Posts Tagged ‘Kids Eat Free!’
At 3:45 p.m. today I picked up two exhausted, starving, grimy kids up from their last day of Outpost Summer Camp and took them to the closest Luna Grill restaurant (kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4!). While we were sitting at our table talking about how much they were going to miss camp, our server came over, saw them in their dirt-covered Outpost t-shirts and said, “Oh I LOVED Outpost! I went there every year for 6 years. It was the best!”
Mallory and Gage attended the first session of Outpost’s 2013 summer camp and, from start to finish, it was a great experience for them AND for me.
Every Tuesday and Thursday for 3 weeks I dropped them off at Canyonside Community Park in Rancho Penasquitos. I worried at first that my children, who did not know any other kids at this camp, would feel lost when separated into groups by age and gender. But this forced independence seemed to be part of the fun for them along with silly songs, funny games, daily swimming, fort building, hikes to and exploring of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.
I read this on the Outpost website for the first time today, and it really helps explain what my kids seemed to gain from their camp experience; “Most often, parents describe seeing in their child an increase in willingness to try new things, a greater comfort level with social situations, more confidence in making and keeping friends, and a huge desire to return for more camp the next season!”
I am very selective about the programs I enroll my children in, especially if they are going to be fully in someone else’s care. But I felt very comfortable with Outpost thanks to their staff’s excellent communication and organization. The pre-camp open house where the kids were introduced to their counselors and a few camp games was very reassuring to them and to us.
Here are a few other things that I particularly liked:
- We live outside of the Outpost van-service area, but hundreds of other families enjoy door-to-door service with 15-seat passenger vans picking up and dropping off their children each camp day for no additional charge. Talk about convenience!
- During the open house our kids each received two Outpost t-shirts, which made them feel like they were part of a special club. Moms love those shirts when they see the condition they come home in!
- Outpost gives a few options…full week, Tuesday/Thursday or Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedules. As first-time campers, I’m glad my kids went only two days a week. However, they’d prefer to go every day next year.
- The groups are small and there are a lot of staff around to help. The ratio is 1:6 staff to campers and groups are about 8-12 children.
- Excellent communication and a staff that is extremely accessible. I even spoke with the owner on site several times (and so did my kids!)
- Finally, I like the philosophy of Outpost: “What children want most is to belong; to be accepted by a group of peers and the adults that lead their group. At Outpost Summer Camp, this is a central theme of all of our programming. We call this “group-centered camping,” and the focus is on creating an environment in which each camper feels like he or she belongs to the group. This in turn fosters confidence, creativity, social skills, and a positive sense of self and of community.”
There are two more camp sessions this summer. For more information, visit www.outpostsummercamps.com.
Happy FREE Birthday Party to YOU!
This year, “Bean’s” birthday came right in the middle of us moving to a new house. I was so busy with packing boxes, cleaning and loading everything up that I didn’t exactly do much planning for his big day. Luckily, I didn’t really have to because he still had a super fun party thanks to IKEA!
Ikea San Diego hosts FREE birthday parties for kids 10 and under, on the first Tuesday of every month. How awesome is that? All I had to do was call a few weeks before, and put his name on the list. I will say that I did have a little trouble reaching them on the phone at first, but a quick communication on Twitter fixed that right up.
The actual party was a blast! It took place on Bean’s real birthday so that made it even more special. He was allowed to invite two friends to come along as well as two adults. The party is held in the restaurant area of the store. Kids ate for free and everyone had free drinks. Petals the Clown did a wonderful job hosting the party. She put on a fabulous magic show, twisted animal balloons and passed out birthday cake. She painted all the kids’ faces with her impressive artistic painting skills, and then each birthday kid got a special gift from Ikea! I was pleasantly surprised with the level of thought and detail that went into the party. The gifts given were all age appropriate and fun – there were a variety of toys such as stuffed animals for the babies and toddlers, train sets for the younger children and art supplies for the older ones. Bean got a paint set, which was perfect for him since he loves to paint pictures. He absolutely loved the party and Pinga, my two year old daughter had a great time as well!
I really couldn’t believe that we got a party this fun and well planned out for FREE! I can see us making a tradition out of this. If you’re stumped for what to do for your child’s next birthday, consider a party at Ikea.
Location: IKEA San Diego restaurant
Date: The first Tuesday of every month
Call (619) 563-IKEA ext. 1330 to reserve your place at the party
Visit IKEA for more information on the birthday parties.
Kids (and you!) Eat Free in San Diego
If you’re like me, cooking is one of the last things you feel like doing in the days following Christmas. Sure, you’ve got leftovers, but a great gift for any mom is a delicious meal prepared by someone else.
My children are still young enough that, if we’re going out, there must be pasta, chicken, pizza or some other kid-friendly item on the menu, which is why O’s American Kitchen will fit the bill for our dinner tonight.
Seriously picky kids might begin and end with the warm, soft, buttery breadsticks, but there really is something for every family member on O’s menu. Our favorite is the twice baked chicken & bacon carbonara. There are healthier options like roasted lemon chicken and sweet spinach and bacon salad. And more kid-friendly options like cheese pizza and chicken tenders.
I have O’s on my mind today as I update the Kids Eat Free calendar…there are 16 restaurants that offer free kids’ meals on Tuesdays in addition to O’s!
Are you looking for a night free from cooking? O’s American Kitchen would like to give you the night off and a $30 gift card as a post holiday pick-me-up. To enter to win, please do one of the following —
1. Post a comment with your favorite O’s location or menu item.
2. Suggest an update or addition to the Mom’s Guide to San Diego’s kids eat free calendar.
3. Share the kids eat free calendar with your friends on Facebook or Twitter
One winner will be selected before the end of 2012 🙂
Kids Eat Free @ Legoland This Summer!
Did you know that kids can eat free (with adult purchase) at many of Legoland’s restaurants this summer? If you’ve been to the park, you know they offer good food with lots of healthy options. Free dining and bringing in your own food are just two ways to save on your next trip.
We are fans of Legoland California, especially now that my daughter is 48″ tall and can ride on her own and my son is 42″, making him eligible to ride anything he wants when accompanied by an adult. This is the first summer that everyone is tall enough to really take advantage of all that the park has to offer. And when we were invited to purchase discounted educational group tickets through the community college district’s parent participation preschool, the $21 per adult and $12 per child price was too good to pass up.
We were there ALL DAY yesterday and were able to take advantage of very short lines most of the day even though the park seemed crowded. In fact, toward the end of the day (they are open until 8 p.m. now) we were able to ride The Dragon three times without ever getting off!
The Parent Connection’s, discount on Legoland tickets is one of the best. For $66 Parent Connection members can purchase a LEGOLAND® California Resort Hopper Ticket Plus 2nd Day FREE for $66 or the non-hopper ticket (w/2nd day included) for $56. The military and Costco also offer great deals, and here’s a special offer for 5-days-for-the-price-of-one.
We really had a great day yesterday and will definitely be back this summer. What are your tips for an enjoyable Legoland visit?