Coaster Holiday Express 2017, Ride the Train with Santa!


Families can take a ride on a magical holiday train with Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th. North County Transit District’s Coaster Holiday Express is a specially decorated train ride that features photo opportunities with Santa and classic carol singing for children of all ages. Each 65-minute Holiday COASTER Express ride travels non-stop and roundtrip from Oceanside to Solana Beach. The ride is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 and 10. Be sure to bring your camera for tons of photo opportunities throughout the train ride.

orion and santa

Last year we had so much fun taking our son on the Coaster Holiday Express, see picture above. It is only $10 per person this year with departure times of 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. from the Oceanside transit center. Please note tickets are NOT available day of and it will SELL OUT AND FAST! Tickets may be purchased on Thursday, November 3rd in person at a transit center or online here.

Saturday, December 10

Trains departing from Oceanside Transit Center at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Visit with Santa Claus, his merry elves and the beautiful ice queen & snow princess while singing along with carolers

On-sale date: Thursday, November 2

Tickets: $10 per person (limit 10/person)

Purchase tickets online (link available at 8am on 11/3/16) or at the Oceanside Transit Center (205 S. Tremont St, Oceanside), open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

To purchase tickets after November 3 (up to 10 may be purchased at a time) please click here.


* Passengers must present a ticket to board the COASTER Holiday Express

* Every person must have a ticket (including children of all ages)

* The Holiday Express is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 & 10

* Do not bring food, beverages, strollers, or bicycles on board the train.  Water & small snacks okay.

* Total trip time is approximately 65 minutes

* The trains depart ON TIME.  As this event is usually sold out, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals.  Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before your departure to find parking.

* The Holiday Express will operate rain or shine.

Brick or Treat at Legoland


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!

Awesome Awaits at the Park…after dark! Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND®California Resort is back for more Halloween excitement. The entire Park is open for Party Nights every Saturday in October. The home of Halloween fun is filled with…

  • Live entertainment + new shows!
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Costume Contests: Group, LEGO® Theme, Most Creative
  • Treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy
  • Heartlake City Fall Festival with Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends
  • The AstroBash Dance Party
  • Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Pop Badge Challenge
  • And more!

If the park gets a little too crowded, stop by SEA LIFE and don’t miss candy, decorations and your fishy friends which is included with your Party Nights ticket.

As seen on Fox 5 Halloween Segment


Did you watch our Halloween segment on Fox 5 San Diego this morning? We had some fabulous treats and products to show off.

First let’s start with who are offering a 20% discount now until October 31st to viewers. The hottest costumes this year will be from Disney Descendants 2, Uma, Evie and Mal. Wonder Woman is going to be BIG with girls of all ages as well as Moana. For little boys Kylo Ren, Minecraft, and of course Batman and Spiderman are hot contenders. Did you see the cool T-Rex costumes? They are going to be a big hit for adults this year, check out for the hottest items.

Looking for an easy Halloween costume for baby? The new Gerber brand collection at Target features stylish baby essentials like bodysuits, Sleep N’ Plays, caps, mittens and more with on-trend 3D details in adorable prints and patterns. It’s simple! With this bunny bodysuit or newborn gown it’s easy for Mom to get even her littlest trick-or-treater in the Halloween spirit, all for under $10!

Trusted for generations, visit Target stores and to shop the new Gerber brand baby apparel collection.



Toxic-Free Kids Face Paint from Kiss Freely- Kiss Freely is allergen & gluten free makeup and face paint for kids and adults. All of the products are made in a top 8 free environment. They understand cross contamination and the risk that it poses. Every care is taken to avoid such contamination. When kissing your child is a potential health risk what wouldn’t you spare? Go without lipstick? For some that is a great option but for most we wear it daily. I can’t imagine not being able to kiss my babies because they may get hives. Kiss Freely is an amazing product for kids and parents alike.




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San Diego Kids Free in October


The San Diego Museum Council is bringing back by popular demand an amazing program for families. Based on its huge success in the first four years, Kids Free in October, is back for a fifth year. Inviting families to enjoy free kids’ admission to more than 40 museums across San Diego County with an adult ticket purchase.

The breakdown:

  • The coupon allows up to TWO CHILDREN 12 and UNDER to get in FREE with one paid adult.
  • The ticket does not apply to special events, special exhibits or field trips.
  • Can not combine with any other promo/discount/coupon/offer.
  • Valid during the month of October only 10/1/17 – 10/31/17.
  • You must provide the PRINTED the coupon, which may be found below.

To take advantage of the offer, download the free coupon from the website for each museum you wish to visit in October.

Visit the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla and see the living tide pools. The U.S.S. Midway is a fun floating museum that children love! One of the most popular in San Diego is the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and it too is free for children during the month of October. For the full list of museums participating see below.

Participating organizations include:

1. Barona Cultural Center & Museum
2. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
3. Cabrillo National Monument
4. California Center for the Arts Museum
5. California Surf Museum
6. Coronado Museum of History & Art
7. Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
8. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
9. Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
10. Heritage of the Americas Museum
11. Japanese Friendship Garden
12. La Jolla Historical Society
13. Living Coast Discovery Center
14. Lux Art Institute
15. Maritime Museum of San Diego
16. Marston House Museum & Gardens
17. Mingei International Museum
18. Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
19. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
20. Museum of Making Music
21. Museum of Photographic Arts
22. New Americans Museum
23. Oceanside Museum of Art
24. San Diego Air & Space Museum
25. San Diego Archaeological Center
26. San Diego Art Institute
27. San Diego Automotive Museum
28. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
29. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
30. San Diego History Center
31. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
32. San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
33. Serra Museum
34. The New Children’s Museum
35. The San Diego Museum of Art
36. The Water Conservation Garden
37. Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
38. Timken Museum of Art
39. USS Midway Museum
40. Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
41. Visions Art Museum
42. Warner-Carrillo Ranch House
43. Women’s Museum of California

Kids are also free to the San Diego Zoo & Safari park during October for more information read our post about it here.

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My First Cubby as seen on Fox 5


Did you see the Little Partners my-first-cubby on Fox 5 San Diego today? We loved showing off this cubby and how useful it is for kids of all ages. You may purchase on their website for $159 here, more details may be found below.

This wooden locker offers cubbies, shelves, and 8 industrial grade hardware hooks, providing all the nooks and crannies needed to help kids neatly store shoes, jackets, backpacks, and supplies and minimize clutter around the house. A small ledge provides a space to sit while putting on or removing shoes, encouraging kids to get into a routine whenever they are heading out to their next activity or entering the home. Push more than one together for double the storage, and assign one section to each child to nurture organization and responsibility for the whole family.

MULTIPURPOSE – Aside from providing ample storage for belongings, this wooden locker also features a heavy-duty built-in bench. This allows children to sit when putting on or removing their shoes. The cubbies can also serve as storage for books, toys, and other personal belongings after a fun day of playtime.

CHILD-FRIENDLY – Little Partners Two Cubby Kids Wooden Locker is especially designed for children. This multi-functional unit has a wooden finish made with non-toxic, lead-free paint. Also, an anti-tipping strap keeps this locker secure and stable during everyday use, making it easy for kids to access the hassle-free storage.

VERSATILE USE – This locker can be used to organize your children’s things at home in their bedrooms or playrooms. It also makes an ideal addition to a children’s daycare or a classroom. This wooden locker is available in three lead-free finishes: Natural and Espresso.

DURABLE CONSTRUCTION – Made of durable wood and industrial-grade hardware, this Little Partners product is guaranteed to be sturdy in construction and withstand everyday use. It has a modern and stylish appearance to make it appealing for both kids and adults. It weighs 57.30 lbs. and has dimensions of 20”(L) x 13.5”(W) x 48”(H). Assembly is required, but it’s simple enough to do by yourself without the need of a professional handyman.


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Fit & Fresh Lunch boxes as seen on Fox 5


Did you catch us on the news this morning showing off the newest and hottest items for back to school? Included in our Fox 5 San Diego segment was Fit & Fresh who has lunch boxes, bento boxes, and backpacks. But Fit & Fresh has you covered for kids entering preschool or their last year of college. With fun colors and styles for all age ranges and for boys or girls it will be easy to find something your kids will like.

My personal favorite from Fit & Fresh is this 13 piece set from Fit & Fresh features everything you need to enjoy a fresh and healthy lunch away from home. Set includes 1- 1 cup container with 1 lid and 1 ice pack, 1- 2 cup container with 1 lid and 1 ice pack, 1 Sandwich pod with 1 lid and 1 ice pack, and 1 Fruit/Salad Pod with 1 lid, 1ice pack, and dressing dispenser. It retails for only $13.99 and includes ice packs for every container.

If you have a picky eater like I do (I feel this is now the trend unfortunately) they will love the kids Bento Box with multi-flex containers. It keeps everything separate in its own container. There is a flexible silicone divider insert that features 5 compartments that make it easy to pack a healthy portion-controlled meal. It is easy to adjust the compartments when you need more space and fit any meal you’re packing for lunch into one container. Simply push the divider to expand the main compartment. Easy-to-open leak resistant lid helps prevent a mess. and it retails for only $12.99.

If you are planning a day at the beach or park with the whole family the new Jaxx FitPak Meal Prep tote is for you! It includes the prep bag, 6 leak-proof reusable portion control containers, 4 2-Cup containers and 2 1-Cup containers, a large ice pack to keep food fresh for hours, and a 24 oz. Jaxx Active Shaker bottle that will blend your shakes or smoothies perfectly with the patented Jaxx agitator. The main insulated zippered compartment in the front of the bag is designed to hold your meal prep for the day.  A secondary compartment is accessed through the top of the bag and zips closed so you can store other small belongings that you need to tote around all day. A day at the beach has never been so easy!

For more information on any of these products or the full list of of products visit Fit & Fresh website here.


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