Suzzanne

About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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Suzzanne

Geocaching Along San Diego’s Beautiful Coast

Family Geocaching in La Jolla Shores
Family Geocaching in La Jolla Shores

Revel in that amazing feeling of finding hidden treasures after a successful geocaching adventure like my daughter’s teacher and his family did!

I’m always on the lookout to find fun and interesting things to do with the kids…that doesn’t cost a fortune. About a year ago, while the grandparents were visiting from Illinois, I decided to try Geocaching here in San Diego.

For those that aren’t aware of this phenomenon, geocaching combines treasure hunting and GPS device, or better yet, your mobile phone. You can download one of the many geocaching apps onto your smartphone (I used this app) and start searching for geocaches hidden by others. The app uses your location and guides you to the location of the box. It’s so easy to use, that my 10-year-old is usually the one guiding us.

You read the clues and find the box, inside you can sign a log, take a treasure someone left behind and replace it with one of your own. My son loves to bring LEGO figurines to exchange.

Geocaches are located throughout San Diego (and the world!), but we decided to go geocaching at our favorite locations near the beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar.

Start Geocaching by the Beach

Lifeguard Lookup

Geocaching Stash at the Lifeguard Lookup

Lifeguard Lookup

Start out at in La Jolla at Ellen Browning Scripps Park’s Lifeguard Lookup. With a difficulty of 1 Star out of 5, this cache is in the middle of a very busy tourist area. At the coordinates you should see a green object, covered in words. What you need to find is Dr. Boggis’ name. The object commemorates a local body-surfer. His name reads vertically on the front of the box. The other words are related to surfing, lifeguards, the ocean, and friendship. While at the Park, be sure to check out the sea lions and the amazing views!

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores Geocache

View from the La Jolla Shores Geocache

Next, drive north to La Jolla Shores where you’ll find a great beach for surfing, kayaking as well as, a playground and bathrooms.

The cache you’re looking for is simply titled La Jolla Shores, again, only a 1 star difficulty rating. This should be an easy find. The person who placed it there simply stated, “I found a hole on the map where a quick cache and dash needed to be placed. This is a great beach in the summer and a great place for a picnic year round.” I couldn’t agree more.

Del Mar’s Sunset View

Del Mar's Sunset View

Del Mar’s Sunset View

Last stop, Del Mar. After a quick 10 minute drive north, find Del Mar’s Sunset View. This has a slightly higher degree of difficulty of 1½ stars. Here you’ll find a great place to watch the surf, trains and the sunset. This location is in a mini garden with walking trails both to the north and south above the railroad right-away. The cache is on the trail to the south.

We had a blast spending the afternoon by the beach and searching for “treasure.” Tell us in the comments below, what Geocaches have you found in San Diego?

Suzzanne

Day Trip From San Diego to Disneyland Resort’s New Cars Land is a Breeze

Cars Land - Disneyland Resort's California Adventure

San Diego has often been called an ideal family vacation spot, because of its great weather, over 70 miles of beaches and all the wonderful attractions and museums in the city. Another bonus? Disneyland Resort, at just 100 miles away, is the perfect destination for a day trip from San Diego.

Enjoying Disneyland for the day!

Enjoying Disneyland for the day!

My two kids got the excitement of a lifetime when they were surprised one morning and told we were going to Disneyland for the day. We hopped in the car and a little over an hour later, we arrived at the happiest place on Earth! Even though they have been lucky enough to go before, their excitement is always through the roof since Disneyland and California Adventure always have something new. With our Park-Hopper tickets in hand, we made our way to California Adventure for our first stop, the new Cars Land!

Cars Land at Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure

Cars Land - Disneyland Resort's California Adventure

Step back in time for a walk though Radiator Springs.

Cars Land genuinely feels like you are transported to Radiator Springs. There is Flo’s V8 Cafe serving Route 66-inspired comfort food, Luigi’s Tire Shop, where in the back of his shop riders hover on air by floating on “flying” tires, and the most popular attraction; Radiator Springs Racers. This ride will take you on a high-speed race through Ornament Valley, inspired by the first Cars film. Radiator Springs Racers offers a fast pass and I suggest getting one as soon as you enter the park. They were sold out by 11:00 a.m. on the day we were there.

Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers

Take a race around Radiator Springs

Our favorite ride outside of Cars Land is definitely Soarin’ over California. If you didn’t love California before this ride, you will after. I have to go on this ride every time and get excited when we soar over San Diego!

Save On Your Southern California Vacation in San Diego

Pick up a Southern California CityPASS from one of the San Diego Visitors Centers or online and save up to 32% on admission to SeaWorld San Diego, Disneyland and Universal Studios (another easy day trip from San Diego). Add on CityPASS admission to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and save even more!

Suzzanne

A Whole New View of Balboa Park with Snap Photo Tours

I’ve been to Balboa Park countless times; visiting the museums, going on field trips with my kids, or simply enjoying the gardens. I thought I had seen it all…that is until I signed us up for a photo tour of Balboa Park.

We went with Snap Photo Tours, who specializes in photo tours of some of San Diego’s best sights including: Balboa Park, Coronado, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Their guides are just as much experts behind the camera as they are on the tours themselves.

Learning the Basics with Snap Photo Tours

Learning the Basics with Snap Photo Tours.

Our two-hour guided tour started with basic photo tips and how to avoid taking the “tourist shot” (which I’m sad to say I was guilty of). After learning the basics, we headed over to many of the famous and not so famous landmarks of Balboa Park learning a new “trick” for taking photos at each stop. From lighting, to angles, to framing, we were taking great photos in no time!

Different Perspective of the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

Different Perspective of the Organ Pavilion

One of my favorite stops was at the Organ Pavilion. I’ve walked past the Organ Pavilion numerous times, but never stopped to appreciate the details and lines of the building.

Exploring the Organ Pavilion

Exploring the Organ Pavilion

My two kids ages, 9 and 11 loved the tour and had a great time. I think they actually took better photos than I did.

Photo Tour of Balboa Park

A great shot of the kids that avoids the “tourist photo.”

> Find out more about Snap Photo Tours’ guided tours in Balboa Park

Suzzanne

New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Kids in San Diego

LEGOLAND California's New Year's Even Celebration for Kids

My kids love celebrating NYE and each year they have every intention of staying up until midnight watching the fireworks or banging pots and pans. But it never works out that way; they get tired and cranky and frankly so do we! Luckily, many of San Diego’s attractions have thought of this and offer day and early evening New Year’s Eve celebrations for kids.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND California's New Year's Even Celebration for Kids

LEGOLAND Rings in 2013 with a bang.

Like the famous Times Square party, Kids’ New Years Eve features a kid’s concert and countdown to the new year followed by a huge LEGO brick dropping 22 feet into 2013 and a dazzling fireworks display. Brick and fireworks start at 6:00 PM.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Spend New Years Eve at Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

During the three-week Jungle Bells Celebration, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, lighted animal displays throughtout the park, live animal shows, storytelling, and bell ringers. Open until 8:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration runs through January 5th. Park stays open until 9:00 PM and features SnowWorld, “Shamu’s Christmas” show, The Polar Express 4-D Experience and nightly fireworks.

More New Year’s Eve Celebrations For Kids

New Year’s Bash – Beats, Patterns and Rhythms!

On Friday, December 28th, The New Children’s Museum will party all-day with music and dance performances, hands-on art workshops, live graffiti art and a member’s only celebration. This way you can celebrate the New Year with the kids on Friday and reserve Saturday for the adults!

John’s New Years Eve Party and Horn Parade

Book your spot at John’s Incredible Pizza Co. in San Diego’s South Bay so you can sit back and relax while the kids tire themselves out with an all-you-can-eat buffet all night long, along with drinks, rides and prizes. At midnight, the excitement continues with the IncrediBear Horn Parade and the ball drop on the big screen.

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 6-9, 2012

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

If you love holiday lights, grab some hot cocoa; throw on a scarf because this is your weekend! Between Balboa Park’s December Nights to the San Diego Bay’s Parade of Lights, visitors will surely be in the holiday spirit with all these wonderful things to do!

1. Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights in San Diego

Balboa Park December Nights

This popular park-wide Christmas celebration features carolers, entertainment, ethnic food and crafts.

Location: Balboa Park
Dates: December 7-8, 2012
Times:
– Friday: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
– Saturday: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free. Free admission to museums begins after 5:00 PM.
> Find out more about Balboa Park December Nights

2. Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Lights Up during the holiday season.

This popular boat parade begins at Quivira Basin. Best viewing will be from Crown Point, east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island. The parade ends with the lighting of the SeaWorld Skytower Tree of Lights at 9:00 PM.

> Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

Date: December 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

3. Port of San Diego Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday Float - San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Lights on the water at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The spectacular Boat Parade of Lights feature individually holiday decorated private crafts. The parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy Carrier turning basin.

Dates: Sundays, December 9 and 16, 2012
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

4. Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Everyone with 2 to 4 Legs will have fun at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade!

San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. All pet owners and their furry, featured and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

> Discover even more Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

Date: December 9, 2012
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to View. $15-$20 to participate.
> Find out more about the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 29 – December 2, 2012

North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

The holiday season is officially upon us! If you are avoiding the stores (or even better…done with your shopping), get out and enjoy one of these San Diego events and things to do this weekend.

1. NCAA® 2012 Women’s College Cup

NCAA 2012 Women's College Cup

Catch the excitement of the NCAA 2012 Women’s College Cup for its first visit to San Diego

For the first time ever, the University of San Diego will be hosting the NCAA College Cup, the women’s Division I soccer national championship on November 30 & December 2, 2012 at Torero Stadium. Penn State, Florida State, North Carolina and Stanford will make their way to San Diego to play for the national championship.

Location: Torero Stadium, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 (map)
Dates: November 20 and December 2, 2012
Cost: $40 for all three games. Parking is free
> Find out more about the NCAA 2012 Women’s College Cup

2. LEGO Train City Exhibit

LEGO Train City Exhibit - San Diego Model Railroad Museum

All aboard the train to LEGO City at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

If you have kids of a certain age, visiting this exhibit at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a must. The exhibit features LEGO trains, trestles, transportation, skyscrapers, canyons, mountains, an ocean boardwalk and town buildings. Little ones can also enjoy playful learning in a LEGO Brick City zone filled with interactive, creative and educational activities.

Location: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: November 20, 2012 – January 18, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Cost: Included with admission. Adults – $8, Seniors – $6, Children 14 and under – Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Model Railroad Museum’s LEGO Train City Exhibit

3. Holiday Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

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Enjoy the largest animated drive-through light show on the U.S. West Coast with more than 400 brilliant holiday light displays. Themed for the holiday season, the Holiday of Lights is a spectacular drive-through light show with crowd-pleasing, family oriented displays organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

> Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
Dates: November 22, 2012 – January 1, 2013
Times: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 to 10:00 PM. Friday-Saturday: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Cost: $15 per car, up to 5 people. $20 per vehicle, 6 or more people. $50 per bus. $10 per person for the Holiday Hayride
> Find out more about Holiday Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

4. North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

Get swept up in the holiday spirit during the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

Celebrating its 49th year, the North Park Toyland Parade and festival includes vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens and city officials. Keep your eye out for Santa Claus and his sleigh, as he jingles all the way down the parade route.

> Discover even more Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

Location: Click here for the parade route
Date: December 1, 2012
Time: Parade starts at 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

5. SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza

SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza Collage

Chili, Shopping, Chili, Beer and Wine, Chili and Family Fun at the SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza. Did we mention there will be chili?

For the past 3 years, the two neighborhoods of South Park and North Park come together for the SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza. This family friendly festival offers a kids zone, shopping from local artisans, music, local craft beer and, of course, chili made by local restaurants and residents. Stop by to taste some chili and vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice Award.”

Location: 32nd Street and Thorn, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
Date: December 2, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Festival is Free. $20 for a ceramic chili bowl, 5 restaurant tastings and unlimited community tastings
> Find out more about SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know about them in the comments below.

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 1-4, 2012

Day of the Dead Fiesta de Reyes Altar

Get ready to enjoy a fun and warm fall weekend in San Diego with these great things to do:

1. Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Fiesta de Reyes Altar

An impressive alter at Fiesta de Reyes

Colorful altars and other traditional celebrations of Day of the Dead, one of Mexico’s most revered and festive holidays, return to Old Town San Diego. This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and crafts, is free and designed for all ages.

Location: Old Town San Diego (map)
Dates: November 1-2, 2012
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

2. Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Head up to Carlsbad on Sunday, November 4 for the largest one day street fair in California. The Faire features over 800 exhibitors, international food and live entertainment.

Location: Grand Ave. from Carlsbad Blvd. to Jefferson St. (map)
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

3. Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical Street Faire

Fall Back Gaslamp Quarter Logo

The free Fall Back Festival brings the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter and Old San Diego alive for children and families. The event features entertainment such as a Wild West Shootout, hayrides, ice cream eating contest, clog dancing and food.

Location: 410 Island Avenue (map)
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical Street Faire

4. 13th Annual Asian Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012 Logo

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America. Along with narrative features, the nine-day Festival also showcases documentaries, short films, and animation. Screenings take place at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinema with tickets starting at $11.50.

Location: Mission Valley UltraStar Cinema (map)
Dates: November 1-9, 2012
Cost: Tickets start at $11.50
> Find out more about the 13th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

5. San Diego Beer Week

Cheers during San Diego Beer Week

Say Cheers to another exciting San Diego Beer Week!

The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival kicks of San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) this Saturday. SDBW is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture. With over 317 events throughout the week, visitors are sure to get their share of San Diego’s best brews.

Locations: Varies by event
Dates: November 2-11, 2012
Cost: Varies by event
> Find out more about San Diego Beer Week

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego? Let us and other know about them in the comments below.

Suzzanne

Top Things To Do in San Diego: October 25-28, 2012

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Break out your costume and celebrate because it’s the last weekend before Halloween! Between family days at Balboa Park to a Monster Bash, everyone will find something to do this weekend.

For a more complete rundown of Halloween festivities, check out our previous blog posts below:

1. Balboa Park Family Day

Costumed fun in San Diego’s Historic Balboa Park

Over a dozen museums are treating families to free admission for children 12 and under during the 4th annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Saturday, October 27. In addition to free children’s admission with a paid adult, participating museums and cultural attractions will present a spooky array of hands-on activities, crafts, special tours, storytelling, and other free goodies.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Kids 12 and under free with paid adult admission
> Find out more about Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day

2. San Diego Monster Bash

Crowds - San Diego Monster Bash

San Diego Monster Bash

Head to the Gaslamp Quarter this Saturday and share in the Halloween fun with music on the entertainment stages, dancing, costumed characters, costume contest and more. Open to adults, 21 years and older. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to Midnight
Cost: $30-$70
> Find out more about San Diego Monster Bash

3. Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

A crashed bus at the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park.

The driver never made it through the Haunted Trail! Photo courtesy of Mike Rollerson.

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling. Among the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks along the trail, you’ll experience terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Watch your back and keep close to your companions because you never know which way the terror will hit you.

Dates: Through October 31, 2012
Times: Sunday-Thursday – 7:00 to 11:00 PM, Friday-Saturday – 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: $15-$32
> Find out more about the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

4. Haunted Behind the Scenes Wine Tour

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

Find out why the wine is red…at the South Coast Winery!

South Coast Winery has paired up with the “ghouls and goblins” from its Vineyard Rose Restaurant and its Winery, enhancing the ‘original’ Behind-the-Scenes Tour and adding a “Spook-tacular” Tour. Starting out in the vineyards, then the proceeding to the haunted halls of the winery, one never knows who or what will appear before you to serve up the wines for tour participants and just how it will be delivered. The tour concludes in the winery’s cellar, tucked away in the private Carter Reserve Room, for more haunted happenings.

Dates: October 26-31, 2012
Time: 4:30 to 5:45 PM
Cost: $45
> Find out more about the Haunted Behind the Scenes Wine Tour 

5. Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

Pirate Ship - Haunted Birch Aquarium - Shipwrecked

Haunted Pirate Ships and More at the Birch Aquarium

Discover what lurks beneath the surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! Enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, and explore our wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures while having a monstrous good time. Dress to impress!

Dates: October 26-27, 2012
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $15-$19
> Find out more about the Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

Know of any other great things to do this weekend? Let us and everyone else know in the comments below…

Suzzanne

Halloween Fun for Kids in San Diego

Princesses at SeaWorld San Diego's Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween isn’t just for the 31st anymore, especially if you have kids. Browse the list for fun things to do with your kids this Halloween season.

1. LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Cruise on over to LEGOLAND California for Halloween Fun.

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is back for its one-of-a-kind party every Saturday Night in October from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Several monstrously fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill and the Imaginati

Halloween fun for kids isn’t just on the 31st anymore. Browse the list for fun things to do in San Diego with your kids this Halloween season.

on Zone. Be sure the little ones come in costume; prizes will be given for Best Pirate, Most LEGO Themed and Most Creative. And visitors who stay until 9:00 PM will be treated to an awesome fireworks display!

Dates: Saturdays, October 20 & 27, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
> Kids Go Free to LEGOLAND California during October’s Kids Free San Diego

2. Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

Pirate Ship - Haunted Birch Aquarium - Shipwrecked

Haunted Pirate Ships and More at the Birch Aquarium

Ghouls and buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and “spirited” Halloween with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Discover what lurks beneath the surface and soak up spooky science activities and explore the aquarium’s “wreckage” for sunken treasures. Kids can come in their costume for a chance to win great prizes!

Dates: Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, 2012
Cost: Members – $15, Nonmembers – $17, At the Door – $19
> Find out more about Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!
> Kids Go Free to the Birch Aquarium during Kids Free San Diego
(Offer for regular admission only, does not include special events)

3. Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego

Princesses at SeaWorld San Diego's Halloween Spooktacular

Who’s the Fairest Pumpkin Princess at SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular?

During SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular, kids can meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21 & 27-28, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about the Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego
> Kids Go and Eat Free to SeaWorld San Diego during October’s Kids Free San Diego

4. Haunted Tales from our Seafaring Past

The Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego is place to be on for all aspiring ghosts, goblins and princesses to gether for some ghostly tales of enormous proportions. Creepy treats will be given to all who dare attend and kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Dates: Friday-Saturday, October 20, 26-27, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Haunted Tales from our Seafaring Past at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

5. Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day

Costumed fun in San Diego’s Historic Balboa Park

Head over to Balboa Park for a Park-wide Halloween celebration. There will be Halloween-themed family activities in the museums from 11:00 to 3:00 PM as well as booths along the Prado with activities.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Cost: Children 12 and under free at participating museums
> Find out more about Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day
> Kids Go Free to 30 Museum in San Diego during October’s Kids Free San Diego
(Offer for regular admission only, does not include special events/exhibits)

Know of any more great Halloween fun for Kids in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below.

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: October 11-14, 2012

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Finally, a little fall weather…San Diego style! We get to pull out our light jackets and maybe put on a pair of jeans instead of shorts. Why not get outside and enjoy these events this weekend. I’ll be at the Taste of Gaslamp. What will you be doing this weekend?

1. Taste of Downtown

All of downtown including the Gaslamp Quarter will come alive for this year’s Taste of Downtown

On Thursday, October 11, head downtown to celebrate the 13th Annual Taste of Downtown from 5:00 to 9:00 PM It is the biggest neighborhood tasting event in San Diego and encompasses the neighborhoods of East Village, Gaslamp, the Financial District and Horton Plaza. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

2. 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Cadillac at the 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Classic Cadillacs and more at the 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Car enthusiasts will be flocking to the Gaslamp Quarter on 5th Avenue from E Street to L Street on Sunday, October 14th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the 4th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase. This timeless event is free and open to the public and will showcase high-performance automobiles and motorcycles ranging from the traditional classics to lavish luxury modern vehicles.

3. Miramar Air Show

The Blue Angels to soar over San Diego!

Nearly 500,000 people are expected to witness the MCAS Miramar Air Show this weekend, October 12-14. Visitors will be treated to a full day of flying and entertainment as well as novelty booths, a children’s activity area, military displays, a trade show and more!

4. Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art, Music and More at Little Italy Festa!

In its 18th year, the Little Italy neighborhood continues to celebrate its heritage by bringing the passion, vibrancy and flavors of Italy to southern California with its yearly treasured event, the Little Italy FESTA! More than 150 vendors, three stages of entertainment, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk), an Italian motorsport show, a Stickball exhibition game, and a children’s area will encompass more than 16 blocks of event activities at this family friendly event.

5. Art Glass Guild Show and Sale

The largest art glass show in Southern California will be held in the historic courtyard of the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. Visitors can stroll through the free exhibit and see over 30 juried glass artists display their work Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Be sure to also visit the demonstration booth where children and adults can participate in hands on mosaic projects.