Robert Arends

Kids Free Deals Abound in Seaside La Jolla this October

Surf Diva Surf Lessons for Kids
La Jolla offers Kids Free offers all month long!

La Jolla offers Kids Free offers all month-long!

La Jolla, the sun-kissed “jewel” of San Diego, rolls out the red carpet for kids throughout October during Kids Free San Diego month.

Families can save a bundle with 10 terrific free kids offers around La Jolla, ranging from free meals and passes to cool museums and attractions to comp beach tours and surfing lessons.

Check these out:

Eat!

Kids love to eat and they get to eat for free (with each adult purchase) at Indulge restaurant at Embassy Suites San Diego-La Jolla, Torreyana Grille at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (for lunch or dinner, up to 2 kids) and Humphrey’s La Jolla Grill at the Sheraton La Jolla (up to 2 kids).

Enjoy free kids meals at La Jolla Shores Hotel, located on the beach of La Jolla Shores

Enjoy free kids’ breakfast at La Jolla Shores Hotel, located right on the beach.

Kids also eat free at La Valencia Hotel, and kids 12 and younger can enjoy free breakfast at The Shores Restaurant at La Jolla Shores Hotel.

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Surf!

Surf Diva Surf Lessons for Kids

Kids hang 10 for free Surf Diva!

Wiggle your toes in the sand at La Jolla’s famous family friendly beaches and hang 10 with Surf Diva, offering kids free surfing lessons (a $71.50 value – wow!) with the purchase of an adult lesson.

Kids can hop aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours‘ new La Jolla & Mission Beach Tour for free (with the purchase of an adult ticket) or the splashy Seal Tours on San Diego Bay or narrated city tour to top tourist sites like Old Town and Coronado.

Sightsee!

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Kids admitted free all month to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps!

Three of La Jolla’s popular attractions are free for kids, including admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla (1 child per paid adult), the La Jolla Historical Society museum at Wisteria Cottage (2 children per paid adult) and Birch Aquarium at Scripps (1 child per paid adult).

Birch Aquarium, nestled high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, is one of my top “must-sees” with 60+ tanks of colorful marine life including coral reefs, a kelp forest (My fav! It’s like snorkeling without getting in the water 😉 ), sharks, jellyfish and three outdoor tide pools where you can touch sea anemones, starfish and more!

As you can see, there’s lots of fun for free in picture-perfect La Jolla! Bring the kids and make it a fall getaway to remember. 🙂

> Browse even more Kids Free Offers in San Diego

Maren

A San Diego Summer Day: Photo Essay

Claire’s on Cedros: Start the day off right…sustainable, homemade, delicious. Fletcher’s Cove: A favorite for surfers and families alike.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Gorgeous views, both outside and inside.

OEX La Jolla Dive and Kayak Center: Good for the body and the soul.

SeaWorld San Diego: Brand new Manta Coaster! So fun!

Botanical Garden and Lily Pond at Balboa Park: So beautiful, and totally free!

Altitude Sky Lounge at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter: To great weather, great views, and great people…Cheers!

Maren

Sizzling San Diego Summer Concerts on the Water

Summer weather, ocean views, live music concerts….what more could you want? Two tickets to enjoy this trifecta of San Diego summer? You got it! We want to send you to Humphreys Concert by the Bay to enjoy your own star-studded evening. We are lucky San Diego’s outdoor summer concerts don’t have to wait until June 21st to begin. With near perfect weather almost all year round many summer concert series are already in full swing with picturesque backdrops deserving of their own spotlight.

This summer, make sure to see a concert at one of the three waterfront venues below:

An oasis of palm trees surrounds Humphreys summer concerts

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Set amid palm trees and under the starry San Diego sky, there is nothing else quite like Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, located on Shelter Island with views of the Marina and the Point Loma hillside in the distance. Playing everything from rock and jazz to comedy, blues and international music, concerts run from May to October, which is just how long summer lasts for us San Diegans. Comment below to win 2 tickets to see Chris Botti on June 1, 2012.

Green Flash Concerts in the Tide-Pool Plaza

Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium

Enjoy a rockin’ sunset this summer at the seventh annual Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. The concert series, which kicks off May 16, combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium’s stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Savory happy-hour appetizers, craft beers and wines are available for purchase. Keep an eye out for a real “green flash,” a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon.

The downtown skyline at San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

Join the San Diego Symphony as they perform with some of today’s hottest pop acts in the annual Summer Pops concert series along the Embarcadero Marina Park South. The series starts off with a bang on June 29, 2012 including patriotic marches, American Idol stars and a spectacular firework display celebrating Independence Day weekend. The fun continues until Labor Day with stars like Roberta Flack, Burt Bacharach, and a live music screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

> Find More Great Concerts on the San Diego Event Calendar

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Padres at PETCO Park

Spring is here and it’s forecasted to be 70 degrees this weekend in San Diego. What a great time to get outside and enjoy the city! Here are 5 to Try this weekend.

Tell us in the comments below, what will you be doing this weekend?

Seaport Village

Enjoy the Sun at Seaport Village

1. Seaport Village

Every Sunday through June 24, enjoy free musical performances as part of Seaport’s Sunday Concert Series from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Gazebo. This Sunday, April 8th, enjoy the Bayou Brothers, a fantastic mix of bluesy, rockin’ and Zydeco. The Easter Bunny will also be visiting April 4-7. Photos will be available in the West Plaza near the food court from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

San Diego Padres at PETCO Park

Catch the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Photo courtesy of Mark Whitt.

2. Padres Opening Weekend

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 8. Thursday’s game includes an opening day T-shirt, schedule cling and San Diego decal. Opening Day starts at 4:05 pm.

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

3. A Chocolate Affair at the San Diego Maritime Museum

Did you know that chocolate first made its way to America via seafaring vessels? Find out how and more at the Maritime Museum’s chocolate festival Sunday, April 8, 2012. With over 25 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate, there is something for every palette. Explore the exhibit on how chocolate came here with a scavenger hunt and see if you can get all the questions correct. Essay contests for kids, craft activities and more to delight chocolate lovers of all ages. Free with museum admission.

Grunion Run with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Catch the Grunion Run with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

4. Birch Aquarium Grunion Run

Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish, called grunion ride, the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. The fun starts April 8 from 10:45 pm – 12:45 am. RSVP required. $10 for members, $12 non-members.

Delphiniums in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden

Delphiniums in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden

5. Balboa Park

Interested in seeing the beautiful flowers throughout Balboa Park? Balboa Park’s Offshoot Tours provides free, one-hour tours that highlight the park’s lush botanical offerings. Tours begin at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Must-sees are the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, displaying approximately 2,500 roses of nearly 200 varieties, and the award-winning Alcazar Garden, with a floral design patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.

Aki

True Jewels of San Diego: Explore the Museums of La Jolla

As one of the most beloved communities in San Diego, beholden by its natural beauty, rich heritage and a luxurious yet laid back vibe, La Jolla is a must-visit stop on any San Diego vacation itinerary. From the dramatic coastline unmatched in majesty, to premier dining establishments, elegant hotels, world-class shopping, treasured art and cultural institutions, La Jolla certainly lives up to the meaning of its name, which translates to “the jewel” in Spanish.

If you”re exploring La Jolla during February Museum Month, don’t miss three great arts and culture attractions that you can enjoy at 50% off admission. Just pick up a Museum Month pass at any San Diego County Macy’s location, and head to one of the following museums to take in mind-blowing contemporary art, explore wondrous sea creatures or dive into La Jolla’s historic past. Continue reading

Courtney

Boundless Energy on Display at Birch Aquarium

Propel this mechanical fish with solar energy at Birch Aquarium

Boundless Energy, Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ new exhibit, opens Sat. July 9.

The interactive exhibit explores the science behind renewable energy with fun outdoor installations powered by the sun, wind, and waves.  The hands-on activities create a dynamic outdoor play area that offers hours of fun for the child in all of us.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for more information.

Suzzanne

5 To Try: Earth Day Edition

For those looking to connect with the environment this weekend, we offer you our 5 to Try: Celebrating Earth Day in San Diego.

1. On Sunday, April 17th, head down to Balboa Park to the annual EarthFair. Each year, EarthFair draws around 70,000 earth loving visitors making it the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by over 400 volunteers, EarthFair features more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a special kids’ activity area, three entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTH Gallery Art Show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. It can get crowded so here are some transportation options to help you get to the fair.

2. From coral reefs to kelp forests, celebrate Earth Day with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. On Saturday, April 16, meet Scripps Oceanography scientists who are working to understand and preserve our oceans, make a recycled craft and learn new ways that you can help protect our ocean planet.

3. Looking to really help make San Diego green? Join the San Diego Surfrider Chapter for a beach cleanup Saturday morning at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. This is a great opportunity to help make San Diego’s beaches free from unwanted trash. All you have to do is show up and wear comfortable clothing. Surfrider will provide bags (or you can bring one from home), latex gloves and hand sanitizer. Moonlight Beach will appreciate your help!

4. Earth Day may be April 22, but SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium wants to inspire kids to do their part in caring for our seas every day. Throughout the month of April, SEA LIFE will feature an Earth Month-themed show daily at 11:00 am as well as special green learning activities and crafting activities every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

5. It might surprise some to know that San Diego is home to more than 6,000 farmers and #1 in the nation for small farms. While dining out this weekend, why not try a restaurant known that takes advantage of locally produced ingredients. A few of my favorites include Urban Solace and Cucina Urbana. Even better, stop by one of San Diego’s farmers markets this weekend and make your own farm to table meal!

Kate

Go Tide Pooling With Experts From the Birch Aquarium

She sees Sea Hares down by the sea shore!

The San Diego coastline is dotted with incredible tide pools from Point Loma to Ocean Beach, La Jolla and beyond.

And, according to the scientists at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, fall and winter are great times for checking out area tide pools because lower tides expose wider sections of the beach and the “pools are teeming with native marine life, like hermit crabs, sea hares and sea anemones.”

Sea hares? Oh, yeah, of course. Sea hares. (Yikes!)

Luckily for you and me, we don’t have to know what sea hares are in order to explore the beauty and mystery of life along the San Diego coast. Because, starting Saturday, expert naturalists from the Birch Aquarium will be leading regular excursions to area tide pools. 

Here’s a list of the outings planned for now through February:

  • Nov. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Dike Rock in La Jolla
  • Dec. 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at False Point in La Jolla
  • Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m. at Dike Rock in La Jolla
  • Jan. 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Hospital Point in La Jolla
  • Jan. 29, 12-2 p.m. at False Point in La Jolla
  • Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Dike Rock in La Jolla
  • Feb. 27, 12-2 p.m. at Hospital Point in La Jolla

The cost is $12 per person, ages 2 and older. Just RSVP by calling 858-534-7336 or online at the Birch Aquarium’s website. Directions to the meeting places for each excursion will be provided at time of RSVP.

If you can’t make one of these scheduled excursions, don’t fret.  You can get in on the tide pool action anytime you visit the Birch Aquarium. 

They have a fantastic living Tide Pool Display where you can touch and learn about tide-pool animals under the guidance of their friendly docents. Windows in the habitats provide up-close views of brilliant sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters, and other unique animals local to San Diego’s tide pools.

Would you like to visit the Birch Aquarium to check out the tide pool display and all their amazing exhibits?

Comment below by Monday, November 22 at 10 a.m. PST and two lucky winners will each win a family four-pack of tickets for use any time before June 30, 2011. 

Happy tide pooling!

Stephenie

The World Oceans Day Fun Continues

The Cat in the Hat and The Surf Divas

Recap of the weekend:

Celebrating World Oceans Day was quite a treat,
Sea Life had an underwater reading, which surely was neat.
Polar bears judged snow sculptures at the Zoo,
And Hornblower Cruises offered free face-painting too.
But of course Cat in the Hat made quite a commotion,
When he paddled out with Surf Diva for a book reading in the ocean.
Missed out on all the fun you say? Well that’s ok,
Cuz World Oceans Day fun continues til Tuesday!

(Insert applause)

It’s official, I’ve got Seuss fever from all the World Oceans Day fun I had over the weekend.  But just in case you missed out, there’s still more fun to be had tomorrow, June 8, the official World Oceans Day.

Attractions and Museums

  • San Diego Botanic Garden will present a reading of “One Fish, Two Fish,” ocean-themed activities and arts & craft projects geared toward pre-school age children .
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps will host Seuss-themed activities, including a scavenger hunt of “zany named” fish and a special World Oceans Day dive show in its two-story kelp forest tank .
  • The New Children’s Museum will celebrate World Oceans Day with a reading of “One Fish, Two Fish” at 10:30 a.m. and the creation of a massive ocean mural.
  • SeaWorld San Diego will have a World Oceans Day booth, which will include live animal visits and educational games to remind visitors how to keep the oceans safe.

Restaurants

  • Corvette Diner & Gamers Garage wil host a reading of “One Fish, Two Fish” at 3 p.m. with a local TV news personality and offer a “Wear Blue, Tell Two” promotion throughout the day.

Around Town

Stephenie

5 To Try This Weekend

So much to see, so much to eat and so much to sip this weekend!

  1. This Friday and Saturday check out the 3rd Annual San Diego International Beer Festival at the San Diego County Fair where beer lovers can sample more than 300 brews from 17 countries and 20 states.  Of course, some of San Diego’s finest craft brews will be there too; (see Kate’s Get Hoppy post below).  The event takes place in the fair’s Chevrolet Del Mar Arena from 4 -8 p.m. on Friday and noon-7 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket prices range from $20-$43 and include fair admission, a souvenir tasting cup and best of all, a wristband that provides unlimited one-ounce samplings of beer. (And you thought the fair food was something to talk about!)
  2. chili here we come

    chili here we come

     

  3. The 30th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off kicks-off this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on OB’s main drag, Newport Avenue.  Here, you’ll find  live musical performances on 5 stages, 2 beer gardens, a skateboard exhibition, carnival rides, more than 200 vendors and so much more… oh yeah, and delicious chili!  I don’t know about you, but this is where I’ll be on Saturday.
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