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!

6 Festive, Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend!

Are you starting to feel the frenzy of the holidays? Don’t let this season of peace and love make you crazy. We have some simply sweet things that you can do with your littles to catch the holiday spirit without getting caught up in crowds and cost.

 

Polar Express Holiday Party at the Santee Library 

Friday, December 13th from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Santee Library, 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. 

Bring your kiddos in your pajamas and settle in for some sweet Polar Express-themed fun at the Santee Library. They will crafts, games, holiday music, snacks, storytime and a visit from Santa.

La Mesa Holiday in the Village

Friday, December 13th from 4 – 9 p.m. & Saturday, December 14th from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Downtown La Mesa, La Mesa Boulevard

Winter Nights @ Westfield UTC

Saturday, December 14th from 5 – 8 p.m.

Westfield UTC in La Jolla

Enjoy storytime with the Winter Fairy, a holiday ice skating show, live Nutcracker performances, face painting, ornament-making and more. Get into the holiday spirit for FREE at UTC Mall during their Winter Nights event.

8th Annual Ornament Making Party 

Saturday, December 14th from 3 – 5 p.m.

Mira Mesa Library 

Celebrate the season with the kids by making three ornaments together at the Mira Mesa library. Craft materials and refreshments provided.

Christmas City USA

Saturday and Sunday, December 14th & 15th from 6 – 9 p.m. 

The Legacy International Center, 875 Hotel Circle South in Mission Valley

Enjoy a FREE evening filled with carolers, food, vendors, festive decor and a giant tree lighting ceremony. The Legacy International Center in Mission Valley is where tradition meets technology. “The Plaza” of the newly built facility will house a 50 foot Christmas tree with digital LED lights and synchronized music show, music from local choirs and community groups, activities for children, food, drinks and a few surprises throughout the night.

 

Mission Bay Christmas Parade of Lights 

Saturday, December 14th from 6-9 p.m. 

Mission Beach/Pacific Beach

There are actually two boat parades happening this weekend, with the simplest one being the Mission Bay Parade of Lights. We love to throw our blankets down at Fanuel Park in PB and wave as the festive boats pass by. The free boat parade travels past Bahia Point, the Mission Bay Yacht Club, Santa Clara Point, Crown Point and under the Ingraham Street Bridge.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is much bigger and amazing to see. (also harder to find a viewing spot!)  For details of their Sunday, December 15th event, visit sdparadeoflights.org.

We hope your season has been very merry so far!