How to Make a DIY Mask with a Pocket for Filters

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Since resources are running low, it has become popular to make home made masks out of fabric.  The CDC recommends the use of at home face masks (like bandanas or scarves) used in combination with a face shield as a very last resort.  While these are in no way the same as N95 or PPD masks to protect against coronavirus, some health care workers have been requesting them to be used as a last resort.  Here are some links that have been shared with me about the effectiveness of home made masks:

  • This was one of the first articles to go viral asking at home sewers to make the Deaconess Mask.
  • My sister (a doctor) sent me this article that has a disclaimer that fabric face could actually be more harmful, but could also be a visual sign of our sacrifice during this time.
  • My best friend Jo sent me this article which is a study that was done to show what home made items are the best for filtering (spoiler alert, 2 layers of 100% cotton was the winner).
  • A Taiwanese doctor recommended a pocket version of a mask that can accommodate a non-woven filter like a vaccuum bag.  This is how I’m modeling these DIY masks.

As always, please educate yourselves and make your own informed decisions about masks.  I tried a few different mask designs before settling on this version that is the easiest to make with the least amount of materials.  This style features:

  • Easy, straight stitches for beginners
  • Straps that tie around the head for a custom fit
  • Pocket to fit a filter
  • Wire insertion for comfort over the nose

Materials Needed

Pocket Mask Materials

  • 10″ of fabric cut by the bolt (14″ to make 2 masks)
  • wire (twist ties or pipe cleaners work well)
  • Sewing machine and scissors

1)  Cut your fabric

1 cut fabric pieces

  • To make the mask, you will need 2 rectangles, 9″ wide and 6″ tall.
  • Cut two 2″ straps the full length of the bolt, so 44″ all spread out, or 22″ folded in half.  You can also use ribbon for this.

2)  Finish the ends of the bottom of both rectangles by folding under twice and sewing

3)  Put right sides together and sew the top of the mask.

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4)  (optional) Add a wire by placing it in the middle of the top seam in between the layers.

5 insert wire

5)  Close up the mask and top stitch the top seam.  Top stitch means to sew a line right on top.

6 top stitch seam

6)  Pleat the right side of the mask by folding and sewing right on top.  You should have about 3 pleats per mask and the side should end up to be about 3″.  It doesn’t have to be precise.

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7)  Pleat the other side of the mask by starting at the bottom, matching the folds of the mask on the opposite side, folding upwards, and sewing over.

8)  Now we’re going to create the strap, also called bias tape!  Taking one of your 2″ strips, fold under the very end of the strap (red line).  Fold the strap lengthwise to find the midline (blue line), and fold both edges inward to meet the middle (green line).

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Then fold the entire strap in half again so you essentially have the 2″ strap folded in fourths.  Top stitch the strap along the edge so it stays together.

9)  Once you get near the middle, sandwich the side of the mask in between the bias tape and sew in place.

10)  Continue on to finish sewing the edge of the strap.  When you get to the end, fold under the edge, and sew the edges together.

11)  Repeat the process for the opposite side with the second strap.

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That’s it!  You’ve made a mask in just 11 easy steps using only straight lines.  Told you it was easy!  If you have headband elastic, you can also use that in place of the bias straps with about 30″ lengths.  Here’s also a photo of the pocket where you can insert your filter.

If you have any questions, you can find me on instagram @littlegraythread where I have a step-by-step tutorial saved in my highlights.

Star Wars Mask on a Loth Cat

Loth Cats (or aniamls) don’t need masks, but they sure make cute models!

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 Stage Door at Hollywood Pantages Theater

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I love the Hollywood Pantages Theater because it is so rich in history.  Located on Hollywood Boulevard (Hollywood and Vine), it is a classic tourist spot for anyone who is visiting Los Angeles.  The theater was designed by  B. Marcus Priteca in 1930 and it is known for the iconic Art Deco design.  It is now home to several Broadway National Tours that come through Los Angeles.

What is “Stage Door”

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The Stage Door is where the cast enter and exit.  Like all Broadway shows, you have the opportunity to meet some of the cast after the show at the Stage Door.  The public is invited to wait after the show for a chance to say hi, get autographs, and snap a quick picture.  I highly recommend doing this especially with kids because it turns a Broadway show into a personal experience.  This process is free and open to anyone.

Where is the Stage Door?

At the Hollywood Pantages Theater, the Stage Door is located on the side of the theater on Argyle Avenue.  If you’re exiting the theater, make a left, then another left before the intersection.  The Stage Door is right before the small parking lot.  You should see a Pantages employee, some portable barrier gates, and a sign painted on the wall that says “Stage Door” with an arrow pointing down.

Hollywood Pantages Stage Door

If you want to meet the cast, stay on the left side of the barrier gates.  The cast will come out of the doors about 15-20 minutes after the curtain call, so you need to get there quickly.  People will start filing in, and the closer you are to the wall, the closer you are to the front of the to meet the cast.  It is customary to be respectful of people’s space and honor the first come first serve rule.  I always like to give kids priority and give them a chance to stand in the front.  If there is no more room along the barrier, you can congregate on the sidewalk.

When the cast comes out, they will go down the line and sign playbills and take pictures.  As a tradition, I always buy the souvenir program book and my kids have them sign that.  I try to remember to bring sharpies with me, but the cast usually carries them with them, too.  This is a great opportunity for kids to ask questions about tour life, what it’s like to be on Broadway, or anything in between.

Broadway in Hollywood

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Did you know there are two locations that host Broadway tours?  Since Hamilton will be taking a long term residence at the Pantages Theater, there are going to be some Broadway shows that will be playing at the Dolby Theater.  The Dolby Theater is located about a mile down Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood and Highland Boulevard.  It is across the street from the El Capitan movie theater.  Here are the shows that will be playing at the Dolby for the 2019-2020 season:

  • Escape to Margaritaville (February 18-March 8)
  • Spongebob the Musical (March 24-April 12)
  • Mean Girls (April 28-June 7)
  • My Fair Lady (June 12-July 5)
  • The Band’s Visit (July 7 – 26)

The 2019-2020 has already begun, but here is the complete lineup for the Pantages Theater:

  • Anasasia
  • Summer:  The Donna Summer Musical
  • Disney’s Frozen (December 4-February 2)
  • Hamilton (March 12-September 20)

How to get there and Where to Park

Both the Pantages Theater and the Dolby Theater are located on Hollywood Boulevard accessible off the 101 freeway.  I wrote an article about How to Discover Hollywood with kids which is where you would park for the Dolby Theater.  The Dolby Theater is actually connected to a large outdoor mall called Hollywood and Highland and offers very reasonable public parking prices.  This is also the same lot you would park in if you’re going to El Capitan Theater.  Other attractions around the Dolby are the TLC Chinese Theater (where you’ll find the famous and and footprints), Ghirardelli ice cream and soda shop, and El Capitan Movie theater.

When I go to the Pantages theater, I always park at the public parking lot next to Shake Shack.  Parking is typically a flat rate of $20 that is paid by cash or card upon entry.  If we get there in time for dinner, we love grabbing a burger and a shake at Shake Shack.  The Afters is another popular place to grab ice cream before or after a show.  Also nearby is the new Funko shop where you can take pictures with interactive larger than life Funko figures.  Entry is free and they also have really nice clean bathrooms if you forget to use the facilities in the theater.

For more of our Broadway stories, find us on instagram @littlegraythread.

Celebrating 100 Years at Knott’s Berry Farm

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I couldn’t have asked for a better 2019.  It was my first year as an official Knott’s Berry Farm Berry Blogger.  Knott’s Berry Farm has been an integral part of my children’s childhood and I was honored to be able to share in the storytelling of the fun an exciting things happening at the farm!  Looking forward to 2020, this will be a legendary year for Knott’s Berry Farm as we will be celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary!  Here is what you can expect for the Centennial Celebration:

Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair

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A new 4-D interactive dark ride that will take guests on an exciting journey through reimagined show scenes that are reminiscent of the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods,  culminating in a celebration at the County Fair. The story takes place 34 years after the original adventure and will follow Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but Crafty Coyote is back along with his mischievous pups intent on stealing all the pies for themselves. Guests will climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.  “Knott’s Bear-Y Tales: Return to the Fair” will be taking the place of “Iron Reef”.  The last day to experience “Iron Reef” is January 5, 2020.

PEANUTS Celebration:  weekends January 25-March 1

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The fan favorites return starting with Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, a unique event dedicated to the beloved PEANUTS characters, taking place weekends from January 25 – March 1, 2020.  Here is a recap of PEANUTS Celebration from 2019.

Boysenberry Festival:  March 20-April 19

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In spring, the much-anticipated Knott’s Boysenberry Festival returns with an array of one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired food and drink items created by the Knott’s culinary team. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will offer a month of deliciousness from March 20 – April 19, 2020.  Here is a recap of Boysenberry Festival from 2019.

A Knott’s Family Reunion:  May 15-August 30

Knott’s will be celebrating its 100th milestone anniversary by immersing guests in new and nostalgic experiences throughout the park, delighting guests of all ages.  Ghost Town Alive! will return with a new interactive storyline for guests to explore and unravel alongside the characters of Calico. And the summer fun will continue long after the sun goes down when a special 100th Anniversary edition of the popular nighttime party, Knott’s Summer Nights returns with new live music, unique summer food offerings, Instagram-able photo opportunities, interactive experiences, and family-friendly games. Both Ghost Town Alive! and Knott’s Summer Nights will be offered on select days starting May 15 – August 30, 2020.  Here is a recap of Summer Nights at Knotts and how to experience Ghost Town Alive.

Knott’s Spooky Farm:  September 26-October 31

For fall, the spooktacular family-friendly daytime Halloween event, Knott’s Spooky Farm, will invite families with little ghouls ages 3-11 to celebrate the spooky season exclusively on weekends starting September 26 – October 31, 2020.  Here is a recap of Spooky Farm from 2019.

Knott’s Merry Farm:  November 20-January 3

As winter rolls in, the feeling of Christmas will be discovered at Knott’s Merry Farm, where joy will be in season from November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021.  Here are my favorite foods from Merry Farm from 2019.

2020 Season Pass Information

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The best way to enjoy all of the fun offered during the 100th-anniversary celebration at Knott’s along with all of the other exciting Seasons of Fun events is with a 2020 Season Pass. (I wrote an article breaking down the different season passes here.)

  • A Regular Season Pass (purple) includes unlimited admission in 2020 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates.
  • A Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates.
  • A Platinum Season Pass includes unlimted admission in 2020 to all Ceder Fair Parks across the country (there is Great America in Northern California) AND parking is INCLUDED.

Knott’s Season passes are now available at the lowest price of the year. Regular Passes are $99 or nine easy payments of $9.50 after an initial payment, and Gold Passes are $120 or nine easy payments of just $11.50 after an initial payment. These offers end on January 5, 2020. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Giveaway! (closed)

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To celebrate the upcoming 100th celebration, I am giving away a Family Four (4) pack of 2020 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes ($99 value each)!  You’ll will also get a surprise box of Merry Farm goodies (I’ll be revealing these on my instastories at @littlegraythread on instagram).  Here’s how to enter:

  • Make sure you are following me on instagram @littlegraythread
  • Like! our facebook page Little Gray Thread
  • Leave a comment below telling me your favorite Knott’s Berry Farm memory or what season you’re looking forward to the most in 2020 (please leave instagram @ handle in the comments so I can notify the winner through instagram).
  • Check back on Instagram and Facebook for additional ways to enter

That’s it!  Giveaway will end on December 26, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.  Winner will be announced through instagram on December 27, 2019.

For more information about next year’s milestone celebration, the new Knott’s Bear-y Tales attraction and Knott’s Season Passes, please visit knotts.com. Join the conversation about the newly announced event at Knott’s this year by using #Knotts100 or #AKnottsFamilyReunion.

 

 

Kids Guide to Exploring the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and OC Parks

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My favorite part of living in Orange County that you can be exploring the mountains in the morning and be wading in the ocean in a matter of hours.  The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks covers the OC Parks, City of Irvine and City of Newport Beach.  They offer FREE outdoor programs for all ages at a variety of times and locations.  Their winter programs are going to be released soon on their website www.letsgooutside.org and you’re going to want to set your alarms to sign up!

 

Wee Wonder:  ages 2-6

The Wee Wonder program is perfect for your preschooler!  These daytime events happen during the week on site at a local Orange County trail.  We had a chance to preview the Wee Wonder Walks Insects program.  Our trail leader started off with the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, followed by a cute caterpillar craft!  She then showed them different insects and talked about which ones are local to our land.  This is a great way to get out of the house with your preschooler–and free!  Current sessions are already full, but you will be able to sign up for sessions through December at the end of the month.

 

Animal Tracking:  School Age

We also got a chance to preview the Animal Tracking program which happens on Saturday mornings on local trails.  The website says this program is suitable for kids ages 8 and up, but my 3 and 6 year old both enjoyed this one the most.  It is up to your discretion if you think your child can keep up on the nature hike.  The instructor will go over some tracking techniques and look for evidence of scat–poop!  The girls loved making their own paw imprints to take home and they’re proudly displayed by our front door.

 

Native Seed Farm Harvesting:  ages 8 and up

Did you know there is a native seed farm up in the hills off Jeffrey?  Irvine Ranch opens up the farm occasionally for public harvesting where you can give back to the community by tending to the farm.  We got to see real sage and other plants that grow in this area.  You can also help by bringing these wild flower seeds and replanting them in other parts of our community.  Since there are real working tools involved, the minimum age to enter the farm is 8 years old.  There is also a similar wildflower garden exhibit in Bommer Canyon that is open for all ages.

 

Wilderness Access Days:  fun for the entire family

Every Saturday, a different trail is open for exploration on a day called Wilderness Access Day.  You can use the trails to hike, ride mountain bikes, or even bring your horse in for a ride.  It was explained to us that every time a trail is opened to the public, it has to be completely shut down for 3 days so the animals return back to their natural habitat.  You do need to register in advance to explore the trails, but there are plenty of spots open.  You also need to check in the day of to get your day pass to enjoy the trails.

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Additional Guided Hikes, Mountain Bike Tours, Equestrian trails, and Kayak Tours

There are assorted guided activities that happen every day!  It is recommended to sign up as soon as you can, but there are still open spots for several hikes during the week.  Sign ups close 4pm the day before the event.  To find out what events are available, you can pre-register here.

We had a great time learning about all the free outdoor programs that happen right in our back yard!  All of these trails are located about a 20-30 minute drive away which makes for the perfect family outing.  We definitely are going to sign up for the bat cave tours as soon as they’re available!  Don’t forget that you can register on their website.  I also did a full instagram story takeover with a detailed look at the map of the local trails over on our Instagram @littlegraythread.  You can find it here.

Kid’s Guide to Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Entertainment

Move over Frushi and Frose, because the kids are taking over DCA for the Food & Wine Festival! You typically wouldn’t think that this festival is geared towards kids since they wouldn’t be partaking in the wine and most kids are not super adventurous when it comes to food, but this is one of my favorite times of the year! Did you know that there are THREE different shows that offer kid participation? And one isn’t even on the showtime guide!

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The Food & Wine fun starts on Buena Vista Street where you’ll be encouraged to take home a chef hat. We happened to enter when all the citizens were playing a game to write tickets to people who were walking by. The girls had a lot of fun being sworn in as honorary police officers!

The most popular show is “Jr. Chef” which is located on the stage in the Hollywood Backlot. The showtimes vary by day but they do have evening shows so you can still make it after school. This show is open to kids ages 3-12 who are confident being on stage without their parents for about a half hour. Registration is across from the entrance to the Monster’s Inc ride near the planters. I would recommend lining up at least 30 minutes before the show. Each show can accommodate about 50 kids so if there’s a long line, don’t be discouraged!

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During the show, the kids take turns to help Chef Lily and Chef Goofy make Magical Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Each table has a head Chef which will quickly become your child’s favorite person. At the end of the show, each participant gets to take home one of the Magical Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! Be warned that these are super organic (and not all that tasty) so don’t forget them in your stroller and find it 2 months later (not that it has ever happened to me but…).

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Chef Goofy does walk around a little before and after each show, but if you are participating in the show, it’s hard to grab him for a quick photo. I would recommend hanging around, making a take home chef hat, and try meeting him during another show. He doesn’t stop for official photos so ask nicely and be quick!

While you’re in the area, if you’re an Annual Passholder, head over to the AP area by the Black Panther Meet and Greet. It’s sort of hidden so keep an eye out for cast members. You can grab your AP button and meet an exclusive Food & Wine character in the afternoon hours. We were lucky to meet Daisy with her cooking apron!

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Head on over to Paradise Pier at the entrance of the Little Mermaid ride. The secret show, “Jam-along”, takes place 15 minutes before “Jammin’ Chefs” which is in the entertainment guide. “Jam-along” is a time where chefs come out with instruments and invite all the kids in the area to have a music break. My girls loved feeling like they were part of the show and the food themed instruments were so cute!

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Stay put after “Jam-along” because the next show, “Jammin’ Chefs” takes place in the same area. This is a highly energetic show featuring Chef Mac A Roni, his dancing sous chefs Chili and Pepper, and the amazing drumming chefs. Chef Chip and Dale even make an appearance to show off their dance skills! In this show, only a small number of kids are picked from the audience to play instruments, but they are the same instruments as the “Jam-along”. Unfortunately, Chip and Dale can’t stop for photos, but if you’re quick you might be able to get a goodbye hug.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival goes until April 12 so there is still plenty of time to enjoy all the kid friendly entertainment.  Find us over on Instagram @littlegraythread for more themepark tips!