Fave 5 ~ Week of January 20

Sometimes I love having nothing on my calendar for the week…no birthday parties, no must-do events, no family or friend commitments. The week of January 20th is NOT one of those times, and I’m ok with it! After a couple of weeks settling down from the chaos of the holidays, and a few more days to get back into our school and work routines, we are ready for all of the adventures that San Diego has to offer again. Our local events calendar is always packed full of ideas and suggestions, but here are the top 5 on my list this week!

 

San Diego Restaurant Week (180+ locations!)

January 19 – 26

My husband and I scootered to our last SD Restaurant Week date night and had a BLAST!

San Diego Restaurant Week makes the cut as a must-do this week because it is such a fabulous opportunity to A) discover a new family-friendly restaurant (or perhaps revisit an old favorite) and/or B) get out on that much needed date night with your partner! Whichever route you take, it’s a great way to dine out on a budget, and there are so many wonderful participating restaurants. A few of our kid-friendly faves are Bo Beau’s in La Mesa,  C-Level, Cafe Coyote, Del’s Hideout (pro-tip: Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays), and Stone Brewing in Liberty Station. And if you need suggestions for a great date night spot, check out Bleu Boheme, Antica Trattoria, Flagship or Hornblower Cruise, or Mister A’s!

Disney on Ice – Mickey’s Search Party (Pechanga Arena)

January 23 – 26

Taking Oliver (age 2) and our friend, Lacey, to Disney on Ice in 2016!

We’ve gone to Disney on Ice every year since Oliver was 2, and each year, that magic in his eyes grows bigger and bigger! Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party! This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats.  An exciting participatory adventure delivering compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be playing at Pechanga Arena San Diego from January 23rd – 26th!

Finger Painting Friday at the New Children’s Museum

January 24

Levi and Gavin have fun painting with water at the museum

Toddler Time at the New Children’s museum happens every Friday morning at 10am, and is included with your museum admission. This toddler program “values the whole child and supports healthy bodies and minds, with music, movement and social play for young children.”  This Friday, bring your toddler down to the museum for some messy, art-making fun.  Finger painting is an immersive art experience that allows children to be completely creative with their work. Better yet, caregivers don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess!

 

Grossmont Center’s 2nd Annual Snow Day

January 25

Levi and Weston get a snow day!

If you didn’t make it to the mountains to see the snow this winter, don’t fret…there is snow in the La Mesa forecast this weekend 🙂  Join us for a SNOW DAY at Grossmont Center on Saturday, January 25 from 11am to 3pm! Tammy from John & Tammy in the Mornings will be hosting this FREE event filled with snowy fun & games for the whole family! Plus, we’ll have your chance to win Mountain High lift tickets.

 

SeaWorld’s Lunar New Year Celebration (& Firework show!!)

January 25 & 26

Photo cred to SeaWorld.com/San-Diego

You won’t want to miss SeaWorld San Diego’s one-of-a-kind Lunar New Year celebration, featuring an incredible Chinese acrobats show, local performers, and delicious culinary delights. Dig into the Asian-inspired offerings of Ramen, Lo Mein, Bao Buns, Dim Sum, rice dishes and more.

While this festival takes place both this weekend and next, you wont want to miss the special fireworks show on January 25th! Also, don’t forget that annual pass holders have ONE FREE TICKET to use before the end of February!

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.