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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

Sign, Sing, & Play

7 weeks $145
Fall 10/23-12/15 
Thanksgiving week off
See Schedule & Register
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: October 23, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Hullabaloo Concerts

Hullabaloo plays year around ranging from backyard parties to fancier stages. Enjoy a free concert that is foot-stomping, wing-flapping celebration of songs that honors and entertains kids and families.

For more information and future performance dates visit HullabalooBand.

Thursday, December 6 - Del Mar Highlands at 10 a.m.

Sunday, December 9 - Grossmont Center - Food Court Patio at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, December 18 - Kensington Library at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 19 - Del Mar Plaza at 11 a.m.


Price: $0.00

Date: November 8, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

Laughter rings out at Sea Lion and Otter Amphitheater as California sea lions Clyde and Seamore put on their own hilarious holiday TV special; playful dolphins jump and splash, celebrating the season with a tropical twist in the Dolphin Island Christmas show; the Christmas story is told from a new point of view, through the eyes of the animals, in SeaWorld’s live nativity musical performed under the stars; families gather to share nostalgic moments with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends; more than a million holiday lights shine brightly at SeaWorld, including the park’s iconic 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights at the center of it all; and the big guy himself listens carefully to the Christmas wishes of little ones at Santa’s Christmas Village. New for 2018 is Rudolph’s Movie Experience performed daily and special performances of the 3 Kings Procession (Jan. 1–6 only).

SeaWorld is open year-round including holidays. The marine park is located on SeaWorld Drive, off of I-5 in San Diego. Admission is $91.99 for ages 10 and older; $86.99 for ages 3–9.  A visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue programs.  Seeing animals at SeaWorld supports saving them in the wild. For more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call  (619) 222-4SEA.


Price: $0.00

Date: November 17, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Train to Santa's Workshop - Orange Empire Railway Museum

Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train, where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games, and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at a play area where children can play on Thomas train tables and craft activities. Enjoy refreshments at the Pinacate Station boarding area. Trains fill up fast - Advanced Purchase recommended!

Orange Empire Railway Museum

2201 S A Street

Perris, CA 92570

November 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$25

Price: $0.00

Date: November 30, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Kidsville: Parents Night Out: Winter Wonderland

December 1st and 15th

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Holiday Crafts & Music

Open Play

Festive G-rated Movie

Pizza Dinner

$39 Non-Members

$27 Members

$5 Sibling Discount

Reserve your spot now!

Call 760-730-9022 to register.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 1, 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

San Diego Model Railroad Museum: Polar Express Family Day

On December 15, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for Polar Express Family Day in the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. For the regular cost of admission, you can your family can experience a day full of holiday spirit.

The event will start with a cozy screening of The Polar Express: come in your pajamas and enjoy the movie snuggled in your favorite blanket. After the movie, kids will craft a special keepsake and close with a visit from a very important friend of the museum!

Movie will start at 11:30 a.m. Activities and movie included in admission price.

General Admission:

$11.50 - Adult (ages 18-64)

$9 - Senior (ages 65+)

$8 - Military (with valid I.D.)

$6 - Students (with valid I.D.)

$6 - Child (ages 6-14)

Children 5 and under free with each paid adult.


Price: $0.00

Date: December 15, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Photos with Santa

Local Community Event hosted by Sweet Home Encinitas - Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 15

Encinitas Vida Pacifica - Near the community playground & courtyard

1916 Country Grove Lane, Encinitas CA 92024

We are trying to fill the time with Santa, so we are asking for a $5 donation (for Flora Vista Elementry) to rsvp to the photo spot with Santa. We can give you your donation back on the day of the event if you would like. Please do one donation per family/household. Envite your friends and family!

We are organizing the event so there is no line. When you arrive, you will get a number and we will take pictures in that order 🙂 . There is a playground so kids can play if there is a wait. You are welcome to take your own photos but there will be a professional photographer that will give you digital images for a small fee. Should be fun event!! Any questions at all- feel free to contact us!! - Luca & Britt Nordio

1:30-4:30 p.m. (Santa Photos from 2-4 p.m.)

Price: $0.00

Date: December 15, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Spring Valley Community Center Winter Camp

Winter Day Camp is a great way for kids to grow and learn in a fun environment. Experienced staff are trained to lead a myraid of activities, games and winter crafts that will keep the kids busy all day. All kids will receive a camp t-shirt, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Pre-registration is required the Thursday prior to camp week.

Ages 5-12 years of age.

Time: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fee $75 per week

For more information call 619-479-1832

Price: $0.00

Date: December 26, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Pajama Jam at The New Children's Museum

Join us for Pajama Jam
New Year's Family Night Out!

Saturday, December 29 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
The New Children's Museum
200 W. Island Ave

Pajama Jam presented by the San Diego Honda Dealers is back for another year! Bring the entire family and get cozy in your jammies at the Museum. The night includes New Year’s-themed art activities, games, a dance jam, photo booth, catered dinner and our popular countdown balloon drop. Plus, parents get a free drink ticket. Close out the year with a pajama fest you won’t want to miss!
$35 per adult | $25 per child
Members receive $10 off per ticket! 

We party with a purpose!
Ticket proceeds support the Museum's mission and arts programming.

Purchase tickets here. 

Price: $0.00

Date: December 29, 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


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

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

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