Knott’s Summer Nights Debuts This Summer!

Knott’s Summer Nights will debut for the first time ever tonight at Knott’s Berry Farm. Last Night I was able to preview the fun, and I can tell you that Knott’s Summer Nights will most definitely become a family summer tradition! Beginning June 7 – August 11th, you will be able to enjoy a variety of traditional summer experiences, including live music, food and games. It all begins when the sun goes down on the Knott’s midway – between the Calico Square Stage and the Boardwalk.

Knott’s Summer Night Food Options

A summer night party is not complete without food and drinks, and no theme park does food quite like Knott’s. Seasonal flavors collide as the Knott’s culinary team creates tasty twists to classic summer favorites. 

You also have the option to buy a Summer Night’s Tasting Card so that you can pick and choose 8 of your favorites for only $35.

You can choose from ice cream treats to kettle corn, to fish tacos and chili corn chip pie. There are also craft beers and wines to choose from. All of the Summer Night’s Food and Drinks can be purchased separately or with a ticket from the tasting card.

My favorite item so far were the fudge dipped apples. You get to pick and choose your toppings and they make the apples right in front of you.

There is a map located on the back of the Summer Night’s Tasting card that will help you find where each of the Summer Night’s Food items are located. You also don’t have to use the entire card in one evening. if you would like to bring it back on another night…you can use your remaining tickets then!

Knott’s Summer Nights Band Line-up

Summer Night’s are better with live music, so get ready for some great music and live bands each night at Knott’s Summer Nights.

Guests can enjoy a variety of bands nightly, rock out to a top 40’s band at the Calico Mine Stage or bop to beats of the Boardwalk DJ around Charleston Circle Fountain. Looking at the schedule, Knott’s did an outstanding job of lining up some great bands of all different styles. Click here for the Knott’s Summer Nights Band line-up.

The bands will be rotating between 3 stages, so there will always be some great music to enjoy!

Knott’s Summer Night is Fun for the Entire Family

Along with the food and live music, there will Instagram-able photo opportunities, interactive experiences, and family-friendly games. Games include corn hole, tiki toss, giant checkers and giant pong!

Characters from Knott’s Backyard Barbecue join in the fun with funny story lines and props to make your stay at the Summer Nights full of laughter and energy.

Finally, make sure to take some time to sit down and relax by the fire. There are table top fire pits set up all around Calico Stage. You can even buy a s’more kit for $7.00 and make s’mores! Annual pass discounts do apply and the kit come with enough supplies to make two s’mores. You will find the booth to buy the kits next to the stage.

I am really looking forward to attending Knott’s Summer Nights multiple times this summer. I can tell that it will become a popular event to enjoy here in Orange County. It’s just one more reason to buy an season pass to Knott’s Berry Farm. Even though it’s six months into the year, there is still soooo much more fun to enjoy the rest of the year at Knott’s. Happy Summer!

Getting Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s Pitchur Gallery

would have to say, one of the most unique and fun experiences you could have at Knott’s Berry Farm is getting your picture taken at the old time Pitchur Gallery in Knott’s Ghost Town. My husband and boys just recently visited to Pitchur Gallery and had the one of the best times we’ve had at the park. Not only do you get to take home a cool souvenir photo when you get your photo taken at the Pitchur Gallery, but you also get the experience of trying on old fashioned clothing and pretending you are back in time – in the old wild west. It was a great experience for all.

When you arrive at the Knott’s Pitchur Gallery, a Knott’s team member will take you to the Pitchur Gallery dressing room where you will get to choose a costume for your photo. There is old west proper attire, military attire and old west cowboy attire.

Getting Dressed up in Old-fashioned Clothing

There are so many choices of old fashioned wild west costumes in the Pitcher Gallery dressing room. There’s something for everyone – as there are clothes made to fit most everyone, no matter your size. There are costumes for adults, children and even babies. Most of the clothing can be worn over your existing clothing, and there are dressing rooms provided for you if you need them.

There are also lots of accessories to liven up your costumes. From vintage belts, to hats, to feather boas, parasols to guns. You can pick out whatever items you think will make your photo just right. Fun fact, it doesn’t matter if your outfit matches! Since the photos are printed in black and white or sepia toned, all the colors disappear. So all you have to worry about, is if you like the style and look of your attire.

Taking Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s

Now the fun begins. The Knott’s photographers will show you to the photo studio where you can choose from five different scenes – a stable area, a saloon area, an old fashioned parlor area, a staircase or a wild west outdoor scene complete with a bucking horse.

Once you pick your scene, the crew will pose you and your party for the perfect old fashioned wild west photo. It’s a lot of fun….you kind of feel like a movie star.

During your photo session, the photographer will take a couple different photos including ones where no one smiles, and some where everyone smiles. You can choose to move into a couple different poses as well.

The photographers are great with setting up the scene just right and getting everyone’s attention, even the kids. They make it a fun experience for everyone.

I wasn’t sure about taking a saloon photo, but it ended up being a lot of fun. I think this is probably the most popular scene in the Pitcher Gallery.

When you are finished getting your photos taken, you can then change out of your costume and head over to the front desk area to pick out your favorite photos. There is no need to wait weeks to get your photos. They will be printed right there on the spot after you choose what you want. There are a variety of size and color options and you can also purchase a digital copy.

You can choose to purchase vintage style frames in unique styles to display your photos in if you would like. Maybe you want your photo as a wanted poster! That is also available as an option.

The Final Results

Let me share some of the finished photos our family got. Normally you would just take one scene unless you want to purchase multiple packages, but I wanted to be able to show the different options that are available.

Remember the saloon scene….I really like how it turned out. I chose this picture to be printed in black and white. This one was the most fun to take because you can add more personality into it.

Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s

My son really wanted to take a picture riding the famous Knott’s horse. I really like how it turned out, especially when printed in sepia tone.

Besides the sepia toned and black and white photos, you can also choose from a tinted photo that has just a hint of color. My husband and I thought it would be fun to take a proper old time photo together. I probably should have chosen the one of us not smiling, but I liked this one of us smiling. So I guess it’s not a hundred percent proper!

The boys took this fun robber photo of them stealing money in the barn area. It was hard to choose, because they took a lot of funny photos. I just have to laugh.

My favorite photo of the bunch was this family photo in sepia tone. I think it looks like it really was taken back in time, and most likely…it’s going to be our Christmas card! Yep…this is the perfect time to get those holiday card photos taken.

The Pitcher Gallery experience at Knott’s is one-of-a-kind and actually quite affordable. Each package includes one costume change, one scene and a photo, and is priced according to how many people you have. Additional photos can be purchased as well. You can have as few as one person up to large parties of people. So getting your picture taken at the Pitchur Gallery could be a fun souvenir to remember a visit with family and friends. And even if you don’t want to get your picture taken, I highly recommend to head over to Ghost Town and peek inside. It is pretty fun to watch everyone dressed up in costume. My family and I had the best time getting taking our Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s, and plan to continue visiting every year to document how we’ve changed each year when we visit Knott’s.

How we’ve come to Trust Bay Alarm Medical

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bay Alarm Medical. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s been almost two years since we set grandma up with one of the Bay Alarm Medical Alert Systems, and she couldn’t be happier! When we first set up her Bay Alarm medical alert system, we immediately felt a sigh of relief knowing that grandma now had a tool to help her if she had a medical emergency. She wasn’t sure at first she wanted the system, but now she tells us all the time how much comfort she has knowing she can get help if needed.

After we had our system for a few months, we also decided that since grandma is still very mobile and drives a car, that adding GPS would be a good idea. This is the Bay Alarm Medical on-the-go system, which she can take along with her.

Adding GPS to Our Bay Alarm Medical Alert System

You can read all about when we added GPS to our Bay Alarm medical alert system here. This is just a small hand-held device that can be put in your pocket or into a purse. It would come in handy if grandma is in an accident away from home such as on a walk or in the parking lot, or driving. 

This here is an older model of the mobile GPS, but Bay Alarm Medical has a new model of the mobile GPS. Aside from the new look, it has similar functionality and as a result, comes in handy if grandma has an accident if she is away from home on a walk. We are just in the process of upgrading my grandma’s mobile GPS now!

It’s been nice to have the GPS option because the in-home system is not meant to work outside.

Thinking About Getting Bay Alarm Medical Alert System?

If you are thinking about getting a Bay Alarm Medical Alert System, I highly recommend that you take the plunge. Getting one will give you the piece of mind that your loved one can call for help when necessary. PLUS, setting the Bay Alarm Medical Alert System is very EASY!

When ordering, an agent will help you through the process to get a custom tailored solution for you an aging parent or loved one. You can choose from different packages right over the phone or online that include the services you need. You can get just the in home package, and/or add the in car  package, 360º Protection, and Auto-Fall protection. You can also order additional accessories such as extra help buttons to place around your home.

The Bay Alarm Medical comes delivered in the mail, and is practically already set up. All you do is plug it into the wall via phone jack and power cord. Your information is already registered from when you ordered. It can also easily be changed with a quick phone call.

You also get a Vial of Life. This can speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself. It allows Bay Alarm customers to have their complete medical information ready in their home for EMS to reference during an emergency.

We followed the easy steps to place help buttons around grandmas house, at the correct levels recommended. These buttons are just an extra insurance that she is able to connect with a medical emergency crew.

Now, I can’t imagine my grandma not having the Bay Alarm Medical system. I would worry night and day that she is okay. Having her live alone can make us worry, but she is still not ready to not live at her home. She is still independent and needs that freedom. At the same time, if she were to have a fall or medical emergency…there is no one there to help her. That where Bay Alarm Medical comes into play. As soon as she presses the button, emergency services are alerted and so are her children.

Bay Alarm Medical alert system has been tried and true with our family. I wouldn’t have shared it on my blog three times if it wasn’t. After hearing so many stories of friend loved ones not being able to get the help they needed, I knew that we needed a system just like this one. We love our grandma so much. We just want her to have the best.

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Bubblefest is Back at Discovery Cube OC

Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC is back for the 2019 season! It’s the perfect spring break activity to entertain the kiddies. It’s and additional cost to the admission price, or to your annual passes…but it is worth it.

Going to Bubblefest has been a spring break tradition of ours for many many years. it’s fun for the entire family – even the adults! The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show with the famous Deni Yang and his sister Melody is the premiere part of Bubblefest, so make sure that you don’t miss it when you come to Bubblefest.

Located in the front of Discovery Cube, the is an area to make ginormous bubbles. There are bubble wand and bubble solution to help you create the biggest bubbles around!

The Bubblefest Laser Show takes place on the second level of Discovery Cube in the theater. There is stadium seating, and a large area near the stage for kids to sit and enjoy the show up close. Luckily, all the seat are great, so you can enjoy the show wherever you sit.

Highlights from the Bubblefest Show at Discovery Cube

These are some of my favorite moments from the show! Since Dani is mobile now, I had to focus on making sure she didn’t run up on stage this year, so I wasn’t able to take as many photos as i usually do.

The Mega Bubble Laser Show was AMAZING!!!

After the Mega Bubblefest Laser show, we spent a good hour exploring the rest of the Bubblefest exhibit before we headed up to the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. There is bubble art, a bubble experiment lab, bubble tables, bubble inflatables, bubble experiments, an area for toddlers, and lot more bubble stations to make your own bubbles.

Hands On Activities for Kids at Bubblefest

One of my kids most favorite activity was the Bubble Rollers! You get inside inflated plastic bubbles and roll over the water in a shallow pool. the line get long, so i would suggest getting there early and doing these first thing. it was hilarious watching the kids try to stand up in the balls. The lines get very long for this, so try to get there when it opens and go straight to the bubble rollers. Or have one adult wait in line while the kids explore the Bubblefest area.

There is an inflatable obstacle course that is great for older kids.

Dani LOVED bubble art!

The is a bubble lab with a bubble scientist.

And there is even a Toddler Bubble Zone for younger kids!

So. Much. Fun. Bubblefest 2019 didn’t disappoint and the kids had a blast. I am very glad that we were able to start our spring break off with this amazing exhibit at Discovery Cube OC.  Bubblefest ROCKS!!!!

{Disclosure: we were invited guests of Discovery Cube. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own}

5 Ways to Celebrate Cats the Musical has Come to Orange County

One of the biggest hits in musical theatrical history, CATS has come to Orange County for ONE WEEK ONLY!!!!  Starting April 9, 2019 through the 14, 2019, you can head over to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and see this beloved show. Can you believe the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre?!!!  It ran for an impressive 7,485 performances and 18 years. But even though it had a super long run, I have yet to see this musical. I have been wanting to see it since I was in grade school when I learned to play “Memory” on the piano. So you know that I am definitely going to the Segerstrom to see it.

If you didn’t know already, our family loves cats! We only have two – Phineas and Ferb, but if I let the boys have their way, we would have a dozen.

 

 

 

It’s fun sharing cat memes and buying cat trinkets for the boys since they love them so much, that is what I was so excited to find out that we would finally get to see the musical CATS. I have been wanting to share this experience with them for years and we are finally going!

Since we are so excited that CATS has finally come to the OC that we have found 5 ways to celebrate.

#1 See CATS the musical at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

You won’t want to miss CATS the musical. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries in 15 languages, and is soon to be on tour across North America!

This tour of CATS features new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation. It’s only in Orange County for ONE WEEK, so don’t procrastinate.

Tickets start at $29 and are available for purchase at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 13, 2019 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!

#2 Head over to your local Animal Shelter

There are a few animal shelters here in Orange County that allow you to help with the cats. You can volunteer at the Irvine Animal Care Shelter, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, and the OC Animal Shelter. Also, check in with Petco. They allow volunteers to play with the cats and clean out their cages daily.

You can also volunteer to foster cats in your home if you don’t want to take on the commitment to keep them forever. Also, you can donate food and pet supplies to the shelter to help with their care.

#3 Sign up for a subscription to the Cat Lady Box

The CatLadyBox unlike any other subscription box out there. Each month, you’ll receive a meowvelous selection of high-quality cat-themed items only available through the Cat Lady Box. From super-soft shirts and beautiful jewelry to inspired home decor and quirky cat toys, it delivers the ultimate ways show off your cat lady pride!


Each month has a new theme — like Pampurr Yourself, Another Day in Purradise, or Meowloween! — and the things in each box are inspired by that theme. Choose the basic CatLadyBox (just for cat ladies!) or the Crazy CatLadyBox (things for both you and your cats!). Decide whether you want the 1, 3, or 6-month plan, the more you order, the cheaper per box!  They ship all the boxes once a month!

#4 Have Lunch or Coffee with some Cats

Did you know there is a Kitty Cafe and Lounge right here in Orange County? Catmosphere is located in Laguna Beach. It is a cafe and lounge where the kitties roam free to mingle with the guests! All the cats in the cafe are shelter cats are up for adoption. You can play with them while you get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

The environment of Catmosphere transitions the homeless cats and kittens to a safe environment before they enter their forever human homes. All of the felines at Catmosphere are certified healthy and arrive with big personalities! 100% of the proceeds from adoptions go directly to the care, treatment, and welfare of our cats and kittens. Catmosphere Laguna has been called “a destination and an experience.”

#5 Go to the OC Pet Expo

In just a few weeks, the OC Pet Expo will be coming to the OC Fair & Event Center. It all happens April 26-28, 2019 and is fun for the whole family. So once you get you CATS the musical fix, you can then head over to the OC Pet Expo and enjoy hundreds of cats, along with hundreds of other animals.

The Pet Expo has been hosting the pet community for over 30 years. This long running show gathers pet enthusiasts for three days of family fun—all honoring the health and well-being of our furry, four-legged, finned and feathered friends. Attendees are treated to exciting competitions, demonstrations and stage shows; breed clubs looking to educate the public on their dogs, informational Q&A sessions with animal experts, veterinarians, breeders, trainers and hobbyists; adoptable animals looking for forever families; and a comprehensive showcase of pet products and services.

I hope that you are inspired to get your whiskers on and go see CATS the musical. It’s a great show to bring the family too and the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the theater. I feel it is very important for everyone to be exposed to the arts, and am very happy for show like CATS to inspire us all with their music and creativity.