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Add a little nostalgia to your family night out

We’re still waiting for Josie to be ready for this one, but when she is it will be great! We’re going to pile up the car full of pillows and blankets, pack some classic movie snacks, and head down to Imperial Beach to the South Bay Drive-In.  Not only is this one of the few drive-ins left in the United States, it still allows you to have some casual affordable family fun.  Get there a little before sunset, expect to see a long line of cars packed with kids and then tune your radios to one of the selected stations.  Before the movie starts, the radio plays creepy oldies, making you feel like you drove through time.  Snuggle up and settle in for the “late night, double feature, picture show!”  If you want to just go in your pajamas, it adds to the fun and no one will ever know, until you have to go the bathrooms, which are by the snack bar ( for those who don’t want to bring your own goodies).  Only $7 for adults and $1 for kids 5-9.

http://www.southbaydrivein.com/#/movies/


Friday 8/31 —- Bored? Why don’t you…

Watch the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge http://ussandsculpting.com/

See the sailboats at the Festival of Sail http://www.sdmaritime.org/festival-of-sail/

Enjoy a puppet show at Balboa Park http://www.balboaparkpuppets.com/

Check out story time at the library http://host.evanced.info/sdcl/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

Stroll the farmers market http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php


Meet me in the Dinosaur’s Nest!

The San Diego Natural History Museum is a great place for families of all ages. They have brought amazing exhibitions to San Diego like The Titantic, All That Glitters (amazing gemstones), Fossil Mysteries and more! They even have an upcoming (10/12/12 - 3/10/13) about chocolate! Yes, we will be there! It is located in Balboa Park, right by the magnificent fountain. It’s free for San Diego County residents on the first Tuesday of each month. Pricing is still reasonable, considering the three stories of exhibits it offers. Kids two and under are free!


Pioneer Park in Mission Hills

What sets Pioneer Park apart from every other park in San Diego is the fact that off in the distance from the playground equipment, nestled in the back corner of the park is a cluster of headstones. This is because way before children frolicked in the perfectly manicured grass, it was a peaceful resting place for the founding settlers of our city. Thus, the name Pioneer Park. There are many stories as to how the transition happened. Just Google the name and you’ll find some of them. However, today both the living and the dead seemed to have found a harmony and it comes off as just part of the celebration of life. The play equipment is geared for both toddlers and 5-12 year old’s. There is a huge grass area great for picnics and parties. It is one of only four parks where alcohol is allowed. It’s a great place to add to your rotation of play places for the little guys. Also, if you want to do some groundhog spotting, we’ve had great luck with that too! Try in the back of the park by the sit-up benches! The park is on Washington street, right by Grant Elementary school. Here is a great website to learn more about the park! http://www.ourmissionhills.com/Parks/pioneer-park.html


One of my favorite things about San Diego is how many neighborhood farmers markets there are.  On certain days of the week, there are more than occurring at once.  On Wednesdays, for example, you can go to the Mission Hills Farmers Market and the Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market.  This particular day we went to Mission Hills.  It’s much smaller than Ocean Beach. Currently there are only about twenty vendors, but it is new and growing.  I was told that because of the nearby residents they can not have live music, which is a big part of the OB Market.  However, if you want to take a nice stroll with your little ones, buy some of the freshest fruits and flowers around, and maybe pick up some sun dried tomato hummus or fresh pasta, this is where you can go.  It’s also just a quick walk away from a great park, Pioneer Park.
For more information on the local farmers markets, check out the San Diego Farm Bureau’s website.  
http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php

One of my favorite things about San Diego is how many neighborhood farmers markets there are.  On certain days of the week, there are more than occurring at once.  On Wednesdays, for example, you can go to the Mission Hills Farmers Market and the Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market.  This particular day we went to Mission Hills.  It’s much smaller than Ocean Beach. Currently there are only about twenty vendors, but it is new and growing.  I was told that because of the nearby residents they can not have live music, which is a big part of the OB Market.  However, if you want to take a nice stroll with your little ones, buy some of the freshest fruits and flowers around, and maybe pick up some sun dried tomato hummus or fresh pasta, this is where you can go.  It’s also just a quick walk away from a great park, Pioneer Park.

For more information on the local farmers markets, check out the San Diego Farm Bureau’s website.  

http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php


A great beach for catching guppies!

I looked it up, and technically, the fish that you catch on this section of the bay are not guppies, but considered wrigglers or fry.  However, Josie calls them guppies so I’m going to stick with that.   A peaceful little private spot on the Point Loma side of the bay is known by locals as Kellogg’s beach.  It’s located at the end of McCall and Lawrence streets.  What is nice about it is that isn’t crowded and the water is warmer than a lot of other bay spots.  The sand is tightly packed, so don’t expect to build any sand castles.  You should, however, bring a fish net, since there are schools and schools of tiny fish.  This will keep you and your kids occupied for hours!


Yes! This is how close you can get to the animals at the San Diego Zoo, dangerously close!  In the best and safest possible way. One of our favorite things about the zoo is how accurately the different terrains have been replicated. It felt 10 degrees hotter as we schleped through “Africa” sweat rolling down our foreheads as we stood what seemed like a few arms lengths away from baby giraffes.  Later we relished the warm mist of the shady jungle, while jurassic birds with huge velvety combs swooped and yelped above our heads. If you’re a local, the membership is a MUST HAVE.  It’s an amazing opportunity for only a small amount more, you could have access to the come for a stroll or bring some sandwiches and have lunch.  It’s also a great destination for a night time family date. I believe the hours are extended during the summer.  Check the website for specifics.
www.sandiegozoo.org

Yes! This is how close you can get to the animals at the San Diego Zoo, dangerously close!  In the best and safest possible way. One of our favorite things about the zoo is how accurately the different terrains have been replicated. It felt 10 degrees hotter as we schleped through “Africa” sweat rolling down our foreheads as we stood what seemed like a few arms lengths away from baby giraffes.  Later we relished the warm mist of the shady jungle, while jurassic birds with huge velvety combs swooped and yelped above our heads. If you’re a local, the membership is a MUST HAVE.  It’s an amazing opportunity for only a small amount more, you could have access to the come for a stroll or bring some sandwiches and have lunch.  It’s also a great destination for a night time family date. I believe the hours are extended during the summer.  Check the website for specifics.

www.sandiegozoo.org


This is where our food comes from

If you want to take your little buddy somewhere that will fill their soul as well as their belly, a must visit is Suzie’s Farm. Located a little southeast of Imperial Beach, Suzie’s Farm is local organic farm and neighborhood farmer’s market darling.  So many times I’ve heard people mention which farmers market Suzie’s Farm will be at.  Josie and I were fortunate to be a part of one of the group tours they offer.  This particular winter day, we were able to pick carrots straight from the ground, multiple colors of chard, strawberries and beets.  For a small amount, I think it was around $5 a bag (check with them for actual current pricing) we were able to keep what we picked. Most of it was consumed on the spot.  After the tour, we were able to go for a nice walk through the farm, meet a horse, and having a picnic lunch at a group of well weathered picnic tables at a corner of the farm.  At the end of the day, we were tired and dirty, and it felt good.

http://www.suziesfarm.com/


It had been a while since we went to the Sixth Avenue Playground at Balboa Park.  When Josie and I saw it last, an area was roped off for new construction and a promise of a new playground.  It was time to try it out, and it really was something interesting.  It seems that it was the brainchild of a new generation of playground engineers. The new apparatus has the traditional favorites; the slide, the merry-go-round, but these have been re-interpreted to be both more challenging, safe, and just all around cool looking!  It’s a great new addition to the already existing equipment which make the park one of our faves!
http://www.balboapark.org/

It had been a while since we went to the Sixth Avenue Playground at Balboa Park.  When Josie and I saw it last, an area was roped off for new construction and a promise of a new playground.  It was time to try it out, and it really was something interesting.  It seems that it was the brainchild of a new generation of playground engineers. The new apparatus has the traditional favorites; the slide, the merry-go-round, but these have been re-interpreted to be both more challenging, safe, and just all around cool looking!  It’s a great new addition to the already existing equipment which make the park one of our faves!

http://www.balboapark.org/

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