Brent Bernasconi

Spend A Day With the Kids on Coronado

Coronado Beach - Brett Shoaf
Coronado Beach - Brett Shoaf

Bring the Kids for a Day on Coronado. Photo courtesy of Brett Shoaf

Looking to spend a day with the kids at the beach in San Diego? With its pristine beaches, near perfect-weather, beachfront dining and plenty of sweet-treat shops, Coronado is a great and easy option.

To make your beach trip even easier, here are just a few of the things you can add to your itinerary throughout the day in Coronado.

Sandcastles at the Beach

Build a Sandcastle at the #1 Beach in America – Coronado Beach

Start off a day with the kids at Coronado Beach, the #1 Beach in America! The kids can easily spend hours splashing in the water and building monumental sandcastles while you lounge on the towel with your favorite book.

Lunch at by the Water at Sheerwater

When lunchtime comes around and the kids are hungry, you don’t want to have to go far and luckily Sheerwater at the Hotel del Coronado is just steps away from the beach. The kids menu has favorites including hamburgers, pizza, grilled cheese, chicken fingers and more. While the kids chow down, you can relax with more “adult” options while enjoying the sunshine and the sound of the ocean waves accompanied with your kids excitement.

Mid-Afternoon Treats

Elvis (and a cow!) greet ice cream fans at Moo Time.

After lunch, head back to the beach for a few more hours and then take a sweet mid-afternoon walk to pick up a yummy treat. If the day is really warm, pop into Mootime Creamery for hand-made ice cream served in fresh waffle cones, all made daily. With two convenient locations in the Hotel del and on Orange Avenue, you never have to go far from the beach.

In the mood for some chocolate or another confectionary delight? Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory is the spot for you and the kids. Chocolate, caramel and more are made daily for your enjoyment. If the kids are on their best behavior, they might even receive a free sample!

If you don’t need the sugar rush, spoil the kids by allowing them to pick out a toy at the Blue Octopus Toy Store in the Hotel Del. This blue store has something fun for everyone including big plush octopi (of course), stickers, games, coloring books and more. The perfect thing to distract the kids for the rest of the evening.

Make It Overnight for More Fun

Why not extend the fun with an overnight on the island. During the month of October (2012), book a stay at the Hotel del Coronado or the Glorietta Bay Inn and they will surprise the kids with a Free Welcome Gift.

With a room booked on the island, head out for dinner with Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado, which has a Kids Eat Free offer this October!

The next morning, step back in time with breakfast at Clayton’s Coffee Shop. Take a seat in a retro “leather” booth or cozy on up to a chrome stool around the horseshoe counter and start off the day with delicious pancakes, waffles, omelets or cup of coffee. Don’t worry if you sleep in, breakfast is served all day at Clayton’s!

After breakfast, finish off your stay by learning the history of the Enchanted Island at the Coronado Museum of History and Art. In October, the museum extends a special a Kids Go Free Offer.

> Find even More Kids Free Offers in San Diego for this October

Is there something or someplace else you would take this kids during a visit to Coronado? Let us and others know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Spend Labor Day Weekend on the Embarcadero

Star of India

Cannon battles, monumental sand sculptures, music (some with cannons) and more along the Embarcadero will easily provide enough entertainment for everyone during the 3 day Labor Day weekend. Find out below the great events you don’t want to miss.

Tip: Parking will be difficult along and near the Embarcadero over the weekend. Please consider parking elsewhere, e.g. Old Town or Convention Center, (or just leave the car behind) and taking Public Transportation (Seaport Village and American Plaza Trolley Stops) or the Big Bay Shuttle.

Festival of Sail

Star of India

Already highlighted as one of our top things to do this weekend, the Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and should not be missed. Over the course of the weekend, there will be a tall ship cannon battles, children’s petting zoo, treasure-seeking Pirate bay cruises, over 100 arts and craft vendors, food and more.

Dates: Friday-Monday, 8/31 – 9/3, 2012
Cost: $10-$20
> Find Out More About the Festival of Sail

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3-D Art Expo

dragon sand castle

Master sand sculptures will find the statue  hidden in a mound sand at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier  just south of the Festival of Sail. In addition to the sandy works of art, the pier will be full of fun with musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, circus performers, magicians, the best of the buskers and a kids zone with a huge sandbox, sand sculpture classes and more!

Take public transportation and show your transit pass when buying tickets to save up to $5 on admission.

Dates: Friday-Monday, 8/31 – 9/3, 2012
Cost: $5-$14
> Find Out More About the US Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3-D Art Expo

Summersplash – Reggae on the Bay

On Sunday, spend the evening at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier relaxing and dancing while listening to the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and world-class reggae from top artists including Barrington Levy, the Wailers, Midnite, Triston Palma, Pablo Moses, Shoreline Rootz, Piracy, Arise Roots and more.

Date: Sunday, 9/2, 2012
Cost: $55
> Find Out More About Summersplash – Reggae on the Bay

Symphony Pops 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The San Diego Symphony plans to end summer with a bang during their Summer Pops season-finale 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular. The concert will feature bright young cellist, Julian Schwarz, performing Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Rococo Variations and the evening will end with the 1812 Overture featuring the United States Navy Band, cannons and FIREWORKS! This is a great way to end the summer!

Dates: Friday-Sunday, 8/31 – 9/2, 2012
Cost: $18-$76
> Find Out More About the Symphony Pops 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Looking for more great events in San Diego, check out the Event Calendar.