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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!

Ticket Offers

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.


La Costa Resort July 4 2015 Firework Show


The Fourth of July is a big holiday and La Costa Resort loves to celebrate! The La Costa firework celebration for 2015 is a full line up of activities for little ones and adults alike!

  • To start the day at 11 a.m. you may try the fun daily craft (patriotic theme) at the Athletic Club Patio.
  • Have a little lunch and then stop by the Coastal Events Center for some fun cookie decorating.
  • To cool off don’t miss the water balloon toss at the Sport Court, or the watersides.
  • My son’s favorite is the s’mores roasting over the open fire, but I assume pretty much any child is the same. Chocolate, graham crackers then add a toasted marshmallow who says no to that?

The evening comes to a close at 9 p.m. with the annual fireworks celebration, you will NOT want to miss the 20-minute fireworks extravaganza! The La Costa Resort has the best fireworks in North San Diego County!

If you live in the area like us, please remember to keep your animals indoors. For more information visit La Costa’s website here.

la costa


The newest must have Stroller & Car seat!


It is finally here, the DOONA, and it has just started shipping in the U.S. and we are the first to let feature it. The Doona is the world’s first infant car seat AND stroller. On my Fox 5 news segment today it was the highlight, actually the news anchor literally ran away with it! The Doona is perfect for any parent, but especially great if you don’t want to buy one more thing, it is a stroller and car seat all in one. Why not buy both at once? It is great if you need to save on space because the stroller closes down to the size of an infant car seat. No more carrying the heavy infant seat everywhere you go, just push two buttons and it is instantly a stroller. It is great for travel, and so easy to use. For more information on the Doona visit, where you will also find a list of retailers. To purchase one visit and to order one today.

  • Doona is the first infant car seat with a complete and fully integrated mobility system
  • No attachments or extra parts necessary to convert from car seat to stroller; Doona opens and closes with the click of a button
  • Meets standards for and is approved as a car seat and stroller and is air travel certified
  • Features side impact and anti-rebound protection and utilizes baby safe materials
  • Eliminates the need to carry around a car seat and frees trunk space (no stroller frame needed)
  • Can be used with infants from 4-35 lbs and up to 32 inches long
  • Available in black, turquoise, grey and red with a full line of coordinating accessories
  • Doona is sold with a base for the car and retails for $499
  • Available at and
  • For additional information visit
  • Doona_Evo_Graphics_US in drawn car

To see the Fox 5 news segment and see it in action click here.





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