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

Happy, Healthy HolidayDec. 22nd

We wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season!

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DOODLEBUG DESIGNS!

See our schedule for January 2016 HERE.

Holiday CraftyDec. 1st

The holidays are so much fun! Get the kids excited and let them contribute to the decorating. Doing crafts together is a great way to get in some quality time and the kids can give them as gifts;) We found some pretty cute DIY holiday projects that we just have to share.

 Crafts By Courtney Paper Straw trees

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Elementary Art Fun Pinecone Trees

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Meet the Dubiens Melted Crayon Ornaments

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Aunt Peaches Pom Pom Garland

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Crystal and Comp Handmade Bead Ornaments

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Happy Holidays from Doodlebug Designs!

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!

Spooky TreatsOct. 20th

Halloween is almost here! It’s such a fun time to get creative;) We looked into some unique treats to make for your party. Why not try something new? Make it cute. Make it scary. Make it gross. Have some fun with it and make your guests remember your Halloween party!

Mummy Hot dogs!

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Oreo Cat Cookies

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Spider Ice Cubes

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Toxic Poison Apples

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Monster Eye Cookies

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Gummy Worm Treat

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Spider Cookies

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Have a spookily good time and enjoy your treats! Happy Halloween!

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.

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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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!

Creating TraditionsDec. 16th

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Family is so very important, whether you have a traditional family, non-biological family or your family is made of friends and other family members. Tradition is what keeps family bonds strong and can be passed on.

I’m sure you can think of some traditions in your own family. Some people have Sunday dinners. Maybe you have a certain day of the week that the kids choose a movie or a menu for a meal. Whatever the tradition, it’s the meaning behind it that counts. It means strengthening ties between family members, providing a source for identity, it offers comfort and security, teaches values, connects generations, creates lasting memories and so many other things.

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Holidays are a great time to establish traditions. Visit your local tree farm and pick out a tree. Decorating the tree together or making cookies. Take a trip to the local hotel and see the big Christmas exhibit. Find out where the best light displays are. See a holiday production. Attend a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, create ways to celebrate your faith or heritage in a fun and festive way. I’ll bet you can recall holiday traditions that you have carried into your own family.

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Here’s a very insightful and uplifting article about creating tradition. Enjoy the read and have a wonderful holiday season!

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/10/09/creating-a-positive-family-culture-the-importance-of-establishing-family-traditions/

Teaching GratitudeNov. 4th

Gratitude is something we could all take a lesson in. It’s easy to let life’s distractions interfere with our moods and how we see the world. When we become parents, we want to teach our kids everything and hope that they will become better people than we are. One of the most important lessons in life, is to learn to be grateful. But, how can you teach your child to be grateful? We found a study by The Greater Good at Berkeley University. 

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Thanksgiving is approaching…believe it or not. Here are some good tips for fostering a grateful child.

1. Model and teach gratitude

2. Spend time with your kids and be mindful when with them

3. Support your child’s autonomy

4. Use kids’ strengths to fuel gratitude

5. Help focus and support kids to achieve intrinsic goals

6. Encourage helping others and nurturing relationships

7. Help kids find what matters to them

To read the full article click here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_gratitude_in_kids