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BAM! POW! SPLASH? Birch Aquarium to Launch Comic Book-Inspired Exhibit

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s a … Giant Tube Worm? On June 29, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is launching Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species.

Oddities is created in partnership with the team from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, where millions of specimens allow scientists to understand some of the amazing adaptations marine creatures have developed to survive.  From super vision and invisibility to protective armor and the ability to create electricity to zap prey, real marine creatures do amazing things every day that stretch even the wildest imagination.

“I don’t think an exhibit like this would be possible anywhere else,” said Harry Helling, executive director of Birch Aquarium.  “It’s truly a unique collaboration between the researchers of the Scripps Collections and the talented Exhibits and Education teams here at Birch Aquarium. Our guests are in for a real treat!”

The interactive exhibit will include examples of some of the most unique creatures from all depths and highlight how they have inspired everything from cinema and pop culture to medicine and engineering. Guests will learn what it takes to collect scientific samples and have the opportunity to test out some of these unique adaptations through creature cosplay.

"We're excited to showcase some of the wonderful specimens from the Collections and to tell their stories in this playful, engaging way. By coming face-to-face with unusual specimens, visitors will get to see how our Collections empower real discoveries in science and education every day,” said Charlotte Seid, manager of Scripps’ Benthic Invertebrate Collection.

Oddities opens June 29 and will be on display through Spring 2019. The exhibit replaces the Mexican Seas and Feeling the Heat exhibits. Oddities is included in aquarium admission, which is $18.50 for adults and $14 for children. Annual memberships are also available. Visit the Birch Aquarium website for more details.

 

 

Price: $0.00

Date: June 29, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Birch Aquarium Whale Watching

Whale watching season began on December 1 with twice-daily cruises that continues through April 14. Led by expert naturalists from Birch Aquarium, guests will witness part of the longest marine mammal migrations in the world, when 20,000 semi-truck-sized Gray Whales pass San Diego on their 10,000-mile round-trip journey from the Bering Sea to Baja California tranquil lagoons.

Beyond Gray Whales, the 3.5 hour cruises include a San Diego Bay harbor tour - including highlights of San Diego's military history - and glimpses of dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea birds and more.

Weekend cruise tickets are $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 4-12, weekday tickets are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children, and children under 3 are free every day. Discounts for military, seniors and Birch Aquarium members are also available. Cruises depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. from 990 Harbor Drive in Downtown San Diego.

About Flagship Cruises & Events
Flagship Cruises & Events is a local, family-owned and operated yacht charter, cruise and events company serving San Diego since 1915. We specialize in gourmet dinner cruises, harbor tours, patriot jet boat thrill rides, private charters, corporate events, weddings and many more special occasions. We also offer seasonal whale watching with our partner, Birch Aquarium, and year-round ferry and water taxi service to Coronado Island and along San Diego Bay. For more information, visit www.flagshipsd.com or call 619.234.4111.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 4, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Explore Where the Sea Meets the Shore

Find what hides in local tide pools with Birch Aquarium

Shorter days and lower tides mean Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is kicking off Tidepooling Adventure season. December through March offers the best times for tidepooling in Southern California as minus tides get lower and expose the hardy creatures that call the intersection of land and sea home.
On Tidepooling Adventures, Birch Aquarium naturalists show guests how to tread lightly and discover the unusual and captivating world of local tide pools. Though often mistaken as lifeless, tide pools are home to unique and specialized creatures.
Tidepooling locations are at Dike Rock, north of Scripps Pier in La Jolla, and False Point in Bird Rock. At all locations, guests will look for crabs, seahares, abalone, and even tiny colorful nudibranch sea slugs. Naturalists will teach guests what to look for when it comes to searching for octopus dens, how to safely look under rocks, and help train your eye to find even the most elusive creatures. Learn why most tide pools in San Diego are protected and find out the true reason there are fewer sea stars in local tide pools these days.
Tidepooling Adventure dates vary based on tides, please check the website for details, more information, and to purchase tickets. Pre-purchase is required, this family program is for ages 2+, and children under 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
It is recommended that guests dress in layers and wear sunscreen. Closed-toed, water-resistant shoes or hiking sandals with good grip are also recommended. Please note: Tidepooling Adventures do not meet at Birch Aquarium.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 10, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Baby Sign Basics

8 weeks $168
Jan/ Feb 1/2-2/23
March/ April 2/26-4/27

Click here then, red button to see Schedule

This class with best-selling author Monta Z. Briant. opens a window into your baby's mind and personality through a fun combination of a weekly parent lesson, music, playtime and ASL signs. Includes the best-selling book with over 300 signs
Weekdays & Saturdays Available! See syllabus

Price: $0.00

Date: January 2, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Play, Learn, Explore Infant Development

Parents of newborn - 6 months

Fridays 1/11-3/1, 8:30-9:30am 
8 weeks $156

Get more info & Register now!

Join Child Development and Behavior Specialist Nancy Cohen  for this interactive infant class covering anything and everything new parents are concerned about: sleeping and feeding challenges, temperament, attachment, developmental milestones, and coping skills for parents. It's typical for babies to fuss, nurse, and sleep through this relaxed, welcoming class.
Specific class questions contact Nancy: 619-992-0703

Price: $0.00

Date: January 11, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Joy of Raising Teens Workshop

Only held a few times a year

This highly-requested one-session workshop is a MUST for parents of teens and tweens.  Learn the tools parents need to survive (and so that your teens can thrive!) at this fun session.

Wednesday, January 16

6:30-8:30pm

Enroll here!

Price: $0.00

Date: January 16, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Joy of Parenting Fast-Track Class

This popular one day workshop can give you the tools and skills for you to connect with your child and help them flourish

The Joy of Parenting is a cutting edge parenting course designed by Susie Walton. It is based on the culmination of over 25 years of parenting classes, parent & family coaching and personal development classes. It is also based on her book "Key to Personal Freedom; How Myths Affect Our Family Lives."  This class is for the parent who is seeking to raise their children in a more conscious way; fostering the development of trust and respect between all family members.

 

Saturday, January 26

10am - 3:15pm

Enroll here!

Price: $0.00

Date: January 26, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Signature Moms on Maternity Lunch

Calling all new and expecting San Diego area Mamas! Moms on Maternity was created by a Working Mom while she was on Maternity Leave with her second son. She wanted to make more Mom friends. She knew going back to work after having a baby was hard. Now, Moms on Maternity is here to help more Moms find their New Mom tribe.

  • Our events are about being with your Baby and having fun
  • Our events are about great conversation with other new Moms
  • Our events build your working Mom confidence and help you find new Mom friends for support

Maternity leave is a special time. We hope you and your baby spend a few hours with us on February 20th at our 2019 kick off New Mom Lunch in Rancho Santa Fe.

Our program:

  • Welcoming remarks, coffee or tea and door prizes
  • Get to know the Mamas and Babies at your table
  • Discussion about balance and self-care as a Mama
  • Catered Lunch and Play Time

TIME: 10:30AM to 1:30PM

LOCATION: Morgan Run Club & Resort (Main Ballroom) 5690 Cancha de Golf
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Price: $0.00

Date: February 20, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Open March 1st thru Mother's Day 2019

Reserve your group tour now - surround yourself with vibrant flowers, breathtaking scenery and a full day of unique horticultural wonders. Group Tours are available in March and April, and must be reserved in advance.

Admission Charges

Adult - $18

Seniors 60+ - $16

Children 310 - $9

Group Tours (20 or more)

Group guided w/wagon - $29

Group guided w/o wagon - $24

Self guided w/wagon - $21

Self guided w/o wagon - $16

Season Passes

Adult - $35

Seniors 60_ - $30

Children 3-10 - $18

Wagon Ride

Adult - $5

Children 3-10 - $3

Sweet Pea Maze - Free

For more information visit their website at www.theflowerfields.com

 

Price: $0.00

Date: March 1, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Kids Obstacle Challenge

Are You Ready for Us, San Diego?!

Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud! Our mission is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through obstacles and adventure. We are committed to helping foster a more active, adventurous, and perseverant younger generation. Prepare to Brave Your Adventure at Kit Carson Park - on Saturday, April 20!
Don't wait! There are only a limited number of Pre-Sale tickets available. Sign up soon to get your preferred start time!
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Price: $0.00

Date: April 20, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Cinco De Mayo Trail Run

The annual event brings together athletes, runners, families and friends to support Valley Elementary's disadvantaged students. Known as San Diego’s Best Kept Dirty Little Secret, the annual Cinco De Mayo Trail Run/Walk features grueling 10K, family-friendly 5K and a fun 1k kids’ race, the Cinco DeMayo Trail Run is a race for everyone. This year’s run is expected to draw over 1,200 participants on the beautiful trails of Lake Poway and the surrounding foothills of the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve.
 
Registration Opens: 6:30 a.m.
10K: 7:30 a.m.
5K: 8:30 a.m.
Kids Race Warm-up: 9:15 a.m.
Kids Race: 9:30 a.m.
 
Price:
$10-$40*
*Heroes discount for: firefighters, members of law enforcement and active-duty military
 
For more information visit their website: www.cincodemayotrailrun.org or email info@valleyeef.org

Price: $0.00

Date: May 4, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

May Moms on Maternity's New Moms Lunch

Calling all new and expecting San Diego area Mamas! Moms on Maternity was created by a Working Mom while she was on Maternity Leave with her second son. She wanted to make more Mom friends. She knew going back to work after having a baby was hard. Now, Moms on Maternity is here to help more Moms find their New Mom tribe.

  • Our events are about being with your Baby and having fun
  • Our events are about great conversation with other new Moms
  • Our events build your working Mom confidence and help you find new Mom friends for support

Maternity leave is a special time. We hope you and your baby spend a few hours with us on May 15th  at our New Mom Lunch in Rancho Santa Fe.

Our program:

  • Welcoming remarks, coffee or tea and door prizes
  • Get to know the Mamas and Babies at your table
  • Discussion about balance and self-care as a Mama
  • Catered Lunch and Play Time

TIME: 10:30AM to 1:30PM

LOCATION: Morgan Run Club & Resort (Main Ballroom) 5690 Cancha de Golf
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Price: $0.00

Date: May 15, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

August Moms on Maternity's New Mom Lunch

Calling all new and expecting San Diego area Mamas! Moms on Maternity was created by a Working Mom while she was on Maternity Leave with her second son. She wanted to make more Mom friends. She knew going back to work after having a baby was hard. Now, Moms on Maternity is here to help more Moms find their New Mom tribe.

  • Our events are about being with your Baby and having fun
  • Our events are about great conversation with other new Moms
  • Our events build your working Mom confidence and help you find new Mom friends for support

Maternity leave is a special time. We hope you and your baby spend a few hours with us on August 21  at our  New Mom Lunch in Rancho Santa Fe.

Our program:

  • Welcoming remarks, coffee or tea and door prizes
  • Get to know the Mamas and Babies at your table
  • Discussion about balance and self-care as a Mama
  • Catered Lunch and Play Time

TIME: 10:30AM to 1:30PM

LOCATION: Morgan Run Club & Resort (Main Ballroom) 5690 Cancha de Golf
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Price: $0.00

Date: August 21, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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