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19TH ANNUAL • 2017/2018 • FREE

The local guide to San Diego County


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44 Clairemont

8 Carlsbad

44 College Area

11 Carmel Valley

45 Kearny Mesa/Serra Mesa/Linda Vista

12 Del Mar

46 Loma Portal/Mission Hills

13 Encinitas

47 Mira Mesa

14 Oceanside

47 Mission Valley

16 Rancho Santa Fe

50 Old Town

16 Solana Beach

51 San Carlos/Del Cerro 51 Scripps Ranch

18 North County Inland

52 Sports Arena 52 University City

18 Borrego Springs

54 Balboa Park

18 Escondido 20 Fallbrook/Bonsall

60 East County

20 Julian 21 Mt. Palomar

60 Alpine

22 Pala

61 Campo

22 Pauma Valley

62 Descanso

22 Poway

62 El Cajon

23 Ramona

63 Flinn Springs

24 Rancho Bernardo/4S Ranch

64 Jacumba

24 Rancho Peñasquitos

64 Lakeside

24 San Marcos

66 La Mesa

26 Valley Center

67 Lemon Grove

26 Vista

68 Pine Valley 68 Santee

28 San Diego Coastal

68 Spring Valley/Rancho San Diego

28 La Jolla 30 Mission Bay

70 South Bay

32 Mission Beach

70 Bonita

32 Ocean Beach

71 Chula Vista

33 Pacific Beach

73 Coronado

33 Point Loma

74 Imperial Beach

38 San Diego Uptown/Downtown

75 National City 76 San Ysidro

38 Banker’s Hill/Hillcrest/University Heights 38 Golden Hill/Normal Heights/ North Park/ South Park 40 Downtown/Little Italy

78 Seasonal Events 84 Parent’s/Kids’ Night Out

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Publisher’s Letter

2017/2018 – Volume 19 Publisher/Editor in Chief Sharon Bay Managing Editor Lisa Gipson Graphic Designer Rik Thiesfeld Contributing Writers Anne Malinoski, Kristen Castillo, Cherie Gough

Welcome to Out & About, our local guide to San Diego County! If you recently moved to San Diego County, moved from one area of the county to another or you just like to tour your own “backyard”, hold on to this annual publication. It’s convenient to leave in your car. You will have so much fun learning about the county. This year we have more than 385 family-friendly places to visit and enjoy. Check page 4 to see how the county has been divided into six areas. We have added places that you can drop your kids off in the evening to have fun while you go out on the town. Find these “Parent’s Night Out” programs on page 65. We have purposefully placed display ads in the section where they are located. Please use their services and thank them for supporting Out & About as this fun, useful publication is free.

Editorial Assistant Adrienne Sigeti Proofreader Gina Petrone Printer California Offset Printers Circulation Manager Linda Bay Marketing Coordinator Michele Hancock Advertising/Marketing Representatives Tony Andrews 619-685-6977 • Point Loma, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, North County Coastal Giovanni Baldan 619-685-6987 • South Bay, San Diego Downtown, Uptown Ramona Warner 619-685-5860 • East County Nicole Maggio 619-685-6971• North County Inland (includes Scripps Ranch) 619-685-6970 • Clairemont, Linda Vista, Mission Valley North, Mira Mesa Main Office 1475 Sixth Avenue, 5th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101 619-685-6970, Fax: 619-685-6978 This magazine for San Diego County families is published annually by San Diego Family Magazine LLC. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

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Isabella (11) of San Marcos loves San Diego beaches! Here she is hanging out at Scripps Pier in La Jolla. Cover Design: Rik Thiesfeld Cover Photo: Cindy Kyle Photography



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Cardiff-by-the-Sea Cardiff State Beach Tide Pools One mile south of Cardiff on Pacific Coast Hwy. 101 760-633-2740 Tide pools are located near the south end of the beach parking lot. During low tide, check out fossilized clams and explore live ocean creatures. Check the tide report for best viewing conditions. San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve & Nature Center 2710 Manchester Ave. 760-634-3026 Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, this reserve and nature center is home to 1,000 species of plants and animals. Features scenic coastal wetlands and bird watching. Hike the mile-long, stroller-friendly Nature Center Loop. Guided walks, children’s story time and seasonal tours offered. VG Donut & Bakery 106 Aberdeen Dr. 760-753-2400 Satisfy your sweet tooth at this donut shop and bakery, whose name stands for “Very Good.”

Popular for its donuts, cookies, pastries and cakes. Get in line early for the best selections. Donuts baked twice daily, 4 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Carlsbad Agua Hedionda Lagoon & Discovery Center 1580 Cannon Rd. 760-804-1969 A nonprofit committed to promoting the 400-acre lagoon, the environment and local watershed through education and outreach. Experience waterbased recreation, hiking trails, gardens, wildlife and fishing. Hosts community festivals, fun runs and other events. Alga Norte Community Park & Aquatic Center 6565 Alicante Rd. 760-268-4777 facilities/south/alga.asp This 32-acre park has a state-of-the-art aquatics center, the county’s largest skate park, ball fields and courts, picnic/BBQ areas and a playground.

San Elijo State Beach and Campground Pacific Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff 760-753-5091; 800-444-7275

Swim, surf, hike and bike all day at this beach. Then fall asleep at the campsite listening to the crashing waves below. Camp store and the original (and local favorite) Bull Taco snack bar open Mar.–Oct.

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Carlsbad Premium Outlets 5620 Paseo del Norte 760-804-9000 Get great deals at this high-end, discount outlet center. Enjoy a snack or meal at one of the many eateries. Kids and adults like Center Court’s entertainment and activities.

Check out the off-leash dog park with areas for large and small dogs. Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve 7380 Gabbiano Ln. 760-931-0800 Coastal wetlands featuring a two-mile walking and hiking trail. Learn more about the lagoon on docent-guided nature walks. Great spot for bird watching—over 180 species here! Fishing with license allowed at specified locations. Leashed dogs welcome. Volunteer opportunities available.

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Carlsbad Ice Town 2283 Cosmos Ct. 760-893-8219 Chill out on the ice with daily open skating, make a reservation for broomball or try the winter Olympic sport of curling. Camps, hockey leagues and figure skating lessons available. Carlsbad Lagoon 4215 Harrison St. 760-434-3089 Make a splash with waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, wave running, peddle boating, aqua cycling and wake boarding.

Carlsbad Village Theatre 2822 State St. 760-720-2460 This 334-seat theater opened in 1927. The multipurpose venue hosts a variety of events including concerts, plays, dance, musicals, stand-up comedy, films and documentaries. Grab lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) 5345 Armada Dr. 760-603-4000 800-421-7250 Kids and adults are fascinated by the bling at this



The Best and The Largest Chinese Language School in San Diego! San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School is a 20yrs old 501(c)(3) non-profit, non- religious, and nonpolitical educational organization. It is the first local Chinese language school that teaches simplified Chinese and Pinyin (Chinese phonetic). We currently serve K-12 students. SDHXCS' AP® Chinese course is accredited by College Board, and acceptable to public school districts. Enroll Now! • • 858-720-1110 Question? Location: 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92126 (Miramar College campus)

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gem school. Call to schedule a guided tour to learn about the museum, gems, minerals, jewelry and special exhibits. Snack bar available. Ask about the GemKids school program for grades 4–12. Hidden Canyon Community Park 2685 Vancouver St. 760-602-4680 facilities/north/hidden.asp A 22-acre scenic park with walking paths, grass, picnic areas and two playgrounds. A trail connects to a dog park. K1 Speed Go-Karts 6212 Corte del Abeto 760-929-2225 Get revved up for this indoor venue, which offers high-speed adventures in “Arrive & Drive” allelectric, go-kart racing. Racing classes available. Kids at least 48 inches tall can sign up for a competitive league. Closed-toe shoes required; helmets provided. Also Downtown.

PlayWerx 6060 Avenida Encinas 760-804-1600 This indoor, mega-play structure is fun for kids and relaxing for adults. Enjoy organic coffee and relax on a leather couch while kids play. Socks required. Military discounts available. LEGOLAND California/SEA LIFE Aquarium One Legoland Dr. 760-918-5346 877-376-5346 LEGO-themed theme park with 60 rides, shows and attractions. Don’t miss The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display made of 350,000 LEGO bricks; the LEGO NEXO Nights 4D film and the LEGO Ninjago World. Closed Tues–Wed during select seasons; SEA LIFE Aquarium open daily. LEGOLAND Waterpark open seasonally. Museum of Making Music 5790 Armada Dr. 760-438-5996

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Kidsville Play Gym 2375 Marron Rd. 760-730-9022 Fun, creative play facility for kids 18 months–7

years featuring open play and gymnastics. No shoes allowed.

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Develop a greater appreciation for music at this museum, which celebrates music making from 1900 to today. Musical workshops, concerts, field trips and special events are offered. Closed Mondays. South Carlsbad State Beach Campground 7201 Carlsbad Blvd. 760-438-3143 This bluff-top campground is popular with locals and visitors. Spend your day swimming, surfing, fishing, skin diving and picnicking. Token showers. Summer surf camps, surf lessons and rentals available. Forgot something? Camp store open seasonally. Stagecoach Community Park 3420 Camino de los Coches 760-602-4690 facilities/south/stagecoach.asp A 28-acre park built on the historic ruins of a former stagecoach stop. Now it’s home to a wildlife habitat, a large community center, picnic areas, lighted tennis/basketball courts, a sandlot, play area and athletic fields. Sun Diego Boardshop & Museum 2978 Carlsbad Blvd. #120 442-500-2295

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Disney Cars Located in the historic Twin Inns building, this surf shop has all the gear needed for a day at the beach. Don’t miss the large display of old-school surfboards.

Carmel Valley Carmel Valley Skate Park 12600 El Camino Real 858-552-1616 skateparks/carmelvalley/index.shtml Kids love this 13,500-sq.-ft. facility, which has a challenge course and a cast in place concrete bowl. Featured urban elements include stairs, banks, ledges and rails. Night lighting allows skating after dark; shading for sunny days. Full safety equipment required. Open daily 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Waypoint Public 16480 Paseo Del Sur 858-312-8398 Fans of Waypoint in North Park can now visit a new north county location! This restaurant with kid-friendly play space features a comfortable reading nook, beanbags, puzzles and toys to keep kids entertained. NEW! - Justice League

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Del Mar Cinépolis 12905 El Camino Real 858-794-4045 Watch newly released movies in style at this luxury cinema with eleven theaters. Recline your seat and enjoy at-your-seat wait service offering gourmet food and drinks. Del Mar City Beach 1700 Coast Blvd. at 15th St. 858-755-1556 A beautiful beach ideal for collecting shells, relaxing, picnicking, walking, swimming and surfing. Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-755-1161 Known as the site of the annual San Diego County Fair, the fairgrounds also host a variety of agricultural, educational and entertainment events throughout the year. The multi-use facility is particularly popular for horse racing, bingo and concerts. Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-481-3148 Exotic bird sanctuary is open daily. Visitors help re-socialize the birds. Guided tours available. Call ahead; hours vary with weather conditions. Panorama Balloon Tours 2683 Via De La Valle 625G 800-455-3592; 760-271-3467 Soak up the scenery during a late afternoon/early evening coastal balloon flight, soaring over San Diego’s countryside and stunning ocean sunsets. Flights include appetizers and drinks.

Pelly’s Mini Golf 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 858-481-0363 Tee up with the whole family! This old-school mini golf course has fun Ocean Adventure and Surfin’ Safari themes. Play as a family, or book a group event, including parties. Pigtails & Crewcuts 2650 Via de La Valle, Ste. C-150 858-481-5437 Closed Tuesdays. See Chula Vista listing. Also in Point Loma and San Marcos. Powerhouse Park 1658 Coast Blvd. 858-755-1524 A scenic park above the 15th St. surf break, this place is ideal for picnics, especially at sunset. Check the schedule for free, familyfriendly summer concerts. The barefoot friendly playground is a kid favorite. San Dieguito County Park 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. (enter on Highland Dr.) 858-755-2386 sandieguito.html A lush, 125-acre park with open lawns, playgrounds, exercise equipment and pavilions. Great for picnicking and barbecues. Also home to Miracle Field, a fully accessible baseball field for kids and adults with special needs. Fee to park. Seagrove Park Coast Blvd. & 15th St. 858-755-1524 A grassy park overlooking the ocean, Seagrove is great for watching the sunset, going for a walk and playing catch. Available for private event rental.

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Encinitas Adventure Ski & Snowboard School 1105 S. Coast Hwy. 101 760-942-2188 Kids and adults develop skiing and snowboarding skills before heading to the mountains. Schedule a lesson on the ski machine. Cottonwood Creek Park 95 N. Vulcan Ave. 760-633-2740 Tucked away from the downtown area, this park has a great children’s play area, picnic facilities, a creekside trail, open lawn space and tennis/ basketball courts. The Crack Shack 407 Encinitas Blvd 760-230-2968 The popular Little Italy spot known for its delectable chicken and laid back vibe has made its way up the coast. Come for the Firebird Sandwich and stay for the mouth-watering Horchata soft serve. Sand pit, corn hole and bocce ball for kids of all ages.

Moonlight Beach 400 B St. (west of I-5 on Encinitas Blvd.) 760-633-2740 This beach is great for families and is often featured on “Best Beach” roundups. Swim, surf, watch the waves, play volleyball or tennis and picnic. Year-round lifeguards. Kids like the beachside playground structure. Concession stand and showers available. Stick around at night to cozy up at a fire pit. San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Dr. 760-436-3036 Kids love the tree house and play areas at this 37-acre property that is home to 4,000 species of plants across 29 gardens. Frequent docent-led tours and family-friendly events. Free for members and kids under 2. San Dieguito Heritage Museum 450 Quail Gardens Dr. 760-632-9711 Committed to preserving and sharing the region’s local history, this museum has hands-on exhibits, artifacts, records and stories. Don’t miss free

Encinitas Community Park 425 Santa Fe Dr. 760-633-2740 This 44-acre park has a skate park, baseball/soccer fields, walking paths, open space, an excellent playground and a dog park open dally from 8 a.m. to sunset. La Paloma Theatre 471 South Coast Hwy. 760-436-7469 La Paloma opened in 1928 as one of the first theaters to show “talkies.” Nowadays showings range from feature films to indie pictures. Don’t miss the Retro Rewind cinema series, which shows vintage flicks. Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA 200 Saxony Rd. 760-942-9622 For over 45 years, this large facility has been helping locals stay fit. Features an aquatics center, sports fields, soccer arena and basketball courts and offers programs from swimming to martial arts for kids and adults. Membership or day-use options available. SD Family’s Out&About 2017/2018 • Expanded Edition •


history activities and crafts offered on weekends for families. Open afternoons Thurs–Sun. Seaside Bazaar 459 S. Coast Hwy. 101 760-753-1611 Free, European-style open-air market held Saturdays and Sundays. This laid-back market is the place to find antiques, arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, exotic imports, home décor and more. Swami’s Beach 1298 S. Coast Hwy. 101 760-633-2740 This stunning beach is a surfing favorite for its world-class waves. Check out the public art, tide pools and amazing coastal views.

Oceanside Breakwater Way Beach Pacific St. & Breakwater Way 760-435-4030 breakwater.asp Located just south of Oceanside Harbor, this quiet, family beach is popular for surfing. A sandbar makes for a great surf break. Volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQs. Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center 2202 S. Coast Hwy. 760-439-2473 Adjacent to the 220-acre Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve, this center has wildlife displays and a natural history library. Don’t miss the second story view deck. Gift shop, native plant garden and a short nature trail. Closed Mondays. California Surf Museum 312 Pier View Way 760-721-6876 Permanent collection preserves and chronicles the sport of surfing. Includes exhibits on the history of surfboards, the evolution of the fin, and surfing and pop culture. Camp Pendleton Paintball Park Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base 1700 Vandergrift Blvd. 866-985-4932 This is the place to try Splatmaster (for kids ages 6-10) or Airsoft (no-mess), paintball (ages 10+) or low-impact Paintball Lite (for kids ages 8-12). Go to military entrance gate, show I.D. and registration/insurance. Open Friday–Sunday.

Camp Pendleton Playland 1700 Vandergrift Blvd. 866-985-4932 844-679-9648 Kids theme park on Camp Pendleton featuring bounce houses, zipline, outdoor laser tag, a Nerf wars arena and coconut tree climbing. Open to public and military, weekends only. Guajome County Park 3000 Guajome Lake Rd. 760-724-4489 guajome.html Year-round destination for anyone who wants to experience a sampling of San Diego’s many habitats including ocean breezes, campgrounds, 4.5 miles of multi-use hiking trails, fishing ponds, shade, migratory birds. Fee to park.

Discover San Diego County’s skate parks at resources-by-age/teen/191. Lorraine’s Galleria 1019 S. Coast Hwy. 760-473-3213 Eco-friendly shop and studio offering art classes for kids and adults. Learn how to turn “trash into treasure” by recycling, upcycling and repurposing items. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia 4050 Mission Ave. 760-757-3651 Largest of all 21 California missions, this “King of the Missions” is open daily. Self-tour the museum, church, cemetery and gardens. Check website for tour options and to sign up for special events. Kids under 5 are free. Oceanside Museum of Art 704 Pier View Way 760-435-3720 Contemporary art museum with over 15 exhibits each year. Also hosts concerts, films, docent tours, culinary and other special events. Art classes for kids and families. First Sunday of the month is free. Closed Mondays. Oceanside Scuba and Swim Center 225 Brooks St. 760-722-7826 Take swim and scuba classes or take a dive trip. Rent and buy gear. Closed Tuesdays.

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M ontessori …

A World



Why Montessori Education? Dr. Maria Montessori demonstrated that

children learn best in an environment of love, trust, understanding, patience and consistency. With a Montessori education, students can excel academically, while experiencing the values of cooperation, respect, self-confidence, and the joy of learning! For an education that can transform lives, contact your local Montessori school.

Infants • toddlers • Preschool • KIndergarten • elementary • mIddle school

East County MONTESSORI ACHIEVEMENT CENTRE Preschool/Kindergarten Lic. #376600356

San Diego Coastal

North County Coastal



Infants/Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten Lic. # 376700496

Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten Lic. #376700910

10435 Campo Rd., Spring Valley 91978

8660 Gilman Dr., La Jolla 92037-2202

Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, La Costa



Rancho San Diego

La Jolla


LA JOLLA VILLAGE MONTESSORI SCHOOL 2½-6 yrs. Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten

Toddler/Preschool Lic. #376614702

8121 Braddock Place, San Diego 92114

Lemon Grove



ENCINITAS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Preschool/Elementary/Middle Lic. #372005943

Two Locations in Encinitas




7427 Fay Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037 La Jolla


North County Inland



COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL Preschool/Kindergarten/Elementary First Step/Preschool/Kindergarten 8559 Fanita Dr., Santee 92071

Santee, San Carlos, Fletcher Hills


South Bay MONTESSORI AMERICAN SCHOOL Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten Lic. #370805837

3604 Bonita Road, Chula Vista 91910

Preschool/Elementary/Middle Lic. # 372002147

Lic # 372006093

La Jolla, Clairemont, Pacific Beach

12642 Monte Vista Road, Poway, CA 92064 Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4SRanch, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos



4544 Pocahontas Ave., San Diego 92117


Preschool/Elementary Lic. #372005444

2640 Soderblom Ave., San Diego 92122



Lic. # 372001507 & 376618271

La Jolla, Pacific Beach, University City

Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Ramona

858-748-1727 Toddler Care 858-748-1728



Bonita, Chula Vista & Eastlake


Toddler/Preschool/Lower Elementary Lic. #376700503

271 East J St., Chula Vista 91910

Bonita & Chula Vista



18 mos.-12 yrs. Toddler/Primary/Elementary Lic. #376700098

8745 La Jolla Scenic Drive N., San Diego 92037

La Jolla



lic.# 376700758

612 Paseo del Rey, Chula Vista 91910

San Diego Central



Preschool/Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Chula Vista, Bonita, & Eastlake

14911 Espola Rd., Poway 92064

SCRIPPS MONTESSORI SCHOOL Toddler/Preschool/Elementary Lic. # 370801839

9939 Old Grove Rd., San Diego 92131

Scripps Ranch


Preschool-up to 5 yrs. Lic. # 372005868

6917 Tait St., San Diego 92111

Linda Vista


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Oceanside Swap Meet 3480 Mission Ave. 760-966-3160 Traditional swap meet that also has a Kids Zone. Selections are a mix of used and new items. Open Saturday and Sunday mornings to mid-afternoon. Pier View North Surfrider Way & North The Strand north.asp Visit this beach for a quiet, relaxed vibe. Swimming and surfing areas marked by checkered flags. Bring your own ball and net for the beach volleyball court. Activities held throughout the year. Pier View South Seagaze Dr. & South The Strand south.asp One of the city’s most popular beaches for surfing, body surfing and body boarding. The pier is great for walking and fishing. Events held at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater throughout the year. Swimming and surfing areas marked by checkered flags. San Diego Humane Society & SPCA N. Campus Dogs: 2905 San Luis Rey Rd., Cats, small animals: 572 Airport Rd. 760-757-4357 Whether you’re adopting a family pet or looking for volunteer opportunities, this is the place young animal lovers love to go. Older teens can volunteer to help with stray and homeless animals and help in the office. Surf Bowl 1401 S. Coast Hwy. 760-722-1371 Bowling alley and entertainment center featuring open play, youth bowling and league options. Check online for daily specials, such as “Xtreme Glow-In-the-Dark Bowling.” Snacks available at Blue Wave Café. Wheel Fun Rentals 300 North The Strand 760-828-0166 Explore the city on rented specialty bikes like cruisers, tandems or surreys. Explore the water on a pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. Great exercise and sightseeing.

Rancho Santa Fe Helen Woodward Animal Center 6461 El Apajo Rd. 858-756-4117 This center is focused on people helping animals and animals helping people. Kids and families come here to adopt a new pet. Volunteers (ages 14+) assist furry friends. Junior volunteers (10+) can sign up to help. La Flecha House 6036 La Flecha Ave. 858-756-9291 Get to know the history of this special village through exhibitions, historic sites, archives, special events and educational programs. Self-guided walking tours provide an overview of the area’s history and architecture. Guided group tours available. Open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Solana Beach Fletcher Cove Park 111 S. Sierra Ave. Soak up the sun in Solana Beach. This idyllic spot has a grassy area, picnic tables, playground and basketball courts. Great ocean views. Grab breakfast or lunch at nearby Pillbox Tavern, a local favorite. Solana Beach Heritage Museum 715 Valley Ave. 858-259-7657 www.solanabeachcivicandhistoricalsociety. org/?page_id=246 Built in 1887, this museum takes visitors on a 100-year journey back in time. Open first and third Saturdays from 1–4 p.m. Group tours available by appointment. Tide Park Beach 302 Solana Vista Dr. 858-720-4441 asp?SEC=7EAF816C-8241-41B6-B6E8B3FC045CFE0C&Type=B_BASIC With Table Tops surf break, this secluded, sandy beach is popular for swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and tide pool exploration. Showers available, but no restrooms.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 200 Palm Canyon Dr. 760-767-4205 Explore 6,000 acres of picturesque desert landscape at California’s largest state park. 500 miles of dirt roads offer exceptional hiking, including a portion of the Pacific Coast Trail. Catch the wildflower blooms each spring.

California Center for the Arts 340 N. Escondido Blvd. 760-839-4138; 800-988-4253 (tickets) Explore museum exhibits and a 5,000 square foot sculpture garden. Check the performance schedule for dance, theater and concerts. Also offers educational workshops for families.

Borrego Night Sky Tours 760-767-3656 Anza-Borrego’s Dark Sky Community offers an unmatched view of the cosmos. Astronomer Dennis Mammana provides personalized tours of the night sky with the help of a massive telescope. Ages 8+ only. Ocotillo Wells 5172 Hwy. 78 760-767-5391 Perfect for desert off-roading, this 85,000-acre state recreation area is also open to campers.

Dixon Lake 1700 N. La Honda Dr. 760-839-4680 A popular spot for bass fishing, this lake offers boat rentals, hiking trails and camping sites. No swimming or pets allowed. EcoVivarium 136 S. Juniper St. 760-975-9690 Living museum dedicated exclusively to rescued reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. Hands-on experiences with animal ambassadors. Kids are free to hold and touch most animals including snakes, komodo dragons, hissing bugs and pythons.

Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Hwy. 78, Ramona 760-787-0983

Visit during public events one weekend per month, or book a private tour. Ride the camels, see a show, then visit the store for a selection of camel milk chocolate and skincare products. Photo courtesy of Oasis Camel Dairy

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve 8833 Harmony Grove Rd. 760-632-4212 This scenic reserve offers 784 acres of wildlife and mountain views. Eleven miles of trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking or equestrian use. Guided nature walks second Sundays at 10 a.m. The Grand Tea Room 145 W. Grand Ave. 760-233-9500 Each table has a unique theme at this Victorianstyle tea room and gift shop. Dress your party in hats, gloves and beads for the full experience. Children’s tea available. Grape Day Park 321 N. Broadway 760-743-8207 A stone’s throw from the Children’s Discovery Museum, this park offers the “Vinehenge” climbing structure and plenty of space for picnics.

Ice-Plex 555 N. Tulip St. 760-489-5550 Drop in for public skating at San Diego’s largest ice skating facility, featuring two Olympic-size rinks. Hockey lovers, check the schedule for stick time and pick-up games. Kit Carson Park 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy. 760-839-4691 This huge park offers something for everyone. Check out the tot lot, playground, athletic fields, skate park, arboretum, sculpture garden and more. Lake Hodges Lake Dr., off Via Rancho Pkwy. 619-465-3474 hodges.shtml Make use of available picnic tables and BBQs at this scenic spot for hiking, bike riding and fishing. Boats and bait available at concession. San Diego Archaeological Center 16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd.

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760-291-0370 What was life like for ancient peoples in our area? Discover the answer with 10,000 years of San Diego’s archaeological artifacts, on exhibit at this educational facility. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum 320 N. Broadway 760-233-7755 This indoor/outdoor hands-on museum encourages STEM experimentation and sensory exploration. Now offering farm animal visits and special story times last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd. 760-747-8702 Board the Africa tram to observe animals in spacious exhibits. Walk the park for closer encounters, shows and add-on experiences like the cheetah run. Suzie Q’s Diner 258 E 2nd Ave. 442-999-5178 Stop by this traditional 50’s style diner for a scrumptious breakfast or lunch complete with gumball machine, jukebox and root beer floats. For a sweet treat try the gigantic cinnamon roll or French toast dusted in powdered sugar. Tavern+Bowl 200 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. 760-690-2300 Servers deliver upscale tavern food to your lane while you bowl. Located at Westfield North County Mall. Kids bowl free on weekdays all summer long.

Fallbrook/Bonsall Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society Museum 123 W. Alvarado St., Ste. B 760-728-1130 This museum rocks! View gem and mineral specimens from around the world. Open Thursday through Saturday. Gift shop on site. Fallbrook Historical Society Museum 1730 S. Hill Ave. 760-723-4125

Escape to 19th century Fallbrook with model trains, replicas of historic buildings and exhibits on early settlers. Open Thursdays & Sundays 1-4 p.m. Live Oak County Park 2746 Reche Rd. 760-728-2303 With 27 acres of oak forest, this picturesque park offers plenty of space to picnic and play. Sports fields, playgrounds and an off-leash dog park. Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery 2940 Reche Rd. 760-728-5340 Tour the gardens, then visit Café Bloom for farmfresh organic provisions like award-winning Myrtle Berry Pie. Encounter birds, butterflies and farm animals on site. Closed Tuesdays. Wild Wonders Highway 76 760-630-9230 Schedule a tour of this wildlife education and conservation center. Guides take guests behind the scenes to feed and interact with animals.

Julian California Wolf Center KQ Ranch Rd., off Hwy. 79; (4 miles south of Julian) 760-765-0030 Book a tour at this conservation and research center for a unique, guided observation of resident wolves and an educational presentation. Eagle and High Peak Mine 2320 C St. 760-765-0036 Explore 1,000 feet of underground tunnels, 24 acres of old prospect land and antique machinery. Try your luck at gold panning. Rock shop and museum on site. Julian Mining Company 4444 Hwy. 78 951-312-9940 Mine for gems, pan for gold and learn to throw a tomahawk at this popular mountain destination.

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Also offering a petting zoo and seasonal u-pick opportunities. Weekends only. Julian Pie Company 2225 Main St. 760-765-2449 This charming family bakery dishes up pies by the slice. Choose from tasty toppings like cinnamon sauce, ice cream or sharp cheddar. Try the Apple Memories—piecrust cookies topped with cinnamon sugar. Baked and unbaked whole pies available. Lake Cuyamaca 15027 Hwy 79 760-765-0515; 877-581-9904 This 110-acre lake is stocked with trout all year long. Visit for the day, or rent a rustic cabin. Perfect for hiking, boating and birdwatching. Main Street Carriage Company Corner of Main St. & Washington 760-791-5252 Stop by any Friday-Sunday for a 15-minute horsedrawn tour of historic downtown Julian. Moms Pies 2119 Main St. 760-765-2472 Flaky, buttery crust and not-too-sweet filling make this pie stop a local favorite. More than 20 flavors baked fresh daily, along with soups, sandwiches and other yummy pastries.

sprawling meadows and peaceful forests offer a serene backdrop to view deer, wild turkey and the occasional winter snowfall. Wynola Pizza & Bistro 4355 Hwy. 78 760-765-1004 Catch live entertainment every weekend at this spot for tasty wood-fired pizza and barbecue. Just outside of Julian with plenty of RV and camper parking available.

Mt. Palomar Palomar Mountain State Park 19952 State Park Dr. 760-742-3462 Escape to the mountains for scenic hiking, campsites and trout fishing. Popular features include the historic Boucher Fire Lookout Tower and Doane pond. Palomar Observatory 35899 Canfield Rd. 760-742-2119

Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds 4446 Hwy. 79 760-765-0429 This clean, quiet campground offers charming cottages, peaceful tent camping and RV campsites with full hookups. The fishing pond is back in business after years of drought conditions. Stagecoach Trails Horse Camp and RV Park 7878 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849 760-765-3765 This site offers horse corrals alongside its cabins, RV sites and tent camping. Easy access to Anza Borrego State Park trails. Swimming pool and riding arena available for family fun. William Heise County Park 4945 Heise Park Rd. 760-765-0650 This 929-acre park is perfect for camping. The

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Take a guided tour of Caltech’s mountaintop research facility to catch a glimpse of the famous Hale telescope. At 200 inches, it was the largest telescope in operation for decades.

Pala Cupa Cultural Center 35008 Pala Temecula Rd. 760-891-3590 Learn about the history and traditions of the Pala Band of Mission Indians through artifacts, photographs and crafts. Open Monday—Friday. Mission San Antonio de Pala 3015 Pala Mission Rd. 760-742-3317 This active Catholic parish was completed in 1816 and served as a sub-mission to Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. Attractions include a replica of the original bell tower and a museum. Oceanview Gem Mine 37304 Magee Rd. 760-415-9143 Visit an underground mine to dig for gemstones. Take home anything you find at no extra charge. Open Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Pauma Valley La Jolla Indian Campground 22000 Hwy. 76 760-742-1297 Leisurely camping and inner-tubing on the San Luis River. Reserve for groups or RVs. Tents and walkins are first come, first serve. No pets allowed. La Jolla Zip Zoom 22000 Hwy. 76 760-742-3776 Your guided tour includes four courses ranging from 300-2,500 ft. Fly over breathtaking scenery at speeds up to 55 mph. Offering parallel lines so guests can share their adventure. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Poway Blue Sky Ecological Reserve 16275 Espola Rd. 858-668-4781 Great for hikers and their pets, this 700-acre canyon offers gorgeous nature viewing. Become a member for special events. Get Air 12160 Community Rd. 858-848-1247 This trampoline park offers tons of amenities, like a foam pit, ninja course and dodgeball. Toddler time on weekday mornings. Family night on Mondays. Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve 16281 Sycamore Canyon Rd. 858-513-4737 Sycamore_Goodan.html Enjoy beautiful wildlife views along 10 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use. Check online for nature hikes and children’s programs. Hamburger Factory 14122 Midland Rd. 858-486-4575 This restaurant serves award-winning hamburgers in a dining room with a Wild West motif. Located in Old Poway Park. Kids eat free Tuesday nights. iCreate Pottery & Art Studio 13144 Poway Rd. 858-668-5474 Let your creativity flow at iCreate, a painting studio for all ages and skill levels. Choose from a wide selection of ceramic figures, or learn a new skill like glass fusion, canvas painting, mosaic work or clay imprints. No studio fee. Iron Mountain Trail Poway Rd. & Hwy. 67 Arrive early to beat the crowds for this popular 6-mile mountain trail. Appropriate shoes are a must for this uphill hike. Spectacular views at the peak. Lake Poway 14644 Lake Poway Rd. 858-668-4772 Surrounded by Poway’s towering hills, this gorgeous lake is open for boating and fishing Wednesday through Sunday. Archery, hiking and picnic areas also available.

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Old Poway Park 14134 Midland Rd. 858-668-4576 Travel back to early 20th century Poway at this historic site, where you can ride an antique train (schedule at, or visit the Heritage Museum. Farmers market on Saturdays. Poway Fun Bowl 12941 Poway Rd. 858-748-9110 This bowling alley offers 32 lanes with an open, spacious design. Pool tables and arcade also available. Cosmic Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights. Poway Ice Arena 12455 Kerran St. 858-956-0045 Drop in for public skating Wednesday-Sunday. Check the schedule for hockey pick-up games, stick time or freestyle skating sessions. Poway Trail Company 14875 Mina de Oro

130 Woodward Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

442-888-0464 Reserve your trail ride at this scenic horse ranch in the Poway hills. Also offering hand-led pony rides for ages 2-7. Vertical Hold Rock Climbing Gym 13026 Stowe Dr. 858-748-9011 See Mission Hills listing. Also in San Marcos.

Ramona Classic Rotors Helicopter Museum 2690 Montecito Rd. 760-650-9257 Dedicated to the preservation of rare and vintage rotorcraft, visit to learn about the history of vertical flight technology. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Dos Picos County Park & Campground 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. 760-789-2220

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23 picos.html Looking for a peaceful atmosphere to camp or hike? Visit this secluded Ramona gem for cabins, horseshoe pits and picnic areas. Guy B. Woodward Museum 645 Main St. 760-789-7644 Explore a small re-creation of a Wild West town, including a cowboy bunkhouse, blacksmith and one room school. Main museum is housed in an 1886 historic home. Open Thursdays through Sundays.

12115 Black Mountain Rd. 858-538-8066 osp/lospenasquitos/index.shtml This 4,000-acre preserve offers flat, easy trails suitable for bikes and strollers. Visit the historic adobe ruins, rushing waterfall and year-round stream.

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London Bakery 632 Main St. 858-900-7363 Now offering high tea, this charming bakery puts a scrumptious twist on British classics. Choose from scones, pies, cakes and a selection of jams.

We Rock the Spectrum 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. A128 Carmel Mountain 858-798-5353 An inclusive play gym for all kids, offering equipment specially designed for children with sensory processing disorders.

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Color Me Mine 10550 Craftsman Way, Ste. 183 858-312-5500 This paint-your-own ceramics studio offers parties and workshops. In-house illustrator now accepting custom orders for painted ceramics.

Eagle Lanes 945 San Marcos Blvd. 760-744-7000 Enjoy soft, luxury seating at this 40-lane alley, along with a full bar and interactive arcade. Check the website for seasonal specials. Online reservations available.

Kid Ventures 10760 Thornmint Rd. 858-207-6088 See Chula Vista listing. Also in Point Loma.

Rancho Peñasquitos Creamistry See Clairemont listing. Also in San Marcos. Black Mountain Park 12115 Black Mountain Rd. 858-538-8082 osp/blackmtn/index.shtml Hike and bike across 2,352 acres of sage covered hills. Journey to the peak of Black Mountain for stunning views of the ocean, downtown and San Diego’s gorgeous mountains. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

Pump It Up 445 Ryan Dr., Ste. 103 760-510-8000 Visit Tuesdays and Wednesdays for open jump on these huge inflatable indoor playgrounds. Party room available. Vertical Hold Rock Climbing Gym See Poway listing. Sunset Park 909 Puesta Del Sol 760-744-3500 FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/155/1080?np age=2 This 19-acre park offers two tot lots, a splash pad and several sports fields. Perfect for picnics and nature walks.

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Valley Center

This family-focused campground offers tent and RV camping, fishing pond, pool and

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Bates Nut Farm


15954 Woods Valley Rd.


Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

Nuts roasted on site, but that’s not all! Feed animals at the farm zoo, enjoy boutique shopping and relax in the park and picnic areas. Don’t miss the old-fashioned candy counter.

1270 Vale Terrace Dr. 760-945-3945 See rare and beautiful plants interspersed with

Valley Center History Museum

local art at this community gathering space.

29200 Cole Grade Rd.

Hands-on Kids in the Garden class offered


second Saturdays. Explore the area’s unique history with exhibits

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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2040 N. Santa Fe Ave.

Post Office and giant quilt. Closed Sundays and

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Mondays. Dedicated to preserving early American

Woods Valley Kampground and RV Park

technology, this nonprofit displays farm

15236 Woods Valley Rd.

equipment, engines and a short track railroad.


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1525 W. Vista Way 760-945-9474 See Clairemont listing. Also in El Cajon. Vista Entertainment Center 435 W. Vista Way

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La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library 1008 Wall St. 858-454-5872 This nonprofit membership library has an impressive collection devoted exclusively to music and art. Check out concerts, expos, lectures and art classes. Family memberships available. Closed Sunday and Monday. Birch Aquarium at Scripps 2300 Expedition Way 858-534-3474 This aquarium—the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego—has exhibits of corals, tide pools, seahorses and more. Enjoy hands-on science, exploration and adventure during SEA Days, offered 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the third Saturday of each month. Aquarium open daily. Children’s Pool 850 Coast Blvd., end of Jenner St. 619-221-8899

Picturesque beach with panoramic views. The whole family enjoys watching seals and sea lions relaxing on the beach and on Seal Rock Reserve, just offshore. Children’s Pool Beach closed during seal pupping season, Dec. 15-May 15. Everyday California 2246 Avenida de la Playa 858-454-6195 Experience the California dream out on the water. This company offers guided tours and/or equipment rentals for stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking (ages 6+) and snorkeling (ages 10+). Tour participants see a variety of marine life. Try whale watching in kayaks, Dec.–March. La Jolla Cove Along Coast Blvd. 619-221-8899 One of the most photographed beaches in SoCal, this small beach is tucked between sandstone cliffs. Ideal for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. Fishing is prohibited.

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Rosecrans St. between Lytton St. & Womble Rd., Point Loma A former Naval Training Center, this venue has been transformed into a hip and family-friendly shopping, dining and arts district. Corvette Diner, Hot Spot Pottery, Liberty Public Market, The LOT, NTC Park and Officine Buona Forchetta are some of the area’s favorite spots for families. Check the online calendar for events throughout the year, including a summer outdoor movie series. Photo courtesy of All Colors Photography

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La Jolla Historical Society 780 Prospect St. 858-459-5335 Get a look at La Jolla’s history on one of several self-guided tours, including one about historic beach cottages and mid-century La Jolla architecture. Exhibitions and educational community events also offered. Open 12–4 p.m. Thursday– Sunday. La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. 858-550-1010 This Tony-award winning playhouse offers innovative theater productions—26 of their productions have gone on to Broadway! Kids under 6 are not permitted unless otherwise noted. Youth programs/performances and summer camps are offered. La Jolla Shores Beach and Kellogg Park 8200 Camino del Oro 619-235-1169 regional/shoreline/kelloggpark.shtml Kids love this park’s playground and adults enjoy strolling the boardwalk, situated between a large, grassy area and a beautiful sandy beach.

Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla 7825 Fay Ave., Ste. LL-A 855-653-6277 Focused on helping San Diegans appreciate geography, history, politics and art, this free museum has ongoing exhibits and offers a variety of activities for school-age kids. Maps include missions of California, our nation’s capital and the gold rush. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and the first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr. At Via Capri 858-459-2314 Honors veterans from the Revolutionary War to current service. Walk along the 11 walls to view veterans’ plaques. Climb the stairs to the cross to see one of the city’s best views. Open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Rose Canyon Trail Between Genesee Ave. and La Jolla Colony Dr. 619-525-8213 osp/rosecan1.shtml Hike through this 3.5-mile trail for a glimpse of coastal sage and chaparral. Look out for wildlife, such as rabbits, raccoons and foxes. Contact park rangers to volunteer to help with park maintenance.

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San Diego Bike & Kayak 2158 Avenida de la Playa 858-454-1010 Kayak the La Jolla caves, snorkel or sightsee on a bike. Sign up for a group tour or rent gear and explore on your own. Age restrictions apply. San Diego Center for Jewish Culture 4126 Executive Dr. 858-362-1348 Dedicated to promoting Jewish arts and education, this center’s events and programming welcome the entire San Diego community. Offers literary events, youth theater, activities, camps and classes. Scripps Coastal Reserve Next to 9300 block of La Jolla Farms Rd., one block west of La Jolla Shores Dr. html One thousand acres of coastal views include two distinct parts – the shoreline and the grassy knoll (or cliffs), adjacent to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Take a self-guided ecological tour along this reserve’s biodiversity trail to check out the tide pools and sandy beach. Shell Beach Tide Pools South end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park 1133 Coast Blvd. 619-235-1169 Visit during really low tide—the best time to explore tide pools. The big draw? You can see Seal Rock Reserve, where seals and sea lions sun themselves, just offshore. Stuart Art Collection at University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr. 858-534-2117 Tour this unique, non-traditional sculpture garden on UCSD’s campus with help from an app. Kids marvel at the art, including a nearly 24-foot “Bear” sculpture made from eight locally sourced granite stones. Walk “Snake Path,” a 560-foot path that looks like a snake. Sunny Jim Cave and Store 1325 Coast Blvd. South 858-459-0746 Access Sunny Jim Cave, the only La Jolla cave accessible by land, through a man-made tunnel inside the gift shop; snorkeling rentals available seasonally. Torrey Pines Gliderport 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. 858-452-9858 Soak up nearly 100 years of flying history at this gliderport, which boasts coastal views. Aviation opportunities include para and hang gliding. Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd. 858-452-3226 Amazing views! This premier municipal golf course, owned and operated by the city of San Diego, has two championship golf courses. Player development programs, junior golf club and junior summer camps available. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd. 858-755-2063 Enjoy nature at this breathtaking coastal spot. Walk on trails overlooking the sandy beach below. Free, guided nature walks available on weekends and holidays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Open daily 7:15 a.m. to sunset. Warwick’s Bookstore 7812 Girard Ave. 858-454-0347 The oldest family-owned and operated bookstore in the county, Warwick’s hosts events and book signings. Check out the Kids Corner section and the kids’ book of the month club. Windansea Beach 6800 Neptune Pl. 619-221-8899 shtml Despite it’s rocky shoreline, this stunning beach is a surfing hotspot. Swimmers need to be careful about the severe shore break. No restrooms.

Mission Bay Action Sport Rentals Multiple locations 619-241-4794 Water fun is just a rental away! Rent your choice of water skis, kayaks, sailboats, wave runners, aquacycles, power boats, stand-up paddleboards and paddleboats, as well as land rentals like bikes and Segways. Seven locations countywide. Crown Point Crown Point Dr., between Ingraham and Lamont 619-525-8213 regional/missionbay/crownpoint.shtml This waterfront park has BBQs, picnic tables, a sandy beach, grassy areas and a playground. Boat launch and basketball courts also available. Summer lifeguards on duty.

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Fiesta Island Fiesta Island Rd., off Mission Bay Dr. 619-235-1169 regional/missionbay/fiestaisland.shtml Large peninsula park in the middle of Mission Bay popular for community events and charity bike races and runs. A great spot for water sports. No restrooms, and picnicking is not allowed. Hospitality Point 2500 block of Quivira Way 619-235-1169 regional/missionbay/hospitalitypoint.shtml This park is perfect for picnics, parties and playing games. It has views of Mission Bay, the San Diego River and Pacific Ocean. Go for a walk or bike the paths. Get there early during the summer and holidays when parking lots fill up fast. Jetpack America 1010 Santa Clara Pl. (at Mission Bay Sports Center) 888-553-6471 Get ready to fly! This company offers a variety of extreme sports including skydiving, jet skiing, parasailing and scuba diving. They provide instructions. Age and weight restrictions apply.


Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve Corner of Crown Point Dr. & Pacific Beach Dr. 858-534-2077 Sixteen-acre reserve located on the northern edge of Mission Bay and administered by UCSD. Wetland habitat features wildlife, salt flats, coastal sage scrub and mudflats. Great for bird watching. Mission Bay Aquatic Center 1001 Santa Clara Pl. 858-488-1000 Located on the east side of Mission Bay and just ¼ mile from the ocean, this center is the place to safely experience water sports. Learn how to row, paddle, surf and kayak at this waterfront facility. Rent gear and/or take lessons. Mission Bay Bike Paths Mission Bay Dr. With 19 miles of paved paths, this spot is ideal for walking, biking, running and skating. Current project underway to complete the loop around the bay. Dining and boat rentals along the way. Model Yacht Pond Vacation Isle, south of Paradise Point Resort 619-525-8213


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31 regional/missionbay/facilities1.shtml The pond is used for sail and power model boat races and regattas. Lots of shade and grassy areas make it a comfy place to relax. San Diego Youth Aquatic Center 1750 Fiesta Island Rd. 619-298-6121 Located in a protected cove on Fiesta Island, this center offers equipment rentals and instruction for canoeing, rowing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and windsurfing. Available to host youth groups and camps up to 250 people.

Mission Beach Belmont Park 3146 Mission Blvd. 858-228-9283 Home to the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, this beachfront amusement park is lots of fun! Enjoy thrill rides, arcade games, laser tag, rock climbing, wave machines and mini golf. Grab a snack and do some beach-themed shopping. Hamel’s Surf Shop 704 Ventura Pl. 858-488-5050 For over 25 years, this has been the place to rent bikes and beach gear in Mission Beach. Kids will enjoy the shop’s castle-façade on the building’s exterior. Mission Beach and Boardwalk Ocean Front Walk from Pacific Beach Dr. South 619-221-8899 This mile-long stretch of sand and boardwalk is popular with locals and visitors. Relax at the beach, people watch, enjoy the water, or walk, bike or rollerblade on the boardwalk. Lifeguards on duty. SeaWorld Adventure Park 500 SeaWorld Dr. 800-257-4268 Enjoy a fun and exciting day watching shows, enjoying rides and exhibits, and participating in animal interaction programs. Seasonal fireworks are best viewed in Shamu Stadium. Don’t miss the new All Day Orca Play, close-up access to killer whales. South Mission Beach City Beach N. Jetty Rd. 619-221-8899 Known as the wildest beach in the city, this beach is located on the south end of the boardwalk. Staffed with permanent lifeguards, it’s popular for beach volleyball, basketball and annual Over-The-Line games. Fire pits are provided during the summer.

Ocean Beach Dusty Rhodes Park Between Nimitz Blvd. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. An open space park without structures, courts or fields for predetermined activities, this spot is family friendly for activities like flying kites, picnicking and games. There’s a playground area too. Off leash dog park is fenced and offers doggy water fountains. Ocean Beach Farmers Market 4900 Newport Ave. annual-events/farmers-market-wednesdays Now in its 25th year, this farmers market has an abundant selection of fruits, veggies and flowers. Sample the produce, but save room for dinner. Vendors sell everything from tacos and crepes to sandwiches. Wednesday evenings. Ocean Beach Historical Walking Tour Printed maps available at 1868 Bacon St. Explore OB’s history on a self-guided walking tour. Check out early 1900s structures including a library, bank and hotel. Brochure available online. Ocean Beach Park 1950 Abbott St. 619-221-8899 This wide, mile-long beach includes Dog Beach, the city’s only 24-hour beach for dogs. The pier, located on the south end, is good for fishing and walking. Play volleyball near the north end. Ocean Beach Pier and Tide Pools 5099 Niagara Ave. Located on the south end of the beach, the pier is a destination for locals and tourists, for walking and fishing. The pier also has a restaurant and bait shop. For best viewing, check out the tide pools at low tide. Robb Athletic Field 2525 Bacon St. 619-531-1563 recctr/robb.shtml Home to the city’s first skateboard park, this space also has tennis courts, basketball and handball courts, softball fields and a sandy tiny tot playground. It’s perfect for a picnic.

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Pacific Beach Campland On the Bay 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. 858-581-4260 With great views of Mission Bay, this urban campsite with a private beach has a lot to offer. From primitive accommodations to full hook-up RV, campers enjoy sleeping by the bay. Activities include swimming, volleyball, watercraft/bike rentals, campfires, a game room, scavenger hunts and more. Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park 5115 Soledad Rd. 619-235-1169 This 79-acre park named for the local botanist who helped design Balboa Park, has impressive views of San Diego. Picnic, barbeque, hike, and play on two playgrounds and ball fields. Pacific Beach Pacific Beach Dr. to Garnet Ave. to Tourmaline St. 619-221-8899 This is one of the city’s busiest beach areas, especially during the summer. A great spot to surf and swim, this beach has lifeguards daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. Fishing is allowed from the pier. Fire pits are fun at nighttime.

Point Loma Cabrillo National Monument and Old Point Loma Lighthouse 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. at Catalina Blvd. 619-557-5450 This monument, which commemorates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1542 voyage, is home to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, one of the first lighthouses built on the West Coast in the 1850s.

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Panoramic ocean and bay views; hike the Bayside Trail and discover the delights of tide pooling. Watch for migrating gray whales Dec.-April. Ask how kids earn a Junior Ranger badge. Botany for Kids 3685 Voltaire St. 619-223-5229 Located in Coastal Sage Garden, a landscaping service and culture center, this organization offers classes, plant walks, gardening supplies and a reference library. On Saturday afternoons, they have kids craft classes focused on botany. Corvette Diner 2965 Historic Decatur Rd. 619-542-1476 Pure family-friendly fun all the time! This 1950’s rock-and-roll inspired restaurant combines burgers, shakes and entertainment. The Gamers Garage arcade has more than 64 games. On Wednesdays, most games are half price. The Hot Spot 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 14 619-223-1339 Paint your own pottery or make candles at this fun

studio. Pottery gets fired overnight and is ready the next day. Drop in or call to make a reservation. Open daily. Liberty Public Market 2820 Historic Decatur Rd. Attention foodies! Nibble your way through this abundant market, which brings together cuisines and cultures of San Diego. Shop for local produce, fresh seafood, dessert and pastries, homemade pasta, organic meats, beer and wine. NTC Park 2455 Cushing Rd. 619-573-9300 pdf This 46-acre park in Liberty Station has tot lots, a basketball court and multipurpose fields. Relax with a stroll along waterfront paths, smell the roses and watch planes take off from the nearby airport. Officine Buona Forchetta 2816 Sims Rd. 619-458-9231 Fresh, authentic Italian fare and an outdoor space for kids to play while waiting for food to arrive. It’s the best of both worlds.

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Now more than ever we want to provide our students with a moral, spiritual, and solid academic foundation. Our schools guide students to grow in faith, knowledge, and character which prepares them to be active members in the Catholic Church and in the larger community. We’re convinced that a Catholic education will enrich your child’s life.

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St. Therese Academy Preschool & K – 8th 619-583-6270 Del Cerro/SDSU Lic. #372005988

Each Catholic School differs slightly. Please call your local school for specific information. To learn more about enrollment and how you can be part of the strong faith-based values of our schools, contact a local Catholic school listed here.

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Point Loma Sport Fishing 1403 Scott St. 619-223-1627 Grab your fishing gear and get ready to catch bluefin tuna, yellowtail, sculpin, rockfish, sand bass, barracuda or mackerel during a fishing expedition. Rent gear, if needed, or charter a boat from the large fleet. Some trips require a passport.

San Diego Comic Art Gallery 2765 Truxtun Rd., Barracks 3 858-270-1315 x2138 With a goal of cementing San Diego’s reputation as “Capital of the Comics,” this gallery celebrates comic book and graphic arts through an art gallery, events and artist appearances. Closed Sunday– Tuesday.

Recreational Music Center 2590 Truxtun Rd. 619-225-9597 This nonprofit community music school offers kids the chance to get creative with music. Early childhood music classes for kids 0-4 and tot/parent classes on Saturdays.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park 1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. 619-525-8213 regional/shoreline/sunset.shtml Grab your camera! This scenic 68-acre park has incredible panoramic views of the San Diego coastline throughout the day, especially at sunset.

San Diego Coastkeeper 2825 Dewey Rd. # 200 619-758-7743 Volunteer as a family to clean San Diego coastlines at bi-monthly beach cleanups. Can’t make an event? Get a Beach Cleanup in a Box kit to host your own. With advanced training, help monitor water quality at a local watershed.

Women’s Museum of California 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 103 619-233-7963 One of only six museums of women’s history in the country, this nonprofit is committed to preserving the past and inspiring future generations. Check out the Trailblazers of California exhibit, remembering the women who left a lasting legacy in the state. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Banker’s Hill/Hillcrest/University Heights Green Line Walk Albatross St. & Maple Ave. Pass historic homes built in the 1890s-1920s as you walk this marked path from Bankers Hill to Balboa Park. Cross several bridges. Visit Kate Sessions’ favorite tree. Stop for a picnic at Redwood Circle.   Maple Canyon North of Quince St. Bridge; Third Ave. Stairs lead into this hidden urban canyon trail under the Quince St. Bridge. Follow the easy half mile walk on a wide shady trail, filled with wildflowers in spring. End on Maple St. in Little Italy. Marston House and Gardens 3525 Seventh Ave. 619-297-9327 Reopening in July 2017 after renovations. A guided tour through this beautiful estate built in 1905, features lots of cool memorabilia at a child’s-eye level and manicured formal gardens. Spruce Street Bridge Spruce St. & First Ave. Kids love this suspension bridge that sways as

you walk, the only one of its kind in the county. Engineered in 1912 by Edwin Capps, a local San Diegan who was elected mayor twice.

Golden Hill/Normal Heights/North Park/South Park Adams Avenue Book Store 3502 Adams Ave. 619-281-3330 Open since 1965, this second-hand bookstore is a book lover’s haven. Downstairs, find the cozy children’s area. Sit and enjoy warm, cozy nooks with a game of chess and friendly cats. Art Produce 3139 University Ave. 619-584-4448 A former parking lot transformed by a local artist into an inspiring urban garden and art space. Visit on Saturdays and attend family-friendly community art classes from 2-4 p.m. Bird Park Upas/Thorn and 28th St. A popular local spot to picnic with large grassy area and toddler playground. North Park Free

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789 W. Harbor Dr. (at Kettner), Downtown 619-235-4013 This popular outdoor venue features specialty shops, gelato, restaurants, a beautiful courtyard and a hidden gem: restored jail cells, historic photographs and memorabilia from when it was San Diego’s Police Headquarters in 1939 (free to explore). Photo courtesy of Lisa Gipson

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Summer Concert Series held here. Bands play original, danceable music. No restrooms.

was created when the community rescued the abandoned land. Updated play equipment, shade trees, picnic tables and beautiful views of Mission Valley. Free summer concerts during July and August.

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream 3077 University Ave. 619-220-0231 Enjoy rich, creamy ice cream made in Hawaii. Friendly staff serves delicious flavors like passionfruit, mango, and Kona coffee. Can’t decide? Order a flight of six mini cones! Shops also in Point Loma and Pacific Beach. Mariposa Ice Cream 3450 Adams Ave. 619-284-5197 Ice cream, sherbet, and malts are handmade in this neighborhood shop. Check website for coupons and rotating flavors like strawberry cheesecake. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Montclair Neighborhood Park End of Nile St. (at Quince) A nice park with a variety of playground equipment and a paved path for bikes and scooters. Lots of open areas. No restrooms. Old Trolley Barn Park 1400 Adams Ave. Once a trolley car barn, this great family park

San Diego Velodrome Located within Balboa Park Recreation area 2516 Pershing Dr. Free spectator area for outdoor track cycling on Tuesday nights from mid-April to September. Free weekly bicycle track classes for ages 8 and up include use of track bicycle! Song Rail Bridge 25th St. Bridge, spanning SR 94 Bring a stick and strike up a song along the bridge’s railing. Incredibly, this work of art created by Roman de Salvo plays the same tune regardless of which direction you are headed. Station Tavern 2204 Fern St. 619-255-0657 Patio seating offers a play area with chalkboard and mini trolley. Families enjoy craft brews in a laid-back atmosphere. Menu highlights: homemade tater tots and Sloppy Joe Fridays. Dogs welcome. Closed Mondays.

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Viva Pops 3330 Adams Ave. 619-795-1080 Inspired by Mexican paletas, frozen homemade pops are made with organic, locally-sourced fruits and herbs. Flavors are fun and festive just like their bright decor and mural. Pup pops sold too. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

San Diego Downtown/Little Italy Broadway Pier End of Broadway Take in the beauty of this certified green building when cruise ships are absent. Port Pavilion features an enormous ocean-inspired artwork with luminous, dancing lights at night. Across from the pier entrance are gardens, open spaces and artsy pavilions. Chicano Park Logan Ave. and Cesar Chavez Pkwy. Huge, colorful murals cover freeway overpasses depicting mythology, indigenous heritage and immigration themes. Interactive mural map online notes artists and artwork. Annual Chicano Park Day held each April. Chinese Historical Museum   404 Third Ave. 619-338-9888 Exhibit highlights include artwork, carved furniture, and lovely Chuang Garden with a meandering path and koi. Take a walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood on the second Saturday each month. Children under 12 free. Closed Mondays. Chocolat Cremerie 509 Fifth Ave. 619-238-9400 Chocoholics beware! This cafe offers an impressive variety of decadence. Choose a sweet or savory crepe, gelato or specialty dessert. Nutella is a favorite customer flavor.

Sit in “The Coop,” a fun patio featuring a huge rooster. Play bocce ball while the chef prepares fried chicken and slaw. Ingredients are all natural, locally sourced and absolutely delicious. Full bar. Also in Encinitas. Embarcadero Marina Park: South & North South end: 111 W. Harbor Dr. North end: Kettner Blvd. and W. Harbor Dr. North end borders Seaport Village offering large grassy areas, bike paths, picnic tables and concession stands. South park hosts the Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights with familyfriendly orchestra. Look for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and E.T. summer 2017. Gaslamp Museum at William Heath Davis House 410 Island Ave. 619-233-4692 Built in 1850, it’s the oldest standing structure downtown. Each room highlights a different time period in the home’s history. Many tours available including an audio Children’s Architectural Tour, Ghost Walk and new Gaslamp Pub Crawl. Closed Mondays. Gaslamp Quarter Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Aves. (between Broadway and Harbor Dr.) 619-233-5227 Explore the many shops, restaurants and Victorianera homes in the Historic District. Check website detailing annual Children’s Historic Street Faire held each fall. Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop 643 Fifth Ave. 619-234-2449 Look for the neon sign that points to this oldfashioned ice cream parlor. Delicious shakes and sundaes served in huge portions are good for sharing. Also at Las Americas Premium Outlets at the border. The Headquarters at Seaport See pull-out with photo.

County Administration Center Waterfront Park 1600 Pacific Hwy. Across the street from the Maritime Museum. Parents love the beautiful harbor views. Kids love its reflective pools, fountain jets, and playground with unique slides and climbing structures. Bring towels. Lacks shade.

Hodad’s 945 Broadway 619-234-6323 Enjoy old-fashioned burgers with all the fixings (mini burgers for kids), milkshakes and surf inspired atmosphere in this hotspot for locals and tourists. Also check out the original Hodad’s in Ocean Beach.

The Crack Shack 2266 Kettner Blvd. 619-795-3299

Hornblower Cruises and Events 970 N. Harbor Dr. 619-686-8715

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Popular for seasonal whale watching with live educational narration. Free return if no whales are spotted. Daily harbor tours, holiday cruises and weekend brunch cruises. Discounts often available for children ages 4–12. Horton Plaza Park 900 Fourth Ave. 619-544-8180 Grassy park surrounding the historic landmark fountain. Interactive pop-jet fountains. Engage in Plaza Play on weekends from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Play a giant game of Jenga, lawn darts or hula hoop. Humane Smarts 1326 Broadway 866-737-3330 In its new location, Humane Smarts continues to be an engaging urban garden and farm embracing the arts. Youth programs provide hands-on experience with gardening, cooking with fresh produce and photography. iDessert 1608 India St., Ste. 104 619-544-1033 Have a blast creating your own dessert using a

touchscreen electronic menu. Choose gelato flavor and a meringue shell, then layer the inside with optional whip cream, toppings and cake. Pure joy. Gluten free options too. K1 Speed Go-Karts 1709 Main St. 619-241-4740 A thrilling high-speed indoor go-kart racing experience. Birthday parties available. Youth racers must be 48 inches tall. Closed-toe shoes required. Lane Field Park 1009 North Harbor Dr. (end of Broadway) html This baseball-inspired urban green space served as The Padres’ stadium from the mid 1930s-1950s. Walking paths and family-size wooden loungers. Leashed dogs are permitted. Maritime Museum of San Diego 1492 N. Harbor Dr. 619-234-9153 x101 Known for the iconic Star of India, the oldest active sailing ship in the world, and the Festival of Sail held each Labor Day. Festive Pirate Days feature games, live entertainment and costume contests. Exciting boating adventures available daily.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Market St. to Petco Park, along Harbor Dr. Take a pleasant stroll along this inspiring pathway that connects many parts of downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter. Enjoy MLK quotes, urban artwork, a unique fountain and a great hedge maze for little ones. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 1100 Kettner Blvd. 858-454-3541 Dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Family ArtLab offers educational tours and hands-on art making some Saturdays. Check calendar. Always free for families of four with EBT Card and for youth 25 and under. Free admission third Thursday each month 5–8 pm. Closed Wednesday. The New Children’s Museum 200 W. Island Ave. 619-233-8792 Children’s contemporary art museum with everchanging interactive exhibits. Drop in art-making daily. Popular family workshops, including Friday Toddler Time with finger-paints and stories. Target Family Days offer low admission price second Sunday each month.

PETCO Park 100 Park Blvd. Daily behind-the-scenes tours explore a luxury suite, dugouts and Padres Hall of Fame. Tour times vary on game days. Watch games in kid-friendly Park at the Park featuring grassy knolls for picnics. Variety of food vendors. San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd. 619-236-5800 Take in the views from the dome terrace. Explore the sculpture garden. Check out some books in the bright, Seuss-themed Sanford Library. Check calendar for many special events. San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave. 619-570-1100 Enjoy a Broadway show here. The 2017/2018 season includes “The Book of Mormon” in July, “Cinderella” in December and “Hamilton” in January.

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San Diego Donut Bar 631 B St. 619-255-6360 Most award-winning donuts in the country! Menu changes daily. Order a day ahead and arrange delivery—they sell out! New weekend hours Fridays and Saturdays 5-10 p.m. feature Donuts and San Diego Craft Beer pairings.

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San Diego Firehouse Museum 1572 Columbia St. 619-232-3473 Firefighting memorabilia includes a horse-drawn steamer, La Jolla’s first engine and steel from World Trade Center. Interactive kid-friendly exhibits. Open Thursday through Sunday.


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USS Midway Museum 910 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown 619-544-9600 Climb inside a cockpit on-deck one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. Excellent volunteer docents share personal stories, teach the proper U.S. Navy salute and love to answer kids’ questions. Family overnight experiences available. Wear good walking shoes.





San Diego Visitor Information Center 996 N Harbor Dr 619-737-2999 Take a stroll down the beautiful downtown waterfront and stop by the colorful visitor’s center for all things San Diego. Pick up maps, brochures and tickets for local attractions and events. Friendly staff is available to answer questions about dining, tours, transportation and more.

Tweet Street Park Date St. (between Seventh and Ninth Aves.) A great spot to plane watch, this cute, wellmaintained park houses native birds in specially designed birdhouses. Younger children love the whimsical designs and adjacent playground.


San Diego Symphony Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center 750 B St. 619-235-0804 Family Concert Series runs October-April each year featuring live classical music accompanying theatre and film. Free monthly behind-the-scenes tours of Copley Symphony Hall. Recommended for 12 years and up.

Seaport Village 849 W. Harbor Dr. 619-235-4014 Fly a kite, ride the historic carousel, browse the colorful shops and grab a scoop at Ben & Jerry’s. This popular spot hosts a long-running free summer concert series, the annual Busker Festival and Surfin’ Santa.


San Diego International Airport 3225 N. Harbor Dr. Take a behind-the-scenes tour. Explore beautiful modern art, get close to the runway and visit an area protecting endangered bird species. Two-hour tours are offered every other Thursday 1 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.







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Clairemont Boomers! 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-560-4211 This standby for mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats and batting cages now offers rock climbing. Scaled down theme park for younger guests includes ferris wheel and tea cups. Also in El Cajon and Vista. Creamistry 7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. 108 858-874-6407 Custom ice cream made fresh before your eyes. A Creamologist adds liquid nitrogen to the mixing bowl, creating a billowy reaction as your dessert freezes instantly. The rapid process keeps milk molecules small, resulting in the smoothest ice cream you’ve ever tasted. Also in Rancho Peñasquitos and San Marcos.

of an antique biplane. Tours for two last 20-60 minutes and depart from Montgomery Field. Closed Mondays and holidays. Tecolote Canyon Park & Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Rd. 858-581-9944 osp/tecolote Bike, hike or jog 6.5 miles of trails where Kumeyaay Indians found food and shelter centuries ago. A nature center offers exhibits highlighting plant and animal life in the canyon.

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San Diego Air Tours 3750 John J. Montgomery Dr., Ste. D 800-359-2939 Catch a bird’s eye view of Coronado, Point Loma, Mission Beach or the San Diego Bay from the seat

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center 6845 University Ave.          619-287-5762 Visit this sprawling community center for yearround ice skating, rock climbing and family swim. Catch a Kroc Kids Junior Theatre performance at the impressive arts center. Drop in anytime, or sign up for classes.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum 4203 Anderson Ave., Mira Mesa 858-693-1723

View aircraft and artifacts that celebrate the contributions of Marine Corps aviators and their support crews. Check the website for Open Cockpit Days, when kids can sit in the aircraft and speak to real pilots. Closed Mondays and holidays. Photo courtesy of Kidcentric San Diego

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SDSU Aztec Aquaplex & Tennis Center 5375 Remington Rd. 619-594-7946 Bring your swimsuit for an inflatable floating obstacle course, two heated pools and a 20-person spa. Grab a day pass and enjoy access to the tennis courts on evenings and weekends. SDSU Aztec Lanes 6075 Aztec Circle Dr. 619-594-2695 This 12-lane bowling alley also offers a lounge for table tennis and billiards. Eight big screen TVs on site for video gaming. Registered kids bowl free all summer long.

Kearny Mesa/Serra Mesa/Linda Vista Casa Machado Restaurant 3750 John J. Montgomery Dr. 858-292-4716 Feast on traditional Mexican fare at this familyfriendly eatery overlooking the Montgomery field runways. Sunday champagne brunch.

Studio Diner 4701 Ruffin Rd. 858-715-6400 Order American comfort food with a side of nostalgia at this 40’s style diner. Chrome, neon and movie memorabilia pair well with a menu of malts, burgers and other soda fountain favorites. Open daily and 24-hours Thursday through Saturday. Fairy Tail Mesa 9005 Aero Dr. 858-573-1396 Part play area, part art installation, this outdoor extension of the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa branch library provides hands-on fun for children 5 and under. Kearny Mesa Bowl 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 858-279-1501 This 40-lane alley offers open bowling, tournaments and party packages. Adult, youth and family leagues are available for all skill levels. Kids bowl free all summer long. Kearny Moto Park

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3170 Armstrong St. 619-561-3824 Riders of all ages hone their skills through clinics, practice and competitive racing at this 1,000-foot BMX track. RV camping and snack bar available on race days. San Diego Skateworld 6907 Linda Vista Rd. 858-560-9349 Now offering a new party area, this historic wood rollerskating rink was built in a robust dome shape to withstand attacks during WWII. Visit for open skate, or sign up for team sports like figure skating, roller derby and rink hockey.

Mission Hills Park (Pioneer Park) 1521 Washington Pl. regional/presidio/missionhills San Diego pioneers were buried at this site centuries ago. Now families stretch their legs at the playground and grassy fields. Summer fun includes an annual Independence Day celebration and Friday night concerts.

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Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Tea 3719 India St. 619-683-2748 Book a traditional afternoon tea or browse this quaint shop for gourmet British food and gifts. Check the website for themed teas like Doctor Who, Jane Austen and Harry Potter. Now offering afternoon tea to go.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop 1810 W. Washington St. 619-296-8226 Fresh Mexican eats and over-the-top luchador décor make for a fun meal with kids. Now offering the 3lb. Golden Ticket Burrito for two. Find a golden ticket, and win free beverages for life. Locations in North Park and Petco Park.

Vertical Hold Gym (formerly Solid Rock) 2074 Hancock St. 858-586-7572 Under new ownership, this climbing gym is open during construction. Check in for great updates like AutoBelays, new holds, new padding, and remodeled interior and bathrooms. Also in Poway and San Marcos.

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Mira Mesa

This indoor trampoline park offers open jump, dodgeball, climbing and mini golf. Toddler time every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Camps and party packages available.

Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness 10110 Mesa Rim Rd. 858-201-4411 Employees focus on training and safety at this enormous space for bouldering, belay or lead climbing. Camp, youth and adaptive climbing programs available. Also in Mission Valley. Miramar Speed Circuit 8123 Miralani Dr. 858-586-7500 Race karts around hairpin turns, challenge friends to laser tag or lead your team to victory in a high tech game of capture the flag at this huge indoor arena. Also in Eastlake. Mira Mesa Lanes 8210 Mira Mesa Blvd. 858-578-0500 See Kearny Mesa Bowl listing. Rockin’ Jump 8190 Miralani Dr. 858-693-5867

San Diego Ice Arena 11048 Ice Skate Pl. 858-530-1825 Glide in for family and teen sessions with a live DJ on the ice. Broomball, parties and summer camps also available.

Mission Valley Dave and Busters 2931 Camino del Rio North 619-280-7115 This high-energy sports bar offers arcade games and American eats. Rack up those tickets and redeem for prizes. Grotto Climbing & Yoga 4460 Alvarado Canyon Rd. 619-283-2105 This rope-free climbing center offers bouldering walls, a yoga studio, an outdoor fitness area and kids camps.

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iFly Indoor Skydiving 2385 Camino del Rio North, Mission Valley 619-432-4359 Learn to fly! This high-tech facility allows guests to experience 90 minutes of freefall conditions with the help of a vertical wind tunnel. Safe for ages 3 & up. JP Longball 5232 Riley St. 619-299-4487 Indoor batting cages with adjustable pitching speeds. Hitting, pitching and fielding instruction available. Half off cage time from 12–4 p.m. every day. Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness 405 Camino del Rio S. 619-908-1611 See Mira Mesa listing. Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. 619-283-7319 California’s first mission church is the perfect place to encounter centuries of local history. People of

all faiths are welcome to stop by the visitor center, schedule a guided tour or attend one of this active parish’s community events. San Diego Humane Society & SPCA 5500 Gaines St. 619-299-7012 Visit the center for story time, pet loss support groups or animal adventure camp. Make this your first stop for adoptable pets. Also in Oceanside and Escondido. Snapology 4204 Adams Ave. 619-855-4557 Fun S.T.E.A.M. activities and robotics using LEGO bricks. Check website for events, creative play hours and Friday night drop-in program. Stadium Golf Center and Batting Cages 2990 Murphy Canyon Rd. 858-277-6667 This meticulously maintained driving range offers 72 hitting stations along with batting cages for baseball and softball. Titanium membership now available.



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UltraStar Cinemas 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100 619-574-8684 No sitter? No problem. Parent Movie Morning and Baby’s Night Out every Wednesday. Enjoy oversized leather seats and a café serving beer, wine and food. D-BOX seats move with the onscreen action, and are available for select showings.

Old Town Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours 4041 Harney St. (Best Western Hacienda Hotel) 619-255-6170 This history tour has a spooky theme. Master storytellers weave frightening tales of San Diego’s spirits on this 2-hour tour. Visit 5 haunted sites and enter 3 of them. Buses depart at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Best for ages 10+.

Cousins Candy Shop 2711 San Diego Ave. 619-297-2000 Stock up on your favorite old-timey candies including saltwater taffy, licorice and huckleberry treats. Mormon Battalion Historic Site 2510 Juan St. 619-298-3317 Experience the long march from Iowa to San Diego with the Mormon Battalion at this newly remodeled center. Take a guided tour and learn why LatterDay Saint men and women joined the U.S. Army. Kids will love dressing up like soldiers and panning for gold. Old Town Trolley Tours 866-754-0966 See the best of San Diego with this hop-on, hopoff trolley tour that covers more than 100 points of interest and is narrated by expert, humorous conductors. Ghost tours and SEAL amphibious tours also available.

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Coral Tree Tea House 2490 Heritage Park Row 619-291-5464 Reservations recommended at this charming Victorian home offering high tea, afternoon tea, and for ages 5-8, the Princess and Prince Tea. This

Heritage Park landmark is the ideal setting for tea sandwiches, scones and traditional desserts. Open Thursday through Sunday.

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Old Town State Historic Park San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St.    619-220-5422 Celebrate our city’s heritage at the site of the first California settlement. Explore museums, restaurants, unique shops and historic sites. Living history demonstrations every Wednesday and Saturday.

Mission Trails Regional Park One Father Junipero Serra Trail 619-668-3281     With over 60 miles of trails, this local treasure is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Connect with nature in this ideal space for camping, boating, equestrian trails and more. Catch an informational video at the beautiful visitor center.

The Whaley House 2476 San Diego Ave. 619-297-7511 Known to be one of the most haunted houses in America. Visit this site for an after-dark tour if you dare.

Scripps Ranch

San Carlos/Del Cerro Lake Murray 5540 Kiowa Dr.     619-668-2050 murray.shtml Bring your own boat or rent one at this popular spot for fishing. Find 6.5 miles of paved paths suitable for running, walking, biking or rollerblading. BBQs and picnic tables on site.

Lake Miramar 10710 Scripps Lake Dr. 619-668-2050 miramar.shtml A five-mile path suitable for strollers, bikers and joggers encircles this gorgeous lake. Purchase bait and rental boats Friday through Sunday, and Thursdays during the summer. Wahine Kai Shave Ice 10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Ste. B 858-831-0903 Beat the heat with authentic Hawaiian ice cream, shave ice and bubble tea. Traditional toppings include taro, lychee and mochi.



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Kobey’s Swap Meet 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-523-2700 Buy, sell and swap each weekend at San Diego’s largest flea market. Bring cash, and arrive early. Wagons and strollers available to rent.

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Ultrazone Laser Tag 3146 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-221-0100 Get your adrenaline pumping at this high-tech, blacklit laser tag arena. Ultrazone boasts multiple levels, theatrical fog, mazes and passageways for nriched & established curriculum social, the ultimate experience. Special pricing for providing kids on weekend mornings. & cognitive growth experiences hysical, emotional,

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• Kids & Adults 4545 Education La Jolla Village Dr. Character • Physical Education 858-452-9110 • Great Group Activity • No Experience Needed Times 4-Day: Mon-Th or Tu-Fri 5-Day: Mon-Fri All ages welcome for public skating sessions. (619) 223-1339 • Also offering broomball, ice polo, adult and youth 2770 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 14 Half-Day hockey and camps. Ride-on “skate helpers” Located in Liberty Station across from Ace, near Corvette Diner! available for younger ice lovers. 00am-12:00pm


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Enjoy Balboa Park’s beautiful gardens, museums, outdoor concerts, cultural fairs, plays, restaurants and the worldfamous San Diego Zoo. Kid-friendly museum exhibits range from airplanes, dinosaurs and model trains to hands-on science and living history. Don’t miss Residents’ Free Tuesdays for local residents, active military & their dependents. Learn more at

Post your photos on Instagram #SDOutAndAbout Balboa Park Carousel Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. 619-239-0512 Take a ride on Balboa Park’s historic carousel. The 1910 carousel offers rides on the weekends and school holidays from 11a.m.–5 p.m., and daily until 5:30 p.m. during the summer. Riders will even get a chance to grab the brass ring! Balboa Park Miniature Train 1800 Zoo Pl. 619-239-4748 Hop aboard! Little train enthusiasts will love this half-mile loop through Balboa Park on a rare G16 miniature locomotive. Train departs daily between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Operated by the San Diego Zoo Department of Transportation. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado 619-238-1233

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Explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits or enjoy a film under the IMAX domed theater. The Fleet offers 12 permanent exhibits covering topics from outer space to the human body. House of Pacific Relations International Cottages Presidents Way & Pan American Plaza 619-234-0739 A consortium of unique cottages representing 34 countries. Cottage open houses from noon until 5 p.m. every weekend. Lawn programs on Sunday afternoons offer cultural celebrations with music, dance, traditional costumes, culture and cuisine of a highlighted country. Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Rd. E. 619-232-2721 Enjoy a peaceful stroll through this 12-acre garden in the heart of Balboa Park. In the spring, wind

San Diego Automotive Museum 2080 Pan American Plaza 619-231-2886

Kids can hop aboard a full sized motorcycle, “drive” a stripped-down racecar and participate in a scavenger hunt. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer camps for students in grades 4-6.

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Balboa Park Free Tuesdays Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military and their dependents. Some museums may require ID for minors.

First Tuesday

Third Tuesday

Fleet Science Center

Mingei International Museum

Centro Cultural de la Raza

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Natural History Museum (Not valid for 3-D films)

Japanese Friendship Garden

The Timken Museum of Art is free every day.

Second Tuesday Museum of Photographic Arts

Fourth Tuesday San Diego Air & Space Museum (Not valid for special exhibitions) San Diego Automotive Museum (Last admission 3:45pm)

San Diego History Center

San Diego Art Institute

San Diego Hall of Champions

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages

Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

your way through the beautiful canyon lined with blossoming cherry trees, bonsais, koi pond and rock garden. The cherry blossom festival in May is a must see.

Museum of Photographic Arts

Mingei International Museum 1439 El Prado 619-239-0003 Discover folk art, craft and design. The third Sunday of each month is Family Sunday, offering a scavenger hunt and hands-on art projects. Let the kids climb the “Nikigator” alligator sculpture outside for a great family photo. Closed Monday.

Join MOPA for Family Film Day (second Saturday of

Morley Field Disc Golf 3090 Pershing Dr. 619-692-3607 Open to the public daily, sunrise to sunset. Frisbee enthusiasts enjoy monthly tournaments and events for all skill levels. Scorecards and discs are available for rent at the Pro Shop. Handicap leagues for all skill levels available.

1649 El Prado 619-238-7559 every month), Crafty Sunday and the Annual Youth Exhibition. Students are encouraged to submit original work that responds to that year’s theme. Winning entries are selected for creativity and artistic interpretation of the theme. The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way 619-234-5623 Originally built in 1935 and modeled after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London for the presentation of abridged Shakespearian plays. The award–winning theater hosts productions for all ages. Don’t miss the annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. New in summer 2018: a production of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

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Pepper Grove Playground Park Blvd., south of Fleet Science Ctr. 619-235-1169 Grab the kids for a fun afternoon at the park. Younger kids enjoy the sandbox, cushioned floors, slides and swings. Kids 5+ have a blast on the jungle gym and zipline. Open daily. San Diego Air & Space Museum 2001 Pan American Plaza 619-234-8291 Even the littlest aviators and astronauts enjoy the unique collection of air and spacecrafts. Check out the film and audio archive that highlights local and national aviation and space history. Explore interactive flight simulator rides that are a thrill to kids. San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Casa del Prado Theater, 1650 El Prado #209 619-233-3060 Founded in 1945, SDCYB produces three major productions at The Casa del Prado Theater annually. Also offers year-round ballet training and “Ballet for Me!” for children with special needs.

SDJT is the oldest continuing children’s theater program in the country. SDJT offers several familyfriendly theater productions throughout the year, plus classes, educational outreach and school day programs for all ages. San Diego Model Railroad Museum 1649 El Prado, #4 619-696-0199 Weekly storytime on Friday mornings brings stories to life with operating trains, puppets, paints and more. The Erwin Welch Research Library provides a large collection of books, drawings, manuscripts, maps, photographs and various historical artifacts. Free for kids 5 and under. The San Diego Museum of Art 1450 El Prado 619-232-7931 A nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th-20th-century American paintings and sculptures. Family DropIn Days on select Sundays. Teen Art Café on Wednesday evenings. Museum closed to public on Wednesdays.

San Diego History Center 1649 El Prado 619-232-6203 Established in 1928, the History Center presents dynamic, engaging exhibitions highlighting San Diego’s unique heritage and emerging role in the 21st century. Provides hands-on educational programs for grades K-12. San Diego Junior Theatre Casa del Prado Theater 1650 El Prado #208 619-239-1311

Giant Dome Theater 100+ Exhibits Tinkering Studio


(619) 238-1233

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Koi pond at the Japanese Friendship Garden

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San Diego Museum of Man 1350 El Prado 619-239-2001 The Museum of Man has something for everyone. Learn about everything from mythical monsters to graffiti art and ancient Egyptian archeology. After 80 years, families with kids 6 and older can now climb the iconic California Tower (reserve online)!

world. Come explore the world-famous 100-acre

San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) 1788 El Prado 877-946-7797 Join theNat for monthly Family Days from September through May. Each month offers handson activities and crafts with a performance by Ms. Frizzle of The Magic School Bus. Don’t miss Nature and Me Storytime on the second Thursday of each month.

world’s largest outdoor pipe organ every Sunday

San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Dr. 619-231-1515 Founded over 100 years ago to benefit the children of San Diego and operated by San Diego Zoo Global, the largest zoological association in the

Foundation collection of European and American

zoo, a beautifully landscaped sanctuary to more than 3,000 rare and endangered animals. Spreckels Organ Concerts Pan American Plaza 619-702-8138 Six back, relax and enjoy a free concert on the at 2 p.m. Special events include Bark in the Park, Family Festival Days, Christmas Singalong, and Summer Movie Night. Timken Museum of Art 1500 El Prado 619-239-5548 Permanent display includes the world-class Putnam masterpieces spanning nearly 600 years from Early Italian Renaissance to the late 19th Century. Kids and families enjoy Tall Tales at the Timken, a live storytelling performance inspired by museum masterpieces.

I can’t wait to learn new things

make new friends sing around a campfire

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10am to 4pm

Sat & Sun 1 1am to 5pm Children 5 and under are FREE with Adult Admission

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SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER has something for all ages! Entertaining hands-on activities • Educational and interactive exhibitions Group tours • Kid-focused public programs covering a variety of topics!

Don’t miss The Butterfly Project Family Day Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 11am-4pm Free activities and tours! Visit for a full list of family activities!

Located in the heart of Balboa Park

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Alpine • Campo • Descanso • El Cajon • Flinn Springs Jacumba • Lakeside • La Mesa • Lemon Grove • Pine Valley Santee • Spring Valley/Rancho San Diego

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Alpine Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor 1830 Alpine Blvd. Each plaque on this wall tells the story of a U.S. military veteran, living or deceased. Located on the property of the Alpine community center, a ceremony is held each time a new row of names is added. Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur 619-320-4942 A serene ranch-style oasis with 20 acres of terrain and more than 80 domesticated animals. Visitors are welcome to feed and interact with camels, zebras, miniature horses, donkeys and more. Cobblestone Cottage Tea Shoppe 1945 Alpine Blvd. 619-445-6064 Book an afternoon tea at this quaint cottage. All packages come with scones, Devonshire cream and

preserves. Lunch items like tea sandwiches and quiche also available. Open Wednesday through Saturday. Descanso Ranger District Cleveland National Forest 3348 Alpine Blvd. 619-445-6235 This large, versatile recreation area is perfect for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking. Part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Lions, Tigers & Bears 24402 Martin Way 619-659-8078 More than 19 species of big cats, bears and more reside at this rescue sanctuary. Guided tours available by appointment only. Viejas Outlet Center 5000 Willow Rd. 800-847-6537

Summers Past Farms

15602 Old Hwy. 80, Flinn Springs 619-390-1523 This family farm offers charming gardens, a nursery store and sweet pea maze. Stop by the barn to shop homemade soaps and garden items. Check the website for workshops and special events. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

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Shop popular brands at outlet prices in this outdoor mall. Attractions include a bowling alley, arcade, interactive water fountain and nighttime laser shows. Seasonal ice rink on site.

Campo Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum 31130 Hwy. 94 619-478-5566 Housed in a historic stone building, this museum contains Kumeyaay, pioneer and military artifacts and is dedicated to the preservation of Mountain Empire history. Open Saturdays and Sundays. Lake Morena County Park 2550 Lake Morena Dr. 619-579-4101 morena.html Thanks to recent rainfall, the dock has reopened at this haven for boating, fishing and hiking. Cabins available, along with tent and RV spaces. Eight miles of trails include parts of the Pacific Coast trail, and a track trail for kids.

Motor Transport Museum 31949 Hwy. 94 619-478-2492 Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of more than 200 motor vehicles, along with select pieces of industrial machinery from the past. Open Saturdays only. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum 750 Depot St. 619-465-7776 (weekdays) 619-478-9937 (weekends) All aboard for a day of railroad history, including a ride on a vintage train. Don’t miss seasonal rides like the Bunny Train, Pumpkin Express and North Pole Limited. Open weekends. Potrero Regional Park 24800 Potrero Park Dr. 619-478-5212 Great for camping and nature walks, this 132-acre park offers shaded picnic tables, playgrounds and an enclosed pavilion.

Mt Helix Academy

where children love to learn

• Kindergarteners read their own graduation speeches • Low student/teacher ratios for fundamentals in Trans K-2 • Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Technology, Robotics • Affordable tuition • Trans K through 9th grade • Highest level of WASC accreditation 5955 Severin Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942

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Wisteria Candy Cottage 39961 Old Hwy. 80 619-766-4453 This chocolate shop has been hand-dipping candy since 1921 in a charming storefront that once served as the town’s one-room school. Open Thursday through Monday.

Descanso Laguna Mountain Lightning Ridge Trail Sunrise Hwy., 10 miles north of I-8, near Horse Heaven Group Camp Cleveland National Forest: 858-673-6180; 800-735-2922 Great for young hikers, this 1.5-mile loop trail on easy terrain offers great views of Storm Canyon and gorgeous California desert. Park near the amphitheater in the campground.

El Cajon Boardwalk/Parkway Bowl 1286 Fletcher Parkway 619-449-7805

Archery Fencing

& This indoor amusement park features laser tag, bumper cars, arcade games, bounce house and carousel. Attached to Parkway Bowl, which offers drop-in and league bowling. Separate cosmic bowling room is great for parties. Boomers! 1155 Graves Ave. 619-593-1155 See Clairemont listing. Christian Youth Theater (CYT) 1545 Pioneer Way 619-588-0206 This group stages family-friendly musicals throughout the county. Check the website for show schedules, camps and field trip opportunities. Heritage of the Americas Museum 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West 619-670-5194 From natural collections to artifacts and art, this museum displays a stunning collection of historic and prehistoric items. Don’t miss the botanical gardens featuring exotic plants and trees. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

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Directly supervising your child’s learning can be a positive family experience. Parents who choose homeschooling enjoy spending quality time with their children. San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools offers a TK-12 charter homeschool program consisting of small Resource Centers in Oceanside and National City / Chula Vista Area.

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Playtown 858 Jackman St. 619-447-7529 This indoor play space features a train table, climbing structure, playhouse, and floor-projected video gaming for the under six crowd. Enclosed infant area available. Check the website for daily classes and events. Sportland Batting Cages 1220 Broadway 619-593-8326 Four speed-adjustable batting cages available for baseball or softball practice. Pitching and hitting clinics also available by reservation. Closed Sunday. Sweetwater Marsh Hwy. 94 East, Singer Ln. 619-468-9245 and_habitat/Sweetwater_Marsh_Unit.html Birders take note; this salt marsh estuary is home to more than 200 species. Located where the Sweetwater River enters San Diego Bay, the refuge boasts 316 acres.

Yogurt Mill 935 Broadway 619-579-1566 In business for four decades, this local favorite serves generous portions of frozen yogurt from a leaning tower. Rotating flavors and yummy toppings available at this cash-only establishment.

Flinn Springs Flinn Springs County Park 14787 Old Hwy. 80 619-561-0180 flinnsprings.html This stunning 40-acre park is an idyllic setting for a wedding, reunion or birthday party. Enjoy a running stream, gazebo, picnic area and 2.5 miles of trails.


Rail Adventures!

Open Your Child’s World to Discovery With

Montessori Discovery School

Offered every weekend. Trains depart from the historic Campo Depot.

“Balancing creative, social and academic skills within a Montessori setting”

Join us for: • Chef’s Fire Up the Iron Horse • School Trains • Bunny Trains • Father’s Day BBQ • Pumpkin Express Trains • Santa’s North Pole Trains

Celebrating Our 44th Anniversary!

For train schedules and more information: Artifacts • Displays • Gift shop

The Water Conservation Garden 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West 619-660-0614 This 5-acre garden display showcases waterefficient landscaping. Attractions include the children’s trail and sensory garden. Open daily. Free guided tours Saturdays at 10 a.m.

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Your Family, Your Values, Your Child Experience the power of Homeschool! WASC Accredited • A credentialed educational partner to assist you • Specialized programs available; AIM, full day, middle and high school options • Funds for enrichment classes • UC approved high school courses A FREE Personalized • Field trips, internships, teen club Learning School for Grades K-12

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Jacumba Jacumba Hot Springs and Spa 44500 Old Hwy. 80 619-766-4333 Experience the soothing power of naturally heated mineral spring water as you soak in the pool or Jacuzzi. Onsite restaurant and spa make this resort the perfect destination for a day off or an overnight getaway. Desert View Tower and Boulder Park In-Ko-Pah Park Rd., exit off of Interstate 8 619-766-4612 Climb the tower for breathtaking desert views at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Explore the boulder park and hike to a desert spring. Seasonal yoga.

Lakeside Barona Cultural Center and Museum 1095 Barona Rd. 619-443-7003 Explore thousands of years of Kumeyaay-Diegueño

A place where happiness is found and a love for nature is born

culture through art, photographs and artifacts. Some objects date back 10,000 years. Classes and workshops offered. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Free admission. Circle T Ranch 13250 Willow Rd. 619-312-0544 Saddle up for trail rides along the San Diego Riverbed at this friendly ranch. All riding levels welcome. Camps, horseback lessons and party packages available. El Monte Park Trail and Staging Area 15805 El Monte Rd. 619-443-1474 A beautiful setting for a family picnic, this 88-acre park features a ball field, playground, hiking trail and covered pavilions. Nestled in a valley, the park offers an impressive view of El Cajon Mountain. FUNBelievable Play 11655 Riverside Dr., Ste. 155-157 619-456-2474 This indoor playground and café features rock climbing, wave slides, aerial glides and a ball pool. A dedicated baby and toddler area offers safe, ageappropriate fun for younger guests. Check online for holiday camps and parents night out. Giant San Diego Paintball and Airsoft Park 1800 Wildcat Canyon Rd. 562-867-9600 All skill levels welcome at this massive park featuring unique themed maps like a castle, western town, and bunker hill. Players will enjoy unique objectives from capture the flag to zombie invasion. Rent equipment or bring your own. Open weekends. Lake Jennings 9535 Harritt Rd. Camping: 619-390-1623 Fishing: 619-443-2510 Great for fishing or camping, this park offers RV and tent camping, boat rentals and plenty of hiking trails. Kids will love visiting the horseshoe pits. Save time for ping-pong and ladder golf.

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Louis A. Stelzer County Park 11470 Wildcat Canyon Rd. 619-561-0580 Popular for bird watching, this quiet park offers enchanting streamside trails, picnic areas, and a playground. A horseshoe pit and BBQs are available.

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Parenting in the Digital Age:

Internet Safety Tips • Cyberbullying over the weekend spills into school on Monday. Inform school officials if your child was involved in a cyberbully incident so that they can monitor the situation during the day.

“The Safety Mom” Alison Jacobson is a preeminent voice on safety, wellness and healthy living, and partners with Cox Communications to help keep kids safe online. From environmental toxins and healthy eating to sports injuries and cyber bullying, The Safety Mom is always on the lookout for the issues facing children of all ages, as well as the entire family. After experiencing the death of her child from SIDS, Alison became committed to saving children’s lives. Over the years, she has expanded her career platform to include a variety of vital issues facing families. A mother of three, one with intellectual disabilities, Alison offers cyber safety tips for parents. • Know your c h i l d ’s passwords and review their social media sites weekly. Ask them how they know new friends or connections, and if they don’t know them, do not allow them to follow. • Kids often have numerous accounts. Along with reviewing who is following them, look at their activity. If there isn’t a lot of activity, they may be using a different account. Investigate further. • Be sure that geo-tagging is off on all social media sites, which prevents someone from identifying where your child is posting from. • Teach them never to post the name of their school, home address or areas where they frequently hang out.

• Don’t dismiss the issue. Whether your child plays it down or is seriously upset, get involved. Parents of “bullycide” victims (kids who have committed suicide due to bullying) frequently comment that they wish they had taken the issue more seriously.

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• A ssume th at s t at u s updates, photos and videos posted on social networks are permanent. Just because a profile is deleted or information is removed, older versions can continue to exist on other sites. • Never allow your child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they’ve met online by themselves. • Teach kids to not respond to messages that are inappropriate. Encourage children to tell an adult if they ever encounter anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

• If necessary, get law enforcement involved. Many school districts around the country have a police officer or several assigned to the school who are always on campus. This would be the first law enforcement personnel to approach. Ask him/her for their suggestions on handling the situation. • Teach your child to get involved. It has been shown that the best person to help stop bullying is a peer who intervenes. If your child witnesses someone getting bullied online encourage her/ him to tell you. For more information on safe behavior in the digital world, visit

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Oma’s Pumpkin Patch 14950 El Monte Rd. 619-390-2929 Catch a hayride around this working farm to see how the dairy cows live. Spring dairy tours for groups. Seasonal events include pumpkin patch and Christmas tree patch. Kids love the playgrounds, sand pile and petting corral. Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary 13003 Wildcat Canyon Rd. 619-443-2998 silverwood-wildlife-sanctuary The San Diego Audobon maintains this 785-acre sanctuary, designed to preserve coastal chaparral and riparian woodland. Visit for hiking, guided walks or research. Open Sundays October—July.

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Easter sunrise services, this mountaintop park is beloved by stargazers and photographers for its beautiful views. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Northmont Park 6030 Severin Dr. 619-667-1300 A perfect spot to play, this 5-acre park was recently upgraded and features an interactive playground. Visit the picnic tables, BBQs, benches and volleyball courts for more family fun. San Carlos Park and Recreation Center 6445 Lake Badin Ave. 619-527-3443 recctr/sancarlos.shtml Picnic areas available near a children’s tot lot, a lighted multi-purpose court and four sports fields. Also offering recreational activities like gymnastics, dance, peewee sports and camps with registration. The Aubrey Rose Tea Room 8362 La Mesa Blvd. 619-461-4TEA (4832) Book a traditional afternoon tea in this elegant English-style parlor and antique shop. Packages include fresh tea sandwiches, soups, scones

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Picnic or play at this pleasant neighborhood park. Amenities include a playground, gazebo, basketball court, picnic tables and six acres of grassy space.

Pine Valley Pine Valley County Park 28810 Old Hwy. 80 619-473-8558 html Great for team sports, this park features new artificial turf, soccer and baseball fields, along with space for basketball, tennis, horseshoes and shuffleboard. Lined with pine trees, this 17-acre park welcomes leashed dogs.

Santee Big Rock Park 8125 Arlette St. 619-258-4100 This grassy 5-acre park boasts two playgrounds and serves as a trailhead to Mission Trails Regional Park. Drop in for tennis, pickleball, sand volleyball or basketball. Creation & Earth History Museum 10946 N Woodside Ave. 619-599-1104 The Institute for Creation Research presents a biblical alternative to the science-based theory of evolution. Exhibits include Noah’s Ark and Dinosaur Garden. Don’t miss the petting zoo. Check the website for workshops, classes and special events. Mast Park 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd. 619-258-4100 Take a walk along the banks of the San Diego River at this award-winning park. Enjoy a 9-hole disc golf course, picnic areas and a basketball court. Offleash dog park available. Santee Drive-In Theatre 10990 Woodside Ave. N. 619-448-7447 Perfect for pajama night with the kids, this drive-in theatre is one of the last in San Diego. Featuring two screens and a great snack bar, bring cash for admission and food. Loaner radios available. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve 9310 Fanita Pkwy. 619-596-3141

This recreational preserve boasts seven scenic lakes, cabin and boat rentals, fishing, hiking and more. Kids will love the splash pad, adventure course, playgrounds and seasonal events. Sportsplex USA 9951 Riverwalk Dr. 619-334-1000 A cutting edge sports facility for youth sports and indoor soccer. Synthetic turf, professional dugouts, comfortable seating and electronic scoreboards make it the best in town. Offers four batting cages, horseshoes, camps and more. Also in Poway. Urban Jungle Fun Park 8711 N. Magnolia #300 619-334-6107 This huge indoor trampoline park also offers rock climbing, super slides and an obstacle course. Check out the life-size video games. Toddler area and snack bar available. Woodglen Vista Park 10250 Woodglen Vista Dr. 619-258-4100 This 10-acre park has something for all your recreation needs: tennis courts, basketball courts, sports field, pavilion, playgrounds and a skate park. Off-leash dog park also available.

Spring Valley/Rancho San Diego Bright Valley Farms 12310 Campo Rd. 619-670-1861 Visit the ranch for access to thousands of miles of prime trails for horseback riding. Guided trail rides, classes and boarding available for riders of all skill levels. Closed Mondays. Eucalyptus County Park 9125 Edgewood Dr. 619-644-5492 This gorgeous 6-acre park in the Mt. Helix area was made for family afternoons. Enjoy a shady picnic area and deluxe playground by a seasonal stream with horseshoe pits and pavilion. Hilton Head County Park 16005 Hilton Head Rd. 858-694-3030; 858-565-3600 (for permit) Cool off at this east county oasis, offering a huge splash pad, pirate themed playscape and big slides. Covered picnic tables, exercise station and basketball courts also available.

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Bonita Bonita Museum & Cultural Center 4355 Bonita Rd. 619-267-5141 Commemorating its 30th anniversary, this museum celebrates local art, photography and artifacts showcasing the history of the Sweetwater Valley region. Monthly art classes for kids on select Saturdays (included with kids membership). Free admission, open Wednesday–Saturday. Rohr Park 4548 Sweetwater Rd. 619-397-6197 parks/locations-features-amenities-photos/rohrpark Home to 60-acres of open space, this park has play structures, a 3.3 mile walking trail, soccer and ball fields, picnic areas and BBQ grills. Check out the Chula Vista Live Steamers train rides on the second weekend of the month from 12-3 p.m. Sweetwater Farms 3051 Equitation Ln. 619-252-5544

This family-owned stable in a park-like setting, offers horseback riding lessons for kids and adults, as well as trail rides, horse shows, seasonal camps and birthday parties. Sweetwater Regional Park 3218 Summit Meadow Rd. 619-472-7572 This 500-acre regional park has modern campsites (some even with equestrian corrals) and habitats for fishing, hiking and mountain biking, as well as picnicking. Additional amenities: a tot lot, splash park and amphitheater. There’s a fee for parking. Sweetwater Reservoir Shoreline Fishing 6503 San Miguel Rd. 619-409-6777 Along this 2.5-mile stretch on the south side of Sweetwater Reservoir, shoreline fishing is an option Saturday through Monday. Pack your own bait and try to catch fish like bass, catfish and carp. Catch and release practices are preferred. Nearby trails are ideal for walking, birdwatching and photography.

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center 2525 N Ave., National City 619-434-4281

Located on a 6.85-acre historic property, this nonprofit, interactive, indoor/outdoor classroom offers hands-on opportunities for kids and adults to learn about nature and food production. Events include family cooking and gardening classes, special culinary events and yoga instruction. Day camps for kids ages 6–12. Photo courtesy of Olivewood Gardens

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Chula Vista Chula Vista Marina 550 Marina Pkwy. 619-862-2835 Located seven minutes from downtown Chula Vista, the marina has waterfront dining, public pier fishing and shopping. It’s all steps away from Bayside Park, which has picnic tables, walking paths and open spaces. Get ready for a good time at the Marina’s annual events, Concerts on the Green and “Jimmy Buffet Style Parties.” Eastlake Tavern & Bowl 881 Showroom Pl. 619-565-2695 Get ready to have a ball at this family-fun venue featuring 10 lanes of bowling, billiards and a menu ranging from pizza to burgers to donuts. Specials include Taco Tuesday, Kids Eat Free Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday. Also in East Village and Escondido.

Heritage Park 1381 E. Palomar St. 619-397-6197 parks/locations-features-amenities-photos/ heritage-park Ten-acre park with an amphitheater, shaded picnic areas and walking trails, as well as basketball, a soccer field and a skateboard park. Kids will love feeding ducks at the park’s large duck pond. Hilltop Park 780 Hilltop Dr. Reservations 619-397-6197 parks/locations-features-amenities-photos/ hilltop-park Seven-acre park with open space, a large play structure, BBQ/picnic areas and a gazebo. Pony rides and air jumps allowed for special events. Jump Around 1675 Brandywine Ave. 619-210-0236 Jump, bounce and run in this large indoor trampoline and adventure park. Featured activities include trampoline basketball, foam pit jumps and


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bungee jumping, as well as an angled wall, Skywalk adventure course and four climbing elements. Snack bar available. Kid Ventures 851 Showroom Pl., Ste. 101 619-651-8622 Indoor “edutainment” play village for kids featuring a pirate ship, diner, fire station, saloon, theater, castle and more. Parents relax in the café, which has specialty coffees, smoothies and treats. Also in 4S Ranch and Point Loma. Living Coast Discovery Center 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr. 619-409-5900 This hands-on wildlife and nature center focuses on the 350+ plant and animal species native to Southern California, ranging from owls to sting rays. Open daily, the center has exhibits, VIP animal encounters, field trips, day camps, overnight adventures and seasonal events, crafts and workshops. Miramar Speed Circuit 881 Showroom Pl. 858-586-7500 Kids and adults will rev their engines for this indoor go-kart track. Closed-toed shoes and helmets are required. Also in Miramar. Montevalle Park and Recreation Center 840 Duncan Ranch Rd. 619-691-5269 FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/26 With over 29 acres, this park is full of activities, including three multi-purpose fields, a skate area, ball fields, basketball and tennis courts. There’s also an off-leash dog area, as well as a walking trail and picnic areas. Check out the gymnasium and game and craft rooms. Otay Lakes County Park 2270 Wueste Rd. 858-565-3600 This peaceful and spacious 78-acre park is perfect for picnics, hiking, biking, birdwatching, kayaking and boating. Check out the horseshoe pits, playground and a native plant/demonstration garden. You’ll love the view of Otay Lake and the surrounding hills.

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Otay Ranch Town Center 2015 Birch Rd. 619-656-9100 This premier outdoor shopping mall has over 100 retail shops, services and eateries. Kids keep busy at fountains and kid-sized chess games. This petfriendly mall has a 10,000 square-foot dog park. Don’t miss the farmers market every Tuesday! Pigtails & Crewcuts 2015 Birch Rd. #1012 (Otay Ranch Town Center) 619-656-5437 Kids (and adults) get coifed and styled at this whimsical hair salon. Colorful vehicle-shaped chairs make haircuts fun. Kids play with trains while waiting and watch movies during their cut. Also in Del Mar, San Marcos and Point Loma. San Diego Metro KOA (Kampgrounds of America) 111 N. 2nd Ave. 619-427-3601 Year-round camping resort focused on family fun, including themed weekends. Amenities include

RV and tent sites, deluxe cabins and safari tents. There’s a two-acre field, playground, bike rentals, boardwalk games, climbing wall and a pool. This campground is dog friendly. Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center 2800 Olympic Pkwy. 619-656-1500 cvotc Formerly known as the U.S. Olympic Training Center, this $65 million facility is the training site for Olympic athletes in sports including archery, beach volleyball, tennis, and track & field and more. Guided tours, sports shop and community sports programs are available on this 155-acre site.

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picnic areas, playgrounds and a bike path. The skate park, for skaters of all skill levels, features concrete bowls, ramps, grinds and jumps. The most interesting bowl, named Teardrop, is 8 feet deep and challenges gravity. Coronado Ferry Landing 1201 First Ave. Come by car or cross the bay aboard a ferry to relax at this jewel in the Crown City! The ferry landing features shopping, food, bicycling, pier fishing, weekend concerts and amazing views. Don’t miss the farmers market on Tuesdays. Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave. 619-435-6611; 800-468-3533 This iconic resort, located on 28 oceanfront acres, opened in 1888. Famed for its red rooftops, the Del has hosted royalty, dignitaries and visitors from around the globe. USA Today named the 757-room hotel “one of the top 10 hotels in the world.” Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave. 619-437-6000 Now in its 46th year, this non-profit performing arts organization has an annual five-play season, which runs January through November. There’s also a Festival of Christmas every December. A café is in the lobby. Summer theatre camps available for kids ages 8-11. Spreckels Park 601 Orange Ave. between 6th & 7th Streets 619-522-7326 090&pageId=3815654 Located in the center of the island, this pretty park has a playground, picnic areas and a gazebo. One of the highlights? Sunday summer concerts in the park. Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument Naval Amphibious Base; Rendova Cir. & Tulagi Rd. 619-464-4047 Located inside the Naval Amphibious Base, this memorial features two salvaged boats and is dedicated to Navy and Coast Guard sailors who served in Vietnam. Advanced arrangements must be made for escort for non-DOD personnel to tour the boats and memorial wall, as well as visit the onsite store.

Village Theatres 820 Orange Ave. 619-437-6161 This nostalgic theater, featuring three atmospheric auditoriums, has been a Coronado staple for 64 years. Offering first-run movies and classic film presentations, this venue gives moviegoers an oldschool theater experience with the added element of modern and state-of-the-art equipment.

Imperial Beach Imperial Beach Skate Park 425 Imperial Beach Blvd. (behind Sports Park) This free skate park, located next to the multipurpose grass field, has bowls, ramps, benches and grind rails – suitable for skaters of all ages. Imperial Beach Outdoor Surf Museum Along Palm Ave. between Third St. and Seacoast Dr. 619-628-0858 BASIC&SEC={5E931E55-B6C6-4F8F-AE7C1F5FEC63993A} Outdoor museum showcasing 25 surfboard sculptures, celebrates IB’s surfing heritage. It starts on Third St. and leads to the beach, ending at Seacoast Dr. Portwood Pier Plaza 940 Seacoast Dr. 619-686-6200 Known as “Surfhenge,” this public art features four 16-20 foot surfboard shaped arches. It’s considered the gateway to the park and nearby pier. The oceanfront plaza has shops, indoor/ outdoor eating areas, bike paths, a tot lot and seasonal community events. San Diego Beach Rides 2606 Hollister St. 619-947-3152 Giddy up for a horseback ride down sandy white beaches! Explore the Tijuana River Valley or the ocean on a private, guided tour. You may see dolphins, seals, pelicans and endangered birds. Pony and wagon rides also available. South Bay Drive-In Theatres 2170 Coronado Ave. 619-423-2727 This old-fashioned drive-in movie theater has

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entertained carloads of moviegoers since 1958. Three screens show first run movies with state-ofthe-art digital projectors. Open daily, the theatre has a full snack bar. Check out their website for coupons! They also host swap meets every Wednesday and weekends. Suzie’s Farm 2570 Sunset Ave. 619-662-1780 A 70-acre family farm, Suzie’s is one of the leading organic farms and produces over 100 varieties of seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits and eggs. Sign up for a 90-minute public farm tours and shop the on-site farm stand for organic produce. Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center 301 Caspian Way 619-575-3613 Open Wednesday–Sunday, the Tijuana Estuary is one of the few remaining salt marshes in SoCal. The Visitor Center has hands-on activities (such as assembling a food chain and climbing the Clapper Rail nest) and offers guided nature walks. Binoculars are available to borrow, free of charge.

National City Butterfly Park Palm Ave. and E. 20th St. community-services/facilities This butterfly-inspired park has butterfly sculptures and butterfly attracting plants. A colorful, community space, the park also has a butterflyshaped stage area, mosaic bench seating and gardens. Frank Kimball Museum 932 A Ave. 619-962-4128 This museum—formerly the grand home of National City founder Frank Kimball—features historic treasures. Much of the furniture in the museum are originals from Kimball’s house. Free tours are offered on weekends. John’s Incredible Pizza 3010 Plaza Bonita Rd. (Westfield Plaza Bonita) 619-472-5555

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Family amusement center with all-you-can-eat


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love the bunnies, chickens, ducks and Petunia the Pig. Help maintain the gardens and orchards and pump water from a cistern. Open Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.


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the menu: ice cream, sorbet and sherbet. There’s even craft beer-infused ice cream for parents. Pier 32 Marina 3201 Marina Way 619-477-3232 National City’s only shoreline park, this 5.5-acre space includes a fishing pier, sand-filled play area and BBQ pits. The marina has boating amenities and waterfront dining.

the Border” features international food, music and crafts. Tijuana River Valley Regional Park 2721 Monument Rd. 619-428-2946 Picnic in this 1,800-acre park and pack your binoculars—this is a great place for birdwatching. The park is home to two dozen sensitive species and 340 bird species. It also has a butterfly

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Seasonal Events





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The park comes alive after dark with live music and special nighttime shows. June-Sept.

June Find more summer concerts at

Art Around Adams This two-mile music and art walk presents fun for all ages.

Cajon Classic Cruise, El Cajon

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Christmas in July, Oceanside Annual shopping extravaganza featuring artisans, kids’ activities and live entertainment. Hundreds of classic, custom and hot rod cars and motorcycles are featured at this free street festival. Wednesdays evenings, April-Oct.

Comic-Con International, Downtown

Carlsbad Beach Fest

Coronado Independence Parade Sand sculptures, a beach cleanup, entertainment and fun for kids.

Del Mar Horse Races

Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in the Parks 760-434-2904 Free concerts Friday evenings, June-August. 619-491-2475 The nation’s largest comic book festival. 858-755-1141

Historic Old Town 4th of July

San Diego Festival of the Arts, Downtown Fine art booths, entertainment and food. Enjoy a parade, crafts and period activities at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Insect & Ladybug Festival, Encinitas

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off 619-224-4906 Live music, entertainment, unique vendors, talented artists, thrilling rides and lots of delicious chili.

Philippine Cultural Arts Festival, Balboa Park 619-425-0262 Meet fascinating creepy-crawlies!

Nighttime Zoo, Balboa Park 619-231-1515 Turn up the fun as the sun goes down with special evening shows and entertainment during the summer! Through Labor Day weekend.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, Poway

RB Alive! Expo, Rancho Bernardo More than 300 booths, art and cultural displays and a Kids Zone. 858-668-4576 Live music, train rides, patriotic games and crafts.

Pine Valley Days 619-473-1057 Barbecue, live music, craft fair, horseshoe tournament, kids’ activities and the “best parade in the backcountry.”

San Diego County Fair, Del Mar 858-793-5555 A San Diego favorite! Enjoy awesome entertainment, exhibits, contests, food, carnival rides & games, shopping, livestock & more.

Bayside Summer Nights

San Diego International Boat Show, Harbor Island A display of more than a hundred vessels, sailing and family activities. 619-235-0804 Outdoor entertainment at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Take a picnic and enjoy! June-Sept.


Electric Ocean at SeaWorld

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A fun bayside ride and the only opportunity to ride over the Coronado Bridge! For individuals, families and teams of all levels.

HarborFest Chula Vista Historic seafaring vessels, fishing and paddleboarding and family activities at this waterfront festival.

Poway Rodeo 866-776-7633

October Find many more Halloween activities at

Vista Rod Run

La Mesa Oktoberfest Classic cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles on display. 619-277-5363 This street fair offers craft and commercial booths, beer gardens, food, entertainment and a children’s carnival.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer, Encinitas Dog contests, pet products and services, adoptions and more at this annual festival.

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station, Point Loma Art, food and live entertainment at this outdoor festival.

TwainFest Celebrate Mark Twain and other 19th century writers with hands-on activities and live entertainment.

LeucadiART Walk Original art by local artists, live music and Kids Zone.

Summergrass San Diego, Vista 858-679-4854 A bluegrass festival featuring live bands, impromptu jam sessions, music workshops and activities for kids.

FALL September Julian Apple Days Festival apple-days Apple picking, shopping, entertainment and fresh apple pie! Sept-Oct.

Grape Stomp Festa, Julian Olde-world style grape stomp at the Menghini Winery.

Festival of Sail, Downtown 619-234-9153 Come to the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast!

Miramar Air Show An amazing air show, aircraft displays and food & vendor booths.

Pacific BeachFest 858-273-3303 Beach volleyball tournament, arts & crafts, live music and more.

Rendezvous in Poway History comes to life as you journey back to the 1820s through the 1890s.

Fleet Week 619-858-1545 Air shows, ship tours and other activities to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military.

Grape Day Discovery Festival, Escondido 760-743-8207 Entertainment, grape stomping, beer and wine garden, interactive arts experiences and more.

Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos Explore traditions and cultural activities of Mexico’s revered holiday.

November Find more holiday events at www.SanDiegoFamily .com/things-to-do/seasonal-happenings.

Chula Vista Bayfront Band Review & Festival A community parade, marching band competition and fun family festival.

Dia de los Muertos Festival, Escondido This community celebration offers sugar skull decorating, live music, traditional Mexican fare and more.

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Fall Back Festival, Downtown

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park 619-233-4692 This children’s street faire offers historical demonstrations, contests and family fun! Twinkling lights, merry performances, lighted animal figures and seasonal activities.

Encinitas Fall Festival Booths, entertainment and children’s rides at this street fair.

Mother Goose Parade, El Cajon 619-333-0771 Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad 760-918-5346 Like the famous ball dropping in Times Square, the event features live music, a LEGO brick drop and a fireworks display.

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

O’side Turkey Trot, Oceanside This annual run also includes a costume contest, live entertainment and kids’ runs.

San Diego Asian Film Festival 619-400-5911 Arts & crafts, entertainment, food & Santa.

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl College bowl game played at Qualcomm Stadium, since 1978.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure, Balboa Park Join thousands in this exhilarating 5K walk/run to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. 619-224-2240 A San Diego holiday tradition with 80+ boats decorated with a new theme each year.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado 800-HOTELDEL Outdoor ice skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


San Diego International Auto Show, Downtown

December Hundreds of brand-new vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, exotics and classics.

Veterans Day Parade, Downtown

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Balboa Park December Nights Musical entertainment, multicultural cuisine, sparkling lights and free admission to participating museums.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

January Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, Downtown This annual parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful high school bands, drill teams, churches, and youth groups. 619-283-5808 Head downtown for America’s largest balloon parade!

San Diego Restaurant Week

Christmas in the Park, Poway

February Restaurants around the county offer special prixfixe menu options. Also in September.

Museum Month, Countywide

Christmas in the Village, La Mesa 619-276-0101 Explore museums, historic sites, monuments, gardens and more for half price! A Victorian wonderland with caroling, street entertainment and Santa.

Fantasy on Ice, Point Loma Outdoor ice skating at Liberty Station that benefits Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. 

San Diego Jewish Film Festival, La Jolla 858-362-1330

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Wildflowers Bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale, Encinitas 760-767-5311 Feb.-April. Herbs and spring plants, tomatoes, workshops, garden art and kids’ activities.

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival, Balboa Park 858-668-4772 Event starts at sunrise and includes lunch for participants. Great prizes for age category winners.  Optional family campout the night before event.

SPRING March The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 760-431-0352 Check out more than 50 acres of giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers and other blooms, and enjoy special weekend events.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Balboa Park See cherry trees in bloom, watch cultural performances and get a taste of Japanese food.

Grunion Run, La Jolla Observe the mysterious grunion spawn on the beaches of La Jolla. March-May.

Junior Carlsbad Running event for kids, ages 12 & under. Emphasis on fun, not speed.

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Vista

Rolando Street Fair Live music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and vendors.

San Diego Crew Classic, Mission Bay

Festival of Science & Engineering, Countywide Presents hundreds of interactive experiences in science, technology, engineering and math.

Seaport Village’s Spring Busker Festival, Downtown Performers from around the world come together for a weekend of spectacular, live street performances.

Vista Civil War Re-enactment 760-941-1791

April Find more spring and Easter events at

Coronado Flower Show An impressive display of blooms, horticulture shopping, music and refreshments.

Adams Avenue Unplugged Free festival featuring performances staged inside coffee houses, restaurants, galleries and bars along Adams Avenue.

Art Alive, Balboa Park See remarkable floral interpretations of famous works at The San Diego Museum of Art.

Mission Federal ArtWalk, Little Italy 619-615-1090 Hundreds of artists, musicians and dancers fill the streets for two days of fun!

Day at the Docks, Point Loma 619-234-8793 The West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing.

Day of the Child, Chula Vista A free family event that provides resources to keep children safe, healthy and well-informed of services available in the community.

Del Mar National Horse Show Three weeks of equestrian pageantry in Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper disciplines.

Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, Vista Live music, vendors and kids’ activities.

EarthFair, Balboa Park

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858-272-7370 Free annual environmental fair featuring exhibitors, entertainment, kids’ activities and Children’s Earth Parade.

Encinitas Street Faire

Fiesta de los Peñasquitos, Rancho Peñasquitos Vendors, arts and crafts, rides, music and more.

International Migratory Bird Day, Imperial Beach Kids’ rides, vendors and live entertainment. This festival at Tijuana Estuary explores how birds in San Diego make their yearly trips across oceans and continents.

Fallbrook Avocado Festival 760-728-5845

Lakeside Rodeo

Fiesta del Sol, Solana Beach 619-561-4331 This free event includes food trucks, live music, crafts, rides and kids’ activities.

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade

Gator by the Bay, Harbor Island

Oceanside Days of Art 619-234-8612 Come to the largest, Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou! Featuring artists, live performances, food and hands-on art.

San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS Take steps to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.

May El Cajon’s America on Main Street Come and salute our veterans at this event filled with fun and entertainment.

Aquatica San Diego, Chula Vista Embark on a family water adventure at San Diego’s largest waterpark! Attractions for all ages. Open May–Oct.

Asian Cultural Festival, Mira Mesa

North Park Festival of Arts A unique blend of arts, culture and entertainment.

Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival, OffStreet Fair & Carnival Come to the oldest children’s kite festival in the country that highlights kite building and decorating, kite demos, games, music and more.

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo Free festival with food, entertainment and kids’ activities.

Open Cockpit Days, Miramar

Carlsbad Village Faire Feel like a real pilot as you explore historic aircraft. May-Sept. Unique booths, international food court and a children’s area.

Ethnic Food Fair, Balboa Park

Explore Mission Trails Day 619-668-3281 Guided nature walks, discovery stations and fun activities.

Space Day Celebration, Balboa Park Meet an astronaut, design your own space patch, touch a meteorite and more at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Santee Street Fair Food and vendor booths, Kids Zone, art and entertainment. Sample culinary delights and watch performances featuring different countries.

Vista Strawberry Festival Celebrate this juicy berry at Vista’s annual festival featuring vendors, themed contests, live entertainment and rides.

The Wave Waterpark, Vista 760-940-WAVE Enjoy tubing, simulated waves and a variety of water slides. May-Sept.

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Parent’s Night Out

Parent’s & Kids’ Night Out

Savor some grown-up time while your kids enjoy arts, crafts, games, activities and snacks at these supervised play programs. Dates, times and prices may change; contact each company to verify information and register your child. Looking for a great suggestion for your date night dinner? Find reviews of local restaurants at PNO = Parent’s Night Out KNO = Kids’ Night Out Both terms mean the same thing: Kids stay and play; parents go out on the town!

North County Coastal Kidsville Play Gym 2375 Marron Rd., Carlsbad 760-730-9022 Take advantage of this special nighttime dropoff program. At Parent’s Night Out (Saturdays) kids enjoy creative, open play with gymnastics, arts and crafts. They nibble on snacks and pizza and watch movies, too. For kids 18 months–7 years. Reservations required. Playwerx 6060 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad 760-804-1600 This indoor play facility has a three-hour dropoff program for potty-trained kids. While not advertised as Parent’s Night Out, Playwerx is

open Saturdays until 7 p.m. Kids enjoy the play structure and arts and crafts projects. Snack and drink included. Advance reservations required.

North County Inland Floaties Swim School 13180 Poway Rd., Poway 877-277-7946 Themed kids nights with movies, games and pizza. Second Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. Also in Chula Vista. Frozen Ropes 10710 Thornmint Rd., 4S Ranch 858-485-9399

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Baseball, games and pizza for ages 6-12. One Saturday each month from 5:30-9 p.m. Kid Ventures 10760 Thornmint Rd., 4S Ranch 858-207-6088 Monthly drop off offered on a Friday from 5-9 p.m. Register early for this popular program. Kids must be potty trained. North County Gymnastics & Gyminny Kids 17022 Camino San Bernardo, Rancho Bernardo 800-GYMINNY Check the website for dates. Three hours of gymnastics and games with pizza dinner. Rancho YMCA 9410 Fairgrove Ln., Rancho Peñasquitos 858-484-8788 Offered most Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. Games, crafts, sports/gymnastics and movies, ages 3-13, advance reservations recommended. Kids should bring their own food.

San Diego Coastal The Hot Spot 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 14 Point Loma 619-223-1339 Drop off kids ages 6+ for 1.5 hours of painting pottery fun. Pottery gets fired overnight and is ready the next day. Drop in or call to make a reservation. Open daily.

San Diego Central Flip Force 9282 Miramar Rd., Mira Mesa 858-578-3547 First Friday of each month 6:30–10 p.m. Dinner is provided at this trampoline gym. San Diego United Training Center 7698 Miramar Rd., Mira Mesa 858-586-0655 Saturday PNO from 6–9 p.m. Organized games and sports are included with a pizza dinner.

East County Champion Gymnastics 10580 Prospect Ave., Santee 619-449-7717 Check the website for Parent’s Night Out on selected Saturdays.

Elite Gymnastics 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon 619-441-5900 Open gym and games one Saturday per month from 6-10 p.m. Ages 4+. FUNBelievable Play 11655 Riverside Dr., Lakeside 619-456-2474 Drop off potty-trained kids every Friday from 5-8 p.m. for play time, movies, snacks and juice. San Carlos Recreation Center 6445 Lake Badin Ave., La Mesa 619-527-3443 recctr/sancarlos.shtml Offered second Fridays from 5-9 p.m. Organized games, crafts and dinner are provided. Urban Jungle 8711 N. Magnolia Ave. #300, Santee 619-334-6107 Now offered every Friday from 6-9 p.m. Ages 7+ enjoy organized activities, snack and a drink.

South Bay Floaties Swim School 851 Showroom Pl., Ste. 102, Chula Vista 877-277-7946 Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is held on the second Saturday of every month from 6–10 p.m. Parents get a break and kids get a night of fun with games, crafts, a themed movie and pizza. Also in Poway. Kid Ventures 851 Showroom Pl., Chula Vista 619-651-8622 Parents get a date night with “the DROP,” a monthly Friday Night Out from 4-8 p.m. Kids ages preschool to 8 enjoy structured play, games, crafts and dinner. Also at 4S Ranch and Liberty Station. San Diego GYMnastics 2015 Birch Rd., Ste. 1501, Chula Vista (Otay Ranch Town Center) 619-482-6722 During this monthly Kids Night Out on select Fridays from 6-9 p.m., kids over age 5 play games, practice gymnastics and challenge themselves on obstacle courses. Pizza, drinks and snacks included. Check website for schedule. Also at Liberty Station.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School....................................................... 35

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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum........................................................ 63 Pigtails & Crewcuts................................................................................ 36 PlayWerx............................................................................................... 11 Poway Gymnastics................................................................................. 27 Renaissance Village Academy................................................................. 88 San Diego History Center........................................................................ 59 San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School............................................................ 9 San Diego Ice Arena............................................................................... 46 San Diego Model Railroad Museum......................................................... 58 San Diego Natural History Museum......................................................... 56 San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools................................................... 62 Scripps Montessori School..................................................................... 15 SDFM distribution.................................................................................. 72 SDFM Flourishing Families..................................................................... 19 SDFM Family of Magazines............................................................... 17, 37 Skateworld............................................................................................ 51 Smart Steps Preschool - LM/SV School District........................................ 66 Soccer Shots......................................................................................... 66 St. Martin of Tours Academy................................................................... 35 St. Patrick’s School................................................................................ 52

Hamburger Factory................................................................................ 21

St. Pius X.............................................................................................. 35 72

St. Therese Academy.............................................................................. 35

Hornblower Cruises & Events.................................................................. 39

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La Jolla Village Montessori..................................................................... 15

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Learning Choice Academy.....................................................26, 52, 63, 73

The Hot Spot Pottery & Candlemaking..................................................... 52

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LePort Schools....................................................................................... 87

The Super Dentists, Dr. Keri & Dr. Hoss...................................................... 7

LionHeart Academy................................................................................ 62

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Little Artists........................................................................................... 19

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Maria Montessori School........................................................................ 15

Urban Discovery Academy / Id-8............................................................. 43

Mission Bay Montessori Academy..................................................... 15, 52

Vernetta’s Dance Studio......................................................................... 51

Montessori Achievement Centre.............................................................. 15

Warren Walker....................................................................................... 52

Montessori American School................................................................... 15

YMCA Resident Camps........................................................................... 34

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