KidsWalk at ArtWalk on the Bay ~ Hands-On Family Fun!

kidswalkArtWalk on the Bay, a FREE, yearly art festival in San Diego, is happening from 10am-5pm on September 10th and 11th, 2011. ArtWalk on the Bay is the “little sister” of Mission Federal ArtWalk, which happens in Little Italy each Spring. ArtWalk on the Bay is set at Hilton Bayfront Park, just next to San Diego Bay, and includes a fun area for families, called KidsWalk!

KidsWalk will be located on the grassy area of the event, and includes fun, hands-on art activities for kids. Look for the tall, kinetic sail sculptures, and green pop up canopies. KidsWalk participants include the following:
ArtReach
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Ceramic Fanatics
RhythmWorx
Art With Larisse
San Diego Creative Weaver’s Guild

Aside from KidsWalk, families can enjoy looking at art by 100+ artists displaying their creations, live music, food vendors, and more! There’s a nice breeze at the location, and you can easily push a jogger or stroller around the event. It’s a great area to spend the day!

The Hilton Bayfront Park is located just next to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, which is just east of the San Diego Convention Center, and just south of Petco Park. The address is for the location is One Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.

Parking is available for a special price of only $2 per day per space at an Ace parking lot, located at the northeast corner of Park Blvd. & Imperial Ave., next to Petco Park. Parking is also available in a structure just next to the lot near Petco Park for $10/day; at the Convention Center for $10/day; and at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (call for rates).

If you park near Petco Park, you can easily walk along the Harbor Drive Bridge to the event. There’s even an elevator, so you can take a stroller. If you do take the bridge with a stroller, remember that on your way back, you’ll want to take the elevator to the 3rd floor (P3) to reach the bridge. It’s an easy walk, and when we’ve taken it, our kids enjoyed the view from the bridge.

Check the links below for more info about ArtWalk on the Bay. It’s sure to be a fun, family-friendly event! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: ArtWalk on the Bay
Facebook: ArtWalk on the Bay on Facebook
Twitter: @artwalksd

Photos by Paul Nestor, and courtesy of ArtWalk on the Bay.


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The Flower Fields ~ More Than Just A Sea of Ranunculus!

pollennoseWe recently took our yearly trip to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. While there, it occurred to me that not everyone may be familiar with all there is to do and see other than viewing a sea of (beautiful) ranunculus. If you haven’t been before, read on, and I’ll inform you of the fun you have in store for your visit.

The Flower Fields are a place of beauty, magic, and splendor. It’s a fun place for people of all ages. There’s a lot to do, including a tractor ride with an audio history about the location, fun playground, sweet pea maze, rose garden, gem mining, an “artists” garden with a pond and birds, and so much more. If you visit on a weekend you might hear a band play, or attend on the day of a special event.

If you’re a child, they’ll give you a Flower Fields Passport upon entry. Look for the numbered posts, and stamp your passport with the corresponding number. Once you have all your stamps, you can take it to the sluice mining area for $1.00 off gem mining.

The Flower Fields do allow strollers, and you might want to bring one if you have a little tot. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats, and wear comfortable walking shoes. You can bring food and beverages, and they have tables with benches for eating. You can buy lemonade there, and I believe they sell other food on certain days.

Designate a good 3 or more hours for your visit. Most activities within The Flower Fields are included in the price of admission, but the mining and tractor are a bit extra. Buy your tractor tickets prior to entering the gates. You can pay your mining fee at the mining station (you may need to pay with cash). Parking is free, and you can either buy your admission tickets online, or at the ticket booth.

Click HERE for a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entry coupon, which is good through April 30, 2011. In case the pictures below are not enough, you can click HERE for the write up we posted in March, 2011. Click HERE for the official website of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. The Flower Fields have extended their 2011 season through May 15th.


Golf Fest ~ Free for kids 10 & younger!

Golf Fest is happening in San Diego, at Riverwalk Golf Club, on Friday, April 8, & Saturday, April 9, 2011. This is event is free for kids age 10 and under, and just $10 per person over the age of 10. Free golf lessons will be offered for all ages & skill levels both days, as well as lots of perks for attendees. Click HERE for more info about the event. Perhaps we’ll see you there!



Carlsbad Flower Fields ~ Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entry

PLEASE NOTE: The discount from this 2011 post is no longer available. If we find another comparable discount, we’ll post it here. For now, you might be interested in reading our full feature, THE CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS. Thanks!

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The Flower Fields, located in Carlsbad, are one of our favorite places to visit in the Spring! Looking through my e-mail this afternoon, I came across a Buy One Get One Free Entry coupon from Parents Connect (by Nickelodeon). The coupon is good through 4/30/11.

We enjoy visiting The Flower Fields in early to mid April, as it always seems to be a good time to see a lot of flowers in bloom. Click HERE to go to the Buy One Get One Free Entry coupon. Perhaps we’ll see you there!