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22 Graduation and Birthday Money “Cakes” How to elevate monetary gifts

12 Publisher’s Letter + Local Dads 14 Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips 28 June Calendar of Family Events

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32 Summer Concerts in San Diego Savor the sweet sounds of summer

16 Dad’s Day Out What he really wants this Father’s Day 18 Being Dad Great groups that support fatherhood

41 The Marketplace

20 25 Awesome Party Ideas Suggestions to make your celebration memorable 24 Summer Toy Review Kid-tested, parent-approved toys 26 10 Weeks of Summer Fun — Planned! Get your summer figured out with these tips 42 Readers Page: San Diego Dads Featuring photos of local dads and kids

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On the Cover: Santee resident, Steven Malinoski, looks forward to spending time outdoors this Father’s Day with his wife Anne, and sons Jack (5) and Jimmy (3). Cover photo (and VW bus) provided by: Cindy Kyle Photography

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Publisher’s Letter

We are Celebrating! Happy Dad’s Day and Happy Summer! School is already out for many students, or it will be out soon. Graduations and end-of-school parties happen this time of the year. Family Magazine gives you many party ideas on page 20; I love the money cake on page 22. You can also use these great ideas for birthday parties. Check out our summer toy review on page 24 if you are purchasing gifts. Find more toys at www.sandiegofamily .com. We would like to thank the San Diego County kids and parents who reviewed these toys. They are played with and tested and then we publish some of the best ones. Look for outdoor and water toy reviews in our July issue. Dad’s Day is June 16. Our Readers Page (p. 42) featuring local dads and kids, shows smiles and giggles. Many times it’s hard to get something special for Dad. Freelance Writer Anne Malinoski provides some new, cool ideas on page 16 for family day or personal day activities. Dads are important in our family lives. There are many dad support groups in the county — find some on page 18. Parenting is not easy. Many times we parent the way we were raised. That way may not be the best. By talking with other dads and mentors, new behaviors can be learned. Modeling good behavior is beneficial in many situations. Summer camps are still available. Check out our camp advertisers in this issue and look over our virtual camp fair at You will find the perfect camps for your kids.

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Local dads share their versions of an ideal Father’s Day. Phillip Hynes of Imperial Beach, dad to Cash (3) and Rush (7; not pictured): My perfect day includes brunch with the family in Dana Point, followed by a day on Catalina Island. We’d play miniature golf, eat fish & chips dockside, see a movie at the Avalon Casino, visit the ice cream parlor, put the kiddos to bed and enjoy a nightcap on the patio.

Carmichael Koupaki of Mission Valley, dad to Cataleya (9 mos.): The ideal Father’s Day starts with hot cocoa and fresh bread with butter and honey. Then roller skating by the beach, lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, a nap and playing with my daughter as much as possible.

Jeffrey Obal of Imperial Beach, dad to Jeremy (2): My ideal Father’s Day is to wake up to a nice homemade breakfast, then spend the day at Disneyland with my wife and 2-year-old son.

Jimy Ruiz of Chula Vista, dad to Calisto (5): Father’s Day is not a once-a-year celebration — it’s every day! Our father/son bond blossoms and thrives every moment we spend together. Whether we are playing Rock-PaperScissors at home or enjoying a theme park, as long as we do things together, we are in a world of love, respect and happiness.

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Nothing says fun party idea (or summer activity) like edible kids crafts! Arena Blake, blogger at The Nerd’s Wife, shares fun ideas in her book Awesome Edible Kids Crafts, available on Amazon. Try making Edible Kinetic Sand, Marshmallow Paint, Birthday Cake Playdough, Woven Candy Friendship Bracelets and more. Want to try a project right now? Find her recipe for Edible Dragon Eggs at www.sandiegofamily .com/dining-recipes/edible-dragon-eggs.

“Marines in Flight” Art Contest The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation is sponsoring “Marines in Flight,” an art contest giving students in grades 6­–12 a platform to express creativity as they learn about U.S. and aviation history and the men and women who designed, built and flew iconic aircraft. Cash prizes will be awarded in two age categories; all entries have a chance to win an iPad Pro. Open to San Diego County students in grades 6­–12 and military dependents in the Southwest Region. Deadline: June 7. Find complete details at programs/art-contest.

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National Recognition for Two Local Museums The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant contributions to their communities. Two of the 10 medal recipients are in San Diego County! Congratulations to The New Children’s Museum (Downtown San Diego) and Barona Cultural Center & Museum (Lakeside)! Awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., on June 12. Learn more at

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What he really wants this Father’s Day I struggle to make Father’s Day special for my husband, largely because we disagree on the definition of “special.” For instance, I have specific, lavish expectations for Mother’s Day: A hollandaise-soaked brunch followed by hours of peace to luxuriate in my books—far out of range of the children’s snack and juice requests. My husband is much more practical and content by nature. One Father’s Day, I gave him a PowerPoint outlining our favorite things about him. He said it was the best gift of his life—and I believe him because he cried a little. If you’re looking to impress Dad this year, take time to consider what special means to him. Does he want to go on a family outing? Or would he really appreciate some alone time? Here’s a quick guide to get you started.

A Day with the Kids If Dad wants to make memories with the kids this Father’s Day, skip the restaurant and enjoy some active time as a family. Keep it simple with a hike, bike or picnic. Better yet, branch out and teach the kids something new. Dad can play coach as the children attempt his favorite obscure sport. Racquetball or footgolf, anyone?

Dad Squad Now that they all have families, Dad probably spends less time with his friends. Encourage them to reconnect with a day on the water. Sailing San Diego Bay is a great choice for bonding and relaxing. Rent a sailboat or have one chartered. They can share snacks, drinks and great music along with stunning views of the city skyline and Coronado Bridge. Go big and book a fishing excursion for extra fun.

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Send Dad and his crew to The Whiskey House for top shelf guy time. This Gaslamp bar offers tasting flights, house-made sausages, charcuterie boards and more. With over 2,800 selections, they hold the Guinness World Record for most varieties of whiskey commercially available in the world.

Time with his Dad Maybe he’d prefer to spend the day with his dad this year. Fathers and sons love a home barbecue. Send them to a first-rate butcher shop like Iowa Meat Farms or The Butchery (new to Del Mar) to select favorite steaks and sausages. Then, gather the family to prepare sides while they enjoy guy time at the grill. For a throwback they’ll both appreciate, send Dad and Grandpa to a Padres game. They’ll savor the special time together—right along with those tri-tip nachos.

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Being Dad

Great groups that support fatherhood

Men deserve community and support as they navigate parenthood. There are a number of local dad groups that encourage positive parent-child relationships and help men feel less alone as they experience the challenges and joys of fatherhood. A great group can provide new parenting techniques or an opportunity to mentor others. Take a look at San Diego’s best support organizations for fathers.

to bond with a trusted man. Joash Sollenberger has served as a mentor for more than 10 years. When his wife passed away last year, he enrolled their son in a group for extra support. “This program digs deep into the hearts of these young men and leaves a lifelong impression on everyone involved,” Sollenberger says. Visit to learn more about volunteering.

director at SAY San Diego. The program utilizes the 24/7 Dad curriculum provided by the National Fatherhood Initiative. Dinner and childcare are provided. Visit www.saysandiego .org/program/healthy-start-militaryfamilyresource-center/dads-corps for more information or call 858-810-8259 to find a workshop near you.

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Boys to Men Mentoring builds connection and trust between at-risk teens and male role models. Groups meet weekly at more than 30 middle and high schools throughout the county, where trained mentors demonstrate what it means to be a good man by discussing the challenges they’ve faced. The organization also hosts bimonthly social outings like fishing trips, campouts and football games. Mentors help the boys feel safe and respected, so they can share their struggles openly with the community. For many teen participants, it is their first opportunity

The San Diego Chapter of Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) offers a free six-week workshop series for fathers, bringing together men from both the civilian and military communities. Dads connect with fellow dads to discuss healthy relationships, child development and stress management. Special topics include positive coparenting and economic stability. “Dads Corps engages fathers and children to build healthier family relationships and thrive as stronger parents, partners and providers,” says Daniel Romero, senior program

POPS was originally founded as an advocacy organization supporting men’s parental rights. The group now supports mothers as well. POPS can help build step-by-step reunification plans for families struggling with custody agreements. They provide counseling and legal clinics to prepare parents for family court, while simultaneously working to grow their clients’ parenting skills. Classes are offered on a range of topics from successful co-parenting to conflict resolution. POPS is also a professional provider for court-ordered supervised visitation. Learn more at

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Father2Child through Mental Health America of San Diego County Father2Child is a free 12-week parenting workshop for fathers in central San Diego. The program is court approved, but voluntary participants are welcome and encouraged. Dads connect with peers while discussing healthy parenting techniques. Participants work towards deeper relationships with their children while learning about the important influence a father has in his child’s development. Father2Child boasts a popular alumni mentorship program, which brings graduates back to share their success with new participants. This program utilizes the 24/7 Dad curriculum provided by the National Fatherhood Initiative. father2child

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NFAR Men’s Group The National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) hosts a monthly men’s group for parents and grandparents of children with autism. Each free event features a guest speaker and the opportunity to connect with peers in a relaxed setting. Share your struggles, learn what’s working for other families and celebrate each other’s successes. The group meets monthly at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto on Kearny Villa Rd. Pizza and salad are provided. If you’d like to attend, RSVP at www.nfar .org/mens-group-latest-news.html.

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Meetup Finding like-minded parents is easier than ever with the help of Meetup. Search online for the type of group you’d like to join and view tons of local options. Interested in meeting other stay-at-home dads? How about a group for single parents? Meetup connects parents with interests that range from natural living to adventure outings. You can always start a new group to connect with the people you’d like to meet. Visit to find your people. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Parent groups have helped her feel understood and supported.

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Your next celebration is fast approaching and you’re wondering where to hold the party. Perhaps the thought of having it at home makes you break out in a cold sweat. Maybe it’s simply not an option. As the mother of two kids, now a teen and tween, I’ve spent over a decade attending or hosting parties at dozens of different spots. There truly is a place for everyone and every budget. So, check out this list of 25 awesome and unique ideas for your next birthday shindig or family celebration and get ready to party!

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• Take your group to a local sporting event, such as a Minor League Baseball game. The closest team to San Diego is Lake Elsinore Storm. • Have an animal encounter at the San Diego Zoo or Wild Wonders. • Go to a community swimming pool, water park or splash pad. • Rent a pavilion at a local park for “home base” while the kids run around. • Piggyback your party on a special event, such as an outdoor summer concert or movie in the park. • Take a walk or hike at a nature center or botanical garden, where you can learn about the outdoors and celebrate with a picnic. • Visit a fire station. Most local fire stations offer short tours for kids, let them climb on the trucks, and take photos with firefighters. Have a “Plan B” because the visit will be cut short in the event of an actual fire. • Pick seasonal fruit at an orchard or visit a pumpkin patch in the fall. • Throw a party at one of San Diego’s fabulous children’s museums. • Craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michaels offer classes or parties for kids and supplies are included. • Create your own furry friend at Builda-Bear Workshop or “adopt” a baby (doll) at Distroller in Fashion Valley. • Indulge in movies at a luxury theater. • Go to a bowling alley. Check websites for group specials and party packages that include two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and drinks. • Scale the highest heights at an indoor rock climbing center. • Play laser tag!

• Celebrate at a mini golf course. • Schedule a group martial arts or fencing class, where kids learn ageappropriate skills. • Go roller-skating and see an outdoor movie at Viejas in Alpine. • Jump over to a trampoline park. • Visit the San Diego Humane Society or host a Puppy Party (yes, it’s a thing!). a cat café. When my daughter turned 10, we took five friends to our local cat cafe. We paid a fee to visit and play with adoptable cats, then came home to celebrate with dessert. Call ahead for availability and ask parents in advance if there are any allergies. • Have a party at a bounce house or inflatables venue. • Gymnastics clubs and gyms offer space and time for kids to run, jump and play to their heart’s content. • Cool off with an ice skating party at San Diego Ice Arena. Ask about party packages that include skate rentals, public skating and instruction, if needed. Recommended for kids who can already skate or have fun trying. • Book a group class at a painting studio or with a mobile art instructor. • Celebrate at an indoor play place, such as at play cafes and fast food restaurants.

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Cool Toys of SUMMER This season’s kid-tested, parent-approved toys entertain kids during summer break, and make great gifts for friends, too. Pick up next month’s issue for more reviews of outdoor and water toys. Visit for our full list of toys. Plan a family game night! Find more new games at kid-tested-toy-review/fun-familyboard-games.

Yoga Dice $11.99; 6+ This fun, simple game helps children learn 36 yoga poses while increasing flexibility and focus.

Techno Kids Stack & Spin Gears Super Set $23.99; 2+ Stack and sort gears in any configuration for open-ended exploration of simple mechanics. “A great engineering toy that promotes STEM learning,” says Kim. “My 3-year-old plays with it independently for hours!”

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Pam Molnar

I can’t work during the summer if I don’t have activities planned for the kids in advance. Luckily, there are hundreds of local opportunities to keep the kids busy. How’s your summer shaping up? Here are ideas to get you going, if you’re feeling a little behind — or need to fill gaps in the calendar.



Spend a week at Grandma’s. Every year my sister and I spent a week with our grandparents. Twice we went on vacation with them, but most years we just hung out at their house. We played with cousins, went shopping and attended local events. It was nice to experience life with my grandparents in charge and it gave my parents the opportunity to not worry about us for a week.

Go to Vacation Bible School (VBS). Held at many churches every summer, VBS is a program kids can participate in from preschool to high school and beyond. It is usually a half-day camp where kids do crafts, sing songs, watch skits and play games around a bible theme. When kids outgrow the activities, they can volunteer as a leader.

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Attend a camp (or two) from San Diego Family’s Summer Camp Guide. Find day camps or overnight camps that feature traditional activities or focus on STEM, art, dance, animals, academics, drama, interior design, team sports, water sports and more. Start planning at


Go on vacation. Most families take some type of break from their regular routine — even if it’s a staycation. Consider allowing your kids to invite a friend so they have someone their age to hang out with. Maybe that same friend will invite your child to go on vacation with their family; better yet, plan it that way. Get travel inspiration at

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Attend a local high school or college camp. Many schools and colleges offer weeklong sports, music, science, technology and other academic camps, often run by students and/or coaches and school instructors. Camps are usually available to kids third grade through high school.


Create your own summer camp. Work with neighbors and friends to arrange a variety of fun activities. Save a few vacation days to take your kids (and theirs) to local museums, theme parks, playgrounds, nature trails, movies, etc. Consult Out & About with Kids at out-about for tons of ideas.


Have an unscheduled and unstructured week. This is the week to catch up on projects at home, play, do nothing, be bored and create your own fun. Be spontaneous! Hopefully this is peppered throughout summer.


Volunteer. If you have teens, they can volunteer some time helping younger kids have fun. Libraries need help with summer reading program tables. Churches need VBS helpers. Animal shelters need dog walkers. Food pantries need shelf stockers and nursing homes are always happy to see younger faces. Find more ideas for teens at parenting/teen.



Take it day by day. When planning your summer calendar, turn to websites like Groupon that offer discounts on entertainment, or consider a Balboa Park Explorer Multi-Day Pass, which is good for one week.



Explore one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world.

Have a “get ready for school” week. This is the week to shop for school supplies and clothes, clear out clothes that no longer fit, and discuss a school lunch plan. This is also the time to take care of dentist appointments, school physicals and other necessary tasks before school starts again. v Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She has discovered that the best summer plans are made early.


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Jennifer A. Burman 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

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saturday | 1 CYT San Diego’s “Peter Pan.” Today, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 pm. Mater Dei Catholic High School, 1615 Mater Dei Dr., Chula Vista. FREE Art Around Adams. Enjoy this twomile music and art walk filled with exhibits, live performances and Kid Zones. Noon-8 pm. Along Adams Ave., Normal Heights & Kensington. FREE Summer Reading at the Library: Read. Learn. Create. Today until Aug. 31 at San Diego County Library branches.

Padres Home Games. See them play against the Marlins tonight and tomorrow. Other home games this month: June 3-5 (vs. Phillies); June 6-9 (vs. Nationals); June 17-19 (vs. Brewers); June 28-30 (vs. Cardinals). Also, KidsFest tomorrow, June 9 & 30. For game times and tickets, visit website. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. FREE Tecolote Family Day. Naturethemed presentations by a Native American storyteller, critter encounters, hands-on discovery nature tables, insect investigations, crafts, music and more. 10 am-2 pm. Tecolote Nature Center, 5180 Tecolote Rd., San Diego.

New for 2019 Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. $15-$19.50. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. FREE RB Alive! Street Fair. Entertainment, food and more than 300 booths. 10 am-4 pm. Bernardo Center Dr., between Lomica Dr. & Bernardo Plaza Ct., Rancho Bernardo.

FREE Kids Workshop at The Home Depot: Putting Green. Dads and kids can talk about the mindset and strategies used in the game of golf as they build a putting green. 9 am-noon. For participating locations and to register, visit

FREE Summer Reading Program: It’s Showtime at Your Library! Today until Aug. 31 at San Diego Public Library branches.

FREE Shimbashi Izakaya’s 10th Year Anniversary Celebration. Live Japanese taiko drumming, sake expo, Japanese street foods and sweets, festival games, cultural performances, music and crafts. Noon-4 pm. Del Mar Plaza Oceanview Deck (3rd flr.), 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar.

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FREE Flag Day Parade. Travels west through La Mesa Village along La Mesa Blvd., starting at 10 am. Also get free ice cream at The Lookout at Legacy Park (La Mesa Blvd. & Allison Ave.), while supplies last.

Seadragons & Seahorses. View this new exhibition that celebrates these unique creatures. Explore one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world, and see Weedy and Leafy Seadragons, as well as various species of seahorses and pipefish.

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.

Turn to page 32 to get your summer music fix courtesy of the hottest concerts around the county.

Editor’s Picks San Diego County Fair: Oz-some Photo courtesy of San Diego County Fair

Skip down the yellow brick road to the most Oz-some fair yet! Explore the magical world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale as you channel your inner courage in a whirlwind of carnival rides and concerts, expand your brain through creative and educational exhibits, and warm your heart by making lasting memories with family and friends. Through July 4 (closed Mondays & Tuesdays in June); visit website for hours and admission. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

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The Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego hosts this delightful literacy event featuring three local authors who will each entertain kids with a book reading and a craft or a related activity. Each child will also receive a free book (while supplies last) courtesy of San Diego Family Magazine. June 22, 10 am-1 pm. San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Binford I CAN, Too! Center, 330 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego.

FREE Fido Fest

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Dog lovers, young and old, and their canine pals are sure to have a tail-waggin’ good time at this annual dog festival filled with doggie demos, contests, games and crafts, the latest and greatest in pet products and services, dog adoptions and more. June 8, 9 am-1 pm. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr., Santee.

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Family Night: Father’s Day Plates. 6-7 pm. $5. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr.

San Diego International Boat Show. View more than 150 boats on display, from entrylevel family cruisers to motoryachts. Also, entertainment, food trucks, workshops and seminars. Today & tomorrow, noon-7 pm; June 8, 10 am-7 pm; June 9, 10 am-5 pm. $15; ages 12 & under free. Spanish Landing Park East, 3572 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

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The Sky Tonight: The Spectacular Summer Sky. Take a tour of the wonders of the summer sky in this monthly planetarium show. 7 & 8:15 pm. $17.95-$19.95. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

Doughnut Day San Diego Greek Festival. Celebrate Greek culture with culinary delights and pastries, music and dance, Kids’ Fun Zone, church tours and more. Today, 5-10 pm; tomorrow, 11 am10 pm; June 9, 11 am-8 pm. Free admission all day today and tomorrow & June 9 from 11 am-1 pm; ages 12 & under free. St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 3655 Park Blvd., San Diego. FREE Film & Float: “The Wizard of Oz.” Come to an outdoor screening of this classic flick, and join themed poolside games


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Savor the Sweet Sounds of Summer Start the season on a high note with outdoor gigs and annual summer concerts happening throughout the county. Toyota Summer Concert Series at the San Diego County Fair. This year’s “Ozsome” lineup includes Pitbull, Jake Owen, Air Supply, The Fab Four, Toby Keith and more. Select dates through July 4. Catch more live performances with the Paddock Concert Series, Solid Gold Concert Series and Coors Light Rock On Concert Series. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Details at FREE Live Music at Seaport Village. Daily, noon-4 pm at West Village Food Court; Sundays, 1-4 pm at East Village Gazebo. 849 West Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Viva La Música at SeaWorld. Don’t miss this Latin concert series filled with vibrant tunes, sumptuous food and fun! June 1 & 2; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. FREE First Friday Arts District “Amplified.” The June 7 event offers a live concert featuring New Reveille (opening act: Nena Anderson) plus a new pop-up market and a craft beer garden. 6:30-9 pm. Concert will be held at the North Promenade. Liberty Station, Point Loma. FREE Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park. June 9, 6-7:30 pm. Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. FREE Sam Hinton Folk Festival. Musical performances and workshops, an open mic stage and group jams. June 15, 11 am-5 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway. Father’s Day Concert & BBQ. On June 16, see a skydiving show, have your fill of delicious barbecue and listen to hits from various artists performed by Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. For schedule and tickets, visit

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FREE Summer Twilight Concerts in Del Mar: Sully and the Souljahs. June 18, 7 pm. Powerhouse Park, Coast Blvd. FREE Hullabaloo Concert Series at Del Mar Highlands. June 20, 10 am. 12925 El Camino Real, Ste. J-28, San Diego. Summer Concerts in the Gardens: High Tide Society. Enjoy listening to 70s and 80s soft rock hits. June 22, 7:30 pm. $20. Wood House at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos. Bayside Summer Nights: “Star-Spangled Pops.” Pay tribute to the nation’s history with patriotic favorites, popular film soundtracks and Broadway blockbusters. The evening closes with a spectacular fireworks display. June 28 & 29, 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit website. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego.

Weekly Concerts FREE Coronado Summer Concert Series. Sundays, through Sept. 1, 6 pm. Spreckels Park, 7th St. & Orange Ave. FREE Village Walk’s Summer Sundays. Live bands, cool cars, food and product samples from various merchants, and free crafts for kids. June 16-July 21, 5 pm. 878 EastLake Pkwy., Chula Vista. FREE Sundays at Six. June 16-July 28, 6-7 pm. Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St., La Mesa. FREE Poway’s Summer Concert Series. Sundays, June 23-Aug. 11 (except June 30), 5:30-7 pm. Concerts will be held either at Lake Poway or Old Poway Park. For concert schedule, visit FREE San Diego International Organ Festival. A showcase of the world’s finest organists and musicians. Mondays, June 24-

Aug. 26, 7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. FREE Twilight in the Park. Delight in an array of genres, from big band swing and Dixieland jazz to military bands and Latin salsa. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 18-Aug. 29, 6:30-7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. FREE Santee Summer Concerts. Thursdays, June 13-Aug. 22 (except July 4), 6:30-8 pm. 550 Park Center Dr. FREE Concerts at the Cove. Thursdays, June 20-Aug. 29, 6 pm. Fletcher Cove Park, 111 South Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. Dinner and a Concert. Awesome music performed by local bands and musicians from all over, plus great 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 Hidden City Sounds. This new summer music series offers a different genre of live music every week. Also, DJs, food trucks and inflatables. Fridays, June 7-Oct. 4, 6 pm. Advance reservations recommended. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. FREE TGIF Concerts in the Parks. Fridays, June 21-Aug. 16, 6-8 pm; preshows at 5 pm. Concerts will be held at community parks in Carlsbad. Also, food vendors and hands-on art activities for all ages. Visit for schedule and locations.

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Movies at the Roller Rink. Have fun roller skating outdoors while watching your favorite movies at Viejas Outlet Center. Fridays, through Aug. 30, 7:30 pm. $10 includes rental skates. 5005 Willows Rd., Alpine. For the list of movies, visit

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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.

saturday | 8 KPBS Kids Workshop: Curious George. 10 am-noon. Included with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE Open Cockpit Days. Select aircraft will be open for visitors to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Today, tomorrow, June 22 & 23, 9 am-3:30 pm. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego (entrance is on Miramar Rd.).  San Diego Festival of the Arts. A showcase of stunning works from nearly 200 worldrenowned artists. Also, live entertainment, outdoor games and delicious flavors from San Diego’s top restaurants. Today, 10 am-6 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. Tickets start at $14. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown San Diego. Kids in the Garden: Wind Chimes. Make unique wind chimes using natural materials. 10 am-noon. $5. Pre-registration required. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. FREE Fido Fest. See page 29.

sunday | 9 Roller Skating at Viejas Casino & Resort. Have a blast at 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.

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monday | 10 Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea.” View this 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.

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Corn on the Cob Day Sweet New Rides at Belmont Park. Check out the renovated Tilt-A-Whirl ride where guests can enjoy spinning inside ice cream cone-themed pods. For thrill-seekers, the new ride, Zero Gravity, features a circular gondola that rises, twists and drops for a true “zero gravity” experience. Open daily; visit website for hours and tickets. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego.

wednesday | 12 Summer Safari. Don’t miss exciting animal days, live music, 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.

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Nature & Me Story Time: Tidepools. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

friday | 14 Tidal Twister at SeaWorld. Accelerating to 30 miles per hour, this exciting, new ride demonstrates the power of the ocean! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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Junior Science Club: The Science of Sound. Discover the science behind your favorite instruments and design your own noisemaker. 11 am-12:30 pm. $15. Pre-registration required. For grades 1-4. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. Whammock! Experience this interactive, three-dimensional 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. Opens today; visit website for hours and admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. Father’s Day Sail. Spend the day aboard the Californian or San Salvador. Have lunch and beer (or soda) onboard, and join the crew and trim the sails or simply relax and enjoy the sail on the bay. Today & tomorrow, 11:30 am-3 pm. $59-$99. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

sunday | 16 Father’s Day Father’s Day Celebration at the Wave Waterpark. Free admission for dads with a paid child’s ticket. Noon-5:30 pm. Mention code: DAD DAY at the ticket booth. 101 Wave Dr., Vista.

Treat Papa to Brunch at The Del. 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Crown Room, Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. For reservations, visit Nighttime Zoo. Have a rocking good time at San Diego Zoo’s summer event as you explore the newest exhibit, Africa Rocks, and check out African-themed entertainment, the Wild About Animals show, trampoline performances, acrobatic feats and Call of the Night (starting June 28), a symphony of lasers, moving lights, music and rhythmic acrobats. Tonight until Sept. 2; visit website for park hours and admission. Balboa Park.

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Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise. Each dad receives a free pint glass. 11 am-1 pm & noon2 pm. Also, dinner sunset cruise from 6-9 pm. Departs from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For reservations, visit


monday | 17 Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. Watch The Secret Life of Pets, The Grinch and more. Mon.-Thurs., today until Aug. 8, 9:30 am. $1 per movie. 7510 Hazard Center Dr.

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tuesday | 18 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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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.

friday | 21 First Day of Summer FREE Make Music San Diego. The Old Globe’s AXIS program teams up with You Are Musical Project for an event that brings together ancient and modern musical tools

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Dive-in Movie Nights: “Aladdin.” 7-9 pm. $5. Kroc Center pools, 6753 University Ave., San Diego.

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Calendar • June to engage people in making music together. Families can make music with objects, iPads and instruments. Noon-4 pm. Old Globe Theatre’s Craig Noel Garden, Balboa Park.

saturday | 22 Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Welcome Summer. 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.

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The summer program serves students in grades TK-12. Younger children explore cultures from around the world, including their history, science, mathematics, and literature. Older students select individual courses, such as Logic & Critical Thinking, American Sign Language, and / or Astronomy. Contact the school to set up a tour.





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Full Day / Half Day / Single Day / Add-a-Day Options

All levels welcome: Fun, Safe, Educational, Music, Games, Cultural Activities, Conversation & Literature

Perfect blend of conversational skills incorporating group projects, art, science, cooking, nature, outdoor activities & daily field trips to Balboa Park museums and zoo ... all conducted in target language of choice. *Campers will be grouped by age as well as language level of language proficiency. All levels welcomed!

HURRY, SPACE IS LIMITED! ALSO OFFERING: Sunday, kids & family Spanish classes in Balboa Park & La Jolla, and NEW Mandarin classes at the SD Chinese Historical Museum downtown!

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SD Chess Club Building in Balboa Park • 2225 Sixth Ave, 92101

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FREE OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. Hot, hot chili plus four stages of nonstop music, Artists Alley, a community mural, yummy eats, shopping and a Kids Fun Zone. 10 am-8 pm. 4800-5000 blocks of Newport Ave., along the waterfront and in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot. Fairy Festival. Kids can wear their favorite fairy outfits and meet the Fairy Princess, build a fairy house, paint and fill a treasure chest, leave their wishes at the wishing bush, visit the Fairy Land Market and more. 10 am-4 pm. Included with admission; small fee for crafts. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. Family Overnight Aboard the Star of India. Embark on an imaginary voyage to relive the adventures of the emigrant passengers in The Great Age of Sail! Move cargo and raise sails, see areas of the ship normally closed to the public, and sleep on her “tween decks” out of the elements. 2 pm until tomorrow, 9 am. For ages 5 & up. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For reservations, visit FREE Mass Creativity. This community celebration offers art-making, music and performances, food, free museum admission and more. 9:30 am-3 pm. Event will be held at the park across from The New Children’s Museum (200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego). San Diego Scottish Highland Games. Highland dancing, sheepdog trials, pipe and drum competitions, live music, Scottish clan history and vendors. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. $5-$15. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. FREE Open Cockpit Days. See June 8. FREE READ 3x3. See page 29.

sunday | 23 Aquatica San Diego. Enjoy rides and thrills, a serene beachside resort atmosphere and close-up animal encounters at this awesome waterpark! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista.

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“Superpower Dogs.” This IMAX film lets you experience the life-saving superpowers and reBARKable bravery of some of the world’s most amazing canines. Showing daily; visit website for admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

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monday | 24 SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure. Check out this exhibit where you can see the actual Apollo 9 Command Module “Gumdrop,” sit in a Mercury capsule, take a selfie in a Mars space suit, see a life-sized Mars rover and more. Open daily, 10 am-4:30 pm. Visit website for admission. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park.

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Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. See June 17.

tuesday | 25 Sea & Shore. This 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.

wednesday | 26 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 LEGOinspired town built for ages 5 & under. Open daily; visit for park hours and admission.

thursday | 27 SEA the Change. Discover 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.

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“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 6, 7, 13 & 14, 8 pm. $25-$50. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. 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-5 pm. Visit website for admission. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

sunday | 30 FREE Girls Wellness Event. An empowering morning of creative fitness, team building and fun for rising 6th to 9th graders. 10-11:30 am. All abilities welcome. Road Runner Sports Store, 5553 Copley Dr., Kearny Mesa. Register at “Play Ball: A Symphonic Celebration of the Padres at 50.” Celebrate America’s favorite pastime with a program that highlights the Padres’ greatest hits, runs and wins with baseball tunes. 7:30 pm. Visit website for tickets. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. Padres Home Games. See June 1.

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Readers Page • San Diego Dads

It’s “Daddy’s” Day Darren Gretler of Carmel Valley hanging out with sons Todd (7) and Adam (9).

There’s nothing like swing time with Daddy! Here is Israel “Izzie” Corona of Santee with daughter Alylah (2).

Enrique Zepeda of North Park plays guitar with son Axcel (15 mos.).

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Anthony Calderon of Chula Vista with kids Sofia (9) and Gavin (7).

David Honda of Rancho Peñasquitos with daughter Everly (2) and son Kendo (5).

Anuj Tobi of San Marcos jumps for joy with sons Jaden (11) and Joshua (14). Not pictured: daughter Lia (4).

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San Diego Family June Issue 2019