I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it by now, but MAN is it great to live in Southern California. Among the many great attractions is Knott’s Berry Farm (yes, the same farm as the jams and the original breeders of boysenberry), a theme park with great rollercoasters, fun for the kids, and lots of seasonal fun.
This month, Knott’s is celebrating the month of luuuurrrve with TWOgether is Better, and we had a chance to enjoy the festivities as a family (we being Cameron, my sister, my cousin who is like a second sister, and I).
Now first, I should point out that this celebration entails serious discounts on admission:
- From February 1 – 28, purchase online admission for only $34.99 each!
- Season Pass holders can also bring-a-friend* for just $24.99 all month long! *Offer can only be redeemed once per day.
- Leap Day Special: One day only- February 29, 2012 everyone gets in for $29.00!
Not too bad, considering that the minimum for Disneyland admission is more than double online admission prices for Knott’s, right?
We we first greeted by roosters in the parking lot (it is a farm, after all) and started the morning with a sweet brunch at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Charlie Brown and Snoopy even dropped by to visit before we headed over to see the brand new stage show, “Love is in the Air, Charlie Brown!” (which is only on the weekends). Cameron woke up JUST in time to watch, and he LOVED it.
After that, we got to enjoy rides, shows, and the great attractions Knott’s has to offer. The roller-coasters are a lot of fun, especially because my cousin sounds like a lunatic on them, but BOY are some of them intense. Dramamine was our friend and foe that day.
Side note: did you know that dramamine’s side effects include drowsiness and drymouth? Yeah. That. We were POOPED by 2 in the afternoon. Utterly wiped out.
But we packed in a whole lot of fun before then, including a trip to the chocolate dipping station at Ghost Town Bakery and an adorable wild-west cabaret show at the Calico Saloon. Cameron LOVED this show, and I’m 95% sure it had something to do with the saloon pianist.
We also took old-timey photos, and I wish I could show you all the photos we took leading up to the one we chose, but since I can’t, I’ll explain: Cameron, my little cowboy, was given a toy pistol for the photo. Not what I’d call a great idea, but he got his hands on it and would BAWL when I took it away. Well, in pretty much EVERY picture where everyone else looks good, he was trying to eat the gun, and that’s not a cute look for a baby in any way. Finally I get it out of his hands and he cries. You can see that verge of tears face in the photo.
Mind you he fell asleep before we even left the studio with our printed photo, so he had a bit of the naptime grumpies.
Holy what did I just say, Batman!
But seriously, that was a fun little adventure in and of itself.
A couple more bonuses throughout the park include:
- Cupid’s Craft Corner where children 11 and under can create special tokens for the ones they love
- A Peanuts Hugging Booth
- Special valentines for Charlie Brown at $1, $5, or $10, whose proceeds go directly to the Orange County American Heart Association
All in all, we had a great time and if you’re in the area, I highly recommend bringing the kids and enjoying a day at the park. I know this is important to me, and I know it’s important to many of you as well: there ARE healthy eating options, too – Char Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos (Boardwalk BBQ), Thai Barbecue Salmon Salad (Ghost Town Grill) and Mediterranean Chicken Wrap (Sutters). It’s pretty much a win all around, right?
Oh! Last thing: I’m not a Valentines-y kinda person. I’m not about the mushy mush and I find Valentines to be a GREAT day to rekindle my love of zombie movies. And this? This was cute. So don’t miss out on it!
Disclosure: I was invited by Knott’s Berry Farm to attend the VIP TWOgether is Better event, and I received parking, brunch and park admission for free. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are mine, and were not compensated nor required – I’m just writing about them because they were THAT good.