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As a pediatrician, the safety and well-being of all children is my primary concern. When I counsel families on sleep safety, car safety, sunscreen, baby proofing, choking risks and even preventative care like healthy eating and vaccines, it is because my ultimate goal is for all children to grow up healthy. Firearm safety is no different. While it is legal to own a gun in the United States, it is not always safe to do so when children are around. Children are naturally curious and no matter how many times you tell them not to touch something, research shows that their curiosity will get the better of them. Even if you think your gun is safely stored or hidden out of your child’s reach, studies suggest differently. “39% of parents erroneously believe their children do not know where their gun is stored, and 22% wrongly believe their child never handled their gun.” *
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leading cause of death overall among U.S. children ages 1-17 years, and the second leading cause of injury-related death (behind only car crashes).” ** Almost 1300 children die by guns yearly and 5,790 are treated for gun-related injuries. That’s scary! While half of those injuries were intentional (homicide), in younger children, firearm injury is more likely to be accidental. In the adolescent population, suicide by firearm is the 3rd leading cause of death and suicides comprise 38% of yearly deaths by firearms. Access to firearms greatly increases the risk of injury to children of all ages, and guns in the home are 43% more likely to be used to kill someone known to the shooter. Furthermore, having a gun in the home increases the risk of suicide 5-fold.
What can you do to keep your family safe? Between the normal curiosity of young children, the risk of accidental shootings, the risk to family members in domestic violence situations, and the impulsive nature of adolescents who may be depressed or suicidal, it is extremely risky to have a gun in the home. However if you choose
Dr. Jaime Friedman is a pediatrician and the lead physician at the 4S Ranch location of Children’s Primary Care Medical Group. * “Pediatric Firearm-Related Injuries in the United States” (Parikh K, et. al. Hosp Pediatr. May 23, 2017) ** “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” (Katherine A. Fowler, et. al. Journal of Pediatrics June 2017)
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Always monitor young children who may be playing in the area where the gun is stored
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children go to play if they have a gun in the home.
The ASK campaign is intended to keep all children safe. Just like you would ask fellow parents about other safety concerns while your child is in their care, ask about unlocked guns in the home. Started by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the ASK campaign wants you to pledge to ask about unlocked guns before your child goes somewhere to play.
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Share a memorable camp experience. Kristen Castillo, freelance writer Last summer my son, a thirdgrader, attended Young Writers’ Camp through San Diego Area Writing Project and UCSD. He loved it! He learned storytelling and expanded his vocabulary. Nicole Maggio, marketing representative My favorite camp experience as a kid was at Azalea Trails Girl Scout Camp: overnight backpacking, roasting marshmallows, campfire songs. I loved it so much I became a camp counselor there when I got older!
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In 2011, when “Uncle Gus” Cervantes
and “Auntie Casey” Czechowski started the Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club, a Hawaiian outrigger canoeing program for kids, they didn’t even have a canoe. Cervantes and Czechowski weren’t concerned. They had been teaching canoeing and Hawaiian culture to kids (with another group) for a few years. They knew they’d eventually get a canoe—and they did, within the first year of running their own program. Nowadays, Nā Koa Kai (“sea warriors”) has four six-man canoes and one two-man canoe. Over 30 kids ages 8–18 are in the co-ed club, attending weekly classes and canoeing on Mission Bay. Read about Na¯ Koa Makapo¯ (“visually impaired warriors”), Na¯ Koa Kai’s program for kids with visual impairment at www.SNRFSD.org. “The most rewarding thing is watching kids blossom,” says Cervantes, explaining students often come in to the classes shy, but develop confidence and become leaders. Amy Lewis’ son, 15-year-old Gavin, was a part of Nā Koa Kai last year and plans to return this season. The family previously lived on the Big Island of Hawaii where they all paddled on a team. When they moved to San Diego, Lewis looked for a club with that same aloha spirit. “We love learning about Hawaiian culture; Nā Koa Kai focuses on paddling as an important part of that culture,” she says, noting the club and its members are inclusive of all backgrounds and abilities. “Everyone in the club is treated like ohana,” she says, using the Hawaiian word for family. “The club focuses on respecting one another, respecting the ocean, living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of working together and lifting one another up.”
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In Hawaiian culture, elders are treated like family members, even when they’re not related. That’s why elders are called aunts and uncles. While many students in the program have Hawaiian heritage, others have no connection. They simply want to learn the culture. The highlight of the program is a 10-day cultural trip to Maui that students and teachers take every two years. The outrigger team has competed in Hawaii too, crossing the channel from Maui to Lanai. “They get full immersion,” says Cervantes. The kids learn history, prayers, chants and the Hawaiian language during the program. While in Maui, they see things tourists typically don’t, such as a 400-year-old fish pond. There are fees to participate, but most of the money supporting the program comes from fundraisers, such as the annual ShakaFest (Saturday, April 28) and the Duke Longboard Luau (September). Cervantes wants kids from all over San Diego, including those from underserved communities, to be able to attend the program. “We’ve had kids that are of Pacific Islander descent and have never seen the water before,” he says. “That blows my mind. That’s not going to happen on my watch.” Nā Koa Kai’s season runs March through October. There’s no prerequisite for joining, except that students should know how to swim. Learn more at www.nakoakai.com v Kristen Castillo is an award-winning freelance writer and Chula Vista resident.
Planning a Hawaiian vacation? Visit www.SanDiegoFamily.com/things-todo/travel to discover recommended kid-friendly adventures on Oahu.
Looking for more aloha? Check out these local hotspots. Find shave ice, a favorite treat in the Islands, at Wailua Shave Ice in Ocean Beach and Wahine Kai’s Shave Ice in Scripps Ranch. Try poke (pronounced “poh-keh”), a Hawaiian dish featuring cubed raw fish, such as ahi. Go to www.onoyum.com/ poke-restaurants to find the nearly 40 San Diego area restaurants that serve poke. Temecula’s Da Coconut Cafe dishes out island favorites, including Loco Moco, an all-day breakfast featuring a teriyaki patty, two scoops of rice, over-easy egg, brown gravy and green onion. They also offer poke bowls and Spam Musabi (fried spam wrapped in rice and nori). Learn more on their Facebook page. Homestyle Hawaiian has five locations in San Diego County. They feature Hawaiian specialties such as the popular Plate Lunch, a traditional Hawaiian meal of teriyaki or katsu chicken with macaroni salad and rice. www.hawaiianbarbecue.com Craving Dole Whip? Find the sweet frozen pineapple dessert at the Dole Whip stand at Belmont Park (Mission Beach) and Lappert’s Ice Cream in Poway, as well as Homestyle Hawaiian restaurants.
Leilani’s Attic in Pacific Beach has a variety of authentic Hawaiian gifts and island-inspired items from fresh leis and board shorts to jewelry and Hawaiian shirts. There’s a café next door that serves Hawaiian plate lunch and shave ice. Don’t miss the annual San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival, May 5 (9 am-6 pm) and May 6 (10 am-4 pm) at De Anza Cove in North Mission Bay. Enjoy the spirit of aloha with Hawaiian food and craft vendors, entertainment on two stages and cultural workshops. Admission is free. Learn more at www .sdhoolaulea.com. Hula dancing, an island tradition that dates back hundreds of years, tells the history, culture and mythology of the Hawaiian people, without words. Kathy Heali’i O Nalani Gore Stanley, a native Hawaiian, teaches San Diegans how to hula at Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue in Kearny Mesa. Visit www.healiis.com for details about spring enrollment. Learn dancing, ukulele, guitar and Hawaiian storytelling at Hui O Hawaii of San Diego, founded in 1969 to preserve Hawaiian culture in the San Diego area. Learn more at www.hohsd.org.
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Make a SPLASH at SUMMER CAMP! With San Diego’s oceanic
surroundings and ideal climate, it’s no surprise that local summer camps often include aquatics-based recreation. If getting wet is your child’s favorite part of summer, you might want to sign him up for a specialized camp experience at one of San Diego’s beach, pool or lagoon environments. Aquatics camps are a perfect way for children to improve swimming skills, learn ocean and beach safety, develop boating experience, and participate in a range of water sports and activities. These camps offer lots of fun, improve overall fitness and provide great opportunities to make new friends.
In the Pool Whether your little fish dreams of diving off the blocks at the Olympics, wants to improve competitive strokes for swim team or simply loves to spend time at the pool, swimming camps are an excellent summertime option. “Swim camps offer a unique opportunity that allows young studentathletes to interact with and learn from some of the best coaches and swimmers in the sport,” says Daniel Perdew, camp director of UC San Diego Swimming Camps. “They give young aspiring swimmers a firsthand look at what they could reap from their hard work and serve as a motivating tool upon return to their daily routine.”
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Many local community pools offer day camps; San Diego’s university pools also have overnight options. Swimmers might also enjoy camp at one of the region’s water parks. While they don’t all offer directly-run, daily summer programs, quite a few affiliated camps include water park field trips so kids can enjoy exhilarating waterslides, floating in lazy rivers and wave surfing machines.
At the Beach Can your child identify a riptide? Does he know what to do if stung by a jellyfish? Fortunately for local families, a variety of low-cost Junior Lifeguards (JG) programs are offered each summer through San Diego’s city and state beaches, and can provide the answers. Junior Lifeguards receive essential ocean safety education from seasoned professional lifeguards—all in a fun, recreational environment. “JGs spend many hours learning about ocean awareness, marine life, basic first aid, CPR, sun protection, how to detect skin cancer, lifeguard skills, body surfing, body boarding, surfing, and teamwork through a variety of fun beach games and competition,” says Patty Mackle, Junior Lifeguard coordinator for Torrey Pines State Beach. If your child’s main goal is to learn to surf, try a specialized surf camp. There are plenty of day camps to choose from,
offered for all ages and abilities, up and down our coastline. These teach surfing basics such as paddling, catching waves, standing up and surfing etiquette; more advanced surfers can work to improve technique. Experienced coaches keep kids safe, while also providing instruction on ocean safety. Local sleepaway surf camps, such as
KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Did you know that there’s an amazing local surf camp for kids with special needs? The nonprofit organization Surfing Madonna offers sessions at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, free to participants, twice a month from May to September. Campers receive one-on-one surf lessons from professional surf instructors. Visit www .surfingmadonna.org for more information. An adaptive swim camp is available at Mission Bay Aquatic Center, and the Autism Society San Diego holds a specialized surf camp at La Jolla Shores. Several regional aquatics programs offer inclusive camps that provide aids and/or special equipment to campers with special needs. Check pools, community organizations, and general aquatics centers for listings; inquire in advance to explore the best options for your child.
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If your child loves boats, consider a camp that teaches kayaking, canoeing or sailing. Or, high-speed summer thrills can be found with wakeboarding, tubing or waterskiing focused camps. Other aquatics programs introduce STEM education elements and might involve coastal explorations via kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Older kids and teens can even learn to snorkel or scuba dive to experience the underwater world. “A marine science camp such as ours gives students the opportunity to develop their love for the ocean or explore the possibility of pursuing marine biology as a field of study in the future,” says Amy Bergen Zerofskim, SEACAMP San Diego director. If your child can’t decide, there’s really no need! General watersports camps are also available. A single week might involve surfing, sailing, paddle sports, waterskiing and more. Multisport camps are either based at a single location, or involve daily adventure trips to a number of places for greater variety. Also, while many aquatics summer camps emphasize a single theme, they often include aspects of others. For instance, a JG program might offer a day at a waterpark; a swim camp might include a field trip to the beach. “When I think back to the fondest of childhood memories, so many of those revolve around the water,” reflects Josh Cantor, CEO of Carlsbad Lagoon’s Camp H20 Extreme. “We work very hard to facilitate those lifelong memories.” To find the perfect aquatics camp for your child, explore ads and listings throughout this issue, and check the YMCA (www.ymca.org) and Mission Bay Aquatic Center (www .watersportscamp.com). v Lisa Pawlak is an award-winning contributing writer living in Encinitas with her husband and two sons.
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It’s time to break out the swimsuits and sleeping bags because camp season is here! From the mountains to the beaches, from woodworking to surfing, San Diego has it all! “Visit” our Virtual Camp Fair starting April 15 at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/resources/virtual-camp-fair for additional camp info, videos, photos and more. Indicates companies that have certificated staff to care for children with special needs. Indicates companies that have a “booth” in our Virtual Camp Fair. ACADEMIC FOCUS
CMS Cricket and Kookaburra Camps Poway - 858-673-1756 www.countrymontessori.org Ages 2.5-10; June-August Week long camps with a different theme every week. Full day and half day programs available plus childcare. Cricket camps are for 2.5 year olds to incoming kindergartners and Kookaburra camps are for 1st grade to incoming 5th graders. See p.43
Circle T Ranch Lakeside - 619-312-0544 www.thecircletranch.com Ages 6-13; June-August We offer Spring camp by the day. Mornings 9-12:30 – also Summer Weekly camps 9 am- 3:30 pm at reasonable rates for children 6-13 years old. Private lessons & horseback riding for all ages available all year. This is an all around Ranch Experience with hands on teaching methods. Visitors welcome with appt. See p.29
MBMA Summer Camp University City, La Jolla, PB - 858-457-5895 www.mbmacademy.com/summer-program-2018 Ages 2-6th grade; June 25-August 17 Summer camp at MBMA is a great way for your child to spend the summer! See our website for our exciting new weekly format, featuring STEM/STEAM, Drama, Academics, and more. We have paired with some incredible specialty camps to make a wonderful experience for your child. See p.41, 43 Montessori American School Summer Camp Multiple Locations - 619-422-1220 www.montessoriamerican.com Ages 2-6; July-August Summer camp program that provides children with hands-on experiences, learning activities, arts & crafts, cooking, games and lots of fun. Kids will love their themed camp, make new friends and have a blast. All within the traditional Montessori environment. See p.21, 43 Renaissance Village Academy Scripps Ranch - 858-564-9622 www.rvaschool.org TK-8th grade; June-July TK-3rd grade: six 1-week programs, sign up for am, pm, or whole day. Math, science, thinking skills, folklore, games, art, Russian. Grades 4-12: two 3-week programs, sign up for specific classes (writing, editing, math, vocabulary, logic, art, Russian) or the whole day. Priority discount given to full-day students. See p.42
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Summer Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Rancho Santa Fe - 858-756-4117 www.animalcenter.org/education Preschool-8th grade; June 11-August 31 Summer Critter Camp is San Diego’s best animal camp for kids. Children experience a week of animal interactions and activities including animal-themed games, crafts, songs and more. See p.25 Sweetwater Horse Camp Bonita - 619-252-5544 www.sweetwaterhorses.com Ages 5-12; Spring, Summer and Fall Teaching San Diego’s kids to ride since 1985. Various camp sessions available throughout the spring and summer. Horse Day Camp, Pony Time Camp and Advanced Horse Camp offered depending on level of experience. See p.23
DANCE/MUSIC California Ballet School Multiple Locations - 858-560-5676 www.californiaballetschool.org Ages 5-14; June-August The summer programs at San Diego’s California Ballet School are designed to complement students’ training received during the regular school year. The 2018 summer camps are divided into four levels, from beginning to professional. See p.36
City Ballet’s Dance Camps Pacific Beach - 858-274-6058 www.cityballet.org Ages 3-18; July City Ballet’s dance camps offer graded classes. Dance camps include classes in ballet technique and special workshops on stage make-up and dance related crafts and activities, culminating in a free performance for friends and family. Limited class size. See p.13 Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy Eastlake - 619-585-1133 Point Loma - 619-732-6238 www.neishas.com Ages 18 mos.-18 yrs.; Ongoing From your child’s first class to their graduation performance, ND&MA has a class for everyone! We specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. See p.11 San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Camps Balboa Park - 619-233-3060 www.sdcyb.org/summer-programs Ages 4-10; July-August Camps begins with a daily ballet class that introduces students to the technical aspects of ballet as well as the concepts of musicality and performance. Supplemental activities include arts & crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals, and field trips to other cultural institutions in Balboa Park. See p. 17,31 Scripps Performing Arts Academy Scripps Ranch, Carmel Valley - 858-586-7834 www.scrippsperformingartsacademy.com All Ages; June-August Using original scripts, written by the creative forces of the Musical Theatre Department, each summer camp provides a fun, creative, 5 day long getaway for each student! Each camp concludes with a performance in our on-location black box theaters! See p.13
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Special Advertising Section Vernetta’s Dance Studio North Park - 619-260-1707 www.vernettadance.com Ages 2 & up; All summer Tap, ballet and tumbling classes. Fun classes, family oriented, moms and dads can have coffee and cookies while they watch. Performing opportunities at fairs and festivals. First lesson free. See p.13
Little Language Ambassadors San Marcos - 760-510-9639 www.littlelanguageambassadors.com Ages 18 mos.-7 yrs.; July-August Each week students will enjoy music, performances, water fun, soccer, yoga, arts and crafts all in a Spanish immersion environment. This is the best way for children to gain competence and confidence in speaking Spanish. See p.22
Petits Amigos 4S Ranch - 858-428-4652 www.petitsamigos.com Ages 2.5-5; June-August Join Petits Amigos for an unforgettable language immersion adventure. Choose from Rainforest Expedition, Inca Adventure, Mayan Mysteries, Summer Safari, Jurassic Journey and more. No language experience necessary! See p.40
SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer School at Compass Charter Online - 877-506-8631 www.compasscharters.org/academics 6th-12th grade; July 3-July 27, July 30-August 24 The online summer school program allows scholars the flexibility of learning from home. Most courses are a-g and NCAA approved! We also offer, through our summer school program only, both Drone Pilot and Social Media classes as elective course options! Choose Compass and enjoy summer your way! See p.30
CYT San Diego Multiple Locations - 619-588-0206 www.cytsandiego.org Ages 5-12; June-August Join CYT for an unforgettable summer under the Big Top! The Greatest Show on Earth is even GREATER when you combine all the fun that musical theater has to offer, with a modern-day circus theme! See p.37 North Coast Rep Summer Camp Solana Beach - 858-481-1055 www.northcoastreptheatreschool.org Ages 4-19; June-August One-week, half-day performance camps for Broadway Babies & Two-Week, full-day performance camps for elementary through high school actors. We heard your request for more two-week production based camps with more focused age groups! We’re excited to offer more performance-based intensives that will give your child a fun and playful summer. See p.23 San Diego Junior Theatre Balboa Park - 619-239-1311 www.juniortheatre.com Pre K-12th grade; June 11-August 24 In addition to traditional camp, San Diego Junior Theater offers acting and musical theater camps for those interested in theater performance. Every session of camp is unique. See p.31,45 Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla - 858-550-1070 x101 www.lajollaplayhouse.org/yp 3rd-12th grade; June-July YP@LJP is a series of fun and interactive theatre training programs for children! Choose the perfect fit from our Young Performers’ Workshop (grades 3-12), Young Performers’ Academy (grades 5-12), or Young Performers’ Conservatory (grades 10-12). Want more? Dive into technical theater with our Tech Theatre class (grades 7-12). See p.29
LANGUAGE Bilingual Kids Spanish and Mandarin Summer Camps Balboa Park - 619-366-3098 www.bilingualkids-sd.com Ages 4-12; June-August Spanish & Mandarin camps catered to promote foreign language acquisition with a fun and engaging approach. Children learn or enhance language skills through games, songs, classroom activities, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and daily field trips to museums & zoo. All activities are conducted in language of choice. See p. 25
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Girl Scout Resident Camp (see Traditional Day Camp Experience) See p.36 YMCA Overnight Camps Julian, Imperial Beach - 760-765-0642 www.ymca.org/camp Ages 7-17; June 17-August 17 Three fantastic properties in San Diego County, Camp Marston in the mountains for summer adventures, Raintree Ranch exclusively for horseback riding near Julian, and Camp Surf on the Pacific Ocean. See p.23
PAINTING, DRAWING, CERAMICS Carlsbad Art Farm Carlsbad -760-688-6147 www.carlsbadartfarm.com 2nd-8th grade; June 18-August 10 Students learn foundational visual art skills through interaction with the natural world. Camps provide a unique opportunity to spend a week outdoors exploring our habitat, visiting with animals and making art with local working artists. Class sizes are small so each student has opportunity to work one-on-one with instructors. See p.25
FUNBelievable Play Lakeside - 619-456-2474 www.funbelievableplay.com Ages 3-12; Action packed, multi-activity camp to keep children happy, healthy and entertained. Children will enjoy adventure play, arts and crafts, group games and more. See p.46
City Tree Christian School South Park - 619-232-3794 www.citytree.org Pre-K-8th grade; June 18-August 17 Each child will have the opportunity to thrive and grow in a safe Christ-centered environment with experienced teachers and staff. See p.37
Balboa School Escondido - 760-294-4490 www.balboaschool.com 1st-12th grade; June 4-July 6 Blend academics with engaging activities to reinforce skills and develop new ones. Students continue to make progress at a time when they might otherwise slip behind. The warm, personal environment assures success and fosters mastery for future achievement. See p.40 Scripps Montessori Summer Camp Scripps Ranch - 858-566-3632 www.scrippsmontessori.com/programs Ages 18 months-12 years; June-July Offers many exciting activities including swimming, art, music, dance, cooking, Radical Reptiles, sports, field trips and more. See p.30, 43
Little Artists Summer Morning Classes Clairemont/UTC - 858-268-2255 Poway - 858-486-1555 Rancho Bernardo - 858-451-2055 San Carlos - 619-462-1955 www.mylittleartists.com Ages 4-18; June-August Morning classes start mid-June, offering the same great program with convenient morning classes for all ages. Drawing, painting and cartooning available in the morning as well as in the afternoon. See p.10
Summer Explorers at Gillispie La Jolla - 858-459-3773 www.gillispie.org/summer Ages 3-12; June 18-August 10 Join Gillispie School for a summer program filled with exploration and discovery at our Learning Village in La Jolla! We offer an exciting Early Childhood Camp for 3-4 year olds and an array of elementary classes for children in grades K-6, such as robotics, art, music, swimming, sports, and more! See p.23
Little Fish Comic Book Camps College Area/ SDSU/ La Mesa - 442-226-6120 www.lilfish.us Ages 7-16; June 14-August 24 Little Fish Comic Book Studio’s summer camps are an exciting opportunity for kids who love art and comics to immerse themselves in the art and culture of comics and anime! Students will complete a week of camp with a three page comic of their own making! See p.29
The Bishop’s School La Jolla - 858-875-0787 www.bishops.com/page/academics/summer-session 4th-8th grade; June-July On the Bishop’s campus students can build a wellbalanced day by combining classes for enrichment, preparation and review with athletics camp. With package pricing and financial aid available, personal attention and small classes, morning and afternoon sessions, take one class or make it a full day! See p.17
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SCIENCE & DISCOVERY San Diego Natural History Museum Balboa Park - 877-946-7797 www.sdnat.org/summercamp Pre-K-10th grade; June 18-August 17 Summer camps at The Nat will inspire and encourage children to have fun while learning about nature and science. For more information visit www.sdnat.org/summercamp. See p.31 Summer Learning Adventure Camp at Birch Aquarium La Jolla - 858-534-7336 www.aquarium.ucsd.edu Ages 4-15; June-August From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories. See p.22 Super Solar System Summer Camp at The Fleet Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 www.fleetscience.org 1st-2nd grade; July 9-13 and August 6-10 Can you skate on the rings of Saturn? Was there ever life on Mars? Unlock the secrets of our solar system in this cosmic class. Learn why the seasons change on Earth and why the sun is so important to our everyday lives. See p.31,41. Women Scientists in Action Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 www.fleetscience.org 5th-8th grade; July 23-27 Girl power! Join us for an all new “science sampler” just for girls. Each day we’ll explore a new field of science. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments and investigate careers in science. See p. 31,41
SPECIALTY Camp Erin San Diego Forest Falls - 800-797-2050 www.elizabethhospice.org/camperin Ages 6-17; July 27-29 Youth coping with loss can find support and comfort at Camp Erin San Diego, an overnight weekend camp at no charge. This weekend summer camp, for youth ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them, combines traditional camp activities with grief support and education. See p.46 iFly Oceanside Oceanside - 760-606-4359 www.iflyworld.com/oceanside Call or visit the website for more information. See p.27
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Model Railroad Engineer Camp Balboa Park - 619-696-0199 www.sdmrm.org 2nd-8th grade; June-July Hop aboard this summer and discover the secrets beneath the rails. Join our 2nd through 8th grade camps on Railway Missions, Balboa Park explorations, and create your own railroad layout. Discover, create and connect with us. Join us for a summer of fun and friendship. See p.31 The Children’s Woodshop Bus University City - 619-925-4585 www.woodshopbus.com Ages 8-11; June 25-August 17 A practical and productive experience as kids use basic hand tools and techniques to build and take home small wooden boats, planes, cars and useful desktop projects all at their own work bench in a safety conscious woodshop on wheels. No experience necessary. See p.15
SPORTS Archery, Fencing, Medieval Warrior East County - 619-462-2027 www.lionheartsandiego.com Ages 10-14; June 11-August 3 Archery campers will shoot arrows using real recurve bows. Archery camp includes range safety & shooting-line etiquette. Fencing campers learn sword technique, how to advance, retreat, lunge and parry. Warrior camp teaches the culture of Roman soldiers, medieval knights & Mongol nomads. Camps can be half-day or combined into full day. See p.15 Camp Flips Elite Gymnastics Academy El Cajon - 619-441-5900 www.EliteGymnastics.com Ages 4+; June 18-August 17 Camp Flips is a high energy experience designed to excite, motivate and stimulate kids. Each of the gymnastics events introduces a different world of challenges for a child’s mind and body. Fully supervised by trained and accredited staff. See p.13 Poway Gymnastics Poway - 858-748-1716 www.powaygymnastics.com Pre-School; Spring and Summer With over 25 years of experience, Poway Gymnastics offers a safe learning environment for boys and girls of all levels. Gymnastics instills self confidence, discipline, strength, flexibility, and body awareness. See p.11 San Diego Ice Arena Mira Mesa - 858-530-1825 www.sdice.com Ages 3+; June-August We have a learn to skate program for figure skating and hockey. Our learn to skate programs run year round and days and times will vary. If your child is interested in summer camp (day and week camps) you can sign up through your local YMCA. For more information visit www.sdice.com. See p.15
TECHNOLOGY & FILMMAKING Digital Media Academy UC San Diego - 866-656-3342 www.digitalmediaacademy.org Ages 6-17; July 9-August 17 Digital Media Academy is a STEM summer camp experience designed for kids and teens to get their start as designers, developers, engineers, animators, musicians and filmmakers. Learn from industry professionals and passionate educators as you complete hands-on projects with design thinking workflows. See p.35 ID Tech USD, UCSD and Cal State San Marcos 1-844-788-1858 iDTechCamps.com Ages 7-17; June-August The world’s #1 summer STEM program for ages 7-17, held at UC San Diego, University of San Diego, UCLA, Stanford and 150+ universities nationwide! Learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! See p.27 Mobile Technology Summer Camp Multiple Locations - 949-529-0438 www.hands-on-mobile.com/program Ages 8-13; April-August Summer fun is reinvented through the lens of mobile technology in this fun, innovative camp. Through coding, circuits and Android app design, campers are inspired to become the builders of tomorrow’s technology instead of just consumers. See p.21 TechKnowHow Technology and Robotics Summer Camps Countywide - 877-432-0970 www.techknowhow.com Ages 5-15; June-August A variety of fun and enriching hands-on projects that teach students how to use technology creatively. Camps include building robotic projects with LEGO gears and motors, Robotics Programming with Scratch and LEGO WeDo, Pokémon and Jedi Robotics, Game Design with Scratch, Minecrafter’s Lab, and Python Coding. See p.16 ThoughtSTEM Coding Camps Multiple Locations - 858-869-9430 www.thoughtstem.com Ages 4-18; June 18-August 25 Weeklong technology camps for kids around San Diego County. Coding camps engage students in fun, creative, project-based learning, with camp activities that promote new friendships and team-building. ThoughtSTEM teaches cutting edge technologies to prepare kids for the future. See p.21
TRADITIONAL DAY CAMP EXPERIENCE El Cajon Summer Day Camps El Cajon - 619-441-1516 www.elcajonrec.org Ages 4-15; June 18-August 10 Come and play all summer long! Join us for a large variety of day camps, such as dance, gymnastics, skate & scooter, basketball, cooking, art, aquatics and so much more. With so many options, we have something for everyone this summer! See p.21
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WATERSPORTS Aqua Pros Swim School Clairemont or Your Home - 619-209-2990 www.aquapros.org Infants-adults; Summer lessons Dedicated to providing a professional year-round learnto-swim program, Aqua Pros strives for each individual to reach their full aquatic potential. Swimmers learn proper swim techniques and how to become competent in the water. Water safety is the #1 priority. See p.21 Pacific Beach Surf Camp Pacific Beach - 858-373-1138 www.pacificbeachsurfshop.com Ages 5+ Surf Camps since 1994! Become a surfer in a week, have the fundamentals for a lifetime. We integrate decades of surf culture and lifestyle in an exciting setting! 1, 3, and 5 day options and half or full day camps. Save with the new Family and Friends discount! Conveniently located on the boardwalk. See p.15 Watersports Camp at Mission Bay Aquatic Center Mission Beach - 858-539-2003 www.watersportscamp.com Ages 6-17; June 11-August 24 Watersports Camp offers kids ages 6 to 17 camps in wakeboarding, sailing, surfing, paddling, marine science and much more. Our camp is sponsored by the YMCA and held at SDSU and UCSD’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Camps run daily, Mon-Fri from 8a.m. to 3p.m Full-day and half-day options available. See p.21
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What I Learned as a Camp Counselor And why teens should give it a shot When I was a teenager, I made the
transition from enthusiastic theater camper to full-fledged counselor. It was the ideal summer job—and it came after a brief, character-building stint in retail, so I knew how lucky I was to have it. Memories of my childhood summers at camp were still fresh, evoking a genuine eagerness to create that magic for the next generation. Looking back, I know that my energy and sincerity were a gift to the little campers in my care. The lessons I learned from them were essential to my own development as I made those first, cautious steps into young adulthood. Are the teens in your life unsure about what to do this summer? My entirely biased opinion is that you should consider nudging them in the direction of becoming a camp counselor. I’ll explain by sharing the most important lessons I learned during my summers as a counselor.
How to Lead Leadership has never come naturally for me. Despite my obsession with showbiz, I was secretly an anxious,
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introverted kid who felt overwhelmed at the thought of leading my peers. But as a camp counselor, I was able to practice my skills on younger children. It wasn’t as intimidating, because they already looked up to me. Time with the campers helped me discover what I was missing: Leaders must project confidence and capability. I also learned how important it is to convey respect to the people I’m leading. No one—not even a 5-year-old—will comply when they feel disrespected. Most importantly, I learned that a leader must set an impeccable example. The children were like a mirror. My energy became their energy. Those lessons were so important to grasp as I moved into young adulthood.
The Gift of Sharing My Interests with Others Musical theater was the great passion of my youth. By the
time I donned my counselor badge, I’d already attended eight theater camps, performed in dozens of shows and taken years of lessons. I had mountains of knowledge to share about my favorite pastime. When taking on the role of counselor, teens have the opportunity to share talents with enthusiastic little learners. They can present their favorite material in the most entertaining way—and that is deeply rewarding!
How to Apologize My first summer as a counselor was my first real experience with kids. I didn’t know how to teach children, and I didn’t know the first thing about discipline. I sure learned quickly! There were times when I was too stern with my campers or taught a routine too quickly. I knew immediately from the looks on their little faces that I had dropped the ball. When charged with caring for kids, it’s important to admit mistakes immediately and apologize sincerely. That was such an important lesson in humility for me. On the bright side, kids can be
What does it take to be a great camp counselor? An interest in the camp’s theme: Counselors need to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the skills they teach. Prospective counselors should choose a camp they would have loved as a child!
Respect for children: To be successful working with kids, one must view children as whole people deserving of respect. Teens lacking that sort of maturity aren’t ready to lead and mentor kids.
Willingness to learn: Young counselors are going to encounter some challenging moments. They must be open to constructive criticism and willing to ask camp leaders for advice.
Desire to cultivate fun: Camp is about having fun and creating awesome memories. Counselors must be prepared to expend heaps of energy to that end.
Find a list of local counselor-in-training opportunities at www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/summer-camps-andprograms/1106-counselor-in-training extremely forgiving, which made my learning process easier.
How to Improvise Camp isn’t as rigorously structured as school, and schedules tend to get mixed up or changed at the last minute. It’s not enough for counselors to be flexible. They also have to be self-starters, who can figure out what to do with a group of campers when an activity gets cancelled or delayed. Camp kept me on my toes,
improved my sense of humor and gave me some much-needed confidence in my own abilities. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer, San Diego native and mother of two boys. She cherishes her camp memories. Yellow team forever!
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Raising the next generation of environmental leaders “Save the ocean, save the planet” is the motto of Mission Bay High School’s Environmental Science Club advisor and teacher, Steve Walters. His students (and many others) are learning about the importance of clean water and sharing the message with their peers through a partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego’s Think Blue Brigade.
Think Blue Brigade works with San Diego City high schools that have an established, active environmental club. The group’s mission is to spark learning and understanding of complex ideas by offering “Speak with a Specialist” presentations to schools, leading field trips, and providing opportunities for students to do community service and convene at community events. Through Think Blue Brigade (TBB), the next generation of passionate environmental leaders connects with like-minded individuals. Currently, the program supports five local high schools and hopes to expand in coming years. Its influence is already far reaching. Morse High School’s Environmental Club President, James Anacleto, sees a positive impact at his school. In partnership with TBB, club members hosted a school-wide campus clean up. “It reminded us how much work is left for us to do if we want a healthier and more beautiful community,” says Anacleto. By starting close to home, students see the potential for creating positive change in their community. Morse’s Environmental Club looks forward to participating in I Love a Clean San Diego’s annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on April 21.
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At Mission Bay High, guest speakers get students excited about what scientists are doing in the outside world and inspire activism through community engagement projects. Mission Bay Environmental Club students are spearheading a project to eliminate plastics from school cafeterias district-wide. They convinced the district to replace plastic bowls with paper trays and are working on eliminating additional plastic items. The club members are also taking activism to the streets, asking businesses along Garnet Avenue to eliminate or reduce the use of plastic straws. They partnered with the school’s graphic arts students to create a poster that businesses can display to inform patrons of the ecofriendly practice. Beach cleanups are a popular way for Patrick Henry High students to come together. Olivia McDonald, Environmental Club member and president of the Surfrider Club on campus says that projects such as these inspire students to take on increased leadership roles. Through TBB, Patrick Henry students can tour the City of San
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Diego’s Pure Water Facility, volunteer to stencil local storm drains, and bring environmental awareness to their peers via social media campaigns. The Creek to Bay Cleanup impacts perceptions of their natural environment. “Think Blue Brigade is giving us more exposure to the environment around us,” says Environmental Club President, Sophia Pruden. “I had no idea there were crayfish in the creek near my house. It was such an eye-opener.” Patrick Henry also set a goal to have a zero waste campus. Toward this effort, the Environmental Club opened a thrift store on campus. Individuals throughout the school community donate used clothing and other items that are sold for a dollar. The club benefits, as does the campus at large. Some of the profits are used to help seniors in need pay for prom tickets and yearbooks. This spring, TBB will send zero waste specialists to speak to the environmental clubs at all participating schools. TBB recognizes the hard work of students with an end-of-year celebration honoring those who have participated in regional events, volunteered in community service and completed special projects. If your school would like more information about the Think Blue Brigade, contact Katie Shea, Education Specialist with I Love A Clean San Diego at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-704-2777. v Cherie Gough is a local freelance writer and former high school teacher who celebrates the powerful impact teen leaders can have.
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Come to the largest free environmental fair in the world where you can browse more than 300 exhibitors, join the Earth Day Parade, view masterpieces made of recycled materials, watch the Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show and inspire the kids to take care of the planet by visiting the children’s activity area. April 22, 10 am-5 pm. Balboa Park. www.earthdayweb.org.
Let’s make this month one big party for the planet! Celebrate Earth Month (including Earth Day on April 22) with “green” events that show appreciation for our environment, and plug into nature with flowerand garden-themed activities.
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On April 1, follow a trail of surprises that starts with an egg hunt on the beach (9 am-12:30 pm; register online; $5) featuring 12,000 treatfilled eggs, as well as a free park egg hunt at 1 pm. Hunting for eggs can work up an appetite so treat your palate to a sumptuous brunch at Draft from 9 am-3 pm. Don’t forget to exchange toothy smiles with the Easter Bunny at the food court area from 2-4 pm. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. www.belmontpark.com/easter.
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Resurrection story and join an egg hunt. Service at 10:30 am. 8404 Phyllis Place, San Diego. www.cityviewsd.com.
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sunday | 1 Easter The Del’s Easter Celebration. Champagne Easter Brunch in the Crown Room or ocean view Ballroom with live music. Hotel and brunch guests can also enjoy egg hunts on the Windsor Lawn (call 619-522-8815 for times and to register) and crafts ($5-$10) from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. Visit www.hoteldel.com/ easter for fees and reservations. FREE Easter Sunrise Service at Balboa Park. Inspiring Easter message plus music performed by the St. Stephen’s Chancel Choir. 6:30 am. Spreckels Organ Pavilion. 858-454-7324. The Old Globe’s “American Mariachi.” Don’t miss this heartwarming and hilarious comedy about family, progress and the freedom to dream big that will put a bounce in your step with a wave of infectious live music! Through April 29; visit website for schedule. Tickets start at $30. For pre-teens & up. Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org. Spring EGGstravaganza at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Explore animal eggs, make a shark egg craft, see the Scuba Bunny, be part of an ‘underwater egg hunt’ and more. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu. FREE Family Funday & Easter Service at City View Church. Petting zoo, carnival games, pony rides, Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny and Easter candy from 8:30-10:30 am. At 10:30 am, kids can listen to the
Easter Dining Cruises by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Celebrate with unlimited champagne and sparkling cider, tempting brunch selections and the Easter Bunny. 11 am-1 pm & noon-2 pm. Dinner cruise also available from 6-9 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. Hornblower Landing, Pier 1, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com. FREE Family Fun Day at San Elijo Lagoon: Good Morning, Tortoise, Good Morning, Snake. Welcome resident reptiles as they wake up from brumation (like hibernation). Also, themed arts and crafts, animal encounters and more. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiffby-the-Sea. www.sanelijo.org/familyfun. Easter at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Brunch buffet with live music at Avant and Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant from 11 am-3 pm, plus egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. For fees, egg hunt times and other details, visit website. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego. www.ranchobernardoinn.com. FREE Sunrise Service at The Flower Fields presented by The Fields Church. 6:30-8 am. Free breakfast follows. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.thefieldschurch.org. Chef Teri’s Easter Brunch by the Coast at Chandler’s. Plus Easter Bunny photos, egg hunt and crafts for kids. 10:30 am2:30 pm. $19-$79; ages 4 & under free. Cape Rey, 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad. www.chandlerscarlsbad.com/easter. Easter Jazz Brunch at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue. Bottomless champagne or sparkling
cider, the Easter Bunny, brunch favorites and live jazz tunes by Republic of Music. 11 am-1 pm. Starting at $49 plus tax and service charge. Reservations required. 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego. www.hornblower.com. The Theatre School at North Coast Rep Presents “Yo, Vikings!” Adapted from Judith Byron Schachner’s acclaimed book, this musical features sweeping melodies, thrilling Viking chants and funky rock ‘n’ roll combined with a heartwarming story to engage every member of the family. 2 pm. $12-$16. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. www.northcoastreptheatreschool.org. FREE Nature Walks at Silver Strand State Beach. Sundays, 1:30-2:30 pm. Activity is free; there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. Meet outside the lifeguard headquarters. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.
monday | 2 Padres Home Games. See them play against the Rockies tonight, tomorrow, April 4 & 5. Other home games this month: April 12-15 (vs. Giants), April 16-18 (vs. Dodgers), April 27-29 (vs. Mets). Also, KidsFest on April 15 & 29. For game times and tickets, visit website. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. www.padres.com.
tuesday | 3 “Titans of the Ice Age.” Watch this 3D film and witness a time when the hunters became the hunted, and where saber-tooth cats, dire wolves and cave bears ruled untamed continents. Showing daily; visit website for times and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.
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Why is being a kid so much fun? Find out at this popular event where more than 150 companies showcase their products and services catered to children and families. Meet exotic animals, build with a STEAMmaker, see a live performance by a rockin’ kids band and have your fill of nonstop play! April 28 & 29, 10 am-5 pm. Visit website for tickets. Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall Bldg. and adjacent parking lot, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sandiegokidsexpo.com.
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wednesday | 4 Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to see a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays; Parent Movie Morning, 10 am; Baby’s Night Out, 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego. www.ultrastarmovies.com.
thursday | 5 FREE Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary. Explore natural and cultural history, estuarine ecology, plants, wildlife and more. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. For ages 7-12. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. www.trnerr.org.
friday | 6 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. Follow the romantic adventures (and misadventures) of two pairs of mortal lovers, a mystical king and queen, and a mischievous fairy named Puck. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; April 8, 2 pm. Also, school show on April 4; Scout show on April 5 (details at www.sdcyb.org/ balletforschoolsandscouts). $12-$18. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www.sdcyb.org.
saturday | 7 FREE Family Activity at Renaissance Village Academy. Discover deductive logic that makes solving the puzzle in the classic game, Clue, possible. Also get the chance to play the original Cluedo and the Doctor Who versions. 3-5 pm. Children under 5 must be chaperoned at all times. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. www.rvaschool.org.
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FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. April 7: April Showers; April 14: My Earth Day Promise; April 21: My Art Portfolio; April 28: Basket of Flowers. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com. FREE Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11 am. Visitor Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.
FREE Poway Gymnastics Ninja Open House. Get a kick out of their free preview of high-energy ninja classes that improve muscle and bone strength, and increase flexibility, balance and coordination. 6:30-8:30 pm. Also, don’t miss the preschool open house (4-6 pm) where you can get a preview of flipping fun that awaits preschoolers. Call to reserve your spot. 12850 Brookprinter Place. www.powaygymnastics.com; 858-748-1716. FREE House of Scotland’s Tartan Day. Enjoy all that Scotland has to offer! Bagpipes, Scottish dancing, music by Highland Way, kids’ crafts, clan booths and Scottish food. 9 am-5 pm. Balboa Park. www.facebook.com/hostartanday. Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends are once again chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum for a day of fun! Take a ride with Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt and have a blast with story time, crafts, giveaways, music and more. Today, tomorrow, April 14 & 15, 9 am-5 pm. 2201 South A St., Perris, California. www.oerm.org/thomas.
sunday | 8 San Marcos Grand Spring Festival. Carnival rides, live performances, yummy eats and vendors. 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. Along Via Vera Cruz, from San Marcos Blvd. to Linda Vista Dr. www.kennedyfaires.com.
monday | 9 FREE In the Park: Minions. Themed activities for the whole family. 10 am-noon. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr. www.poway.org.
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tuesday | 10 Toddler Tuesday Presents Little Scientists. Kids can make their own lava lamps. 9 am-noon. $15 per child; accompanying adult free. Includes play time, science craft and drink. FUNBelievable Play, 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www.funbelievableplay.com; 619-456-2474.
wednesday | 11 Butterfly Jungle. Walk leisurely among butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes, and learn more about these remarkable winged creatures. Through April 15; park is open from
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thursday | 12 Nature & Me Story Time: Earth Day. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.
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friday | 13 Children’s Nature Retreat. Visit this ranch-style retreat with more than 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the globe, and enjoy interactive animal encounters. Open daily; visit website for hours and to book your visit. Single-day passes $15-$25; under 2 free. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www.childrensnatureretreat.org.
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Learn Deductive Logic with the game, Clue
Citizen Science Family Day. Uncover nature’s wonders as you investigate botany, entomology, paleontology, ornithology, herpetology and more through crafts and activities. 11 am-3 pm. Free with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.
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FREE Oceanside Days of Art. Check out a variety of unique artwork plus live stage performances, hands-on art for kids and adults, painting and sculpture demos, street chalk artists and more. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. Pier View Way, downtown Oceanside. www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art. Pirate Plunge. Highlights include diving for treasure, cannonball crush and a ship raider race. Want to stay dry? You can still have fun with a treasure hunt, pirate ship slide and a tropical bounce house. 5-9 pm. $10; ages 3 & under free. Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd., Carlsbad. www.carlsbadconnect .org (keyword search: “Pirate Plunge”). FREE Poway Valley Garden Club’s Flower Show & Plant Sale. View a wide array of plants and flowers, get gardening tips, shop for lovely additions to your garden
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Calendar • April and more. 9 am-3 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.
sunday | 15 FREE Fallbrook Avocado Festival. This annual event features the Avo 500 children’s car races, Art of the Avocado Competition, an avocado education area, craft and food booths, a guacamole contest and family entertainment. 9 am-5 pm. Main Ave., downtown Fallbrook. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org. FREE Earth Day in San Marcos. Discover how to live a greener life through games and activities. Explore composting, water conservation, local plants and more. Noon-2 pm. Woodland Park (near the pond), 671 Woodland Pkwy. www.san-marcos.net. For reservations, call (619) 320-4942 childrensnatureretreat.org 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
FREE Day at the Docks. This annual waterfront festival offers an open house aboard fleet vessels, boat rides around the bay, a special fishing area for kids, fishing seminars and casting contests. 9 am-5 pm. Sportfishing Landings, Point Loma. www.sportfishing.org. The Old Globe’s “American Mariachi.” See April 1.
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Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour. See April 7.
monday | 16 MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing the scientific method with old-fashioned ingenuity! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.
tuesday | 17 Whale Watching with Hornblower Cruises & Events. Through April 22. Daily cruises: 9:30 am & 1:30 pm. $21-$47; under 3 free. 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com.
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wednesday | 18 San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap. Find out the sources of San Diego’s water and the methods of delivering and processing it. This exhibit also focuses on water
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thursday | 19 The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Enter this floral paradise where vibrant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers adorn the rolling hillsides, and the fields are blazing with roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms and a greenhouse full of poinsettias. Through May 13, 9 am-6 pm. Admission: $8-$16. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com.
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friday | 20 San Diego Junior Theatre Presents “Newsies, Jr.” Set in New York City at the turn of the new century, follow the story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of newsies, who dreams of a better life away from the hardship of the streets. Tonight until May 13; visit website for show times and tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com.
saturday | 21 “Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue.” Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Today, 10 am, 2 & 6 pm; tomorrow, 10 am & 2 pm. Tickets start at $22.50. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. at B St., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegotheatres.org. FREE Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Children’s nature activities, music and dance, vendors, plant sale and more. 10 am-3 pm. 1270 Vale Terrace Dr. www .altavistabotanicalgardens.org. SEA Days: Earth Day. Meet researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, learn about exciting new research and participate in fun activities. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu. Coronado Flower Show. See a spectacular display of blooms, and enjoy educational booths, live music and more. Today, 1-5 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm. $5; ages 12 & under free. Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave. www.coronadoflowershow.com. April 2018 • SanDiegofamily.com •
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Calendar • April FREE Creek to Bay Cleanup. Celebrate cleaner beaches, parks, rivers and trails at this annual event that beautifies more than a hundred sites in the county. 9 am-noon. Register at www.creektobay.org starting April 1st. FREE San Dieguito Lagoon Day. Observe and learn about the bird species found in the lagoon, create seedballs which will be distributed within the park to increase native plant communities, watch a presentation of live native raptors and more. 8:30 am-2 pm. Birdwing Open-Air Classroom, 3201 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. www.sandieguitolagoon.org. FREE California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup. Join volunteers to help clean up state parks across California including San Elijo State Beach, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Carlsbad State Beach. 9 am-12:30 pm. Children are welcome to participate with parent supervision. To register, visit www.calparks.org/earthday.
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sunday | 22 Earth Day FREE Family Discovery Walk. This trail guide-led outdoor outing focuses on childhood enrichment and memorable moments in nature. 3-4:30 pm. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org. FREE EarthFair. See page 38.
monday | 23 FREE The Learning Choice Academy’s History Festival. Immerse yourself in California history during this field day with workshops, crafts and interactive stations. 9 am-1 pm. Visit website to register. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. www.learningchoice.org.
tuesday | 24 Naturally WILD. Encounter new animals, hands-on exhibits and activities where you can explore wildlife and how critters thrive in their natural habitats. Through Sept. 3, 10 am-5 pm. $11-$16; ages 2 & under free. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www.thelivingcoast.org. April 2018 • SanDiegofamily.com •
Calendar • April wednesday | 25 Taping Shape 2.0. Enter an extraordinary world of translucent spaces and tunnels made out of hundreds of rolls of packing tape, and investigate the science behind it. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.
HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE FLEET • Admission to the Fleet. • 100 ‘do-touch’ exhibits. • Hands-on science workshop. • Scavenger hunt. • Private decorated room with two party hosts. • Goodie bags. • Scientist lab coat to keep. • Food packages available. • Prices start at $500.
thursday | 26 FREE Family Arts & Literacy Connection Series: “The Jungle Book.” San Diego Ballet presents a jazzy retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s tale at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre. Don’t miss hands-on art before the performance (The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Rolando Rm., 6605 University Ave.). 6:30-8 pm. Call for free tickets. www .artsforlearningsd.org; 619-282-7599, ext. 114.
friday | 27 Art Alive. See The San Diego Museum of Art in full bloom during this annual exhibition with more than a hundred floral interpretations of works of art. Visit the Garden of Activities (today & tomorrow) for art-making for families. Exhibition today, tomorrow & April 29, 9 am-5 pm. $5-$25. Balboa Park. www.sdmart.org.
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FREE Mission Federal ArtWalk. Featuring more than 350 artists showcasing every medium, this annual fine art festival also offers live music and dance, art activities and family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk. Today & tomorrow, 11 am-6 pm. Little Italy, between Ash & Grape Sts., downtown San Diego. www.artwalksandiego.org.
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FREE Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade. 10 am-5 pm. 6900 block of Linda Vista Rd., between Comstock & Ulric Sts. www.lindavistafair.org. FREE Day of the Child Fun Fair. Health screenings, live music, raffles, face painting and
more than 100 booths with information and activities. 11 am-3 pm. Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, Chula Vista. www.chulavistacc.org. FREE Celebrate Hanamatsuri, the Flower Festival and the Birth of the Buddha at this annual event where you can discover Buddhist taiko drumming, see sumi-e exhibits, play children’s games and more. Vista Buddhist Temple & Japanese American Cultural Center, 150 Cedar St., Vista. www.vbtemple.org. FREE Children’s Book Party. Kids, grades K-12, can receive two free, brand-new books and enjoy entertainment and refreshments. 8:30-10:30 am. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. www.childrensbookparty.org. FREE Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival. Learn how to become a better gardener and how to conserve our resources. Also, a plant sale plus activities and exhibits for kids. 9 am-3 pm. Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy., El Cajon. www.cuyamaca.edu/springfest. San Diego Kids Expo & Fair. See page 39.
sunday | 29 Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Chocolate Festival. Sample from dozens of vendors while exploring historic maritime vessels. Kids and adults can make their own chocolate pizza, join a scavenger hunt and watch baking and cooking demos. 10 am-4 pm. $13-$25. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org. Padres Home Games. See April 2.
monday | 30 So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy. Check out the most common ways electricity is produced and find out how you can conserve energy. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.
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