Knott’s Soak City Destination Guide

We visited Knott’s Soak City on opening day, thankful for a day of sunshine that allowed us to hang out at the waterpark stress-free until closing time. It was such a great experience that we put together this Knott’s Soak City Destination Guide to make your visit easy, as it was for us.

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We arrived at the waterpark early. Super early. That’s probably my number one tip because Soak City is very popular in the summer so it gets really packed. Our family has two younger chiclets (ages 9 and 6) so we skipped the more kiddie area (Gremmie Lagoon) and instead opted for the new rides! Yup… this season, Knott’s Soak City expanded their awesome waterpark.

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The waterpark debuted seven new slides on two new slide towers, Shore Break and The Wedge, as well as a fully remodeled Longboard’s Grill (their largest dining area), additional seating areas and new spacious cabanas. So if you visited Knott’s Soak City last year, you’ll find this year to be a whole new experience.

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Knott's Soak City Destination Guide - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

The six year old is 48″ tall so we were able to ride both The Wedge (a great family ride as it accommodates up to six riders) and the tube slides at Shore Break. The family ride has a longer wait line, but it’s also a longer ride. We didn’t get a chance to do Shore Break, the one where the floor drops from beneath the rider’s feet sending them on a high speed free fall down a 60-foot tall slide. It sounds crazy… and it was. Just ask the Hubster.

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>> TIP: Have your child’s height measured at customer service and they’ll receive a wristband to wear that will clear them for rides, based on their height. <<

We opted to do the mega slides early in the day so the rest of the day we could do more of the no-lines required fun, like Tidal Wave Bay, the Beach House and the lazy river (did you know that it’s about a third of a mile long?).

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Knott's Soak City Destination Guide - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Knott's Soak City Destination Guide - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Knott's Soak City Destination Guide - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Knott's Soak City Destination Guide - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Of course, we left plenty of time to just chill out and relax under the shaded areas too. Because we arrived early, we were able to get some of the lounge chairs in front of Longboard’s Grill. There’s a lot of seating available as well as cabanas. If you’re looking for a more beachy vibe, I would suggest parking it on the grassy areas. Just bring your sport-brella (or other outdoor umbrella).

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>> TIP: Share your pictures online (official hashtag: #KnottsSoakCity) using the waterpark’s FREE WiFi! <<

We filled up during lunch at Longboard’s Grill and I was ecstatic to see that they had vegetarian hot dogs. I mean, I’ve never seen this offering at a theme park before, let alone a waterpark! Inside Longboard’s Grill there is a self-serve station where you can top your burgers and hot dogs. I piled mine with jalapeños, tomatoes and onions. It was like a vegetarian Mexican hot dog… and with my side of onion rings? Yuuuum.

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Our day was so chill that it made me feel like I was in my own piece of paradise. We just lounged around and bonded as a family as we braved the water slides. Thank goodness we have Knott’s season passes because I fully plan on making more Soak City days happen this summer. I might even rent a cabana just because it includes a waiter and inner tube rentals.

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Knott’s Soak City Destination Guide

What to pack for Knott’s Soak City

I tend to travel with the least amount of products as possible. So the list below is for the minimalist who wants to enjoy a day at the waterpark without carrying too much stuff. Also for minimalists without babies.

  • Sunscreen – I recommend Neutrogena’s Beach Defense sunscreen because it has SPF 70 and does an amazing job at keeping tan lines at bay.
  • sport-brella (or other outdoor umbrella) if you want to set up your family in a grassy area. Grassy areas are right outside Longboard’s Grill and around Gremmie Lagoon.
  • Water bottles in a small cooler measuring no more than 12″x18′
  • Reusable Knott’s Berry Farm souvenir cup – there are three refill stations throughout the park.
  • Towels – Knott’s does not have towel service. Bring one for each lounge chair that you want reserved.
  • waterproof phone case and FREE wifi throughout the park will let you stay connected while you’re in line, floating on the lazy river, or just hanging out on a lounge chair.
  • Shoes and sandals are not allowed on rides, but bring them along anyway because the ground is hot – especially on the bridge.
  • Rent an inner tube for $10/day. Inner tube rental is included with cabana rentals as well.
  • Sunglasses and hats

>> MORE: Knott’s Soak City Tips <<

There you have it – everything you HAVE to have for a day at the waterpark. If you like to film your adventures, Knott’s Soak City does allow you to bring along a waterproof camera on the rides (I have a TomTom Bandit action camera and it’s great for these types of water rides) – just leave the selfie sticks at home.

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Where to eat at Knott’s Soak City

Looking for a spot to sit and relax? Then head to Longboard’s Grill. They offer standard picnic food with gluten-free options and vegetarian hot dogs! Ask for them at the counter. Pick up your food cafeteria style and head outside to their tables. They’re not bolted down so feel free to move them around to accommodate larger parties.

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Knott's Soak City Destination Guide - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Closer to the entrance you’ll see smaller dining spots including Portside Pizza and Surf Daddy’s Food Hut. Portside Pizza offers delicious pizza and it’s the only spot at Soak City where you can get a funnel cake. Surf Daddy’s Food Hut offers easy grab and go snacks like pretzels, churros and salads.

Want a cold treat? You’ll find a create-your-own ICEE station in front of Tidal Wave Pool – right next to one of three refill stations (don’t forget your refillable souvenir bottles). There’s also Dippin’ Dots and cotton candy carts around the park.

TIP: Gold and Platinum Season Passholders can use their All Season Dining Plans at Knott’s Soak City at all three dining locations (Longboard’s Grill, Portside Pizza and Surf Daddy’s Food Hut). All Day Dining is also available.

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Where to stay in Buena Park

  • Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel – our first choice because it’s literally within the resort. Your hotel stay also includes parking and if you book the Snoop room, Snoopy himself tucks you in (plus, you get two Snoopy plushies).
  • Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim – within walking distance to Knott’s Berry Farm (only half a mile away). Hotel stay includes free self-parking.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Anaheim Buena Park – one mile away from Knott’s Berry Farm. Hotel stay includes breakfast and free self-parking.

Discounted Tickets

Goldstar offers discounted Knott’s Berry Farm tickets and Knott’s Soak City tickets.

Groupon offers discounted Knott’s Berry Farm tickets.

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About Knott’s Soak City

Knott’s Soak City is a 13-acre water park adjacent to Knott’s Theme Park. Highlights include 17 tube slides, wave pool and lazy river. One of guests’ favorites is Pacific Spin, which drops riders into a 75-foot, six-story funnel! Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and weekends in September.

Address: 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park CA 90620
Info: 714.220.5200
Email: guestcomments@knotts.com
Website: http://www.soakcityoc.com

Celebrate Bike Safety Month with Wipeout Gear + Giveaway

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Earlier this year we realized that our youngest chiclet had no idea how to ride a bike. Seriously. He’s five and he had never learned to ride a bike! Feeling like we weren’t doing our part, we headed to the store and bought him a bike. Now he’s a pro (as long as the training wheels are on) and we’re ready to take the bikes out on family rides. Of course, we’re all about “safety first” so we picked up some Wipeout Gear (helmets and protective gear) to get ready for the road as we celebrate Bike Safety Month during the month of May. Our goal is to get at least one bike ride in on the weekends during May so we can make it a habit, and do it as often throughout the year.

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Thankfully, my youngest chiclet has never given me issues about wearing protective gear, but the thing is that he likes variety. He LOVES to color, customize and stand out… and his new Wipeout Dry Erase helmet and protective gear checks all those boxes.

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Wipeout Gear Helmet and Accessory Set are great for kids because they're customizable! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

The Wipeout Dry Erase Helmet package includes the Dry Erase helmet, 5 Dry Erase markers in assorted neon colors and 8 stencil designs. The sturdy and stylish helmet is made of ABS hard-shell construction with an EPS liner for durability. It is certified for safety protection for roller sports, including biking, skateboarding, roller-skating and scooters, for kids ages 3 to 14. Helmet sizes: 3+ (47-49cm), 5+ (49-52cm) and 8+ (52-56cm). Colors include Black, Teal, Neon Pink and Zest (a neon yellow-green), among others. Wipeout Dry Erase Protective 3-Pack includes kneepads, wrist guards, elbow pads, and 2 markers.

When I chose out his gear I was worried that his drawing wouldn’t show up. The gear comes in different colors, but I love the color black so that’s what he got. And in all honesty, I was all for getting the helmet because I know that he needs that to protect his head; I wasn’t too sure about the rest of the gear. The chiclets had never had kneepads, elbow pads or wrist guards. I always thought that it would make it harder for them to move their bodies with the gear on. I was wrong. So wrong.

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Turns out that the protective gear conforms to his body in a way that doesn’t inhibit him from peddling or controlling the handle bars! I was happy to be wrong because now I know that if he does fall, he’ll be protected.

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As far as customizing the gear… well that was icing on the cake. Both the chiclets got into it and they drew their favorite characters, symbols, quotes and they also used the stencils that came with the helmet. In all actuality, they spent more time customizing their gear than riding their bikes that day. But that’s okay because they didn’t wipe off their drawing which means that next time they might add just a few more doodles before heading out.

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Wipeout Gear Helmet and Accessory Set are great for kids because they're customizable! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Wipeout Gear Helmet and Accessory Set are great for kids because they're customizable! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Seeing them work together on customizing the gear was a favorite moment of mine. I love how they worked together and made it their own.

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I would definitely recommend picking up Wipeout Gear for your chiclets, or as gifts. They’re age appropriate for kids of all ages and they look cool enough for even the pickiest chiclet.

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Survive the summer slump with Weekly Reader: Summer Express

I partnered with Scholastic to share this giveaway.
 

My chiclets are anxiously awaiting Summer vacation so they can… wait for it… read all day. Yes, I have readers. And while I love and adore that they enjoy reading so much, sometimes this means that we don’t tackle other subjects as much as we should. So this year I’m preparing myself, and them, with Weekly Reader: Summer Express books.

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Weekly Reader: Summer Express is a series published by Scholastic Teaching Resources. It’s a line of six workbooks for summers between Pre-K and 5th Grade. I had the chiclets try them out (for the purpose of this post and to give them a glimpse of what’s to come) and they got good reviews, considering the fact that I was making them homework on top of homework. Luca, my five year old, is obsessed with school work and he didn’t want to stop doing the worksheets. I literally had to take the book from him and hide it so he wouldn’t do too much of it before Summer break. (p.s. Did I mention that he wants to be a plastic surgeon?! I super love that chiclet).

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Survive the summer slump with Weekly Reader: Summer Express - LivingMiVIdaLoca.com

The books are very colorful, and I love that the 10-week curriculum is broken down for us to follow (it equates to 10 pages per week). By the end of Summer, I hope to have helped the chiclets prevent summer learning loss so that they go into the next grade ready y con muchas ganas. Each book also contains stickers and a weekly incentive chart and certificate that they can rip out after completing the work. The books are broken down by different categories including vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, math skills, and more. The variety of activities will help keep them interested week after week. Also, you can purchase these workbooks on Amazon for under $8 each! What a deal.

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Survive the summer slump with Weekly Reader: Summer Express - LivingMiVIdaLoca.com

Survive the summer slump with Weekly Reader: Summer Express

About the Workbooks

From the award-winning editors of Weekly Reader comes this collection of colorful, fun-filled activity pages designed to reinforce academic skills and knowledge through engaging activities. Targeted to specific grade levels, each book will help prevent summer learning loss with age-appropriate activities that meet today’s higher education standards. With more than 100 curriculum-based activities targeting vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, and math, these books will help give children a head start in the coming school year.

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Now on to the good stuff – I love sharing educational materials because I think it’s super important to get these chiclets educated so they can go and do bigger and better things (and make the family look good). So this week I’m happy to be hosting a giveaway in partnership with Scholastic where one lucky reader will win a Summer Learning prize pack!

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>> Find the Summer Express workbooks on Amazon <<

Giveaway Prize

Summer Learning Prize Pack!
One (1) winner receives:

  • Complete set of 6 Summer Express workbooks;
  • Collection of 5 Scholastic books to engage ages 4 – 12!

The Scholastic books included in the prize pack are:

  • Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sís
  • Little Red’s Riding Hood by Peter Stein and Chris Gall
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
  • A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

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What to do at Ventura Ranch KOA

So here’s the thing, I’m not very good at camping. By that I mean that I grew up poor so the idea of camping outside in nature and sleeping on the floor was just one step away from how I grew up (so… never a big fan). Then Ventura Ranch KOA invited us on a weekend getaway and changed EVERYTHING.

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We visited Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula for a weekend stay. Somewhere to get away from it all as they say. About two hours drive from our home took us from the city into the country where we were surrounded by hills, enormous trees and wildlife. We drove into the campground, checked into the office at the front and pulled up in front of our spacious 400 square foot cabin. And that’s where I fell in love with camping.

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What to do at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Ventura Rancho KOA campground

The campground itself is gorgeous. It’s a little bit of a drive in, and when you get there you are surrounded by trees and it gives you the feeling of getting away from the rush of city life. It smells amazing and the campground offers all the amenities you need (especially if you rent one of their cabins). We walked around during our stay and saw all the different accommodations available at the campground, including teepees!!! Yup – you and la familia can stay in the cutest teepees with a playground just outside your door.

At the top of a hill you’ll also find a clubhouse that is available to rent for large parties. It has a kitchen, dining area inside and outside, and a BBQ grill. We had a few of our meals here because we were traveling in a large group.

WATCH: Ventura Ranch KOA Tour

Deluxe Cabins at Ventura Ranch KOA

My favorite accommodations, the cabins, are located towards the front of the campground, while the RVs and such as spread out throughout the area. You can also tent camp or go “glamping.” There is literally something for everyone.

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Our deluxe cabin was 400 square feet and it had a loft inside that allowed all six of us to be in the same area without going crazy. The Hubster and I stayed in the one bedroom at the back of the cabin that also housed a queen size bed, a large closet and air conditioning unit. Yup – there is AC in the deluxe cabin. And linens. We didn’t have to bring anything else!

Outside our room was a restroom with a shower – and it was fully stocked with towels and washcloths. There was also another closet outside of the restroom giving us the feeling of a home way from home.

Plan your own adventure by visiting GoRVing.com. Get info on how to choose the campground that’s right for you, search for campgrounds that offer park model cabins like the one we stayed in, ideas on what to bring and so more!
 

The kitchen came fully stocked and included a refrigerator (a full size one, not one of those mini fridges), a sink, a stove, a microwave, a coffee maker and every utensil and dish you could possibly need. It’s a great way to save on money because you can bring along all your own food and cook your meals at home instead of ordering or eating out. There will literally be no reason for you to leave the campground during your stay if you bring enough food.

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Just outside the kitchen is a small table to eat at and then there’s the living room. The living room has a sofa sleeper and a television. We brought our Apple TV to stream movies at night (the KOA offers free WiFi), though we hardly used it because we spent much of our time just hanging out playing card games.

The loft also had a cot and additional linens so at least two people could sleep up there too. Though ideally, you could probably fit up to four people if they don’t mind sleeping on the floor.

Outside the cabin there was a grill, a patio dining set, a fire pit… and a gorgeous view. It makes for the perfect spot to take your coffee, and basically every single meal. The cabins are far enough apart that you won’t feel like your encroaching on someone else’s cabin either. This type of lodging is absolutely perfect if you’re looking to camp, but the idea of camping scares you. Or if you like to be comfortable but still want nature outside your doorstep.

WATCH: Deluxe Cabin Tour

What to do at Ventura Ranch KOA

So you get to the fabulous KOA and now what? Well we have an itinerary for you that will ensure that you get the most out of your stay. Here we go… vamonos…

S’mores around the campfire

Bring along your s’mores supplies and spend your evenings around the campfire making old-fashioned s’mores. If you forget to pack these materials, no worries. They also have them at the gift shop/check-in office by the cabins.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts

Check with the front office when you check in to see if this activity is available during your stay. As of the date of this post, this activity is available on most Saturdays for $10. Once you pick out your t-shirt, camp leaders will help you from beginning to end. It’s a bit messy activity, depending on how old the chiclets are, but it makes for a great souvenir. My kids wear their t-shirts every week!

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Zip-line Pavilion

My favorite activity at the campground was the zip-line pavilion. Schedule your adventure during your visit (currently available every Saturday) and choose whether you want to do line 1 (where children can ride tandem with an adult), and/or line 2 (where you must be between 80 and 250 pounds, no tandem riding allowed). Line 1 will cost you $15, while riding line 1 and 2 will cost you $25.

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So the way it works is that you show up at the zip-line pavilion at your scheduled time. There are picnic benches there so you can enjoy your lunch, or it also makes for a good meeting place after zip-lining. Make sure you wear closed-toe shoes for this activity.

You’ll get suited up by one of the instructors then you’ll walk up to the platform. The first line will take you to the beginning of line 2. If you’ve committed to doing this zip-line, then go all out and ask the instructors to tell you how to flip upside down. It’s a lot of fun!!!

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Once you get to line 2, you’ll be unhooked then led to a ladder that you’ll climb up to get to the beginning of line 2. This one is slightly longer and higher than the first line. This activity is definitely one that you’ll want to try at least once.

>> Click here to watch my zip lining Facebook Live video <<

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Pool

Unfortunately the pool was closed during our visit, but if you visit between May 27th and October 1st, you’ll find that it’s open to visitors. There are lounge chairs and sofas scattered throughout the area making it a great spot to beat the heat.

“Gem and Fossil Mining” at the Gem Mining Area

My kids LOVE gems, and I was so happy to see that it was offered during our stay. The instructors there take cash and you can have the chiclets choose which type of bag they want. The cheapest bag was about $7 and it contained handfuls of pretty gems and rocks. A large amount of water runs through the gem mining area where the kids mine for their gems. It’s a pretty quick activity – about 15 minutes long if the kids don’t pick at every single little piece of rocks. The largest pack is about $25 and it includes a bucket to store your treasures. Make sure to ask for the pamphlet that tells you about the rocks and gems that you find.

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Gem mining at Ventura Ranch KOA - Livingmividaloca.com

Gem mining at Ventura Ranch KOA - Livingmividaloca.com

Rock Climbing

The rock climbing area is open on Saturdays and costs $10. Kids (and adults) can climb up the wall and ring the bell at the top. This one was a bit harder for my five year old chiclet because the rocks were so far apart, so it might be better for older kids and adults.

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Watering Hole

The chiclets had such a fun time playing in the creek. It was rocky, it was shallow and the water was cold – it was perfect! They didn’t do much in there except find rocks, try to stand on them and then laugh when they slipped off. As a parent, I loved just watching them be kids and play in the water.

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Latino family camping at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Playground and Jumping Pillow

The large community area also houses a playground and a gigantic jumping pillow. The pillow is open every day from 10am to late afternoon and during the summer time they mist the pillow while you jump. It was SO much fun to jump up and down on this and even more hilarious to see everyone falling down and then try to get up. There are a couple of benches nearby so parents can just hang out and watch the kids play.

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The playground is located near the gem mining area and fun for kids to play in and meet new friends.

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Bigfoot Adventure Walk

The kids were super excited to do the Bigfoot Adventure Walk because they still believe. The guy leading it did a great job of setting up the story, and because it took place at night it made everything seem as though it was possible for Bigfoot to actually be in the woods. I recommend you walk closer to the leader so you can listen to his story. Bring your flashlights and see if you can spot Bigfoot.

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Bigfoot walk at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Bigfoot walk at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

If you have a large group, you can also request a hayride. There’s an additional charge, and usually only available during Halloween time – but it can be arranged for you if your group is large enough.

We had the best time visiting Ventura Ranch KOA and cannot wait to go back. It’s a super great deal for all the amenities that it offers.

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Packing List

  • Bring along a manual juicer and make fresh squeezed juice every morning.
  • Hershey’s S’mores kit, roasting sticks and a warm blanket.
  • Closed-toe shoes for zip-lining.
  • Hat and sunscreen for every day use.
  • Mini flashlights and lanterns for the Bigfoot Adventure Walk and for lodging without electricity
  • Insect repellant
  • Card games (we love Spot-it, UNO and a classic deck of cards).
  • Streaming device if you’re in a camping unit with a television.
  • Bicycles if you like to take advantage of the trails
  • Swimsuit
  • Detergent pods (laundry facilities are available on-site)
  • A hand vacuum – It’s the easiest way to clean up
  • Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Glow sticks for evening play with the kids

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About Ventura Ranch KOA

The Ventura Ranch KOA is a 76-acre campground nestled in Heritage Valley at the foot of Ventura County’s highest mountain, Topa Topa. Our guests enjoy clean, fresh air as well as a forest setting close to the creek side. Little noise to distract; just lots of wildlife, gorgeous views, clear star-lit nights and only 15 miles from the beach! We are just off the scenic highway, 150 miles between Santa Paula and Ojai.

Address: 7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Reserve: 800-562-1899
Info: 805-933-3200
Email: information@venturaranchkoa.com
Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch/

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Hang out with Rosie Pope and ScholarShare from the comfort of your home

This is a sponsored post in partnership with ScholarShare.
 

I’ve been talking about ScholarShare for years now… years!!! And I don’t get tired of doing so either online or offline because I think it’s SO important to plan for the chiclets’ futures. This year, I’m happy to be participating in ScholarShare’s 30-minute webinar with celebrity author and fashion designer, Rosie Pope, and ScholarShare’s very own Garianne Dashiell. By participate I mean hang out in my home with a nice drink while they give me tips on tackling the huge task of paying for college.

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I hope you’ll join me at the 30-minute 529 Crib Notes webinar where we’ll learn about:

  • What is a 529 plan
  • How do they work
  • Things to consider when selecting a 529 plan

The webinar will take place at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 18, and cover what is a 529 plan, how 529 college savings plans work, the different investment options, and a live Q&A session. To register for the webinar, visit: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/107s7lp9402hd&eom.

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What: 30-minute Webinar with Rosie Pope and ScholarShare

When: Thursday, May 18th

Time: 12 p.m. PT

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National 529 day

May 29th is National 529 day (get it… 5/29?) and this is the time where ScholarShare matches the $50 contribution on new enrollee’s accounts! The promotion runs from on May 24-26.

FACT: At $1.3 trillion dollars, student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt in the United States, only behind mortgage debt. According to the Federal Reserve, that number was just $589 billion dollars in 2007.
 

The Matching Promotion

To be eligible for the matching promotion, families must open a new ScholarShare account between Wednesday, May 24 and 26, 2017 with a minimum $50 deposit – to be contributed and invested at the time the new account is opened – and sign up for a $25 Automatic Contribution Plan for six months.
The matching deposit of $50 will be made to the eligible ScholarShare account on or before 11:59 p.m. PST on January 30, 2018. There is a limit of one matching deposit per new ScholarShare account opened for each new beneficiary. Visit http://www.ScholarShare.com/529day for more information and complete terms and conditions.

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About the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan

To sign up for an account, or for more information about the plan, visit http://www.ScholarShare.com.

ScholarShare offers a diverse set of investment options to a family’s priorities and college savings goals. The plan provides tax-deferred growth and withdrawals are free from federal and California state taxes when the funds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition and fees, books, computer equipment, or certain room and board costs. Any U.S. citizen with a valid social security number or taxpayer identification number can open a new account, with as little as $25. ScholarShare has no annual account maintenance fee, no income limitation, and offers a maximum account contribution limit of $475,000. Through ScholarShare’s “Give a Gift” option, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can open a new account as a gift or make a contribution to an existing one.

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with ScholarShare. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 
 

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