We attended as a member of the media.
Earlier in November, Nitro Circus Live drove, flipped and flew into the HONDA Center in Anaheim, California for a riveting show full of shock and awe. Nitro Circus is an “action sport collective” led by Travis Pastrana, featuring his friends and him traveling around the world riding dirtbikes, base jumping, and performing stunts.
Nitro Circus Live tour is an off shoot of the brand that has been travelling the world with stops at various locations in Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe. This time they came to Southern California with two shows at the STAPLES Center in LA and the HONDA Center in Anaheim.
Never having attended an action sport stunt show before, I didn’t know what to expect. But Field Trip Boy did! He loves watching Nitro Circus on TV and reenacting the various stunts with his toy motorcycles and bicycles. Thankfully, he hasn’t ventured out to try the stunts on his bike yet! So as a compromise, I took Field Trip Boy and his best friend to see the real stunt riders do the real thing at Nitro Circus Live.
Nitro Circus Live not only showcased well known freestyle motocross, like the Red Bull X Fighters, but many, many different athletes and extreme sports, including some that don’t even exist! Where else can you see an athlete launch a kayak, an ice cooler and a tandem scooter off of a fifty-foot high ‘giganta ramp’?
The show opened with lights and flames and a pumped up crowd! The masters of ceremonies got everyone in the building excited to see the spectacle that is Nitro Circus Live. Although every trick performed was simply mind blowing, there were a few that stood out in my mind.
Every single one of the FMX guys impressed me with their tricks; especially when they were performing backflips alongside each other, or in a train.
The flying kayak! Who rides a kayak off of a ramp? Just amazing!
A wheelchair bound stunt performer who performed a frontflip on a customized motorcycle designed just for him after having a major accident.
Overall, Nitro Circus Live was great. I am certain that not one person was disappointed as they left the HONDA CENTER. I thought that the structure of the show was great, they were constantly moving from FMX, to BMX etc.
If you have a stunt loving little boy in your household like mine, then he will for sure enjoy seeing a Nitro Circus Live show in all it’s glory!
Happy Field Tripping,
Get into the holiday spirit early, and share the fun as the Aquarium of the Pacific’s animals receive their gifts from Santa Diver. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering treats to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals during Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 2015 from 9 am – 5 pm.
The animals are not the only ones celebrating; families can meet and greet penguins up close.
Guests can see Santa Diver in action, and take photos with Santa in his traditional attire and holiday costumed characters. The festival will feature Hanukkah storytelling and dreidel activities. Holiday music, crafts, shopping, gingerbread house displays and more will be included in the festivities. To top it all off, snow will fall in the Aquarium’s Great Hall and guests can enjoy a snow play area on the front lawn (weather dependent). The Aquarium Holidays celebration will continue through December 24 with snow falls in the Great Hall, Santa Diver, and character appearances daily and music, penguin walks, visits from Santa, and the snow play area on weekends.
The price to attend Holiday Treats is included with general admission—$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.
With the following Flyer Coupon receive FREE Child Admission with Paid Adult Admission. You are also invited to post the coupon on the internet and Facebook and share the coupon by email or print.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
For more information about Holiday Treats for the Animals visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.
Now enter to win a Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Holiday Treats for Animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific!
Happy Holiday Field Tripping!
We attended CHILL as a member of the media. This post contains an affiliate link.
On Friday night, my kids and I attended CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. From exploring the 13000 square foot ice doom garnered with ice sculptures from Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol to sledding down the 6-lane ice slide to ice skating on the ice rink, there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by cheerful Christmas carolers and festival holiday decor.
Don’t forget your camera when you first enter the CHILL gates. There a lot of photo opportunities throughout the area including taking a picture with various CHILL Family Characters such as Ginny Gingerbread to standing near the golden Queen Mary anchor.
Field Trip Boy along with his new friend Jessie hopped on board the world’s largest rocking horse. Back and forth the CHILL staff pushed the rocking horse until the boys were ready to get off. Don’t forget to hang on tight!
As you walk along the path to enter the 13,000-square-foot Queen Mary Dome, make sure to take in the many Christmas decorations along the way. This year’s CHILL theme is based upon the classic Charles Dickens’ classical novel A Christmas Carol. Outside there are numerous scenes from the story that reminded me of a time when life was innocent and more carefree.
Inside The Ice Kingdom, prepare to be awe struck by the larger-than-life ice creations, some towering over 2.5 stories, and made out of over two million pounds of ice. Created by an international team of expert ice carvers and enhanced with stunning sound, lights and colors for a captivating experience unlike any other, The Ice Kingdom takes visitors through the frozen streets of London as they follow Ebenezer Scrooge to discover the meaning of Christmas.
Take in the sights and sounds of a Victorian Street, sightsee landmarks such as Big Ben and the London Bridge and ride the giant ice slide next to the River Thames.
Remember the three different ghosts in Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol?
The first, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of childhood and youth which stir up old gentler and tendered emotions.
The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to the home to observe his game of Yes and No and to the humble dwelling of his clerk Bob Cratchit to observe his Christmas dinner.
The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed.
Join Tiny Tim as he shouts out “Merry Christmas” to all as he rides upon his father’s shoulders down the streets of London! Enamore in the sweet serenade of couples dancing around the ballroom in all their holiday best.
The Ice Kingdom is my favorite part of CHILL! Everything else, like the ice tubing and ice skating, are cherries on top! Beware though! When you go inside the dome it is a chilly 9 degrees! The staff will give you a complimentary parka to wear, but it is not enough to keep you warm. I also wore my own jacket, a scarf, mittens and a hat. I also made sure to bring along extra clothing for my kids. So layer up! You won’t regret it!
Once you exit The Ice Kingdom, you will be led to go ice tubing on the glistening Queen Mary’s 6 lane-ice slides. Be patient though. The lines can be extra long at times. Or save yourself some time and purchase the E.L.F. Pass (Express Lane Fast) for an additional $15 and move ahead quicker. E.L.F. Passes give you priority entry into the Ice Kingdom as well as the Ice Tubing lanes!
Other activities at this year’s CHILL include:
Ice Skating on CHILL’s 6,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink. ($15 for a 45 minute session). Skating assists are available for $5.
Candle Making ($10)
Gingerbread House Making (starting at $14 per kit)
Claus Cottage – Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and take a picture (a variety of photo packages are available)
Polar Paintball – Interactive twelve-position paintball shooting gallery featuring The Mountaineers animated North Pole expedition. ($10)
9 Degrees – The Ice Bar at CHILL is a one-of-a-kind Vodka tasting journey. Choose three vodkas to taste from. ($12. Must be 21+.)
Swingin’ Sleigh Ride ($5 or free with an E.L.F. Pass)
Enchanted Garden – Explore the enchanted garden and hedge maze. See if you’re amongst the lucky few to capture a glimpse of Victorian fairy magic! (free w/ admission)
Queen Mary Ship Bounce House – Go bonkers and bounce off the walls of our Queen Mary replica bounce house. (free w/ admission)
Candyland Bounce House – How sweet is this bounce house? Hang with Miss Kandy Kane in her wild, bouncing Candyland bounce house. (free w/ admission)
Queen Mary Ship Bounce – Meet Captain Teddy and bounce in his house…a bounce house like no other – The Queen Mary (free w/ admission)
The cheapest tickets I found online to CHILL is on Goldstar for $17.50.
General admission to CHILL includes admission into the Ice Kingdom – A Christmas Carol, Ice Tubing and the CHILL village. Don’t forget your ticket to CHILL also allows you same-day entry onto the historic Queen Mary and one entry to the new 4D Theater featuring The Polar Express 4-D Experience.
CHILL is located at 1126 Queens Highway , Long Beach, CA 90802.
Happy Holiday Field Tripping!
We stayed at Big Sur River Inn as a guest of the inn.
Yesterday, my family and I drove up from Orange County to Big Sur, California to spend a few days along the breath-taking central coast. It was has been a crazy few weeks for my family and we really needed to get away. So I planned a week-long vacation in central California for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
As soon as I pulled into the Big Sur River Inn I found the serenity I was looking. Our two bedroom motel suite was situated right along the river bed.
From my front door I could see the never-ending river stream, beautiful autumn foliage and tall glorious trees. Even though California is in a drought, the scenery around Big Sur is still green and surreal. I was by surrounded by God’s beauty through and through.
Our room was decorated in rustic decor with a king size bed in the master bedroom. The bed was especially comfy and large! All four of us could have slept in it if we had wanted.
The second bedroom / living room came with a pull out trundle bed and small table area. This is where my kids slept.
The suite also came with a decent size bathroom with a shower/bath tub combo and complimentary bottled water and coffee.
Generally, the room reminded me of staying in a log cabin in the woods. Nature surrounded us as we cuddled around the warm heater in our room and sipped hot chocolate. My kids especially enjoyed this added touch.
Big Sur River Inn also has a restaurant on the premises that offers responsibly priced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We ate dinner at the restaurant the first night. I ordered a classic hamburger with American cheese, while my Mr. SoCal Field Trips had a green leaf and spinach salad served with candied walnuts, onions, feta cheese and a crisp green apple.
My kids thought their grilled cheeses were tasty too. We also ate breakfast at the restaurant in the morning. As a hotel guest, you receive 10% off your bill.
On the motel’s premises there is a small grocery store, burrito bar, gas station and gift shop. It is convenient that they have such shops on site in case you need to buy any food and supplies.
So if you are looking for a reasonably priced place to stay on the coast, near all sorts of hiking trails with a scenic creek at the front of your doorstep, then Big Sur River Inn is your destination! And while here, don’t forget to sit by the running creek in the cedar chairs!
Happy Field Tripping!