As you know LEGOLAND is one of my favorite places on the planet, so I wanted to share with you an excellent way to visit LEGOLAND at a discount and to support the Carlsbad City Schools. This Saturday April 28th LEGOLAND and the Carlsbad Educational Foundation are sponsoring a special fundraiser from 1-9 pm. For only $20 you can enjoy an afternoon and evening at LEGOLAND California with your family. There will be special performances by Carlsbad area students for you to enjoy. We are unable to go this year due to Destiny’s first communion, but we have gone in previous years and it has been really fun. Be ready to use all your great LEGOLAND strategies to avoid the crowds.
This situation in Carlsbad schools is pretty dire, they are raising class size to levels that seem too big to let the kids move around the classroom. There is talk about cutting special education. We are losing some great teachers, which is a tragedy. I have found Pacific Rim teachers to be the best I have ever worked with. Carlsbad schools need your support and you can have a blast helping out.
I also want to give an extra shout out to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. I am proud to say that Ken’s Uncle Jay assisted in founding this organization many years ago. They do an amazing job of fundraising that provides community service while raising money to benefit students. My son spent a year in their kindergarten daycare program. The teachers were so professional and kind. The proceeds from tuition went to the foundation. If you need quality child care in Carlsbad for school age children, I would highly recommend CEF’s Kids Care program.
This summer the kids will be participating in some CEF Day Camps as well. Once again my kids will have quality care and opportunities to learn and grow (everything from Spanish, to Art, to Junior Astronaut camp).
Destiny Boogies Down at the Brick or Treat Dance Party, LEGOLAND, CA
Most theme parks are pretty good places to get your family moving. After all, by the time your family makes it to all the attractions you have hiked several miles. LEGOLAND, California however goes above and beyond with great play ground areas, self propelled rides, and special events that integrate movement and fun. Here are some of the ways that a trip to LEGOLAND California will get your family moving:
Rides That Encourage Movement
Families work together to make the fire engine go at LEGOLAND, California
Two of my favorite rides at the park are the Fun Town Fire Academy and Kid Power Towers. Both require families to work together to propel themselves on the ride. Hopefully LEGOLAND will consider the importance of ”kid power” when designing future rides.
Fun Play Grounds for all Ages
Whether its the semi enclosed Duplo themed playground for toddlers or the daring Hideaways area complete with rope ladders and slides, these playgrounds are great for kids and relaxing for parents.
Water Slides Galore
LEGOLAND has a really fun water slide in the Pirate Shores area and has also opened a separate water park. With lots of stairs to climb, these wet and wild attractions keep kids moving.
LEGOLAND incorporates movement into many of their special events. At Halloween, the Brick or Treat Dance party was a big hit with my kids. The first Thursday of the Month LEGOLAND has free stroller strides classes for visiting moms as part of their Model Moms Club Program. Coming up in a few weeks is the Kids Marathon Mile. Kids get to run a mile at LEGOLAND (a diaper dash is also offered) then are given a ticket and enjoy the park that weekend. Kids entrance fees are only $20 making this a true LEGOLAND bargain. (The park hopper ticket offered is usually $69!). Register soon. Spaces are limited.
Once again, Family Adventure Guidebooks is proud to participate in the Passports with Purpose Travel Blog Fundraiser. Passports with Purpose, is a yearly fundraiser organized by travel bloggers that raises money for deserving non profits throughout the world. Last year Passports with Purpose raised over $30,000 to build a school in Cambodia. You can find out more about the this beautiful school built by PWP donations here.
This year the goal is even more ambitious. We hope to raise over $50,000 in order to build a village in Southern India with the help of the non profit organization LAFTI. How do we plan to do it? Well Passports with Purpose has some wonderful sponsors ( BootsnAll, LiveMocha, Round the World with Us, HomeAway, Traveller’s Point, Hostelling International, Quintess, Raveable, TravelPost, and Uptake.) who have given us a big boost towards our goal, but we still have a lot of money to raise. How can you help? Bloggers around the web used their connections to secure great travel related prizes. For a ten dollar donation you can enter a drawing for the prize of your choice. It’s that simple! Check out the Passports With Purpose prize catalogue. Drawings will be held on December 13th to give you plenty of time, to slip your prize under the Christmas tree if you wish!
Because Carlsbad is one of the most beautiful, most fun, most exciting locations for a family vacation (can you tell I live here ? ). I have worked with LEGOLAND California, The Museum of Making Music, and HotelClub.com to bring you a fun LEGOLAND getaway for four. The winner of the Family Adventure Guidebooks LEGOLAND prize pack with receive single day Sealife Aquarium/LEGOLAND hopper passes for four. They will also receive four tickets to the nearby Museum of Making Music. In order to make sure you have a place to stay during your LEGOLAND Adventure you will receive a $200 Hotel Club credit at HotelClub.com. You can use this for one night in an upscale property or two or more nights at a more budget oriented choice.
You have until mid September to use your prize passes, so do your Christmas shopping at the LEGOLAND gift shop, stop by the Carlsbad Flower Fields in the spring, or upgrade to a LEGOLAND water park ticket for a nominal price and float down the river on a LEGO raft. The possibilities are limitless!
I’ll also throw in a PDF copy of The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook to help you find some great local restaurants and other nearby kid friendly attractions.
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Destiny, Jared and I boogied down at the Brick or Treat Celebration at LEGOLAND CA last weekend. The weather was pure Indian summer and we had a great time getting together with friends, watching the shows, and getting our groove on at the Brick or Treat Dance Party. Brick or Treat activities are much more spread out this year, which makes things a lot easier and more fun. The last one I attended there were moments that felt more claustrophobic especially as we went from place to place with preschoolers. Now that the festivities take place throughout half of the park, kids and parents have plenty of room to enjoy the fun. Here are some highlights of our Brick or Treat adventures:
Meeting Up With Friends
Family Adventure Guidebooks was lucky enough to receive a VIP invite to attend Brick or Treat. The kids and I had fun seeing two of my favorite travel bloggers and their kids. Sharlene Earnshaw of Trekaroo and Double the Adventure came with her delightful twins. We had fun swapping stories as moms of bossy big sisters and mischievious little brothers. Coleen Lanin of Travel Mamas brought her kids as well and as the kids enjoyed to Duplo Play Area the moms shared blogging and travel writing war stories. I love the picture below because it shows that girls like construction equipment to .
Construction Girls, LEGOLAND CA
LEGOLAND is an ideal place for a play date. Kids love hanging out with their friends, and Moms have someone to help keep them sane as they navigate the theme park lines. It is also allows for a little kid swapping so the daring can ride the roller coasters and the timid can find other fun. We were lucky to spend the rest of our evening with Destiny’s best friend and her family. Aren’t they cute as they pose by the Brick or Treat Trail?
Destiny and Friends LEGOLAND CA
LEGOLAND DANCE PARTY
This was one of the best parts of our Brick or Treat Adventure. The witchy cast members were experts at creating a fun environment where kids felt comfortable boogieing down . The music was fun, kid appropriate yet bearable for the adults. Kids got participation ribbons which unfortunately didn’t stick to clothing very well and were lost within minutes. Destiny and Jared could have spent all night shaking their groove things.
Destiny's Brick or Treat Dance Moves
Disco Jared, Brick or Treat Party LEGOLAND CA
Brick or Treat Trail
Brick or Treat Trail, Legoland Ca
The kids love this experience because they get candy. I love this experience because they don’t get too much candy. This year LEGOLAND is offering Brick or Treat Trails at two different locations, but kids can only choose one. I’m glad they’re spreading out, but wish the kids could try both trails. It’s pretty hard to explain to an impulsive five year old, why he can’t go trick or treating at that cool are over there.
The Scoop on Brick or Treat
My kids are passionate fans of Halloween and it is excruciating for them to wait 31 days until trick or treating despite the spooky decorations popping up on our neighbor’s houses and the giant bags of candy showing up in the stores. Brick or Treat is the perfect place for little kids to get ready for Halloween. The LEGOLAND staff and Cast Members work very hard to transform LEGOLAND into a truly magical place for a night time adventure. Brick or Treat continues Saturday Nights through Halloween. It’s free with a full day admission, but there is also a lower cost option for evenings only. $30 to visit LEGOLAND. That’s a bargain!
P.S. To learn more about other fun Halloween happenings in the San Diego Area check out my post on UPTAKE.COM.
P.P.S. Family Adventure Guidebooks is a proud participant in Trekaroo’s Spotlight Thursdays Blog Roundup.
P.P.P.S. Family Adventure Guidebooks received complimentary passes to attend Brick or Treat. This didn’t really influence my review as I am already a huge LEGOLAND fan without the freebees. I even wrote a book about it. Check out The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook on LULU.com
If you are planning to visit the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California, this book contains all the information you need to make the most of your family adventure. The book also includes information about other area attractions, local restaurants and hotels.
Bridget Smith, mom of three, loves to blog about everyday adventures. Her mission is to change the world; one kid, one destination, one effortless trip, one overworked mom, one frazzled dad... one day at a time! Come and join her.