Hope everyone had a wonderful time during the holidays! Just like big sis mentioned, the past two weeks were busy for us too just spending it with family and friends. Both my husband and I got the last two weeks of December off, so we tried to maximize it by doing something every day.
We took the girls to a last minute trip to Legoland in Carlsbad on Christmas day and booked a night at the Legoland Hotel. It was SO worth staying there. I know there is a Sheraton and another hotel near Legoland, but the Legoland Hotel is actually on site and you can just walk to the entrance of the park.
Plus one of the perks of staying at the resort is that you can enter the park one hour earlier than everyone else. Seriously that hour was SO worth it because we probably rode at least 5-6 rides with 0-5 minute wait times.
We used our AAA discount and bought a two day pass. We were novices and went to all of the rides near the front part of the park and then figured after lunch we would tackle the roller coasters since my youngest had to take a nap after lunch. It worked out for us, but when we wanted to tube at the Legoland snow day, the line was ridiculous. Prob an hour wait just to play with some snow. We knew for sure the next day that we would make a beeline there first!
Some pictures from our trip…
Safari ride perfect for the little ones.
Log ride where you get splashed…kinda slow but it’s enough for the kids to get excited – 3 person is the limit!
Catching a 15 min 3D flick thinking it would tire out my little one…
Holiday Snow Day! This was the baby tubing area. There was a bigger tube section for the older kids/adults, but I didn’t get a chance to take a picture there.
Look at this awesome Christmas weather!
Some things to note: you have to be at least 36” for what seems like the majority of the rides. That only means that the child can ride with an adult. Our newly turned three year old made the cut by two inches, and the ride operators would still check her height.
We had dinner buffet at the resort, and my hubs kept insisting we had to be in line when it opened which was 5 pm. The hotel didn’t seem too busy when we checked in, but we didn’t want to take any chances. He was SO right on this one. By 5:30 the line was almost near the elevators. Who knew so many people would spend Christmas dinner at Legoland?! The food was typical buffet food. My kind of food!
What was especially nice about the hotel is that it is SO kid friendly. Obviously, right? There were tons of things to do for the kids. There is a pirate ship in the lobby where you play with Legos. They gave the girls a treasure hunt to do when we checked in, so we saved that activity for after dinner. We walked around the hotel/lobby to get the answers, and then we opened the safe in our room to discover two lego packets and chocolate gold coins. I think this was the highlight for my five year old. The room itself is perfect for a family of five. The adults have a queen bed, and the kids have their own section complete with a bunk bed and a pull out trundle. I laid on the trundle until my youngest fell asleep and tiptoed out. We had the kingdom themed room, but they have a pirate themed room and adventure room. I forgot to take pictures but check out Legoland’s website to get an overview of the rooms.
We spent time riding the elevators (they play disco music and have flashing lights going just like you’re dancing under a disco ball) before our breakfast buffet which was included in our one night stay. Breakfast was much better than dinner in my opinion. Girls were all over the fruit smoothies and yogurt parfaits!
We were thinking of paying more to get the annual pass but opted out because it is a drive for us. It’s a great place and perfect for their age range.
On a weekday, we visited Irvine Park Railroad and rented the four seater bike. Coupons can be found here. After an
hour 30 minutes of cycling, we both agreed that 2014 would be the year we get in shape. Thighs were shaking, we took one too many breaks, and the need to sit it out for 20 minutes while the girls played at the playground was honestly just an excuse to rest our bodies. So sad!
The girls rode the trotting horses. Always so fun!
We also made a trip to LA to the Grove. While the kids played and read books at Barnes and Noble, I was next door at Anthro/Zara doing my returns and shopping. Win-win!
Can you tell what they’re into just by looking at their selection of books? Slightly obsessed.
So many little girls were carrying around their American Girl dolls, and Lila kept asking me about them. I had to just say we would visit that store next time. Maybe when she is able to read the books, I’ll take her there for her birthday.
Twas a great two weeks. Off to brand new adventures in 2014. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.