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Friar Family Days – DEAL Alert!

Posted on: July 4th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

A family outing to a Padres game can be a splurge, but not on Friar Family Days!  Friar Family Days at Petco Park is an awesome value and a great way to see a Padres game!

friar family days padres(Image credit : Padres)

A ticket to a game at Petco Park is fun in and of itself, but Friar Days come with so much more.  Tickets are $15 for kids 14 years old and younger.  Adult tickets are $20.  Included in that price is your admission to the ball game, family-friendly activities, and even a hot dog and soda! Check out the Friar Family Days Schedule – there are several dates left in the season.

friar family days

The family-friendly activities vary each day.

Sundays: KidsFest, inflatables, face painters, postgame Kids Run the Bases*
Mondays: giveaway item (selection available on a first-come, first-served basis)
Tuesdays: postgame Kids Run the Bases*
Wednesdays: baseball/softball clinic on the wiffle ball field in Park at the Park
Thursdays: inflatables

We attended KidsFest at the park on Sunday. 2.5 hours before the game there are activities for the kids to enjoy!  Most activities stay open during the game.  The kids jumped in inflateable bounce houses, had balloon animals made, and played several carnival games with prizes.  We were extra excited to meet the costumed characters from Hotel Transylvania 3! All of these activities were included, but make sure to bring a few dollars for tips for balloon artists and face painters.

But wait, there’s more!

Friar Family Days are just one of the many family-friendly activities and promotions available at Petco
Park. The Padres offer a Compadres Kids loyalty program for kids 14 and under that is free to join and kids can
earn exclusive prizes for each game they attend. Compadres Kids can also earn points to redeem for rewards
and exclusive experiences such as the Compadres Kids Autograph Zone during batting practice. Also through
this program, Compadres Kids get access to events every Sunday, including Compadres Kids Sunday Signings
(an autograph session with Padres players), Kids Run the Bases, Catch on the Field and Photo Day. More
information about Compadres Kids is available at

This was our first major league baseball game as a family.  Harry has been to a couple games with friends and family over the years. I hadn’t been to a game at Petco in more than a decade.  Our oldest daughter was not sure about how fun a baseball game might be, but she was won over within minutes of stepping in the stadium.  Our littlest was in heaven with all the excitement.

game ball

The highlight was during the first inning where a ball came straight towards our son.  It literally landed in his glove.  He was so shocked he actually let it slip out of his glove back onto the field!! We were all so sad until the player tossed it back up to him! Best souvenier ever!

Thank you to the Padres for having us out, we can’t wait to visit again!


Deep Sea Adventure! New ride at LEGOLAND California!

Posted on: July 3rd, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is offically open at the LEGOLAND® California Resort!  The interactive ride features more than 2,000 sea animals including several species of sharks, rays and other tropical fish. Their new habitat is filled with new LEGO® models all themed around a ship’s sunken treasure! This awesome ride is something you MUST check out on your next trip to LEGOLAND!

LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride grand opening on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Legoland California.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Legoland)

“We’ve really passed the industry benchmark with this ride,” said LEGOLAND California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti. “I’m so excited to see the looks on guests faces when they experience Deep Sea Adventure for the first time because they honestly don’t know what to expect as there is nothing to compare it to in North America!”


“LEGO® CITY: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is Merlin Entertainments’ single largest investment for a ride in any LEGOLAND® Park. For the first time in the United States, LEGOLAND California Resort brings guests onboard a real submarine where they’ll go underwater to discover a truly amazing world filled with real sea animals.  Through the use of interactive touchscreens at each porthole inside the sub, guests can help the LEGO® minifigure dive team identify LEGO® gems, pearls, gold coins and more throughout the more than four minute journey. Guests can reach one of three levels during each ride: Junior, Senior and Master Explorer.”  LEGOLAND

New rides tend to have long lines, especially in the summer.  We attended on opening day for Deep Sea Adventure and the line was quite long.  That being said, Deep Sea Adventure is a very high capacity ride and the line moves surprisingly fast.  As with many of LEGOLAND’s most popular rides there is a large LEGO play area to entertain kiddos while they do wait in the queue

Listen to our in-house reporter’s enthusiastic first thoughts on the new ride….

If you are looking for ways to save money at LEGOLAND – look no further!

Thank you to  LEGOLAND for allowing us to be some of the first to ride Deep Sea Adventure!  It was a highlight of the summer for sure!

OFFER EXTENDED! 4-Days for the gate price of a 3-Day Hopper at Disneyland!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

This is a quick sale, but if you plan on going to Disneyland anytime before the end of the year you have got to check it out! The number one question we get over the years is how to get discounted Disneyland tickets.  People especially want to find a discount during the summer.  Usually I don’t have discounts to share during the peek season, but this appears to be an awesome way to stretch a Disneyland budget! Read all the details below….


disneyland ticket deal

If you haven’t heard, Pixar Pier opens at Disney California Adventure Park this Friday, June 23, and we can’t wait! To celebrate, Get Away Today is having a huge sale on our Disneyland tickets starting today. It is rare to see a discount on Disneyland vacation packages during the peak season, but this is a great one!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Get a 4-Day Park Hopper for the gate price of a 3-Day Park Hopper – that’s up to a $25 per ticket savings!


  • Must purchase by July 6th!


  • Tickets must be purchased at least five days prior to travel.


  • Valid for travel through December 31, 2018

If you are looking to visit Disneyland, enjoy adding on a  4th Day FREE!

Get Away Today is the only Disneyland Discount Travel comany I endorse.  Why? Because I have met with them personally at Disneyland hosted media events. They partner with Disneyland (and Walt Disney World, and other amazing family destinations) on approved rates.  Nothing ‘too good to be true’, but they are the best published discounted rates and they guarantee!  Read more about why I trust Get Away Today! 

Once you grab your tickets – make sure to check out our Money Saving Tips for Disneyland post!

As always, use the code HIGHLIGHTS to get an additional $10 off your getaway!

Things to do in JULY in North County plus a Fireworks guide!!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

Summer is in full swing! There are so many great things to do in North County while enjoying our wonderful community and weather. Check out the many great FREE and low-cost things to do in North County San Diego in July.

First off – here is your FIREWORKS guide for San Diego (thank you to Kara Courtney for sharing!) – it is printable!

7/1-7/4 – SAN DIEGO COUNTY | 4th of July Fireworks Shows & Celebrations (FREE)

There are tons of great locations with spectacular fireworks shows and celebrations in San Diego County. Check my blog post with the comprehensive list of options in San Diego County by clicking this link HERE.


7/7 – OCEANSIDE | Learn About Day Hikes In & Around Oceanside (FREE)

Author and North County local Scott Turner, co-author of Afoot & Afield San Diego County will be here to help you learn about great hikes in and around Oceanside.


2pm to 3pm

Oceanside Library

330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Get directions


7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 – CARLSBAD | Flicks at the Fountain (FREE)

The movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be showing at the fountain in Carlsbad Village. This is a weekly free movie which begins at dusk each Thursday evening until August 9th. A different movie will be featured each week. Seating begins at 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-backed chairs and blankets and enjoy free family entertainment under the stars. Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the local eateries. Click here for movie listing.


6pm seating, Dusk/8pm movie begins

Carlsbad Village

2930 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Get directions


7/27 – OCEANSIDE | Moonlight Paddle at the Harbor (FREE)

Enjoy the beauty and romance of Oceanside’s Harbor under the moonlight by kayak! A short informational session will take place beforehand at the Oceanside Outdoor Aquatic Recreation Building (across from the Small Fishing Pier at the Oceanside Harbor). Please bring a change of clothes, as your clothing may get wet while paddling. The Recreation Division will be providing all the supplies needed. Pre-registration is required, to register please visit Oceanside Rec, or call (760) 435-5041.


7:30pm to 9:30pm

Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside, CA 92054
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7/28 – CARLSBAD | Grow Your Garden (FREE)

Learn gardening techniques in varying topics including composting, container gardening, and seed harvesting. We will gather together to exchange fruits, vegetables, succulent clippings, seeds, herbs & garden plants too so be sure to bring anything you’d like to swap. Beginner & advanced gardeners welcome.


10am to Noon

Carlsbad City Library

1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Get directions


Kara Courtney is a San Diego local and REALTOR®/ Broker Associate with Windermere Homes & Estates, CalDRE#01904490.

Kara loves understanding the needs of home sellers and home buyers and putting a plan in place that will get them what they want while putting the most money in their pocket. As a result, Kara has created a business that meets the needs of sellers and buyers by making sure that they have the valuable information they need, their plans and transaction details happen on time and that they end up with the most net in their pocket.

Selling or buying a home is a big decision. Call Kara today before selling or buying a home in North San Diego County so you can get the best advice and end up with the most net in your pocket.

Summer at The Moonlight!

Posted on: June 11th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik

Moonlight Amphitheatre is a tradition for many in North County.  The Summer Season officially kicks off this week!moonlight stageIf you have never been to Moonlight, I highly suggest putting it on your Summer Bucket List! The outdoor theater in Vista is a perfect backdrop for sweet summer memories. Bring a sweater and a cozy blanket. You are welcome to bring food and drinks. Leave lawn chairs and alcohol at home. Chairs are provided and alcohol can be purchased at the snack bars.

Tickets can be purchased online (recommended) or at the box office. Last year several shows sold out completely, so buying online is best.  While most seats are reserved, we love to show up about an hour early and enjoy a picnic before the show.  Shows start at 8pm.

Here is the Summer line up for 2018…..

Mamma Mia! June 13 – 30

1776  (ONE Day only!) July 7th

Newsies – July 18th – August 4th

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – August 15th – September 1st

Check out more information and grab your tickets at Moonlight Stage


2018 San Diego Military Discounts – HUGE List!

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Kate Hamernik

2018 San Diego Military Discounts

san diego military discounts

San Diego loves its military.  Not only do we have major bases including Camp Pendleton, Naval Base San Diego, Miramar and others, but we have a huge retiree population as well.  Thankfully, many of the businesses in our fine city show their appreciation for military families with discounts and special services.






  • Apple – Discounts vary by item.  Sign up for their program by clicking here.
  • Bass Pro Shops (Rancho Cucamonga) – 10% off
  • Costco – Free military membership (pay $60 for membership, receive $60 certificates.  Click on  the link for details)
  • Home Depot – 10% off
  • Lowe’s – 10% off
  • Michael’s – 15% off
  • O’Reilly Autoparts – 10% off
  • Pier 1 Imports – 10% off
  • Sherwin-Williams – 10-25% off (depends on location)
  • Sur La Table (Carlsbad and La Jolla) – 10% off

Although it’s a pretty fair sized list above, there’s thousands of other businesses around the county that show their appreciation for the military with discounts or special services.  Every year we publish a list of the best businesses with the best discounts throughout the county for our readers but it’s impossible to get them all.  If you know a great business who you would like to see highlighted next year, please email us:

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Christy from San Diego Military Wife has been a military wife for 13 years and is the mother of 2 kids. Her husband had been stationed at multiple commands aboard Camp Pendleton and Naval Base San Diego. She has lived in Southern California her whole life and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the military lifestyle and the San Diego area with other military families.