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I love being a pediatrician. I get to practice medicine while spending the day with adorable, silly children. I help them feel better, watch them grow up, and guide their parents through each stage of development. However, over the years I have elected to take summer breaks from my beloved patients in order to go into the mountains and volunteer as a camp doctor for a week. Why, you may ask, would anyone choose to work during vacation time? In part, I did it for my children. I watched them make friends, conquer the ropes course, and dance on their chairs during mealtime. They gained independence and grew up just a little bit more each summer. The other reason that I did it is because it reminds me of how much I loved camp when I was growing up. Besides actually working, I get to go on hikes, enjoy the mountain air, and catch up on my reading. My main job though is to be the doctor. But let’s face it, camp medicine is not like real medicine. When working at camp I go to

work each day wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I have even taken care of campers wearing a bathing suit and once in my pajamas! Sometimes, my dog Luna comes with me to be my sidekick, helping homesick kids feel better in between chasing squirrels and lizards. During sick calls, the majority of complaints that I hear are things normally fielded by mom and dad: tummy aches, sore throats, and stuffy noses. Our hottest commodity from the med room is definitely cough drops. I also take out splinters, wrap sprained ankles, and ice injuries. Sometimes I actually diagnose and treat strep throat, ear infections, and sinus infections. The health center is also a place for exhausted and dehydrated campers to rest and get some Gatorade before rejoining their friends. We even keep kids overnight who need to be isolated due to a contagious illness. Of course, it’s also a place to come and sit, get out of the heat, and gossip a little. Sometimes the campers are scared or homesick. The camp doctors and nurses are great resources for helping these campers through this rough patch. A lot of times we observe these same campers eventually having a great time and making lots

Dr. Jaime Friedman is a pediatrician and the lead physician at the 4S Ranch location of Children’s Primary Care Medical Group.

of friends. It’s important to talk to your camper before they leave about any concerns they may have. A trip to the pediatrician for a pre-camp checkup, immunizations, and medication check is also a good time to talk about any anxiety concerns. The camp health staff is also responsible for ordering appropriate medications to keep in stock, reviewing camper medications, and making sure campers get the medications they arrived with. This also includes a review of any allergies so that the counselors can be informed and the camp can be prepared. By the end of the week, all of the campers have become like my own kids. I remind them to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. I eat meals with them, watch them at their activities, and fix what ails them. And then we are all even more prepared to return to practice our “real” lives at home – until next summer!

Jaime Friedman, MD FAAP Pediatrician and mom

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Family Feedback “San Diego Family is a community resource for both advertisers and local families. We specialize in connecting the two,” says Publisher, Sharon Bay. 

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The awesome benefits of camp

aren’t just for social butterflies. If your shy kid has expressed worry about attending camp, invite him to keep an open mind. Camp offers many opportunities for growth and friendship. Chances are you’ll both be glad you gave it a try. Shannan Rebold encouraged her 12-year-old son to attend camp last summer, even though he was anxious about making friends. “He warmed up with the encouragement of awesome camp counselors,” she says. He had a blast and looked forward to returning to camp each day. Here are tips for an apprehensive child’s first camp experience. There are amazing rewards once the nerves have been conquered.

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anxious when they know what to expect. In the weeks leading up to camp, take time to share your favorite camp experiences and talk about the activities they might try at camp. If necessary, contact the director for additional support. Rebold says the camp staff at CYT (Christian Youth Theater) was happy to help. “The leadership did a great job giving us an outline of the camp, so I could give my kids a snapshot of their upcoming week. That helped a lot.”

Go with a Buddy. If your child

is nervous about camp, consider selecting one that he can attend with a friend or sibling. Even if they aren’t in the same group, it might ease his mind to know that a loved one is nearby. If that’s not possible, ask a counselor to facilitate a few introductions

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in mind that children must overcome challenges in order to grow. Rebold believes her son learned something important about himself after he took (what felt like) a risk and went to camp. “He discovered that he can put himself in situations like that and survive,” Rebold says. “He was proud of himself for developing friendships and loved that the campers all had similar interests.” His positive camp experience helped him adjust when the family moved to a new state last year. It gave him confidence to make new friends and collaborate on projects with new classmates — just like he did at camp last summer.

Make New Friends. Camp

offers excellent opportunities for kids to practice making friends. Most camps have themes that bring diverse groups together to explore common interests (sports, theater, science, etc.). Conversation tends to come easier when surrounded by likeminded people. Imagine a place where a child can gush about a new coding program, outdoor skill or favorite musical while fellow campers nod in exuberant agreement. The camp environment also includes a wide range of ages, which facilitates interaction between older and younger children. Sometimes it’s easier for a shy kid to make a friend outside his grade level. Camp is the place to do that! v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She spent her childhood summers at CYT camp and her college summers as a counselor.

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+ 7 other camps for kids facing adversity Did you know that over five million kids nationwide have been impacted by a parent’s cancer? Many others are facing adversities such as death of a loved one, their own cancer diagnosis or family substance abuse. Camp Kesem and other organizations offer a reprieve for local kids in tough situations — free summer camp experiences in specialized, nurturing environments.

Camp Kesem — A magical place for kids impacted by parents with cancer Camp Kesem, for kids and teens ages 6–18, offers everything that traditional overnight camps do: swimming, rock climbing, zip-lining, talent shows, crafts, cabin chats, campfires and more. Campers have the chance to try new things, make good friends and have lots of fun. They even get to choose a camp name, so for kids who have always wanted to be called Spiderman, Unicorn or Twinkle, here’s their chance. One of the things that makes Camp Kesem incredibly special is an event

called Empowerment, held once each camp session. This is when everyone gathers to acknowledge what brought them together and share experiences related to having a parent with cancer. “Empowerment is what makes Camp Kesem unique and magical. The entire camp — campers, counselors, nurses — comes together to be empowered by each others’ stories,” explains Riva “Lux” Alger, camp counselor. “Camp Kesem is a family, a place where you can be yourself and escape from all the struggles at home. The lives of everyone who participates are truly changed by the time the event is over.” “My mom, who is now in remission, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cont. on p. 22

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Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

June 17-23 and Aug. 4-10 Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, CA Camp Kesem’s San Diego chapter partners with UC San Diego. All volunteers are UC San Diego students who are carefully screened and trained — many have had a parent or family member with cancer, too. More than 200 local kids attended the local camp last summer. Location varies year-to-year throughout Southern California, but transportation to camp is always provided from UC San Diego’s main campus. For more information, visit

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Camp Kangaroo: April 26–28 Seasons Hospice Foundation hosts a camp for grieving children (ages 5–17) who have lost a loved one in the past two years. www.seasonsfoundation .org/camp-kangaroo

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Camp Spero Alumni Camp Returning campers combines July 26 – 28 grief-related activities with traditional camp fun.

Resident Oncology Camp July 1–6 The Seany Foundation invites kids ages 8-17 who have (or have had) cancer to a week-long overnight camping adventure in Julian. camp/programs

Camp Spero: May 31–June 2 (newcomers); July 26–July 28 (alumni) A weekend camp for kids ages 7–17 who have lost a loved one. Children participate in grief-related activities and traditional camp fun in a supportive environment. Hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice. Experience Camp: Aug. 5–10 (girls) and Aug. 12–17 (boys) Located at Camp Green Oak Ranch in Vista, this camp is offered to boys and girls (separate weeks) entering grades 4–11 who have lost a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. www.experience .camp/california

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cancer when I was 4 years old,” says Sarah “Sunrise” Sodeika, a camp counselor and former camper. “I was only 8 when I started going to camp, but already understood how special it was to find a place to connect with kids going through the same experiences.” She hasn’t missed a single year of camp since. What does “Sunrise” think of Empowerment? “We hear a lot about how Kesem means ‘magic’, ‘family’, ‘home’ and ‘love’ to these campers. There are a lot of tears and tissues, but you genuinely feel the love and support in that room. You always leave Empowerment feeling lighter than before; I think it’s the most important part of camp because it reminds campers that their feelings are valid, and they have the power to help other kids going through the same experience.” If that sounds a little heavy, keep in mind that Empowerment is just one event out of a whole week filled with fun activities. There is no pressure to participate, but parents might be surprised by their child’s warm response to the experience. Perhaps the real magic behind Camp Kesem lies in its passionate volunteers. “Lux” and “Sunrise” are just two of 5,000 college student volunteers across the country behind the phenomenal organization. Volunteers raise funds, increase community awareness, plan camp activities and provide counseling as camp leaders. Camp Kesem has more than 100 regional chapters, and welcomed almost 9,000 campers last year. v Lisa Pawlak is a 3-time cancer survivor, who lost her own mother to cancer. Her son “Rogue” attends Camp Kesem.

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Create a Bedtime Routine. National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends school-age children and teens sleep 9–10 hours per night. One way to ensure your children are receiving enough sleep is to set bedtime based on when they need to wake up in the morning. Maintaining the same bedtime every night makes it easier to fall asleep and establish a healthy habit. Support the habit by starting the bedtime routine half an hour before the expected sleep time. Calming activities such as reading, taking a bath, drawing and listening to soothing music help children relax and fall asleep more easily. Receiving the proper amount of sleep promotes appropriate growth and development, improves learning and social interactions, and increases immunity against sickness. Studies show sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.


Read Food Labels. Reading and understanding food labels helps children figure out which foods are healthier than others. Food labels indicate number of calories, sugar and fat content, and break down recommended daily intake to help create a balanced diet. It’s not uncommon to think a food is healthy, only to discover it isn’t after reading the label. Find free activities and printable worksheets to help children understand a balanced diet at: nutrition-education-printables.

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Limit Screen Time. Screen time consists of watching TV, playing video games and using electronic devices. When children are glued to screens, there is a host of potential social, emotional and physical problems. For instance, a research study at UCLA found when kids have too much screen time, they have difficulty reading other people’s emotions. That’s likely because face-to-face interaction is at an all-time low and kids aren’t learning important social skills. More and more evidence of the harmful effects of excessive screen time is still being uncovered — it impacts everything from behavior and attention span to weight and cognitive skills — but it’s safe to say that limiting screen time has huge benefits.

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Researching Age-Appropriate Books – The internet makes it easy for parents to research different book titles and authors, and find out the ratings and recommendations from family-friendly sites. Common Sense Media has a wealth of information on its website https://www. It even has a list of “50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12” that includes classics such as “Charlotte’s Web” and recent best-seller “I Am Malala.” Include your child in the research to reinforce what you think is appropriate, and to narrow down your list to books that match your child’s interests.

5 Ways Technology Helps Grow Life-Long Readers One of the greatest gifts children can receive from their mothers is a love of reading, which takes them to new worlds, increases their vocabulary and communications skills, and helps them be more successful in school. Whether you’re reading to your child, or having your child read to you, books can help mothers and children bond and even learn more about each other’s interests and outlook on life. What better time than on Mother’s Day to share the joys of reading with your child. Here are some fun ways you can use technology to help grow life-long readers.

Online Vocabulary Games – Reading is so much more enjoyable for kids

when they understand what they’re reading. There are some great, free games on the internet that help kids of all ages (even teens) increase their vocabulary, including and http://

Book Shopping on the Web – A book store is a reader’s paradise, a

place where you can stay for hours and never want to leave. Sometimes parents are strapped for time, and every minute counts. During those timestrapped days, the internet is the perfect way to go book shopping and add to your child’s library.

E-Readers – Many readers prefer to hold a book in their hand, but for those children and teens who love technology, an e-reader is a good option for them to access titles and grow their love of reading. Watch Movies Based on a Book – So many classics and best-selling books have been turned into movies, and many of them are available on demand or by accessing your Netflix app through Cox’s Contour TV service. From “Bridge to Terabithia” and “How to Train Your Dragon” to a series like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or “The Hunger Games,” check your TV service’s on demand library to see what’s on. It’s fun to compare the book version to the movie, and discuss the similarities and differences. And don’t forget about seasonal movies such as “The Polar Express.” TV services such as Contour from Cox Communications offer an on demand library of thousands of titles, many in the “free on demand” library. And, if you have Contour’s voice controlled remote, you can simply let your child speak the title or a famous movie line into the remote to see if the movie is available.

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Make Every Day Go outside to connect with nature Are your kids always inside and glued to screens? Do you need inspiration to take your family outside more? There is tons of research on the importance of connecting with nature. And with San Diego’s amazing weather, beautiful natural landscapes and great local resources, it’s easy to increase outdoor time. Earth Day is Monday, April 22, but consider making every day Earth Day! Richard Louv, San Diego County resident and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, coined the term “nature deficit disorder” in his best-selling book Last Child in the Woods. Through extensive research, he learned that because kids today spend fewer hours outside engaged in unstructured play, they feel less connected to their natural surroundings. In order for kids to care about nature and be willing to conserve and protect it, they need to connect to it. Louv cites a Harvard study that found humans are genetically wired to connect to nature. When we lose that connection, it affects our well-being. Nature-deficit disorder is caused by over-development of natural areas, the pull of electronics, and parents less willing to let kids take risks than previous generations. Environmental educators, conservationists and doctors are combatting nature-deficit disorder with scientific evidence to back them. In 2010, Louv delivered the keynote address at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. He encouraged pediatricians to prescribe time in nearby parks and open spaces to help families heal a variety of ills. A 2016 study conducted in North Carolina showed that when children spend time outdoors they experience fewer symptoms of mental health issues, myopia and asthma. cont.on p. 32

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Mission Trails Regional Park The visitor’s center hosts selfguided activities with beautiful views. Family Discovery Walks held fourth Sundays and Wildlife Tracking adventures on first Saturdays. Don’t miss weekend special events. Check the calendar at Morley Field Nature Exploration Area Located directly south of the Balboa Park Tennis Club, this unique park is designed for creative nature play. Build a fort, make a mud pie, or scramble on rocks and logs. newly-opened-natureexploration-area San Diego Botanic Garden Whimsical Seeds of Wonder programs introduce little ones to gardening and nature through the arts. In Hamilton Children’s Garden, climb a tree, play in a stream, build a fort, and engage all five senses outdoors. San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Learn about local surroundings through Watershed Explorers Programs on Saturdays, geared to get the whole family digging deep into science, history and nature.

• Fly a kite. • Surf, bodyboard, paddleboard or kayak. • Walk barefoot on the beach. • Make time for unstructured outdoor play in the backyard or a park. • Go for a family bike ride. • Go on a neighborhood walk and look for bugs, birds and fruit growing on trees. Notice different colors. • Look at the night sky — find the moon, stars and constellations. • Plant a container of flowers or vegetables, or find a community garden near you. • Camp in the backyard. • Play with mud and sticks. • Find smooth rocks to paint. For 500 ways to connect with nature, check out Louv’s book Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life.

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monday | 1 Padres Home Games. See them play against the D-backs tonight, tomorrow & April 3. Other home games this month: April 15 & 16 (vs. Rockies); April 18-21 (vs. Reds); April 23 & 24 (vs. Mariners). Also, KidsFest on April 21. For game times and tickets, visit website. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego.

tuesday | 2 Whale-Watching Cruises. Pass sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins as you search for the legendary gray whales. Through April 21, 9:30 am-1 pm & 1:30-5 pm. Reservations required. Pier 2, 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

wednesday | 3 Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to watch a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays; Parent Movie Morning, 10 am; Baby’s Night Out, 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego.

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Cirque du Soleil Presents “VOLTA.” Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, this action-packed production is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Tonight until May 5; visit website for show schedule and tickets. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

thursday | 4 “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in Concert. Experience the groundbreaking film like never before: projected in HD with the orchestra performing the magnificent score live to picture. Tonight & April 6, 8 pm. Visit website for tickets. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego.

friday | 5 “Once on This Island.” Catch this Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, which has garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run. Tonight, 7:30 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7:30 pm; April 7, 2 pm. $20. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s “Cinderella.” An enchanted pumpkin, a royal ball and a glass slipper left behind set the stage for this rags-to-riches fairy tale. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; April 7, 2 pm. $12-$18. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

Find an egg-citing trail of Easter happenings including egg hunts, bunny visits, Easter brunch options, crafts and more this month. Celebrate Earth Month (including Earth Day on April 22) with events that show our love for Mother Nature on page 46.

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Unleash your artsy side at this annual event that boasts more than 350 artists from around the world plus live music, dance performances, immersive art experiences, street food, family-friendly art projects for budding artists at KidsWalk and more. April 27 & 28, 11 am-6 pm. Little Italy, between Ash & Grape Sts., downtown San Diego.

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Easter Bash at Belmont Park

You’re sure to have a very hop-py Easter at this all-day celebration jam-packed from park to boardwalk with a basketful of activities like egg hunts, free kids’ activities, an Easter Bunny photo op, live music and entertainment, plus brunch on the boardwalk offered at the beachfront restaurants. Enjoy multiple egg hunts on the beach (visit website for tickets and to register) and in the park (free for kids; while supplies last). April 21, 8 am-5 pm. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. Photo by Janis Foley Photography

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See these exotic wonders take flight! Walk among thousands of butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes in an aviary that also includes exotic birds, lush greenery and flowers. Make sure to wear something bright to get up close and personal with these winged beauties! Through May 12; park open from 9 am-6 pm. Included with park admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido.

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Calendar • April San Diego Gulls Home Games. The team will play against Ontario Reign tonight at 7 pm, and against the San Jose Barracuda on April 10 at 7 pm. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. For tickets and game times, visit

saturday | 6 FREE April Pool’s Day. Families can learn water safety basics, CPR and more. You can also practice your swimming skills with certified water safety instructors and meet local firefighters. 12:30-2:30 pm. Cerro de las Posas Pool, 1387 W. Borden Rd., San Marcos. Julian Gold Rush Days. Highlights include a civil war re-enactment, gold panning, square dance lessons, toddler-friendly “cornstruction,” hayrides, tomahawk throwing, candle making and live music. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. $3 for ages 16 & up; nominal fee for some activities. Julian Farm & Orchard, 4381 Hwy. 78. FREE Family Activities at Renaissance Village Academy: Why We Have Seasons. 3-5 pm. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. KPBS Kids Workshop: Super Why. Who’s got the power, the power to read? Super Why does and so do you! Join hands-on workshops and literacy-based activities throughout the museum. 10 am-noon. Included with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE Egg Hunt at Adams Recreation Center. 10 am-noon. Bring a basket. 3491 Adams Ave., San Diego. 619-235-1149 Race for Autism Superhero 5K. Be a superhero for autism at this annual event featuring a 5K chip-timed run, a 5K walk, a 1-mile Family Fun Walk, a resource fair, kids’ activities, music and refreshments. Costumes welcome! 7 am-noon. $20-$40. Proceeds support local autism programs and services. 6th Ave. & Laurel St., Balboa Park. Register at FREE Carmel Valley Spring Egg Hunt plus crafts, prizes and jumps. 10 am-1 pm; egg hunt at 10:30 am. For ages 12 & under. Carmel Valley Community Park, 3777 Townsgate Dr. 858-552-1616

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tuesday | 9 Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea.” View this new exhibit that showcases portraits of naval vessels including mighty aircraft carriers and battleships, as well as personal yachts of presidents and celebrities. Open daily, 9 am-8 pm. Visit website for admission. Gould Eddy Gallery, lower deck of the Berkeley, Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

wednesday | 10 Siblings Day Birch Aquarium’s Toddler Time. Delightful activities for little ones. Today & April 24, 10-11 am. Included with admission. For ages 5 & under; must be accompanied by parent. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd .edu/experiences/programs/toddler-time San Diego Gulls Home Games. See April 5.

thursday | 11 The LEGO Movie 2 Experience. Get a closer look at the movie magic behind The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and see the actual LEGO set used in the new sequel. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad.

California Ballet Company’s “Cinderella.” Tonight, 7:30 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7:30 pm; April 14, 2 pm. Tickets start at $25. For ages 4 & up. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego.

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Eggs & Goodies at Pacific Beach Recreation Center. Egg hunts plus family fun! 11 am-2 pm. $5 bracelet includes all activities. 1405 Diamond St. For details, call 858-581-9927. FREE Egg Hunt, Crafts & Bunny Photos in Linda Vista. 10-11:30 am. Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St. For egg hunt times, call 858-573-1392. FREE San Diego Writers Festival. This event celebrates writers of all kinds as it features workshops, live performances, educational panels about writing, book signings, readings, teen writing workshops and kid-friendly events. 11 am-10 pm. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. Go, San Diego Sockers! See April 7.

sunday | 14 FREE Avocado Festival. Highlights include the Best Dressed Avocado Contest, Avo 500 races for the kids, craft and food booths, live entertainment, Fun Zone and more. 9 am-5 pm. Main Ave., between Fallbrook St. & East Mission Rd., Fallbrook. FREE Treasure Hunt & Easter Bunny Photos. Kids, ages 3-12, can have their treasure map stamped at various restaurants to receive a bag of goodies. Also, meet the Easter Bunny in the area outside of Katsu Sushi. Noon-2 pm. Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos.

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FREE Spring Eggstravaganza in Santee. Continuous egg hunts for ages 8 & under, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, bunny photos, inflatables, food and crafts. 9 am-3 pm. Ride/ activity tickets $1 each (cash only). Santee Lakes, Lake 5, 9310 Fanita Pkwy.

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Calendar • April FREE The Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks. Enjoy marine attractions for the whole family including fishing for kids plus boat rides on San Diego Bay, see displays by marine artists, attend how-to seminars by expert fishermen, test your skills at casting contests and more. 9 am-5 pm. Sportfishing Landings, Point Loma. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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Little Learners Club: Little Artists. This early childhood enrichment class (for ages 18 mos.-3 yrs.) gives little ones the opportunity to strengthen their fine motor skills and expose them to art and creativity. Mondays, today until May 20, 9:30-10:30 am. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. Register at family-classes/little-learners-club.

tuesday | 16 FREE Family Read & Play Days. Story time featuring the book of the month, playtime with the imagination playground and a free book for every child. 10:3011:30 am. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego.

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Pause|Play. The young (and the young at heart) are invited to hit “pause” on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play in this new exhibit. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

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FREE Eggs Galore at Willie Henderson Sports Complex. Also, a giant slide, games and crafts. 5:30 pm. For ages 3-14. 1035 S. 45th St., San Diego. 619-527-3407

friday | 19 Pet Pals. Kids, ages 6-11, can visit San Diego Humane Society and learn about their animal pals. 4:30-5:30 pm. $10 per child. Reservations required. San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus, 5500 Gaines St.; 619-299-7012, ext. 2256

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saturday | 20 National Park Week, April 20-28 (free national park admission today) Bunny Breakfast & Spring Egg Scramble in San Marcos. Have a hearty breakfast, then pose for bunny photos at Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park (1950 Sycamore Dr.). 8-10 am. $5; visit website for tickets. From 10-11 am, children, ages 12 & under, can join the community scramble that includes 20,000 prize-filled eggs, and come to a free carnival with games. EGGStravaganza Spring Festival. Be part of the egg scramble where children race to collect candy-filled eggs, and enjoy crafts, “soak the bunny,” cookie decorating and Fun Zones. 10 am-1 pm. Activity cards/unlimited Fun Zone wristbands $5. Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd. Spring Party with Bunny. Meet a big, gentle bunny, make spring crafts, see real bunnies and small animals, join a parade and participate in a stuffed bunny hunt. 10 am-1 pm. Visit website for admission and other details. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg-stravaganza in Coronado. Breakfast includes egg hunt, crafts, goodie bags and more. Seatings at 8 & 10 am. $10-$12 (must be purchased in advance). From 1-3 pm, check out free, ongoing egg hunts, a life-sized Candyland game and the Easter Bunny. Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. 619-522-7342 FREE Eggs Galore in Encinitas. Featuring 20,000 eggs plus performances by Hullabaloo and kids’ activities. 10 am-noon; visit website for egg hunt times. Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr. FREE Family Health & Wellness Fair. Includes an Easter egg hunt, community resources, food, refreshments and more. Free Easter baskets for ages 13 & under (children must be present). 9 am-1 pm. Fallbrook Family Health Center, 1328 S. Mission Rd. April 2019 • •


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Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt Hosted by the Vista Optimist Club. Breakfast with games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt (10 am) for ages 11 & under. 7:30-10:30 am. $8. 600 Optimist Way, Vista. 760-598-5907 FREE Torrey Hills Egg Hunt. Also, jumps, face painting, games and scavenger hunt. 9-11 am. Torrey Hills Community Park, 4262 Calle Mejillones, San Diego. For egg hunt times, call 858-552-1687. Movies on the Beach: “Scooby Doo.” 8-10 pm. General admission: $20 per chair; first come, first served. Reserve tickets in advance. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Find Eggs in La Jolla. Plus face painting, jumps, bunny photos, crafts and goodie bag. First egg hunt starts at 10 am. $10 per child. For ages 12 & under. La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. 858-552-1658 FREE Craft at Lakeshore Learning Store: All Ears! Bunny Basket. For ages 3 & up. 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos.


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FREE Easter Egg Hunt in Poway. Living Way Church hosts this event that also includes crafts, Bennie and Bonnie Bunny, and a Fun Zone. 8 am-1 pm. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr. Roots Series: Morocco. Featuring a traditional belly dancing performance, an interactive folklore storytelling adventure, a Moroccan music workshop and Moroccan food. 2-4 pm. Included with admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE City of Oceanside Egg Hunt. Prizes, a magic show (10:30 am) and the Easter Bunny. 10-11 am. For ages 3-11. Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd.

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FREE Easter Sunrise Service Hosted by The Fields Church. 6:30-8 am. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, cor. of Palomar Airport Rd. & Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad.

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Calendar • April Easter Brunch Cruises by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Unlimited champagne and sparkling cider, delicious brunch selections and the Easter Bunny. 11 am-1 pm & noon-2 pm. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For reservations, visit Easter Treats at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Brunch buffet with live music at Avant and Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant from 11 am-3 pm, plus egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. For fees, egg hunt times and other details, visit website. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego. The Del’s Easter Celebration. Champagne brunch in the Crown Room or ocean view Ballroom with live music. Hotel and brunch guests can also enjoy egg hunts on the Windsor Lawn (registration required) and a petting zoo ($20). Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. Visit for reservations. Chef Teri’s Easter Sunday Brunch. Plus Easter Bunny photos, arts and crafts, and egg hunts. 10:30 am-2:30 pm. $19-$79; ages 4 & under free. For reservations, visit website. Cape Rey, 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad. Padres Home Games. See April 1. Easter Bash at Belmont Park. See page 35.

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Sea & Shore. This new art exhibit features remarkable works from acclaimed members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego. Open daily, 9 am-8 pm. Visit website for museum admission. Compass Gallery, main level of the Berkeley, Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

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FREE 1st Marine Division Band Concert. Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians perform a wide selection of music. Tonight & tomorrow, 7 pm. Visit website for tickets. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

WIN wednesday | 24 Building Steam. Explore the emergence of the first public and modern railways, the railway mania and the end of the steam locomotive era. Through May 5; visit website for hours. $6-$11.50; ages 5 & under free with paid adult. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. Birch Aquarium’s Toddler Time. See April 10.

thursday | 25 LEGOLAND California Resort’s 20th Birthday Dance Party. This new show features the park’s newest LEGO characters, Jake and Emily, plus lots of singing, dancing and bubbles. Through Sept. 1; visit website for hours and admission; children (ages 12 & under) can enjoy the park for free on their birthday all year long.

friday | 26 “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Tonight & May 3, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 pm; April 28 & May 5, 4 pm; May 4, 2 & 7 pm. $18-$20. Creative Performing and Media Arts, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego. “Seussical, The Musical.” Tonight until May 12; visit website for show schedule and tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

saturday | 27 FREE Children’s Book Party. Kids can enjoy free new books, entertainment and refreshments at this event by Reading Literacy Learning, Inc. 8:30-10:30 am. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. 619-266-4118 San Diego Kids Expo & Fair. Hundreds of booths, displays and activities for children and families, as well as multiple stages of entertainment. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. $8-$10; ages 12 & under free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. FREE Encinitas Spring Street Fair. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. S. Coast Hwy. 101, from D to J Sts. FREE Celebrate Hanamatsuri – The Flower Festival and the Birth of Buddha with Buddhist taiko drumming, a floral altar, Japanese classical dancers,

kids’ games, sumi-e brush painting exhibits, Japanese food and more. Today & tomorrow, noon-6 pm. Vista Buddhist Temple, 150 Cedar Rd. FREE Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade. 10 am-5 pm. 6900 block of Linda Vista Rd., between Comstock & Ulric Sts. FREE Day of the Child Community FUN Fair. Enjoy entertainment, face painting, dance contests, story time, games and more. 11 am-3 pm. Memorial Park, 3rd Ave. & Park Way, Chula Vista. FREE Mission Federal ArtWalk. See page 34.

sunday | 28 FREE Arts in the Park. Art, music, entertainment and hands-on activities for kids and families. 11 am-4 pm. Live Oak Park, 2746 Reche Rd., Fallbrook. Family Swap Meet by Parent Connection. 8:30 am-1 pm. $2 admission; ages 12 & under free. Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Rd., San Diego.

monday | 29 “National Parks Adventure 3D.” Embark on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the country’s great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Through June 30; visit website for show times and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.


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tuesday | 30 Visit the USS Midway Museum, a historic aircraft carrier with more than 60 exhibits, 29 restored aircraft and family-friendly activities. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm. Visit website for admission. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

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Bring the whole family to KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 on Friday, May 31, at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU. Families have welcomed the family-friendly music of KIDZ BOP into their homes and cars for many years. For tens of thousands of kids, the KIDZ BOP World Tour is their first concert experience. Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019. Contest ends April 25. April 2019 • •


Earth Day Events


FREE California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Celebration. On April 13, join volunteers in making a difference in various state parks across California including Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, South Carlsbad State Beach, Palomar Mountain State Park and more. For times and to register, visit Nature Explorer Family Day. Check out activities and crafts that celebrate the great outdoors and one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. April 14, 11 am-3 pm. Included with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. FREE In the Park Series: Earth Day. Enjoy themed activities for the family. April 15, 10 am-noon. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr.

Earth Day Festival Go green this month with Earth Day celebrations, and plug into nature with flower- and gardenthemed activities. The Flower Fields. Revel in the colorful wonders of nature in this floral paradise filled with nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. Through May 12, 9 am-6 pm. $9-$18 admission. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. SEA the Change. In this new exhibit, discover the issues our local wildlife face daily as you view nature-influenced art and encounter new animal ambassadors. Through Sept. 2, 10 am-5 pm. $11-$16; ages 2 & under free. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. FREE South Bay Earth Day Celebration. More than 40 green vendors, educational exhibits and workshops, yoga classes, organic food and entertainment. April 6, 11 am-4 pm. Memorial Bowl, 373 Park Way, Chula Vista. southbayearthday FREE Craft at Lakeshore Learning Store: Spring has Sprung! Flower Garden. For ages 3 & up. April 6, 11

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am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. Nature & Me Story Time: Earth Day. April 11, 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. Art Alive. See The San Diego Museum of Art in full bloom during this exhibition with nearly 100 floral interpretations of works of art. April 12-14, 9 am-5 pm. Also, visit the Garden of Activities (April 13 & 14, noon-4 pm) that offers a flower hunt, a floral-inspired art project for families, and a children’s reading area. Balboa Park. For tickets, visit

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Earth Day. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play. April 20, 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. FREE Earth Day Festival. This celebration offers a plant and pottery sale, music, vendors and kids’ activities. April 27, 10 am-3 pm. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Creek to Bay Cleanup. Celebrate cleaner beaches, parks, rivers and trails at this annual event that beautifies more than 100 sites in the county. April 27, 9 amnoon. Register at starting April 1st.

FREE Poway Valley Garden Club’s Flower Show & Plant Sale. View an awesome variety of plants and flowers, get gardening ideas, shop for lovely additions to your garden and more. April 13, 9 am-3 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway.

FREE Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival. Includes programs, exhibitors and demos that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our resources. Also, butterfly releases, story time with Ms. Metamorphosis and other kids’ activities. April 27, 9 am-3 pm. Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy., El Cajon.

Coronado Flower Show. A showcase of extraordinary blooms, plants and floral-related products for sale, live entertainment, educational exhibits and kids’ activities. April 13, 1-5 pm & April 14, 10 am-4 pm. $5; ages 12 & under free. Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., Coronado.

FREE EarthFair. Come to the largest free annual environmental fair in the world that highlights more than 300 exhibitors, the Earth Day Parade, live entertainment, eARTh Gallery featuring works made of recycled materials, a children’s activity area, vehicles that run on alternative fuels and more. April 28, 10 am-5 pm. Balboa Park.

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