Family Travel

LEGOLAND California

I was not financially compensated for the following post.  I was provided with two comped tickets from Legoland. All thoughts, opinions, & ideas are my own. Thank you to Legoland for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog & my family.
It was one of those week’s that ended with a satisfied sigh & a grateful for this life mentality. This weekend, we braved through the insanity of several threatening wildfires & headed down to San Diego to visit my sister’s family & to celebrate my nephew’s second birthday. For us, the fires did little to disrupt our weekend plans other than keeping us glued to the TV for the latest updates. For many families, that wasn’t the case & they dealt with a frightening weekend. My thoughts & prayers are with the families, the fire fighters, & all those affected.
Legoland California sent me over a couple of comped tickets about a month ago & we decided to use them while we were down in San Diego. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about Legoland, but for me it was a delightful experience! There were rides that we could take Evelyn on, lots of mild rides for smaller kids, like Collin, & some more thrilling rides for bigger kids, too. Our favorite part was their new(ish) pirate themed area. There was a giant splash pad for small tots, a large playground water park for the bigger kids, & several water rides. We spent hours in that area of the park. Had I known it was there ahead of time, I would have planned to bring suits. But we are a family that carpe’s the diem & we weren’t going to let lack of swim suits prevent us from getting our party on!
Legoland California tips for visiting the park
  • Pack a bathing/swim suit there are a few splash pads inside the normal park (not the water park) that your kids will get thoroughly soaked in & unless you want to just diaper it (see below photos of Evie) like we did, pack one for each kid
  • Take turns taking the older kids on the bigger rides while the other parent rests in the shade with the tot/baby. Fill the baby’s stroller cup holder with water for them to splash/play in while you wait. I did this with Evelyn & it was genius! It kept her occupied & kept her cool.
  • Bring a refillable bottle of water for each family member. At $3 a bottle for normal sized water & $5 a bottle for a larger sized water, you’ll be happy you brought your own that they will fill up for free! You’ll be spending all of your money on food anyway. For three of us, we spent $50 for one meal. Yeowch!
  • Don’t forget your sunblock. I did & I’m regretting it today.
  • Go on a weekday for shorter lines. We went on a Friday & there were very little line waits. I don’t think we ever waited longer than 15 minutes per ride!
  • Yes! You can plan on your baby riding with you on some rides! It was fantastic to have all of us get to experience some of the fun together as a family! Loved, loved, loved this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent one full day there, but could have easily spent two days taking in everything they had to offer. I am now fully 100% in lovely love with the place. For me, as a Mom with kids varying in age, it was the perfect place for us to visit together. I was thrilled to be able to have Evelyn experience some of what we did. Aside from $5 bottles of water, ouch Legoland, (bring your own refillable water bottle, they’ll fill it for free), I thoroughly enjoyed the experience & can most definitely say we would be back. I sort of want to have a stern conversation with the people who have previously told me it was a pass. You guys, it’s most definitely not a pass. I got the Mom emotions several times throughout the day as I watched my kids both be able to play, enjoy, participate, & discover!
 
LAST WEEK’S WISHES
  1. Mail out birthday cards & Mother’s Day cards: I really am a terrible person about this! Yikes! This week, I swear!
  2. Walk five days this week: Twice. Better than nothing, eh? Plus all that Legoland walking was pretty productive too!
  3. Update my blog notebook: Done! 
  4. Keep up with my daily chores: Done!
  5. Start scheduling some June blog posts: I didn’t get any scheduled, but I did get a few brainstormed & written down in my many to do’s. I’m calling this one a win.
THIS WEEK’S WISHES
  1. Get my book swap mailed out & find six participants: I agreed to participate in this fun book swap for kids. The only kicker is that it’s hard to find people who will genuinely follow through with it. I have participated in one before & received zero books out of the supposed 36 you should get. This time around, I’m being super picky about who I mail it to.
  2. Update our family address book: This is partly why I haven’t mailed out my May birthday cards yet. I ordered Erin Condren’s new address book & love it! I just need to get it filled!
  3. Play catch-up: I fell really behind while we were in San Diego. I need to get caught up in a major way. I have several emails to respond to & posts to write. I see a lot of screen time in my upcoming week.
  4. Walk five days this week: I’d love to keep the momentum going & thanks to my new stroller from the in-laws, it’s realistic!
  5. Take a yoga class three days this week: I have a subscription to My Yoga Works that I am obsessed with! I definitely want to get full use out of it!
 
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer Eng
    May 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Sounds like you guys had an awesome time!! Playing catchup is on my list too. I love your goal to walk everyday. It’s a great way to detox from the daily grind and enjoy the beauty around us. Good luck with your goals this week 😉

  • Reply
    Holly Sosa
    May 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Thank you! Good luck to you with catching up as well! It can be hard once you’re behind, I know all too well!

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