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Welcome to SoCal Field Trips’ popular blog series titled 10 Savvy Entertainment Deals! This week we are providing you with some fun and entertaining ideas you can do with your family this summer.
Up this week are discount tickets for WATER PLAY at Raging Waters, Knott’s Soak City and Castle Park.
Plus get musical theater tickets starting as low as $6 to see such shows as Cinderella, Snow White & The Seven Dwarves, Hairspray and more!
But remember! The key to getting a great deal is to buy the deal as soon as you see it! Event outlets such as Goldstar and Groupon only have so many tickets they can sell before they are gone.
So here we go…
More than 27 classic amusement-park rides, four miniature golf courses, 200 state-of-the-art video games, five water slides and a carnival midway add up to some fun times for your family at Riverside’s own Castle Park. Your Duke’s Deluxe ticket gives you the opportunity to explore all the park has to offer, including unlimited rides, miniature golf on the four miniature courses and Buccaneer Cove. No matter what your age, it’s all there for you and the kids to enjoy inside the Castle Park kingdom.
The summer heat is here to stay, but you can cool off with a fun-packed day in the water at Knott’s Soak City, a water adventure park right next door to Knott’s Theme Park. Whimsically themed to recreate SoCal beach towns of the 1950s, Soak City boasts 17 speed, tube and body slides for tons of wet ‘n’ wild good times. Take the plunge on the six-story high Pacific Spin, catch some waves at Tidal Wave Bay, relax on the lazy Sunset River and have epic water battles with the three-story Toyota Beach House’s water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. Little ones can join in the fun as well! Designed for maximum family appeal, Gremmie Lagoon is a hands-on water playground for pint-sized surfers. Just be sure to wear your swimsuit, because you’re not going to get out of here without getting wet!
Spend a day cooling off at California’s largest water park, Raging Waters San Dimas. With 50 beautifully landscaped acres of slides, attractions and its own sandy beach, Raging Waters has active entertainment options for everyone. Feel the adrenaline rush on the all new Aqua Rocket, a four-person rocket style raft merging the excitement of a roller coaster and the thrills and spills of a water ride. Face thrillers like the Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, which features both a 40-foot drop and 360-degree spins … in total darkness! Make a splash at Wave Cove, a wave pool that simulates true tidal movements or just kick back and tube the quarter-mile-long lazy river known as Amazon Adventure.
$7.00 Tickets to visit Sea Jellies & More at Aquarium of the Pacific: Afternoon Admission For Any Weekday (New Exhibit!), Long Beach
Umbrella jellies, purple-striped jellies and egg yolk jellies: You can see all sorts of jellyfish species — and even safely touch them without getting stung — at Aquarium of the Pacific’s newJelliesexhibits. Discover these beautiful yet mysterious animals with no heart, brain or lungs that have existed on our planet since before the time of the dinosaurs, and learn about their importance to our ocean planet. Plus, you can come face-to-face with and touch the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds and watch Magellanic penguins play. With this offer, you can choose any weekday during afternoon hours (3:00pm-6:00pm) to visit this world-class aquarium.
For nearly 40 years, Golf N’ Stuff has been providing family entertainment for all ages. The park features two 18-hole miniature golf courses, lazer tag, go-carts, bumper boats and other fun rides, all set amongst lush landscaping, whimsical scenery and water features. Gaming buffs can try out all the newest video and prize arcade games. This is an outing that truly has something for every skill level, age and interest. When the fun has your mouth watering and your stomach growling, head to the snack bar for thirst-quenching soft drinks and favorites like Tombstone pizza, Farmer John hot dogs, nachos and refreshing soft-serve ice cream.
$13 Tickets to see Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out With a Pre-Show Live Dance Performance & Screening of Short Film Lava @ The El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood
From the Academy Award-winning director of Up comes Disney/Pixar’s original film Inside Out, a hilarious look inside the most extraordinary location any animated film has dared to visit — the human mind. As if young Riley wasn’t having a hard enough time dealing with growing up, her family uproots her from her Midwestern life and moves to San Francisco. As Riley and her emotions — Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) — struggle to adjust to her new life, turmoil ensues. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the others clash on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Inside Out gives a totally fresh, comical and endearing spin on the concept of being on an “emotional roller-coaster.” Before the movie, experience The Music of Light, a stage show like you’ve never seen before. Dancers coached by So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Dave Scott will move and groove across the El Capitan stage amidst colorful 3-D LED illuminations.
$6.00 Tickets to see Storybook Theatre’s Cinderella: Interactive Kids’ Show @ Theatre West, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Magazine calls Storybook Theatre “the best in the city for the squirmy set,” and their latest production of the classicCinderella is poised to provide another fun, enriching experience for young ones ages 3-9. Not only will the kids enjoy the slightly scatterbrained fairy godmother and the puppet stepsisters as part of the story of the chore-plagued girl who wants to go to the ball, but they’ll also have the chance to dance with the prince and even try on the glass slipper.
Snow White and the gang invite the younger set on stage to help the Los Angeles Children’s Theater re-create this classic fairy tale. Kids can become a part of the action, performing as a tree, raindrop, wind, woodland creature or even a dwarf as this much-beloved story unfolds. The show follows the well-known adventures of fair Snow White and the jealous Queen, and features favorites including the Magic Mirror, poisoned apple, handsome prince and of course, the fabulous seven dwarves.
The Los Angeles Children’s Theater uses the classic fairy taleThree Bully Goats Gruff to teach young audiences about peaceful ways of dealing with bullying. In this new spin on the 19th-century tale, little Billy the Goat is the troublesome character everyone has to watch out for — the kid is bullying everyone in sight, including the two goats siblings and the toll trolls who work on that well-known bridge. As if paying a toll to get across the bridge wasn’t bad enough, now anyone who dares to cross over the bridge gets knocked off by Billy. A host of silly new characters join in to help solve the dilemma of Billy the Bully. You’ll see everyone from a politician to a prima ballerina get in on the action. The production’s as rollicking as it is enriching, teaching kids a valuable moral lesson while also tickling their funny bones, at The Little Theater.
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular production of The Phantom of the Opera brings the dramatic doomed love triangle to the Hollywood Pantages. Described by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” the latest edition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece offers bold new staging showcasing original costumes, fresh choreography and exciting special effects (including the legendary chandelier) — plus a soaring score filled with memorable songs like “Masquerade,” “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You.”
$17.50 Tickets to see Hairspray: The Smash Hit Musical Comedy @ Chance Theater, Westminster
Hairspray is boppin’ onto the Chance Theater stage in Anaheim, and it’s piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and infectious tunes. Set in 1960s Baltimore, this hit musical that scored eight Tony Awards tells the story of lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad — a social misfit who becomes a local celebrity by dancing on TV’s Corny Collins Show. Tracy’s love of dancing leads her to become an unlikely heroine, triumphing over both snotty teen queens and racial segregation. And she does it all without mussing a hair of her stylish ‘do. Stick around after the show for a discussion with the artists following every non-preview performance.
It’s grand and uplifting, and it’s one of the most popular musicals of all time. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables won eight Tony Awards on Broadway and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 2013. Encore Entertainers presents this sweeping tale of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. You’ll be immersed in the tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean’s struggle for redemption while trying to outrun the determined police inspector Javert, and moved by the innocent love of his adopted daughter Cosette for the revolutionary and student, Marius. It’s a celebration of the human struggle for justice and happiness in the face of hardship, backed by a gorgeous score, including the beloved songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and more.
$79 Tickets to see Broadway’s Matilda the Musical @ Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical. Named Timemagazine’s No. 1 show of the year, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl — and later made into a movie starring Danny DeVito and Mara Wilson — Matilda the Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
Happy Field Tripping!