It’s Summer in San Diego and You Have Kids to Entertain

Whether you live in the San Diego area or you are headed here for a vacay, I like to do an occasional blog about things to do here.  There is so much to take advantage of doing that it’s more about narrowing it down to what you have time for than it is about finding things to do.  Either on the water, at the water’s edge and even an indoor activity if you need time away from the sun, use this list to make plans for your summer.


  1.  If you have older kids, head to the bay for stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.   If you don’t have the equipment, there are rental places all over the bay and beaches.    Check Living Social / Groupon for deals.  The regular cost is about $25 per hour.

2.  Kids of all ages will enjoy ceramic painting.  This is my grandson at CeramicCafe in Del Mar.  Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not a cafe, but there are plenty of restaurants in the shopping center to get something to take to the ceramics place to eat while you paint.    This was so much fun and every table was full of families.  At the table next to us was a dad and his two teenaged kids, all taking their painting very seriously.  It made me happy to see them all participating  together. To get an idea of price, the rattlesnake my grandson chose was $22 and I painted a travel mug that was also $22.  There were smaller animals that were $12 as well as large platters etc but I don’t know how much they were.   There was no other cost besides the price of the item.  The only hard part was waiting five days while the items went into the kiln before pick up.





















3.  Belmont Park is fun for all ages.  There are rides ranging from a wooden roller coaster to a carousel.  There is also rock climbing, a zip line, shopping for beach essentials, souvenir shops, an arcade, ice cream, mini golf, bumper cars, carnival type games and more rides.  Something for all ages and personalities.

4.  Mount Soledad has a memorial for veterans on top of the hill.  Up here, you will have a beautiful 360 degree view of the city.


5.  Play on a sandy beach.







As fun as it is, playing on the beach doesn’t have to mean sand toys and sand castles.  Consider going to the beach later in the day and enjoy a game of catch while it’s still light out and  roasting marshmallows for s’mores when the sun goes down.

6.  Go for a simple, flat walk on the boardwalk at Pacific/Mission Beach or around the bay (also great for bikes, scooters etc).  For family with older kids, consider hiking the trails at Torrey Pines where you will see these beautiful views.

I’m already thinking of my next post of things to do in San Diego:  other places to hike, taking the ferry to Coronado, whale watching, the Midway and other attractions at the harbor (see my previous post on the Maritime Museum),

I won’t be able to rest until I’ve blogged my way though strawberry picking, the zoo, snorkeling, and the gliderport,!  Subscribe to my blog so you can get all the news to make the most of your precious time in San Diego as well as things to do with kids when you are staying home.  Thanks for reading.  Now go enjoy your day!













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