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Gardening, Spring/Summer Camps, Road School, Easter Egg Hunts Spring is upon us, with or without rain—hopefully we

get some this spring! Even without rain, you can still plant a garden. Have the kids help plant veggies in the ground or in pots. I like the advice from our “Plant a Garden” article on page 16: plant bigger seeds for little fingers. The kids will be excited to watch their plants grow and then eat them. Plant flowers also—they help keep bugs away. If you need more advice, in the article you’ll also find six learning gardens around San Diego County. Spring and summer camp sign-ups are starting now. Check out the camp ads throughout this issue. To make sure the kids get the camps they want, register now. Some camps are held during spring break, so look for those, too. Give them a call or register online. Let the camp staff know you saw their ad in San Diego Family Magazine. Advertisers help provide the magazine to you for free! Another way to make learning fun is to go on a road school adventure. This month, part two of our road school series focuses on STEM subjects. See page 18. There are tours within driving distance from San Diego, day trips and weekend trips. Just slow down and enjoy learning. See it all, ask questions and take it all in. Easter is Sunday, April 1, but Easter egg hunts are in this month’s calendar because most take place March 24-31. Have fun looking for eggs and the Easter bunny throughout the county. Main Office: 1475 Sixth Avenue, Fifth Floor, San Diego, CA 92101 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 23960, San Diego, CA 92193-3960 Phone: 619-685-6970 Fax: 619-685-6978 E-mail: Mission Statement To enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting.

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Are you planning any spring or summer break trips with your family? Jenny Burman calendar editor We’re planning to get a much-needed dose of Disney magic at Disney World (our first time!), to grant my son’s wish to see the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and to explore a couple spots in Canada. We’re excited! Michele Hancock marketing director For spring break we are exploring fun attractions right here in our backyard. On our must-do list is The Mission Restaurant for breakfast, the new rides at SeaWorld and spending a day visiting the museums in Balboa Park. Lisa Gipson, managing editor We’re “glamping” up the coast at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton (near the town of Solvang, which I love). Accommodations include safari tents, cottages and vintage airstream trailers (and RV sites, of course). Can’t wait to explore the area on electric bikes! Lisa Pawlak contributing writer We recently visited Sedona, Arizona for the first time­— and hope to return soon for more hiking adventures. I can’t believe it took all these years to discover such an amazing place—and within just a day’s drive from San Diego. To discover what Lisa Pawlak recommends when visiting Sedona, read her article at things-to-do/travel.

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A Petting Zoo that Comes to You


Kathy Estep Hester, San Diego’s wizard of lizards, grew up on a lake surrounded by snapping turtles and bullfrogs. Today she brings her love and enthusiasm for “creepy crawlies” of the world to San Diego kids and families. Hester and her cast of lovable animals offer interactive experiences like no other. Meet-and-greets with 25 exotic creatures such as tree frogs, arthropods, tortoises, lizards and snakes charm kids and adults alike. One of Hester’s goals is to debunk the myths surrounding these frequently misunderstood animals. “By the time I get to the most predictable of my animals—the snakes—many will partake in the ‘snakelace’ worn around their shoulders.” The joy and excitement brought by the animals have kept Lizard Wizard and her friends in business for nearly 25 years. Lizard Wizard is available for parties of all ages, special ceremonies, school presentations, camps and more. All the animals are safe to pet or hold on a lap towel by a birthday child or willing volunteer. The Lizard Wizard of San Diego 760-722-4446

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San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB) has been the resident classical ballet school in Balboa Park since 1945. The mission of SDCYB is to give San Diego kids the opportunity to study, understand and appreciate the art of ballet and to enrich the cultural life of the community. SDCYB provides high-quality, affordable ballet education year-round and four family-friendly productions each year at the iconic Casa del Prado Theater. Outreach programs are also available for school groups, scout troops and students with unique physical needs. From April 4–8, SDCYB presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, and set to the enchanting music of Mendelssohn. The story about the unexpected power of love focuses on a mystical king and queen, a man transformed into a donkey, a mischievous fairy named Puck, and the adventures and misadventures of two pairs of mortal lovers. It promises to be entertaining for all! Purchase tickets at San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Casa del Prado Building, Balboa Park 619-233-3060




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“Please pass the salad,” says the child in every mom’s fantasyland. Convincing kids to eat vegetables often feels like a chore. Researchers report that when a child takes ownership of growing or preparing a meal, they are more likely to try new foods. So, when my kids were little, I embarked on an experiment: What if we grew our own vegetables—would the kids try tomatoes off the vine (even yellow ones)? What about zucchini? The answer was a resounding, Yes!

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with children. For one thing, kids love to get dirty—they love sowing seeds, digging and watering. But there are many more benefits! Take a journey down the garden path with your family this spring, whether it’s building raised beds or growing herbs in the kitchen window.

For more on this topic, read “Let the Kids Get Dirty, A Clean Freak’s Tips to Outdoor Play” at parenting/toddler/2025. Why Garden? The key to optimum health benefits and nutrients from produce is freshness. In her book The Wahl’s Protocol, Dr. Terry Wahls, an expert in autoimmune diseases writes, “Vitamin and antioxidant content in fresh fruits and vegetables degrades over time.” Gardening is the best possible way to ensure the freshest produce.

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Gardening with Kids: Grow a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Cherie Gough

Good for the Environment Organic gardening ensures no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers leave residue on food; good for people, good for the environment. Grocery store produce travels an average of 1,500 miles, according to Lisa Leake, author of 100 Days of Real Food. That’s a lot of gas and pollution along the way. Consider shopping at local farmers markets. The Great Outdoors According to the National Recreation and Park Association, children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation. When kids spend time outside, they reap the benefits of: • Physical exercise • Reduced stress and fatigue • Longer attention spans • Better eyesight (excessive close-range indoor activities can lead to myopia) • A sense of wonder and a connection to nature

Tips for Growing Food with Kids • Bigger seeds (peas, beans, squash) are easier for little hands to handle. • Give kids ownership—let them choose what to plant. • Plant fast-growing items (runner beans, sunflowers, baby carrots) for quick results. • Taste test what you grow— variety will help diversify kids’ diets. • No yard? Get tips on how to plant a patio garden with kids at things-to-do/out-about/1803.

Alternatives to Home Gardening Community Gardens For about $100 per year, families can lease a garden plot in a community garden where neighbors share tools, soil and advice. It’s a great way to build community, learn about everything from pest control to composting from neighborhood experts, and save on your water bill. Find a community garden near you at index.html. School Gardening Programs In school gardens throughout the county, educators teach science, food origins and healthy eating habits, and immerse students in hands-on outdoor lessons. Grants are available to help get schools get started on a garden. Visit the local Master Gardener Association website to find field trips, garden consultants and grant resources: www schools/schools.php. Good Neighbor Gardens teaches garden education in eight local schools. School cafeterias use the produce and volunteers distribute the surplus to subscribers through CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). Subscription fees are reinvested in the students. To get your school involved, visit www All students in the Encinitas Union School District learn grade-level lessons at its Farm Lab and DREAMS (Design, Research, Engineering, Art, Math, Science) Campus. Students learn about healthy eating and food production, and they help grow organic produce, which provides salad bars in each school. Community businesses help fund the program. Learn more:

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6 San Diego Garden Spaces to Explore and Learn Alta Vista Botanical Gardens This beautiful hillside garden in Vista connects people with nature and art. Retired teacher, Farmer Jones, offers Kids in the Garden classes to elementary kids the second Saturday each month. This spring, learn about pollinators, celebrate Earth Day and create art from the garden. Olivewood Gardens Located on an historic property in National City, Olivewood Gardens focuses on building healthy families through environmental education, hands-on organic gardening and cooking. Visit during Open House on March 20 or May 19 or check the events calendar for public tours and classes. Reserve a spot at www City Farmers Nursery With 45 years experience, family-owned City Farmers Nursery in the heart of San Diego offers expert advice and products for growing organic vegetables. Stop by to visit the farm animals, organic produce stand, or attend a free gardening or cooking class. It’s a hidden gem.

The Water Conservation Garden  Need help growing delicious tomatoes? Don’t miss Tomatomania on March 1011 at the Water Conservation Garden in East County. The event offers a variety of tomatoes for purchase, plus expert growing advice. New Children’s Museum Walk through The Garden Project, an outdoor space at the New Children’s Museum (downtown) that introduces kids to growing food, drought tolerant plants and clean, sustainable energy. San Diego Botanic Garden Opening this summer, Dickinson Family Education Conservatory will be a huge, dynamic space for families to learn to plant, grow and cook with fresh produce. Plans include cooking classes with local chefs and resources to help families establish healthy eating habits. v Cherie Gough is a local mom and freelance writer who loves gardening and trying new, healthy foods with her family. March 2018 • •


Epic Road Schoolers

Anne Malinoski

Road School, Part 2 The world is your classroom

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Last month we discussed the exciting trend of road schooling, which takes parents and children on the road— sometimes traveling the world—to enhance their education with real-life, hands-on experiences. But meaningful experiential learning doesn’t require families to leave work and school for

months at a time. A day trip in beautiful Southern California can be educational, memorable and valuable. In February we suggested day and weekend trips that teach kids about art, culture and history. Here are micro-adventures that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. continued on p.20

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For more than 20 years, San Diego activists Danica and Jason Russell have poured their uniquely energetic brand of humanitarian leadership into projects like Invisible Children and Kony 2012. Now that their children, Gavin Danger (10) and Everley Darling (8) are growing into the family vocation, the Russells have written a book for young change-makers. “A Little Radical—The ABCs of Activism” empowers kids to make the world better, letter by letter. But writing it down wasn’t enough for this intensely creative bunch. They recently sold all their possessions to travel the world and experience those lessons firsthand. They’re on the road now, meeting activists across the globe who can teach them more about making a difference, and living the values discussed in their book. “It feels like the world is really divided right now, and traveling is a way to not only embrace different perspectives and cultures, but it’s a way to change your life forever,” says Jason of the unconventional book tour. Follow @alittleradical on Instagram to keep up with their travels.

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Don’t have all day? Get a dose of STEM education at these local standbys. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum Los Angeles, CA Visit this active dig site to learn how animals became trapped in the tar, and how scientists are using those fossils to learn more about our planet’s last ice age. Kids will love the tar pull, where they can see what it’s really like to be stuck in tar—without getting sticky. Catch a 3D film or live multimedia show to explore the work done here. Step into the museum to see full skeletal displays of ice age land mammals like the mammoth or sabertooth cat. Guests can also visit the Fossil Lab where paleontologists study fossils pulled from the tar. Plan your trip at

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program Nationwide Take a weekend trip to Joshua Tree National Park or visit any of our country’s beautiful national parks to request a Junior Ranger Booklet. Inside are activities for kids to complete while exploring the park, such as drawing and writing about what they see or picking up trash to preserve the park’s beauty. Once they’ve completed the tasks, kids can be sworn in as Junior Rangers. Activities are free and designed for children ages 5-13, though all are welcome to participate. Learn about other national programs such as Junior Archaeologist and Junior Wilderness Explorer at kids/jrRangers.cfm.

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USS Midway Downtown, San Diego Come aboard for awesome STEM lessons from the flight deck to the engine room. Learn how aircraft take off and land on this floating city. See what it takes to fly the world’s most advanced aircraft as you check out flight simulators, sit in cockpits and chat with real pilots. Don’t miss the Power Plant Challenge, where visitors learn about the power generation required to move this behemoth. Plan to spend the day aboard—there’s so much to see! Day passes are free for ages 5 and under. For added adventure, participate in the Little Skippers program, where kids ages 4–7 and a parent spend the night on the USS Midway. Plan your visit at www

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Maritime Museum of San Diego: Visit this historic fleet to learn about the progression of marine engineering from sail to steam to submarine. Visit to discover current exhibits, exciting events and opportunities to get out on the water. Fleet Science Center: With tons of hands-on science exhibits and a tinkering studio, this space is perfect for young explorers and their families. Find out about programs such as Junior Science Club and Young Scientists at Botanical Gardens: Learn about plant life at one of San Diego’s gorgeous botanical gardens. Check out free gardens at Balboa Park and Cuyamaca College. Turn to page 17 to discover more local gardens that are fun and educational for kids. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She loves to watch them learn.

STEM at Home Pick up a copy of Try This! Extreme: 50 Fun & Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You, a National Geographic Kids book by Karen Romano Young. It’s full of creative (and safe) science projects that explore kid-friendly topics like force and motion, and temperature and freezing points.

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Winner “Most Awesome Camp for Kids in Socal” award for the past three years, Carlsbad Art Farm’s blend of outstanding traditional art instruction on a beautiful woodland property with a menagerie of farm animals has enchanted local students and families for 14 years. Classes take place at outdoor base camps, inside our Imaginarium Print Studio, in our barn, and down by the creek. Our instructors are professional artists who love teaching their craft. Our location in coastal north county is easy to access. Visit our website today for LOTS more information. Grades 2-8 Weekly sessions run June 18-Aug. 10 Mon-Fri, 9:30AM-3PM Our entry gate is closed when camps are not in session.

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Tutoring Tots In Tutus Since 1962 Combination Class Tap • Ballet • Tumbling

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Vernetta’s Dance Studio 619-260-1707

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CAMP for That

Remember long days of summer

camp—playing outdoors, swimming, fishing and making crafts? Traditional spring and summer camps are tons of fun, but don’t overlook camps that also offer a unique spin. Read on to get a taste of the camp variety available in San Diego. Then book an adventure your child won’t forget!

Animals Whether your animal lover is into house pets, farm or exotic animals, or saving endangered species, educational camps that encourage hands-on animal encounters abound in San Diego. Camps include: Exotic critter connections, animal-related vocations, horseback riding, and camps at animal shelters, the zoo, and local aquariums.

Performing Arts Got a natural performer in your house? Channel that talent into something awesome. Camps include: Acting, dancing, singing, instrumental music, juggling, circus arts, clown artistry. Learn and experience: Teamwork, improvisation, choreography, growth mindset, creativity, performance skills, body language. Perfect for: Kids and young starlets who want to hone a natural talent, need a confidence boost, are imaginative or love storytelling. According to Carla Corder of San Diego Junior Theatre, “Summer camps foster a community of artistic achievement, learning, teamwork, empathy, communication and confidence.”

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Learn and experience: Animal interactions such as petting, holding, grooming, walking and feeding; animal education, responsibility, compassion. Perfect for: Animal-loving children and teens interested in marine biology, zoology or veterinary science. Kelly Rumsey at Helen Woodward Animal Center states, “We not only teach kids amazing animal facts, but we emphasize the importance of the animal-human bond. Campers get to discover how they can help animals and the world we all share through animal adoption, preservation, fundraising, recycling and so much more!”

Ocean Sports Whether your beach bum wants to perfect surfing skills or take on a new challenge, you’ll find a camp for that. Camps include: Surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, ocean science, lifeguard training. Learn and experience: Water safety, proper use of equipment, environmentalism, swimming skills, ocean science and more. Perfect for: Active kids who enjoy the water. Birch Aquarium’s Surfing Into Science program offers ocean adventures and marine science for kids ages 12–15, according to Marketing Coordinator Caitlyn Scully. They surf, snorkel, meet with scientists and more. Visit www.aquarium.ucsd .edu/experiences/programs/ summer-camps for details.

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Mind/Body Connection Is your child a gentle, free spirit who loves nature and thrives in the outdoors? Camps include: Yoga, low-risk sports, mindfulness connection, nature exploration. For example, check out the camps at Wild Willow Farm in South Bay.

Adventure Sports With the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior, you may need an outlet for your little ninja leaping off the sofa. Camps include: BMX, aerial/circus arts, rock climbing, parkour, skateboarding, martial arts and gymnastics.

Learn and experience: Techniques to build mindfulness, goal-setting, indoor and outdoor activities, self- awareness, connections to the Earth and to each other. Perfect for: Non-competitive kids, nature lovers, calm children or those who could benefit from selfcalming strategies.

Learn and experience: Safety, sport fundamentals, proper technique, self-control, strength, flexibility, coordination, confidence and goalsetting. Good to know: You’ll likely sign a waiver and need appropriate clothing; special gear or equipment may be required; camps may have a minimum age requirement for safety reasons.

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Visual Arts Tired of cleaning up all that glitter? Send your artist to camp where skills are honed and childhood masterpieces are made.

Special Needs


There are many camps designed specifically for kids with special needs, which give them an opportunity to hang out in a safe environment with peers who get them just as they are.

Tired of coaxing your child away from video games? Cash in on his natural talent—send him to camp to learn new skills and practice teamwork.

Discover specialty camps for kids who have: developmental disabilities, physical challenges, cognitive delay and trauma. Learn and experience: Socialization, communication, activities that build strength, motor skills and confidence. Check out “Summer Camp for Every Kid,” Family Magazine’s online listing of camps suitable for kids with special needs. www.SanDiegoFamily .com/resources/summer-camps-andprograms/1593.

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Perfect for: High-energy kids, thrill-seekers and sports enthusiasts.

Camps include: Robotics, game design, coding, engineering, building (even with Legos!). Learn and experience: Creativity, problem solving, basic engineering, construction, programming and teamwork. Perfect for: Boys AND girls, gamers, math and science enthusiasts, Lego fanatics. Good to know: Depending on the camp, kids may need to provide their own laptop or device.

Camps include: Filmmaking, photography, comic art, sewing, painting, drawing, sculpting and candle making. Learn and experience: Focus, fine motor skills, various techniques and mediums, artistic styles, movements and themes. Perfect for: Art enthusiasts, creative children or children who want to explore the arts. Good to know: Ask if materials are included in the cost. Some camps may require equipment (such as a camera for photography). Most art programs focus on the process, not a perfect final piece. v Cherie Gough is a local freelance writer and mom of two kids. March 2018 • •


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Camp season is just around the corner! Whether your child is looking for outdoor adventure, animal encounters or performance opportunities, our spring and summer camp guide is sure to have just the thing. ACADEMIC FOCUS Renaissance Village Academy Scripps Ranch - 858-564-9622 See p. 27, 46

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS Helen Woodward Animal Center Rancho Santa Fe - 858-756-4117 See p. 27 Sweetwater Horse Camp Bonita - 619-252-5544 See p. 26, 35

ART Carlsbad Art Farm Carlsbad - 760-688-6147 m See p. 21, 30 Little Artists Clairemont - 858-268-2255 Poway - 858-486-1555 Rancho Bernardo - 858-451-2055 San Carlos - 619-462-1955 See p. 37 Little Fish Comic Book Studio College Area - 619-356-1103 See p. 29, 35

DRAMA/THEATER/DANCE/MUSIC California Ballet School Various locations - 858-560-5676 See p. 29, 36

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City Ballet School Dance Camp Pacific Beach - 858-274-6058 See p. 30, 44 CYT San Diego El Cajon - 619-588-0206 See p. 35 La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla - 858-550-1070 x101 See p. 60 Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy East Lake - 619-585-1133 Libery Station - 619-732-6238 See p. 36 North Coast Repertory Theatre Solana Beach - 858-481-2155 See p. 40 San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Balboa Park - 619-233-3060 See p. 13 San Diego Junior Theatre Balboa Park - 619-239-1311 See p. 28, 41 Scripps Performing Arts Academy Carmel Valley - 858-509-2624 Scripps Ranch - 858-586-7834 See p. 28 Vernetta’s Dance Studio North Park - 619-260-1707 See p. 21

FOREIGN LANGUAGE Bilingual Kids Balboa Park - 619-366-3098 See p. 54 Petits Amigos 4S/ Rancho Bernardo - 858-428-4652 See p. 42

RESIDENT CAMPS Girl Scouts San Diego San Diego - 619-298-8391 See p. 27, 34 YMCA Overnight Camps Julian: Camp Marston, Raintree Ranch Imperial Beach: Camp Surf - 760-765-0642 See p. 25, 26, 27, 36

SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS Beth Montessori La Jolla - 858-452-3030 See p. 47, 49 Canyon Rim Children’s Center Allied Gardens - 619-287-6767 See p. 49 Discovery Isle North County - 877-959-3741 See p. 37 Emmaus Today Linda Vista - 858-576-0132 See p. 47

Special Advertising Section Mission Bay Montessori Academy University City - 858-457-5895 See p. 29, 47, 53

San Diego Model Railroad Day Camp Balboa Park - 619-696-0199 x1608 See p. 41

Hands-On Technology San Diego - 949-529-0438 See p. 29

Soaring Minds Education Balboa Park - 619-512-1946 See p. 31

Tempest Academy Vista - 760-305-8926 See p. 31

Urban Discovery/ id8 Downtown - 619-269-2883 See p. 26, 54


ID Tech UCSD, USD, Cal State San Marcos 1-888-709-8324 See p. 31 Tech KnowHow Tierrasanta, Mira Mesa - 877-432-0970 See p. 25

Birch Aquarium Adventure Camps La Jolla - 858-543-7336 See p. 30, 43

FUNbelieveable Lakeside - 619-456-2474 See p. 55

ThoughtStem Multiple Locations - 858-869-9430 See p. 31, 28

Fleet Science Center Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 See p. 42

LionHeart Academy El Cajon - 619-462-2027 See p. 25


San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Escondido - 760-233-7755 See p. 35

Poway Gymnastics Poway - 858-748-1716 See p. 26, 34


San Diego Ice Arena Mira Mesa - 858-530-1825 See p. 21

Outpost Summer Camps Poway - 858-842-4900 See p. 27



Digital Media Academy Multiple Locations - 866-656-3342 See p. 40

Aqua Pros Swim School Clairemont Mesa - 619-209-2990 See p. 37


Media Arts Center San Diego San Diego - 619-230-1938 See p. 35 Newbreak Church Multiple Locations - 858-576-0007 See p. 19

YMCA CAMP SURF Imperial Beach CA

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Girl Scouts San Diego San Diego - 619-298-8391 See p. 27, 34

YMCA CAMP SURF - a spectacular ocean-front camp, right on the beach, just south of San Diego. This 45-acre camp offers one-week or two-week overnight sessions for boys & girls ages 8-16, filled with surfing, body-boarding, ocean swimming & traditional camp activities. All levels of instruction & equipment are included.

Summer Camps in Archery, Fencing, Medieval Sword & Light Saber LionHeart Academy 1331 N. Cuyamaca St., El Cajon 619-462-2027


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Elite Gymnastics Academy El Cajon - 619-441-5900 See p. 43

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Our week-long Summer Camps have offered a variety of fun and enriching hands-on projects, which teach students how to use technology creatively. Projects include Motorized LEGO® Builds, Pokémon® Game Design, Robotics Programming, Minecrafter’s Lab and Coding with Python®. March 2018 • •


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YMCA RAINTREE RANCH - a wonderful, small camp dedicated to western horseback riding. Located in the mountains of Julian, all levels of instruction are provided for 80 campers, ages 9-16. 38 horses, two instructional arenas & miles of trails all provide an excellent learning environment. For the horse-lover, Raintree is an ideal overnight camp program. 1-Week Sessions

3051 Equitation Lane, Bonita Located in Bonita, just minutes off the 805


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Looking for something for your children to do during school break? We offer organized, fun and informative camps. Poway Gymnastics has a great reputation for having the best equipped gym (100% air conditioned) and experienced, safety certified Instructors. Our camps are for girls and boys 5 yrs old and up with ability levels from beginner to competitive.


Spring Camp: April 9 – 13, 9 am - 3 pm Summer Camps: Weekly Begins June 25 - August 10, 9 am - 3 pm

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Since 1921, YMCA CAMP MARSTON has been a San Diego favorite for thousands of children! Adventure, fun, friendships, great staff - all on a spectacular 236acre site. Activities include archery, canoeing, swimming, climbing tower, crafts, sports & more. Also offered: teen-adventure & leadership programs. Why Renaissance Village Academy? Academic classes keep young minds fresh

Summer Camp classes for students in grades TK-12

10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego, CA 92131 858.564.9622

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Renaissance Village Academy

We are: Exciting • Engaging • Creative Challenging • Rigorous • Nurturing • Edifying • Enriching • Mirthful Eclectic • Stimulating • Inspiring Intriguing • Tantalizing Engrossing • Dynamic • and Refreshing!


Outpost Summer Camps provide traditional, old-fashioned summer day camp programs for ages 3-14. Join the thousands of parents who have chosen our safe, trusted and accredited camps since 2001.

Spaces are limited. (858) 842-4900

Enroll Now! Located in Rancho Penasquitos and Poway. Door-to-door transportation may be available for north San Diego communities.

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Kids can spend spring break with animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Critter Camp! Your child’s love for animals will bloom as they experience hands-on interactions, create crafts, play games, and more. Register now at

Girl Scout camps for every girl! Day and resident camp sessions to match your passions: • Horses • Aquatics • Outdoor Skills • STEM • Arts • Performance • Leadership Open to all girls in grades K-12. Financial aid available.

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Summer Camps Casa del Prado, Balboa Park

Half-Day Creative Play Camps for PreK-K 1-Week Sessions for Grades K-12 2-Week Advanced Acting and Musical Theatre Camps

Special Advertising Section Beginning Dance Camps Ages 5–9 With 2 or fewer years of prior dance Camp includes: Ballet, Tap, Hula and Jazz, Crafts and Fun! Different theme each week. In-studio performance for family and friends. June 18 - 22 July 16 - 20 July 30 - August 3

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Intermediate Summer Program Ages 9–14 With 3 or more years of prior ballet training and up to 2 years of pointe. Program includes: Ballet, Variations, Jazz and Modern. In-studio performance for family and friends. July 9 - 13 July 16 - 20 Kearny Mesa 4819 Ronson Court San Diego, CA 92111

Advanced & Pre-Professional Summer Intensives July 23 - 27 July 30 - August 3 August 6 - August 10

Liberty Station 2590 Truxton Rd San Diego, CA 92106

Youth Technology Education Across San Diego County: Carmel Valley • Serra Mesa • Linda Vista Point Loma • Chula Vista • and more! Computer Science Coding, App Design, Games, & Typing Proficiency

Mobile Technology 4 Kids! Workshops & Summer Camps

Electrical Engineering Electricity, Circuits, LEDs, & Microcontrollers

April 2018 -August 2018

FUNdamental Engagement Outdoor Activities, Themed Days, & Field Trips

Registration Now Open at: 949.529.0438

Progressive STEAM Education Paths Confidence & Skill-Building Activities Tailored for Ages 8-13

Camps hosted by Be The Change International, a registered 501c3

Little Fish Comic Book Studio offers EXCITING summer

Little Fish Comic Book Studio

COMIC ART CAMPS for teens and pre-teens

6822B El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92115


where cooperation, creativity and each student’s unique vision will help them to create an individual comic project and see it to completion! Classes run 9:00-3:00 and all materials are provided.


Mission Bay Montessori Academy

K–6 Grade

Academic Excellence since 1968

858.457.5895 2640 Soderblom Ave., San Diego, CA 92122

NEW SUMMER CAMPS AT MBMA! Weekly Sessions from June 25th–Aug. 17th

See website for details about our STEM, Academic and Enrichment Camps! Located in University City

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Our youth program is designed to introduce the circus arts in a safe and enriching environment. We p promote creativity, friendship, and a healthy, fun approach to fitness. June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20, August 6-10, August 13-17 619-220-4909

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Summer Learning Adventure Camps are back at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.


• Learn to surf or snorkel (ages 9+) • Meet ocean scientists • Create ocean art projects • Investigate marine habitats • Make new friends and memories Visit for schedule and information. Financial aid is available. Book your camp today!

Registration opens March 13. 2300 Expedition way • La Jolla • 858.543.7336 •


941 Garnet Ave (alley entrance) Pacific Beach

Discover Why Kids Love City Ballet’s Dance Camps. Session I: July 13 Session 2: July 16-27 Graded classes. Dance Camps include classes in ballet technique and special workshops on stage make-up and dance related crafts and activities, culminating in a free performance for friends and family. Limited class size - Register by June 1 for a 10% discount.

Winner “Most Awesome Camp for Kids in Socal” award for the past three years, Carlsbad Art Farm’s blend of outstanding traditional art instruction on a beautiful woodland property with a menagerie of farm animals has enchanted local students and families for 14 years. Classes take place at outdoor base camps, inside our Imaginarium Print Studio, in our barn, and down by the creek. Our instructors are professional artists who love teaching their craft. Our location in coastal north county is easy to access. Visit our website today for LOTS more information.

760-688-6147 5855 Sunny Creek Road, Carlsbad, CA 92010

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Grades 2-8 Weekly sessions run June 18-Aug. 10 Mon-Fri, 9:30AM-3PM Our entry gate is closed when camps are not in session.










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The #1 Summer STEM Camp for Ages 7–18 Empower your child to take their STEM skills to the next level. From coding and game development to robotics and design, your child will develop in-demand skills and ignite lifelong passions—all within a fun, inclusive environment. Get ready for the best summer ever!


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EF students in San Diego; Class of 2018 Does your family enjoy learning about other cultures? Do you have an open heart to welcome another family member into your home? If so, read on to discover the benefits and enriching opportunities of hosting an international exchange student. 32 • • March 2018

Each year, Education First High School Exchange Year (EF, HSEY) places thousands of international students in homes across the United States. These adventurous teens, ages 15–18, come from 13 countries including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. “Hosting a foreign exchange student through HSEY is a gift we give not only

to the student, but to ourselves,” says Liesl Mestre, EF San Diego Regional Coordinator and current host to her fifth international student. “Besides the joy it brings, hosting offers benefits not available through traditional education. HSEY students are not simply guests; they are new family members,” says Mestre. “Host families and students engage in mutual cultural exchange, sharing customs, traditions, languages, geography and more. Through this, our

students and families become citizens of the world.” While there are a variety of exchange opportunities in existence, families can host with EF for a year, a single semester, or temporarily while a student awaits permanent home placement. Once a host family is accepted into the program, they are connected with a student based on country, language, gender, age, activities and interests. EF is looking for local host families now for the 2018-19 school year. There are a number of requirements, but one stands out above all others: “A host family needs to be willing and able to include the exchange student as a member of their family. To open not just their home, but also their hearts,” explains EF International Exchange Coordinator, Susan May. Hosts must also provide room and board (rooms can be shared), transportation to and from school, and be U.S. citizens at least 25 years old. Beyond that, there is no “typical” host family; involved families represent the diversity of American culture. Hosts can be single adults or couples, with (or without) children of any age. The “exchange” that occurs is a cultural one; it does not involve sending your

own child to another country. While there is no financial compensation involved, EF students do cover their own travel costs, health insurance, school expenses, cell phone and spending money. continued on next page

Host family members Mitchell and Brook with Joris (Netherlands)

The Mestre family welcomes Virginia (Spain) to San Diego

Mystery Playhouse Summer Camps Half & Full Day Mystery Playhouse Summer Camps June thru August Join us as campers learn what it takes to create and Poway Area perform a wide variety of mystery drama scenes. La Jolla/UTC Everyone likes a good mystery! Join us as campers learn

what it takes to create and perform a wide variety of mystery

Nils (Sweden), Karo (Denmark), and host family Susan, Kayla and Blake

drama scenes. Each camper will learn acting basics centered on mystery themes, and then be challenged to use their own

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Local host families are needed now for the 2018-19 school year. Families can host for a year, a single semester or temporarily while a student awaits home placement. Learn more at or stop by the EF Exchange booth at Finish Chelsea’s Run on March 3.

set design and more. Want to know how the camp

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Liesl Mestre and Susan May The organization provides a wealth of support to all participants, including initial screenings, background checks and orientations. They also coordinate activities, trips to local attractions, surf camp and community service opportunities. “The training and information provided by the exchange program has been very good, and helped us start out with good communication and expectations,” says Brook Price, mom of three, plus host son Joris, 17, from the Netherlands. “We have tried from the beginning to make our student feel at home and treat him like our own son. He’s been respectful, willing to integrate, and happy to share about his life, culture and country.” The two-way cultural exchange of hosting benefits everyone involved. Most obviously, the EF student experiences life in fabulous San Diego while gaining a second family, improving English skills, attending an American high school, participating in extracurricular activities, sightseeing and establishing lifelong global ties. Educational benefits often extend beyond these common ones. “One thing I learned about Americans is that they love to give back to others, especially through community service,” reflects 17-yearold Karolina from Denmark, who recently completed an EF exchange. “Seeing that really inspired me to give back more and just be a better person in general.” continued on p. 36

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$8 Admission Teaching San Diego’s young riders since 1985

3051 Equitation Lane, Bonita Located in Bonita, just minutes off the 805

Spring, Summer and Fall Camps! Camps for ages 5-12


• Lessons • Showing • Trail Rides • Birthday Parties • Scouts • Weekend Camps

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Explore • Imagine Experiment Science, Art, and World Cultures Ages 0-10

North County fun! 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

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LITTLE FISH COMIC BOOK STUDIO CLASSES and WORKSHOPS all year long! (619) 356.1103 •


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The “We do it all” No Stress Party Package for any budget!

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Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hula, Flamenco, Pilates 2 years thru Adult Boys Program Annual Performance Opportunity

Find your spot at the barre! (858) 560-5676 Kearny Mesa, Liberty Station & La Mesa

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Elisa, a 17-year-old Italian student who is currently living with a host family in Murrieta, has found new enthusiasm for school. “One of the things I like the most here is the American school spirit—it motivates me to go to school with a smile on my face,” she says. Sometimes host families enjoy an eventual visit to meet the student’s “natural” family and experience their country firsthand. “We have countless experiences and stories that will [make us] laugh and cry forever,” says Mestre. “My natural family now enjoys extended family across the globe. We have visited exchange families in Spain, Germany, Japan and soon Italy.” Chula Vista resident and host brother Nathan, 15, is the youngest of three boys and has enjoyed hosting three international sisters. “We learn so much about other cultures—their foods, holiday traditions, phrases and words,” Nathan says. “Our students have cooked a lot of food they have at home and it is always delicious. It is so much fun to connect with someone from another side of the world.” Like all sibling relationships, there can be ups and downs between host siblings and exchange students, but strong connections are often formed as a result. Kayla, 16, who has hosted an international brother and sister in Rancho Peñasquitos, plans to visit both in Europe this summer. “We fought like siblings, loved like siblings and bonded like siblings,” she says. Most EF students arrive in July or August. Home placements, required visas and paperwork need to be completed between February and June, so now is the time to inquire about hosting. For additional information, visit or email Liesl Mestre at liesl.mestre@ v Lisa Pawlak is an award-winning contributing writer, who continues to love always, visit occasionally, and communicate regularly with her Swedish exchange student “sister” from 30 years ago.

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Science fanatics, rejoice! From March 3-11, enjoy an abundance of learning, interaction and behindthe-scenes opportunities throughout the county that are sure to get kids (grades K-12) and their families pumped up about STEM! Check out the festival’s EXPO Day at Petco Park on March 3 where more than 130 local businesses, organizations and corporations provide free STEM fun through hands-on exhibits, live performances and activities. 10 am-5 pm. 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. Most festival events are free and open to the public. For festival schedule, go to

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Get ready to be spellbound by contortionists, stuntmen, circus troupes and other awe-inspiring acts from around the globe, guaranteed to thrill visitors of all ages! March 3 & 4, noon-6 pm. Also, take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine to your heart’s delight at more than 50 shops and eateries from 10 am-9 pm. West Harbor Dr. & Pacific Hwy., downtown San Diego.

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Hop on to page 52 and find a basketful of egg hunts, Easter Bunny visits, crafts and Easter activities that are sure to get the kids all egg-static! Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

thursday | 1 Circus Vargas: “Dreaming of Pirates!” Sail away to adventure packed with death-defying acrobats, flying trapeze artists, daredevils, comedians and more! Also, come to the pre-show where children can create their own magic under the big top. Through March 5; visit website for schedule and tickets. Westfield North County, 272 E. Via Rancho Pkwy., Escondido.

friday | 2 Read Across America Day Dr. Seuss Day “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” by CYT San Diego. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; March 4, 2 pm. $18-$20. Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Ave., San Diego. KPBS Kids Workshop: Hats Off to Reading Day. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a story time, book giveaways, a visit by a costumed character and special activities. 10 am-noon. Free with museum admission. For ages 3 & up. Workshop seating is first come, first served. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido.

“STOMP.” Watch this show for all ages that utilizes everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with spectacular rhythms. Tonight, 7:30 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7:30 pm; March 4, 1 & 6 pm. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. at E St., downtown San Diego. JCompany Presents “Beauty and the Beast.” Tonight until March 18; visit website for show schedule. $17-$19. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla.

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San Diego Gulls Home Games. See them play against Ontario tonight at 7 pm. Other games this month: March 6 & 30 (vs. Cleveland); March 13 (vs. San Antonio); March 16 (vs. Milwaukee); March 17 & 28 (vs. Bakersfield). For complete schedule and tickets, visit website. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego.

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“Seussical the Musical.” Well-loved Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life by a young child in this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; March 4, 4 pm. $18-$20. CPMA Performing Arts Center, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego.

FREE Family Open Studios: A Treasured Collection of Haitian Art. View William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s current exhibit, and create your own masterpiece in the library courtyard. 11 am-2 pm. 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad.

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Experience 50 “Acres of Awesome” in this floral paradise where vibrant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers adorn the rolling hillsides, and the fields are blazing with roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms and a greenhouse full of poinsettias. Have a blast with a variety of weekend events including Kids’ Days, live musical performances and more. March 1-May 13, 9 am-6 pm. Admission: $8-$16. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad.

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Calendar • March CYT San Diego’s “Peter Pan.” Today, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 pm. $18-$20. The Heritage Center, 1868 N. Broadway, Escondido.

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Two-Week, Full-Day Annie Kids June 18 – June 29 Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon Kids July 9 – July 20 The Music Man Kids July 23 – August 3

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Finish Chelsea’s Run. This annual 5K race also includes the Short & Sweet Route (a 1-mile course) and the Family Festival where you can decorate a sunflower pot, write a message on the inspiration wall, browse vendors and more. 7:30 am; Family Festival, 8-11 am. Starting line is at 6th & Palm; finish line is on Balboa Dr. south of Quince, Balboa Park. To register, visit San Diego Sockers Home Game. Experience indoor soccer at its finest, and cheer for the San Diego Sockers as they play against the El Paso Coyotes. 7:05 pm. $12-$33; ages 2 & under free. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. FREE Spring Busker Festival at Seaport Village. See page 38.

sunday | 4 St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, Main Street 5K & Green Mile Fun Run. Also featuring the Tribes & Clans Competition for kids and adults, and the Finish Line Festival with a costume contest and other activities. Visit website for start times, fees and to register. Main St. & Magnolia Ave., downtown El Cajon. Temple Solel Purim Carnival. Rides and games, live music and ethnic fare. 11 am-2 pm. Event day tickets: $1 per ticket; unlimited access wristband $35. 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. For advance ticket prices, go to FREE Camp Open House at Oceanside Museum of Art. Kids can check out what the museum has in store for spring and summer art camps as they sample art projects, explore the exhibits, receive camp discounts and more. Noon-3 pm. 704 Pier View Way.

monday | 5 School Breakfast Week, March 5-9 Winter Whale Watching with Hornblower Cruises & Events. Meet docents from theNAT who will provide whale facts, enjoy views of the San Diego skyline and see dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. Through April 22. Daily

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FREE First Wednesdays: Brogue Wave. Listen to traditional Irish tunes performed by this high-energy Celtic rock band. 4 & 7 pm. Tickets handed out on a first-come, first-seated basis. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

thursday | 8 Paws and Paperbacks. Children, ages 6-11, can practice their reading skills in a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere while giving San Diego Humane Society’s ambassador animals the chance to get exercise and socialization. 4:30-5:30 pm. $10. Reservations required. 5500 Gaines St., San Diego. www.sdhumane .org; 619-299-7012, ext. 2256.

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FREE River Kids Discovery Days. This celebration of the San Diego River offers service projects and outdoor educational opportunities for youth and their families. Today & tomorrow; visit for schedule, locations and to register. FREE “Willy Wonka.” Relive the nostalgia of everyone’s favorite childhood film in Rock Academy’s scrumdidilyumptious spring musical. Noon (school day performance; reserve seats online) & 6 pm. 2277

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.-3p.m. .m a 1 1 · s y a d n u Saturdays & S Celebrate the arrival of spring at Birch Aquarium with the biggest Eggstravaganza ever! Explore animal eggs, create a shark egg craft,and participate in an “underwater egg hunt” — no basket required. Don’t miss face painting and special appearances by Scuba Bunny. All activities are included with admission.

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Butterfly Jungle. Walk leisurely among butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes, and learn more about these remarkable winged creatures. Check out more than 30 species of butterflies plus 18 exotic bird species that share the aviary. Today until April 15; park is open from 9 am-6 pm. Free with park admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido. POP Tour: “Home of the Brave.” La Jolla Playhouse presents this year’s Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour production that is a collection of scenes and stories depicting the lives of children in military families. Catch public performances today & tomorrow, 1 & 3 pm. $9-$12. Potiker Theatre, UCSD Campus, La Jolla. www.lajollaplayhouse .org/pop-tour-2018. “Gulliver’s Travels in Space” by Missoula Children’s Theatre. This musical theatre production is part of Poway OnStage’s Arts in Education Initiative where local kids, grades K-12, take part in auditions, rehearsals and a fully costumed production in just one week. 3 & 7 pm. $10-$20. Visit website for audition info. Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd.

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sunday | 11 Daylight Saving Time Begins American Girl Fashion Show. This year’s show features American girls and their friends, ages 6-14, modeling the qualities for happiness and success inspired by the stories of their favorite dolls. 2 pm. Tickets start at $35 and includes one opportunity drawing ticket and refreshments. Benefits Isabella’s Giraffe Club. Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Dr., San Diego. american-girl-fashion-show. Target Family Day. Enjoy a day of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for only $3! 11 am-4 pm. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. Winter Inspiration & Showcase Concerts by the San Diego Youth Symphony. 1 & 6 pm. $10-$25. Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd.

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FREE International Mariachi Festival & Competition. A showcase of mariachi groups from all over the United States and Mexico, plus traditional ballet folkloric dancing, culinary delights and a family area with arts and crafts, face painting, virtual reality games and more. 11 am-7 pm. Pepper Park, 3299 Tidelands Ave., National City.

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monday | 12 “Incredible Predators.” From the mighty blue whale to the resourceful Darwin’s bark spider, experience the thrill of the chase, the great escapes and the determination of nature’s predators in this 3D film. Through May 28; visit website for schedule and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

tuesday | 13 Speed: Science in Motion. Explore the technology behind everything fast at this new exhibit where you can take a closer look at the fastest jets, planes, rockets, cars, motorcycles, boats and bicycles in the world. Different theme each month; this month’s theme is “Drag Racing.” Open daily, 10 am-4:30 pm. $10.75$19.75; ages 2 & under free. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park.

wednesday | 14 Family Night: St. Patrick’s Day Party. 6-7 pm. $3 per person. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

thursday | 15 “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Follow six tweens on their hilarious musical journey to realize their dreams of becoming the spelling bee champion. Tonight & tomorrow, 7 pm; March 17, 2 & 7 pm; March 18, 2 pm. Visit website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www “Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour.” Sing and dance along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with Sofia The First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, The Lion Guard and more. 6 pm. Tickets start at $39.50. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. at E St., downtown San Diego.

friday | 16 St. Paddy’s Drop-off Disco at FUNBelievable Play. Kids can boogie the night away while parents spend a few hours of grown-up time. 5-8 pm. $20 per child; includes drink, snack and glow stick. Call for reservations. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www; 619-456-2474. San Diego Gulls Home Games. See March 2.

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San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K. Score impressive race swag plus a mug loaded with fondue and hot chocolate, pretzels, Rice Krispies Treats, cookie straws and bananas after crossing the finish line! There are even ‘sweet stations’ on the course that provide mid-race snacks. 6:45-11 am. Register by March 15. Petco Park, downtown San Diego. For fees, visit

“LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension.” In this new 4D film, Master Wu prepares the ninjas to take on the teachings of the mysterious “Scroll of the 4th Dimension,” but disastrous consequences strike and Kai, Nya, Lloyd, Zane and Cole find themselves in a heap of trouble for not only them, but for the whole universe. Showing daily; visit website for admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad.

FREE Rolando Street Fair. More than 100 vendor booths, a performance stage, award-winning bands and rides for kids. 10 am-6 pm. Along Rolando Blvd., between El Cajon Blvd. & Solita Ave.

friday | 23 The Old Globe Presents “American Mariachi.” Don’t miss this heartwarming and hilarious comedy about family, progress

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tuesday | 20 Spring Begins Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego. View this photographic collection of historic, classic and wooden yachts racing and sailing in San Diego, from America’s Cup to historic museum vessels to traditional wooden boats sailed for recreation on the waterfront. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

wednesday | 21 Single Parents Day “Titans of the Ice Age.” See this new 3D film and witness a time when the hunters became the hunted, and where sabertooth cats, dire wolves and cave bears ruled untamed continents. Screening daily; visit website for times and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park.

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Drop-off Drive-in at FUNBelievable Play. Kids can make their own box cars then watch a ‘drive-in’ movie on a giant screen. 5-8 pm. $20 per child. Call for reservations. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www; 619-456-2474.

saturday | 24 Kids’ Days at The Flower Fields. Today, enjoy bubble-making, drumming, woodworking with The Children’s Workshop and more. Also, have a blast with Ronald McDonald, Star Kids Theater, face painting and other activities tomorrow. 9 am-5 pm. Admission: $8-$16. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Cesar Millan Live. The original host of the Dog Whisperer series and star of the Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation series on Nat Geo WILD will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their dogs in this live show. 7:30 pm. $35-$90. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

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Taping Shape 2.0. One of the Fleet Science Center’s most popular exhibitions is back! Explore an extraordinary world of translucent spaces and tunnels made out of hundreds of rolls of packing tape, and investigate the science behind it as you learn about topology, knot theory, geometry, mathematics and more. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Balboa Park.

and the freedom to dream big that will put a bounce in your step with a wave of infectious live music! Tonight until April 29; visit website for schedule. Tickets start at $30. For preteens & up. Balboa Park.

sunday | 25 San Diego Race for Autism Superhero 5K Superheroes wanted! Dust off your cape and join thousands of San Diego heroes for this themed 5K run/walk and 1-mile Family Fun Run. Highlights include an educational resource fair, music and refreshments, kids’ activities and more. March 24, 7:30 am. $25$40. Proceeds support local autism programs, research and treatments, and provides equipment and materials to more than 500 classrooms across the county. 6th & Laurel Aves., Balboa Park.

Mariachi Festival. Sing along to old-time mariachi favorites performed by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernandez, and watch a riveting performance by the Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente dancers. 3 pm. $20-$40. For ages 9 & up. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Bright Futures 5K Run/Walk. Head down to Embarcadero Park South for this familyand pet-friendly event that offers a waterfront course and a 1K Fun Run for kids under 8. All participants will receive a medal at the end of the race. 7:30 am; Kids Fun Run, 8:45 am. Benefits local homeless shelters via Interfaith Community Services. 200 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. FREE Family Discovery Walk. This guided, interactive outing focuses on childhood enrichment and memorable moments in nature. 3-4:30 pm. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos.



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saturday | 24 Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s Bunny Train. Take a train ride with the Easter Bunny and be part of an egg hunt with prizes and treats. Today, tomorrow & March 31, 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. $5-$18. Trains depart from the Campo Depot. 750 Depot St. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Presents Spring EGGstravaganza. Celebrate spring and the changes it brings as you explore animal eggs, make a shark egg craft, see the Scuba Bunny, join an ‘underwater egg hunt’ and more. Today, tomorrow, March 31 & April 1, 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. FREE Standley Park’s Spring Egg Hunt. Plus face painting, arts and crafts, and egg dyeing. 10 am-noon; egg hunt at 10 am. 3585 Governor Dr., San Diego. 858-552-1652.

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EASTER FUN! saturday | 17 Photos with the Easter Bunny at Seaport Village. Flash your best smile beside the Easter Bunny and enjoy free Easter treats. Pets welcome. Today, tomorrow, March 24-31; 11 am-4 pm (March 31, 11 am-3 pm). Photo packages ready in minutes. West Harbor Dr. & Pacific Hwy., downtown San Diego.

thursday | 22 Easter Kid’s Craft & Cooking Class. Chef Leyla will teach children how to use natural ingredients to paint Easter eggs and prepare tasty Easter foods using seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruits. 3-5 pm. $35 per child. Café 21, 2736 Adams Ave., San Diego.

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Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt Hosted by the Vista Optimist Club. Breakfast with games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt (10 am) for ages 11 & under. 7:30-11 am. $5. 600 Optimist Way, Vista. 760-598-5907. FREE Egg Hunt & Bunny Photos in Linda Vista. 10 am-noon. Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St. 858-573-1392. Bunny Train at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. The Easter Bunny will hop through the train and greet each child with a special treat. Children can decorate baskets then follow a treasure map to find eggs and goodies. Today & tomorrow, 11 am-4 pm. $10-$15. 2201 South A St., Perris. FREE Spring Egg Hunt at Adams Recreation Center. 1-3 pm. Bring a basket. 3491 Adams Ave., San Diego. 619-235-1149. FREE Easter Surprises at Paseo del Rey Church. Children, toddlers through first grade students, enjoy an egg hunt, story time, a craft, games, snacks and face painting. 9:3011:30 am. Children older than 6 are welcome to participate with their younger siblings. 900 Paseo del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-421-7733. FREE Eggs & Goodies at Pacific Beach Recreation Center. Egg hunts plus delightful activities. 11 am-2 pm. 1405 Diamond St. For details, call 858-581-9927.

sunday | 25 Spring Eggstravaganza in Santee. Continuous egg hunts for ages 8 & under, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, carnival rides, bunny photos, food and more. 9 am-3 pm. Ride/activity tickets $1 each (cash only). Santee Lakes, Lake 5, 9310 Fanita Pkwy. FREE Easter Treasure Hunt & Easter Bunny Photos. Children, ages 3-12, can pick up a treasure map at the registration area, and have it stamped at various restaurants to receive a treat bag. Noon-2 pm. Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos.

saturday | 31 FREE Children’s Spring Festival & Egg Hunt in Solana Beach. The egg hunt for grades 3 & under starts at 10:30 am, followed by games and refreshments from 10:45 amnoon. Please bring a basket. La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave. EGGstravaganza Spring Festival in Carlsbad. Join an egg scramble where kids race to collect candy-filled eggs. There will be a noncompetitive field for young children and kids with special needs. Also, face painting, cookie decorating, crafts and fun zones. 10 am-1 pm. Activity cards/unlimited Fun Zone wristbands $5. Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Park. FREE Spring Egg Hunt in Encinitas with 20,000 eggs! New additions this year include two live shows (10:30 & 11:15 am) and free kids’ activities. 10 am-noon. Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr. Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt in Fallbrook. A bunny visit, egg hunts by age group, contests and games. Breakfast, 8-10 am; egg hunt, 10-11 am. $5 for breakfast; egg hunt is free. Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane.; 760-728-1671. FREE City of Oceanside Easter Egg Hunt. Also featuring a magic show, a fire engine display and food vendors. 10 am-1 pm; egg hunt, 10 am. Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd. Spring Party with Bunny. Decorate your own bunny ears, visit a petting zoo, plant a spring flower, meet a gentle bunny and join

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La Jolla Egg Hunt. Plus crafts, photos with Peter Rabbit, goodie bags and more. 10 amnoon. Egg hunt is free; $5 for other activities. For ages 12 & under. La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. 858-552-1658. FREE Eggs, Eggs, Eggs at Willie Henderson Sports Complex. Also, jumps, petting zoo and photo booth. 10 am-1 pm. 1035 S. 45th St., San Diego. 619-527-3407.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Eggstravaganza in Coronado. Breakfast with crafts, egg hunt, goodie bags and more. 9 am. $9-$11; pre-registration required. Don’t miss egg hunts, Easter Bunny visits and a life-sized Candyland game from 1-3:30 pm. Egg hunts free. Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. 619-522-7342.

FREE Carmel Valley Spring Egg Hunt plus crafts and prizes, jumps and bunny photos. 1011:30 am; egg hunt starts at 10 am sharp. For ages 12 & under. Carmel Valley Community Park, 3777 Townsgate Dr. 858-552-1616.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Come to the Kroc Center athletic field for egg hunts, Easter Bunny photos, games and candy. 10 am-1 pm. $1 per person. For ages 11 & under. 6845 University Ave., San Diego.



FREE Torrey Hills Egg Hunt. Also, crafts, jumps, face painting and music. 9-11 am. Torrey Hills Community Park, 4262 Calle Mejillones, San Diego. For egg hunt times, call 858-552-1687.

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sunday | April 1 Belmont Park’s Easter Bash. Join an egg hunt on the beach (9 am-12:30 pm; register online; $5) with 12,000 treat-filled eggs, as well as the free park egg hunt at 1 pm. Enjoy brunch at Draft from 9 am-3 pm, and have a great time with the Easter Bunny at the food court area from 2-4 pm. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego.

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monday | 26 Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage. The San Diego Natural History Museum holds 8 million specimens – animals, plants, fossils, insects and spiders, minerals and gems – in storage areas underground and behind gallery walls. Take a rare peek in this extraordinary exhibit! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Balboa Park.

tuesday | 27 Children’s Nature Retreat. Encounter more than 100 domesticated livestock from around the globe and see interactive presentations at this serene, ranch-style retreat. Open daily; visit website for hours and to book your visit. $15-$25; under 2 free. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine.

wednesday | 28 FREE 1st Marine Division Band’s Annual Concert. Catch this annual performance by Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians. Tonight & tomorrow, 7 pm. Tickets required; visit website for reservations. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.; 800-988-4253.


Tidepooling Adventure. See March 17.

thursday | 29 Welcome Aboard the USS Midway Museum. Bring the whole family to view more than 60 exhibits throughout this historic aircraft carrier as well as 29 restored aircraft. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. $8-$21 (if purchased online); under 5 free. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.








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Xanadu 7D Theater at Belmont Park. This interactive, multiplayer gaming adventure lets you feel the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game all in one! Open daily; visit website for hours and fees. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego.  San Diego Gulls Home Games. See March 2.


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saturday | 31 FREE Watch a Movie Under the Stars on Del Beach. See March 17.

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Best Kids’ Birthday Party The Old Globe Presents “American Mariachi.” See March 23.

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saturdays/sundays Young Scientists: Energy Everywhere. A hands-on preschool science program for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Classes meet on Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, 9-10 am. Also, Sundays, 11 am-noon. Next session starts March 1. $85 per session. Preregistration required. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

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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. Ride the Golden State in Campo. Revel in the rugged backcountry scenery of San Diego County on this one-hour train ride on the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway. Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. $9$18; under 3 free. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St.

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FREE Weekend Concert Series at Coronado Ferry Landing. Sundays, 1-4 pm. 1201 1st St. at B Ave. www FREE Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11 am. Visitor Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos.

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mondays FREE STEAM Monday. Discover science, technology, engineering, art and math at this event for grades 1-5. 3:30 pm. Poway Branch Library, 13137 Poway Rd.

tuesdays 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

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Calendar • March wednesdays 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.


FREE Toddler Yoga. Stretch and play story time for little ones. Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Please bring your own yoga mat. Children must be accompanied by a parent or a caregiver. Cardiff-by-the-Sea Branch Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. FREE Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. See Saturdays/Sundays.

thursdays FREE Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary. Explore natural and cultural history, estuarine ecology, plants, wildlife and more. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. For ages 7-12. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. FREE Preschool STEAM Story Time. Kids, ages 3-5, listen to tales and songs as they learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 am. Lakeside Branch Library, 9839 Vine St. Young Scientists: Energy Everywhere. See Saturdays/Sundays.




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ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time. Features music, movement and social play. Fridays, 10-11 am. Free with museum admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego.

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Spring has arrived in San Diego! Gardening, STEM, Camps and Easter Activities!