Last minute holiday shopping at Brea Mall, plus a Giveaway!

Last minute holiday shopping at Brea Mall, plus a Giveaway!

On Monday evening, I had a chance to get in some last minute Christmas shopping at Brea Mall in Orange County.  I visited some of my all times favorite stores and checked out a few new ones as well.

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops.  Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly upgraded Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s Restaurant and California Pizza Kitchen.  You can easily pick up a gift card to one of these stores or restaurants at Brea Mall’s Guest Services desk.


The first “mission” on my holiday-to-do list was to get a dress for Field Trip Girl for Christmas Eve.  This year we plan to attend church and a holiday party at a friend’s house.  I started my hunt for the perfect dress at Gymboree and Justice, two of my favorite children’s apparel stores within the mall.  With a coupon, I scored a great deal!


The Simon Santa Photo Experience is once again this year sponsored by Gymboree.  Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Brea Mall.  Children can visit and be photographed with Santa every day until December 24 in his winter wonderland on the lower level near the jcpenney wing.


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After saying hello to Santa, I decided to satisfy my sweet tooth and stopped by See’s Candies for a tasting.  Do you have a chocolate lover in your life?  If so, you can pick up a last minute gift for them at either See’s Candies or Godiva Chocolate within the mall.


The Brea Mall also welcomed two new stores to their impressive line up this year, Kinston and Shoe Palace.

Originating from a shop on Robertson Blvd., Kitson has grown into a hotspot for both celebrities and fashion enthusiasts, offering a one-stop-shop for trendy men, women and children’s fashion, apothecary and gifts.  Known for entertainment shopping, Kitson offers a mix of retail and pop culture.


Shoe Palace makes its debut at the Brea Mall in a 3,821-square-foot space on the lower level, near the Macy’s Men, Children and Home store.  Shoe Palace showcases nationally branded athletic and casual footwear and apparel such as Converse and Nike.

During my shopping excursion, I also stopped by Pottery Barn to see their beautiful Christmas decorations and Williams-Sonoma to find out what type of cooking classes they were offering in the New Year.

Last but not least, I stepped into the beautiful Tesla showroom and admired, just for a moment, one of the most popular cars of 2014!

For the ride home, I visited Brea Mall’s food court and ordered a Wetzel Pretzel to go.  While there, I discovered that Lollicup Fresh Tea is coming to the food court in January 2015!  Founded in 2000 by Alan Yu and Marvin Cheng, Lollicup Coffee & Tea is a premier provider of delicious concoctions of milk and tea based beverages with tasty, chewy add-ons, complimented by addicting Asian snacks.  Bobo drinks are going to abound very soon at Brea Mall!

Do you have any last minute Christmas shopping to do?  Brea Mall is the perfect place to find that perfect gift for that perfect someone in your life!

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The Simon Property Group is giving away 1 (one) $50.00 gift card to Brea Mall to one lucky SoCal Field Trips Reader!

Good luck and Happy Holiday Shopping!


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are my own.  Brea Mall image copyrighted by Simon Property Group and used by permission.  Contest rules are available by clicking on the Rafflecopter link above.

Giveaway to Meet The Snow Queen at Winter Wonderland in LA on 12/19!

Giveaway to Meet The Snow Queen at Winter Wonderland in Los Angeles!

 Friday, December 19 @ 4 – 7:30 pm


Bring your whole family to Winter Wonderful at Music Stars & Masters in Los Angeles on Friday, December 19 at 4 pm!

Winter Wonderful is a sensory friendly event for children with special needs and their entire family!


  • Arts & crafts
  • Music
  • Frozen tattoos
  • A visit from the Snow Queen!
  • A very special live performance of “Let It Go”
  • Allergen free food & drinks
  • Gift bags
  • Raffle giveaways

The Snow Queen is be available to meet and greet and take FREE photos with children from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  The Snow Queen will also be in a special isolated section of the store, so that children who may be hesitant to visit, can approach her with ease.

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Every child will go home with a FREE goodie bag filled with delicious allergen free items from your favorite companies!

WHEN: December 19, 2014

TIME: 4:00 pm  – 7:30 pm

WHERE: Music Stars & Masters @ The Westside Pavilion Mall is located at 10800 West Pico Blvd, Suite 293 in Los Angeles, CA 90064 (the store is located on the 2nd floor next to Nordstrom)

COST: $10 per child (one free adult included) / $5 for each additional adult

The cost of dinner is included in the price of each child’s ticket.

FOR TICKETS:  Visit!winter-wonderland-/c1xd5

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please email or call (310) 936-2770

Giveaway time!  Remedial Gypsy is giving away One (1) Family Four Pack of Tickets to one lucky SoCal Field Trips Reader to attend Winter Wonderful on 12/19!  The winner will receive 2 adult & 2 children tickets good for admittance into Wonder Wonderland, dinner for four, a gift bag and one raffle ticket for a giveaway.

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Happy Holiday Field Tripping!


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  Images copyrighted by Remedial Gypsy and used by permission.  Rules for contest can be found on the Rafflecopter link above.

Pretend City Children’s Museum Holiday Lineup!

Pretend City Children’s Museum Holiday Lineup!

One of Field Trip Girl’s favorite museums in all of Orange County is Pretend City in Irvine!  We have been there many times and plan to visit again over Christmas break.  The ever popular children’s museum for young ones is hosting several holiday festive events throughout the month of December.  Take a look and enjoy!

Choc Toy Drive – Nov. 28- Dec. 23

Bring in any toy for the donation drive and receive 25% off the price of admission to Pretend City!  One discount per ticket per toy allowed.

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Christmas Countdown – Dec 12 – 23

This year the countdown is loaded with holiday activities for the whole family!


Visit with Sensitive Santa – Dec 16 

For children with special needs, Pretend City has created Visit with Sensitive Santa for a low sensory experience!


Hooray for Chanukah – Dec 17-23


Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec 21


Noon Years Confetti Countdown – Dec 31​

Noontime is the perfect time to celebrate New Year’s Eve with young children, especially if you have a baby.  After Pretend City’s Noon Years Confetti Countdown, you can take your children home, tuck them in at night and enjoy the rest of the evening watching the ball drop live from New York!


Happy Holiday Field Tripping!


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All images copyrighted by Pretend City and used by permission.


10 Holiday Selfie Apps & E-Cards!

10 Holiday Selfie Apps & E-Cards!

By Luke Ma

I think they are the cutest things ever!  Videos and online greeting cards where you simply plug in pictures of your family and send the card or video out to everyone on your holiday greeting list.

For Christmas, I have complied a list of all the websites and apps I found online where you can make your own Christmas or Holiday “selfie”!

  1. ElfYourself by Office Depot, Inc.
  2. HGTV Santa HQ El Ray Vision as featured on SoCal Field Trips
  3. Insta Bauble – A great way to take a photo of yourself or somebody else in the reflection of a Christmas bauble.  Download it on Itunes or Google Play.
  4. tag me by Taggar – tag me lets you tag any face with fun digital stickers and masks – live, in real-time!  Once you have added special effects to yours or your friends’ faces, you can use tag me to take funny selfies, pics and videos of the final result.  You can then share your digitally-enhanced face to your friends via messages and social networks.
  5. Gift My Face – The perfect gag gift when you need a white elephant present for a holiday party!  Gift My Face is a website that offers customers the opportunity to put their face on their own gift wrapping.  Funny as all get out!
  6. Feliz Navidad by Jib Jab
  7. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Jib Jab
  8. Holiday Disco by Jib Jab – This one is especially hilarious!
  9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Jib Jab
  10. Sleigh Ride by Jib Jab

Happy Holidays!


Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.

$26.99 Discount Tickets to CHILL 2014 at The Queen Mary!

$26.99 Discount Tickets to CHILL 2014 at The Queen Mary!

Open Dec. 4-7, Dec. 9 – Jan. 4 & Jan. 8-11


Earlier this month, my children and I had the opportunity to visit CHILL at The Queen Mary in Long Beach!  We went last year and had a great time, but this year they made some essential improvements that made it even better.

We went on a Thursday evening right when it opened at 5:00 p.m. and the crowds were light.  This is the perfect time to go.

When you imagine CHILL, think of North Pole temperatures, in sunny warm California!  The Ice Kingdom takes on a Christmas in California theme, giving guests a taste of what the holidays are like in the Golden State.  The perfect theme song for this year’s CHILL would be Christmas In The Sand by Colbie Caillat!


CHILL is an “13,000-square foot winter wonderland featuring over 2 million pounds of ice as each exhibit is meticulously created by an international team of expert ice sculptors and enhanced with stunning lights and colors for a visually captivating experience unlike any other.”



I appreciated the fact that they also included the nativity scene in the ice display this year.  It points to the true meaning of Christmas.IMG_5754[1]


Inside the temperatures drop to a numbing 9-degrees.  The Queen Mary provides parkas for folks to wear, but in my opinion, that’s not enough to keep warm.  So instead I always make sure my kids wear winter jackets, gloves and hats when inside the Ice Kingdom.  Believe me, it is worth it to bring these extra layers of clothes!



One of the improvements The Queen Mary made this year is the new and improved Ice Kingdom Queen Mary slides.  Each guest now has unlimited access to the 10-foot, four-lane ice slides included in the price of admission.

Plus new this year is the E.L.F. (Express Lane Fast) Pass!  For only $15.00 more per person, you get to move to the front of the line at the entrance to the Ice Kingdom and the Ice Tubing lanes.  We used the E.L.F. Pass as the crowds got heavier throughout the evening and it saved us a lot of time waiting in line.  I think it is worthy every penny! 


In addition to the Indoor Winter Wonderland, families can enjoy:


The Queen Mary’s world class 6,500 square-foot outdoor ice rink is presented by the Port of Long Beach.  Free ice skate rentals are included with each ticket, but guests can use their own ice skates if they so choose.  Guests aged 4+ are allowed to skate.


Unlimited ice tubing on the Glacier Glide which stands 2 stories tall and 100-feet long and is made entirely of ice.  This was Field Trip Boy’s favorite part of the evening.  Over and over again he went!  This year each CHILL ticket comes with unlimited usage of the Glacier Glide too!


Get your photos taken with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas (Nov. 27 – Dec. 24).  The cost is $8 photo/$30 photo 4-pack.  You can also experience Story time with Mrs. Claus inside the cabin!



Purchase a holiday gingerbread house for $19.95 and decorate it with Ginny Gingerbread.  They also offer FREE holiday crafts inside the Gingerbread House which Field Trip Girl enjoyed a lot!



Meet Captain Teddy and bounce in his house!  FREE with the price of admission.




All CHILL tickets include complementary access to the World Famous Queen Mary, where there are a variety of special activities happening on the ship throughout the season.



The new Princess of CHILL is sweeping into CHILL for 2014.  She visits the magical Ice Kingdom and is available to take FREE pictures with your kids (bring your own camera for this).


To get your discounted tickets of $26.99 to CHILL 2014, please visit here and use PROMO CODE CHBLOG08 at check out.

Discount available online only based on availability.  Must redeem online, limited supply.  Excludes Holidays 11/28, 12/25, 12/31.  Can not be combined with any other offer.


Merry Christmas!


Disclosure:  We received complimentary tickets to CHILL to help facilitate this post.  CHILL logo copyrighted by The Queen Mary and used by permission.