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Meet 9-year-old Jocelyn of San Marcos 22 Slow Down and Savor Life Poetry helps kids express feelings creatively

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Humor, Easter and Camps Yay! Schools and small businesses are opening up— hopefully for good. Humor and laughter are needed stress relievers in our daily routines. What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you use humor and find the positives in the situation? Your kids are watching and learning from you. Find tips on page 24 from Parenting with Purpose writer, Jody Lee Cates, whose birthday is on April Fools’ Day (April 1). Try some humor on your family. Easter Sunday is April 4. Check out Family Magazine’s calendar of events (p. 26) for local Easter activities and page 30 for more fun in the Easter and Spring round-up. I think the little kids on our street would have fun with the Neighborhood Egg Hunt. Summer camps will be starting as soon as school ends. As you flip through the magazine, find advertisers who are offering in-person and online camps. Review the camp safety article on page 14, then help kids decide which camps they would enjoy. For more information, visit www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/summer-camps-andprograms. Sign up soon because camps will fill up. Congratulations to Jocelyn, Girl of the Year for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society San Diego. She is a real inspiration to all of us. Read her story on page 18. The article also includes cancer support resources.

Who’s Ready for Some Baseball? We asked San Diego’s biggest (and littlest) Friar fans to share photos of their Padres spirit! Cristal, Nathanael (10) and David Carrillo of Imperial Beach will never forget the day they took this photo— the sunset was beautiful and the Padres won!

Athena (8) of San Marcos shows off her Girl Scouts Padres hat for Sports Day during her school’s virtual spirit week. Sabrina (9) and Claudette (11) of Nestor (South Bay) at Padres FanFest last year. “We are looking forward to going back to root for our Padres and enjoy popcorn, nachos, and ice cold pop soda under the sun!” says dad Hugo Benson.

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Short & Sweet

Lisa Gipson Have a baseball fan in your family? Pick up a copy of Who Got Game? Baseball: Amazing but True Stories! by Derrick Barnes, which highlights lesser-known (but pivotal!) people and fascinating stories that made a huge impact on America’s favorite pastime.

Shout-Out to the Class of 2021 Parents -- Would you like to honor your San Diego County high school senior with a shout-out in San Diego Family Magazine? Send a recent, clear, hi-res photo of your senior (doesn’t need to be a school photo), along with the student’s name, school graduating from and your message (no more than 25 words) to editor@sandiegofamily.com. Please put “Class of 2021” in the subject line. Deadline: April 23. Submission does not guarantee publication.

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Yippee! The new edition of Flourishing Families, a resource guide for families with special needs, is now available. This year’s guide has 1,200 updated special needs resources in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Find service providers, research institutes, specialized doctors, resource providers, camps, therapists, advocates, associations and more at www.SNRFSD.org.

The Results Are In Thank you to everyone who voted in our “Show Us the Love” Cover Contest! The number one San Diego Family Magazine cover of 2020 is our February issue, featuring triplets Dell Jr., Timothy and Hazel of Oceanside! A special shout-out to Andy McRory Photography and congratulations to Angela Beckwith and Kat Wernow, whose names were picked randomly to win cool prizes. To learn more about our current contests and giveaways, visit  www.sandiegofamily.com.

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As you prepare the kids for one of the year’s absolute highlights—spring and summer camps—teach them how to stay safe while having fun. Based on my own experiences as a parent of summer campers, as well as conversations with other parents, here are common safety concerns.

COVID “The good news is that COVID cases are falling and immunity is rising,” says Dr. Jaime Friedman, pediatrician for Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in 4S Ranch. “For children with high-risk family members, getting those members vaccinated should increase confidence for parents who want to send their children to camp. If the majority of camp staff can get vaccinated before summer, that’s even better. Surrounding campers with a bubble of immunity will protect them and their loved ones.” According to Dr. Friedman, it’s unlikely we will reach herd immunity by summer. “Don’t fear, though,” she says. “Last year many camps operated safely and successfully. I have no doubt this summer can be the same.” Here are things to think about and ask camp staff in advance:

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1. Will camp staff be tested regularly?

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Sun safety means teaching kids to apply sunscreen whenever they’re about to go outside and to reapply it throughout the day. Buy sunscreen well before camp starts and try it to ensure kids don’t have an adverse reaction.

3. Will camp staff enforce mask wearing for staff and campers? 4. Will there be lots of hand washing and sanitizing of surfaces at camp? 5. Will campers be put in small groups that are distanced from other groups to make quarantine easier, if needed? The social, emotional and physical benefits of camp are greater than ever for kids (and parents!) this year. “My hope is that summer will be a great opportunity for them to get back to feeling like kids again,” says Dr. Friedman.

Water Few things are as important as teaching kids to stay properly hydrated. It’s hot outside, they sweat a lot, but they’re having fun so they often forget to drink as much water as they need. You don’t want them to get dehydrated or heatstroke, so shop together for a water bottle they like and remind them to fill it throughout the day. Find out what camp counselors do to ensure that kids stay hydrated. Do they remind kids to drink water? Do they have regular water breaks during the day?

Swimming and Water Sports Camp swimming pools are a source of endless fun, but can be dangerous if kids don’t know basic water safety and how to swim. The same applies to water sports like boating and surfing. If your kids aren’t already proficient swimmers, sign them up for lessons before camp starts. Tell them to never engage in dangerous activities like holding someone else’s head under water. Ask camp staff: 1. Do kids take a swimming test at camp to determine skill level? 2. Is the pool (or beach) always supervised by lifeguards who are trained in CPR? 3. Is playtime organized by proficiency level so that beginners and advanced swimmers aren’t in the pool at the same time? 4. Are life jackets mandatory for water sport activities?


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Hiking If camp activities include hiking San Diego’s beautiful trails, make sure kids have proper footwear. A pair of hiking boots or shoes with good traction help feet stay steady on the ground. Remind them not to take unnecessary risks (like running where they should be walking), to stay on marked trails, and always follow the camp leader.

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financially, but also with seminars on life after cancer, caretaking and how to advocate for educational needs for Jocelyn,” says mom Tracy Croxen. Remarkably, this is the Croxen family’s second cancer battle in recent years. Tracy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer almost two years to the day before her daughter’s leukemia was discovered. After a radical hysterectomy and 18 chemo treatments, Tracy remains in remission. “I believe I went through my journey to help Jocelyn get through hers,” she says. Jocelyn’s first symptoms were dangerously subtle. The Croxens noticed a swollen lymph node on the left side of their daughter’s neck. Aside from that, she remained happy and active. The next week, though, she was getting fevers every other day. Tracy took Jocelyn to two different doctors, who misdiagnosed her with a sinus infection and allergies. They both recommended holding off on bloodwork. When the fevers didn’t stop, Tracy took it upon herself to take Jocelyn to Rady Children’s (which utilizes specialists from hospitals around the county) to insist they run lab tests. The Croxens received the terrible news that day. “Deep down I knew something was wrong, but to hear the word cancer felt like being punched in the stomach,” says Tracy.

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“My husband Brian had a hard time, considering this was the second family diagnosis in such a short period of time.” In the weeks that followed, Tracy became Jocelyn’s full-time caregiver and advocate. At one point, Jocelyn’s chemo side effects became nearly intolerable. Something felt wrong, so Tracy researched possible problems on her own. She requested a series of tests, which confirmed that Jocelyn wasn’t metabolizing oral chemo properly due to a gene variant. The treatment plan was changed and Jocelyn is now being watched for complications related to her gene variant, such as stroke, blood clot and seizure.

Tracy’s advice: “Always go with your gut. Doctors are wonderful, but they are human and sometimes miss stuff. Don’t be afraid to get second medical opinions—and don’t stop until you get answers.” It was important for Jocelyn to document this journey and share her progress with others. So, Tracy helped her create an Instagram account to share updates, receive encouragement from friends and build community with other pediatric cancer patients. More than anything, it has helped her realize she’s never alone.

Jocelyn wants other kids like her to know they can get through difficult times. “You just need to look for the bright moments to get through the rough ones,” she says.

Cancer Support Resources Read 13 Ways to Comfort a Friend with Cancer: www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/ family-health-and-home/13-ways-tocomfort-a-friend-with-cancer Read How to Support Kids When a Parent Has Cancer: www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/ family-health-and-home/how-tosupport-kids-when-a-parent-hascancer Cancer support groups, mind/body wellness classes and educational seminars for patients and caregivers through UC San Diego Health: https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/ cancer/resources/support-groupsclasses/Pages/default.aspx Support services for patients and caregivers through Sharp HealthCare: www.sharp.com/services/cancer/ support.cfm Women’s cancer support group at Palomar Health: www.palomarhealth.org/women-andchildren/jean-mclaughlin-womenscenter/classes-and-support Join the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation April 3–30 for their annual Walk, Run, Roll event. Learn more or register at www.nationalpcf.org/events.

Today, Jocelyn is feeling fairly well. Her family was delighted when she had enough energy to celebrate her birthday recently. They marked the occasion with a treat from Cute Cakes Bakery (Escondido) and a virtual scavenger hunt with friends. Jocelyn is currently scheduled to complete all treatment for leukemia in January 2022. “We are a resilient family full of hope for a brighter and healthier future,” says Tracy. v Follow Jocelyn on IG: @Jocelyns_Leukemia_Journey Anne Malinoski is an award-winning contributing writer. She lives in Santee with her husband and two sons. April 2021 • SanDiegofamily.com •

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Poetry helps kids express feelings creatively It seems fitting that April is National Poetry Month, considering Maya Angelou, one of America’s most well-known and beloved poets was born in April. Angelou has inspired millions of young women with her biography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and her poetry redefined the fierce feminine voice. Amanda Gorman, the 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate, sites Angelou as an inspiration. Both grappled with speech impediments and had to overcome anxiety to speak in public. President Biden, who also had a childhood speech issue, chose Gorman to compose and recite her poem “The Hill We Climb” at his inauguration. The National Youth Poet Laureate Program partners with literary arts and civic youth organizations across the U.S. to offer regional Youth Poet Laureate programs and to identify and celebrate strong poetic voices. Gorman was identified by California Poets in the Schools, an organization that pairs professional poets with classrooms. Locally, Border Voices works to give students a platform to express themselves creatively though poetry across geographic, cultural and emotional borders. Kids have the opportunity to learn from National Poet Laureates, local teachers and other authors, and their work may be published in the San Diego Poetry Annual. “Providing students with tools to interact with the world on a metaphorical and poetic level allows them to express emotions and thoughts they might otherwise not share in a classroom setting,” says Katherine Kavouklis, a teacher in Sweetwater School District. Poetry Programs for Youth Writers The National Youth Poets: www.poets.org/national-youth-poets Border Voices: www.bordervoices.com California Poets in the Schools: www.californiapoets.org

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A Crab on its Back, by Vincent van Gogh In a recent lesson where students were to write poetry to interpret a piece of fine art, middle schooler Izzie Matias chose to tackle A Crab on Its Back by Vincent van Gogh with the poem “Endless Struggling.” (excerpted) I lie here on my back, squirming as I’m engulfed in the aches and pains I feel  from being chained to the floor. All I can do is stare into the cloudy,  emerald green void that fills the space around me. Izzie chose Van Gogh’s painting because the crab was relatable. Izzie describes a year of struggle and feeling helpless, much like the crab appears. The poem does a wonderful job of portraying the tension and movement Van Gogh created with his unique artistic style and complementary color scheme.


Another lesson prompted students to compose a Haiku about something that disturbed them or made them feel happy during winter break. A Haiku is a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Alianna Amador addressed January events with her Haiku “We All Take Cover.”

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You’ve always been there for me Body set against the inexorable tug of nature and society pushing my soul down Your sweat beading in your heart Your endless love for me resolutely clenched inside you like fists Your wrestler’s powerful arms encircling, protecting me like a suit of diamond Ben may be a mathematician, but he utilizes song and poetry as a creative outlet. “I believe math is logical thinking in its purest and most elegant form, and poetry is to writing as math is to logical thinking,” says Ben. “Part of the power of poetry is in the way the author puts so much thought and care into a few words. This encourages the reader to pause, ponder and imagine the meaning behind each phrase. Poetry makes us slow down and savor the complexity of...life.” v

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Give Your Family the Gift of Laughter I was born on April 1, so I know a

thing or two about humor. April Fools’ Day jokes and gifts make celebrating my birthday an adventure in laughter. I once received a large box of dirt topped with a tiny shovel I used to dig for my gift. It came with a beautifully frosted cake that I discovered was made entirely of Styrofoam when I tried to cut it. I’m here to testify that April Fools’ Day just might be the funniest day to celebrate a birthday. Also, to say how powerful humor is to bind families together by celebrating the gift of laughter. But humor does much more than add laughter to celebrations.

Humor helps with parenting. Humor helps parents keep perspective and takes the sting out of frustrating moments like a child’s tantrum in the grocery store or a teen’s unhealthy attachment to her cell phone. It helps children understand that discipline is

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about changing unwanted behavior, not about disliking who they are as people. A light-hearted correction guards against shame-based discipline and communicates love and affection despite what went wrong. As they grow, kids who learn how to laugh off mistakes and try again gain the confidence and resilience they need to succeed. One study out of Pennsylvania State University reports that the ability to use humor to cope with stressful situations even contributes to a student’s adjustment to college life, impacting their retention and likelihood of graduating.

Laughter is a valuable coping skill. “Humor is a great coping mechanism to help regulate stress, frustration and worry,” says Reena B. Patel, a San Diego parenting expert, licensed educational psychologist and board-

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certified behavior analyst. “We live in a world where children feel that they need to be perfect. Learning to laugh at mistakes and try again breaks the cycle of unrealistic perfectionism. “Laughter is also a wonderful way to get kids to think about and name their emotions,” says Patel. “Learning to name emotions helps kids develop selfawareness, which is an important part of learning to self-regulate. It’s one of the best coping gifts parents can give kids.” Adding humor to your parenting toolbox clearly comes with lots of benefits. But what can you do if you don’t think you’re funny? For more about helping kids learn to name emotions, read our article “There’s a Silver Lining in Challenging Times” at www.sandiegofamily.com/ parenting/how-to-help-children-copedisappointment.


When Humor Isn’t Appropriate Sometimes the use of humor isn’t the answer. For example, when a child is in danger or someone’s feelings might be hurt. A good rule of thumb is to use humor to encourage and build each other up, not embarrass or put each other down. Watch for teaching moments to discuss compassion and empathy with kids, and model appropriate use of humor. Teasing, disparaging remarks, sarcasm and putdowns said with, “Why can’t you take a joke?” do more harm than good.

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Aim for lightening the mood. You don’t have to be a comedian or even know how to tell a good joke to enjoy the benefits of humor in your family. Simply aim for lightening the mood and get comfortable with laughing at your own mistakes. “Seeing parents mess up, laugh about it and try again demonstrates how to problem solve,” says Patel. “Watching your example is more powerful than simply hearing you say it’s OK to make mistakes. You’re modeling how to balance the serious and the not-so-serious things in life.” Patel encourages parents to make intentional mistakes in front of kids and laugh about them together. Create moments with laughter that let kids know you roll with the punches. Let those moments become part of your family’s story, remembered and retold for more smiles later.

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about it at the time. Was it something serious that you can laugh about now? If so, use it as an opportunity to build hope and optimism by reassuring kids that challenges often turn out fine. Encinitas mom Tonya Meeks finds that light-hearted storytelling with her 4-year-old son helps with transitions like leaving the playground or getting ready for bath time. “I’ll start a silly story about what we need to do next and ask him to add to it. We’ll keep taking turns, going back and forth and being playful. It sets a tone and creates a connection that helps make things like boundaries and bedtime more fun and effective.” With young children, read books like No, David! by David Shannon or Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,

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No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. These and many others treat everyday mishaps and emotions with humor and understanding. Don’t be afraid of being corny. Use a joke book or share funny things you see online to connect with kids and laugh together.

Now is a good time for laughter. Humor and laughter have the power to elevate your family’s mood, relieve stress and strengthen connections. It lightens the load, builds resilience and gives kids confidence to try again when they fall short. The simple act of laughing together is a gift that makes life more enjoyable, fun and energizing for you and your children. Who knew my April Fools’ Day birthday was teaching me so much? v Jody Lee Cates is a local mom and award-winning writer who blogs about healthy relationships at www.jodyleecates.com. April 2021 • SanDiegofamily.com •

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The Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers are in bloom. Enjoy this annual burst of color along with the American flag of flowers, the artist garden, Santa’s playground, the sweet pea maze, the antique tractor wagon tour and more. Through May 9, 9 am–6 pm. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Adults, $20; Ages 3–10, $10. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com Photo credit: FlyByPhotograph

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Padres Home Opener. Today, 1 pm vs. D-backs. Other home games this month: Apr. 2–4 (vs. D-backs); Apr. 5–7 & 30 (vs. Giants); Apr. 16–18 (vs. Dodgers) & Apr. 19–21 (vs. Brewers). For tickets and game times visit www.padres.com.

Easter Bunny Teas. Each child receives a keepsake Easter basket. Today & tomorrow, 2:30–5 pm. Adults, $85; Ages 4–12, $60; 3 & under free. The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown. Reservations requested at www.westgatehotel.com.

VIRTUAL Race for Autism Superhero Challenge. Participate individually, or team up with friends or family for a combined distance. Then, walk or run anytime, anywhere between April 1–10. $25–$45 includes race T-shirt, bib and medal. Register at www.raceforautism.org.

Mission: Spring Adventure at the San Diego Zoo. Explore the world of wildlife with live music, the Springtime Party Bus, Dr. Zoolittle and more. Through Apr. 11, 9 am–8 pm. Adults, $62; Ages 3–11, $52. 2920 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park. Visit www.sandiegozoo.org for details.

FREE Egg Hunts at Belmont Park. Three egg hunts daily inside the park. Plus, more fun activities all weekend long. Apr. 2–4; 12 noon, 3 & 6 pm. 3146 Mission Blvd. Visit www.belmontpark.com for details.

Easter Egg Hunt. Hop on over for two Easter egg hunts per day with 900 eggs. Through Apr. 4, 11 am–2 pm. $20–$38 admission, plus $10 per Easter basket. Children’s Nature Retreat, 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. Reservations required at www.childrensnatureretreat.org.

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru. Encounter some of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the Earth. Through Apr. 4. Starting at $49 per vehicle. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Reserve your time slot at www.jurassicquest.com.

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FREE Photos with the Easter Bunny. Today & tomorrow, 11 am–4 pm & Apr. 3, 11 am–3 pm. 855 W. Harbor Dr. www.seaportvillage.com SeaWorld Fireworks. Watch fireworks light up the sky from physically-distanced viewing areas around the park. Through Apr. 4, 7:45 pm. Interstate 5, exit

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Wild and Beautiful: Artist Alliance Sculpture Exhibit. Discover 13 diverse artworks placed throughout the microenvironments of this horticultural wonderland. Through Aug. 1. Open Wed.– Sun., 10 am–5 pm. Adults, $18; Ages 3–17, $10. San Diego Botanic Garden, 300 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org

FREE Easter Eggstravaganza. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts, prizes and a QR code Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Through April 4. Boomers! Vista, 1525 W. Vista Way. www.boomersvista.com. Movies on the Beach. Tonight “Grease”, 7 pm; tomorrow “Dolphin Tale”, 6:30 pm. Starting at $25/chair. The Hotel Del, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Reservations required at www.hoteldel.com. SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival. Explore more than 25 unique recipes from around the world. Select dates through May 2, 12 pm–park close. Interstate 5,


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saturday | 3 Hop Aboard the Bunny Train. Enjoy a train ride, a visit from the Easter Bunny and a tour of the museum grounds. Adults, $18; Ages 3–12, $9. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo. For train times and reservations visit www.psrm.org.

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STEM Saturday in the Park. Unplug for an afternoon and pick up a STEM kit packed with engaging, hands-on activities. The kits provide children ages 6-10 with fun things to do, see and explore. 10 am–4 pm. STEM kits $22. San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plz., Balboa Park. www.sandiegoairandspace.org

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Calendar • April tuesday | 6 Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours. Daily cruises, 9:30 am–1 pm & 1:30–5 pm. Through Apr. 18. Adults, $45; Ages 4–12, $22.50; 3 & under free. Pier 2, 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown. Make reservations at www.hornblower.com.

wednesday | 7 VIRTUAL The Sky Tonight: Space Junk. Discover just how much space junk is around the Earth and in the rest of the solar system. 7–8 pm. $5–$20. To register visit the Fleet Science Center at www.fleetscience.org.

friday | 9 FREE Day Friday. 9 am–2 pm. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. W., El Cajon. www.thegarden.org Drive-In Movie Night: “Grease.” 7 pm. $70 per car includes admission and popcorn bundle. MiraCosta College, Lot 4C, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside. For tickets visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside at www.bgcoceanside.org.

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San Diego Restaurant Week. An 8-day edible extravaganza featuring over 160 restaurants. April 11–18. Visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com for more information. VIRTUAL FREE Walk for Animals. Features engaging and animal-themed virtual entertainment, behind-the-scenes tours and more. Today through April 17. Register at the San Diego Humane Society at www.sdhumane.org.

monday | 12 VIRTUAL FREE Fire, Extreme Rainfall, and Debris Flows: Cascading Disasters in a Changing Climate. 6–7 pm. Registration required at Birch Aquarium at Scripps at www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.


saturday | 17 San Diego Children’s Business Fair. Aspiring kid entrepreneurs, ages 5–16, experience a real-world opportunity that integrates lessons in entrepreneurship, financial responsibility, math, leadership, social skills and discovering their passion. 1–3 pm. Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St., La Mesa. For more information visit www.childrensbusinessfair.org. Catfish Opening Weekend at Santee Lakes. Today & tomorrow, 6 am–7 pm. Adult permit, $10; Junior, $6. 9310 Fanita Pkwy. www.santeechamber.com

thursday | 22 Earth Day Cabrillo National Monument. Open daily, 9 am–5 pm. $20 entrance fee. 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. www.nps.gov/cabr

saturday | 24 VIRTUAL FREE The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. A ten-day virtual experience including a live stage with streaming events, a variety of prerecorded sessions, an exhibit booth space and special events. Apr. 24–May 2. Visit www.lovestemsd.org for details. Kids in the Garden: Earth Day Festival. 10–12 noon. $5. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail.com. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr. www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org VIRTUAL Creek to Bay Cleanup. Help remove 30,000 pounds of litter in a single day. Starting at 9 am. Sign up at www.creektobay.org. Linda Vista Scavenger Hunt. Theme: “All the Places You’ll Go.” Scavenger hunt with drive-thru pickup of goodie bags and resources. Visit www.lindavistafair.org for details.

sunday | 25 Tea in the Garden. Enjoy a relaxing tea in a tranquil floral setting. 11 am–1 pm. Starting at $65. The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Reservations required at www.theflowerfields.com. Want us to spread the news? Email events@sandiegofamily.com and include the name of the event or activity, a brief description, event address, date, time, cost, contact number and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the June issue: May 1.

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Chocolate Easter Cake will be the talk of your family meal! Toasted shredded coconut and Robin Eggs Candy make a fun and festive garnish. Find the full recipe and instructions, including how to give the frosting a speckled look, at www.theseasidebaker.com/chocolate-easter-cake

Make miniature baskets using simple materials like paper plates, pipe cleaners and markers; then deliver springtime treats to neighbors and friends! Learn how to make both styles shown here at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/crafts-for-kids.

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Marble painting is a super fun project for kids that promotes eye-hand coordination and muscle control. Try it with your family and see why no two projects are the same. Learn the technique from award-winning art teacher Alyssa Navapanich at www.sandiegofamily.com/ for-the-kids/crafts-for-kids/ marble-painting-project.

If you’re not quite ready to be in a crowd, rally your neighbors for a neighborhood “egg hunt”! Download our Easter egg coloring pages, color them with bright, bold colors, and tape your artwork in a window that can be seen from the front of your house. Then, walk around the neighborhood to see how many eggs you can find! Download the free printables at: www.sandiegofamily.com/things-to-do/ seasonal-happenings/free-printableeaster-egg-coloring-page.

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delicious sweet rolls decorated with a cross made of dough or icing. They are a traditional Easter treat (often eaten on Good Friday). San Diego food blogger, The Seaside Baker, shares her recipe with us at www.sandiegofamily.com/things-to-do/ dining-and-recipes/hot-cross-buns.


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2021 Search Ends: May 15, 2021 (Online entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by this date.) Contest open to all San Diego County residents. Visit our website to enter contest online or print out the mail-in registration form. A $25 registration fee per entry ($35 for multiples category) must accompany a recent high quality photo, used to determine finalists (photo will not be returned). Submitted photos of 20 finalists from each category (80 total) will be displayed at: www.SanDiegoFamily.com/contests/cover-kids-search-winners-finalists Category finalists will be invited to a judging event on June 5 to help determine contest winners. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego. Scan the QR code to go to registration web page

We are looking for six children ages 2-11 and one multiples combo to appear on the cover of a future issue of San Diego Family Magazine or our annual Out & About family adventure publication.

• Attention & Focus / ADHD • Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Reasoning,

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San Diego Family April 2021