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Your Little Gymnast Will Love OVO by Cirque du Soleil!

I have loved Cirque de Soleil since I was a little kid, and although I was never great at gymnastics, I always dreamed of soaring through the air like those amazing acrobats, throwing your arms up in success after completing a backwards-niner-roundabout-flip-jump-thingy. I didn’t get a chance to take my 5-year-old this time, since opening night was past his bedtime, but I was wishing he were with me the whole time! He would have lost his mind! This weekend offers 1:30pm, 4pm, and 5pm show options, so there are several opportunities to witness it without interrupting their precious little sleep. 

The “bug themed” performance had cast members thrilling the audience with Foot Juggling & Icarian Games, Hand Balancing, Contortion, Aerial Straps, Slackwire, Russian Cradle and a signature final act mixing Trampoline, Tumbling & Rock-Climbing…all which were completely jaw-dropping stunts. If you have an aspiring gymnast, or even an insect loving preschooler, this show will blow their mind. 

This man is balancing on a slack line, riding a unicycle, upside down! Mind-blowing!

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Cirque du Soleil returns to San Diego in March 2020 with the show OVO, after having toured in arenas all over North America, Europe and South America since April 2016. OVO has performed in the United States in the past, but is now back by popular demand! The production will be presented at Viejas Arena (at San Diego State University) from March 5-8, 2020 for 7 performances. 

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available starting at $45 for adults, with kids tickets 30% off and can be purchased at www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

Senior, military, student discounts and family packs are also available.

BE SURE TO USE PROMO CODE “OVO15” FOR A 15% OFF TICKET PRICES!

What Else to Know:

Parking is available onsite in lots 12 & 7 only, for $20 per vehicle. Parking structures typically open 90 minutes before the event, which is the perfect amount of time to eat before you go (check out the nearby Eureka for great food, drinks, and music!). There is also a trolley stop (green line) at the SDSU campus.

Concessions are available in the venue, serving up the standard popcorn, nachos, hot dogs and candy, but you’ll also find some specialty stands with pizza and smoothies. Beer and wine is also available for purchase.

While standard backpacks are not allowed inside the venue, diaper bags are, but may be searched. Diaper changing stations are available in the Mens and Womens restrooms on the upper and floor level.

Monster Jam is back THIS WEEKEND!!

I’m not going to lie. When I found out I was pregnant with another boy, my heart sank just a little, and all my hopes and dreams of tutus and tea parties went out the window. But once the thought of being a boy mom became my reality, I’ve embraced every aspect of it…all the dirt, the wrestling, the dinosaurs, trains, planes and TRUCKS. So. Many. Trucks.

My boys building tracks for their trucks at the Monster Jam Pit Party

So it’s no surprise that when Monster Jam rolls into town, with their 12,000lb trucks and their world-class athletic drivers, that we will be there! And who says that trucks are only for boys? I like big trucks and I cannot lie, and love that this event has become a family tradition of ours. The sights, sounds, smells, and excitement at the event are so much fun for everyone. The Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. It is truly impressive to watch.

Our whole family enjoys the event! Although baby Levi did not love his ear muffs 😛

So here’s what you should know!

WHAT:             Monster Jam is quite possibly the most action-packed motorsports experience in the world today! This high-octane event features the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement!

WHEN:             Saturday, February 15, 2020
We were so grateful to be hosted at the February 1st show, but if you missed that event, you have another chance to see it THIS SATURDAY at 7pm!

WHERE:             Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
The Pit Party will take place at the Lexus Lot, across the street

TIPS:             When you see all the photos of the kids wearing ear protection, it is not to make them look cute. The kids (and even some adults) NEED ear protection, especially if you are seated on a lower level, close to the action. Ear muffs, noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs are all good options. Yes, they are sold at the event, but you’ll pay a premium, so it’s a good idea to put in an Amazon order, stop by Home Depot, or borrow a set from your neighbor to bring along.

Dress warm! You guys…the event starts at 7pm and is OUTSIDE. You will be sitting down for most of the show, and/or standing in a line somewhere, so it is crucial that you dress appropriately!

A full list of allowed items can be found on the Petco Park website, but a few that might stand out to you are strollers, backpacks, (sealed) water bottles/juice boxes/milk cartons, snacks, banners (it’s fun to make one at home before the event), and blankets.

Parking. Parking can be challenging and expensive. Make sure you bring cash, as many places do not accept a credit card. Arrive as early as possible to try and snag a spot at the self-parking lot on 6th & K ($15), or pay just $5 more and valet park at the Marriott for just $20. Or, expand your adventure and hop on the MTS trolley!

Trucks AND tractors?! Count us in!

PIT PARTY:         At the Monster Jam® Pit Party, you can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities. It’s an unforgettable part of the Monster Jam experience where lifelong fans are born. The Pit Party is open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry; located in the Lexus Lot) and includes family fun such as mini-monster trucks, a bounce house/slide, an opportunity to make a banner, build a wooden monster truck model (extra fee required), watch demonstrations, and buy official merchandise.

FEATURED TRUCKS/DRIVERS:       Grave Digger® driven by Morgan Kane; Son-uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson;  Max-D™ driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Kevin Crocker; Megalodon® driven by Cory Rummell; BroDozer™ driven by Team BroDozer; Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Cynthia Gauthier; Bounty Hunter driven by Jimmy Creten; Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten; Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo; Kraken driven by Nick Pagliarulo; Wolf’s Head driven by Kristen Hope; Xtermigator driven by Roy Pridgeon

**Truck line-up subject to change 

Making a banner at the Monster Jam Pit Party

TICKETS:        Ticket prices start at just $15! Pit Passes available for $15 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $35 each

 Tickets and Pit Passes now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the Petco Park Box Office.                                                  

**ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply

Your Thrill-Loving Kiddos are Going to LOVE This Weekend’s Supercross!

Has your child already been to the new Sweetwater Bike Park?

Photo credit: Sweetwater Bike Park

 

If, like my son, you’ve got a thrill-loving biker in the family, then this weekend’s Monster Energy Supercross is a must-see. The most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world is coming to Petco Park this Saturday, February 8!

Photo credit:Feld Entertainment

Monster Energy Supercross is the world’s preeminent off-road motorcycle racing championship featuring the most talented endurance athletes competing on custom designed tracks launching up to 30 feet in the air and covering distances of up to 90 feet all while navigating obstacles and each other on 225-pound motorcycles. Oh yeah!

Photo credit:Feld Entertainment

We’re especially looking forward to this year’s FanFest with its backstage pass to the inner workings of the sport. It opens at Noon on race day, and features something for everyone with autograph sessions, a Supercross Virtual Reality experience and in-and-out access to the track to watch the afternoon practice and qualifying sessions.

Photo credit:Feld Entertainment

Want to be part of the action? Join us this Saturday, February 8th! Tickets start at $20 for the race and $10 for FanFest.

Monster Energy Supercross Tickets at Petco Park

Saturday, February 8 @ Petco Park

Gates Open / Practice & Qualifying: 12 p.m.

FanFest: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies: 6:30 p.m.

Racing: 7 p.m.

Mom-tip:  Get FREE FanFest access by recycling a can of Monster Energy drink at the event! (event admission required for entry)

Can you imagine your child’s trip to the bike park after attending this weekend’s Supercross? I’m just a bit nervous to see what Gage tries to pull off. 😉

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