As a long time Passholder, I’ve been taking our kids to the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event in San Diego for many years. We can never really get enough of the festive Fall celebrations throughout Southern California, and often go to this particular event several times each season. Spooktacular is a fun, family-friendly event, which really isn’t spooky at all. Here are some details about the event that I think are helpful to know before you go.
Chargers Training Camp
Let’s Go Chargers, Let’s Go (clap-clap-clap)!!! Did you know that attending Chargers Training Camp is FREE?!? Yep, there’s absolutely no fee to attend one of the San Diego Chargers Training Camp events at the Chargers training facility, on Murphy Canyon Rd., in San Diego.
We attended our first Chargers Training Camp last year, in 2013. Going to Camp allows the fans to get a different perspective than they would watching the team at Qualcomm Stadium. It’s a much more intimate setting; often with opportunities to meet some of the Chargers players after practice.
Suzie’s Farm Offers Farm Camps In San Diego!
Farm Camp On An Actual Working Farm!
Suzie’s Farm, located in the Tijuana River Valley area of San Diego, offers Farm Camp for kids! Suzie’s is an actual working farm on 140 acres of land just a bit southeast of Imperial Beach. We recently took a hosted tour of the Farm, and learned about their Farm Camp options as well as other educational programs they offer.
Organic Farm Offers Educational Tours, Camps, U-Pick, and More!
140 Acre Family Friendly Organic Farm!
Suzie’s organic farm offers educational tours, camps, classes, U-Pick organic farm produce, and more! The kids and I visited the farm, which is located in the South Bay area of San Diego, on a media tour. The tour took us through the fields, and across much of their 140 acre organic farm. We loved every minute of it!
Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!
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.
KidsWalk and Other Fun At ArtWalk San Diego With Kids!
Attending ArtWalk San Diego with kids can be really fun, but it helps to have some tips prior to doing so. We love this FREE yearly event, and have been going with our kids for many years. It’s a great opportunity to visit Little Italy, and introduce the littles to some culture.
We Love Butterfly Jungle at the Safari Park!
As members of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for years and years, we’ve visited Butterfly Jungle more times than we can count. The past few years we’ve been invited to explore the exhibit prior to opening day, and share our experiences with our readers and followers. This year we’ll first be visiting the exhibit on April 4, 2014.
SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Holds A Sea of Surprises For Guests!
It was 50 years ago this month that SeaWorld San Diego first opened its doors on Mission Bay. To honor this momentous occasion, SeaWorld is having a 50th Celebration, known as Sea of Surprises™, which starts March 21st 2013, and extends for an entire 18 months!
SeaWorld San Diego’s Explorer’s Reef
Explorer’s Reef, SeaWorld San Diego’s new “hands-in” exhibit is now open! I took a visit to SeaWorld the morning that they first opened it to the public to check it out. As a long time passholder, I’d been anticipating the day that they would debut the over year-long renovation.
Just as I imagined, Explorer’s Reef is gorgeous, and very true to the illustrations that portrayed the exhibit. The entire front of the Park, including ticketing and entry have all been completely redone. The changes are part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, marking their half century anniversary in San Diego.
I absolutely love the coral-like features incorporated with the architecture. It’s both colorful and lively. It makes you feel like you’re on an underwater adventure, and is the perfect enhancement to the Park. Even parts of the walkway have a shimmering surface like glistening water.
Beautiful plants and flowers have been placed just right. The new additions included with Explorer’s Reef compliment the gorgeous garden-like feel of the Park. Super pretty ornamental fish trail up vines, and many succulents and drought resistant botanicals have been planted. I love that they’ve used tiny shells as ground cover in some places. SeaWorld has always had awesome gardeners!
Explorer’s Reef provides ample shade for both the aquatic life, and those observing it. The touch-pools include a deeper area for the animals to have a quiet time if they choose. We actually watched a horseshoe conch make it’s way over to the deeper side of the pool after being in the shallow water for hours. It was cool observing it.
Inside the four touch-pools of Explorer’s Reef you’ll find juvenile brown-banded bamboo sharks, white-spotted bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs, round rays, cleaner fish, and horseshoe conch. Each of the aquatic life are native salt water species, except the cleaner fish, which are found in fresh water.
It’s nice that there kids, even toddlers like our own son, can reach into parts of the touch-pools of Explorer’s Reef. It’s fun to have the cleaner fish come up and tickle your fingers as they clean, clean, clean!
It’s super cool to touch the bamboo sharks and horseshoe crabs, too. I have yet to touch one of the round rays, but plan to on our next trip to the Park. I observed them for a while and was surprised how fast they swim across the pool.
If you’re a SeaWorld San Diego Premium Member, like myself, you get exclusive early entry to Explorer’s Reef from March 22nd – April 6, 2014. You can enter at 8:45am each day in that time period, with the exception of 3/29 & 4/5, which allow entrance at 7:45am. Details can be found in your FunTracker mailer. Lost your mailer? Click HERE, and navigate to the View All Benefitss link toward the middle of the page. If all else fails, call SeaWorld for details.
The official unvieling of Explorer’s Reef is on Friday, March 21st, 2014, to coincide with SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, but you can visit the exhibit now. More information can be found on the SeaWorld San Diego Website. As long-time passholders, we’ll be spending lots of time there this year enjoying the new exhibit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
Get Close To Jellyfish Without The Sting!
Jellyfish Discovery, located at SEA LIFE Aquarium, is now open! The kids and I were invited to a preview party of the exhibit, and we returned to The LEGOLAND California Resort with our season passes in hand two days later, on opening day.