Jumpin’ Good Times for Kids Await at the San Diego Crew Classic

If you’re a parent, you may have an unhealthy love for jumpies. That’s right, those gigantic inflated structures provide hours of fun, allowing kids to burn off their infinite energy source as they bounce, slide, laugh and frolic their way to a good night’s sleep.

Jumpies galore at the San Diego Crew Classic

Well, parents and kids of all ages in San Diego can rejoice, because on March 31 and April 1, there will be jumpies galore in the Kid Zone of the 2012 San Diego Crew Classic, taking place in beautiful Mission Bay. And new this year is the San Diego Zoo Family Festival area, featuring rides, local artists and craft activities, providing festive fun for the whole family.

Catch the excitement of regatta glory

And of course, there’s plenty of thrilling rowing action on the water to watch! A hallmark tradition in San Diego since 1973, the Crew Classic is considered to be the marquee regatta for rowing. Setting the stage for triumphs in competitive rowing and future Olympians, there are plenty of excitement in store for the weekend as 4,000 athletes from schools across the U.S. compete for glory. Kids under 12 get free admission, $10 in advance and $12 day of event. And active military also get in for free.

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About Aki

After living in 8 cities in 4 countries, I adopted San Diego as my home town 10 years ago. Everything I love is here - the Pacific Ocean as my back yard, museums and galleries exhibiting world-class art, endless dining options, the coolest attractions, friendly people, a dynamic business community… the list goes on. And after a decade of living here, there is still so much more to see!

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

As a resident of coastal North County, my perfect San Diego Day always starts with a good surf session. Packing up the family, we’ll head to our favorite beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. After some fun in the sun and surf, we’ll head to Swami’s Café in Encinitas for their famous Acai bowl, then hit the road down south to any of the great San Diego attractions. Maybe a day at the Zoo, or check out some museums in Balboa Park? As an art lover and former gallerist, I love checking out new exhibitions at local galleries in La Jolla or Little Italy.

In the evening (if we can get a sitter), we love seeing live music at any of the great music venues in town. A concert at Spreckels Theater, a show at the Casbah, or an outing to the Belly Up in Solana Beach is always a treat. For dinner, we'll gather up some friends and head out to Stone Brewery Bistro & Gardens, or Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill. What's the best way to cap off a perfect day in San Diego? With perfectly crafted cocktails at Starlite, Craft+Commerce, or Noble Experiment.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Surfing & hiking. I also love yoga, which you can enjoy outdoors in San Diego. And shopping too, it’s officially an outdoor sport here.

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

That’s an apples and oranges question... On most days, I’m a linguine and red wine kinda gal. But I’ll go for a good Kobe burger and wash it down with a Hefeweizen.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Archade Fire, Bon Iver and The xx.

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