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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on September 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

Pumpkins at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park!

Pumpkins at the Park transforms the Wild Animal Park [Map] into a safe, family friendly Halloween adventure!

Wear your costumes as you take part in the Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt, learn about animals of the past at the Extinct Animal Graveyard, and take part in the Conservation Cake Walk. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for some Spooky Animal Encounters and participate in the enrichment sessions throughout the day.

Activities include:

  • Costume contest in Tembo Stadium
  • Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt
  • Conservation Cake Walk for Bats ($5 donation to participate)
  • Animal Enrichment in the exhibits of vultures, gorillas, lions, elephants, and other animal areas.
  • Creepy Crafts (9 a.m.–4 p.m.)
  • Carnival Games in Malawi Picnic Grove (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
  • Extinct Animal Graveyard (all day)
  • Creepy Crawly Crevasse (all day)
  • Halloween Bites

Price: Free with admission to the Wild Animal Park
Dates: Oct. 17, 18 ,24 ,25 ,31 & Nov. 1, 2009

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on September 11, 2009 at 11:23 am

San Diego ArtWalk on the Bay – This Weekened!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well the weather will be a bit cooler, so why not take a walk on the bay on September 12 and 13 to admire hundreds of pieces of stunning artwork!!

San Diego ArtWalk on the Bay takes place at the Embarcadero Marina Park North [Map] and will have a projected attendance of 30,000 guests!

This fine art festival features painting, sculpture, glasswork, fine jewelry and more. The eight acres of Embarcadero Marina Park North will be transformed into an art and fun filled celebration. Food and music will also add to the waterfront festivities.

For the Adults:
The Bay Lounge is providing (at a cost) their signature Bloody Mary cocktail, beer and wine to guests over 21 years of age. All proceeds from the Bay Lounge will benefit ArtReach.

For the Kids:
ArtWalk presents KidsWalk with fun and creative hands-on projects for children. From decorating mini origami kites for donation to creating art with recycled and reclaimed items to making your own instrument, Kidswalk has activities for all children.

San Diego ArtWalk is a free event, so make sure to head on over!

Image Credited to Salon De Maria @ Flickr

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on September 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

Top Five Things to do in San Diego in the Fall!

San Diego in the fall is my favorite time of year. It’s still warm during the day but the evenings start to cool off. It’s back to school and ready for the holidays! Here are my top Five Things to do in San Diego in the Fall!

  • Bates Nut Farm [Map]
    It isn’t October without a visit to the Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm! The Bates Nut Farm has become well known for its special events held throughout the year on the 100 acre ranch. You’ll love coming out and having a picnic in the beautiful tree filled park and feeding the menagerie of farm animals. For over 30 years families have made it an annual tradition in October to come out to Bates in search of the perfect pumpkin.
    (mid September through October)
  • Oktoberfest
    Originally celebrated in early-1800s Germany in honor of the country’s royal family, Oktoberfest is now a celebration to eat, drink, and be merry! There are several Oktoberfest celebrations throughout San Diego county. Head over to La Mesa, Encinitas, Carslbad, El Cajon, Ocean Beach, and more.
    (mid September through mid October)
  • Julian [Map]
    You’re not going to see a ton of seasonal changes in San Diego, but up in Julian you’ll find a ton! Plus it’s Apple Harvest time. Take a drive and experience Julian’s quaint, mountain-town charm. (mid-September to November)
  • Miramar Air Show
    The MCAS Miramar Air Show is a sight not to be missed! Catch amazing aerial techniques and tricks with the Blue Angels, acrobatic helicopters, synchronized parachuters, wingwalkers, and more. Don’t forget your ear plugs!
    (October 2nd-4th)
  • Little Italy Festa [Map]
    The Little Italy Festa is known to be one of the largest single-day Italian American festivals West of the Mississippi. The Little Italy community now welcomes over 100,000 attendees with the tantalizing smells of Italian sausage and the glamour of the Italian culture, music & art.
    (October 11th)

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on September 1, 2009 at 11:04 am

Reuben H Fleet Science Center – October Schedule!

Check out what’s happening in the month of October at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center [Map]!

OCT. 5, 2009
SENIOR MONDAYS “Afternoon Scholars” Lecture & IMAX film.
Held the first Monday of every month, Senior Monday is an opportunity for guests age 65 and older to enjoy our exhibit galleries, one IMAX film and an “Afternoon Scholars” lecture for only $6. Lecture topic is “Compulsive Eating & Addiction.” Obesity and eating disorders are critical global health problems that have emerged jointly with the increased availability of palatable food and the rise in dieting. This talk will review motivational, consummatory and metabolic changes that occur when palatable food is eaten intermittently, as well as examine addiction-like changes of stress and reward systems in the brain.
2:00 p.m. IMAX film is THE LIVING SEA.

OCT. 7, 2009
“Exploring Ethics” 5-Year Anniversary Celebration.
In conjunction with the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, the Fleet welcomes guests to encounter science from an ethical perspective. October 7th will include a celebration of the 5-year Anniversary for the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.
5:30 p.m. this event is FREE to the public.

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on August 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

Nighttime at the San Diego Zoo Ends Soon!

The Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo [Map] and Wild Animal Park [Map] is ending on September 7th! If you haven’t checked out the zoo at night, definitely head on over before it ends.


Image Credit: SXC

Special shows, entertainment, and activities for all ages are just part of Nighttime Zoo – but the best part is seeing the animals in a different light. While some animals hunker in for the night, visitors can check out the nocturnal animals and roam the zoo grounds when it’s less crowded and not as hot!

The entrance closes at 8:00 but the zoo stays open until 9:00 each evening.  Nighttime activities begin at 3:30 but most are scheduled between 5:00 and 8:00.

Check the zoo’s daily schedule for activities – which include animal encounters, live music, shows and events throughout the summer.  Catch the Surfin’ Safari Bush Band or SOAR – A Symphony in Flight!

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on August 21, 2009 at 7:45 am

Kidsville – Family Fun Spotlight

Have you been to Kidsville [Map] in Poway? If not, you’re missing out! It’s the perfect place to let your children be active, explore, and make new friends – while you do the same in the “parents lounge” area. Bring your latest scrapbook project, work on your laptop, or chat with other parents over a latte. I took my kids when they were younger and we hung out for quite a while in the theater!

Kidsville contains a variety of areas to keep your child occupied for hours. Head over to the …

  • Kidsville Theater to dress up like a star and put on a show on center stage. Sing, dance, or act out your own play or puppet show for Mom and Dad.
  • Schoolhouse to be a student or teacher. Read books, write on the chalkboard, put together puzzles, or string beads until school lets out.
  • Kidsville Pet Store to groom a plush cat or nurse a sick pretend puppy back to health.
  • Kidsville Gas Station for a fill up and a car wash.
  • Construction Junction to build with blocks, operate a crane or fix things with tools.
  • 123 Imagination Avenue to watch TV in the living room, take care of the baby, prepare a snack, or do household chores.
  • Local market to shop or work behind the register.
  • Kidsville Salon and Day Spa to have a cup of tea or try on a new hairstyle, a manicure or makeover.
  • Playtime Place where you can be a fire fighter, police officer, doctor or nurse in a resident hospital and Rescue Station.
  • Local Gym where you can learn about nutrition, walk on a treadmill, lift kid-safe weights or ride the stationary bike.
  • Kidsville Campground or go fishing on the S.S Kidsville.

Sunday – Fridays 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday 9:30am – 6pm
(Last admission is one hour prior to close)

General Admission:
$9.95 one child daily admission
$4.95 additional siblings
Non walkers FREE with paid admission.
Adults are always FREE
Group Rates: $5/child of 8 or more.


San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on July 23, 2009 at 7:08 am

Check Out the Berry Butler Event at Loews Coronado Bay Resort!

Did you know that July is National Berry Month? Well it is! And in celebration, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort [Map] is hosting an official Berry Butler courtesy of Driscoll’s, the nation’s leading provider of fresh berries.

The Berry Butler will be on premise every Friday and Saturday through August first, greeting guests with fresh berries; helping young guests whip up fresh smoothies; staging tastings, and providing guests with a memorable stay that’s both healthy and unique. Tastings and berry treats for guests of the resort will be free of charge, compliments of Driscoll’s berries.

“In today’s economic climate, value is the new luxury, so our goal is to pamper our guests with the finest service and amenities, yet still make those luxuries accessible,” says Ellen Burke Van Slyke, Creative Director of Food and Beverage, Loews Hotels. “The Berry Butler is a great value and a perfect way to demonstrate how a ‘healthy’ indulgence like berries can be part of an everyday ritual,” she continued.

Other scheduled events at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort will include demonstrations by Executive Chef Marc Ehrler, who is also a French Master Chef, and cocktail and mocktail courses conducted by the Loews Mixology Team. The beverages will incorporate Driscoll’s antioxidant-packed strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

“The Berry Butler at Loews is a fantastic opportunity for guests to indulge without guilt and learn more about the versatility of berries in addition to their powerful nutritional benefits,” says Gloria Chillon, Driscoll’s Marketing Director. “We could not think of a more fun, interactive way to delight guests and their families.”

Sounds yummy!

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on July 20, 2009 at 7:03 am

It’s Time For the Del Mar Horse Races!

What: Del Mar Horse Races [Map]
When: July 22 – September 9, 2009

Del Mar Horse Races!

Del Mar Horse Races!

The Del Mar Horse Races are an amazingly fun time! If you haven’t been, well you have to go! Whether you’re betting on your favorite horse, enjoying a huge margarita, learning when you can bet a superfecta, or letting your kids play on the infield, you’re bound to have a blast.

And opening day is always tons of fun. Throw on your huge hat and a sundress, or linen pants and button down shirt, and join the rest of the patrons as they participate in this iconic celebration. (No, this dress code isn’t required, but do expect to see a lot of it!) And don’t forget to build in time for traffic. I sat in my car for two hours one year…

General Information:

Post Times
Mondays: Closed (except Labor Day)
Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays: First post at 2:00 pm
Thursdays: First post at 2:00 pm
Fridays: First post at 3:00 pm
Saturdays: First post at 2:00 pm
Sundays: First post at 2:00 pm (except 1 p.m. on Pacific Classic Day – Sept. 6)

Runs from $5 on up! Parking is $8.

For more information and to check out special events like the BOB MARLEY ROOTS ROCK REGGAE FESTIVAL, visit their website!

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on July 18, 2009 at 6:59 am

Visit Shark Week at Birch Aquarium San Diego!

What: Shark Week at Birch Aquarium at Scripps [Map]
When: Saturday, July 18 – Friday, July 24, 2009
Cost: $11 admission

Image Credited to Birch Aquarium

Image Credited to Birch Aquarium

Soak up an entire week dedicated to sharks this summer at Birch Aquarium, featuring hands-on exploration for all ages into the world of these mesmerizing and misunderstood ocean predators.

Meet local sharks and their relatives, discover why sharks are vulnerable and must be protected, and learn more about conservation efforts!

Included in this event are:

  • Live shark encounters tied to hourly presentations about these amazing
  • Dive shows in the two-story kelp forest tank with a special shark focus
  • More than 10 species of sharks and their relatives on display
  • Shark scavenger hunts with a toothy prize
  • “Great White” photo booth

If you need to get out of the sun and into some air conditioning, Birch Aquarium is a great destination!

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San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on July 16, 2009 at 8:04 am

Moms in Business Unite Conference

Moms in Business Unite brings together women and mom business owners in an all-day educational conference, complete with keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions, new inventor showcase, networking, award ceremony, resource marketplace, and all-day childcare to support and promote the growing number of women and mom-owned businesses. [Map]

Moms in Business Unite

Moms in Business Unite

The Moms in Business Unite Conference is the vision of five local women entrepreneurs who united together to empower and educate the growing number of women in business. Through their combined 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, they recognized a need for a forum that provides both business education, as well as solutions for establishing a balanced work and family life. Upon recognizing this need, they created the MIBU Conference to bring together accomplished instructors, relevant life and business topics, and a truly unique learning environment. This Conference will help women and mom business owners pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors by providing tools, resources, and guidance for their journey through the various stages of business ownership.

Wednesday, September 16
10am to 7pm

All day childcare, lunch and reception drink and food included in the fee.

Grab a friend and join us today!

Register now!

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