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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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 Merry Farm 2014

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the holiday season is here….which means that we will be heading to Knott’s Merry Farm very soon! the boys are super excited because we LOVE going to Knott’s during the holiday season. and this year there’s a lot happening at Merry Farm. it’s the perfect place to into the holiday spirit.
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one holiday adventure we love at Knott’s Merry Farm, is Christmas On Engine 41. where the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad celebrates Christmas on its iconic steam Engine 41. a whole cast of characters will be aboard the train, ready to brighten your holidays with Christmas cheer and traveling adventures…we love experiencing a Calico Christmas.
knotts-merry-farm-steam-engineknotts-merry-farm-steam-train we also love all the decorations and Snoopy and friends dressed up for the holidays. there are plenty of holiday photo ops available. knotts-merry-farm-snoopyknotts-merry-farm-holiday-showa Merry Farm Christmas wouldn’t be complete without visiting Santa Claus. the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town becomes home to Santa’s Christmas Cabin during the holiday season, where kiddies can share their wish lists with Santa and take home a special picture of their visit. guests can also indulge in holiday delights such as Santa’s homemade cookies, hot fudge sundae bar, decadent hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, winter wine and craft beer tastings paired with fresh fruit, cheese and more!

knotts-merry-farm-santas-christmas-cabin knotts-merry-farm-santaGhost Town Christmas entertainment will include Christmas Crafts Village, Calico Carolers, The Calico Saloon Christmas Show and The Ghost Town Miners who will be tap pin’ and clappin’ to Christmas Bluegrass.

knotts-merry-farm-carolers-cabinit is also where you can attend a live performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in an intimate setting of the historic Bird Cage Theatre.
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you will also find lots of Knott’s treats and yummys. you may even get to taste Knott’s specialty jams and syrups. knotts-merry-farm-food-tasting
our family’s favorite is the Knott’s Merry Farm Christmas Ice Show which has become a holiday tradition for us and many others. this season will have a brand new ice spectacular, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! with professional skaters, dazzling sets and colorful costumes as Snoopy and his PEANUT friends take to the ice in search of the true meaning of Christmas!
knotts-merry-farm-snoopy-ice-showwhen the sun sets on the Farm, Calico Stage lights up with the celebration of the season in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting. this is where you will see a musical, whimsical tree lighting featuring a cast of Toy Soldiers, Snowmen, Elves and America’s most famous beagle, Snoopy!
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and of course, Camp Snoopy will be decked out for the holidays as well. Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy invite you to dance, sing while enjoying the holiday fun at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. and  be sure to stay till dark where you can enjoy Snoopy Magical Nights of Lights.
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all this is just a few weeks away… we are looking forward to  a magical, fun day filled with Christmas excitement! we hope you can join us at Merry Farm or visit it this holiday season. you can also follow along with our Snoopy adventures via Instagram.
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wanna go? here’s the info….
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
included in price of admission
pssst…..Knott’s Berry Farm Annual Passes make great holiday gifts. a gift that will make smiles all year long. plus there are easy payment plans. click here for details.
 
keep up to date on the latest Knott’s  fun by following Knott’s on Facebook or Knott’s on twitter.
{disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. my family received admission to Knott’s on behalf of GigaSavvy. Partial photo credit: Knott’s Berry Farm. } 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventures with Snoopy to Merry Farm

snoopylast week a visitor came to visit us…it was Snoopy. i wrote about how he was going to take us to Knott’s Merry Farm this week, and today is the day!!!! be sure to keep up with our adventures with Snoopy today on instagram, Facebook and twitter as we visit Merry Farm with our pal Snoopy. or better yet, head on over and meet us there, we would love to meet you!

we are busy getting ready to leave for day at Merry Farm….so in the meantime, check out the fun we had with Snoopy this week. he was the perfect guest….practically no messes at all hee hee.

we went out to dinner and he made us fresh guacamole, we visited Mrs. Claus, and he helped us decorate Christmas cookies….although he said he we were going to decorate cookies at Merry Farm too..

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he took us for ice cream at the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain…because well, he loves to eat.

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and we all went to Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame….

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we also went the the Hollywood Wax Museum and met a bunch of movie stars….

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even the President of the United States loves Snoopy.

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and best of all, he made me a traditional Charlie Brown Thanksgiving since i was sick in bed.

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the boys were so grateful to have such a fun house guest. thanks Snoopy for visiting and taking us to Merry Farm. we are so excited!

 

Knott’s Merry Farm 2013

we’ve got a visitor over here….and he’s taking us to Knott’s Merry Farm next week!
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the boys are super excited because we LOVE going to Knott’s during the holiday season. and this year there’s a lot happening at Merry Farm.  New this year, is Christmas On Engine 41. where the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad celebrates Christmas on its iconic steam Engine 41. it’s time to gather your packages and experience a Calico Christmas! a whole cast of characters will be aboard the train, ready to brighten your holidays with Christmas cheer and traveling adventures.
Ghost Town Christmas entertainment will include Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting, Christmas Crafts Village, The Gift of the Magi and A Christmas Carol stage plays, Calico Carolers, The Calico Saloon Christmas Show and The Ghost Town Miners who will be tap pin’ and clappin’ to Christmas Bluegrass.
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our family’s favorite is the Knott’s Merry Farm Christmas Ice Show which has become a holiday tradition for us and many others in Southern California. this season’s, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” features a cast of 11 professional skaters, dazzling sets and colorful costumes as Snoopy and his PEANUT friends take to the ice in search of the true meaning of Christmas!
Camp Snoopy will be decked out for the holidays as well. Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy invite you to dance, sing while enjoying the holiday fun in Lucy’s Wish List show at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. and  be sure to stay till dark where you can enjoy Snoopy Magical Nights of Lights.
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and before we leave…we will most definitely make a stop at Santa’s Christmas Cabin. we’ll have to tell Santa our Christmas wishes and treat ourselves to some holiday delights like Santa’s homemade cookies, a sundae bar, and decadent hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings and more.
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it’s going to be a fun day filled with Christmas excitement! we hope you can join us at Merry Farm or visit it this holiday season. you can also follow along with our Snoopy adventures via Instagram.
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wanna go? here’s the info….
November 28, 2012 – January 5, 2013
included in price of admission
 
and keep up to date on the latest Knott’s  fun by following Knott’s on Facebook or Knott’s on twitter.
{disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. my family received admission to Knott’s on behalf of GigaSavvy.} 

Orange County Winter Break Ideas for Kids

it’s here….it officially winter break for all the kiddies in the Orange County. so, how are you going to entertain these kiddies these next couple of weeks? we’ve got a great list of great activities to do….so you are surely never going to hear “i’m bored!” from your kiddies.
i am planning to take a bit of a break for the blog. i need some time to recoup and refresh. my kids need me….so, see you all in the New Year!!!!!! have fun during winter break.
first, you can check out our weekly Orange County “to do” list. it has day-by-day listings of great activities, storytimes and kid-friendly events happening in the OC. lots of free activities too.

second, Michelle from Fun Orange County Parks has an awesome list of fun things to do with the kids during winter break. in fact, her entire website is full of great information all about our parks here in Orange County. it’s the first place i go when i want the scoop about a park in the OC.

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or Jenn, from Tiny Oranges has a great list of things to do. plus check out all her posts about decorating and yummy recipes.
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third, here are a few links to some of our favorite go-to activities. check them out and see what would interest your kiddies.

OC Zoo
just $2 per person, you can see animals native to Orange County. bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the rest of Irvine Regional Park as well.
Irvine Park Railroad
a favorite of my two-year old. we can’t leave without riding the train $4, and taking a ride on a pony $4. go to their website to find coupons for a discounted train rides.
Zoomar’s

we just love feeding the guinea pigs and bunnies. plus, it’s nice to walk around the charming historic town, catching a glimpse of the train, and grabbing a bit to eat at Ruby’s Diner.

Tidepools at Corona Del Mar (don’t forget your galoshes)
Indiana Jones Exhibit at Discovery Cube

Fun things to do in your very own Kitchen

Winter Play sessions at Scooter’s Jungle

Scooter’s has open play sessions almost every day during the break. i love it because the kiddies are contained and able to run around and get their energy out!
lastly….you could let the kids toilet paper you house!!!!  LOL.