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Where to Stay


What to Do


Where to Eat


How to Get Around



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North County Coastal Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad • Del Mar Encinitas • Oceanside Solana Beach


North County Inland Borrego Springs Escondido • Fallbrook Julian • Mt. Palomar Poway • Ramona San Marcos Valley Center • Vista


San Diego Coastal Coronado • La Jolla Mission Bay Mission Beach Ocean Beach Pacific Beach Point Loma

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Clairemont • College Area Kearny Mesa/Serra Mesa/ Linda Vista Mission Hills • Mira Mesa Mission Valley • Old Town San Carlos/Del Cerro Scripps Ranch Sports Arena

Alpine • Campo El Cajon Lakeside/Flinn Springs La Mesa • Santee

San Diego Central

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South Bay Bonita • Chula Vista Imperial Beach National City

Out & About

With Kids!

Welcome to San Diego Family’s new Out & About with Kids

2018/2019 – Volume 20 Publisher/Editor in Chief Sharon Bay Managing Editor Lisa Gipson Graphic Designer Rik Thiesfeld

San Diego Family’s Out & About with Kids, sponsored by realtor Silvia Vasquez, is for local San Diego families AND for people visiting San Diego with kids. To local family readers—Enjoy San Diego as a tourist! Get a hotel for a weekend, eat out and go to some fun places in the area, as if you were on vacation. To families who are visiting San Diego—Welcome to America’s Finest City! San Diego has so much to offer in the way of FUN! Check out things to do, places to stay, kid-friendly restaurants and more. With great weather, there’s something fun to do all year long. Use the San Diego County map on page 4 to acclimate yourself to the area, then turn to each neighborhood (North County Coastal, North County Inland, San Diego Coastal, San Diego Central, East County and South Bay) to discover things to do in each area. Enjoy this publication every day of the year While you’re exploring San Diego, let us know where you are by using #sdoutandabout on Instagram.

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Contributing Writers Anne Malinoski, Lisa Pawlak Editorial Assistant Adrienne Sigeti Proofreader Gina Petrone Cover Photography All Colors Photography On the Cover The Birtsas Family of Rancho Santa Fe Advertising/Marketing Representatives Tony Andrews 619-685-6977 tony2018@SanDiegoFamily.com Point Loma, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, North County Coastal Giovanni Baldan 619-685-6987 giovanni@SanDiegoFamily.com South Bay, San Diego Downtown, Uptown Nicole Maggio 619-685-6971 nicole@SanDiegoFamily.com North County Inland (includes Scripps Ranch) 619-685-6970 family@SanDiegoFamily.com Clairemont, Linda Vista, Mission Valley North, Mira Mesa, East County Main Office 1475 Sixth Avenue, 5th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101 619-685-6970 family@sandiegofamily.com This magazine for San Diego County families is published annually by San Diego Family Magazine LLC. Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.

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Photo courtesy of Omni La Costa Resort

Where to Stay From upscale oceanfront resorts

to cozy mountaintop cabins, the greater San Diego area offers a wide variety of family-friendly lodging. Find plenty of hotels and motels near the beach and inland; private home rentals throughout the region through Airbnb and VRBO; and an array of coastal and alpine tent or cabin camping options. There’s even “Hotel Circle”, a collection of reasonably priced accommodations, centrally located in Mission Valley.

If your family is seeking onsite, water-based fun, check out historic oceanfront Hotel del Coronado, the spectacular sunsets and beach aquatics center of La Jolla Shores Hotel, or the eight separate pools and waterslides of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. If resorts aren’t your style, reserve a campsite at San Elijo or South Carlsbad State Beaches – both campgrounds are located on gorgeous coastal bluffs overlooking sandy beaches (there’s even Wi-Fi). RV campers might enjoy Campland on the Bay, an urban campground with excellent access to water sports activities, or San Diego Metro KOA, which has RV sites and cabins. You won’t go wrong with a themed room at one of LEGOLAND’s hotels, including their newly opened Castle Hotel. Your little pirate or princess will love the fun décor and treasure hunt to unlock your room’s private chest; you’ll love how well they sleep at night. Prefer something more off-the-beaten path? Head further inland—in winter, you might even find snow in the Laguna Mountains. Or, check out the charming town of Julian, located in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Some lovely bed and breakfasts welcome families and the area offers abundant access to nature’s tranquility. #sdoutandabout • SanDiegoFamily.com •


What to Do San Diego offers something for everyone to enjoy—from major tourist attractions and gorgeous sandy beaches to world-class museums and eclectic culinary experiences. While you won’t want to miss local favorites like SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, and LEGOLAND, the fun doesn’t stop there! Spend some time in, on and around the water where you can soak in both the area’s beauty and coastal culture. Your family will enjoy relaxing on the beaches of La Jolla Shores or Coronado, whale watching on a day cruise, walking along Mission Beach’s dynamic boardwalk, watching hang-gliders at Torrey Pines Gliderport, kayaking through La Jolla caves, surfing in Pacific Beach, joining a beach bonfire and experiencing watersports adventures on Mission Bay. Take pleasure in an afternoon at one of our beautiful parks; many offer playgrounds, skate

parks and aquatics centers. Within Balboa Park, experience excellent museums such as the Fleet Science Center, performing arts venues and more. Enjoy nature year round; Torrey Pines State Reserve is the perfect site for a scenic, coastal walk. Further inland, the Mt. Woodson hiking trail offers a unique family photo opportunity and Anza-Borrego State Park boasts amazing desert wildflower blooms. The region’s rich maritime history can be observed with a visit to Navy Pier’s USS Midway or the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Cabrillo National Monument offers excellent views of San Diego Bay and naval ships; time your visit to include tide pool explorations. Learn more about tidepooling in San Diego at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/ things-to-do/out-about/1726. Don’t miss a Padres game, riding the Old Town Trolley, eating apple pie in Julian and watching a sunset at breathtaking Sunset Cliffs.

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COME CURIOUS, LEAVE INSPIRED. Looking for fun with a side of science? Get hands-on with interactive exhibits, come face-to-face with exciting creatures, and explore a museum featuring cutting edge research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Take in spectacular ocean views, and don’t miss our outdoor adventures like snorkeling, whale watching, and tidepooling.


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Where to Eat

Photo courtesy of Tony Andrews Photography

Welcome, culinary adventurers! San Diego’s food scene is as diverse as it is delicious. Ours is a buzzing border city, beach town, military hub and cultural melting pot all in one. Those rich identities combine to shape our favorite cuisines—from Coastal Mexican to the Asian offerings of the Convoy District—and don’t forget the craft beer. Warm up your OpenTable App; let’s make some reservations! First, the basics: Every neighborhood boasts dozens of eateries that celebrate our devotion to fresh, zesty Mexican flavors. Visitors should begin with the quintessential San Diegan dish: The creamy, crunchy, fabulous fish taco. Taste the original at our homegrown chain, Rubio’s or experience an elevated version (with ocean views) at Mitch’s in Point Loma. Speaking of iconic dishes, the French-fry laden California burrito is just as essential. Not sure where to go? Calm your hungry nerves, because every taco shop in town makes a good one. Multicultural influences shine in Little Italy and The Convoy District. The former is a

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walkable, downtown neighborhood, perfect for romantic gnocchi dinners or gelato with friends. The latter is your best bet for swooninducing bao buns, ramen and Boba in a strip mall setting. Both areas are bustling at mealtimes, with limited parking options. So, plan to dine early with little kids. For family-friendly spots and great parking, don’t miss our most recent gastronomical development—Liberty Station. The converted Naval Training Center in Point Loma boasts wide grassy spaces, a food hall, and a favorite kid-friendly restaurant, Officine Buona Forchetta—a laid back spot for authentic Naples-style pizza with an outdoor playground onsite. For the absolute trendiest eateries in town, head to North Park. Station Tavern and Waypoint Public offer play areas for little kids and exceptional craft beer selections. Visit www.SanDiegoFamily.com for more restaurants with play spaces and a list of kids-eat-free days around the county.

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Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen offers a farm-to-table approach to casual dining with an emphasis on family friendly dining. Landon’s offers on-site childcare for parents who choose to dine without children, but keep them close. Fresh, seasonal foods are offered at reasonable prices. @LandonsGourmetKitchen LandonsGourmetKitchen.com Located in Old Restaurant Row

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How to Get Around

The trolley is free for kids under 12 on weekends (up to two per paying adult). Photo courtesy of Tony Andrews Photography

Getting around our sprawling city can be

daunting for those who lack the know-how. But don’t reach for the car keys yet! It’s fun and easy to explore San Diego with the help of public transit and a few app-based ride services. San Diego’s iconic red Trolley connects east and south counties to downtown. Kids flip for this unique view of the city. Departures are frequent, so little ones won’t get antsy. Hop on when you’re heading somewhere crowded like Petco Park, Seaport Village or Little Italy. The trolley drops passengers within walking distance of major attractions—places where parking would be a headache for motorists. For rail service to North County, check out the Coaster, which offers eight stops between downtown and Oceanside. The Coaster connects to all Trolley lines at the downtown Santa Fe Depot, and both systems offer multiple connections to city buses. Need to get a little closer to your destination? In addition to popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, San Diego is one of the few cities served by FRED—Free Ride Everywhere Downtown.

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This fleet of electric shuttles offers pickups and drop-offs anywhere within the downtown area—no charge. The service is funded by corporate sponsors, so riders might enjoy a product sample or demonstration along the way. Download The Free Ride app to learn more and schedule a pickup. Note that the service is on a space available basis. Dockless bikes and scooters are a great option for people who are socially conscious, want to get some exercise or see the city from a different perspective. Find them on street corners around town and be respectful of where you leave them (make it easy for the next person and keep San Diego’s neighborhoods happy). Download the app from LimeBike (only company that offers electric bikes), Ofo, Mobike or Bird (scooters only) for more information. For peaceful bay breezes and stunning views, board the Coronado Ferry from downtown. This 15-minute sail disembarks at the charming Coronado Ferry Landing, where restaurants, shopping and adventure rentals await. Happy traveling!

SAN DIEGO COUNTY Wanna live like the locals? This is a great place to start! Whether you’re visiting San Diego for the first time or have lived here all your life, take time to get to know San Diego’s diverse, exciting neighborhoods. Each has its own vibe and tons to explore for families. Use the map (page 4) to acclimate yourself to the area, then use the next section to discover highlights in each neighborhood (North County Coastal, North County Inland, San Diego Coastal, San Diego Central, East County and South Bay). Get the family together, highlight what sounds fun and plan your days around specific areas of town. Locals keep this publication as a year-long bucket list of San Diego adventures to plan weekends and staycations. Don’t miss San Diego’s best farmers market and unique outdoor shopping experience every Saturday in Little Italy (downtown), fascinating naval history aboard the USS Midway, intimate animal encounters at the Children’s Nature Retreat in East County and our list of hidden gems for families on page 33. Pick up this month’s issue of San Diego Family Magazine for an awesome calendar of family events or visit www.SanDiegoFamily.com. Got an evening without kids? Have a date night in downtown’s hoppin’ Gaslamp Quarter or read “San Diego Date Nights on the Water” at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/things-to-do/out-about/1898 for more ideas. Fabulous photo ops abound in San Diego! While you’re out exploring, share your photos with us by using #sdoutandabout on Instagram.


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North County Coastal Cardiff-by-the-Sea • Carlsbad • Del Mar Encinitas • Oceanside • Solana Beach

Photos courtesy of Tina Horn

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Cardiff State Beach Tide Pools One mile south of Cardiff on Pacific Coast Hwy. 760-633-2740 See different sea life every time you visit! Come during low tide for best viewing; look for fossil clams embedded in the sedimentary rocks. Located by the bluffs, near the south end of the parking lot. Find tips for tidepooling at www.SanDiegoFamily. com/things-to-do/out-about/1727. San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve & Nature Center 2710 Manchester Ave. 760-634-3026 www.sanelijo.org Focused on conservation education and habitat restoration, this nonprofit nature center offers a stroller-friendly trail, family fun days, and Discovery or Conservation tours. Explore the region’s flora and fauna; check trail map for closures due to current restoration project.

VG Donut & Bakery 106 Aberdeen Dr. 760-753-2400 www.vgbakery.com VG stands for “very good” at this full-service bakery known for delicious donuts baked fresh twice daily. Line up early to get your favorites and don’t miss the Donut of the Month!

Carlsbad www.carlsbadca.gov Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve 7380 Gabbiano Ln. 760-931-0800 www.batiquitosfoundation.org Enjoy a stroller-friendly 2-mile nature walk through tidal wetlands and nature preserve. Leashed dogs allowed. Visit the nature center, bring your fishing pole, and don’t forget your binoculars for some excellent bird-viewing.

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Carlsbad Lagoon 4215 Harrison St. 760-434-3089 www.carlsbadlagoon.com Pack a family picnic and plan to spend an adventurous, aquaticsbased day at this beautiful lagoon. Rent your choice of waverunners, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, pontoons, aqua cycles or paddle boats. Carlsbad Premium Outlets 5620 Paseo del Norte 760-804-9000 www.premiumoutlets.com/carlsbad Shop until you drop at this lively outlet center. Along with plenty of brand name deals, you’ll also find a wide range of eateries and fun activities for the kids—including a little train ride! PlayWerx 6060 Avenida Encinas 760-804-1600 www.playwerx.com Experience drop-in fun for all ages at this indoor, mega-play structure

facility. Socks required for participants. Offers gourmet, organic coffee so parents can comfortably relax on leather sofas while the kids play. LEGOLAND California/SEA LIFE Aquarium One Legoland Dr. 760-918-5346; 877-376-5346 www.legoland.com/california www.visitsealife.com/california Don’t miss this family favorite, LEGO-themed park that includes kidfriendly rides, shows and attractions. New this year: LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, Sea at Night exhibit at the aquarium, and LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure (opens Summer 2018). Multi-day discounts available. Museum of Making Music 5790 Armada Dr. 760-438-5996 www.museumofmakingmusic.org Celebrate music while learning about the music industry. Galleries display instruments, feature audio and video clips, and offer hands-on opportunities to play a variety of instruments. Closed Mondays and major holidays. NEW! - Hello Kitty Obstacle Course

Del Mar www.delmar.ca.us Cinépolis 12905 El Camino Real 858-794-4045 www.cinepolisusa.com/del-mar.aspx This luxury movie theater offers a unique cinematic experience that your family won’t soon forget. Each theater has reclining leather chairs, at-your-seat wait service, and gourmet food and drinks. Don’t miss the Nutella crepes! Del Mar Beach/Powerhouse Park 1658 Coast Blvd. 858-755-1556 www.delmar.ca.us/203/BeachesParks A breathtaking coastal park overlooks Del Mar’s favorite beach. Enjoy fantastic views, a large grassy area, playground, public restrooms and outdoor showers. Family-friendly summer concerts are a must! Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-755-1161 www.delmarfairgrounds.com There’s always something happening

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at the fairgrounds! Experience the annual San Diego County Fair, a variety of horse shows and races, along with agricultural, community, educational and entertainment events throughout the year. Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-481-3148 www.freeflightbirds.org Visit this distinctive sanctuary that shelters, nurtures and re-socializes exotic birds. Get up close or directly interact with these gorgeous creatures for some human-bird bonding. Panorama Balloon Tours 2683 Via De La Valle 625G 800-455-3592; 760-271-3467
 www.gohotair.com/delmar.php For an unforgettable experience, book a sunset balloon flight for the whole family. Soar above beautiful coastal communities while enjoying spectacular views, appetizers and drinks. Pelly’s Mini Golf 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-481-0363 www.delmargolfcenter.com/pages/ pellys-mini-golf Play 18 holes of mini-golf on one of

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two themed courses: Pelly’s Ocean Adventure or Surfin’ Safari. Birthday parties and group events offered; discounted military rates available. Pigtails & Crewcuts 2650 Via de La Valle, Ste. C-150 858-481-5437 www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/ del-mar Closed Tues. See Chula Vista listing. San Dieguito County Park 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. 858-755-2386 www.sandiegocounty.gov/parks/ picnic/sandieguito.html This hidden gem, surrounded by eucalyptus groves, has hiking trails, grassy lawns, playgrounds, exercise stations, basketball, picnic areas and more. Home to Miracle Field baseball field, an accessible field for young athletes with special needs.

Encinitas www.encinitasca.gov Cottonwood Creek Park 95 N. Vulcan Ave. 760-633-2740 Spend the afternoon at this relaxing park that offers unique play structures, grassy lawns, picnic areas, creekside trails, and tennis and basketball courts. Afterwards, walk to nearby restaurants and shops in the downtown area. The Crack Shack 407 Encinitas Blvd 760-230-2968 www.crack-shack.com This casual, open-air restaurant is a great lunch or dinner spot for the entire family. Best known for tasty gourmet fried chicken, kids love the food and fun, outdoor games. Make sure to order the Schmaltz fries! Encinitas Community Park 425 Santa Fe Dr. 760-633-2740 This large, recently developed park has sports fields, a skate park, walking paths, a popular children’s playground and dog park. Moonlight Beach 400 B St. (west of I-5 on Encinitas Blvd.) 760-633-2740 Encinitas’ crown jewel, this gorgeous beach has it all: swim, surf, sand, children’s playground, snack bar, volleyball courts, fire pits, year round lifeguards and more. Free parking lot.

San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Dr. 760-436-3036 www.sdbgarden.org Connect with plants and animals from around the world. Kids love the tree house and Children’s Garden; everyone loves Family Fun Nights, the annual Chocolate Festival (May), Insect and Lady Bug festival (July), and Garden of Lights (December). San Dieguito Heritage Museum 450 Quail Gardens Dr. 760-632-9711 www.sdheritage.org Explore local history, music, and art as this museum celebrates 30 years of exhibits. Check calendar for family events such as Families Make History art projects. Open 12-4pm, Thurs-Sun. Swami’s Beach 1298 S. Coast Hwy. 101 760-633-2740 Enjoy spectacular cliff-top coastal views, a grassy area for picnics, worldclass surfers, and a great stretch of sand for a family walk. Parking lot has stairs down to the beach.

Oceanside www.ci.oceanside.ca.us Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center 2202 S. Coast Hwy. 760-439-2473 www.bvaudubon.org/nature-center Explore interactive exhibits, visit the bird-viewing deck and walk along the nature trail. Use the smartphonebased mapping program to identify native plants, habitats and key features. Located next to the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Closed Mondays. California Surf Museum 312 Pier View Way 760-721-6876 www.surfmuseum.org This museum celebrates surfboards, surfers, and shapers while chronicling the sport of surfing through both permanent and special exhibits. Don’t miss the cute gift shop and ‘Secret Spot’ out back. Guajome County Park 3000 Guajome Lake Rd. 760-724-4489 It’s easy to pass a relaxing day (or weekend) at this lovely regional park. Take pleasure in the walking trails, campsites, playgrounds and lake. Bring bread to feed the ducks. Parking fee required.

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iFly Indoor Skydiving 3178 Vista Way 760-606-4359 www.iflyworld.com Prepare to be blown away as your dreams of flight become reality. Vertical wind tunnels simulate the thrill of skydiving in a safe, familyfriendly environment. Age 3+. Also has Mission Valley location. Oceanside Pier The Strand N. The perfect spot for a leisurely sunset stroll. Admire beautiful views of the Pacific, watch surfers catch a wave, or grab a burger and milkshake at the iconic Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier. Old Mission San Luis Rey 4050 Mission Ave. 760-757-3651 www.sanluisrey.org Self tour the historic church, interpretive museum, cemetery and gardens. This “King of the Missions” is the largest of California’s 21 missions. A retreat center is also available. Check online calendar for special events. Open daily; kids under 5 free. Wheel Fun Rentals 300 North The Strand 760-828-0166 www.wheelfunrentals.com/ locations/oceanside Rent bikes and specialty cycles, experience ocean views and vibrant local culture with a self-guided bike tour. Or, experience land views (from the water) on a stand-up paddle board.

Solana Beach www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us Fletcher Cove Park 111 S. Sierra Ave. This gorgeous community beach park offers fantastic ocean views, picnic areas, a playground, basketball, and a nearby café. Walking distance to the Cedros Design District. Tide Beach Park 302 Solana Vista Dr. 858-720-4441 A hidden gem, families love the lack of crowds, fun tide pools, surfing, snorkeling, swimming and bodyboarding. Home to Table Tops surf break. Lifeguards during summer only; no restrooms.


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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 200 Palm Canyon Dr. 760-767-4205 www.abdsp.org This rugged, desert landscape is excellent for hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Don’t miss spring wildflower blooms and evening star gazing; Anza-Borrego is a designated International Dark Sky Park. Be prepared for high temperatures in summer. Visitor center open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve 8833 Harmony Grove Rd. 760-632-4212 https://elfinforest.olivenhain.com Enjoy native plants and wildlife at this wonderful natural resource. Eleven miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Interpretive center and guided nature walks available.

Borrego Night Sky Tours 760-767-3656 www.borregonightskytours.com Explore the clear, dark night skies over Anza-Borrego. Celestial tour guides direct your gazing to stars, planets, nebulae, satellites and distant galaxies. Suitable for ages 9 and up.

The Grand Tea Room 145 W. Grand Ave. 760-233-9500 www.thegrandtearoom.com Full-service, traditional tea room and gift shop. Menu offers a variety of options, including a Children’s Tea for ages 10 and under. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Grape Day Park 321 N. Broadway 760-743-8207 www.escondido.org/grape-daypark.aspx

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Community events abound at the oldest park in the city. A working barn, railroad depot, blacksmith shop, and other historical buildings and museums offer plenty to explore. Kids will love Vinehenge, an interactive public art project. Kit Carson Park 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy. 760-839-4691 www.escondido.org/kit-carson-park.aspx This park has 100 developed acres and 185 acres of natural habitat. Amenities include walking trails, arboretum, playground, ponds and picnic areas. A huge sports center offers a skate park, athletic fields, courts and arenas. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum 320 N. Broadway 760-233-7755 www.sdcdm.org Explore, imagine, and experiment at this indoor/outdoor discovery space. Daily activities include storytime, Outdoor Art Studio, Garden

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Workshop, and a Chicken Meet & Greet. Hands-on stations provide an introduction to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math). Open daily.

Fallbrook www.fallbrook.org Live Oak County Park 2746 Reche Rd. 760-728-2303 www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/ en/park-pages/LiveOak.html A great spot for a picnic, walk, or group activity such as a birthday party. This lovely park has playgrounds, sports fields and courts, an amphitheater, and an offleash dog area. Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens 2940 Reche Rd. 760-728-5340 www.discovermyrtlecreek.com Wander around the gardens under live oaks and through colorful floral and plant displays; then grab a farm-fresh lunch at Café Bloom.

Check calendar for tours, fairs and seasonal events. Kids won’t want to miss fairy garden workshops at the new “Curious Garden.”


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Blue Sky Ecological Reserve 16275 Espola Rd. 858-668-4781 www.blueskyreserve.org Take a nature walk through this gorgeous oak-lined canyon, surrounded by coastal sage and chaparral covered hills. Enjoy spring wildflower blooms and check the calendar for guided hikes and special events.

Palomar Mountain State Park 19952 State Park Dr. 760-742-3462 www.palomarsp.org Head to the mountains and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This is the perfect spot for hiking, fishing and camping. Also offers rich natural and cultural history, guided nature walks and campfire programs. Palomar Observatory 35899 Canfield Rd. 760-742-2119 www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar This mountain-top observatory is home to Caltech’s astronomical research program and 200-inch Hale telescope. Visitor Center contains a gift shop and ticket counter for guided tours. Check for road closures in winter.

Julian - A favorite day trip for San Diegans! www.visitjulian.com Julian is known for small town charm, apple pie and gold mining adventures. On the way, stop in Santa Ysabel for fresh bread at Dudley’s Famous Bakery and have lunch at Wynola Pizza & Bistro. Eagle and High Peak Mine 2320 C St.; 760-315-5533 www.theeaglemining.com Preserve California’s history by taking a tour of an old-fashioned gold mine. Pan for gold, check out related tools and machinery, and explore 1,000 feet of underground tunnels.

Julian Pie Company 2225 Main St.; 760-765-2449 www.julianpie.com This cozy little bakery rightly claims to be “As American as apple pie.” Enjoy over 20 mouth-watering flavors. Order by the slice, or take a whole pie to go (baked or unbaked). Also try the Apple Cider Donuts and Apple Memories!

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures 4425 Hwy. 78; 951-847-1904 www.fortcross.com No trip to Julian is complete without a stop at this family-owned and operated outdoor education gem. Fort Cross offers living history events, hands-on activities, overnight camping, field trips and more.

Lake Cuyamaca 15027 Hwy 79; 760-765-0515 www.lakecuyamaca.org This picturesque, 110-acre lake is surrounded by wilderness and pristine views. Enjoy hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing. The lake is stocked with trout all year. Tent and cabin camping available.

Julian Mining Company 4444 Hwy. 78; 951-313-0166 www.julianminingcompany.com Kids have a blast gem sluicing, gold panning, visiting the petting zoo, and learning to throw a tomahawk. Seasonal U-pick agriculture is also available. Open weekends only.

Moms Pies 2119 Main St.; 760-765-2472 www.momspiesjulian.com This sweet spot always has a line, selling a variety of homemade pies, pies by the slice, apple dumplings, and other bakery items and confections. Also in Wynola.

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Hamburger Factory 14122 Midland Rd. 858-486-4575 www.hamburgerfactory.com Best known for signature hamburgers and Old West motif, this family-friendly restaurant is also popular for breakfast. Don’t miss the “world’s tiniest” to “world’s largest” sundaes for dessert! Located in Old Poway Park; kids under 10 eat free Tuesday nights. Iron Mountain Trail Poway Rd. & Hwy. 67 One of the most popular hikes in San Diego, the moderate 5.2 mile trek offers great views up top. Arrive early to find parking and bring lots of water —there’s no shade. Lake Poway 14644 Lake Poway Rd. 858-668-4772 www.poway.org/lakepoway Outdoor activities abound in this wonderful recreational area. Experience boating and fishing (Wed.–Sun.), hike the surrounding mountains, try your hand at archery, or relax at one of the picnic areas. Parking fee for non-Poway residents. Old Poway Park 14134 Midland Rd. 858-668-4576 www.poway.org/oldpowaypark There’s a lot to discover at this historical park and cultural hub, including a craft market, farmers market, historical tours, the Heritage Museum and Nelson House. Kids love eating at Hamburger Factory and riding the antique train.

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This nonprofit preserves and displays historic helicopters and vintage rotorcraft. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Guy B. Woodward Museum 645 Main St. 760-789-7644 www.woodwardmuseum.net Travel back to the Old West in downtown Ramona. This historical re-creation of a town includes a cowboy bunkhouse, blacksmith shop and post office. Pioneer wagons and an early fire truck also on display.

San Marcos www.san-marcos.net Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen 1020 W. San Marcos Blvd 760-509-2287 www.landonsgourmetkitchen.com Landon’s provides guests with a casual farm-to-table dining experience with—get this—onsite childcare! Landon’s supervised playroom entertains kids for a nominal fee while parents enjoy a relaxing meal.

Valley Center www.vcchamber.com Bates Nut Farm 
 15954 Woods Valley Rd. 760-749-3333 www.batesnutfarm.biz It all started with walnuts, but this nut farm has become so much more! Visit the retail stores (don’t miss the wide candy selection!) and friendly farm zoo. Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic. Check online calendar for lively seasonal events. Valley Center History Museum 29200 Cole Grade Rd. 760-749-2993 www.vchistory.org Even small towns offer a rich, interesting history. Locally focused exhibits include California Grizzly Bear, World’s Smallest Post Office and Gold Rush. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Vista www.cityofvista.com Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 1270 Vale Terrace Dr.

760-945-3945 www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org This beautiful hilltop garden features the Children’s Bugs, Birds and Butterfly Garden which offers interactive play, music and a human sundial. Altitude Trampoline Park 1928 Hacienda Dr. 760-842-5142 www.altitudevista.com This brand new indoor jump park offers over 18,000 square feet of fun including indoor trampolines, foam pit, rock climbing wall, Trampoline Basketball, Extreme Dodgeball and more. Little ones enjoy the Kids Court, a monitored play space for toddlers. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave. 760-941-1791 www.agsem.com Take a self-guided tour and learn all about the history of farm equipment and engines. Kids will especially appreciate the extensive model railroad displays. This nonprofit offers exhibits, demonstrations, activities and events. Closed on rainy days.

Love animals? Here are 4 Popular Spots for Animal Encounters in North County Inland California Wolf Center KQ Ranch Rd., off Hwy. 79 (4 miles south of Julian) 760-765-0030; www.californiawolfcenter.org Reserve a tour to meet the wolves at this conservation, education and research center. Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Hwy. 78, Ramona 760-787-0983; www.cameldairy.com Ride a camel and shop for camel milk soap! Open one weekend each month; private tours available.


San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido 760-747-8702; www.sdzsafaripark.org Take a safari adventure via African tram, caravan, jeep or zipline; walk through animal exhibits; experience close-up animal encounters. Don’t miss the daily cheetah run. Wild Wonders Bonsall 760-630-9230; www.wildwonders.org Focused on conservation education, this facility is home to over 120 animals from around the world. Ask about Summer Zoo Camp.

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Coronado www.coronado.ca.us Coronado Tidelands Park 2000 Mullinex Dr. 619-522-7342 www.portofsandiego.org/coronadotidelands-park.html This waterfront park, located near Coronado Bridge, has outstanding bay and city views. Go for a stroll, ride a bike, visit the skate park or playground, or fly a kite. Don’t miss watching the airplanes take off and land! Coronado Ferry Landing 1201 First Ave. 619-435-8895 www.coronadoferrylandingshops.com Fantastic skyline views of San Diego! This picturesque area offers shopping, dining, activities and events. Take the ferry from one of two downtown locations, or drive. Make memories by renting bikes or kayaks. Farmers market on Tuesdays.

Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave. 619-435-6611; 800-468-3533 www.hoteldel.com Everyone loves this award-winning, beachfront resort. Offers plenty to do for daytime visitors: surf, sand and sun; dining, shopping and events; spa and salon; movies on the beach and more. Experience a unique, ocean front ice-skating rink in winter.

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Children’s Pool 850 Coast Blvd., end of Jenner St. 619-221-8899 This small, picturesque beach area is partially protected by a sea wall and staffed by San Diego lifeguards, making it an ideal hangout for young families. The beach has become a popular viewing area for seals and sea lions, though it is closed during pupping season, Dec. 15-May 15. Pets are not allowed at the children’s pool.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps 2300 Expedition Way 858-534-3474 www.aquarium.ucsd.edu This interactive aquarium overlooks the Pacific Ocean and houses more than 60 stunning habitats. An onsite oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps oceanography scientists. Check the website for tide pool feedings and events like SEA Days. Aquarium open daily.

Everyday California 2261 Avenida de la Playa 858-454-6195 http://adventure.everydaycalifornia.com Experience San Diego’s iconic coastline and marine creatures while practicing exciting watersports. This company provides equipment rentals and guided tours for stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking (ages 6+) or snorkeling (10+). Whale watching tours available Dec.-March.

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La Jolla Cove Along Coast Blvd. 619-221-8899 Nestled between beautiful sandstone cliffs, this small-surf beach is great for swimmers, scuba divers and snorkelers. The cove is part of La Jolla’s underwater ecological reserve, which ensures that marine life remains plentiful. Fishing and pets are prohibited. La Jolla Shores Beach and Kellogg Park 8200 Camino del Oro 619-235-1169 This popular park offers a playground and huge grassy space adjacent to a beloved sandy beach. An excellent spot for grilling, peaceful walks on the boardwalk or family beach days. Arrive early to reserve a good spot. Alcohol and pets are prohibited. Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr. 858-459-2314 www.soledadmemorial.com Climb or drive to the top of Mt. Soledad for panoramic ocean views, coastal cities and mountains. This memorial honors veterans living and deceased from all American conflicts, dating back to the Revolutionary War.

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A grassy area is available for picnic lunches. Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Rose Canyon Trail Between Genesee Ave. and La Jolla Colony Dr. 619-525-8213 This easy hike follows the train tracks in University City, and offers lovely canyon views—without leading visitors too far from civilization. Bird lovers enjoy exceptional viewing of raptors, owls and hawks. Park rangers offer interpretive walks. Scripps Coastal Reserve 9300 block of La Jolla Farms Rd., just west of La Jolla Shores Dr. Near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this coastal conservation area boasts 1,000 acres of ocean views. Check out the tide pools and sandy beach or visit the mesa with 400-foot cliffs overlooking the water. Shell Beach Tide Pools 1133 Coast Blvd. 619-235-1169 Crabs, limpets and sea anemones are visible here during very low tides. Lucky visitors might spot seals and sea lions sunning themselves just offshore at Seal Rock.

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Stuart Art Collection at University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr. 858-534-2117 http://stuartcollection.ucsd.edu Explore a collection of modern and thought-provoking art installations on UCSD’s campus. Take a self-guided tour to see site-specific works such as the 24-foot “Bear” sculpture made from oversized granite stones. Sunny Jim Cave and Store 1325 Coast Blvd. South 858-459-0746 www.cavestore.com A man-made tunnel in this gift shop provides access to the beautiful Sunny Jim Cave. Of La Jolla’s seven rock and sandstone caves, this is the only one that can be accessed by land. Torrey Pines Gliderport 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. 858-452-9858 www.flytorrey.com Experience the thrill of paragliding or hang gliding as you enjoy coastal views. Flight school and equipment sales are available. No need for lessons when you book a tandem flight with a certified instructor.

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd. 858-755-2063 www.torreypine.org Choose from six hiking trails to enjoy scenic overlooks and panoramic views of the sandy beach below. The reserve hosts guided nature walks on weekends and holidays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Open daily from 7:15 a.m. to sunset. Accessible trails are available. Windansea Beach 6800 Neptune Pl. 619-221-8899 With its splendid rocky shoreline, this beach makes a great spot for sunbathing and photo sessions. Surfers appreciate the hardbreaking surf, but swimmers should use extreme caution. Restrooms not available.

Mission Bay Action Sport Rentals Multiple locations 619-241-4794 www.actionsportrentals.com Seven locations throughout the county offer rentals for beach and water sports. Choose from a huge selection of water skis, kayaks, sailboats, wave runners, aquacycles, power boats, stand-up paddleboards and paddleboats. Land rentals such as bikes and Segways also available. Crown Point Crown Point Dr., between Ingraham and Lamont 619-525-8213 Perfect for summer gatherings, this waterfront park offers barbecues, picnic tables, a beach and tot lot. Check out the boat launch and basketball courts for more family fun. Lifeguards on duty during summer. Hospitality Point 2500 block of Quivira Way 619-235-1169 This large grassy park boasts views of Mission Bay and the San Diego River. An ideal spot for picnics and parties, plus a path for walking or biking. Parking areas fill fast during summer months, so it’s best to arrive early. Jetpack America 1010 Santa Clara Pl. (at Mission Bay Sports Center) 888-553-6471 www.jetpackamerica.com For the extreme sports enthusiast. Fly over the water in a jetpack or

jetboard. Tandem jetpack flights available for kids as young as 5, when they fly with a certified instructor. Mission Bay Aquatic Center 1001 Santa Clara Pl. 858-488-1000 www.mbaquaticcenter.com This waterfront site offers equipment rentals and private lessons for all your favorite watersports. This is the spot for rowing, sailing, surfing and more. Ask about camps, family lessons and birthday parties. Mission Bay Bike Paths Mission Bay Dr. www.sandiego.org/articles/biking/ bike-path-mission-bay.aspx Cruise past Mission Bay’s public parks on this memorable 12-mile bike path. The path is mostly vehiclefree, making it a great choice for walking, running and skating, too. Plenty of rental shops are nearby. SeaWorld Adventure Park 500 SeaWorld Dr. 800-257-4268 http://seaworldparks.com/en/ seaworld-sandiego A highlight for tourists and locals alike, this engaging and educational theme park offers thrill rides, entertaining shows and animal interactions. Learn about marine animals and the people who care for them. Shamu Stadium is the best spot to watch seasonal fireworks.

Mission Beach Belmont Park 3146 Mission Blvd. 858-228-9283 www.belmontpark.com An amusement park just steps from the beach offering thrill rides, arcade games, laser tag, mini golf and more. Don’t miss the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or a stop at the Dole Whip cart! Hamel’s Surf Shop 704 Ventura Pl. 858-488-5050 Kids love this castle-shaped shop for bike rentals and beach gear. A Mission Beach favorite for more than 25 years. Mission Beach and Boardwalk Ocean Front Walk from Pacific Beach Dr. South 619-221-8899 www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/ beaches/mb.shtml Loved by locals and visitors, this mile-long stretch of sandy beach is home to Belmont Park and a

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paved boardwalk. Enjoy beachfront restaurants, build a sandcastle or take a stroll. Lifeguards on duty. No pets allowed.

Ocean Beach www.oceanbeachsandiego.com Ocean Beach Park 1950 Abbott St. 619-221-8899 www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/ beaches/ob.shtml A wide stretch of beach with volleyball courts and a pier for fishing. The city’s only 24-hour dog beach is located here. Animals may roam off-leash with owner supervision. Ocean Beach Pier and Tide Pools 5099 Niagara Ave. www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/ ocean-beach-pier The longest concrete pier on the west coast, this is a favorite spot for fishing or walking. No license is required to fish here. The pier also has a restaurant and bait shop. Tide pools below can be enjoyed at low tide. Discover San Diego County’s skate parks at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/ resources-by-age/teen/191.

Pacific Beach www.pacificbeach.org Campland On the Bay 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. 858-581-4260 www.campland.com This urban campsite offers a private beach with views of Mission Bay. Families love the well-organized recreation and entertainment schedule, bike and watercraft rentals, arcade, swimming, volleyball, scavenger hunts and more. Tents and RVs welcome. Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park 5115 Soledad Rd. 619-235-1169 Dedicated to local hero Kate Sessions, the famed botanist who helped design Balboa Park, this site offers 79 grassy acres with stunning views, two playgrounds and ball fields. Great for hiking and picnics. Pacific Beach Pacific Beach Dr. to Garnet Ave. to Tourmaline St. 619-221-8899 www.pacificbeach.org A popular choice for surfers and

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swimmers, this beach sees huge crowds during the summer months. Fishing pier and concrete pits for evening bonfires. Lifeguards on duty. Check out beachfront restaurants for meals with a view.

Point Loma Cabrillo National Monument and Old Point Loma Lighthouse 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. 619-557-5450 www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm This national park is home to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, gorgeous tide pools and a monument to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo—the first European to set foot on the West Coast. The park boasts awardwinning accommodations for visually impaired guests. Junior Ranger booklets available. Corvette Diner 2965 Historic Decatur Rd. 619-542-1476 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ corvettediner Feeling nostalgic? Kids love this San Diego favorite for burgers, shakes and poodle skirts. Check out more


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The Hot Spot 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 14 619-223-1339 www.thehotspotstudio.com Paint your own pottery or make candles at this kid-friendly craft studio. Great for parties and events. Drop-off sessions available for kids over 6. Now offering build-your-own succulent gardens.

San Diego Comic Art Gallery 2765 Truxtun Rd., Barracks 3 858-270-1315 x2138 www.sdcomicartgallery.com Exhibits celebrate comic art past and present. Check the website for special events and artist appearances. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Liberty Station Rosecrans St. between Lytton St. & Womble Rd., Point Loma www.libertystation.com This family-friendly shopping, dining and arts destination was once a Naval Training Center. Best bets for families include Corvette Diner, Hot Spot Pottery, The LOT, NTC Park and Officine Buona Forchetta. Liberty Public Market is a haven for foodies! Officine Buona Forchetta 2816 Sims Rd. 619-548-5770 www.officinebuonaforchetta.com The back patio at this popular Italian eatery features a grassy playground

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park 1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. 619-525-8213 A 68-acre park with gorgeous coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves. Visit the cliffs to enjoy panoramic sunsets and whale-watching. Women’s Museum of California 2730 Historic Decatur Rd. 619-233-7963 www.womensmuseumca.org Exhibits celebrate the experiences and contributions of women throughout history. Stop in to view fine art and historical items. Check the schedule for empowering events like the annual Suffrage Parade.

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Snap a family photo against the lineup wall and explore eight restored jail cells at The Headquarters (the former site of San Diego’s Police Headquarters). The exhibit also features historic photos and police memorabilia. www.theheadquarters.com/history Strike a pose (if you dare!) at Potato Chip Rock, an iconic potato chip-shaped rock at the peak of Mt. Woodson in Ramona. Be prepared to wait in line and bring plenty of water! View harbor seals at Children’s Pool in La Jolla. A favorite hangout of San Diego’s seals, sea lions and scuba divers. Be respectful of the marine life and don’t get too close! Closed to the public during pupping season, Dec.15-May 15. Dr. Seuss fans love the 16-foot high character murals on display at the Denny Sanford Children’s Library inside the San Diego Central Library. Fun fact: it’s one of only two libraries in the U.S. with licensed Dr. Seuss murals. www.sandiego.gov/public-library/central-library Atypical Waffle (formerly Wow Wow Waffle) is a local favorite for artisan Belgian waffles, hidden between a house and a laundromat in North Park. www.atypicalwaffle.com Reserve the Champs Ring for the best seats in the house at Luche Libre Taco Shop in North Park. www.luchalibretacoshop.com/locations

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Star Wars fans? Take a photo on Mark Hamill Drive in Clairemont Mesa, a nod to the actor’s childhood home of four years. Run a stick along the rails of Song Rail Bridge to hear a tune. This unique work of public art was created by Roman de Salvo, and plays the same tune in both directions. Located at 25th St. Bridge, spanning SR 94 (Golden Hill). Bring a stick! Built in 1912, the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge (a historic landmark) sways as you walk across and view the canyon below. Spruce St. & First Ave., between Hillcrest and downtown. Treat the family to a “flight” of mini ice cream cones at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream in North Park. Perfect for the indecisive ice cream lover and “little” eaters.

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Banker’s Hill/Hillcrest Maple Canyon North of Quince St. Bridge; Third Ave. www.hillquest.com/friends-ofmaple-canyon Enter this hidden urban canyon via a steep trail north of Quince Street pedestrian bridge. The easy half-mile walk is well-shaded and filled with wildflowers in the spring. Ends in Little Italy. Marston House and Gardens 3525 Seventh Ave. 619-297-9327 www.sohosandiego.org/main/ marston2.htm Learn about one of San Diego’s most prominent families. A fine example of the Arts and Crafts Movement, this 8,500 square foot home-turned-museum boasts stunning formal gardens and childfriendly tours.

Normal Heights/ North Park Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream 3077 University Ave. 619-220-0231 www.hammondsgourmet.com Hammond’s is home to rich, creamy Hawaiian ice cream in delightful flavors like passionfruit, mango and Kona coffee. Order a flight of six mini cones to try all your favorites. Also in Point Loma and Pacific Beach. Mariposa Ice Cream 3450 Adams Ave. 619-284-5197 www.mariposaicecream.com Frozen treats are handmade daily at this family-owned scoop shop. Great for old fashioned ice cream, sorbet and shakes. Coupons available online. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Old Trolley Barn Park 1400 Adams Ave. A park with a strong sense of community. Play equipment, picnic areas and gorgeous views of Mission Valley. Free concerts and movie screenings during summer months. Station Tavern 2204 Fern St. 619-255-0657 www.stationtavern.com Visit the back patio for an enclosed play area with chalkboards and a mini trolley. This casual restaurant offers top-notch burgers and craft brews. Don’t miss the generously seasoned tater tots. Closed Mondays. Waypoint Public 3794 30th St. www.waypointpublic.com Great beer and eats with an enclosed indoor play space for kids. Little ones love the cozy bean bag seating, puzzles and toys. Check the website for kids’ cooking classes. Also in Carmel Valley.

San Diego Downtown/ Little Italy Chicano Park Logan Ave. and Cesar Chavez Pkwy. www.chicano-park.org Giant, brightly colored murals celebrate indigenous heritage and immigrant communities. An interactive guide to the art and artists is available online. Don’t miss Chicano Park Day, held each April.

The Crack Shack 2266 Kettner Blvd. 619-795-3299 www.crack-shack.com Stop in for next-level chicken sandwiches and craft soda. Stay for the kid-friendly patio with bocce ball and an oversized chicken. Full bar. Also in Encinitas.





Gaslamp Museum at the DavisHorton House 410 Island Ave. 619-233-4692 www.gaslampfoundation.org Formerly known as the William Heath Davis House, this home is the oldest remaining structure in the Gaslamp Quarter. Each room is


County Administration Center Waterfront Park 1600 Pacific Hwy. Run around, climb on play equipment, then cool off in the splash fountains. This park is located across from the Maritime Museum and provides a view of the harbor. Bring towels.


Chocolat Cremerie 509 Fifth Ave. 619-238-9400 www.chocolatsandiego.com This cozy café in the Gaslamp offers decadent gelato, crepes and brunch. Try the luxurious hot cocoa for a toasty treat.

Donut Bar 631 B St. 619-255-6360 www.donutbarsandiego.com Donut lovers line up each morning for these award-winning treats— and they often sell out quickly. Try unique flavors like Crème Brulee, Butter Beer or Cake Batter. A tasty selection of milks are available on tap. Beer and donut nights each Friday and Saturday.

designed to showcase a different period in the house’s history, dating back to its construction in 1850. Closed Mondays. Gaslamp Quarter Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Aves. (between Broadway and Harbor Dr.) 619-233-5227 www.gaslamp.org/family With its many restaurants, shops and museums, San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter makes a great place for a day of family exploration. Grant Hill Park 27th & J St. in the Grant Hill Neighborhood This park offers fabulous views of the Coronado Bridge, mountains and downtown. Great spot for a sunset picnic. The Headquarters at Seaport 789 W. Harbor Dr. 619-235-4013 www.theheadquarters.com Find restaurants, specialty shops and galleries at this popular outdoor venue. Located at the former site of San Diego’s Police Headquarters, visitors can find historic photographs and restored jail cells, which are free to explore.







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Hodad’s 945 Broadway 619-234-6323 www.hodadies.com This beach-themed restaurant serves classic burgers stacked high with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget the milkshakes and mini burgers for kids. The original Hodad’s is in Ocean Beach and was featured on Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives.

The New Children’s Museum 200 W. Island Ave. 619-233-8792 www.thinkplaycreate.org Cultivate creativity at this highly interactive museum that encourages children to engage with contemporary art. Exhibits rotate frequently, so visitors will always see something new. Don’t miss Friday Toddler Time with stories and crafts.

Hornblower Cruises and Events 970 N. Harbor Dr. 619-686-8715 www.hornblower.com/home/sd This cruise line offers daily harbor tours, holiday cruises, and weekend brunch cruises. Don’t miss seasonal whale and dolphin watching with expert narration from the captain and volunteer naturalists.

PETCO Park 100 Park Blvd. http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ ballpark Recently voted Best MLB Ballpark Experience by USA Today, and known for featuring local beer and food havens. Check out Park at the Park for kid-friendly lawn seating and a giant TV monitor.

iDessert 1608 India St. 619-544-1033 www.idessert.com Design custom desserts using a touchscreen menu. Includes choice of gelato, meringue shell and options like whipped cream, crunchy toppings or cake. Dairy free and gluten free options available. Maritime Museum of San Diego 1492 N. Harbor Dr. 619-234-9153 x101 www.sdmaritime.org Climb aboard this historic fleet of steam boats, submarines and sailing ships—including the iconic Star of India. Check online for family events like Pirate Days. Sailing adventures available. Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Market St. to Petco Park, along Harbor Dr. An excellent space to walk and reflect, this path features art installations, MLK quotes and a hedge maze for kids. Connects to multiple sites along the waterfront and downtown, including Petco Park.

Salt & Straw 1670 India St. 619-542-9394 www.saltandstraw.com/sd-locations This beloved Portland-based ice cream shop has made its way south to delight visitors and locals with San Diego-inspired concoctions such as James Coffee and Oaxacan Chocolate Fudge. Extensive vegan menu also offered. We promise it’s worth the wait! San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd. 619-236-5800 www.sandiego.gov/public-library/ central-library Visit the ninth floor of this spacious library to experience views from the iconic dome. Don’t miss the 9,000-square-foot Children’s Library and oversized chess board. Also offers a teen center, art galleries and more. San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave. 619-570-1100 www.sandiegotheatres.org

San Diego’s venue for Broadway tours. The 2018-2019 season includes family favorites Aladdin and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. San Diego Firehouse Museum 1572 Columbia St. 619-232-3473 www.sandiegofirehousemuseum.com Drop in to view firefighting equipment dating back to the 1800s. Artifacts include La Jolla’s first fire engine, and a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Open Thursday-Sunday. San Diego Symphony Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center 750 B St. 619-235-0804 www.sandiegosymphony.org One of the top orchestras in the country, experience breathtaking performances and kid-friendly and sensory-friendly events throughout the year. Don’t miss annual family concerts and Bayside Summer Nights. Seaport Village 849 W. Harbor Dr. 619-235-4014 www.seaportvillage.com With its winding paths and grassy areas, this venue is perfect for a lazy afternoon stroll along the water. The outdoor complex offers unique shopping, entertainment and dining options. Save room for Ben & Jerry’s. USS Midway Museum 910 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown 619-544-9600 www.midway.org Take a self-guided tour of one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. Kids love climbing in cockpits and testing the flight simulators. Make time to chat with one of the Midway’s devoted volunteer docents, who love to share personal stories and military knowledge. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes recommended.




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Enjoy Balboa Park’s beautiful gardens, outdoor performances, cultural fairs and the World-Famous San Diego Zoo. Museum exhibits range from airplanes and dinosaurs to handson science and living history. Kids love riding the miniature railroad and historic carousel (located between the Zoo and Spanish Village Art Center). Don’t miss Residents’ Free Tuesdays for local residents, active military and their dependents. Learn more at www.balboapark.org. Fleet Science Center 619-238-1233 www.fleetscience.org Spend the day exploring more than 100 interactive exhibits or take in a film under the giant IMAX dome. Visitors learn about the world around them from tornados to microscopic organisms. Sign up for a science club or seasonal camp.

The Old Globe 619-234-5623 www.theoldglobe.org Home to critically acclaimed shows like the annual “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and a brand new production of “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax,” opening Summer 2018.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum 619-696-0199 www.sdmrm.org Enjoy special programming with your little train enthusiasts at the Discovery Depot every Friday at 10 am. Stop by for an interactive weekly story time included with admission. Free for kids 5 and under. Camps also available. San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) 877-946-7797 www.sdnhm.org Check out “The Backyard,” a brand new exhibit space for kids six and under to learn about the natural world through hands-on play. Also offers monthly Family Days (Sept.-May) and Nature and Me Storytime (first Thursdays.) San Diego Zoo 619-231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org This 100-acre sanctuary is home to nearly 4,000 rare and endangered animals from around the world including gorillas, polar bears, pandas, cheetahs and much more. The Zoo’s newest exhibit, Africa Rocks delights visitors of all ages.

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Clairemont Boomers! 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-560-4211 www.boomersparks.com/sandiego An entertainment center with fun for the whole family. Outdoor activities include mini golf, go karts, rock climbing, bumper boats, batting cages and more. Inside, kids and teens enjoy a state-of-the-art arcade room. Also in El Cajon and Vista. Creamistry 7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-874-6407 www.creamistry.com Made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Watch the “creamologists” in action as they hand mix each batch to your specifications. Choose from tons of toppings and mixins like fresh fruit, nutella drizzle, Captain Crunch and more. Multiple locations throughout San Diego. San Diego Air Tours 3750 John J. Montgomery Dr. 800-359-2939

www.sandiegoairtours.com Take in San Diego’s beautiful skyline from the seat of an antique biplane. Tours accommodate up to two people and last 20–60 minutes. Departs from Montgomery Field. Closed Mondays and holidays. Tecolote Canyon Park & Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Rd. 858-581-9944 Explore 6.5 miles of nature trails by foot or bike. Originally home to the Kumeyaay Indians, Tecolote Canyon now offers visitors a glimpse into San Diego’s natural landscape. Plus, learn about local flora and fauna at the nature center.

serving residents in East County, La Mesa and Lemon Grove. Amenities include an ice-skating rink, sports leagues, exercise classes, day camps, performing arts classes, swim lessons and more. SDSU Aztec Lanes 6075 Aztec Circle Dr. 619-594-2695 https://arc.sdsu.edu/azteclanes Families enjoy 12 lanes of bowling, game lounge with five professionalgrade billiards tables, two ping-pong tables and eight big screen TVs. Aztec Recreation members bowl free for two hours with $1 shoe rental fee.

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The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center 6845 University Ave.          619-287-5762 www.sd.kroccenter.org A family support, education, recreation and cultural arts center

Casa Machado Restaurant 3750 John J. Montgomery Dr. 858-292-4716 www.casamachadomex.com Little ones love watching the airplanes take off and land from this authentic Mexican-style restaurant

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on top of Montgomery Field airport. Grownups take advantage of Happy Hour every Mon-Fri from 4-7pm.

is available for first-time racers for $25. Also available for birthday parties and events.

Studio Diner 4701 Ruffin Rd. 858-715-6400 www.studiodiner.com Time travel back to the 1940’s at this Hollywood studio-inspired diner built on the former lot of Stu Segall Productions. Featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.”

San Diego Skateworld 6907 Linda Vista Rd. 858-560-9349 www.skateworldsandiego.com Classes for skaters of all ages and skill levels including private instruction, roller derby training, birthday parties, Family Skate and more. Registered as a historical site for the dome structure built to withstand a submarine attack in WWII.

Kearny Mesa Bowl 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-279-1501 www.kearnymesabowl.com Forty lanes of fun, high school bowling clubs, summer youth leagues, open bowl, birthday parties and more. Check out special bowling times like $1 bowl on Thursday mornings and Sunday Early Risers $16 for 2 hours. Kearny Moto Park 3170 Armstrong St. 619-561-3824 www.kearnybmx.com BMX riders of all skill levels participate in professional-led clinics, classes and races at this 1,000-foot dirt track. A temporary membership

Mission Hills Lucha Libre Taco Shop 1810 W. Washington St. 619-296-8226 www.tacosmackdown.com Delicious Mexican eats and overthe-top luchador décor make for a fun and festive meal. Local favorites include the Queso Taco and Classic California Burrito. Also in North Park, Carlsbad and Petco Park. Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Tea 3719 India St. 619-683-2748 www.sandiegoafternoontea.com

This family-owned tearoom and bakery offers authentic English Afternoon Tea complete with homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream. Pick up a souvenir in the gift shop or plan a picnic and take your tea to go.

Mira Mesa Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum 4203 Anderson Ave. 858-693-1723 www.flyingleathernecks.org The only museum in the world dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Aviation. Explore the large collection of aircrafts and artifacts from World War I to present day. Check the website for information about Open Cockpit Days and Picnic with Pilots. Free admission. Closed Mondays and holidays. ICMonster 8945 Mira Mesa Blvd. 858-860-5998 www.icmonstercafe.com The cheerful dessert shop offers Thai rolled ice cream (think mini ice cream burritos) topped with imaginative treats like Teddy Grahams, corn flakes, mochi and more.

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Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness 10110 Mesa Rim Rd. 858-201-4411 www.mesarim.com This impressive rock climbing gym and fitness center offers youth camps and recreational programs for kids ages 4-13. Drop-in introductory programs include basic climbing technique and safety. Also in Mission Valley. Miramar Speed Circuit 8123 Miralani Dr. 858-586-7500 www.miramarspeedcircuit.com Take a spin around this thrilling indoor go-kart track or play a highenergy game of laser tag in the 5,000 square foot maze. Kids and teens also enjoy arcade games, pool and air hockey tables. Birthday parties and group events available. Rockin’ Jump 8190 Miralani Dr. 858-693-5867 http://sandiego.rockinjump.com Jump, flip, tumble and dive at the ultimate indoor trampoline park and entertainment center. Bring the whole family for trampoline dodgeball, mini golf, arcade games, rock climbing, open jump and more. San Diego Ice Arena 11048 Ice Skate Pl. 858-530-1825 www.sdice.com This indoor ice arena offers public skating, figure skating, ice hockey and birthday parties. Join the party on the ice with a live DJ and organized games during family and teen skate sessions.

Mission Valley Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. 619-283-7319 www.missionsandiego.com The first of California’s 21 missions, San Diego de Alcala marks the birthplace of Christianity on the West Coast. Today the mission serves as an active parish church and cultural institution open to visitors of all faiths. San Diego Humane Society & SPCA 5500 Gaines St. 619-299-7012 www.sdhumane.org Practice reading skills with a furry

Old Town Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours 4041 Harney St. (at Hacienda Hotel) 619-255-6170 www.hauntedsandiegotours.com Take a journey into San Diego’s spooky past as master storytellers weave frightening tales of ghosts and ghouls on this two-hour tour. Don’t forget your camera! Buses depart at 7 p.m. Wed.-Sun. May not be suitable for kids under 10.

Mormon Battalion Historic Site 2510 Juan St. 619-298-3317 Experience the courageous journey of the Mormon Battalion as they marched nearly 2,000 miles from Iowa to San Diego with the United States Army. Visitors can try on period clothing, pose for a Battalion-themed family photo and even pan for gold. Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Hopper 2725 Congress St 833-743-3467 www.ridethehopperbus.com The Hopper offers guests a brand new, convenient and stress-free way to explore San Diego. Take in fantastic views from the top of the doubledecker bus, refuel at the snack bar or plan your day with tablestyle seating, free WiFi, outlets and an on-board concierge.

Old Town Trolley Tours 866-754-0966 www.trolleytours.com/san-diego This hop-on hop-off tour shows the best of San Diego with stops at 10 iconic neighborhoods and over 100 landmarks including the Coronado Bridge, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter. Ghost tours, City Night Lights tours and SEAL amphibious tours also available.

Coral Tree Tea House 2490 Heritage Park Row 619-291-5464 www.coraltreeteahouse.com This charming Victorian home in Old Town’s Heritage Park offers high and afternoon tea and a Prince and Princess Tea for kids ages 5-8. Indulge in fresh baked scones, sandwiches and decadent desserts. Open Wednesday-Sunday. Reservations recommended. Cousins Candy Shop
 2711 San Diego Ave. 619-297-2000 www.cousinscandy.net Kids love picking out their favorite sweet treats at this old-fashioned candy store and gift shop located in the heart of San Diego. Choose from a huge variety of jelly beans, licorice, fudge, saltwater taffy and more. Mason Street Schoolhouse 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ id=28017 Built in 1865, this one-room schoolhouse was the first public school in San Diego. Free to explore.

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Old Town State Historic Park San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St.    619-220-5422 San Diego’s historic center and the site of the first Spanish settlement in California. Explore museums, restaurants, unique shops and cultural sites. Living history demonstrations Wednesdays and Saturdays. Presidio Park 2811 Jackson St. 619-692-4918 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/parks/regional/ presidio The original site of Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Park visitors enjoy 40 acres of open grassy space and hiking trails with panoramic views of San Diego. The Whaley House 2476 San Diego Ave. 619-297-7511 www.whaleyhouse.org Take a tour of San Diego’s iconic haunted house and you may just see a ghost friend or two. Visit after dark, if you dare. Consult website for hours and ticket information.

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San Carlos/Del Cerro Lake Murray 5540 Kiowa Dr.     619-668-2050 A popular destination for jogging, biking, rollerblading and picnicking located in Mission Trails Regional Park. Open for fishing seven days a week except certain holidays. BBQ’s and picnic tables available. Mission Trails Regional Park One Father Junipero Serra Trail   619-668-3281

www.mtrp.org    Originally home to the Kumeyaay Indians, Mission Trails offers visitors an escape from city life with over 60 miles of trails, camping and boating opportunities, equestrian trails, guided nature walks, visitor’s center and more.

Scripps Ranch Lake Miramar 10710 Scripps Lake Dr. 619-668-2050 Take a stroll, ride or jog along the five-mile path circling the crystal blue reservoir. Purchase bait and rental boats Friday through Sunday, and Thursdays during the summer. BBQ’s and picnic tables available. Lappert’s Ice Cream 12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy www.lapperts.com Choose from a variety of islandinspired flavors like the Hana Road, Manila Mango and Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel. Wahine Kai Shave Ice 10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Ste. B 858-831-0903 Your one-stop-shop for all things

frozen. Offerings include authentic Hawaiian shave ice, bubble tea, smoothies, shave snow and more. Try a traditional flavor like the Kahuna, passion fruit with sweetened condensed milk and Pecan Praline ice cream.

Sports Arena Kobey’s Swap Meet 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-523-2700 www.kobeyswap.com Find the perfect treasure or sell something of your own every weekend at San Diego’s largest outdoor flea market. Don’t forget to bring cash and arrive early. Wagons and strollers available for rent. Ultrazone Laser Tag 3146 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-221-0100 www.ultrazonesandiego.com Put your skills to the test at this multi-level laser game arena complete with theatrical fog, interactive game stations and integrated sound system and more. Great for birthday parties and group events. Special pricing for kids on weekend mornings.

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Alpine www.alpinechamber.com The Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur 619-320-4942 www.childrensnatureretreat.org Interact with domesticated livestock and exotic wildlife at this 20-acre ranch. More than 120 animals call this retreat home, including camels, zebras, miniature horses, donkeys and more. Cobblestone Cottage Tea Shoppe 1945 Alpine Blvd. 619-445-6064 www.cobblestonecottageteashoppe.com This newly remodeled tea cottage is perfect for events and special moments. Choose from more than 40 varieties of hot and cold tea, assorted sandwiches and tasty scones. Reservations required. Open Wednesday-Saturday.

Lions, Tigers & Bears 24402 Martin Way 619-659-8078 ext. 2 www.lionstigersandbears.org A rescue for abused bears and big cats, this sanctuary provides guided tours to educate the public about the dark side of the exotic animal trade. Appointments only.

Campo Motor Transport Museum 31949 Hwy. 94 619-478-2492 www.motortransportmuseum.org More than a truck museum, this collection includes more than 200 historic motor vehicles, as well as industrial machinery from the past. Open Saturdays only. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum 750 Depot St. 619-465-7776; 619-478-9937 www.psrm.org Welcome aboard, train lovers! Get

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your railroad fix at this popular museum and enjoy a ride on a vintage train. Seasonal events include Bunny Train, Pumpkin Express and North Pole Limited. Open weekends. Potrero Regional Park 24800 Potrero Park Dr. 619-478-5212 Offering wilderness cabins, RV hookups and tent spaces, this park is great for camping and nature walks. The park’s 132 acres boast 100-year-old oak trees, shaded picnic tables, playgrounds, and an enclosed pavilion. Wisteria Candy Cottage 39961 Old Hwy. 80 619-766-4453 www.wisteriacandycottage.com This charming storefront was once the town’s one-room school. In business since 1921, the shop is famous for handmade brittle, fudge and truffles. Open Thursday-Monday.


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El Cajon www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us Christian Youth Theater (CYT) 1545 Pioneer Way 619-588-0206 www.cytsandiego.org The largest youth theater program in the country, producing familyfriendly musicals throughout the county. Classes, camps and field trip opportunities available. Check the website for show schedules and tickets. Heritage of the Americas Museum 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West 619-670-5194 www.heritageoftheamericasmuseum.com Explore the history of our continent through fine art, anthropology, archaeology and natural history collections. The site also features tropical gardens and a desert patio. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Sweetwater Marsh Hwy. 94 East, Singer Ln. 619-468-9245 This salt marsh habitat is popular with birders, as more than 200 species have been observed here. The refuge boasts 316 aces and is located where the Sweetwater River meets San Diego Bay. The Water Conservation Garden 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West 619-660-0614 ext. 10 www.thegarden.org With a focus on water-efficient gardening, this 5-acre landscaping display features a children’s trail, sensory garden and seasonal butterfly pavilion. Free guided tours on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Yogurt Mill 935 Broadway 619-579-1566 Look for the leaning tower. Locals line up for huge portions and tasty toppings at this cash-only establishment, which has been in business for more than four decades.

Lakeside/Flinn Springs www.lakesidechamber.org Barona Cultural Center and Museum 1095 Barona Rd. 619-443-7003 www.baronamuseum.org Celebrating Kumeyaay-Diegueño culture through art, photographs and artifacts dating back as far as

10,000 years. Check online for classes and events. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Free admission.

point in the city of San Diego. Enjoy nature and wildflowers on the ascent and panoramic views at the summit.

FUNBelievable Play 11655 Riverside Dr., Ste. 155-157 619-456-2474 www.funbelievableplay.com Take a break while the kids get some exercise. This indoor playground offers a parent café and lounge seating. Kids love the wave slides, rock climbing, aerial glides and ball pool. A separate toddler area keeps little ones safe. Check the website for Parents’ Night Out events.

La Mesa Depot Museum 4695 Nebo Dr. 619-465-PSRM (7776) www.psrm.org Visit anytime to view a vintage freight train displayed with its steam locomotive, freight cars and caboose. The restored 1894 wooden train station is open Saturdays for docent-led tours.

Lake Jennings 9535 Harritt Rd. Camping: 619-390-1623 Fishing: 619-443-2510 www.lakejennings.org With miles of hiking trails and a gorgeous lake for fishing and boating, Lake Jennings is the perfect spot for a camping trip or picnic. Make memories playing horseshoes, ping-pong and ladder golf. Summers Past Farms 15602 Old Hwy. 80 619-390-1523 www.summerspastfarms.com With picturesque gardens, a nursery store and sweet pea maze, this family farm is a relaxing weekend stop. Visit the barn shop, offering homemade soaps and garden accessories. Don’t miss the annual Fairy Festival. Open Wed.-Sun.

La Mesa www.cityoflamesa.com BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden 8384 La Mesa Blvd. 619-337-3445 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ bobeaukitchengarden This popular sit-down restaurant offers casual French flavors and a play area for children. Sophisticated kids’ menus for the mature young palate. Briercrest Park 9001 Wakarusa St. An award-winning park with artistic design that encourages children to engage with nature. Here you’ll find musical instruments, a sensory garden and playground with climbing structures. Cowles Mountain Golfcrest Dr. & Navajo Rd. 619-668-3281 www.mtrp.org Arrive early to beat the crowds at this moderate hike to the highest

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The Aubrey Rose Tea Room 8362 La Mesa Blvd. 619-461-4TEA (4832) www.theaubreyrosetearoom.com Tucked amongst the antique shops and boutiques of downtown La Mesa, this charming English-style parlor offers traditional tea packages with handmade tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. Open WednesdaySunday. Reservations recommended.

Santee www.cityofsanteeCa.gov Big Rock Park 8125 Arlette St. 619-258-4100 One of many trailheads to Mission Trails Regional Park, this grassy, 5-acre space has two playgrounds and plenty of sports offerings. Pickleball, volleyball and basketball courts available. Creation & Earth History Museum 10946 N Woodside Ave. 619-599-1104 www.creationsd.org Dedicated to the biblical account of science and history. Exhibits showcase the six-day creation of Earth, a life-size tabernacle, dinosaur discovery zone and live animals. Santee Drive-In Theatre 10990 Woodside Ave. N. 619-448-7447 www.santeedriveintheatre.com One of the last drive-ins in San Diego, this establishment offers two screens and an awesome snack bar. Loaner radios available. Cash only. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve 9310 Fanita Pkwy. 619-596-3141 www.santeelakes.com This gorgeous lakefront park has a splash pad, adventure course, playgrounds and bike rentals. The preserve also boasts cabin and boat rentals. A great spot for fishing, hiking and seasonal events.

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TRAIN RIDES! Departing every weekend from historic Campo Depot. • Pumpkin Trains • School & Bunny Trains • North Pole Trains • Private Car & Caboose Charters available

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Bonita Rohr Park 4548 Sweetwater Rd. 619-397-6197 The 3.3-mile trail is a great place to train for a 5K. Kids enjoy the play equipment and sports fields. Time your visit to ride on the scale-model steam train, operating afternoons on the second weekend of each month. Sweetwater Farms 3051 Equitation Ln. 619-252-5544 www.sweetwaterhorses.com Take horse-riding lessons (ages 4 & up), enjoy some pony time (ages 4–7), reserve a ranch ride or attend horse camp. Sweetwater Summit Regional Park 3218 Summit Meadow Rd. 619-472-7572 This lovely, 500-acre park is a great spot for family hiking, horseback riding and camping. Amenities

include water and electricity at every campsite. Picnic pavilions are useful for families and groups. Parking fee.

Chula Vista www.chulavistaca.gov Bowlero 845 Lazo Ct. 619-421-4801 www.bowlero.com An upscale bowling experience for kids and adults, with 40 blacklight lanes, a high-end sports bar, scrumptious eats that can be delivered to your lane, an arcade and more. Also in San Marcos. Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center 2800 Olympic Pkwy. 619-656-1500 www.trainatchulavista.com Take a guided tour or host a group event at this state-of-the-art facility, used to train U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in track and field,

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rugby, archery, BMX and tennis. Chula Vista Marina 550 Marina Pkwy. 619-862-2835 www.cvmarina.com This peaceful marina is home to waterfront dining, spectacular sunsets, and an assortment of music and community events. Adjacent Bayside Park has picnic areas, open spaces and walking paths. Heritage Park 1381 E. Palomar St. 619-397-6197 Amenities at this 10-acre park include an amphitheater, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, and ample open space. Kids love the play equipment, duck pond, skate park and community pool. Living Coast Discovery Center 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr. 619-409-5900 www.thelivingcoast.org Learn about sea turtles, fish, birds,

rays, sharks and more! Interactive experiences connect people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. VIP animal encounters, day camps and family overnights available. Otay Lakes County Park 2270 Wueste Rd. 858-565-3600 www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/ en/park-pages/OtayLakes.html Offers gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding hillside. This serene, 78-acre park also has picnic sites, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, gardens, trails, boating, and excellent birdwatching. Pigtails & Crewcuts 2015 Birch Rd. #1012 (Otay Ranch Town Center) 619-656-5437 www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/ chula-vista Say goodbye to squirmy kids and bad haircuts at this kid-friendly salon. Kids love the vehicle-themed chairs, fun train sets, and choice of movies to watch during their cut. Also in Del Mar, San Marcos, 4S Ranch and Point Loma.

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Portwood Pier Plaza 940 Seacoast Dr. 619-686-6200 “Surfhenge” public art structure pays homage to the city’s surfing heritage. The area also offers picnic tables, a tot lot, grassy areas and pier access.

Butterfly Park Palm Ave. and E. 20th St. The entire family will enjoy this colorful, butterfly-themed community space that includes a stage area, benches, and gardens designed to attract butterflies.

South Bay Drive-In Theatres 2170 Coronado Ave. 619-423-2727 www.southbaydrivein.com See movies under the stars from the comfort of the car! Screens feature new releases and classics with an updated, fully digital projection system. Snack bar available.

National City Depot Museum 922 W. 23rd St. 619-474-4400 www.sdera.org/depot.php Train lovers will appreciate a stop at this historic depot, fully restored in 1998. Now a museum dedicated to the history of railroads in Southern California and San Diego, it is open Saturday and Sundays, 10a.m.-4p.m.

Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center 301 Caspian Way 619-575-3613 www.trnerr.org/plan_a_visit Learn all about the estuary’s plants and animals, join a guided nature walk or pick up trail maps, participate in interactive activities, visit the gift shop, and borrow binoculars for your adventures. Open Wed.–Sun.

Niederfrank’s Ice Cream 726 A Ave. 619-477-0828 www.niederfranksicecreams.com This old-fashioned creamery has been serving dozens of unique and classic homemade flavors since 1948. Parents, check out the local craft beer flavor creations. Everything is freshly made onsite.


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WHILE OUT AND ABOUT • Smart thermostats. Forgot to turn off the a/c or heater before you left home? Or maybe you want the house to be nice and cool or toasty when you return? Cox Homelife features programmable thermostats that allow you to remotely turn the air and heat in your home up and down and on and off.

When out and about, it’s important for parents to stay connected to their loved ones, and make sure their family and home are safe. Cox Communications’ smart home technology and strong internet connection are making it easier for parents to keep their family, pets and home safe and connected. Here are five easy ways to bring safety and peace of mind while you’re away. • Smart locks. Make sure you locked the door when you left the house. A smart lock will allow you to remotely control doors in your home from your smartphone. Smart lock features through Cox Homelife include voice commands, customized chimes to recognize certain visitors or family members, activity logs, and integration with other smart devices in the home. You can even set up special codes for house sitters, dog walkers, and deliveries. •

Smart lights. Don’t waste energy or money leaving the indoor or porch light on all day to keep away would-be burglars. Replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that can be controlled remotely with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Whether you accidentally left the light on before heading out of town, or want to turn the porch light on before arriving home, controlling your home’s lighting has never been easier. As for that four-legged family member – if you’re getting home later than expected, use Cox Homelife’s automation function to turn the living room light on for your pet from the ease of your smartphone.

• Home cameras. The latest models of home monitoring systems allow for remote live video viewing, professional monitoring, video recording, and customizable notifications, allowing you to keep an eye on your home even if you’re not there. Integrate these technologies with Cox Homelife, which enables you to protect, monitor and control your home. • Connected on the Go. Whether you’re away from home on vacation or business, having a San Diego staycation, or out running errands, you can stay connected while on the go with Cox High Speed Internet. Cox internet customers have access to more than half a million free Cox and cable WiFi hotspots across the United States, including more than 1,000 throughout San Diego County. So, whether you’re in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. or San Diego, just find ‘Cox WiFi’ or ‘CableWiFi’ in your WiFi settings to get connected. Learn more at www.cox.com/wifi. If you’re not a Cox internet customer, you can still take advantage of a free one-hour trial. Learn more about smart home security and automation at cox.com/homelife.



With amazing animal encounters, thrilling rides, family-friendly seasonal events & much more, there’s always a reason to visit SeaWorld.® New this summer, ride Electric Eel,™ San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with the only upside down view of Mission Bay. Plus, weekends May–September, you can move & groove alongside everyone’s favorite furry friends at the all-new Sesame Street® Party Parade.

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