There is something about the Spring season and about Easter that I absolutely love. The perfect Southern California weather, the crisp fresh air, the pastel colors, the inherit need to clean out closets for “spring cleaning”, egg hunts, egg dying, Easter events and the chance to spoil my kids once more with over-stuffing their Easter baskets – all of which I just can’t get enough of.
One of my favorite Easter events to do with the kids is to visit the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Irvine Park Railroad. It’s a celebration we’ve done since my son was 3 years old and I love, love, love going. The Irvine Park Railroad is the perfect setting for any celebration or holiday or even just for a regular day but there is something extra magical about the lush green grass that make it a perfect spot for Easter fun.
The Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza will be in town from March 29th thru April 19th
Easter Egg Hunts will begin every day at 10:00am and are intended for children ages 2 through 12. Each egg will be filled with candy or a prize and age time slots make it perfect for your littlest little to your biggest big to enjoy! Don’t forget to bring an Easter basket for each child, but just in case you forget the Irvine Park Railroad will have baskets for sale too. Tickets must be purchased on the day of your visit for a egg hunt time slot which can then be redeemed for a wristband.
And of course during your Easter Eggstravaganza day you’re going to want to see the Easter bunny! Tickets are $10 per family or group to see the furry fellow and includes a professional picture.
Visits with the Easter bunny!
Easter Egg Hunt
a moon bounce
Easter cookie decorating
hundreds of perfect picture opportunities
And now I have the most amazing giveaway for you! Enter now to win 6 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train or participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities) AND 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park surrey rental (excludes the double surrey). The approximate value of this giveaway is $73.00! To enter to win please use the Rafflecopter widget below.
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“You don’t like my opinions mommy” She said as she was in the bath last night. I stopped in my tracks, naturally. The word “opinions” caught my attention, her being 3 years old and all. I turned towards her and I asked her for clarification. Knowing she probably didn’t understand what an “opinion” was, I still wanted to know what she was referring to.
Just moments before bath time our house was in an uproar. My oldest was in trouble for hitting his sister, the baby was crying and my daughter tried handing me a pair of ladybug shoes right in the middle of the whirl. In a frustrated haste I told her to “JUST GO PUT THOSE SHOES BACK!” She did put the shoes back in her closet of course and she hopped into the warm bath.
“You don’t like my opinions anymore mommy” She said again.
“I gave you my caterpillar shoes for my baby sister and you didn’t like them” She clarified.
I looked into her big, unblinking eyes and I died.
Turns out she was trying to give me her ladybug shoes to give to her baby sister who we are activily preparing for because the shoes hurt her feet and when I told her to “JUST GO PUT THOSE SHOES BACK” she was hurt.
She ended her 5 minute lecture with “You hurt my feelings mommy”
I had to hold back my tears.
I’ve never, not even once, had a conversation like this with my oldest son. He is 7, going on 17 and he is hardly able to express himself in any coherent way. Dealing with his feelings is a game of chess that is chock full of guesswork. But this conversation was different. This conversation with my 3 year old daughter was sunshine after a rainy day, clarity after a bad head cold, sleep after sleep deprivation – I was both surprised and sad at the same time.
I look forward to having meaning full conversations with her, I look forward to the clarity in kids feelings and I look forward to not having to do the feeling guessing game. But I don’t look forward to hearing that I have so carelessly hurt her feelings.
That is going to break my heart.
This week’s Wordless Wednesday theme is “wild card” meaning we can post on any subject/theme we’d like. Which, sounds all great in theory but unless you have a particular picture already in mind the task of choosing one can be daunting. So I went into my facebook picture files and this one caught my eye.
I took this picture on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland. We took my son to Disneyland for his 4th birthday and this was our first ride of the day. I’m not sure why I took this picture but I love the colors.
I guess this picture is indicative to my life lately.
Life is but a blur.
Deep-Rooted American History
Knotts Berry Farm began in the early 1920′s as a roadside berry stand. Walter Knott eventually expanded the business with opening a fried chicken restaurant and attractions replicating Calico Ghost Town. Slowly over the years, the Knotts family added rides and attractions and Camp Snoopy was born in 1983 in association with the Peanuts characters.
What began as a simple berry stand has now expanded to be one of the best amusement parks to visit in Southern California. My kids and I adore visiting Knotts. As if anyone would need specific reasons to visit Knotts Berry Farm any time of the year, I have come up with my top 5 favorite things about visiting America’s first amusement park. I will be receiving Knotts Berry Farm tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
I’m not sure which holiday is my absolute favorite to visit while at Knotts, they’re all pretty fantastic. Knotts Spring is fun and lively, the scavenger hunt is really great. And Christmas and Halloween are awesome too. Basically, going to Knotts Berry Farm during a holiday is awesome!
The Natural Setting
Every time we visit Knotts Berry Farm I’m always taken aback by the natural beauty of the park. The water springs, the grown trees, the “old timey” buildings are just a sight to behold.
I mean, YES. These nacho waffle fries from The Ghost Town Grille have been in my dreams ever since. And Mrs. Knotts Fried Chicken dinner? YES.
The Rides and Attractions
Now that my daughter is old enough and tall enough to ride most of the rides inside Camp Snoopy, she asks to visit “snoopy’s house” almost daily. They love the rides that are fit just for kids and they love the autonomy of riding without me (ugh my heart!). I love the seasonal and permanate attractions at Knotts Berry Farm too. The Mystery Lodge is pretty phenomenal and the ice skating show “It’s Christmas Charlie Brown” is out of this world.
I’m all about life experiences – from doing to traveling to touristing to eating to going to seeing. But above all else, I’m about wholesome family fun experiences. I want to go and do and teach my children as much as possible through doing and traveling and touristing and eating and going and seeing. Each time we have visited Knotts Berry Farm has been a genuinely good and wholesome time. The kids love it and I love it and everyone is happy. Which is a win-win in my book.
Knotts Berry Farm Season Passes Allow Year Round Fun
Did you know that you can purchase Knotts Berry Farm season passes that allow year round fun? Yep. And the season passes are incredibly priced. At only 6 payments of $14 each, there really is no reason not to scoop this deal up.
Knott’s Season Pass Ticket Giveaway Facebook Contest
Just in case you don’t believe me about how fun Knotts Berry Farm really is, Knotts is giving away a family 4 pack of season passes on their facebook page to one lucky fan. Go on over now to the Knotts Season Pass Ticket Giveaway Facebook Contest and enter to win!
I know you’ve read similar articles like this before in magazines and parenting books that promise to be a mom’s one-and-only-guide but ya’ll, this one is for real. Since I’m about to pop out baby #4 in less than a month I thought a useful guide like this would come in handy for you and for me.
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