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.

Discount Admission To Select San Diego Museums In February With A Macy’s Museum Month Pass!

museum_monthThis February marks the 24th year of Museum Month in San Diego, brought to you by San Diego Museum Council and Macy’s! 42 different museums and cultural establishments across the county are participating in this incredible event by offering 1/2 off general admission with a FREE Museum Month Pass.

How To Participate
Beginning in February, you may pick up a FREE Museum Month Pass at one of Macy’s 14 area stores in San Diego, Temecula, and Imperial Valley. Take the Museum Month Pass with you to each of the participating establishments you wish to visit and receive 1/2 off admission for you, and up to 3 guests! Easy! I keep my Museum Month Pass with me when out and about, in case we want to hit up one of the participants when we’re out and about. Click HERE to find a Macy’s location near you.

Participating Establishments
rhfleet• Barona Cultural Center & Museum
• Birch Aquarium at Scripps
• Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
• California Surf Museum
• Coronado Historical Association and Museum of History & Art
• Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
• Gaslamp Museum at Wm. H. Davis House
• Heritage of the Americas Museum
• Japanese Friendship Garden
• La Jolla Historical Society
cvnc• Living Coast Discovery Center
• LUX Art Institute
• Maritime Museum of San Diego
• Marston House & Gardens
• Mingei International Museum
• Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown
• Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
• Museum of Making Music
• Museum of Photographic Arts
• Oceanside Museum of Art
• Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
sdbg• San Diego Air & Space Museum
• San Diego Archaeological Center
• San Diego Automotive Museum
• San Diego Botanic Garden
• San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
• San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
• San Diego History Center
• San Diego Model Railroad Museum
• San Diego Museum of Art
• San Diego Natural History Museum
• Serra Museum
ncm• The New Children’s Museum
• The Water Conservation Garden
• Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
• Timken Museum of Art
• USS Midway Museum
• Veteran’s Museum & Memorial Center
• Visions Art Museum
• Warner-Carrillo Ranch House & Museum
• Whaley House Museum
• Women’s Museum of California

Lots To Explore
Museum Month will serve as an ideal platform for culture-seekers to discover new inspirations in 2013,” said Jessica Crawford, president of San Diego Museum Council’s Board of Directors. “Thanks to Macy’s, we’re able showcase the diversity of museums San Diego has to offer at an exceptional discount.” The following is a sampling of activities to explore:

San Diego Air & Space Museum will host the widely popular “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” exhibit for the first time in San Diego since 1935. Opening on Feb 1., the exhibit will be filled with strange and bizarre items from around the world that inspired a franchise including books, comic books and television shows.

Museum of Contemporary Art’s La Jolla location, in collaboration with the Timken Museum of Art and The San Diego Museum of Art, will host “Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums” through Feb. 10. Bringing together the finest artwork from three San Diego art museums, “Behold America!” includes an array of paintings, sculptures and photography from the colonial period to present. Additionally, the downtown location will open the “Scoli Acosta: Elementalisthmus” exhibition on Feb. 4, featuring the artwork of Los Angeles-based artist Scoli Acosta.

The New Children’s Museum in downtown will continue to host its TRASH Exhibition filled with original, contemporary art designed and transformed by trash. In preparation for a new art and food-focused exhibition opening in Fall 2013, guests can visit the “Test Kitchen” to catch a peek at some of the developing artwork that will later be showcased. Additionally, the museum will host a Valentine’s Day drop-in activity on Feb. 14 for guests to create and design heartwarming cards with custom stamping tools.

San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) opens “Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders” on Feb. 22, featuring bizarre and unusual insects from around the world. Fashioned as a circus sideshow attraction, the exhibit will include a special San Diego-only section that highlights the remarkably odd insects that crawl around and inhabit San Diego County.

Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will reveal a new exhibition of the international travels by photographer Jessica Lange called “UNSEEN: The Photographs of Jessica Lange.” Featuring images taken from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States, Lange exposes the beauty and mystery found in her travels through each photograph.

LUX Art Institute will feature an exhibit by the Spanish-born sculptor Carlos Vega throughout the entire month of February. Originally created from large-scale malleable metal palates, Vega’s artwork includes carved lead panels that hint to his traditional Spanish heritage.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps invites guests to dive deep into an exploration of the sea to discover the world of kelp during the month of February. Programs include weekly dive shows and interactive projects through “Think Tank,” a new collaborative onsite learning experience that is included with admission.

Certain establishments may charge an additional fee for special exhibits. The Museum Month Pass grants entry at a discount toward general admission, but not toward exhibits. It might be a good idea to call ahead of time if and verify any additional fees, if there’s an exhibit you’ve heard of at a particular establishment.

Our Experience
We’ve enjoyed a number of museums by participating in Museum Month. We hit up a number of ones new to us the year prior to our daughter starting Kindergarten. It was super fun exploring them together! Perhaps we’ll see you at one of the museums or cultural establishments soon!

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Celebrate the Holidays at Mingei’s Family Sunday!

Mingei International Museum, located within Balboa Park, in San Diego, conducts a fun Family Sunday from Noon-4pm the third Sunday of each month. Mingei’s Family Sunday offers discount admission, of only $5 per family, or $3 for individuals. Attendees 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.

girlscoutCelebrate the holidays with the music of the season. Join the Mingei on Sunday, December 16th, for a special holiday performance by the Girls Scouts Glee Chorus (1:30pm), while designing and decorating your own handmade bell inspired by the Museum’s new exhibition MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC.

We’ve truly enjoyed the Family Sunday’s we’ve attended, and you can’t beat $5 for the family! It’s a great deal, and they always have fun art activities for the littles. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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


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Not a sponsored post. We’ve enjoyed attending Family Sunday at Mingei, and we’re happy to share the info regarding the event with our readers. Our opinions are our own.

Create A Blue Landscape at Mingei’s Family Sunday!

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Mingei International Museum, located within Balboa Park, in San Diego, conducts a fun Family Sunday from Noon-4pm the third Sunday of each month. Mingei’s Family Sunday offers discount admission, of only $5 per family, or $3 for individuals. Attendees 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.

Juliana Flores, of Pachis, An Art Studio for Kids, will lead the upcoming Family Sunday on November 18th with art activity using materials such as fabric, yarn, sequins and bead. Come create your very own blue landscape!

You may recall our very own visit Juliana’s studio, a few months ago. In case you missed it, here’s a LINK to our post. We enjoyed doing art with her, and think she’ll conduct a fabulous Family Sunday!

We’ve truly enjoyed the Family Sunday’s we’ve attended, and you can’t beat $5 for the family! It’s a great deal, and they always have fun art activities for the littles. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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


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Not a sponsored post. We’ve enjoyed attending Family Sunday at Mingei, and we also enjoyed our visit to Pachis. We’re happy to share the info regarding the event with our readers. Our opinions are our own.

TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil Comes To San Diego!

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TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil

TOTEM, by Cirque du Soleil comes to San Diego’s Del Mar Fairgrounds in it’s only Southern California stop in 2012! We received two complimentary tickets from Cirque du Soleil to see the opening night of this incredible production, which is in town for a limited engagement. This was the first Cirque du Soleil show we had ever seen, and we were blown away!

From the moment you walk into the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) you enter another world. You are taken away, for a few hours of magical entertainment. The show captivates your senses with music, amazing visuals, and of course, incredible acrobatics. Our seven year old daughter and I attended together, and we were both enthralled throughout the entire production. There were many young children, including babies seated near us, all of whom were entirely entertained.

TOTEM, which premiered in 2010, has enchanted over a million people, and visited more than 10 cities in North America & Europe. The show is “inspired by many founding myths between science and legend, and explores the ties that bind Man to other species and his dreams.” The production is based on the principal that we each carry the potential to fly like a thunderbird to the top of the totem pole.

There were so many incredible parts of the show, including the use of Russian bars, a rings trio, roller skates, perches, a hoops dancer, fixed trapeze duo, unicycles, and so much more! Of course, the costumes are incredible, and the set design and choreography are top notch. I can’t say that there was a certain part of the show that was my favorite, because the entire production was astounding. It even received a standing ovation!

The production is running in San Diego through May 27, 2012. TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil would be an incredible gift to a mom for Mother’s Day, and Cirque du Soleil is offering certain tickets for select performances discounted 25%. Click HERE for more a sneak preview of the show, as well as info about the discount available. Now that I’ve been to the show, I know I’d love the gift of TOTEM myself!

Photos courtesy of TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil.

1/2 Off Arts & Culture During Museum Month San Diego!

sdasmEach February, for the past 23 years, the San Diego Museum Council, as well as Macy’s have been sponsoring Museum Month in San Diego. Forty different museums and organizations take part in the event, which allows people to visit participating museums at a discount of 1/2 off normal admission pricing.

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 you can pick them up at Macy’s starting the first of February. Just ask a Macy’s salesperson where to find one in the store, and be sure to 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 family-friendly museums and organizations to visit with kids that are participating in Museum Month San Diego 2012 are as follows:

museum_monthsd2012Maritime Museum of San Diego
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
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 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 HERE. Get out there and explore some museums at 1/2 off in February with the Museum Month Pass! Perhaps we’ll see you there!



1/2 Off Select Arts & Culture in June in San Diego’s North County

sdbgSix museums and cultural attractions are taking part in a half-off admission event in the north county area of San Diego in June. In order to receive the discount you’ll need to download a “passport” HERE, from the North County Arts & Culture Coalition’s website, or pick up a free passport at either Westfield North County Fair in Escondido, or Westfield Plaza Camino Real, in Carlsbad. One passport is good for up to 4 people. Participating museums and attractions are below. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

• California Surf Museum
• LUX Art Institute
• Museum of Making Music
• Oceanside Museum of Art
• San Diego Botanic Garden
• San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

North County Arts & Culture
Twitter: @NCAC_Coalition


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Kids Ride Free On Amtrak w/ Paid Adult!

Do you have kids that love trains? If so, now might be a great time to take them on their 1st train ride! Amtrak is celebrating 40 years by having a promotion for kids to ride free with a paid adult when you book now through May 6, 2011. Travel will need to take place between May 1 – June 9, 2011.

This could be a great thing to do for National Train Day! We just took the train from San Diego to San Juan Capistrano, and LOVED it! Check the Amtrak website for full details. Perhaps we’ll see you on the train!

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.


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!