Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Ring in the New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood ... all the deets! passholder Special Proving too!

The Countdown to 2022 has Begun! Celebrate at Universal Studios Hollywood with a bang...

Hot off the press...

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in 2022 with EVE, Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Celebration, Featuring Live Entertainment, Fireworks and Access to Rides and Attractions


Click Here to Purchase Tickets to EVE, Included with Theme Park Admission,

and Pass Members Can Purchase Tickets Here

Celebrate the new year and ring in 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood’s festive EVE event, the biggest party in Hollywood, on Friday, December 31 with extended hours until 2:00 a.m.

EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and is a special park-wide celebration that invites guests to spend the day and party by night while enjoying its popular and award-winning rides and attractions. 

What a way to celebrate as guests and partygoers can rejoice in new year festivities with a cast of leading characters, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke from Illumination’s all-new, award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride or mark the occasion with prehistoric dinosaurs at “Jurassic World—The Ride,” featuring the stunningly realistic Indominus rex.

EVE is also the ideal location to bid farewell to 2021 as the world ushers in 2022 and new beginnings.  Starting at 9:00 p.m., the theme park transitions into party central as multiple entertainment hubs will energize guests with live music and DJs, playing everything from pop, rock and hip-hop to EDM to Latin music. Plus, iconic photo ops around the park will allow guests to capture and share their memories of the special night. The event culminates with a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and dazzling fireworks display.

A selection of food and beverages, including desserts, champagne, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as 2022 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

While ringing in the New Year, guests can enjoy the return of yuletide favorite, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” featuring “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle” which brings the iconic Hogwarts castle to life through an impressive light projection show. Family traditions continue with “Grinchmas” as guests can share the joyful season with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos.

Holiday entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood runs daily now through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

To purchase tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Holidays and EVE access, guests can click here.

Pass Members benefit from special offers for the event. To learn more and to purchase tickets, Pass Members can click here.

More information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter. #universalstudioshollywood #universalstudios 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Las Vegas #BlackFriday Deals for Discounted Travel! #lasvegas

Las Vegas is one of our Favorites!

We often stay in Las Vegas for fun and as a halfway point to other places we explore and visit.

This year we have rhe inside scoop on all things Black Friday Vegas style...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings on Room Rates, Entertainment and More...

Viva Las Vegas!
Start Planning Your 2022 Travel with Exclusive Resort, Attraction and Entertainment Promotions

The real Thanksgiving excitement begins after the turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. Ushering in the holiday season, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just as anticipated as Aunt Carol’s green bean casserole—and the best deals avid travelers will find this year are right here in Las Vegas.

With these offers, guests can start booking their 2022 travel plans now and ensure Vegas is on the top of that list. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are as follows (restrictions may apply, including blackout dates and subject to availability):


Caesars Entertainment
Cyber Sale
Up to 25% off room rates.
Discounts are available for booking from Monday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 28.
Guests must use the CYBER21 code to receive the discount.
Discounts are available for travel through Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.
Cyber Monday
Up to 30% off room rates.
Discounts are available for booking Monday, Nov. 29.
Guests must use the CYBERM code to receive the discount.
Discounts are available for travel through Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.
Travel Tuesday
Up to 30% off room rates.
Discounts are available for booking Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Guests must use the CYBERT code to receive the discount.
Discounts are available for travel through Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.
Suite Sale
Up to 15% off suites.
Discounts are available for booking through Monday, Dec. 20.
Guests must use the LVSTE code to receive the discount.
Discounts are available for travel through Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Rooms can be booked at

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal
Up to 50% off room rates on applicable dates
Discounts are available for booking through Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Discounts are available for travel through Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 (blackout dates apply).
Rooms can be booked at

MGM Resorts International
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale
Up to 25% off room rates.
M life members receive an additional discount, totaling up to 40% off room rates.
AAA members, military, first responders and nurses receive an additional discount, totaling up to 35% off room rates.
Discounts are available through Thursday, Dec. 2 at 10:00 a.m. PST.
Discounts are available for travel through Thursday, May 26, 2022.
Rooms can be booked at

Resorts World Las Vegas
Up to 40% off best available room rates.
Discounts are available for booking from Thursday, Nov. 25 to Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Discounts are available for travel from Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2021 to Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022 (blackout dates and some exclusions may apply).
Rooms can be booked at

SAHARA Las Vegas
Sign up for the SAHARA Las Vegas Insider newsletter to receive advance access to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special, which goes public Wednesday, Nov. 24.
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special
Guests who book stays through Thursday, June 30, 2022 receive:
Waived resort fees ($39.95/day value)
Complimentary room upgrades ($15/day value)
Complimentary noon checkout on departure date ($25 value)
Additional savings and rewards
Rooms can be booked at

Station Casinos
Cyber Sale
Up to 40% off two-night minimum stays.
Discounts are available for booking Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 4.
Guests must use the CYBER21 code to receive discount.
Offers include food & beverage credits, ranging from $10-$25 per night depending on the property, redeemable at select outlets.
Complimentary parking is valid for stays from Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 through Thursday, March 31, 2022.
Boarding Pass members and social media fans receive exclusive access to a pre-sale offer starting Thursday, Nov. 18.
Rooms can be booked at
“Locals Only” Exclusive Deal
Nevada residents who book stays from Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 to Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022 receive the best rates with waived Resort and Hotel Amenity Fees.
Guests must use the LOC22 code to receive the offer.
Offers available for booking from Wednesday, Nov. 24 to Saturday, Dec. 4.
Rooms can be booked at

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Cyber Month Sale
Guests who book a two-night stay receive up to 25% off suite rates.
Offer also includes a $75 food & beverage credit, which can be used at estiatorio Milos, Mott 32, Majordomo Meat & Fish, Bouchon, BRERA Osteria, The Dorsey, Electra Cocktail Club and Rosina.
Grazie Rewards members receive an additional discount, totaling up to 30% off suite rates.
Discounts are available for travel through Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Rooms can be booked at

Wynn Las Vegas
Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Up to 20% off room rates.
Offer also includes a complimentary upgrade to a Panoramic View room.
Guests who sign up for Wynn Rewards receive an additional 10% off room rates.
Discounts are available for booking through Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Discounts are available for travel through Thursday, Apr. 21, 2022.
Rooms can be booked at
Attractions and Entertainment

All In Aviation
The aviation company will offer special flight lesson experience gift packages for the holiday season. Reservations and purchases can be made by calling 702-ALL-IN22 or visiting

Caesars Entertainment
Caesars Entertainment will be offering discounts on tickets to several entertainment productions and attractions at its resorts.
Guests use the code CYBER to receive the discounts, which are available Sunday, Nov. 21 to Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Entertainment and attractions, and their respective discounts, include:
Bally’s Las Vegas
Farrell Dillon Comedy Magician (50%), Potted Potter (40%), Paranormal (50%), Extravaganza – The Vegas Spectacular (20%)
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Reba, Brooks & Dunn (25%)
Flamingo Las Vegas
Piff the Magic Dragon (20%)
Harrah’s Las Vegas
Donny Osmond (25%), X Country (20%), Tape Face (20%), Menopause The Musical (50%), An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert (20%)
The LINQ Hotel + Experience
Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly (25%), High Roller (25%), FLY LINQ (25%)
Paris Las Vegas
Eiffel Tower (25%)
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Criss Angel Mindfreak (25%), Shania Twain (25%)
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Comedy Cellar (25%), Chippendales (25%), Penn & Teller (40%), WOW – The Vegas Spectacular (20%)
Downtown Summerlin
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant will offer guests with a same-day receipt from a Downtown Summerlin store 10% off food items on Friday, Nov. 26.
FlyOver Las Vegas
FlyOver Las Vegas guests can enjoy 40% off adult and child single ride tickets.
The offer is available for purchase Monday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Dec. 6.
Redemption for this offer is available up to 120 days after sale.
Blackout periods apply: Nov. 25-28, Dec. 18-Jan. 3, Jan. 15-17.

Miracle Mile Shops
Cabo Wabo Cantina will offer shoppers with a receipt from any store inside Miracle Mile Shops a 10% discount on breakfast, available exclusively on Friday, Nov. 26.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
“Banachek’s Mind Games Live” will honor Black Friday and Cyber Monday by offering half-price tickets.
The offer is available for purchase through Friday, Dec. 10.
Guests must use the CYBER50 code to receive the offer.
The offer is available for show dates through Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
For more information on ways to save this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please visit

Visit Las Vegas and have fun!! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Thank You to our Veterans! #AmericanVeteranPBS

Talking about #VeteransDay with the kids?

We've partnered with PBS to share some of the stories from PBS Voices series American Veteran: Keep It Close

We have many levels and branches of military in our family. We are proud of each of them and honored to support them all.

My daughter loves to collect boxes of girl scout cookies while selling them to hand deliver and donate to local military on base. We always want to show our appreciation. 

So may ways to say thank you and so many stories to hear from our amazing veterans.

Click my Playlist link for a special way to honor Veterans with your family this week.

Currently Playing on American Veteran: Keep It Close “What a Stuffed Bunny Means to This Military Family”. When Yolanda Mayo was a newlywed, she deployed to Iraq for Desert Shield/Desert Storm with her Marine Corps unit. Her husband sent her a stuffed bunny for Easter and the memento quickly became a source of shared joy for her and her tent mates.. CLICK FOR MORE:  Playlist

Get social and support, share, chat & more #AmericanVeteranPBS @PBSDS 

Sesame Place San Diego Updates on Opening! #SesamePlace #autismmom #autismfriendly

Sesame Place San Diego has some news today!

How fitting that their updates come on this day too...

Today – aka Sesame Street Day – marks the 52nd anniversary of Sesame Street’s television debut on Nov. 10, 1969.

To celebrate, Sesame Place San Diego – an exciting, family friendly theme park modeled after the pioneering series – announced that its first location on the West Coast has reached a construction milestone with all Sesame Street-themed rides that twist, turn and swirl nearing completion!

The park is set to open March 2022 and will feature an interactive Sesame Street Neighborhood, complete with the iconic 123 Stoop, kids can play in a world that plays back through immersive physical and digital character experiences.

The 17-acre park will also open as a Certified Autism Center (CSA) allowing parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street®, today celebrated the day Sesame Street debuted on television and introduced us to our favorite furry characters that showed us that education can be fun, with the announcement of the new rides near completion at the highly anticipated Sesame Place San Diego park opening in March 2022.  The new 17-acre park will be the second Sesame Place location in the country and the first located on the West Coast.  Perfect for families and kids of all ages, Sesame Street-themed attractions and rides that twist, turn, and swirl will include:

·       Elmo’s Rockin’ Rockets let kids hop in one of Elmo’s rocket ships as they fly up, down, and all around on an imaginary trip through outer space

·       Sunny Day Carousel, a cute, colorful, classic ride that’s perfect for all ages

·       Cookie Climb puts kids in a cloud of cookie crumbs as they pull themselves to the top of Cookie Monster-themed towers and hang on tight for a giggling ride back down

·       Abby’s Fairy Flight, a family swing ride themed after everyone’s favorite fairy-in-training

·       Rosita’s Harmony Hills lets kids of all ages climb, crawl, and create beautiful ‘música’ as they play on the rolling green hillsides

·       Rub-A-Dub Sub invites kids to buckle up and get ready for a bubbly adventure aboard Ernie’s toy submarine; the S.S. Duckie goes around and around both forward and backward, bringing smiles to everyone on board

·       Sesame Street Soar & Spin lets guests choose their favorite furry friend’s balloon and go up high for a bird’s-eye view of the park

·       Super Grover’s Box Car Derby is a family-friendly coaster full of fun hills, big turns, and mini-dives

The park features an interactive Sesame Street Neighborhood complete with the iconic 123 Stoop, where kids can play in a world that plays back through immersive physical and digital character experiences. Looking forward to the summer months ahead, guests will be able to splash through 11 reimagined water attractions including a 500,000-gallon wave pool – one of the largest in Southern California – opening Memorial Day weekend.

Guests will have exciting ways to engage with Sesame Street characters, including a live character show, an award-winning daily parade, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, and hugs from everyone’s favorite furry friends. In addition to ongoing park offerings, the park will open with a full lineup of exciting family-friendly events and seasonal celebrations throughout the year.

“We’re thrilled with the progress of the much-anticipated Sesame Place San Diego, where families will experience a unique and powerful way to engage with their favorite characters and brand,” said Steve Youngwood, Chief Executive Officer, Sesame Workshop. “Those deep connections drive everything we do at Sesame Workshop and help deliver educational benefits to children around the world.”

Certified Autism Center

Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Sesame Place San Diego will mirror Sesame Place Philadelphia, which was the first theme park in the world to achieve this designation. Staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training will be completed prior to the park’s debut, and robust pre-visit planning resources, including a park-specific sensory guide will be featured on its website, making it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations. Designated quiet spaces with comfortable seating will be incorporated into the park’s design.

Conveniently Located, Open Year Round

Sesame Place San Diego is conveniently located in Chula Vista, within minutes of downtown San Diego, or a short-day trip from Los Angeles. The park will be open year-round with water attractions offered seasonally. Parents and children will soon be able to share in the fun, laughter, and learning of Sesame Street through whirling rides, splashy water slides, exciting shows, an award-winning parade, an interactive neighborhood, seasonal events, and more.

“San Diego is a premiere tourist destination and Sesame Place is the perfect place for families looking to learn and play on the West Coast,” said Marc Swanson, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. “We’re excited that our Sesame Street friends are coming to San Diego and are eager to give locals a fun new experience, as well as provide tourists another great reason to visit San Diego.”

Guests can purchase 2022 Season Passes to Sesame Place San Diego with the best savings at a low price prior to the park opening. Starting at $12/month, those who take advantage of the introductory prices will be the first to receive news and information about Sesame Place San Diego’s opening date and be invited to a special opening day event. All Season Pass holders will receive unlimited visits with no blockout dates, free parking, free guest tickets, plus access to all seasonal events and discounts on tickets, merchandise, ride again privileges, and more.*

For fans who want to visit Sesame Place AND SeaWorld San Diego, they can add SeaWorld to their Sesame Place Season Pass for unlimited visits to both parks starting at only an additional $7/month. For more information and to purchase Season Passes visit

We can not wait! 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

MainPlace Mall Announces 'The Elf on the Shelf' Holiday Experience! #MainPlaceMall

MainPlace Mall Introduces Interactive ‘The Elf on the Shelf ®’ Holiday Experience

Shopping Center Outlines Contactless Santa Visits and COVID-Safe Holiday Season Cleaning Protocols

MainPlace is our favorite interactive Santa visit each year. There is something special about strolling through scenes or experiencing the magic of the holidays in person while you walk to see the big man himself.

The new set revolutionizes the traditional Santa visit, offering guests an interactive, branded family entertainment experience that will appeal to visitors of all ages – not just families with children. The MainPlace experiential set – “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” – is a walk-through set that combines the best elements of today’s highly popular “selfie museums” with the grandeur of a theme park attraction.

Santa will be available for visits and professional photos daily beginning Thursday, November 18th, through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Santa’s hours will vary; to see his schedule, visit

Santa’s arrival celebration will take place on Friday, November 19th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. During the celebration in Center Court, the event will also feature children’s activities, giveaways and music. Escalated cleaning and safe-distancing protocols will be followed, and guests are asked to observe all state and local healthcare regulations; masks are encouraged.

After Santa has arrived in his new home, visits with Santa will begin with a walk through the new interactive “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” set. After they work their way through the captivating and entertaining set, children will be able to talk with Santa to share their holiday wish lists. For photos, guests will have the option of sitting with Santa or taking photos with 6 feet of social distance; for socially distanced photos, each picture will be professionally staged to minimize the visibility of that distance.

To reduce overall wait times and promote social distancing and contactless payment for the Santa photo opportunity, families are strongly encouraged to make a reservation in advance of their visit at While strongly encouraged, a reservation is not required, and walk-up visits will be accommodated on a space-available basis. In addition to paid professional photos, the new “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” holiday experience will also include a variety of no-cost selfie opportunities.

COVID-Safe Cleaning Protocols
Holiday shopping means more people will be visiting MainPlace Mall. As a result, the shopping center has increased its cleaning protocols via a third-party professional cleaning organization that is well versed in curbing the spread of viral outbreaks in malls and other public places.

Happy Holidays!!