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Monday, October 22, 2018

2018 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
That magical time of year is returning to Orange County when the Irvine Park Railroad decks the train and Santa arrives for the 23rd annual Christmas Train! I love the ambiance created by the twinkle lights, trees, and a train that takes you to Santa. All my childhood dreams of riding on a real life Polar Express come true and it's magical!


The Christmas Train isn't just for Christmas loving adults, the kids love it too! It's such a wonderful Christmas tradition to have as a family. I love to see how excited my kids are to visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes. He is definitely the best Santa in Orange County. You can take pictures with Santa using your own camera, or you can purchase a 5x7" photo taken by the Irvine Park Railroad.


Some helpful tips you'll want to remember when 
coming to ride the Christmas Train: 

TIP #1 BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY AND ONLINE!
This is the only way to purchase tickets. Dates and times sell out quickly, so get your tickets as soon as you can! They go on sale at www.IrvineParkRailroad.com on November 1, 2018 this year, so set your alarm!



TIP #2 - ARRIVE EARLY 
If you arrive early then you can avoid the crowds and get a good place in line. Plus, you won't be rushed and stressed out! The line to get into the Irvine Regional Park can get busy on the weekends, so make sure you allow extra time for that too.




TIP #3 - DRESS WARMLY
It can get chilly at the North Pole and you don't want to be left shivering. So be sure to dress in layers and don't forget a your scarf. I also recommend close toed shoes to keep your feet warm and cozy!



TIP #4 - DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA
There are so many great photo opportunities that you'll be kicking yourself if you don't bring a camera to catch them all. I love trying to take pictures at all the same spots each year so that I can compare my kids' growth over the year.


TIP #5 - COME HUNGRY 
There are lots of yummy treats available for purchase! At the North Pole you can purchase hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn, hot pretzels and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar. The full kitchen menu is also available at the train station.


One of my favorite parts of the evening is the twinkle lights tunnel. It is so cool! I could drive through it over and over again. When you return to the train station after your visit to the North Pole, you'll want to make sure you have time for Santa's Village.


There are a lot fun activities and fun to be had at Santa's Village. You can do them when the train returns you to the station or you can come early and enjoy them before. My kids love decorating the Christmas cookies and playing the fun carnival games and winning prizes. And everyone is a winner, so you never leave empty handed!



Activities during the Christmas Train include:
Story Time with Mrs. Claus (FREE!)
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Ice Fishing
Carnival Games
Santa Claus Moon Bounce
Blizzard Ball
Christmas Coloring Corner (FREE!)
Picture Stands (FREE!)



{Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train}
1 Irvine Park Drive
Orange, CA 92869

2018 Christmas Train Tickets
November 30th - December 23rd
$15.00 per person
Children younger than 24 months ride free
(Parking is $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends, and free after 5:00 p.m.)
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 And because the people at the Irvine Park Railroad are so awesome,
they are giving away a Christmas Train  prize package to one of my readers!

One lucky winner will receive:
*4 Christmas Train tickets
*6 activity tickets
*1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #408


Did you go see Goosebumps 2 yet? I loved the first and can't wait to see the second one! The movie release this week reminded me of when we made these fun Goosebumps cupcakes to celebrate when the movie came out on DVD!

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

Rules:
Must be made by you.
Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!







Sunday, October 14, 2018

SPOOKY Family Fun at Knott's Spooky Farm 2018 #SpookyFarm

Disclosure: We were invited as members of the media to experience Knott's Spooky Farm. All opinions are our own.

It's time once again for the kid-inspired Knott's Spooky Farm celebration at Knott's Berry Farm. This family friendly Halloween celebration takes place during daytime weekends in October 2018 and Halloween day. This spooky (not scary) celebration features activities for kids ages 3-11 - like trick-or-treating through Ghost Town, live shows and a costume contest. One year we won the costume contest with our Peanuts costumes. It is so much fun!



{THE CANDY}
If your kids are like mine, this is what motivates their day at Spooky Farm - get all the candy! As you enter the park the kids get a fun bag for collecting their yummy treats and then you are free to hit up all the treat stops in Ghost Town to collect your booty. They had a really great mix of candy this year and my kids loved it! The best part is that it's included in your Knott's admission price!



{THE SPOOKY CHARACTERS}
I love all the fun and friendly citizens of Calico that are out and about all throughout Ghost Town. They'll measure you for a coffin, stop for an afternoon chat, and maybe do a magic trick or two. They are kind, helpful and hilarious! 


I could spend the entire day gabbing with each character and checking out what kind of shenanigans they are up to. They all have great stories to tell and all of my kids love chatting with them,



{CREEPY CRITTERS OF CALICO}
The Livery Stable has once again been transformed by Stanley Scarecrow and his buddies into the Creepy Critters of Calico! Here you can get up close and personal with spiders, snakes, and all other manner of creepy critters. The kids all loved it! You need to check out my Facebook Live video from last year and see all the cool things we saw!


{HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY}
The Timber Mountain Log Ride has been mystically converted into the Halloween Hootenanny!!! The mysterious creatures that live out in the woods and caverns of Calico are invited to join the citizens of Calico to celebrate the season at the Halloween Hootenanny. You'll see the Calico Coffin Creeper Band, the town's green witch, and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns. Grace was thrilled that she is (still) tall enough to ride with her big brother and sister.



{GHOST TOWN PUMPKIN PATCH}
You can decorate your very own pumpkin the Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch in Calico Town Square. For a nominal fee the kids can create their own spooky (or cute!) jack-o-lantern as a memento of their fun day at Knott's Spooky Farm or decorate a cookie.



There is also free coloring sheets and fun photo opps too!


{CAMP SNOOPY WITH THE PEANUTS GANG}
Or as I like to call it during this time of year - CAMP SPOOKY! It is all decked out from head to toe in cute and spooky decorations! It is probably my most favorite spot in the park - especially since they have even decorated the grounds around the waterfall! I just love it! While you're there be sure to visit The Grand Sierra Railroad and take a ride on "A Trip to Camp Spooky"! It's super cute and totally in the Halloween spirit.



You will also find your favorite Peanuts characters decked out in their Halloween costumes and be able to snap a few pictures with them in the meet and greet area. Plus, stop by the Campy Snoopy Theatre for the Peanuts Costume Contest (we won one year!) and then join the Peanuts characters in a dance party!!! While you're there, you'll also want to watch the Peanuts gang in The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown! You'll be dancing and singing along with your favorite Halloween tunes.


{HIT ALL THE PHOTO OPPS}
There are so many great photo opps at Spooky Farm this year! My girls both loved the wings! You also have to see the pumpkin fountain near Johny Rockets and don't miss the beautiful pumpkins over near the Mystery Lodge waterfall.


{MAKE THE MOST OF KNOTT'S SPOOKY FARM}
I often get asked by friends how they can make their visit to Knott's Berry Farm the very best because they want to get the most out of their visit. So, I've got a few tips to help you have the best time during Spooky Farm so you enjoy all that it has to offer during the Halloween season.


ARRIVE EARLY
During Knott's Spooky Farm the park opens at 9:00am. I suggest arriving at the park by 8:30 to get yourself parked and in line so you can hit up your favorite rides first thing in the morning. We always swing right as we enter the park and hit up Sidewinder and Camp Snoopy and JT rushes over to Silver Bullet so we can get on some of our favorites before it gets busy.

MAKE A PLAN
You can access a map and a daily schedule online and they'll have them when you get to the park. These make it easy to plan out what shows and attractions you want to make sure you don't miss.

FAST LANE PASSES
Since Knott's Spooky Farm takes place on the weekend the park will be busy. If you're out to make the most of your riding experience, you may want to consider Fast Lane Passes. We have had them several times over the years and they are awesome! We got to ride the Halloween Hootenanny three times this time because we had Fast Lane Passes! The price varies depending on the date of your visit, so be sure to check into before you go.



BECOME A SEASON PASS HOLDER
I loved being a season pass holder because we could come whenever we wanted and leave whenever we wanted. The 2019 Season Pass price is only slightly more than the cost of a day's admission, so I highly recommend it if you want the most bang for your buck.

With a 2019 Season Pass you will get to enjoy all of the Seasons of Fun next year but will also receive one free admission to use in 2018. You can get your Season Pass now at the Best Offer of the Year! Regular passes are just $95 or eleven easy payments of $7.50 and Gold Season Passes are $115 or eleven payments of just $9. These offers end October 28, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com


Remember that Knott's Spooky Farm is only here weekends now through October 28th and on Halloween Day!!! Have a SPOOK-A-RIFIC time!!


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