September Snapshot

What family-friendly happenings are on your September calendar? School is back in session, which means lighter daytime crowds at museums, aquariums, the zoo, Seaworld & Legoland. Parents rejoice!

Looking for some fun and FREE activities? Check these out:

Stuffed Animal Slumber Party 

Friday, September 14th 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what happens in the library when it’s closed? Kids,bring your stuffed animals to the La Mesa library for a story time and craft, then tuck your stuffed friends into bed for the night and pick them up on Sunday. The library will be sharing photos of the shenanigans via social media. Visit the library online for this and other fantastic free children’s programming.


Baby Meet-and-Greet

Sunday, September 16th 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Parent Connection and Gymboree Play Clairemont Mesa offers this free class to meet other parents who have babies born in 2018. Join in for some tummy time fun, flashlight play, first songs and more. Registration is necessary to secure a spot in the class. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Family Read & Play Day at the Kroc Center

Tuesday, September 18th @ 10:30 a.m.

Let your little play in the imagination playground, enjoy story time and even take home a new book to add to your family library.  Kroc Center Family Read & Play Days are monthly events for children ages five and under geared toward getting kids excited about reading. To RSVP and for more information visit the Kroc Center’s Facebook Page. 

What free fun are you up to this month?



Family Field Trip to Julian

Did you feel the hint of fall in the air this morning? Whether it’s warm or cool as we enter September, many San Diego families start to think about taking a drive up to Julian for apple picking season.

Julian apple picking is one of the sweetest ways to spend time with your kids, and it’s just an hour east of San Diego in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains.

Orchards are reporting strong crops that are maturing a little later than usual. While every apple is normally gone by the end of September, some u-pick orchards will have only just opened by the end of the month.

Volcan Valley Apple Farm is our fave for straight apple picking. They plan to open at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 7th.

The Julian Mining Company is our favorite place for all-around family fun in Julian. In addition to picking juicy apples, this is the place we can spend the day with a petting zoo, gold mining, tomahawk throwing and more! They are open each weekend, but apples may not be sweet until later September.

You can find a complete list of orchards and links to their websites at

New this year is Julian’s Old Fashioned Country Fair, September 22 – 23rd at the Julian Farm & Orchard. Free and open to the public, this event will feature games and activities, some of which may carry a small charge.

Take a step back in time with the Mom’s Guide and join our group for a day of apple picking, hayrides and cider pressing at the Julian Mining Company. We’re working to get a group rate and hope to see you there!


1st Wiggly Tooth? Let’s Celebrate!

August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day, and our Mom’s Guide dental partners wanted to share with you a few fun facts about your kids’ teeth.

Tooth Fairy Fact #1

Your child is going to have 20 baby teeth, with the first typically emerging between 6-10 months. However, babies can start teething as early as 3 months.

Tooth Fairy Fact #2

Baby teeth usually appear in the order shown in our baby tooth chart (above). The first two teeth to erupt are the bottom central incisors, followed by the top four front teeth emerging shortly after.

photo credit: Hannalah Designs

Tooth Fairy Fact #3

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your baby to the dentist shortly after the first tooth appears and/or by the child’s first birthday.

Tooth Fairy Fact #4

All 20 teeth will have typically grown in between the ages of  2 ½ to 3 years old.

Tooth Fairy Fact #4

Most kids lose their first tooth in the years between kindergarten and first grade or between the ages of 6 and 7, and children lose their teeth in roughly the same order in which they appeared.

photo credit: Hannalah Designs

Tooth Fairy Fact #5

Countries all around the world practice the tradition of trading baby teeth for treasures. In the U.S., the Tooth Fairy’s going rate is between $1 and $5 per tooth, according to the Original Tooth Fair Poll.

Some parents enjoy teaching their children that the Tooth Fairy pays more for teeth that have been well brushed and flossed as a way to encourage good oral care. 😉

photo credit: Hannalah Designs

If someone in your house has a wiggly tooth, follow this link to find samples to inspire your Tooth Fairy letters.

You might also enjoy making a keepsake “Tooth Fairy Pillow” that will be a sweet resting spot for that tooth until the fairy can make her way to your home.

Or, if you’re not crafty (like me!), you could simply enter to win one of our adorable tooth fairy pillows, handcrafted by Hannalah Designs. For your chance, please comment below with which part of San Diego the Tooth Fairy will visit when your little one loses a tooth.

One reader will be randomly selected to receive a pillow in her favorite color at the end of this week. Good luck!