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

The Perfect Wish ListDec. 14th

The holidays are moving fast! Buying gifts can be quite daunting. How many toys does a kid need?! The truth is, they don’t need as many as we want to get. They are happy with very few things and it’s less overwhelming. We spend less, which means not stressing as much over our financial lives. 

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We recently came across a genius way to get the perfect wish list. Pint Sized Treasures has the best way to give and receive during the holidays! Why haven’t we thought of this before?! You can feel good about giving and not spoiling. This theory lends the true meaning of the giving. Let’s hope the kids will learn to embrace this way;)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

GratitudeNov. 13th

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Thanksgiving is always a time for reflection. It’s a time to feel the warmth and comfort of family and friends. We tend to express what we are grateful for and what we intend to do to make life positive and happy. We honor those who are no longer with us and cherish those who are. Here are a few things you can do with kids to teach them about gratitude.

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Make a list of things to be thankful for, right on your placemat or paper tablecloth.

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Create a jar of gratitude. Come up with some conversation starters and write them on a piece of paper (cut it into a fun and festive shape.)

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Decorate rocks with grateful messages. Give them to people at your gathering or have each person write one. You can even spread them in the garden or place them around the house afterwards.

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Paint clothespins and write something you are grateful for on them and make a garland or wreath to display your messages.

However you decide to show your gratitude, have fun, be creative and enjoy your Thanksgiving! We wish you all a very special holiday!

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!

Summertime FunJun. 22nd

Summer is here! Summer camps and vacations are in full swing. What are you up to this summer? We found some websites with guides to the best camps and the best summer activities and vacation spots. Take a look.

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Hottest San Diego Beaches: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/top-10-beaches-san-diego-area-19148.html

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Best public pools: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/aquatics/locations.shtml

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Summer Camp Guide: https://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/summer-camps-and-programs

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Best Weekend Road Trips: http://vacationidea.com/california/Weekend-Getaways-from-San-Diego.html

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Inspiring KidsJun. 4th

Every so often, we run across stories of the amazing kids. We all do our best to raise our children and make them the kind of people we want to see in the world. These kids are leaving an impression on the world and civilization. We want our kids to be smart, kind, successful and lead happy lives. It’s so refreshing to come across articles that highlight kids who are really making a difference.

Helping the homeless:

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THE FULL STORY HERE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/03/girl-builds-homeless-shelters-washington_n_7488460.html?ir=Parents&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000037

All in the family:

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READ MORE HERE http://www.people.com/article/family-road-trip-helps-others

Incredible drive: 

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/child-amputee-doesn-t-let-disability-deter-her-dance-430257731587

A Leap for Legos:

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ARTICLE HERE http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/boy-invents-low-cost-braille-printer-made-of-legos-for-blind-415105603573

 

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!

 

 

Green ThumbApr. 20th

Do your kids love gardening? It’s tough to explain the drought to children, but we found some planet-friendly ways to garden with the kids. Being in Southern California, you have to be outside and take advantage of the good weather. These water-saving tips will let them continue to enjoy planting and caring for a garden. Get out the tools and gloves! We even show you the basic supplies you will need for a fun outdoor project in the dirt.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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If you prefer to water on your own, make this up-cycled watering jug:
Easy gardening can save your time a lot it is also based on the preference to water on your own then you have to make up cycled watering jug by doing holes in jug. It is an easy way to watering plants and garden.

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Consider your pots, when re-potting. Use glazed terra cotta or plastic pots that aren’t porous.

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Grow what you need and know you will consume.

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Plant accordingly. Place plants that need more water together and separate the plants needing less.(http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/the-complete-companion-planting-guide/)

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Grow for the season. Only grow things that are in season to cut down on wasted water.

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Test for water. Dig in the soil to see if the plants even need more water, before you water.

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Collect the rain. Use pails or buckets to collect rain water to reuse for watering the garden.

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Go native. Plant things that are native to your region and can survive on minimal water. Chances are, if it’s native, it will survive even in a drought. If droughts are common in your region, it is likely that your native plants are used to less water.

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Do your part to save water and still have fun in the garden. Here is a great PDF that can help you find more ways to save water. http://emergencypreparedness.cce.cornell.edu/disasters/Documents/20%20ways%20to%20save%20water.pdf Stay mindful.

Spring ForwardFeb. 27th

As Spring approaches, we are forced to think of things to do with the kids. Spring Break is going to be here before you know it! What kind of activities do you have planned with the kids? If you aren’t planning a trip, try out some of these cool crafts to keep them busy.

Paint flower pots!

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 Make a fairy garden house.

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Bake some flower pot cupcakes

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Paint rocks.

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 Plant some beans and watch them grow.

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 Make some foam window decals.

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Create cookie cutter bird feeders.

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Daffodil craft.

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 Garden dragonflies.

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Rainbow ribbon craft.

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Hit up the craft store before Spring Break arrives! There are so many great crafts to do and so many fun ones! Just Google or use Pinterest for instructions or other great ideas. Enjoy and get creative;) Happy Springtime!

I Heart YouJan. 27th

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Valentine’s day is coming soon! What are you planning to do? The kids need gifts for their school friends, so you need to get a plan together. How about a nice DIY project to get things rolling? We found some quick and easy Valentine’s day cards that will be sure to put a smile on some faces.

1. Love bug

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2. Dear…

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3. Cupid’s arrow

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4. Same school

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5. Eye on you

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6. Good fortune

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7. Modern mix tape

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8. Roll it

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9. Super

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10. You rock

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Whatever your style. These cute do-it-yourself valentines are the perfect way to say…you are awesome! Hit the craft store, look around the house and set a date to sit down and do a project with the kids. Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!