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Volume 37 • Number 7 • October 2018

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34 October Calendar of Family Events Halloween happenings, fall festivals and more 48 Día de los Muertos Festivities

16 Growth Mindset Why to develop it in kids 22 How Afterschool Activities Benefit Kids The perks may surprise you 28 Fall Family Fun ABCs of autumn 30 Frenemies Helping kids navigate toxic friendships

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Halloween, Fall and other Fun Activities The kids have been in school for a month or so, learning amazing stuff with their friends. Fall is here (even though it may still be warm out) and it’s time for pumpkin bread and cinnamon spiced apple cider. Turn to page 28 for 26 great ideas to do this fall. As you go through the list, mark the ones you would like to do. Start making annual fall traditions. Halloween is at the end of the month. Our neighborhood has become younger in the past several years so we enjoy Halloween again at home. It is fun to have the little neighbor kids come to our door!  If you want to venture out of your neighborhood for trickor-treating, find great places throughout San Diego County on page 26. Contributing writer, Anne Malinoski, gathered safety tips for the evening also. Family Magazine has a full Fall/ Halloween Round-Up at Extracurricular activities are really beneficial for kids. They get kids off screens and provide adventures they don’t have time for during school hours. Sports, art, Scouts and many other activities help children become leaders, team players and well-rounded people. If you are looking for great afterschool activities, check out the advertisers in this issue that offer added-value learning. Find more information at www Tell our advertisers you saw their ads in San Diego Family Magazine. We strive to connect you, our readers, to their services. 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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and willing to continue learning in the face of failure. She labeled this resilience and willingness to overcome obstacles “growth mindset.”

“When we go over the students’ work, I’m not focused on the right or wrong answer. We look at the process that led to the answer and if the answer is wrong, where the understanding broke down. Students become very good at finding their own mistakes and knowing the difference between a careless error and a breakdown in understanding. When you don’t make mistakes, no learning is happening. I believe it is mistakes—and the analysis of those mistakes—that lead to success.” - Amy Jackson, fifth grade teacher, Green Elementary in San Carlos

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset A fixed mindset is based on the belief that one’s abilities and talents are inherent or natural. Like many of my generation, I grew up with a fixed mindset. “I’m not a math person” runs through my head each time I try to calculate a tip at a restaurant. Why is this a problem? Those who adopt a fixed mindset are more likely to fear failure, give up and create labels for themselves. The idea behind growth mindset is that with practice, the right strategies, and a willingness to learn from mistakes, people can grow to become more intelligent. By adopting a growth mindset, kids see mistakes more as a challenge and don’t mind failure because they realize it’s a path to improvement when they persevere. When parents focus more on a child’s hard work, instead of how smart she is, it fosters growth. Failure doesn’t

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“I use [youcubed math curriculum’s] Week of Inspirational Math lesson on making mistakes and the brain science that goes with it. Research shows that when you make a mistake, the neurons in your brain fire, which creates another pathway in your brain. When you work on fixing mistakes, yet another pathway, you physically grow your brain. All year we celebrate our mistakes and cheer that we’ve just grown our brains!” - Tami Bromley, kindergarten teacher, Village Elementary in Coronado disprove that a child is smart, athletic or artistic. It simply indicates she needs to try a different approach.

The Power of Yet Dweck’s research began when she observed a Chicago school district that gave the grade “not yet” instead of a failing grade. Teachers are using the concept to transform a student’s feeling of “I’ll never get this…it’s too hard” to “I don’t understand this yet.” It encourages students to try new strategies until they get it right. The power of “yet” creates persistence in children. “You can be extremely successful and smart, and there is always room for growth,” Jackson says. “It makes learning fun because it is like a quest— you never have to reach an ending.” It also reduces anxiety in kids because they no longer fear having the wrong answer. “The first year I tried this, I worked with a group of students from low socio-economic [backgrounds] who faced issues that got in the way of learning,” says Jackson. “They started to feel like they had some control over learning. There was a willingness to try. The mood became lighter and kids started using words like ‘conquer’, ‘fight’, ‘struggle’ and ‘victorious.’ It was really neat to see.”

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together to develop a school-wide mission of growth mindset, according to Counselor Melony Schroh. The concept is especially important for middle school students. Toddlers often start off unstoppable and headstrong in their determination, but by the time they reach middle school, many struggle with academic and social demands and adopt lower standards for themselves. Dweck’s studies show that junior high students with a fixed mindset are more likely to cheat than feel dumb by making mistakes or failing. Many middle schools provide opportunities for kids to discuss mistakes and develop strategies for handling failure.

How Parents Can Encourage Growth Mindset Dweck advises parents to praise kids in effective ways. Instead of telling a child “You’re so smart”, be more specific. Praising effort and hard work makes kids work harder and want to grow. Praising intelligence just makes kids want to get the right answer. Dweck emphasizes the importance of praising a child’s process, effort, perseverance and improvement to help grow confidence and resilience. Be sincere; praise growth and good habits. Jackson tells her students, “You can always improve if you work hard. You may not be the best, but you will be your best if you work hard and keep at it.” v More Resources To learn more about supporting a growth mindset at home and school: Big Life Journal incorporates articles for all ages: Have little ones? Check out Sesame Street’s “Power of Yet” music video: watch?v=XLeUvZvuvAs Cherie Gough is a former teacher and local freelance writer who loves to write about innovative people bringing positive change to our community.

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activities perform better in school. Douglas Reeves studied data at a local high school and found students who were in three or four afterschool programs had dramatically better grades than those who participated in none. A study by the College Board found high school extracurricular participation is correlated with significantly higher SAT scores. Plus, sometimes kids learn skills that can be applied to school. For example, sports such as basketball, baseball and football use statistics, addition, subtraction, probability and geometry, which support math skills. My daughter was in the garden club and

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has affected about 12.7 million children and adolescents for the past decade. When kids participate in activities such as dance, gymnastics, fencing and swimming, they reap the health benefits of being active and physically fit. A child involved in any club or afterschool activity will be more active than sitting at home “plugged in.”

Time Management It is possible to have too many activities, so manage time wisely. Always be cognizant of your child’s energy level. When my daughter needs to skip an activity once in a while, I let her. When she wasn’t enthusiastic about going to gymnastics anymore, we decided not to sign her up for the next session. Most importantly, make sure your child is happy, healthy and thriving. v Cheryl Maguire holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is the mother of twins and a daughter.

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TRICK OR hayride, join a costume contest, check out the Spooky Caboose and see live performances. Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 13-28, 9 am-5 pm. Tickets: $15$20. Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 South A St., Perris, CA. www.oerm .org/pumpkin.

FREE Trick-or-Treat on India Street. Little Italy businesses will give out tasty Halloween treats and candy. Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Downtown San Diego.

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FREE BOOmont & Fall Fest. Belmont Park offers festive thrills and chills throughout the park. Trick-or-treating (Fri.-Sun., 6:30-7:30 pm), family costume contests (Sat., 5:30 pm), Zombie Laser Tag, Spooky Coaster, pumpkin painting and more. FridaysSundays, Oct. 5-28 (and Oct. 31), 5 pm until closing. 3146 Mission Blvd. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Costume contests, treat stations (open from 5-9 pm), the Heartlake City Fall Festival with

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Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends, live entertainment and more. Saturdays, through Oct. 27. SEA LIFE Aquarium is included in Brick-or-Treat Party Nights admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld. Get in the spooky spirit with Halloween dance parties, trick-ortreating throughout the park (from noon to one hour before park closing) and live shows. Weekends through Oct. 28. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. Pumpkin Patch Express. Get treats, journey to the pumpkin patch and decorate your own pumpkin, go on a

Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Day. Visit trick-or-treat stations, enter the Scientist’s Terribly Eerie Monster Lab, enjoy animal encounters, and join costume and pumpkin decorating contests. Oct. 27 & 28, 9 am-1 pm. $14.25 per child; $5 per adult. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. education/howl-o-ween-harvest. Kroc Center’s Boo Bash. Treats plus games, crafts, music and more. Oct. 27, 1-4 pm. $1 admission (cash only). The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego.

FREE Trunk-or-Treat at Faith Presbyterian Church. Also, games, food and other activities. Oct. 27, 4-7 pm. 5075 Campanile Dr., San Diego. www.facebook .com/events/280407965892992.

FREE Treats at Old California Restaurant Row. Kids in costume can complete a Halloween treasure map by visiting participating businesses, then receive a bag of candy and other goodies. Oct. 28, 3-5 pm. 1020 W. San Marcos Blvd.

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TREAT FREE Halloween at the Station. Trick-ortreat throughout the district and have fun with music, entertainment and other surprises. Oct. 28, noon-4 pm. North Promenade at Liberty Station, Point Loma.

FREE Merchants Safe Trick-or-Treat in Ramona. Oct. 31, 4-6 pm. Main St. www

FREE Halloween Goodies at Village Walk at EastLake. Children in costume will get a free Halloween bag and treats from various merchants. Oct. 31, 3-5 pm. For ages 12 & under; must be accompanied by an adult. 878 Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista.

FREE Trunk-or-Treat at Cajon Classic Cruise. Oct. 31, 5-8 pm. Prescott Promenade, 100 E. Main St., El Cajon.

FREE Halloween at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Trick-or-treating plus extended shopping hours. Oct. 31, 4-6:30 pm. San Diego Ave. & Twiggs St.

FREE Candy & Treats at EastLake Village Marketplace. Plus mascot appearances, face painting and balloons. For kids, ages 12 & under, in costume. Must be accompanied by an adult. Oct. 31, 3-5 pm. Otay Lakes Rd. & Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista.

Turn to page 34 to find more Halloween happenings and fall fun, including pumpkin patches and Día de los Muertos celebrations.

There aren’t many

holiday traditions that render children as giddy as Trick-or-Treating. None of the other thrills of Halloween—decorating the house, wearing a favorite costume, carving pumpkins, attending a school carnival—stack up to the sheer magnificence of collecting candy from each of the neighbors. Check out these tips for a fun, safe night of Trick-or-Treating!

Keep Track of your Crew It’s best to stick together on Halloween. Keep everyone in sight with matching glowsticks or reflective tape. Little ones can be corralled in a wagon or stroller. If your group is large, assign buddies to look out for one another.

Dinner First Eat before you go, so kids can dive straight into the sweets when they get home. Full bellies might also prevent them from sneaking bites of candy before you’ve had a chance to inspect it.

Be Cautious Remind kids to stay on sidewalks and doorsteps. Stress that they should never approach a vehicle or enter a house to accept candy.

Establish a Timeline Tell kids what time you’re heading home and stick to it. Consider the one-hour rule: One hour of Trick-or-

Treating that concludes at least one full hour before bedtime. It’s a school night, after all! Take toddlers out as early as possible, when there’s more visibility and fewer big kids in scary costumes.

Safety Check Before the kids dig in, check candy and collected items for anything that could have been tampered with. Toss all candy with loose or missing wrappers and remove homemade treats. Better safe than sick!

Candy Rules Establish house rules about Halloween candy and make them known in advance. Some parents set a limit on the number of candies kids may consume each day—understanding that this rule requires several days of diligent monitoring. Other families allow kids to eat all they want on Oct. 31, with the expectation that the rest is donated the next day. Operation Gratitude distributes candy donations to deployed troops and first responders. Alternatively, many local dentists offer prizes or cash in exchange for Halloween candy. v Anne Malinoski is a local contributing writer and mom of two boys. She’ll be escorting Hulk and a LEGO Ninjago this Halloween.

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There are so many fun things to do during the fall, but with kids back in school, it feels like there is never enough time. Here are 26 fall bucket list activities for families. Choose your favorites to enjoy before the holidays arrive. APPLE picking is a great way to spend the afternoon outdoors. Use your bounty to make applesauce, apple pie and other treats. Find more recipes in our Apple Recipe Round-Up at www. apple-recipe-round-up.

BONFIRES are a fall staple on a cool night. Grab your hoodies, hot dogs and roasting sticks for a casual dinner over an open flame. Don’t forget the s’mores! A CHILI COOK-OFF is a fun neighborhood gathering. Each family votes for the best-tasting chili—the winner has bragging rights until next year. DRINK hot cocoa. Host a cocoa tasting party with a variety of chocolates, syrups and dippers. Find a recipe for Mexican hot chocolate at www.sandiegofamily .com/dining-recipes/mexican-hotchocolate. Celebrate the END of summer with a “changing of the seasons” party. The first official day of fall is Sept. 22, but we won’t tell if you celebrate in October. Get a jump on your to-do list and take a FAMILY photo for holiday cards, if needed. Afterwards, attend a FALL FESTIVAL.

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(inquire about age appropriateness and fear levels). Or make one at home and see if you can spook your friends.

IMPLEMENT a gratitude text to send in a family group chat each night. If your kids are too young for phones, fill a jar with notes you make before bedtime. Find DIY thankful jars at www. thankful-jars. Visit JULIAN, San Diego’s favorite local day trip. Enjoy fall leaves, eat apple pie, explore a gold mine, shop in charming downtown. Learn more at www. KEEP backyard birds fed by making homemade suet packs. Melt lard and peanut butter together and mix in birdseed. Pour into baking sheet, freeze and cut into squares. Visit your neighborhood LIBRARY for fall programs such as crafts, movies, history lessons and storytime. MIX up a batch of popcorn balls to share with friends. Honor a loved one by making a NICHO (small shadow box). Find instructions at Turn to page 48 for Día de los Muertos celebrations in San Diego.

Have a GAME night with family and friends. Consider a Halloween theme with games like Fear Factor, Minute to Win it and Escape Room Kits.

ORGANIZE a food drive. As we approach the holiday season, more people need assistance. Check wish lists online for San Diego Food Bank, Mama’s Kitchen or Feeding San Diego.

Take a HAYRIDE at a local pumpkin patch or visit a HAUNTED HOUSE

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salad dressing, pancakes, cookies, ice cream—the list is endless. Use the dozens of event shirts your kids grow out of to make a t-shirt QUILT. Look for classes or beginner DIYs. RUMMAGE through your closets for things to donate. Give renewed life to outgrown clothes and unneeded items by passing them to people who can use them. Make SOUP when the weather cools off—double the batch to freeze or share with a neighbor. TRICK-OR-TREAT on Halloween! Turn to page 26 for tips and places to go. UTILIZE your fall harvest to eat homegrown veggies this winter by canning and freezing items from your garden, or support local farmers at a nearby produce stand or farmers market. VOLUNTEER as a family. Join a neighborhood project or engage in random (even anonymous) acts of kinds. Find plenty of awesome ideas at WATCH football on TV or get tickets to your favorite stadium. Organize a game of touch or flag football with the family. X marks the best pumpkin in the pile! Visit pick-your-own pumpkin patches for the best pumpkins to carve or decorate. YAMS, squash, pomegranates, pears

and cranberries are wonderful seasonal produce to include in your meal rotations. Grab a buddy and ZIGZAG through a local corn maze. Find a list of San Diego’s corn mazes at v Pam Molnar is the mother of three who enjoys everything about fall. She has all 26 of these activities on her family bucket list this fall.




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traits of a good friend. “Parents can encourage their child to develop positive friendships by teaching children at an early age about healthy relationships,” says Josie ClarkTrippodo, a licensed family therapist. “Parents can start these conversations with kids by asking what they think the characteristics of a good friend are and teaching children to display good friendship qualities,”—kindness, empathy and good listening skills. When tots find themselves in a friendship tiff, caregivers should wait a beat to see if kids can work it out themselves. Often, a simple, “Are you being a friend?” encourages children toward more pro-social behavior. When kids seem stuck, acknowledge both children in the conflict without taking “sides,” calmly ask each child to recount the situation, and encourage the child who feels wronged to ask for what he needs. If a child can’t break

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Friend or Foe? (ages 6-12) During the school years, friendships grow in depth and complexity. As friendships begin to play a larger role in kids’ lives, parents should watch for signs that a friendship is taking a negative toll. “Children exhibit a range of signs that aid in identifying red flags for negative friendships and bullying,” says Clark-Trippodo. “These signs can include sudden change in behaviors or mood such as isolation, a sudden drop in school performance, defiance and mood swings.” Children in negative friendships might display negative self-talk (“I hate myself” or “I’m ugly”) and shy away from leadership roles or activities they once enjoyed. When a friendship appears to be negative, parents can ask a child to think about how that friend makes him feel, and what appeals to him about that

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Impact Zone (ages 13-18) It’s no secret that a teen’s friends hold major sway—but parents can still help guide good friendship choices, says Clark-Trippodo. “During the early teen years children are influenced powerfully by peer groups,” she says. “One of the most important things a parent can do during the teen years is work to keep the lines of communication open between parent and child.” When a friend appears to have a negative influence on a teen, parents can ask non-judgmental questions to help the teen evaluate the friendship and practice “active listening” without forbidding or preventing a child from engaging with the friend. When a teen needs to step back from negative friendships, introducing him to environments where new friendships can blossom, such as volunteer work, after-school jobs, church or sports teams, helps new relationships take root. When a once-positive friendship takes a negative turn, encourage teens to try to mend fences by writing a sincere email to express their feelings, says nationally recognized parenting expert and author Susan Kuczmarski, Ed.D. “The written word may work better than verbal conversation, especially if the problem is a serious or deep one. Words online can be read over and over so an apology can be absorbed.” v Malia Jacobson is a nationally published health and family journalist and mom of three.

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monday | 1 FREE Pumpkin Station. Locations in Del Mar, El Cajon, Mission Valley and National City offer tons of family attractions including games, giant slides, rides, a petting zoo, pumpkins and more. Through Oct. 31; visit website for hours and ride ticket packages. Look for a free train ride coupon on the back of this issue. www; 858-566-7466. Kids FREE in October. The San Diego Museum Council presents this month-long initiative that provides free admission to ages 12 & under at more than 40 art, cultural and science museums and historical sites in the county. Today-Oct. 31. Free admission for up to two kids for every adult ticket purchase. To download the Kids Free in October coupon, visit

tuesday | 2 Oma’s Pumpkin Patch. See pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and check out a petting corral, a hay bale maze, covered hay rides around the farm, Cottonseed Mountain and more. Tues.-Sat., through Oct. 31, 10 am-7 pm. $5-$12. 14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside.

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wednesday | 3 The Sky Tonight: Understanding the Stars. Attend this monthly planetarium show and learn about the stars as well as the telescopes and spacecrafts that help us understand them. 7 & 8:15 pm. $17.95-$19.95. For ages 6 & up. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. Family Night: Make Boo Bags. 6-7 pm. $3 per bag. Register online. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr.

thursday | 4 FREE Pumpkin Patch at Summers Past Farms. Thurs.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-5 pm. 15602 Olde Hwy. 80, Flinn Springs.

friday | 5 Oktoberfest in El Cajon. Treat yourself to authentic German food, German beer and live entertainment. Also, games and contests, vendors and the Kids’ Zone. Today, 4-10 pm; tomorrow, noon-10 pm & Oct. 7, noon-9 pm. $5-$10; under 21 and active military (with ID) free. 1017 S. Mollison Ave. FREE Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour: “Pre-Existing Condition (A Funny Bone Saga).” Marvelous acts, live music, colorful youth performers and familyfriendly circus fun! Before each show, enjoy a puppetry-making workshop and a parade. Tonight at North Park Recreation Center; tomorrow & Oct. 7 at Teralta Park; Oct. 13 at Golden Hill Recreation Center; Oct. 14 at Azalea Park; Oct. 20 at Park de la Cruz/

Have a spirited celebration with this month’s spooktacular events that include costume contests, pumpkin patches, carnivals, fall festivals and other haunt-filled Halloween happenings.

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Have a monstrously good time as you explore a sea of glowing beasts (both big and small), get sticky with slime, listen to spooky tales, make creepy crafts and boo-gie down to live music performed by Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters. Oct. 26 & 27, 6-9 pm. $19.50-$22. Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.

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Spend a colorful weekend at this annual event showcasing aweinspiring art, more than 40 local craft breweries and international wineries, a gourmet marketplace and live entertainment. Take the kids to the Geppetto’s Family Art Center + Lab with tons of activities guaranteed to inspire budding artists. Oct. 6 & 7, 10 am-6 pm. Girard Ave., between Torrey Pines Rd. & Prospect St.

FREE Fleet Week San Diego

This annual salute to the men and women of the military features events focused on active-duty members and their families, as well as free events open to the public. From Oct. 26-28, check out the Qualcomm Innovation Zone where you can see interactive displays on new and emerging technologies from 10 am-4 pm. Also, tour military ships, watch “at sea” demonstrations in the harbor, and enjoy live music by the Navy and Marine Corps Bands. On Oct. 28, come to Military Family Day that promises a lot of fun for the kiddos plus raffles and other activities from 10 am-4 pm. These events will be held at the Port Pavilion Bldg. & Broadway Pier, downtown San Diego.

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sunday | 7 Super Hero Obstacle Race. Parents and kids can dress up like superheroes and take on a 2K obstacle course. 8-11 am. $25. For ages 4 & up. Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Rd., Carlsbad. parksandrec.

tuesday | 9 FREE Fallbrook Scarecrow Days. See scarecrows of all shapes and sizes on display throughout Fallbrook. Today until Oct. 31.

FREE Pitties in the Park celebrates National Pit Bull Awareness Month with a costume contest, Adoption Alley, vendor village, food trucks, microchipping and giveaways. Noon-4 pm. Liberty Station, Point Loma.

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Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with old-fashioned ingenuity. Due to popular demand, the Fleet Science Center has extended this remarkable exhibit through Jan. 6. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Balboa Park.

thursday | 11 Nature & Me Story Time: Bats. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

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Go, Gulls! The San Diego Gulls will play against the Tucson Roadrunners in tonight’s home opener at 7 pm. Other home games this month: Oct. 19 (vs. Milwaukee); Oct. 20 (vs. Bakersfield); Oct. 26 (vs. Stockton); Oct. 27 (vs. Tucson). Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. For tickets and game times, visit “The Addams Family.” Everyone’s favorite kooky family is brought to life on stage in this musical comedy about love, family and growing up. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; Oct. 14, 1 & 6 pm. $18-$23. The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Harvest Festival. Original and handmade works from trendsetting artisans and crafters. Also, entertainment, specialty foods, Kidzone, contests and demos. Today, 10 am-5 pm; tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm; Oct. 14, 10 am-5 pm. $4-$9; ages 12 & under free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

saturday | 13 KPBS Kids Workshop: Super Why. Join hands-on workshops and literacy-based activities throughout the museum. 10 & 11 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 3 & up. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE Massing of the Colors. This patriotic ceremony honors the flag of our country and those who fought to gain and preserve our

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sunday | 14 FREE San Marcos Grand Fall Festival. Carnival rides, live performances, yummy eats and children’s attractions. 9 am-5 pm. Along Via Vera Cruz. Family Swap Meet. Great bargains on clothes, toys, furniture, books and more at this event for families with babies and young children. 8:30 am-1 pm. $2 admission; ages 12 & under free. Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Rd., San Diego. Kids FREE in October. See Oct. 1. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

monday | 15 “Backyard Wilderness.” Watch this 3D film about the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Showing daily; visit website for schedule. Free with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

tuesday | 16 FREE Pumpkin Patches at The Farm Stand West & Fran’s Original Farm Stand. Pick your own pumpkins from their fields in Escondido. Through Oct. 31, 10 am-6 pm. 2115 Miller Ave. & 1980 Summit Dr.

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thursday | 18 Children’s Nature Retreat. Tour this ranch-style retreat with more than 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the globe. Open daily; visit website to book your visit. Single-day passes $15-$25; under 2 free. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine.

friday | 19 FREE HauntFest on Main. Join a costume contest, find the perfect pumpkin at the Promenade Pumpkin Patch, delight in

carnival rides, visit the Kidz Zone and collect Halloween candy with Candy Challenge activities at this downtown El Cajon event. 5-10 pm. East Main St., from Magnolia to Avocado/Ballatyne. CYT San Diego Presents “Disney’s Newsies.” Tonight & Oct. 26, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; Oct. 21 & 28, 4 pm; Oct. 27, 2 pm. $18-$20. Creative Performing and Media Arts School, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego. FREE La Costa Meadows Halloween Carnival & Haunted House. Tonight, 6-9 pm & tomorrow, noon-8 pm. 6889 El Fuerte St., Carlsbad. www. San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale.” Three modern-day kids are magically transported back in time to Sleepy Hollow as the 18th-century colonial town prepares for the arrival of the Headless Horseman. Tonight until Oct. 28; Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. $11-$16. Dress up for Costume Night on Oct. 26, 7 pm. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

saturday | 20 Cephalopod Celebration. Dive into the world of cephalopods such as squid, octopus and cuttlefish at this event with scientists, authors, crafts and hands-on activities. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-3 pm. Included with admission. Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Halloween. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a ghoulishly good time with gymnastics, games and lots of play. 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. FREE Family Activities at Renaissance Village Academy: Hallowe’en, Samhain & Dia de los Muertos. 3-5 pm. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. Junior Science Club: Jack-o-Lantern Circuits. Explore simple circuits while designing jack-o-lanterns that light up with the flip of a switch. 11 am-12:30 pm. $15. Pumpkins and carving tools provided. Pre-registration required. For grades 1-4.

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FREE Borrego Days Desert Festival. Festivities kick off with an all-new air parade (10 am) with more than 30 vintage and military aircraft. A street parade follows at 10:30 am, then more fun activities await at Christmas Circle Community Park filled with vendors and artists, food, a car show, live entertainment and kid’s carnival. Festival hours: today & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm.

sunday | 21 FREE Grand Avenue Festival. Vendors, international cuisine and entertainment. 9 am-5 pm. Grand Ave., from Centre City to Juniper, downtown Escondido. www Family Concert: “The Science of Sound.” Children will take a closer look at the DNA of music and how music moves us. 2 pm. $10-$25. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. FREE Horse Heritage Festival. Pony rides, frontier games, horse demonstrations, pumpkins, a petting corral, arts and crafts, food and more. 10 am-3 pm. Walnut Grove Park, Olive & Sycamore Aves., San Marcos. Bow Wow Brunch Cruise. While you indulge in a sumptuous buffet, your dog can savor a pet buffet and join a costume contest. Noon-2 pm. Portion of proceeds will go to Helen Woodward Animal Center. Departs from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For reservations, visit FREE Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour: “Pre-Existing Condition (A Funny Bone Saga).” See Oct. 5. FREE Fallbrook Scarecrow Days. See Oct. 9.

monday | 22 LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Adventure. This submarine ride showcases more than 2,000 sea animals including sharks, rays and other tropical fish amid new LEGO models, all themed around a ship’s sunken treasure. Visit website for park hours and admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad.

tuesday | 23 Shake Rattle Roll. Take a closer look at railroad graffiti culture. View authentic freight train graffiti models and participate in activities that encourage expression through writing and art. Through Nov. 16. Tues.-Sun.; visit website for hours. $6$11.50; ages 5 & under free. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park.

wednesday | 24 FREE Hullabaloo Concert Series at Del Mar Highlands. This two-man band presents instant classics with folk, funk and rock inspirations. 10 am. 12925 El Camino Real.

thursday | 25 “The Great Barrier Reef.” This IMAX film celebrates one of the planet’s most beautiful and biodiverse ecosystems, as well as the “citizen science” movement. Showing daily; visit website for schedule and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

friday | 26 San Diego Zoo’s HalGLOWeen. This colorful extravaganza offers activities and entertainment including glowing Boolahoops, Dr. Zoolittle’s Creepy Crawly Show, acrobats and a Glow Zone with a DJ spinning Halloween tunes. Today, tomorrow & Oct. 28; zoo hours: 9 am-8 pm. Free with zoo admission; ages 11 & under free. Spooky Campover. Experience a wild night under the stars with the rescued animals of Lions, Tigers & Bears. Bring a pumpkin to carve, sing campfire songs, join a costume contest and munch on s’mores. Today, 3 pm until tomorrow, 10 am. $55$80. RSVP required. 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. FREE Fall Festival at Hage Elementary. Haunted house, cupcake walk, face painting, rides and games, arts and crafts, vendors and more. 5:30-8 pm. 9750 Galvin Ave. For ride tickets, visit San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale.” See Oct. 19. Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. See page 34. FREE Fleet Week San Diego. See page 35.

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saturday | 27 FREE Halloween Family Day. Enjoy a culturally-inspired kickoff to Halloween as more than two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions present costume parades, contests, kids’ crafts and spooky surprises. 11 am-4 pm. Participating museums offer free admission to ages 12 & under with paid adult. FREE The Super Dentists Spooktacular. Be part of this annual fall party that boasts a costume contest for different age groups, a haunted house, music, carnival games, food, vendors, prizes and more. Noon-3 pm. EastLake Shopping Center, 2226 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands. Check out a combined band review and field show competition. Visit website for schedule. Field shows: $8-$15; under 3 free. Parade/band review free. Parade on Paseo Montalban; field show at Mt. Carmel High School, 9550 Carmel Mountain Rd. FREE Goodies & Train Rides at Scripps Ranch Marketplace. Merchants will give treats to all children dressed in costume. 1-4 pm. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. 1055 Scripps Poway Pkwy. 858-695-2700. FREE The Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy. See more than 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls,” better known as Lamborghinis, line up W. Fir St., between India St. & Kettner Blvd. Event also includes musical entertainment. 6-11 pm. FREE Halloween ComicFest. Get free Halloween-themed comics at your local participating comic shops, and get the chance to enter the Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever. For details, visit Family Overnight: Mysterious Midnight on the Marsh. Encounter creepy critters, take a night hike through the marsh, join a mysterious treasure hunt and more. 5:45 pm until tomorrow, 9:30 am. $45. For ages 5 & up. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista.

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Family Fall Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden. Pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a costume contest, a petting zoo and the Big Pumpkin. 10 am-2 pm. Included with admission; small fee for crafts and some activities. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. FREE Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour: “Pre-Existing Condition (A Funny Bone Saga).” See Oct. 5. Go, Gulls! See Oct. 12.

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sunday | 28 FREE Fallbrook Harvest Faire. This autumn-themed event offers pumpkin contests, scarecrows on display, a petting zoo, pony rides, handmade crafts, food and live music. 9 am-4 pm. Main Ave., downtown Fallbrook. FREE Family Discovery Walk. 3-4:30 pm. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. FREE Once Upon a Hallowe’en. Ride into the past aboard the Halloween Express, enter a haunted house, listen to hair-raising tales, play carnival games and more. 4:30-8:30 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd. FREE Fleet Week San Diego. See page 35. CYT San Diego Presents “Disney’s Newsies.” See Oct. 19.

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

tuesday | 30 Candy Corn Day Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections. Birch Aquarium presents this comic book-inspired exhibit about all the amazing things that marine creatures do each day, from super vision to the ability to create electricity to zap prey. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. Included with admission. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.

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DIY Halloween We recently connected with local mom and business owner, Mary To-Saturnio, who designs and makes amazing Halloween costumes for her family every year. Total cost for these gamethemed costumes was less than $5. Pretty impressive, right? We thought so. Visit www.izzaroo .com for step-by-step instructions.

These not-so-spooky treats are sure to delight your child’s friends, neighbors and classmates. Find FREE printable bag toppers (designed by Family Magazine’s art department) and full instructions at www

Photo credit: Pho

s Photography to credit: Tony Andrew

Turn everyday snacks into Halloween treats with cellophane bags and a black Sharpie.

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