Everything You Need to Know about Knott’s Chicken To Go, Curbside Pickup, and Social Distancing for Walk In Orders

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Themepark lovers rejoice!  Knott’s Berry Farm California Marketplace is NOW OPEN!  Before you head over with your refillable drink cups and Charlie Brown tee shirts, here’s what you need to know.

  • The only places open are the Berry Marketplace, Bakery, and Knott’s Chicken To Go (not to be confused with Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant).
  • Masks are required to be worn to enter buildings, and social distancing is encouraged.
  • Season Passholder discounts apply at all three locations in person, but refillable drink cups are not valid.
  • You can order curbside pickup for Berry Marketplace and Knott’s Chicken To Go, but no Season Passholder Discounts apply.
  • Most of the property is still blocked off, so you can’t wander aimlessly around the grounds.
  • Parking is complementary with no time limit (go past the main entrance, turn right on Crescent Road, and turn right into the Marketplace Parking lot).
  • There are NO RESTROOMS OPEN.
  • Hours of Operation are 10am-6pm for the Berry Marketplace and 10am-7pm for the Bakery and Chicken To Go.  They are open every day.
  • If you don’t want to wait in lines, you can still get chocolate covered delicacies and pre packaged boysenberry cookies and toffee in the Berry Market.  The Knott’s Berry Farm Cookbook is also sold at the Berry Marketplace.  Lines can be long for the Bakery and Chicken To Go, but there was no wait to shop in the Berry Marketplace.

What Can you Buy at Knott’s California Marketplace?

The Berry Marketplace features Knott’s boysenberry themed jams, jellies and sauces.  You can also find coffee, packaged cookies, and boysenberry treats.  There is also a chocolate counter where you can purchase chocolate covered delicacies like chocolate covered smores, marshmallows, and truffles.  The new Knott’s Berry Farm Cookbook is also sold here (MSRP $20).  To eliminate cross exposure, you scan your items yourself, pay, and bag your items without having a Team Member handle your items.  You can also shop online and arrange a curbside pickup (or ship to your home) at www.marketplace.knotts.com The Berry Marketplace is open 10am-6pm daily.

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The Bakery has everything from Boysenberry pies to full sized decorated cakes.  My kids especially love the huge cookies and individual cupcakes.  When we visited, I took home a personal cheesecake but I also love the individual lemon and fruit tarts.  These items are not available online.  The Bakery is open 10am-7pm daily.

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Knott’s Chicken To Go is the same chicken that is served at the sit down restaurant Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner, but in convenient to-go packages and portions.  You can order online at knotts.com, order by phone at (714) 220-5083, or walk in for take out.  Hours of operation are 10am-7pm daily.

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  • If you pre-order online or by phone, it will be curbside pickupNo Season Passholder Discount applies to pre-orders online or by phone.  When you order, you pick a date and pickup time (10am-7pm at the top of every hour).  You will be given a barcode which a Team Member will scan upon your arrival.  To pick up, enter the parking lot off Crescent and a Team Member will direct you to the pick up location gazebo.  All Chicken To Go orders will be sitting on a table at the beginning of your pick up time window.  I recommend arriving as close to your pick up time as possible to ensure hot and fresh food.  A Team Member will scan your barcode and hand you your food in your car.  You do not have to get out of your car.  If you arrive early, they will direct you to a parking spot to wait for your selected time slot.
  • If you’d like to do a walk in order for take out, enter the parking lot off Crescent Ave the same way, and tell the Team Member that you’d like to park for a walk in order.  They will direct you to park in the Marketplace Parking lot near Ghostrider (look for Rufus the Rooster!).  Walk toward the entrance of the park under Ghostrider and across the street.  There will be 2 lines:  Bakery to your right and Chicken To Go on the left.  Stand on the circles provided to ensure proper social distancing.  There are more menu options if you walk in to order AND Season Passholder Discounts apply!  You can also order fountain drinks including our beloved Boysenberry Punch.

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What’s Better?  Curbside Pickup or Walk In?

There are definitely pros and cons to each option.

  • Curbside Pickup: 
    • Pros–super convenient, you don’t have to leave your car, minimal lines, waiting, and exposure to people.
    • Cons–you don’t get your Season Passholder Discount and you’d still have to walk in if you want any Bakery items.
  • Walk In: 
    • Pros–Season Passholder Discount applies, you don’t have to plan ahead with your time frame, expanded menu and beverages, Bakery and Berry Market are right there for additional impulse purchases.
    • Cons–wait times can be long and you will be exposed to more people.

Knott’s Chicken To Go Menu

The options for curbside pickup can be found at knotts.com, but I’ve outlined them below:

Online Combo Menu

9-Piece Mixed Chicken Meal Bucket – $29*

Includes:

  • 2 sides of mashed potatoes
  • 1 side of gravy
  • 1 side of whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 dozen biscuits with Boysenberry jam

14-Piece Mixed Chicken Meal Bucket – $37*

Includes:

  • 2 sides of mashed potatoes
  • 1 side of gravy
  • 1 side of whole kernel corn
  • 1 dozen biscuits with Boysenberry jam

Breast & Wing Chicken Snack Box A – $11*

Includes:

  • 1 side of mashed potatoes and gravy
  • 1 side of whole kernel corn
  • 2 biscuits with Boysenberry jam

Thigh & Leg Chicken Snack Box B  – $11*

Includes:

  • 1 side of mashed potatoes and gravy
  • 1 side of whole kernel corn
  • 2 biscuits with Boysenberry jam

Sides

  • Corn – $5*
  • Potato Salad – $5*
  • Baked Beans – $5*
  • Mac & Cheese – $5*

Desserts

  • Chocolate Bundt Cake – $5* (this is cheaper online!  It is $8 walk in)
  • Boysenberry Pie:
    • One Pie – $13*
    • Two Pies – $25*
    • Four Pies – $40*

*Plus tax

Additional Menu Items for Walk in:

  • 3 piece chicken box – $12.50
  • Dozen biscuits – $6, half dozen biscuits – $4
  • Grand Ave Bucket – $51.50
    • 22 pieces of chicken
    • 1 side of masked potatoes and 1 gravy
    • 2 sides of your choice
    • 1 dozen biscuits with preserves

Tips for Social Distancing for Walk In Orders

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  • Don’t forget your mask!  In accordance with Ordinance No. 1681, a face covering is required for entrance into the facilities.
  • Leave the family at home or in the car.  Having one person standing in line and ordering food will reduce the crowds in the Marketplace and will reduce your family’s risk of exposure.
  • Look for the blue circles for where to stand to maintain a 6 feet distance.
  • Hand Sanitizer is readily available by every door.
  • Take your chicken TO GO.  Bring it home or eat in the car!  There are no tables or picnic areas open on Knott’s property.  We wanted to enjoy our chicken hot, so we ate our meal in the car.  Trash cans are available in the parking lot.  Remember to ask for plates and utensils when you pick up your food.
  • Be mindful of other people.  This should go without saying, but be respectful of other people’s space and encourage your family to stay near if you are waiting all together.

I am an official Knott’s Berry Farm Ambassador, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect that of Knott’s Berry Farm.  You can find out more about me on Instagram @LittleGrayThread.

Disneyland is Closing because of Coronavirus and This is Why I’m Happy About It

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Disneyland has announced that they will be temporarily closed from Saturday March 14 through the end of the month.  I applaud Disney for taking recommended precautions about the spreading of COVID-19 and here is why:

Global Safety Comes First

 

Even though I am not in the “at-risk” demographic for coronavirus, my kids and I can still act as carriers to those who are at risk.  The Govenor of Anaheim, Gavin Newsom, stated that he is supporting the State of California’s guidelines to modify or postpone non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31.  I am glad that these precautions are taken seriously to ensure our continued safety.

We Can’t Trust Sick People to “Just Stay at Home”

I get it.  You’ve planned for this vacation for months.  It’s the day before and your kid is running a slight temp that “might be from teething” or you start to have a scratchy throat.  I 100% understand the temptation to pop some ibuprofen and “suck it up”.  By closing Disneyland, this makes the decision easy for people who are sick who might be on the fence about cancelling their trip.  And this way you’ll get your trip refunded, too.

Cast Members Don’t Have to Make the Decision to Risk Exposure or Risk Not Paying Rent

My first thoughts were with the Cast Members who put themselves at risk for being around a mass number of people.  If Disneyland remained open, they would have to make the decision to take the risk be being exposed to mass crowds of people, or give away their shifts which would ultimately mean a smaller paycheck.  From what I read on the Disneyland press release, cast members are to be paid during this time.  With that being said, if you are Cast Member, please let us know how we can support you.  Since this is a developing matter, things can change rapidly and if you are in a position where you need extra assistance, I want to be able to help you.

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How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus

Kids are very perceptive.  They can pick up on the heightened energy that is surrounding this virus and it can be very scary.  For my kids, we are ensuring proper handwashing  techniques by teaching them songs that are 20 seconds and it’s a rule to wash hands first thing when coming home.  They also have hand sanitizers they use every time they come into the car.  We have been extra mindful about touching things (having them keep their hands in their pockets is a great way to avoid this!) and I’ve been trying to retrain us all to keep our hands away from our face.  Since their minds can’t comprehend the severity of Coronavirus (I don’t think most of us can, to be honest), I’ve been telling them that a lot of people are getting really sick more so than usual, so this is why we have to do all these extra things.

The World Health Organization has these suggestions for helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak (taken from www.who.int):

  • Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry, or agitated, bedwedding, etc.  Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
  • Children need adults’ love and attention during difficult times.  Give them extra time and attention.  Remember to listen to your children, speak kindly and reassure them.  If possible, make opportunities for the child to play and relax.
  • Try and keep children close to their parents and family and avoid separating children and their caregivers to the extent possible.  If separation occurs (e.g. hospitalization) ensure regular contact (e.g. via phone) and reassurance.
  • Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.
  • Provide facts about what has happened, explain what is going on now and give them clear information about how to reduce their risk of being infected by the disease in words they can understand depending on their age.  This also includes providing information about what could happen in a reassuring way (e.g. a family member and/or the child may start not feeling well and may have to go to the hospital for some time so doctors can help them feel better)

WHO tips on how to talk to children

What to Do If You’re Feeling Anxious

First and foremost, it is OKAY and NORMAL to feel anxious.  Your feelings are 100% valid.  You are not alone in these feelings.

If your kids (or you!) are feeling anxious, stick to the facts from reputable sources.  I’ve been waiting for official press releases (like from Disneyland, Broadway in Hollywood, Segerstrom, etc) before allowing myself to jump to conclusions.  I don’t spread news unless it comes from the CDC or the WHO.  Take comfort in knowing that these closures are meant to be preventative and are for our safety.

The World Health Organization has these suggestions for Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak (taken from www.who.int):

  • It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.  Talking to people you trust can help.  Contact your friends and family.
  • If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and be email and phone with other family and friends.
  • Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.  If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counselor.  Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.
  • Get the facts.  Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions.  Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or a local or state public health agency.
  • Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.
  • Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak.

WHO tips on how to control stress

Disneyland is Not Going Anywhere

While it may feel sad or frustrating that Disneyland is closing, the fact of the matter is that Disneyland is not going anywhere.  If you had a vacation planned during this closure time, I would recommend rescheduling for later in the year.  Avenger’s Campus is planned to open on July 18 so that might be a great time to come back!  Bottom line, health and safety comes first, and magic will continue to live on!

Everything You Need to Know About Boysenberry Festival FOOD at Knott’s Berry Farm

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Boysenberry Snoopy looks over some of the Boysenberry Festival Food Offerings!  I am an official Knotts Berry Farm #KnottsAmbassador and I was invited to a media tasting preview.

Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is the annual food-inspired event that celebrates the very foundation of California’s first theme park:  the boysenberry!  Boysenberry Festival runs daily from March 20 through April 21 and is included with theme park admission.  At the Boysenberry Festival, you will find various Boysenberry themed food and drink offerings, special entertainment, and limited time character opportunities (I heard the Easter Beagle hops on by!).

Snoopy Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm offers a variety of food packages that include different menu items from the Boysenberry Festival.

  • Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card:  $40 ($38 for Season Passholders) includes 8 tasting tabs that is good for 26 select food and drink items at designated stations

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  • All Day Dining Plan:  $31.99.  Includes an entree and a side every 90 minutes from a select menu at select locations.  You will hear me refer to these as “Meal Plan Eligible” items

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  • All Day Dining Premium:  $42.99 (only available online at knotts.com).   Includes a “meal plan” entree and a side OR a select snack (like pickle, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream) every 90 minutes.  Also includes a refillable souvenir bottle that entitles you to free soft drink refills every 15 minutes for the day.  You can also bring the souvenir bottle back for $1 refills through 2020 ($15.99 value)

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  • All Season Dining:  $135 (for Season Passholders only).  Includes a “meal plan” entree and side 2 times per visit, 4 hours apart.  If you are a Season Passholder who visits Knott’s Berry Farm frequently, I highly recommend adding on all season dining.  This does not include the All Season Souvenir drink bottle which can be purchased separately for $31.99

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Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card

Tasting Cards can be purchased in person or online at Knotts.com.  You will still have to redeem them at the park, so I recommend purchasing when you are there.  You can also purchase any of these items a la carte, but you MUST purchase a ticket before redeeming it for the food or drink at the food kiosks.  Individual tickets can be purchased at most quick service restaurant locations.

Tasting Card Savory Food Offerings

  • Pork Bao bun dumpling with a boysenberry kimchi and Nam pla Spurs Chophouse

Boysenberry Pork Bao

  • Boysenberry Cajun shrimp served over a bed of buttery grits (Gluten Free) Spurs Chophouse

Boysenberry Cajun Shrimp and Grits

  • Two chicken drumsticks bathed in boysenberry BBQ sauce (Gluten Free) Spurs Booth

Boysenberry Chicken Wings

Boysenberry Beer cheese soup with a boysenberry drizzle topped with brown butter croutons (vegetarian) Wilderness Dance Hall

Boysenberry Beer Cheese Soup

  • Grilled boysenberry sausage in a bun with boysenberry ketchup (Gluten Free bun available) Wilderness Dance Hall Booth

Boysenberry Sausage

  • Citrusy boysenberry ceviche with crispy tortilla chips (Gluten Free) Wilderness Broiler

Boysenberry Shrimp Ceviche

  • Homemade crunchy chips paired with a zesty boysenberry onion dip (vegetarian Gluten Free) Wilderness Broiler

Boysenberry Onion Dip and Chips

  • Hot pastrami sandwich on a pretzel bun with boysenberry mustard Wilderness Broiler

Boysenberry Pretzel Bun Pastrami

  • Sautéed brussel sprouts topped with boysenberry balsamic and bacon (vegan if ordered without bacon, Gluten Free)  Pemmican Pickle Booth

Boysenberry Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

  • Hearty boysenberry steak chili with an oven fresh boysenberry corn bread muffin (gluten free muffin available) Pemmican Pickle Booth

Boysenberry Steak Chili with Boysenberry Muffin

  • Samosa’s with boysenberry chutney (vegan) Wagon Wheel Pizza

Boysenberry Vegan Samosas

  • Rich chocolaty boysenberry chicken mole on cilantro rice (Gluten Free) Wagon Wheel Pizza

Boysenberry Chicken Mole on Cilantro Rice

  • Elote rolled in boysenberry mayo  topped with a boysenberry tortilla crumble and cotija cheese (vegetarian, vegan without the cheese) Chow House Booth

Boysenberry Elote

  • Creamy mac and cheese bites with a tangy boysenberry ketchup (vegetarian) Calico Fry Co.

Boysenberry Mac N Cheese Bites

 

Tasting Card Dessert Food Offerings

  • Glazed donut holes served with rich boysenberry ice cream and topped with boysenberry coulis (vegetarian) Ghost Town Bakery

Boysenberry Donut Bites

  • Boysenberry macaron, a sensational French dessert (vegan, Gluten Free) Ghost Town Bakery

Boysenberry Macaron

  • Boysenberry bread pudding topped with boysenberry coulis and anglaise sauce (vegetarian) Wagon Wheel Pizza

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  • A sweet boysenberry smoothie packed with fruity flavors (vegan, Gluten Free) Silver Bullet Booth

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  • Churros powdered with boysenberry sugar (vegetarian) Silver Bullet Booth

Boysenberry Churros

  • Boysenberry Cookiewich (vegetarian) Silver Bullet in Dip N’ Dots Booth

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Tasting Card Drink Offerings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

  • Refreshing lemonade with basil and boysenberry
  • Boysenberry Beer
  • Boysenberry Sangria
  • Boysenberry Wine
  • Boysenberry Mimosa

Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Card

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If you only want to try the boysenberry themed alcoholic beverages, you can opt to purchase a separate Craft Beer ad Wine Tasting Card.  This card is $35 and includes eight 7oz tastings of beer or wine, souvenir Knott’s cup, and cheese and nut plate.  You can choose from 10 breweries and 10 wineries.  The Craft Beer and Wine Tasting area is located in the Wilderness Dance Hall behind Town Hall in Ghost Town.  You can purchase the Craft Beer and Wine Tasting card at the Wilderness Dance Hall.

Meal Plan Eligible Food Offerings

You can get “Meal Plan Eligible” foods through the All Season Dining, All Day Dining Plan, or All Day Dining Premium.

  • Boysenberry BBQ Pulled Pork French Fries–La Papa Loca in Fiesta Village

Meal Plan pulled pork mac n cheese

  • Plain Tamales with Boysenberry Sweet Sauce–Cantina in Fiesta Village

Meal Plan Boysenberry Tamales

  • Boysenberry Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwich, plain or with Pork Belly–Grizzly Creek Lodge in Camp Snoopy

Meal Plan Boysenberry Grilled Cheese Grizzly

  • Boysenberry Sausage and Meatball Pizza–Beachy Keen’s

Meal Plan Boysenberry Pizza

  • Riblets in Boysenberry BBQ Sauce–Boardwalk BBQ

Meal Plan Boysenberry Riblets Boardwalk BBQ

  • Turkey Sandwich Burger with Boysenberry Aioli–Coaster’s

Meal Plan Turkey Sandwhich Coasters

Other Noteable Boysenberry Festival Foods

These food items are not included on the Tasting Card or the Dining Plan, but can be purchased separately.

  • Boysenberry Pork Shawarma Tacos with Mango Salsa–Spurs

Boysenberry Tacos

  • Two foot long Hot Dog on a Boysenberry Bun–$20, Fiesta Dogs

Two foot long hot dog on boysenberry bun Fiesta Dogs

  • Funnel Cake topped with a Stuffed Donut, boysenberry Ice Cream, and Boysenberry Whipped Cream–Sutter’s Funnel Cake and Cable Car Kitchen (outside the park)

Boysenberry Sutters Funnel Cake

  • Boysenberry Funnel Cake topped with a Boysenberry Cookie and Ice Cream–Log Ride Funnel Cake and Cable Car Kitchen

Boysenberry Log Ride Funnel cake

  • Boysenberry Shake topped with a Boysenberry Cake–Coasters and Cable Car Kitchen

Boysenberry Milkshake

  • Fun Bun Cinnamon Roll with a Boysenberry Glaze–Ghost Town Grub

Boysenberry Fun Bun

  • Boysenberry Crepe with Bananas and Chocolate–Ghost Town Grub

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  • Boysenberry Churro Toffee–Berry Market located outside the park in the California Marketplace

Boysenberry Churro Toffee

  • Boysenberry and Strawberry Boba–Gourmet Coffee Hut near Charles M Schulz Theater.  I know everyone is excited about Boysenberry Boba, but I’ve never been able to get behind it.  The Strawberry flavor is new this year, so I will try to keep an open mind.  I’m putting it on this list because I know people are going to want to try it, but I can’t say I have been a fan in the past.  Just my preference!

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  • Boysenberry Dole Whip (vegetarian, Gluten Free) Beachy Keen’s Pizza near Charles M Schultz Theater

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What Food Plan Should I Get?

If you are only visiting for one day with your family or a group of friends, I would get a Tasting Card and an All Day Dining Premium.  With this option, you will be able to try a variety of Boysenberry Festival foods in addition to the larger Meal Plan Eligible options, AND get the all day refillable souvenir drink bottle.

If you are a Season Passholder and visit often, I would add on the All Season Dining and buy a Tasting Card.  I will always recommend adding on the All Season Dining if you are frequent visitors because the Dining Plan really does pay for itself.  Read here how many plans I think you need within your family.  I definitely recommend also buying the Tasting Card so you can try the limited time offerings as well.

If you are a vegetarian, I recommend buying the Tasting Card.  I was impressed with how many vegetarian options that have been added this year.  If you are splitting the card with a group of friends, I also recommend buying the Boysenberry Grilled Cheese (without pork belly) as a meal.

If you are vegan, I recommend buying the Samosas and Brussel Sprouts (without the bacon) a la carte.  Unless you are splitting the Tasting Card with non-vegan friends, it just wouldn’t be worth it.

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Whew that was a lot of information!  I am happy to answer any questions you might have along the way.  I also have a full video review of some of the foods we tried at the media preview on IGTV.  You can contact me directly through dm on instagram @littlegraythread.  I will be updating this article once Boysenberry Festival officially starts with more specific locations to find these delicious foods!

 

Family Theater Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) ​- Tracy Lynn Olivera, Evan Casey and Erika Rose – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Family Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of my favorite hidden gems in Orange County.  Tickets are only $20 and every show has free coordinating activities in the lobby an hour before curtain.  This is a great, low-stress way to introduce your children to theater and live entertainment.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Beep – Photo by Luke Cardew

These shows are in the smaller Samueli Theater (not the main big theater where the Broadway tours play).  This smaller theater setting offers parents a more casual atmosphere where kids are allowed to be kids.  The lighting is turned up and it is normal for kids to move around if necessary.  Most of the time, the actors will meet in the lobby after the show allowing kids a personal experience with the people on the stage.

 

BEEP (March 14 and 15)

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Beep – Photo by Luke Cardew

From Australia’s renowned Windmill Theatre Company comes a slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit and learning to mix it up a little featuring Beep: “the most endearing robot of them all” (The Adelaide Review). With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.

Friendship is a breeze with our Beep pre-show activities! Create your own puppet robot friend and test out your building skills with our Rigamajig playground. Learn all about wind power and take home your very own pinwheel to share with a friend! Make sure to charge up and join us an hour before showtime to join in on all the fun!

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Beep – Photo by Luke Cardew

WHEN: 

  • Saturday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. (sensory friendly/relaxed) and 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15 at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater
  • 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

TICKETS:  $20 (all seats)

  • Online at scfta.org
  • In Person – The Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone – (714) 556-2787
  • Group Sales –  (714) 755-0236

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

pigeon-musical_TEMP-FINALSegerstrom Center for the Arts and The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour present Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical March 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award–winning “Pigeon” picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr.’s Muppet Babies executive producer Tom Warburton, and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer behind Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, this innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers comes fresh from its world premiere in Washington, DC.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) – Christopher Michael Richardson and Evan Casey – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Don’t let the Pigeon miss the pre-show activities! Fly on in to Samueli lobby to create your own Mo Willems style storybook. Be inspired with a pop up library of Mo Willems books provided by our friends at OC Public Libraries and be sure to hop on our bus themed photo op. Arrive an hour before show time to enjoy a busload of fun!

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) – Christopher Michael Richardson, Felicia Curry, Hasani Allen, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Evan Casey and Erika Rose – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

 

 

WHEN: 

  • Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. (sensory friendly/relaxed) and 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater
  • 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

TICKETS:  $20 (all seats)

  • Online at scfta.org
  • In Person – The Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone – (714) 556-2787
  • Group Sales –  (714) 755-0236

 

3-D Theatrical’s Production of Kinky Boots Coming to Cerritos Center for Performing Arts February 14-March 1

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The Cast of 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTS performing at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Disclosure:  I received two comped media tickets in exchange for a review.

As 3-D Theatricals always says, Broadway is closer than you think!  3-D Theatricals is an Orange County Theater Non-Profit that is committed to bringing Broadway caliber theater to our own backyard.  What makes 3-D Theatricals so unique is that they use the original Broadway set design by David Rockwell and costume design by Gregg Barnes, with lighting design by Jean Yves Tessier, and sound design by Jack Hayback.

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LUKAS POOST and THE CAST of 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTS February 14 – March 1, 2020 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

KINKY BOOTS tells the tale of Charlie Price, who is struggling to save his family factory from closure, and Lola the entertainer who tries to help him with wild ideas. The unlikely pair create a snazzy line of stilettos that lights the world on fire, and in the course of it all both learn valuable lessons about compassion and accepting each other’s differences.

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CORNELIUS JONES JR. and THE CAST of 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTS February 14 – March 1, 2020 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Reasons Why You Need to see KINKY BOOTS with 3-D Theatricals

  • 👢 This cast could EASILY tour as a North American Broadway tour and it would sell out every single show.
  • 👢 Cyndi Lauper wrote the music to KINKY BOOOTS and Emily @emilygoglia (who plays Lauren) will have you CRACKING UP with her song “The History of Wrong Guys”
  • 👢 The Angels are the most amazing group of Drag Queens (one played by the one and only Jake @jakedupree) and if you’ve been to shy to go to a Drag Show, here is your chance.
  • 👢 This cast is part of our Orange County / Los Angeles community so we would be so blessed to support our fellow artists (hey Candice @candibeethatsme and Dayna @thedrpepperprincess you are amazing 🥰)
  • 👢 This show will teach you that the way you can change the world is by changing your mind. What a great way to learn diversity and inclusion 🌈
  • KINKY BOOTS is no longer playing in New York an it does not tour either, so basically THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to see this amazing show.
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LUKAS POOST in 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTSFebruary 14 – March 1, 2020Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Information

WHEN:  February 14 – March 1

  • Friday, February 14, 8:00
  • Saturday, February 15, 8:00,
  • Sunday, February 16, 2:00
  • Friday, February 21, 8:00
  • Saturday, February 22, 2:00 and 8:00
  • Sunday, February 23, 2:00
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:30
  • Friday, February 28, 8:00
  • Saturday, February 29, 2:00 and 8:00
  • Sunday, March 1, 2:00

WHERE:  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts: 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703

TICKETS:  start at $25 and can be purchased at 3dtheatricals.org

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3-D Theatricals’ 2019-2020 season will also include the two-time Tony Award-winning musical, Disney’s Newsies (May 1-17, 2020), and the West Coast regional debut of the sumptuous and award-winning Lincoln Center Theater physical production for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning classic, The King and I.

A Bronx Tale coming to Orange County March 10-22

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The Company of A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and NETworks Presentations are pleased to
announce that the North American Tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater will play Segerstrom Hall March 10 – 22, 2020.

Reasons Why You Should See A BRONX TALE

  • Alen Menken, the musical genius behind Disney Classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Newsies wrote the music for A BRONX TALE
  • Robert Dinero was personally invested in this show
  • 2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will be playing  Lorenzo in the North American Tour.
  • Critics also say this is like “West Side Story” meets “In the Heights”
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Alec Nevin as Calogero and Kayla Jenerson as Jane in A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus

A BRONX TALE evolved from the one-man Off-Broadway play, A Bronx Tale, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri in 1989. During the original Off-Broadway and subsequent Los Angeles engagements, Robert De Niro came to see the show, and brought the story and star Palminteri to the screen in 1993, making his film directorial debut in the process. Following the success of the film, Palminteri performed the one-man show A Bronx Tale on Broadway in the 2007–2008 Season.

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The Company of A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus a caption

Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

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Jeff Brooks as Sonny, Trey Murphy as Young C and the Cast of A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus

2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will play Lorenzo, with Jeff Brooks as Sonny, Alec Nevin as  Calogero, Kayla Jenerson as Jane, Stefanie Londino as Rosina and George Vickers V as Tyrone. Anthony Cipolla and Trey Murphy will play Young Calogero.

Ticket Information

 March 10 – 22, 2020 

Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets –          Start at $26
In Person –      The Box Office
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Online –            SCFTA.org
Phone –            (714) 556-2787
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Group Sales –  (714) 755-0236
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

For tour dates and more, please visit BronxTaleMusical.com. Follow Bronx Tale on Twitter: @BXTaleMusical, Instagram: @BronxTaleMusical, or on Facebook: BXTMusical. 

Jurassic World Live Tour Coming to Orange County and Los Angeles This Summer

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Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making!

Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19.

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With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more than 40 feet in length, taking center stage off the big screen onto the arena floor.  The production features more than 20 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality.  With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat excitement that brings the Jurassic World park right to your hometown.

Jurassic World’s unmistakable musical score combined with projection and practical scenery transforms the arena into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley…but then your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus Rex escapes and causes chaos in the park!  The adventure continues as you join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur named Jeanie from a terrible fate.

With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline that takes place between the Jurassic World and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movies, this all-new live adventure is guaranteed to to take fans on a larger-than-life immersive journey and make family memories that will last another 65 million years.

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A N A H E I M

WHEN:  July 9 – 12, 2020

  • Thursday, July 9, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 10, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 11,11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 12, 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

 WHERE:  Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

 TICKETS:  Ticket affordably priced for the whole family starting at just $20*

  • Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the venue Box Office
  • *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN:  July 17 – 19, 2020

  • Friday, July 17, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 18, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 19, 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

 WHERE:  STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS:  Ticket affordably priced for the whole family starting at just $20*

  • Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office
  • *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

For more show info please visit jurassicworldlivetour.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JurassicWorldLiveTour/

Twitter: @JWlivetour

Instagram: @jurassicworldlivetour

#JurassicWorldLive

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces Spring Lineup of Dance Programming

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020 – Photo by Geoff Burke

Four great dance tours are coming to Segerstrom Center of the Arts!

  • American Ballet Theatre’s Of Love and Rage (March 5-8)
  • Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020 (March 25)
  • Ailey II Alvin Ailey Amercan Dance Theater (April 11)
  • The Best of Dance: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance (April 25)
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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in Of Love and Rage – Photo by Erin Baiano.

American Ballet Theatre: Of Love and Rage – World Premiere
Artistic Director: Kevin McKenzie
March 5 – 8, 2020
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $26.

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky, based on Chariton’s novel Callirhoe
Music: Aram Khachaturian, arranged by Philip Feeney, performed live by Pacific Symphony
Set and Costume Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

Inspired by the earliest romance novel from Greek antiquity, this World Premiere created by Alexei Ratmansky, today’s foremost choreographer will be one of the dance world’s most important events of the year. Star-crossed lovers journey on the high seas in an enthralling tale of abductions, shipwrecks and mistaken identities as the exceptionally beautiful Callirhoe is reunited with her dashing hero. Drawing from the Greek ideals of beauty and harmony, the past connects to the present in a remarkable new production from “the most gifted choreographer in classical ballet today” (The New York Times).

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020 – Photo by Geoff Burke

Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020
March 25, 2020
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $49.

America’s favorite dance show is going back on tour this year with Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020. The longest running tour to date will be dancing through Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 25, 2020 in Segerstrom Hall. Celebrity contestant Kate Flannery (The Office) will be joining the show and wowing audiences across the country by performing fan-favorite routines from this past season.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Ailey II – Photo by Nir Arieli

Ailey II
Artistic Director: Troy Powell
April 11, 2020
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25.

Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1974, Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the finest young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in America under the leadership of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

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The Best of Dance: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance
April 25, 2020
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $39.

A one-night-only event, the top three dance shows on American television have joined forces to provide an incredible evening of entertainment! The stars of these amazing shows will perform along with some very special guests. Whether you enjoy ballet, Bollywood, ballroom or break dancing, you’ll experience a never-before-seen evening of your favorite artists from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance!

 

Everything You Need to Know about Knott’s Peanuts Celebration

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Peanuts Celebration at Knotts Berry Farm is one of our FAVORITE seasons because of all the character interaction!  There are so many ways that your kids can become part of the celebration with these unique kid participation activities.  These activities only take place on Knott’s Peanuts Celebration days (weekends through March 1 with extra days on February 10, 14, and 17).

Welcome Spike to Knott’s Berry Farm!

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Did you know that Snoopy has brothers and sisters from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm?Spike is Snoopy’s brother, and he has come all the way from Needles to meet guests for Knott’s Peanuts Celebration!  You can find Spike in Calico Square in between the Cowboy Jamboree Games and in the evening for the Discoteca Silencio in Fiesta Village.

Sketch School

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Located in the Bird Cage Theater in Ghost Town (right by the school house), Animator Noel teaches you how to draw different Peanuts characters throughout the day.  Upon entering, everyone gets their own clipboard, paper and pencil to draw along.  Kids are also invited to sit on the stage with Noel during the demonstration.  Noel is a wealth of knowledge about the Peanuts comic strip and he is a joy to talk to after the show.  He might even let you sit in the Animator’s chair for a photo!  Since this is an indoor activity, this is perfect for when the weather is too hot, too cold, or too wet.

“Space Beagle” Camp Snoopy Show

Our favorite Camp Snoopy Theater celebrating NASA has returned!  This fun show features Lucy, Charlie Brown, two NASA astronauts, and everyone’s favorite Space Beagle, Snoopy!  There are a couple interactive parts of the show where the kids are invited to take a moonwalk with the characters and help keep an eye out for Woodstock martians.  The Camp Snoopy Theater is located in the heart of Camp Snoopy, right by the airplane ride.  You can find Camp Snoopy if you turn right immediately after entering the main gates.  Space Beagle plays every day, not just on Knott’s Peanuts Celebration days.

NEW! “Happiness Is…” Daytime Character Show

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On the Calico Main Stage just past the train tracks is the NEW daytime show “Happiness Is…”  This is a high energy song and dance show featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Peppermint Patty.  This show celebrates how people are unique and different and how that is a beautiful thing.  Keep an eye out for some cool trampoline stunts, too!

Pig Pen with a real Pigs in a Pen

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Pig Pen made his Knotts Berry Farm debut last year, and we are so happy he is back with his pig friends in the stables!  Along with the horses and Brutus the mule, you can meet a handful a little real piglets in true Pig Pen fashion.  Pig Pen is only available for meet and greets during weekends for Knott’s Peanuts Celebration.

Cowboy Jamboree with Franklin and Linus

Kids can participate in mini games with Franklin and Linus in their horse vests in Calico Square right outside of the saloon.  Activities are different all throughout the day, so you’ll want to keep checking back!  When we visited, they participate in an egg race and had their try at roping cattle.  Franklin and Linus are available for photos after the games.

Spike’s Discoteca de Silencio

After the sun sets at 5:00, head over to Fiesta Village for a Silent Disco!  Each person on the dance floor gets a personal set of headphones that pipes in music.  Dance with your friends to the same song, or choose a genre just for yourself!  To the outside person, it’ll look like everyone is dancing to the beat of their own drum.  Spike also makes an appearance!

“Woodstock’s Music Festival” with Jelly of the Month Club Nighttime Show

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The Calico Mine Stage transforms for Woodstock’s Music Festival with shows at 5:30 and 7:00.  Join roadies Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus as they go through a musical journey of all hound related songs.  My favorite part was seeing all of Woodstock and Snoopy’s costume changes!

Peanuts Characters Surprise Pop-ups

Keep your eyes and ears open, because Schroeder, Lucy, Sally and Peppermint Patty are popping up all over the park!  These special interaction times and locations are not announced on any schedule, but I will say you should hang around the fountain by the train tracks for mini parade and wishing session.  If you hear music coming from the fountain, definitely check it out!

Charlie Brown Day

Charlie Brown Day usually falls on Super Bowl Sunday, and it is a holiday dedicated to the one and only Charlie Brown!  Guests are encouraged to dress in their Charlie Browniest classic yellow shirt with black zig zags.  Commemorative free buttons are handed out upon entry and a group picture is taken on the Calico Mine Stage at 11:00.  It was a great turnout this year!

Seasonal Knott’s Peanuts Celebration Food

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This is almost a complete list of all of the food offerings for Knott’s Peanuts Celebration.  There is also a Boar Sausage that is available at Fireman’s BBQ, “Peppi Fries” fries with mozzarella, marina sauce, and pepperoni from La Papa Loca, and “The Juicy Lucy” cheese stuffed burger with BBQ sauce and onion rings at Coasters.  Here is a list of the Meal-Plan Eligible foods:

  • Peppi Fries (Papa Loca)

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  • Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese (Wagon Wheel Pizza):  ask for an extra plate to make eating way easier!
  • Sweet Chili Thai Pizza (Wagon Wheel Pizza and Sutters Pizza) and Thai Herb and Peanut Pie (Beachy Keens)

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  • Junkyard Dog (Wilderness Broiler)

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  • Sloppy Joe Burger (Boardwalk BBQ)

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  • The Juicy Lucy Burger (Coasters)

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  • Fiesta Dogs has been rethemed to Snoopy’s Dog House featuring 8 new hot dogs, served with a bag of chips
    • Beagle Scout Dog: an all beef dog topped with roasted poblano Mac and Cheese
    • Snoopy Dog:  bacon wrapped dog
    • Andy Dog:  Smoked Bacon wrapped dog, chipotle aioli, pickled jalapenos and cotija cheese carmelized onions
    • The Spike:  an all beef dog with cole slaw, bbq ranch and crumbled doritos
    • The Joe Cool:  Chili, cheddar and onions
    • The Belle Dog:  vegetarian Dog with Corn relish, guacamole and crispy jalapeno bites
    • The Olaf:  foot long topped witih chili, bacon, cheddar, and onions

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For more of our Knott’s Berry Farm adventures, find us on Instagram @littlegraythread!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Save Money at the NEW Build a Bear at Knott’s Berry Farm

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Bear fans rejoice!  Build a Bear has opened its doors in the Knott’s Berry Farm California Marketplace!  The store is located outside of the theme park gates so you do not need park admission to shop.  It is conveniently located in between Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and Virginia’s Gift Shop right outside the theme park exit gates.

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There’s no exclusive Knott’s Berry Farm merchandise yet, but they are expecting new items next month.  We saw a variety of furry friends available to stuff from the basic $12 Lil’ pudding cub to licensed characters from How to Train your Dragon and Pokemon.  The cowboy themed outfits were perfect for the western theme of Knott’s Berry Farm, although my daughter gravitated to the pink and sparkly items to dress up her beloved Charlie Brown stuffy (this was purchased in the park a few years ago, as it can be tell that it has been well loved during the years!).

Helpful Tips Before You Go

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Hours of Operation:  Build a Bear is open one hour before and one hour after Knott’s Berry Farm’s operational hours.  So if the park is open from 10am to 6pm, Build a Bear is open from 9am to 7pm.  If the park is open until 10pm for peak hours, Build a Bear will remain open until 11pm.  Reservations are not required.

Annual Pass Discounts and Giftcards:  Passholders and employees can enjoy 10% off regardless of the level of the Annual Pass.  Build a Bear coupons and promotions are accepted at this location.

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Parking:  If you are not spending all day inside Knott’s Berry Farm, you can park at the nearby Marketplace Parking.  Parking is FREE for the first hour, and you can get an additional 2 free hours with a $20 purchase at any California Marketplace restaurant or shop.  Here is a list of my favorite California Marketplace shopping and dining locations:

  • Build a Bear (naturally you’ll be wanting to spend money here!)
  • Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant–the classic sit down restaurant.  You can make reservations here through Open Table
  • Virginia’s Gift Shop–Knott’s merchandise, jams, novelty toys and collectibles
  • Farm Bakery–freshly baked pies, pastries, cookies, and custom special order full cakes
  • Chicken-to-go–Don’t have the time to sit down for a full meal?  Order the same Mrs. Knott’s Chicken and sides to take home.
  • Starbucks
  • Cable Car Kitchen–my favorite hidden gem because this is where you can find ALL the FUNNELCAKES!  You can find all the seasonal funnelcakes in one place in addition to other specialty desserts and hand scooped ice cream.  Hours vary during the week.
  • T.G.I. Fridays–located on the other side of the crosswalk, but still qualifies for validated parking!
  • Peanut’s Headquarters–also located on the other side of the crosswalk, but here you will find all things Snoopy!  You’ll also find the iconic Charlie Brown Striped wall here.

Birthday Parties (they’re not as pricey as you think!)

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I’m a big fan of Build a Bear parties–we’ve done several of them throughout the years!  There are party packages advertised on the Build a Bear Website, but here are my tips on how to cut costs:

  • Stick to the $12 basic bear.  When we had our parties, our party host pulled only the $12 bears to help us stick to our budget.  We gave our guests the option to upgrade their bears if they wanted to pay for the difference in price.
  • Make clothes and accessories.  One year, I made simple skirts and bow ties for our guests to put in their party favor bags.  The kids loved dressing up the bears and the parents didn’t feel as pressured to buy additional items the day of.
  • Order Chicken-to-go for a fun meal.  There are several tables and outside sitting areas, or pack some blankets to have a fun picnic.
  • Pre-order a specialty cake from Farm Bakery.  Cakes run around $30 before Annual Pass Discount.  Another option is to take all the guests to Farm Bakery and have each friend pick out a special treat.
  • For something that is uniquely Knott’s, celebrate with a birthday funnel cake from Cable Car Kitchen!  Ice cream is also available.

The Build a Bear Guarantee

Build a Bear Doctor

Did you know that once you create a Build a Bear, you have a Lifetime Guarantee?  This means that you can bring back your furry friend whenever you want for a spa day to get refluffed, restuffed and pampered FOR FREE.  One of our bears got a hole after some extended hugs and cuddles, so we brought it back to the Build a Bear Doctors (you can go to any location).

The kids were able to go through the entire process again from the fluffing station, heart ceremony, to post stuffing fluff completely free of charge.  This is also a wonderful option if you adopt a Build a Bear from someone else.  You can bring it in to any Build a Bear to get destuffed so you can properly give your new friend a sanitized bath at home.  Please note that the rules are a little tighter with the licensed characters like Pokemon, so always leave the destuffing to the professionals at the Build a Bear stores.

Shop Online

Build a Bear Sound Station

Don’t see what you’re looking for in store?  Anything that is purchased online can be brought to life in store.  The wonderful Bear Associates can even order something for you from the store itself.  They have some really amazing sales from time to time on the website in addition to some online exclusive merchandise.  There’s even Snoopy friends and accessories that are online only.

Giftcards and Promotions

Knotts Build a Bear inside

When I booked my parties, I paid my deposit using giftcards purchased at Costco.  If you have a Costco membership, you can purchase $100 giftcards for $80.  I sweetened the deal because I hopped on a Black Friday sale where I paid $70 for $100 in gift cards.  Additionally, I was able to take advantage of the in store gift card promotion.  With every $25 purchase, I was able to purchase a $10 giftcard for only $5.  My deposit for the party was only about $100, so I was able to get $40 in giftcards for only $20!  Here’s how the pricing went down for when I planned our parties:

  • I estimated the cost of the party to be around $15 a guest since I was sticking to the $12 bears.  We had 10 participants so the total cost would be around $150.
  • I paid the $100 deposit using my Costco Black Friday giftcards (so $70 out of pocket)
  • I was able to buy $40 extra giftcards for $20.  At this point, I can put down $140 with only spending $70 + $20 = $90 out of pocket.
  • That leaves only about $10 more, which makes the entire party only $100 for 10 guests, saving me $50 out of pocket.

See!  Super affordable!  I feel like the going rate for birthday parties is upwards of $20 a guest, so this makes Build a Bear a really great deal.  We are BEARY excited that Build a Bear is now at Knott’s Berry Farm!  Can’t wait to see that parks exclusive merch!

Knotts Berry Farm Build a Bear

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