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Managing Food Allergies at Camp How to keep kids healthy and happy


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of three of my grandsons: Carter is graduating from high school, Tyler is promoting from middle school, and Grant is promoting from elementary school. Time goes so fast! I want to congratulate them and wish them the best. They are great kids! The June issue of Family Magazine covers celebrations of all kinds. Look through the magazine and visit www to find tons of fun party ideas. Learn about fairy parties on page 24. Need ideas for gifts? Check out the summer toys on page 26. Summer vacations are about to start. Enjoy fun family outings with brand new amusement park rides here in San Diego and a few miles north in Orange County and LA. Read about the exciting rides on page 28. Our calendar editor, Jenny, has highlighted summer concerts on page 42. It is fun to take a picnic along and eat while listening to music. When you visit spots in our calendar, be sure to let business owners know you saw their event in Family Magazine. Summer is a perfect time for the kids to go to camp. There are still openings in the camps you find in this issue. Also check out our Virtual Camp Fair at www It is open 24/7 until June 15. Dad’s Day is June 17. It is a wonderful time to celebrate and have fun with him. Thank you to all the fathers who work hard and support loving families. Happy Father’s Day!

What’s your best party planning tip? Anne Malinoski, writer Everyone (including my kid) has dietary restrictions these days. Stressed about what to serve? Try a baked potato bar. Keep the toppings separate, so guests can adjust to their own needs. Offer sweet potatoes for those on a paleo diet, and everyone will be covered. Tony Andrews, marketing representative Pay attention to details (decorations, food, invitation list) because little things make a big impact. If the party is honoring someone specific, do things that will make that person feel special, even if no one else appreciates it (such as, serve their favorite ice cream, even if it’s rum raisin!).

Cherie Gough, writer I always ask a good friend to take photos at my kids’ birthday parties. That way I get to be in the moment and relive the memories later.

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get excited about activities, art, s’mores and friends. But for parents of kids with food allergies, the prospect of sending a child to day camp or overnight camp can be overwhelming. Rather than letting uncertainty take control, take comfort knowing that camps are becoming more inclusive so that kids with food allergies experience the classic fun of summer camp with their peers. Many camps are aware of increasing allergies and provide in-depth safety training for staff. “We take allergies very seriously,” says Karla Nafarrate, communications manager at Fleet Science Center. “In our online form, we ask that parents elaborate about their camper’s allergy. This information is shared with the camp administrative team and the educator who will be teaching.” Some camps, like the ones at The Natural History Museum (theNAT), provide nutfree programming to ensure the safety of all children. If you’re considering camp for a child with a food allergy, use these tips to make camp a smooth process (read the full article at parenting/big-kid/1562).

Getting Started: Choose the Right Camp • Assess your comfort level with different types of camps: Is day camp more appropriate or is your child ready for sleepaway camp?

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Plan Ahead: Communicate On camp registration paperwork, include additional information such as a letter describing the severity of your child’s allergy and/or an allergy action plan. “Even a couple extra sentences help us ensure a smooth, great week of camp,” says Griffith. Find a template at

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Review with your child how to self-manage food allergies. The camper should know: • Safe and unsafe foods • Ways to avoid exposure to unsafe foods

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Make a follow-up call to the camp director. Check in to be sure all staff responsible for your child (even lifeguards, drivers, cafeteria workers) will be informed of allergies.

• Look for a camp that is well prepared and has a fully trained staff. Trust your gut. “We work really hard to be inclusive, to not label a child, and use our awareness and training to just let them have a great week,” says Christine Griffith, family programs manager at theNAT. Questions to ask • Do campers bring their own lunch and snacks? • Is there a safe place to eat, away from allergens? • Do all kids wash hands before and after eating to avoid cross-contamination? • Will there be crafts using potential allergens—such as bird feeders made with peanut butter or macaroni necklaces? If so, can a substitution be made? • Who handles medical care at camp? Are they trained to use an epinephrine autoinjector such as an EpiPen?

• How to speak up about a possible allergic reactions or an unsafe food situation • How to read a food label • How to use an Epi-pen, if necessary

You’ve done your homework and chosen the best camp possible to prepare for an awesome week. Relax and allow yourself and your child to have fun and enjoy the ride.

Helpful Resources - Expert website that addresses lots of allergy questions and concerns. Spokin, a food allergy app (free on iOS) Travel tips, safe food lists, shared ideas from people in the allergy community. v Cherie Gough is a freelance writer and mom of a daughter with celiac disease. She is committed to planning thoroughly and living life fully in the face of dietary restrictions. Read the full article, including questions for overnight camps and additional resources, at parenting/big-kid/1562.

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private sink, toilet and shower). Safari tents feature very comfortable beds, air conditioners (heaters, if needed), a couch, TV, microwave, refrigerator, outdoor kitchen, covered patio table, and all dishes and kitchenware needed for cooking! Glamping in safari tents is amazing—a tenting experience I can get into. During the day, kids ride bikes and scooters (brought from home) through the pet-friendly property, swim in one of two resort-style swimming pools, challenge friends to bocce ball and horseshoes, and play on the playground. At night, families sit under the stars and roast marshmallows over a fire pit (many sites have their own). If you don’t feel like cooking, grab a meal at the onsite Campfire Café or have a gourmet sausage from the Santa Ynez Sausage Co. airstream trailer—a cute venue with delicious food to enjoy at picnic tables. Don’t miss the Flying Flags barbecue every Friday night (first come, first served), featuring tritip, ribs, chicken, a variety of rotating

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Explore Santa Ynez Valley by Bike dealers/los-olivos Don’t even think about going to Buellton without exploring the backroads of the Santa Ynez Valley (even if you drive). Absolutely gorgeous! The best way to tour the area is via electric bike. Not only are electric bikes super fun, but they make navigating hills more manageable. Pedal when you want, use electricity when necessary— it’s the best of both worlds while enjoying fresh air and stunning landscapes. As our family cruised around, we happened upon a family of bison! It was definitely a highlight of our trip.

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Pedego Electric Bikes is located in Los Olivos (about 10-15 mins. from Buellton). The electric bikes go up to 20 mph; therefore, you must be at least 16 years old to ride them. Helmets are provided. OstrichLand USA Have you ever fed an ostrich or emu? OstrichLand USA offers a unique experience that kids and adults will never forget. It’s a great stop for families and provides fun photo ops. Located just minutes from Flying Flags. Visit Solvang Discover Danish bakeries, boutique shops and Old Mission Santa Inés in the charming town of Solvang (10 mins. east of Buellton). Be sure to try aebleskivers while you’re there— delicious balls of pancake goodness traditionally eaten with raspberry jam and powdered sugar. Yum! Read the full article at www Learn more about visiting Buellton at v Lisa Gipson is the managing editor of San Diego Family Magazine. After years of tent camping, she’s ready to trade in her sleeping bag for a comfy bed. Glamping is the way to go!

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Fairies capture the magic and charm of summertime. What better way to kick off summer than a celebration with fairies, elves and pixies fluttering and poking mischief around every corner? We’ve found some outstanding local opportunities to bring your fairy celebration—big or small—to life.

Curious Gardens at Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens

Storybook Gardens 410-596-4409 Using upcycled materials and water-wise plants, Storybook Gardens brings the enchantment of fairy gardening to your event. Owner Melissa sets up stations where each child adds items to their garden until it is just right. Melissa provides the pots, soil, plants and miniature décor, along with her bubbly personality. Got boys? She tailors parties so that children can add farm and construction vehicles instead of traditional fairy sparkle to their garden, if desired. If you’re planning a party of 10 or fewer, Melissa will host your gathering in her beautiful backyard in Carmel Valley. She’ll lead your fairies on a nature exploration, hunt for objects to include in their miniature storybook land and have children write an imaginative description of their gardens. Storybook Gardens is affordable and travels to events throughout the county. Melissa is patient and creative, and has a background in education.

24 • • June 2018 760-728-5340 Take a small group to Curious Gardens at Myrtle Creek to celebrate summer’s arrival or rent the garden for a party. The newly-renovated space in Fallbrook is a wonderland come to life. Offering the largest fairy garden workshop space in the country, Curious Gardens is a 5,000-square-foot Southern Plantation-style house with indoor/outdoor spaces surrounded by blossoms, butterflies and birds. Upon entering Curious Gardens, the $5 entrance fee is converted to “Curious Cash” which can be used toward the purchase of fairy garden items. Choose from plants, moss, soil, rocks and thousands of figurines. A garden designer is available to help with planting and answer questions. The interactive workshop is a creative way for children and parents to create lasting memories. Reservations encouraged. If holding your own festivities in this delightful natural setting, Curious Gardens will include food, tables and chairs, a fairy garden workshop, and access to Happy Goat Mountain (a rescue goat habitat). The grounds feature several charming spaces, including a butterfly garden, green house, bird sanctuary and carriage house. Why should kids have all the fun? The venue is perfect for adult gatherings, too. Reserve space in advance for private parties.

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Does your preschooler love fairies? F is for Fairy is a delightful new ABC board book featuring magical fairy scenes by artists Mike and Debbie Schramer. Available on Amazon.

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Fairy Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join the fun as kids play dress up and romp with hundreds of other fairies and elves at the San Diego Botanic Garden Fairy Festival. Design a fairy house, make glittery treasures, shop in the fairyland market, and take photos with the Fairy Queen. Free with paid admission or membership; small fee for crafts. v Local writer, Cherie Gough, loves the magic of summertime.

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Twigs by Teri 760-943-8757 Little pixies will shine in the fairy garden workshops at Twigs by Teri in Encinitas. Held one Sunday each month, workshops are perfect for ages 4 and up. Gather friends, cousins or your Girl Scout troop and create a delicate, miniature world. Classes include instruction, soil, moss, rock, sand, watering mister and a figurine. Bring your own container or purchase one at the shop. Guests receive a discount for additional items purchased on the day of the class. While visiting, enjoy the desert tortoise, chickens, goats and Koi. Call to pre-register as class size is limited. Twigs by Teri also offers fairy garden workshops for private parties. Face painting and pony rides are available for an additional cost. Hosts are welcome to bring food.

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Cool Toys of SUMMER This summer’s kid-tested, parent-approved toys entertain kids of all ages. They make great gifts, too. Pick up next month’s issue for part two, featuring outdoor toys for more summer fun! Visit for the full list of summer toys.

PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers $12.99; 3+ The ultimate PJ Masks racing vehicles, each includes a 3-inch figure with matching outfit and helmet. Collect the entire set: Cat-Car, Owl Glider and Gekko-Mobile.

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The Pop-oh-ver Stove Set $39.95; 3+ Perfect for on-the-go or families or those who have limited space. Just fasten the canvas-like fabric over a chair and kids are ready to play! Stove set includes oven and microwave; doors close with magnets.

American Girl Dolls $115; 8+ It’s a boy! Brand new to American Girl—four different 18-inch boy dolls from the TrulyMe collection. Turn to page 8 for details on how to win one. We’re giving away Girl of the Year doll, Luciana Vega, too! Recoil Multi-Player Starter Set $79.99-$99.99; 12+ Turn any location into an immersive GPS-enabled battlefield! Features real-time tracking for up to 16 players. Includes two RK-45 Spitfire blasters, phone mounts, damage sensors and game hub. Free mobile app provides live stats.

Kryptonics “Bright Palms” Longboard $59.99; 8+ Roll into summer with this brightly colored 36” longboard that comes fully assembled with grip-tape and skate hardware.

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GeoSafari Jr. Explorer Scope $16.99; 3+ This 2-in-1 microscope/telescope encourages scientific exploration and discovery. Perfect for STEM learning and designed specifically for preschoolers.

Playmobil Aquarium $59.99; 4+ Embark on an underwater adventure! Fill the tank with water and let your imagination run wild. Includes feeding clock, seal figurines and more.

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2018 is shaping up to be the best year yet for California amusement parks. Southern California is getting five new rides! Here are the exciting new attractions that are sure to heat up your summer vacation:

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Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego san-diego/rides/ electric-eel The first new roller coaster for SeaWorld in six years, Electric Eel aims to be the tallest, fastest and craziest ride in San Diego. The super speed launch coaster, located near Journey to Atlantis, features the only inversion in a San Diego coaster. The attraction starts with a mild launch that doesn’t gain enough speed to take riders to the top. As they come back down, riders are launched backwards, but still with not enough force to push them all the way up. During the third and final launch, a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour is reached. At the top, a slow-motion inversion provides a fantastic out-of-your-seat experience. Zoom through a non-inverting loop before the ride ends. Be sure to make Electric Eel part of your summer plans.

HangTime at Knott’s Berry Farm Hold on to your shoulder restraint because HangTime at Knott’s Berry Farm is a wild one! This exhilarating coaster is the first on the west coast to have a vertical drop in excess of 90 degrees. The surfing-themed ride starts with a unique 90-degree lift hill, followed by a brake that holds riders over a colossal drop for four seconds of pure fear, then plummets down a 96-degree drop and speeds through five inversions. HangTime pays homage to defunct Knott’s coasters by featuring Boomerang’s signature cobra roll and Corkscrew’s signature, well, corkscrew. Plans include dazzling lights, making the ride more spectacular at night. A game changer for California attractions, HangTime may be one of the best experiences in the park.

CraZanity at Six Flags Magic Mountain Soar up to 172 feet in the air on the tallest pendulum swing ride in the world! Located in the new Boardwalk area of Six Flags Magic Mountain, CraZanity reaches speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. Swing back and forth while spinning counter-clockwise—it’s sure to be a disorienting experience. The Boardwalk will also feature new dining options, carnival games and sleek, colorful bumper cars. Plan a road trip to north L.A. when it debuts this summer! cont. on p. 30

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30 • • June 2018 legoland-california/rides-andattractions/deepsea2018 LEGO City: Deep Sea Adventure, a fun submarine exprience set to open this summer, submerges into a 300,000-gallon aquarium full of fish, stingrays and sharks! This entertaining and educational journey will have riders navigating through the sea, looking for the lost treasure of an old shipwreck. While you’re there, don’t miss the recently opened theater experience: LEGO NINJAGO 4D. Both attractions make LEGOLAND California a mustdo theme park for families this year.

Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure attractions/disney-californiaadventure Disney is reinventing Paradise Pier to become the all-new Pixar Pier, featuring four distinct neighborhoods dedicated to Disney-Pixar movies. California Screamin’ will become the IncrediCoaster, inspired by the animated hit, “The Incredibles.” King Triton’s Carousel will become Woody’s Round-Up in a Toy Storyinspired neighborhood. There are plans for a brand new area inspired by the movie “Inside Out”, which will feature a new family attraction. The fourth neighborhood, which houses a redesigned Mickey’s Fun Wheel, will offer Pixar character-themed games on the Boardwalk. The reimagined pier is sure to entertain the entire family and attract a new generation of Disney fans. Mark your calendars for the opening on June 23. v Connor Gilbert is a freshman at Mission Bay High School.

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friday | 1 FREE Summer Reading Program at the Library: Reading Takes You Everywhere. Today until Aug. 1 at San Diego Public Library branches; today until Aug. 31 at San Diego County Library branches. www summerreading; Grunion Run. Observe hundreds of these small silver fish ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Tonight, 11 pm-1 am. $17. Pre-purchase required. For ages 6 & up. experiences/programs/grunion-runs. Padres Home Games. See them play against the Reds tonight, tomorrow & June 3. Other home games this month: June 4-6 (vs. Braves), June 19 & 20 (vs. Athletics), June 29 & 30 (vs. Pirates). Also, KidsFest on June 3. Petco Park, downtown San Diego. FREE Bowling for Kids at Tavern+Bowl. Kids, ages 14 & under, can play one free game per day from June to August. Valid for walk-ins, Mon.-Fri. at 930 Market St., San Diego & 881 Showroom Place, Chula Vista. Visit to register.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” by CYT San Diego. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; June 3, 2 pm. $18-$20. Mater Dei Catholic High School, 1615 Mater Dei Dr., Chula Vista.

saturday | 2 FREE Kids Workshop at The Home Depot: Classic Car. Dads and kids, ages 5-12, can build a vintage General Motorsstyle wooden car, then customize it with stickers and paint. 9 am-noon. To register, visit FREE “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” Outdoor Screenings, starting at dusk. Tonight at Louis A. Stelzer County Park in Lakeside & June 23 at Poway Community Park. FREE Art Around Adams. This annual, two-mile music and art walk offers exhibits and live performances, plus Kid Zones where children can unleash their creativity. Noon-8 pm. Along Adams Ave., Normal Heights & Kensington.

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. FREE La Mesa Flag Day Parade. 10 am. Travels along La Mesa Blvd., from University Ave. to Acacia Ave. FREE Watch “Despicable Me 3” Under the Stars. Tonight at Chollas Lake Community Park; June 8 at Las Palmas Park in National City; June 22 at La Mirada Elementary Joint Use in San Ysidro; June 23 at Oceanside Amphitheatre. Screenings start at dusk. Sesame Street Party Parade at SeaWorld. Saturdays & Sundays, through July 1. Visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego.

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LEGO Star Wars Days

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get your Star Wars fix. Head down to LEGOLAND California Resort where the Force is strong and the Jedis and Stormtroopers roam. Fans of all ages can have a blast with costume contests, Miniland scavenger hunts, build challenges, character meet and greets, video games and more. June 2, 3, 9 & 10; visit for hours and admission.

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FREE Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

Soak up some Vitamin D and get ready for some hot, hot chili at this annual festival that boasts spectacular ocean views plus four stages of nonstop music and entertainment, Artists Alley, a community mural project, games and carnival rides, a burger-eating contest and vendors. June 23, 10 am-8 pm. 48005000 blocks of Newport Ave., along the waterfront.

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San Diego County Fair: How Sweet It Is

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Unwrap the different ways you can have a “sweet” summer courtesy of this annual San Diego tradition. Whether it’s sampling rainbow-colored unicorn foods, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first! June 1-July 4 (closed Mon. & Tues. in June); visit website for hours and tickets. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

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Calendar • June sunday | 3 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. 3. FREE RB Alive! Street Fair. More than 300 booths, yummy food, a classic car show, cultural exhibits and Kids Zone. 10 am-4 pm. Bernardo Center Dr., between Lomica Dr. & Bernardo Plaza Ct. Padres Home Games. See June 1.

monday | 4 Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm. ASL-Interpreted performance, 2pm, Sat., July 14, 2018. A Junior Theatre Premiere. Recommended for all ages!

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

tuesday | 5 Kids Bowl FREE. This national program gives children the chance to play two free games of bowling every day, all summer long. For participating bowling centers and to register, go to

wednesday | 6 FREE First Wednesdays: San Diego Circus Center. Step right up and catch a live show filled with talented and amazing performers. 7 pm. Tickets handed out on a first-come, first-seated basis. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Family Night: Father’s Day Mug. 6-7 pm. $3 per mug. Register online. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. FREE Cajon Classic Cruise. View an impressive display of classic cars at this annual event with different themes each week. Wednesdays, through Oct., 5-8 pm. Prescott Promenade, 100 E. Main St., El Cajon. Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to watch a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays; Parent Movie Morning, 10 am; Baby’s Night Out, 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego.

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thursday | 7 San Diego International Boat Show. More than 140 boats, from entry-level family cruisers to luxury yachts, more than 80 superyachts, seminars, food trucks and live entertainment. Today & tomorrow, noon-7 pm; June 9, 10 am-7 pm; June 10, 10 am-6 pm. $15; ages 12 & under free. Spanish Landing Park East, 3900 N. Harbor Island Dr., downtown San Diego.

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saturday | 9 San Diego Festival of the Arts. Music, delicious cuisines from local restaurants, stunning works from nearly 200 artists and hands-on activities for the family. Today, 10 am-6 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. $12-$18; ages 16 & under free. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown San Diego. FREE Liberty Station Outdoor Movie Series: “Jumanji.” Movie starts after sunset. Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. KPBS Kids Workshop: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Workshops at 10 & 11 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 3 & up. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Emoji. 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 June in Nature’s Garden. Learn about the plants that sustain local pollinators and wildlife on this guided walk. Today & June 23, 9:30-11 am. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos. “PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero.” Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the Baddies delight fans with live performances featuring fun tunes and immersive interactivity. 3 pm. For tickets, visit website. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego.

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Calendar • June FREE Fido Fest. Dog adoptions, demos, giveaways, silent auction and live entertainment. 9 am-1 pm. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr., Santee. FREE Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Cockpits of select aircraft will be open for visitors to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Today, tomorrow, June 23 & 24, 9 am-3 pm. Enter off of Miramar Rd. 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego. FREE MAGEC in the Park Family Event & Patio Playhouse Preview Show. See youth teams create cool art in an art/sculpture contest, and enjoy songs from the Patio Plays in the Park series, face painting and more. 6:30-9 pm. Kit Carson Park Amphitheater, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido.

sunday | 10 Princess Academy. Meet two beautiful princesses and be part of an interactive story time. Little royal guests can also decorate their own tiara and wand, and make a card for a hospitalized child. 10:45 am & 1:30 pm. $30. Tierrasanta Recreation Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. events/189679094999124. San Diego Youth Symphony’s Spring Ovation Concert. 4 pm. $10-$35. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego.

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

tuesday | 12 “School of Rock, The Musical.” A wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher turns a class of straight-A students into a guitarshredding, bass-slapping rock band. Tonight & tomorrow, 7 pm; June 14 & 15, 7:30 pm; June 16, 2 & 7:30 pm; June 17, 1 & 6 pm. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego.

FREE “Thank You, Dad” at Otay Ranch Town Center. The weekly farmer’s market offers “Dad and Me” photos at the photo booth, giveaways from retailers, and a Father’s Day craft for kids. 5-7 pm. 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista.

wednesday | 13 Aquatica San Diego. From serene to extreme, experiences at this waterpark range from lounging on sandy beaches to journeying down high-speed water slides. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista.

thursday | 14 Nature & Me Story Time: Insects. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

friday | 15 FREE Watch “The Boss Baby” at Flinn Springs County Park in El Cajon & Pine Valley County Park. Screenings start at dusk.

saturday | 16 Movies on the Beach: “The Lion King.” 8 pm. VIP seating $20; book in advance. Del Beach at Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. FREE Father’s Day Story Time at Barnes & Noble. Activities to follow. 11 am. InterGalactiCon San Diego. Check out this new comic convention where you can join cosplay contests, catch guest star panels, attend workshops and see exhibitors from top anime, comic art, Star Wars podcasts and tabletop game companies. $10-$90. Town and Country, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. For schedule, visit

sunday | 17 Father’s Day Treat Dad to Brunch at The Del. The grand brunch in the Crown Room is filled with carving stations, regionally inspired dishes,

mimosas and housemade charcuterie. 9:30 am-1 pm. $36-$98; ages 5 & under free with paid adult. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave.


Father’s Day Celebration at The Wave Waterpark. Dads receive free admission with a paid child’s ticket. Noon-5:30 pm. Mention code: DAD DAY at the ticket booth. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. Family Sunday at Mingei International Museum. Colorful exhibits, an art project, docent tours and prizes. Noon-5 pm; Family Gallery Spotlight at 1:30 & 3:30 pm. $5 per family. Balboa Park. Hornblower’s Beer Brunch Cruise includes all of Papa’s favorite dishes, bottomless beer and champagne, and breathtaking bay views. Fathers also take home a complimentary pint glass. 11 am-1 pm & noon-2 pm. Visit website for fees. Departs from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Father’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises. Choose from two cruises: a daytime Beer ‘N’ BBQ Brunch (11 am-1 pm) or a three-course Prime Rib Dinner Cruise (6:30-9 pm). Departs at 990 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

monday | 18 Kids’ Summer Series at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center. Watch Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Boss Baby and more. Mon.-Thurs., today until Aug. 23, 9:30 am. $1 per movie. 7510 Hazard Center Dr.

tuesday | 19 FREE Summer Reading Program at the Library: Reading Takes You Everywhere. See June 1. Padres Home Games. See June 1.

wednesday | 20 FREE Realtors Softball Tournament and Family Fun Day. Spend a day at the ball park, root for your favorite team, listen to great music, play “kid-centric” games and browse vendors. 9 am-6 pm. Ed Brown Center for Active Adults, 18402 West Bernardo Dr., San Diego. June 2018 • •


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friday | 22 FREE Movies in the Park: “Jumanji.” Pre-show activities start at 6:30 pm; movie starts at dusk. Woodland Park, 671 Woodland Pkwy., San Marcos. Friday Nite Splash. See June 8.

saturday | 23 Fairy Festival. Build a fairy house, visit the Fairy Land Market, meet the Fairy Princess, paint a unicorn ornament and more. 10 am-4 pm. Included with admission; small fee for crafts. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. FREE Movie at the Pier: “Despicable Me 3.” Movie starts at sunset. Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, 301 The Strand North, Oceanside. San Diego Scottish Highland Games. Highland dancing, bagpiping and drumming, Scottish athletics, sheepdog trials, music and other activities. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. For tickets, visit website. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Summer Safari. World-themed activities and unforgettable animal encounters at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s summer event. Today until Aug. 12; visit website for park hours and tickets. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. FREE Mass Creativity. Join art-making workshops inspired by discovery, diversity and community, and enjoy music, performances and more. 10 am-3 pm. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego.

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Aloha Plunge. Island-themed pool games, giant inflatables, Polynesian dancers and the movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, on a giant outdoor screen. 5 pm; movie starts at dusk. $10; ages 3 & under free. Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd., Carlsbad. Register at FREE “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” Outdoor Screenings. See June 2. FREE Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival. See page 33.

sunday | 24 SeaWorld’s Electric Eel Coaster 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. FREE Family Discovery Walk. 3-4:30 pm. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. FREE Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. See June 9.

monday | 25 No Rules Except… This re-imagined installation of 40 mattresses and 165 handmade tire cushions recreates the experience of “jumping on the bed” for a new generation of children. Visit website for hours and admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego.

tuesday | 26 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.

wednesday | 27 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

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thursday | 28 Oceans: Our Blue Planet. Discover the untold stories of the oceans’ most astonishing creatures in this new giant-screen film. Showing daily; visit website for show times. Included with admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

friday | 29 Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections. Birch Aquarium at Scripps presents this new comic book-inspired exhibit about the fascinating adaptations (a.k.a. super powers) of ocean species. See how these creatures have inspired everything from cinema and pop culture to medicine and engineering. Opens today; 9 am-5 pm. Included with admission. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. “Mister Popper’s Penguins.” Mr. Popper, a house painter of modest means, is a restless dreamer who likes reading about famous explorers in faraway places. Find out how his life changes when a package from Antarctica turns out to be a live, dancing penguin. Tonight until July 15. Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. See website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

saturday | 30 MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series uncovers truths behind popular myths by mixing the scientific method with oldfashioned ingenuity! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

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REFRESHING SOUNDS OF SUMMER WEEKLY CONCERTS FREE Poway’s Summer Concert Series. Sundays, June 24-Aug. 12 (except July 1), 5:30-7 pm. Concerts will be held either at Lake Poway or Old Poway Park. Visit for performers and venues. FREE Sundays at Six. June 10-July 15, 6-7 pm. Harry Griffen Park Amphitheater, 9550 Milden St. FREE Summer Sundays at Village Walk. Live bands, car displays, food and product samples from merchants, and kids’ activities. June 17-July 22, 5 pm. 878 EastLake Pkwy., Chula Vista.

Father’s Day Concert & BBQ featuring Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band on June 17

Quench your thirst for the coolest tunes of the season with a string of outdoor musical performances and annual summer concerts starting this month. FREE Balboa Park Summer Kick-Off Concert. Continuous entertainment from the San Diego Youth Symphony, live musical performances and food trucks. June 1, 4-8:15 pm. Plaza de Panama. FREE Sam Hinton Folk Festival. June 2, 11 am-5 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway. Toyota Summer Concert Series at the San Diego County Fair. This year’s lineup includes Sugarland, HANSON, Nancy Wilson of Heart, The Fray and more. Starts June 2. Also enjoy more live music with the Paddock Concert Series, Coors Light Rock On Concert Series and Solid Gold Concerts. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. FREE Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park. June 10, 6-7:30 pm. Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. FREE Concerts in the Park in Oceanside: The Mardels. June 15, 6-8 pm; pre-show at 5 pm. Rancho Del Oro Park, 4701 Mesa Dr. Father’s Day Concert & BBQ Featuring Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band. On June 17, catch this concert showcasing a skydiving show, BBQ and hits from various artists. Hotel

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del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. For schedule and tickets, visit FREE Summer Twilight Concerts in Del Mar: Sully and the Blue Eyed Soul Band. June 19, 7 pm. Powerhouse Park, Coast Blvd. FREE Liberty Station Concerts: The Six String Society. June 24, 5 pm. ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. FREE Hullabaloo Concert Series at Del Mar Highlands. This two-man band performs instant classics highlighting folk, funk and rock inspirations. June 27, 10 am. 12925 El Camino Real. To RSVP, go to Bayside Summer Nights: “Star-Spangled Pops.” San Diego Symphony’s summer concert series begins with this traditional salute to America and ends with a fireworks display. June 29-July 1, 7:30 pm. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. Mini Music Fest. Live bands perform rock hits of the 60s and 70s, blues, rockabilly and more. June 30, 2-8 pm. $12-$15; under 12 free. Wood House Garden at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos.

FREE Sunday Concert Series at Seaport Village. 1-4 pm. 849 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. FREE Coronado Summer Concert Series. Sundays, through Sept. 2, 6 pm. Spreckels Park, 7th St. & Orange Ave. FREE Twilight in the Park. Enjoy a merry-go-round of genres, from big band swing and military bands to Latin salsa and Dixieland jazz. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 19-Aug. 30, 6:30-7:30 pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. FREE Santee Summer Concerts. Thursdays, June 14-Aug. 23, 6:30-8 pm (June 21, July 12 & Aug. 9, 5:30-8:30 pm). Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr. Thursday Family Fun Nights. Live music, outdoor activities and entertainment. Through Aug. 30; performances from 6-7 pm; garden open until 8 pm. Free with paid admission. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. Dinner and a Concert. An array of musicians and genres, plus delicious flavors offered by El Cajon’s downtown restaurants. Fridays, through Sept., 6-8 pm. Prescott Promenade, 100 E. Main St. dinner-and-a-concert. FREE City of Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks. Fridays, June 22-Aug. 17, 6-8 pm at community parks throughout the city. Also, hands-on art for all ages and food vendors.

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