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Contents: 7 What to Do Where to Stay

8 Where to Eat How to Get Around

24 Hidden Gems 32 Downtown’s Indulgent Treats 37 Favorite Local Breakfast Spots 38 Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Play Space

Surfing the Guide 10




Coronado • La Jolla Mission Bay Mission Beach Ocean Beach Pacific Beach Point Loma

Clairemont • Kearny Mesa/Serra Mesa/Linda Vista • Mira Mesa Mission Valley

San Diego County Neighborhoods North County Coastal Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad • Del Mar Encinitas • Oceanside Solana Beach


North County Inland Borrego Springs Escondido Fallbrook/Bonsall Julian • Mt. Palomar Poway • Ramona Valley Center • Vista

San Diego Coastal


San Diego Uptown/Downtown Banker’s Hill/Hillcrest Normal Heights/North Park SD Downtown/Little Italy

Balboa Park

San Diego Central

Old Town San Carlos/Del Cerro Scripps Ranch Sports Arena


East County Alpine • Campo • El Cajon Lakeside/Flinn Springs La Mesa • Santee


South Bay Bonita • Chula Vista Imperial Beach National City

44 Best Spots for Animal Encounters 46 Best Activities to Do with Teens

On the cover The Iafrate family strolls the paths of the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park. Photo by: All Colors Photography

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Welcome to San Diego County’s Best Guide for Local and Visiting Families Now in its 21st year, Out & About with Kids continues to

highlight places for families to go and have fun. Most of them are year-round, so pack up the kids and enjoy beautiful San Diego County. We also feature places to eat, family-friendly spots for visitors and locals to stay overnight, and tips on how to get around San Diego. Tour the neighborhoods of North County Coastal, North County Inland, San Diego Coastal, San Diego Central, East County and South Bay. Turn to the map on page 4 to see what page each neighborhood starts on. Hint: Each one is color-coded and has a road sign with page number. Also included this year: Best treats in Downtown San Diego, restaurants with kid-friendly play space, hidden gems, things to do with teens and favorite local breakfast spots. Thank you to our advertisers who help make this annual publication possible. Please thank them also — it’s the BEST guide in the county for families! If you know hidden gems that we haven’t listed, email them to editor@sandiegofamily.com so we can check them out.

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2019 – Volume 21 Publisher/Editor in Chief Sharon Bay Managing Editor Lisa Gipson Graphic Designer Rik Thiesfeld Editorial Assistant Adrienne Sigeti Contributing Writer Anne Malinoski Cover Photography All Colors Photography Advertising/Marketing Representatives Tony Andrews 619-685-6977 tony2018@SanDiegoFamily.com Point Loma, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, North County Coastal Giovanni Baldan 619-685-6987 giovanni@SanDiegoFamily.com South Bay, San Diego Downtown, Uptown Nicole Maggio 619-685-6971 nicole@SanDiegoFamily.com North County Inland (includes Scripps Ranch) Crystal Grobner 619-685-5860 crystal@SanDiegoFamily.com East County family@SanDiegoFamily.com Clairemont, Linda Vista, Mission Valley North, Mira Mesa

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San Diego delights locals

and visitors alike with its endless options for family fun. From stunning sandy beaches to world-class museums, there’s something fabulous for every adventure style. Major tourist attractions include LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park. For baseball fans, nothing beats a game or behind-the-scenes tour at Petco Park. Make it a beach day at La Jolla Shores, where the grassy park and playground make oceanfront picnics a dream. Or, visit Coronado for picturesque views, soft sand and calm waters. Kids love beachfront amusement park rides, arcade games, laser tag and mini golf at Belmont Park. Have some fun, then stroll along Mission

Beach boardwalk. Those who want to get out on the water can kayak through La Jolla’s gorgeous caves, surf at Pacific Beach and explore a variety of adventure rentals on Mission Bay. Balboa Park is your spot for arts and culture. Visit top-notch museums with interactive exhibits to wow the kids. Best bets include The San Diego Natural History Museum, Model Railroad Museum and Fleet Science Center. Little kids will flip for a train ride at the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad. Older kids can catch a performance at the Organ Pavilion or world-famous Old Globe Theatre. For great hiking and outdoor exploration, check out the stunning coastal views at Torrey Pines, or enjoy a guided nature

Tony Andrews Photography

What to Do walk at Mission Trails. For a deeper dive into our city’s rich naval and maritime history, visit the USS Midway to explore life on a carrier, or tour a collection of steam, sail and submarine vessels at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visitors learn about early European explorers at Cabrillo National Monument — also a best bet for tide pooling (seasonal).

TIP: Major attractions get busy on weekends, holidays and during the summer. Check crowd prediction calendars at www.isitpacked .com to help plan your visit.

Where to Stay San Diego offers a

variety of accommodations to suit every family’s needs— from beachfront cabanas to charming mountain cottages, along with a multitude of kid-friendly hotels and motels throughout the county. Private home rentals make vacations easy for families requiring multiple bedrooms and kitchens. Or, head to Mission Valley, where Hotel Circle is a top choice for centrally located and reasonably priced rooms.

The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is a great choice for beach lovers. The historic oceanfront oasis offers unparalleled access to one of San Diego’s best beaches, plus a kids’ club, so parents can enjoy a meal or spa treatment on their own. For the best of downtown, head to the Manchester Grand Hyatt, offering stunning bay views, a rooftop cinema (seasonal) and kids’ club all just a short walk from Petco Park, Seaport Village, the Convention Center and more. Paradise Point Resort boasts bungalow-style rooms and suites on a private island in Mission Bay. With lush

gardens and beach bonfire pits, this stunning escape is just minutes from SeaWorld and Old Town. Campland on the Bay is the best spot for RV campers, with daily activities for kids and tons of adventure rentals conveniently located in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. For a slower-paced vacation, consider a stay in the gorgeous mountains northeast of San Diego. Julian offers a number of charming bed and breakfast spots in the heart of our own historic goldrush town. Boutique shopping and dining await in this stunning mountain retreat!

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Where to Eat Explore San Diego’s eclectic culture at homegrown restaurants and breweries. Local chefs draw inspiration from our southern border, coastal ingredients and the many food traditions of our diverse population. Mexican flavors and California beach culture unite in two of San Diego’s bestloved dishes: the creamy, crunchy fish taco and the California burrito—a french fry-stuffed surfer’s delight. Taco shops are abundant, offering kid-pleasing entrees like quesadillas and rolled

tacos. For an innovative take on Mexican fare, visit Puesto in La Jolla or at The Headquarters at Seaport Village. The San Diego food scene also draws influence from California cuisine—a movement that values fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The county’s many farm-to-table restaurants offer healthy, sustainable eating with ample vegetarian options. To get a taste, try Nate’s Garden Grill in City Heights or Mendocino Farms in Del Mar, La Jolla and Carlsbad. Food-loving families adore Little Italy for its bustling downtown charm and enticing pasta shops, and The Convoy District for Asian delights such as swoon-inducing bao buns,

dumplings, ramen and dim sum. After your meal, stroll through Little Italy’s piazza and food hall with a cone of Bobboi Natural Gelato or visit Convoy’s SomiSomi for Korean-inspired soft serve in a goldfish-shaped waffle cone. Both areas are bustling at mealtimes, with limited parking, so plan to dine early with little ones. Liberty Station is a hot spot for family dining, with ample parking and a hip food hall. Kids love the 1950’s soda shop-themed Corvette Diner with costumed servers and an onsite arcade. Don’t miss the retro vibe and ice cream at Besties Cool Treats. See page 38 for more kidfriendly restaurants and page 37 for some of San Diego’s favorite breakfast spots.

Every day is a travel day when you’re exploring a county as large as San Diego. Take a break from the car and get moving with these great alternatives. For families with young children, the iconic red trolley is a destination in itself. Hop on for a ride through east, south and downtown San Diego with stops at major attractions such as Petco Park, Old Town and Little Italy. Ride the rails to beat traffic and avoid impacted parking near major events like Comic-Con. Bonus: Kids (12 & under) ride free with fare-paying adult on weekends! Take in scenic views of the Pacific as you travel north or

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south on the Coaster, which offers eight stops between downtown and Oceanside. Trolley lines connect with the Coaster at Santa Fe Depot downtown, and both systems connect with city buses. For short trips within the downtown area, check out the expanded fleet from Circuit (also known as FRED; formerly The Free Ride). These small, electric shuttles can be hailed via smartphone and riders don’t pay a dime. Download the Circuit app to learn more. Dockless bikes and scooters offer a unique view of the city for those who prefer an active tour. Ride safe, be considerate and park in designated areas.

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How to Get Around

A 15-minute cruise on The Coronado Ferry adds charm to any outing. Sail from downtown to the Coronado Ferry Landing where visitors can shop, eat and rent bikes along the stunning San Diego Bay. Old Town Trolley Tours provides a number of unique transportation options. The hop-on-hop-off tour takes guests through downtown areas. See p. 36 for details.


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NEIGHBORHOODS Wanna live like the locals? Let us point you in the right direction. Whether you’re visiting San Diego for the first time or have lived here all your life, take time to get to know San Diego’s diverse, exciting neighborhoods. Each has its own vibe and tons to explore for families. Use the map (page 4) to acclimate yourself to the area, then use the next section to discover highlights in each neighborhood (North County Coastal, North County Inland, San Diego Coastal, Uptown/Downtown, San Diego Central, East County and South Bay). Get the family together, highlight what sounds fun and plan your days around specific areas of town. Locals keep this publication as a year-long “bucket list” to plan weekends and staycations. Don’t miss San Diego’s best farmers market and unique outdoor shopping

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experience every Saturday in Little Italy (downtown), fascinating naval history aboard the USS Midway, our list of hidden gems for families (p. 24), indulgent treats in the downtown area (p. 32) and best activities to do with teens (p. 46). Pick up this month’s issue of San Diego Family Magazine for our award-winning calendar of family events or visit www.SanDiegoFamily.com. Be sure to visit the Out & About section (www .sandiegofamily.com/out-and-about) to find things like fun train experiences, favorite hiking trails, great educational outings, date night ideas and more. While you’re out exploring San Diego County, please share your photos! Tag us on Instagram @sandiegofamilymagazine and use #sdoutandabout.

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Moonlight State Beach 400 B St. (west of I-5 on Encinitas Blvd.) 760-633-2740 Encinitas’ crown jewel, this gorgeous beach has it all: swim, surf, sand, children’s playground, snack bar, volleyball courts, fire pits, year-round lifeguards and more. Free parking lot.

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve & Nature Center 2710 Manchester Ave. 760-634-3026 www.sanelijo.org Explore the awesome nature center and one-mile stroller-friendly, ADAaccessible trail. Don’t miss monthly family fun days, featuring themed events and Junior Ranger activities.

Carlsbad www.carlsbadca.gov Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve 7380 Gabbiano Ln. 760-931-0800 www.batiquitosfoundation.org Enjoy a stroller-friendly 2-mile nature walk through tidal wetlands and nature preserve. Leashed dogs allowed. Visit the nature center, bring a fishing pole, and don’t forget binoculars for excellent bird-viewing.

Carlsbad Lagoon 4215 Harrison St. 760-434-3089 www.carlsbadlagoon.com Spend an adventurous, aquaticsbased day, renting your choice of waverunners, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, pontoons, aqua cycles or paddle boats. House of Air 6133 Innovation Way 760-201-1313 www.houseofair.com/carlsbad This new indoor trampoline park and recreational facility offers open jump, fitness classes, rock climbing, jousting, trampoline dodgeball, yoga, Parent’s Night Out, birthday parties and more. LEGOLAND California/SEA LIFE Aquarium One Legoland Dr. 760-918-5346; 877-376-5346 www.legoland.com/california www.visitsealife.com/california Don’t miss this family favorite, LEGO-themed park that includes kidfriendly rides, shows and attractions.

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Museum of Making Music 5790 Armada Dr. 760-438-5996 www.museumofmakingmusic.org Celebrate music while learning about the music industry. Galleries display instruments and offer hands-on opportunities to play a variety of instruments. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Del Mar www.delmar.ca.us Creme & Sugar 2646 Del Mar Heights Rd. 858-925-7868 www.cremeandsugardelmar.com Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory has nothing on this decadent dessert shop. Crazy confections include the Unicorn Milkshake, Mermaid Ice Creme Float, Diddlyumptious Ice Creme Sundae, Butterbeer Hot Chocolate and other delightful creations. So fun for special occasions!

Del Mar Beach/Powerhouse Park 1658 Coast Blvd. 858-755-1556 www.delmar.ca.us/203/BeachesParks A breathtaking coastal park overlooks Del Mar’s favorite beach. Enjoy fantastic views, a large grassy area, playground, public restrooms and outdoor showers. Family-friendly summer concerts are a must! Pelly’s Mini Golf 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-481-0363 www.delmargolfcenter.com/pages/ pellys-mini-golf Play 18 holes of mini golf on one of two fun, themed courses: Pelly’s Ocean Adventure or Surfin’ Safari. San Dieguito County Park 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. 858-755-2386 www.sandiegocounty.gov/parks/ picnic/sandieguito.html This hidden gem, surrounded by eucalyptus groves, has hiking trails, grassy lawns, playgrounds, exercise stations, basketball, picnic areas and more. Home to Miracle Field baseball field, an accessible field for young athletes with special needs.

Encinitas www.encinitasca.gov Cottonwood Creek Park 95 N. Vulcan Ave. 760-633-2740 Spend the afternoon at this relaxing park that offers unique play structures, grassy lawns, picnic areas, creekside trails, and tennis and basketball courts. Walk to nearby restaurants and shops. Encinitas Community Park 425 Santa Fe Dr. 760-633-2740 This large, beautiful park has sports fields, a skate park, walking paths, a popular children’s playground and dog park. San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Dr. 760-436-3036 www.sdbgarden.org Kids love the tree house and Children’s Garden; everyone loves Family Fun Nights and other kidfriendly events. San Dieguito Heritage Museum 450 Quail Gardens Dr. 760-632-9711

www.sdheritage.org Explore local history, music, and art as this museum celebrates 30 years of exhibits. Check calendar for events such as Families Make History art projects. Open 12-4pm, Thurs-Sun. Swami’s Beach 1298 S. Coast Hwy. 101 760-633-2740 Enjoy spectacular cliff-top coastal views, a grassy area for picnics and a great stretch of sand for a family walk. Parking lot has stairs down to the beach.

Oceanside www.ci.oceanside.ca.us Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center 2202 S. Coast Hwy. 760-439-2473 www.bvaudubon.org/nature-center Explore interactive exhibits, visit the bird-viewing deck and walk along the nature trail. Located next to the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Closed Mondays. California Surf Museum 312 Pier View Way

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760-721-6876 www.surfmuseum.org This museum celebrates surfboards, surfers, and shapers while chronicling the sport of surfing through permanent and revolving special exhibits. Don’t miss the fun gift shop. Guajome County Park 3000 Guajome Lake Rd. 760-724-4489 It’s easy to pass a relaxing day (or weekend) at this lovely regional park. Take pleasure in the walking trails, campsites, playgrounds and lake. Bring bread to feed the ducks. Parking fee required. iFLY Oceanside Indoor Skydiving 3178 Vista Way 760-606-4359 www.iflyworld.com/oceanside Prepare to be blown away as your dreams of flight become reality. Vertical wind tunnels simulate the thrill of skydiving in a safe, family-friendly environment. Ages 3+.

Explore the historic church, interpretive museum, cemetery and gardens. This “King of the Missions” is the largest of California’s 21 missions. Open daily; kids under 5 free.

Solana Beach www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us Fletcher Cove Park 111 S. Sierra Ave. This gorgeous community beach park offers fantastic ocean views, picnic areas, a playground, basketball and a nearby café. Walking distance to the Cedros Design District.


Oceanside Pier The Strand N. The perfect spot for a leisurely sunset stroll. Admire beautiful views of the Pacific, watch surfers catch a wave, or grab a burger and milkshake at the iconic Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier. Old Mission San Luis Rey 4050 Mission Ave. 760-757-3651 www.sanluisrey.org

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North County Inland Borrego Springs • Escondido • Fallbrook/Bonsall • Julian Mt. Palomar • Poway • Ramona San Marcos • Valley Center • Vista

Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Hwy. 78, Ramona 760-787-0983 www.cameldairy.com Ride a camel and shop for camel milk soap. Open one weekend each month; private tours available. Photo credit: Anna Day Mona

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 200 Palm Canyon Dr. 760-767-4205 www.abdsp.org This rugged, desert landscape is excellent for hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Don’t miss spring wildflower blooms and evening star gazing; Anza-Borrego is a designated International Dark Sky Park. Visitor center open daily.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve 8833 Harmony Grove Rd. 760-632-4212 https://elfinforest.olivenhain.com Enjoy native plants and wildlife at this wonderful natural resource. Eleven miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Interpretive center and guided nature walks available.

Borrego Night Sky Tours www.borregonightskytours.com Explore clear night skies over AnzaBorrego. Gaze at stars, planets and satellites with celestial tour guides. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Ocotillo Wells SVRA 5172 Hwy. 78 Perfect for desert off-roading, this 85,000-acre State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is open to campers.

The Grand Tea Room 145 W. Grand Ave. 760-233-9500 www.thegrandtearoom.com Full-service, traditional tea room and gift shop. Menu offers a variety of options, including a Children’s Tea for ages 10 and under. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Grape Day Park 321 N. Broadway 760-743-8207 www.escondido.org/grape-daypark.aspx

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Community events abound at the oldest park in the city. A working barn, railroad depot, blacksmith shop, and other historical buildings and museums offer plenty to explore. Kids will love Vinehenge, an interactive public art project. Kit Carson Park 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy. 760-839-4691 www.escondido.org/kit-carson-park .aspx This park has 100 developed acres and 185 acres of natural habitat. Amenities include walking trails, arboretum, playground, ponds and picnic areas. A huge sports center offers a skate park, athletic fields, courts and arenas. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum 320 N. Broadway 760-233-7755 www.sdcdm.org Explore, imagine, and experiment at this indoor/outdoor discovery space. Daily activities include storytime,

Outdoor Art Studio, Garden Workshop, and a Chicken Meet & Greet. Hands-on stations provide an introduction to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math). Open daily.

live oaks and through colorful floral and plant displays; then grab a farm-fresh lunch at Café Bloom. Kids love Happy Goat Mountain and fairy garden workshops. Check calendar for seasonal events.

home to Caltech’s astronomical research program and 200-inch Hale telescope. Visitor Center contains a gift shop and ticket counter for guided tours. Check for road closures in winter.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd. 760-747-8702 www.sdzsafaripark.org Take a safari adventure via African tram, caravan, jeep or zipline; walk through animal exhibits; experience close-up animal encounters. Don’t miss the daily cheetah run.

Wild Wonders 760-630-9230 www.wildwonders.org Focused on conservation education, this facility is home to over 120 animals from around the world. Choose from a variety of interactive tours. Advanced reservations required.



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Live Oak County Park 2746 Reche Rd. 760-728-2303 www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/ en/park-pages/LiveOak.html A great spot for a picnic, this lovely park has playgrounds, sports fields and courts, an amphitheater, and an off-leash dog area.

Palomar Mountain State Park 19952 State Park Rd. 760-742-3462 www.palomarsp.org Head to the mountains and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This is the perfect spot for hiking, fishing and camping. Also offers rich natural and cultural history.

Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens 2940 Reche Rd. 760-728-5340 www.discovermyrtlecreek.com Wander around the gardens under

Palomar Observatory 35899 Canfield Rd. 760-742-2119 www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar This mountain-top observatory is

www.poway.org Blue Sky Ecological Reserve 16275 Espola Rd. 858-668-4781 www.blueskyreserve.org Take a nature walk through this gorgeous oak-lined canyon, surrounded by coastal sage and chaparral covered hills. Check the calendar for guided hikes and events. Lake Poway 14644 Lake Poway Rd. 858-668-4772 www.poway.org/lakepoway Outdoor activities abound in this wonderful recreational area. Go fishing (Wed.–Sun.), hiking, rent a pedal boat, play at the park, feed ducks or have a relaxing picnic. Parking fee for non-Poway residents.



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Old Poway Park 14134 Midland Rd. 858-668-4576 www.poway.org/oldpowaypark There’s a lot to discover at this historical park and cultural hub, including a craft market, farmers market, historical tours, the Heritage Museum and Nelson House. Kids love eating at Hamburger Factory and riding the antique train.

Ramona www.ramonachamber.com Classic Rotors Helicopter Museum 2690 Montecito Rd. (at airport) 760-650-9257 www.rotors.org This nonprofit preserves and displays historic helicopters and vintage rotorcraft. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Guy B. Woodward Museum 645 Main St. 760-789-7644 www.woodwardmuseum.net Travel back to the Old West in downtown Ramona. This historical re-creation of a town includes a cowboy bunkhouse, blacksmith shop and post office. Pioneer wagons and an early fire truck also on display.

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Julian - San Diego’s favorite local day trip www.visitjulian.com Julian is known for small town charm, apple pie and gold mining adventures. On the way, stop in Santa Ysabel for lunch at Wynola Pizza and a little further up the highway, fresh bread at Dudley’s Bakery. California Wolf Center KQ Ranch Rd., off Hwy. 79 760-765-0030 www.californiawolfcenter.org Reserve a tour to meet the wolves at this conservation, education and research center. Eagle and High Peak Mine 2320 C St.; 760-765-0036 www.theeaglemining.com Preserve California’s history by taking a tour of an old-fashioned gold mine. Pan for gold, check out related tools and machinery, and explore 1,000 feet of underground tunnels. Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures 4425 Hwy. 78; 951-847-1904 www.fortcross.com No trip to Julian is complete without a stop at this familyowned and operated outdoor education gem. Fort Cross offers living history events, hands-on activities, overnight camping, field trips and more.

Julian Mining Company 4444 Hwy. 78; 951-313-0166 www.julianminingcompany.com Kids have a blast gem sluicing, gold panning, visiting the petting zoo, and learning to throw a tomahawk. Open weekends only.

Bates Nut Farm 
 15954 Woods Valley Rd. 760-749-3333 www.batesnutfarm.biz It started with walnuts, but this nut farm has become so much more! Visit the shops (don’t miss the wide candy selection) and friendly farm zoo. Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic. Check calendar for lively seasonal events.


Julian Pie Company 2225 Main St.; 760-765-2449 www.julianpie.com This cozy little bakery rightly claims to be “As American as apple pie.” Enjoy over 20 mouth-watering flavors. Order by the slice, or take a whole pie to go (baked or unbaked). Also try the Apple Cider Donuts and Apple Memories!


Lake Cuyamaca 15027 Hwy 79; 760-765-0515 www.lakecuyamaca.org This picturesque, 110-acre lake is surrounded by wilderness and pristine views. Enjoy hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing. The lake is stocked with trout all year. Tent and cabin camping available.

Altitude Trampoline Park 1928 Hacienda Dr. 760-842-5142 www.altitudevista.com This indoor jump park offers over 18,000 square feet of fun including indoor trampolines, foam pit, rock climbing wall, Trampoline Basketball, Extreme Dodgeball and more. Little ones enjoy the Kids Court, a monitored play space for toddlers.

Moms Pies 2119 Main St.; 760-765-2472 www.momspiesjulian.com This sweet spot always has a line, selling a variety of homemade pies, pies by the slice, apple dumplings, and other bakery items and confections. Also in Wynola.

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Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 1270 Vale Terrace Dr. 760-945-3954 www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org This beautiful hilltop garden features the Children’s Bugs, Birds and Butterfly Garden which offers interactive play, music and a human sundial.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave. 760-941-1791 www.agsem.com Take a self-guided tour and learn the history of farm equipment and engines. Kids love the model railroad displays.

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Coronado www.coronado.ca.us Coronado Tidelands Park 2000 Mullinex Dr. 619-522-7342 www.portofsandiego.org/where-togo/coronado This waterfront park, located near Coronado Bridge, has outstanding bay and city views. Go for a stroll, ride a bike, visit the skate park or playground, or fly a kite. Don’t miss watching the airplanes take off and land! Coronado Ferry Landing 1201 First Ave. 619-435-8895 www.coronadoferrylanding.com Fantastic skyline views of San Diego! This picturesque area offers shopping, dining, activities and events. Take the ferry from one of two downtown locations, or drive. Make memories by renting bikes or kayaks. Farmers market on Tuesdays.

Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave. 619-435-6611 800-468-3533 www.hoteldel.com Everyone loves this award-winning, world-famous beachfront resort. Offers plenty to do for daytime visitors: surf, sand and sun; dining, shopping and events; spa and salon; movies on the beach and more.

La Jolla Birch Aquarium at Scripps 2300 Expedition Way 858-534-3474 www.aquarium.ucsd.edu This interactive aquarium overlooks the Pacific Ocean and houses more than 60 stunning habitats. An onsite oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps oceanography scientists. Check the website for tide pool feedings and events like SEA Days. Aquarium open daily.

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Everyday California 2261 Avenida de la Playa 858-454-6195 http://adventure.everydaycalifornia .com Provides equipment rentals and guided tours for stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking (ages 6+) or snorkeling (10+). La Jolla Cove Along Coast Blvd. 619-221-8899 Nestled between beautiful sandstone cliffs, this small-surf beach is great for swimmers, scuba divers and snorkelers. The cove is part of La Jolla’s underwater ecological reserve, which ensures that marine life remains plentiful. Fishing and pets are prohibited. La Jolla Shores Beach and Kellogg Park 8200 Camino del Oro 619-221-8899 This popular park offers a playground and huge grassy space adjacent to a beloved sandy beach. An excellent



Explore one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world. Now open at Birch Aquarium.


spot for grilling, peaceful walks on the boardwalk or family beach days. Arrive early to reserve a good spot. Alcohol and pets are prohibited. Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr. 858-459-2314 www.soledadmemorial.com Climb or drive to the top of Mt. Soledad for panoramic ocean views, coastal cities and mountains. This memorial honors veterans living and deceased from all American conflicts, dating back to the Revolutionary War. A grassy area is available for picnic lunches. Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Rose Canyon Trail Between Genesee Ave. and La Jolla Colony Dr. 619-525-8213 This easy hike follows the train tracks in University City, and offers lovely canyon views—without leading visitors too far from civilization. Bird lovers enjoy exceptional viewing of raptors, owls and hawks. Park rangers offer interpretive walks. Scripps Coastal Reserve 9300 block of La Jolla Farms Rd., west of La Jolla Shores Dr. Near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this coastal

conservation area boasts 1,000 acres of ocean views. Check out the tide pools and sandy beach or visit the mesa with 400-foot cliffs overlooking the water.

Cliffhanger Cafe. Adventure-seekers can sign up for hands-on falconry lessons.

Stuart Art Collection at University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr. 858-534-2117 http://stuartcollection.ucsd.edu Explore a collection of modern and thought-provoking art installations on UCSD’s campus. Take a self-guided tour to see site-specific works such as the 24-foot “Bear” sculpture made from oversized granite stones.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd. 858-755-2063 www.torreypine.org Choose from six hiking trails to enjoy scenic overlooks and panoramic views of the sandy beach below. The reserve hosts guided nature walks on weekends and holidays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Open daily from 7:15 a.m. to sunset. Accessible trails are available.

Sunny Jim Cave and Store 1325 Coast Blvd. South 858-459-0746 www.cavestore.com A man-made tunnel in this gift shop provides access to the beautiful Sunny Jim Cave. Of La Jolla’s seven rock and sandstone caves, this is the only one that can be accessed by land.

Windansea Beach 6800 Neptune Pl. 619-221-8899 With its splendid rocky shoreline, this beach makes a great spot for sunbathing and photo sessions. Surfers appreciate the hard-breaking surf, but swimmers should use extreme caution. Restrooms not available.

Torrey Pines Gliderport 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. 858-452-9858 www.flytorrey.com Enjoy spectacular views at this popular coastal lookout. Pack a picnic lunch or grab a snack at the

Looking for San diego County’s best tide pools? Find six local favorites at www.sandiegofamily .com/out-and-about/tide-poolingin-san-diego. Note: Prime time for tide pooling is Nov.–Feb.

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Strike a pose (if you dare!) at Potato Chip Rock, an iconic potato chip-shaped rock at the peak of Mt. Woodson in Ramona. Be prepared for a steep hike and bring plenty of water!

Hidden Gems for Families Explore Queen Califia’s Magical Sculpture Garden at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Largescale sculptures and the circular “snake wall” were created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. www.queencalifia.org

Run a stick along the rails of Song Rail Bridge to hear a tune. This unique work of public art was created by Roman de Salvo, and plays the same tune in both directions. Located at 25th St. Bridge, spanning SR 94 (Golden Hill). Bring a stick!

Atypical Waffle (formerly Wow Wow Waffle) is a local favorite for artisan Belgian waffles, hidden between a house and a laundromat in North Park. www.atypicalwaffle.com

Built in 1912, the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge (a historic landmark) sways as you walk across and view the canyon below. Spruce St. & First Ave., between Hillcrest and downtown.

Reserve the Champs Ring for the best seats in the house at Luche Libre Taco Shop in North Park. www.luchalibretacoshop.com/locations

Get close to or directly interact with gorgeous exotic birds at the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary on Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar. www.freeflightbirds.org

Star Wars fans? Take a photo on Mark Hamill Drive in Clairemont Mesa, a nod to the actor’s childhood home of four years.

Enjoy an adults-only meal at Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen in San Marcos, San Diego County’s only restaurant that offers onsite babysitting! www.landonsgourmetkitchen.com

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Mission Bay Crown Point Crown Point Dr., Ingraham to Lamont 619-525-8213 Perfect for summer gatherings, this waterfront park offers barbecues, picnic tables, a beach and tot lot. Check out the boat launch and basketball courts for more family fun. Lifeguards on duty during summer. Hospitality Point 2500 block of Quivira Way 619-235-1169 This large grassy park boasts views of Mission Bay and the San Diego River. An ideal spot for picnics and parties, plus a path for walking or biking. Parking areas fill fast during summer months, so it’s best to arrive early. Mission Bay Aquatic Center 1001 Santa Clara Pl. 858-488-1000 www.mbaquaticcenter.com This waterfront site offers equipment rentals and private lessons for all your favorite watersports. This is the spot for rowing, sailing, surfing and more. Ask about camps, family lessons and birthday parties. Mission Bay Bike Paths Mission Bay Dr. www.sandiego.org/articles/biking/ bike-path-mission-bay.aspx Cruise past Mission Bay’s public parks on this memorable 12-mile bike path. The path is mostly vehiclefree, making it a great choice for walking, running and skating, too. Plenty of rental shops are nearby. SeaWorld San Diego 500 SeaWorld Dr. 619-222-4732 www.seaworld.com/san-diego A highlight for tourists and locals alike, this engaging and educational theme park offers thrill rides, entertaining shows and animal interactions. Learn about marine animals and the people who care for them. Shamu Stadium is the best spot to watch seasonal fireworks.

Mission Beach Belmont Park 3146 Mission Blvd. 858-228-9283 www.belmontpark.com An amusement park just steps from the beach offering thrill rides, arcade games, laser tag, mini golf and more. Don’t miss the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or a stop at the Dole Whip cart!

Hamel’s Surf Shop 704 Ventura Pl. 858-488-5050 Kids love this castle-shaped shop for bike rentals and beach gear. A Mission Beach favorite for more than 25 years. Mission Beach and Boardwalk Ocean Front Walk from Pacific Beach Dr. South 619-221-8899 www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/ beaches/mb.shtml Loved by locals and visitors, this mile-long stretch of sandy beach is home to Belmont Park and a paved boardwalk. Enjoy beachfront restaurants, build a sandcastle or take a stroll. Lifeguards on duty. No pets allowed.

Ocean Beach oceanbeachsandiego.com Ocean Beach Park 1950 Abbott St. 619-221-8899 www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/ beaches/ob.shtml A wide stretch of beach with volleyball courts and a pier for fishing. The city’s only 24-hour dog beach is located here. Animals may roam off-leash with owner supervision. Ocean Beach Pier 5099 Niagara Ave. www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/ ocean-beach-pier The longest concrete pier on the west coast, this is a favorite spot for fishing or walking. No license is required to fish here. The pier also has a restaurant and bait shop. Discover San Diego County’s skate parks at www.SanDiegoFamily .com/resources-by-age/teen/191.

Pacific Beach www.pacificbeach.org Campland On the Bay 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. 858-581-4260 www.campland.com This urban campsite offers a private beach with views of Mission Bay. Families love the well-organized recreation and entertainment schedule, bike and watercraft rentals, arcade, swimming, volleyball, scavenger hunts and more. Tents and RVs welcome.

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Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park 5115 Soledad Rd. 619-235-1169 Dedicated to local hero Kate Sessions, the famed botanist who helped design Balboa Park, this site offers 79 grassy acres with stunning views, two playgrounds and ball fields. Great for hiking and picnics. Pacific Beach Pacific Beach Dr. to Garnet Ave. to Tourmaline St. 619-221-8899 www.pacificbeach.org A popular choice for surfers and swimmers, this beach sees huge crowds during the summer months. Fishing pier and concrete pits for evening bonfires. Lifeguards on duty. Check out beachfront restaurants for meals with a view.

Point Loma Besties Cool Treats 2751 Roosevelt Rd. 619-269-0699 www.bestiescooltreats.com Make your own frozen creation at this Instagram-worthy dessert shop that looks like a 50’s diner. Kids love the hot cocoa bar, self-serve frozen yogurt and hand-scooped ice cream. Cabrillo National Monument and Old Point Loma Lighthouse 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. 619-557-5450 www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm This national monument is home to gorgeous views, a visitor center and a monument to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo—the first European to set foot on the West Coast. Junior Ranger activities available. Corvette Diner 2965 Historic Decatur Rd. 619-542-1476 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ corvettediner Feeling nostalgic? Kids love this San Diego favorite for burgers, shakes and poodle skirts. Check out more than 60 games at the “Gamer’s Garage” arcade while you groove to golden oldies. Half-priced games on Wednesdays. The Hot Spot 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 14 619-223-1339 www.thehotspotstudio.com Paint your own pottery or make candles at this kid-friendly craft studio. Drop-off sessions available for kids over 6. Also in 4S Ranch.

Liberty Station & Public Market Rosecrans St. between Lytton St. & Womble Rd. www.libertystation.com This family-friendly shopping, dining and arts destination was once a Naval Training Center. Best bets for families include Corvette Diner, Hot Spot Pottery, The LOT, NTC Park and Officine Buona Forchetta. Liberty Public Market is a haven for foodies! San Diego Comic Art Gallery 2765 Truxtun Rd., Barracks 3 858-270-1315 x2138 www.sdcomicartgallery.com Exhibits celebrate comic art past and present. Check the website for special events and artist appearances. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park 1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. 619-525-8213 A 68-acre park with gorgeous coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves. Visit the cliffs to enjoy panoramic sunsets and whale-watching. Women’s Museum of California 2730 Historic Decatur Rd. 619-233-7963 www.womensmuseumca.org Exhibits celebrate the experiences and contributions of women throughout history. Stop in to view fine art and historical items. Check the schedule for empowering events like the annual Suffrage Parade.

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Maritime Museum of San Diego 1492 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown 619-234-9153 www.sdmaritime.org Climb aboard this historic fleet of steam boats, submarines and sailing ships—including the iconic Star of India. Check online for family events like Pirate Days. Sailing adventures available.

Banker’s Hill/Hillcrest Maple Canyon North of Quince St. Bridge; Third Ave. www.hillquest.com/friends-ofmaple-canyon Enter this hidden urban canyon via a steep trail north of Quince Street pedestrian bridge. The easy half-mile walk is well-shaded and filled with wildflowers in the spring. Ends in Little Italy. Marston House and Gardens 3525 Seventh Ave. 619-297-9327 www.sohosandiego.org/main/ marston2.htm Learn about one of San Diego’s most prominent families. A fine example of the Arts and Crafts Movement,

this 8,500 square foot home-turnedmuseum boasts stunning gardens and child-friendly tours.

North Park Old Trolley Barn Park 1943 Adams Ave. A park with a strong sense of community. Play equipment, picnic areas and gorgeous views of Mission Valley. Free concerts and movies during the summer. Station Tavern 2204 Fern St. 619-255-0657; stationtavern.com Visit the back patio for an enclosed play area for kids with chalkboards and a mini trolley. This casual restaurant offers top-notch burgers, craft brews and seasoned tater tots. Closed Mondays.

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Waypoint Public 3794 30th St. www.waypointpublic.com Great beer and eats with an enclosed indoor play space for kids. Little ones love the cozy bean bag seating, puzzles and toys.

San Diego Downtown/ Little Italy Chicano Park Logan Ave. and Cesar Chavez Pkwy. www.chicano-park.org Giant, brightly colored murals celebrate indigenous heritage and immigrant communities. An interactive guide to the art and artists is available online. Don’t miss Chicano Park Day, held each April. Waterfront Park 1600 Pacific Hwy. Run around, climb on play equipment, then cool off in the splash fountains. This park is located across from the Maritime Museum and provides a view of the harbor.

Gaslamp Museum at the DavisHorton House 410 Island Ave. 619-233-4692 www.gaslampfoundation.org Formerly known as the William Heath Davis House, this home is the oldest remaining structure in the Gaslamp Quarter. Each room is designed to showcase a different period in the house’s history, dating back to its construction in 1850. Closed Mondays. Gaslamp Quarter Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Aves. (between Broadway and Harbor Dr.) 619-233-5227 www.gaslamp.org/family With its many restaurants, shops and museums, San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter makes a great place for a day of family exploration. Turn to page 32 for sweet treats in the area. Grant Hill Neighborhood Park 27th & J St. in the Grant Hill Neighborhood This park offers fabulous views of the Coronado Bridge, mountains and downtown. Great spot for a sunset picnic.

The Headquarters at Seaport 789 W. Harbor Dr. 619-235-4013 www.theheadquarters.com Find restaurants and specialty shops at this popular outdoor venue, the former site of San Diego’s Police Headquarters. Visitors can also explore eight restored jail cells and snap a family photo against the lineup wall. Hornblower Cruises and Events 970 N. Harbor Dr. 619-686-8715 www.hornblower.com/home/sd This cruise line offers daily harbor tours, holiday cruises, and weekend brunch cruises. Don’t miss seasonal whale and dolphin watching with expert narration from the captain and volunteer naturalists. Little Italy Mercato W. Date St. (from Kettner to Front) www.littleitalysd.com/events/ mercato Grab your amici and famiglia for a stroll through San Diego’s favorite farmer’s market. A feast for the senses, the Mercato features over 200 vendors, including locally grown produce, sweets, handcrafted goods and more. Saturdays, year-round.

Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Market St. to Petco Park, along Harbor Dr. An excellent space to walk and reflect, this path features art installations, MLK quotes and a hedge maze for kids. The space connects to multiple sites along the waterfront and downtown, including Petco Park. The New Children’s Museum 200 W. Island Ave. 619-233-8792 www.thinkplaycreate.org Cultivate creativity at this highly interactive museum that encourages children to engage with contemporary art. Exhibits rotate frequently, so visitors will always see something new. Don’t miss Friday Toddler Time with stories and crafts. PETCO Park 100 Park Blvd. www.mlb.com/padres Award-winning MLB ballpark known for featuring local beer and food havens. Check out Park at the Park for kid-friendly lawn seating and a giant TV monitor. Behind-the-scenes ballpark tours available.


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San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd. 619-236-5800 www.sandiego.gov/public-library/ central-library Visit the ninth floor of this spacious library to experience views from the iconic dome. Don’t miss the 9,000-square-foot Children’s Library and oversized chess board. Also offers a teen center, art galleries and the new Binford, I CAN, Too!

Center for kids and families with special needs. San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave. 619-570-1100 www.broadwaysd.com San Diego’s venue for Broadway show tours. The 2019-2020 season includes family-friendly performances Anastasia (ages 7+) and wildly popular, Disney’s Frozen.

San Diego Firehouse Museum 1572 Columbia St. 619-232-3473 sandiegofirehousemuseum.com Drop in to view firefighting equipment dating back to the 1800s. Artifacts include La Jolla’s first fire engine, and a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Open Thurs.-Sun. Combine with a visit to Little Italy’s farmers market on Saturdays.

Balboa Park 1549 El Prado

Enjoy Balboa Park’s beautiful gardens, outdoor performances, cultural fairs and the WorldFamous San Diego Zoo. Museum exhibits range from airplanes and dinosaurs to hands-on science and living history. Don’t miss Residents’ Free Tuesdays for local residents, active military and their dependents. Learn more at www.balboapark.org.

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Spanish Village Art Center 1770 Village Pl. 619-233-9050 www.spanishvillageart.com Brightly colored bungalows house a thriving community of over 200 local artisans. Watch the artists at work with demonstrations on the patio and shop for handmade gifts. Workshops and camps available for all ages.

Balboa Park Miniature Railroad 619-239-4748 www.balboapark.org/attractions/ miniature-train Little train enthusiasts love this halfmile loop through Balboa Park on a miniature locomotive. Weekends 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Fleet Science Center 619-238-1233 www.fleetscience.org Explore more than 100 interactive exhibits or watch a film under the giant IMAX dome. Visitors learn about the world around them from tornados to microscopic organisms. Sign up for a science club or day camp. Japanese Friendship Garden 619-232-2721 www.niwa.org Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the 12acre garden. Wind your way through blossoming cherry trees (spring), bonsais, koi ponds and rock gardens.

The Old Globe 619-234-5623 www.theoldglobe.org Home to Summer Shakespeare Festival, free family-friendly AXIS events, and critically acclaimed shows like “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “The Tale of Despereaux,” in summer 2019. San Diego Air & Space Museum 619-234-8291 www.sandiegoairandspace.org Enjoy a unique collection of air and spacecrafts and explore interactive flight simulator rides. San Diego Model Railroad Museum 619-696-0199 www.sdmrm.org Discover a world inspired by history, art and engineering. Marvel at the detail of San

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Diego’s railway history brought to life through six scale model exhibits. Free for kids 5 and under. San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) 877-946-7797 www.sdnhm.org Check out “The Backyard,” exhibit space for kids 5 and under to learn about the natural world through hands-on play. Offers monthly Family Days (Sept.-May) and Nature and Me Storytime (first Thursdays.) San Diego Zoo 619-231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org This 100-acre sanctuary is home to nearly 4,000 rare and endangered animals from around the world including gorillas, polar bears, cheetahs and much more. The Zoo’s newest exhibit, Africa Rocks delights visitors of all ages.


San Diego’s Downtown/Uptown area is “choc-full” of indulgent treats Chocolat Cremerie 509 Fifth Ave., Downtown 619-238-9400 www.chocolatsandiego.com This cozy café in the Gaslamp offers decadent gelato, crepes and brunch. Try the luxurious hot cocoa for a toasty treat. Donut Bar 631 B St., Downtown 619-255-6360 www.donutbar.com Donut lovers line up each morning for these world-famous treats— favorite flavors often sell out. Try unique donuts such as Nutella Overload and the Big Poppa Tart Donut. Ask about weekend beer and donut nights. Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop 643 Fifth Ave., Downtown 619-234-2449 www.ghirardelli.com This old-fashioned ice cream parlor offers the same menu as the San Francisco icon. Delicious shakes and sundaes! Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream 3077 University Ave., North Park 619-220-0231 www.hammondsgourmet.com Treat the family to a flight of mini ice cream cones in Hawaiian flavors like passionfruit, mango

and Kona coffee. Perfect for the indecisive ice cream lover and “little” eaters. Also in Point Loma and Pacific Beach.

San Diego Symphony Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center 750 B St. 619-235-0804 www.sandiegosymphony.org Experience breathtaking performances and kid-friendly and sensory-friendly concerts throughout the year. Don’t miss special family events and a concerts under the stars with Bayside Summer Nights.

iDessert 1608 India St., Little Italy 619-544-1033 www.idessert.com Design custom desserts using inhouse iPads. Includes choice of gelato, meringue shell and optional whipped cream, toppings or cake. Upgrade to a Vegas Bowl for an over-the-top experience created with dry ice!

Seaport Village 849 W. Harbor Dr. 619-530-0704 www.seaportvillage.com Winding paths through grassy areas make Seaport Village perfect for a lazy afternoon stroll along the water. Unique shopping, entertainment, and a ride on the historic carousel complete the day.

Salt & Straw 1670 India St., Little Italy 619-542-9394 www.saltandstraw.com/sd-locations The popular Portland-based ice cream delights visitors and locals alike with San Diego-inspired concoctions such as Roasted Strawberry Coconut and Peanut Butter Stout with Chocolate Chicharrón. Vegan menu available.

Theatre Box and Sugar Factory 701 Fifth Ave. 619-814-2225 www.theatrebox.com San Diego’s newest “luxury” cinema and dining complex offers in-seat food service, decadent desserts and reclining sofa chairs. Watch any film for $5 all day, every Tuesday.

Sugar Factory 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown 619-814-2225 www.theatrebox.com Find decadent desserts and an extensive candy store at San Diego’s newest luxury cinema and dining complex. Kids love the over-the-top milkshakes and ice cream sundaes.

Find a countywide list of frozen treats at www.sandiegofamily.com/out-and-about/ice-cream-shops

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USS Midway Museum 910 N. Harbor Dr. 619-544-9600 www.midway.org Take a self-guided tour of one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. Kids love climbing in cockpits and testing the flight simulators. Make time to chat with one of the Midway’s devoted volunteer docents, who love to share personal stories and military knowledge. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes recommended.

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SD Chess Club Building in Balboa Park • 2225 Sixth Ave, 92101 Programs conducted by native teachers in target language All levels welcomed • Fun, Safe, Educational Music • Games • Cultural Activities Conversation & Literature

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Sunday, kids & family Spanish classes in Balboa Park & La Jolla, and Mandarin classes at the SD Chinese Historical Museum !

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San Diego Central Clairemont • Kearny Mesa/Linda Vista Mira Mesa/Miramar • Mission Valley • Old Town San Carlos/Del Cerro • Scripps Ranch • Sports Arena

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum 4203 Anderson Ave., Miramar 858-693-1723 www.flyingleathernecks.org The only museum in the world dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Aviation. Explore the large collection of aircrafts and artifacts from World War I to present day. Check the website for information about Open Cockpit Days and Picnic with Pilots. Free admission. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Clairemont Boomers! 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-560-4211 www.boomersparks.com/sandiego An entertainment center with fun for the whole family. Outdoor activities include mini golf, go karts, rock climbing, bumper boats, batting cages and more. Inside, kids and teens enjoy a state-of-the-art arcade room. Also in El Cajon and Vista. San Diego Air Tours 3750 John J. Montgomery Dr. 800-359-2939 www.sandiegoairtours.com Take in San Diego’s beautiful skyline from the seat of an antique biplane. Tours accommodate up to two people and depart from Montgomery Field. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Tecolote Canyon Park & Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Rd. 858-581-9944 Explore 6.5 miles of nature trails by foot or bike. Originally home to the Kumeyaay Indians, Tecolote Canyon now offers visitors a glimpse into San Diego’s natural landscape. Plus, learn about local flora and fauna at the nature center.

Kearny Mesa/Linda Vista Casa Machado Restaurant 3750 John J. Montgomery Dr. 858-292-4716 www.casamachadomex.com Little ones love watching the airplanes take off and land from this authentic Mexican-style restaurant on top of Montgomery Field airport.

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Studio Diner 4701 Ruffin Rd. 858-715-6400 www.studiodiner.com Time travel back to the 1940’s at this Hollywood studio-inspired diner built on the former lot of Stu Segall Productions. Featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.” Kearny Mesa Bowl 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-279-1501 www.kearnymesabowl.com Forty lanes of fun, high school bowling clubs, summer youth leagues, open bowl, birthday parties and more. Check for discounted bowling times online. Kearny Moto Park 3170 Armstrong St. 619-561-3824 www.kearnybmx.com BMX riders of all skill levels participate in professional-led clinics, classes and races at this 1,000-foot dirt track. A temporary membership is available for first-time racers.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES! All Sizes & Budgets

More than just movies! • Experience a movie like never before in a seat that moves! Perfectly synchronized to the on-screen action, D-BOX motion-enhanced seats are available for select shows. • Baby Friendly Showings Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out offers new parents a unique opportunity to see a Hot Hollywood Hit without having to leave their baby at home. Bring the baby!

Movie Tickets, Field Trips, Group Events, Summer Specials & More!

UltraStarMovies.com UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108 Theater Info: (619) 574-8684

San Diego Skateworld 6907 Linda Vista Rd. 858-560-9349 www.skateworldsandiego.com Classes for skaters of all ages and skill levels including private instruction, roller derby training, birthday parties and more. Registered as a historical site for the dome structure built to withstand a submarine attack in WWII.

Mira Mesa/Miramar City Fun Center 8990 Miramar Rd. 858-675-9700 www.cityfuncenter.com Kids and adults enjoy dozens of arcade games, laser tag, mini bowling with automatic scoring and built-in bumpers, air hockey and more.

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Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness 10110 Mesa Rim Rd. 858-201-4411 www.mesarim.com This impressive rock climbing gym

and fitness center offers youth camps and recreational programs for kids ages 4-13. Drop-in introductory programs include basic climbing technique and safety. Also in Mission Valley. Rockin’ Jump 8190 Miralani Dr. 858-693-5867 https://rockinjump.com Jump, flip, tumble and dive at the ultimate indoor trampoline park and entertainment center. Bring the whole family for trampoline dodgeball, mini golf, arcade games, rock climbing, open jump and more. San Diego Ice Arena 11048 Ice Skate Pl. 858-530-1825 www.sdice.com This indoor ice arena offers public skating, figure skating, ice hockey and birthday parties. Join the party on the ice with a live DJ and organized games during family and teen skate sessions.

Mission Valley Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. 619-283-7319 www.missionsandiego.com The first of California’s 21 missions, San Diego de Alcala marks the birthplace of Christianity on the West Coast. Today the mission serves as an active parish church and cultural institution open to visitors of all faiths. San Diego Humane Society & SPCA 5500 Gaines St. 619-299-7012 www.sdhumane.org Practice reading skills with a furry companion, sign up for Animal Adventure Camp, take a behindthe-scenes group tour or host a birthday party. Visit website for info about adoptable pets and volunteer opportunities.

Old Town State Historic Park San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St.    619-220-5422 San Diego’s historic center and the site of the first Spanish settlement in California. Explore museums, restaurants, unique shops and cultural sites. Living history demonstrations Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Old Town — A taste of San Diego history Cousins Candy Shop
 2711 San Diego Ave. 619-297-2000 www.cousinscandy.net Kids love picking out their favorite sweet treats at this oldfashioned candy store and gift shop located in the heart of San Diego. Choose from a huge variety of jelly beans, licorice, fudge, saltwater taffy and more. Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours 4041 Harney St. 619-255-6170 www.hauntedsandiegotours.com Take a journey into San Diego’s spooky past as master storytellers weave frightening tales of ghosts and ghouls on this two-hour tour. Don’t forget your camera! Buses depart at 7 p.m. Wed.-Sun. May not be suitable for kids under 10.

Mason Street Schoolhouse 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=28017 Built in 1865, this one-room schoolhouse was the first public school in San Diego. Free to explore. Mormon Battalion Historic Site 2510 Juan St. 619-298-3317 Experience the courageous journey of the Mormon Battalion as they marched nearly 2,000 miles from Iowa to San Diego with the United States Army. Visitors can try on period clothing, pose for a Battalion-themed family photo and even pan for gold. Check website for hours. Old Town Trolley Tours 866-754-0966 www.trolleytours.com/san-diego This hop-on-hop-off tour features stops at iconic neighborhoods and dozens of landmarks and attractions, including

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the Hotel del Coronado, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp. Presidio Park 2811 Jackson St. 619-692-4918 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/parks/regional/ presidio The original site of Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Park visitors enjoy open grassy space and hiking trails with panoramic views of San Diego. The Whaley House 2476 San Diego Ave. 619-297-7511 www.whaleyhouse.org Take a tour of San Diego’s iconic haunted house and you may just see a ghost friend or two. Visit after dark, if you dare. Consult website for hours and ticket information.

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Favorite Local Breakfast Spots

The Cottage La Jolla www.cottagelajolla.com

Breakfast Republic Seven San Diego locations www.breakfastrepublic.com

Hash House A Go Go Hillcrest www.hashhouseagogo.com

Café 21 Downtown, University Heights www.cafe-21.com

Janet’s Café El Cajon www.janetscafeelcajon.com

Cocina 35 Downtown www.cocina35.com

The Mission Mission Beach, North Park, East Village www.themissionsd.com

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UltraStar Cinemas 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100 619-574-8684 www.ultrastarmovies.com Parent Movie Mornings and Baby’s Night Out every Wednesday include valet stroller parking, reduced volume and changing facilities. Student Saver Sundays include movie ticket and bottomless popcorn/soda.

San Carlos/Del Cerro Lake Murray 5540 Kiowa Dr.     619-668-2050

A popular destination for jogging, biking, rollerblading and picnicking located in Mission Trails Regional Park. Open for fishing seven days a week except certain holidays. BBQs and picnic tables available. Mission Trails Regional Park One Father Junipero Serra Trail 619-668-3281 www.mtrp.org     Originally home to the Kumeyaay Indians, Mission Trails offers visitors an escape from city life with over 60 miles of trails, camping and boating opportunities, equestrian trails,

guided nature walks, visitor’s center and more.

Scripps Ranch Lake Miramar 10710 Scripps Lake Dr. 619-465-3474 Take a stroll, ride or jog along the five-mile path circling the crystal blue reservoir. Boat rentals, fishing, BBQs and picnic tables available. Lappert’s Ice Cream 12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy www.lapperts.com Choose from a variety of island-

San Diego County’s Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Play Space

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Learn more at www.sandiegofamily.com/dining-recipes/ restaurants-with-place-to-play. BO-beau kitchen + garden, La Mesa www.cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchengarden Corvette Diner, Point Loma www.cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner The Crack Shack, Little Italy and Encinitas www.crackshack.com John’s Incredible Pizza, National City www.johnspizza.com Officine Buona Forchetta, Point Loma www.officinebuonaforchetta.com Station Tavern, South Park www.stationtavern.com Waypoint Public, North Park www.waypointpublic.com

Find out where kids eat free throughout the county at www.sandiegofamily.com/things-to-do/ kids-eat-free.

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inspired flavors like the Hana Road, Manila Mango and Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel. Wahine Kai Shave Ice 10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Ste. B 858-831-0903 Your one-stop-shop for all things frozen. Offerings include authentic Hawaiian shave ice, bubble tea, smoothies, shave snow and more. Try a traditional flavor like the Kahuna, passion fruit with sweetened condensed milk and Pecan Praline ice cream.

Sports Arena Kobey’s Swap Meet 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-523-2700 www.kobeyswap.com Find the perfect treasure or sell something of your own every weekend at San Diego’s largest outdoor flea market. Don’t forget to bring cash and arrive early. Wagons and strollers available for rent.

www.ultrazonesandiego.com Put your skills to the test at this multi-level laser game arena complete with theatrical fog, interactive game stations and integrated sound system and more. Great for birthday parties and group events. Special pricing for kids on weekend mornings.

Ultrazone Laser Tag 3146 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-221-0100

Looking for information about San Diego County’s skate parks? Check out our list at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/ resources-by-age/teen/191.

Education Made Personal The Learning Choice Academy

A FREE Personalized Learning School for Grades TK–12 • A credentialed educational partner to assist you • Specialized programs available; AIM, full day, middle and high school options • Funds for enrichment classes • UC approved high school courses WASC accredited. Se habla español. • Field trips, internships, teen club


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Your child’s life is a wonderful story and you are the narrator. It’s a language-rich world. Hearing your voice often will help your children find their own, so fill their ears with song, questions and words of encouragement. Rady Children’s Health Stars, in partnership with Kohl’s Cares, helps families learn healthy habits.

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East County Alpine • Campo • El Cajon Lakeside/Flinn Springs • La Mesa • Santee

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve 9310 Fanita Pkwy., Santee 619-596-3141 www.santeelakes.com This gorgeous lakefront park has a splash pad, adventure course, playgrounds and bike rentals. The preserve also boasts cabin and boat rentals. A great spot for fishing, hiking and seasonal events.

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Motor Transport Museum 31949 Hwy. 94 619-478-2492 www.motortransportmuseum.org More than a truck museum, this collection includes more than 200 historic motor vehicles, as well as industrial machinery from the past. Open Saturdays only.

The Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur 619-320-4942 www.childrensnatureretreat.org Interact with domesticated livestock and exotic wildlife at this 20-acre ranch. More than 120 animals call this retreat home, including camels, zebras, miniature horses, donkeys and more. Viejas Casino & Resort Viejas Outlet Center 5000 Willows Rd. 619-659-2070 www.viejas.com/san-diegospremier-outlets-mall Take the whole family to southern California’s largest outdoor roller rink, challenge friends to a round of Galactic Bowling, take in a movie in the park or enjoy some retail therapy at Viejas Outlet Center.

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum 750 Depot St. 619-465-7776; 619-478-9937 www.psrm.org Welcome aboard, train lovers! Get your railroad fix at this popular museum and enjoy a ride on a vintage train. Seasonal events include Bunny Train, Pumpkin Express and North Pole Limited. Open weekends. Potrero Regional Park 24800 Potrero Park Dr. 619-478-5212 Offering wilderness cabins, RV

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hookups and tent spaces, this park is great for camping and nature walks. The park’s 132 acres boast 100-year-old oak trees, shaded picnic tables, playgrounds, and an enclosed pavilion. Wisteria Candy Cottage 39961 Old Hwy. 80 619-766-4453 www.wisteriacandycottage.com This charming storefront was once the town’s one-room school. In business since 1921, the shop is famous for handmade brittle, fudge and truffles. Open Thursday-Monday.

El Cajon www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us Christian Youth Theater (CYT) 1545 Pioneer Way 619-588-0206 www.cytsandiego.org The largest youth theater program in the country, producing familyfriendly musicals throughout the county. Classes, camps and field

trip opportunities available. Check the website for show schedules and tickets. Heritage of the Americas Museum 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West 619-670-5194 www.heritageoftheamericasmuseum .com Explore the history of our continent through fine art, anthropology, archaeology and natural history collections. The site also features tropical gardens and a desert patio. Open Tues.-Sat. San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Annex at Gillespie Field 619-258-1221 www.sandiegoairandspace.org/ museum/gillespie-field-annex A hidden gem for fans of aircraft! Visit the small hangar to see vintage planes and restoration projects. Open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Sundays. No charge for admission; donations accepted. Sweetwater Marsh Hwy. 94 East, Singer Ln. 619-468-9245 This salt marsh habitat is popular with birders, as more than 200

species have been observed here. The refuge boasts 316 aces and is located where the Sweetwater River meets San Diego Bay. Yogurt Mill 935 Broadway, El Cajon 619-579-1566 Look for the leaning tower. Locals line up for huge portions and tasty toppings at this cash-only establishment, which has been in business for more than four decades.

Lakeside/Flinn Springs www.lakesidechamber.org Barona Cultural Center and Museum 1095 Barona Rd. 619-443-7003 www.baronamuseum.org Celebrating Kumeyaay-Diegueño culture through art, photographs and artifacts dating back as far as 10,000 years. Check online for classes and events. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Free admission. FUNBelievable Play 11655 Riverside Dr., Ste. 155-157 619-456-2474

www.funbelievableplay.com Take a break while the kids get some exercise. This indoor playground offers a parent café and lounge seating. Kids love the wave slides, rock climbing, aerial glides and ball pool. A separate toddler area keeps little ones safe. Check the website for Parents’ Night Out events. Lake Jennings 9535 Harritt Rd. Camping: 619-390-1623 Fishing: 619-443-2510 www.lakejennings.org With miles of hiking trails and a gorgeous lake for fishing and boating, Lake Jennings is the perfect spot for a camping trip or picnic. Make memories playing horseshoes, ping-pong and ladder golf. Summers Past Farms 15602 Old Hwy. 80 619-390-1523 www.summerspastfarms.com With picturesque gardens, a nursery store and sweet pea maze, this family farm is a relaxing weekend stop. Visit the barn shop, offering homemade soaps and garden accessories. Open Thurs.-Sun.



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La Mesa

to engage with nature. Here you’ll find musical instruments, a sensory garden and playground with climbing structures.

www.cityoflamesa.com The Aubrey Rose Tea Room 8362 La Mesa Blvd. 619-461-4TEA (4832) www.theaubreyrosetearoom.com Tucked amongst the antique shops and boutiques of downtown La Mesa, this charming English-style parlor offers traditional tea packages with handmade tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. Open Wed.– Sun. Reservations recommended. BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden 8384 La Mesa Blvd. 619-337-3445 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ bobeaukitchengarden This popular sit-down restaurant offers casual French flavors and a play area for children. Sophisticated kids’ menus for the mature young palate. Briercrest Park 9001 Wakarusa St. An award-winning park with artistic design that encourages children

Cowles Mountain Golfcrest Dr. & Navajo Rd. 619-668-3281 www.mtrp.org Arrive early to beat the crowds at this moderate hike to the highest point in the city of San Diego. Enjoy nature and wildflowers on the ascent and panoramic views at the summit. La Mesa Depot Museum 4695 Nebo Dr. 619-465-PSRM (7776) www.psrm.org Visit anytime to view a vintage freight train displayed with its steam locomotive, freight cars and caboose. The restored 1894 wooden train station is open Saturdays for docentled tours.

Santee www.cityofsanteeca.gov

Best Spots for Animal Encounters

Big Rock Park 8125 Arlette St. 619-258-4100 One of many trailheads to Mission Trails Regional Park, this grassy, 5-acre space has two playgrounds and courts for pickleball, volleyball and basketball. Creation & Earth History Museum 10946 N Woodside Ave. 619-599-1104 www.creationsd.org Dedicated to the biblical account of science and history. Exhibits showcase the six-day creation of Earth, a life-size tabernacle, dinosaur discovery zone and live animals. Santee Drive-In Theatre 10990 Woodside Ave. N. 619-448-7447 www.santeedriveintheatre.com One of the last drive-ins in San Diego, this establishment offers two screens and an awesome snack bar. Loaner radios available. Cash only.

Lions, Tigers, Bears Alpine www.lionstigersandbears.org

Birch Aquarium La Jolla www.aquarium.ucsd.edu

Living Coast Discovery Center Chula Vista www.thelivingcoast.org

Children’s Nature Retreat Alpine www.childrensnatureretreat.org

San Diego Zoo Balboa Park www.sandiegozoo.org

City Farmers Nursery City Heights www.cityfarmersnursery.com

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido www.sdzsafaripark.org

Helen Woodward Animal Center Rancho Santa Fe www.animalcenter.org

SeaWorld Mission Bay www.seaworld.com/san-diego


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Living Coast Discovery Center 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista 619-409-5900 www.thelivingcoast.org Learn about sea turtles, fish, birds, rays, sharks and more! Interactive experiences connect people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. VIP animal encounters, day camps and family overnights available.

Bonita Bonita Museum & Cultural Center 4355 Bonita Rd.; 619-267-5141 www.bonitahistoricalsociety.org Celebrate local art, photography and artifacts of the Sweetwater Valley region through rotating exhibits, student exhibitions and art classes for kids. Open Wed.–Sat.

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spot for family hiking, horseback riding and camping. Amenities include water and electricity at every campsite. Picnic pavilions are useful for families and groups. Parking fee.

Chula Vista www.chulavistaca.gov

Rohr Park 4548 Sweetwater Rd. 619-397-6197 The 3.3-mile trail is a great place to train for a 5K. Kids enjoy the play equipment and sports fields. Time your visit to ride the scale-model steam train from 12 p.m.–3 p.m. the second weekend of each month.

Bowlero 845 Lazo Ct. 619-421-4801 www.bowlero.com An upscale bowling experience for kids and adults, with 40 blacklight lanes, a high-end sports bar, scrumptious eats that can be delivered to your lane, an arcade and more. Also in San Marcos.

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park 3218 Summit Meadow Rd. 619-472-7572 This lovely, 500-acre park is a great

Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center 2800 Olympic Pkwy. 619-656-1500

www.trainatchulavista.com Take a guided tour or host a group event at this state-of-the-art facility, used to train U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in track and field, rugby, archery, BMX and tennis. Chula Vista Marina 550 Marina Pkwy. 619-862-2835 www.cvmarina.com This peaceful marina is home to waterfront dining, spectacular sunsets, and an assortment of music and community events. Adjacent Bayside Park has picnic areas, open spaces and walking paths. Heritage Park 1381 E. Palomar St. 619-397-6197 Amenities at this 10-acre park include an amphitheater, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, and ample open space. Kids love the play equipment, duck pond and skate park.

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Otay Lakes County Park 2270 Wueste Rd. 858-565-3600 www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/ en/park-pages/OtayLakes.html Offering gorgeous lake views, this serene, 78-acre park also has picnic sites, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, gardens, trails, boating, and excellent birdwatching. Pigtails & Crewcuts 2015 Birch Rd. #1012 (Otay Ranch Town Center) 619-656-5437 www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/ chula-vista Say goodbye to squirmy kids and bad haircuts at this kid-friendly salon. Kids love the vehicle-themed chairs, fun train sets, and choice of movies to watch during their cut. Also in San Marcos, Del Sur and Point Loma. Speed Circuit Family Fun Center 881 Showroom Pl. 619-600-3200 www.speedcircuit.fun Challenge your friends and family to high-energy go-kart races, test your agility on the Adventure Ropes Course, and play in the 6,000 sq. ft. Fun Zone. Walk-ins welcome.

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Portwood Pier Plaza 940 Seacoast Dr. 619-686-6200 “Surfhenge” public art structure pays homage to the city’s surfing heritage. The area also offers picnic tables, a tot lot, grassy areas and pier access.

Butterfly Park Palm Ave. and E. 20th St. The entire family will enjoy this colorful, butterfly-themed community space that includes a stage area, benches, and gardens designed to attract butterflies.

South Bay Drive-In Theatres 2170 Coronado Ave. 619-423-2727 www.southbaydrivein.com See movies under the stars from the comfort of the car! Screens feature new releases and classics with an updated, fully digital projection system. Snack bar available.

National City Depot Museum 922 W. 23rd St. 619-474-4400 www.sdera.org/depot.php Train lovers will appreciate a stop at this historic depot, fully restored in 1998. Now a museum dedicated to the history of railroads in Southern California and San Diego, it is open Saturday and Sundays, 10a.m.-4p.m.

Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center 301 Caspian Way 619-575-3613 www.trnerr.org/plan_a_visit Learn all about the estuary’s plants and animals, join a guided nature walk or pick up trail maps, participate in interactive activities, visit the gift shop, and borrow binoculars for your adventures. Open Wed.–Sun.

Niederfrank’s Ice Cream 726 A Ave. 619-477-0828 www.niederfranksicecreams.com This old-fashioned creamery has been serving dozens of unique and classic homemade flavors since 1948. Parents, check out the local craft beer flavor creations. Everything is freshly made onsite.

Best Activities to Do with Teens Here are some of San Diego’s favorite things to do with older kids. Also consider trampoline parks, our world-famous zoo, bowling and sporting events. City Fun Center Miramar www.cityfuncenter.com

San Diego Ice Arena Mira Mesa www.sdice.com

AR Workshop Hillcrest www.arworkshop.com/sandiego

Escapology Mission Beach www.escapology.com/en/san-diego-ca

SeaWorld San Diego Mission Bay www.seaworld.com/san-diego

Belmont Park Mission Beach www.belmontpark.com

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Oceanside www.iflyoceanside.com

Speed Circuit Chula Vista www.speedcircuit.fun

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