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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paddington Bear Comes To The #LAZoo and to DVD #PaddingtonMovie

We had a great time this weekend visiting the Los Angeles Zoo. We ran into an old friend, Paddington Bear. Paddington is quite the world traveler, so it’s fitting that he was at the Zoo! He was greeting guests, waving, hugging and taking pictures with his fans. We stopped in and had a marmalade sandwich, made our own red hat, and took a family photo with the bear. Check out our adventure below!

Paddington is available now to download in Digital HD and comes 
to Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 28, 2015.

5 Fresh Things to See and Do at the LA Zoo

1. Baby Animals - We were lucky to take a "Meet Our Babies" tour while visiting the Zoo. There are so many baby animals to see right now! CUTE OVERLOAD! You can see a baby giraffe, hippo, chimpanzee, kangaroo, howler monkey, giant river otter pup, and the koala. These species have all welcomed new additions to their families recently which is great news! It's all part of a program to save endangered and vulnerable species with breeding programs. Right now you even have a chance to name one of these precious babies. Now through April 26the check out the #NameOurRoo Contest for a chance to win a GoPro.

2. Rainforest of the Americas - Make your way through the rainforest, from top to bottom as you walk through the Zoo's newest exhibit. It was our first time walking through Rainforest of the Americas where we saw animals of the tropical sort. From toucans to pirahnas to giant river otters a wild time was had by all!

3. Carousel - Take a ride on the carousel! Become a kid again and choose your favorite animal to hop on. Round and round, up and down get video and photos of your children on this beautiful carousel with all types of animals. It's the perfect attraction for the Zoo, just takes one token and the smiles it produces are priceless!

4. The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) - See over 60 species of amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles at the coolest place to chill inside the Zoo. From snakes to lizards to swimming turtles it's a great indoor place to hang when the Zoo temps rise, especially during the hot summer months.

5. Condor Rescue Zone - One of the favorite places that my daughter likes to visit when we come to the Zoo is the Condor Rescue Zone. It's the very first stop you come to on your right next to the entrance, you may even miss it if you aren't looking for it. There's a place for little ones to run around and play, but even more awesome is a pretend vet set-up where you can preform an "operation" on an endangered condor. It's a great place for the animal lovers to really get a hands-on experience.

Disclosure: I received media passes for my family to attend this event as guests. How BEARY nice! The opinions on this blog are 100% Fresh and 100% my own. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Knotts Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Is Coming #KnottsSpring

Boasting the sights, the sounds, and the flavors of the Wild West, starting this month you're invited to enjoy Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival

Only at Knott's Berry Farm would boysenberries have their own festival. Love it! Celebrate Knott’s delicious roots during the Boysenberry Festival, March 28 – April 12, in the theme park’s historic Ghost Town. (The limited-time Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.) Bring your family and friends to experience the beautiful Spring season during this fun food extravaganza! The 16-day and entertainment festival returns with an unforgettable lineup of exquisite Boysenberry Bites, dazzling entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and more! Sun up to sun down festival includes dueling fiddlers, Jammin’ in the Dark, Peanuts Party in the Park, dancing and swinging to live music! This hoe down showdown is sure to be the wildest event around.

I don't know about you, but you can't beat the food when you visit a theme park! With carnival style treats and world famous fried chicken, Knott's has been one of our family favorites for years. I don't think I'm alone when I say that a churro, nachos, and Boysenberry punch always make our time at Knott's one tasty day! We have a whole list of Boysenberry flavored things to try when we visit during the festival.

* Fried Cheese Curds w/ Spicy Boysenberry Dipping Sauce
* Fish & Chips Sandwich w/ Boysenberry Tartar Sauce
* Boysenberry BBQ Sauce for Ribs or Chicken
* Boysenberry Frappuccino
* Boysenberry Latte
* Boysenberry ICEE Floats
* Boysenberry  Jam (to take home)

In honor of the deliciously dark berry, guests can wine, dine, dance, and buy boysenberry inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West. Festival entrances will feature rustic banners and oversized boysenberries, just ripe for taking that special photo.

* Original Roadside Boysenberry Stand
* Wine and Craft Brew Garden
* Live Entertainment at Birdcage Square
* Bear-y Tales Characters, Pie Making Kitchen
* Lucy's Really BIG Spring Show
* Salsa Dancing in Fiesta Village
* Peanuts Party in the Park
* Jammin' in the Dark
* Easter Beagle

The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, additional cost for food tasting experiences within the event, which also offers a full day of thrilling coasters and family fun rides, like the beautifully restored Calico Mine ride and the rejuvenated six-acre Camp Snoopy featuring three new rides. Knott’s has extended hours from 10am to 10pm during the Festival March 28 – April 12, 2015 allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings. For affordable year-round fun for everyone and to explore the all the Festival fun, Season Passes can be purchased online at now until April 12, 2015.

Want to WIN Tickets? 
Tracey Clark is doing a giveaway on her blog here:

Make sure to share your day of boysenberry fun by using #KnottsSpring on Twitter
and Instagram.

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA

Disclosure: I have received media passes for my family to attend this delicious event as guests of GigaSavvy. How BERRY nice of them! The opinions on this blog are 100% Fresh and 100% my own. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Top 10 Holiday Events for Families in Southern California

There is so much holiday fun to be had for families in Southern California during this wonderful season! Whether you head down to San Diego, Orange County, or hang out in Hollywood, you can meet Santa,  go ice skating, watch the snow fall, or walk through an igloo. Doesn't sound like your typical Sunny Southern California winter, does it? Well you'd be surprised at all of the "cool" entertainment going on in So Cal during the holidays. We truly do have it all!

Each year I gather a holiday bucket list of activities for my family and try to do as many of them as time allows. We may not always get to all of them, the holidays are BUSY - but we have a blast trying! I wanted to share with you the top 10 places my family wants to go this holiday season and your family will too! We've already done some of them and the rest I hope to cross off the list before the kids go back to school after winter break. Wish us luck!

1. Disney Holidays at the Disneyland Resort:
You all know I'm a Disney girl through and through. It just wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't go to the Disneyland Resort during the holidays. Whether you prefer Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure, you can't go wrong with all the festivities that each Park has to offer. They've got the best firework show in town and a parade that will warm your holiday heart. With holiday themed attractions, gorgeous decorations, and now a healthy dose of Frozen experiences, the happiest place on earth, just got merrier! From November 13, 2014 through January 6, 2015, the entire Disneyland Resort transforms into a incredible winter wonderland. For a list of some of my families' 13 favorite things to do during #DisneyHolidays, you can visit my other blog Disney Sisters.

2. L.A. Zoo Lights:
My family could really get in to the holiday spirit with the nighttime holiday light spectacular now offered at the Los Angeles Zoo called, L.A. Zoo Lights. It's new this year and we can't wait to see it. Some of our friend's have already gone and they loved it! Buy tickets ahead of time online, so it doesn't sell out. Time slots are 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm. November 28 through January 4th see an all-new holiday light experience that combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the Zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals. Sounds magical doesn't it? You can also take your children to meet Santa's reindeer during regular Zoo hours during Reindeer Romp. If you're a Zoo member, there's an exclusive member event, Breakfast with Santa to check out.

3. Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights at Legoland:
My daughter is a Lego super fan! One of the things on her bucket list is to go to Legoland any time during the year. But after checking out all that Legoland has to offer at Christmas, it's seems even more awesome! During Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, you can build a snowman with LEGOs and throw real snowballs. Go ice skating and ride snow tubes down a hill. Experience the magic of Winter Nights with shows, music, and twinkling lights, and nightly fireworks over Miniland USA, December 26 - 30. Witness the lighting of a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas Tree and enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live. There’s even a food truck with yummy treats served by Santa’s Elves. To remember your trip take the perfect family photo with a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer. This would be a dream come true for my Lego obsessed daughter!

4. Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood:
One of our favorite stories to read as a family during the month of December is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and going to Universal Studios puts us right in the middle of the storybook. This is the closest theme park to my family, so I have a special place in my heart for it. There's nothing like a 5 minute drive to and from a destination! We have enjoyed going to Grinchmas for years and it's always a highlight for our family. It's back again this year and we can't wait to see all of the Whos in Whoville singing their songs and spreading Wholiday Cheer! The Grinch and his dog Max are always there for the perfect photo opp while the Grinchmas Tree is lit and snow falls in Whoville. And don't forget to catch a Whoville Show on the Backlot. Merry Grinchmas and Happy Who-Year to all!

5. Winter Holiday Festival at Pershing Square:
You can celebrate the holidays with a local escape to downtown LA where tons of snow, sledding, Santa, live entertainment and ice skating get underway at the Winter Holiday Festival Saturday and Sunday, December 13, 14 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm at Pershing Square. Happenings include free pictures with Santa, a train ride, sledding on tons of snow, and the new Elf Olympics with interactive games and prizes. The park will be bustling with an array of exhibitor booths, free “make ‘n’ take” arts & crafts, and an outdoor stage with non-stop performances by local community groups. As a special surprise, event sponsor UNIQLO, the global clothing retailer, will be on hand Saturday giving away free skating admission and skate rental to the first 1,000 enthusiasts from 11:30am to 6:30pm. The winter frolic continues throughout the weekend with outdoor skating at Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, LA's largest holiday rink with the lowest admission of $9 and $3 for skate rental.

6. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain:
This is the very first year of Holiday in the Park and we want to experience it! The big kids probably prefer Magic Mountain because of all the thrill rides, but I am a big chicken who doesn't go on anything. But twinkle lights, that's my jam! And on select days during November 28 through January 4 you the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights. Millions! Now that's a lot of lights! Holiday in the Park is filled with enchanting experiences to create special family fun during this magical time of the year. Enjoy a million dazzling lights, heartwarming shows, thrilling rides, special holiday activities and a wide variety of unique food and seasonal treats. Sounds fantastic!

7. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration
This year, SeaWorld has a flurry of new festivities that include special holiday-themed animal shows, real snow, reindeer and more. New this year is the nighttime show Shamu’s Christmas Miracles starring none other than Shamu. Also new this year is Dolphin Island Christmas, a daytime Christmas-themed dolphin show with a tropical twist. Returning this year are the Pets Rule Christmas show, featuring animals adopted from shelters and Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special starring in this Christmas-themed sea lion and otter show. Santa’s Christmas Village is new this year where guests can mingle with Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a sweet treat such as a waffle-on-a-stick and every day before Christmas get a photo with Santa. maybe even a Santa Selfie? Plus, Mrs. Claus invites everyone to join her in a sing-along to help her and the elves light a festive 40-foot animated tree. The marine park will be decked out more than ever before with over one million holiday lights and up to 35 inches of snow at SnowWorld. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration runs Nov. 15th through Jan. 4th. 

8. Knott's Merry Farm:
My favorite holiday song has to be "Christmastime is Here"as sung by the whole peanuts gang. LOVE. I grew up watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" as a child and there is one place that I know to experience Snoopy and the Gang, that's at Knott's Berry Farm. This theme park's old-fashioned charm gets even more delightful during the holiday season when it transforms into Knott's Merry Farm. With shows like, "Merry Christmas Snoopy, Ice Spectacular" and shopping at Christmas Crafts Village there's so much to do for everyone! Your children can also visit Santa at his Christmas Cabin and watch the snow fall to a melody of "Let It Snow" in Ghost Town. We especially like to hang out in Camp Snoopy for the kiddie rides and lots of festive lights all around! Knott's Merry Farm goes from from November 22 through January 4, 2015.

9. Chill at The Queen Mary:
The Queen Mary has once again been overtaken by a deep freeze for the third annual CHILL in Long Beach. Experience the frozen magic that will bring holiday celebration, wonderment and North Pole temperatures to families across sunny Southern California. Is it cold in here or is it just me? My family has yet to attend this incredible winter wonderland, but we have high hopes for this year! It looks like the not-to-miss activities are Ice skating, Ice tubing, and Breakfast with Santa. If you're really looking to cool off, step inside the frozen igloo and immerse yourself in an enchanting world of ice for a California Christmas - handmade entirely out of ice! Brrrr! In addition to all of those things, there's also lots of entertainment including North Pole Village, The Claus Cabin, Blizzard Boulevard, Rides and Stage Shows! CHILL will be open Dec. 4-7, Dec. 9 - Jan. 4 & Jan. 8-11.

10. Ice Skating at L.A. Live:
L.A. LIVE is known for its sports and music entertainment, but did you know it's also the best place to be during the holidays?! This holiday season come down to L.A. LIVE for fun and entertaining activities! The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink brings outdoor ice skating to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A.! The rink is open now through December 31. Make the most out of the holiday season and enjoy outdoor ice skating at L.A. LIVE! Here's a guide to the other holiday events that are happening at L.A. Live this season including concerts and more - Holiday Guide to L.A. Live.

What are your favorite things to do in So Cal with your family during the holidays? 
Share with me in the comments! 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

"Grinchmas" Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood This Season #Grinchmas

"Grinchmas" returns to Universal Studios Hollywood and it's a real Wholiday Wholibration! 
Hip Hip Who-ray!

The Who's Who of Hollywood, (including yours truly) came out Thursday night to Universal Studios Hollywood with one thing in mind ~ to celebrate Grinchmas of course! With First-Ever “Grinchmas” Mayoral Proclamation from the Mayor of Whoville Augustus MayWho, and the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti coming together to signal the start of the festive Wholiday season at Universal Studios.

What Wholibration would be complete without the Grinch himself (and his dog Max) coming together with the whole town of Whoville to light up the giant topsy, turvy, swervy Grinchmas Tree. While festive music played, snow gently fell on us all, then we all counted down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...  The tree was lit as fireworks blazed the sky of Hollywood. It was a spectacular sight to see, one that definitely put me and my little Who in fine holiday spirits.

The night ended with all of the children, (including 200 very happy LAUSD students) making ornaments and hanging them on the trees in Whoville, and gingerbread cookie decorating ~ what a way to spend a school night! Shhhh, don't tell teacher!

With the Holidays Wholidays upon us it's the perfect time of the year for spending a little extra time with your family, enjoying what this season is all about. Magic, hope, wonder, and love. There's real magic in the air at Universal Studios Hollywood all month long, while Cindy Lou-Who, and the rest of Whoville have taken over. Not even the Grinch can stop this party!

Fresh Tips:

* Don't miss Photo Ops with the Grinch and his dog Max.
* Cookie and Ornament Decorating in Universal Square.
* Standing Beneath the 60-foot Grichmas Tree.
* Story Time with Cindy Lou-Who.
* The Whobilation show at the original Whoville movie sets aboard the world famous Studio Tour.

“Grinchmas” will resonate throughout the theme park and runs weekends on December 6-7 and 13-14, then continues daily from December 19, 2014 through January 3, 2015. “Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission. More information available at

Celebrate the Festive Wholiday Season with your Loved Ones! 
Merry Grinchmas and a Happy Who-Year!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited as a member of the media to this event, which inspired this article. The opinions shared on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Knott's Merry Farm: Celebrate the Holidays with Family #MerryFarm

The memories from childhood come rushing back to me when I think of Knott’s Berry Farm. From my dad taking us there to dine at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant or going to Knott's with classmates on a school field trip. I have lots of good memories from this So Cal icon.
I have my own family now and have started the tradition of going to Knott’s on a yearly basis. Whether it’s during summer vacation, at Halloween during Camp Spooky, getting into the holiday spirit during Knott's Merry Farm, or ringing in the New Year together. We know that we can count on a day filled with lots of fun and laughter.

My husband and I want to give our children have as many fun experiences as possible, as they are growing up far too fast. We are happy that visiting Knott’s Berry Farm is one of them. Plus being able to celebrate the holidays with each other inside a 'Winter Wonderland' is what the true spirit of the season is all about for us. Living in the moment, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’re looking for a great way to kick-off the holidays, spending a day at Knott’s Merry Farm is a great choice. A Southern California Holiday Tradition since 1985, (who knew?) this seasonal event celebrates the Christmas season in all of it's glory from November 22 through January 4, 2015. This special holiday event includes park-wide delightful decorations, live entertainment, festive food, and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans.

  • Santa's Christmas Cabin
  • New Snoopy Ice Show
  • Snow in Ghost Town
  • Christmas Crafts Village
  • Snoopy's Merriest Tree Lighting
  • Christmas on Engine 41
If you are looking for gift ideas even after you go shopping at the park, maybe getting your loved ones a Season Pass to enjoy the park all year long is the way to go! More quality time with family seems like the perfect gift to me!

What's your favorite part of Knott's Merry Farm?

Happy Holidays!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. I will be attending Knott's Merry Farm as media, tickets will be given to me and my family. The opinions on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh!