San Diego Botanic Garden (Formerly Quail Botanical Gardens)

sdbgSan Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens), located in the Encinitas area of San Diego, is one of our favorite places to explore!! If you haven’t been, we highly recommend you go. It’s fun for both kids and adults.

SDBG has two incredible children’s gardens. The Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden is great for toddlers and preschoolers, with a dino digging area, playhouse, and miniature railroad. The larger, Hamilton Children’s Garden, is better for older preschoolers and school-age children. It has a great tree house, large tic-tac-toe area, huge space to run around, garden instrument area, water play area, and more!

We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, bringing a stroller for younger children, and packing drinks, plus snacks/lunch, which you can eat at designated areas. If you forget snacks, they have a snack and coffee cart near the Visitor Information Center, which I believe closes around 3pm. You might want to bring the kids a change of clothes as well, as they may get wet and or dirty; especially during the summer.

Parking is $2, or free when you have 4 or more people in your vehicle, or drive an electric vehicle. Entrance is FREE the 1st Tuesday of each month! Check the link to the website for more information. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: San Diego Botanic Garden
Twitter: @sdbgarden


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Museum Month in San Diego!

Each February, for as many years as I can remember, the San Diego Museum Council, as well as Macy’s have been sponsoring Museum Month in San Diego. Forty different museums take part in the event, which allows people to visit participating museums at 1/2 off.

You need to pick up a free Museum Month Pass (available at Macy’s stores in San Diego, Temecula, and Imperial County) to receive the discount. One pass is good for up to 4 people, and from my experience, I’ve found they usually arrive at Macy’s just before the first of February. Just ask a Macy’s salesperson where to find one in the store, and take it with you to the museum(s) you want to visit to receive the discount.

This is a great way to experience some museums that you may have been wanting to take the family to visit, but just hadn’t had the opportunity to do so. I look forward to taking our kids to some museums we haven’t visited, as well as some we haven’t been to in a while.

San Diego has a lot of kid-friendly museums. Some of our favorite museums to visit with kids that are participating in Museum Month 2011 are as follows:

• The Escondido Children’s Museum
• The Birch Aquarium at Scripps
• The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
• The San Diego Natural History Museum
• The New Children’s Museum
• The San Diego Model Railroad Museum
• San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail)
• San Diego Air & Space Museum
• USS Midway
• Maritime Museum

If you’d like to see pictures from some of the many museums we’ve visited that are participating in Museum Month, take a look below. For a complete listing of participating museums, please check the following LINK. Get out there and explore some museums at 1/2 off in February with the Museum Month Pass! Perhaps we’ll see you there!