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Awesome Hotel Deal near LEGOLAND CA : Carlsbad

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by sandiegodealsandsteals.com

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The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel is currently listed on Living Social! This resort is located across the street from LEGOLAND California in beautiful Carlsbad California. I suggest scooping up the deal and booking during the time the flower fields are blooming! You can enjoy beautiful views of the flowers and also an ocean view!

You can currently book a room at The Grand Pacific Palisades starting at only $99 a night with Living Social!

 

We stayed at The Grand Pacific Palisades a few years ago and it really is a great hotel! This is a wonderful hotel especially for families, but it is in such a great location it would also be great for couples!

Make sure to check out our recent article about a budget friendly trip to LEGOLAND California too! Now is a great time to visit!

*image credit –  Grand Pacific Palisades*

Planning a Budget Friendly Trip to LEGOLAND California

Posted on: January 27th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik

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Our family has been a fan of LEGOLAND California since our big kids could barely walk!   We have learned lots of fun tips over the years and I am excited to share that there are many ways to check out LEGOLAND even if you are on a budget.   LEGOLAND, like any amusement park is a very special outing and can be quite a splurge – but I hope that a few of these tips can help those who are on a budget get the most out of their trip!

LEGOLAND-Aquazone* Buy LEGOLAND tickets online and during the off season – Online prices are almost always less expensive.   Make sure to plan ahead, purchasing tickets at least 7 days in advance for the best price.

IMG_1261Other online discount options

  • AAA
  • Costco (Carlsbad Costco is practically right across the street – sometimes they have sweet deals! Worth a call or stop inside)
  • LEGO Magazine is FREE (sign up here) and they often have FREE kid’s tickets inside!
  • Follow on Facebook – – You might find an exclusive facebook fan discount and you might even be lucky enough to win tickets!   LEGOLAND often has giveaways and also shares about other giveaways they host (including those held on San Diego Deals and Steals!) It never hurts to try!

LEGO-Magazine* FREE Souvenirs – Your kids will no doubt want to visit The BIG Shoppe!   It is a LEGO lovers paradise! My kids love to go in there and sometimes blow some birthday money, but honestly, with our tight budget we mostly avoid it.   We LOVE that there a couple FREE souvenirs you can enjoy!

legoland-button“My 1st Trip to LEGOLAND” Pins and Birthday pins are FREE – ask at guest relations!

IMG_9975*SEA LIFE trading cards! Kids can participate in a little scavenger hunt in SEA LIFE with easy to answer questions (employees will help kids too of course!) At the end of the trip through SEA LIFE you can show them your filled out scavenger hunt list and get a free SEA LIFE trading card – it has fun facts about an animal that lives in the ocean.

20131216_124429*LEGO and LEGO Friends Magazines!   Up at Fun Town make sure to stop in the LEGO Club house Shop. Our kids love to sit and build sets and participate in the “master builder class’, but they also like to grab a free LEGO magazine!

*LEGO Posters!   In the same area you can also usually find FREE LEGO themed posters!

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* Free LEGOLAND App – Honestly – it has some bugs in it – but it can be a great help too!   It’s free and it includes lots of up to date park info, special offers, and games to play while waiting in a line.

20131216_153955* Keep in mind that LEGOLAND, like other theme parks is typically very busy in the Summer, Christmas holiday time, Brick or Treat, and Spring Break – but crowds are much lighter during other times of the year.   I always suggest trying to visit LEGOLAND during the off season.   I especially like to visit on a weekday in January or February, September is also awesome! Hours may be shorter, but when you can walk right on to just about every ride you tend to get more out of those shorter hours.

* Sale Section – Near the Entrance & Exit there is a restroom and also a small shop.   Our kids like to browse and check it out – mainly because they like to stall before we finally exit for the day, but also because they have found some really cool items (including clothing and LEGO sets!) for up to half off!   The selection tends to vary greatly, but it is always worth a peek!

* Bring your own bottled water!   You can also bring food & drinks to enjoy outside of the park.   They ask that you do not bring food in, but if your kids have a special diet LEGOLAND has no problem with you bringing in your own food.   We typically buy lunch in the park, but we bring bags of snacks – with three little kids we need to have bags of O’s and raisins on hand and we have never had a problem with that!   We actually enjoy bringing our own lunches (when we plan that far ahead!) and taking it outside the gates for a little picnic and time to decompress from all the excitement!   It takes a little more planning, but if you bring all your own food and don’t mind taking a bit of a break it can save quite a bit for a family.

* Make sure to ask if there are any dining specials when you visit!

  • All you can eat options – if someone in your family has a big appetite – they may want to know about a couple ‘all you can eat’ restaurants.   It is a bit pricey for someone like me that doesn’t eat that much – but it is a great way to stretch a budget for someone who enjoys a larger lunch or dinner.
  • Kids Eat FREE Dinner Options – several times a year you can enjoy a “Kids Eat FREE” dinner option at SEA LIFE Aquarium and also several restaurants in the park!

Have a wonderful time at LEGOLAND California!

These are just a few fun tips! Do you have any more? Can you leave them in our comments section?

Also – if you think this post may be helpful to your friends and followers can you be my best friend forever and share it on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and or Twitter? Whatever is your fav!

Enjoy ~ Kate

* We were recently invited to to The LEGO Movie Press Junket and we enjoyed two days in the park as part of the tour.   I was not obligated to write this post, but people always ask us how to save money at LEGOLAND so I thought it was high time I did.   Links are not affiliate links, but they probably should be! 😉

Holiday Snow Days at LEGOLAND Resort!

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

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*This giveaway has ended!   Check to see if your name is in the entry form below (winner will also be contacted via email by LEGOLAND) – we have ONE MORE LEGOLAND Giveaway too! <—- Enter here!*

LEGOLAND California during Christmas break is a tradition for our family!   We have enjoyed hanging out at least one day during the holiday season at LEGOLAND California since our big 7 year olds were only two!   We love all the extra special events and fun holiday time treats!   This year we attended a special event just this week showcasing some of the new fun that has been added to the Holiday Snow Days line up!

Snow tubing was our kid’s favorite new activity!   Make sure to check it out!   There is no additional cost to play in the snowy wonderland LEGOLAND creates just for Holiday Snow Days!

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You can enjoy festive carolers all around the park!   These lovely folks sang to us at Fun Town Market.

carolers legoland Make sure to check the schedule to get your picture taken with LEGO Santa!   We always manage to see the regular Santa, but this was quite the special treat!

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Hot Tip!   You can get a great deal when you buy your LEGOLAND tickets online!   They are a better deal online than at the ticket booth – so keep that in mind – bonus – you save yourself the time you would wait in the line, you can take your online ticket right to the entrance!

Another Hot Tip!   Bring snow gear for the kiddies!   We went this time in jackets – but we just had tennis shoes and jeans – we got wet pretty fast!   Make sure to bundle up so they can enjoy all the snowy fun!

OK – so guess what?!   I have one more special treat for my lovely readers!   LEGOLAND California is sponsoring one more San Diego Deals and Steals giveaway for the year!   A HUGE thank you to LEGOLAND California for providing these tickets – one lucky winner will be chosen randomly via the Rafflecopter entry form below.   Tickets will be emailed directly to the winner!

Rules are listed in the entry form.   The only requirement is that you like the host (SDDS) and the sponsor (LEGOLAND) on Facebook – we give out lots of bonus points for other forms of engagement – but those are the only requirements!   Easy Peasy right?

Keep in mind leaving a comment is only for fun and bonus points – the content of the comment does not determine the winner.   I know how much everyone would like to go; just know that the computer chooses who the computer chooses!

Best of luck to all!

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4 tickets to LEGOLAND Ca : Giveaway

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik
This is our LAST giveaway for Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California!   One lucky winner will get four tickets to enjoy a full day at LEGOLAND California!   We are so thankful to LEGOLAND Ca for sponsoring this awesome, festive, and family friendly giveaway!
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Our family attended Brick or Treat this past weekend and we had an AWESOME time!   We always have a great time at Brick or Treat,   but this time was especially awesome!   Mr. Deals & Steals made Brother S a LEGO Thor costume!   S is really getting into LEGO sets this year and he is super excited about Thor coming to theaters in November so LEGO Thor was a natural choice (we will have a tutorial about how we made this coming soon on Catching Up With Kate btw) – he was super excited to win 2nd place in his category (LEGO themed of course!) – you should have seen the LEGO Iron Man that won first – it was insane – like coolest costume I have ever seen in my life insane!   We prepped our kids with ‘this is just for fun, don’t be sad if you don’t win’ – which I think is REALLY important, there are lots of awesome costumes and I think it was just a fun time for our big kids to stand up on stage and wave, the winning was just a bonus (an awesome bonus!)
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The ‘Vampire’ that hosts the costume contest is not too spooky and even my kids who scare easily were cracking up at his funny jokes.   Check out more information about the LEGOLAND Costume Contest and see if you might want to enter – it is fun and quick and it of course is just part of the fun at Brick or Treat party nights on Saturdays!
We LOVE that LEGOLAND California spoils our readers during October!   If you have a young family and haven’t checked out Brick or Treat Party Nights at The LEGOLAND Resort it is really a splurge worthy treat.   Tickets for Party Nights start at $30 making it one of the least expensive theme park trick or treat options.   If your family has a year pass you can enjoy Brick or Treat at NO additional cost.   You can read more about all the awesome LEGOLAND Brick or Treat activities, fireworks, and shows in our previous article.   Brick or Treat party nights are held on Saturday nights in October.   You can enjoy the Brick or Treat trail on Saturdays & Sundays!

OK back to our giveaway!   ONE lucky San Diego Deals and Steals fan is gonna win FOUR tickets to Brick or Treat for 2013! Tickets will be emailed to the winner to the email address given directly from LEGOLAND.   Your email is only used if you are the winner no sharing of emails in any way, I promise!   Super easy peasy entry you need to be a fan of San Diego Deals and Steals and LEGOLAND California that is it.   We have several other bonus entries but only two little requirements that is totally fair right?

Giveaway ends on October 22, 2013.   A winner will be announced on Wednesday October 23, 2013 just in time to make plans to get your Brick or Treat on!

HUGE thank you to the good folks at LEGOLAND for sponsoring a month of giveaways! Best of luck to all!

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LEGOLAND Brick or Treat Giveaway!

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik
* This giveaway has ended – please check the widget below to see if you are the winner!   If not – don’t fret – you can enter her for your chance to win our latest LEGOLAND giveaway!)
You may have noticed that our LEGOLAND Brick or Treat giveaway has become a weekly event!   We have had two very lucky winners already!   We have another giveaway here and one more coming up next week!
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We LOVE that LEGOLAND California spoils our readers during October.   If you have a young family and haven’t checked out Brick or Treat Party Nights at The LEGOLAND Resort it is really a splurge worthy treat.   Tickets for Party Nights start at $30 making it one of the least expensive theme park trick or treat options.   If your family has a year pass you can enjoy Brick or Treat at no additional cost.   You can read more about all the awesome LEGOLAND Brick or Treat activities, fireworks, and shows in our previous article.   Brick or Treat party nights are held on Saturday nights in October.

OK back to our giveaway!   ONE lucky San Diego Deals and Steals fan is gonna win FOUR tickets to Brick or Treat for 2013! Tickets will be emailed to the winner to the email address given directly from LEGOLAND.   Your email is only used if you are the winner no sharing of emails at all! I promise!   Super easy peasy entry you need to be a fan of San Diego Deals and Steals and LEGOLAND California that is it.   We have several other bonus entries but only two little requirements that is totally fair right?

Giveaway ends on October 15, 2013.   A winner will be announced on Wednesday October 16, 2013 just in time to make plans to get your Brick or Treat on!

HUGE thank you to the good folks at LEGOLAND for sponsoring this giveaway! Best of luck to all!

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Last Chance to enter our LEGOLAND Brick or Treat giveaway!

Posted on: September 29th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

Did you enter for your chance to win FOUR tickets to Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California yet?   This has been a San Diego Deals and Steals family tradition since our big kids were only two years old!   We love this not at all spooky option for Halloween and we even have a special costume ready for the costume contest this year!

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Click the linked post for entry form and all the details!   One LUCKY San Diego Deals and Steals subscriber is going to win FOUR tickets to enjoy the LEGOLAND Resort for Brick or Treat – held on Saturday nights in October – LEGOLAND will email tickets directly to the winner!   It only takes a few seconds to enter – nobody gets your email address or any of your information – I pinky promise.

If your kiddies are past LEGOLAND age – I would LOVE for you to introduce a friend to San Diego Deals and Steals by sharing this post!   Maybe your friend will be the lucky winner! =)

Best of luck to all!

Enjoy ~ Kate