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San Diego Kids Bowl Free

Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be bad bowlers . . .

Woman Epicly Fails At Bowling

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Posted by UNILAD on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Through the national Kids Bowl Free program, there’s no reason our kiddos can’t learn to be better than that woman. MUCH 😉

Kids Bowl Free was designed by bowling centers across the nation to give back to the community and provide a safe and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.  Participating age limits are determined by each bowling alley, and eligible children can register for 2 free games a day, all summer long!

Interested? Follow these simple steps to sign your child(ren) up!

  1. Visit this link to find participating California bowling allies.
  2. Select your local bowling alley to find the dates and times available for free bowling, age requirements and shoe rental fees, if any.
  3. Fill out the online registration form to register your child.
  4. Every Sunday morning during the summer long program, you’ll receive an email from Kids Bowl Free with a link to your printable coupons.
  5. Enjoy!


We’re all signed up with Aztec Lanes at SDSU and will be scheduling bowling playdates throughout the summer. Join our Mom’s Guide to Family Fun playgroup for more information.

Protect Your Pet Before the 4th!

July Fourth is a festive day of celebration for people, but it can be a terrifying time for pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks. Pets spooked by the noise have been known to jump fences out of fear, resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering shelters after July 4th.

“The day after a big holiday like July Fourth, we often see an increase in the number of stray animals we receive,” said Beau Archer, VP of animal welfare for San Diego Humane Society. “We want to help pet owners protect their pets on these busy holidays. This is why we’re offering free microchips. We want to be able to reunite pets with their families faster.”

San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping on select days in June for dogs and cats in anticipation of the July Fourth holiday.

The best way to ensure your pet will find his way home should he ever becomes lost is microchipping. The free microchipping vaccination clinics will be held at the following times and locations:

Escondido Campus: 3450 E. Valley Pkwy.

  • June 10 and 24 from 9-11 a.m.


Oceanside Campus: 572 Airport Road

  • June 20 and 27 from 10 a.m.- noon


San Diego Campus: 5500 Gaines St.

  • June 23 and 30 from 8-10 a.m.

If your pet does go missing, ensuring your pet is microchipped and licensed will assist in a quick reunionSan Diego Humane Society also utilizes a facial recognition app, Finding Rover, to quickly reunite lost dogs with their owners. It’s one more tool to get pets home faster. Be sure to register your dog’s photo on Finding Rover. It’s free! Learn more and register here:

San Diego Animal Adventures

We had a lot of fun during our Mom’s Guide to Family Fun group’s private critter encounter at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Helen Woodward Animal Center offers parties and camps for kids

Kids of all ages love to interact with animals, and there are many places in San Diego to get up close to feathered, scaled, furry and fluffy creatures. Of course you know about the zoo, Seaworld and the aquariums, but we’ve come up with a list of lesser-known ways to interact with critters large and small.

San Diego County Fair

Visiting the petting zoo, the 4H animal exhibits, attending the turkey trot and the pig races are just about the most fun kids can have at the San Diego County Fair, and it’s all free with admission. The fair is happening now. When planning your trip, don’t forget to make time for the animals. Find out more here:

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

Milking the “cow” at Oma’s

Van Ommering Farm in Lakeside is a working dairy farm that is also open for tours in the spring and special events each holiday season. Known to many as “Oma’s Pumpkin Patch,” it’s a great place to pick a pumpkin, find a Christmas tree and even host a birthday party. Kids love running around the hay bale maze, sliding down the cotton seed hill and, of course, hanging in the petting zoo and seeing the dairy cows. Find out more at


City Farmers Nursery

photo credit: City Farmers Nursery FB Page

City Farmers Nursery is a gardner’s oasis found smack in the middle of a busy Southeast San Diego neighborhood. Celebrating its 45th year, families can wander through the beautiful gardens and encounter creatures large and small including turtles, turkeys, goats and more. Free and open to the public, visit for operating hours.

Lions, Tigers & Bears

photo credit: Lions, Tigers & Bears

Lions, Tigers & Bears is a large animal sanctuary that takes in abused and abandoned exotic animals. In addition to getting up close with lions, tigers, bears, bobcats and leopards, visitors can actually feed some of the animals and camp out in the park during special events. All visits are by appointment only. The park is located in Alpine. Visit for more information.


Surprise! Your local pet store is a great place to get up close to a variety of animals. Petco even hosted my son’s 2nd grade class for a field trip. But long before he went to school, we would take our own little trip up and down the Petco aisles to see everything from adoptable cats to chinchillas. It’s a free and simple way to get an animal fix, even if you’re not a pet owner! Find out more here:

Children’s Nature Retreat

photo credit: Children’s Nature Retreat

Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine is an animal 20-acre sanctuary that families explore at their leisure. From common farm animals to zebras, camels and giant tortoises, this is the place to go for an interactive adventure. Animal feedings are included in the day pass admission. For more information go to

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Julian is open most weekends with activities like candle dipping, pottery on a real wheel, rope making & lassoing, archery, tomahawk throwing, ghost town slingshot range, u-pick strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes & pumpkins. In their petting zoo kids get hands on with goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot bellied pig, chickens, ducks. There’s also a reptile room with bearded dragons, ball python, a variety of turtles, and a chameleon. For more information visit

Living Coast Discovery Center

This bald eagle was one of my favorite animals we’ve ever seen at the Living Coast Discovery Center

For 30 years, the Living Coast Discovery Center has been serving families and students who learn about coastal resource conservation and interact with local wildlife. Families love to visit the Center for camps, parties, overnight adventures or even just a day with sea creatures, birds of prey and pollinators. Conveniently located in Chula Vista, the center is open everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. They provided us an amazing 2-for-1 coupon in the latest issue of the Mom’s Guide Magazine, and we will have those available to attendees of our upcoming group tour.

Visit for more information and join our group to attend one of our future animal encounters!

Introducing Our New Weekly Feature . . .

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Do you know what day it is?

Today is “WINSday” sponsored by the 5miles app and the day that one lucky 5miles user won a Step 2 toddler roller coaster like the one featured above. (congrats Jennifer C.!)

The Mom’s Guide is psyched to be working with 5miles to help promote its FREE marketplace where families like ours can sell the things we no longer need and find great deals on the things we do need like furniture, strollers, sports gear, and even housing, cars, jobs and service providers like tree trimmers, handymen and housekeepers.

Did I hear you say you wish you had a housekeeper? Well, you could be in luck!  Next week’s WINSday giveaway comes compliments of Tranquil Home, San Diego’s eco-friendly cleaning agency. You might remember that we featured their cleaning tips and tricks in an article last fall.

Our sweet Tranquil Home cleaning team. THANK YOU ladies!!

Who wouldn’t love some help around the house? Especially the non-toxic, natural products, 5-star Yelp reviewed cleaning help that Tranquil Home provides?

If you want to be our WINSday winner of the Tranquil Home 4-hour house cleaning contest, enter simply and for free on the 5miles app. All you have to do is like the post, which you can find under the “services” category, by searching #tranquilhome and also at this link:

Our readers love giveaways, and we love hosting them. We wish you lots of luck in the coming weeks. One winner will be randomly selected from the “likes” on the 5miles app each week. Follow us to discover the weekly giveaways and winners!

The Moms Guide Gets EELectrified

Seaworld’s Electric Eel is not for everyone.

First of all, you need to love going very fast

forwards and backwards

twisting and turning

and even briefly hanging upside down from 150 feet in the air.

You also must be at least 54″ tall.

Fortunately, all of the kids in our group met the requirements and braved being the first in their class to try out San Diego’s fastest and tallest ride.

The thrill level of the Electric Eel is very high. It’s probably the scariest rollercoaster I’ve ever been on, and it kind of makes the Manta feel like a Disney Toon Town coaster. (But in a good way.)

If your kids are tall enough and brave enough, we highly recommend checking out the Electric Eel. As one of our kids suggested, “just think about unicorns” during the ride, and you’ll be alright. 😉

How to . . .


The San Diego Public Library is hosting its 3rd How-To Festival this Saturday at 13 San Diego Public Library locations. The How-To Festival is an interactive, educational event with something for everyone and for all ages.

Would your sporty kid like to learn how to do sweet soccer tricks?

Would your pet-loving kid like to learn how to teach the family dog some cool tricks?

Would your fancy kid like to learn how to make a bracelet?

Would your crafty kid like to learn origami?

Would your science-loving kid like to learn how to build a simple robot on wheels?

What kid wouldn’t like to learn how make slime?

Would YOU like to learn how to be a more peaceful parent?

Start a little free library?

Reduce the chemicals in your home?

How to sew a button? (me!)

Presentations and workshops will be taught by experts from all walks of life. Participants can learn everything from how to dance the flamenco and how to grow a mini urban garden to how to overcome stress and how to make a nutritious smoothie that your kids will love.

How-To Festival 

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Why not learn something new this weekend? See your favorite library branch below to discover what cool things are being taught at the festival!

Need a Mom-Friendly Job?

Hey moms! I have a new part-time job that I can do around my family’s schedule. Do you want one too?

Seeking San Diego moms who love resale.

Seeking San Diego moms who are outgoing & friendly.

Seeking San Diego moms with smart phones.

If this is you, I invite you to download the free 5miles and apply to join my Brand Ambassador Team!

5miles is a free-to-use app that brings classifieds to your mobile device. Find a housekeeper, sell a stroller, buy a bunk bed, find a job!

As brand ambassadors, we’ll be attending local community and military events to talk to as many families as possible about 5miles. I’m looking for moms who can join me on select weekends and evenings. You’ll pick your own schedule and earn $20 per hour while helping others discover the treasures available to them on 5miles.

If this sounds like something you would like to apply for, please apply through 5miles. You can visit the link here, search for the job under the “jobs” category or type the words “brand ambassador” into the search bar to find the listing.

While you’re on the app, be sure to visit the “FREE” category and like the posts for FREE housekeeping, FREE Legoland tickets, FREE $200 gift cards and more. 😉

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

San Diego Summer Fun Starts THIS Week

It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year ~ the start of so much summer fun.

Mark your calendars and save the date for these awesome events and activities that begin the last week of May.


Aquatica Waterpark Opens Friday, May 25th

I admit that I was a little sad to see that Legoland’s waterpark beat Aquatica in a recent Mom’s Guide to San Diego poll. We live closer to Aquatica’s amazing rides, slides and pools, but that’s not the only reason we love it as much as the Legoland attraction. Aquatica is fun for kids of all ages, the price is right, the pools are clean and the park is easy to get around. Added bonus … parents are able to sip a cocktail while watching the kiddos play.

Aquatica’s current Splash Pass annual pass special is just $47.99 for unlimited visits throughout the season, May 25 – Oct. 28. There’s also a special on one-day rate of $25 available through Groupon right now. If you plan to visit Aquatica regularly with your kids, you should purchase one Premium Season Pass. The cost is $89, which includes parking for each visit. Parking fees are $17 without the premium pass.

Aquatica’s 2018 season opens this Friday, May 25th! For more information about Aquatica in San Diego, visit


FREE Movies in the Park kick off Friday, May 25th

The first great thing about San Diego County’s Summer Movies in the Park series is that the movies are FREE! They also tend to be the ones your kids really, really love like Coco, Moana, Captain Underpants LEGO Batman, Wonder and more.

Summer movies are played all over the county, from Oceanside to OB, Lakeside to Liberty Station. Many parks turn their movie nights into community festivals by including food trucks, music and kid-friendly activities.

Join us this Friday, May 25th for Coco on the big screen at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Find out more by visiting and by



FREE Hullabaloo on the Waterfront Concerts start Sunday, May 27th


Summer in San Diego means free, live music in parks all across the county, and that includes music especially for kids and their grown ups, courtesy of Hullabaloo Band.

It’s the perfect way to end your weekend. Bring the whole family, throw down a picnic blanket, and enjoy the happy tunes of Hullabaloo Band as the sun sets over San Diego Bay.

Hullabaloo on the Waterfront concerts start this Sunday, May 27th and continue once a month through September. Details can be found on our Facebook events page.

PS: (Don’t forget a change of clothes for any kiddos who might want to splash in the fountains before showtime 😉 ) 


Thursday Family Night at the San Diego Botanic Garden begins Thursday, May 31st

photo credit: San Diego Botanic Garden

Get a head start on the weekend with outdoor family fun at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden. Free with admission or membership, Thursday Family Night is music and kid-friendly activities in the Garden. Entertainment is from 6 – 7 pm.

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and enjoy some family time. The first event of the season features Hullabaloo Band on Thursday, May 31st. Find the full schedule of entertainers here:

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash: Fun or Fright?

What mom doesn’t love a clean car? But if your kids are little, they can make it quite difficult to get through the car wash.

“Many children (and some adults) can get a bit anxious going through the car wash,” says Soapy Joe’s Anthony Rodriguez, “But our employees make sure they feel safe and cared for. Guests are guided into the tunnel, and instructed on what to do. At first, the sounds and sights can be a bit intimidating, but you soon see how relaxing and fun the experience can be.”

I’m not sure at what age kids go from fearing the car wash to loving it, but perhaps it’s around age 3 3/4, which was when Oliver became a fan of Soapy Joe’s.


And what’s not to love? Soapy Joe’s uses recycling, filtration and state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most eco-friendly and professional wash. They have 10 convenient car wash locations spread throughout San Diego and the surrounding areas, AND they gave us a car wash gift card to give away as a post-Mother’s Day gift.

I love, love, love being a member of the wash club. I pay $15 per month and go to the car wash as many times as I need to. Enter for your chance to win our gift card giveaway and see for yourself how easy it is to keep at least one thing in your life looking spic-&-span. 😉

Simply comment here with whether your kids laugh or cry in the car wash to be entered.

For a complete list of Soapy Joe’s locations, visit:

A Unique Summer Camp Experience to Remember!

Your kids will have a blast at Helen Woodward for Summer Critter Camp, which offers the incredible experience of hands-on animal interactions plus fun crafts, thrilling games, team building activities, and more!

Campers will connect with critters and create lifelong memories.

Click here to register and for more details (including information about extended care hours, lunch options, discounts, and scholarships).

This year’s camp themes:

Are you searching for a way to give your kids a super summer? Look no further because Critter Camp gives them the chance to interact with some awesome animals as they discover each critter’s superpower! Campers will marvel at the amazing adaptations animals have and their ability to make our world a better place. Spots fill up in a flash so sign up today!




Does your children have an incredibly inquisitive minds? Then sign them up for camp where they will delve into the seemingly distant worlds of nature and technology and find out why they aren’t so different after all. Campers will uncover the ways that wildlife has influenced technology and our advancement as humans. Your kids won’t want to miss out on this exciting exploration.


Call the friendly Helen Woodward education team at (858) 756-4117 x318 or e-mail if you have any questions. **Use code SUMMER18 for 10% off the camp tuition.**


Summer Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Animal Center

June 11 – August 31

Preschool (must be at least 4 years old) – 8th grade


P.S. The Mom’s Guide has a fun Helen Woodward field trip planned for toddlers and preschoolers on May 30th. Come get a taste of what this awesome organization has to offer in the way of animal interactions! Mom’s Guide Critter Encounter details can be found here: