In celebration of the much anticipated film, "The LEGO NINJAGO Movie", various LEGOLAND attractions nationwide will host themed LEGO NINJAGO Days! Join your favorite ninja - Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – on themed activities such as a scavenger hunt, ninja skills challenge, LEGO build activities and more! Guests will have the opportunity to win prizes and attend a meet and greet with Kai, the Fire Ninja, and other characters from the movie. Activities are included with admissions to LEGOLAND. Activities will vary at each location but at LEGOLAND California, guests can master new skills and upgrade their weapons in training to find their inner ninja in the WB Family GameSpace featuring THE LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game! The event takes place on select dates at LEGOLAND locations worldwide in 2017. For a list of planned activities, attraction hours and ticket prices at each site, please visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
I tell people all the time that the best LEGOLAND California deal is the Buy One, Get a Free Child Ticket promotion! Especially if you only need one day tickets for visiting guests. I know you've seen this deal before behind receipts at McDonald's, KFC or other fast food restaurants. But where is it when you need it?! Every time I need it, I can't seem to find it so I'm saving it here for future reference. You get a FREE CHILD TICKET with a paid regular priced adult ticket. After reading the fine print, I learned that the original coupon found on the back of the receipt can also be redeemed at the ticket booth. I had three. (I know I have them somewhere). It is good for only one complimentary Hopper Ticket per coupon, and it is only valid on day of purchase. Also good to note is they will not accept photocopies or faxes of the coupon at the gate. Additional restrictions may apply, and prices and hours subject to change without notice. This online discount will expire 12/31/17, and the front gate discount expires 3/30/18.
The Oaks at Ojai is one of a kind. It is an all-inclusive wellness weight-loss resort in the City of Ojai in California. My sister and I went for my birthday this year and loved it so much, we want to go every year (maybe for next year's girls' trip?) The resort provides all the meals, snacks, beverages, as well as fitness classes, enrichment program, parking and wifi included in a one night stay. For three days, we didn't wear makeup nor fixed our hair, we went to bed early every night, woke up early each morning to hike or do a brisk walk around town. I especially enjoyed the morning stretch class. We followed the itinerary as closely as we could without skipping meals and snack breaks, took as many classes as possible, and if we were tired, we either took a nap or laid out by the pool. We even had time to stop by the farmers market which was only a block away and scheduled a spa service. It was low key and it was great. Everything on the itinerary was optional, and we are fully in control what we want to do at our own pace.
LEGOLAND® Water Park is located inside the park (additional ticket required) at the north end of LEGOLAND® California adjacent to Fun Town (see map below). This part of the park has been opened since May 2010. It includes Legends of Chima Water Park, Pirate's Reef, Soak-n-Sail, and new this summer - Surfer's Cove! Surfer's Cove features six water slides which extends 100-feet where guests can race each other for the fastest time on Riptide Racers water slides. Look for a LEGO winner's trophy for a great photo opportunity! There's a new spray ground called Wipeout Lagoon where multiple water jets splash on and off creating a wave effect. New eatery offers Beach Street Tacos and new seating area. Find new LEGO models throughout in beach themes - LEGO surfers, LEGO seagulls, LEGO crabs, a LEGO lifeguard, and a surfing dog model sits on top of a wave at the peak of Riptide Racers.
UPDATE: We were there June 30th, and Surfers' Cove was nearly finished.
LEGO Star Wars Days are back! Stormtroopers, Jedi and Darth Vader are taking over LEGOLAND California Resort on June 3 and 4, 2017! The festivities will open with the new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display. There will be galactic fun activities throughout the day such as the LEGO Star Wars Family Build Challenge, LEGO Star Wars Miniland Scavenger Hunt, Jedi Trivia, costume contests and more! Guests are encouraged to come in their favorite gear. Check the schedule below!
Something I have always wanted to try on Catalina Island was snorkeling. It was early spring, and of course, the ocean water was freezing, but amazingly with wetsuits on, it becomes bearable and absolutely fun! I am talking about going 9 AM in the morning with children and not being bothered by the temperature of the water. We were only planning to be out there about an hour but that was not long enough. We didn't have to go very far to see an abundance of sea creatures right off the coastal waters of Avalon, California! My husband and I both agree that this is our new favorite activity on the island. DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS had everything we needed - mask & snorkel, fins, wetsuits for both adults and children, boogie boards, and water shoes (highly recommended because of the rocky bottoms unless you are using fins).
One of the activities that we absolutely love to do together as a family on Catalina Island is a round of miniature golf at GOLF GARDENS. It's inexpensive, and fun for all ages. You can easily spend a good hour to two hours here. Four years ago, we introduced the children to mini-golf right here, and ever since then, it has become a tradition on the island!
Headed to Catalina Island and need a quick bite to eat? Avalon, California has a bakery cafe located inside the Shops at the Atwater. We stopped in for a tasting during our last visit to Catalina, and we liked it. Owned by the Catalina Island Company, BEN'S BAKERY offers a casual dining experience with a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, breakfast items, paninis, wraps, baked goods, soups, salads, and pastries. BEN'S also serves fresh brewed Illy coffee, espresso drinks, iced coffee drinks, frozen blended drinks, hot tea, iced tea, smoothie bar and fresh juices of the day. I listed a sample of their menu below...
Catalina Island has been one of our annual trips for the past 4-5 years. This year I got all excited because my birthday landed on Spring Break, and I got to ride the CATALINA EXPRESS for free as well as experience firsthand the Island birthday freebies. Most people already know about them, and the tricky part is you can only get them on the day of your birthday (not the week of or the month of). They will want to see proof. With an hour and half boat-ride away from Orange County, paradise awaited us! Here are five birthday island freebies you may or may not have known about in Avalon, California...