Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!


Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!


Hands On Interaction At Helen Woodward Animal Center
It’s often challenging to find single day Summer Camp options for kids. The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers single day camp for 9 days (during two different weeks) of their popular Critter Camp for Summer 2104. Critter Camp is for preschool children (age 4 and up), plus kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and is held on-site, at their location in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego. Single day camp is a perfect way to have children try out camp to see if it’s the right fit, fill in gaps between daycare, or give a young child a fun first time experience without mom or dad.
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Free Family Fun At The Project Wildlife Baby Shower!

Project Wildlife Baby Shower


5th Annual Project Wildlife Baby Shower!

We found an injured baby Mockingbird on our property a while back, so I called Project Wildlife to find out what we should we do with it. They said to bring it to them, and they would give it the care it so needed. We delivered the baby bird to their facility, and were very happy they were able to help. I joined their mailing list, and recently received notice of the Project Wildlife Baby Shower.

The 5th Annual Project Wildlife Baby Shower is happening from 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at the center’s triage facility. It sounds like a fun, family-friendly event. Project Wildlife will offer visitors to view their Triage Center (where they care for sick, injured, and orphaned animals), learning opportunities with Animal Ambassadors, and a festival-like atmosphere with a Kids Zone, vendors, food, and games.

The Project Wildlife Baby Shower is absolutely FREE to attend. We plan to join the fun, and contribute a tax-deductible baby shower supply donation to them when we arrive. We think they’re a great non-profit organization, and know they’re in need of help to assist the thousands of baby wildlife that they rescue each Spring and Summer throughout San Diego County. If you too are interested in bringing them a Wildlife Baby Shower gift, or general donation, you can find ideas on their Wildlife Baby Shower Wish List.

For more information about the Project Wildlife Baby Shower, or general information about Project Wildlife, please visit their Website. The event sounds like great fun, especially for animal lovers like us! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Event Details

WHAT: Project Wildlife Baby Shower
WHERE: 887 1/2 Sherman Street, San Diego, CA 92110
WHEN: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
COST: Absolutely FREE!

Koalafornia ~ The Australian Outback Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo!

Koalafornia, the Australian Outback Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo is now open! We were invited to a sneak preview of the exhibit prior to it opening to the public, and loved it!


THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK EXHIBIT


Australian Outback Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo
Being born and raised in San Diego, I’ve spent a lot of time at the Zoo. As far back as I can remember, the koalas always had the same home, until now! The San Diego Zoo has an incredible new home for the koalas and their marsupial friends inside the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit, known to many locals as “Koalafornia“.

The Zoo’s Australian Outback is a 3 acre exhibit. It not only houses the 20+ Queensland koalas of the Zoo, but also wallabies, wombats, echidna, and a variety of birds native to Australia. One such bird is the kookaburra, such as Matilda, shown in the picture above at the bottom left hand corner.
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Mingei Family Sunday Offers Animalistic Fun!

Mingei Family Sunday

Family Sunday at Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum, located within Balboa Park, in San Diego, hosts a fun Family Sunday the 3rd Sunday of each month. Mingei’s Family Sunday offers discount admission of only $5 per family, or just $3 for individual attendees. Visitors can explore the museum’s colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, win a prize for completing a treasure hunt, as well as participate in other activities such as storytelling and hands-on projects!

Animalistic Fun!

This month the Family Sunday focus will be Animals! The San Diego Zoo will be bringing two different animals to present to attendees for a special animal encounter at 1pm! (So cool!) Aside from the animal presentations, Aunt Li-Anne, a storyteller whose created original stories inspired by the new Mingei Museum animal exhibit, Menagerie – Artful Animals from the Permanent Collection, will be telling stories aloud at both 2:30pm and 3:15pm. The Mingei never leaves out a fun hands-on project on Family Sunday, so you can expect to be creative by making an original animal-inspired art project with artist Lisa Alvarez throughout the afternoon!

Save The Date!

Family Sunday will take place from Noon-4pm on Sunday, May 19th, 2013. We’ve truly enjoyed the ones we’ve attended, and you can’t beat the price! It’s a great deal, and they always have fun activities for the little ones. This month sounds exceptionally fun, and just what our kids are into: Animals, Storytime, & Hands-On Art Projects! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Family Sunday at Mingei
Twitter: @MingeiMuseum
Facebook: Mingei on Facebook


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This is not a sponsored post. We’ve enjoyed attending Family Sunday at Mingei International Museum, and believe many of our readers would enjoy this event as well. We’re happy to share this information with our followers. Our opinions are our own.

Sunny and Angel Save Christmas!

Celebrate the holidays with a fun family event at Helen Woodward Animal Center, Sunny and Angel Save Christmas! Take a special tour of the Animal Center, interact with barn animals, listen to holiday story time about Sunny and Angel, the two miracle twin foals born at the Animal Center, enjoy delicious treats, hands-on crafts, meet and have a picture taken with Santa, and receive a personalized letter and gift. We attended the event last year, and look forward to going again this year as well.

Sunny and Angel Save Christmas is happening the following weekends:

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Summer Safari ~ A Wild Time at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!

explorer_sdzsafariparkIt’s that time of year again at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, time for Summer Safari! This special event includes extended hours, live entertainment, hands-on activities, neat animal encounters, and more! We had the opportunity to check out the festivities the day before the official kick-off, and saw much of what’s in store for Safari Park visitors.

Summer Safari entertainment and activities, which are all included with Park admission, are happening in the Safari Base Camp area, not far from the entrance. Here you can make a beaded bracelet, participate in an African Drum Circle, and watch performers such as drummers from Ghana and Kenya, Zuma Zuma Acrobats, performers from the African Dream Circus, pole climbing acrobats, foot jugglers, and life-size animal puppets. The performances happen approximately 15 minutes apart, and run from 11am – 7pm. You’ll also find neat Animal Encounters in this area, which are up close interactions with Animal Ambassadors and their Keepers. Our kids always love the Animal Encounters!

Aside from the special events happening for Summer Safari, you’ll want to check out all the Park has to offer. If you haven’t been before, be sure to pick up a map at the entrance. The back of the map is filled with a daily schedule of events, as well as dining and guest service information.

We love taking a trip around the Park on the Africa Tram. By taking the tram, you’ll get a closer look at the animals than you would by foot. The trip is a 25 minute guided tour, and a great way to get off your feet, relax, and learn fun facts.

One of our favorite areas to walk around the Park is the African Loop, past the Africa Tram entry. It’s a beautiful walk, and has a neat water play area near James Research Island. Follow the loop all the way around, and you’ll see animals such as Okapi, which look like they might be related to the Zebra, but are actually related to the Giraffe. I highly suggest you take the time to explore this incredible area.

If you time it right, you can exit the African Loop, and check out the Cheetah Run Safari, which I believe happens at 5pm during the summer (check the schedule on your map). The area surrounding the Cheetah Run Safari fills up fast, and it’s a good idea to get there a good 1/2 hour to an hour before the time of the run. If the area is filled when you arrive, another good vantage point is high on the deck, next to the elevator that leads to and from Nairobi Village. It’s amazing how fast the cheetah runs!

One of the SoCal Kids’ favorite things to do in the Park is to feed the Lorikeets, located in the Hidden Jungle. They also love playing in the water play areas (located in Lion Camp and in the African Loop), and playing at the Fisher-Price® Samburu Jungle Gym, located below the Samburu Terrace restaurant. The water play area near Lion Camp, as well as the Fisher-Price play area are great places for parents to sit, relax, and watch the kids play.

Other ideas for fun are the Frequent Flyers bird show, Conservation Carousel, Hidden Jungle (lots of neat botanical and birds), and a walk around the Lagoon Loop. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as you’ll likely do a lot of walking. If you’re visiting with little ones you can easily push a jogger or stroller along the paths. Be sure to bring your camera.

Summer Safari happens June 30th – August 19th, 2012. Be sure to check out our images below from the Safari Park. You can find more information about the event HERE. As yearly pass holders, we visit often, especially during the extended summer hours, so perhaps we’ll see you there!


Disclosure: We were invited to visit the Safari Park for the Summer Safari Preview. As yearly passholders, we would have visited the Park to experience the fun on our own had we not been invited. We were treated to lunch, and the kids were given nice goody bags, but we were not compensated by any other means. Our opinions are our own. Thank you to the Safari Park for hosting us. We had a great day!

Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano ~ Great fun!

ponyridezoomarsZoomars Petting Zoo, located in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, in Orange County, is one of our family’s favorite destinations! They have a large, walk-in bunny & guinea pig petting area, goat and sheep petting area, pony rides, a little train for kids to ride, gem panning area, playground, corn box, hay bale maze, lots of other assorted animals including cows, chickens, mule zebras, and much more! Check out their website for further details. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Zoomar’s Petting Zoo
Twitter: @zoomars
Facebook: Zoomars on Facebook



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A Behind The Scenes Peek At The Ringling Bros Animals!

The SoCal Kids had the opportunity to have a true Behind The Scenes peek at some of the animals of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® circus!
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They got to get up close and personal.
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It was fun seeing where the animals are kept!

They also enjoyed seeing Asia, one of the African elephants have her daily bath!
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They learned that the elephants and horses travel by train, while the rest of the animals travel by truck to the circus. The elephants and horses walk from the train station to the circus venue. The also found out that the animals get exercise each and every morning.
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After the Ringling elephants retire from the circus, they get to make their new home at the Center for Elephant Conservation, in Floida.
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This was an incredible treat! They were so happy to be able to attend, and they loved their fun kid swag! Thank you, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey®!
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Want to know more about Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® coming to SoCal? Check out our post HERE. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® Circus
Facebook: Ringling Bros
Twitter: @RinglingTweets




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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park, across from The Autry, in Los Angeles, California. Check the link to their website for more details. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Twitter: @LAZoo

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