Celebrating 100 Years at Knott’s Berry Farm

Jenielle Berry Blogger

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!