Panning for Gold at Knott’s Berry Farm

did you know that Knott’s has many fun experiences that are also educational available for guests around the park. Panning for gold is one of my family’s favorites. Panning for Gold is located near the Churro Factory and in front of the Knott’s Cemetery in Ghost Town. it costs only $10 per person to pan for gold, and tickets can be purchased at the Toy Store which is located a few doors down near the Haunt Museum.

it’s fun to pretend you are traveling back in time,  experiencing the life of a prospector trying to stake their claim. it’s also a great way to have some hands-on fun with history at Knott’s.

when you arrive at the Panning for Gold area, a Knott’s Gold Prospector will show you the ropes, tell you interesting facts about the gold rush era as well as teaching you how to pan for gold. It is simple as filling your mining pan with sand and swirling it gently beneath the water. learn about how to pan for gold at Knott’s by watching this video. i recommend this Panning for Gold experience for all ages, kids and adult alike would enjoy it.

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Family Time at Knott’s Merry Farm

Christmas Lights at Knott'severy year to start off the holidays we make a family visit to one of our faves, Knott’s Merry Farm. as you probably know, we are big Knott’s Berry Farm fans, and Merry Farm is one of our favorite times to visit. for some reason, this year felt more special. maybe because the boys are getting older, or because Merry Farm has been such a special place for our family to visit each year, but this years visit felt especially warm and festive.

The Farm was definitely feeling the magic of Christmas time this year. the decor, the shows, the snow. since the boys and i planned to stay the entire day, we decide to play a game with the Popsicle Blog readers. we announced on Facebook that we would be in the park all day, and the first person who found us would get a Snoopy surprise. we had no idea if someone would, but it was excited posting our locations throughout the day as clues to our whereabouts.Knott's Merry Farm Entrance we arrive just before lunch and spent the day enjoying the new Christmas decorations and entertainment in the streets of Ghost Town.

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the Christmas Crafts Village is lines the street of Ghost Town. the boys loved going from booth to booth to check out the handmade gifts, talk to the crafters and see demonstrations such as glass blowing, chainsaw sculpting, and torch throwing. there are lots of items perfect for gifts and also ready to be personalized. within the shops there are also gift making for kids like creating their own jewelry and personalizing ornaments.

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it was also fun to stop by the Old School House and see it decorated for the holidays. it was warm and toasty, and the teacher was there to entail and answer any questions you had.

Knott's School House at Christmas
the “Merry Christmas Snoopy” Ice Show was on the top of our list of must dos at Merry Farm. it is my personal fave, but the entire family loves it too. the music, the costumes, the story and the Peanuts Gang make it such a special show. there is even snow and doves in the show.

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and surprise, one of the Popsicle Blog readers found us at the Snoopy On Ice Show. We were thrilled!!!!! it is always such a treat to meet readers in person and so much fun to give out a fun Snoopy surprise.

Meeting Friends at Knott's
after the show, we worked up an appetite, so we headed over to our other Merry Farm must-do, Santa’s Christmas Cabin. its full of yummy treats, cocoa, egg nog, wine, roasted nuts, Berry Market delights and new this year, crepes! this is also where you will find Santa, and the boys sat down and shared with Santa their Christmas wishes.

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someone really wants a Jurassic Park Lego set.

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next up was a ride on the historic steam engine. right now it’s Christmas on Engine 41, and as we rode the train around the Farm, we were met by some Knott’s characters to get us in the Christmas spirit.

Knott's Berry Farm Train at Christmas
finally, the sun was setting and Christmas lights set Knott’s Merry Farm aglow. we watched Snoopy Merriest Tree lighting which was cute a fun. the tree all lit up is awesome.

Knott's Berry Farm Tree Lighting

then as we strolled through Ghost Town on our way out, we admired the Christmas lights, decorated trees and got a big surprise. SNOW!!!!! that’s right. every evening during Merry Farm, when the sun sets on the Farm, the paths and building in Ghost Town’s Main Street and on School House Road are filled with glow and snow! the sparkling lights dance to the beat of “Let It Snow” while snow gently falls to the ground. the boys were dancing in the streets and at that moment, Christmas joy filled the air. it was THE PERFECT ending to a perfect day….a day at Merry Farm that we will remember year after year.
Snow and Glow at Knott's
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Merry Farm is happening at Knott’s Berry Farm now through January 3rd. you can check out all the fun available and also get your tickets by visiting the Knott’s Merry Farm website. Happy Holidays!

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{Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were invited guests of Knott’s and all opinions are 100% my own.}

Knott’s Summer Fun

Summer Fun at Knott's Berry Farm

SUMMER is here!!! and that means planning out your family’s summer bucket list. you need to make sure that Knott’s Berry Farm is on your list. there are lots of new things happening at Knott’s this summer, and they will be gone once summer is over. as you know, i LOVE Knott’s. and that is not only because i am one of the Knott’s ambassadors. i have been going to Knott’s since i was a baby, i even worked at a portrait artist at Knott’s during college. i love the all-american family feel that you get at Knott’s. that is why i continue to go back ALL. THE. TIME.

so, what’s happening at Knott’s this summer????

first up…there’s a NEW RIDE at Knotts!

Knott's New Ride Voyage to the Iron Reef Lasers

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Voyage to the Iron Reef is Knott’s newest ride! you can read all about our experience and get details here. let me tell you that my boys just love it, and it is unlike any other ride you will find at Knott’s. it is a sic-fi adventure that takes you into a real life video game. make sure to try out this new ride.

Blockbuster Beagle!…On Ice

Knott’s brand new ice show Blockbuster Beagle!…On Ice hits the stage beginning June 13 through August 23 (no shows on Wednesdays), step into the Charles M. Schulz Theatre for this amazing new production! watch Snoopy, his Peanuts buddies and Knott’s world-class ice skating stars as they “go Hollywood” and bring Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure.

the fun continues after dark with the…

Vertical Impact Geared Up! Show

beginning June 13 – August 23 (no shows on Mondays & Tuesdays), Vertical Impact presents Vertical Impact Geared Up! the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high flying acrobats performing a one of a kind performance perfect for the entire family! this high energy show is set to the most popular songs of today, combining everything from trampoline stunts, skaters, bmx bikes, dancers, and aerialists with awesome special effects. each show will end with a meet & greet for the guests and entire cast on stage. “DJ Nytemadness” will keep the party going mixing  EDM, dance & pop hits after each show while the cast joins the guests to party, dance, take selfies, and just be a part of it all.

other Summer Fun Entertainment at Knott’s Berry Farm includes…

Meet Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm

Meet the Peanuts Gang

here is your chance to meet and hug one of your favorite Peanuts characters! Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Woodstock, or Peppermint Patty  are available for hugs and photos in Camp Snoopy located near the Flying Ace ride.

Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy are back performing Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers at the Camp Snoopy Theater! it’s a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody! shows begin June 14 and will continue through September 1, 2015. times are posted just outside the theater.

Knott's Ghost Town Entertainment

Ghost Town Streetmosphere

Ghost Town is alive with townsfolk who will put you smack dab in the middle of the Wild West. Knott’s new residents have recently put down stakes…Clem Culpepper, the gold miner, Ma & Pa Shine, our resident moonshiners & Nathan Quickly, the Pony Express Agent. as you mosey through Ghost Town, be sure to say “Howdy” to returning favorites, Dusty Trail, who’s never without her six-shooter, Miss Ruby, the purtiest Saloon Gal in town, Miss Apple the School Teacher, and the rest of the Calico townsfolk.

The Marshal Purdy Show

visit the Birdcage Theatre for some old fashioned, homespun fun that’s sure to tickle your fancy and bust your gut. Tuesday & Wednesday, June 17 through August 21, 2015.

The Ghost Town Miners

For a “Yeehaw” of a good time you won’t want to miss the Ghost Town Miners sing and play some of the best bluegrass this side of the Rio Grande! check them out on the Ghost Town Spurs Stage, Tuesday through Thursdays, June 16 through August 20, 2015.

Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies – Birdcage Theatre

things are about to get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show that has Knott’s audiences clamoring for more! it’s the perfectly krazy way to spend some time at Knott’s Berry Farm! shows are performed Fridays through Mondays beginning June 13 through August 23, 2015  (except 6/19 and 8/6 & 29).

Knott's Fiesta Village

Salsa Bands

Nothing says a fiesta better than the energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands. Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings from June 13 through August 23, 2015 you can salsa the night away at the Fiesta Plaza stage. (additional performances on August 29, 30 and September 5, 6, & 7)

The Big Fat Steve Band

The Big Fat Steve Band – The Kings of Kool is BACK by popular demand! a fun, exciting dance band with a swingin’ beat. you can enjoy the live musicality of rockabilly, swing and classic sounds while practicing your dance moves. shows are Wednesday through Saturday, June 13 through August 29, 2015. (additional shows September 5 & 6)

Big Band Swingin’ Sundays

Jump, Jive & Swing to the sounds of Orange County’s best local Big Bands on Sunday evenings beginning June 14 through August 30, 2015.

Boardwalk Dance Party – Boardwalk Circle Stage

Dance ‘til you drop and wave your hands in the air until you just don’t care with DJ Howly, one of Orange County’s most requested “mixers & spinners”. Monday & Tuesday evenings, June 15 – August 25 Plus September 7

Knott's Wild West Show

Fool’s Gold Stunt Show

sit down in the Knott’s Wagon Camp and rest your feet while witnessing Knott’s signature rowdy, comical, western stunt show. will the bad guys manage to re route and steal the gold? you can only find out by watching the show!

Calico Saloon Cancan Show

what’s a Saloon without a show? Don’t miss the Calico Saloon Show for some good old’ fashioned bar room fun. i’ve heard that the dancin’ girls even perform that new fandangled dance from Paree, France, the Cancan! you might even want to cool off with a tall cool bottle of the hard stuff…Sarsaparilla! shows are performed daily, June 13 – September 30. (additional shows September 5 – 7)

and don’t forget to visit these favorite year round attractions….

Knott's Mystery Lodge

Indian Trails

you won’t want to miss the beautiful music, authentic costumes and historically rich traditions presented at the Indian Trails Stage. (shows performed Thursday through Monday)

Mystery Lodge

Sit back and let the Knott’s Native American Storytellers shares stories of their rich history and culture. this award winning, one of a kind attraction, complete with special effects will mesmerize and amaze you. it’s a great way to take a break from the walking and take a moment relax during your visit to the park.

you can enjoy all this AND MORE at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer. not to mention all the RIDES, GAMES and FOOD!!!! and don’t forget to purchase a Knott’s Berry Farm Sport Bottle. you call fill it up all-day with free refills!!!! ($.99 refills the rest of the year.) now that’s a great deal.

Knott's Free Drink Refills

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{ The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content. }

Knott’s New Ride Voyage to the Iron Reef

Knott's Berry Farm New Ridei have some exciting news about Knott’s Berry Farm! this past friday, Knott’s opened a new interactive 4-D attraction called, Voyage to the Iron Reef. my boys and i have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this new ride, and we were very excited to finally get to ride it.

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Voyage to the Iron Reef is a totally new experience unlike any other ride at Knott’s. this ride takes guests on an adventure aboard submarine-inspired vehicles through enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, mysterious mechanical wreckage and high definition 3-D animation. the boys especially loved the story behind the exciting action packed adventure we took beneath the Knott’s Boardwalk. and you get to wear 3D glasses, so everything jumps out at you!

Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef 3D RideVoyage to the Iron Reef is located to the left of Johnny Rockets where The Kingdom of the Dinosaurs once was. you might even remember that before The Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, this area was originally the site of the wacky and whimsical Knott’s Bear-y Tales ride (the ride I most loved at Knott’s when I was a little kid). and finishes off the expansion of the Boardwalk Pier and new ride additions, Coast Rider and Surfside Gliders. all the construction has reawakened a mystic lair in the depths below the Boardwalk seas that is filled with creatures who plan to rise up and wreak havoc on Knott’s Berry Farm. while riding Voyage to the Iron Reef we where given the task of saving Knott’s from the mysterious creatures emerging from the Boardwalk seas in a cutting edge media-based battle.

Knott's Voyage to the Iron ReefKnott's Voyage to the Iron Reef Ride Reviewwe loved that this new ride combines the fun of a theme park ride with the interactivity of a high-tech video game, where riders will feel like they have virtually entered an action packed 3-D game. submarines will navigate them on a four-minute adventure through 11 colossal scenes featuring hundreds of sea creatures and other special effects.

Voyage to the Iron Reef RideVoyage to the Iron Reef Ride Reviewaccording to my boys, the best part of the ride was using the freeze rays to aim and blast at ballooning puffer fish, iron clad octopus, and other exciting 3-D creatures. it was a competition between brothers to blast the most sea life and save Knott’s from a watery doom. the exciting thing about this new interactive ride is that it will feature a different experience every time you ride as it reacts to the actions of those onboard. so that means we will need to ride it over and over again to experience all the different effects.

Knott's New Ride Voyage to the Iron Reef Lasers

Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef 3D Ride Review
at the end of the ride, your score is digitally displayed in the undock area and players can see how they have faired against the villainous sea creatures compared to the other players in their party. we didn’t get very high scores…YET, but when we do, it will be entered in the Iron Reef’s Hall of Fame.Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef Scores Voyage to the Iron Reef is fun for all ages. i would suggest 5 and up, unless your child get scared easily. the effects are loud and action packed, but not gory. here are the safety requirements in case you were wondering.

Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef Height Requirements

i hope that you get to experience Voyage to the Iron Reef very soon. we give it two thumbs up!

Knott's Berry Farm New Ride Voyage to the Iron Reef




Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure 2015

knott-for-the-curelast weekend, i was tickled pink to be able to celebrate the kick-off of Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure Event. it was an even bigger treat to celebrated this special day at Knott’s with my sweet grandma who is a breast cancer survivor herself, and also with my dear blogger friend, Jaime Jenkins, who is in the midst of her battle with stage 4 breast cancer. you can only imagine that this is a cause near and dear to my heart.

i am thrilled that Knott’s has once again partnered with Susan G. Komen Orange County this year, to raise money for breast cancer awareness, services and research. this year, from now through March 27th, Knott’s Berry Farm is offering a special “Pink Ticket” and limited edition “pink” merchandise with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Orange County.  and you can be sure that the funds raised will be going to a great cause! 75% of the funds will be used to provide services in our community of Orange County such as education and early breast cancer detection, information and support for breast cancer survivors and families, funding for free mammograms for the underprivileged and uninsured, and the other 25% will be sent for national research to discover the cure for breast cancer.


at the event, Jaime was able to speak to the media and tell us her story. she is a very courageous women….and i am so happy that Knott’s is helping bring awareness and support to her, and other women (and men) who are battling breast cancer just like her.


 these lovely women are all either breast cancer survivors or battling it at this time.

orange-county-breast-cancer-survivorsduring the kick-off event, the survivors were able to ride one of the Knott’s roller coasters together and celebrate their courage and the battles they have won during their fight of breast cancer.susan-g-komen-orange-county

right now, during the Knott’s for the Cure campaign, Knott’s guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Knott’s world class entertainment, attractions and specially-themed “pink” decor, while supporting an important cause that touches many women. throughout this campaign, guests can purchase “Pink Tickets” for theme park admission only online. a portion of these “Pink Tickets” proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County!

also available is a limited edition, Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure t-shirt starting at $10.00 (plus tax) for adult sizes.


and there is also other pink Knott’s for the Cure merchandise. proceeds will benefit Komen Orange County. purchase any of these items to show your support for this worthy cause…plus, they are REALLY CUTE!knott-breast-cancer-awareness-merchandise

i hope that you can join Knott’s and Susan G. Komen in their efforts to raise money for a cure. run on over to Knott’s for a day full of pink fun! thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for helping this important cause.


{disclusure: this is not a sponsored post. i received admission to attend the Knott’s for the Cure event.}