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6 Tips for LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat!

If you are looking for some Halloween fun with the kiddos this season, then you may want to check out Brick-or-Treat party nights at LEGOLAND California and Florida!  We attended the party last year in California and the kids really enjoyed it!  It may seem a little overwhelming if you’ve never been before, so here are a few things you will want to know before you party the night away!


The Brick-or-Treat event requires a separate admission ticket.  You can purchase a ticket online beforehand (in case the event sells out for the night…it happens) or you can purchase one at the gate.  We took our chances and bought our Brick-or-Treat tickets at the gate (we already had LEGOLAND tickets).  This year’s tickets are $59 for the party alone or $79 for a full day plus the party.  Note: they do actually check the wristbands and if you don’t have one you will be directed away from the park.

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Get there early!  The party starts around 5pm, but you’ll want to get there earlier in the day to eat, ride rides, and rest a little before things get poppin’.  Once 5 o’clock rolls around, the park gets pretty packed and lines will get longer so plan accordingly.  Then the fun characters come out!

Bring your costume!  Brick-or-Treat isn’t just for little boys and ghouls! Mummies and Daddies can dress up in their favorite costumes too!  And get creative because there will be a costume contest!  Even the Legos dress up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bring your dancing shoes!  There will be a couple of different dance parties throughout the night, so make sure you attend so you can show off your Monster Mash moves!  And don’t forget to enjoy the pretty lights!

Get a treat bag or bring your own!  There will be treat stations throughout the park so make sure you have a bag for all the loot!  They do give them out at the park, but you could bring your own as well! Some stations have longer lines than others, so just be prepared to wait a little in some spots.

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There will be SWAG!  In addition to treat stations, there will be opportunities to complete missions and score Limited Pop Badges!  Speaking of SWAG!  Let’s check it out!

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Lots of fun stuff!  And the kids were more than satisfied!

Would I attend this event again?  Absolutely!  Yes, you pay a little more to get in, but I think that it’s completely worth it!  There are shows, parades, special treats, and more! And the kids will love all of the fun decorations and pumpkins!

Brick-or-Treat party nights is open every Saturday evening in October so get your tickets soon!

You can find all of the event details here!

Have you attended a Brick-or-Treat party night?  What was your favorite part?

I’m off to review the next event!

~SM

 

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Flying with Tiny People

So I’ve had the pleasure of flying twice with kiddos.  Last year I flew alone with my 18-month old daughter via Southwest (Bags fly free!).  Just recently I flew with my husband, 3-year-old daughter and 10-month old son via Alaska Airlines (Active Duty Military is allowed 5 free bags!).  Here’s a brief comparison of the two experiences:

Southwest

Us on the Southwest flight –

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TSA lines: Be prepared to have milk/formula tested, hands swabbed, and car seats thoroughly examined.  So factor in time for all of those extra tasks.  I recommend wearing babies/toddlers if possible ~ it’s easier to be hands-free without worrying if your tiny person is going to try and wander off at any given moment.  I also recommend a Go Go Babyz Travelmate because it is helpful to have wheels on your car seat if you plan to bring it along.  And it does fold up small enough to fit inside of an overhead bin.

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Boarding the plane: Southwest doesn’t offer assigned seating, you are just assigned a boarding group (A, B, or C) and a position (1-60). The earlier you check-in the closer to the front of the line you can be.  So their boarding goes a little like this: Group A – Family Boarding – Group B – Group C.  I felt that boarding during the “Family” time gave me sufficient enough time to get situated and seated without being too much in the way.  I chose to bring the car seat along on the plane and have my daughter sit in it during the flight.  She really seemed to like having her own special seat on the plane.  However, the flight attendants were a bit perplexed as to how to strap the seat in and were confused about all the rules surrounding car seats on a plane.  Apparently people don’t bring their car seats on planes often and I was really surprised that they weren’t up to speed on car seat procedures.   In fact, they were even kind of rude about it which was even more surprising.  The only thing they did know was that the car seat had to be placed in a window seat.

Layovers: One in Kansas City which was super boring since it is a really small airport.  One in Nashville which was actually not too bad because they have a kid’s play area.  ALL airports should have this!  Starbucks was also nice enough to give me a free cup of milk for my daughter.

Swag: Basic airplane stuff – peanuts/chips, beverages, headphones.  Also to note: they don’t offer milk on the plane, so bring that with you!

Overall, I would give this experience a B-

Alaska

Us on the Alaska flight –

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TSA lines: Similar to the previous flight; however, we flew back a few days after Thanksgiving which made for horribly long lines.  One agent did give my daughter a TSA badge sticker which kept her distracted for .7 seconds.  Get there early if you plan to travel with kids during the holidays!  I also used the Alaska mobile app this time which made checking in and flight tracking easier.

Boarding the plane: Alaska does offer assigned seating, but they also allow families with small children and active duty military to board before everyone else which eases some of the stress.  The flight attendants seemed a little more knowledgeable about the car seat rules and actually checked the seat to confirm that it was airline-approved. Same rules as previously mentioned-the car seat has to go in the seat closest to the window. I also learned that the car seat can’t go in the very first row because of the air belt. And only children 30 lbs and above may sit in that row.

Layovers:  None this time, just a very long 5 hour flight each way with some antsy kids.  I counted down the hours and minutes with the handy app that I previously mentioned.

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Departing the plane: It took us so long to get off the plane that we actually got to baggage claim too late.  Thankfully, a representative from Alaska Air held our luggage in the office and came and found us in the airport.  They get bonus points! ๐Ÿ™‚

Swag:  We flew coach on our way to FL and First Class (thanks Mimi) on the way home.  So along with the basic airplane swag, we also received a whole meal, dessert, bottled water, extra snacks, and a hot towel (which I’m still unsure as to what the purpose of a hot towel on a plane is).  And my daughter even scored this sweet kids pack:

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So what was in it?

Pirate’s Booty White Cheddar Puffs

Old Wisconsin Honey Brown Sugar Turkey Jerky

Tree Top Strawberry Applesauce

My Super Snack Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

YumEarth Organic Fruit Gummies

Wikki Stix Play Pack (These were awesome!  They kept my daughter entertained for hours!)

Overall,  I would give this experience an A- Only because my son was upset half the flight and there was a seating mishap which made things a little stressful.

My final tips: Pack light and allot yourself extra time and patience! Also bring suckers for not only a distraction/treat, but it also helps with the ear popping. And keep diapers and wipes within reach because it’s a tight squeeze between the rows and you don’t want to be digging around your bag for supplies with a screaming/kicking baby.

~SM

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