Go InsideJan. 28th

El Nino is the talk of the town. Who is he? Why is he coming? Welp, time to find some quick alternatives for playtime, since rain may flush out your plans. When it’s a wet and dreary day, where is there to go to get the kids all tuckered out? We have your solution. San Diego has so many options for indoor play places and fun things for kids to do inside.

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Play TownDaily Admission
Daily Admission: $10
per child (non-walkers free up to age 1)
Sibling Discount: $10 for 1st child, $8 for each additional child
Military Discount: $1 off per child

Kid Ventures: Kid Ventures is a child and parents’ dream come true. We are the safest, cleanest, and most creative indoor “edutainment” and play facility in San Diego. Our boutique-style play village is designed for you to help nurture your child’s imagination and creativity in a healthy and fun environment. All the while, your family can enjoy the comforts of home in our Parents’ Cafe which offers specialty coffees, tasty treats, and a family menu.

Urban Jungle Park: Welcome to The Jungle!
Urban Jungle Fun Park is a super cool indoor facility where we have taken some of the best action oriented activities of an amusement park and a playground and mash them all together into one really cool, super sick place.

Built for Kids of All Ages
Urban Jungle wasn’t built just for little kids, but the kids of all ages. In fact, our founders made sure that
everything we offer our younger guests could be equally enjoyed by Teens, Young Adults and Parents as well. So unlike some other places where the parents just sit in total boredom and wait for their kids to finish, they too can join in on the fun and release their true inner child.

Funbelievable: 

Open Play

 

Pay to play in our FUNbelievable facility open to the public 7 days a week. Pay for a one day pass admission and stay as long as you like, no time limits.

We have our FUNbelievable 3 tier, mega play structure packed full of FUN. Play on one of 3 super FUN slides, zip across our aerial glides, climb our rock walls, dive into our ball pool and shower. Practice your sports skills in our super FUN sports arena and much more. For our little ones we have a dedicated baby and toddler area full of stimulating, soft play toys and games. Mini ball pool, baby “tummy time” circle, mini slides and lots more. Perfect for interactive play with mom or dad!  

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: 

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers:

  • San Diego’s only Giant Dome Theater showing incredible IMAX films and planetarium shows
  • Eight exhibit galleries with more than 100 interactive exhibits
  • The Tinkering Studio, where you can experiment, invent and create
  • Kid City, an exhibition just for kids ages five and under
  • Lectures, classes, workshops and more
  • Plus Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store

Rain PlayJan. 11th

As a child, nothing is more fun than playing in the rain! Rainy days are for splashing in puddles, playing with water toys, catching raindrops on your tongue and looking for rainbows. What can you do when it’s too chilly outside? Find some rainy day activities and make the best of it! Grab your raincoat and your boots and let’s go skipping through the rain!

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Photo credit http://littlebunnyphotography.blogspot.com/

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Make a rainbow village. (http://innerchildfun.com/2010/08/rainbow-village-printable.html)

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Magic puddles? Sign me up! (http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/04/rainy-day-activities-puddle-play.html)

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Painting with the rain. (http://nurturestore.co.uk/kids-art-painting-rain)

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Make a race track with butcher paper. (http://www.savvysassymoms.com/blog/wintertime-indoor-activities-for-kids/)

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Make rainbow rice! (http://www.thingstoshareandremember.com/rainbow-rice-garden-sensory-play/)

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Lego candy dispenser. (http://onelittleproject.com/rainy-day-crafts/)

Now you are ready for the next storm! Bring it on El Nino!

Color TherapyOct. 17th

Coloring has always been associated with kids, but it is quickly becoming a trend for adults. Many companies are producing coloring books for adults and used for meditation. Coloring has always been thought of as therapeutic. It’s calming and fun at the same time.

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With the intricate designs that are coming out, no wonder it is so good for you. Detailed prints fill the pages of these coloring books and they force you to sit and focus for a good period of time. Get your favorite crayons or markers ready and settle in for some of the most beautiful coloring pages you have ever laid your eyes on.

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Family FunJul. 20th

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Have you attended  a South Park Walkabout? It’s a fun-filled evening festival to introduce you to the shops and cafes of a charming, hip and historic neighborhood. South Park is unique and friendly.Shops are open late, with entertainment, specials, and surprises. Browse, explore, shop, and celebrate! It’s free and fun! This Saturday, July 25th from 6pm-10pm.

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We’ll be at So Childish on Saturday, July 25th from 4pm-7pm. Come by and get your child’s hand or foot impression and join in the fun. There will be a balloon artist, face painter and silhouette artist there also. Baby Garten Studio is offering up some free classes that evening, starting at 5pm. They are located in the same building and right next door.

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Taste some of the fare the local restaurants are serving and take a ride on the FREE trolley from Beech to Juniper streets during Walkabouts. Take the #2 MTA bus right through the neighborhood, along 30th St. from Beech to Kalmia (and on to North Park).

It’s going to be a fun time,so don’t skip this family-friendly event!

Playful EatsMay. 19th

As children, we were taught not to play with our food. Now we have reached a time where we are saying the opposite to our own kids. It is now acceptable to play with our food!Have a picky eater? No problem. Try making meals fun, but getting creative with food.

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Here are some cute examples of culinary cuteness at its best. You have the creative freedom to do what you want. Fool your kids into wanting to try new things. Come on…everyone is doing it;)

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Now it’s playtime. See what fun creations you can come up with and how they work for your child. Get on the food bus and see where it ends up. Good luck!

 

 

Pink or Blue?Feb. 13th

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Don’t you find it interesting when you find out the answer to a question you never thought to ask? Did it ever cross your mind how we all assume pink is for girls and blue is for boys? Yeah, us either;) People are so quick to buy pink fro little girls. It’s like your brain can’t imagine what other color to get. Everything is floral and pink…for girls. Boys things are almost always blue and have some kind of “boy” image. A truck…a dinosaur…these are things that stamp “boy” on an item. We all think this way, but some of us make a conscious effort to break the mold. It wasn’t always this way. In fact, it used to be just the opposite. Here’s an interesting article about how we all came to believe that genders have a color code. http://jezebel.com/5790638/the-history-of-pink-for-girls-blue-for-boys

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A Beautiful WorldNov. 18th

As children, we saw the world through different eyes. Everything was magical and we saw things without judgement. As we get older, the world looks a little different. In these times of so much craziness, let’s remind ourselves of the beautiful things. The world has so much to offer, so let’s see the world through the eyes of children.

National Geographic Kids posts kid’s photos on their My Shot photo section. Kids take photos and share them. We thought they were beautiful. Experience the world through their photos. http://kids-myshot.nationalgeographic.com/

Sample photos we loved:

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Photo by: Music Maker http://kids-myshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/23551

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Photo by: Holy Cow http://kids-myshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/25995

Here’s an Instagram account that shows the world through the eyes of a 2 year old.

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Follow @insta2yearold to see more photos from this child’s perspective.

Full article on insta2yearold:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/07/insta-2-year-old_n_6117002.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

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Google images of children’s artwork. So simple and loving. This is what the world needs more of. Live simple, love lots and see the world with wonderment.

Some Things Are For FreeOct. 7th

We’ll bet the first word you saw was free! Welp, some things are in fact free. Kids Free in October is an annual event that takes place in our beautiful city of San Diego. What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Most of the free activities you will find require a paid adult admission, but it stays true because the kids are free!

Let’s highlight a few of the fun things your kids can do for free!

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If you have never been to this place, it’s pretty cool. You can see all types of sea life and the wetlands surrounding the property. You can even pet stingrays! It’s a definite must.

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Here’s a great idea for the weekend! Take the little ones on the train and go up the coast! No hassle travel and no bumper to bumper traffic. You can just sit back and relax.

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Suzie’s Farm would be a great place to take the kids for pumpkins and to explore the farm. Sounds like a great day.

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Get your thrills at Belmont Park! Swoosh through the air on a the Big Dipper. Play video games or take the kids swimming. It’s all free!

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Legoland…FREE?! You betcha;) Take the kids and see some amazing Lego sculptures and get wet at the waterpark too! The weather is still warm, ya know.

There are so many more great places to visit. These were just a few of our favorites. Check out http://www.sandiego.org/promotions/kids-free for more exciting things.

Lego Party PerfectSep. 23rd

Ever wonder what to do for birthday parties for the kids? Legos are huge right now and kids love them! There are so many sets and some of them can be quite pricey. We recently discovered a company called Pley, that actually rents Lego sets! This is a great way to see what your child is interested in, try out some new sets, test their skills and not have to worry about storing them. Save your feet the trouble too;) You can choose from 250+ different sets and you send them back after you are done. For $15/month, it seems reasonable.

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These are perfect for birthdays, weddings (rent for the kids table), family gatherings, Thanksgiving celebration…gotta keep the kids busy! Choose from boys or girls designs and different types of themes. Princess party? No problem, there are princess ones and girly play sets. Pirate party? Ahoy! They have the right set for you matey! Shipping is free both ways and you can put a few in your queue. Another great idea, is taking them on trips or keeping the kids occupied with the sitter. They are cleaned and sanitized and if you lose a piece…no worries. There are even 3 plans to choose from, if you want to gift this service to someone else! How cool is that? Having a Lego play date? Sign up for Pley. It’s a small investment to make, to get your kid’s brain some exercise and letting them explore their imagination.

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