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Like it or not, I have resolved that technology and smart devices are in our kids’ lives and are here to stay, which makes being a pediatrician and a parent more challenging. Our children are connected to the outside world like never before. Once given a smart device, no longer are they captive when they come home from school. Instead, they are very much connected to the outside world. This world helps them connect with their friends, teammates, teachers, and coaches, and opens a world of knowledge, but it can also open them up to a whole world of stress, anxiety, bullying, inappropriate information, and more. Home should be a space and place to feel safe, loved, nurtured, and free from worry and stress. However, when the unmonitored outside world is let in, some of the safety and values of home can melt away. This digital and ever-changing environment can be managed and the tools can be made positive, but with some consistent structure and awareness. Before sharing my tips to guide and monitor your children, tweens, and teens through this technology challenge, note one strong axiom - try and hold off their use of smart phones, tablets, and devices as long as you can. Once the inevitable happens, understand the technology

that you are allowing your kids to use. It’s really important that you sit down, understand, and plan a road map that is best for your family and your values. Your kids will want it all now, but understanding your child, their maturity, and when is the appropriate timing of allowing technology will be beneficial. With each stage comes rules and enforcement, and if you set and implement rules early, they are more apt to follow. So, let’s get started. Even before your child has a phone or tablet of their own, lead by example as you are your child’s biggest role model. Don’t have your cell phone at the dinner table, when helping with homework, or during the nighttime routine. Make sure to look at people when they’re talking to you — not at your phone. Again, your children are always watching you and they notice everything. Realistically, babies and very young children do not need technology. Instead, they need human interaction. For children ages 2-5, if you are going to share screen time, it should be limited to an hour a day and be educational. For school-age kids, screen time should not be all the time -set rules and limits; the AAP recommends no more than two hours a day. Encourage outside activities and don’t make technology a reward. Technology use should not be in a bedroom, but out in the open and supervised as kids can stumble onto all kinds of questionable stuff quite easily.

And now the real challenge, tweens and teens. Again, before embarking on the smart phone journey, make sure to have clearly stated rules and consequences in place. Set expectations, limits, routines, and guidelines. You can allow and restrict certain websites, apps, and social media accounts. Establish appropriate online behavior and privacy settings. Educate your kids on your family’s beliefs, principles, and values. Remember, smart phones are a privilege and you can and should monitor the time spent on them and your tween/ teens online presence/ behavior. Some of my recommendations: a) homework, studying, chores and activities always come first, b) charging occurs outside the bedroom, c) meal and family time is phone free, d) it is not only your right but a must to know, monitor, follow, and approve of the websites and apps your children are using, e) don’t share anything online that you wouldn’t be comfortable with the entire world reading, and f) no naked pictures ever. I could go on and on, but this should be a good start. Remember, parenting is not easy and technology has made it more challenging, however, we still have experience and wisdom on our side.

Dr. Rosenfeld is a pediatrician practicing in San Marcos, and is the mother of two boys.

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Summer of Fun, Make it Memorable! Summer time is fun time! If you are traveling or staying here in San Diego, make it memorable. Get the kids involved — asking for their input and making decisions together gives everyone a say. Jody Cates, our local “Parenting with Purpose” writer, provides great summer planning and travel tips. For instance, don’t overschedule. Instead, plan one activity per day, relax and enjoy the memory. Find more of Jody’s tips on page 26. What can you do here in San Diego County? Check out the Best of San Diego Summer, starting on page 16. There are activities including places to go, educational outings, fun events and more. Keeping semi-active throughout the summer is important. The kids cannot be in front of the computer or texting friends all summer long, but they can do things together. Have your child ask a friend to come with your family to events. Start Independence Day with a parade and end the day with fireworks. Jenny, our calendar editor, features lots of July Fourth activities on page 32. And, of course, you have to have food at your celebration. Learn how to make a yummy red, white and blue cheesecake on page 46, presented by Jackie Bruchez, local blogger and cookbook author. I would like to thank everyone who gave us feedback in the San Diego Family Magazine readership survey. We love hearing from our readers. Have a great summer! Enjoy your family, have fun connecting and making memories. Save the date: Our second annual All-Inclusive Day of Play (in partnership with the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego) is August 7. Keep an eye on Facebook for details.

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What does “best of San Diego summer” mean to you? Adrienne Sigeti, editorial assistant A sunny day wandering around the San Diego County Fair listening to live music, checking out the art exhibits and braving the rides, of course. Preferably while holding something fried in one hand and something sweet in the other. You can’t beat it! Jody Lee Cates, freelance writer It wouldn’t be summer in San Diego for my family without a bonfire at the beach. We get there early, play all day and then roast hot dogs and marshmallows with friends while the sun goes down over the ocean. It’s pure magic! Lisa Gipson, managing editor Summer means lots of basketball since my daughter plays club. This is her last year — and she just returned from a torn ACL — so we plan to enjoy every minute! In between tournaments, you’ll find us roaming our coastal communities, hitting ice cream shops and touring colleges. Tony Andrews, marketing representative We remind ourselves daily that living in San Diego is living someone else’s vacation. Our best San Diego summers include lots of beach days with friends and family, taking advantage of our great food scene and being a tourist by going to local theme parks!


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Many San Diegans will say they haven’t experienced summer until they’ve attended one of San Diego County’s iconic summer events — and there are many. Longer days and fewer morning commitments mean families can stay out later than usual. So, what are you waiting for? Get off the couch and put down the video games — there’s just nothing better than summertime in San Diego! Where to start? America’s Finest City offers everything from world-famous Comic-Con International and San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights to our beloved county fair (ends July 4) and California Dreaming Beach Parties at the Bahia Resort in Mission Bay.  Don’t miss UltraStar Cinemas Kids’ Summer Series where kidfriendly movies are offered Monday through Thursday mornings for only one dollar per movie (movie changes weekly). If your kids identify more with night owls than early birds, consider treating Dad and the kids to Roar ‘n’ Snore Safari, an overnight adventure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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If it’s FREE entertainment you’re looking for, plan an evening at Summer Movies in the Park or enjoy one of the many free outdoor concerts throughout the county. Choose from the season’s bountiful produce at a local farmers market or stroll through the food and art scene of Lane Field Park Market (along Harbor Drive, near Broadway Pier) on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Foodies also unite at Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park every Friday during the summer from 4–8:30 p.m., complete with family-friendly activities and live entertainment.

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Take a family PLAYcation! So, what’s a PLAYcation? It’s a vacation centered on playing and having fun. Think about how many people flock to San Diego for vacation. San Diegans are “ahead of the game” when it comes to a fabulous getaway because all we have to do is open our front doors. No passports, train rides or layovers necessary. Why not spend some time playing this summer and do what out-of-towners do when they visit? Most of these activities have admission fees, but think of all you’re

Take a ride on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster at Belmont Park, San Diego’s only beachfront amusement park. Treat your family to a behind-the-scenes educational tour at SeaWorld. There is a plethora of museums and cultural experiences available at Balboa Park. People-watching is also a favorite pastime at the park. If it’s outdoor adventures you crave, San Diego boasts 70 miles of coastline and beautiful beaches. Go snorkeling at La Jolla Cove or paddleboard in Mission Bay. Trek through dozens of hiking and biking trails in a myriad of scenic surroundings — Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is not to

be missed. Explore the iconic Hotel Del and then spend an afternoon hanging out at Coronado Beach (if it’s good enough for past presidents and Hollywood royalty, it’s good enough for me). Learn something new about your hometown on an Old Town Trolley Tour and use the hop-on/off privileges to explore dozens of sites. If you’ve never been to the WorldFamous San Diego Zoo, plan to go this summer. You won’t regret it. It’s not like “world’s best cup of coffee” in the movie Elf. It’s literally the world’s best zoo – and it’s in your backyard — go already! A Hornblower Cruise is a fun way to learn about San Diego landmarks while enjoying gorgeous views and a bay breeze. Make it a point to explore up to 11 historic vessels (including a pirate ship and submarine) at the Maritime Museum San Diego, which also offers a full schedule of fun family events. Wrap up your PLAYcation with a 50s-style celebration and meal at Corvette Diner in Liberty Station. July 2019 • SanDiegofamily.com •


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Fun Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Kids who work hard during the school year should be able to play hard during summer break. If you’re concerned about summer learning loss (aka summer slide or brain drain), have no fear — in addition to tutoring centers and academic summer programs, there are plenty of opportunities in San Diego County to engage in educational play. Plan a week of local outings or pepper them throughout the summer. The kids will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re brushing up on science and math concepts, history or artistic skills. Here are fun outings that help prevent summer slide.


Stimulate Creativity Creating art promotes critical thinking and helps develop fine motor skills. Spend some time this summer exploring different art mediums, especially if art is missing from your child’s school curriculum. Get started with drawing and painting (or hone your craft) at Little Artists, which has five locations throughout the county. Little Fish Comic Book Studio offers instruction in comic creation, storytelling and digital drawing, by teachers who love what they do and inspire creativity in their students. Design a trendy wood plank sign, photo frame, tote bag and more at DIY headquarters, AR Workshop in Hillcrest. Take the family for an afternoon of candle making, mosaics and pottery painting at Hot Spot Pottery & Painting.

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Read about eight more educational field trips that teach kids culture and history at www.sandiegofamily.com/ out-and-about/8-educational-field-trips-thatteach-kids-culture-and-history.

When kids can make connections through experience, the lessons tend to stick. And there’s no better way to learn history than bringing it to life. Explore dinosaur fossils, learn about biodiversity and journey through SoCal’s unique habitats at San Diego Natural History Museum, now offering extended summer hours most Thursdays and Fridays with Nat at Night. Indulge in a day of naval history aboard the USS Midway Museum. Enhance your aircraft carrier visit with an overnight adventure — several Family Overnights are offered this summer. Early California history comes to life in Old Town San Diego with self-guided tours of the adobe house La Casa de Estudillo, Seeley Stable (featuring vehicles from the 1800s), demonstrations in the blacksmith shop and much more. Kids can take a Junior Ranger voyage of discovery as they learn about 16th century exploration and military history at Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma. Bonus: You’ll enjoy some of the best views in the county on a clear day!

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Kids in Motion

9 ways to keep kids active this summer If you’re concerned your kids will

spend the summer lounging on the couch, playing Fortnite and watching YouTube videos, take charge and get ahead of the situation. Too much idle screen time negatively affects everything from obesity risk to healthy brain development. In order to improve the physical and mental health of your children this summer, take time to put electronic devices away and get moving. Here’s how to encourage exercise over electronics:

Keep it fun. Let’s be honest — most people don’t think of exercising as a particularly good time. But what about chasing bubbles, splashing in the pool, participating in a team sport or going on a sunset hike? Many kids enjoy fun, outdoor activities and they probably won’t even realize they’re exercising! Read more about this topic in Fun Over Fitness: Focus on Family Playtime at www.sandiegofamily.com/healthguide/fun-over-fitness-focus-onfamily-playtime

Make it social. Who doesn’t want

to hang out with friends? Invite other kids to join your kids for an active play session. Head to the beach with boogie boards or a Smashball set, or go to the park with a Frisbee, jump ropes, and a soccer ball. If you prefer being indoors, consider a rock climbing gym, indoor trampoline park or skating rink.

Walk, ride or roll. Get out and

explore the neighborhood via foot or on wheels. Summer is the perfect time for the whole family to walk, skateboard, scooter and bike all over town. Ditch the minivan and implement exercise as an integral part of your summer transportation. This way, even when you’re heading to a sedentary activity like the library or movies, you can still incorporate exercise into the day’s plan. Love to skateboard? Get a list of countywide skateparks at www.sandiegofamily.com/teen/ skateparks-in-san-diego-county.

Give active gifts. Kids love new stuff (who doesn’t?) and summer is

a great time to treat them to a new football, jump rope, hula-hoop or roller skates. Your child likely has plenty of time to enjoy new sports equipment now — along with the associated health benefits that these gifts bring (when used!). You’ll enjoy how well he sleeps at night after getting enough exercise. Find new outdoor toys on p. 24 and our complete summer review at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-thekids/kid-tested-toy-product-review.

Register for summer camp.

Even if you have to work all summer, you can still arrange for your kids to be active, social and having fun. With so many great summer camp options to choose from these days, there’s a camp for whatever activities kids enjoy — parkour, dancing, surfing, tennis, basketball, swimming, circus arts, gymnastics, fencing, trampoline and more. Check out San Diego’s best Summer Camp Guide at www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/ summer-camps-and-programs. cont. on p. 22

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means to travel this summer, consider an active family getaway. Within a day’s drive, many great outdoor destinations — including several of our stunning national parks — offer excellent and affordable opportunities for family recreation. Find family travel inspiration at www.sandiegofamily.com/things-todo/travel. If you need to stay closer to home, San Diego County offers ample opportunities for active family fun such as beach time, hiking, biking, climbing and boating.

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Demonstrate that physical activity is important by exercising regularly yourself (and try not to grumble too much about it). Then, as a family, discuss the many benefits if staying active: it helps keep people healthy, assists in managing weight-related issues and prevents disease. It also improves overall mood, energy levels and sleep quality.

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electronic devices are here to stay, redirect their use as motivational exercise tools. Encourage kids to download fitness trackers and gameoriented fitness apps. Augmented reality games like Pokemon Go might encourage kids to go outside and take a walk. Set a family challenge of 10,000 steps a day (track via stepcounter app) — and celebrate success at the end of the summer!

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American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing consistent limits on screen time and establishing a family media plan. Find help at www .healthychildren.org/English/media. AAP also recommends children, adolescents and young adults get 60 minutes or more of daily exercise. Encourage the family to continue newly formed healthy habits beyond the summer and throughout the year. v Lisa Pawlak is an award-winning contributing writer and local mom.

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Review • Summer Toys


Take the fun outdoors this summer with toys from part two of our kid-tested, parent-approved reviews. Missed part one? Find all the cool toys for hot summer days at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/for-the-kids/kid-tested-toy-product-review.

Pink Unicorn Pool Float $29.95; 8+ CoconutFloat.com See page 8 Make a splash at the for details. next pool party with this adorable jumbo unicorn pool float! Also available in a giant adult size.

E-Punk Micro Bike $159.99; 8+ Razor.com Zoom into summer with Razor’s electric-powered micro bike. The compact design makes it convenient to transport. Good for up to 40 minutes of continuous use. Runs up to 9 mph. Eric says, “Fun toy, I wish they had this when I was a kid!”

Aqua Diver $14.99; 5+ PlayMonster.com Race against the clock or challenge friends with this squid-shaped diving timer. Toss in the pool to activate the clock and when the squid is retrieved, press the button to see your time.

Water Tank Truck $29.99; 2+ Playmobil.us This heavy-duty tank trunk doubles as a watering can. Just remove the tank from truck and fill with up to four cups of water. Includes two removable ramps, spout and construction worker. “My son likes this toy so much that he took it to “share day” at school,” says Jen.

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Parenting with Purpose

Jody Lee Cates

Make Traveling with Kids a Lifelong Adventure Travel is loaded with benefits for families. It awakens curiosity and helps kids and parents feel more at home in the world while creating strong bonds and lasting memories. As kids grow, the fun of traveling together can grow right along with them. My youngest son and I have traveled together every year since he was in the fourth grade. We’ve toured big cities and explored remote islands. We’ve visited family, camped in forests and hiked in National Parks. This year we spent two weeks visiting Prague, Munich and Salzburg to celebrate his college graduation. Wherever we go, people ask, “How did you raise a young man who likes to travel with you?” With a few simple strategies, families never have to outgrow the fun of traveling together. Here’s how to keep the spirit of adventure growing in yours. Aim for quality time and shared memories. It’s easy to get caught up in plans and logistics and forget that traveling together is an opportunity for families to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company while exploring someplace new. Whether it’s an out-of-town visit with relatives, a cross-country road trip, or a visit to another country,

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remember to put relationships first, not destinations or timetables. From planning to departure, through every leg of the journey, right up to the time you roll back into your driveway, aim for quality time and shared memories. Involve kids in the planning. Start talking with kids early about where your family is going (or would like to go) and how you’ll get there. Read books, search the web and learn as much as you can together about your destination. Even if you’re “just” visiting grandparents, get kids thinking about questions they might ask or local sites they want to see. Create a list of options and have each child choose one or two. Combine them with your choices to come up with a plan that includes something for everyone. Manage expectations. When traveling with kids, everything takes more time, so be sure to allow for it. Be prepared to wait in lines, search for misplaced items, and encounter less-than-friendly folks who aren’t interested in being helpful. Talk honestly about the likelihood that something may go wrong. Make it a game to see how quickly it happens and what must be done to overcome it. Keep a sense of humor and expect the unexpected. “Be in the moment and stay super

flexible,” says Solana Beach resident, Bonnie Reveley, who has traveled with her adult kids since they were infants. “Nothing will go perfectly, but take a look around and remember where you are. Even if you miss doing something you had your heart set on, you’re still on vacation. Make the best of it.” Don’t overschedule. Less is more when traveling with kids. Plan downtime and expect to see and do less than if you were going without them. When traveling with my son, we plan one outing a day (yes, one!), usually in the morning. Then we try to leave the rest of the day free for spur of the moment fun or relaxing. That might mean a nap or a snack, lingering at a bookstore or in a park, people watching, even getting caught up on the electronic messages we both miss when we’re unplugged. Pay attention. Don’t replace regular distractions of work, school and electronics with travel distractions of itineraries, expectations and demanding schedules. Slow down and connect with one another. Now is the time to pay closer attention to what’s happening in your child’s heart. Ask questions and stay curious about the person your child is becoming. Away from the demands of everyday

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Keep kids engaged. You’ve chosen age appropriate destinations and activities. You’ve paid attention to your child’s interests and allowed time for relaxing and having fun. What more can you do to keep kids engaged? Teens, in particular, may have rolled their eyes once or twice since leaving home. Think of ways to give older kids ownership. Ask a map lover to handle navigation, the smartphone photographer to keep a video log, the budding journalist to record each day’s activities in a travel journal. Kids are more engaged when they have a fun job to do. Grow kids who love traveling with you. Making travel enjoyable when kids are young helps them be positive about traveling with parents as they grow. “Most of the traveling I did as a child revolved around visiting family — that’s what I thought travel consisted of,” says Nicole Shepard of Rancho Peñasquitos. “But for my high school graduation, my mom arranged a twoweek trip to Germany and Austria, and I’ve had wanderlust ever since.” Nicole recently launched an online travel business called The Ticket Girl inspired by her love of travel. “Navigating a foreign country with my mom is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and those are memories I will treasure forever.” How will your kids remember your family vacations? When parents fill trips with wonder, humor and a spirit of adventure, they create lasting memories and strong family bonds that will have kids wanting to travel with them for years. v Jody Lee Cates is a travel-loving mom and blogger who writes about healthy relationships at www.jodyleecates.com.


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Be sure to visit the Family Travel section of Family Magazine’s website for destination ideas, travel tips and more: www.sandiegofamily.com/ things-to-do/travel.

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National Grilling Month • Parks and Recreation Month • Watermelon Month


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Still looking for last month’s events? Check out the digital edition of our June issue at SanDiegoFamily.com


Plan fun family adventures with the brand new edition of Out & About with Kids! Pick one up at Ralphs or Albertsons, or access the digital edition at www.sandiegofamily.com.

Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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tuesday | 2

San Diego County Fair: Oz-some. Discover the magical world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale with a whirlwind of carnival rides and concerts, creative and educational exhibits, yummy eats and family fun! Through July 4; visit website for hours and admission. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sdfair.com

Nighttime Zoo. Have a rocking good time at San Diego Zoo’s summer celebration as you explore the exhibit, Africa Rocks, and enjoy African-themed entertainment, the Wild About Animals show, trampoline performances and Call of the Night, a symphony of lasers, moving lights, music and rhythmic acrobats. Through Sept. 2; visit website for park hours and admission. Balboa Park. www.sandiegozoo.org

Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. Watch Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Smallfoot, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and more. Mon.-Thurs., through Aug. 8, 9:30 am. $1 per movie. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. www.ultrastarmovies.com Padres Home Games. See them play against the Giants tonight until July 3. Other home games this month: July 12-14 (vs. Braves); July 26-28 (vs. Giants); July 29 & 30 (vs. Orioles). Also, KidsFest on July 14 & 28. For game times and tickets, visit website. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. www.padres.com

wednesday | 3 The Sky Tonight: The Universe in Comics. Superman comes from Krypton, a planet around the red star. Is that possible? Thanos rules from Titan, but is that the same Titan found in our solar system? Learn about the universe in comics in this monthly planetarium show. Costumes welcome! 7 & 8:15 pm. $17.95-$19.95. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org FREE Summer Reading at the Library: Read. Learn. Create. Through Aug. 31 at San Diego County Library branches. www.sdcl.org

New for 2019 thursday | 4 Independence Day FREE Blue Star Museums. Active-duty military including National Guard and Reserve and their families receive free admission to more than 2,000 museums across the country through this annual program. Through Sept. 2. www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

friday | 5 CYT San Diego Presents “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical.” Tonight & July 13, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; July 7, 2 pm; July 14, 4 pm. $18-$20. Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Ave., San Diego. www.cytsandiego.org

Editor’s Picks FREE Sun & Sea Festival Photo courtesy of Sun & Sea Festival

Professional and amateur sand carving teams compete in one of San Diego County’s most beloved traditions. This family event also boasts a parade with the theme, “Under the Sea,” the Kids ‘n Kastles sand-building competition, a street festival, food and artisan booths, live music, Kids Zone and more. July 13, 7 am-5 pm. Seacoast Dr., from Portwood Pier Plaza to Dunes Park, Imperial Beach. www.sunandseafestival.com

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FREE SDCCU Holiday Bowl Youth Football Clinic

Boys and girls, ages 6-14, get a kick out of football as they participate in offense, defense/agility and tackling/blocking drills run by university coaches and former NFL players. A keynote speaker will also talk about the fundamentals of being a good player and student-athlete on the field and in the classroom. July 20, 8 am. SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley. www.holidaybowl.com/holiday-bowl-events/youth-football-clinic

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Are you into “pup culture?” Bring the kids and your furry sidekick to this annual celebration of heroes, big and small. Join cosplay contests for dogs and people, have fun taking pictures of your canine superhero in petsized, movie and pop culture scenes, test your pop culture knowledge with lots of trivia, plunge into kids’ activities and check out various artists and vendors. July 7, 11 am-3 pm. Admission/cosplay contest entry: $10. Proceeds benefit orphan pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park. www.pawmicon.org

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SPARK UP SOME STAR-SPANGLED FUN! tuesday | 2 Del Beach Bash. Kick off your celebration with a beach party filled with live music, fire pits with s’mores and fireworks. 7-10 pm; fireworks begin at approximately 8:45 pm. $30; free for overnight hotel guests. Call for reservations. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. www.hoteldel.com; 619-522-8490

wednesday | 3 FREE Oceanside Fireworks Show. Plus live music and food trucks. 6-10 pm; fireworks show at 9 pm. Oceanside Blvd. & Rancho del Oro Rd. www.visitoceanside.org

thursday | 4 Fourth of July at San Diego County Fair. Featuring the Hometown Heroes Parade (12:30 pm), the Most Patriotic Costume Contest (1 pm), a performance by the 1st Marine Division Band with the Marine Corps Air Station Color Guard (7:30 pm) and the Fair’s Fireworks Spectacular (9 pm). 10 am-midnight. $14-$20; ages 5 & under free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sdfair.com

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Red, White and BOOM! All-American games like water balloon tosses and burlap sack races, a LEGO hamburger relay, a patriotic costume parade, live performances and fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute. 1-9 pm; fireworks, 8:30 pm. Free with park admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. Tickets at www.legoland.com. FREE Independence Day Festival & Fireworks in Escondido. Live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, a performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and more. 4 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org FREE Alpine Parade travels down Alpine Blvd., from the Alpine Women’s Club to Tavern Rd., starting at 10 am. Afterwards, live music and kids’ activities at the Alpine Community Center. www.alpinekiwanis.org FREE Chula Vista 4th Fest. Head down to Mountain Hawk Park for performances by Fern Street Circus and food trucks, starting at 2 pm. At 9 pm, see a fireworks display at Chula Vista Elite Athletic Training Center with simultaneous music

on the radio. Participating stations: 91X, MAGIC 92.5 and Z90.3. www.91x.com/ event/chula-vista-4th-fest Crown City Classic 4th of July Run. Start the day with a 12K run or a 5K run/walk and enjoy scenic views of the Coronado Bridge along Glorietta Blvd. Also, the Crown City Mile and Crown City Kids 1/2 Mile on Orange Ave. 7 am. Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr. www.raceplace.com/events/46714/ crown-city-classic-4th-of-july-run FREE Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show. Southern California’s largest fireworks show offers the best views from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District and the Coronado Ferry Landing. 9 pm. www.bigbayboom.com Parade at San Diego Botanic Garden. Kids can wear red, white and blue, and bring decorated strollers and wagons (no bikes, please). Parade starts at 10:30 am; meet at Seeds of Wonder at 10 am. Included with garden admission. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org FREE Independence Day Parade in Del Mar. Meet at the north end of Powerhouse

Park for the pledge of allegiance at 9:15 am, then bring your decorated bikes, scooters and skateboards for the parade starting at 9:30 am. Parade travels in a loop up Coast Blvd., followed by a DJ dance party, goodies and refreshments at Powerhouse Park. 9:15-10:30 am. www.delmarfoundation.org FREE Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks in El Cajon. Games, live music and more. 1-9:30 pm. Kennedy Park, 1675 E. Madison Ave. www.cityofelcajon.us FREE Julian Parade. Catch preparade activities starting at 10 am; parade steps off at noon. Parade travels along downtown Main St., from Julian High School to Frank Lane Park. www.julianparade.com FREE Fireworks Display Off the Ocean Beach Pier. The fireworks soundtrack will be broadcast simultaneously during the show. To hear the broadcast, tune in to KyXy 96.5. 9 pm. Niagara Ave., San Diego. www.oceanbeachsandiego.com FREE Old Town Fourth of July. A parade around the plaza, crafts and activities of early San Diego. 11 am-4 pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego FREE Military, Fire & Law Appreciation Day. Active and retired military as well as fire and law enforcement officers receive free admission to the Wave Waterpark from 10 am-4 pm. Present valid ID. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. Details at www.thewavewaterpark.com. FREE The Spirit of the Fourth in Rancho Bernardo. Come to the community fair at Webb Park, starting at 9 am. Also, a patriotic pet contest, the Wheels of Freedom Motor Show, a veteran’s memorial service, a rubber ducky race and entertainment. Parade at 3:30 pm; more entertainment and fireworks at Bernardo Heights Middle School at 6 pm ($10-$20). www.spiritofthefourth.org FREE Santee Salutes. Live music, Kid’s Fun Zone, a patriotic ceremony, food and fireworks. 2:30-10:30 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr. www.cityofsanteeca.gov FREE July 4th at the Beach. Have a blast all day long on Oceanside Beach

and Pier packed with booths, vendors, kids’ attractions and activities from the Oceanside Pier to Tyson Street Park. Don’t miss the Star-Spangled Sunset Market with food, entertainment and a kids’ area at the corner of Pier View Way & Coast Hwy. from 5-9 pm. www.visitoceanside.org FREE Fireworks Extravaganza in San Marcos. Live music, kids’ activities and entertainment start at 6 pm; fireworks at 9 pm. Bring beach chairs or blankets for seating. Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Dr. www.san-marcos.net FREE Poway’s 4th of July Celebration. Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Rd.) includes patriotic entertainment, Western re-enactors, train displays and games from 10 am-4 pm. More games, activities and fireworks at Poway High School (15500 Espola Rd.) from 6-10 pm. $5 at the gate; ages 11 & under free. www.poway.org FREE Scripps Ranch Parade. This year’s theme: “Sounds of Freedom.” 10 am. Parade starts at Red Cedar Dr. & Ironwood Rd., and ends on Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. Music, face painting and more at Hoyt Park from 11 am-1 pm. www.scrippsranch.org Hornblower’s Fireworks Dinner Cruises. Watch the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show from the deck of a Hornblower yacht after a delicious buffet dinner. 6:30-9:30 & 7-10 pm. Visit website for reservations. Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com Celebrate Fourth of July at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Choose from various experiences: a buffet dinner aboard the Berkeley with a stunning view of the fireworks, a fireworks cruise onboard the Californian, a bay front cruise on one of the museum’s smaller, historic engine-powered vessels and more. Visit website for reservations. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Details at www.sdmaritime.org. “Sea to Shining Sea, an Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.” SeaWorld presents this amazing fireworks display. 9:40 pm; park hours: 10 am-11 pm. Included with park admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. For reserved seating, visit www.seaworld.com/sandiego/shows/fireworks.

FREE Fireworks in Imperial Beach. The Navy Band performs at 7 pm, and fireworks begin at 9 pm. Portwood Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Ave. www.imperialbeachca.gov FREE Freedom Festival. Open to military families, retirees, reservists and DoD employees, this event offers a tailgate party (registration required), entertainment, Family Fun Zone, AllAmerican favorite eats and a great view of the fireworks. 2-9 pm. Harbor Drive Annex, Naval Base Point Loma. www.navymwrsandiego.com FREE Lake Murray Music Fest & Fireworks. Bands, food, games and activities for kids at Lake Murray Playground in San Carlos. 11 am-9 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. www.lakemurrayfireworks.org FREE Fourth of July in Coronado. Featuring the annual parade along Orange Ave. (from 1st St. to Churchill Place) at 10 am, Art in the Park (8 am-4 pm) at Spreckels Park, live music by the Coronado Community Concert Band (4 pm) and fireworks over Glorietta Bay (9 pm). www.coronadotimes.com FREE University City Celebration. Highlights include a one-mile Fun Run & 5K, snow play, a car show, music, a book barn, a bike parade, field games, vendors and more. 8 am-7 pm. Standley Park, 3585 Governor Dr., San Diego. www.uccelebration.com FREE Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade. Dinghies with patrioticthemed decorations parade around the Oceanside Harbor. 1-3 pm. www .oceansideyc.net; www.visitoceanside.org FREE Mira Mesa Parade & Family Fun Day in the Park. Parade steps off at 11:30 am from the cor. of Mira Mesa Blvd. & Greenford Dr., travels down Mira Mesa Blvd., and turns north on Camino Ruiz to end at New Salem. Family Fun Day is at Mira Mesa Community Park from 11 am and continues until the fireworks show at 9 pm. www.miramesatowncouncil.org

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FREE Outdoor Movie Screenings of “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” Tonight at Pine Valley County Park, July 19 at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego and July 20 at Poway Community Park, Pacific Beach/Taylor Library and El Toyon Park in National City. Screenings start at dusk. Details at www.summermoviesinthepark.com.

saturday | 6 Fried Chicken Day “The Tale of Despereaux.” Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and the Universal Pictures animated film, with book, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co., this inspiring, family-friendly production is filled with beautiful music, stunning stage effects and a message of optimism and community. Tonight until Aug. 11; visit website for show schedule. Sensoryfriendly performance on July 20 at noon. Tickets start at $30. Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

Superheroes’ Night Out. Come in your masks and capes, and unleash your superpowers at this family event featuring entertainment, a costume contest, themed activities, dinner and drinks, and access to the museum’s art installations. 5:308:30 pm. $25-$35. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org “Pippi Longstocking.” Join the adventures of this high-spirited girl who lives with her horse and pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and who possesses supernatural strength and untold wealth. Today, tomorrow, July 13 & 14; visit website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com FREE Open Cockpit Days. Sit in a cockpit and feel like a real pilot! Select aircraft will be open for visitors to explore. Today, tomorrow, July 20 & 21, 9 am-3:30 pm. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego (entrance is on Miramar Rd.). www.flyingleathernecks.org

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Calendar • July Family Swim Nights in San Marcos. Tonight at Cerro de las Posas Pool (1387 W. Borden Rd.) & July 26 at Woodland Park Pool (671 Woodland Pkwy.). 5-7:30 pm. www.san-marcos.net “Peter and The Starcatcher.” How did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? Find out in this production that lets you take a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. Tonight, tomorrow, July 13 & 14, 8 pm. $25-$50. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org

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Girl Scout camps for every girl! Whammock! Experience this threedimensional textile environment that resembles a giant hammock of colorful crocheted circles, open pockets and dangling pendulums. Children (and adults) can climb, swing, crawl or simply choose to lay in the netting and unwind. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org Electric Ocean. SeaWorld’s nighttime spectacular transforms the park into a sea of color and energy with vibrant night shows, light installations throughout the park and energetic dance parties. Through Sept. 2; visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com

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monday | 8 Summer Safari. Live music, exciting animal days, arts and crafts, pop-up entertainment for all ages, special evening shows and the park’s newest exhibit, Walkabout Australia. Through Sept. 1; visit website for park hours, Summer Safari weekend schedule and admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org

tuesday | 9 FREE Summer Twilight Concerts in Del Mar. Tonight & July 30, 7 pm. Powerhouse Park, Coast Blvd. www.delmarfoundation.org/ twilight.html

wednesday | 10 FREE Summer Reading Program: It’s Showtime at Your Library! Through Aug. 31 at San Diego Public Library branches. www.sandiegolibrary.org

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thursday | 11 Thursday Family Fun Nights. Tonight & July 18; live, family-friendly entertainment from 6-7 pm; garden open until 8 pm. Included with admission. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. For schedule, visit www.sdbgarden.org.

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Calendar • July friday | 12 Kids Bowl FREE. This national program gives children the opportunity to play two free games of bowling every day, all summer long. For participating bowling centers and to register, go to www.kidsbowlfree.com. FREE Ultimate Superhero Action with “Incredibles 2.” Tonight at Silver Wing Neighborhood Park in Otay Mesa, tomorrow at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista and Golden Hill Community Park, July 19 at Live Oak County Park in Fallbrook and July 26 at Memorial Community Park in Logan Heights. Screenings start at dusk. Details at www.summermoviesinthepark.com.

saturday | 13 Roller Skating at Viejas Casino & Resort. Experience Southern California’s largest outdoor roller rink this summer! Through Sept. 2; visit website for hours. $10 includes rental skates; season pass: $99. Viejas Outlet Center, 5005 Willows Rd., Alpine. www.viejas.com

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FREE San Diego Day at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Celebrate 250 years of diverse cultures here in San Diego with games, kids’ crafts and family activities. 11 am-4 pm. 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego Reptile Super Show. Thousands of reptiles including turtles and lizards, amphibians and other fascinating critters. Today, 10 am-6 pm & tomorrow, 11 am-5 pm. $9-$14. San Diego Concourse/Civic Center, 202 C St., downtown San Diego. www.reptilesupershow.com



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“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in Concert. Projected onto a giant screen and accompanied by a live symphony orchestra, J.K. Rowling’s classic tale delivers all the adventure, humor and suspense you remember in an experience you’ll never forget. Tonight & tomorrow, 7:30 pm; visit website for tickets. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org “Pippi Longstocking.” See July 6.

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“Peter and The Starcatcher.” See July 6. FREE Sun & Sea Festival. See page 30.

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Calendar • July sunday | 14 Vines & Vittles. Come to this Westernthemed family festival with live music and entertainment, a face painting corral, blacksmith demos, old-fashioned games, wine and beer tastings, and food vendors. 2-5 pm. $10-$45; ages 6 & under free. Webb Park, Avena Place & Bernardo Center Dr., Rancho Bernardo. www.rbvvfest.com FREE Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park. Dance to 80s hits performed by BETAMAXX. 6-7:30 pm. Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. www.symphonyinthepark.org

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SEA the Change. Find out the issues our local wildlife face daily as you view natureinfluenced 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. www.thelivingcoast.org

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Dive-in Movie Nights: “The Little Mermaid.” 7-9 pm. $5. Kroc Center pools, 6753 University Ave., San Diego. www.sd.kroccenter.org 

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Hawaiian Luau. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play. 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com

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. www.sd.kroccenter.org

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Padres Home Games. See July 1.

Comic-Con International, July 18-21

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monday | 15 LEGOLAND California Resort’s DUPLO Playtown. Kids can ride, slide, climb and explore the interactive playhouses, whimsical structures and new LEGOLAND Express Train ride that make up this LEGO-inspired town built for ages 5 & under. Open daily; visit www.legoland.com for park hours and admission.

tuesday | 16 FREE Family Read & Play Days. Story time highlighting the book of the month,

FREE Encinitas Cruise Nights. See an awesome array of historic cars along S. Coast Hwy. 101 (from D to K Sts.), and listen to live music in various spots. 5:307:30 pm. www.encinitas101.com Thursday Family Fun Nights. See July 11.

friday | 19 FREE Fallbrook Summer Nights: Classic Car Night. Live music, Kids Zone, food and vendors. 5 pm. Main Ave., downtown Fallbrook. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

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Summer Concerts in the Gardens: Kanan Road. 7:30 pm. $20. Wood House at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos. www.san-marcos.net Junior Science Club: Lunar Exploration. July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Learn about the solar system and space exploration in honor of this historic event. 11 am-12:30 pm. $15. Pre-registration required. For grades 1-4. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org “Back to the Future” in Concert. Experience the thrill of this unforgettable movie classic on the big screen with the San Diego Symphony. 7:30 pm. $26-$90. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org FREE Sensory-Friendly AXIS Event: “The Tale of Despereaux.” Watch a preshow performance featuring the PigPen Theatre Co. for children and adults on the autism spectrum and other special needs. 10 am; sensory-friendly activities will follow at 11 am. Globe’s Copley Plaza, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org Insect Festival. Meet thousands of creepycrawlies including insects, snakes, lizards and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Kids can make insect crafts, practice bug collecting and get a taste of cooked mealworm. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm. Included with garden admission. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org FREE All-American Car Show XXI. Plus People’s Choice Awards, music and DJ, opportunity drawings and vendors. 8 am-3

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pm. MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Encinitas. www.moparclubsandiego.net Aloha Plunge. Island-themed pool games, giant inflatables, key logs, a special Polynesian dance performance and more. 5-9 pm. $10; ages 3 & under free. Food available for purchase. Register online. Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd., Carlsbad. www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec FREE Outdoor Movie Screenings of “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” See July 5. Lake Poway Family Campout. See July 6. FREE Bird Park Summer Concerts. See July 6. Summer Concert Series at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. See July 6. FREE SDCCU Holiday Bowl Youth Football Clinic. See page 31.

Musical performances, storytelling, prizes and activities. 12:30-5 pm. Logan Heights Library, 567 S. 28th St. www.mingei.org FREE Open Cockpit Days. See July 6. FREE Sunday Summer Concerts by the Sea. See July 7.

monday | 22 Seadragons & Seahorses. View this new permanent exhibition that celebrates the care and conservation of these unique creatures. Discover one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world, encounter Weedy and Leafy Seadragons, as well as different species of seahorses and pipefish. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. $15-$19.50. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. See July 1.

sunday | 21 Family Fun Day at Del Mar. Pony rides, giant inflatable slides, bungee trampolines, a meet and greet with Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, face painters, soccer clinics and more. Kids, ages 12 & under, will also receive a plush racehorse giveaway (while supplies last). Free admission for children under 18. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com FREE Family Sunday Pop-Up Hosted by Mingei International Museum.

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Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea.” This exhibit 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. www.sdmaritime.org

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friday | 26 “Hooray for Hollywood: A Night at the Oscars.” The magical music of Oscar-winning movies and songs returns to Bayside Summer Nights! Tonight & tomorrow, 7:30 pm; visit website for tickets. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org Family Swim Nights in San Marcos. See July 6. FREE Ultimate Superhero Action with “Incredibles 2.” See July 12.

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San Marcos Family Campout. Arts and crafts, s’mores, outdoor games, a flashlight hike and a movie. 2 pm until tomorrow, 9 am. $15 includes hot dog dinner and continental breakfast. Register by July 19. Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr. www.san-marcos.net International Youth Symphony. Gifted student musicians from around the world join

Children’s Creative & Performing Arts Academy top San Diego Youth Symphony students for a must-see performance. 4 pm. $25. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org FREE Bon Odori Festival. Japanese food, taiko drumming, martial arts demos, a koto performance, game booths for kids, talks on Buddhism and Bon Odori dances. Today & tomorrow, noon-8 pm. Vista Buddhist Temple, 150 Cedar Rd. www.vbtemple.org FREE Watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Outdoors. See July 6.


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Living the Impossible. This new exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the completion of the San Diego & Arizona Railway with photographs, artifacts and model trains that retell the stories of the people who persevered in building this impossible railroad. Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm; Sat. & Sun., 11 am-5 pm. $6-$11.50; ages 5 & under free with paid adult. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdmrm.org

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saturdays/sundays FREE Stagecoach Days. Explore various aspects of San Diego’s culture and history. Saturdays, July 27-Aug. 17, noon-4 pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego FREE Live Music at Seaport Village. Sundays, through July 28, 1-4 pm at East Village Gazebo. 849 West Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com FREE Summer Concerts at Standley Park. Sundays, July 14-Aug. 25, 5-7 pm. 3585 Governor Dr., San Diego. www.universitycitynews.org Sesame Street Party Parade at SeaWorld. Saturdays & Sundays, through Sept. 1. See website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com FREE Sundays at Six. Catch this summer concert series in La Mesa. Through July 28, 6-7 pm. Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St. www.lamesaparks.org FREE Coronado Summer Concert Series. Sundays, through Sept. 1, 6 pm. Spreckels Park, 7th St. & Orange Ave. www.coronadoconcert.com FREE Village Walk’s Summer Sundays. Live bands, cool cars, food and product samples from merchants, and free crafts for kids. Through July 21, 5 pm. 878 EastLake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com

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FREE Poway’s Summer Concert Series. Sundays, through Aug. 11, 5:30-7 pm. Concerts will be held either at Lake Poway or Old Poway Park. For concert schedule, visit www.poway.org. Family Weekends at Del Mar. Head down to the infield for attractions including pony rides, a giant obstacle course, face painters, Game Zone, the Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, and more. Saturdays & Sundays, July 20-Sept. 1, 1 pm. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com

mondays FREE San Diego International Organ Festival. A showcase of the world’s finest organists and musicians. Mondays, through Aug. 26, 7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. www.spreckelsorgan.org

tuesdays FREE Twilight in the Park. Enjoy an array of genres, from big band swing and Dixieland jazz to military bands and Latin salsa. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, through Aug. 29, 6:30-7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. www.balboapark.org/twilightconcerts

wednesdays FREE Cajon Classic Cruise. See a bevy of the finest classic cars. Wednesdays, 5-8 pm. Prescott Promenade, downtown El Cajon. www.cajonclassiccruise.org 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. www.ultrastarmovies.com FREE Twilight in the Park. See Tuesdays.

thursdays FREE Santee Summer Concerts. Thursdays, through Aug. 22 (except July 4), 6:30-8 pm. 550 Park Center Dr. www.santeesummerconcerts.com FREE Flicks at the Fountain. A series of family films at Carlsbad Village’s fountain at the corner of State St. & Grand Ave. Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 15, starting at dusk. www.carlsbadvillage.com/events/flicks-at-the-fountain

FREE Concerts at the Cove. Thursdays, through Aug. 29, 6 pm. Fletcher Cove Park, 111 South Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us FREE Twilight in the Park. See Tuesdays.

fridays FREE TGIF Concerts in the Parks. Fridays, through Aug. 16, 6-8 pm; pre-shows at 5 pm. Concerts will be held at community parks in Carlsbad. Also, food vendors and hands-on art activities for all ages. Visit www.carlsbadca .gov/tgif for schedule and locations. Movies at the Roller Rink. Have fun roller skating outdoors while watching family movies at Viejas Outlet Center. Fridays, through Aug. 30, 7:30 pm. July 5: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; July 12: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part; July 19: The Jungle Book; July 26: Inside Out. $10 includes rental skates. 5005 Willows Rd., Alpine. For the list of movies, visit www.viejas.com. Dinner and a Concert. Great music performed by local bands and musicians from all over, plus sumptuous food offered by downtown restaurants. Fridays, through Sept. 27, 6-8 pm. Concerts are free. Prescott Promenade, downtown El Cajon. www .downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert FREE Food Truck Fridays. Featuring a diverse, rotating selection of gourmet food trucks, live musical acts, giant family game sets, kids’ activities, and special evening hours and programs at participating park museums. Through Sept. 27, 4-8:30 pm. Plaza de Panama/El Prado walkway, Balboa Park. www.balboaparkconservancy.org/food-truck FREE Cruisin’ Grand Escondido. See hundreds of cars line the streets of historic downtown Escondido at this weekly classic car cruise. Also, live bands, contests and prizes. Fridays, through Sept. 27, 5-9 pm. Along Grand Ave. www.cruisingrand.com FREE Hidden City Sounds. This new summer music series offers a different genre of live music every week. Also, DJs, food trucks and inflatables. Fridays, through Oct. 4, 6 pm. Advance reservations recommended. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org

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