Family Adventure Guidebooks Photo Journalist in Training, Justin Smith
This post is made possible by one of the hansomest young photographers I know, my son Justin Smith, age 12. I did not join him on this outing. Although this garden really brings out the best in kids who are able to walk quietly and use their inside voices, it is not appropriate for preschoolers, toddlers and even exuberant kindergarteners. Jared and I stayed home! Recently my seven year old daughter joined my mom for a trip to the Self Realization Temple Meditation Garden. It was a rite of passage for Destiny that she was able to enjoy the garden in a quiet and mature manner, and we lavished her with praise. Looking forward to that hopefully not so far off day, when the entire family can enjoy this garden. In the mean time I live vicariously through Justin’s gorgeous photos:
Cactus in Bloom, Self Realization Temple Garden Encinitas
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.