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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! ūüėČ

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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Aloha, beaches!

Last month I ran The Aloha Run¬†in San Diego¬†on a beautiful day near Mission Bay!¬† This event has a 5k or 10k option and I ran the 5k with my mini-runner in the Bob Stroller.¬† The pricing for this run ranged from $30-$55 depending on your registration date with an option to add a timing chip for $2.¬†I actually¬†was able to run this for FREE and¬†I’ll tell you how a little later on.¬† So onto the race breakdown!

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Expo/ Packet pick-up: There was a packet pick-up option the day before the race at Road Runner Sports.  I was unable to make it in time so I snagged my stuff the morning of the race. This is one of the perks of pushing a stroller during a race Рyou always have a place to stash all of your race goodies.

Parking: Free parking was available close to the race start line if you arrived early enough.  I, of course, arrived last minute so I had to park about a half mile away in a big dirt lot.

Race location: The event was held at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay near Sea World.¬† Many races are held in this area due to its flat, paved course (although some spots can be a bit narrow when trying to push a stroller). It’s also a very scenic area along the water and the weather was great in the morning, but it got pretty warm later on.¬† Luckily, the race began at 7:30am so I was able to enjoy some of the cool breeze before the heat set in.

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Race Course/Organization: Again, the course was flat and paved…however it was quite a crowded race.¬† And since it is considered a fun run, many people were walking and hogging up the whole sidewalk.¬† The 10k started 15 minutes prior to the 5k and we were separated into waves about five minutes apart.¬† I started a little towards the back since I had my stroller and wasn’t planning on trying to PR.¬† This was a big mistake because I got stuck behind tons of walkers…so if you plan to run this race in the future, and I mean actually RUN, then I suggest starting at the front.¬† But the course was unique in that there were various areas of Hawaiian entertainment along the way.¬† How fun!

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Finish Line/Post-Race party: We were greeted at the finish line with a beautiful medal (my mini even got one!) and some water that tasted not so great.  There were lots of vendors and there was finally a good DJ!  He stayed near the band and gave out prizes to the dancing audience.  He also was the one getting us hype during the wait time in our waves at the start of the race.  People were also walking around handing out leis to everyone, but I think it would have been more dope if they had given them out along with the medals at the finish line.

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And two of my fave vendors were at the race: Hubert’s Lemonade¬†and Arctic Zero!

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My mini also approved of these flavors!  Check them out!

Overall impressions of the event: I loved the location, especially since it was right next to a playground so my daughter could let out some energy after being in the stroller for a while.  The scenery was also beautiful and fit perfectly with the Hawaiian theme.  The only downfall was that it was crowded, so I would start towards the front next time.  Overall, I had fun and really felt positive vibes throughout the event! I liked the different elements of Hawaii that were incorporated throughout the race and the volunteers were all very friendly and helpful.  I also ran this with a couple of other Stroller Warriors which made the post-race experience even more fun!

How did run for FREE?!  The Aloha Run held a contest on their Facebook page about a month before the race.  The challenge was to write a short poem about running and the post with the most likes would win a 5k entry (not including the $2 price of the timing chip).  Only about four of us entered and I shared on my personal FB page asking people to help out by liking my entry.  And my friends totally rock cause I won! So a big Mahalo to all of you that helped me score a free race entry! Many races run these types of contests on their Facebook pages so keep a lookout and you could win, too!

So what was the SWAG?!

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-A beautiful medal with leis

-A unisex cotton shirt, which ended up being too big

Kashi granola bar

Jenny Craig granola bar

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar – this was delicious!

Kashi Go Lean Clusters bowl

Bio Freeze gel sample

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. All Natural Kettle Corn

Wanu Vitamin Water

Coola Sport Sunscreen – this has really great reviews!

-Bunch of coupons and flyers

-Free race photos

-Beautiful scenery

And¬†the hula skirt¬†moves! ūüôā

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What do you think?¬† Did you participate in The Aloha Run and score some great swag?!¬† Or maybe you ran the Long Beach Aloha Run and had a different experience?¬† I’d love to hear!

See you at the next event! Aloha!

~SM

 

 

 

 

Six Reasons to Attend the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair!

Every April and October, the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair¬†comes to town and it’s a whole weekend filled with fun for the whole family!¬† So why should you go?¬† I’ll give you six reasons!

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  • Del Mar – The event is held in the¬†coastal and¬†picturesque town of Del Mar at the Fairgrounds.¬† It’s right off the freeway and it has a fairly large parking lot.¬† I’ve always found a parking space fairly close to the entrance with no issues.¬† It’s also right near the beach!¬† So after you attend the event, you can drive a few blocks and see some pretty amazing views!

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  • The Shows and Performances – The expo provides an opportunity for local dance and drama groups to show off their awesome talents!¬† These shows are all included in the price of admission so check the performance schedule before you head out so you don’t miss your favorite group.

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  • The Animals – Keep an eye out for your chance to get up close and personal¬†with a unique animal or reptile!

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  • Outdoor Activities – Make sure you¬†take the kiddos¬†outside to jump in one of the many bounce houses or take the zip line for a spin.¬† There are also bungy jumps, human hamster balls and rock n’ roll bands providing some sweet entertainment!¬† This is where the tiny ones can burn off some serious energy!

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  • Interactive Exhibits – The main focus of the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is to educate the community on all of the awesome opportunities for the kids of San Diego.¬† Take some time and visit the vendors and partake in some of the demo activities that many of them offer.¬† The kids might be able to kick a few balls, run through an obstacle course, tour an ambulance or hop in a photo booth.¬†They will also¬†love¬†spinning the prize wheels at some of the tables! And if you have super tiny kiddos, don’t worry…there is a mommy and daddy lounge for nursing, changing or just some quiet time for sleepy babies.

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And last, but not least…my favorite part of the Expo!!¬†Can you guess?!

  • SWAG! – You will not leave this event empty handed!¬† You will be loaded up with samples, coupons and maybe even some prizes!¬† I actually won free movie tickets and got free photo booth pictures!¬† My daughter also¬†loved spinning all of the prize wheels and getting lots of stickers and tattoos!

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These are just a few reasons to attend the Kids Expo!¬† Checkout the website for a full list of vendors and schedule of the entertainment and shows.¬† Also, note that this expo comes around twice a year and each time the vendors change.¬† So basically, it’s almost like a new event each time you attend!

What about pricing?¬†Tickets are $10 at the gate (children 12 and under are free), but you can save money by purchasing on the website.¬† The outdoor activities also require a wristband which is a separate purchase. But, again, you can save money by bundling and purchasing packages online.¬† Also check Groupon for group deals! I received free tickets both times I attended through local mom’s groups (I scored these tickets from Mom’s Guide to San Diego).¬† Check out mom’s groups on Facebook and Instagram and search hashtags for a chance to win free tickets!¬† Unfortunately, parking is $10 and there really isn’t any way around that.

Have you attended the San Diego Kids Expo¬†in the past?¬† What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s event?¬† I’d love to know what you think!

See you at the next event!

~SM

2016 WOW Summit!

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Moms Meet WOW Summit here in San Diego.  The event was so much fun that I actually posted TWO blogs about it!  Here are the links so you can relive the fun: WOW Summit Review РPart 1  WOW Summit Review РPart 2

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Sadly, this year I am unable to attend since the event will be held in National Harbor, MD and my tiny humans denied my request to travel across the country.¬† But that doesn’t mean that YOU can’t go! So I’m here to give you the deets on the event and share some of the awesome reasons why you should attend this year!

So, what is the Moms Meet WOW Summit?¬† Well, it’s a two-day annual event that gives health-minded moms and bloggers the opportunity to network and learn from like-minded women and experts in the¬†health and wellness¬†fields.¬† The first day is all about the bloggers!¬† It’s a special opportunity for mom bloggers to learn from experienced writers as well as network with other bloggers and brands.¬† There is also a cocktail party and comedy hour following the event!¬† How rad is that?!

The second day is even more fun because you get to listen to awesome speakers, breakout into informative workshops and sample tons (seriously, tons) of awesome products.  Each attendee also receives a fully-packed SWAG BAG!!  So much swag!  Just to give you a better idea of how amazing this event is, checkout the video below with some sweet highlights!

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And there will be even more generous sponsors this year-

Solgar

National Geographic Kids

Tasty Bite

Mary’s Gone Crackers

And so many more!¬† Like, I’m seriously getting a major case of FOMO over here!

So since I can’t attend this year, I’m going to mentally bask in all of the swag that I scored last year.¬† And in case you forgot about the massive haul I scored, here is a little reminder:

Yep, that could be you…rolling in the swag dough.¬† So, if you¬†or your friends will be in the¬†D.C.area on October 7th and 8th, I highly recommend this fun conference.¬† It’s not only a great way to connect with other moms and bloggers, but an opportunity to learn about health, wellness and green living all from experts and great companies!¬† I recommend running, not walking, to register for this event because it will sell out!¬† Get your VIP tickets so you can score even MORE SWAG!¬† You seriously won’t want to miss out!

Register HERE!

And just for being one of my rad swag readers, you can use the code “SWAG15” to save 15% on your tickets!¬† So go register, have a blast and take pics for me!

See you at the next swag event!

~SM

 

 

 

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