Summer Fun at Buccaneer Cove, Castle Park! ($7 off inside)

Summer is here and kids are out of school, now what? Well, if you need a fun place to take them let me tell you about Buccaneer Cove at Castle Park in Riverside, CA. This was our first time here, since my girls are finally tall enough for the really fun stuff. And we had so much fun!
Located off of the 91 freeway in Riverside, we've passed Castle Park so many times before. My oldest daughter is a thrill seeker already at 5 years old, she loves this stuff! The happiest I ever see her, is when she is going down a slide or riding a ride. Castle Park is the perfect place to take the kids and during the Summer, they can cool off at Buccaneer Cove. 
This is the welcome map located at the entrance of the park. She loves maps!
We were some of the first guests to arrive on this hot day in Riverside and were so excited to jump right in. I loved the bright colors all around, it's more exciting that way! 
A piece of advice, you can't really play here and not get wet, or only get wet a little. When you climb the stairs to get to the slides, you are being splashed by water the entire time. I didn't think I was going to be getting wet, but my girls needed a little initial nudge, so of course, I was immediately soaked. 
I only had to walk through it once, then my daughters were good to go on their own. One of my favorite parts, as a parent, is that there are so many attendants around the slides, you can feel safe letting your kids play and walk from slide to slide. 
These are some of the bungalows they have available to rent, there are more located on the other side of the slides. I personally think that these are a great idea, since there isn't much shade anywhere else in the area. There are rows of chairs available to sit and sunbathe, but not many in the shade. Also, there are small changing tents available at the entrance to do quick bathing suit changes.  
If slides are a little daunting for your little ones, there are a lot of areas surrounding the slides, like this where the kids can play and get wet. 
My littlest one wasn't in the best mood that day and after playing in the water for just a few minutes, she wanted to sit and watch. Sometimes you have days where you don't know what kind of mood the kids are going to be in. She usually loves water and the slides, but on this day, she decided to not be in the mood. Luckily, the snacks I had in my bag kept her occupied until my other daughter was ready. 
"Mom! Look! A pirate! Take our picture!"

Although my girls were most excited about Buccaneer Cove, I was excited to show them Mini-Golf for the very first time. This is one of the best Mini-Golf places around, the courses are fun and the view is amazing! 
How beautiful is this? There is so much to do and see here! We had a blast doing Mini-Golf for the first time and when we were done with that, we headed straight into the arcade to win some tickets. After the arcades we had some lunch and then went on only a few rides, since of course, my littles were pretty tired by then. But what I loved was that the park seemed to accommodate kids of all ages. There are a good amount of rides and games for both the older kids and the little ones. We had such a great time, my girls haven't stopped talking about this place. 

So readers listen up! I have a promo code for you! 
If you mention "blog2014" you can get unlimited rides, golf, and admission into Buccaneer Cove for $12.99! Normal price is $19.99. 

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So Much Fun in Adventure City!

Disclosure: I was provided admission for me and my family to spend the day at Adventure City to experience all of the fun! All opinions are my own. 

A few weeks ago my girls and I were lucky enough to spend the afternoon at Adventure City in Anaheim, CA. To be honest, I had never heard about Adventure City before, I knew Knotts Berry Farm and Medieval Times were in the area, but Adventure City was not on my radar. I am so glad that I got to visit this place, me, my kids and my husband LOVED IT! We had the best time here. This place is a little more low-key than the other amusement parks, but in such a great way. The rides are perfect for the little ones. Not too little, not too big. Most of the rides are not too fast and don't go too high and my girls had so much fun going from ride to ride. 
Did you see my goat selfie? Haha. When we first got there, we went straight for the petting farm. The mini goats are super friendly and you can feed them, brush them, or take pictures with them. 
This was Lacey's first time on a roller coaster. She looked at me and said, "Can I go all by myself?" After I wiped my tears away, I told her yes, since she was tall enough. As you can see, this is the type of ride that you can go on with your little one if they need that extra support. She was so proud of herself even though she said it made her tummy feel funny. 
The rock wall was a fun idea. But my littles are a little too little for this. I think the next time they might be ready, but they got about 4 feet up, then froze and needed assistance from the helper, who helped them go a few inches more, until they both burst into tears. Still, they tried it! 
Walking in to Adventure City we walked right past this Creative Play Area and right towards the rides. On our way out though the girls saw Thomas and wandered in. This little area is a great relief for parents, in a shady area, with little benches, and the kids can build and play by themselves and with other kids. 
We kept seeing the park's train go around all day and when we finally got on the train, these are the smiles that I got from them. I loved the little train, there was a great breeze while we go over a river, under a tunnel and all around the park. 
This little mini ferris wheel type of ride called the Giggle Wheel was fun for them. I love that these rides are perfect for my 5 year old and 3 year old to go by themselves, or for a parent to go on with them. 
The Arcade! 
I like to leave the game playing up to my husband, since he is much better at winning games and getting tickets. He always manages to hit the jackpot on these kiddie games and I always end up at the machine turning in 400 tickets. These games are perfect for kids of all ages, my littles had fun and I could see the older kids having a good time too.
 I have never been a fan of rides (except the time recently when I faced my fears) but I've always been a fan of the Carousel. The Carousel at Adventure City is at the center of the entire park, very pretty and classic. 
I'm telling you this place is amazing, it just kept getting better and better. We grabbed our very affordable and yummy food from their cafe or fill up station and sat under this big shady area with picnic benches, and before we knew it, a show started! These two very energetic young ladies came out and put on a little skit and songs that had the kids giggling. 
 I love finding new places to hold parties and Adventure City has pretty unique spaces. There are a few areas to host birthday parties, but this one is really pretty and you can watch as the train passes right through the room. (The staff is young and energetic and super friendly too, which always helps for a successful party!)

I can't tell you enough how much our family loved Adventure City! It is perfect for the little ones, and very non-stressful for the parents. My husband has very little patience for crowds and lines and this place was so easy going, with 5-10 minute waits at the most for all rides, it was such a fun time for everyone. The prices are really affordable with general admission at only $16.95!!

 Make sure to check out Adventure City's site for more information on Summer hours and discounts and to stay tuned for the opening of their new ride Rewind Racers- the first family shuttle coaster in North America. The coaster will move both forward and backwards and will accommodate riders of all ages. With a mere 39 height requirement, the coaster¹s unique design comfortably seats both small children and adult passengers, allowing the whole family to join in on the fun.

So tell me: Have you ever been to Adventure City?

Facing my fears at Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier

Disclaimer: I received admission for the day for me and my kids to have some fun and to help with this review. All opinions are mine, mine, and mine. 
One of my favorite things in the world is driving west on the 10 freeway until it ends. It ends with a tunnel and at the end of that tunnel, just like magic, there for everyone to see is the Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful view.. and right to your left in all of its glory, you can see Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. It's bright and beautiful and there is so much to do.
If you are planning to visit soon, don't forget to get your coupon for 20% off of all day wrist band. But keep reading to see what fun stuff we got into when we visited. 

I think when my little ones first arrived at Pacific Park, they were very excited and then very nervous. I think the sight of the roller coaster and ferris wheel may have overwhelmed them a bit. But we were so delighted to see all of the rides that were perfect for my little ones. 
Do you see those happy faces? The little one is very hard to please when it comes to rides, she doesn't like anything too fast, or too high so luckily we found a few rides that made her smile that big! 

This was a favorite by the both of them. Their first time on bumper cars! They wanted to go on these over and over again. 
I have always wanted my daughter to go on one of these trampolines! I kinda had to bribe her to get on this, because she was watching an older kid doing flips and things, but it was a big step for her to even get on it! I was so excited to watch her jump high and that smile on her face was priceless. 
The games at Pacific Park are fun and easy and you will definitely leave there with a keepsake prize. 
The weather is always perfect at the beach. We arrived before noon to overcast skies and the sun peeked in and out of the clouds to keep us perfectly warm. 
At night, this really really tall ferris wheel lights up so bright and pretty and to me, scary! I have been so deathly afraid of heights my entire life. Heights and rides and all of that scare the bejeezus out of me, they always have. I always said I didn't want to impose my fears on my children and so even though it freaks me out that my daughter loves rides, I always sit by and watch. This time I told my daughter that I would face my fears with her and we would all go on the ferris wheel together. Of course, my littlest one chickened out and my mom had to stay with her. So, I did it. 
Look at us! Well, look at my daughter. She loved it! I love that she is not afraid. I, on the other hand hated every second I was on that ferris wheel. That smile on my face is fake. Lol! Well, I did feel proud of myself. Never in my dreams would I think that I would step foot on a ferris wheel, let a lone, a giant one overlooking the ocean. I had one hand holding tight to my daughter's hand and the other hand holding onto the pole in the center of the bucket. I could not even look back let alone move, it was the longest 20 minutes of my life. But, I faced my fear! 

Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier is a really great time, for all ages. I get why it is such a popular date night place, place to drop the teens off for the day, or take the little ones for some fun. There is something for everyone. Don't forget to go get that coupon before you go and make sure to check out their site for any special events.