Free Preschool Pass SeaWorld San Diego

Sea World Preschool pass

Free Preschool Pass SeaWorld San Diego

Yes, that’s right! Sign up for a free preschool pass for SeaWorld San Diego and your preschooler can enjoy Sea World through the end of the year.

SeaWorld San Diego is delighted to offer a 2017 SeaWorld Preschool Fun Card to the first 10,000 registered preschoolers, a $10 Fun Card will be available after that. This FREE Fun Card grants kids ages 5 and younger complimentary admission to SeaWorld San Diego through Dec. 30, 2017*.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Sign your child(ren) up for their free pass by clicking on the link below. Make sure to go through the whole checkout process. Registration ends March 17th, 2017.
  2. Redeem your FREE preschool pass by March 31st, 2017: Simply go to any Sea World ticket window with your printed e-ticket, a valid photo ID, passport, or certified copy of their birth certificate. This is required for verification of age and preschool pass redemption – no exceptions.

To sign up your preschooler for their free Sea World San Diego Preschool Pass head here and fill out the form.

*San Diego and Orange County CA residents only. Valid only at SeaWorld San Diego only for children 5 years old and younger at time of redemption. Unlimited admission through 12/30/2017. Does not include free parking, separately ticketed events or other discounts. Bring Preschool Fun Card Voucher and valid form of ID (a copy of a certified birth certificate or travel passport) to Tickets and Reservations at SeaWorld San Diego. School IDs or children’s security IDs will not be accepted. The SeaWorld Preschool Fun Card offer is not available at the park; advance online registration required.

Offer valid for limited time and subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Blockout dates apply.

Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities For Kids

It’s almost the end of another school year and weare planning out our summer activities. Since I work from home I need a great go-to list of activities to have prepped for the kids to do. We have checked out our friends lists and have created one of our own.

Someone on the interwebs mentioned the fact that we only have 18 summers with our kids. And while I’d like to think that we’ll have more after they turn 18, I’m going to try and make the most of each of those summers.

I’m going to attempt to do at least one fun activity or craft at home with them each week. Then we’ll plan one outing to visit the various spots around town. That way we have a good balance of things to do this summer.  Gotta hit up all of the fun we’ve mapped out on our Summer Bucket List.

Summer Activities for Kids

  1. DIY Milk Carton Bird Feeder from Simmworks Family
  2. Make Watermelon Cupcakes from Formula Mom
  3. Pool Noodle Bubble Blowers from The Mad Mommy
  4. Caterpillar Clothespin Kids Craft from DIY Inspired
  5. DIY Splash Pad for Summer Fun from Life with Captain Fussybuckets
  6. DIY Sidewalk Paint from Simmworks Family
  7. How to Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk from Spaceships and Laser Beams
  8. Make Your Own Camping Scavenger Hunt from Quirky Inspired
  9. 5 Great Ways to Get Outdoors With Kids from Simmworks Family
  10. Pool Noodle Boats from Our Family of Seven
  11. Create an Ocean Rock Pool from A House Full of Sunshine
  12. DIY Fruit Juice Dyed Watermelon Windsock from Simmworks Family
  13. Dinosaur Egg Ice Smash from A House Full of Sunshine
  14. Berry Sweet Handprint Strawberry Craft for Kids from Fun Handprint Art
  15. Create a DIY Herb Chalkboard Planter from Simmworks Family

How are you keeping busy this summer?

Summer Activities for Kids To Do

Just Keep Swimming over to the Theater {Finding Nemo in 3D – In Theaters September 14th}

Every once in a while there’s a movie that is just made for the big screen. And experiencing it in any other way does the film an injustice.

One of my favorite Disney movies of all time is Finding Nemo. Sure it isn’t a “classic” but it’s an amazingly triumphant story that gives hope to anyone who’s just a little bit different. In 2008, Finding Nemo was named one of the top 10 greatest animated films ever made by the American Film Institute. And I agree!

This past weekend my husband had the opportunity to take our son to see Finding Nemo in 3D. I thought it fitting that a father take his son to see the movie and they had an absolute blast. With popcorn and water in hand they headed to the theater with their 3D glasses.

Since my son is a bit too small to fully see the screen, they grabbed a booster seat to make it easier for him.

Once settled, they munched on popcorn and waited for the movie to start. Throughout the movie my son kept mentioning how cool it was to see the fish so big. He even asked if we could upgrade our fish tank to be the size of the screen. Sadly, my husband had to tell him no.

The experience of watching Finding Nemo in 3D on the big screen was definitely one that made memories for my husband and son. And I’m sure I’ll be hearing about it for months to come…

On September 14th, Finding Nemo is coming back to theaters. And it isn’t just coming back, it’s coming back in 3D! 

So if you missed out on experiencing Finding Nemo in theaters the first time around, here’s your chance to relive the story of Nemo, his father, Dori, and all of the other marine life under the sea. You won’t be disappointed.

And if you don’t head to the theaters, Bruce just might pay you a visit!

Finding Nemo returns to theaters for the first time in 3D September 14th, 2012!  
For more information check out Finding Nemo 3D  on Facebook or head on over to the Disney’s Finding Nemo website and take a look at sneak peeks, games to play online, activities to do at home, and more.

Disclaimer: I received two tickets to the pre-screening of Finding Nemo 3D. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

All in the Family with Alexander Lacey and Ringling Bros

The circus has come to town! And boy was it amazing. I hadn’t gone to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus since I was a kid and I had fond memories of cotton candy, spinning light toys, and entertainment. Not much has changed although seeing it all through my children’s eyes was amazing.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is all about the family experience. Not only do they have an amazing show geared towards all ages, they also have a pre-show where you can come with your family to get an up close look at the animals. You can see the elephants, tigers, lions, goats, horses, llamas, and ponies right in front of you before they get in the center ring to perform.

Ringling Bros Big Cat Trainer, Alexander Lacey, took a few moments along with his daughter, Katrina, to talk about the cats in the show and how they work with these amazing animals. We were lucky enough to get an up close and personal glance at exactly how amazing these trained cats are.

Lacey showed us his fine tuned skills working with the cats by heading into the tiger cage with a 5 gallon bucket of human-grade steak and two sticks. What he was able to make miss Bella (tiger in the photos below) do with just those three items was rather amazing!

Before heading into the cage, Lacey asked his daughter to help him. She had the big task of bringing him the large tub of meat once he was situated in the tigers’ cage. Since he, of course, didn’t want to turn his back on these big cats for one moment, she was able to help hand over the meat once he was safely inside.

The cats were very aware of the meat and what the sticks meant. We learned that through training the tigers with the sticks, a form of sign language is used. Each stick in each hand means something different whether it be to go up or down, left or right, etc. Just as I’ve taught my kids sign language, the cats are taught at a young age, around 4 months old. 

Once Lacey was in the cage he moved rather swiftly to place each of the cats he was not going to work with in a separate caged area so that only one cat was in the cage he was in. Once Bella was the only tiger left he got to work quickly showing how he used the sticks, treated her with the steak (which is the same stuff delivered to the local hotels!), and talked to us about what he was doing the whole time.

It was so interesting to watch his bond with these animals. It was as if his every sense was on alert the whole time while his body and reactions let off a sense of serene and calmness at the same time. There was definitely a mutual respect between the cat and Lacey.

The most awe-inspiring moment through the presentation was when Lacey not once, but twice, leaned in for a kiss with this big cat! Amazing!

After we saw exactly how these big cats were trained we were able to ask some questions of our own.

And I was delighted to see that my little boy had his hand proudly, and patiently, raised up high waiting for his moment in the spotlight. Finally when it was his turn he asked, “Cats eat in the morning?” and Lacey confirmed that yes, as he had discussed before in the presentation, the big cats are fed up to 16 pounds each of the best beef steaks, livers, and hearts every day in the early morning.

Because the cats digest the meat while they sleep, they need to eat first thing in the morning so that everything is digested by showtime (Bella is not yet in the show so she could snack all she wanted during the presentation).

We also learned that big cats are rather lazy, sleeping an upwards of 22 hours during the day! Sound familiar? My cats growing up seemed to do the exact same thing! As does my dog. Ahh… the life of a cat.

But just because these large animals seem lazy doesn’t mean their senses don’t need to be constantly heightened and challenged. Each city brings on new smells, sights, and people! So every week these animals are in a different environment to keep them on their toes.

The position of the other animals around them also helps. By having the elephants to the north east and the horses and other small animals to the south west the lions and tigers are getting a constant sniff (as are the other animals) of those around them. 

And through the interactive toys left in their cages, there is also plenty of time to play and converse with heir fellow big cats. Bella was still wet from a little swim she had in their small pool. There were also branches and balls for more fun play!

We absolutely loved learning more about these beautiful big cats and hearing how Lacey works with them and trains them to become the stars they are. 

To learn more and read all about the Lacey family check out the Ringling Bros website!

If you’re looking for an amazing, family-friendly activity to do this weekend and are in the San Diego area, head on out to the circus for a fun-filled experience!

You will absolutely love the performance and I am sure will be in awe as I was at the skilled performers throughout the show.

For more information check out my post here (includes show times, where to purchase tickets, and more!)

Disclaimer: As a Feld Family Ambassador, I received a family 4-pack of tickets to this show. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

Why Yes, My Son Is In Gymnastics {Creating Healthy Children}

This summer was a fun, and busy, one. We spend most of our time playing wiht our friends, exploring San Diego, and picking up a few new skills.

My son spent one day a week learning a few awesome moves in his gymnastics class. I was impressed and excited to see how quickly he picked up what the teacher showed him. And he had an amazing teacher!

What I wasn’t expecting was the reaction I received from others when I told them he was in gymnastics. Now, I’m not talking about my friends or family members, but people I met at the park, or at a restaurant (don’t ask me how we got on the subject… the lady sitting next to us was VERY nosy), or at the doctor’s office.

While most people would simply say, “Oh, how fun!” others reacted with a distasteful, “Why?!”

Well… why not?

And that’s what I’d respond with. Gymnastics is a great way, for boys and girls, to learn the basics of balancing, core strength, motor skills, and flexibility. And I love that my son can now build on these skills as he grows and learns new ones. Not to mention the fact that he was part of a social circle that helped promote physical activity instead of at home on the couch watching cartoons.

Doing an awesome somersault on his own

Here are a few ways that gymnastics skills can help aid in healthy development of kids:

Core Strength and Exercise
Exercise and proper training through gymnastics have a positive effect on a child’s cardiopulmonary/cardio respiratory status and bone mineral density, helping to reduce the risk of serious illnesses in adulthood, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. It can also reduce the chances of childhood obesity by aiding in body composition and the loss of body fat (the healthy way!).

Motor Skills

Gymnastics helps children build a range of motor and coordination skills, and assists in developing a good sense of body awareness.

A young child in gymnastics will learn how to use different parts of their body in difference ways. By participating in gymnastics children have more body awareness, control, and coordination, which can be beneficial to other physical activities, sports, and in everyday life.

Flexibility

Stretching exercises help improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion as your children grow. Kids look for opportunities every day to stretch when they try to get a toy just out of reach, take off their shoes, or do a somersault.

By becoming more flexible, children are less likely to get injured while playing and can perform better at certain tasks and sports. Stretching and improving flexibility can also help alleviate growing pains.  

Don’t have time (or the budget) for gymnastics? You can encourage core strength in your kids through fun games and activities. Take a look at this awesome publication from USAGym I found for a few great ideas! I’ll be using a few of them with the kids since my son started preschool and our busy schedule can no long allow for gymnastics classes.

Remember to be a role model for your child. If you are active, your child will be active. So get up, head outside, and start playing!

Gardening with Kids

Gardening With Kids

Since we started our garden in November we’ve been trying to find more and more ways to get the kids involved in tending to it.

I’ve found that by including them in the process they’re not only more willing to actually eat what we harvest, they also are less tempted to start playing in the garden with trucks, balls, dinos and airplanes.

Those get left in the sand box where they belong! Below are a few ways to get your kids involved in the yard whether it be tending to an edible garden or picking the weeds in the flower bed.

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