Brent Bernasconi

New Year’s Eve in San Diego for the Whole Family

The combination of dazzling fireworks, bubbly drinks, noise-makers, poppers and staying up late makes New Year’s Eve a holiday everyone loves. While many NYE events are adults only (here are a few highlights for the over 21 crowd), there are plenty of great events that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Follow this link for all of San Diego’s NYE Events…

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

Start off the day with some roller coasters and Lego creations, then end the day early with family friendly concerts starting at 2:30. Watch out for the LEGO brick drop 22 feet as the clock counts down, followed by fireworks display at 6:00 pm. This is a great way to enjoy the New Year and still be in bed at a reasonable time.

Ring In The New Year at John’s Incredible Pizza Co.

Want everything for the kids taken care of this New Year’s? Then book your spot at John’s Incredible Pizza Co. in San Diego’s South Bay. The family can enjoy 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.

New Year’s Bash at the New Children’s Museum

On Friday, December 30th, the New Children’s Museum will party all-day with a music and dance festival featuring performances by Pink Army, Rhythm Child, Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, Studio FX, San Diego Guild of Puppetry, and much more. This way you can celebrate the New Year with the kids on Friday and reserve Saturday for the adults! In the New Year holidays visit our site online-casino österreich.

What will you and your family be doing this New Year’s Eve?

Suzzanne

Downtown Hot Spots for the Kids

So you are coming to San Diego for Comic Con and staying downtown (can anyone say – Gaslamp Quarter?). Oh wait, you’re coming with the kids. Don’t despair, there are actually quite a lot of things to do that entertain both parents and kids alike.

What to do:

Children's Museum at night

This museum is great for kids 10 and under. They do have a tween/teen area, but I have found kids under 10 get the most out of it. There are some really great interactive exhibits, and when the weather is nice, they open their doors and you can’t tell if you are inside or out. Be sure to make and take home your very own clay sculpture!

Seaport Village – With 54 specialty shops and over 15 restaurants (and not to mention the awesome bayside location) Seaport Village is a great stop downtown. There is a carousel and other fun activities for kids. On the weekends be sure to look out for the balloon artist. He has made some of the best balloon animals/objects we have ever seen! He is definitely worth the wait.

Embarcadero Marina Park – Located adjacent to Seaport Village, Embarcadero is a great spot to picnic and watch sailboats go by. You can also walk the length of the park, which extends all the way around, to the USS Midway Museum.

USS Midway Museum – This is actually one of my favorite spots for kids and adults of all ages. Visitors can experience “life at sea” by touring galleys, officer’s quarters, engine rooms as well as getting inside real planes and helicopters.

Horton Plaza – If you have any tweens/teens in your group, this mall will not disappoint. With a movie theatre and more than 100 shops and dining options, as well as a festive European open-air atmosphere, Horton Plaza is sure to please even the most discerning teens.

Gaslamp Quarter – Primarily known for its nightlife, the Gaslamp Quarter is a great place to take a stroll, people watch and do a little shopping during the day. There are grand Victorian-era buildings which are now home to more than 100 restaurants, 35 pubs and nightclubs and 100 retail shops, as well as theaters and art galleries.

Where to eat:

Below is a list of some of my favorite places to take the kids downtown – however with over 100 restaurants in Gaslamp alone, feel free to find a restaurant that is perfect for you. Most restaurants post their menus outside so that you can see what is right for you.

Brickyard Café – Located just a block from Children’s Museum and Seaport Village, this café is a great place to catch breakfast or lunch outside. You will find mostly locals here. My kids love it because the Trolley stops in front of the café which keeps them entertained. Our favorite is their chili and grilled cheese sandwich combo. They also have a great coffee bar.

Maryjane’s – Located in the Hard Rock Hotel, this is an ideal spot any time of day. When the weather is nice be sure to sit outside and people watch. The menu includes a lot of diner style options. Be sure to try the fish tacos – they are great!

Spaghetti Factory – Located right in Gaslamp, this restaurant is a popular spot, so expect a wait. The atmosphere is always festive and fun. On some days there is also a balloon artist out front to keep the kids entertained.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto – A mainstay in San Diego for over 50 years, this is an awesome place to experience San Diego’s Little Italy. The restaurant, located behind the deli, offers some of the best pizza in San Diego. Be prepared for a wait, but it’s worth it!

Sweet Treats:

Pinkberry – If you haven’t tried Pinkberry, it’s worth the stop. Located in the Hard Rock Hotel, Pinkberry is my favorite yogurt shop in San Diego. Love the original with raspberries and chocolate chips!

Heavenly Cupcakes
– For some reason on Friday’s, I always find a reason to be in the area to pick up some cupcakes. My favorite is the black and white. My son loves the mint chocolate.

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
– Need I say more? This is for serious desert people. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp, it is open late and offers the best chocolate sundaes!

Brent Bernasconi

OB’s Dog Beach Has National Recognition

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Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. Photo courtesy of SneakyMoose.

I know my dog loves going to the dog beach in Ocean beach. The area is huge allowing him to run in the sand and the water while my wife and I can keep our eyes on him. MSN recently highlighted dog parks and beaches throughout the country and of course ocean beach made the list:

San Diego, Calif.
Sometimes a dog just has to go to the beach. Soak in some rays, get in a swim, dig in the sand. At gorgeous Ocean Beach, there’s a strip of sand and water set aside especially for dogs and people to play together, off leash and loving it, 24 hours a day.

When the waves are up, you’ll see surfers out at Dog Beach Break, where the famous Rocky the Surfing Dog once rode the waves (as recounted in the 1994 film “Endless Summer II”). Dogs have been frolicking there since at least 1972, when the town council formally recognized it, making Dog Beach one of the oldest leash-free dog parks in the nation.

You can read the actual article here.

Where is your favorite dog friendly area in San Diego?

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Hitting the Bricks at LEGOLAND

Rose and Angelo at LEGOLAND Driving School

LEGOS are part of the furniture at our house. I find them in the couch and some mornings wake to a coffee table topped with LEGO monuments from imaginary worlds.  So a visit to LEGOLAND, California in Carlsbad is a treat for my family. I ventured out with my six-year-old boy and two eight-year-old girls. We had the Park Hopper Pass that covers LEGOLAND, the new Water Park that is still adding on features (coming May 26, a Zoo-themed area for toddlers) and SEA LIFE Aquarium. There’s definitely more to see and do than a family can cover in a day.

My only request was that mom was able to start off at the Water Park renting a family size locker so I didn’t have to haul our beach towels, swimsuits and snacks all day through the park. Once relieved of my responsibilities thanks to a nifty, high-tech locker (no key to lose; it opens with a wave of a wristband), I gave the kids the map and let them plot out the day. Continue reading