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Volume 37 • Number 2 • May 2018

articles 50 San Diego Moms Reader’s Page

Featuring local moms and kids


Busting Myths About Mothering Four misperceptions that cause undue stress


Parenting with Purpose Healthy self-care fuels better parenting


Mom’s Night Out Fun stuff to do with your besties


Happy Campers Tips for kids going to camp for the first time

in every issue 12 14

Staff Page


Business Spotlight News from our advertisers


May Calendar of Family Events


Mother’s Day Happenings


The Marketplace/Classifieds

Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips

special advertising section 32

Time for Camp! Awesome summer camps for kids

On the Cover: This month we celebrate moms because let’s face it, where would we be without them? Turn to page 50 to see some local moms who responded to our Facebook request for photos. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Resources: Virtual Summer Camp Fair • Virtual Summer Camps and Programs Fair

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

Jousting, fighting, horsemanship, swordplay and a four-course feast – all overseen by a new #girlboss, the Queen! For the first time ever, Medieval Times Buena Park Castle lets the Queen rule in this epic tournament. Additional exciting changes to the dinner attraction include new handmade costumes for

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Unwrap the many ways to savor summer by exploring this year’s San Diego County Fair theme, “How Sweet It Is.” Sample chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soak up ocean views from the ferris wheel, learn how nature’s fruits grow and ripen, all while enjoying the “sweet” entertainment offered at the Fair. Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to this year’s San Diego County Fair. The fair opens June 1 and runs through July 4. Visit for the schedule and to find out more info. Contest ends May 24.

performers and horses, a new storyline with engaging fight scenes as well as an astounding lighting display, and innovative music. Enter to win a Medieval Times 4-pack of Dinner & Tournament tickets. Contest ends May 23.

Make it easy to plan your child’s summer by visiting San Diego Family’s Summer Camp and Programs Fair at www .VirtualCampFair View camp photos, watch videos, read program descriptions, finalize plans and more! Enter our Camp Fair contest for a chance to win tickets to the Fleet Science Center. Contest ends June 15.

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“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”


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Our San Diego Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is May 13. Family Magazine has moms covered this month because they are the most important part of the family. If Mom isn’t feeling well, there is turmoil in the household. So Mom, take care of yourself! How about an evening out with girlfriends, making chocolate bars? Sounds delicious. See page 26 for details and more ideas. Don’t forget to enroll your kids for summer camp. Classes are filling up, so do it today. Find our camp advertisers in this issue for summer fun; also check out our Virtual Camp Fair at I want to remind you that the San Diego Kids Expo is April 28 and 29 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Family Magazine will have a booth there, as well as at the annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos on May 6. Stop by either event to say hello and sign up for our eNewsletters if you haven’t already. See you out and about! May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day. We enjoy baking chocolate chip cookies here in the office. Everyone loves the wonderful aroma and, of course, eating them. Maybe we should declare every day Chocolate Chip Day. We want to say so long to Ramona Warner. She is retiring from Family Magazine after selling advertising for 19 years. She plans to travel to Texas to visit her daughter in college and enjoy time with her son—a great kid in high school. Ramona is a great cook—we are hoping she still joins us for some office lunches. Thank you, Ramona.

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“Best of Family Fun” voting is going on now! Which nominations are you excited about? Adrienne Sigeti, editorial assistant I’m a meat eater but I’m still eager to try all the places in the new category “Best Restaurant for Vegan Families.” I didn’t know San Diego had such a fantastic variety of options for vegans and vegetarians, but look at all these great nominees! Veggie Grill Flower Child Plumeria Plant Power Fast Food Loving Hut GOODONYA Evolution Native Foods Cafe

Lisa Gipson, managing editor I love exploring and discovering new places, so “Best Family Resort or Getaway” is one of my favorite categories. Whether a family wants to travel out of state, drive up the coast a few hours or have a fabulous staycation in San Diego, these are bucket list-worthy nominations. Find more fun ideas in the Family Travel section of our website. Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Legoland Resort, Carlsbad Hotel del Coronado Omni La Costa Resort Disney Aulani Resort, Oahu Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove Mandalay Beach Resort, Oxnard Paradise Point Resort, San Diego Rancho Las Palmas, Palm Springs Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, CA

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Here’s a great reminder: Practice (and teach your kids) the 20-2020 rule when using digital devices: • Every 20 minutes • Look at something 20 feet away • For at least 20 seconds Learn more about the effects of digital eye strain and how to prevent it. Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website at


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In the meantime, keep an eye on our Instagram page; maybe you’ll see us visiting one of your favorite spots. Better yet, while you’re out and about with your family, let us know by using #sdoutandabout. I’m excited to introduce a new member of our writing team, Jody Lee Cates, a local mom who blogs about healthy relationships, whether it’s with a spouse, child, sibling or friend. Jody’s new column with Family Magazine is called “Parenting with Purpose.” See her article on page 22 and in the “Parenting” section of

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For over 30 years, Ganon Gil Early Childhood Center has provided a fun and interactive education for children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. This spring, the Early Childhood Center at Temple Adat Shalom is expanding its program to include children as young as 6 weeks old with the addition of The Nest Infant Toddler Center. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, parents can rest assured that their children will receive individualized attention and instruction. All teachers are experienced in the field of early childhood education and are chosen for their passion and excellence. Students are free to learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. The Ganon Gil Garden provides an outdoor enrichment experience that incorporates science and hands-on learning. Children enjoy watering, weeding, planting and picking fresh produce. Ganon Gil incorporates a Judaic perspective to early childhood curriculum including holidays, customs, ceremonies and Hebrew language learning. NonJewish students are encouraged to apply and are welcome regardless of background, religion or affiliation. Ganon Gil Early Childhood Center & The Nest Infant Toddler Center 15905 Pomerado Rd., Poway 858-451-6558

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MYTH 1 I’ve got this! This myth is cloaked in optimism, confidence and a teensy bit of pride. It’s the myth that tells us we should be able to do it all when our kids are young and know it all when they come to us for answers as they grow. It’s based on the belief that there is no love like a mother’s love and no one knows our kids better than we do. Thinking this way leads to two places: guilt and

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exhaustion. Being super mom is not sustainable. Bust this myth by asking for help with the “heavy lifting” of parenting young children and the wisdom needed as they grow into young adults. Find an encouraging community of likeminded parents where comparisons are left at the door and collaboration, encouragement and support are the only things on the agenda.

MYTH 2 I can’t do this! A particular kind of incredulous fear gripped me the moment we pulled away from the hospital with our first-born strapped into the car seat. How in the world did the doctors and nurses decide that we could be trusted with this responsibility? Since that day I’ve experienced more than one mothering moment when I looked around for a qualified adult to take charge—only to realize that adult was me. Motherhood is overwhelming at times. It leaves us feeling frazzled and wondering if something is wrong with us. It’s not uncommon to believe that no one else in the history of mothering

has ever had to face the challenges of operating on no sleep, shopping with a toddler or disciplining an angry teen. None of us are fully qualified when we step into the role of caring for another human being. It’s a lifetime of on-thejob training.

MYTH 3 My mistakes will ruin my kids. Someone once said that you always ruin your first pancake—and that kids are like pancakes. I’ve apologized often to my oldest son who was the lucky recipient of some of my crazier mom moments: Like believing he was a genius because he could identify the letters in the Winn-Dixie sign when he was 2 years old and then having him evaluated by a child psychologist to verify my claim. Turns out that yes, he’s a pretty smart guy, but his success is likely in spite of my inflated notions not because of them. Here’s the thing: We all make crazy mistakes with our kids. We feel at times like we’re losing our minds. At times we act like it, too, but there

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is a way to keep our crazy moments from ruining our kids: Confess to being human and acknowledge that sometimes you screw up. Apologize when it happens, and demonstrate grace and humility. Life skills are best learned when seen in action.

A child’s performance is a mother’s report card. What mother’s heart doesn’t swell when her amazing offspring does something adorable, unexpected or dazzling? Or cringe at the thought of being asked, “Why don’t you control your kid, lady?” Of course, mothers take this feedback personally. To us it seems there is a direct correlation between our mothering skills and how well our children are navigating life. The problem with measuring how well (or not) we are parenting by how well (or not) children are doing is the underlying belief that we are in complete control. We are not. Yes, mothers have the privilege and responsibility to guide, discipline and encourage children, but ultimately they are separate and distinct from us. We are free to celebrate their successes and guide them through failures without keeping a report card on mothering. Mothering myths can reel in moms at every stage. They make false promises of what motherhood should look like, which is a set-up for exhaustion, fear and disappointment. No more! Let’s band together this Mother’s Day and bust as many myths about mothering as we can. Talk to the moms in your life—share with each other what you’ve learned about motherhood. What myths have you believed and how might you break free from them to embrace the wild and wonderful journey of being a mom? Happy Mother’s Day! v Jody Lee Cates is a local mom, blogger and myth buster who lives in North County San Diego.

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Parenting with Purpose

Jody Lee Cates


Self-Care Fuels

Better Parenting Some of the best parenting advice

around comes from the instructions given by flight attendants just before take off: “If traveling with young children, please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting your child.” Why? Because no one can help anyone if they pass out from lack of oxygen. The same is true of parenting. If you run out of steam, you will run out of everything needed to parent well—energy, patience, creativity, perseverance, will-power—it’s a long list. Enter healthy self-care. Self-care is critical, but what to do about the pangs of guilt that can come with taking time away from parenting duties? And how to find the time in an already crowded schedule of raising kids? Let’s address guilt first: self-care is the opposite of selfishness. Without it, parents grow weary as the energy required to care for little ones is depleted. Taking time to refresh and reconnect to who you are in addition to “Mommy” or “Daddy” renews the strength and enthusiasm necessary for parenting well. Healthy self-care increases patience and decreases stress. This is especially true for parents of a child with special needs, single parents, or in families where a parent works especially long hours or is deployed. So how to find the time? The best way to make self-care part of parenting life is to incorporate it

into a regular routine. Then you’ll be more likely to keep it up, thinking of it as a necessary part of your day, not just a once-in-awhile treat (although once-in-awhile treats are nice, too). Here are ways to weave healthy selfcare into daily life. Wake up before the family. Set the alarm for one hour before the kids wake up. Use the time to do whatever inspires and motivates you—read, workout, write in a journal or take a relaxing bath. Starting the day with a little breathing room will help you feel more relaxed and energized for the day ahead. Enlist a helper during peak hours. Trying to wrestle kiddos through homework, dinner, baths, and bedtime can feel like a lot. Particularly for single parents and parents of children with special needs. A helper can be paid or unpaid, a friend or relative, even a neighborhood teenager. The extra hands can lighten the load and extend your energy. Plan meals. Planning ahead takes extra work at first, but once you’ve got a plan, it can save your sanity— especially at dinnertime. Start by prepping just a few meals in advance each week. Team up with family and friends for ideas. Remember to include healthy snacks not only for kids, but also for you to keep energy up and moods stable (leftover sandwich crusts don’t count). continued on p. 24

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Keep a calendar. A family calendar is a sanity-saving tool that will feel like extra work at first, but can help prevent overbooking your life. Get help with housekeeping. Parenting and housekeeping are both timeconsuming jobs. If you’re feeling the pressure of trying to keep up, consider hiring someone to help. Professional housekeeping services are available weekly, monthly or as needed. Shop around for the service that fits your family’s needs and budget. Or get creative and offer to swap housekeeping time with family or friends—once a month one of you takes the kids while the other one cleans in peace. Allow the kids to play independently. Some parents struggle with using time for self-care because they believe children should be engaged in meaningful, structured activities at all times. Free play is a vital part of child development. It’s where kids practice creativity, exercise independence and grow social skills. Give yourself permission to let go of feeling like every moment must be structured; give your kids the gift of learning to play independently and navigate down time. Once you’ve freed up time for yourself, do things that refresh and restore your energy. Read a book on a topic that interests you or makes you smile. Take an exercise class or join an adult sports league—kids aren’t the only ones who can have fun on a playing field. Schedule a weekend away or a night out with friends (see Mom’s Night Out article on page 26 for ideas). Whatever you choose to do, remember that healthy self-care fuels better parenting. It helps us be the kind of parents we spend so much energy trying to become—well rested with more patience and stamina, less stress and more energy. Healthy self-care for parents means happy and healthy families. v Local blogger, Jody Lee Cates, writes about healthy relationships at

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Mom’s NIGHT OUT Fun stuff to do with your besties

which means there’s no better time to schedule that grown-up evening you’ve been craving. Adult friendships are precious—and necessary—but too often neglected. Why not make this the month that you plan something extra special with your favorite mom friend (or crew)? Here are six fun outings to help you get started.

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Hipcooks Cooking Class a café beverage. Have time for dinner? Stay a while in the swanky Umbral room to explore the full, chocolate-forward menu. This event is held twice monthly; reservations required.

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For a night of extreme critical thinking and puzzle solving, attempt to beat the clock at one of San Diego’s many escape rooms. Each team is locked in a small, elaborately staged space with a mysterious set of clues (and maybe an actor or two). To win, participants must find a way out before time is up! Many escape room companies describe their rooms as more suspenseful than frightening—but scary ones are certainly available. Look around for exciting themes, but be careful when reading online reviews— nobody likes a spoiler! Check Groupon for deals.

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Design dreamy chocolate treats at this ultra-satisfying workshop at Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro in South Park. Guests create two large chocolate bars using creamy melted chocolate and Eclipse’s craveable collection of gourmet mix-ins. Choose from standbys like nuts and toffee, or go wild with ingredients like pink peppercorn, basil sugar, or lavender-infused sea salt. In-house chocolate experts are happy to suggest flavor combinations. Admission includes wine, beer or

Cooking is more fun with friends! This North Park culinary classroom celebrates creativity in the kitchen and makes no time for tedious measurements. Come for the tasty recipes—and bone up on knife skills in the process. Each class has a tasty theme such as Thai, Tapas or Cocktail Party. Alcohol is served at most classes. To mark the culmination of each workshop, classmates sit together at a gorgeous, oversized dining table and enjoy the food they’ve prepared. Group class schedule is online; Private parties are available.

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Karaoke Night Wish your hidden talent wasn’t so secret? Dare your friends to grab a cocktail and join you for karaoke. San Diego offers plenty of options to suit any group. If a private room sounds fun, check out Hive on Convoy, where groups of 6-30 people can drink, eat and sing—without an audience of strangers. Or opt for a more public experience at a bar like Lamplighter in Hillcrest. There’s a karaoke night for just about every popular music genre—including Broadway and Disney hits. Not ready to take the stage? It’s perfectly acceptable to go for the people-watching!

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AR Workshop Create Pinterest-worthy home décor at this DIY studio. Expert staff provide the tools and know-how to help guests create plank signs, canvas pillows, wood trays and more. The workshop offers non-toxic stains and designer paint colors to help participants achieve the perfect look. All of the projects are customizable and ontrend. Attend a group class or schedule a private event. AR is BYOB and guests are free to bring their own snacks.

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Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro A little different from standard winery tasting, Splash offers an enormous selection of more than 70 wines from around the world. Elegant technology allows guests to self-serve using pre-paid cards. Push once for a single “splash” or keep pushing to fill a glass. Sampling a pricey wine is less daunting when you pay by the ounce. Dinner and appetizers are also available at this North Park favorite. Enjoy half-price wines on Tuesdays. Need childcare? Check out the list of Parent Night Out (PNO) programs in San Diego Family’s annual publication, Out & About: www.sandiegofamily .com/things-to-do/out-about/351. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Her best friend is always willing to try new things. Thanks for being the coolest, Allyson!



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Happy Campers Tips to help kids with their first camp experience School’s almost out. You found the perfect day camp for your little artist, swimmer

or scientist, but you’re worried because camp is unfamiliar territory. Help prepare your child for what’s ahead with these tips to make his first camp experience a positive one.

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C is for Cookie: Make Lunch Stress-free

• Children should memorize full name, address and a parent’s cell phone number before camp begins.

• Packaging often poses a problem for little fingers. Practice opening wrappers and containers at home. Don’t assume camp staff will have time to assist everyone at lunchtime.

• Many day camps require closed-toe shoes and many activities need kids to get shoes on and off quickly. Practice tying shoelaces; if your little one hasn’t mastered this skill before camp starts, consider a pair of Velcro shoes. Even then, do trial runs until he masters getting shoes on and off in a timely manner. Practice makes perfect! • Children should be able to zip their own jackets and pants (or wear ones that pull on). Teach them to tie a jacket around their waist, if necessary. • For half-day camp, apply sunscreen before leaving; children who attend full-day camp should know how and when to reapply.

• One in 13 children has a food allergy; it’s likely that someone at camp will, too. Swapping snacks sounds like fun, but it’s not safe for many kids. Cross-contamination can pose a big problem for kids allergic to nuts or gluten. Teach children not to share food and to respect other people’s space by not touching their lunchbox and food. • Stop yourself the next time you start to clean up after your kids. Teach children how to sort trash from recyclables, throw items in proper bins, and most importantly, not to expect adults to clean up after them. Part of being a successful, happy camper is to help out and do his part. continued on p. 30

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Almost There: Be Assertive • Children should know how (and be willing) to ask for help when needed. If he has a special need, let camp staff know ahead of time. Kids and staff can even agree on a signal to get a staff member’s attention. • Have kids practice asking for what they want (politely). Manners go a long way. You’ve taught your child “please” and “thank you” since he was knee high—be sure he says these allimportant phrases without your cue.

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• Practice simple, direct responses to communicate dissatisfaction when necessary, such as “I don’t like that. Don’t do it again.” If an annoying behavior continues from another child, ask a camp counselor for help. Camp is a place to try new things. Let your child know he’s expected to participate in all activities, and that it’s OK if he doesn’t do everything just right. A child who pouts until he gets his way or is unwilling to try new things may not be ready for camp. Kids who follow directions and are willing to venture into “new territory” have an opportunity to learn many skills that build confidence and independence. v Cherie Gough is a local freelance writer and mom of two who enjoys the enrichment camp brings to her kids’ summer.

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Does your child want to learn a new skill and make life-long memories this summer? Browse through our Summer Camp Guide to find the best camp for your future game designer, ballet dancer or animal lover. “Visit” our Virtual Camp Fair at for additional camp info, videos, photos and more. Companies with staff able to care for children with special needs.

ACADEMIC FOCUS CMS Cricket and Kookaburra Camps Poway - 858-673-1756 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.9, 24 MBMA Summer Camp University City, La Jolla, PB - 858-457-5895 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.9, 15 Renaissance Village Academy Scripps Ranch - 858-564-9622 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.15

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS Circle T Ranch Lakeside - 619-312-0544 Ages 6-13; June-August 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 a ranch experience with hands-on teaching methods. Visitors welcome with appt. See p.27 Summer Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Rancho Santa Fe - 858-756-4117 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.46

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Companies that have a “booth” in our Virtual Camp Fair.

Sweetwater Horse Camp Bonita - 619-252-5544 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.35

DANCE/MUSIC California Ballet School Multiple Locations - 858-560-5676 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.37 City Ballet’s Dance Camps Pacific Beach - 858-274-6058 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.36 Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy Eastlake - 619-585-1133 Point Loma - 619-732-6238 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.37 San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Camps Balboa Park - 619-233-3060 Ages 4-10; July-August Camps begin 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.31

Scripps Performing Arts Academy Scripps Ranch, Carmel Valley - 858-586-7834 Ages 3.5-16; June 18-August 24 Using original scripts, written by the creative forces of the Musical Theatre Department, each summer camp provides a fun, creative, 5 day getaway for each student! Each camp concludes with a performance in our onlocation black box theaters! See p.29 Vernetta’s Dance Studio North Park - 619-260-1707 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.21

DRAMA/THEATER CYT San Diego Multiple Locations - 619-588-0206 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.21 North Coast Rep Summer Camp Solana Beach - 858-481-1055 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.25 San Diego Junior Theatre Balboa Park - 619-239-1311 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, 43 Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla - 858-550-1070 x101 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.27

LANGUAGE Bilingual Kids Spanish and Mandarin Summer Camps Balboa Park - 619-366-3098 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.11 Little Language Ambassadors San Marcos - 760-510-9639 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.7

OVERNIGHT/RESIDENT CAMPS Girl Scout Resident Camp (see Traditional Day Camp Experience) See p.30 YMCA Overnight Camps Marston, Julian, Imperial Beach - 760-765-0642 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.25

PAINTING, DRAWING, CERAMICS Carlsbad Art Farm Carlsbad -760-688-6147 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.19 Little Artists Summer Morning Classes Clairemont/UTC - 858-268-2255 Poway - 858-486-1555 Rancho Bernardo - 858-451-2055 San Carlos - 619-462-1955 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.20

Little Fish Comic Book Camps College Area/ SDSU/ La Mesa - 619-356-1103 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.21

PLAY BASED FUNBelievable Play Lakeside - 619-456-2474 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.48

SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS Camp Urban Sol/ Ideate Downtown - 619-788-4668 July 9-August 3 Half-day courses taught by credentialed teachers. Available courses include Lego, Futsal, Engineering Design, Culinary Experience, Yoga and Mindfulness, Edible Artwork, Intramural Sports and Cardboard Regatta. See p.19 Summer Learning School at Compass Charter Online program - 877-506-8631 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.17 Balboa School Escondido - 760-294-4490 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.19 Scripps Montessori Summer Camp Scripps Ranch - 858-566-3632 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.9 Summer Explorers at Gillispie La Jolla - 858-459-3773 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.34 May 2018 • •


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The Bishop’s School La Jolla - 858-875-0787 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.21

Model Railroad Engineer Camp Balboa Park - 619-696-0199 x1608 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.35



San Diego Natural History Museum Balboa Park - 877-946-7797 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 See p.31

Archery, Fencing, Medieval Warrior East County - 619-462-2027 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.46

Summer Learning Adventure Camp at Birch Aquarium La Jolla - 858-534-7336 Ages 4-15; June 25-July 24 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.41 Super Solar System Summer Camp at The Fleet Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 x806 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, 40 Women Scientists in Action Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 x806 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, 40

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Media Arts Center/ Digital Gym North Park - 619-230-1938 Ages 6-14; June 18-August 24 During our weeklong summer camps, kids create an original movie from start to finish. Campers learn how to operate a camera, edit in Final Cut Pro, create storyboards and use our Green Screen Studio! A matinee screening of the camper’s film projects will be premiered on the last day of camp in our independent movie theater. No experience necessary. See p.19

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Turn to page 44 and take your pick from a bunch of Mother’s Day events, from brunches and garden tours to themed crafts and live musical performances that celebrate Mom.

New Exhibits at SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort. Take a splash in the ocean without getting wet and become a shark explorer courtesy of exhibits, Sea at Night and Shark Mission! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission.

band of newsies, who dreams of a better life away from the hardship of the streets. Through May 13; visit website for show times and tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

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Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. 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.

Cinco de Mayo Free Comic Book Day

thursday | 3 “Disney on Ice Presents Frozen.” Be magically transported to wintry Arendelle in this show hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse that also features the Disney Princesses and stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory and The Lion King. Tonight-May 6; visit website for tickets. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego.

friday | 4 San Diego Junior Theatre’s “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

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Rock Star. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play! 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. FREE Comic Book Day. Today, comic book shops across North America and around the world will give away free comic books to store visitors. For participating shops and other details, visit FREE Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego. Live cultural entertainment, martial arts demos, a ramen eating contest, arts and crafts for kids, Cultural Row, Asian cuisine and more. 10 am-3 pm. Mira Mesa Senior Center, 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Sesame Street Party Parade at SeaWorld. Themed floats, contemporary tunes and Sesame Street musical favorites, and two show-stopping performances throughout the parade route. Saturdays & Sundays, today-July 1. Visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. FREE Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park. Enjoy Mexican-themed music and dance performances, strolling mariachis, an equestrian procession of colorful horseback riders, themed activities for kids, food trucks and a traditional dress showcase. 11 am-6 pm. “Mary Poppins” by CYT San Diego. Today & May 12, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow & May 13, 2 pm. $18-$20. Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center.

sunday | 6 Miracle Babies 5K. This annual event includes a 5K run and walk, the Family Resource Fair, food trucks and a Kid Zone. 8 am-1 pm. $15-$45; walkers under 12 free. Proceeds support babies in San Diego NICU’s. NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma.

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The most authentic, Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou returns with more than 100 musical acts and performances, plus a sumptuous array of Southern cuisine including 10,000 pounds of fresh crawfish! Round up the kids for costumed Mardi Gras parades, hat-making with the Rad Hatter and face painting. May 10, 6-10:30 pm; May 11, 3:30-10:30 pm; May 12, 10:30 am-8:30 pm; May 13, 10:30 am-7:30 pm. Spanish Landing Park, downtown San Diego. For tickets, visit

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FREE Fiesta de los Peñasquitos Street Fair & Parade. Parade starts on Sundevil Way at 10 am, travels along Carmel Mountain Rd. & Paseo Montalban, and ends on Black Mountain Rd. The fair offers entertainment, food, carnival rides, a Kids Fun Zone and the Rad Hatter. Black Mountain Rd., between Carmel Mountain & Twin Trails.

monday | 7 Padres Home Games. See them play against the Nationals tonight, tomorrow & May 9. Other home games this month: May 10-13 (vs. Cardinals), May 14 & 15 (vs. Rockies), May 28-31 (vs. Marlins). Also, KidsFest on May 13. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. Details at

tuesday | 8 Speed: Science in Motion. Explore the technology behind everything fast at this exhibit. Themes vary each month. Open daily, 10 am-4:30 pm. $10.75-$19.75; ages 2 & under free. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park.

wednesday | 9 FREE Kids Exploration Day. Children, ages 5-10, learn about art, science and engineering through fun activities. 3 pm. Santee Branch Library, 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #17.

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Nature & Me Story Time: Desert Animals. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. Gator by the Bay. See page 39.

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Mini Mingei. Art-loving kids and families can join this story time that celebrates children’s literature in the exhibit, VOLUMINOUS ART. Today & May 25, 10:30-11:30 am. Free with museum admission. Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park.

saturday | 12 Water Safety Day in San Marcos. Learn how to be safe in and around all bodies of water with games and activities. Stay for

open recreational swim. 12:30-2:30 pm. Las Posas Pool & Sprayground, 1387 W. Borden Rd.


KPBS Kids Workshop: Splash & Bubbles. 10 & 11 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 3 & up. Workshop seating is first come, first served. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE World Migratory Bird Day. Learn how birds in San Diego make their yearly trips across oceans and continents at this annual festival with games, art, bird-watching and more. 10 am-2 pm. San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, north end of 13th St., Imperial Beach.; FREE Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival. Let your creativity soar with kite building and decorating, contests, kite demos, games, carnival activities, music, food trucks and community booths. 10 am-4 pm. Robb Field, 2525 Bacon St.



FREE San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park. From unconventional street art and local makers to the Kids Art Block and live musical talent, there is something for everyone at this annual festival along University Ave. 11 am-10 pm. FREE Liberty Station Outdoor Movie Series: “Coco.” Movie starts after sunset. Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. Classical Connections Family Festival. The Classics 4 Kids Orchestra performs selections by Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart as stories are read aloud by guest readers. 1:304 pm. $12-$15. Crill Performance Hall, Point Loma Nazarene University’s Cooper Music Center, 3900 Lomaland Dr. Register at FREE Balboa Park Pow Wow. Bird singing, gourd dancing, inter-tribal dancing, vendors and the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Zone with activities for the youth, nutrition education, games and booths. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm. Southwest cor. of Park Blvd. & Presidents Way. Heartland Coin Club of El Cajon’s Spring Coin Show. Visit the Coins for Kids Corner May 2018 • •


with information about coin collecting. 10 am-4 pm. $2 admission; under 16 free with adult. Cunnane Social Center at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 9310 Dalehurst Rd., Santee.

sunday | 13 Mother’s Day San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Newsies, Jr.” See May 4. “Mary Poppins” by CYT San Diego. See May 5.

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

tuesday | 15 Chocolate Chip Day 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.

wednesday | 16 “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.

Padres Home Games. See May 7.

Find Mother’s Day events on page 44.

monday | 14 IMAX Film: “Pandas.” Showing daily; visit website for schedule and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

thursday | 17 SeaWorld’s Electric Eel Coaster. San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster

See San Diego. Celebrate Differently. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Brunch and Sunset Dinner Cruises Join us on the water with exquisite food, bottomless champagne, and incredible San Diego views.

propels riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station at more than 60 mph in seconds, before rocketing skyward nearly 150 feet! Open daily; visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego.

friday | 18 FREE Cajon Valley Jamboree. Live music, games, rides and vendors at this annual event. Tonight, 5-10 pm; tomorrow, 9 am-10 pm; May 20, 9 am-5 pm. Holy Trinity Church, 405 Ballard St., El Cajon.

saturday | 19 FREE America on Main Street. Salute our veterans at this annual event that offers three entertainment stages, a laser light show, rides, air jumps, interactive zones, food and more. 2-9 pm. Main St., between Magnolia & Avocado Aves., downtown El Cajon. FREE Family Activity at Renaissance Village Academy: Games Exploration. Learn to play Staxis, Knock Your Blocks Off, 7 Ate 9, Dragonwood and other games. 3-5 pm. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. Pirate Days. Join costume contests, watch sword fights, hunt for treasure and see the show, BOARDED! A New Pirate Adventure. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm. Admission: $8-$18; ages 2 & under free. Show tickets: $10-$20. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. SEA Days: Birds of a Feather. Celebrate Migratory Bird Day as you learn about ocean-going birds and how adaptations allow them to survive in a watery world. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. 619-686-8715 SAN DIEGO NEWPORT BEACH LONG BEACH MARINA DEL REY SAN FRANCISCO BERKELEY NEW YORK

FREE Fiesta del Sol. Live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and a special area for kids with rides and games, an inflatable bounce house and slide, face painting and more. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-9 pm. Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach. continued on p. 46

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Researching Age-Appropriate Books – The internet makes it easy for parents to research different book titles and authors, and find out the ratings and recommendations from family-friendly sites. Common Sense Media has a wealth of information on its website https://www. It even has a list of “50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12” that includes classics such as “Charlotte’s Web” and recent best-seller “I Am Malala.” Include your child in the research to reinforce what you think is appropriate, and to narrow down your list to books that match your child’s interests.

Book Shopping on the Web – A book store is a reader’s paradise, a

place where you can stay for hours and never want to leave. Sometimes parents are strapped for time, and every minute counts. During those timestrapped days, the internet is the perfect way to go book shopping and add to your child’s library.

5 Ways Technology Helps Grow Life-Long Readers

E-Readers – Many readers prefer to hold a book in their hand, but for those

One of the greatest gifts children can receive from their mothers is a love of reading, which takes them to new worlds, increases their vocabulary and communication skills, and helps them be more successful in school.

Watch Movies Based on a Book – So many classics and best-selling

children and teens who love technology, an e-reader is a good option for them to access titles and grow their love of reading.

What better time than on Mother’s Day to share the joys of reading with your child. Here are some fun ways you can use technology to help grow life-long readers.

books have been turned into movies, and many of them are available on demand or by accessing your Netflix app through Cox’s Contour TV service. From “Bridge to Terabithia” and “How to Train Your Dragon” to a series like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or “The Hunger Games,” check your TV service’s on demand library to see what’s on. It’s fun to compare the book version to the movie, and discuss the similarities and differences. And don’t forget about seasonal movies such as “The Polar Express.”

Online Vocabulary Games – Reading is so much more enjoyable for kids when they understand what they’re reading. There are some great, free games on the internet that help kids of all ages (even teens) increase their vocabulary, including and http://

TV services such as Contour from Cox Communications offer an on demand library of thousands of titles, many in the “free on demand” library. And, if you have Contour’s voice controlled remote, you can simply let your child speak the title or a famous movie line into the remote to see if the movie is available.

Whether you’re reading to your child, or having your child read to you, books can help mothers and children bond and even learn more about each other’s interests and outlook on life.

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Score some points with Mom on Mother’s Day by treating her to extra-special activities that also allow the whole family to enjoy time together. Take her out to brunch, explore fabulous gardens, let her indulge her sweet tooth and more.

Family Night: Make a Mother’s Day Handprint Canvas. May 2, 6-7 pm. $3 per canvas. Register online. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. Clairemont Garden Tour. See a blooming array of gardens in the Clairemont, Bay Park and Bay Ho areas of San Diego. May 5, 10 am-4 pm. $20-$25. Details at FREE Kids Workshop at The Home Depot: Windmill Planter. Parents and kids can build a model windmill that holds a seasonal flower or low-maintenance herb just in time for Mother’s Day. Kids can also receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. May 5, 9 am-noon. For participating locations and to register, visit Yoga on the Midway. Join Mama for a free yoga session on the flight deck of the USS Midway. Take advantage of a 360-degree view of the city as instructors from Yoga One lead the class sponsored by Scripps Health. May 5, 7-9:30 am. Please bring your own mat and water; all levels and ages welcome. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Register at Mother & Daughter Teas. Tea sandwiches and pastries, traditional teas plus live music. Each mom will take home delicious macaroons. May 11 & 12, 2:30-5 pm. $35-$50 plus tax & gratuity; ages 3 & under free. The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown San Diego. Chocolate Festival. Dozens of chocolate tastings and demos, kids’ activities plus Mother’s Day gift ideas. For a small fee, children can make Mother’s Day keepsakes. May 12, 9 am-4:30 pm. Free with admission;

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$1 per tasting ticket. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. FREE Story Time at Barnes & Noble. Featuring I’ve Loved You Since Forever and Everything is Mama. May 12, 11 am. For participating locations, visit www Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour. Visit eight enchanting North County gardens and view more than 30 exhibits of locally made art. May 12 & 13, 10 am-4 pm. $30; tickets good for both days; ages 17 & under free with adult. www FREE Mother’s Day Craft at the Lakeshore Learning Store. Kids can decorate a special frame and put their photo with Mom. For ages 3 & up. May 12, 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. Champagne Brunch at The Westgate Hotel. May 13, 10 am-3 pm. $35-$89; ages 3 & under free. Call for reservations. 1055 Second Ave., downtown San Diego.; 619-238-1818. Mother’s Day Celebration at The Flower Fields. Make your own mixed bouquets for Mommy for only $5, watch performances by the Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Ballet Folklorico and share a spectacular view of 50 acres of Tecolote Ranunculus flowers and other blooms. May 13, 9 am-6 pm. Admission: $8-$16. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Coronado Historic Home Tour: History is in the Details. Seven local homes highlight exquisite architectural features and interior design, as well as charming

gardens. May 13, 11 am-4 pm. Tickets start at $35. Jazz Brunch at The Abbey. Celebrate with an elaborate buffet, tempting desserts, live jazz by Republic of Music and a flower for each mother. May 13, 11 am-1 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. The Abbey on Fifth Ave., 2825 Fifth Ave., downtown San Diego. Brunch Cruises by Flagship Cruises & Events. Live music, gourmet food and incredible photo opportunities throughout the scenic, two-hour cruise aboard a luxury yacht. May 13; boarding at 9:30 am & 1:30 pm. For reservations, visit cruises/mothers-day-brunch-cruise. Champagne Brunch at The Del. Enjoy an awesome selection of culinary delights, live music and a special treat for Ma. May 13, 9 am. For fees and reservations, visit website. Crown Room or oceanfront Ballroom, Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. Mother’s Day at Rancho Bernardo Inn. On May 13, choose from brunch buffet dining options at AVANT, Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant or the Aragon Ballroom. The Aragon Ballroom also offers live music, a petting zoo and pony rides. Visit website for times, fees and reservations. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr. Jazz Brunch Cruises by Hornblower. Spoil your mother with a brunch buffet, bottomless champagne, jazz tunes and breathtaking bay views. Each mom will take home a flower. May 13; 9:30-11:30 am, 11 am-1 pm & 2:30-4:30 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. Departs from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

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REGISTER AT NEW! - Hello Kitty

Obstacle Course

NEW! - Tinker Bell Jump

Princess Combo

NEW! - Justice League NEW! - Sesame Street


Space Day Celebration. Come to an out-ofthis-world event where you can build and fly paper rockets, meet a real astronaut, touch a meteorite and join hands-on activities. 10 am-2 pm. Ages 17 & under free with paid adult. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park. FREE Star Wars at the Library. Fans can enjoy impressive cosplay by the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion Sunrider Base, San Diego Star Wars Society and more. 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego.

sunday | 20 Clean Units! Insured! Free Delivery & Set-up! Other Interactive Games Available! 15’ H Slide


Disney Cars

Officially Licensed Jumps! Choose From Our Large Selection Such As: Lilo & Stitch, Mickey Mouse, Dora the Explorer, The Lion King, Power Rangers, & Much More! And Now – Our New Licensed 5-n-1 Combos!!

Toy Story

Finding Nemo Frozen

Disney Princess



All New Models

5-n-1 Licensed Combo Multiple Themes!

Limo Packages & Theme Parties • Proms • Birthdays • Graduations • Sweet 16/ Quinceañera


Fencing & Archery Camps & Classes in • Archery • Fencing • Medieval Sword • Light Saber


LionHeart Academy • 1331 N. Cuyamaca St., El Cajon 619-462-2027 •

1/2 off first month of classes Must purchase by June 30, 2018. New students only. Not valid for camps.

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FREE Grand Avenue Festival. Live entertainment, multicultural cuisine and vendors. 9 am-5 pm. Along Grand Ave., from Centre City Pkwy. to Juniper St. www Super Kids – Hero Fun Run. Join a superhero run (age categories: 2-4 & 5-7) and enjoy a Hullabaloo performance, superhero selfie stations, yoga for kids and parents, and crafts. 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $30 per child; parents/caregivers free. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr. www

monday | 21 “LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension.” In this 4D film, Master Wu prepares the ninjas to take on the teachings of the mysterious “Scroll of the 4th Dimension.” Showing daily; visit website for admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad.

tuesday | 22 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.

wednesday | 23 Children’s Nature Retreat. Visit this ranchstyle retreat with more than 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the globe. Open daily; visit website for hours and








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thursday | 24

Desert Discovery Family Day. 11 am-3 pm. Free with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

FREE Family Arts & Literacy Connection Series: The Flavor of Mexico. Watch a live performance by Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista and make paper mosaic tricksters. 6:30-8 pm. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6605 University Ave., San Diego. Details at

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Tel 619-456-2474


to book your visit. Single-day passes $15-$25; under 2 free. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine.

Legacy Week: Honoring Our Heroes. The USS Midway Museum’s Memorial Day celebration features a wreath memorial ceremony, the Freedom Benefit Concert, Kids Adventure Discovery Zone and family activities. Today until May 28; visit website for schedule. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.



Mini Mingei. See May 11.

saturday | 26 FREE Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Come sit in a war bird! Cockpits of select aircraft will be open for visitors to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-3 pm. Enter off of Miramar Rd. 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego.

Aquatic Adventures b y t h e B a y Opp ortu nity wing s!


Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM Pepper Park 3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950 Come enjoy a fun-filled, FREE day!

Kids Corner Arts & Crafts Scavenger Hunt Bounce Houses Face Painting Bike Rodeo

Water Activities Boating & Water Safety info SUP Yoga Kayaking Rowing Youth Fishing

Fitness Corner Live DJ Fit4Drums Bootcamp Zumba Yoga


REGISTER ONLINE, SPACE IS LIMITED! * All equipment to participate in the activities will be provided for free during the event!

For more information or to Register visit our Website : 619-336-4290

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FREE Aquatic Adventures by the Bay. Make a big splash with fishing, kayaking, rowing and more. Equipment provided at no charge to registered participants. Also, visit the Kids Corner and tour the National City Aquatic Center. 10 am-2 pm. Register online. Pepper Park, 3299 Tidelands Ave., National City. FREE Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival. 10 am-6 pm. Town Center Pkwy. & Riverview Pkwy. FREE Fiesta Botanica. See page 38.

sunday | 27 FREE Vista Strawberry Festival. Celebrate this juicy red fruit at Vista’s annual event filled with live entertainment on multiple stages, carnival rides, food, themed contests and 400 vendors. Visit website for complete schedule. Downtown Vista.

Memorial Day

FREE Military, Fire & Law Appreciation Day. Active and retired military as well as fire and law enforcement officers receive free admission to the Wave Waterpark from 10 am-4 pm. Present valid ID. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. Details at

tuesday | 29 Oceans: Our Blue Planet. From the coastal shallows to the deeper, more mysterious worlds, discover the untold stories of the oceans’ most astonishing creatures in this new giant-screen film. Opens today; visit website for show times. Included with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

wednesday | 30 Aquatica San Diego. From serene to extreme, experiences at this waterpark range from lounging on sandy beaches and enjoying up-close animal encounters to journeying down high-speed water slides. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista.

thursday | 31 Grunion Run. Observe hundreds of these small silver fish ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. 10:30 pm-12:30 am. $17. Pre-purchase required. For ages 6 & up. programs/grunion-runs.

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Craft Parties for Kids

Creative, fun parties for kids 2 & up, in your home, yard or park. Crafts at preschools & camps too!

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Celebrating San Diego Moms

Maria of National City with kids Ruben (12), Santiago (6), Joaquin (9), Lily (1.5) and Isaac (14).

University City resident, Melissa and daughter Isabel (22 mos.).

Photo credit: Alyssa Hollowell

Photo credit: Sarah Charney

Point Loma residents Julie, Brendan (2) and Ronan (3) cruising on San Diego Bay.

Kate with kids Capri (2.5) and Elijah (6) of Oceanside.

Rancho Peñasquitos residents Geraldine, Maizie (3) and Maya (6).

Teresa with daughter Aria (2.5) of San Carlos.

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Cathy with daughter, Everly (16 mos.) of Rancho Peñasquitos.

San Diego Family Magazine May 2018