Monthly Archives: October 2011

New New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum is new again!  We went just last week and had a great time.  A friend of mine was going and invited us to join in.  I was glad she did.  So many things have changed and it’s fun to explore again.  Their new exhibition is called TRASH, with a mission to change how we see trash.

They have lots going on, many exhibits, and lots of fun activities for the kids, just like they did before.

Gone is the Trojan Horse and in its place is a water bottle exhibit.

Gone are the chariots and in their place is this maze that the kids could have played in for hours.

They loved it!

There was even a little area with bean bag chairs and books to read.

Some things are there still, just different.

Bubbles

Outside there used to be a whale to paint.  I was actually kind of relieved that it wasn’t there anymore because it seems like my kids always get super messy while painting it, but they still always want to do it.  I learned, however, that it will be replaced with a garbage truck to paint.  There is still the rock climbing area, but it has been re-vamped.

I was happy to see that the barn room is still the same.  That’s always a hit with the little ones.  As always, we had a great time and I’m sure we will be going back soon.  The Girl was a little perturbed that we went while she was in school.

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Stuff to Do

I have been sitting on hold for almost an hour now with our internet provider.  I thought I might as well be productive and give you all a rundown on things going on this month around San Diego.  We have been so busy that we haven’t been able to do whole lot, but after this weekend, things will slow down a bit (I think).  Anyway, use this coupon for free admission for your kids with a paying adult to many San Diego museums.

Also, the zoo and Safari park are both free for kids this month and it doesn’t matter how many kids you take with just one paying adult, so round up the neighborhood!

Balboa Park also has a bunch of fun activities for Halloween next Saturday (October 29).  Look here for more details.

Let me know if you go do any of these activities!  We went to the New Children’s Museum the other day (post and pictures to come) and it’s new again.  It’s totally different from the last time we were there.  So go check it out!

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Pumpkin Patch

It may look as though we haven’t been doing anything, since I haven’t blogged here much lately.  Quite the opposite, my friends.  We’ve been doing a lot.  So much, in fact, that I haven’t had time to blog.  Mostly, though, it hasn’t been lots of fun outings, it has been lots of other things.  The Hubby and I are both musicians.  We have been quite busy with concerts and rehearsals lately.  We also had a birthday party for The Girl last month and the planning took up a lot more time than I thought it would.  Then, for some unknown reason, I volunteered to help out her 1st grade teacher with a  few things and I joined the PTA board.  On top of that, I got a new, more demanding calling in church.  Why I spread myself so thin, I’ll never know.  Just know that I haven’t forgotten and I keep wanting to post but usually other things take precedence.

Enough about my busy life, you’re here to hear about the pumpkin patch!  I love visiting the pumpkin patch in the fall.  There’s just something about it.  For me, there’s something about pumpkins in general.  Maybe it’s because I was a jack-o-lantern for Halloween every year for the first at least 5 years of my life.  I’m not kidding.  My mom had 3 of the exact same costume.  She made them all and I know she loved them because we could wear our coats and snow pants and all of the layers we needed (we lived in Canada) but still have our costume on top.  You would think that would give me a hatred of anything pumpkin, but not so.  I love anything pumpkin and I’m way too excited to cook up these pumpkins that my kids just chose and do all sorts of fun fall baking.  Mmmmmm.

Back to the pumpkin patch.  We went to Oma’s (in Lakeside).  There are a number of pumpkin patches around the county that are great.  In years past we have visited Bates Nut Farm and Victoria’s Gardens (which apparently is closed now?).  They all have their own draw.  Bates is huge and choosing a pumpkin can be so much fun there, but it’s also quite a drive for us.  Victoria’s Gardens has some really fun activities for the kids, including pony rides.  I like Oma’s, though.  I like it because it’s a working farm.  I like to take my kids there and show them what a farm really is.

learning to milk a cow

My favorite part of Oma’s (and the stinkiest part!) is the hay ride.

This tractor pulls the hay trailers through the farm for an up-close look.

You can take a ride through the farm and see the animals and get a glimpse of what a farm is really like.

Today we even saw a 2-day-old bull calf!

The Hubby trying to lasso his bull.

There are also all sorts of fun games and, of course, a petting zoo.

There was this calf in the petting zoo!

We didn’t make it to everything because we got there a little later than we had planned.  The last time I was there was two years ago and they have added quite a few more activities and games since then.  A huge draw is the cotton mountain.  There are a number of saucers which the kids can ride down the hill made of cotton seeds.

When you live in Southern California, sledding doesn’t get much better!  We love Oma’s and I hope we make it back next year!

The cost per kid to get in is $7 and this includes a pumpkin and a water and access to all of the activities and games.  One adult is free with every paid child, but the adults don’t get a water bottle or a pumpkin.  If you have more adults than children (lucky you!), the cost is an additional $3 per adult.

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Miramar Air Show

We have been quite busy lately, and haven’t been able to go on many outings, thus the lack of posts.  But yesterday, despite babysitting for a friend and having two 2-year-olds in tow, we braved the Miramar Air Show.  If you’re able, it’s a great place to take your family this weekend.  It’s free unless you want to sit in the grandstand.  Bring some chairs and find a shady spot under a wing and watch the show! The boys had a great time.  There was lots of pointing and lots of, “woah!s”.  Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen.  I did and I was sorry.  Pictures to follow (I’m not on my computer.)

But this is what I’m really doing this weekend: eating cinnamon rolls and listening to a prophet. (see here http://www.lds.org)

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