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San Diego Kids & 9/11

9/11 is a heavy subject for our country, and every family has their own way of broaching it. If you’re the parent of young children, here’s a great way to honor 9/11 while teaching your kids a great life lesson…

A few months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a small group of 9/11 family members and friends met to talk about how best to pay tribute to their lost loved ones. They decided that the terrorists shouldn’t “have the last word” in defining how future generations of Americans remember 9/11 each year.

Inspired by the way the country came together in the weeks following the attacks and the national outpouring of support, the group launched the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance with the goal of “taking back the day” and gradually transforming the anniversary of 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good.

9/11 is a day that I will never forget, and I’ve worked to teach my kids what it meant to me, to our country and to the world. But I love the idea of turning a sad day into a day of unity, hope and philanthropy – all things that I already want to instill in my children. On 9/11 day these values take on even more importance.

Photo credit: 9/11 Day Facebook page

The official 9/11 Day charity is hosting a day of meal packing in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco with the goal of packing 3 million meals for people in need, including the victims of Hurricane Dorian. If San Diego was on the list, perhaps we’d be food packing. But since we can’t do that, we’ve decided to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House Wish List. Given that this 9/11 falls on a school day, donating books, games and gently used clothing that we’ve loved and outgrown to one of our favorite local charities seems like the perfect way to do good today.

Of course there are many San Diego charities that could use your donation of time, money or material items. If volunteerism and philanthropy are values that you want to teach your children, why not join us this year and every 9/11!?


Fave 5 ~ Week of September 9th

September is a little more chill than August with fewer crowds and cooler temps. It’s a great time to get out and about with your little ones. Check out these fun upcoming events!

FREE Art of Cartooning Event

Monday, September 9th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Rancho Peñasquitos Library

Kids 8 and under with their parent’s help will learn the art of cartooning for free at Rancho Peñasquitos library for free.


Hayride & Hullabaloo Popup Playdate

Tuesday, September 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

Rancho Guejito Vineyard

Head on over to Rancho Guejito Vineyard for a morning playdate with wine-loving moms and kiddos who love Hullabaloo. Shop hand crafted wares and take a free hayride (with wine purchase).


Toddler Time @ Birch Aquarium

Wednesday, September 11th at 10 a.m. 

Birch Aquarium

Summer is over and it’s time to enjoy some favorite local attractions minus the crowds. Award-winning author and performing songwriter Kathryn the Grape will engage your senses during Toddler Time at Birch Aquarium by weaving together yoga movement, music, affirmations, and more. You and your magical younger ones will feel refreshed with Kathryn the Grape’s mindful and joyful morning of activities designed for all ages to enjoy together. Free with admission. Click for details.

Early Morning Birding in El Monte Park

Saturday, September 14th at 8 a.m. 

El Monte Park

How cool! El Monte County Park in Lakeside is recognized as a birding hotspot with an impressive array of birds. Join Ranger Arnold, an experienced birder, to catch those winged creatures in action! Take an easy, 2-hour walk through the park before the gates are open to the public. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged.


Family Friendly Star Gazing

Saturday, September 14th from 7-10 p.m. 

Mt Helix Park

Join the San Diego Astronomy Association on Saturday, September 14 for a free family-friendly evening of star gazing high atop Mt. Helix.





What’s SUP – a Mom & Me Adventure

When my kids were little, we loved going to mommy & me classes together. These days I’m just “mom,” not mommy or mama, and there are far fewer opportunities to share a new experience with my 12 and 13-year-old “babies.” But I found one last weekend, and I think you might enjoy sharing it with your tweens and teens too…

Yes, that’s my baby girl on the right. Geez, stop growing already!

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) combined with yoga is not new to San Diego, but it was new to us. What a fun and silly experience. We got a good workout, we enjoyed a beautiful day together and we laughed at ourselves…something teens don’t often do!

I held this tree pose for just about 5 seconds and gave Mallory a good laugh. The water was amazing. The whole day was!

Chelsea of Vitamin Sea Yoga started our class with SUP basics on San Diego Bay in Coronado. We paddled to a little point with a view of the Coronado bridge and anchored the boards in preparation for our yoga class. All levels of experience were welcome, and there was nothing difficult about paddling out or practicing simple poses. Mallory had never done yoga before and fell off of her board the same number of times that her very experienced yogi mom did (once!).

Best of all, the cost for two glorious hours on beautiful San Diego Bay was only $20 per person and included these sweet photo collages. What a bargain!

I’m so glad that our good friends and favorite mother/daughter duo discovered SUP Yoga at Crown Cove Aquatic Center on Silver Strand State Beach. The affordable aquatics programs are part of Southwestern College and include youth camps, recreational paddle boarding, kayaking and CPR.

There are several more Saturday classes of SUP Yoga on the schedule, and we’re definitely signing up again. Chelsea told us that children of all ages are welcome as long as they are able to handle paddling out to the designated class spot about 10-15 minutes from the aquatic center.

For more information or to join a class, visit facebook.com/VitaminSeaYoga.




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