5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Break out the shades and flip flops, it”s officially summer season in San Diego. Here are our five to try for this 3-day weekend. What will you be doing?

Vista Strawberry Festival

1. Vista Strawberry Festival

The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival takes place in Vista”s historic downtown. Over 200 vendors will line the streets with arts, crafts, food, fun and more. Also, a beer garden will proudly display Vista”s own micro-breweries.


Manta is coming to SeaWorld San Diego

2. Manta at SeaWorld!

Head over to SeaWorld to experience Manta, which features a double-launch coaster and 100,000-gallon aquarium with rays and hundreds of fishes, opening May 26. Featuring a unique “launch station,” you will start your Manta experience enclosed in a tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen. This stunning introduction to the world of the rays also will visually enhance the physical acceleration as Manta launches down the track. This online casino state-of-the-art projection system will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

3. Grossology

On May 26, the Science Center”s most popular exhibit ever returns to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center! A fun, exciting and educationally stimulating exhibition based on the best-selling book Grossology by science teacher Sylvia Branzei. Designed for children ages 6 to 14, the exhibit features interactive stations which teach the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more.

Gaslamp Music & Arts Festival

Gaslamp Music & Arts Festival

4. Gaslamp Music and Arts Festival

From smooth beats to funky scats, the Gaslamp Music & Art Festival will celebrate live music this Memorial Day weekend. Various <a title=”San Diego”s Historic Gaslamp Quarter” href=”http://www.sandiego/gaslampquarter” target=”_blank”>Gaslamp Quarter businesses, along with the Gaslamp Quarter Association, are hosting the inaugural festival on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 from 1:00 – 9:00 pm. This electrifying program will feature live entertainment, dining and interactive art demonstrations hosted at more than 25 venues throughout the Gaslamp Quarter.

Spreckels Park, Coronado

5. Promenade Concert in the Park Series

Pack a picnic and bring the family for this free concert series kicking off May 27 and continuing through September 9, every Sunday at 6:00 pm in Spreckles Park. Performances will include Coronado”s Lamb”s Players Theatre and popular bands like the Coronado Community Concert Band, Navy Band Southwest Band and Coronado Big Band.

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5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: The region’s largest wine and culinary event takes place November 16-20. Held at venues throughout downtown San Diego, the festival includes gourmet food, celebrity chefs, wine tastings, an elegant reserve and new release tasting event and more.

2. America’s Cup World Series: the AC World Series is in full action this weekend. This regatta gives the public an opportunity to watch the world’s top sailors as they compete in the state-of-the-art AC45 wing-sailed catamarans. San Diego Bay’s natural sailing environment allows fans to get close to the action, offering spectator access along numerous points along the picturesque waterfront.

3. Annual Mother Goose Parade: San Diego East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration features celebrity appearances, whimsical floats, clowns, bands, equestrians and more, Sunday, November 20.

4. Santa vs. the Snowman: Enjoy a holiday treat at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s IMAX theatre with the showing of Santa Vs. The Snowman. Starting November 18 and running through the holidays, visitors can catch the first-ever IMAX animated holiday feature film. The film tells the heartwarming story of a lonely Snowman who at first is swept away by the magical wonders of Santa’s village, only to ultimately wage war on Santa because he is jealous of all the attention that Santa gets during Christmas time.

5. FLUXX Nightclub with Sid Vicious & Ricky Rocks: On Saturday, November 19 hit up FLUXX in the Gaslamp. One of the coolest clubs in San Diego, this is a party you just can’t beat! Get ready to dance the night away.


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. TRASH, The New Children’s Museum: Features the work of 12 artists from around the globe focused on the kid-friendly and timely topic of trash. The exhibition encompasses each work of art, hands on art-making projects, school curricula, artist lectures, family workshops and special events. The exhibition opens with a free community block party on October 15 and 16.

2. US Grant Prohibition Party: San Diego’s original 1930’s heyday speakeasy will be holding an inaugural modern-day Prohibition party. Held in the space that connects an underground tunnel from the original speakeasy to the Port of San Diego where booze was once illegally smuggled. The event will take place during the hotel’s 101st birthday, October 16. The event is open to the public and will feature jazzy live music from the era with various food and crafty beverage stations.

3. Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld: Discover an ocean of Halloween fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular every weekend in October. Catch silly and spooky shows including the Pirates 4-D movie experience. Then join in The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure in a walk-through adventure. Enjoy photo ops with your favorite friends from Sesame Street and trick-or-treat alongside huggable SeaWorld characters.

photo by Mike Rollerson

4. Haunted Trail of Balboa Park: The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you. True to form, the Trail is not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Runs through October 31 (except Mondays and Tuesdays.)

5. Spooky Science at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Fall into Spooky Science at the Fleet! Learn about all things scary from glow in the dark Flubber to spider webs and shocking activities. Special activities are only $2 with admission. Creep into the Discovery Lab if you dare; available Saturdays in October only.


Science and a Little Green Go a Long Way

We all love going to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to see the latest exhibits and experience the IMAX theatre. One of its latest exhibits is “Earth Exposed”. In this exhibit, visitors will see erupting geysers, crumbling mountains and wind driven waves. The collection comprises more than 30 exhibits and places visitors up close and hands-on with many of the forces that continually shape and re-shape the planet. Not only will visitors learn about the earth and the environment, but they can also rest assured that the Fleet Science Center takes its own impact on the environment very seriously.

Since 2005, The Fleet Science Center has implemented measures to reduce its energy and water consumption and recently it achieved LEED Silver Certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Fleet Science Center is the first building in Balboa Park to achieve such status.
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5 to Try: Grandparents Edition

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 12th! In honor of all the grandparents out there, here are our 5 to Try with the grandparents. Our kids and the grandparents have tried all of these activities and I think all would give them two thumbs up!

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: On Sunday, September 12th, the Science Center is offering free admission for grandparents and their grandkids! The Science Center offers exciting “do touch” science exhibits for visitors age 1 to 101. Our favorite area is the “block buster’s.” Visitors can build fun structures with thousands of KEVA planks – no glue or connectors necessary!

San Diego Botanic Garden: This is a great outdoor activity for both grandparents and kids. The grandparents will love the 36 acres of distinct garden displays and the kids will LOVE the largest demonstration children’s garden on the West Coast, which features a 20-ft climbable tree house. I can tell you first hand, that tree house is super fun!

USS Midway Museum: When my dad came to visit a few months ago, he suggested visiting the USS Midway Museum with him and the kiddies. At first I think I was the only one with some hesitation. But I have to say it is one of my favorite places to bring guests when they are visiting San Diego. It’s really fascinating to learn about the ship, and the kids love to walk up and down the stairs and explore the different areas of the ship. This museum has a lot of stairs and small corridors to walk through therefore I would only recommend it if the kids are big enough to maneuver it on their own and the grandparents are up for a lot of stair climbing.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: We have taken both sets of grandparents to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Why? Well for starters, it’s only about 15 minutes from our house; but it could be 15,000 miles. Our favorite is of course the Park’s Journey into Africa tour. This open-air vehicle brings visitors to eye level with animals. On one of our last visitors we did the Balloon Safari with the grandparents. It provides a birds-eye view of the Park. It’s really fun!

Old Town San Diego: Old Town, considered the “birthplace” of California is a really fun way to spend the day with the grandparents. We took my mom there recently and she loved the historic Victorian houses. My kids loved the candy shop! They really have the best taffy.

What are your weekend plans?