If you live in Southern California, the Aquarium of the Pacific inn Long Beach has to be one of the best deals for your family. The annual membership pass gives you plenty of time to enjoy all that the Aquarium offers throughout the year. Their exhibits ranges from Sharks, Sealions, Otters, Penguins, Rays, and so much more. We have been members for numerous years and they often offer exclusive member events like Adult Prom which is a dress up evening event for Adults only.
Tip: Lorikeet birds cost an additional fee, but if you go at 10am when that part of the exhibit opens, you will be swarmed by flocks of hungry Lorikeet parakeets. Fun and a little bit scary…enjoy!
- Open daily from 11AM to 11PM
- The Rio’s zipline is about 500 feet high and travels
- You have to be an adult to ride in the evenings
- Tickets are currently selling for $27.49
We had a great offer, 1 extra ride for the each of us riding, from an official stand in the casino selling the Voodoo Zipline tickets and with no line. Once we got our tickets, my dad and I, went up the elevator, I was very surprised how high the elevator actually went. We then had to wait for the hotel to text us when it was our turn, during that time we enjoyed the view.
The zipline was very high and I also noticed that the zipline goes over the hotel’s pool. So in my opinion, the best time to go on the zipline is during Summer, when there is a lot of people below you. When it was our turn to go on the zipline, strapped in, and started to begin, we just went vamoosh.
I was scared in the beginning, during the middle not so much, but in the end I was scared the most. The zipline travels about 35 mile per hour and is long, but to me during the travel to the other side it speeds up which made me screamed. What worried me the most was that there was no one on the other side, just on the beginning side, so if we get stuck there we die. The zip line actually goes back backward, fast, so that worried me a little.
The truly scary part is that we used our extra ride pass on the same turn, so when we got back to the start of the zipline it blasted us down again. I did not know what was more scary, the first or second time. Even though it was the second ride, I was still terrified of the boost in the ending. This ride, however, is still worth it’s money and I recommend going here next time you go to Vegas.
Rating of ride on a scale of 1-10:
I would give it a 9 star!
We went to the La Jolla Cave beach and was surprised by sea lions so nearby on the beach. They swim just off the shore and relax on nearby rocks. Be careful as the waves and rocks can be dangerous for swimming so if you want to go snorkeling you will need to move just a little bit off to the side where the rocks are less of a concern. Sea lions appear playful and cute but keep your distance as they are wild animals and are not meant to be touched or petted.
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.
More info about Big Air Buena Park
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
Is Pokemon Go taking over your lives? As a parent, I try to like what my kids like so we can have more shared experiences. No doubt that Pokemon Go is such an addictive game, that everything you see at home you will eventually want to capture. Have fun but play responsibly…
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