Weekly Tips for June 4, 2012 SUMMER TIME FUN!

Posted on 03. Jun, 2012 by in For Kids, Uncategorized

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! SUMMER TIME!! Finally, no more school, homework,  making lunches, teacher meetings, driving back & forth to school! 

In honor of summer family fun, this week’s tips are Mom’s Camps – camp themes by week to do with your kids, courtesy of Tracie Kivisto and our annual Summer Family Fun. The Summer Family Fun is geared toward Southern California, but lots of great ideas you can implement in your own neighborhood. Here they are:

Mom’s Summer Camp 2012

 ”Grape and Cheese Week”

I was inspired by a little cheese shop in Seattle to create this one. I’ve seen recipes on Pinterest to make home-made cheeses. We’ll try them. I also noted that a nearby area is having their “Balloon and Wine Festival” in June. So, we will go stomp some grapes and learn a little bit about the process of making wine. Festivals are great form kids and parents.

Temecula Wine and Balloon Tour June 3-5, 2012



“Oriental Week”


Asian Dinner- Sushi. Teach the kids how to make California rolls, poke or sashimi

Visit Asian Markets

“Cruise Week”

We’ll be hitting up the Titanic Exhibit this year.

Titanic at the NAT til Sept 9th


I’ve tied this in with the movie and an inexpensive ferry ride on a historic boat.

Coronado Ferry from B St to the island. Rent some bikes and explore!

Bahia Boat Cruise in Pacific Beach, CA


6:30PM Family Hour 7:00PM Family Hour

7:30PM Family Hour 8:00PM Family Hour


“Music Week”

In our community paper I saw and noted that our favorite beach has Saturday night concerts by the sea.

Annual Encinitas Sunday Concerts by the Sea from 3-5 p.m. on Sundays at Moonlight Beach.

There are other cities that do Sunday night concerts (Coronado, Stagecoach Park in La Costa, Folsom House in San Marcos, etc.)

We’ll check out one or two of these and visit the making music museum in Carlsbad, Ca.


“Sports Week”

We are really fortunate to have an Olympic Training Center right down the freeway from us in Chula Vista, CA.

We’ll go take a tour and learn about some other international sports.

San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum @ Balboa Park

Have the kids do some online research, so this will be their task.

“Pottery Week”

Most cities have one of those “paint your own” pottery places. We’ll go hit this up and head down to a children’s pottery making class. I’d like to visit one of our local Missions to see some historic pieces too.


Children’s Pottery Classes – Ongoing classes for children

Age 6 and up • Every Saturday, rain or shine

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

No registration required, $20

Hosted by Elizabeth Woolrych, 619-236-8997

Colorful Universe in San Elijo, CA

Clay & Latte in Vista, CA

Rancho Buena Vista Mission in Vista, CA

“Sand Castle Week”

The Annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition is happening this week in Imperial Beach, CA. We’ll get inspired and then spend the rest of the week at the Beach perfecting our own. We all like to go paddle boarding too, so we’ll try to hit the boards this week.

Annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition in Imperial Beach July 19-21

Carlsbad Stand Up Paddle Boards on Adams Ave in Carlsbad, CA.

Every year we do the Summer reading program too. We’ll often seek out books that are in line with our theme for the week.

“Back to the Wilderness Week”

We’ll find some creative ways to build a big fort in our house and sleep in it.

Take a scenic, one-hour drive to Mt. Laguna for a hike, bike or picnic

Some other ideas

Gem Institute


UCSD College tour

USD tour

San Diego State tour

San Diego Air and Space Museum @ Balboa Park


Walking Tour of Old Town


McArt Studio


BYOB Creative Sips night at McArt. Bring your fav beverage and some friends.

Palomar College Arboretum



And the annual Summer Family Fun:

Here are some ideas for fun day trips, adventures and things to venture out with the kids this summer.  They have a Southern California spin, but use them to indulge your own adventures in your area.

FREE Movies (Kirkorian, Edwards and Ultra Stars all have one day a week of free movies.




Observatory (Palomar in San Diego and Griffith in LA.)

San Diego Zoo, Orange County Zoo, LA County Zoo. Wild Animal Park/Safari Park.

Carnival Park.  Belmont Park in So. Mission Beach, San Diego, CA. Rollercoasters, carnival rides and games. Think Santa Cruz on a smaller scale.

Santa Monica/Third Ave. Promenade.  This area is a fabulous beach, amazing pier with Ferris wheel and carousal, shopping on Third and amazing restaurants.  There are also fun street musicians and magicians.

Museums (Getty Art Museum, Museum of Man in Balboa Park, Museum of Photography in Balboa Park, Maritime Museum, Children’s Museum in Escondido and San Diego, San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum)

Amusement Parks (Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, Universal Studios).

County Fairs (Del Mar in San Diego, Orange County at Newport Beach)

Nautical Museums (Midway Museum in downtown San Diego, CA, Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.)

Free Concerts (Check your local city calendar for free concerts in local parks.)

State Parks.  In the California, due to the excessive budget cuts, there are a number of parks that will be shut down.  A local one in San Diego is: San Pasqual Battlefield, go see it, the history is amazing.


Aquariums. (Birch Aquarium in LaJolla, CA, Long Beach Aquarium, Dana Point Aquarium.)

Bowling. Summertime free bowling.


Cruising & Classic Autos.

Cruising Grand on Friday nights in Escondido, CA

Every Friday night through Sept.  Classic old cars, bands, food, radio station giveaways and eclectic shops.


Encinitas Cruiser Nights

Third Thurs. of every month through Sept. 2009

Hwy 101 b/t H and D Sts.

Street Rods, Mustangs, Woodies, etc.


Bike Rides. San Onofre has great trails all the way to Oceanside. Oceanside Harbor to Buccaneer Beach. Rent a quad bike and bicycle around Coronado Island.

Hiking. Your local rangers can help you find appropriate trials for young children to experienced hikers.

Temecula Olive Oil Farm, tour and hike.


Elfin Forest Park/Reserve on Elfin Forest Road, east of San Elijo Hills;  San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Cardiff by the Sea; Batiquitos Lagoon; Lake Poway or Lake Hodges; San Elijo Hills Trails


Ride the Train. Oceanside to San Juan Capistrano – stop at Zoomar’s Petting zoo and lunch at Ruby’s Diner; North County Sprinter to Oceanside – stop for ice cream or cruise the pier and check out the fishing.

Kids Eat Free. A complete list is at: www.san-diego-family-vacation-deals.com/kids-eat-free.html & www.sandiegoparent.com/Parent_Tips/index.html?category=62&subcategory=498

Farmers’ Markets. Numerous all over on different days and times. Check: http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php

Movies in the Park. Check out your local city website for family movies in the park. San Marcos has them at Civic Center, San Elijo at the park in the center, Carlsbad at Poinsettia Park.

Visit a Farm. Meeting farmers can be fascinating and fun.  Go towww.localharvest.org for a nearby farm.

Be in an Independence Day Parade.  Look to your local cities for their schedule.

Mail a Care Package to a service member. Learn what to send and where at www.anysoldier.com .

Take a classic route roadtrip.  Try Pacific Coast Highway, Route 66, Great River Road, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Lakes Circle tour, Maui’s Hana Highway.  Remember lots of healthy snacks and music.

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