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Birthdays are very special no matter how old you are and when it’s your kid’s birthday, it gets even more special for them as well as to the parents. Of all the Disneyland and Disney World  trips we made in last 4 years, I must say, Disney makes us feel really special our Birthdays. So with all the experience we have, we made a list of things to do on your/Your Kid’s Birthday at Disneyland to make their day EXTRA magical because, There’s nothing like celebrating a birthday at the Happiest place on the earth.

Birthday Button : 

This is the first thing to do as soon as you enter the park. Visit the Guest Relations upon entering the Disneyland Park and ask for a Birthday Button. It’s totally FREE and also makes a good souvenir. You can ask one at the Front Desk, If you are staying at any of the Disney Resorts/Hotels

Greetings from staff : 

As soon as you put the Birthday button on your shirt, You will receive tons and tons of greetings from the Disneyland Staff and also the visitors. Who doesn’t like to get greeted that too on a special day? My 3 year old was all smiling whenever someone wishes him.

Complimentary Treats :

Birthdays are all about treats and you can get some for FREE at Disneyland’s Ghirardelli store. Ghirardelli usually gives FREE Samples for everyone but on your Birthday you can get a few extra.

Birthday song by the Band :

Ok, I have to say , I was more happy than my son when one of the Bands sung a special Birthday song upon request. It depends on when you ask, I would suggest you to ask them when they are done with their live performance. Just take your kids to them and ask politely if they can sing a Birthday Song for him/her(make sure your kids are wearing the Birthday Button).  Isn’t it pretty awesome ???

Greetings from the Characters :

We were seated in a front row during the parade and almost every character noticed the Birthday Button on my son’s Coat and wished him “Happy Birthday” and some also gave a High-Five. Doesn’t that make you feel special if this happens on your Birthday??Just make sure you are seated in a front row.

Birthday Themed Rides :

Yes, you’ve heard it right. There are some Birthday themed rides at Disneyland which am sure you wouldn’t wanna miss. Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland are two such rides which has a Birthday Theme. My little one’s favorite was the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ where everyone celebrates Pooh’s birthday in the end and he felt they were celebrating his birthday.

Complimentary Dessert with a Birthday Song :

When you reserve for a Character Dinning at any of the Disney Restaurants, make sure they know that you are celebrating your birthday so that they can give you a complimentary Dessert after your meal. The waitress will also sing a Birthday Song for your little one before they blew their candle. (Be sure to make the reservations atleast 60 Days before your Disneyland Trip)

Complimentary Balloon : 

A Birthday is incomplete without Balloons. When you stay at any of the Disney Resorts,Just let the front desk know that you are there to celebrate your lil one’s Birthday and They will give him/her a complimentary Mickey Balloon.

In-Room Surprises :

Apart from all the above , one more thing you can do to make your lil one’s birthday special is by planning a in-room celebration at any of the Disney Hotels/Resorts. This is not the cheapest option but t’s definitely worth.You can check the prices HERE

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Recently we visited Lake Arrowhead to experience the snow and got to stay at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.I know you must be wondering, did she just say she went there just to experience the snow??Well, Yes !!! My 3 year old’s brain was filled with snow stories all Christmas and he wanted to see and feel the snow and here in Los Angeles it NEVER snows but luckily we can still experience the snow just 80miles away on San Bernandino mountains.

We planned a short 1 day trip to Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. After exploring the snow activities in Big Bear, we headed to Lake Arrowhead which was 20 miles away from Big Bear Lake and stayed at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa by Marriott and instantly fell in love. Here in this blog i will be sharing everything about our visit and Thanks again to Marriott for hosting our stay. I hope you enjoy this full review of Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.

After doing the snow activities at Alpine Slide Big Bear, We really needed a place where we can just relax and also have fun, So we choose Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa ,it was morethan what we expected. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city,Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa adds a bit of luxury to your stay, which is what you clearly expect from a Marriott Resort. We checked in at around 7PM after a long tiring day.

We were in a double bed queen room with Lake view which was around 500sqft with 2 queens, Desk, TV, refrigerator, Balcony with beautiful views of lake, closet and dresser.We were happy to see a welcome note on the table with some fresh fruits and sparkling water. How sweet !!

Room with 2 Queens and Lake View

After touring our room quickly freshened up to go have a dinner at Bin 189 Resturant.

Located inside of the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Bin 189 Restaurant offers upscale dinning for guests and visitors. It was everything we needed for the night, Lux, Romantic and Delicious Food with the beautiful views of Lake.The restaurant also features a beautiful bar and a lounge where children are also welcome.

After we had our dinner, we went back to our rooms and had a peaceful sleep after a long day.The beds were super cozy and comfortable that we had a good 8 hour sleep.

I woke up around 7 in the morning and was surprised to see the view we got from our Balcony.We had a beautiful Lake View from our room. Pictures don’t do justice but trust me, It was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

There is a nice high-top table with two chairs set up for you on the balcony so you can enjoy some wine or coffee and relax watching the sunrise or sunset over the lake.I have never seen a combination of Snow, Heated Pool and a Lake!!

We quickly freshened up and headed out to explore the resort and found out that they had access to a private area on the lake in a beach style with lots of lounge chairs.

We had a nice walk on the beach and along paved trail views of the Lake and ended up at the Lake Arrowhead Village which was located within the walking distance from the Resort. the village had everything you need from Shopping Center to Restaurants.

I would highly recommend this place to everyone travelling to Lake Arrowhead as it is a perfect place to relax away from hustle and bustle of the LA City and there are tons of activities for everyone to do around the year.

Location : 

27984 CA-189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Links :

Website : www.lakearrowheadresort.com

Instagram : @lakearrowheadresortandspa

Facebook : @lakearrowheadresortandspa

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Walt Disney World HUGE and it is definitely one of those places where, if you go in with absolutely no plan, you can spend hours and hours doing nothing.Or you will over-plan, and end up rushing from ride to ride, not really getting to actually experience any of the Disney magic.

So when anyone asks me how to plan a first Disney Trip and Tips, one of the things i tell them is to choose a few must-do things like which i have listed below.

Stay at Disney Resorts :

I would highly recommend staying at Disney Resorts as there are a lot of perks which you get to experience.Here are a list of my favorite few.

  • You don’t have to rent a car as the transportation to all the Disney parks and resorts is complimentary
  • You will be provided with magic bands during the check-in and trust me, that will make your stay easier and also works as a sovereign.
  • You can make any dining reservations for your entire stay 180 days in advance of your trip and 60 days in advance for FastPass+ reservations.
  • You will have the benefit of ‘Extra Magic Hours’ where you can get into the parks an hour before it opens or stay 2 hours after it closes. These are the best times to ride on some of popular attractions.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort Check out all the Disney Resorts :

Whether you stay or not at Disney Resorts , I would recommend you to actually go check all the Disney Resorts so that you can experience the Disney’s magic or get an idea of where to stay on your next visit.

You can read my review on some of the Disney resorts here

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Take a Break :

Whether your travelling with kids or no kids, i would highly recommend taking a Mid day break (which is when the temperatures are at peaks). Because , i remember during my first visit, we were totally exhausted by the end of the day and ended up going back to the resort early.

Clothes for kids :

Almost all the Disney Parks including the Disney Springs has splash areas where am sure your kids will go out of control and Why not?? This is the best way to beat Orlando’s heat and humidity.So It’s always safe to pack some extra clothes for them.

Wear the right shoes :

Am sure you must be thinking its ‘common sense’ but wait, what if i tell you that i always see a bunch of ladies in high heels struggling to walk or walking bear foot carrying the heels in their hands? This is a very common mistake first-timers makes, I know you want those perfect instagrammable pictures but am sure you are here to have fun equally. Better wear comfortable pair of shoes and throw those heels in your backpack so that you can swap them only during your photo session.

Take a Free Boat Ride: 

Do you know, you can take Free Boat Rides within the Disney boundaries??Yes, you’ve heard it right, there are boat services which runs in between Disney Resorts and parks which are free of cost and the best part is,you can take a ride even if you are not staying at the Disney Resorts.

Boat ride from Port Orleans to Disney Springs Prepare for rain :

You can never predict the rain in Orlando.But don’t worry, the showers last only for few minutes and it is also the best time to do the rides as there will be less people in the line. Pack a poncho if you wanna save few bucks.

Ride the Minnie van :

Am glad Disney World has made it easy for everyone to ride this via lyft app. All you need to do is open the app from anywhere within Walt Disney World Resort to access Minnie Van service, request a ride and pay for it through the app.That’s it !!

Minnie Van Plan a head with fast passes :

As i said, you can reserve your spot 60 days in advance which means, you don’t have to waste your time in those long waiting lines.Make sure you choose the attractions wisely as you can only reserve upto 3 attractions at once but don’t worry, you can select more three after you are done with the previous one.

Character Dinning :

I would highly recommend doing the character dinning for two reasons

  • The food is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G . One of  the best quality and delicious food i ever had.
  • You will get to meet the characters in person as they come to your table to greet you.If you do the dinning, then you can skip the meet & greets at the park which will save a lot of your valuable time.

Don’t forget to get your first time button :

I have visited Disneyland an Disney World a lot of times and i never forget to collect these free buttons at both Disney Resorts and Parks. You can ask one during the Check-in at your Disney resort or at the guest relations which are located right after you enter the park.

Take a picture with the Balloons :

This is my favorite thing to do when am at Disney Parks.All you have to do is ASK,  ask any balloon vendor if you can take a picture with the bunch of balloons and am sure they won’t let you down. I’ve done this during all my visits to Disneyland and Walt Disney World and the vendors are really sweet to handover them to me.

Do the Kilimanjaro safari :

This is one of my favorites and its a must do thing at Animal kingdom. Your trip to Animal Kingdom will be incomplete if you miss this(unless you’ve been to Africa and did the original Safari there).We got to see many wild animals but I have never seen a Lion or a Rhino so close in my life like i have seen here.This would be your best experience if you are travelling with kids.I would highly recommend having fastpass because we had a fastpass to go on this ride but still, we had to wait for 20 minutes in the fastpast lane for our turn.You can imagine how popular it is.

Ride it’s a small world :

This is another favorite ride at magic kingdom which I never miss at both Disneyland and Disney World. No matter how old you are, you are going to enjoy this indoor ride where it takes you to the different parts of world. And also, it is one of the best ride to do when you are tired walking or when it’s raining.

Don’t miss the Parade :

If it’s your first visit, then you should definitely not miss the parade because it is the only place where you can see all the Disney Characters at one place and it’s not just a parade but it’s a total celebration. Honestly, I would never miss watching Disney parades even if it’s my 100th visit to the Disney Park lol

Watch fireworks from main street :

You can’t end your day without watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom.After Numerous visits to Disney Parks, I can say The best view to watch the fireworks is not in the front rows or right infront of the castle but it is from the Main Street. If you are visiting during winters then you can also experience snow fall in the main street as soon as the show ends.

Take a photo infront of castle :

How can you not take a picture infront of the castle? This is the iconic spot of the Walt Disney World where thousands of family pictures are taken in a day. If you want to avoid photo bombing, the try taking picture after or before the parade like we did in the picture below. And If you want better quality pictures then here’s the good news, Disney actually offers Magic Kingdom photo shoots where you can have professional pictures taken in front of the castle.check out their website to see the prices.

Eat Mickey Ice cream bar : 

This was the first thing i did during my first visit to Disney World in September because it was super hot and humid and I can say , it is the cutest ice cream you could see anywhere which puts it on the list of  must-do for your first trip .

Ride the Monorail : 

I would highly recommend dong this as it gives you a glimpse of Disney Resorts and Parks and moreover it is a Free. One can easily spend an entire day visiting the Disney resorts in the monorail even if you don’t have a park ticket. Click here to see the list of things you can do at Walt Disney World even without a park ticket.

Meet Mickey and Minnie :

Of course you wouldn’t wanna miss this. You will definitely see them during parades and shows but meeting them personally is definitely a worth. No matter how old you are, I  bet you will be star-strucked when you meet them. If you have planned a character dinning with Mickey and Friends then I would suggest you to skip this in the parks as it will eat up a lot of your time due to the long waiting lines.

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In my previews blog I mentioned that My 3 year old wanted to see and feel the snow and so we planned a short trip to Big Bear located in San Bernandino Mountains as they have tons of snow activities during winter and we got to experience some at ‘Alpine Slide’.

In this blog I will be sharing some tips and highlights of Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain. Thanks again to Alpine Slide for hosting us.I hope you enjoy this full review.

Winter wonderland at Alpine Slide - Big Bear,California - YouTube

Things to do :

They offer variety of winter activities like Alpine slide with lift,Soaring Eagle, Go-karting , Tubing and a snow play area for kids where they can tube or build a snow man.My favorite was ofcourse the Alpine slide where our ride begun with a scenic chairlift ride and took us to the top of a mountain which had a panoramic views of beautiful big bear lake. From there we took our sleds down on a  two quarter miles long cement road which were totally in our control. I first tried the slow track which was good if you wanna sink in the nature around you and then i tried the fast tract which was a thriller.

My little one loved snow play and Tubing so much that he din’t wanna leave the place.I must say, this is his first time experiencing the snow and am sure he will cherish these moments forever.

Indoor Arcade Room :

They also have a small indoor arcade room where it kept our little one entertained and also warmed him up before going out in the snow.

Mini cafe :

They do have a cafe available with plenty of indoor and outdoor seatings where you can get burgers,coffee,fries,drinks etc for reasonable prices. They only accept cash so please make sure you bring enough of it during your visit.

Some Tips to remember before you go :
  • Check for the weather before you go and do carry the Chains, as it gets really slippery on your way up to the mountain.
  • Dress up really warm and wear snow boots and clothes if you wanna stay dry. My husband and son wore a jeans and it kept them warm but also got wet during the snow play & tubing.
  • Bring Cash because they ONLY accept CASH for everything even for  Food & Drinks.
  • They are open 10am to 4pm and you can snow tube all day long within that period.They do have evening sessions from 5pm to 9pm which are only on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The lines are HUGE during weekends but don’t let it panic you.They move REALLY Fast.
  • Forgot your Snow gloves?Hats? or any accessories? Don’t worry, They do sell them for a minimal charge near the Food Court.
  • Tubes are included in the price of admission.
  • Children between the ages of 2 and 7 ride free with a paying adult and should ride with the adult.

Address :

800 Wildrose Ln, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Admission :

You can check the updated prices here

Parking :

They do have plenty of Free parking available on the location.

Links :

Website : www.alpineslidebigbear.com

Facebook : @alpineslidebigbear

Instagram : @alpineslidebigbear

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What to do while riding a motorcycle on a Road Trip

It may happen many times in your life that you are on a joyful road trip on your motorbike. No doubt, you must be aware of a lot of things necessary to do while on a motorcycle on the road. But, we have also worked out some useful tips for you to follow while on the bike for a road trip. It makes no difference whether you are on a custom bike or some other, the following essentials will make your trip a real joy. Let’s move for them.

• Stay hydrated throughout:

 It is absolutely necessary that you stay healthy throughout your road-trip and drinking water time and again will help you a lot in this regard. Hydration is very much for your health on the go. There is no compromise in this respect. If you feel botheration in stopping your beach cruiser bike or some other, you may carry a water bottle with you. Nowadays, bottles are coming with long tube to facilitate you to drink even without stopping your bike.

• Take breaks during your journey :

Biking trip is more tiring than the usual routine tasks; so you may also feel exhausted during your long trip. This makes you think to take more rest because your saddle sores after a few hours of continuous riding. This is the time to give some rest to you and your bike to get refresh once again. You may utilize this break to refuel your bike and to check if it needs some repair or replacement. In This way, you may save yourself from any future mishap.

• Keep to your map all the time: 

Keeping to your map saves a lot of time and botheration for you. Manual or paper map as well as GPS may serve you equally well. Out of modern technology, the helmets with blue tooth technology are also available on the market. These may keep guiding you all the way through. In the remote areas without network services, the hardcopy of map serves you well throughout.

• Reschedule your dining hours :

While on the highway, most of the travellers tend to stop for their meals at the regular hours. It has been observed that all the restaurants get crowded with the great rush of people during these rush hours. Now, dealing with so many people and fulfilling their orders are not easy tasks. So, a lot of time of the travellers gets wasted. The solution to this problem is within your hand. You may change or reschedule your dining hours to facilitate yourself with hearty meals at leisure hours. Lunch at 11 30 am and dinner at 5 30 pm may be the ideal hours to avoid all that rubbish wastage of time. The last important word in this connection is that you must always take healthy diet but keep your stomach light when out or about on a bike ride.

• Keep yourself thoroughly motivated :

The real enjoyment of a bike trip lies in your rapt attention to all the on-goings. You can never enjoy anything with a tired heart and mind. So, this is very much necessary for you to keep your spirits high so that you may enjoy every second and every step of your road-trip.

In short, we can say that you may enjoy your motorcycle road trip fully well if you keep following the above said.

By : BikeBandit

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5 Tips to make your first Motorcycle Road Trip a Real Success :

A motorbike is a very thrilling and exciting vehicle that can inspire the same enthusiasm in you if driven safely. Again, a motorcycle road trip becomes an exciting experience when you ride on your bike alone engrossed in your thoughts. It may prove a great adventure and a real success if you ensure some important points in this regard. These may include some key points before setting out on your first road trip while a few others during the journey. Here are the essentials regarding your first motorbike road trip.

  • Choose your ride wisely and ensure its fitness.

Whether you plan your trip on your own bike or you decide to hire a rented bike, make sure that it is super fit. There should be no issue with its engine or body parts which may cause you any botheration on the way. Of course, you may have to make some adjustments to improve its comfort level. The best advice in this regard is to take your bike to a mechanic for an expert check-up. He may ask you to buy some spares like honda motorcycle apparel from aftermarket brands, headlight bulb, etc. Here, the apparent beauty of the bike is not the only thing required, but it must be mechanically fit as well.

  • Pack very light.

Make a list of all the essentials in your mind before you set to pack. Also select a most useful and appropriate bag for your packable. Heavy bags and weighty things are never preferable because they always cause troubles on the way. You should try your best to select the disposable items so that your luggage may keep getting lighter step by step. Moreover, do carry sachets instead of bottles to keep your bag light and also avoid carrying too many clothes with you. All these steps will benefit you in the long run.

  • Dress up yourself appropriately.

Pay special heed to dress yourself up appropriately because motor bike trips always require proper dressing. Do wear riding pants, a comfortable t-shirt, ankle boots, a full face helmet, motorcycle riding jackets , etc. don’t select loose outfits, as they may be problematic on the way. Elbow and knee guards may prove very useful on a bumpy road trip.

  • Make preparations for a bad weather.

Ensure that you can face any kind of weather on your way with the help of all the necessary preparations. Motor bike trips are quite different from car trips in this regard. You will have to carry a raincoat, an umbrella and a riding gear that may cover your luggage properly.

  • Keep your earplugs with you.

With too much noise around, it is quite possible that you may not be able to listen to anyone properly. Besides, the pressure of wind and sheer noise may damage your eardrums. So, it is much better to carry and use some earplugs or headphones while riding a bike.

Thus, it is quite possible that you can make your first motorcycle road trip a real success with the help of the above said tips.

By : BikeBandit

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Recently we visited Lake Arrowhead to experience the snow and got to stay at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.I know you must be wondering, did she just say she went there just to experience the snow??Well, Yes !!! My 3 year old’s brain was filled with snow stories all Christmas and he wanted to see and feel the snow and here in Los Angeles it NEVER snows but luckily we can still experience the snow just 80miles away on San Bernandino mountains.

We planned a short 1 day trip to Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. After exploring the snow activities in Big Bear, we headed to Lake Arrowhead which was 20 miles away from Big Bear Lake and stayed at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa by Marriott and instantly fell in love. Here in this blog i will be sharing everything about our visit and Thanks again to Marriott for hosting our stay. I hope you enjoy this full review of Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.

After doing the snow activities at Alpine Slide Big Bear, We really needed a place where we can just relax and also have fun, So we choose Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa ,it was morethan what we expected. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city,Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa adds a bit of luxury to your stay, which is what you clearly expect from a Marriott Resort. We checked in at around 7PM after a long tiring day.

We were in a double bed queen room with Lake view which was around 500sqft with 2 queens, Desk, TV, refrigerator, Balcony with beautiful views of lake, closet and dresser.We were happy to see a welcome note on the table with some fresh fruits and sparkling water. How sweet !!

Room with 2 Queens and Lake View

After touring our room quickly freshened up to go have a dinner at Bin 189 Resturant.

Located inside of the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Bin 189 Restaurant offers upscale dinning for guests and visitors. It was everything we needed for the night, Lux, Romantic and Delicious Food with the beautiful views of Lake.The restaurant also features a beautiful bar and a lounge where children are also welcome.

After we had our dinner, we went back to our rooms and had a peaceful sleep after a long day.The beds were super cozy and comfortable that we had a good 8 hour sleep.

I woke up around 7 in the morning and was surprised to see the view we got from our Balcony.We had a beautiful Lake View from our room. Pictures don’t do justice but trust me, It was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

There is a nice high-top table with two chairs set up for you on the balcony so you can enjoy some wine or coffee and relax watching the sunrise or sunset over the lake.I have never seen a combination of Snow, Heated Pool and a Lake!!

We quickly freshened up and headed out to explore the resort and found out that they had access to a private area on the lake in a beach style with lots of lounge chairs.

We had a nice walk on the beach and along paved trail views of the Lake and ended up at the Lake Arrowhead Village which was located within the walking distance from the Resort. the village had everything you need from Shopping Center to Restaurants.

I would highly recommend this place to everyone travelling to Lake Arrowhead as it is a perfect place to relax away from hustle and bustle of the LA City and there are tons of activities for everyone to do around the year.

Location : 

27984 CA-189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Links :

Website : www.lakearrowheadresort.com

Instagram : @lakearrowheadresortandspa

Facebook : @lakearrowheadresortandspa

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A lot of people say,If you live in Los Angeles, you can’t live anywhere else specially because of its moderate temperatures through out the year and  this place has become heaven for families and kids with tons of activities to do in every season.Here in this blog , I will be sharing few tried and tested things which my lil one loved doing and i hope your kids(or even you) might find them interesting too.

Please note that , I keep adding things we tried and tested to this blog. So please comeback and check what’s new in LA that might interest you and your kids.

1- Mini Train at Griffith park – 

If your kid is someone, who loves trains or rides then this is the place for you.This Mini Train takes you on a 1 mile ride around the park for just 3$/person and is open all week.

Address  : 4400 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ticket : 3$/person and Free for kids 2 and under.

2- Los Angeles Zoo :

Who doesn’t love watching wild animals??Almost every kid loves it and LA Zoo is one such place where your kids can see a lot of Animals and also get to feed the giraffe for 5$ . They also have shows every day where your kids can ask questions about the animals and get a lot of information from one of the zoo representative.

Address : 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

General admission : 21$/Adults and 16$/kids of age 2-12

3 – Mosaic Tile House :

This place is a wonderful piece of art and living house of a artist couple Cheri and Gonzalo. since 1994, the couple has been transforming their old bland house into a Masterpiece that you see today.The couple offers tours of their home to visitors only on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. If your kid loves art or paintings then this is one of the beautiful places to visit with them Read more…

Address : 1116 Palms Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Admission : 20$/Adult , Kids of age 11 and under are Free

4 – LA County Arboretum:

If you wanna plan a picnic with your kids,family or friends then this is the best place. It is full of greenery , mini-waterfalls,ponds ,animals and dozens of peacocks. Yes, you’ve heard it right,this place is a home for peacocks where you can actually find them walking next to you.

Address : 301N N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Admission : 9$/Adults and 4$ for kids of age 5-12 

5 – The Last Bookstore :

This is not just a bookstore but a beautiful piece of art in itself. There is a kid’s section on the first floor with a variety of books for all ages and the second floor has some amazing art which will make your kids awestruck. Moreover this place is a treasure hunt where you will find a couple gems for a really good deal. The best part is, most of the books here are only for $1.00(used books in a good condition). They also have Yelp check-in discount on used books Read more…

Address : 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Admission : Free

6 – Pony Rides at Griffith Park :

Your kids don’t have to wait for a pumpkin patch to ride on a pony. Griffith Park has Pony rides for kids of age 14 and under  for just 5$. They also have a petting zoo where kids can have a lot more fun watching the animals.

Address : 4400 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Admission : 5$ for kids of age 14 and under

7 – Natural History Museum :

Natural History Museum is one of those places which is loved by the people of all the ages in Los Angeles.There are several exhibits at the Museum , some are permanent and  some are temporary.There is so much to see and learn for everyone about our ancient period Read more…

Address : 900 Exposition Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90007

Admission : 14$/adult and 6$ for kids of age 3-12.

8 – Madame Tussauds

Mdame Tussauds is a place where people of all ages can have fun. My 3 year old had so much fun with the props and posing for the pictures and not to forget, The 4D Movie theater is always a hit with kids Read more…

Address : 6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Admission : 20$/Adult and 15$ Kids of age 4-12

9 – Au Fudge Camp :

Au Fudge Camp is a kid’s play area located  in the heart of Beverly hills.This is another place in LA where your kids can meet and greet their favorite characters for 1 full hour every Friday throughout the year

Address : 1106 N La Cienega Blvd suite 105, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Admission : 25$/Kid and Free for 1 Adult.

10 – Character Dinning :

You don’t have to go to Disneyland to meet your favorite Disney Characters. Take your kids to Mickey’s Storytellers Cafe located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa where Mickey,Minnie,Pluto and Chips come to meet your kids at your table.This is the best way to meet these characters as you don’t have to wait in those long lines like you usually do in the Disney Parks.

Address : 1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Brunch Price : Adults 504 and 25$ for kids of age 3-11

Please note that , I keep adding things we tried and tested to this blog. So please comeback and check what’s new in LA that might interest you and your kids

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Sometimes Life gets really hard when you live far away from your parents or grand parents. You would want to show them everything you or your kids do but you can’t if they don’t know how to use a computer/Phone.

Thanks to the Neveo for introducing this monthly mailing app which allows you to share your happy moments with your Family in the form of a monthly Newspaper. How cool does that sound?

I was recently introduced to Neveo app where you can add and store all of your favorite family photos and at the end of every month a photo book is sent to your family members.Most of the beautiful memories are captured with my mobile phone and this app is very convenient for sending photos and putting captions about the incident.

How does Neveo Work???

So NEVEO offers you by means of a monthly subscription, to create your newspaper with your photos, your comments, you can choose up to 50 or 100 photos.

  •  Download the app from your Play Store.
  • Create an account.
  • Add photos to the album until the last day of each month.
  • Pick a plan that suits you the Best. That’s it !!

You don’t have to worry about the layout or design as it is a automatic process and at the end of every month, Neveo prints the photos as a small booklet and sends it to the predefined recipient.

One key feature is that you can invite other family members into your account and they can add photos too.Now that is a truly collaborative project between the whole family isn’t it??? With one shared account you can ensure a magazine full of pictures from all the family members.

There’s a limit of 50 photos per month within the magazine which is more than enough for one month and all this only for 14$/month for 50 pictures and 19$/month for 100 pictures, which is way more cheaper than printing photos out in store every month.If you wanna try it for a month then here’s the deal – When you subscribe to their Newsletter through their website, you will get your first magazine for ONLY 0.99$. This is the Limited offer which you don’t wanna miss it!!!

Neveo asked us to try their service for a month and I have to say, I was totally impressed when i finally got the magazine delivered to my house. I literally kept staring at it again and again and i can’t wait to see how my parents would react to this beautiful surprise. Am very thankful for Neveo who gave us a year’s subscription to the app and I’m really looking forward to see all the magazines and being able to look back on them in years to come.

Links:

Website : Neveo.io

Facebook : @neveo

Instagram : @neveo

Summary :

I really liked the concept that brings technology and creativity together to make the important members of our family less lonely and isolated.This family album is the best way to share your favorite moments with your family. Sharing your amazing memories printed out in a real photo album with captions is the best gift one can give to their parents/grandparents.

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We just got back from our Family trip to Oahu. When i was planning our trip I was told that , Hawaii is a adventurous place and is suitable only for couples. But let me tell you, we went on a 4 Day Oahu Trip with our 2 year old super active toddler and trust me, we had so much fun.

Here in this blog I will be sharing everything about what we did, how we planned and how we saved more than 50% on activities using our Go Oahu Card etc. In short : our 4 Day Itinerary.

Day 0 :

It is a 5 hour journey from Los Angeles, We started at 3pm(LA Time) and reached to our Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort at 7pm (Hawaiian time). Because It was a holiday Season (Thanksgiving Week)the check-in lines were super big. Despite of that we had a smooth check-in and because it was my birthday week as well,They gave me a Huge upgrade. We were given a Ocean View Suite “Yaaayyyyy” What a great start ???

Day 1 : Submarine  Tour : (9am)

Atlantis Submarines are located right infront of our Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Our tour was scheduled at 9am in the morning where we were directed to board the submarine which took us inside the ocean and also landed on the ocean bed giving us some breathtaking views of marine, sunken ship and aircraft.I would highly recommend doing this if you are travelling with kids, as they will be awed by seeing the the marine life.  You can read my detailed review here.

Waikiki beach : (10:30am)

Waikiki Beach has now become one of my favorite beaches in the world, as there are plenty of things to do with kids! It is one of the most popular beaches in USA with luxury hotels, 5-star restaurants and endless entertainment for all ages. I fell in love with it when i first saw it from our room patio and couldn’t wait to watch the sunrise and sunset from our room.When I was on the beach, I was so surprised to see the crystal clear water despite of it being famous for it’s crowd and lot of tourists. Later i was told that it is a “Man Made” who cares?? All we need to have is a really good time and we were purely successful in doing it with our Li’l one.

Road Trip : (1pm)

We Rented a car and went on a road trip across the island and I highly recommend doing this on your first day for three reasons 1.you will get an idea of what to do in the next days. 2. It will be one of the best scenic routes you will ever witness. 3.You may discover new places/spots on your way like we did.Yes, we discovered Waimea Valley about which we had no clue before.

secret broken swing somewhere on the north shore Waimea valley : (3pm)

Waimea Valley is botanical garden which  totally looks like a forest and  is home to over 5000 different kinds of plants and trees! But the most exciting part was the 45ft Wailele Waterfall for which we took a round trip shuttle for 10$/person. After reaching there, we saw a lot of people swimming in the waterfall pool with their life jackets on.It is always beautiful to watch a waterfall and swim in there. isn’t it??

Waimea Valley is open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm.  Admission is $16 for an adult and $6 for a child (4-12yrs).

Laniakea Beach or Turtle Beach : (6pm)

I was really excited to go here as it was very popular for spotting turtles on the beach hence Laniakea Beach is also named as turtle beach.I was really hopping if we were lucky enough to see turtles during our visit and when we were finally there,what i saw was,there were couple of them resting on the beach.This was my Li’l one’s very first time seeing a turtle up close and his excitement was on the peaks.

Fireworks : (8pm)

Our Day 1 in Oahu ended up by watching the Fireworks.Every Friday evening the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a free firework show on Waikiki Beach which begins at 7:45pm or 8pm and lasts about ten minutes depending on the season and daylight hours.

Day 2 : 

We started our day early in the morning at around 7am with our Go Oahu Cards.The very first place we visited was a ‘Secret Island’

Secret Island : (9am-12pm)

We drove to the Kualoa Ranch which was a 45 minute drive from our Resort and reached there by 8am. Our secret Island tour was at 9 am and the admission was included in our Go Oahu Card.Meanwhile we had our breakfast in the food court of the ranch. After we were done with our breakfasts, We were taken to a secret Island in a Boat where we got to spend 3 hours doing beach activities like,Volley ball,Kayaking,Paddle boarding, etc at No Cost.The best part was ‘NO CROWD’ there were only 5 other people on the island with us. You can read more about this place in detail here.

Secret Island is open 7 days a week, 7:30am – 6pm.  Admission is 45$ for an adult and 35$ for a child (3-12yrs). But with a Go Oahu Card, you can get in for FREE.

Polynesian Cultural Center :(1pm-9pm)

With a Go Oahu Card, you get a general admission to Polynesian Cultural Center which starts 12 pm in the noon and we were there by 1 pm . After getting in,we upgraded our tickets and got to see the Night show and Dinner for just 25$. Before I visited, I was half expecting it to be crowded just like Disneyland or Universal,But for my surprise,it wasn’t crowded at all which was definitely a plus point.

Everyone who works here are so friendly and there are numerous shows which runs throughout the day.You’ll see musical demonstrations, watch a canoe pageant, ride in a canoe down the river yourself, get a temporary tribal ink tattoo, learn how to hula, watch a 4D Hawaii movie and lot more.The day ends with the Ha: Breath of Life show, a Polynesian dance and fire show which am sure will aww you. If you are visiting Oahu for the first time then PCC should be on your ‘Must Visit’ list as you get to experience the different side of Hawaii and the Polynesian Culture.

PCC is open 6 days a week(Mon-Sat), 12Pm – 9Pm. General Admission is 75$ for an adult and Free for a child under 4years. But with a Go Oahu Card, you can get in for FREE.

Day 3 : Hollywood Movie site tour: (8:45AM)

We booked a tour which was at 8:45am in the morning where we were directed to hop on a school bus and got to explore some of the beautiful sites of Ka’awa mountains and explore the movie sites where King Kong,Jurassic World,50 first dates and 50 more Hollywood’s top movies where shot. It was a guided tour which lasted for about 1 and half hour.

Hollywood Movie Site tour is open 7 days a week, 7:30am – 6pm.  Admission is 45$ for an adult and 35$ for a child (3-12yrs). But with a Go Oahu Card, you can get in for FREE.

Boyodo In Temple : (11AM)

We quickly stopped by the Byodo-in temple and got to witness the beautiful fusion of nature and architecture.I must say it was one of the peaceful spots i have seen in my life with lots of greenery, mini waterfalls and koi ponds which are FULL of Koi that can be fed, there are peacocks wandering around. The admission ticket was 5$ which was included in our Go Oahu Card.

Pearl harbor : (12:30 PM – 5:30PM)

Your trip to Oahu is incomplete without your visit to Pear Harbor and with your Go Oahu Card , You will get to visit USS Bowfin Submarine (15$),Battleship Missouri (30$), USS Arizona Memorial (8$), Pacific Aviation Museum (30$) for no extra charge. Now this is what you called a perfect deal.

Please Note-NO bags, no large cameras, no daiper bags!  There are storage lockers available for 5$/bag.

You can check my 2Day Itinerary with a Go Oahu Card here

Day 4 :

This was our last day in Oahu and our flight to Los Angeles was at around 10Pm so we had an entire day to explore the Oahu. The previous day, we packed all our luggage & dropped it at the luggage room of our Resort and headed to our ‘Oahu Photography Tour’

Photography Tour: (9am-3pm)

When i was planning my Oahu trip, I was googling about some scenic spots where I can take some pictures for my gram and luckily I discovered the “Oahu Photography Tours” . I thought this would be the perfect way to see the beautiful side of the island without even bothering or struggling with a rented car,directions and time management. You can read my detail review about this tour here.

Oahu Photography Tours is open 7 days a week, Admission is 70$ for an adult and 50$ for a child (6-17yrs).

It was a 5.5 hour tour and we saw some breathtaking scenic spots like- Tantulus Lookout , Pali Lookout , Ko’olu Mountains , Waimanlo Beach Park , Makapu’u Beach Lookout ,The Blowhole , Sandy Beach Lookout and Hanauma Bay.The best part was, even thought it was a 5.5 hour tour, we did not feel tired at all,it was so relaxed and i would highly suggest you to take this tour if you have kids.

Waikiki & Airport: (3pm-7pm)

At 3pm we were dropped at our Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and from there we strolled around our resort and waikiki for couple of hours, watched the sunset and picked up our luggage form the Luggage room and headed back to the airport at around 7:30pm.

If you haven’t read the entire blog and jumped into the end of the page,here is the quick review of our 4 Day Itinerary :

Day 0:

  1. Los Angeles to Oahu
  2. Resort Check-in

Day 1 :

  1. Submarine Tour
  2. Waikiki Beach
  3. Waimea Falls
  4. Turtle Beach

Day 2 :

  1. Secret Island
  2. Polyenesian Cultural Center

Day 3 :

  1. Hollywood Movie Site Tour
  2. Boyodo In Temple
  3. Battleship Missouri
  4. USS Arizona Memorial
  5. Pacific Aviation Museum
  6. USS Bowfin Submarine

Day 4 :

  1. Tantulus Lookout
  2. Pali Lookout
  3. Ko’olu Mountains
  4. Waimanlo Beach Park
  5. Makapu’u Beach Lookout
  6. The Blowhole
  7. Sandy Beach Lookout
  8. Hanauma Bay
  9. Fly back to Los Angeles
Summary :

Having a plan is very important specially when you are travelling with kids.I hope our 4 Day Oahu itinerary is helpful as you plan your own trip !

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