Play:

  • Ultimate Escape Rooms: Themed Room Play Tickets $25 with Promo Code: PIRATE19
  • Village Carousel & Arcade: $2 Carousel Rides for Costumed Pirate Customers –

*While supplies last

For a complete list of shopping & dining specials and the entertainment schedule please visit VenturaHarborVillage.com or call (805) 477-0470.

Admission and parking for Pirates Day 2019 are free. Book your overnight stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort or Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ventura Harbor. Ventura Harbor Village is located 1583 Spinnaker Drive off of Harbor Blvd. Don’t miss out on this treasure-trove of excitement by the sea. Hope to see you there!

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