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Fave 5 ~ Week of January 13

There is something about 2020 that just feels…good. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is, but all around it seems as if spirits are high, and hopes & dreams feel more attainable. And it sure doesn’t hurt that San Diego has near-perfect January weather, giving families the opportunity to get outside and hit those New Years goals with the ground running. With sun in the forecast each day this week, there is no excuse to sit behind a closed door. Why not pack a picnic and take a nature walk, bring the family down to the harbor for a parade, or even hop on a camel’s back?? As usual, there is plenty to do in San Diego’s Finest City this week, and here are 5 of our favorite picks this week! And if marching bands and spitting camels aren’t your thing, you can always head over to our local events calendar for a full list of family fun!

 

Family Read & Play Day at Joan Kroc Center

Tuesday, January 14th @10:30am

This FREE, monthly event encourages young children (ages 5 & under) to read, by offering a story time, playtime with the imagination playground, and a free book for every child to take home.

 

Family Movie Night (Peter Pan) at Waypoint Public

Tuesday, January 14th @ 5:30pm

This month’s feature is Peter Pan! The show starts at 5:30, admission is free, there’s a kids’ buffet, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Friends of Jefferson Elementary, the foundation that supports educational and enrichment programs at North Park’s neighborhood public elementary school.

 

Tecolote Nature Center – Kid’s Art and Activities

Wednesday, January 15th @ 1:30pm

Soar off into 2020 as we make new friends, learn about nature and have fun making crafts. Everyone is welcome to this free event! Head over before or after for a nature walk with your little one, or bring a picnic to enjoy under the trees.

 

Oasis Camel Dairy – Open Farm Days

Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th @ 12:45pm

Once a month, the Oasis Camel Diary opens its doors for public farm days. Starting at just $8 (children ages 3 & under are free), meet and feed the animals, check out the games and exhibits, and enjoy the 1:30 bird and animal show. Plus, get a selfie with a camel, and even catch a ride on one! This is such a fun, inexpensive San Diego experience!

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Sunday, January 19th @ 2pm

Bring the family down to Harbor Drive on the Embarcadero, and join in on the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal bands, Drill Teams, College Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, and Peace and Youth Organizations.

Fave 5 ~ Week of January 6th

You’re so lucky if you have little ones who aren’t going back to school this week. With most SD schools getting back to business, our parks, beaches and local attractions will be a lot less busy – – my favorite time to get out and enjoy some of our favorite activities!

 

Cozy Comfort Foods Cooking Class

Wednesday, January 8th @ 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

Olivewood Gardens, National City

One of the best ways to get your child to try new foods is to have him help you cook them! During Olivewood Garden’s 1.5 hour classes, children 5 – 12 years old will learn how to use appropriate cooking tools, taste new foods and create fun, seasonal recipes. During this class they will be making homemade pretzels, tomato soup and cheese dip with roasted cauliflower. Yum!

 

Baby Signing Time

Friday, January 10th @ 10:30 a.m. 

Encinitas Library 

 

Families 0-18 months old are invited to foster an early love of reading, learning, and communicating through this interactive library experience. Priority Parenting’s Laura Greer specializes in sharing American Sign Language communication tools with hearing households, using music and song. Join in for this free half hour of fun.

Poway Winter Fest

Friday, January 10th and Saturday, January 11th

Poway Community Park 

The Poway Winter Festival is an awesome FREE community event. Kids will love building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in the free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink.

Turtle-Versary

Saturday, January 11th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Birch Aquarium 

Birch Aquarium’s Loggerhead Sea Turtle’s story of survival and perseverance has inspired thousands of guests and millions of people around the world! Help celebrate her fifth anniversary with a sea turtle-filled weekend “shell-ebration” of crafts, sea turtle science, and family-friendly activities. Included with admission.

 

Explorer Club/Magnificent Metamorphosis

Sunday, January 12th 

Otay Lakes County Park 

Join Ranger Lauren to learn about metamorphosis and the Monarch Butterfly. Kids can explore a real Monarch Butterfly habitat and do a couple of crafts about the lifecycle of the “King of Butterflies.” Registration is required. Please call 619.482.7361.

The “Experience” Gift You Hadn’t Thought Of

 

Christmas week is finally here! I don’t know if it’s because Thanksgiving was late this year, or if it’s because we all tend to pack in as many holiday events as possible, but it seems as if December has completely flown by, and the big day is almost here. If you’re looking for that last minute gift idea for your child or hubby, we’ve got you covered, and it isn’t another plastic toy, or beard trimmer. More and more families are now leaning towards the gift of an “experience”, but maybe you’re having a hard time thinking of something outside of the typical Zoo membership. Maybe you’re looking for something more unique.  Below we’ve listed some of our favorite local experiences, and there is something for everyone on your list to enjoy!

Nolan enjoys his infant swim class

For your Baby:

Gymboree Play & Music classes

Music Classes at Songbirds or Kindermusik

Swim Lessons

Eleanor discovers new skills at Gymboree

For your Toddler:

A membership to an indoor playground such as KidVentures, The Playground, or Funbelievable

Show tickets to Disney on Ice (January 23-26), or Daniel Tiger (Feb 29)

For your Little Kid:

Junior Science Club at the Fleet

K1 Speedway

A gift card for a trampoline park such as Rockin Jump or Jump Around

Overnight Adventure on the USS Midway 

Broadway show tickets to the upcoming Disney’s Frozen production

A membership to the Fleet Science Center or Birch Aquarium 

For your Big Kid:

iFly Indoor Skydiving

SkyRopes ropes course at Belmont

Flightline Safari at the San Diego Safari Park

Tickets to Monster Jam (Feb 1 & 15)

Animal encounter at SeaWorld or San Diego Zoo.

Megalodon and the big trucks return to Petco Park in Feb

For your Family:

Balboa Park Explorer Pass

Boarded, A Pirate Adventure aboard the Californian (December 28th)

Camel rides at Oasis Camel Dairy

Tickets for the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show, OVO (March 5-8)

Overnight staycation (Big Bear? Idyllwild? Santa Barbara?) in an Airbnb

Tickets to a Gulls Hockey Game

Rent a boat for the day, and explore the bay!

Oliver swabbing the deck during our Pirate Adventure

For your Partner/Husband:

Adults Only Roar and Snore at the Safari Park

Axe Throwing

Falconry School

Escape Room

Flying Lessons

Cruise through the Coronado Cays on a Gondola

Date Night Cooking Class at Sur La Table

Bruno takes a flying lesson at Learn to Fly San Diego

So go ahead…fuel a passion, spend quality time together as a family, or create a lifelong memory. Because gifting an experience for Christmas is not only giving them a present, it’s giving them something to look forward to. Something special to talk about for years to come!

One of our absolute favorite experiences, is taking the kids to see Disney on Ice. The lights, the familiar music, the fun characters, and the impressive skating is something our whole family enjoys. This season, we are excited to share that with one lucky family, who will win a 4-pack of tickets to see the January 23rd or 24th showing at Pechanga Arena.

To be eligible to win, comment below with your favorite San Diego experience. Who knows, your suggestion may be exactly what another mama is looking for!

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