During our visit to San Diego, we walked around the streets and discovered this great playground for the kids. Located adjacent to the ocean it is fun and free way to let your kids be themselves. Playground with unique slides and wall climbing but on hot and sunny days, which is pretty much year round, they can stay cool in the shallow water play yard.
We stayed at the Homewood Suites which is walking distance and perfect for families. These suites have separate area for a living room and where the kids can watch their TV shows separate from the parents. Kitchen with all the necessities is also provided if you wanted to save money and provide your own food. It is located just a block from Little Italy which gives you so many dining options.
The Thrill it Fun Center, is a fun place to go with your family there are 6 games or things to do. You have to go during these hours, Monday-Thursday: at 10:00 am Close at 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday:at 10:00 am Close at 11:00 pm, and Sunday: at 10:00 am Close at 8:00 pm. The pricing are $12 for all day in Ballocity, $7 for bull rideo, $7 for rock climbing, $9 for area 51 laser tag, $9 for high ropes challenge, $1=1 arcade buck.
My favorite was the laser tag because there are teams and it has a second story places others don’t have them.The laser tag can tire you out as there is 15 min to play whose team has the most score. The laser tag gun is attached to the vest you must shoot shoulders, back, and chest. It is kind of crazy if you have more then 4 on each team. When you are shot you have to wait five seconds to get your gun ready again. You cannot run cause the floor is very slimy. My second favorite is the ballocity because it has many obstacle courses and three stories!
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Big Air is a fun place to go with your family. You have to sign a waiver first. The second step is to get an admission sticker, I suggest the membership if you like it there. The third step is to have fun. You have to take off your shoe and have socks.
There are 3 dodge ball courts: 2 are for the big kids and 1 area for the small kids. There is a place where you just jump into a foam pit or do flips into it. The other is when you battle a person with foam sticks the loser falls down below into the foam pit. There is a bull ride where you have to last 30 seconds, but it is really difficult.
There is a open area where you can jump around anywhere and do parkour, but there is a time limit where you can only stay around 10 minutes. There is a small basketball place where you can jump and do a slam dunk or jump and shoot it. Lastly there is a place you can run and jump on the walls. There is a rock climbing place where you can climb to the other side, but if you fail you will fall into the foam pits below…easier said then done.
My favorite is the dodge ball court and the place where you jump into a foam pit. I don’t like the rock climbing because it is very difficult for me. After you went to Big Air think of your experience there and tell us what was your favorite thing to do there.
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Located at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort and spa is the Marssa Steak and Sushi restaurant. Fine dining here can be a little pricey, but delivers on food quality and taste. Reservations are recommended but we were fortunate to get seating via walk-in.
Most people come to Las Vegas for the bright lights and fast paced action at the casinos. However, for those with families and kids, sometimes you want to get away from the busy city life and relax a bit. We recently stayed at the Westin Lake Las Vegas hotel in Henderson, NV and it provided a more resort-like feel as opposed to the typical casino hotels you find on the strip.
Located adjacent to Lake Las Vegas there is an amazing view of the lake from the property. With multiple swimming pools, the lower pool tends to be more kid oriented with a 3 story water slide. A big perk if you are staying at the hotel is they provide free kayak rentals that you can choose to stay within the bay or venture out onto the open lake. During the summer time on weekends, they also offer a movie night which they project a kids movie on a giant screen and the families could swim and watch at the same time.
There are so many activities to keep the kids busy which includes a basketball court, ping pong tables, giant checkers and chess set and more. Remember, the busier the kids are the more the parents can chill and relax. Though they have a restaurant out by the pool that you can order food and drinks from, there are a couple of nice restaurants located inside the hotel that provide finer dining as well.
Overall the facilities and views are gorgeous. Some rooms can be a little dated but it is the amenities and activities that keep you wanting to stay longer. After all that time relaxing, if you choose to head over to the Strip, it is just a 20 minute drive away from the glitz and the glamour.
More info: The Westin Lake Las Vegas
Pokemon Go is a virtual reality game, on Pokemon of course, and I really recommend to play at Huntington Library not only because of the beautiful scenery, but because of the tons of Pokemon there. Recently I downloaded Pokemon Go mostly because of my cousin, who told me all about it. The next day I went to Huntington Library where we caught a bunch of Pokemon. It’s a great place to activate “Incense” to lure Pokemon. There is Pokemon everywhere, so running out of of PokeBalls may be of a situation so remember to go to PokeStops. We could not go everywhere due to the long walks so I recommend to visit mostly the two gardens, the Japanese Garden and the Chinese Garden.
This is a very basic tutorial on Pokemon Go!
PokeBalls – ball which to capture and hold PokeBall, has a limited amount, to get more visit a PokeStop.
PokeStop – an icon to represent a type of grand or even small memorial part of a place, this icon if near enough you can spin it and it gives off random items for use such as Pokemon Eggs, Revives, Incense, Potions, and PokeBalls.
Incense – an item used to attract Pokemon to you for 30 minutes.
Revives and Potions – used to heal fainted Pokemon to half it’s health and used to heal partial health.
Pokemon Eggs – are Pokemon Eggs gained from PokeStops or bought from the shop, and can hatch by walking a given amount of kilometers. The more kilometers needed to hatch the more rare the Pokemon.
- Do not use Battery Saver
- Try travel as far as possible
- Hatch the most rarest eggs first
- Do not spend real Money, keep it REAL!
- Be aware of your surroundings or your Pokemon Adventure will end quickly
- Try to not waste any PokeBalls
- Look for Pokemon with strong attacks and high Combat Power(CP)
- Try different regions for different types of Pokemon
- To find a lot of Pokemon go to parks
Directions to Huntington Library
Had a chance to take the kids on a boat tour at the Redondo Beach pier with a windows on the bottom level that gives an underwater view. The tour costs $15/adult and $10/children and last about 40 minutes in the harbor.
First they will feed the fish from above and draw the fish to the viewing area which you can watch from below the deck. The tour continues through the harbor to an up-close look at the sea lion dock and you can watch them play/fight and bark at each other. Overall a good experience and would recommend this as a quick tour that doesn’t require too much planning or time commitment.
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While walking through Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida we came upon a dinosaur themed restaurant called T-REX. Found out it is from the creators of the Rainforest Cafe franchise, except this one featured prehistoric animals and a meteor shower during your meals that light up the ceiling and the Ice Cave.
An adjacent gift shop adds to the experience but they also have an outdoor area where kids can dig for dino bones like a paleontologist. Food is so-so and pretty standard from what you would expect from a themed restaurant. Can get very crowded so come with patience and enjoy all that the experience brings.
While visiting Orlando, Florida we stayed at the Omni Resort at Champions Gate. It is around 20 min away from Disney World, but you can avoid the crowds and makes up for it in the resort setting. The hotel has a lavish lobby and beautiful and spacious decor. Also, attached golf course and an amazing view from your room in any direction.
Of course the highlight of the place is the swimming area which the entire family will enjoy. A main pool with water slide, a formal swimming pool, a fantastic lazy river with water cannons and fountains, and 2 jacuzzis to relax your muscles. You can spend so much time here its like a vacation within itself. During summer time pool stays open till 11pm which is great for night swimming on those hot summer days.
Another plus for families is a nearby market just down the street and some fast food options if needed. The restaurant itself has a couple of fine dining restaurants that delivered in food quality and atmosphere. Overall, this hotel is highly recommended for families and very reasonable pricing through sites like Expedia.
For our family road trip we travelled to Orlando, Florida and went to a gator theme park called Gatorland. As we reached there you can see that there were huge birds that were black or white. The tickets were at a reasonable price but, I surely recommend getting the AAA discount. Once we got our tickets we saw our first alligator there, it was a medium sized guy and it was also sleeping.
There was a huge habitat that hold both crocs and gators with a small sand bar in the middle. We did not notice at first but in the water were fish that we believed were food for the gators and crocs. We even saw a fish food dispenser to feed the fish with pellets only for a quarter. In the middle, were baby crocs and gators. A staff woman was holding a baby gator that you can touch for free and it is so cute.
After we ate, we went to this show called, Gator Wrestling Show. There were two guys, the first one grabbed a Gator by the tail out of the water and told us how the gator eyes can pop in and out. Then he did crazy tricks where he put his chin on top of the gators mouth. His partner began to sing putting the gator to sleep and the 1st guy started tickling the Gator. The gator woke up and went back to the water and that ended the show.
At 1:00 we went to the breeding marsh where they have the biggest gators and by the way there are no crocs there. There was a way to get out but it was only a gate so if you go inside there there is a chance you will get eaten but, luckily there was staff there. For only $10 you can feed them there because behind the gate in the Breeding marsh there was land where the biggest gators wait to get fed. Once you pay you can feed them three pieces of horse meat and also get your picture really scary close to them for more money.
We went to see another show which is called,the Jumparoo Show which is where we saw gators and crocs jump trying to get chicken meat. Later in the show the performers got the chicken meat and made the gators and crocs jump and try taking it from their hand. Then we got 4 hotdogs which you can give to the gators but, be careful the birds might steal it from you and the fish. There is also flamingos where the feeding is if you want to feed them by paying for flamingo pellets.
Later in the afternoon, we went zip lining over the breeding marsh for only $10 and get to feel the experience of gators underneath us. I went first out of my family and was surprised when we had to fall backwards then it moved me over the swamp and I saw gators in the waters. It was so thrilling how I was so close to the breeding marsh because it is actually not a man made swamp.
If it was up to me I will rather go to Gatorland than Disney World and would give Gatorland 4 and a half stars. There is 3 awesome qualities there, it is natural, thrilling, and educational.
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