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Pony Express to Del Mar Races *special discounts*


Del Mar

Traffic in Southern California is brutal in the summer and getting to the Del Mar Racetrack is not always fun. This year try taking the Pony Express! Not only will you be able to enjoy getting there with a nice view of the ocean, but you won’t get stuck in horrible traffic. Parking at the Del Mar Racetrack is $10 for general parking or $20 for valet. There is no better way to get there (unless by limo) and the Pony Express ticket includes your admission to the races.

Through a combination ticket called the “Pony Express,” travelers can purchase a round-trip fare on the Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze, along with Stretch Run admission a free shuttle service between the Solana Beach Coaster station and the racetrack. Cost for the ticket remains at only $11, a $6 savings to racegoers. Additionally, those using the service save the $10 auto parking fee, allowing for a total savings of $16.

Tickets for the “Pony Express” special are available at all ticket vending machines at every NCTD station by pressing the “Current Promotions” button. Additionally, they can be pre-purchased on-line at “Pony Express” riders will be able to pick up their admission tickets at the track’s Diamond Club booth near the Stretch Run gate in close proximity to the double-decker bus stop.

Take the Shuttle from Solana Beach Station to the Track
Transit riders can take the COASTER or BREEZE bus route 101 to the Solana Beach Transit Station. From there, double-decker buses sponsored by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will shuttle race fans to the Del Mar Racetrack for every race.  Show your Pony Express ticket at the Diamond Club booth near the Stretch Run gate at the track to receive your race admission ticket.

The Double-Decker shuttle is FREE and leaves the track 15 minutes after every race ends.

Concert Admission
On concert days, you must enter the track gates with your Pony Express ticket before the last race.  If you do not enter before the last race, admission is $20.

Do not forget to sign up for the Diamond Club, it is free to sign up and you received discounts and special offers which include half price beer!


National Parks free this week!



Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. Which means you can visit one of over 400 national parks for FREE!

From April 16 – 24, you are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer. And in honor of the National Park Service Centennial this year, all parks are offering free admission the entire week. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone.

This year join in the fun at a National Park Week in-person! There are special events and online, and when you visit be sure to share your memories with using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque!


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2016 Centennial

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Coaster Holiday Express – Ride with Santa 2015


The 2016 Holiday Coaster Express information may be found here


You and your family are invited to ride on a magical holiday train with Santa Claus and his friends. North County Transit District’s Coaster Holiday Express is a specially decorated train that features photo opportunities with Santa and his friends, classic carol singing for children of ALL ages. Each 65 minute Coaster Holiday Express ride will travel non-stop and roundtrip from Oceanside to Solana Beach. The ride is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 and 10. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 12 at 8 a.m. and are $8 per passenger (all ages) and must be purchased in advance.

We took our child when he was 6, along with another family with a 5-year-old, and the kids loved it. The parents had hot coffee and we brought some snacks for the kids. I love the pictures on the Holiday Express because there is no extra charge, and you take the pictures yourself. Below is one of the pictures I took of my son with Santa.

orion and santa

The details: The Coaster Holiday Express is ONE day only on Saturday, December 12th. Families will board the train at the Oceanside Transit Center, and all passengers must have a ticket regardless of their age. Tickets sell out very fast and are not available for purchase on the day of the event. The first day to purchase tickets is on Thursday, November 12th.

There are two ways to buy your tickets: Online at or In person, CASH ONLY, at Oceanside Transit Center Customer Service Office
205 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m.

Sales are “first come, first served.”
Each person may purchase up to six tickets.


Plan on eating before the 65 minute train ride; however, small snacks and drinks are permitted. Water bottles are allowed.
• Bring a camera to capture your child’s meeting with Santa.
• This event is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 and 10.
• Plan on arriving at Oceanside Transit Center at least 20 minutes before the train departs to secure parking.
• Strollers and/or bicycles will not be permitted on the train.
• The COASTER Holiday Express will operate rain or shine.

Knott’s Spooky Farm…Perfect for little ones


Today was the first day of Knott’s Spooky Farm, unlike the nighttime Knott’s Scary Farm it was perfect for younger kids. Think cheer instead of fear. There is no additional cost to participate in Knott’s Spooky Farm, which will run every weekend through October 31st. One of the reason we love Knott’s is because they offer great incentives to visit, if you purchase a ticket online at least 3 days prior the visit you can save almost $30 per ticket. That is huge savings!

Knotts Spooky Farm

Kids are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes, which I love because kids can wear it more than just Halloween night. Children ages 3-11 are invited to cruise down Ghost Town for some fun trick or treating. Children may also have their picture taken with some friendly ghosts and ghouls. My son loved the spooky forest with gigantic jack-o-lanterns, keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman, he may be riding along side you without your knowledge. Not to worry though he isn’t there to frighten your little ones. After Spooky Hallow Maze stop to decorate a pumpkin and give it your own personal touch.


We stopped by Camp Snoopy Theatre to enter the Halloween costume contest, my son was Darth Vader and his friend was a DJ. The costume contest is Saturday and Sunday during October at 3:45 p.m. There were a lot of super heroes and surprisingly not a lot of Elsa’s (shocking I know)  After the contest, the rest of the Peanuts Gang join the cast to participate in a Peanuts Dance Party.


All of our favorites at Knott’s Berry Farm that we know and love are open during Knott’s Spooky Farm. From my son’s favorite roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, children’s rides, water rides, to games and arcades and the live entertainment shows. Knott’s Spooky Farm is now on our list of MUST VISIT during the month of October. My son wanted to stay late and experience Knott’s Scary Farm, I told him maybe next year since he is only 9. To be completely truthful I am a huge wimp and do not like to be scared, but next year I will give it a try for him. Until then I’m going to stay in my comfort zone which is Knott’s Spooky Farm.

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

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Brick-or-Treat at Legoland – Halloween Fun!


Early bird tickets to Brick-or-Treat at Legoland may be found here for 2016.


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is back and better than ever at Legoland this year. Brick-or-Treat is a family tradition in our house, Legoland AND trick-or-treating? We are so there! The park is open for five spooky-kooky nights – October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 30, starting at 5 p.m. There are costume contests, dancing, live entertainment, treats, dancing, rides, giant Lego Halloween models and the night comes to an end with fireworks.

Legoland halloween

Awesome fun awaits at Legoland for Halloween…after dark during Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights, and you will not want to miss out. The home of Halloween fun is filled with music, candy, surprises and snacks!

Highlights include:

  • Expanded Brick-or-Treat Trail, including 2 stations in SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • Coast Cruise transformation into the Ghost Cruise
  • Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party
  • Wanda’s Jelly Fish Disco in SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • Costume Contests with categories of LEGO, Creative, and a NEW Group category that
    you can enter with family or friends
  • More Halloween adventures at Heartlake City and Fun Town!

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San Diego Zoo & Safari Park Free in October


Again this year the the San Diego Zoo and Safari park will be free for children ages 3-11.  The entire month of October kids are FREE to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park! If you have been waiting to take your little ones (this includes children up to 11) this is the time to do it!  The price for a child admission is normally $30, this is a huge savings! For more information on this amazing special offer click here, or see the fine print below.

While visiting the San Diego Zoo or Safari park don’t forget to hashtag your photos with #sdzkidsfree to win a fun contest.

*Via the San Diego Zoo’s website* Document your kids enjoying the Zoo or Safari Park and tag your photos and videos on Instagram with #sdzkidsfree for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes adventure for the whole family.

It’s as easy as…

Use your smartphone to snap a pic or video of your wild ones during Kids Free
Using Instagram, tag your photo or video with the hashtag #sdzkidsfree
Set your Instagram profile to public, and upload your photo or video! You are automatically entered into the contest!


Fine Print:  Each year, from October 1–31, in honor of our Zoo’s founding, children ages 3–11 are admitted free to the Zoo and Safari Park when accompanied by an adult.  The Zoo’s Guided Bus Tour and the Skyfari Aerial Tram are not included with Kids’ Free 1-Day Pass and must be purchased separately at the Zoo.  The Safari Park’s Africa Tram Safari and the Conservation Carousel are not included with Kids Free 1-Day Pass and must be purchased separately at the Park.


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