Julie Bigboy, Day Trips TravelingMom

Julie Bigboy, Day Trips TravelingMom

Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children. Since her first visit to Disneyland at one year old, Julie has developed a love of amusement parks. She blogs Disney tips and tricks, along with budgeting advice on her website Saving Up for Disney. When not writing, Julie enjoys sewing and crafting.


8 Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Young Children

Road trips can be trying on the best of travelers, let alone a young child. I don’t enjoy being confined to my seat for several hours at a time and I can imagine how frustrating it is for small children, especially when they are too young to gauge time and aren’t amused by the passing view. They just want to get to where you’re going! These road trip tips aren’t just about the journey or the car ride, but are helpful ideas for what to do at the stops along the way that will minimize meltdowns and frustration. What We...

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Get into the Holiday Spirit at SeaWorld San Diego Christmas Celebration

All of SeaWorld San Diego is currently aglow with bright lights, brilliant decorations and Christmas cheer. From November 21 to January 3, SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration is taking place with unique holiday-themed shows, wintry decor all over the park and specialty treats and dishes served up just for the season. Santa’s Christmas Village SeaWorld San Diego puts their own special flair on the holiday season. Their annual Christmas celebration is taking place from November 21 to January 3, and it’s a great place to immerse yourself in everything festive and fun. Santa’s Christmas Village is a delightful first stop,...

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11 Tips for Navigating Holiday Crowds at Disneyland

No question, the holidays at Disneyland are truly magical. The decorations, special events, and holiday atmosphere put a smile on your face. These things also bring in lots of extra people into the parks, making for long lines and crowded spaces. So if you must visit The Happiest Place on Earth over the holidays, what can you do to navigate the peak holiday crowds at Disneyland? Day Trips Traveling Mom to the rescue with 11 tips that will help keep the holiday Disney magic — by navigating the holiday crowds at Disneyland. During your holiday trip to Disneyland, you want magic....

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9 Things Knott’s Berry Farm Does Right and One Big Thing that Needs Improvement

There are lots of things that Knott’s Berry Farm does right, including being a good value, offering lots of hearty food choices (boysenberry pie, anyone?) and satisfying thrill seekers with high-speed coasters. As a longtime visitor, there is one big thing that I’ve seen over the years that needs improvement. I’ll give you some ideas on how to maximize your Knott’s Berry Farm day and work around what could potentially cause meltdowns in your youngest family members.   9 Things Knott’s Berry Farm Does Right 1. Low prices & discount tickets – The cost of taking your family to an...

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Is the LEGOLAND California Brick or Treat Party Night Worth The Extra Cost?

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a spooktacular family-friendly nighttime Halloween event that takes place on select evenings in October at LEGOLAND California in San Diego. Guests can dress in costume, “brick-or-treat” at stations throughout the Park, participate in a dance party and costume contest or simply enjoy the rides and attractions that LEGOLAND has to offer! Here’s why the additional cost for the nighttime event is worth it and what you can do to maximize your visit. LEGOLAND’s annual Halloween celebration, Brick or Treat takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on select evenings in October. Ticket -holders to...

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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego -100 Ways for Kids to Learn and Play

Set at one end of beautiful Balboa Park, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego has more than 100 ways for kids to learn and play. But it’s not just a place for kids either. There are so many wonderful science-minded exhibits as well as an IMAX theater show that adults will enjoy discovering here as well. Hands-On Exhibits for Everyone The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a two-story, multi-room complex (with both an elevator and stairs) that has enough to explore for an entire day. In fact, we didn’t get through it all in the five...

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Ocean Explorations at the Birch Aquarium in San Diego

Set on the bluff above the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California the Birch Aquarium is a public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. With more than 3,000 fish in over 60 habitats, the Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education and promotes ocean conservation. There’s just enough education balanced with hands-on play to satisfy everyone in your group! Getting Around The Birch Aquarium is located at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037 and open daily from 9am -5pm (closed major holidays). Parking at the Birch Aquarium is free (for up to three hours) and located in a nearby lot. There is also...

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Think, Play and Create at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego

The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego is a melding of local art with a hands-on approach that appeals to young children. Kids may not “get” the artistic emotion behind each of the exhibits, but that won’t matter. They’ll just have a fun time ping-ponging around the rooms, exploring and discovering! And yes, even learning along the way. The New Children’s Museum is located in downtown San Diego, near Seaport Village, the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Three Stories for Exploration The New Children’s Museum is three stories tall with an entry on the middle floor...

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8 Reasons Why Halloween Time at Disneyland is a Treat!

Fall at Disneyland means Halloween Time! It’s a season when the Park is transformed into the Pumpkin Festival complete with hundreds of glowing jack-o’ lanterns, rides that take on a Halloween twist and entertaining tricks and treats for all ages! Halloween Time at Disneyland begins on September 9th and runs through October 31, 2016. Halloween Time activities are included with your regular Disneyland Park admission. Pumpkin Festival Decor Guests will be greeted with Halloween décor even before they enter the Park! There are Halloween touches even at the Mickey & Friends Parking Area! Enormous pumpkin-inspired Disney characters sit atop...

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Avoid August and 21 More Surprises Discovered on an Adventure Abroad

Anytime you leave your cozy home and decide to travel, there are surprises to be had. When traveling abroad, those new discoveries can be surprisingly dramatic and even astonishing. Different is good, as my husband and I discovered when we took our first vacation abroad last year. Having never been to Europe, we didn’t quite know what to expect of our impending 10-day trip. Turns out, we had tons to learn as we traveled to Munich, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna and Budapest. These are the top 22 surprises we discovered on our Bavarian adventure. 1. Bring maps. Some of the...

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