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Teaching Kids the Language of Coding

Hey Mom’s Guide readers! Code Ninjas is opening in Rancho Bernardo later this month, and we get a chance for a sneak peek at a private open house.

Both of my kids love technology and games, and I love how they are actually gaining important math, logic and problem solving skills when they play educational games. At Code Ninjaskids ages 7 to 14, learn coding by building games. They aren’t aware they’re learning while having fun. Their core promise “Kids have fun, parents see results” sounds cool.

Code Ninjas will offer drop-in learning, spring and summer camps, after school classes, even parents’ night out events and even STEM birthday parties. Kids receive color-coded wristbands and special recognition with certification to mark achievements, advancing from white to black, on the road to becoming a Code Ninja.


They say that coding is going to be as important to your kids as a second language. Join us at our VIP open house event to see if your kids are ready to pick up the language. 😉

I know my son is especially interested in the Code Drones camp where ninjas see their code in action by coding their very own drone to do flips, take off and land, follow him around, and even fight other drones. As he programs his drone, he will learn about variables, loops and more—all foundational programming concepts. Oh, and he especially likes that he gets to keep the drone!

If you would like to check out Code Ninjas with your 7-14 year old, please RSVP at this link. Our event will take place on Sunday, April 29th from 2-4 p.m. in Rancho Bernardo:

Code Ninjas

16773 Bernardo Center Dr.

Suite E (Behind Starbucks)

San Diego, CA 92128

If you can’t make the event, but have an interest in coding for kids, don’t miss out on Code Ninja’s “Founding Family” discount. The first 20 families that sign up before the grand open will receive:
– A Forever Discounted Drop-In monthly pricing of $259 ($349 regular) for up to 2 hours a week for 4 weeks each month
– Free Swag Bag with Cool stuff

My Gym Poway Coming Fall 2018!

It’s official . . .

Poway is about to be home to the new My Gym Children’s Fitness Center.

Circle Time is fun for parents and their kiddos!


My Gym is great for moms & dads because it helps connect them to other parents with children in the same age group. And it’s even better for kids 6 weeks thru 10 years of age because it helps them develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. My Gym offers structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more.

Terrific Tots, ages 2 1/2 – 3 1/4, have fun with structured games and pre-gymnastics. They learn beginning sports skills, gain fine and gross motor proficiency, and strengthen manipulative skills.


Children have fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Their award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind.

Mighty Mites are aged 3 1/4 – 4 1/2 years old. They show greater independence and the ability to participate without the parent. Mighty Mites are lavished with positive reinforcement for self-reliance and following directions. Strength, flexibility, and agility are increased, as our teachers introduce gymnastic skills with the safest spotting techniques and communication through language geared to build self-esteem and confidence.


While My Gym Poway is under construction, they are excited to sponsor our Mom’s Guide to San Diego Group with bubble, ball and parachute-filled park play dates. Join our group or like the My Gym Poway Facebook page to be notified when our next park play date will take place.


Become a My Gym Poway Founding Member & Save BIG!

The first 100 families to become members of My Gym Poway before they open in September are treated to extra special pricing. “Founding Members” perks include:

  • Waived $75 lifetime membership fee
  • 1/2 price first month of classes ($44.50 for 4 weeks)
  • $10 off of monthly tuition 4-ever! ($79 for 4 weeks vs. $89)
  • $100 discount off of deluxe birthday party packages 4-ever! ($250 vs. $350)
  • Additional discounts on My Gym special events

For more information about becoming a Founding Member,

enter for your chance to win a Free Birthday Party and more, visit


My Gym Poway

12222 Poway Road, suite 118-119

Poway, CA 92064


Apple Camp

Do you have a small, creative creature in your house? If so, your local Apple Store has a fun, educational and FREE summer camp that you will want to check out.

Kids ages 8 to 12 can expand their digital creativity through hands-on projects with experts at Apple. Campers choose one of three tracks, then spend 90 minutes a day for three days at a local Apple Store immersed in the subject of their choice.

My kids have learned how to make iMovies and how to program video games and the Apple Sphero robots.

They work collaboratively in groups and with the Apple instructors.

If you have a techy kid on your hands and a little free time this summer, this is the place they will want to be. The Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Fashion Valley and UTC Apple Stores will each host camps this summer.


But here’s the trick … you must sign up to receive the summer camp announcement. Once you receive the email notification, reply asap to secure your spot. As you can imagine, this free educational camp fills up quickly.

Visit the Apple website here to register for the email notification.

Your kids will thank you!



6 Reasons Rhea Lana is the Queen of Consignment Events

Once you make the decision that your child will be just as happy with a gently used toy, it’s hard to go back to paying retail. Chelsea and I are big fans of our local kids’ consignment stores and events, and we are excited about a new-ish one that just might be the queen of sales . . .

Lauren Aloia is a Southern California native, mom of 1 1/2 (baby #2 is on the way!) and the owner of Rhea Lana Northeast. Her 5th sale is happening April 15th – 20th in the old Carter’s store on Mira Mesa Blvd.  She proudly shares what makes Rhea Lana different from the rest.

“We don’t charge admission,” Lauren says.  “All of our Pre-Sale shopping times are FREE!!! We also quality inspect every item coming into the store so you are shopping the best.”

In fact, it was the quality of the Temecula Rhea Lana event that inspired Lauren to start her own franchise. “It felt like I was in a boutique store but everything was 60-90% off retail prices. I was blown away by the presentation, organization and idea of it all.”

While the shopping experience sounds amazing, it’s the consignor process that truly sets Rhea Lana sales apart.

First, all consigned items are guaranteed against loss. “What this means is if an item is missing when our consignors come for pick-up, we pay them as if it sold. So they can trust us with their very best,” Lauren says.

Consignors can watch sales live– “Our system is totally automated so as a consignor you can see what sold at the very second of our sale,” she says.

Check is ready on pick-up day- there is no waiting weeks after the event for your check. consignors receive immediately!

Consignors earn 70-80% of sales– there is no working a certain amount of hours to hit a certain percentage. Our base percentage is 70% and then, through referrals, consignors can earn up to 80%

Voice entry system–  Rhea Lana is the only consignment event in the industry with an app. “Through this app you can literally speak your items into the database. No typing involved.”

Growing up, Lauren’s mom was a member of a non-profit organization called the Assistance League. All of the proceeds from their thrift store went to clothe needy children in the area. “I grew up working in the store so really saw the value in second hand items. Also seeing all of the families I was able to help was such a blessing,” Lauren says. “I feel like I am able to repeat many of these things through Rhea Lana’s.”

The real Rhea Lana was also a believer in helping others. She started her consignment sales 21 years ago as a ministry and a way for families to sell their gently used items and make some money doing so. Today there are 80 events that bare her name nationwide.

For more information or to register as a consignor, visit

The sale takes place April 15th -20th in Mira Mesa in the Mira Mesa Mall, 8290 Mira Mesa Blvd #B.






San Diego Sunrise Services

It’s a sacrifice of sleep to get up early enough to catch an Easter Sunrise Service, but what better time of year for sacrifices?

We will be on Mt. Helix for the 101st Easter Sunrise Service when our church leads the worship. I hope you will find a service near you in the list below.

Mt. Helix Easter Sunrise Service

This family-friendly event led by Christ Lutheran Church offers free parking and shuttle service. Services begin at 6:30 a.m. in the M.t. Helix Park amphitheater. Shuttles: begin at 5:30 a.m. at the lower parking lots at the corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Dr. with additional off-site parking located at Grossmont Center Mall near California Bank and Trust and the Brigantine Restaurant.

Mt. Helix Park

4901 Mt. Helix Dr.

La Mesa, CA 91941


Easter Sunrise Service at Cabrillo Monument

Enjoy a panoramic view of San Diego Harbor while the Kiwanis Club of Point Loma present an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cabrillo National Monument. The services will be held in the lower parking lot.  gates to Cabrillo National Monument will open at 6:00 a.m. with the non-denominational service beginning at 6:30 a.m. There is seating for approximately 700 attendees and the public is encouraged to arrive early.

Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr

San Diego, CA 92106


Easter Sunrise Service at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Celebrate Easter at The Flower Fields. We’ll be hosting a Sunrise Service by The Fields Church. Come experience this unforgettable event amongst 50 acres of beautiful, colorful ranunculus. Service begins at 6:30 a.m.


Carlsbad Flower Fields

5704 Paseo Del Norte

Carlsbad, CA 92008


Easter Sunrise Service in Crown Point Park

All who are willing to greet the beginning of the new day – experienced by some as a resurrection moment – will gather at Crown Point Park on Mission Bay for a service led by Pacific Beach United Methodist Church. Find us near the Lamont Street entrance for a sunrise service beginning at 6 a.m. Dress warmly; feel free to bring a chair or blanket and a thermos of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to share.


Crown Point Park

Crown Point Drive

San Diego, CA 92109


New Venture Christian Fellowship will be hosting their annual Easter Sunrise at the Shore service at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater Sunday April 1st at 7:30am. Come join thousands in celebrating Easter with the backdrop of a sunrise over the Oceanside beach and pier.


Junior Seau Oceanside Pier

200 Strand

Oceanside, CA 92054


Balboa Park Easter Sunrise Service

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion will be the site for an Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. on April 1, 2018. The service will be conducted by St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ, with music by the St. Stephen’s Cathedral Choir. All donations will benefit the San Diego Rescue Mission.


Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Balboa Park

San Diego, CA 92101


Christ United Presbyterian Sunrise Service

Sunrise Service is a service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It is held outside so that the congregation can enjoy the sun as a sign of celebration that the Son, Jesus, no longer lay in the tomb.  After the service, breakfast will be served.

Christ United Presbyterian Church of San Diego

3025 Fir Street

San Diego, CA 92102


photo credit: Mt. Helix Park

Easter April Fools

Are you thinking of pranking your kids this Easter? (Which also happens to be April Fools Day.)

If your children are old enough to understand April Fools, you might want to throw a couple of these tricks into their basket!

She’ll think she’s unwrapping a foil covered chocolate egg, but it’s really going to be her least favorite veggie – a grape tomato!


Don’t tell my son, but there will be a certain number of eggs that are super-glued shut. Even more frustrating, they’ll be full of pennies that he can’t get.


The joke might ultimately be on me, but I’ll fill some of their eggs with confetti.


One egg will be filled with money . . . Bunny Money that is!


Do I dare add cat treats to some of the eggs? Sure, why not?!


Last but not least (and, actually, the first prank of the morning!)  . . . jellybeans are not just potty training rewards. 😉

After 2018, the next time Easter will fall on April 1st is 2029 when your kids won’t be kids any longer. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the double celebration day with them.

Sunday Best from Merci Children’s Boutique

Looking for something extra special for your daughter to wear on Easter Sunday? I’d like to introduce you to my friend Angelica’s incredible Banker’s Hill boutique.


Merci Children’s Boutique specializes in European clothing and quality boutique brands for infants to size 14. This sweet little store is lovingly cared for by mom of three, Angelica McDonald, whose daughters help inspire her passion for children’s clothing.

Brands include Mae Li Rose, Deux par Deux, Isobella and Chloe, Persnickety, Mustard Pie & Biscotti. The store is overflowing with beautiful clothing, shoes, accessories and toys.


While shoppers can order online through Merci Children’s Boutique, there’s nothing quite like browsing through the store. Find them in time for Easter Sunday attire or whenever your little one is in need of adorable duds!

Merci Children’s Boutique
3010 5th Ave
San Diego, California 92103


Spring Break Free – For – All

Spring Break starts this week for many students across San Diego County and continues through the week after Easter. Here is a list of our top 5 FREE things to do with your kiddos while they’re out of school.

1. Residents Free Tuesdays at select Balboa Park museums

Every Tuesday different museums in Balboa Park are open for free to San Diego residents. My kids love the Air & Space Museum, which is open for free this Tuesday, March 27th. While the Kids’ Aviation Hanger is closed during free Tuesdays, there are lots of other cool things to check out from the early days of flight through the space age.  Visit to learn more.

If your spring break starts (or continues into) next week like ours does, you’ll get to enjoy three more awesome and kid-friendly museums for free. The Fleet Science Center, the Model Railroad Museum and the Natural History Museum are all free on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Find the complete Residents Free Tuesday schedule here.


2. The Mom’s Guide Indoor Egg Hunt at Children’s Choice Pediatric Dental

Join us on Wednesday, March 28th when we co-host an Indoor Egg Hunt & Open House at Children’s Choice Pediatric Dental in Southeast San Diego. We’re going to experience the dentist in a fun way, search the office for eggs, enjoy a light lunch, swag bags, raffle prizes and an interactive oral health presentation. Find out more here.


3. Weekday Egg Hunts 

How fun! Several San Diego Parks are hosting free weekday egg hunts for kids up to 11. Two Mira Mesa parks , Memorial Park in Southeast San Diego and Presidio Park in the Balboa Park area each have weekday events. View the full list of San Diego City Park egg hunts here.


4. Free Family Flix

San Diego’s Central Library will be showing the movie Wonder on Monday, March 26th from 3:30 – 5:30. For more information click here.

5. Spring Break Spectacular at the Santee Library

Our friends at the Santee Library are doing something special for spring break-ers April 2nd through the 6th like “Cooking with Kids” where kids will make a layered dessert and “Heart and Hooves” where kids will meet real miniature horses and find out how they are helping people in our community.  Find out what your local library is doing this spring break and all year long by visiting the City of San Diego libraries website and the County of San Diego libraries website. 


Whatever you do this spring break, we hope you find time to relax and enjoy your family!

Bust a Myth ?

Our family loved the RH Fleet Science Center’s newest exhibit, Mythbusters. Yes, that Mythbusters. The exhibit, based on the popular Discovery Channel series, is a fantastic way to bring science to life.

Can you really pull a tablecloth off of a fully set table without disturbing a dish? (my kids did!)

Does toast always land butter-side down?

What keeps you drier: running in the rain or walking through it?

Is it possible to dodge a bullet?

In this amazing hands-on exhibition, you can put these myths to the test—just as the team from the popular MythBusters TV show has done for years!

– Use scientific observations and your own curiosity to search for the truth behind some commonly held beliefs.

– Explore the Blueprint Room and relive some of the show’s most exciting moments.

– Test your hypothesis in The Workshop and decide whether the myth is plausible, busted or confirmed.

– Catch a live demonstration on the Demo Stage. There are multiple shows throughout the day, and the variables (people) are always changing, so results can change hour to hour!

– Submit your own myths, and you could see them being tested on future episodes of MythBusters!

Mythbusters, the Exhibit, is open daily through September 3rd.

Tickets cost $5 ($2.50 for members) in addition to regular admission

for more information visit:

Run Baby Run!

If you’ve thought about doing a family 5K, I know just the one!

The Inflatable Run will keep your family laughing and smiling from start to finish. It features a kid-friendly 1 mile / 5k inflatable obstacle course, free family activities, live entertainment, thrilling inflatable attractions, delicious food truck vendors, and other fun surprises.


Instead of a typical 5k, the inflatable obstacle course is 1 mile long. When you buy tickets for the run, you will receive a race bib with 3 checkboxes. Each checkbox is good for 1 lap on the course. 3 laps = the full 5K. Do a lap, enjoy some of the activities in the festival, then do another lap. Or you can run all 3 laps and do the 5K at one time. It is completely up to you!

5k time slots are either 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. until 4 p.m., and you must complete your laps within your time slot,

The obstacle course isn’t the only spot at The Inflatable Run where you can let loose through inflatables, the festival area is loaded with fun inflatable attractions as well. You can enjoy Zorb Ball racing, bounce houses, face painting, carnival games, go-cart racing and more. Be sure to catch the early bird special for the all-activities pass that gives you access to these extra special attractions.

Team Mom’s Guide will be on site with our own fun inflatable activity and prizes, so please come say “hello!”

The Inflatable Run

Saturday, April 14th

SDCCU Stadium

9449 Friars Rd.

for more information visit