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Have YOU Registered for CHOC Walk in the Park Yet?

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

If you haven’t had the opportunity to register for the 2019 CHOC Walk in the Park yet, the deadline for early registration is nearing and ends Monday, July 29, 2019 so you’ll want to get in on the great price of just $85 to participate. (Click HERE to register.)

In 2018, the CHOC Walk in the Park raised 2,9 million dollars and this year I just know they’re going to beat that with the help of friends, families and sponsors! It’ll be CHOC Walk’s 29th year of putting on such an amazing event to benefit CHOC Children’s and the kids, both past and present patients. The walk is the only one of its kind in the U.S., which takes place throughout the Disneyland Resort!This year’s event will take place in the early morning of Sunday, August 11 and will be led by this year’s CHOC Walk Ambassador, Ella Boyle and Team Boyle. Here’s a little bit about Ella’s story and why they walk:
2019 CHOC Walk Incentives
Not only do walkers help raise funds to support CHOC Children’s but there are also incentives for fundraising, allowing walkers to earn various prizes. Here are just a few of the incentive levels:
$85 – CHOC Walker

  • CHOC Walker Wristband* (Includes opportunity to purchase (1) specially priced Disneyland® Resort 1-Day Park Hopper® ticket or 1-Day, 1-Park ticket valid at either Disneyland® Park or Disney California Adventure® Park. See details below*)
  • FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich (Participant must bring their 2019 CHOC Walk in Park wristband to any Orange County Chick-fil-A® location to redeem sandwich by 8/30/2019. Closed on Sundays)
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative T-shirt

$225 – CHOC Walk Pin

  • CHOC Walker Wristband*
  • FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative T-shirt
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative lapel pin

$350 – CHOC Walk Medallion

  • CHOC Walker Wristband*
  • FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
  • Free Chick-fil-A ® Breakfast Item (redeemable at any Orange County Chick-fil-A® location)
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative T-shirt
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative lapel pin
  • CHOC Walk in the Park lanyard and medallion

To see a full list of the 2019 CHOC Walk incentives, go HERE.

This year’s beautiful CHOC Walk medallion, and t-shirt designs were all designed by artist Jeff Granito.If you still haven’t registered to walk, I highly encourage you to join us in doing so. Although early bird registration ends July 29, you can still register to walk after that! You can also go HERE to make a donation. Will YOU be joining in on this amazing event on August 11? I hope so!

 

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.

 

The 4th Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 7/12 – 8/18

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The Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Mirage have teamed up once again to kick off the 4th Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. Locals and visitors can get their wristbands to participate and enjoy $4 appetizers, desserts and/or drinks. A portion of proceeds benefit Coachella Valley charities and the local chamber of commerce. The 2019 Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage runs July 12 – August 18, 2019.

“The Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is special to the chamber because we have direct economic impact on our restaurants during the summer months. It is getting people into the eateries that sets this event apart as well as the incredible deals they offer. Locals love it! Area charities also help sell the wristbands to fundraise during this five-week long event. Everyone wins!” – Katie Stice, IOM, Executive Director, Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce

Here’s a list of participating restaurants & eateries:

  • 360 Sports at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
  • Acqua California Bistro
  • Apong’s
  • Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Bernie’s Lounge & Supper Club
  • bluEmber at Omni Rancho Las Palmas
  • Brandini ToffeeBurgers and Beer
  • Catalan Restaurant
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Dringk Eatery + Bar
  • Enzo’s Bistro
  • Haus of Poke
  • Hielo Sno Shaved Ice
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Las Casuelas Nuevas
  • Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill
  • Maria Jose Peruvian Gourmet
  • Norma’s Italian Kitchen
  • O’Caines Irish Pub
  • Pastry Swan
  • Pieology Pizzeria
  • Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  • Roy’s Restaurant
  • Shame on the Moon Restaurant
  • Si Bon
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • The Slice – N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante
  • Waters Café at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa

For more information about participating charities, restaurants and their specials, and to purchase wristbands, please visit http://www.TasteOfSummerRanchoMirage.com.

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

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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

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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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Kaleidoscope Hosts a Summer Full of Fun with Free Kaleido Kids Events, Carnival to Benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire

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Local youngsters can enjoy a variety of free activities and entertainment at Kaleidoscope this summer, when the center’s annual Kaleido Kids Summer Events return on Tuesday, June 18. Held in Kaleidoscope’s event space inside Union Market Mission Viejo, the fun events are every Tuesday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, June 18 through July 23.

The summer events will culminate with the annual Kaleido Kids Carnival on Tuesday, July 30 from 11am to 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person, with all games and activities included, and all proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The Carnival has raised nearly $56,000 for the non-profit over the last seven years.The Kaleido Kids events are 11:30am – 12:30pm with the following schedule:

  • June 18: Toy Story, including a meet and greet, sing along and photos with costumed characters, themed crafts, and refreshments.
  • June 25: Unicorn Painting Party, where kids can paint a picture of a unicorn with special instructions by a local artist, take photos with a magical unicorn, and enjoy music and snacks.
  • July 2: Cooking with Kids, where youngsters will follow simple instructions to create then enjoy a kid-friendly healthy snack and dessert. Kids will receive paper chef hats and instructions to take home to recreate the treats.
  • July 9: Percussion Play Along, where kids will enjoy an interactive musical experience, playing along to African and international rhythms using over 20 exotic djembe drums and percussion instruments, with a themed costumed character and snacks.
  • July 16: Lego Playtime, where their imagination can soar by building with a variety of Lego blocks, along with enjoying music and snacks.
  • July 23: Hula Hoop Dance Party, with an expert leading the kids in Hula Hoop tricks, dancing along to music, and enjoying kid-friendly snacks.

On Tuesday, July 30, the Kaleido Kids Carnival will include games, activities, balloon art, face painting, costumed characters, photo opportunities, a DJ, and refreshments. Admission is $10 per person and benefits Make-A-Wish. Tickets must be purchased in advance through http://www.Kaleidokidscarnival.eventbrite.com.Guests who bring a new backpack or new toy (no guns please) to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one Kaleidoscope family gift basket.

Also on Tuesdays, restaurants inside Union Market Mission Viejo at Kaleidoscope host Kids Eat Free, with a child receiving a free beverage or kids meal with the purchase of a regular (adult) beverage or entrée. Scent Avenue inside Union Market Mission Viejo also offers 20% off on Tuesdays.

Adding to the summer fun is the Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10 Summer Movie Express at 10am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 18 to August 14, when popular family movies rated G or PG are shown for only $1 admission per person.

For more information on the Kaleido Kids events or Carnival, please call 949.542.4407 or visit http://www.gokaleidoscope.com. Kaleidoscope is located at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, just off the 5 Fwy., in Mission Viejo.

Registration Now Open for This Year’s CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland Resort

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The countdown to the 2019 CHOC Walk in the Park has started! This very special annual event will take place this year on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Disneyland Resort. The CHOC Walk in the Park is the only walk of its kind which takes place inside of the Parks, allowing participants to experience Disney® as never before. Did you know this is the 19th year in a row that the Disneyland Resort has hosted this wonderful event as the presenting sponsor?

I was invited to a very special CHOC Walk in the Park kickoff event, held at Disney’s Grand California Hotel. The event was filled with information about this year’s walk and pre-walk FUNdraising events. At the kickoff event, we also got to learn about the 2019 CHOC Walk Ambassador, Ella Boyle. Ella’s mother, Lizzie, spoke to us all about her journey at CHOC Children’s.Ella and her family have a giant team that walked last year known as Team Brave Boyle. Watch this video narrating Ella’s story:

Last year, with the help of friends, families, and sponsors, the 2018 CHOC Walk raised $2.9 million dollars! All proceeds from this magical event benefit the health and well-being of Southern California’s kids. This year, they’re reaching for an even higher goal and you can help out!

My daughter and I have had the opportunity to participate in the CHOC Walk in the Park in prior years and it is definitely an experience that will touch your heart. I highly encourage you to get involved with this wonderful event this year.

There are a few different ways to get involved with the CHOC Walk in the Park:

Register to Walk – CHOC Walk Participants can create teams, earn prizes, and raise funds for CHOC. We encourage Walkers to fund raise for their participation or they can make a personal donation. Register now to create your own Personal and/or Team Fundraising Page.

Donate – If you aren’t to walk, you always have the option to donate to an individual’s page or even towards the CHOC Walk in general. For more information about donating, please go HERE.

Support pre-CHOC Walk fundraising efforts – In the months leading up to the CHOC Walk in the Park, there’ll be several great opportunities to support different fundraisers that directly benefit CHOC Children’s including Chick-Fil-A CHOC Walk Wednesdays and more. Keep your eye on CHOC Walk’s  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details.     

For more information about this year’s CHOC Walk in the Park, please visit their official site HERE. I hope to see you at the event!

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Legoland®California Resort Opens New Duplo®Playtown FEATURING a New LEGOLAND Express Train Ride!

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Streamers soared through the air as kids and families cheered with excitement during the ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening LEGOLAND® California Resort’s DUPLO®Playtown. The colorful LEGO® town, geared towards children five and under, features interactive playhouses for kids to climb, slide, and explore, and is home to the new LEGOLAND®Express Train Ride.More than 30 families from the Southern California and San Diego chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities® joined the opening ceremony festivities and were treated to a fun-filled day at LEGOLAND® California Resort. Kids were outfitted in train conductor hats and received commemorative buttons as they boarded the LEGO® locomotive which for many was their first ever theme-park ride! As part of the opening event, LEGOLAND® California donated $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities, benefitting the San Diego and Southern California chapters.

“Here at LEGOLAND California Resort we like to be the first for everything. For many of our young guests, this will be their first time riding our train, climbing Kid Power Towers, and playing with all the interactive play houses here at the new DUPLO Playtown, It’s an honor to have families from the Ronald McDonald House enjoy the new area and spend the day creating memories.” – LEGOLAND® California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti

DUPLO®Playtown includes more than ten whimsical playhouses that feature hands-on activities, slides and interactive elements that encourage kids to use their imagination and creativity while playing. Children can explore a barn, fire station, grocery store, hospital and maze complete with an interactive scarecrow. The new area is a great option for families with toddlers and the perfect place to let younger children play and experience their first theme park ride on the LEGOLAND®Express Train Ride. For the older siblings, Kid Power Towers stands tall in the middle of DUPLO®Playtown – kids and parents alike can ride to the top of one of three towers to get an incredible view of the entire Park and enjoy a thrilling “free-fall” down to the bottom.

DUPLO®Playtown, LEGOLAND®Express Train, and Kid Power Towers are all included with Park admission.For more information, visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760.918.5346.

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