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Volume 36 • Number 4 • July 2017
articles 30 A-Hunting We Will Go
Scavenger hunts keep boredom at bay
in every issue 12 14
July Calendar of Family Events
Fourth of July Festivities
Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips
Best of Family Fun Winners Discover your winners and top picks
Make the Most of Comic-Con How to enjoy it with kids
12 Outdoor Art Projects Ideas that inspire creativity
Take a Family Road Trip 6 fun stops along the Central Coast
Outdoor Toys for Lazy Summer Days Part two of our summer toy review
Summer Fun Unplugged 44 alternatives to screen time
A Flair for the Fourth DIY festive flag shirts to sport on July 4
Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter and her son,
Reader’s Page Local kids in the San Diego sun, sand & surf
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Have a Super Summer! The closest I’ve come to engaging in Comic-Con culture is dressing up like Elastigirl from The Incredibles for my daughter’s 18th birthday (it was a superhero costume party). Nevertheless, I can still appreciate the enthusiasm and anticipation of thousands of Comic-Con fans. No tickets to the event? No problem. Our very own Gina Petrone (along with her sons) has been attending Comic-Con events inside and outside the convention center for many years and shares her tips on what to do with kids. Check out Gina’s suggestions on page 24, including how to obtain the most up-to-date Comic-Con news. To add to the fun—or if your kids are too young for the big event— consider a superhero-themed celebration at home. Consult last month’s party planner for ideas, including DIY flower crowns, robot vests and superhero capes: www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/ party-planner. Don’t miss San Diego Family’s autograph signing event with this issue’s cover models, Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter (@ WonderWomanisReal) and her son, Braydyn. See details on page 48. We are excited to announce this year’s Best of Family Fun winners and top picks! Turn to page 16 to discover what YOU chose as the best hotspots, hangouts and good eats for families (find the complete list of winners on our website). Add the winners to your family’s summer fun bucket list. A big shout-out to everyone who took the time to first nominate their faves and then return and vote. We couldn’t do this annual contest without your valuable input and feedback. In fact, read the write-ups to see if you were quoted!
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If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why? Nicole Maggio marketing representative I wish I could fly, so I could surprise my family in the desert whenever I want (imagine how much I would save on gas!) and go snorkeling in Hawaii at a moment’s notice.
Jenny Burman, calendar editor I want the power to be in multiple places at the same time. It would make planning my day and managing my life (working full time, shuttling kids to and from activities, making meals, doing chores, binge-watching TV) much easier!
Adrienne Sigeti editorial assistant I would definitely want the ability to time travel. I love the idea of sitting down with my great-great grandparents or distant relatives to ask about their lives and experiences.
Sharon Bay, publisher My husband, Larry, and I are playing superheroes in Germany and France for a few weeks. Our superhero staff members are always champions and I thank them!
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A Must-Have Book for Summer Running a lemonade stand on a warm summer day is a childhood tradition that has stood the test of time. Award-winning author Kathy Strahs now has a delightful book, The Lemonade Stand Cookbook, to help kids kick things up a notch and teach them valuable entrepreneurial skills. Discover delicious drink and treat recipes, step-by-step instructions for setting up your stand, fun crafts to make and sell and tips for success. The book is available on Amazon. Find Kathy’s recipe for strawberry lemonade at www.sandiegofamily .com/dining-and-recipes/family-recipes/2048.
Free Summer Lunches for Kids California Food for California Kids is working with school districts and local farmers to offer free healthy meals for kids ages 18 and under during the summer months. The program was designed to meet the nutritional needs of children whose families may be vulnerable to hunger. Find healthy summer meals closest to your neighborhood at www .summermeals.org. There is no cost, no paperwork and no need to sign up. Information on website is also available in Spanish.
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Join San Diego Family Magazine at a signing event with this issue’s cover models, Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter (@WonderWomanisReal) and her son, Braydyn. Be at San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station on Saturday, July 8 from 1-3 p.m. More exciting details on page 48.
Supergirl Pro Celebrates 10th Anniversary Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro promises tons of fun at Oceanside Pier July 28–30. See 120 of the world’s best female surfers compete, plus enjoy a full weekend of family fun featuring an action-packed Festival Village with 16 live concerts, autograph sessions, a women’s skateboarding competition, a Celebrity Surf Invitational, giveaways, free hair styling and more. Admission is free! Visit www .SupergirlPro.com for full schedule.
Pick up the newest edition of Out & About, our local annual guide to hundreds of fun family adventures. Thanks to our advertisers, it’s free for readers! While you’re out exploring San Diego County and posting photos of your family on Instagram, be sure to tag us at @ sandiegofamilymagazine and #SDOutandAbout. We may choose your photo to post on our Instagram page! Find Out & About 2017 at your local Ralph’s Supermarket, library or rec center or call 619-685-6970 for additional pick-up locations.
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Best Place to Connect with Nature Mission Trails Regional Park www.MTRP.org Bring the kids and explore one of the largest urban parks in the United States and original home to the native Kumeyaay people. Enjoy more than 60 miles of hiking trails, guided Family Nature Walks, horseback riding, animal sightings and more.
Top Picks Torrey Pines Nature Reserve
Best Place to Play Indoors The New Children’s Museum www.thinkplaycreate.org Kids’ imaginations run wild at the dress-up station, sandbox gallery or life-sized sketch aquarium. Let them loose in Wobbleland, a unique play area featuring oversized climbable fruit sculptures. Maria of Southcrest says, “There are so many interactive things to do, like climbing, painting, drawing, building and playing!”
Top Picks Funbelievable Kid Ventures Urban Jungle
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Best Amusement Center Belmont Park www.belmontpark.com Lisa of Rancho Peñasquitos sums it up best: “In addition to the historic roller coaster and beachfront location, they’ve added lots of fun attractions like laser tag, ropes course, miniature golf, and a zipline for kids. There’s something for everyone! Plus, they have Dole Whip. What’s not to love?”
Top Picks Dave & Busters Boomers
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Best Educational Outing
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Birch Aquarium www.aquarium.ucsd.edu “I have a lot of great memories of going to Birch Aquarium as a kid. I learned so much about the marine life in San Diego that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else. As an adult I still love to take visitors from out of town.” ~Adrian of Mira Mesa
Best Frozen Treat
Fleet Science Center The NAT (Natural History Museum)
The Baked Bear www.thebakedbear.com A San Diego original, The Baked Bear serves up delicious customizable ice cream sandwiches. First choose a donut, brownie or cookie in a variety of homemade flavors. Then select from a dozen original ice cream flavors and finally, pick a topping like Heath Bar bits or Oreo crumbles. Make sure to get your sandwich hot pressed!
Best Local Tourist Attraction Balboa Park www.balboapark.org Take a ride on the historic carousel, listen to a live outdoor organ concert, stroll through exotic plants at the Botanical Garden or enjoy a leisurely ride into Balboa Park’s past on an electriquette, a small motorized chair that visitors drove around Balboa Park at the 1915 Panama Exhibition.
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Best Museum for Families
Fleet Science Center www.fleetscience.org Hands-on, educational exhibits teach both kids and adults about science and encourage curiosity about the world. Twelve permanent exhibits like So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy and the Tinkering Studio inspire playfulness and discovery in fun and exciting ways.
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Yogurtland Rita’s Italian Ice
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Best Live Performance for Families
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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! www.theoldglobe.org Every holiday season, the beloved Dr. Seuss children’s book comes to life on stage at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. The Grinch is a family favorite that delights audiences with its whimsical storytelling and holiday carols. Check the schedule for sensory-friendly performances geared to families with special needs.
Top Picks San Diego Junior Theatre Disney on Ice
Best Free Activity/Event
Best Place for an Animal Encounter
Free Museum Days www.balboapark.org/residents-free Resident Free Tuesdays offer free admission to select Balboa Park museums for San Diego County residents, active military personnel and their dependents. Museums offer free admission on rotating Tuesdays, so be sure to check the schedule before you go.
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SeaWorld Living Coast Discovery Center
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park www.sandiegozoo.org “Each visit is a different experience, as the animals are always up to something new! Keeper Talks let you learn in depth about a specific animal, while Animal Encounters let you get up close,” says Katie of Scripps Ranch. ••••• ••
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The Mission Hash House
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Best App for Parents Nextdoor A great tool to stay informed about what’s going on in your own neighborhood, whether it’s finding a reliable dog walker, learning about an upcoming concert in the park, or hearing about a rash of neighborhood break-ins.
Top Picks Dr. Seuss Read, Learn & Play apps MomCo, where moms connect
Best Place to Get Creative
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Summer Movies in the Park Summer outdoor concerts
Best Local Breakfast Spot The Original Pancake House www.originalpancakehouse.com The Pancake House offers classic breakfast dishes like eggs benedict, strawberry crepes and mouthwatering potato pancakes that you can’t get anywhere else. Katelyn of Scripps Ranch says, “It’s been our family’s favorite breakfast spot since I was a baby. Both locations serve up the most delicious pancakes you could ever hope for. Get the German Pancake!”
The New Children’s Museum www.thinkplaycreate.org Take part in free entertainment and art making workshops inspired by discovery, diversity and community. Claire of San Diego says, “There are so many creative activities! From clay and painting to inventing and science based workshops. This museum has it all!” Don’t miss the museum’s annual Mass Creativity Day.
Top Picks CeramiCafe Little Artists
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San Diego’s Best Hidden Gem
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City Farmers Nursery www.cityfarmersnursery.com Whether or not you’re in the market for new plants, City Farmers Nursery is a must see. Kids love visiting with the adorable animal residents and parents love listening to live music on the patio next door or relaxing among the bonsai in the tranquil Buddha Garden.
Top Picks Japanese Friendship Garden La Jolla Sea Caves
Best Restaurant with Kid-Friendly Play Space Corvette Diner Corvette Diner’s Gamers Garage is a great place for kids to let loose after dinner, whether you’re hosting a birthday party or enjoying a family night out. Purchase a Gamers Card for access to over 60 classic arcade games like air hockey, pinball, skee ball and much more.
Top Picks Nate’s Garden Grill Station Tavern
Best Activity for Teens
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Best Kid’s Menu
Best Party Venue for Toddlers
Corvette Diner www.cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner The 50’s style diner offers an expansive kid’s menu with classic American diner fare and kid favorites like grilled cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken fingers and corn dogs. All kid’s menu items come with a soft drink and choice of french fries, steamed veggies, apple sauce or carrots and ranch.
Kid Ventures www.indoorplaysandiego.com “The creative atmosphere is perfect for parties plus the party planners take care of all the details. Toddlers feel like they are walking into a world of their own imagination,” says Chloe of Escondido.
Rubio’s Hamburger Factory
Funbelievable Chuck E. Cheese
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Belmont Park K-1 Speed
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Volunteering www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/totally-teens Volunteering is a great way for teens to spend free time. After all, there is tremendous satisfaction that comes from making the world a better place. Visit our website to learn about local opportunities, such as helping at Junior Adaptive Sports Camp.
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Best Spot for Date Night
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Liberty Station www.libertystation.com Indulge in a kid free evening of art, food and entertainment. Have dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants, enjoy drinks and a movie at The Lot luxury theaters, take a stroll through Liberty Public Market’s food and craft stands, or meet local artists in the Arts District at Friday Night Liberty Art Walk.
Top Picks The Prado at Balboa Park Hotel del Coronado
Best Party Venue for Kids (ages 5-11)
Mary’s Donuts With locations in Santee and Lakeside, Mary’s Donuts treats residents and visitors to fresh, homemade donuts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer favorites include the raspberry filled cream puffs, maple bacon bar and blueberry classic donut. “Fresh simple donuts, wonderful customer service,” says Margie of Chula Vista.
Funbelievable www.funbelievableplay.com Planning a birthday party or celebration? At Funbelievable parents relax while the kids run, hop, jump, skip and slide through the indoor play center. Kids can conquer the giant jungle gym with ropes, slides, ladders, ball pits and more. Themed birthday party packages make hosting a “piece of cake.”
Corvette Diner Skateworld
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Donut Bar Nomad Donuts
Best Local Donut Shop
Best Place to Get Wet
Best Family Day Trip Julian www.visitjulian.com “An annual drive to Julian is a must. Local small-town charm, apple picking, horse-drawn carriages, shopping in quaint shops and a visit to the general store. Plus, it’s a beautiful drive! Stop at Dudley’s along the way for fresh-baked bread, rolls and pie!” ~Laura of Mira Mesa
Top Picks Disneyland Coronado
The beach It’s no secret that San Diegans love the water, and where better to enjoy a whole day in the water for free, than the beach? Whether it’s building sandcastles on Coronado’s iconic white sand beach, boogie boarding with the locals at Pacific Beach, or surfing Del Mar’s scenic coastline, San Diego has no shortage of spectacular coastline to explore.
Top Picks Photo courtesy of Tony Andrews
Aquatica Waterfront Park
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When I first started going to Comic-Con, I easily parked at the convention center, bought a ticket at the window and walked in. Comic-Con was about comic books, meeting artists and getting goodie bags—long before it became the Hollywood juggernaut it is now.
The Basics Comic-Con began as a single day event in 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel with about 100 attendees. Today, it is a four-day event (July 20-23) at the San Diego Convention Center that attracts over 150,000 people from around the world. If you were lucky enough to secure a badge, congratulations! Nearly one million people vie annually for about 55,000 badges. This multi-genre entertainment event covering the latest in movies, television, video games and comics, has outgrown the convention center and spills out into downtown, creating a campus-like atmosphere. It’s like a giant Halloween party with great people-watching opportunities. Some of the biggest buzz this year will be about Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Bladerunner 2049, The Defenders and more. Visit www.comic-con.org for programming.
Offsite Events With or without a badge, there are plenty of free activities outside of Comic-Con for families to enjoy. The streets are lined with activities and attractions such as South Park and Game of Thrones. Petco Park hosts the Comic-Con Interactive Zone in the Lexus Premier Lot with food trucks, events, a carnival ride, booths and interactive experiences as well as events in Park at the Park. Visit www .petcoparkinsider.com for details. Sadly, Nerd HQ is not taking place this year, but there’s buzz that some of the components will pop-up so check www .nerdhq.com for the latest news. Video games are a large part of the Fan Fest. In the past there have been showrooms for Lego and Disney Infinity featuring exclusive figures and video game demos, a Call of Duty laser tag
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attraction, an Assassin’s Creed obstacle course, and a Walking Dead haunted experience. This year Nintendo returns with its Family Gaming Lounge at the Marriott. The best website for all things Comic-Con is www.sdccblog.com. There won’t be a zombie walk this year, but the organizers are promising another “undead” event. If your teens can handle it, visit www.sdzombiewalk .com for the scoop. If the kids are worn out but you still have energy, there are plenty of nighttime events (most require tickets) such as the Game of Thrones Pub Crawl, Funko Fundays, Pirate Con, “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” Live at the Balboa Theatre, Hop-Con 5.0, Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Concert and even an Underground Lightsaber Fighters Tournament. Some events allow kids. Visit www.outsidecomiccon.com for details.
Giveaways & Promotions You can’t walk very far without somone handing you a poster, comic book, party invitation or other promotional pieces. Over the years we’ve collected t-shirts, ball caps, posters, pins, sunglasses, virtual reality viewers, buttons and other trinkets. Street teams run around promoting shows like Outlander, featuring shirtless men wearing kilts and women playing bagpipes.
Look for Celebrities Robert Downey Jr. once donned an Iron Man mask and walked unnoticed through the crowds and Benedict Cumberbatch greeted fans waiting in line for Hall H after midnight. Last year we saw Seth Rogen being interviewed on a balcony at the Hard Rock Hotel and took selfies with the cast from Agents of Shield. You never know who is inside that Spiderman costume or black SUV!
10 Tips for Tackling Comic-Con with Kids Go early; Leave early. Comic-Con attracts a predominantly late-night party crowd so early morning is a great time to explore with kids. Take the trolley. Parking downtown is nearly impossible (and expensive). Avoid stress by taking the trolley (or get dropped off). Use sunscreen. There is a lot of waiting in line, so be sure to apply sunscreen and wear a hat. Pack snacks. While there are plenty of restaurants downtown, most have long lines so bring snacks to tide you over. Bring a backpack. To carry all the free promotional swag! Go in costume. Cosplay (costume play) is a great way to feel part of the community. Focus on comfort. Zombie makeup is an easy costume. Take photos. Most costumed characters are happy to pose for photos with kids, which make great mementos. Pick a meeting place. With such heavy crowds, designate a safe meeting place in case you get separated. Pace yourself. Sunday is typically quieter and may be more suitable for kids’ tolerance levels. Monitor media. Many activities aren’t announced until July. Visit www.sdccblog .com for the latest news.
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Be Prepared Comic-Con is an electrifying and amazing experience. It’s also hot and crowded—with lots of waiting and few places to sit and rest. Plan some downtime, such as walking a few blocks away to a less crowded restaurant or heading to Embarcadero Marina Park behind the convention center to sit under a tree. Think twice before taking toddlers or children who don’t do well in large crowds— it’s not for the faint-hearted. For older kids, Comic-Con is something they’ll always remember! v Gina Petrone is a local writer with two teenage boys who were dutifully raised on Harry Potter, Star Wars and all things Marvel. Photos used with permission from the author.
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Find mosaic kits at craft stores to design garden stepping stones. They come in different shapes and sizes and can even capture little hand or footprints. Shop around and read reviews before buying—some brands are more successful than others.
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Looking for new ways to inspire his inner Picasso? Creative souls love outdoor adventures, so why not make art outside? These ideas will inspire budding and experienced artists alike and require minimal investment and supplies.
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Toddlers and preschoolers love to finger paint, so why not have them paint with their feet! This idea from blogger Asia Citro of Fun at Home with Kids is a hoot and has a short supply list: a long piece of butcher paper and washable paint. Kids will squeal with delight as they stomp through puddles of paint and make tracks on paper. Be ready with a hose and damp rags for cleanup. Love this activity? Check out Citro’s book A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature for creative ideas to fill the summer with fun and learning (available on Amazon).
Encourage kids to make art that adds whimsy to the outdoors. Using acrylics that won’t wash off, paint rocks in bright colors or as ladybugs and bumblebees and scatter in your backyard. Or, hide in public parks for others to find. This fun movement is taking the world by storm. Learn more on the Santee Rocks Facebook page about what locals are doing. Want to get the kids more involved in gardening? Start with a fairy garden. Laura Falin offers suggestions to create a basic fairy garden on her blog Peace but Not Quiet. As your child takes care of the garden, her imagination is sure to sprout with creative ways to add enchanting details.
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Tic-tac-toe is a timeless game for grandparents and toddlers alike. Carlsbad resident and blogger Sam Sarles of Color Made Happy, transforms rocks into a game of tic-tac-toe that lasts all summer. All that’s needed is a tile, a piece of chalk and round rocks painted with colorful Xs and Os.
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Surprise little artists by painting in the kiddie pool! Jean Van’t Hul, blogger at The Artful Parent, suggests using a kiddie pool as an easel of sorts. Line the pool with large sheets of butcher paper, add squirts of paint and let kids roll balls around to make colorful abstract art, great for decorating the playroom. It’s officially summertime when kids are gleefully blowing bubbles. Transform an afternoon of backyard bubble-blowing into a magical painting experience by using bubbles to create beautiful art. Blogger Erika Bragdon gives directions on her site, Living Well Mom, to help spread creative joy.
Create a vignette of rock people to greet visitors in your front or backyard. Use a paint pen to add eyes and other personalized details to rocks. Then stack them in such a way that they look like people and line them up in the yard. continued–
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DIY Hunts Use scavenger hunts as teaching tools. Have kids hunt for 10 objects beginning with a designated letter of the alphabet or that are a certain shape. Help kids get to know the library by finding books by authors whose names begin with the same letter as their own. Go on a flag hunt. Find out how many different types of flags your neighbors display. Or count the number of American flags as you stroll neighborhood streets. Use the five senses when taking a sensory walk. For a touch walk, look for natural objects that are soft, rough, smooth, sticky, wet or fuzzy. Take a listening walk—listen for birds singing, kids laughing, a horn blowing, etc.
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Perhaps you’re thinking, “San Diego is amazing. Why would we leave our beautiful city to simply drive up the coast?” Valid question, but the secret is out about San Diego—it’s a top U.S. vacation destination! So while the rest of the country is descending upon us this summer, consider venturing away from the crowds for a few days. A road trip to California’s Central Coast offers tons of fun for families and has plenty of space to venture, roam and discover. Add these stops to your road trip plans.
Just half a mile off Hwy. 101 (Avila Beach Dr. exit) is Avila Valley Barn, a fun-filled stop featuring farm animals, an ice cream shop with gourmet treats, and a country barn filled with home-baked goods, fresh produce, and specialty items. There is no entry fee to visit with animals, which include goats, pigs, miniature horses, sheep, alpaca, chickens and donkeys. Kids can even pet and feed some of them. Hot corn on the cob is available right from the corn roaster. On weekends, kids love tractor and pony rides for a nominal fee. Check the schedule for seasonal u-pick opportunities on the farm. www.avilavalleybarn.com
Eat Have breakfast at Waypoint Café at Camarillo Airport. Sit outside to watch planes land and take off while enjoying Cinnamon Roll French Toast (or indulge in a delicious shake at lunch). Kids love exploring the miniature airport off the patio, featuring a replica of the control tower and runway. Visit this local favorite during the week or at off times, or be prepared to wait. www.thewaypointcafe.com
Stay Looking for a relaxing beachside community that’s void of crowds? Stay in Oxnard—it’s awesome. Who knew? I’ve been driving past Oxnard for years, having no idea there were pristine beaches lined with sand dunes, miles of bike and walking paths, fun-filled parks, and farm stands selling local produce just minutes off the freeway. If you only go for the day, be sure to visit Channel Islands Harbor for a peaceful family-friendly kayak tour through Marine Emporium Landing or take a gondola ride through the Harbor’s Seabridge Canals. Rent bikes or surreys and take the path along Hollywood Beach and Mandalay Beach, where you’ll find a huge playground to spend a couple hours. Ride the opposite direction to Channel Islands Maritime Museum at the end of the marina. Find more tips about visiting Oxnard at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/travel/family-travel.
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Wine & Dine If you have access to a babysitter, be sure to stop in Ventura for dinner at Rumfish y Vino. The outdoor patio provides ambiance perfect for a date. My husband summed it up pretty well, “I’m not gonna lie. This is some of the best seafood I’ve had.” He was talking about the fish stew. I argued that my sea bass was better: perfectly cooked with coconut rice, bell peppers and charred cherry tomatoes. Regardless of what you eat, get a margarita—they’re on point. www.rumfishyvinoventura.com
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Shop & Explore San Luis Obispo (SLO) is heavenly with tons of gorgeous trees and a rushing creek running through downtown. Follow the San Luis Creek path to explore, then cross the footbridge from Mission Plaza to Higuera Street where there’s great shopping, plenty of comfortable coffee shops and infamous Bubblegum Alley. Head uptown to Monterey Street to grab lunch at SLO Provisions, where you might get lucky to find the rotisserie pork sandwich with lemon herb spread and fennel slaw as a daily special. Either way, there are delicious offerings for everyone in the family. If you happen to visit SLO on a Thursday, stay for the evening farmers market downtown—it’s been a local highlight for more than 30 years! www.visitSLO.com
Plan to head further north? Read “5 Fun Things to Do with Kids in the Bay Area at www.sandiegofamily.com/ travel/family-travel/1763. When Lisa Gipson isn’t editing San Diego Family Magazine, she loves to discover new places with her husband and teen daughters.
Newly opened MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is a must-do field trip for families. Indoor and outdoor highly interactive exhibits engage and delight all ages. Make discoveries about sound, light, speed, color, gravity and much more. Our family spent more time than we should have competing at Quiet Quest—a test to see how quietly people can walk through a rock path. Needless to say, I beat my husband and teen daughter at this challenge, but didn’t have as much luck when it came time to test jumping ability. Don’t miss the rooftop Sky Garden where you’ll find an interactive water exhibit, lookout tower and glass sky deck, not to mention a 360-degree view of Santa Barbara. With surprises around every corner, MOXI is an absolute blast! Plan to spend several hours. www.moxi.org v
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Part two of our kid-tested, parent-approved summer toy review provides plenty of ideas for outdoor fun. Missed part one in last month’s issue? Find more cool toys for hot summer days at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/for-the-kids/kid-tested-toyreview/1031. Reminder: Be mindful of water usage when playing with water toys.
Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table $69.99; 1.5 years+ Step2.com It’s like having a mini water park in the backyard! Toddlers scoop and pour water, which activates spinners, ramps and a cascading waterfall. “So much fun! A great way to keep the kids entertained outside this summer,” says mom Kari.
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Nerf Super Soaker Hoverflood Water Blaster $24.99; 6+ HasbroToyShop.com Cool off on a hot day with the Hoverflood Water Blaster, which hovers in the air and sends a downpour on kids below. Compatible with standard garden hose.
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Toilet Trouble Game $19.99; 4+ HasbroToyShop.com Ready to take the plunge? Players take turns spinning the toilet roll and flushing the handle to see if water sprays out! Hysterical toilet flushing sound activates when handle is flushed. Super fun game for kids and adults alike.
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Slip ‘N Slide Hydroplane Double $17.99; 5-12 years Wham-O.com Two kids can glide at once with double sliding lanes! Includes two slide “Boogies” that kids hang on to as they slide into the splash pool at the end.
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Micro Boats Water Slide $16.99; 3+ ZuruMicroBoats.com Perform amazing stunts with water-activated, fully motorized micro speed boats. The water slide attaches to most surfaces with a suction cup and multi-angle connector.
Nerf Pocket Aero Flyer $4.99; 5+ HasbroToyShop.com Throw this Nerf football through the air and listen to it howl! Perfect for on-the-go fun with friends. “It flies really far,” says Norah (11).
Rainbow Color Mixing Set $9.99; 3+ RoseArt.com Learn color mixing while painting the sidewalks and driveway. Set includes coloring mixing tray and chart, powder packs and buckets, mixing bucket, and brushes. Just add water! ”Makes a super fun afternoon project for kids,” says mom Amy.
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44 Alternatives to Screen Time While you may not want to completely unplug this summer, planning alternative ways to entertain the kids is always a great idea. Get the family together and choose fun ways to spend your free time. Here are suggestions to help fill the gaps left by technology. Add some to your summer bucket list! Use Your Imagination • Make paper airplanes out of colored paper. • Build skyscrapers out of Legos or Tinker Toys. • Use large cardboard boxes to create kid-sized houses that they can decorate. Get the book DIY Box Creations: Fun and creative projects to make out of REALLY BIG BOXES! Instructions for 12 great projects the family can make together such as a rocket, puppet theater, retro stove and more.
Get Outside • Take a walk through the neighborhood with the dogs—or a friend.
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• Rollerblade around cones in a parking lot.
Expand Your Mind
• Head to the park and play on monkey bars.
• Browse the library for a good book.
• Jump rope in the driveway. • Plant seeds to start a garden. • Have a backyard picnic. • Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt. See page 30 for lots of ideas!
Make a Game of it • Play card games like Uno, Hearts or Rummy. • Try a dice game like Tenzi or LCR. • Bring out board game classics like Monopoly or Sorry!
• Play Sudoku or complete a word search. • Put together a model car. • Work on a puzzle. • Set up a home laboratory and do science experiments. Find great home experiments at www.SanDiegoFamily .com/for-the-kids/family-science.
Play Classic Road Trip Games at Home • Name That Tune: Turn on the radio and see how quickly you can identify songs. • I Spy: Describe something in the house so other players can guess what it is.
• Make an easy Tic Tac Toe board—see instructions on page 26.
• Alphabet Game: Name animals, foods, or athletes starting with the letter A, then B and so on.
Find more fun family board games at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/for-thekids/kid-tested-toy-review/1855.
• Mad Libs: Fill in the blanks to short stories and be prepared to giggle at the outcome. cont. on p. 42
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A Flair for the Fourth Whatever your plans this Independence Day, you’ll want to sport red, white and blue on July 4th. Turn the planning into a family affair and make custom t-shirts! These DIY projects are sure to please. Plus, American flags never go out of style, so you can wear your new shirts all summer. Find supplies at local craft stores.
Flower Flag Shirts
Handprint Flag Shirts
Red, white or blue t-shirt Red, white and blue acrylic paint (depending on color of shirt) that’s safe for fabric Paintbrush Silver sequin stars (optional) Fabric glue
Paint palm of hand generously. With fingers spread apart, press hand carefully onto left side of shirt. Paint horizontal stripes as shown in photo. Let dry completely. Glue sequin stars onto handprint. Wear with pride!
Blue silk flower 4-6” diameter Pin back Glue gun White shirt Cardboard Wax paper Red rickrack Fabric glue
Complete your outfit with DIY Star-Spangled Shorts and flip flops! Find directions at www.sandiegofamily.com/ for-the-kids/crafts-for-kids/1951.
Use a glue gun to adhere pin back to the back of silk flower. Set aside. Place a piece of cardboard lined with wax paper inside the shirt (this prevents glue from seeping through the shirt). Cut 4-5 strips of rickrack, all the same length. Use fabric glue to adhere rickrack to the shirt in horizontal lines (leave one inch space between each). Let dry completely. Pin flower onto shirt in the upper left corner of rickrack (see photo). v
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FREE Meet Wonder Woman!
A WONDER-ful afternoon awaits fans of all ages! Meet San Diego Family’s July cover models, Wonder Woman Is Real (Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter) and her son, at the Wonder Woman Photo Op and Autograph Signing event at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. Also, view superhero art on display in the gallery, and artists from Little Fish Comic Art Studios will help kids create Wonder Woman comic pages. July 8, 1-3 pm. Liberty Station, 2765 Truxtun Rd., Point Loma. www.sandiegofamily.com.
Editor’s Picks Game Masters: The Exhibition
This new exhibit showcases the world’s greatest video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online games. Explore the evolution of gaming from arcade classics like Missile Command and Pac-Man, to iconic console-based games featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Zelda, through today’s indie hits like Real Racing 2, Minecraft, Angry Birds and more. Enjoy more than 100 playable games (no quarters needed)! Opens July 1; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
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saturday | 1 “Junie B. Jones, The Musical.” Follow the adventures of this sassy little diva as she begins first grade. Through July 16. Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. Don’t miss Pajama Night on July 7! Visit website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com. FREE Outdoor Screening of “The LEGO Batman Movie.” Tonight at Poway Community Park; July 8 at Presidio Park in Old Town; July 29 at Balboa Park/Morley Field in North Park. Screenings start at dusk. For more dates and locations, visit www.summermoviesinthepark.com. Padres Home Games. See the Padres play against the Dodgers tonight, 7:10 pm & tomorrow, 1:40 pm. Other home games this month: July 14-16 (vs. Giants), July 24-27 (vs. Mets), July 28-30 (vs. Pirates). Also, KidsFest on July 2, 16 & 30. For details, visit website. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. www.padres.com. FREE Kids’ Workshop at The Home Depot: Bug House. Build a bug house you can use to take a closer look at a few manylegged pals in your backyard. Participants receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). 9 am-noon. Register at www.homedepot.com/workshops.
Parks and Recreation Month National Grilling Month Watermelon Month
Make your Fourth of July celebration pop! Turn to page 52 for lots of spark-tacular ways to celebrate.
Faeries in the Garden. Wear wings for the Faerie Folk Costume Parade, enter your faerie garden creation in a contest, enjoy lots of hands-on art projects, view the work of local artists and more. 11 am-3 pm. $5; under 3 free. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon. www .artsforlearningsd.org/faeries-in-the-garden. FREE Liberty Station Concerts. Live tunes for music lovers of all ages. Today: B-Side Players and Sol Y Mar; July 15: The Highwayman and Casey Hensley; July 29: Vaud and the Villains. 5 pm. North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. www.libertystation .com/blog/liberty-station-concert-series.
sunday | 2 FREE Family Fun Days: Wildlife Corridors. Explore our changing climate and find out ways we can help conserve our natural resources. Crafts, hands-on exhibits and an opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger Badge.
Plan fun-filled family adventures all year long with Out & About! Pick one up at CVS Pharmacy or find the expanded digital edition at www.sandiegofamily .com/out-and-about. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-theSea. www.sanelijo.org/familyfun. Summer of Innovation. This interactive exhibition features innovative instruments on the market today, and will help you discover the many ways that music is currently being made. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. $7-$10; ages 3 & under free. Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. www.museumofmakingmusic.org.
FREE Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach
Professional and amateur sand-carving teams compete in one of San Diego County’s most beloved traditions with this year’s theme, “Pirates in Paradise.” There’s something for everyone at this annual event that includes a community parade, pancake breakfast, Kids Zone, international food, live music, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition and entertainment. July 15, 7 am-5 pm. Pier Plaza, Dunes Park and along Seacoast Dr. www.sunandseafestival.com.
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Calendar • July monday | 3 Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. Watch Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, The LEGO Batman Movie and more. Mon.-Thurs., through Aug. 24, 9:30 am. $1 per movie. Films presented in 2D. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. www.ultrastarmovies.com.
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FREE Summer Reading Program at the Library: Reading by Design. Readers, young and old, experience an array of cool reads, participate in exciting activities, and be rewarded with prizes. Through Aug. 1 at San Diego County Library branches; through Aug. 15 at San Diego Public Library branches. www.sdcl.org; www.sandiegolibrary.org.
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FREE Blue Star Museums. Active-duty military including National Guard and Reserve and their families receive free admission to more than 2,000 museums across the country through this annual program. Through Sept. 4. For participating museums, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Find Fourth of July happenings on page 52.
wednesday | 5 Family Night: Tye Dye BYO T-Shirt. 6-7 pm. $3 per item. Register online. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. www.san-marcos.net. The Sky Tonight: To Boldly Go! Exploration of the Solar System. Join the Fleet in celebrating the exploration of space on the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing. This is a special Comic-Con tie-in event so costumes are encouraged. 7-8:15 pm. $14.95$16.95. For ages 5 & up. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org. FREE Poetry Workshops for Ages 6-12. Learn about poetry, write a poem and get published in the 2017 Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. Today at Poway Branch Library; tomorrow at National City Public Library; July 19 at La Mesa Branch Library; July 21 at El Cajon Branch Library; July 25 at Coronado Public Library. For complete schedule and to register, go to www.ksdpa.com.
thursday | 6 Fried Chicken Day Be the Astronaut. This exhibit lets you travel the solar system with virtual astronauts, and land on different worlds. Launch a rocket, pilot a spaceship and drive a rover in space! Open daily, 10 am-4:30 pm. Free with admission. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park. www.sandiegoairandspace.org.
friday | 7 FREE Prepare for a Hair-Raising Adventure with “Trolls.” Tonight at Penn Athletic Field in Paradise Hills; July 14 at Pine Valley County Park; July 28 at 4S Ranch Patriot Park. Screenings start at dusk. www .summermoviesinthepark.com. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Summer Concert Series with Hullabaloo. Also, crafts in the Outdoor Art Studio, food vendors and after-hours access to museum exhibits. Tonight & July 21; concert starts at 6 pm; museum open from 5-7 pm. Free with museum admission. 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org. Friday Nite Splash. Games and contests with prizes, discounted food and more. Today & July 21, 4-8 pm. $9.95 (or $3 upgrade with same-day regular park admission). The Wave Waterpark, 101 Wave Dr., Vista. www.thewavewaterpark.com. FREE Get Out and “Sing.” Tonight at Hilton Head County Park in Rancho San Diego & Mountain View Community Park. Movie starts at dusk. www.summermoviesinthepark.com. FREE Fly Days at Gillespie Field. Live music, good eats, hot rod cars, and WWII and antique airplanes. 4-8 pm. Gillespie Field Café, 2015 Marshall Ave., El Cajon. www.ag1caf.org/fly-day. “Junie B. Jones, The Musical.” See July 1.
saturday | 8 Electric Ocean at SeaWorld. Dive into SeaWorld’s brand-new summer nighttime celebration that transforms the park into an underwater world of colorful luminescence! Through Sept. 4; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com. July 2017 • SanDiegofamily.com •
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Bayside Summer Nights Presents “Star-Spangled Pops.” Be part of this traditional tribute to the music of America, from movies and Broadway to patriotic favorites. Tonight & tomorrow, 7:30 pm. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. For tickets, visit www.sandiegosymphony.org.
Fourth of July at San Diego County Fair. Check out the Most Patriotic Contest (1 & 3:30 pm) at the Contest Corral, the Hometown Heroes Parade (1 pm), a performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band on the grandstand stage (7:45 pm) and fireworks (9 pm). 10 am-midnight. $11-$18; ages 5 & under free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sdfair.com.
FREE Celebrate USA: A Patriotic Celebration. Join this event at Gateway Church that commemorates what makes our country great with historic music performed by the choir and orchestra, as well as dramatic presentations. Hot dogs will be served at 4 pm, and the program will start at 5 pm followed by delicious pie and ice cream. 1280 N. Johnson Ave., Ste. 102, El Cajon. www.gatewaychurchonline.com.
FREE Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. Patriotic entertainment, train displays, games, crafts, food and more at Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Rd.) from 10 am-4 pm. More fun awaits at Poway High School (15500 Espola Rd.) where you can enjoy games, DJ and fireworks. 6-10 pm. $5 at the gate; ages 11 & under free. www.poway.org.
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Red, White and Boom. LEGOLAND California Resort presents a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration where kids of all ages can participate in all-American family picnic games like tossing water balloons, burlap sack races, patriotic costume contests and building activities. Fireworks show starts at 8:30 pm. Visit www .legoland.com for hours and admission.
FREE Fireworks Show in Oceanside. Plus music and food trucks. 5-9:30 pm. Rancho Del Oro Blvd., between Mesa Dr. & Oceanside Blvd. www .oceansiderec.com.
America’s Birthday with Wynonna. Country superstar Wynonna Judd returns to Bayside Summer Nights with a celebration of America’s birthday. Make sure to stay for a great view of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks
FREE Make a Liberty Crown at Lakeshore Learning Store. 11 am-3 pm. For ages 3 & up. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com.
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Show. 7:30 pm. Visit website for tickets. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org. FREE Santee Salutes. A patriotic ceremony (6 pm), music, Kids’ Fun Zone, food (available for purchase) and a fireworks show simulcast on KSON 97.3 FM. 2:30-10 pm. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr. www.cityofsanteeca.gov. FREE Fourth of July in San Marcos. Live entertainment, face painting, party jumps, food and fireworks. Entertainment starts at 6 pm; fireworks display at 9 pm. Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Dr. www.san-marcos.net. FREE Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show. The biggest 4th of July fireworks show in San Diego offers the best views from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District and Coronado Ferry Landing. Starts at 9 pm. Listen to musical simulcast on THE MIGHTY 1090 AM and MAX FM 105.7. www.bigbayboom.com. FREE Old-Fashioned Celebration in Old Town. Featuring the annual parade around the plaza, music and dance, 19th century contests and living history activities. 11 am-4 pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego Ave. & Twiggs St. www.parks .ca.gov/oldtownsandiego. FREE Julian 4th of July Parade starts at noon and travels from Julian High School
to Frank Lane Park in downtown Julian. Pre-parade activities include flyovers by vintage aircraft, patriotic musical presentations and more, starting at 10 am. www.julianparade.com.
field games, free swimming at Swanson Pool, live performances, a car show and vendors. Starts at 7:30 am. Standley Park, 3585 Governor Dr. Details at www.uccelebration.com.
FREE Independence Day Festival & Fireworks in Escondido. Live music, kids’ activities and games, food vendors, a performance by Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band and a fireworks display. 4 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org.
FREE Mira Mesa Parade & Family Fun Day in the Park. Parade steps off from the cor. of Mira Mesa Blvd. & Greenford Dr. at 11:30 am, travels down Mira Mesa Blvd., and turns north on Camino Ruiz to end at New Salem. Also, food and entertainment plus a great view of the fireworks at Gil Johnson Recreation Center (8875 New Salem St.) from 11 am-9 pm. www .miramesatowncouncil.org/fourth-of-july.
FREE Fireworks Display Off the Ocean Beach Pier. 9 pm. Listen to the fireworks soundtrack broadcast simultaneously during the show by tuning in to KyXy 96.5. www.oceanbeachsandiego.com. FREE Scripps Ranch Parade. This year’s theme: “Hip-Hip Hooray! It’s Independence Day.” Parade starts at Red Cedar Dr. & Ironwood Rd., and ends on Scripps Ranch Blvd. at Aviary Dr. www.scrippsranch.org. FREE Coronado Independence Day Celebration. This year’s highlights include the annual 12K and 5K run/walk at Tidelands Park (7 am), the parade along Orange Ave. (10 am), a U.S. Coast Guard demonstration in Glorietta Bay (2 pm), a performance by the Coronado Community Concert Band at Spreckels Park (4 pm) and fireworks over Glorietta Bay (9 pm). Complete schedule at www.coronadotimes.com/4th. Celebrate Fourth of July at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Choose from various experiences: a picnic dinner (5-6:30 or 7-8:30 pm seatings) aboard the Berkeley, a fireworks cruise aboard the Californian, fireworks viewing aboard the Pilot and more. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Details at www.sdmaritime.org. FREE Dinghy Parade. Decorated dinghies cruise the Oceanside Harbor. 1-3 pm. www.oceansideyc.net. FREE Freedom Festival. Family Fun Zone, live entertainment, all-American food as well as an array of international flavors and a tailgate party (registration required). This event is for military families, retirees, reservists and DoD employees. Noon-9 pm. Harbor Drive Annex, Naval Base Point Loma. www.navymwrsandiego.com. FREE University City Celebration. Includes a one-mile Fun Run and 5K race in the morning, the pet/bike parade, family
Hornblower’s Fireworks Dinner Cruises. Enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner, DJ, panoramic views and the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show over the bay. Three-hour cruises: 6:30-9:30 pm & 7-10 pm. Departs from Grape Street Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. For fees and reservations, visit www.hornblower.com.
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Independence Day Fun at SeaWorld. Spend the day enjoying park favorites, then stay for a 15-minute display of fireworks set to a musical soundtrack, starting at 9:40 pm. Park hours: 10 am-11 pm. Included with admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com. 4th of July Fireworks Cruises. Choose from cruises that offer great views of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show: StarSpangled Dinner Cruise, Stars & Stripes Spectator Cruise, Fireworks Spectacular Cruise and Patriotic Spectator Cruise. 7-10 pm; fireworks at 9 pm. For fees and reservations, visit www.flagshipsd.com/ cruises/4th-july-firewoks-cruises. 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. Please present ID. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. www.thewavewaterpark.com. Have a Blast at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa. Take in the spectacular view of the iconic Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show and the San Diego skyline while indulging in a buffet of seafood, summertime flavors and allAmerican BBQ classics. 7-10 pm. Call for fees and reservations. www.marriott.com/ hotels/travel/sanci-marriott-coronadoisland-resort-and-spa; 619-522-3150.
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Calendar • July FREE Have a Wild Time with “The Jungle Book.” Tonight at Las Palmas Pool in National City & Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House in Rancho Peñasquitos; July 21 at Spring Valley County Park & La Mesita Park in La Mesa. Screenings start at dusk. For more dates and locations, visit www .summermoviesinthepark.com. FREE Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective as you explore several aircraft on display. Today, tomorrow, July 22 & 23, 9 am-3 pm. 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego (enter off of Miramar Rd.). www.flyingleathernecks.org. Lake Poway Family Campout. Activities include a campfire with s’mores, guided night hikes, a magic show and pancake breakfast ($3-$5). Today & July 22, 5 pm until 9 am the following day. $52-$62 for up to five people. Bring your own camping equipment, dinner supplies to barbecue, and grill or charcoal. 14644 Lake Poway Rd. www.poway.org. FREE Carlsbad’s Lifestyle & Fitness Festival. A Family Fitness Fun Zone ($6 activity wristband for unlimited access to games and activities), demos on healthy lifestyles, and vendors with products, information and samples. 10 am-2 pm. Pine Avenue Park, 3333 Harding St. www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec. Reptile Super Show. Encounter reptiles, amphibians and other remarkable critters! Today, 10 am-6 pm & tomorrow, 11 am-5 pm. $9-$14. San Diego Concourse/Civic Center, 202 C St., downtown San Diego. www.reptilesupershow.com. FREE Second Saturday Cinema at Liberty Station. Bring a picnic blanket or a low-back chair and watch The LEGO Batman Movie under the stars. 8-10 pm. Come early for music and performances or visit open art galleries, studios and museums. Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. www.libertystation.com. FREE Star Party. Join MTRP resident star gazer, George Varga, for a tour of the night sky. 7:15-10 pm. Rain/cloud cover cancels. Meet at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use parking lot, Mission Trails Regional Park, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. www.mtrp.org. FREE Meet Wonder Woman! See page 48.
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FREE It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald! Delight in magic, puppetry and lots of laughs with Ronald as he encourages kids to set aside time each day to read. Today, 1 pm at Poway Branch Library; July 11, 1 pm at Spring Valley Branch Library; July 21, 10:30 am at Mission Valley Branch Library; July 25, 10:30 am at Santee Branch Library. More dates and locations at www.sdmcdonalds.com/ronald-mcdonald.
FREE Campfire Program at Silver Strand State Beach. Enjoy singing songs, playing games, story time or learning something new. Tonight & July 27, 7-8 pm. Activity is free; there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. For all ages; kids should be accompanied by an adult. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.
FREE Visit the Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Experience the Mormon Battalion’s 2,000-mile march from Iowa to San Diego through interactive exhibits and interesting artifacts. Open daily, 9 am-9 pm. 2510 Juan St., Old Town. www.lds.org/locations/san-diegomormon-battalion-historic-site?lang=eng.
FREE Catch Waves of Adventure with “Moana.” Tonight at Ocean Air Community Park in Carmel Valley & Berry Street Park in Lemon Grove; tomorrow at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista; July 22 at Junior Seau Beach Pier Amphitheatre in Oceanside; July 28 at Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Screenings at dusk. For more dates and locations, visit www.summermoviesinthepark.com.
Blue Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures. Through Sept. 4. Fri.-Mon., 9 am-1 pm. $27.50-$65; ages 3 & under free. Departs from Navy Float, 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com/ port/overview/sd+whalewatching.
monday | 10 Aquatica San Diego. This waterpark combines high-speed thrills with the amenities of a beachside resort and upclose animal encounters. Lounge on sandy beaches, play in heated pools and journey down water slides. Daily through Sept. 4; weekends from Sept. 9-Oct. 8. $40-$46. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. www.aquaticasandiego.com.
tuesday | 11 Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day FREE Summer Twilight Concerts in Del Mar. Tonight’s performance features DSB – The Next Best Thing to Journey. 7 pm. Powerhouse Park, Coast Blvd. www .delmarfoundation.org/twilight.html.
wednesday | 12 Seeing is Believing? Explore the answers to this question in an exhibit about the origins of photography and its impact on how we see ourselves and the world around us. Through Oct. 29; visit website for hours. Pay What You Wish from Tues.-Sun.; activeduty military & dependents with ID and ages 12 & under free. Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park. www.mopa.org.
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Nature & Me Story Time: T. Rex. 10:15 am. Free with paid admission. For ages 1-5 with parent. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org. FREE Have a Paw-some Time with “The Secret Life of Pets.” Tonight at Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach; July 21 at Live Oak County Park in Fallbrook; July 28 at Lindo Lake County Park in Lakeside; July 29 at Hourglass Field Community Park in Mira Mesa. Screenings start at dusk. www .summermoviesinthepark.com. FREE Concert in the Park. Live music by the Greg Douglass Band plus food trucks. 5-8 pm. Rancho Del Oro Park, 4701 Mesa Dr., Oceanside. www.oceansiderec.com. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.
saturday | 15 Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Aloha. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and other activities. 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com/pno.html. FREE Don’t Forget to Watch “Finding Dory.” Tonight at Poway Swim Center & La Mesa Municipal Pool. Starts at dusk. www.summermoviesinthepark.com. Splash Bash. Come in your swimsuit and test your balance and agility with four floating obstacles and Key Logs! Food
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Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Find more than 100 vintage, antique and handmade vendors, and enjoy live music, food and drinks, and infinite amounts of design inspiration. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. $10-$25; ages 12 & under free. Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station, 2645 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma. www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com. FREE Youth Football Clinic. Kids, ages 6-14, participate in offense, defense/ agility and tackling/blocking drills run by university coaches and former NFL players. Also, a keynote speaker will talk about the fundamentals of being a good player and student-athlete, on and off the field. 8 am. Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley. For details and to register, visit www.holidaybowl.com/ holiday-bowl-events/youth-football-clinic.
FREE Summer Twilight Walk. Take this guided walk and experience the nocturnal world of Mission Trails Regional Park as dusk sets in and transitions into night. 7:15-9:15 pm. Meet at Bushy Hill Dr. parking lot, across from Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. www.mtrp.org. FREE Helen Woodward Animal Center’s PAWmicon Convention. See comical critters styled in PAWSplay apparel at this unique event that also includes carnival games, fun snacks, opportunity drawings and the PAWSplay Contest ($10 entry fee) for superheroes and their heroic dogs. 10 amnoon. Hazard Center, 7610 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego. www.animalcenter.org. FREE Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach. See page 49. July 2017 • SanDiegofamily.com •
Calendar • July sunday | 16 “Sounds of the City:” A FREE Community Day & Concert. Outdoor family activities and a concert featuring timeless favorites performed by the San Diego Symphony orchestra. 5 pm. Ticket is required for entry; reserve tickets online. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org.
room-sized, interactive art installations to virtual reality films, as well as works previously seen at world-class events. Through July 30. Tues.-Thurs., 10 am-9 pm; Fri. & Sat., 10 am-11 pm; Sun., 10 am-8 pm. $16-$24. Russell Pkwy. & Civita Blvd., Mission Valley. www.wonderspaces.com. FREE Poetry Workshops for Ages 6-12. See July 5.
FREE Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park. 6 pm. Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. www.symphonyinthepark.org.
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Padres Home Games. See July 1.
FREE Encinitas Cruise Nights. This monthly event showcases stunning classic and vintage vehicles, live bands and different themes. 5:30-7:30 pm. S. Coast Hwy. 101, from D to K Sts., downtown Encinitas. www.visitencinitas.org.
monday | 17 World Emoji Day Sketch Aquarium. This new installation at The New Children’s Museum lets visitors design a sea creature, scan it and watch it swimming and interacting within minutes in the 20’ x 10’ wall-sized digital aquarium. Wed.-Mon.; visit website for hours. $13; under 1 free. 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org.
tuesday | 18 Science of Signals. Before the invention of telephones or computers, find out how railroad engineers developed a remarkable way of communicating through light signals. Exhibit open Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm and Sat. & Sun., 11 am-5 pm. $4-$10.75; ages 5 & under free. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdmrm.org.
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FREE Chula Vista’s Got Talent. Watch talented Chula Vista residents in tonight’s semi-finals where judges will select top performers to compete in the finals on July 27, 7:30 pm for the opportunity to win $2,000 in prizes. 7 pm. Terra Nova Plaza, 394 East H St. www.terranovaplaza.com. “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, Jr.” Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and those hilarious, scheming penguins for a wild adventure like no other! Tonight, 6 pm; tomorrow, July 22 & 23, 2 & 6 pm. $15-$18. Creative Performing & Media Arts Theater, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego. www.cytsandiego.org.
friday | 21 FREE Fallbrook Summer Nights: Rock the Block. This downtown block party features live music by Tony Suraci, classic cars, Kids Zone, food and vendors. 5 pm-
sunset. Main & Alvarado. www.facebook .com/fallbrookvillage. Kids Bowl FREE. Through this national program, children can enjoy two free games of bowling every day, all summer long! For participating bowling centers, visit www.kidsbowlfree.com. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Summer Concert Series. See July 7. Friday Nite Splash. See July 7. FREE Have a Wild Time with “The Jungle Book.” See July 8.
saturday | 22 Skyline Swap. Swap items including clothing and accessories, household items, décor, baby gear, toys and games, tools, sporting goods and more (no large furniture items, please). 8 am-1 pm. $1 admission; under 12 free. Note: Items must be in good condition; no stained or torn clothing. Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa. Learn more at www.facebook.com/skylineswap. Concerts in the Garden. Catch a performance by the band, Skelpin. 7:30 pm. $6-$8. Wood House Gardens in Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos. www.san-marcos.net. Insect and Ladybug Festival. See creepycrawlies, make insect-themed arts and crafts, practice bug collecting, taste cooked mealworm larva in various flavors and meet Sam the giant Galapagos Tortoise (today, 10-11:30 am)! Today & tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. Free with admission; ages 12 & under free. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org.
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Spend a fun-filled day of carnival activities, free carousel rides (11 am-5 pm), face painting, magicians and mimes, circus performers, music, yummy snacks and more. July 25, 10:30 am-2 pm. Park Blvd. & Zoo Way, off the Zoo entrance parking lot. www.friendsofbalboapark.org.
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Family Overnight Adventure at the Living Coast Discovery Center. Fun activities, animal encounters, a movie, indoor camping plus a continental breakfast. 5:45 pm until tomorrow at 9:30 am. $45 per person. For ages 5 & up. Call to register. 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www .thelivingcoast.org; 619-409-5908. FREE Obon Festival. Taiko drumming, cultural demos, game booths for children, talks on Buddhism, Bon Odori dances (6:30 pm) and more. Today & tomorrow, noon-8 pm. Vista Buddhist Temple, 150 Cedar Rd. www.vbtemple.org. Kids Obstacle Challenge. Exciting obstacles and lots of mud await children, ages 5-16, at this event where they can rope swing into a giant mud pit, scale up rugged cargo nets, army crawl through tough terrain and more. 8:30 am-2 pm. Visit website for fees and to register; parents race for free. Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido. www .kidsobstaclechallenge.com/sandiego.
monday | 24 Cousins Day Back to Nature. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in this exhibit that lets you reconnect with your wild roots. Through Sept. 4, 10 am-5 pm. $11-$16; ages 2 & under free. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www.thelivingcoast.org. Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. See July 3.
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Lake Poway Family Campout. See July 8.
FREE Dog-Gone Good Fun. Dress up your pooch for a doggie summer costume contest at the Popper Fountain, receive a free canine fitness/weight evaluation, make kids’ crafts and join story times (4, 5:30 & 6:30 pm) at the Chula Vista Branch Library. 4-7 pm. Event will be held during Otay Ranch Town Center’s Farmer’s Market. 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista. www.otayranchtowncenter.com.
FREE Catch Waves of Adventure with “Moana.” See July 14.
FREE It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald! See July 9.
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FREE Americana: The Flag in Popular Culture. View 50 photographs by American photographer, Ted Diamond, that gives a fascinating look at the many manifestations of American patriotism. Through Aug. 6. Tues.-Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 1-5 pm. William D. Cannon Art Gallery, 1777 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.
Creative Kids. Children, ages 2-5, enjoy art, music and tales with Corinna Stocker. 10-11:30 am. $8-$15 per child. Register online. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. www.oma-online.org/youth.
Summer Safari. Immerse yourself in world-themed festivities and encounters with remarkable animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s summer extravaganza. Through Aug. 13; park open from 9 am-7 pm. Visit website for tickets. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org. FREE Family Discovery Walk. Filled with childhood enrichment and memorable moments with 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 Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. See July 8.
Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org. FREE Prepare for a Hair-Raising Adventure with “Trolls.” See July 7. FREE Have a Paw-some Time with “The Secret Life of Pets.” See July 14.
saturday | 29 Mobile Tech 300: Robot Car Workshop. Includes an introduction to breadboarding and ends with kids building and programming a robot car from scratch using Arduino and a robot car building kit. 10 am-1 pm. For ages 10 & up. For fees and to register, visit website. Carmel Mountain Ranch Recreation Center, 10152 Rancho Carmel Dr. www.hands-on-mobile.com/programs. FREE Americana Community Celebration. Themed refreshments and games, live music by Ginger Cowgirl, meet and greet with artist, Ted Diamond, hands-on art projects and Americana rock music by Bach to Rock. 11 am-6 pm. Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane. www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.
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thursday | 27 Infinity Cube. This new art installation surrounds visitors in projected and reflected larger-than-life images of bioluminescence (light produced by living organisms) accompanied by soundscape. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. $14-$18.50. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu. FREE Campfire Program at Silver Strand State Beach. See July 13. FREE Chula Vista’s Got Talent. See July 20.
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friday | 28 “Hooray for Hollywood.” This popular salute to movie music returns with a brandnew set of breathtaking film clips and alltime, award-winning themes from the silver screen. 7:30 pm. Visit website for tickets.
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Calendar • July FREE Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble. Kids can come dressed as their favorite superhero, villain or character at this story time featuring stories, Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning, Superman! and Be a Star, Wonder Woman! 11 am. Activities to follow. Visit www.barnesandnoble.com for locations.
as he hosts this hands-on event where you can learn how to turn objects invisible, play with the science of mind control, explore levitation and more. Today & tomorrow, 11 am-5 pm. Included with admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org/events/ impossible-science-festival.
Rock ‘n Roll Camp for Girls San Diego’s Annual Camper Showcase follows a weeklong summer camp for girls, ages 8-17, that empowers them through music education. Camper girl bands will perform their original songs followed by a performance by Kinnie Dye. Noon-2 pm. $10. For all ages. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown San Diego. www.rockcampforgirlssd.org.
FREE Outdoor Screening of “The LEGO Batman Movie.” See July 1.
FREE “Keyip! Kechuw! (Listen! Make!)” Story Time & Craft Program. The Barona Cultural Center & Museum teams up with the Lakeside Branch Library to encourage young children, grades K-2, to read through this monthly program. 11 am-noon. Call to reserve a spot. 9839 Vine St. www.baronamuseum .org; 619-443-7003, ext. 219. “Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets” in Concert. See the film in high-definition on a giant screen while a live orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tonight & tomorrow, 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit website. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org. Impossible Science Festival. Join the Fleet’s Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer,
FREE Liberty Station Concerts. See July 1.
sunday | 30 Cheesecake Day Living with Animals. This interactive exhibit uncovers the complex and dynamic relationships between humans and animals over time and across cultures. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. $6-$13; under 3 free. San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park. www.museumofman.org/animals. Nighttime Zoo. Rock and roar at the San Diego Zoo’s summertime celebration filled with African-themed entertainment, toetapping music, surprising encounters, stilt walkers, exceptional acrobatic feats and more. Through Sept. 4. Free with admission. Balboa Park. www.sandiegozoo.org. Live Well San Diego 5K. This family- and pet-friendly run/walk also includes the Innovation Discovery Expo highlighting some of San Diego’s leaders in health and wellness, Pet Zone, music, fitness classes,
healthy snacks and Kids Fun Zone. 7:30 am. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Blood Bank. Waterfront Park, downtown San Diego. Register at www.livewellsd5k.com. Padres Home Games. See July 1.
monday | 31 Visit the Children’s Nature Retreat, a serene, ranch-style retreat where you can come face to face with more than 95 animals in their habitat, and watch interactive presentations. Open daily, 10 am-7 pm. $15-$25; under 2 free. Call for reservations. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www .childrensnatureretreat.com; 619-320-4942.
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saturdays/sundays FREE Donuts Day at Del Mar. Enjoy free coffee, orange juice and yummy donuts as you take a behind-the-scenes look into the world of thoroughbred racing. Also, a meet and greet with the Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, face painting, entertainers and more. Saturdays, July 29-Aug. 12, 8-10 am. Seaside Terrace area, Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.dmtc.com/calendar/detail/donuts. FREE Summer Concerts at Standley Park. Sundays, July 9-Aug. 13, 5-7 pm; Fridays, Aug. 18 & 25, 6-8 pm. 3583
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Governor Dr., University City. www.universitycitynews.org. FREE House of Public Relations Lawn Programs in Balboa Park. Member houses present traditional costumes, music and dance, ethnic food, and arts and crafts. Sundays, 2-3 pm; some houses host special events in addition to their lawn programs. Details at www.sdhpr.org. Night Fishing at Lake Poway. Fridays & Saturdays, July 7-Aug. 26, 8-11:30 pm. Lake Poway permits: $3-$7; ages 7 & under free if accompanied by someone with a paid permit. 14644 Lake Poway Rd. www.poway.org. FREE “Sundays at Six” Summer Concert Series. Through July 23 (except July 2), 6-7 pm. Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St., La Mesa. www.lamesaparks.org. FREE Stagecoach Days. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates travel and transportation from the era of real horsepower during this annual event. Saturdays, July 8-Aug. 26, noon-4 pm. San Diego Ave. & Twiggs St. www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego. Whale & Wildlife Cruises. Saturdays & Sundays, through Sept. 4, 9 am-2 pm. For tickets, visit www.flagshipsd.com/cruises/ whale-wildlife-cruise. FREE Summer Sundays at Village Walk. Bands, car displays, food and product samples from merchants, and activities for kids. Through July 16, 5 pm. 878 EastLake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com. FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com. Family Weekends at Del Mar. Join the party in the infield with pony rides, inflatable games and rides, magic show, jockey stilt walkers, giant scramble slide, obstacle course and more. Saturdays & Sundays, July 22-Sept. 3, 1-6 pm. Free with racetrack admission. $6; ages 17 & under free. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.dmtc.com/calendar/detail/family. FREE Poway’s Summer Concert Series. Sundays, through Aug. 13 (except July 2), 5:30-7 pm. Concerts will be held either at Lake Poway or Old Poway Park. Visit www.poway.org for performers and venues.
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Ride the Golden State in Campo. Take this delightful, one-hour train ride on the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway. Saturdays, 11 am. $9-$18; under 3 free. Departs from Campo Depot at 750 Depot St. www.psrm.org.
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FREE Coronado Promenade Concerts. Sundays, through Sept. 3, 6 pm. Spreckels Park, 7th St. & Orange Ave. www.coronadoconcert.com.
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FREE Junior Rangers at Silver Strand State Beach. Kids, ages 7-12, can participate in outdoor activities and earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge. Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 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.
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FREE Summer Organ Festival. A showcase of the world’s finest organists. Mondays, through Aug. 28, 7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. www.spreckelsorgan.org/summer-2017. NEW! - Hello Kitty
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Calendar • July tuesdays FREE Twilight in the Park. Live music, from Dixieland jazz and swing to Latin salsa and big band, under the stars. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, through Aug. 31, 6:30-7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. www.balboapark.org/twilight-concerts. Residents FREE Tuesdays. San Diego City and county residents, and active military and their dependents receive free admission on rotating Tuesdays at Balboa Park’s museums. For schedule, visit www.balboapark.org.
wednesdays FREE Cajon Classic Cruise. Race down to downtown El Cajon for this event with different themes each week. Wednesdays, through Oct., 5-8 pm. www.cajonclassiccruise.org. Parent Movie Mornings at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to see a movie and enjoy valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays, 10 am. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100, San Diego. www.ultrastarmovies.com. Reel Kids Summer Movie Series. Watch family flicks on the big screen. Wednesdays & Thursdays, through Aug. 10, 10 am. $1 admission. Town Square,
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4665 Clairemont Dr., San Diego. www.readingcinemasus.com/townsquare. FREE Twilight in the Park. See Tuesdays.
Glasgow Dr.; Aug. 11 & 18 at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Rd. For details, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.
FREE Concerts at the Cove. Thursdays, through Aug. 24, 6-7:45 pm. Fletcher Cove Park, 140 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. www.cityofsolanabeach.org.
ScholarShare’s Toddler Time. Music, movement and social play for ages 4 & under. Fridays, 10 am. Free with admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org.
FREE Summer Concert Series in Santee. Live music plus kids’ activities and food trucks. Thursdays, through Aug. 24 (except July 6), 6:30-8 pm. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr. www.santeesummerconcerts.com.
FREE Movies on the Beach. Bring a beach blanket and see favorite family films on Del Beach. Fridays, through Aug. 25 (except July 14 & Aug. 4), & Sept. 16, 8 pm. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. www.hoteldel.com.
Thursday Family Fun Nights. Outdoor activities plus live musical performances. Through Aug. 31, 4:30-8 pm; performances from 6-7 pm. Free with San Diego Botanic Garden admission ($8-$14). San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. Details at www.sdbgarden.org.
FUNbelievable Play’s Family Fun Nights. Fridays, 5-8 pm. Regular admission prices apply. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www.funbelievableplay.com.
FREE Twilight in the Park. See Tuesdays.
Balboa After Dark. Extended hours at eight museums, food trucks and entertainment. Fridays, through Sept. 1, 5-8 pm. Balboa Park. www.balboapark.org.
Reel Kids Summer Movie Series. See Wednesdays.
Night Fishing at Lake Poway. See Saturdays/Sundays.
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FREE TGIF Concerts in the Parks. Also, food vendors and hands-on art for all ages. Fridays, through Aug. 18, 6-8 pm. Aug. 4 at Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997
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Reader's Page • San Diego Sun, Sand & Surf
Isabela (3) of Imperial Beach enjoying her “sand pillow.”
Tara (6) of Spring Valley jumping the waves at Coronado Beach.
Kennedy of San Carlos and Calvin of Allied Gardens (both age 2) playing at Coronado Ferry Landing.
Two-year-old Sophia of La Mesa takes her first steps at the beach.
Yara (2) of 4S Ranch digs in the sand at a park in Mission Bay.
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San Diego Family is a monthly Magazine published to enhance the quality of life for San Diego Families by providing information and resource...
Published on Jun 19, 2017
San Diego Family is a monthly Magazine published to enhance the quality of life for San Diego Families by providing information and resource...