San Diego Family Events

Parent Connection Board Meeting


Parent Connection Board Meeting takes place every first Tuesday of each month from 7 pm to 9 pm.
All members are more than welcome to join us.

We hope to see you soon!

Nurturing Your Child’s Spirit…Strategically

Date: September 4, 2014

Child on rockLearn creative, fun and innovative ways to deal with the challenges of raising a spirited child using techniques from Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s Raising Your Spirited Child and the successful parenting program, Redirecting Children’s Behavior.

Thursdays, September 4 to 18, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Scripps Mende Well Being - UTC

The cost for Parent Connection members is $295/couple, nonmembers are $350.

To register, contact Jackie Hartmann at 760-533-5256.

Joy of Parenting

Date: September 4, 2014

FamilyThursday evenings, Sept 4- Sept 25 / 6:30-8:45pm
Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Walker Room

“What’s the secret to a joyful family?” It’s really no secret, simply think about what it takes to cook your favorite dish. Too much of one ingredient can overpower and ultimately ruin it. Too little of another can leave the dish flavorless and unfulfilling. But when you get the right balance of ingredients and you know when to use them, the result is a delicious, satisfying meal. When it comes to creating joyful families, each family will have its own recipe and distinct flavor. However, the one key ingredient that is absolutely essential to a joyful family is love. Love is where joy comes from. It’s where caring, respect and even responsibility come from. When you learn to infuse love into everything you do, including discipline, you’ll be cooking up the family of your dreams.  “The Joy of Parenting” will give you tools
on how to do just that. Taught by founder/author Susie Walton.

The cost is $225/person, $350/couple, $150/RCB grad.
To Register: please call Indigo Village at 760-633-3754 or email


San Diego International Kids Film Festival

Date: September 5, 2014

The 2014 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival (SDIKFF) will take place from September 5th to 7th at the AMN Healthcare Theater in San Diego, California.  This year, the SDIKFF will screen over 60 films from 38 countries.  We have selected over 48 shorts, one of which by an Oscar Nominated animator, John R. Dilworth’s new film, “The Fog of Courage” ( USA). In addition, there are over 10 wonderful feature films, such as  “The Friends” ( Korea), “Little Sami” ( China)  and “Thunder and the House of Magic” (Belgium), nominated as our finalists.  American filmmakers as 2014 SDIKFF - Poster 72ppiwell as film delegations from China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and many more, will appear at the event.

With goals to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. In addition to the film screenings, the 2014 SDIKFF will host an Opening Night Gala, Culture Forums, Industrial Panel Discussions, and an Award Ceremony. These events will help to facilitate interactions between filmmakers and the local students. Students and audiences will critique the films after each screening, and volunteer interpreters will assist with non-English speaking filmmakers at all events. The Cultural Forum events will focus on topics such as film production in different countries and cultural contexts.  The film juries consist of an outstanding committee of industry personnel. There will also be film distributors present at the festival to secure other desired material.

AMN Healthcare Theater; 12400 High Bluff Drive; San Diego, CA 92130


Price: $5-$25

Available Spaces: Unlimited


Date: September 6, 2014

On Saturday, September 6, 2014 the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its third annual 5K Run/Walk along the panoramic shoreline waterfront. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 a.m. Special winner medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age division, and the top male and female overall finishers will be awarded $500 cash prizes. Runners will be greeted on the course by Aquarium mascots and live animals. Each participant will receive a bib, goody bag, medal, T-shirt, and a ticket to the Aquarium valid during the weekend of the event only. When participants explore the Aquarium on the race weekend, they can touch and see animals in new exhibits at the Molina Animal Care Center, where they will learn how the ocean and its resources aid in human medicine.

The generalAquarium 5K registration cost for runners is $44 for youth (17 and under) and $52 for adults. The age divisions are: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. Pacific Coast Race Timing-Aztlan Athletics will oversee the course timing. The 5K Run/Walk is made possible with the help and support of Molina Healthcare, Inc., the event’s title sponsor. Additional sponsors include Pepsi and Shoreline Village. The Aquarium’s partner is Aztlan Athletics. To register for the 5K, go to

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Redirecting Children's Behavior

Date: September 9, 2014

Boy with blocksEnhance your parenting skills through this powerful and practical 3-week course that teaches effective parenting skills in a supportive, loving and nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Tuesdays, September 9th-30th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Learn the four principles of why children misbehave and how to nurture self-sufficient, responsible and self-confident children by using techniques that build mutual respect, create positive motivational messages, prevent sibling rivalry and minimize power struggles.

This course is taught by supportive and experienced instructor, Jackie Hartmann.

The cost is $200/member family, $395/nonmember family.  Fee does not include textbook and/or workbook, which are $30.

For more information contact Jackie Hartmann at 760-533-5256.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family Movie Night

Date: September 13, 2014

Bring a chaiThe LEGO Movier and a picnic and enjoy an outdoor movie experience on a 20' blow up screen in the park.  Feature movie is The LEGO Movie.  There will be two hours of games, crafts and activities setup prior to the start of the movie.  $6 wrist bands get you unlimited access to games and bounce houses.

September 13, 5pm, Free

Stagecoach Community Park, Carlsbad


Available Spaces: Unlimited

Basic Training for Dads-to-Be: The Third Trimester

Date: September 13, 2014

StorkdeliveryWe're looking for a few good dads-to-be!  With a baby on the way, your life is about to change profoundly.    Saturday, September 13, 9:30am - 12:00pm.  Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC.

Our basic training class allows expectant dads the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from experienced dads who have been through it all.  Learn about what to expect in the last trimester of pregnancy, at the birth, during the first few weeks at home and more.  Our expert dads, accompanied by their infants, will provide practical tips on diapering, feeding and soothing a newborn.


This class provides an experience you can't get from reading a book or attending a childbirth class.

Call 858-380-4636, go to or email for information and registration.  The cost is $40.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Potty Training Made Easy

Date: September 15, 2014

PottyTrainingIn the midst of our frustration over diaper changes or accidents, it's easy to forget that all children will eventually learn to use the potty.  Make this transition stress-free for you and your child by learning the ins and outs of potty training from an expert, Nonie Levi, MFT.

Monday, Sept. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Scripps Mende Well Being - UTC

You'll learn how to tell when a child is ready, how to encourage your child to use the potty and even when to call it quits for a while until your child is truly ready to get down and potty.

This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tummy to Play Every Day for Infants

Date: September 16, 2014

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Is your baby happy on his tummy, or is he one of the majority who fusses, screams and cries when placed down?  Tuesday, September 16, 11:00am - 12:30pm.  Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC.

This class provides more than an hour of FUN learning about the importance of tummy time and practicing basic moves and easy modifications to help ensure that tummy time is a happy time.  This class is for babies 0 to 6-7 months and up to two caregivers.


The cost is $25 with code PC2014, $35 for nomembers.  Register at moveplaygrow.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Introduction to Infant Massage

Date: September 16, 2014



Discover a soothing and beneficial way to enhance the bond between you and your infant.  Tuesday, September 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC.

Infant massage aids in the development of trust and intimacy while strengthening and regulating the respiratory, circulatory and gastrointestinal functions of the infant.  Come learn techniques to relieve gas discomfort, colic, congestion, teething and emotional stress.

This is not a workshop but a free lecture.  Babies are welcome to attend.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Chef Showdown 2014

Date: September 18, 2014

San Diego’s Annual Chef Showdown, hosted by the Center for Community Solutions, returns for its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 18, 2014 showcasing San Diego’s top talents in a highly anticipated culinary competition.


The September 18th fundraising event will be held at a new venue this year, the San ChefDiego Harley-Davidson showroom, which is the largest Harley-Davidson franchise in the country.  Event highlights will include food and beverage tasting stations, a raffle, silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit Center for Community Solutions (CCS).  For further information, or to purchase tickets, please call Jennifer Lynaugh at (858) 272-5777 ext. 151 or visit

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Your Child's Home - Little Changes, Big Results

Date: September 18, 2014

Voila MontessoriDid you know a child's home setting is crucial for healthy development?  Come hear our guest, Jeanne-Marie from Voila Montessori, speak about the four basic areas your child needs at home; how you can create fun and engaging activities for infants, babies, and toddlers; how to create a baby-focused nursery; support early toilet awareness; and much more.



Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Baby Garten, 1947 30th St., San Diego 92102

This event is free for Parent Connection members,  $10 for nonmembers. Registration is required!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Hullabaloo Concert and Doodle Bug Designs

Date: September 19, 2014

Hullabaloo band is farm-fresh, free-range, organic kid-folk in a genre filled with musical Twinkies and Ding-Dongs.

HullabalooShyKidBlues_5x5_low-2 Don't get us wrong (and please don't sue us, Hostess Foods Inc.), Twinkies and Ding-Dongs are great in small doses.  But, after a while, you need something with a little more substance.

Friday, September 19, 10:00am - 11:30am.  Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr- UTC.

No registration required.  Suggested donation of $3/family for Parent Connection members and $5/family for nonmembers.

Doodle Bug Designs will be available for those who would like to make a clay impression of their little one's hands or feet.  No registration required.  The cost for the clay items depends on the item selected and ranges from $7.50 to $45.

Go from Survive to Thrive - Finally feel ready to go back to work!

Date: September 23, 2014

Working momPCCome and get your return to work game-plan that supports your mind, body and spirit during this challenging time.  Tuesday, September 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm.  Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr- UTC.

Learn about your maternity leave rights, breast pumping at work tips, checklists, "must-dos" and enjoy mindful practices that will support your emotional well-being.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ArtSplash 2014: Hats Off to Artists

Date: September 27, 2014

This free, faartsplash_final_logomily-oriented festival is a community celebration for arts education featuring magnificient chalk art street paintings, dozens of talented artists creating, showcasing and selling art, live music, meandering performers, Taste@ArtSplash, a car show, cheese-carving and more; all overlooking the spectacular Pacific Ocean.  Proceeds benefit arts and music programs in local schools.

Armada Drive between Cannon and Palomar Airport Road

September 27, 10:00am - 6:00pm

September 28, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Great Halloween Costume Swap

Date: September 28, 2014

Halloween costumesTrade your child's costume from last Halloween for a different one they can wear this year.

Sunday, September 28, 9 to 10 am - for people who turned in a costume.
10:30-11:00am - for all others - purchase only.  Scripps Mende Well Being  Ctr - UTC.



Traders:   If you are planning on trading a costume, here are a few facts you will need to know.

  • Bring costumes (size 2 year to 12 years old) to the Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC from September 1 to September 26 from 8am-Noon or email for a North County dropoff.
  • Costumes must be clean and on a hanger.  Please put any accessories in a bag and attach the bag to the hanger. If a costume is not in good condition, you are invited to donate it but will not receive a voucher.  In order to receive a new costume, you will need to pay $10.
  • At that time, you will receive a voucher for each costume that you bring in to trade (a maximum of four vouchers per person).  Once you have donated your costume and received your voucher(s), there will be NO REFUNDS.  The vouchers can be redeemed for a new costume on September 28, 9-10am.
  • If you cannot find a replacement for your costume, your original costume will be considered a wonderful donation.

For questions, email .

Super Hero Obstacle Race

Date: October 4, 2014

SHR logoDress up like your favorite super hero, and come out to the park for this family obstacle run.  Defeat villains while leaping over tall buildings, crawling through toxic tunnels and navigating 20 obstacles throughout the park.  Participants receive a cape and finishing medal.


Alga Norte Community Park

City of Carlsbad


$30 per person, must be 5 years and older to participate

Fall Harvest Festival 2014!

Date: October 5, 2014

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Sunday, October 5 11am to 2pm

Join us for the Annual Parent Connection Fall Harvest Festival!

We are having a party with lots of tricks & treats!
When: Sunday, October 5th, 2014 11am to 2pm
Where: Manna's Martial Arts
12285 World Trade Dr. San Diego, CA 92128
Admission: $8/child for Parent Connection Members, $10/child for non-members.
Children under 1 year old and adults are FREE!
Lunch: Will be available for purchase.
Food Truck - My Urban Eats
Organic Cotton Candy

Activities included with admission:
Hair-dos by Pigtails and Crewcuts
Lego inspired engineering by Play Well Story
Soccer lessons by Super Soccer stars
Sandra Kay Photography
Face painting by Parent Quest
Animal Petting by Nature's Window
Story time with Daniel Marciano
Kid Ventures
Pumpkin Patch
Martial Arts Demonstrations
Laser Tag
Hullabaloo Band

AWESOME Opportunity Drawing - just $1/ticket!
Goody bags for the first 150 families

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Healthy Chats for Girls

Date: October 12, 2014

This popular 2 Healthy Chats Puberty image1/2 hour seminar presents accurate information for mothers and daughters (9-11 years old) about the normal physical and emotional changes that preteens experience during puberty.

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2:30 to 5 p.m., Scripps Mende Well Being - UTC

Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, pediatrician and mother of three, will be leading this discussion.  The cost is $60/mother & daughter pair and includes a "Growing Up" bag for the girls.  Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.  For more information, go to

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Halloween Plunge

Date: October 18, 2014

Enjoy two hoHalloween Houseurs of fun, Halloween themed pool activities including a floating pumpkin patch where every child will leave with a pumpkin.  Finish the night off with a special presentation of the movie Hotel Transylvania.

Alga Norte Aquatic Center, Carlsbad


Cost:  $8/person, kids under 3 free with a paid adult

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Basic Training for New Dads - The First Year

Date: October 18, 2014

baby in diaperDuring the first year, there is so much to learn while juggling work and personal responsibilities.  This parenting class is offered as a sequel to the Basic Training for Dads-to-Be class and addresses the issues most relevant to fathers who have newborns to 1-year olds.

Saturday, October 18, 9:30am - 12:00pm. Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC.

For more information or to register, call 858-380-4636 or log on to  Space is limited.  The cost is $40.

11th Anniversary San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Date: October 19, 2014

Autism SpWalk Logo 2011 Squareeaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.  It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; and their families.  The 11th annual San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held on October 19, 2014 at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego.  For more information click here.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

California Ballet's Giselle

Date: November 1, 2014

Often referred to as the Hamlet of the dance world due to the great demands made of the ballerinCaliforniaBalletGisellea's acting skills, Giselle is the quintessential ballet of the Romantic era.  This ballet is a heart-breaking story of secrets and deception, insanity, early death, retaliation and ultimately forgiveness taking place amid the ghostly Wilis, A cult - like group of other worldly spirits.

San Diego Civic Theatre

1100 Third Ave, San Diego


Price:  $40-$90; Children 12 & under receive a 25% discount.  Appropriate ages 8 and up.  Children younger than 5 will not be admitted to this performance.

Performance times:

Saturday, November 1 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, November 2 at 2:30

Run Time - Approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes including 1 intermission

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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