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Celebrating 55 Years of SeaWorld San Diego

We’ve been big fans of SeaWorld for at least 13 of their 55 year history. Ever since I became a mom, SeaWorld has been an oasis for me. On stressful days I’d take my annual pass and stroll my baby around the park just to get some fresh air and distraction from the chaos of early motherhood. And there has been something wonderful for our family to encounter there during every age and stage so far.

When Mallory was barely old enough to talk, she told me that their Pets Rule show was her favorite place to go.

Last year, while our family was enjoying the La Jolla tide pools and encountered an injured sea lion, it was SeaWorld to the rescue!

We’ve learned a lot and had tons of fun over the years just like nearly 175 million other park visitors since SeaWorld first opened its gates on March 21, 1964.  One of the world’s most popular marine parks and a global leader in marine animal care and welfare, education, conservation, research and rescue, SeaWorld San Diego is celebrating with some amazing deals and activities in the coming weeks.

Visitors can enjoy an awesome $55 weekday ticket special on March 21st through April 30th.  (Advanced ticket purchase required. Sale ends on March 21st. Click here for info.)

On March 21st (only), visitors can also enjoy these groovy deals:

  • Free standard parking
  • Churro or popcorn and soda for only $5.50
  • 55₵ souvenir bottle refills

Special In-Park Entertainment happening March 21st – 24th includes The Sea Street Band playing five musical sets per day and special 55th Celebration moments during Orca Encounter presentations and Dolphin Days and Sea Lion LIVE shows.

If you don’t already have annual passes like we do, don’t miss your chance to celebrate 55 years with a $55 ticket deal.

Happy Birthday SeaWorld!

Making the Most of My Free Time

Now that my kids are in school all day, I often find myself feeling a little bored. I work part time, I hang with my friends, I volunteer in my children’s school, but it still feels like I have extra time that I want to spend wisely.

This week I answered a request for volunteers to work in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen to help serve lunch to 150 parents and children. If you’re a parent with some spare time, if you like slicing, dicing, serving and cleaning, then this might be a meaningful way for you to spend some time too.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. Because doctor’s appointments, family needs and financial worries make it difficult for parents with hospitalized children to rest or even find their next meal, the house provides nutritious and home made meals to any family with a child in a local hospital – even those not staying overnight at the Ronald McDonald House.

My volunteer shift, which ran from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. called for me to use some of my best “mom” skills. It started with chopping veggies for the grilled vegetable platter and cooking orzo for the pasta salad.

I love to cook, so these were comfortable tasks. However, never have I even seen food prepared for so many at one time, much less help to create those meals. It was fast-paced and eye opening!

There were a total of six volunteers and one paid chef who worked together to prepare the lunch menu, serve the meals and clean up after each guest was finished ~ the same things that I do nearly every night for my own family, but this was for families who are going through tremendous stress and worry.

While there, I saw numerous children with bandages and tubes of various sorts. I also saw families laughing, smiling and enjoying time together over a delicious meal. Everyone was so pleasant, and we were thanked numerous times for helping.

The dining area of the Ronald McDonald House is a comfortable place for families to relax even when not eating. There’s a piano, complimentary books, cozy couches and a beautiful courtyard with playground equipment. If you’re not the type of volunteer who wants to serve a meal, perhaps you’d like to volunteer to play the piano during mealtimes, or donate books for the reading areas, or perhaps you’d like to donate food or money to help keep this program going. Items on the kitchen wish list include canned fruits and veggies, toasters and oven mitts, pasta noodles and sauce.

Photo Credit: Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, which is currently fundraising to renovate the kitchen and dining room.

And, of course, there are many opportunities to support the house outside of the kitchen. For more information about the Ronald McDonald House, visit rmhcsd.org.


Spring Cleaning ~ San Diego Style

Have too much stuff and want to get rid of it? San Diego has three awesome and completely different ways for moms to unload the clutter, and they are each happening this spring.

Here’s your opportunity to get great deals on baby and kid items as well as your chance to make some money selling the things your kiddos no longer need.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale ~ March 30th & 31st

Just Between Friends is a community marketplace where families can sell all the things their kids are no longer using and can buy what they need at 50-90% off retail.

Families use JBF software programs to enter the sale price of their baby and kid items and generate price tags. Simply drop off your tagged items and let the friendly JBF team of volunteers display and sell them for you!

Moms love the deals, the clean, indoor shopping space, the “Prime Time Shopping” (early shopper) program as well as the 1/2 price day. This is a do-not-miss event!


Just Between Friends

March 29th Prime Time Shopping

March 30-31 Public Shopping

Scottish Rite Center

1895 Camino Del Rio South


Skyline Swap ~ March 30th

Need to de-clutter but don’t have the energy or time to sell? Why not simply exchange your old things for the items you really do need?

What’s so cool about the Skyline Swap is that you simply bring in the clothes, home goods, toys, shoes and more that you no longer need and leave with that same number of items. The only money exchanged is the $2 entry fee, benefitting women’s programming at Skyline Church, or the $1 per item fee for shoppers who want to snag more than they brought in and for those with nothing to swap at all. What a bargain!


Skyline Swap

Sunday, March 30th

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

@Skyline Church

11330 Campo Road, La Mesa


Parent Connection Family Swap Meet ~ April 28th

The Parent Connection Family Swap Meet is a legendary, old-school swap where families set up their own stall in an outdoor space and negotiate directly with shoppers looking for deals on gently used outdoor play structures, baby furniture, toys, books, clothes and gear.   Your $2 admission fee benefits Parent Connection programs and gets you into this money saving event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Parent Connection members get in 1/2 hour early!


Family Swap Meet

Sunday, April 28 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

@ Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, 5951 Village Center Loop


San Diego is also home to several fabulous children’s resale shops. These family-owned shops offer year-round opportunities to sell and save.

Happy shopping!

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