All About lil o' Me

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Just call me your Budget Barista. I have been married for 20 years to the best man on this planet. He's sweet, caring, kind, but most of all he makes me laugh. We have Three adorable kids. A beautiful sweet pea girl, A 'superman' boy, and a love bug baby girl. We just love that we live where people vacation...where the ocean meets the sky. We live a wonderful life. I love my life and I thank Christ for giving it to me. Some random things about me are I enjoy baking, quilting, paper crafting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and loving on my family. I am a Princess in the Kingdom of the King of Kings, diet coke drinking baby kisser. We are a homeschooling family but are part of a hybrid program where the children attend a 'classroom' 2 days a week and we do the rest at home. It's a blast. We also love to vacation and explore God's world around us. I think that's enough for now. :-)

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy July!! Pancake puppy's are FREE at Denny's!!

If you buy a restaurant entree at Denny’s or a $2, $4, $6, $8 deal at Denny’s from now until July 25, you get an order of pancake puppies for FREE.

Print out the coupon
Click here to find a Denny’s near you! 

Also they have brought back "Get Your Birthday grand slam for FREE deal!"  I have 2 children whose Birthdays are in July, so we'll have an extra good time with a free meal and some red, white, and blue puppies for them...all for FREE!!  To read more click here.

Red, White & Blue Grand Prix- Riding park in San juan capistrano.

Spend a summer afternoon at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, where Blenheim EquiSports proudly hosts a Grand Prix Event on the Blenheim International Field every weekend. See below for details.

$25,000 Red, White & Blue Grand Prix
presented by St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort
Saturday, July 3rd, 2:30 PM*
Kids day (12pm-5pm) includes pony rides, bounce houses, food & vendor booths


All Blenheim EquiSports horse show events are open to the public. Admission and parking are free. Come spend the day enjoying the exciting sport of equestrian show jumping.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Laid fun for you at the fair!!

Laid off? FREE FAIR FUN!!

If you’re out of work, and can prove it, then you can have some fun for FREE this Tuesday at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar.
On June 29, the fair is offering FREE admission to people who’ve been laid off from their jobs, if they bring in their most recent unemployment check or unemployment pay stub, within the last 12 months.  Each admission is good for two people. Normal admission price is $13.
Also, all children are FREE on both Tuesdays, whether their parents are unemployed or not.
And Tuesday is Taste of the Fair, where vendors have a “taster” sized portion of one of their food offerings for $2.  A family with an unemployed parent and kids 12 and younger would be able to have a FREE or low-cost day at the Fair.
“The grandstand entertainment on both Tuesdays is FREE with admission too, as well as the other 6 stages and ground entertainment. Guests can park FREE at the Horsepark Equestrian Center and folks can bring their lunch and store it at Guest Services. Basically you can have an entire day at the Fair for no cost,” Fair General Manager Timothy Fennell said in a press release announcing the freebie.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Barnum's Funundrum!

The greatest show on earth is back in town and you can get an amazing deal on tickets with a special $48 Family Four-Pack Offer on select performances or $4 off single ticket prices on select shows. The discount can be redeemed online at or by calling (800) 745-3000 . To redeem, use the discount code “MOM” .

July 28th-Aug. 8th they'll be in the OC. at the Honda center in Anaheim. 

So, this ones not free, but it is the "greatest show on Earth".  Enjoy! 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Amazing deals on family meals all week during kids restaurant week.

Welcome to Kids Restaurant Week 
Kids Restaurant Week is a fantastic week of family friendly dining.  Restaurants are creating a special menu for the event at a great price; while others are offering kids eat free all week.

Don’t step foot in that kitchen during Kids Restaurant Week.  This is a week of family dining and celebrating the start of summer. Search all the fabulous menus participating restaurants are offering. Go DINE OUT with your family all week at these restaurants and Have fun 
June 27th - July 3rd. 
Click on title above for more info. and list of restaurants.
Plus  at many locations You get a free Sunshine Float or Rootbeer float when you bring in a canned food item for the local food banks!

Friday, June 25, 2010

We are gonna party like it's 1999

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Antoine’s Café is rolling back the prices on four dishes to 1990s prices for the entire month of June.
Specials include:

  • 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 sausages or bacon for $3.95
  • Veggie Crepe for $5.50
  • Antoine’s Salad for $5.50
  • Antoine’s Burger featuring bacon, tomato and cheddar for $5.50
For more information, contact the restaurant, located at 218 S. El Camino Real in San Clemente, at 949-492-1763.

Bowling for kids...FREE!!

How the program works:

  1. All of the participating bowling centers are listed at
  2. Select a bowling center near you.
  3. Register directly on the bowling center page (The registration is valid only at the bowling center where you register and cannot be used at any other bowling center unless otherwise noted.) KIDS get 2 free games per day. everyday for FREE all summer long.
  4. Once you register, you will have the opportunity to purchase the family pass.  The Family Pass was created to allow for ADULT family members to enjoy bowling throughout the summer as well. The Family Pass starts from $24.95 and includes 2 GAMES PER PERSON PER DAY. The Family Pass covers up to 4 adult family members. You may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 adults on the family pass.
This low one-time payment covers up to 4 adults for the entire summer and is a tremendous value.

La Jolla Festival of the Arts

6/26/10 & 6/27/10-  Price:  $10 per person. Active military: FREE
Address: 8677 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite 1144 La Jolla, CA 92037 Phone Numbers (858) 456-1268     * Visit Website
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts will be held June 26-27, 2010, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, on the UCSD east campus at the corner of Genesee Ave and Regents Rd.  The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is among the top rated art shows in California. The Festival hosts over 200 award-winning (from the USA and Mexico) local and national artists displaying watercolors, oils, sculpture, serigraphs, fine jewelry, photography, and more. Event attendees can also enjoy a variety of cuisines in the festival food area, listen to live entertainment, and participate in special events.  Produced annually by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation, proceeds from the Festival support recreational and educational programs for San Diegans with disabilities. More recently, funds from this Festival are providing recreational and rehabilitative services to injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan Street Chalking at Calle Color

The 24th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts welcomes guests to enjoy the Festival's newest attraction: Calle Color - a live street chalking exhibition where nationally recognized Madonnari (street painters) will turn an asphalt canvas into a beautiful street of colors, an interactive chalk area for youngsters, and our High School Street Chalking Competition.

The 2010 La Jolla Festival of the Arts takes place June 26-27 in beautiful coastal San Diego county. 

OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off JUNE 26, 10am to 8pm- FREE

Ocean Beach Street Fair

31st Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Now celebrating its 31st year, the Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off on June 26 provides tradition for locals and a destination for tourists.

Each year, thousands flock to Newport Ave. and surrounding areas the 4th Saturday in June for the live music and entertainment, unique vendors, talented artists, thrilling rides, refreshing beer garden, and so much more!


Gem Fair in San Diego- $5.00 and kids under 12 are FREE

San Diego, CA

Jun 25 to Jun 27
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino del Rio S.
(92108 )
Fri. 12noon-7pm
Sat. 10am-6pm
Sun. 10am-5pm
General admission
$5 weekend pass
Children under 12FREE
Gem Faire has made special efforts in making each Gem Faire a community event! All Gem & Bead Faires are open to the public. Classes & demonstrations are offered at every Bead Faire and most Gem Faires. Plus, a chance to win hourly door prizes at every Gem Faire location!

Gem & Mineral Clubs are invited to set up, display and promote their clubs. Thousands of Gem Faire attendees are very anxious to learn more about the gem & mineral hobby as a whole. Please contact our corporate office for details at (503) 252-8300 or

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Go for the blue ribbon with these DEALS for the DEL MAR FAIR!!

Photo credit: Flickr/Timmy Farol
Photo credit: Flickr/Timmy Farol
Now thru July 5th the San Diego County Fair is in town, with its mouth watering food concoctions, fun rides and heart pounding dance and music performances, it's San Diego’s unofficial start to the summer! 

This year, they’re amping up so many ways for you to save some bucks on admission and food. It's just NUTS!
So, go ahead and indulge on those extra ride tickets, the out of this world kitchen gadgets, sparkling earrings and necklaces, and more. You’ll have loads of spare money left over when you take advantage of these bargains on admission, rides, and food;
  • Purchase a Value Pack for only $51.00 (a $93 value) This package includes 4 adult admissions,4 drink coupons, and 20 ride coupons (rides are usually 3-6 tickets). Can only be purchased via Ticketmaster, look for 2010 SDCF Value Pack.
  •  Buy the Costco Value Pack for only $53.99 (a $115 value). Package includes: 4 adult admission tickets, 4 drink coupons valid with food purchase at participating vendors, 1 parking pass, and 50 ride tickets.
  • Take a short survey about saving water:  Save nearly 50 percent on four adult admissions when you take a short survey from California’s Save our Water program. Afterwards, receive a voucher for 4 single-day admission tickets for $28 (regular price $52). Not valid on the weekends.
  • Read for FREE child’s admission (a $7 value): Children 12 and younger who read 10 or more age-appropriate books, and have that verified by a teacher or librarian, get free admission any day of the Fair.
  • Bring the kids on Tuesday: Children 12 and younger are admitted free on Tuesdays, June 22 and 29.
  • Head to a San Diego County Toyota dealer: Go to your nearest San Diego County Toyota dealer for a two-for-one admission coupon! With the coupon, redeemable at the gate, you can purchase up to four tickets on a two-for-one basis. No purchase or test drive required, but you may want to once you see what’s on the showroom floor.
  • Furlough Fridays: If you are a state employee, bring a friend, come to the Fair on Fridays and get in for free! Show your California employee ID or paycheck stub at Will Call and both of you can enjoy the Fair.
  • Come on Taste of the Fair Tuesday: Every Tuesday (June 22 and 29), you can buy $2.00 taste-sized portions of some of your favorite Fair foods, such as corn dogs, fudge, fish tacos and cinnamon rolls. Check at your favorite food booth to see what their offering is for Taste of the Fair Tuesday!
  • Bring your lunch: Yes, it’s allowed! No alcohol, glass containers or metal knives of any kind. All beverages must be in sealed containers (but you can bring an empty container, such as a sippy cup, to use once you’re past Security). They’ll even hold your lunch for you in Guest Services, first floor of the Grandstand, until you’re ready to eat at one of the designated picnic areas.
  • Kids Meal: Buy your child a Kids Meal at selected Meal Deal vendors. The $5.99 meal includes an entrée, side dish and drink, PLUS a child’s admission to each of the following venues with a paid adult admission, valid after July 5: Chula Vista Nature Center, Birch Aquarium, The New Children’s Museum or the USS Midway Museum.
  • Fridays are PennySaver Value Days: The PennySaver coupon book, free with your Fair admission, is packed with over $500.00 in discounts, two-for-one values, and other savings from more than 60 Fair vendors.
  • My Prize Pak: This  reusable shopping bag stuffed with coupons, prizes and a chance to win a trip for four to the Calgary Stampede in July. Get yours every Thursday and on Closing Day (July 5). Given at the gates each of these days while supplies last!
  • Free parking: Park FREE every day at Horsepark, on the corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, east of Interstate 5. The Fair’s free shuttle buses run from 9:00AM until midnight every day the Fair is open (1:00AM on Friday and Saturday), and drop you off in front of the O’Brien Gate. On weekends, they also have free park-and-shuttle lots at two additional off-site locations.
  • Ride the train or take the bus: Amtrak and the Coaster stop at the Solana Beach station two miles from the Fair. North County Transit District (NCTD) shuttles run between the station and the Fair’s West Gate. From Escondido, take the NCTD express route with no stops between Escondido and the Fair.
  • Purchase a Value Pack for only $51.00 (a $93 value): This package includes 4 adult admissions,4 drink coupons, and 20 ride coupons (rides are usually 3-6 tickets). Can only be purchased via Ticketmaster, look for 2010 SDCF Value Pack
  •  Buy the Costco Value Pack for only $53.99 (a $115 value): Package includes: 4 adult admission tickets, 4 drink coupons valid with food purchase at participating vendors, 1 parking pass, and 50 ride tickets.
  • Come on Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day:Want to enjoy the rides all day long for one price? You can, each Wednesday and Thursday during the Fair. Buy online and take advantage of special online-only Pay-One-Price Days
  • Enjoy the exhibits: All the Fair exhibits are free with admission, including the this-year-only “Taste the Fun” Theme Exhibit; the flower and garden show; all the animals, gems, art, photo, home and hobby displays; woodworking; and much more.
  • Enjoy the shows:  There’s entertainment all day and long into the evenings on eight stages, plus daily animal or motor sports shows in the Chevrolet Del Mar Arena. Nationally known entertainers are featured nightly on the Heineken Grandstand Stage. Most of the Grandstand shows are free with admission to the Fair, and all entertainment on other stages is free with admission.

June 26-27, 2010- TEMECULA - Street Painting Festival.

Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival spectators can jump right in by painting their own work of art and it's FREE! Over 100 muralists and visual artists create giant pastel murals. Families, children, and beginners join in the creative endeavor in the family section where more than 500 smaller squares are blocked out for spectators to paint with pastels on the asphalt canvas. 

Street Painting awards are given on Sunday at 3:30 after the last mural is completed. Professional artists from cities throughout Southern California paint many of the estimated 300 murals on the asphalt of Old Town Temecula's streets. Street Painting Festival coincides with the Ralph Love Plein Air Festival. Call (951) 506-5100 or email 

You can even see painting at night on Friday and Sat. nights. Think black and white or monochromatic!

Hours are Friday, June 25, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 26, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, June 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

St. Paul's Greek Festival this weekend.

Fri - Sun, Jun 25 - 27, 2010
"A Taste of Greece" featuring Greek food, music, dance, boutiques, cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons, games, carnival rides, drawings for large prizes, and church tours.
4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA
Information: 949.733.3102
Church office: 949.733.2366

Admission $3.00, children under 10 FREE

Free circus tickets for the unemployed

 The circus is in town…and if you’re unemployed, you and your family can get in FREE.
Circus Vargas will give tickets to the jobless for any weekday show for two Orange County stops in its 2010 tour.
The circus will be in at theWestminster Mall from Thursday, June 17, through Monday, June 28.
To get tickets, arrive about an hour before show time to any weekday show (no weekends). You must bring a layoff notice or stub from an unemployment check to prove you are out of work. An unemployed worker’s family can also go in FREE with the proof.

Tickets range from $15 to $50 for children and $20 to $55 for adults.

Slam OC in Costa Mesa...Skate and Rock your heart out for FREE

This one is for all you skateboard lovers out there. You can't miss Slam OC at Volcam Park, in Costa Mesa, this Sunday June 27th.

Combining skateboarding, music and environmental stewardship into one festival, The Slam promises to be a fun, jam packed event never before seen in the Orange County area. Throughout the day, 10 local and regional bands will play during a full multi level skateboarding contest for both street and bowl. A "Battle of the Zones" high school skateboard team contest will also take place.
There will be a free skateboard contest with bands, djs, kid zone, food vendors and more. The Kid’s Zone wll feature bounce houses and  also plenty of craft projects for the kids. Inside the Outdoors, a non-profit with the Orange County Department of Education, whose sole mission is to foster awareness concerning the rich biodiversity of Orange County and surrounding areas, will be running educational classes and art activities for the kids throughout the event.

Slam OC- 11am to 8pm
Volcom  Skate Park,   970 Arlington Drive, Costa Mesa
You might want to bring 10.00 for parking. There are some FREE parking spots too. 

Chicken run and Chicken sammie for FREE at the Great park with chick fil a

Movie: Chicken Run  June 26, 2010

Time(s): 8:00 p.m.   Location: Great Park Lawn | Map & Directions
Free Parking & Admission
Aardman Animations, the British clay-animation studio that created a cult sensation (and won three Academy awards) with its short subjects featuring Wallace and Gromit, presents its first feature film, a mixture of comedy and adventure. Mrs. Tweedy operates a chicken farm, where most of the birds have resigned themselves to a short and uneventful life of producing eggs and ending up as the main course of someone’s Sunday dinner. But when Rocky, a rooster from America, arrives on the farm, things begin to change. Rocky soon finds romance with a hen named Ginger who longs for a better life and has been trying to find a way out of the farm for some time; together they devise a plan to escape to freedom. However, Rocky and Ginger soon find themselves racing against the clock when Mrs. Tweedy decides it’s time to turn the entire flock into chicken pies.    Weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs!

Chicken Eat & Run Tweetup. RSVP Today!

Follow the Orange County Great Park and Chick-fil-A at Woodbury Town Center on Twitter to get a free chicken sandwich* before the movie starts on Saturday, June 26!
How to RSVP:
Step 1: Sign-up or sign-in to Twitter. Step 2: Follow BOTH @ocgreatpark and @woodburycfa by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Friday, June 25, 2010 (extended deadline) and your RSVP will be automatically received. Existing Followers: If you are already following both accounts, your spot will be automatically reserved.
Step 3: Tweetup! Meet at the Orange County Great Park at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 to check-in for your sandwich. Enjoy the company of your fellow tweeps before settling in to the feature presentation!
*Limited quantity, while supplies last. Limit (1) free chicken sandwich per Twitter user. Offer non-transferrable or valid with any other offer. Questions about this promotion? Please DM us at @ocgreatpark. For all other inquiries, please visit our contact page.

FREE Summer Sunday concerts @ the park in Dana Point 2010

Enjoy music?  want to rock & roll for FREE? Then this is a treat for you. You can R&R all summer with these concerts in the park.  There are 2 parks, so be sure to see the listings of which park the concert is at.  These are popular and I suggest you arrive early. The kids love it as they block off the front portion of the stage just for the ones who want to Boogie.  We enjoy these concerts each year and can honestly say that these concerts ROCK!

Concert times are  4:30-6:30pm unless otherwise noted.*
FREE! for more information call 949-248-3530

Be sure to bring Chairs or blankets to sit on, sunscreen, snacks/drinks, and your dancing shoes. The entire family will enjoy these concerts.  Hope to see you there!!

Heritage Park
34400 Old Golden Lantern

June 27 Lights The Premier Tribute to Journey

July 11 The Ron Kobayashi Trio *   Join us for a Jazz Picnic, 1:00-6:00pm, featuring The Ron Kobayashi Trio from 4:30-6:00pm. Prior to the main act hear other talented performers take part in a jam session. Co-Hosted by Kenny’s Music. Food/beverages available for purchase– proceeds benefit the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA).

July 18 Firefly Current Rock/Classic Rock & Pop

July 25 The Oreo Divas A Tribute to the Music of Motown

August 1 The Raymies* Pop/Rock, 3:00-4:00pm
Turn the Page A Tribute to Bob Seger, 4:30-6:00pm

August 8 The Wilsons* Classic Rock, 3:00-4:00pm
Savor Santana Music, 4:30-6:00pm

August 15 Springsteen! The Premier Tribute to the Boss

Lantern Bay Park
25111 Park Lantern Road

August 22 The Girlz with Sandii Castleberry * American Folk, 3:00-4:00pm
Men of Worth Irish Folk, 4:30-6:30pm

August 29 The Platters Live! 1950s, 4:30-6:30pm

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Great American Backyard Campout, FREE in your own backyard!!

Join the Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday, June 26, in your backyard, parks, campgrounds or even your balcony! No site is too big or too small to spend a night sleeping under the stars.

Ways to Participate

  • Camp! - Invite your friends or family members to join you for a sleepover under the stars.
  • Camp With Your Neighborhood - Backyard too small to host everyone? Invite your friends, neighbors and their kids to a common area of your neighborhood to share this camping experience.
  • Camp With Your Co-Workers - Gather your co-workers and their friends and families to a local campground or the boss's big backyard!
  • Organize a Community Campout - Planning a larger-scale Campout for your youth group or community? Register as a Community Partner Team Captain and we'll provide you with the help you need to pull off a great event.
  • Share Your Photos and Stories - Add your stories and photos to our Flickr photo group and discussion board or by becoming a fan of Great American Backyard Campout on Facebook.
  • Write About Campout - Get any help you need to put together news articles, blog posts or more to help spread the word about Campout.
 Can some one pass the Smore's please? Id like mine with a peanut butter cup, thanks!

All star FanFest tickets for FREE? Now, that's a steal!

Can’t get tickets to the all star game? well, you can attend the All-Star Fanfest that will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center July 9-13, and is being billed as “the World’s Largest Interactive Baseball Theme Park with over 450,000 sq ft of baseball interactives and exhibits!”

The regular FanFest ticket price is $30 for adults, $25 for kids but Vons, Pavilions and Pepsi are running a pretty amazing special right now. If you spend $20 on PepsiCo products (which include many labels such as Aquafina water, Lipton ice tea, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and lots of other stuff too) in one day with your Vons or Pavilions card, you can get TWO FREE TICKETS to the All-Star Fanfest! Now that’s a steal!

And, to make it even better....right now Vons/Pavilions is offering a four-for-two deal on 12-packs of Pepsi products in cans. If you buy two 12-packs, you get two more 12-packs free.

The Vons weekly adsays that there will be a display in the store showing the participating products.

More about the FanFest:
It will be held from July 9-13.  Doors open at 9 a.m. All the attractions are included with the admission price, and baseball legends will be on hand to sign autographs.

FREE friday night movies in Dana point's Lantern Park.

Every Friday night in JUNE in Dana Point you can see a family friendly movie for FREE. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs to sit on along with sweaters, snacks, and your whole family!  Hope to see you there.
Date: 6/25/2010 8:00 PM - Night at the Museum

Location: Lantern Bay Park
25111 Park Lantern Road
Dana Point , California 92629

Pie Rush Wed.'s- Get a FREE slice of pie at Baker's square.

Enjoy a FREE slice of pie every Wednesday with ANY purchase. (Think coffee, soda, or tea.)

10:30 to close
No coupon needed
Dine in only
Tax and tip NOT included. Be sure to tip your waitress. :-)

For all the details CLICK HERE

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Get into the OC market place FREE!

The O. C. Market Place is more than just a swap meet, it’s a happening every weekend (except when the fair is on) at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, with live seasonal entertainment, special holiday events and, dare we say it, lots of stuff to buy.
It’s open every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
I've got the coupon for you can get in for FREE. Just click and print the coupon below.

P.S. you may have to pay for parking depending on the event that's happening when you go. 

****Coupon is courtesy of the OC Register. Thanks Register!!****

Monday, June 21, 2010

Save 10.00 off each ticket to visit the Queen Mary.

 The Queen Mary is a treat. Each time we've been it's been such a treat, we even spent the night there for one of our anniversaries.  He size, beauty, and majesty of her are AWESOME!  Did you know that the Queen Mary is bigger than Titanic?

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (then Cunard-White Star when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, she was designed to be the first of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service from Southampton to Cherbourg to New York, in answer to the mainland European superliners of the late 1920s and early 1930s. After their release from World War II troop transport duties, Queen Mary's retirement in 1967. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is permanently berthed in Long Beach, California serving as a museum ship and hotel. The Queen Mary celebrated the 70th anniversary of her launch in both Clydebank and Long Beach during 2004, and the 70th anniversary of her maiden voyage in 2006. She was the flagship of the Cunard Line from 1936 until 1945 when she was replaced in this role by the Queen Elizabeth. commenced this two-ship service and continued it for two decades.

General Admission Passport Includes:

Adult: $24.95, Senior (55+) & Military: $21.95, Child (5-11): $12.95

Click here for 10.00 off coupon

Be sure to view their calendar of events for even more fun.

Events calendar here.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Family fun movies for FREE or only 1.00 in Southern California.

Read Below for family fun at the movies for FREE or only 1.00 all starting June 22nd, 2010
Info. is for 3 different theaters, different time, different days, and prices.
It's one way to stay inside and beat the heat :-)

REG’s Free Family Film Festival is Now Showing!
We have planned a fun-filled summer of select movies for kids and parents. Regal has proudly offered this free summer fun since 1991. Oh, did we mention that it’s FREE!
Selected G or PG movies start at 10:00am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity.
The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer. Tickets for our 2010 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at select theatres’ box office on the day of the show.

Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX      26701 Aliso Creek Road  Aliso Viejo ,CA 92656  949-425-3861

AMC Summer Movie Camp isn't free, but it is pretty darned close! For $1 (that goes to charity) kiddos can enjoy a movie each Wednesday this summer. (click here to see listings and more info.)

06/22/2010 - 2010 Krikorian's Summer Kids Series
Locations: Buena Park, Corona, Downey, Monrovia, Pico Rivera, Redlands, San Clemente, Vista Village
Krikorian Premiere Theatres proudly announces its schedule for the 2010 Krikorian Kids Series. The summer series is made up of 10 weeks of recent kids movies, all rated PG and fun for the entire family! In addition, admission price is only $1.00 (Free admission at Buena Park Metroplex and Krikorian 15 at Dos Lagos), making it affordable for all to enjoy. Admission prices are valid for ALL customers. Please note that seating is first come, first served and some shows may sell out.

Check below to see the exciting line-up of films that Krikorian has in store for this Summer!

The program begins running June 22nd and extends through August 24th. Showings will be held every Tuesday with showtimes at 10:00am and 12:30pm.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

FREE organ concert this Sunday in San Diego.


Spreckels is regarded as one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world. Donated in 1914 by John D. and Adolph Spreckels, this distinct organ contains 4,530 pipes that range in size from just a few inches to 32 feet. Spreckels hosts FREE concerts on Sunday afternoons at 2 (rain or shine), featuring various local civic organists.

The organ sits center-stage in the pavilion, with beautiful ivory and taupe detailing that highlights the elaborate designs. With more than 2,400 outdoor seats, Spreckels makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon with the whole family where you can enjoy the unbeatable San Diego weather and a relaxing concert by top local organists. An added bonus is the abundance of FREE parking near the Pavillion.

Sundays at 2    Balboa Park    619-702-8138 

There are also FREE concerts Monday through Thursday evenings in summer are given at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Exploring S.J.C. Hotsprings & Cold Spring Canyon Hike-FREE fun for the family!

Sun. 23, May- Exploring San Juan Hotsprings & Cold Spring Canyon Hike- 8:00am to 11:00am

Please join Caspers Park Naturalist Karin Klein on a moderately strenous 3 mile journey through history and nature as we explore the San Juan Hot Springs and Cold Spring Canyon. This hike will take you past the Hot Springs while learning its history and geologic significance, then it’s up Cold Spring Canyon where you’ll find a wide variety of flowering plants under this beautiful Coast Live Oak canopy.
Reservations Required. Please contact Park Ranger Adam Shuck at 949.923.2208 or, LIMITED SPACES. other dates you can enjoy this hikes are 6.20.10,  7.18.10,  Click here to learn more

Event Fee: Free  Parking Fee: Free   Suggested Ages: 7 & up (but if you've got baby backpacks and think you can do it, got for it!)

Caspers Wilderness Park 33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395)   San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675   949.923.2208 or (949)923-2207

Special Instructions: Please arrive prepared with Sunscreen, Hat, Water & Sturdy Shoes ready to enter a Wilderness Park. Call for Trailhead directions.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 19 - 20, 2010- Julian Gold Rush days

June 19 - 20, 2010- Julian Gold Rush daysBring the family up to Julian Father's Day weekend, June 19-20, 2010 as they celebrate the discovery of gold in their mountain community.

Weekend events include gold panning, living history demonstrations, gold mine tours, book signings, face painting, old fashioned games, historic skits and much more.  See you there!

6.20.10- JULIAN - Father's Day Brunch with Cowboy Jack. Cowboy Jack performs solo, singing traditional country music with acoustic guitar and harmonica. ‘Cowboy Jack’ Johnson is the lead singer from The Hank Show, Band In Black and is a singing cowboy from Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall, CA.Time: 10am-1pm. Location: Pine Hills Lodge, 2960 La Posada Way, Julian, CA 92036 Tel: (760) 765-1100.

FREE- San Clemente Quick Draw Competition- June19th-27th

It all starts when you see something so majestic, you wish you could capture not just the scene, but the mood you felt when you experienced the ocean waves, Kids playing in the sand and surf at the beach, a group of sailboats passing by, or a special sunset. The plein air painting passion is going on strong in California and only grows in momentum with each passing season.
Upcoming events invite artists to paint outdoors, viewers to watch, and art-lovers to purchase great works capturing the splendor of California. Here are a few going on:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Huck Finn Jubilee- Kids under 6 are FREE

June 18-20, 2010- VICTORVILLE -  Huck Finn Jubilee.  Pack the campers with kids, banjos, and fishing poles and run away with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on Father's Day weekend. This award winning Bluegrass music festival with 3 stages relives the life and times of Tom and Huck with performers like the Oak Ridge Boys. Food, crafts and Mountain Man villages lie on 800 acres of river parkland. Hot air balloon liftoffs, river themed games and the Russell Bros. Circus add to the weekend fun. California State Arm wrestling Championships, and Route 66 Car Show are featured on Saturday.

Time: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $20, Youth 6yrs-12yrs is $5, Children younger than 6yrs and parking are

FREE. Camping is available. Location: Mojave Narrows Regional Park, 18000 Yates Rd. Victorville, California.

Information: 951-780-8810.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summerfest in Fountian Valley-FREE fun for the whole family.


Celebrating 53 Years of Community Excellence
June 11-13, 2010
Summerfest LogoThe Fountain Valley Summerfest Committee, in partnership with the City of Fountain Valley and the Fountain Valley Community Foundation is launching its 2nd annual community celebration called "Fountain Valley Summerfest” to be held June 11-13, 2010 at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park at Brookhurst and Heil. This 3-day celebration will include carnival rides, food and beverage booths, game booths, local entertainment, exhibitors, non-profit organizations, live music, beer/wine garden, NEW for 2010 – Battle of the Bands on Sunday.  Also NEW is the Live Sports Tent, and the Fountain Valley Classic Car & Truck Show. Be sure to stick around for the Taco Bell eating many tacos can you eat?  Admission is FREE.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Dragon Race 500- $5.00

Description: The Dragon Race 500 is a playful afternoon of arts and race car driving! Inspired by the Museum's current exhibition, Chimerica Dreality, this event combines the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival with an American pastime, the Indianapolis 500. Patrons will have the opportunity to decorate theatrical, dragon puppets specially designed to cover remote control cars, then race the decorated cars around a specially designed track and at the end of the day the participants will be able to take their puppets home as keepsakes. Light snacks will be provided at this event.
Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Studio 2 and Museum Sculpture Court, $5 includes admission to both the Center Museum and the Escondido Children’s Museum

California Center for the Arts, Escondido.  

Go to an Angels baseball game without breaking the bank?

There are some good deals to be had, just click below and you can save up to 50% off. Also check out the family deal that includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sm. drinks for 44.00!  Are you a triple A (AAA) member than there is a deal for you too. Heck there are even $3.00 Kid and teen games...Three bucks, that's it!?  Go check it out and Have some all American fun this summer. Go ANGELS!!!

Angels ticket deals.

Monday, June 7, 2010

FREE Friday night fun for the whole family.

June 10 & 18th- Click Star Gazing to learn more.  It's THIS Friday night here in Southern Cali. and looks like fun for the whole family and it's got a great price to go with it too...FREE. If you miss the one in May you catch one of the dates in June too.

June 10 and 18, 2010
Time(s): 7:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Location: Preview Park
FREE Parking & Admission

Star light, star bright, come out to see the stars at night! Explore the solar system with an introductory session led by Astronomy4U. Visitors will learn about astronomy through informational star maps, discussion, and viewing of the moon and the Saturn planet through a telescope.

Recommended age: 9+. Weather permitting.

2 for one special- Pretend City Children's Museum

Pretend City Children's Museum is the first educational facility of its kind in Orange County, representing a small interconnected city. The non-profit museum builds better brains through whole-body learning experiences, educational programs and over 15 permanent exhibits that empower children to learn about, and meaningfully connect with and expand their world.

Your child is growing right before your eyes! This process of change involves learning:

• Movement and muscle skills
• Communication and expression of emotions
• Play and social skills
• Thinking and problem solving skills

Pretend City is a great place to play, develop skills, learn, and have loads of fun.

Pretend City- 29 Hubble  Irvine, CA 92618

Admission  Infant to 12 months $2, Child $10, Adult $10, Military and Family Members $8, See below for 2 for one coupon.

Hours: Monday 10am -1pm, Tue-Sun 10am -5pm, Everyday 9am-10am Members only

For more info. CLICK HERE   Be sure to take a look at their calendar for special events.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

FREE fun at Disney stores on every Sat. in June!

Disney Stores nationwide are celebrating the upcoming release of Toy Story 3 with FREE activities for kids every Saturday in June. Mark your calendars to get in on the fun:
June 5: Kids can make a Toy Story 3 craft and have a cute photo opportunity (with cardboard cutouts of the characters) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 12: Toy Story Bingo at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
June 19: Toy Story scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 26: Toy Story 3 Adventure from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m — Help Woody rescue the toys from Sunnyside Daycare Center. Kids receive activity sheets and prizes.   Plus, with the purchase of any Toy Story item, customers will receive a set of free Toy Story 3 collector cards. A new set will be introduced every Monday.

A few Disney Store locations in Southern California are:  Laguna Hills mall, South Coast plaza, Montclair plaza, Ontario Mills, Brea Mall, Westfield West Covina, Westminster mall, Main place Santa Ana, Del Amo Fashion Center, Lakewood Center,  Los Cerritos Shopping Center.  Call your local store to be sure they are having these events!

Toy Story 3 hits the big screen on June 18.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

FREE car show in San Clemente- Sunday, June 13, 2010

San Clemente Car Show on Avenida Del Mar (map)

The 15th Annual San Clemente Car Show is put on by the Downtown Business Association. FREE admission and parking. Entertainment, food and over 300 cars on display. For more information, call 498-4538 or For more info. Click here.

Great family fun with over 300 cars to see, not to mention all the shops and restaurants will be OPEN for business during the event. Enjoy the ocean view while strolling down Ave Del Mar checking out the cars and festive atmosphere in the downtown village.

June 6th- BUGS and Butterflies for 3.00 a carload!

Bugs and Butterflies Event- 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us under the oaks as entomologists and other enthusiasts share their knowledge of bugs and butterflies. Brent Karner from the LA Museum of Natural History will be here with an insect zoo and demonstrations of some interesting insect lifestyles. Gardening specialists will discuss planting drought resistant gardens to attract pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Nature walks, Kid's activites and a Hawk Talk will be offered throughout the day.

Event Fee: free with parking
Parking Fee: $3.00

Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park- 30952 Oso Parkway Coto de Caza, CA 92679
949-923-2265 or (949)923-2266

Thursday, June 3, 2010

FUN things to do this weekend...most of them are FREE!!

There are so many FUN things to do this weekend, many of them FREE! Here is a list of some of the best and FREE or almost free things to do with your family.  Have a Fun-filled weekend!  To learn more about each event, just click on the title.

FREE Yorba Linda arts and music festival

FREE arts and music festival:  Sunday, June 6 at the Yorba Linda Community Center, with continuous entertainment on five stages.

This annual “Celebration of the Arts” says it is a “unique fine arts & music festival featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, including almost every type of visual and performing art that you can imagine. What makes it unique is that it is very family friendly, offering FREE activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, beerfest or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired! ”   There’s free music, admission and parking. Food will be available for purchase.

FREE Krispy Kreme donut on FRIDAY.

Krispy Kreme Gives Away Free Treat on June 4 in Celebration of National Doughnut Day

Annual Observance Makes Life Just a Little Sweeter for Everyone
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 27, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Celebrate one of the sweetest days of the year by commemorating National Doughnut Day with a one-of-a-kind complimentary treat from Krispy Kreme.

In honor of this day, established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to raise funds to help people in need, Krispy Kreme is offering customers one FREE doughnut of any variety at participating U.S. store locations on Friday, June 4. No purchase is necessary to receive a free doughnut.

The offer is good for one doughnut of any variety per customer. To find a participating U.S. store near you, visit

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Free Summer Festival- Fullerton

Summer Solstice Festival-Storytelling/Folk Music
June 13, 12-5PM
This is the first of our four summer arts festivals. We feature the best of Southern California’s folk music scene and storytellers including folk bands gypsy greats, Fishtank Ensemble; British Isles folk favorite, When Pigs Fly, French/Chinese folk sensation Jessica Fichot Band; and Live OC magazine’s Best Folk Band winner, Sligo Rags.  We also feature storytelling groups from Long Beach, West Los Angeles, and Orange County, along with tellers Leslie Perry, Michael McCarty and Linda King Pruitt.
This free festival is open to everyone.  The day’s festivities includes a children’s area with free art workshops, a children’s stage, an arts & crafts faire, house and gallery tours, a lawn sports tournament with the Leisure League, picnicking, food vendors, a story swap area, a jam session area, in addition to the stage performance continuously in our outdoor amphitheatre.  Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

FREE concert in the San Clemente sand

SAN CLEMENTE -  Friday 06/04/2010
Beach Concert Series
Friday, June 4; 6pm til sunset.
San Clemente Pier
Band: San Clemente High School and Shorecliffs’ Jazz Bands
The 11th Annual Beach Concert Series is “Bringing the Bands to the Sand!” Join the community to celebrate live music on the beach with the sunset as your backdrop and FREE seating in the sand.