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!

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.

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!

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!

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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Fall Crafts For KidsSep. 25th

Fall has arrived! Now you can enjoy some fun crafts with the kids and decorate for the season! We love a good DIY project and we have one that will take you back to your own childhood. We found this craft on Edventures.

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Leaf rubbing is a fun way to bring the bold colors of Fall into your home. Kids love doing this sort of thing and We love it too;) It’s a nice inexpensive way to do a craft and get outside for a bit too. The kids will have fun picking out the perfect leaves for their project.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Feel free to mix and match your papers and drawing supplies in any way you’d like to for the project.  For example, you might use oil pastels with all three types of paper to examine how the leaf print looks different based on the type of paper.  Or you could use all three drawing tools (crayons, oil pastels and colored pencils) on one paper to create a more textured leaf print.

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The last piece to this fun craft is hanging your leaf rubbing for all to see! Yay Fall!

 

Family FunSep. 15th

October is such a fun month, but wait until you see the October Free deals! There are some great finds for you to share in some family fun. Here’s the newly released list of Kids Free in October!

Some of the highlights:

OFFER
Kids Ride Free to San Diego on the Pacific Surfliner

Amtrak

Valid: Oct 1 – 31, 2015
REGION: DOWNTOWN

Must be 12 or under, Valid 7 days per week

OFFER
Kids Ride Free with Flagship Cruises & Events

Flagship Cruises & Events

Valid: Oct 1 – 31, 2015
REGION: DOWNTOWN

Two children free per paid adult on all 1 and 2 hour San Diego Harbor Tours. Valid for children 12 and under.

990 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

OFFER
Kids Go, Eat and Play Free at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

Valid: Oct 1 – 31, 2015
REGION: MISSION BAY AND BEACHES

It’s all about the kids at SeaWorld San Diego this October with offers including kids free admission to SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld Aquatica, Dolphin & Beluga Interaction Programs, and Breakfast & Dine With Shamu.

500 SeaWorld Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
800-257-4268

OFFER
Kids Go Free to the San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum

Valid: Oct 1 – 31, 2015
REGION: DOWNTOWN

Children 12 and under receive free entry with the paid admission of at least one accompanying adult at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Valid for 2 children per paid adult.

2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Check out the full list and plan accordingly! So much fun to be had;)

 

Supplies and StuffAug. 25th

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Now that the kiddos are headed back to school, we have to get organized. Back to school shopping is so fun! Let’s take a stroll back to our own childhood. Here are some fun back to school essentials.

Backpacks:Backpack Buying Tips (Parenting.com)
How do you pick the best backpack for your child when you’re facing a full aisle in the store? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
Two straps: This will distribute the weight evenly and is safer for the carrier’s back, neck and shoulders.
Reflective: If children will be walking home from school or out at night, their backpack should have pieces of reflective material on the bag.
Fit: Have your child try on the bag before you purchase it. The bottom of the bag should meet the lower back, but should not be more than 4 inches below the waistline. The point at which the bag and straps meet should be 1 to 2 inches below the top of the shoulders.
Weight: When you’ve selected the right backpack, make sure you don’t overload it. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that a backpack should not exceed 15 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not exceeding 10 percent.

We love the ones on Land of Nod!

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Lunch bags: We found some cute snack bags on Etsy.com

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Labels: Cute labels for lunch boxes, cups and such. Keep track of your kid’s stuff. (Stuck On You)

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Supplies: Scented pencils?! Yep, gourmet pencils for all flavors! (Smencils)

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Cups/Feeding: Camelbak has great cups for kids!

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Learning Station:

Fun ideas from Decoist.com

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Hope your kids have a smooth transition! Make sure you take the tissues when you drop them off;) Happy school year!