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22 MOMpreneurs

Get to know, where you’ll discover a plethora of awesomeness for parents.

Meet seven local moms in business

Resources: Summer Camp •

2019 Summer Camp Guide

Just for You: Teen • Do’s and Don’ts on Prom Night

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Nancy Flint of Sugar Mamma Caramels

16 How Camp Supports Healthy Child Development Summer camp offers much more than a fun experience

For the Kids: Crafts for Kids • Cinco de Mayo Crafts

20 Getting Ready for Overnight Camp Tips for first-timers and parents

• DIY “Super Mom” Badge for Mother’s Day

26 Single Parent? Find Your Tribe! Why to find support beyond daily demands 46 Readers Page Featuring photos of San Diego moms and kids

in every issue 12 Publisher’s Letter + San Diego Moms 14 Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips

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Five-year-old Dominic of College Grove is excited to spend lots of time at the pool this summer before starting Kindergarten in the fall. Cover photo: Andy McRory Photography

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Publisher’s Letter

Happy Moms and Summer Camps There are many moms in San Diego County who are

MOMpreneurs (women who balance motherhood while running a business) because they found a need and filled it. San Diego Family’s contributing writer, Anne Malinoski, interviewed local moms who are on different career paths. Read about them on page 22. Also check out the Readers Page (p. 46) to see some happy, local moms with their kids. It is so much fun being a mom (and grandma)! As we have said many times, summer is for camps. It’s time for the kids to take a break from the school routine and have other adventures, exploring and learning in different ways. Many times this learning isn’t out of a book — it’s growing in self-confidence and leadership, experiencing new avenues that might be uncomfortable in the beginning. Find more benefits of camp on page 16. If the kids have been in day camp for a while, they may be ready for overnight camp. On page 20 are tips to help get them ready for a first-time overnight experience. Look over the advertisements in this issue and find great summer camps — give the companies a call for more information. May is National Hamburger Month, so I want to give a shout-out to Hodad’s in downtown San Diego and Ocean Beach — it has great hamburgers (piled high with ingredients) and delicious shakes. Another great place for hamburgers is Maggie’s in Serra Mesa. It’s in a small strip mall, so off the beaten track, but all the food is yummy! Moms — enjoy going out to lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day (May 12), whether it’s to have a hamburger or something else. Happy Mother’s Day! Main Office: 1475 Sixth Avenue, Fifth Floor, San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-685-6970 Fax: 619-685-6978 E-mail: Mission Statement To enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting.

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Local moms share what “the perfect Mother’s Day” means to them. Teresa James of San Carlos, mom to Norah (1) and Aria (3): A perfect Mother’s Day is enjoying my family and doing something low-key and fun for everyone. Their happiness is what I enjoy most!

Lupita Ortega of La Mesa with daughter Amaranta (14 mos.): Brunch and a walk near the beach with my husband and daughter, followed by a family celebration with the moms in my life who have provided a lot of support and guidance (mom, sister, mother-in-law).

Grety Moreira of Kearny Mesa, mom to Izyk (4) and Izabella (7; not pictured): I crave a fun family day! I love the outdoors, so a new hiking spot where the kids can play would be perfect — somewhere that gives me a little relaxation, while still enjoying my family. Lydia Grecco of San Carlos with son Keenan (2): Packing a lunch and heading to the park with Keenan to play on the playground and soak up the San Diego sun at the splash pad.

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Lisa Gipson Local Mom Blogger Releases New Cookbook

Jackie Bruchez, Oceanside mom of three and creator of the popular blog The Seaside Baker, recently released her first cookbook, Decadent Fruit Desserts: Fresh and Inspiring Treats to Excite Your Senses. The book features unique fruit desserts for any occasion (such as Meyer Lemon Chiffon Cake, Fresh Fig Banana Bread and Cantaloupe Rose Sorbet) and beautiful color photos. What is Bruchez’s idea of the perfect Mother’s Day? “A delicious brunch out (so I don’t have to do dishes) with a bloody mary or two, followed by a massage or facial and a trip to the Farmer’s Market where I can buy whatever I want. I like to spend a portion of the day with my family and the rest of the day relaxing and recharging.”

“Flying Colors” by Emily Auyon, 10th grade student at Westview High School

Don’t miss the San Diego Museum of Art’s student exhibition Young Art that runs through May 12. On Sunday, May 5 from 11:30am–12:30pm San Diego’s Best Spots for Mom’s Night Out students will be on site to speak According to San Diego moms, some of the best local spots to visitors about the content of for a night out with the girls are movies and a meal at The Lot their artwork and the creative in Liberty Station (, drinks at Rose Wine Bar process. in South Park ( or Madison on Park in Now in its 44th year, the University Heights (, a concert or dancing juried exhibition features the at Belly Up in Solana Beach (, dinner at C-Level on finest examples of artwork by Harbor Island or The Patio on Lamont in Pacific Beach San Diego County students in (; and getting creative at the Pinterestgrades K­–12. This year’s theme, come-to-life DIY studio in Hillcrest, AR Workshop (www.arworkshop Breaking Traditions, inspired .com/sandiego). So, what are you waiting for? Grab a few friends and students to submit work using plan a fun night out! color, line and shape, while considering important changes that occurred in the 20th Century and broke traditional ideas of what art should look like. The exhibit is located in Gallery 14/15, near Panama 66 in Balboa Park. Admission is free. Learn more at



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Lisa Pawlak

How Summer Camp Supports Healthy Child Development Summer camp often conjures happy images of playing outdoors, trying new activities and making friends. Because camp can provide such a positive and safe environment away from home to do all these things, many campers (and their parents) look forward each year to the next fun-filled, camp experience. According to the American Camp Association (ACA), summer camp is about much more than “just” fun. It helps kids develop social skills — leadership, communication and participation; build personal traits — responsibility, resourcefulness and resilience; and gain adeptness in community living — caring, fairness, citizenship and trustworthiness. Read on to discover the many ways that camp enriches the lives of children and, ultimately, makes our community a better place.

Kids Grow and Develop at Camp “In the camp community, the skills and traits that kids get from camp are often referred to as the four Cs: compassion, contribution, commitment and character,” explains ACA staff. “For years, campers’ parents have reported that when their children return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible.

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American Camp Association (ACA) Youth Outcomes Studies show: • 96% of campers said camp helped them make new friends. • 93% of campers said camp helped them get to know kids who were different than themselves. • 92% of campers said that people at camp helped them feel good about themselves. • 74% of campers said they did things at camp that they were afraid to do at first. ACA accreditation acknowledges programs committed to the health, safety and overall wellbeing of both campers and staff.



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“Camp also provides children with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value. It is a supportive environment that encourages kids to understand they are part of a larger community.” Along with the many benefits of personal and social development, camp can also mitigate some of the negative effects caused by kids spending too much time in front of electronic screens the rest of the year. Research shows that even small amounts of time outside improves a child’s ability to focus, lowers childhood obesity rates, establishes connections with nature, and allows kids to engage their imaginations while discovering free play.

Camp Helps Kids Prepare for School and Beyond Former campers state that camp helped prepare them for school and the workplace in a groundbreaking national study by the ACA that explores how camp prepares youth for college, career and life. They also report that relationship skills, appreciation for others’ differences, emotional regulation, and responsibility were among the things they learned at camp that they consider most important in their lives today. Sending kids to summer camp can help prevent the dreaded “summer slide” (the tendency to lose academic skills over summer). According to the ACA, camp is an experiential learning environment that helps stem summer learning loss. Many camps offer a plethora of activities for campers that includes: rocket building, pottery, dance, geocaching, STEM activities and so much more. To discover the perfect summer camp for your child to thrive, check listings throughout this issue and visit San Diego’s summer camp guide at www v Lisa Pawlak is a contributing writer and Encinitas resident.


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Getting Ready for Overnight Camp 6 tips for first-timers and parents There are few things more exciting in a kid’s

life than the first time at sleepaway (overnight) camp. How do you prepare a child — and yourself — for the big event? Drawing on my own experience as the parent of a teenage son who’s a happy camper, as well as conversations with other parents, here are six things we recommend to get ready for overnight camp.

Prepare for Camp Together It’s best for kids to take ownership of this exciting experience. To do that, prepare for camp with your child: shop together for items on the packing list and pack jointly using luggage that isn’t too difficult for the child to carry on his own. Build excitement by talking about the incredible things campers will experience, and explain rules and expectations of camp staff.

Have a Sleepover or Two Your kids will be away from you for an extended period of time — make sure it’s not their first overnight away from home! Some kids have no problem adjusting; others may need practice. Organize a couple sleepovers at different friends’ houses to get them used to being away from home. If needed, schedule a couple more before departure for camp.

Speak to Neighborhood Parents Reach out to other parents from your neighborhood or child’s school to see if they are sending their kids to the same camp. Most camps allow requests for kids to bunk with one or more friends. Rest assured — whether they attend with a friend or not,

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they’re going to meet lots of other kids and make new friends.

Ask Camp Staff about Communication Find out what the camp policy is when it comes to communicating with your child via email, letter or care package. What is the recommended number of communications? Are there rules about what to send in a care package? If toys are permitted, choose things that kids can enjoy with other campers, such as Frisbees and small games, instead of toys geared for an individual. For our son’s first sleepaway camp, my spouse and I sent several decks of cards in a care package. The kids ended up playing cards with camp counselors until late at night.

Don’t Hang Around too Long When you finally arrive at camp for drop-off, do your kids (and yourself) a favor and leave as soon as they’re settled in. Walk them to their cabin (if permitted), help them unpack (if necessary), and then extract yourself as quickly as possible. Kids are eager to meet other kids and there’s nothing as embarrassing as a parent who lingers for what appears to be no good reason. It also makes goodbyes more difficult for anyone who is apprehensive. Let your child start bonding and connecting with counselors and other kids on his own.

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Don’t Worry — They’re Going to Be Fine Once you’re back in the car, take a deep breath and head home with confidence. Your kids are going to be fine and so will you. Trust me. v Tanni Haas, Ph.D. is a freelance writer and university professor. May 2019 • •


MOMpreneurs Local moms in business

Anne Malinoski

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating local moms who inspire us with their passion, leadership and creativity.

Each of these women founded her business while managing a family — the kind of achievement that gives fellow moms goosebumps and happy tears. Soak up their inspiring stories and be sure to follow them online. It feels so good to support hard-working women!

Charlene Corn CeeCee & Bee

Sugar Mamma made a stir at the 2012 San Diego County Fair when Talmadge mom Nancy Flint won “Best Sweet Treat” for her buttery-soft Sea Salt Caramels. Since then, she’s expanded her offerings to include 17 seasonal caramel flavors, handcrafted marshmallows, caramallows and s’mores. Sugar Mamma Caramels was named “Favorite Dessert” in the 2018 Union-Tribune Readers Poll and won a Small Business Excellence Award in the newspaper’s dessert category. Flint’s journey to small business success hasn’t always been sweet. When her two daughters were quite young, a Stage IV cancer diagnosis ended her career as a childbirth educator and Certified Lactation Consultant. “After years of chemo, my girls asked me to homeschool them through middle school, which was invaluable — to be able to treasure every moment of living,” says Flint. When the girls were ready for college, they — along with Flint’s husband of more than 30 years — encouraged her to share those tasty caramels with the world. Flint’s advice to mom entrepreneurs: “Give yourself grace, as you will make many mistakes along the way. Pray a lot and enjoy a great glass of wine at the end of the day!”

Cardiff native Charlene Corn wasn’t looking to start a business. But when the single mom of two was struggling with income, she found potential in her own garden. “I started crafting with lavender trimmings from my backyard and decided to start making pure natural lavender soap — which is something I personally loved using,” says Corn. That idea inspired a line of handcrafted bath and body products, which she creates with her sister and business partner, Debbie Churchill. CeeCee & Bee customer favorites include Pacific Ocean Soap, Tub Tea and Pedicure in a Jar. All products are made with natural, locally-sourced ingredients that are eco-friendly and gentle on sensitive skin. “Using natural products like this is one small thing I have done to help me heal after trauma from abusive relationships,” says Corn. “Because I’ve seen the healing power of gentle self-care first hand, I created the Self-Care for a Cause program where I donate CeeCee & Bee products to women at domestic violence shelters to help them in their healing process as well.”

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Claudia Sandoval Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Host, Food Educator MasterChef winner Claudia Sandoval doesn’t mind that her job is hard to describe. “The truth is, I love that my work is so diversified. It keeps things challenging and fresh,” she says. In 2018, Sandoval helped launch Telemundo’s MasterChef Latino. She is a judge on the show, which earned high ratings in its first season and has been renewed for a second. When she’s not on set, her full plate includes a Global Ambassadorship for Tajin International, and a recurring invitation to host cooking demos at Disney’s annual Food and Wine Festival. Sandoval and her 13-year-old daughter live in her childhood home just outside of National City. For her, food evokes feelings of home and love. That’s why — no matter which hat she’s wearing — she strives to share the power of great recipes. “Life with my mom was filled with many of those memories and food was the master connector,” she says. “I love that my work allows me to constantly connect with others and see their relationships to food, technique and ingredients.” Follow Claudia’s Cocina: Twitter: @ChefClaudiaS Instagram: @ChefClaudiaSandoval Facebook: @chefclaudiascocina

Aida Yodites Delicate Seams Aida Yodites of Temecula became an intimates designer out of sheer necessity. The marketing professional and single mother of two couldn’t find age-appropriate underwear for her tween daughter. Children’s styles were too juvenile, and women’s styles too mature. So, she created a solution. Delicate Seams offers modestly cut tanks, panties and bras in neutral colors. Customers love the brand’s quality fabrics and comfortable styling. “Delicate Seams promotes positive messages for young girls — that modesty matters, that a growing and changing body is normal and to embrace that we all come in different shapes, sizes and skin tones,” says Yodites. It’s not easy to build a company from the ground up, but Yodites shares these words of wisdom for fellow businessminded moms: “If becoming a business owner is your heart’s desire, then follow your passion,” she says. “By taking the first step, you will have already taught your child one of the biggest lessons in life — to go for it!” Follow Delicate Seams: Instagram: @delicateseams Facebook:@delicateseams2017

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Allison Gharst and Kellie Dooley Queen Bee Market North County sisters Allison Gharst and Kellie Dooley are the creative power behind Queen Bee Market, a highly curated, handmade and vintage market that originated in San Diego with recent expansions to Las Vegas and Seattle. The team gathers amazing vendors from across the country to share their goods with shoppers in an Etsy come-to-life experience. They also host craft nights throughout the year. At these intimate events, guests enjoy a night of crafting paired with dinner, drinks, dessert, swag bags and a raffle. The sisters began their professional lives as teachers, but left education to focus on family (they each have three children). Crafting was mostly a creative outlet, until the duo discovered a real demand for their handmade creations. They became vendors at Queen Bee Market, and eventually bought the business from the original owners. “We absolutely love bringing together and supporting entrepreneurs, small business owners, crafters, moms and shoppers! It’s an amazing community to be a part of,” Gharst says. Follow Queen Bee Market: Instagram: queenbeemarket Facebook: queenbeemarket

Kyla Dahrling Tiny Trucker Fallbrook mom Kyla Dahrling wouldn’t have launched a fashion brand if her employer of 12 years had granted her request to shift to part-time. “After having my second child, I found it hard to juggle a full-time career and being a mom,” she says. Bothered by the lack of opportunity for part-time professional women, she left her pharmaceutical sales career and began designing trucker hats for babies. Her products are both functional and fashionable — offering sun protection as well as style. Today, her line includes mother-baby matching sets, and a wide selection of hats in sizes to fit the whole family. Dahrling proved that a team of women — including mothers, flexworkers and part-timers — could build a hugely successful brand. Tiny Trucker employs 27 women and grew by 300 percent last year. “We are 100 percent owned and operated by women and we are all so supportive of one another,” says Dahrling. Her advice to would-be entrepreneurs: “Recognize your weaknesses and surround yourself with people who have strengths in those areas.” Follow Tiny Trucker: Instagram: @TinyTruckerCo Facebook: @TinyTruckerCo v Anne Malinoski is an award-winning contributing writer and mother of two boys. She loves to shop small and support local families.

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what “single” means when growing a tribe. Of course, it is helpful to seek out and team up with other single parents. “Me too” conversations go a long way to soften the edges on days when you need reminding that you’re not alone in your solo parenting efforts. Yes, similar circumstances create a common bond, but don’t limit your tribe to only single parents. Every family with children faces challenges, and even those with two parents get stretched thin with long hours at work, a spouse’s deployment or a child with special needs. All parents need help with carpooling, an emergency contact on a form, or a backup babysitter when life goes off the rails. Make note of other parents with similar lives and schedules at the park, in playgroups or at your child’s school. Then say hello and make a connection. Single or not, parents bond over helping each other carry the load.

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learned I can’t do that and actually be happy. At every stage, I need to find people who ‘get it’ and understand.” For every strong parent who is quietly white knuckling it, there is a strong (and willing) helper who thinks silence means help isn’t needed. For every shy parent who doesn’t want to burden others, there is a shy helper who respects privacy. There are people waiting to be asked and it’s OK to let others know that you need extra hands. The response might be surprising like it was for Debby Thompson of Rancho Peñasquitos when she started asking for help. “I saw a side of human nature I never knew existed,” she says. “I didn’t know people could care so much for people they barely knew.”

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their children benefit from spending time with people whose lives look different from theirs. Think about inviting other family members, friends and neighbors with experience and perspectives that demonstrate what different family relationships look like. Don’t be shy about asking people at different stages and seasons of life like empty nesters or seniors who may have extra time to spare. You might discover that your family brightens their lives as much as they brighten yours.

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something difficult. To help reduce this pressure and save your sanity when you are emotionally maxed out, it’s a good idea to include other caring adults in your growing child’s life. Keep adding layers of support by involving trusted teachers, coaches and other mentors. Kids will benefit from the expanding network of care and learn by example how to one day grow a tribe of their own. Finding a tribe does much more than help single parents get through the day-to-day challenges of parenting solo. Growing a tribe means creating a caring community of parents, kids, and helpers who do life together and where everyone enjoys a greater sense of belonging. v Jody Lee Cates is a local single mom and blogger who writes about healthy relationships at

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friday | 3 Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

wednesday | 1 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. “VOLTA” by Cirque du Soleil. Through May 5; visit website for schedule and tickets. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

thursday | 2 “Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment.” Tonight & tomorrow, 7 pm; May 4, 11 am, 3 & 7 pm; May 5, 1 & 5 pm. Ticket prices start at $15. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego.

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“Seussical, The Musical.” The Cat in the Hat is your host and Horton the Elephant is your guide on this journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the World of the Whos! Through May 12. Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. Pajama Night tonight at 7 pm. Visit website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park. FREE Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. Live music and entertainment, lucha libre matches, a lowrider lane, a kids’ area and exclusive food and drink specials from participating restaurants in the historic Old Town area. Today, 4-9 pm; tomorrow, 10 am-10 pm & May 5, 10 am-8 pm. Padres Home Games. See them play against the Dodgers tonight, tomorrow & May 5. Other home games this month: May 6-8 (vs. Mets); May 16-19 (vs. Pirates); May 20-22 (vs. D-backs); May 31-June 2 (vs. Marlins). Also, KidsFest on May 5 & 19. For game times and tickets, visit website. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego.

FREE Children’s Mental Health Well-Being Celebration. 3-6 pm. ARTS (A Reason to Survive) Center, 200 E. 12th St., National City.

saturday | 4 Free Comic Book Day FREE Comic Book Day. Today, comic book shops across North America and around the world will give away free comic books to store visitors. For participating shops, visit Fallbrook Garden Club’s Garden Tour & Plant Sale. 9 am-3 pm. $20-$25. Fallbrook Historical Society, 260 Rocky Crest Rd. FREE Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego. Cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures, kids’ arts and crafts, martial arts demos, the Cultural Row and more. 10 am-5 pm. Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St.

Viva La Música at SeaWorld. Don’t miss this Latin concert series featuring vibrant tunes, sumptuous food and fun! Today, tomorrow, May 11-12, 18-19 and June 1-2; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. FREE Kids Workshop at The Home Depot: Blooming Art. Children can make Mom a handmade blooming art piece, and decorate it with paint. 9 am-noon. For participating locations and to register, visit Lilac Festival at Fort Cross. Explore a five-acre lilac farm and enjoy hay rides, hoedowns, a petting zoo, a reptile show, tomahawk throwing, fairy and dino garden making, and other activities. Through May 12. Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm; Sundays, noon-5 pm. $20-$35. 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel. Details at

sunday | 5 Cinco de Mayo FREE Fiesta de los Peñasquitos. At 10 am, see the parade showcasing marching bands, community organizations, school groups and more. Starts at Sun Devil Way and ends at the street fair on Black Mountain Rd. (between Carmel Mountain & Twin Trails). The fair opens at 11 am and offers more than 150 booths, food, a car show, carnival rides and other attractions. Miracle Babies Superhero 5K & Family Fair. 8 am-noon. Proceeds support families with critically ill babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma. To register, visit

monday | 6 Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10 FREE Hullabaloo Family Market. Live music, art projects, food, face painting and family-friendly vendors. 10 am-1 pm. San Dieguito Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.

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Editor’s Pick Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea Set sail for adventure courtesy of this waterfront celebration where guests of all ages can share a passion for the sea! Explore museum vessels and fascinating exhibits below deck, watch live performances at the Sea Chantey Festival (May 25), hang out at the Education Zone for kids, enjoy on-the-water adventures like Boarded! A Pirate Adventure staged aboard San Salvador, and more. May 25-27, 10 am-5 pm. General admission: $8-$18; ages 2 & under free. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

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Editor’s Pick Gator by the Bay Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Louisiana! Be part of the largest and most authentic Louisianathemed music and food festival this side of the bayou which boasts more than 100 live musical acts and special performances, authentic Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine, plus family activities including costumed Mardi Gras parades, hat-making with the Rad Hatter and face painting. May 9, 6-10:30 pm; May 10, 3:30-10:30 pm; May 11, 10:30 am-8:30 pm; May 12, 10:30 am-7:30 pm. Daily festival tickets: $35-$40; ages 17 & under free. Spanish Landing Park, downtown San Diego.

Butterfly Jungle. Walk among thousands of butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes in an aviary that also includes exotic birds, lush greenery and flowers. Through May 12; park open from 9 am-6 pm. Included with park admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido.

wednesday | 8 Family Night: Mother’s Day Flower Pots. 6-7 pm. $5. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr.

thursday | 9 Nature & Me Story Time: Dinosaurs. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

friday | 10 Mother’s Day Tea: Mother’s Day Memories. Traditional tea with hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show and musical entertainment. 3-4:30 pm. $10. San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Ave. FREE Super Tot Open House at Poway Gymnastics. Fun for little ones, walking to 5

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saturday | 11 KPBS Kids Workshop: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Today & tomorrow, 10 amnoon. Included with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. Chocolate Festival. Dozens of delectable chocolate tastings from various vendors, demos, kids’ activities, Mother’s Day gift ideas and more. 10 am-4 pm. Free with admission; tasting and activity tickets will be sold on site. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. “Wizard of Oz” by CYT San Diego. Today & May 18, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow & May 19, 2 pm. $18-$20. Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center. FREE SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park. Highlights include interactive art exhibits, local makers, fine art, live music, family activities and some of San Diego’s top craft beers. 11 am-10 pm. Along University Ave. May 2019 • •


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Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour in North County. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm. $30 for both days; under 17 free with adult. www FREE Balboa Park Pow Wow. Featuring traditional drum groups, singers, intertribal dancing and vendors. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm. Southwest cor. of Park Blvd. & Presidents Way.


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Heartland Coin Club of El Cajon’s Spring Coin Show. 10 am-4 pm. $3 admission. Cunnane Social Center at the Guardian Angels Church, 9310 Dalehurst Rd., Santee. FREE Craft at Lakeshore Learning Store: Celebrate Mom! Dotty Painting. For ages 3 & up. 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. FREE Cultura Fest. Experience indigenous Aztec blessing ceremonies, watch live performances by cumbia and Spanish rock bands, and enjoy giveaways, food trucks, an inflatable Kid Zone and vendors. 3 pm. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

sunday | 12 Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch with Live Jazz. Treat Mama to a brunch buffet, bottomless champagne, relaxing jazz tunes and stunning bay views. Each mother will take home a flower, compliments of Hornblower Cruises & Events. 9:30-11:30 am, 11 am-1 pm & 2:30-4:30 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. Departs from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Mother’s Day Yoga Flow at Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach. Take Mom to a refreshing yoga flow class on the lawn and breathe in the ocean air. 10-11 am. $20. 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad. www.eventbrite .com/e/mothers-day-yoga-flow-at-cape-reycarlsbad-beach-tickets-59140657298 Champagne Brunch at The Del. Indulge in culinary delights, listen to live music and receive a special treat. 9 am-2 pm. For fees and reservations, visit website. Crown Room or oceanfront Ballroom, Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave.

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Mother’s Day Celebration at The Flower Fields. Watch performances by the Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Ballet Folklorico and share a spectacular view of 50 acres of Tecolote Ranunculus flowers and other blossoms. 9 am-6 pm. $9-$18. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Westgate Hotel. 10 am-3 pm. 1055 Second Ave., downtown San Diego. For fees and reservations, visit “Seussical, The Musical.” See May 3.

monday | 13 “Superpower Dogs.” Don’t miss this IMAX adventure where you can experience the lifesaving superpowers and reBARKable bravery of some of the world’s most amazing canines. Showing daily; visit website for show times and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

tuesday | 14 “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Tonight & tomorrow, 7 pm; May 16 & 17, 7:30 pm; May 18, 2 & 7:30 pm; May 19, 1 & 6 pm. For tickets, visit website. For ages 6 & up. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure. Check out this new exhibit that uncovers mankind’s quest for the stars and how space exploration impacts our daily lives. Open daily, 10 am4:30 pm. Included with museum admission. $10.95-$19.95; ages 2 & under free. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park.

thursday | 16 “She Kills Monsters: Young Adventures Edition” tells the story of high schooler, Agnes Evans, as she deals with the death of her younger sister. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. Tonight & tomorrow, 6 pm; May 18, 2 & 6 pm; May 19, 2 pm. Note: Contains strong language and mild adult themes. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. 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 | 17 FREE Kroc Fit Kids Family Night: Family Swim. 7-8:30 pm. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego.

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Calendar • May Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Support Our Troops. 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. FREE Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival, Off-Street Fair & Carnival. Kite building and decorating, prizes for the best decorated kites, professional kite fliers and kite demos, crafters, gourmet food, live music and more. 10 am-4 pm. Robb Field, 2525 Bacon St. FREE Hot Rods & Cool Treats. Test your carnival game skills, build your own sundae, vote for your favorite car in the classic car show and hang out at the Fun Zone. 11 am-2 pm. Carnival tickets, food and drinks available for purchase. Pine Avenue Park, 3333 Harding St., Carlsbad. FREE Fiesta del Sol. An exciting lineup of performers, food, merchants and a Kids Zone with rides, games and hands-on activities. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-9 pm. Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach. Space Day at San Diego Air & Space Museum. Get the chance to touch a meteorite, build and fly a paper rocket, meet space experts, design your own space patch and more. 10 am-2 pm. Adults $19.95 ($3 off coupons available online); ages 17 & under free. Balboa Park. FREE El Cajon’s America on Main Street. This year’s event has an “Out of This World” theme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 lunar landing. Live bands and dance performances, a light show, kids’ activities, a scavenger hunt, vendors and more. 2-9 pm. Main St., between Magnolia & Avocado Aves. FREE How-To Festival. The San Diego Public Library, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union, hosts this interactive, educational event where 20 participating libraries offer various community presentations and workshops that visitors, young and old, can enjoy. 11 am-3 pm. Details at www.sandiego .gov/blog/how-festival-library.

sunday | 19 FREE Grand Avenue Festival. Vendors, international cuisine and live entertainment. 9 am-5 pm. Along Grand Ave., from Centre City

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Calendar • May to Juniper, downtown Escondido. www “Wizard of Oz” by CYT San Diego. See May 11.

monday | 20 Sea & Shore. This new art exhibit highlights 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.

tuesday | 21 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 | 22 “National Parks Adventure 3D.” Through June 30; visit website for show times and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

thursday | 23 LEGOLAND California Resort’s 20th Birthday Dance Party. This new show presents the park’s newest LEGO characters, Jake and Emily, plus lots of singing, dancing and bubbles. Through Sept. 1; visit website for hours and admission; children (ages 12 & under) can enjoy the park for free on their birthday all year long.

friday | 24 Legacy Week at the USS Midway Museum. This Memorial Day celebration includes the Freedom Concert featuring Daughtry, a free veterans wreath ceremony, the Kids Adventure Discovery Zone and more. Today until May 27; visit website for admission. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Tidal Twister at SeaWorld. Accelerating to 30 miles per hour, this exciting, new ride demonstrates the power of the ocean! Opens today; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego.

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Calendar • May saturday | 25 FREE Open Cockpit Days. Select aircraft will be open for visitors to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-3:30 pm. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego (entrance is on Miramar Rd.). FREE Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival. 10 am-6 pm. Town Center Pkwy. & Riverview Pkwy. Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea. See page 33.

sunday | 26 FREE Vista Strawberry Festival. Live entertainment, carnival rides, more than 400 vendors, Kids’ Zone and contests. 8 am-6 pm. Downtown Vista. For complete schedule, visit FREE Fallbrook Vintage Car Show. Plus a swap meet, a play area, food vendors, live DJ and more. 9:30 am-4 pm. Free admission for spectators. Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Hwy. 395.

monday | 27 Memorial Day Fossil Fun Family Day. 11 am-3 pm. Included with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. FREE Memorial Day Ceremony in Fallbrook. 10 am at Masonic Cemetery (1177 Santa Margarita Dr.); lunch follows at the Post (1175 Old Stage Rd.).

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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.

tuesday | 28 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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Calendar • May wednesday | 29 The LEGO Movie 2 Experience. Get a closer look at the movie magic behind The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and explore the actual LEGO set used in the sequel. Visit website for hours and admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad.

thursday | 30 Pause|Play. The young (and the young at heart) are invited to hit “pause” on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play in this exhibit. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

friday | 31 KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019. See the KIDZ BOP Kids perform today’s hottest hits in this must-see, interactive show. 7 pm. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego. For tickets, visit or

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