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. With much to see and do in SoCal, Julie and her family are day trip experts, returning home after a day of fun. Julie writes parenting tips, family travel and little changes that make a big difference on her blog, Mom Rewritten. She also shares parenting tips and Disney travel advice on the DisneyBaby blog.


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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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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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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7 Can’t-Miss Summer Experiences in San Diego

San Diego is a summer hot spot for tourists and locals alike. There is plenty to experience in San Diego year-round but some of these special events are only available in the summer. Lots of water play adventures of course, but plenty of offerings for those of you who prefer to stay on dry land as well! Plan on arriving early for any event in the San Diego area during the summer for your best chance at finding a parking spot and to minimize crowds and wait times. 1. Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove This “jewel” of San Diego...

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Walt Disney World Magical Express Bus – What I Loved (and My $80 Mistake)

The Walt Disney World Magical Express Bus “magically” transports guests from the Orlando International Airport directly to the front entrance of their chosen Disney Resort hotel. You don’t even have to fuss with luggage as it’s delivered straight to your room. But it turns out there is more to it than just showing up for the free ride. Follow along with my tips and learn how the Magical Express Bus process really works–and how to save $80. A Whole New World I pride myself on knowing the ins and outs of Disney. As a southern California native, I’ve been to...

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What to Eat at Pike Place Market in Seattle if You Don’t like Seafood

Seattle, Washington,sits alongside Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. Naturally, the area restaurants and farmers markets offer seafood galore including crab, salmon, oysters, mussels and clams, all pulled from local waters. So what’s a visitor who doesn’t care for seafood to do? Even if fresh fish isn’t a part of your diet, you’ll still be able to enjoy yourself immensely at Pike Place Market…and find plenty to nibble on that isn’t from the water. Concern about Stinky Seafood My husband and I recently ventured to the Pacific Northwest for the first time. We spent one day in Seattle, the...

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How to See Everything at the San Diego Zoo in a Single Day

At a vast 100 acres, the San Diego Zoo is a sprawling paradise in the middle of the city. The zoo is a pleasurable outdoor experience that takes all day to properly explore. It is home to more than 3700 rare and endangered animals and a botanical collection with 700,000+ plants. The zoo sits within Balboa Park, a 1200 acre cultural park (the nation’s largest). The San Diego Zoo dates back to 1914 and is a gem in San Diego’s history. Certainly in a zoo this extensive, you could spend many days seeing the sights. But what if you only have one...

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Pregnant at Disneyland? Top Tips on What to Do (and What to Skip)

Disney trips are very often planned far in advance. What happens if you have a Disneyland trip scheduled but find out that you’re pregnant? You aren’t sure if you should cancel the trip or continue on. There are definitely special considerations to keep in mind when you visit Disneyland while pregnant. However, being pregnant at Disneyland doesn’t have to be a bummer. Even if you can’t slide down Splash Mountain or drive a car on the Autopia you can still have a magical vacation! Pregnant at Disneyland? What Can You Do and What Should You Skip? No need to call...

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Wonderment Abounds at Medieval Times in Buena Park, California

From the moment you are greeted at the castle door with a “Good day, my lady,” Medieval Times will completely transport you to the times of knights and princesses. Medieval Times is a live dinner show inspired by an 11-century tournament. The show lasts nearly two hours and includes a four-course feast. There are nine Medieval Times locations including Medieval Times in Orlando, Florida. This visit took place in Buena Park, Calif. (home of Knott’s Berry Farm and a short drive from Disneyland). Visiting Medieval Times Your visit to Medieval Times will begin when you’re given your seating placement and color-coded crown. Seating...

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