5 Reasons We Love Butterfly Jungle At The Safari Park!

We Love Butterfly Jungle at the Safari Park!

As members of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for many years, we’ve visited Butterfly Jungle more times than we can count. The past few years we’ve been invited to media events to explore the exhibit prior to opening day, and share our experiences with our readers and followers. Here are 5 reasons why we love Butterfly Jungle:
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The Safari Park Is All A Flutter With Butterfly Jungle!

Butterfly Jungle At The San Diego Zoo Safari Park!

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, formerly known as the Wild Animal Park, is all a flutter with their seasonal exhibit, Butterfly Jungle! As longtime Passholders, we’ve been to Butterfly Jungle more times than we can count. We were invited to a media preview this year, and are excited to share detailed information about the exhibit with you!
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Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at SDCDM!

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM), formerly the Escondido Children’s Museum, is currently hosting a Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at their new location on North Broadway, in Escondido. Both the Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival sound like they’ll be a lot of fun!

The Family Pumpkin Patch is open from 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday, through November 4th, and is FREE for Members or with General Admission. Kids age 0-12 are FREE in October! The Family Pumpkin Patch is a great area to snap some family pumpkin patch photos.

Each Saturday this Fall the Family Pumpkin Patch features family garden programs (10am-Noon), seasonal pumpkins available for purchase and carving, and a live music series including Bluegrass, folk, country, and other local acoustic groups from 1pm-3pm. More info about the Saturday events in the Family Pumpkin Patch as follows:

October 6th
Family Fall Festival ~ See below for details!
Gardening Program: All day creative pumpkin decorating and other fun fall activities!
Live Music: Hullabaloo & Zzymzzy Quartet

SDCDM_PPOctober 13th
Gardening Program: Composting and Earth Worm Farm
Live Music: Cowboy Jack

October 20th
Gardening Program: Raising Chickens at Home
Live Music: Next Generation & Virtual Strangers

October 27th
Gardening Program: Beneficial Insects in Your Garden
Live Music: Emma’s Gut Bucket Band

November 3rd
Gardening Program: Urban Farming
Live Music: Old Town Rd

The museum is also hosting their third annual Fall Festival from 10am-6pm on Saturday, October 6th. The event will be held in the new museum and Children’s Discovery Garden and will feature live music performances (including Hullabaloo!), food vendors, hands-on activities, a pumpkin patch, and much more! FREE for Children ages 0-12, Members $5, Non-Members $10.

Click HERE for more about the Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at SDCDM, including links to some of the artists playing on Saturdays. We look forward to checking out the Fall Festival and taking fun family pics in the pumpkin patch. Perhaps we’ll see you there!


Disclosure: We were invited to the Fall Festival and will receive entry for our support. We are members of SDCDM, and our opinions are our own.

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!

SDCDM Celebrates New Location with FREE Open House 12/10!

sdcdmnewhome San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) is proud to announce its official opening to the public at its new location (320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025) on Saturday, December 10th with an Open House event. Formerly located in the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, the Museum serves local families, school and play groups, and visitors from across southern California and beyond. The Open House will be held right after Escondido’s Jaycees Christmas Parade bringing an opportunity for local families to check out their new neighborhood children’s discovery museum with free admission, following the parade, from 11:00am – 4pm.

“Anticipation for the new museum opening has been huge,” said Javier Guerrero, executive director of SDCDM. “We can’t wait to invite the community in to experience our new space and to share the vision of what the museum will become in the coming weeks, months and years. Thanks to our Board and community support, we are intent to become San Diego’s premier children’s discovery museum with unique hands-on exhibits and programs focusing on science, the arts, and world cultures.”

The new 6,000 square-foot facility across the street from Grape Day Park in Escondido has an additional 6,000 square-foot outdoor space. The site will allow for more exhibits for interactive children’s play such as Rokenbok, Imagination Playground, Sensation Station, Keva Planks and Origami-try. New exhibits that will be ready for the public on opening day include a brand new Explorer Discovery Sailboat with toddler area, newly designed Puppet Theatre with new puppets and a large Imagination Stage with musical instruments and new costumes for kids to enjoy. Future exhibits will include the launch of Ancient Egypt and Life, Earth and Physical Science Stations in early 2012. With additional fundraising support, SDCDM plans to open a Children’s Discovery Garden in spring of next year.

SDCDM will also serve its museum members and visitors with new daily programs for families such as:

Rockin’ Rhythm – A program where kids will get a chance to make music by experimenting with a wide variety of percussion instruments from around the world and learn how to work together to follow along with the rhythm of the bongos, shakers, drums and other instruments. The program is offered Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is recommended for children of all ages.

Whacky Wednesday Art – Visitors are invited to join SDCDM in their on-site classrooms to create their very own silly art project using a variety of paints and recycled materials. The program is offered Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is recommended for children ages 2 and up.

Drop In Labs – Kids become scientists as they join SDCDM for hands-on experiments that will inspire them to make their own discoveries. The program is offered every other Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and is recommended for ages 4 and up.
“We are thrilled to officially open our doors to the public,” said Catherine Sanders, board chair for SDCDM. “Our fundraising efforts are now more critical than ever to build future innovative exhibits and achieve our goals for the vision of the museum.”

The museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am – 4pm and Wednesdays from 10am – 7pm.

SDCDM was founded as a non-profit organization in 2001 as Escondido Children’s Museum, with the focus of learning through play and inspiring children from newborn to age 12 to learn about our world through exploration, imagination and experimentation. Admission costs at the new location will be $6 per person, $3 for military and disabled, 12 months and younger are free. Memberships, group discounts and birthday parties are available. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is affiliated with the Association of Children’s Museums.

Open House, Saturday, December 10, 2011
Free Admission Following Jaycees Christmas Parade, 11am – 4pm

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
NEW LOCATION: 320 North Broadway, Escondido CA 92025

For more information on the Open House, upcoming programs and ways to support SDCDM, visit www.sdcdm.org or call Katrin Belenky, Development Director, at 760-233-7755, Ext. 1003.

Escondido Children’s Museum

The Escondido Children’s Museum recently changed their name to San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Please see the link below for a write up we did about this neat museum. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

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