Posts Tagged ‘San Diego Camps’
Now I remember why my favorite pair of linen pants were stashed away on a shelf in my closet.
How pathetic is it that I’m a grown woman who cannot easily mend her own family’s clothes? I didn’t take home economics in school, wasn’t taught how to sew by my mother, and have never made the time for learning as an adult. 🙁
I’m pretty sure they don’t even teach home ec in schools anymore, but that won’t stop my daughter from learning how to sew. We took the first step when one of our Girl Scout Troop moms agreed to lead an in-home sewing tutorial.
Mallory enjoyed making her monogrammed pillow so much that she asked for her own sewing machine. Now it’s time for us to learn how to use it together at Sew Inspired in Encinitas.
Sew Inspired teaches both adults and children the home art (and in some ways the lost art) of creating fashion and home designs. I thought we’d start with needle and thread, but, no, it’s straight onto a machine. If you don’t have one to bring, they will lend you one for the class.
Owner Laura Prince says her style of teaching kid-friendly sewing methods and techniques makes the process fun and easy for kids ages 8 and older. She offers after school programs, Girl Scout events, summer and spring break camps and even sewing birthday parties where kids make their own pillows, messenger bags , sleeping bags and more.
Check out these adorable Sew Inspired mermaid dolls…
I’ve splurged on horse back riding, synchronized swimming and recycled art classes. Now I’m realizing that a practical class like how to mend or hem a pair of pants makes a lot of sense. We have five 18″ dolls in this house who would love new outfits!
Sew Inspired is located at 531Encinitas Blvd. Suite 105 in Encinitas. Call them at 760.908.7853 or visit sewinspired.biz for more information.
A “Souper” Way to Foster Creativity!
Hmmmm…well, it’s an oatmeal canister, a paper plate, parts of an egg carton, a few popsicle sticks, a black pom pom and scraps of material.
It’s a six-year-old’s creativity at work (with a lot of assistance from some truly creative adults).
Mallory’s bedroom walls are decorated with Katsuma coloring pages downloaded from Moshimonsters.com. She has created Moshi Monster masks and taped them to her bed post. She has drawn pictures of Katsuma on the easel in her room. I think you get the picture; she loves Moshi Monsters.
So today when Tiffany, the owner of Art Soup, asked me about her room and what kind of craft she might like to create for her bedroom, I was a little embarrassed to say “Moshi Monster” instead of fairies, princesses, butterflies, etc. Without any hesitation, the staff at Art Soup was up for the challenge, and my daughter couldn’t have been happier to help create this new masterpiece.
It’s been a long time since we spent an afternoon at Art Soup since it’s in Encinitas and we live in La Mesa, but, man, what a great outing. Even for Gage who is not typically interested in art activities.
I figured he’d spend the afternoon painting the VW Beetle and playing with the giant Lego castle like he did the last time we were at the studio. Until someone asked him if they could help him make a tank.
Gage loves the military even more than Mal loves Moshi Monsters. So, after assembling an egg carton, parts of a box, a wine cork and a paper towel tube, voila, it became a toy that he literally played with for with hours after carefully painting it his favorite color of camouflage.
I always wish I was more creative. I’m not. In fact, while I was at Art Soup I accidentally hot glued a googley eye to my finger and now I have a large, painful blister. But thanks to Tiffany’s staff, I don’t have to be creative…my kids had a fantastic afternoon and got seriously excited about making something from common household materials. Art Soup is inspiring my children to be the creative ones in our family!
So even though it takes me a half hour to get to Art Soup, I purchased the 10 pass punch card for $100 because it’s exactly the kind of fun I want my children to have. Good thing too because both kids asked me separately if we could go back tomorrow!
Check out Art Soup for yourself…just leave a comment here for you chance to win one free pass.
Art Soup — Yummy!
My friend and fellow Parent Connection mom, Tiffany Golden, just opened a fantastic drop-in art studio in Encinitas called Art Soup. The kids and I made it out for their $5 morning special (weekdays between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and found it to be a perfect outing for a 3-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl.
Mallory took her time creating a beautiful pair of fairy wings. Gage set aside his sword craft in favor of painting a real car (cool!). He played with the Lego castle, attempted to write his name in chalk on the fire truck, and really, really wanted to leave with the painted skateboard that is on display promoting birthday party craft projects.
When her fairy wings were complete, Mal decided it was time to draw. The sweetest Art Soup employee, Nadia, helped her sketch a beautiful picture of Rapunzul using her book cover as the model. Now that’s service!
I asked Tiffany to tell me a bit about the inspiration for her business, her plans for the future and what she wants parents and kids to get out of their Art Soup experience…
Me: Why a drop-in art studio?
Tiffany: My daughter is certainly the inspiration. Kids really deserve a creative outlet especially at the those tender young ages when their hearts and minds are so pure and they often don’t have all of the words to verbally express their emotions. I wanted to create an imaginative hands-on environment that doubled as an art studio and social refuge full of larger than life opportunities for them to explore, stretch their imaginations, and have the freedom to get messy free from the rules and confines of mom’s kitchen. In terms of the literal sense of “drop in” life and kids are unpredictable – you can have everyone loaded up in the car with intentions of making it to a certain place at a certain time but something always seems to come up: a melt-down, spilled drink in the lap, someone gets sick. etc. Moms need flexibility and I needed sanity: which meant not being in the “make-up class” business.
Me: Does Art Soup have a cafe, WiFi, flat screens??
Tiffany: Heck no! Art Soup is where you come to soak in not check out. It’s such a magical experience to see your kids so happy, engaged, and proud while they’re making their creative masterpieces. This is definitely a quality time experience and once you’ve been here, you’ll agree and leave feeling great about the time you just spent with your child as he/she/they carry out all of their adorable art. I’d also like to mention that recycled art rocks at Art Soup. We are all about trash to treasure and welcome parents and kids to bring in butter tubs, lids, paper towel rolls ,TP rolls, corks, tissue paper, etc. Our parties feature over 60 different art projects from rockstar to sports and our events launch April 4th.
191 N. El Camino Blvd., Suite 203 Encinitas
Does this guy look happy or what??
This kind of happy cost us only $12 and a couple of hours at the Build It Workshop in Carlsbad where my son made his own LEGO cars and beat a couple of other kids in a LEGO race.
The last time Gage had this much fun he spent 3 hours inside the “Build & Test” room of Legoland’s Imagination Zone doing exactly the same thing he did at the Build It Workshop. Cost: $70 child’s Legoland ticket.
Build It is more than LEGOS.
I am personally excited to work with the 3d printer or watch my kids participate in one of the daily build projects.
The cost of admission to Build It is $12 per child for 2 hours of build time or $20 per child for an all day pass. Military families receive a discount of $1 per child, and there is no charge for parents or infants.
We loved Build It enough to place it in the “worth the drive” category, but we may not need to drive to Carlsbad for long. Owner Rudy Gonzalez told me he’s already looking in San Diego locations for his second workshop. Woo hoo!
If you have a budding engineer in the family, be sure to visit Build It!
1818 Marron Road, Suite 103
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
Camping with the Critters
So it’s Spring Break across San Diego County, and there is no shortage of great camp options for the kiddos, that’s for sure. But if your littles love animals, check out this message from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, which is generously gifting a Spring Critter Camp spot to one lucky reader!
Spring Critter Camp 2012
April 2nd -13th
For Grades PreK-5th
Come meet horses, bunnies, birds, snakes, lizards, and much more at Spring Critter Camp!
As they have fun, campers learn respect, compassion and how to provide a lifetime of care for animals. Our camp provides an enthusiastic staff of instructors, hands-on animal encounters, and fun, animal related crafts, games, and activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Sign up for a day, or two, or the whole week! Check out our website for daily themes and to sign up today! www.animalcenter.org/education
If you’d like to enter to win a spot at this spring’s Critter Camp, simply leave a comment here with your preferred week and age of your child. If you’ve ever been to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, tell us what you thought!
The Helen Woodward Animal Center has offered Critter Camp for 40 years! The money raised goes right back to help the animals found in this unique, private, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. For more than 30 years, our no-kill Center has provided humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people. The Center is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. Not only are we operating innovative and beneficial programs for animals and people, but we are teaching others around the world how to successfully market and promote their animal adoption and humane programs and stop the senseless death of thousands of animals.
Day Camp 101Kindergarten and Pre-K moms, I want to tell you about the sweetest way to introduce your child to day camp. The Chula Vista Nature Center offers fun, educational and low cost camps that are also fairly short, making them a great way to introduce your little one to a camp experience.
Last spring both of my children attended the nature center’s 2-day “Rock Stars” day camp where they learned about tide pools, got to feed, touch and photograph the animals they were interacting with, did sea-star related crafts and had a snack with their new camp friends all in a quick three hour morning. It was a great way to have them express their independence while getting some cool, hands on fun with sea creatures. Gage has started to ask about going again, just in time for next week’s spring break camps!
One of the best parts of the Chula Vista Nature Center day camps is their prices, which start at $38 for members and $42 for non-members. But even better is WINNING a FREE two or three day pre-K or kindergarten camp of your choice.
If you are looking for an educational and fun camp during the weeks of March 26th or April 2nd, check out the options at the nature center by clicking here. To enter to win, simply leave a comment below with the name and date of the preschool or kinder camp you are interested in having your child attend. One winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, March 22nd.
Good luck and happy spring break moms!
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.
Doesn’t it seem that a new trampoline park opens every few months? I guess the secret’s out — kids love to jump and flip.
We recently went to what might be considered one of San Diego’s “original” trampoline parks, Flip Force in Mira Mesa. The difference is that at Flip Force, kids not only feel the thrill of flying through the air, they receive instruction on how to do it properly and safely. The owners of the multi-sport competitive gym has been instructing children and adults for more than 20 years.
Girl Scout Troop 6767 enjoyed a party there a few months ago, and an instructor was with us for the full 1 1/2 hours helping us warm up, teaching us technique and introducing us to all Flip Force has to offer. Moms even got in on the action, and it was a fantastic way to spend the day with our kids.
The girls even got the chance to learn a little about the art of cirque.
Flip Force offers a variety of classes like tumbling, cheerleading, cirque and Parkour, which is like ninja training. They have an open gym option each weekend and also offer camps throughout the year.
At $275 for 12 guests, pizza, drinks and 1 1/2 hours of instruction and fun, I think Flip Force offers one of the better birthday party values in town. There were no dull moments, everyone was able to participate, and we all learned a little something. I give them an A+ for our Girl Scout party!
How Do You Spell Family Camp? F.U.N.!
I had a most wonderful and memorable Mother’s Day weekend. There was no spa in site. Nor a gourmet meal. Although we did eat well, and I didn’t have to clean up a thing. Our kids did all of the cleaning for five meals in a row. Enthusiastically, I might add.
I don’t recall my kids whining or complaining once in the two days we were gone, and they played outside happily all day each day without asking for IPads, TVs or XBox.
Where is this magical, electronics-free land where kids clean up and moms don’t cook? As close as Julian, a quick 1 hour drive from East County, at the 92-year-old Camp Marston.
Some of my best childhood memories were made at a similar YMCA camp in Texas. Our days were filled with horses, hiking, sailing, swimming, archery, rifle shooting (yep!), crafts, songs and friendship. I’ve thought many times that I would like my children to experience the same type of fun in the great outdoors, and last weekend they did. We ALL did!
YMCA Camp Marston in Julian is much like the Y camp I loved many years ago. In addition to its overnight camp program, Marston offers “family camp” four times a year when the whole family stays in a lodge cabin together and participates in a variety of activities including canoeing, archery, target shooting (with BB guns instead of .22s!), games, crafts, climbing wall and more.
Our very good meals were provided in the camp dining hall and served buffet style. The camp cook told us that they prepare 98% of what is served and even bake their breads from scratch every night. During Mother’s Day Camp weekend we enjoyed sandwiches made with that fresh bread, yummy lasagnas and pastas, wonderful salads, a spectacular fresh fruit buffet, sausage, eggs and cooked-to-order pancakes.
YMCA camp strives to teach kids about responsibility, so campers are responsible for cleaning up their own mess. This was possibly my favorite part of each day.
Now, I realize that not every mom is a “camper.” But the beauty of Camp Marston is that you do not have to pitch a tent, pee in the woods, freeze in the cold or swelter in the heat, cook a meal, organize activities, etc. You and your husband might suffer a bit in the single bunk bed, but your kids will love it and you’ll have heat, a fan, a clean bathroom with showers just steps away and activities to keep the whole family entertained for the weekend.
At 5 and 7, our children were the perfect age for family camp. We met many lovely SoCal families, some with older children, some with younger. Most had attended family camp numerous times before. Those experienced family campers came prepared to fish Lake Jessop with their own fishing poles and bait. Many also came prepared to participate in the annual talent show. Next time we’ll be ready for both!
The next family camp will take place over Memorial Weekend, and it’s already sold out. If this type of outing seems like fun to your family, be sure to register early for the upcoming Halloween or Thanksgiving family camp weekends. Maybe we’ll see you there!
Last summer I faced the classic dilemma – what can I do with my 3 year daughter for 12 whole weeks until preschool begins again? Most summer camps are for designed for children kindergarten age and older, but I wanted my daughter to have a wonderful summer experience, meet new people and be exposed to activities we did not do during the school year, or at home.
After much searching, I found the perfect solution: Kidz Kamp at Recreational Music Center located in Point Loma at Liberty Station. Specifically for preschool-aged children, each camp session is for one week for two hours per day. This is the perfect amount of time for busy youngsters—not too long for a child to get bored or tired, but enough time for Mom to get a few errands done. The fact that there are plenty of wonderful shops at Liberty Station was an extra bonus.
My daughter and another friend from her preschool went to camp when the weekly theme was “Bugz”. Although the camp is mainly music-based, there were plenty of other activities to keep them interested. They learned about ants, caterpillars, spiders and other insects while playing outside. During the arts-and-crafts section of the day, they made masks of butterflies and bumblebees and other bugs. Additionally, each day they learned a song and played a variety of instruments like drums, tambourines and maracas. At the end of the week, parents were invited to a short show put on by the children, who were wearing their masks, and dancing and singing.
The cost of the camp, at $199, was quite reasonable—especially since an early registration gets a discount of 25%.
To say the kids enjoyed camp that year is an understatement. Since there are various themes each week, each session a completely new experience. At the end of the summer, my daughter and her friend went back to camp for another week. This time the theme was “Growing in the Garden”. These weekly day camps gave us both a positive experience as they kept her entertained in a wonderful way and provided me enough alone time to accomplish all the things a busy mommy has to do.
Registration for early childhood camps beginning June 18-22nd is now available. Cost is $199 per week.
Recreational Music Center is currently offering a $50 discount for those families who register for Kidz Kamp, and $100 for those who register for Glee or Rock Star camp by May 30th. Simply mention “Early Bird Special” when you register by phone or online at http://www.recreationalmusiccenter.com/ptisite/control/early_childhood_camp. AND, Recreational Music Center is generously awarding a week of summer music camp to one lucky reader…up to a $399 value!!
To enter to win a week of Recreational Music Center summer camp, simply view the camp options at www.recreationalmusiccenter.com, and comment here with your choice. Good luck!
My Budding Artist
This is a picture that Gage drew in kindergarten just a couple of months ago.
I’m not sure if that’s a horse on the left or who those “people” are supposed to be. Let’s just say that this is exactly the type of art I expected of my 6-year-old son who has never had patience for coloring or shown an interest in drawing. It didn’t bother me that all of his pictures needed captions.
But after just four classes at Art with Larisse, we no longer need him to explain what his pictures are about…
Can you believe that these were drawn by the same 6-year-old boy? I was surprised when he said he wanted to take summer art lessons with his sister and even more surprised when I saw how quickly he began to create beautiful pictures.
Gage is so thrilled and proud. We always though of Mallory as our little artist, but now we have two thanks in large part to Art with Larisse!
When I dropped the kids off last week I was admiring the window filled with the blue ribbons won by Larisse’s students at this year’s fair. They’re being honored with an ice cream social next weekend, and you’re invited to go and learn more about how Larisse can help develop a love of art in your child. To attend simply RSVP here.
If you would like to see the difference four classes can make in your child’s drawing, comment below with why art is good for kids. One lucky mom’s guide reader will be selected to enjoy four classes at one of Lariesse’s art studios.
Art with Larisse offers classes for children and adults ages 5 and up. There are three studios to choose from located in La Mesa, Santee and Kearny Mesa. Art with Larisse also offers camps and birthday parties. For more information visit artwithlarisse.com.
Resolutions, part II
Even though I’m a girly girl, I LOVE camping. Greg and I got a tent as a wedding gift in anticipation of romantic trips to Catalina. We’ve never used it though, mainly because I got pregnant two weeks later and have not been brave enough to camp with kids.
But this year is THE year, and we’ll ease into the idea of camping with Family Camp at the YMCA’s Camp Marston. I grew up going to YMCA summer camps, and I want my kids to love them as much as I did. Together as a family we will go canoeing & fishing, enjoy campfires, crafts and nature hikes, pan for gold, practice our archery & BB gun skills and have horseshoe and volleyball competitions. The only reason we haven’t done this sooner is that each session of family camp sells out. I’m sending in my form this week!
Years before I had kids, I spent the night at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for their “Roar & Snoar” safari. It was great, but I imagine it’s much better with kids.
Roar & Snore costs a small fortune…like $600 for our family…but the package includes camp activities, an after-hours look at the animals, guided walks, a campfire program, dinner, snacks, breakfast and, of course, a night “camping” in one of their family tents. If we manage to swing it financially, I’ll be picking a date in March or April so we are able to visit the annual Butterfly Jungle early in the morning before it opens to the public. That will help me feel like we got our money’s worth. (ha ha)
If everyone is still excited about camping after practicing with YMCA family camp and Roar & Snore, I hope we can make it to Catalina.
The ferry ride alone is a great experience for kids. Two Harbors is the more laid, rustic side of the island with very little luxury and where you’ll get the true camping experience. Bring your own tent or rent a tent cabin. There are also cottages and a bed and breakfast. Catalina is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to take my kids hiking there.
We’ll need a bigger tent than the one we got 8 years ago as a wedding gift, but even with the new tent our trip to Catalina will be a bargain compared to family camp and Roar & Snore!
SAVE on Sports Camp!
Join Coach Heather and the Camp Playball Team teaching perseverance, confidence, and positive relationships through fun sports activities.
Sign up now for summer camp and save up to $30!
Camp dates & times are:
June 16th to June 20th @ College Park Preschool in the College Area
9am to 1pm
June 23rd to June 27th @ College Ave Preschool in the College Area
9am to 12pm
June 30th to July 11th @ The Children’s School in La Jolla
9:30 to 12:00-
Ages Kindergarten/2nd grade
July 14th to July 25th @ The Children’s School in La Jolla
12:30 to 3:00
Ages Kindergarten/2nd grade
July 14th to July 18th @ La Jolla Rec. Center
9am to 1pm
August 4th to August 8th @ La Jolla Rec. Center
9am to 1pm
August 18th to August 22nd @ Silverman Preschool in East County
9am to 1pm
Go To…. WWW.CAMPPLAYBALL.COM…. Sign up before May 31st and receive $20.00 off. Register for siblings and receive $30.00 off (1 offer per registration)
This is Mal’s first year of kindergarten so it’s our first year of spring break. To tell you the truth, I would love to have her at home with me all day for a whole week. But I have a feeling she would prefer to have something to do besides hanging out with mom…especially if that something involves her school friends or, better yet, those friends we don’t see as much anymore now that many of them are in different schools.
There are a number of spring break camps that I know Mallory and her friends would enjoy, but today I’m writing about East County’s Soccer Shots because they are graciously awarding one lucky reader a full week of soccer camp valued at $140!
From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on April 2nd through the 6th, Soccer Shots will offer a camp in Poway and in La Mesa for kids ages 3-12. Each day your spring-breaker will enjoy 45 minutes of soccer instruction, a craft period to make a souvenir soccer frame and other fun stuff, lunch and snack breaks followed by another 45 minutes of instruction.
On the final day of camp at Noon there’s a PARENTS VS KIDS SCRIMMAGE! (hmmm, sounds memorable).
Soccer shots provides water, craft supplies and a sibling discount of $20. You provide the lunch and snacks your kids might enjoy. And don’t forget to invite your child’s school or playgroup friends. You can win a spot in either the Poway or La Mesa spring break camp by simply leaving your name and your child’s age in the comment section below.
Soccer shots is a nationally franchised soccer program created by former professional players. They offer quality, high-energy soccer programs with principled instruction wrapped in fun. For more information about their programs, visit www.soccershots.org.
Please note that all Soccer Shots camps are subject to cancellation if fewer than five (5) students are registered to participate.
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Summer of Soccer
USA! USA! USA!
If your home is like mine, the World Cup is on whether USA is playing or not. Haven’t you heard? Summer is for Soccer!
If your family has soccer fever, check out Soccer Shots World Cup Summer Camps.
My kids have played two seasons of Soccer Shots camps, and both my son and daughter loved the coaches, learned a lot and want to go back again! This weekend Soccer Shots is offering free trial classes, and I’m excited to be able to give one lucky mom’s guide reader a FREE week of summer camp.
Each week this summer, Soccer Shots is offering half-days of action packed fun. Children are split into two different age groups (3-5 years & 6-10 years) and each camp curriculum includes the World Cup, player skill development, and character development.
Soccer Shots camps feature:
• Energetic, professional coaches
• 1:10 coach to player ratio
• Individual soccer skill development
• Team building
• Fun fitness activities
• Coordination, balance, and agility development
• World Cup lesson-of-the-day
Every Camper Receives:
• Soccer Shots T-shirt
• Special end of camp prize
• Summer Camp certificate
• Player evaluation
To enter to win, simply list which Soccer Shots location would work best for your family in the comment section. Choose from:
Carmel Valley / Del Mar
Pacific Beach / La Jolla
Mira Mesa / Sorrento Valley
Mission Valley / Serra Mesa
For more information, please visit SoccerShots.org, or contact Jim Hill at 619-566-9566 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soccer Shots World Cup Camp winner will be selected this Thursday morning while USA is playing. Go Team!
The Word of Mom
I’ve always really appreciated the word-of-mouth of moms. All of the best things we’ve experienced have been suggested by others. So in the mom’s guide I pass on all of my favorites as well as those things I have heard were fantastic.
San Diego Junior Theater performances are wonderful, so even though we were not planning to attend the current production of Disney’s Peter Pan, I wanted to let subscribers know about it. When I received this message back from a mom, I decided to make time for this play…
“I wanted to say thank you for your email of events a few weeks ago which included the Peter Pan play in Balboa Park. We went last weekend and it was a fun family outing! I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. Thanks so much!”
So tonight we were there in beautiful Balboa Park in a packed theater watching the live performance of a show we’ve seen so many times in cartoon form, and it was definitely a “fun family outing” as the mom’s guide reader had exclaimed. The young actors were very talented, the set was fun, and the music was lovely.
More than the actual performances, I love watching my kids watch other kids performing. Neither of them has expressed any interest in being on stage, but they are mesmerized by those young actors. Gage, who normally wants nothing to do with photos would not leave without meeting Peter Pan. When I asked him if he wanted to take lessons or attend the Junior Theater camp this summer so that one day he could play Peter Pan, he gave me his biggest signature smile.
There are five performances of Peter Pan left, and tickets start at $8. If you go and like it, be sure to spread the word…
Tiny DancerI started taking ballet lessons at age three, and by the time I was eleven I was dancing with the New Orleans Ballet Company. From my early childhood recitals to performances in The Nutcracker as a teenager, I so enjoyed being on stage. As an adult, I appreciate the benefits of those years of dancing…great posture, flexibility and coordination.
I’d love to see my daughter dancing, but so far she hasn’t fallen in love with it the way I did. We’ve tried three different studios– and we have the three outfits to prove it — red tights with black shoes for one, pink all over for another and black plus pink for the next.
As we contemplate giving dance another shot, I like what I hear about Dance to Evolve. Especially that they don’t ask you to purchase special dance clothes for their program. Kids get to wear what they like (I remember how much my 3-year-old hated that she was supposed to wear red and black!). PLUS they give you a special 10% discount code off of the already good prices at Discount Dance Supply. (thanks Dance to Evolve!)
They advertise small class sizes and competitive prices and are signing up students now who are interested in the spring recital season. I think once Mallory performs with a class of other young dancers she might just get the bug to continue like I did. And I think I will like that they have no recital fee, offer affordable costume packages, offer free performance photos, free parking and a post-show reception…for free.
Since students need to be registered by April 9th in order to perform in the June 30th and July 1st recitals, I’ve got to get on it. In case you’re interested, click here for a schedule of classes and locations.
To Blog or Not to Blog
What I don’t do here is disparage any company. I want my business to accentuate the positive and, honestly, we’ve only had the occasional less-than-good experience.
On the other hand, I do like it when moms share their feedback, good or bad, about businesses that I consider patronizing. Like the mom who told me in a parenting forum that her son lost part of his finger to a rabbit bite at a San Diego petting zoo. Ouch!
And the mom who told us on that same message board when her son was locked in a van for an entire afternoon because no one at the after school program that picked him up realized he had fallen asleep. It wasn’t until 6 p.m. that anyone even knew that he was missing.
If asked, I would certainly tell moms about our recent day camp experience during which I saw kids (not mine) running throughout the building un-supervised when I showed up early for pick-up. We didn’t tell anyone we were leaving, and no one was at the desk to verify that I was walking out with my own two kids.
I wouldn’t call that company out on this website because that is not the point of my business. I simply do not review a business that I cannot recommend, and I express my concerns directly with the business.
But I wonder, where do you go when you’re looking for insight into San Diego companies, especially the ones you entrust with your children? Yelp? Facebook? Parenting forums?
Worth the Drive
Even though Mallory is “way more into kittens than horses,” I just couldn’t pass up the Plum District deal I found several months ago for a horse back riding birthday party. And while Miller Equestrian Services is 36 miles from our home, it was definitely worth the drive for our family and party guests.
You won’t be blown away by the owner Ann’s warmth, but don’t let that deter you from considering Miller’s for horse back riding lessons, summer camps, scout programs or birthday parties. Our children were divided into seven teams of two, and each were led by sweet, fun and talented young ladies who made the afternoon terrific.
This party was a lot of work for the kids. Fun, educational, different, but definitely work.
They learned to walk their horses, groom their horses, saddle them, mount them, ride and trot.
Miller Equestrian Services is in Escondido at Valle Vista farm. The property is just beautiful, easy to find and filled with gorgeous horses and a number of adorable dogs too. I enjoyed our horse party so much that it inspired me to create a new blog post category called “worth the drive.” Of course, if you are already near Escondido and have a child who is into horses, then a trip to Miller Equestrian is definitely in order!
936 Vista Avenue
Escondido, CA 92026
Yoga Camp Giveaway
Are you living a hurried, stressed life? Too much to do and not enough time? How might that be affecting your children?
A nice yoga class helps adults and kids alike learn to breathe deeper, look inward and start to slow down. It’s important to me to give my children this type of coping skill since life will only get more hectic for them as they age. And what kid doesn’t love stretching like a dog, balancing like a flamingo and standing strong and tall like a tree?
Mallory and Gage’s first yoga experience was with the wonderful Aryn Rannazzizi. This summer Aryn is offering a yoga camp for kids, ages 3-8.
The five week program runs June 19 – July 17 and July 24 – August 21 and costs only $45 per session.
Yoga Camp for Kids will take place at Infinite Yoga, 2400 Kettner Boulevard in Studio 115. Enter for your chance to be the one lucky mom’s guide reader to win a spot! Simply comment below with your favorite yoga pose.
Winner will be announced next weekend. Namaste 🙂